GOTY 2017 Debut

Hey, guys!

The GOTY debut was a lot of fun. I drove up to D.C. with my dad, walked around the store for quite a long time, made fun of the sets I didn’t like . . . I also got to meet Izzy from Sew Sweet Dollies (a private blog). Getting to meet you was amazing, Izzy! You’re also incredibly cute. I say that in a non-creepy way, but I really mean it.

If anyone is wondering, I don’t know what the free debut gift is. I didn’t get one, and I don’t even know if there was one this year. Does anyone know?

Anyway, here are my pictures from the store.

Gabriela McBride

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The new Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride. I like her pants and shoes.

The AG community has been requesting an African-American GOTY for quite some time, and I’m glad our wish was finally granted. Maybe I’m being picky, but I would have liked Gabriela a lot more if there was something more unique about her. She looks just like the African-American Truly Me dolls. If American Girl had given her a feature that made her stand out, I would have considered buying her.

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They gave her box a completely new style . . . interesting.

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So Gabriela is into the arts, right? Dancing, painting, music, poetry. That’s cool and all (I freaking love the arts), but didn’t we just have a dancer GOTY in 2014? And isn’t Melody a singer? I guess AG has been running low on GOTY ideas.

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Super sparkly outfit. I like it, actually.

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THE LAPTOP AND THE HEADPHONES. I LOVE THEM.

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Her cat creeps me out.

Truly Me

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The new Dream Pajamas.

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Adorable doll food.

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Mix-and-match set.

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Ice skating set.

A lot of you have been asking if I bought anything. Well, duh, of course I did. 😛 I’ll be posting tomorrow, hopefully, about what I got.

And, yeah, I did get a doll.

I wasn’t planning on buying her, but she came home anyway. 😄 Any guesses?

-Loren

Who Should GOTY 2017 Be? Tag

GOTY tag

Hey, guys! Geeky_Girl from The Dolls of Texas nominated me for a really fun tag that she invented:
the Who Should GOTY 2017 Be? Tag.

American Girl, if you’re reading this post, start working on my GOTY idea. Please?

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 10-15 questions given
  • Make 10 questions for the nominees to answer
  • Nominated 2-5 people

What is your GOTY’s name?

Lucina Rivera Ramirez.

How old is she?

13. I think it’s about time American Girl ventured outside of the eleven-year-old box they’re stuck in.

What are her hobbies?

Soccer, babysitting, performing magic tricks, and paintballing.

Where does she live?

Pennsylvania.

Does she have any siblings?

Three brothers: one older than her, two younger.

Friends?

Riley, the keeper on her all-girls soccer team. Matias, the boy who works at the concession stand at the soccer fields. Amara, a dramatic private schooler with a purple streak in her auburn hair (Lucina and Amara meet while paintballing).

Pets?

A box turtle. 🙂

What school does she go to?

Lucina and her siblings are homeschooled, though her older brother, Andrés, goes to public school.

Outfits in collection?

 Meet outfit: orange tank top, gray athletic shorts, a purple fabric headband, sneakers, and soccer ball earrings. Pajamas: old soccer jersey and soft pants. Casual: jean capris, a dark blue sweatshirt, white shirt with colorful geometric print, and a watch. She would also have a white and blue soccer uniform (complete with ball and water bottle),  a sequined black and white magic-show outfit (with top hat and bow tie), paint-splattered jeans and T-shirt for paintballing, and a lime green skater dress. And maybe she would have a Hershey Park T-shirt, since she lives in PA.

Random?

Well, I haven’t gotten to actually tell you what Lucina looks like yet, so I’ll do that. 😉 She’s half Mexican, with skin the color of Josefina’s and black hair. Her hair would be a bit longer than Emily Bennett’s, and parted on the side. Lucina would have gray eyes — AG hasn’t made many dolls with eyes like that, and I think it would give her a unique look.

I hope you guys liked learning about my ideal GOTY!

I tag . . .

Anyone who likes Kanani!

Questions:

  • What is your GOTY’s name?
  • How old is she?
  • What does she look like?
  • What are her hobbies?
  • Where does she live?
  • Does she have any siblings?
  • Friends?
  • Pets?
  • What school does she go to?
  • Outfits in her collection?
  • Other?

If Lucina was a real doll, would you buy her?

