We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to @alazydaywithdolls on Instagram for being the randomly selected winner of the giveaway dress! Thank you to everyone who entered for submitting all your great questions- I’m looking forward to answering more of them and sharing some on the blog!

Happy 4th of July weekend to all those celebrating!

Also- Stay tuned for details on the Clarisse’s Closet Summer Collection, which will be coming to Etsy next week!

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Questions for Clarisse: Grace’s Skirt, Julie’s Pants, and Fun Fedora

I’m having fun reading everyone’s giveaway entries/ style questions! (See HERE for details).
You have until Friday at noon EST to submit your question, so if you haven’t yet, don’t miss out!

I’ve been working on answering your questions via email, but don’t worry if you don’t get a reply by Friday, you are still entered in the giveaway.

A few of you asked about styling particular AG outfits or items, which I love answering on the blog! I picked a few to do today:

Grace’s Meet Skirt, Julie’s Tunic Outfit Pants, and the new Fun Fedora 
        

To start off, I had to share this picture of Elle from earlier this year, because she worked Grace’s skirt into a great winter outfit with leggings, boots and a sweater. A tucked-in top is a must with this skirt because who would want to hide that adorable bow?

For the rest of the outfits I used a virtual outfit creating website (Polyvore). They are mostly AG pieces, but I filled in the gaps with some things from Etsy and girl-sized basics that can easily be translated into things your doll may have in her wardrobe. 

Here’s a little blast-from-the-past with last year’s Girl of the Year Isabelle’s accessories paired with the skirt! In general, black pairs great with this skirt, letting the skirt be the focus of the outfit. I think the gold purse adds a little touch of something extra to catch your eye, but really it’s all about the skirt and that bow!

Grace Skirt
Pieces Shown:
Jacket and Purse: Isabelle’s Accessories
Boots: AG Fashion Boots
Sunglasses: AG Go Girl Sunglasses 

I think aqua is a nice color to go with this very pink skirt, and since it’s so short, a pair of printed leggings add a great flair and some more coverage (sadly these cute ones are not actually for AG dolls, but you get the idea). A white top (again, tucked in of course!) creates a great backdrop for a colorful beaded necklace.
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Pieces Shown:
Leggings: girl-sized example
Top: Modern Doll World
Shoes: Starry Hoodie Oufit
Necklace: Everyday Dollwear
Earrings: AG Fancy Earrings

Next we have Julie’s Tunic Outfit pants. The bright pink color and wide-legged style make them a tricky piece for a modern wardrobe, but the good news is 70’s looks are definitely trending this year, making bell bottoms a go! I like the idea of mixing different shades of the same hue, so a lighter pink mixes well with the vibrant color of the pants. A top like this that bells out at the hip also creates a nice shape to echo the flare of the pants.
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Pieces Shown:
Hat: Grace’s Welcome Gifts 
Top: AmPmCreationsToo
Shoes: AG Sweet Spring

Also try looking for accessories that have a pop of that bright pink to tie in with the pants. Coconut’s glasses in the tee (seriously how do I not have this shirt yet, it’s adorable with everything), the hat band, the flower on the bag- all have little bits of the pink, without making the outfit look too pink-crazy. Like with Grace’s skirt, aqua is a great color to mix with pink, but also use some neutrals like white and natural straw to break up the brightness of the colors.
Julie Pink Pants
Pieces Shown:
Tee: Coconut Cutie
Hat and Bag: Seaside Tote
Shoes: Bow-toe Moccasins

I cannot wait to get this fedora. Bravo AG on adding hats to your accessories line- from a sincere hat lover! I think this hat can look great with so many different looks. This is a great “school” outfit, which is easy and casual, but the hat really takes it up a notch.

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Pieces Shown:
Top: Weekend Fun Outfit 
Shoes: Striped Hoodie Outfit 
Skirt: Love to Layer Accessories

Here’s a different casual look featuring an AG store top. This hat is great for taking simple tee’s (like the red ones with the store locations on them that everyone has at least one of) and turning them into more fashionable looks. I went with this purple one because I love the teal band with purple, but teal can work as a pop of color against almost anything, so just try it with whatever you have to see what works!
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Pieces Shown:
Top: Sparkle Star Tee 
Shorts: Maddies Girls
Sandals: Saige’s Sweater Outfit
Sunglasses: Sporty Sunglasses 

Personally, I even love this hat with a dressy outfit! It actually helps dress down a look like this, which may seem a little too fancy for some people for an everyday look. The hat gives a menswear-inspired touch to the sweetness of a dress and cardigan, which I think is a really fun combo.

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Dress: Modern Doll World 
Cardigan: Kit’s Photographer Outfit 
Sandals: Shimmer and Lace Party Dress 

I hope this helps give you some ideas!

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Have a question about Clarisse’s style? Have a piece in your wardrobe that you need help styling? Or are you just in a style rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Leave a comment here or send Clarisse a message via the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page, and Clarisse will answer your fashion questions here on the blog!

A Giveaway!

