This time, Josefina had to come along. She dressed up in a modern outfit, fixed her braid and road in the back seat with Elizabeth and me. She had a great time! In fact, it was lots of fun to stand in the displays with all kinds of dolls and accessories to have her picture taken. Here she is trying out Luciana's Mars space capsule!
You can't miss Nanea's displays, because they are literally right inside the front door. She is the newest addition to the historical Beforever girls, being a 1940s Hawaiian. We walked in on Wednesday, and after glancing over her case, I came to a decision: I loved all of the outfits, accessories and colors. I couldn't stand the doll herself. No way. So, we continued going through the rest of the Beforever displays (we were in the store more than four hours). I continued to look at Nanea's things. Loved her store front, drink stand and all the colors of her clothes. Fell in love with Julie's display, too. Admired Maryellen and Melody with Mom (who LOVED them), really enjoyed Kit's mini golf with Elizabeth, etc. After a few hours in the historical area and Luciana's display, we moved on to the Truly Me section and spent a long time there --- all the time, though, Nanea was in the back of mind.
Then, while we were standing there, a lady came up to photograph the display. She started telling us how excited she was to see this doll. Her own daughter had one of the older AG characters, and they'd gone to the New York AG store to buy accessories. Now, that daughter is married to a Filipino gentleman and has a daughter of her own --- they live in Hawaii, and the granddaughter is seven years old. And she's so sad, because no one ever makes a doll that looks like her. And Nanea looks exactly like her! Wow! So, the grandmother was texting her daughter to find out about buying the doll. I certainly hope she did get it, because that granddaughter will be so happy! All of a sudden, the doll looked pretty beautiful.
So, we went home, and I kept thinking about Nanea. I thought about her all evening, and by the next day, I decided to look her up online and see some pictures. Plus, I started going back over the pictures that I had taken at the store of the many different Nanea dolls on display (there are at least twelve of them!). I talked it over with my sister and my Mom. They laughed and said that they guessed I'd be wanting one. I guess they just know my too well!
I thought about it, and by Friday evening I knew I would need to have my own Nanea. She would look like an adorable little sister for Josefina . . . and when something sticks in my mind like that, I know I won't change it later. So, when we set out on Sunday afternoon to visit the store again, I took Josefina along to see how she would look with Nanea. So cute!! Elizabeth says she knew that I'd be coming home with one. :)
We enjoyed our visit through the store, and then we decided to look for the perfect Nanea doll. She has the new eyes (more on that in a future post), so I wanted to make sure that the doll I picked was the perfect one. Actually, the first one we found turned out to be it! I was sure of it from the beginning, but Elizabeth wanted to be totally positive and look at all of them. There she was, totally beautiful. It was a bit too crowded in the car to open her right away, so she had to wait the drive.
She's the perfect addition to my dolls! I couldn't be happier. She's beautiful, and even more beautiful in real life at home than I thought she would be. In the store and on some of the displays, she gave the impression of having a head that was slightly too small for her body. She doesn't look like that here. She's amazing! Here's a slideshow of photos showing her as she was unboxed and greeted by Josefina. I took careful pictures, too, of the packaging, because it is amazing. Fabulous because it keeps the doll totally safe but comes off so easily with no harm to her at all.
More later, because there are a lot more dolls to introduce . . .