By Jen and Brianna
This year we recalled many happy memories of past American Girl Christmases, including when Brianna got her first doll at AGP in Chicago. She had planned for Molly but Molly was suddenly retired days before we went! She bonded with Saige and the rest is history. Last Christmas saw the arrival of Maryellen, Dakota, and Addy’s bed!
In contrast, this Christmas was a little more subdued, but you know there were at least a few red boxes under the tree.
The Ombre Ballet Outfit
Brianna asked for the ombre recital outfit. She anticipates that her own ballet recital outfit will be a similar color this year because their theme is “Aurora Borealis.” The outfit is beautiful, but there are a few quirks. The headband is so tough to get on that we were concerned we would wreck Isabelle’s meet hairstyle. The shoes are really tough to get on as well. Our tutu is undergoing “training” with a rubber band as the tulle sticks out in front but not in back.
Jen made life easy for Grandma by ordering Kit’s floral print dress when it was on sale. The quality is terrific and Kit just looks good in everything! The neutral sandals are great for other outfits too. The barrette works well and is easy to use.
It was hard to say no the lavender sparkle “Purchase with Purchase” outfit that was offered online for about 14.00 in mid-December. The colors are pretty and the front zip is unique. It could use some pants though! Can we start a social media tag to get some AG pants? #mydollneedspants
Finally, there was the “Dolls at Work” activity box, which also comes with a cute t-shirt being modeled by Dakota. The Dolls at Work activity box has lots of fun activities that come with it. Your doll can do many different types of work/services with this book!
I hope you enjoyed our post for today! Happy New Years Eve!
I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to Our Generation doll items because I can never find them at Target, nor are they always available for shipment. We were at a Target on vacation (ironically about 10 miles from American Girl headquarters) and I happened upon the “Perfect Strike” outfit.
I was less interested in the bowling theme than getting a nice, casual outfit that I knew would get used a lot. We can always use some pants, because lately it seems AG outfits only come with short skirts.
Julie is here to model the outfit today.
The jacket easily fit over a t-shirt and the arm cuff was wide enough to clear Julie’s fingers and hand. It has a real zipper and the peach knit fabric has a lace/mesh overlay that must be very on-trend because some of the new TrulyMe separates coming out in January also feature it. The lace on the front of the jacket is delicate and should be kept far away from other clothes with Velcro.
The pants are standard-issue jeggings, but in a pleasant pale blue color that reminds me of the 80s.
Bowling shoes! So cute. These OG shoes fit well, and if I could find Julie’s pompom socks, I think there would be room for them. The shoes are made of a flexible plastic and the tan portion has peach glitter flecks mixed in.
Laces are a bit long!
The bowling ball has three finger holes, allowing the ball to stay on Julie’s thumb. It is possible the other two finger holes might align with an Our Generation doll hand. I appreciate that the bowling ball actually can be used – some of the American Girl sports balls aren’t really functional because the doll can’t hold them.
Comes with three bowling pins
This set was 12.99 – I felt I got a lot of value for that small amount of money! I think it’s a good look for our California girl.
Don’t forget to catch the reveal of Gabriela this morning!
You come across the most interesting things on American Girl’s Facebook page.
The question asked is, “Is Ivy coming back?” Usually AGs response would be something like “We have no plans to re-release friend dolls at this time.” Their reply to watch for announcements was new to me.
On one hand, I can see that the rumored doll “Z. Yang” from the American Girl stop motion YouTube videos could be confused with Ivy because they are both Asian. The name “Z. Yang” and “Popcorn” (dog) have been trademarked.
On the other hand, there is a new Julie mystery “Message in the Bottle” coming out in February and some have speculated that new items for Julie have been seen on eBay.
What do you make of this? It seems to crazy that 2017 would bring Felicity’s re-release, Gabriela McBride 2017 GOTY, Tenney Grant and her drummer Logan, plus additional dolls?
I am so lucky! This year Jen’s Mother-in-Law gave me a new dress to wear to church on Christmas Eve. We have a special connection because she also grew up with many siblings and understands what life is like when you get hand-me-downs and have to take care of annoying younger siblings.
