Friday, December 22, 2017

The new NYC American Girl

This is my second time to New York this year. In February, an employee in the Bitty Baby section let us know that they would be opening a new American Girl and closing the one we were at in the fall. She said it was suppose to open October so my sister and I wanted to attend the opening for a birthday trip but timing was not good and it ended up opening in November. When I found out I would be spending Christmas in New York I was excited to visit the new store!

While we have been in New York for a couple days now, today we finally made our way inside the store. There are many things I like about the new store but I'm not a fan of some of the rebranding the company has done. The repackaging of some of the items have been going on for a while but it gives the look of generic 18" dolls. For the company it is a better deal since they are now selling at other retailers.

The location is close to the old store but in a great location to Rockefeller Center. The outside is more subtle than the other location that on our first night we almost walked by with out recognizing it. The first floor has the TruelyMe dolls, Create Your Own, Legos, and Salon. The lower floor has the Cafe, Wellie Wishers, Bitty Baby, and the BeForever collections. I was excited to see the Christmas tree but sadly it is much smaller than that in Dallas. It made for good pictures and was decorated well. The decorations around the store were pretty. Square wreaths were placed throughout the store and other tensil and ornaments arrangements were in nooks and on columns.

The huge AG on the wall you the escalators  was neat. It reminded me of the old school American Girl.

My mom and sisters surprised me with lunch today at 12:45pm. They were able to put us a one table with was nice because the only reservation they could get was for two s├ępare tables. Since I did not have any of my dolls I borrowed one because you can't eat at the Cafe without one! We made sure Flat Stanley had a seat as well. It was nice that there is not seat seating times like at the old location and they have changed the decorating design. The new design is flowery but not cheesy. It stays true to the classic American Girl look without changing too much.

Deciding what I want to get will be hard!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

California

It is crazy that it's already almost March! Spring Break is in a week and for the last half of Spring Break some of my family and I are going to California. We will be landing in LAX and be gone for about four and a half days. One of those days we will be visiting American Girl! I am pretty excited about getting to visit the store since the last time I went to a different store was when I went to the American Girl store in Colorado. I am planning on getting Lea while there but who knows what I'll actually end up getting.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Long time, no post

Wow! I have not been on blogger in over a year and have not posted for over a year and a half. There has not been a reason other than being busy and computer problems. For graduation I got a MacBook Pro from my dad because my Dell was unreliable. I am very happy with my new computer and glad I was able to upgrade.

As far as American Girl goes I have not been to the store since New Year's Day. I know it's pretty crazy to think its been that long. This past fall my sister, brother, and mother went to LA and visited American Girl for me since I was not able to go. They brought me back my dolls a shirt and capri pants plus flip flops, an ornament, and Grace's spatula for me. Since they spent over $50 they also got the Santa's helper outfit.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Years Day- Grace








 I love that she came with a charm bracelet.





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New game

Today while at Half Price Books my mom saw an American Girl game from a while back. I had wanted it back then but never got it, so I was pretty excited for the find. It the historical character trivia game. Hopefully it won't be too hard to understand and while resting this week from getting my wisdom teeth out I can find a sibbling to play with me. 

Also a couple of weeks ago my sister babysat a three year old, and in the morning the little girl decided to play with my dolls. She ended up changing Isabelle's shoes and putting my sisters glasses on Molly. Luckily nothing more happened!

Isabelle movie and wisdom teeth

This morning I got my wisdom teeth out. Luckily I did not say anything crazy afterwards like the boy who recovered next to me! He kept saying that he wanted music and started talking about grease and how he works at Whataburger. So today I have kept on the couch in the living room alternating between watching tv and sleeping. My mom went to walmart and picked up Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight and we watched it while my moms daycare kids were being picked up for the day. The little girls really loved it. Even my sister in high school kept watching it even when the kids had left and she was suppose to be getting ready to head out to dinner. 

Samantha has been with me today. I held her the whole time I was under and while I have been on the couch. The tech was telling us about her sister's daughter having one since her friends did and that they got her ears pierced. After that I got the IV and went to sleep.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Old Pictures


Today while looking for pictures to put in some disney frames I made I came across some old pictures! It's always fun to look back and see how much things have changed! The first picture is from when my family went to Disney World in 2002. That was back when I only had one American Girl! I took Samantha everywhere except when we went to the Blizzard Beach. The second is from around 2006ish. I kept the shelf like that for awhile because I really liked it. The last picture is from 2005 when I shared a room with both my sisters.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Laurence Yep

Today at 11 Laurence Yep was at American Girl Dallas. I was excited to meet him because not only did he write Isabelle's books but also Mia's (GOTY 2008). 

I asked if he danced but he said no and that he is not really good at it. His wife likes ballet and they have a friend who reviews performing arts for a magazine.

Regarding the movie he said that when he wrote the books Isabelle is 10 years old so she is not old enough to be en pointe but in the movie he thinks she is. 

American Girl only approved a 2 book series for Isabelle at first but he had outlined for 3. With that in mind he made sure to put The Nutcracker in the second book so that it would be in it. 

When he was signing Mia's books I asked if he liked to skate but he said the one time he did got skating he almost hurt his ankle. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pictures From My Birthday

My computer has had a virus for the past couple weeks since I have been home, so I have not been able to get on it. I think I think I was able to fix it! With that said I realized I never posted pictures from my birthday.
 Later the week of my birthday my dad took my shopping. I went to American Girl and got a lot of stuff and then went to Best Buy to get a Life Proof case for my iPad. I ended up getting Isabelle, her metallic dress, her dance barre and case, her accessories, pretty pink coat set, the happy birthday outfit, and the store exclusive shirt and hat set with a purchase of $50 or more. We tried to eat at the bistro but they closed at 5:30 so we were not able too, and then the following Wednesday my grandmother and I tried to go but the bistro was closed for the whole day for some reason.

I have not even put on some of the outfits I got or taken the ballet barre out of the box yet because the room I share with my sister is a disaster! Between all the stuff we have brought home from college there is no room in our room... I avoid it at all cost!





Friday, May 30, 2014

McDonald's Toy #4

Tonight while babysitting a little boy he had a happy meal for dinner and got a girl toy so he gave it to me. He was so sweet about it! The toy is like a paper doll of Isabelle and to keep the clothes on you have to use ribbon. She comes with two outfits and is wearing a leotard.