I'm going to strip off my griping mood and share something with y'all that I am VERY excited about. The new girl has tentatively been named Lea Clark, and she has the most adorable wardrobe! The clothes are full of bright, splashy colors and patterns that I haven't seen since Jess McConnell was the Girl of the Year. Lissie & Lilly have been releasing steady posts about these clothes, so if you want to take a gander, the link is here. They also have a post about the mini doll, and that's here.
In this post I worried about the possibility that Lea might be blonde or look too much like Kanani Akina. Don't get me wrong, I adore Kanani, and I like the idea of a Kanani-lookalike more than I like the idea of another blonde. We had a blonde doll LAST year, for crying out loud! It does concern me a little though, that these dolls are getting to look more like older counterparts. Grace looks like Chrissa, as I've mentioned before, and too many lookalikes suggests a lack of ideas for Girls of the Year. Kind of sad too, since there are so many ideas that haven't yet been explored. I'm still hoping to see a little Inuit girl from Alaska, since Alaska has not been represented by an American Girl yet. Yeah, I know that the Maplelea Girls have an Inuit doll, but it would still be cool to see how American Girl would make an Inuit girl look; what she would wear, what she'd do for fun, how she'd get to school when the weather was extra bad, stuff like that.
As a final little tidbit, Lissie & Lilly's photographs are obtained from eBay sellers and fellow bloggers, and they are used WITH PERMISSION!!! If you want to use L&L's photographs, be sure to ask permission from them first. I in turn would like to thank Lissie & Lilly for allowing me to provide links to their posts. Y'all run a great blog!
Love to all,