Everything about my outfit is really special, from the fuzzy “angora” sweater . . .
to my red patent leather shoes. I do have to be careful not to put my thumbs through the sweater when I put in on. This might be a sweater for older girls.
We have many headbands for dolls, but this one actually fits my head! It has a piece of elastic connecting the ends of the ribbon so I can put it on without messing up my hair.
This dress is almost exactly the same color as the paint I used to make our front door “the one and only” red door on the block!
Julie and I are ready to leave for church. I hope your Christmas was merry!
Well, surprise surprise… Santa found Gabriela’s new book!
I read the first few pages and I’m happily impressed. Gabriela’s mom owns a community dance studio and Gabriela also has a gift for dance. The book opens in Gabriela’s tap dance class, taught by Mama, or “Miss Tina”. Mama likens the girls in the class to Savion Glover’s dancers. Savion Glover is a famous African-American tap dancer; you might know him as the “feet” behind the movie “Happy Feet”. See below for a clip of Savion dancing with a “Happy Feet” penguin.
Gabriela goes by the nickname “Gabby.”
No better way to say hello to the 2017 GOTY than also saying good-bye to the 2016 girl. Lea’s bracelet came along with the book.
If Santa didn’t bring you the new American Girl book, check your local Barnes and Noble.
How are your holiday preparations coming along? This weekend we celebrate Christmas with my husband’s family. The tree is up, stockings are hung (including for Dakota and Julie), and Addy is ready to party.
Every year I get one of the historical doll’s Christmas outfits as a gift, and I always appreciate having them when I pull them out in December. Addy’s tartan dress is so beautiful and the quality is astonishing.
Brianna and are I a little bummed that there won’t be any new additions under the tree this year. I tried to score a Kirsten off eBay, but the price went too high. We just spoiled ourselves last year with both Maryellen and Dakota (JLY #60). We are planning to go to the Madison Doll Sale this summer, so we have to pace ourselves. Is Santa bringing you anything from American Girl?
I’m pretty excited about all of the new dolls coming our way in 2017. We have a GOTY doll of color who likes poetry, a country singer “Tenney” and her boy friend Logan (complete with boxer briefs), and possibly a Z Crew doll. And Felicity… we can’t forget Miss Merriman!
It’s a good thing I am starting a new job in 2017, because American Girl has big things in store for our wallets apparently!
I want to thank all our readers and blog friends for so much fun and friendship this year. Flo, Heather, Xyra, MerMade9, Emily, Jennifer S. and Jen.. if it weren’t for you who would I discuss the joys and tribulations of American Girl with?
I hope your holidays are fantastic and I hope Santa is good to you!
“Tenney” is definitely out there on the horizon as a new Contemporary American Girl. Indigo Bookstore is now showing the cover of “Tenney’s Journal” which releases at the end of January. We have the color aqua, a guitar, and a coral guitar pick to work with. Some have speculated that her name could be short for Tennessee and a country music connection.
As we learned with Melody, a book release may not correlate to a doll release at the same time.
Speaking of doll releases, the 2017 Girl of the Year book (and presumably the doll!) releases a month from now and we know barely anything about her, other than the author is Teresa Harris, an established author who has written books with African-American girl characters. When TrulyMe #46 was retired, speculation followed that she might be adapted into the 2017 GOTY (I recall this was based on American Girl stating on Facebook that she was being revamped).
What are your thoughts on the American Girl Cyber Monday sale? Personally, I thought it was pretty skimpy. Most major retailers offer free shipping and a percent discount. The items AG had on sale were things that have been kicking around for a while… many of the outfits were at the Oshkosh Outlet (now closed) last summer already. I’m happy that they are making these items available to everyone, but the sale seemed far from epic, especially without free shipping. Many of the items reportedly became unavailable while they were sitting people’s digital shopping carts and the commentary on AG’s Facebook page was decidedly unhappy.
(Update… Tenney’s release day is reportedly February 2 and there may be a boy doll available with her release named Logan Everett)