It seems that a very popular 18″doll costume is Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz. Year after year, the blue gingham pinafore and infamous ruby red slippers are worn by dolls, children and adults! Beth’s Best wanted to feature this traditional and somewhat iconic costume for 18″ dolls. Catherine wanted to be Dorothy this year since she’s got a cuddly little dog that could serve as her Toto! She found the entire 5 piece costume including socks and shoes. QS-DRWO2, is an adorable 5 piece 18″ doll costume that easily replicates Dorothy from Kansas even down to her ankle socks and ruby slippers. The blue gingham apron pinafore dress has ruffle details at the shoulders and patch pockets and is worn over a crisp white white collared romper. The romper actually looks like a peter pan collared short sleeved shirt which is actually connected to shorts! Catherine loves this since she intends to be out trick or treating for hours and this costume is super comfy! Both pieces have a hook and loop closure in back. She will use the gingham scarf to cover her basket where she will keep a few treats for her pooch, LA-AP. She wants her mom to braid her hair and maybe Sophia can do french braids since her mom is still learning how to do them! To complete her 18″ doll costume, Catherine has white 18 inch doll lace trimmed ankle socks, DNSLA to wear with a pair of cool red glitter shoes for 18in dolls, SRS-RD. She is super excited to go house to house saying, “There’s no place like home” instead of trick or treat!
With so many cooking shows on, Beth’s Best takes the 18″ Dolls to Cooking Class. This year, they get to have Family and Consumer Science which teaches cooking, sewing and basic life skills. Sophia and Catherine are super excited to have cooking class first! The first week was so boring because they just talked about cooking, kitchen safety and other stuff that was not cooking! Today, they are actually starting with Mac and Cheese. Catherine’s apron set for 18″ dolls, DRBA, comes with the adorable polka dot apron, oven mitts, and chef’s hat. Good thing it covers her yellow tee shirt, SPTS-CF-YL, because she tends to be a bit messy in the kitchen! How cute that her 18 inch doll shoes, SVS-HP, match! They were the first she grabbed as she headed out the door to catch the school bus. She didn’t even plan that to happen! She is carefully taking out the class sample from the oven. Careful Catherine, it’s very hot! You might want your other oven mitt! Sophia is very busy with today’s Mac and Cheese perparation. LA-BS, the complete 23 piece baking set for 18in dolls, has all of the tools needed to create her delicious masterpiece. The milk and cheese went into the mixer and the other ingredients were handy in their canisters. The teacher had demonstrated the next assignment, which is baked goods…and left a tiered tray JL-DDS with all sorts of goodies! There were cupcakes, petit fours and donuts! Both the girls were salivating just thinking about enjoying those! While they love the cooking part of the class, the clean up part is not as much fun. Just look at the pile of dirty dishes already filling up the sink! Bon Appetite!
Now that the girls are fully immersed back at school, catching up between classes is sometimes all our gals get to do until the weekend. Sophia, Catherine and Julia met after lunch at their lockers to share some stories and some laughs! LA-L, their 18″ doll lockers are full to the brim with sporting gear, books and assorted stuff. While there was not a formal outfit coordination, it might as well have been “skirt day” at school as each of the gals was wearing an adorable 18 inch skirt outfit. Sophia loves this 2 piece skirt set for 18in dolls. This set features a long sleeve graphic tee shirt that fits most 18 inch dolls. The snow leopard face covers the entire front of the tee and a hook and loop closure makes it a snap to put on. Faux turquoise suede fabric is a great cool weather color and this 18in doll skirt had covered buttons in front and a scalloped hemline. Sophia’s doll shoes are very trendy and complement the turquoise skirt perfectly. S2T-CF are turquoise patent leather doll shoes that fit American Girl dolls. The “T” strap design, decorative bow and hook and loop closure allow this shoe to fit many 18″ dolls. But Sophia is in a hurry…grabbing her silver backpack and putting on her reading glasses, she promises to catch up with Julia and Catherine on Friday night. Catherine needs to remember to put away her owl lunch bag, which still has a granola bar inside! Her 2 piece 18″ doll skirt set, SH-ZT-HP, is a bit summery but Catherine is not yet accepting that the weather is changing! Inside her locker is her varsity jacket for 18in dolls which she needs in the morning waiting for the bus. She agreed to not wear sandals but ballet flats to help keep her feet a bit warmer! They look great with this outfit as well as some of the other more seasonal doll clothes she has in her wardrobe. Off to class, notebook in hand and books in her backpack, Catherine has just enough time to tell a funny story about someone in her math class with the hiccups that lasted all class! Julia is just going to study hall and doesn’t need to hurry off and she has lots to chat about! It will just have to wait until their sleepover this Friday, after the football game. In the meantime, Julia’s 18″ doll skirt outfit SH-DS-LT also has a long sleeve graphic tee (do you detect a theme?) and denim skirt with sequin trim. Her hot pink ballet flats are the perfect shoe to wear all year. The color pops and the bow detail makes these easy to dress up or down. So off to class they go, full of the tales of the day to make the Friday night sleepover a night to recap the week!
