My Thoughts on Blaire Wilson, GOTY 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great one and aren’t too exhausted today. I did stay up late (nothing new there), but I wasn’t celebrating, just making peppermint bark with my mom. We ended up denting our rolling pin and wooden island from whacking the frozen chocolate to break it up . . . whoops?

Anyway, the New Year always brings a brand new Girl of the Year doll. I didn’t hunt for any leaked images or information this year, so Blaire Wilson was a complete surprise to me. Keep reading for my thoughts and opinions of 2019’s Girl of the Year!

Blaire Doll & Book

First impression: She’s honestly super cute! I love love love her dress; it gives off relaxed early summer vibes, and I wouldn’t mind wearing something like that myself.

Story-wise, I’m not too impressed. Blaire lives on a farm in New York where she helps her family run their inn and restaurant — and, get this, her hobby is cooking. That’s great and all, but Grace Thomas, GOTY 2015, was also all about food. This is just like having a dancer GOTY in 2014 (Isabelle) and then another one in 2017 (Gabriella). There are so many unique interests they could have picked for Blaire, and it just seems like a waste to make another chef so soon.

She’s diagnosed with lactose intolerance in the first book, and I am here for that! I also can’t eat dairy products without getting sick, and I’m glad that it’s being brought up. Maybe having lactose intolerance as a part of Blaire’s story will help readers with the same problem realize what’s going on. I didn’t know what was wrong with me until high school, when I read about dairy intolerance online, and I wish I had figured it out earlier.

Blaire’s Accessories

As far as accessory sets go, this isn’t anything too special, but I do think the color scheme is gorgeous. Apparently she uses the pink tablet to run her food blog, and I might have squealed when I read that. Lea had a travel blog, now Blaire has a food blog — it makes me think that American Girl has realized that a lot of their fans are bloggers and are trying to appeal to them. That makes me happy. :)

The Gardening Outfit is the CUTEST thing omg. I’d genuinely consider buying it. I love short overalls (I actually own a pair for myself), and I can see myself mixing and matching that with a bunch of clothes from my doll collection. Overalls might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I live in a fairly redneck area, so this set is definitely my thing.

I feel like the clothes in Blaire’s collection are a bit more grown up than previous GOTYs. Less neons and busy patterns, more pastels and simple designs. And I’m living for it, honestly. I don’t hate any of her pieces so far.

Garden Accessories

My dad and I are both gardeners, and neither of us ever wear aprons or gloves while digging through the dirt. So while this set is adorable, it doesn’t seem practical, and the different patterns and color schemes on the apron and gloves clash.

Blaire’s Garden

As someone who grew up weeding in our garden and gathering chicken eggs, this set makes my heart happy. The plants are surprisingly realistic, don’t you think? Not sure about that chicken, though. It looks like it’s in need of a haircut.

I wouldn’t have guessed that the piglet was a piglet??

I’m happy to see that American Girl is continuing to branch out and give their GOTYs more unconventional pets!

I really appreciate the muted colors in her collection and how put together everything is. I think these larger sets will appeal to the target audience by being fun to play with, but will also catch the eye of older fans thanks to the aesthetics.

Overall, I adore Blaire Wilson’s collection: the colors and clothing designs are beautiful. Not sure about her story yet, but I hope it’s better than the synopsis of her first book makes it sound! And while I don’t plan on purchasing Blaire herself, I’m hoping that a few of her outfits will find their way into my dolls’ closet sometime.

What’s your opinion on Blaire Wilson? Is there anything in her collection that you’d love to have?

xo
Loren

P.S. A Doll-op of AG is hosting the Paisley Awards this year, and I’d love it if you’d vote for me! You can nominate your favorite doll blogs here.

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25 Things All American Girl Fans can Relate to

Hey, guys!

I put together a list of things that I run into a lot as an American Girl lover. Hopefully some other fans can relate, too!

By the way, it’s 100% OK to not be able to relate to most (or any) of the things on this list. It’s doesn’t make you a fake fan or anything like that. These are just pulled from my own experiences, and it’s fine if we appreciate dolls in different ways.

