I’m sure if you are a regular reader of this blog, you noticed a new girl on the block. Yes, she’s mine, and yes, she’s an Isabelle doll. Here’s the whole story:
When I first saw the pictures of Isabelle from AG, I wasn’t all that impressed. She was just another doll made from the classic face mold. The photos at the AG website weren’t the most flattering. Nor was the hairstyle that they had her in. Her story didn’t appeal to me at all either, I was never in to ballet. Over the year, I’d seen a lot of pictures of her and I have to say she grew on me. But I was still on the fence. I’d already spent enough on dolls for the year too, but as the end of the year approached, I was starting to think I might like to get her.
The morning of December 10th was a game changer. We always watch the Today show and I was in the bathroom when my husband said “Oh great, they are doing an American Girl offer on Jill’s Steals and Deals!” I think after he said it he was wishing he had kept his mouth shut. Of course I watched until it came on, I was all logged in and ready to go, and I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the offer: Isabelle, her cat Tutu and her accessories set for $68! (Regular price $172) It was one of those mornings that I was glad I am a very fast typist, I was in and had her ordered in no time. I was hoping I hadn’t made a mistake in ordering her, but at that price and savings, I had a zillion options.
In case you didn’t order it, or you aren’t familiar with how American Girl offers through Jill’s Steals and Deals works-when you are invoiced, they actually break it down by item, showing what the item actually cost after the discount (this time around it was 60%). The price for just Isabelle-$47.43. Yeah, that’s right, I got an American Girl doll for just under $48. I felt like I’d won the flipping lottery. Tutu ended up being $8.72 (regular price $22) and the accessories $11.85 (regular price $30). Great deals the whole way around, and if I decided I didn’t want any of it, I could definitely sell off pieces and get my money back. Made my day.
When she arrived, I opened her very carefully since I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep her. She’s going nowhere. I think she is so pretty, even if she is the same old original face mold. I’m not sure if it’s the shading on her face, the hair and eye color combination or what, but I think she is very, very pretty. And I’m not usually a fan of blonde dolls either, so that says a lot. I still didn’t like her story though, and I wasn’t sold on her name either. So I started thinking about things I liked when I was a kid, and who I thought she looked like, etc. Then it hit me-she looks like Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara did at that age, and it all fell in place. And that’s how she became Zara, a horse crazy girl with a sister named Abby. I never cared much for the name Saige, so this gave me a great opportunity to rename her too, but I kept some of her original story because I did like it.
On camera flash
Here are a couple of shots I took of her, 2 with natural light and 2 with on camera flash so you can get an idea of how she looks. The light at the moment is crappy, so I apologize. (I hate winter!)
The only thing I wish had been available was the option to get her with her ears pierced. But, that gives me an excuse to have to take a trip to Columbus I guess! After this experience and Marie-Grace, I’ve definitely learned to not rely on the photos on the AG website when deciding if I like a doll or not, which is why I’m reserving my judgment on Grace at the moment. Hopefully I will get to see her sometime in the next couple of months and make my decision. I need another doll like I need another hole in my head though. We’ll see…