We have a new project in the works and we need your help! So, here’s a little giveaway to make it a little more fun…

How to Enter
To enter, all you need to do is send us a style question- anything you’d like to know that would help you improve your dolls’ style- and you’ll be entered into the drawing!
There are two ways to enter:

  • Send your question using the contact me tab at the top of this page
  • Enter on Instagram following the instructions on the giveaway photo posted on @clarissescloset

The Rules
*Please submit only one entry per person, but you’re welcome to include more than one question in your entry! Some questions may be answered on the blog, and others will be saved for a future project.

*If you are under 18, you must have a parent’s permission to enter. Please obtain permission before entering, and a parent’s contact information will be needed if you are the winner.

The Prize
Entries from both email and Instagram will be pooled to draw one lucky winner, who will receive this one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered dress by Clarisse’s Closet! The winner will be randomly selected next Friday, July 3rd, so please submit your question by 12PM EST on that day. Good luck!

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Hair Wrap Bun Video Tutorial

Nicole here! Today I filmed this video showing you how to get Clarisse’s hair wrap bun look from our last post. I’ve been wanting to do more videos, and since many Instagrammers were interested in this look, I thought it would be a good place to start. Since this is my first attempt at doing a fully narrated video tutorial like this, if you have any thoughts or feedback to share, please leave a comment so I can keep it in mind for the next one!

*If you are watching this on a mobile device, you might notice I mistakenly said Annie has a #39 wig, when it is actually a #38 wig- I corrected myself with a caption, but they don’t show up on mobile devices. Sorry for any confusion!

What they’re wearing:
Camille
-top and pants: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy
-sandals: Bitty Baby Blossom Outfit

Annie
-top: TheElegantDoll on Etsy
-shorts: Easy Breezy Outfit from AG
-sandals: Weekend Fun Outfit from AG
-belt: Sparkly Camp Outfit from AG

Out-of-Towners

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Pippa and I spent the weekend visiting some friends, and decided to take some photos there since the weather was so glorious! Sunshine and mid-70’s, what more can you ask for on a June day? We finally broke out our summer wardrobe and put away our winter clothes last week, so as you can see we had fun accessorizing with our favorite summer items like my shell necklace and sandals and Pippa’s nautical bag and straw fedora. I’m also thinking the hair-wrap bun will be my new go-to ‘do this summer because it’s cute and simple and keeps my hair off my neck and out of the way. Would anyone like to see a tutorial for the style?

What I’m Wearing:
Tank: Clarisse Original
Shorts: @ohsewlovable on Instagram
Sandals: TheCraftySewingBee 
Bracelet: @AstoriaAvenueApparel on Instagram
Headscarf: Vintage (handkerchief)
Necklace and Bag: Handmade gifts

What Pippa Grace is Wearing:
Dress: Sparrow and Wren (Formerly Janie Jumps)
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set
Boots: AG Sparkly Camp Outfit
Earrings: 2SistersSewCrafty
Tote Bag: Unknown
Bracelet: Handmade gift

Hello NYC!

Back in April I had the chance to visit NYC and meet some friends who I’ve enjoyed getting to know via the blogging/Instagram world, and we had a blast visiting the AG store together and exploring the city! May was a very busy month as I finished up with my school program, but now I’m settling into summer mode and finally getting to post our fun meet-up pictures.

The whole gang! 
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This is my friend Inky who has a fabulous blog, Super Inky
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I had fun shopping at AG with my friend Reid, who I know through @AstoriaAvenueApparel on Instagram, who hosted the meet-up! We enjoyed some pastries with Grace, and got to hang out in the Personal Shopper lounge when we got tired from all the shopping ;) 
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I even won 2 of the awesome giveaways that were donated by some great shops! I let Elle and Tillie try them on when we got home- how cute are they?

This adorable flamingo dress is from Aunt Sissy Originals. It’s perfect for summer and fits right in with the popular flamingo trend this year!
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This one is from Katherine’s Creations! It’s sooo perfect for Tillie and goes great with the silver headband from QTpie Doll Clothing.
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I had such a great time and I hope to go to another meet-up soon so I can meet some more friends!

 

Questions for Clarisse: Molly’s Meet and Ruffled Hoodie Outfit

Some followers were hoping for tips on styling these outfits, so here are some ideas for mixing and matching!

Molly’s meet outfit                      and               Ruffled Hoodie Outfit

I used a virtual outfit-creating website (Polyvore) to come up with some outfits. There are mostly AG pieces, and I filled in the gaps with some things from Etsy and girl-sized basics that can easily be translated into things your doll may have in her wardrobe. 