Enjoy! :)


1) “What are you going to spend your birthday/Christmas money on?” . . . Dolls.

2) Hearing your grandparents talk about your dolls is actually painful. How many different versions of “American dolls” are there?

3) Constantly losing their hairbrush. I’ve had about four doll brushes in my life and I only know where one is.

4) Seeing a really cool location for a photoshoot in public, but being too embarrassed to bring your doll there.

6) Your camera dying/the weather changing as soon as you’ve finished prepping for a shoot.

7) You’re always broke because you spend your money on doll clothes/accessories as soon as you have enough.

8) Being nervous about bringing new friends to your house because they’ll see your doll collection.

9) Getting an amazing idea for a new post . . . at 1 a.m.

11) Hanging onto every weird knickknack because you might use it for a photostory some day. Do I really need this tiny rattle? No. Am I going to keep it anyway? Absolutely.

12) “I think I know more about American Girl dolls than you do, genius,” is your favorite vine. (My favorites are actually those ones about the guy who can’t find his berries, but that’s beside the point.)

13) You have plans for tons of custom dolls that you’ll never makes.

14) You might have cried a little bit when Doll Diaries and Innerstar U shut down (R.I.P.).

16) You’ve spent countless hours scrolling through AGIG, drooling over all the gorgeous photographs.

17) You’ve been searching eBay for years, trying to track down that GOTY that you regret not buying.

18) Freaking out about your dolls getting silver eye whenever they get slightly wet.

19) Playing games and taking quizzes on the American Girl website was a staple part of your childhood (the pet ones were the best).

21) No matter how bad the GOTY movies are, you’re still going to watch them.

22) You have a box filled with old American Girl magazines and catalogs somewhere.

23) The first time you went to an American Girl store was a dream come true.

24) You’ll never forget how excited you were when you got your first American Girl doll.

25) No matter how old you get, your dolls will always have a special place in your heart.


How many can you relate to? Can you think of anything else that should’ve been on this list? Let me know in the comments, and have a great day!

xo

Loren

Easter AG Haul

Hey, guys!

At the end of my last post, I mentioned that I was getting a new doll for Easter from one of my grandparents. I probably should have specified that it wasn’t a joke, since Easter was also April Fool’s Day. Anyway, we went to grandparents #2’s house for dinner, and I received my fifteenth American Girl doll!

By the way, I’m not trying to brag. I just like reading hauls and thought you guys might be interested.

The doll in question is a used Pleasant Company Samantha Parkington. My grandma found the doll, a bed, and a bag of clothes/accessories at a church sale for $25. Thank you, Grammy! <3

For such an old doll, her hair is in great condition. I was surprised by how curly it is.

I think she’s a pre-Mattel doll, because she has soft eyelashes, really long neck strings, no body tag, and not a lot of color in her face. But since I don’t have any other Samantha dolls to compare her to, I can’t be sure.

She didn’t have her entire meet outfit — just the dress and underwear.

Here’s the Pleasant Company stamp on her neck.

There’s a yellow stain on her dress, and the heart locket has fallen off the brooch.

I don’t particularly like the Pleasant Company dolls because they don’t have much color in their faces. So I used a washable marker to give her lips some color, and I think she looks much better.

 

The bed that came with her is Samantha’s Brass Bed, I believe. The previous owner added wooden boards to the bottom. :/

It did come with the pillow and mattress, which I think are adorable. I’ve never bought a doll bed from American Girl before, so this is exciting for me. All my dolls’ beds are either made out of the boxes, or something my dad built.

The bed came with a handmade floral quilt. It’s too long for the bed, but it works if you tuck the end under.

In the bag of clothes was Samantha’s Plaid Cape and Gaiters, and her Elegant Hat and Muff. It’s probably my favorite item that I got. I just really love capes.

Next is the Inline Gear outfit (missing one knee pad). I recently saw a picture of the t-shirt on AGIG and thought it was adorable, so I’m really happy to have it.

