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.



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I have all boys, so I am missing out on experiencing this with a little girl. I hope for some granddaughters someday!

  2. What a wonderful day that must have been for them–and for you (you got to see all their excitement!)

  3. How adorable! I’m sure your daughter loved this for sure!

  4. I took my daughter to the store in Orlando right before Christmas and it was awesome! We got her doll’s hair done and bought her doll a dog and new shirt.

  5. We took our girls to the one in Chicago last year. Even though they are too old for the dolls anymore, they still had a blast exploring the store, reminiscing on all the hours they spent playing with their own American Girl Dolls!

  6. I have no kids of my own but I am a teacher and on the last day of school my kiddos were allowed to bring toys to play with at school. Would you believe that all of my girls brought these dolls? They adore them and after reading your post I can see why. 🙂

  7. I have heard so many good things about the American doll store, and Brooke still loves the one she has, great memories

  8. That’s cool.

  9. You have such an incredible talent. Your passion is seen in each and everyone of your photos.


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