Participating in after school sports is a big part of what the girls look forward to as they returned to school. Each of the girls has chosen a different sport. Carly has always loved gymnastics and is looking forward to “nailing” her aerial cartwheel in her mat routine! Her outfit DRGBT-ST is awesome for workouts as it has a great slouchy tee shirt as a coverup to wear while warming up on the mat. The one piece leotard for 18in dolls is so comfy with the stretchy fabric and strappy back; she can freely move through all her routines. Her 18″ doll gym bag, DNDB-ST can hold lots of stuff she needs: wrist guards, chalk, slippers. Catherine is off doing cross country running. She loves going through the scenic areas around the school. Her 18″ doll running outfit DRWOS-PG is a 3 piece set in some of her favorite colors, pink and green! Capri length stretch pants for 18 inch dolls match the long sleeve tee shirt which has thumb holes to keep her sleeves down as the weather gets chilly. She loves the “LOVE” graphic on the 18in doll tee and with her long hair, all her fly aways are kept in place with the elastic hair band. Sophia and Julia chose sports that they have never done before and are up for the challenge. Julia is tackling tennis and has visions of one day going to see the US Open! DRTD is a one piece interlock tennis dress for 18 inch dolls She can cover the entire court in this 18″ doll tennis outfit (which includes a racket and tennis ball) and is eager to get out to the courts to practice her serve. Field hockey is the sport that Sophia is playing this year. She watched her older sister play and thought this might be something fun for her to try. Getting her own 18″ doll hockey uniform DRSEU was very exciting and it came with a tank, shorts and a skirt. Her sports equipment for 18″ dolls JL-SE includes her hockey stick, shin guards and practice balls (in addition to a basketball and lacrosse stick for participating in other sports!) After practice, the girls head back to the locker room and gather their stuff in the gym lockers, LA-L. During the carpool ride home, they chatter about team mates and how much fun they are having. Depending on their play schedules, they want to come and watch each other, show their support and cheer for the home team!
Beth’s Best highlights the girl’s first week back to school. Sophia, Catherine and Julia are all on the same bus and can’t wait to share the day’s experiences. Each of the girls chose a special outfit for their first day and each day for the remainder of the week, they chose their outfits together. They love sharing their 18 inch doll clothes. Because it is so chilly in the morning when she catches the bus, Sophia wanted to wear a sweatshirt she borrowed from Carly. SPHD-WH looked super cute over her embroidered tank top for 18″ dolls SPTT-HP-NE. As it warmed up during the day, she could just tuck it into her carry bag. Navy denim jeggings SPJ-DN are always comfy and Sophia loves to just put them on with everything. No need to borrow these as she has several pair in her 18 inch doll clothes wardrobe. Wearing white patent flats for 18in dolls SUB-WH is her final hurrah before fall. She opted for a sport sack DNDB-ST in lieu of a traditional 18″ backpack for the first few days until she had to carry her books home! Julia’s look was very casual with her 18″ black sequin trimmed leggings DNL-SQ-BK and chambray 18″ doll shirt SPDS-PB. Fortunately, Sophia was willing to let her borrow the shirt as long as she could use the owl lunch bag sometime! Casual ballerina flats for 18 in dolls are a must with all the walking she does getting to her classes. She chose SBFT-SL to keep her style neutral. Pink being one of her favorite colors, she loves her backpack, MABP-HP and owl lunch sack DNLB-PO. Catherine couldn’t wait to wear something more fall-like and chose something she purchased at the new boutique in town. The fray hem jeans for 18″ dolls were so trendy and the peplum hem knit 18in doll shirt so unique, she had to wear them during the first week of school. DRRHS-FJ was the perfect choice and she felt great wearing this 2 piece jeans set that fit American Girl dolls. All in all, the gals had a super first few days at school and feel that the school year is off to a great start. How were your first days back at school? Hoping that your school year is off to a great start too!