Plus, how cool are those rollerblades?

The crutches and cast from the Après-Ski Gear/Cast and Crutches Set were also in there.

“Tough break!” . . . That’s just cruel.

This thermos with the American Girl of Today logo is from the same set.

There were also some pieces from the Après-Ski Wear/Ski Lodge Outfit, like this oversized sweater that buttons at the neck.

These blue leggings are from that outfit, too. One of the socks came in the bag, but I think I left it at my grandma’s house.

Samantha was wearing Pleasant Company Molly’s glasses, for some reason. My Molly’s glasses are broken, so I’m happy to have another pair.

The Bitty Bear’s Birthday book from the Happy Birthday Set. I’m probably going to stick this on my dolls’ bookshelf and never touch it again.

I don’t think this lacy pair of underwear is from American Girl, but at this point, I’m too tired of searching American Girl Wikia to be sure.

These overalls are definitely not AG, because they’re much too big. It took some pinching to make it sit right on Samantha.

This wedding dress is probably Barbie, though I’m not sure. It’s got some stains on it, but once I wash it, it’ll probably fit my Ever After High dolls.

Finally, I now have two coat hangers and an extra shoe from Molly’s meet outfit.

There were also a bunch of baby clothes in the bag, but those are going to one of my cousins, because they might fit some of her dolls. I got all the good stuff, though. :)

I might end up sending Samantha to the Doll Hospital for a new head, just because I’m not a fan of how the older dolls look. I’m not sure yet, though, because replacing her head would make her value go down, as she wouldn’t be Pleasant Company anymore.

If anyone could help me identify where some of these clothes are from, that would be much appreciated.

What’s your favorite item from the haul? Mine are the cape and rollerblading outfits.

xo

Loren

Revealing My New Doll!

I finally got around to taking pictures of my mystery doll! I didn’t mean to make you guys wait this long to find out, I promise. I wanted to photograph her outside, but it’s been rainy here for awhile, so I ended up doing the photoshoot inside by our giant fern.

I know you guys don’t care and you just want to see the new doll, so here:

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The new doll is Felicity Merriman!

I promised to give a shout-out to anyone who guessed correctly, so here it is:

Kaitlyn | AGs in Alaska | Clara | Laura | Hope | Natalie | Sapphire | Sophia | Kiki | Madison | Rose | Persephone | Julia | Emma | The AG Homeschooler | American Girl Doll Crafter | Tory | Tori & Bella | Quinley | Sarah | Diamond | Ms. AGDoll | Arabella | ThePolkaDotPatriot | Allison | Miri | Kathleen

That was a lot of linking.

Other guesses: Lea, Jess, Nikki, Chrissa, Lanie, Luciana, Nanea, Tenney, Z, Kit, Saige, McKenna.

I think I threw some of you off with hint #3 (she’s been retired). Felicity is currently available to purchase, but I wasn’t technically lying. See, at one point she was retired (2011). If I had said she is retired, it would have been a lie, but the way I worded it saved me. ;)

As you can see by the purple dress, this Felicity is a Pleasant Company doll! I was scrolling through eBay on a whim when I found her for $56. She came in great condition, and with her entire meet outfit, except for the shoes and hair ribbon.

I can’t believe how nice her hair is. I’ve been playing with it all the time, just twisting it and fiddling with her pin curls. Super nice hair on a cheap, used doll isn’t something I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise.

Anyway, enjoy the photoshoot! :)

Felicity was on the cover of my first American Girl catalog, and she’s the one who got me into dolls in 2010. I’ve been looking for her on eBay ever since then, and I’m so glad that after eight years of searching, I’ve finally been able to add her to my collection.

xo

Loren

If BeForever Characters Were Girls Today

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Hello, I hope you’re having a good day! :)

I was wondering what the BeForever characters would be like if they were teens in 2018, so I created collages for all of them based on their hobbies. All of the currently available BeForever dolls are on here, except for Nanea Mitchell. I haven’t read her books and the personality section on her American Girl Wiki page is blank, so I thought it would be best to leave her off.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these! They took several days to create, but I think it was worth it.

