On Dolls and Friendship | American Girl Truly Me

My little big girl was around four-years-old when we first walked past the American Girl store in New York City.  Her small hands pressed against the glass, transfixed with the 18-inch dolls in the window.  We didn’t go inside the store that day but ventured back on her sixth birthday.  Completely smitten, she insisted we weave through the tourist-packed streets to show her new look-alike doll, coined Aveniana, the extravagant holiday window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue.

On the heels of the last days of second-grade, we hopped the train back to American Girl’s New York store in celebration of their Truly Me collection.  The outing was elevated with an invitation to bring along a special friend.

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Dolls were soon selected, and elaborate stories concocted as the girls ogled over karate costumes and pets, and names for their Truly Me dolls.

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These sweet friends were lucky enough to share in American Girl’s personal shopping experience, with the assistance of Miss Nakiah –  the ultimate conduit of seven-year-old excitement.  She lead the girls throughout the multiple floors, contextualizing the historical and fictional stories of the dolls – and the representation offered for all girl’s through the Truly Me collection.  Past miniature glasses, and wheelchairs – accessories, and costumes – excitement reflected in every glass casing.

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The experience was highlighted with a trip to the interactive Truly Me Signature Studio to design one-of-a-kind backpacks and doll outfits  – all printed on premises!

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The dolls even had the chance to get party ready at the doll salon.  Adorned with ear-piercing and hand-picked hairstyles, much to their new owner’s delight.

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The final celebration took place in the private dining room – where the dolls joined the table in special seating.

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And childhood-excitement imploded all over Fifth Avenue.

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As girls with sophisticated imaginations celebrated their friendship and a truly special day.

Special thanks to American Girl for sponsoring this shopping and dining experience via The Little Style File.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


The Full Spectrum of Emotions + Fandango Giveaway

As a kid, I remember the excitement of getting lost in a great book or movie.  The feeling of identifying with a character or storyline normalized some of the feelings I wasn’t always well-equipped to deal with throughout childhood. It’s thrilling to watch my children devour stories – and be of an age where we can experience quintessential fun family outings, like spontaneous trips to the movies together.

We couldn’t wait to see Inside Out which tells the personified story of emotions – joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust – all inside tween Riley’s head.  The story unfolds in the most magical Pixar way. Illuminated marbles represent core memories, moving through space and sleep and ultimately remind us that it’s OK for emotions like sadness to take control when necessary.

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Through Inside Out we see that memories and experiences that help define who we are, are not built on a strange dichotomy of happy or sad.  They are strung together by a full spectrum of emotions – like speckled marbles reflecting a complex kaleidoscope of colors.

We leave movies like this with tangible ways to discuss emotional intelligence with our children.  Striving our best to make room to allow our kids to explore and express how they feel in a safe and compassionate space.  Even when it manifests into Olympic-level “YOU’RE THE MEANEST MOMMY EVER!!!!” – we hope that we offer lessons (and examples) in venting our feelings in appropriate ways.  Aligned with what our children respond well too.

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In our home, we continue to find a helpful tool in creating art.  Fandango Family also offers so many other ways to discuss accessing our feelings via kid-appropriate Inside Out-inspired activities.  Please join in the discussion in the comments below.

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