Cozy Cutie: Spring may be coming, but you don’t have to put away the sweaters and scarves quite yet! Try pairing Molly’s sweater with red and black (yes, it’s okay to mix navy and black!) and add accessories such as glasses and a hairbow for the “cute nerd” look inspired by the argyle design.
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Pieces Shown:
Skirt: RunwayDolls on Etsy
Boots: AG Fashion Boots
Scarf: CherryHillMercantile on Etsy 
Glasses: AG Twins’ Glasses

Dressy Casual: Dress up a casual sweater and jeans outfit with accessories such as a stylish hat, purse, and jewelry. Play up the colors in Molly’s sweater with bright red and green accents, or add contrasting colors like aqua and yellow.
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Pieces Shown:
Hat, Purse, Bracelet: AG Kit’s Accessories
Jeans: MaddiesGirls on Etsy
Shoes: AG School Days
Necklace: A Saige’s Accessories 

Brightest in the Class: Molly’s skirt is perfect for a school outfit, and don’t forget to try the dickie with different outfits! A sweater over a collar is a very popular look, and it adds a little something extra to an outfit.
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Pieces Shown:
Sweater: AG Flower Sweater 
Headband and Shoes: AG Grace’s City Outfit

Almost Spring: Here’s a great transition outfit for when it looks like spring but it’s too early to break out the sandals and shorts. Molly’s skirt pairs nicely with the Ruffled Hoodie tank, just add an outer layer and a hat for a complete look.
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Pieces Shown:
Blazer: AG Bright Stripes 
Shoes: AG Bow-Toe Moccasins 
Hat: AG Seaside Tote Set 

In the Garden: While I admire AG’s attempt at fashion-forward for the new “Sunshine Garden” outfit, I think the Ruffled Hoodie tank pairs much better with the cute plaid shorts than the asymmetrical top they come with. This tank is great for a summer outfit paired with shorts, sandals, and some accessories to protect your girl from the sun!

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Pieces Shown:
Shorts: AG Sunshine Garden
Hat: AG Julie’s Birthday Dress 
Sandals: AG Saige’s Sweater Outfit
Sunglasses: AG Go Girl Sunglasses 

Out Shopping: The Ruffled Hoodie pants look perfect for a day out shopping: stylish but comfortable! Try mixing the light grey pants with a more saturated color on top, like this jewel-tone sweater-tee.
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Pieces Shown:
Top: AG Sparkly Camp
Shoes: AG Starry Hoodie
Bag: AG Grace’s Paris Accessories
Glasses: AG Sweet Peach Glasses 

Soft and Subtle: Or, do the opposite! Pair the light colored pants with similar light colors for an understated monochromatic look. (And who could resist wearing pink glasses that match the puppy’s glasses on your shirt?) 
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Pieces Shown:
Tee: AG Coconut Cutie
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lasses: AG Twins’ Glasses
Shoes: AG Striped Hoodie
Earrings: AG Fancy Earrings 

Fashionably Funky: For the ruffled hoodie, try experimenting with different styles to layer it over, such as a longer tunic top with sleeves that will show past the hoodie sleeves. Mixing it with bold colors and prints gives it a totally different look than the original outfit. 
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Pieces Shown:
Top: AG Saige’s Tunic
Leggings: TheGlamDoll on Etsy
Shoes: AG Grace’s Opening Night Outfit
Bracelet: 2SistersSewCrafty on Etsy

I hope this helps give you some ideas!

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Have a question about Clarisse’s style? Have a piece in your wardrobe that you need help styling? Or are you just in a style rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Leave a comment here or send Clarisse a message via the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page, and Clarisse will answer your fashion questions here on the blog!

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This outfit has a little bit of wishful thinking involved because it says “spring is coming!” much more than it appears to be by looking out the window at the foot or two of snow. But I’ll be fine with a coat right? I love playing around with layers for Spring, and something like this barely-there vest takes a simple tee to an “outfit” especially when topped with a pop-of-color belt. Add jeans and some cute shoes and you’re good to go!

What I’m Wearing:
Tee: JanieJumps
Vest: AG Weekend Fun
Jeans: Closet4Chloe
Belt: AG Sparkly Camp
Shoes: AG Ruthie’s Play Outfit 

Galentine’s Day

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If you are not familiar with the show Parks and Recreation, then you are missing out on a fabulous tradition started by the show’s leading lady Leslie Knope: Galentine’s Day. Celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, this day is dedicated to celebrating all the “gals” in your life, and I have to say it’s one of my favorite “holidays!” Having my sister Pippa back home made it extra special this year, and our friends Elle and Daisy were able to join us to celebrate. Happy Galentine’s Day to all the ladies out there, and happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

(There are too many of us today for links, but I’ll give you as much info as I can!)

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Clarisse Original
Cardigan: Our Generation
Necklace: AG Cecile’s Special Dress
Boots: AG Pretty and Plaid
Hair Flower: Fleur18Studio on Etsy

What Camille is Wearing:
Blouse and Cardigan: Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy
Skirt: KateLaurenDesigns on Etsy
Shoes: AG Kit’s (new) Meet Outfit
Hat and Clutch: AG Kit’s (new) Meet Accessories

What Pippa (Grace) is Wearing:
Tee: Grace’s Meet
Cardigan: AG Bitty Blossom Outfit
Skirt: agmarket on Instagram
Shoes: ReleaseRain on Etsy

What Elle is Wearing:
Dress: AG store exclusive PWP Spring 2015
Cardigan: AstoriaAvenueApparel on Instagram
Shoes: AG Flower Garden Dress

What Daisy (Mia) is Wearing:
Sweater: Clarisse Original
Tank: ThisTooBoutique on Etsy
Shorts: BlueberryBrook on Etsy
Shoes: Our Generation
Necklace: EverydayDollwear on Etsy
Glasses: AG Sweet Peach Glasses