Julie Albright

– Activist (especially passionate about environmentalism and feminism).

– Has a zodiac Instagram account.

– The star of her school’s basketball team.

– Super positive and always trying to cheer her friends up.

– Loves to thrift shop because it’s recycling and good for the earth.

– Sells her crafts on Etsy.

Rebecca Rubin

– Musical theatre nerd!! She’s in all her school’s performances and probably loves Hamilton.

– She’s very proud of being Jewish.

– Runs a small business, selling things she’s crocheted or bought at yard sales and revamped.

– Owns several pet birds

– Does really extravagant makeup that looks great on her.

– Cher from Clueless is her role model.

Kit Kittredge

– Let’s be real, she would totally be a blogger. She would probably post interviews and political opinions.

– Restless and wants to explore.

– Always trying to help out and make the world a better place.

– Absolutely obsessed with Newsies the musical.

– Plays on her school’s softball team.

– Photojournalist and part of the yearbook committee.

Addy Walker

– On her school’s swim team.

– Very loyal to her family and is excited to start her own.

– Questions the status quo and social norms.

– Into activism, especially animal rights and racial equality.

– Wants to be a teacher so she can help children reach their full potential.

Melody Ellison

– Christian, and she shares her faith through her music.

– Listens to music 24/7. She likes lots of different genres.

– Plays in her school’s marching band.

– Attends lots of peaceful protests.

– Helps at her grandfather’s flower shop.

Felicity Merriman

– Doesn’t respect authority very much and gets in trouble because of it.

– Works at a stable in exchange for free riding lessons.

– Hypes up every girl she meets.

– Volunteers at an animal shelter.

– Wants to join the army.

Kaya’aton’my (She Who Arranges Rocks)

– Works as a counselor at a summer camp.

– She’s proud to be Native American and goes to powwows with her family.

– Plant mom!! Her room is filled with succulents and potted flowers.

– Enjoys camping and getting in touch with nature.

– Writes short stories inspired by Nez Perce lore.

Josefina Montoya

– Loves traveling and experiencing other cultures.

– Keeps a nature/art journal.

– Always tries to be optimistic and help others look on the bright side, too.

– Plays piano and writes her own songs.

– Likes growing plants, especially ones with healing properties and mini cacti.

Samantha Parkington

– She takes gymnastic lessons because she tumbled in the yard and swung on trees so much as a kid.

– Huge feminist and has no problem calling people out on their sexism.

– Likes to paint, especially flowers and landscapes.

– Reads fantasy books to escape from her life.

– On her school’s debate team.

Maryellen Larkin

– Part of the Girl Scouts.

– Plays roller derby.

– Has an almost childish style that she pulls off well.

– Has a small science lab in her garage.

– Reads and draws comics.


Which character are you most similar to? I’m a mix of Samantha, Kaya, and Melody, with a bit of Rebecca thrown in (I love theatre and Cher Horowitz).

Before I go, here’s an update on the new doll situation: she’s now supposed to arrive sometime tonight or on Saturday. So you guys will have to wait a little longer to find out who she is. Sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

xo

Loren

Guess My New Doll | Hints

(Inspired by Natalie)

Well, friends, I did it again. There is another American Girl doll for me in the mail.

She’s going to be my fourteenth AG doll — oops? I really don’t need anymore, and I wasn’t planning on buying one anytime soon, but I have money leftover from Christmas and poor impulse control.

The doll isn’t due to arrive until the 8th, so in the meantime, I thought I’d post a few hints as to which one she could be.

Hint #1: she has a film.

Hint #2: she loves animals.

I’ll hopefully post more clues before she gets here, so you guys can have a better chance of picking the right doll. :)

Who do you think she is? Leave your guesses in the comments! (Except for Sam and Rutvi, you two aren’t allowed to guess.) Anyone who gets the right answer will get a shout-out.

xo

Loren