Thursday, October 30, 2014

She Said/He Said Crayola Virtual Design Pro Fashion Review

Disclaimer/Disclosure: We were given an item to review. Any and all opinions are our own.

Hello Guys and Dolls! It's your friendly neighborhood DragynAlly and Dr. Fronkensteen here. One of the things we like to do is review things together. Especially fun things like the Crayola Design Pro Fashion Collection (there is a car edition that we keep hoping Crayola will send our way). Why review together? Well that way you get 2 perspectives for the price of one. We may agree or disagree but that way you can hear all about it and decide for yourself. FYI the Crayola Design Pro kits retail for about $30 but we saw them at one store for $35.


He Says: I love the portability! It got us from Mays Landing all the way to Atlantic City and  nothing was out of place. Everything was exactly as we had it when we opened up the box the first time.

She Says:I love that it's portable and very durable. It's not small so that means it takes up a whole lot of table space to use.

The Markers

He Says: The markers don't blend and the paper allows the ink to bleed through onto the next page. So you have to be very careful how hard you press and know what color you want the next design to be. It doesn't give you any "oops room" either.  A smudge on the design is a smudge on the final project.

She Says: I like it a lot but the bleed through ruins the design on the next page. The markers provide great color saturation but again the bleed through makes you not want to press down very hard for fear of ruining the picture on the next page.

The Whole Kit

He Says: I love that you have a lot more color pencils and markers choose from. There are a lot of colors and styles to choose from all in one convenient carrying case.

She Says: Epic. I would love lots more color. I would even love lots more media. Crayons/Pastels and the like.  I LOVE he pencil sharpener.


She Says: The stencils are helpful but the markers don't catch every edge and you need a very sharp pencil to use them.

He Says: I love/hate the stencils. Some are fun and helpful, especially if you're trying to do stripes or curves. Others like the chevron or basketweave pattern seems impossible to get the kind of detail you want out of it.

The Design Pro Book/ Templates

She Says: I wish that you could create your own templates somehow and download them online. But I do love that you can download men's fashions now and that when you sign the corner it comes up in the fashion show.

He Says: Crayola gives you a good design kit for your money but the book with the templates needs to be a bit sturdier and made of heavier paper or card stock like a traditional sketchbook. And it's the exact same book you get with the cheaper kit so you don't get an upgrade or any special designs. Upgraded kit but not an upgraded book.

DragynAlly Designer!
What we'd love to see

She Says: I would love to see pro designs in it. Wedding dresses, prom dresses, even Halloween costumes! Come on let's get creative now! I wish you could upgrade your models' hair and makeup a lot more.

He Says: I do think you should be able to buy the car design or other design books without buying another app or kit . If you have a kid that likes cars and another that likes fashion why wouldn't you just buy one design kit and two books and save your money?

The App

She Says: I have loved the app since the beginning. I wish there were a few more model types to choose from. Also it would be great if there were a bit more to do than walk a runway. It would also be really cool if kids could pic their own backgrounds and locations.
He Says: I wish there were better social media connectivity. It would be great to share directly to Facebook or Twitter. Even if the picture could be save directly to your device it would make sharing a lot easier. Love that the app is free.

All in all Dr. Fronkensteen and I are huge fans! I know it's way to early to talk about the gift giving season BUT if I were looking for a fun and interactive gift this would be a great choice! What do you think? You can check out more of our designs on Instagram: @dragynally.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wedding Glasses

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given an item to review. Any and all opinions are my own. 

No not the kind of glasses you're thinking. I am talking about the kind on my face.

One of the things I never thought about when it came to wedding planning was my vision. Truth be told until recently I swore I was going to throw in a pair of contacts and call it a day. But within the last year or so I've started to love how I look in glasses and honestly can't imagine not wearing them.

Enter Coastal Glasses. They have glasses that you can custom order online and get sent to your house. The type of glasses I have (Love L740) used to come in the color I have (cotton candy) but that color is now sold out.

Coastal was great at taking my prescription and making fabulous glasses for me. They look great on, have a flair about them and BONUS they match my dress. I feel like my regular glasses wearing self and a bride all at the same time. I don't have to choose! The glasses also have little hearts on the corner of the cateye which is too perfect for the romantic occasion.

The only downside seems to be that my vision is a bit blurry when I put on the glasses initially that always goes away after time but can be a bit disorienting at first. I would say that they can probably fix that if it were too much but it's not too bad for me.

 My favorite part is that I found a pair of glasses that match my personality and my style and fit in with my wedding. Don't just take my word for it. See for yourself. What do you think? Perfect match?

Give Cat Day a Round of A Paws with #catpaw @mycatpaw

Happy Cat Day guys and gals! Let me ask you guys a question. You guys love playing pranks on your friends, right? Do you love cats? Do you have two thumbs? Okay at least one? Well if you meet at least two of those criteria I want to introduce to you the new Cat Paw toy from Wicked Cool Toys! It's for animals and adults that has hit the Toy aisle as we speak! It's so much fun with it's Friendly and Feisty sounds and the absolute best for teasing your friend of the feline persuasion.

They're secretly plotting the downfall of the human race. And they have a new toy!!!
Wicked Cool, LLC is a Pennsylvania-based toymaker with offices in Pennsylvania, California and Hong Kong that makes great toys for all ages. And one of their new cool toys  is the Cat Paw! They're awesome fun and purrrfect (okay, I admit it, I'm a dork) for everyone! Play pranks on your friends, or give it to your cat lover friends. And it's Cat Day for Pete's sake! What better way to celebrate than driving your cat crazy with this thing!

The Cat Paw comes in four different cat styles. You can pick Orange Shorthair, White Persian, Maine Coon, and Black Cat. They both have friendly and feisty sounds clawing at people when you pull the finger! Just pull lightly pull for a friendly sound and grip and hold firmly for the feisty sound! Once you see one, you have to collect them all!

Cat Paws are fur sure to be the life of any party, fill an ordinary with extraordinary moments, strike up conversations with just about anyone, and bring endless joy to everyone, even your beloved four-legged family members! Cat Paws are available at Kmart, Toys "R" Us, and Amazon. Ages 1-100.

You can check out Cat Paw on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. 

Check out the fun jingle: