September’s Swan Song

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So long September, tomorrow’s October! If you haven’t already unpacked your flannels, sweaters, and boots, now is the time. Well, at least for us here in the Northern U.S. and everywhere else that is blessed with fabulous cool weather and the smell of autumn leaves during this time of year. I hadn’t made a new “Clarisse Original” for myself in a while, and I’m not sure what inspired me to go with a swan for the sweater, but thank you to whatever it was because I’m pretty in love with it.

What I’m Wearing:
Sweater and Collar: Clarisse Originals
Skirt: @agmarket on Instagram
Boots: AG Saige’s Meet

If you’re looking to make yourself (or your brother) a new cozy sweater for the Fall, check out our new tutorial on Youtube, complete with a free pattern!

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Questions for Clarisse: Mixing Patterns

Here’s another great question from the style question giveaway: How do I mix patterns in an outfit without them clashing?

Although it may be intimidating to mix patterns in an outfit, it’s also a great way to be creative with your dolls’ wardrobe. Carefully selected prints can be paired together to create a fun fashion statement, but the wrong combination can lead to a fashion disaster! Here are some strategies for mixing patterns that will help you and your dolls stay fashionable, along with some examples I found from some of my favorite Etsy shops! (Click the images to visit the Etsy page).

  • Pick patterns that contrast in density. A busy pattern without a lot of background space paired with a more sparse, or spread-out pattern creates contrast between the patterns.

From Forever18Inches on Etsy

  • Pick patterns that contrast in scale, with one print having larger designs, and the other much smaller. This also creates contrast between the patterns, helping the outfit to not look too busy.

From Unending Treasures on Etsy

  • Having common colors between prints can help them look more cohesive, so try to match pieces that contain similar colors.

From Closet4Chloe

  • Simple geometric prints, such as polka dots, stripes, or gingham, pair well with larger prints such as florals. Particularly if they are in neutral colors, the simple prints can almost serve as a neutral in an outfit.

From Closet4Chloe

  • Use solid colored items to break up an outfit that seems to have too many patterns going on. The solid tank in this next outfit breaks up the patterns in the pants and cardigan.

From 123MulberryStreet on Etsy

  • Small pieces that don’t cover as much “skin” are easier to use when mixing patterns, simply because you’re not seeing as much of the pattern. In this last outfit, the contrasting patterns in the tank and shorts create a fun, bold look, but if the prints were in a long-sleeve tee and long pants, the patterns might be overwhelming.

From EverydayDollwear on Etsy

What are your favorite prints to mix?

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

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.
Molly meet outfit 1
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.
Molly meet outfit 2
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.
Molly meet outfit 3
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!

Questions for Clarisse: Messy Bun Tutorial

Question from Trexplex: For a “messy bun” that hairdo looks so great! How do you do it?

Thank you for prompting my first hair tutorial! I call this the messy bun, because it is loose and casual, as opposed to a tight and smooth ballerina bun. Here I’m showing you how to do it high on the head, but you can try it low at the base of the neck, or to the side if you’d like!

What you’ll need: A small hair tie and a few bobby pins (and a doll hair brush)

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First brush hair out smoothly. No need to spritz with water, as a few fly-aways are ok!
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Brush hair up into a high loose pony
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Next, twist the hair, allowing it to spiral around the pony
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Secure the end with a bobby pin (that little dot at the base of the bun) Hair4

Place other bobby pins around base of the bun as needed, to keep it close to the head
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Messy bun!
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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!