-Loren

Review: Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set

Review: Lea's Mix and Match Swim Set

Hey, guys! I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set that I bought in January. The powers of procrastination, my friends.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

Let’s start with the lime green swim suit. American Girl calls it a tankini, but let’s be honest: this is a bikini.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini is lime green with hot pink edging. The fabric is stretchy, and feels like a real bathing suit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - fringe

The fringe is made out of the same fabric as the rash guard that comes with this set. In all the stock pictures of this outfit, the fringes are perfectly flat, but that’s not going to happen with mine. They curl and flutter all over the place. The only way to get them even close to flat is if you wet your fingers and stroke the fringes.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini closes in the back with velcro.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

Like the bikini top, the bottom is made of lime green fabric with hot pink trim.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

The bikini outfit doesn’t hide the doll’s tag, but if you stick it into the bottoms, it becomes slightly less noticeable.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

Let’s move on to my personal favorite, the rash guard outfit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

The top has hot pink sleeves and lime green edging around the neck. The rash guard is mostly made of a blue fabric with a busy neon pattern on it.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

It velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard bottoms

The bottoms are pink, with a panel of blue patterned fabric on the hips.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set also comes with a stretchy headband.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

It’s pink with a white pattern.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Elastic is sewn into the back of it, and it slips over the doll’s head.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

Obviously, you can mix and match this set (hence it’s name), but I prefer keeping the rash guard outfit and the bikini outfit to themselves. I guess the colors just don’t work as well.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

See what I mean?

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark's sarong

Hot pink sarongs were given out at Lea Clark’s debut, and they work perfectly with the swim suits.

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set is a colorful, realistic set that is a must-have for anyone who lives near the beach or has their own pool! Not to mention, the rash guard can double as a regular top

Buy this outfit from American Girl for $34 HERE.

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Bonus pictures!

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Relaxing in the pool. 😉

American Girl doll swimming pool

I used a colorful beach towel for the background of this shoot. 🙂

American Girl doll swimming pool

American Girl doll swimming pool

Like my swimming pool? I made it using Hidden Hollow AG Crafts’ tutorial: http://hiddenhollowagcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/06/happy-first-day-of-june.html

Do you live near the beach or have your own pool? I don’t, but my neighbors let us use their pool every summer.

-Loren

Review: Lea Clark’s Rainforest Hike Outfit

Review: Lea Clark's Rainforest Hike Outfit

Hello! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an outfit from the collection of Lea Clark, American Girl’s newest GOTY doll: the Rainforest Hike Outfit.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

The outfit comes with a T-shirt, cargo pants, hiking boots, a belt, a watch, and a headband. It’s priced at $34.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - shirt

The white T-shirt has a beautiful butterfly design on it, described by American Girl as a “watercolor butterfly.” The shirt velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Lea’s cropped cargo pants are a grayish-green color. There are parallel lines in the fabric, but you don’t really notice them until you look closer.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

There are two nicely sized pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

The pocket flaps lift, and there’s enough space to put something small into the pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Functional belt loops go the whole way around the pants.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The striped green belt is not attached to the pants. It closes with a large plastic belt buckle.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The belt is surprisingly long.

A complaint is that little hands might have trouble feeding the belt through the loops. Also, I’ve found it hard to style the belt. The shirt covers it, and the buckle bulges in an unattractive way. Here, let me show you:

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

With belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

 Without belt.

The outfit in the second image is more pleasing, because the belt isn’t making a lump beneath the shirt. I’ll most likely use the Rainforest Hike Outfit without the belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Of course, I could hike (pun intended XD) the shirt up above the belt so that it can be seen, or tuck the shirt into the pants, but I like it better without the belt at all.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

Moving on to Lea’s shoes! They are made of a tough, leathery fabric, with thick plastic soles. The hiking boots have beige, pink, and green fabric on them.

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Side view.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

The boots lace up with a green stretchy rope. In order to put them on, you don’t have to loosen strings or undo velcro or anything like that; the fabric is simply flexible enough to let the doll’s foot slip right in.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

Next up, Lea’s watch! It’s made out of hot pink plastic. Clear plastic protects the watch face. There are bumps on the sides of the watch that are supposed to be buttons.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

A better look at the watch face.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

The watch goes on like the real thing: you have to stick the lime green clasp through one of the holes in the flexible watch strap.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

You can even slip the end of the strap through a hard plastic thing that slides back and forth (such great description on my part! *eye roll* But seriously, does anyone know what this thing is called?)!

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

The Rainforest Hike Outfit also includes a yellow headband. It’s about a centimeter wide, and made of elastic.

 American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

There’s a bow on the headband, but I prefer to style it so that the bow is in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Overall, I absolutely love the Rainforest Hike Outfit. It looks amazing on Lea Clark, and I bet it would look great on other American Girl dolls as well.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

It’s got a lot of mix-n-match potential! I can see the T-shirt and the cargo pants going with lots of different outfits.

-Loren

Flurries ~ an AGPS

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I snowed a teeny, tiny bit yesterday — it just dusted the deck, but I took advantage of the snow and got some nice pictures of my Lea Clark doll! I used a white foam board to reflect the light back at her (AND MY MOM GRACIOUSLY HELD IT {even though she was freezing in her pajamas}), and I think it helped even out the lighting. 🙂

I still haven’t picked a name for her — in some pictures, she looks like a Phoebe, in others she looks like a Megan, and sometimes she looks like something else entirely! So until I pick a name for her, she will just be known as “my Lea Clark doll.” 😄

–Loren

Review: GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Review of American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Today, I will be reviewing American Girl’s newest doll, GOTY 2016 Lea Clark!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Let’s start with the doll herself.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Lea is gorgeous, and quite unique. Her wavy caramel hair, tanned skin, and never-before-seen hazel/brown eyes give this 1/8 Brazilian beauty an exotic look.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

She has the Josefina face mold.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - eye color

Her eyes have a thin band of black around them, and are hazel with some brown near the pupil. Lea Clark is the first American Girl doll to have this eye color.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - eyebrows

She has thick, feathered eyebrows, and they have a slight arch to them.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair color

Her hair is soft, and is parted on the side.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair color

Lea’s hair has more than one color in it. Caramel, blonde, light brown, even a little bit of auburn are all in her hair.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair length

Her wavy hair comes down to her hips, and is layered.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair

There’s a section of hair in the front that’s about an inch and a half shorter than the rest.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - hair

It could just be my Lea doll, but the hair on the left side of her head doesn’t curl nearly as well. The section in the front becomes straight in just minutes after I’ve curled it. To other Lea Clark owners: does your doll have the same problem?

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark -- no strings

Unfortunately, Lea has no neck strings. Instead, American Girl tied her head on with a zip-tie, which makes it very difficult to move her head. The only good thing I can think of about the zip-ties is that photographers won’t have to deal with neck strings getting in their pictures. But it’s definitely a problem for people who want to tighten Lea’s limbs or customize her, since there’s not a way to tie her head back on.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark vs. Grace Thomas

Lea has darker skin than most of my dolls. In this picture, you can see how different Lea’s skin is in comparison to Grace Thomas’s (GOTY 2015).

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Moving on to Lea’s meet outfit! It’s a sundress with a crazy and colorful geometric pattern.

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Closeup of the pattern.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - dress

A strip of bright yellow fabric edges the neckline.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Two braided strands of yellow rope go around the waist of Lea’s dress. Sadly, the braids don’t go all the way around.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - meet dress

Another thing: the pattern on the front and the back of the dress don’t line up. :/

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - dress sleeves

The sleeves are two braided ropes, the same kind that goes around the dress’s waist.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

Lea’s sandals are . . . interesting, to say the least.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

Pink and yellow-striped ropes crisscross the shoes.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

There’s a design of little yellow Xs on the sandals.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - shoes

They close in the back with velcro.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace

Lea comes with a compass necklace. The arrow really spins!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace

The compass pendant is on a black cord.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - compass necklace closure

You can adjust the length of Lea’s necklace by moving the knots back and forth. I myself have some trouble working the knots, and I can’t imagine how hard this would be for younger girls.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Lea Clark also comes with a messenger bag, described by American Girl as being made from canvas.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

The bag is a crossbody.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag strap

There’s a pattern of yellow triangles on the strap.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

There’s a neon flower on the bag’s flap.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

It closes with two velcro squares.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

The inside of the bag.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark - messenger bag

American Girl’s neon green ego tag is on the back of the messenger bag.

American Girl GOTY 2016 - Book One: Lea Dives In

Lea comes with her first book, Lea Dives In, by Lisa Yee. I liked it a lot more than Grace’s books — I could relate to Lea much better (the annoying nickname given to her by her older brother, her love of photography). I never really liked baking, but travel is something that excites me.

However, I didn’t like the ending. (*SPOILERS!*) Lea’s grandmother, Ama, told her that when you travel, you leave something behind. On her travels, Ama always gave some things to the locals she befriended (sunglasses, a recipe, a watch, etc.). Lea wanted to do the same thing, so when she was at the Queen of the Sea festival at the end of the book, a festival that celebrates an African goddess, she puts her compass in a basket and allows it to sink to the bottom of the ocean as an offering. (*END OF SPOILERS*)

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Overall, Lea Clark is a beautiful doll, and I definitely recommend her!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

–Loren