The end of August is rapidly approaching and that means Beth’s Best takes the 18″ dolls Back to School Shopping! It is rivaled only by shopping for school supplies, which the girls may be doing soon. Fortunately for Sophia, Julia and Catherine, there was a new boutique that opened with a great selection of Back to School outfits for 18″ dolls. Catherine was immediately drawn to a super cute 2 piece leggings set DRTSD-BK for 18 inch dolls. The long sleeve tunic length top has a scooped neckline with an oversized matching satin bow detail. It is just perfect for the cooler fall temperatures ahead and the sequin trimmed black leggings were just her style. A special treat was the purchase of a zebra print handbag SH-ABZ and a pair of jeweled toe ballerina flats that fit 18″ dolls S1LJ-BY. While styled like a shoulder bag, the purse is rounded with the large strap built into the design and the hot pink satin trim just pops against the black and white print. DRTLP-IS, black leather pants, a multicolored sweater and infinity scarf 3 piece pants outfit for 18in dolls was Julia’s first choice. She loved the look as a pants, sweater, accessory 3 piece set and was very excited to wear these leather pants with a variety of other American Girl sized shirts. Her splurge was the hot pink oversized handbag DNLP-HP that will hold just about all her “stuff”. She loved the quilted detail and longer shoulder straps that won’t slip off her shoulder. Her comfy leopard print 18″ doll ballet flats SBFT-AN-TN that she wears all the time looked super cute with this outfit. A total winner! Sophia was the mystery shopper and the gals were not sure what she scampered off and purchased when they were not looking. Her favorite olive green military style 18″ doll jacket SPMJ-OL is a piece that she wears with everything from her leggings, SPJ-DN to skirts…whatever her mood. Both Catherine and Julia were guessing if she was drawn to some of the display outfits, DRFPJ-PT, the coral peplum top and floral jeans number or the 18″ olive pants and plaid shirt 2 piece set DROSC-PB? Maybe the hot pink 18″ cowgirl boots, SCB-HP and matching outfit jeggings and plaid shirt set DRPB-JB. Well, Sophia will just have to wait until Catherine and Julia are done trying on clothes, although they were pretty happy with the first outfits they tried on. For all of you headed back to school, have fun shopping for clothing that fits your American Girl 18 inch dolls.
Beth’s Best is highlighting preseason soccer practice for our 18” dolls. As much as the girls are loving summer vacation, Sophia and Carly are looking forward to preseason soccer practice at the new middle school field. For now, they are only having practice once daily, but as the school year gets closer, there will be the dreaded “two-a-days”. This means early morning practice and a late afternoon practice and lots of icing in between! Today Carly’s mom drove Sophia and Carly to the fields. Carly was happy to be wearing last year’s jersey DRSO-ST. The bright star pattern jersey in this 18in doll 3 piece soccer outfit was fitting for the team name, The Superstars. Her feet didn’t grow much this summer so her last season’s black cleats for 18”dolls SSC still fit even under the heavy soccer socks, DNSK-BK. Sophia’s travel team uniform 3 piece soccer set for 18 inch dolls, DRSO-FS has a shimmery hot pink jersey which matched perfectly with the fuchsia 18” doll soccer shoes SSC-FS they wore.
Not long after being dropped off at the fields and going through the warm up exercises, the sky became very dark and it began to pour. Fortunately, Carly’s mom had been watching the weather and the afternoon practice was going to be a washout! While heading back up to the school, she stopped and picked up Julia and Catherine so that the girls could go to the movies. What a surprise to see Julia and Catherine running onto the field in their rain gear and umbrellas to help cover their friends from the pouring rain. Julia came all decked out in her 18in doll yellow raincoat slicker DRRC-YL and matching yellow patent rain boots for 18” dolls SSRW-YL. The colorful pastel plaid lining is just so adorable and compliments her JL-U-HP pink umbrella sized for American Girl dolls. She quickly got Carly underneath so that she wouldn’t get soaked! Catherine, in her purple poncho and plaid rubber wellies DRRP-PW, 2 piece outer wear set for 18 inch dolls, had Sophia underneath her pink polka dot umbrella JL-U-PD in a flash, but Sophia knew she had a towel in her gym bag…probably now soaked too!!! What’s a little rain among friends! They would dry off in the movie theater. Can you guess what movie they saw?
Beth’s Best takes the 18″ dolls on a camping adventure. Carly’s parents have a small camper and invited Sophia and Catherine along for a few days in the great outdoors. They usually frequent a campground only a short 2 hr drive from their neighborhood. It has a super fun lake with a floating dock they can swim out to. Carly brought her spacious purple Coleman tent that fits American Girl dolls, JL-T-PU so that they can spend the night outdoors (away from the grown ups!) and stay up a bit later than usual laughing and telling stories. This 18″ doll tent will sleep all of them very comfortably and they can even stand up inside. Since the weather has been so hot, swimming, tubing and staying close to the lake was all the girls could think of. Coincidentally, bathing suits take up very little space in a backpack MABP-LP and will certainly be the preferred outfit throughout the weekend. Carly‘s 18 inch doll swimsuit felt a bit “dressy” for this trip but she adores it and wears it all of the time. DRBOS-BK is a black polka dot one piece 18″ doll swimsuit with a one shoulder decorative strap. She was very excited when she purchased it because they also had matching 18in doll flip flops STFF-BK and 18″ doll sunglasses, DNFSG-BK. She just loves the totally polka dot look! Sophia was the first into the lake and had a blast just bobbing around in her colorful inner tube for an 18″ doll JL-IT-SU. The royal purple color of her inner tube matches her one piece 18 inch doll swimsuit DRBRC-PU perfectly. The layers of ruffles on the suit seem to come to life in the water…let’s hope that doesn’t attract any critters that are living in the lake!!!! Dainty shoulder straps and ruffle trims make Catherine‘s one piece bathing suit for 18in dolls just as cute as can be. DRBSP-HP-IT came with it’s own inner tube and the color combinations in this 18″ doll clothes 2 piece bathing suit set work so well together. She adores the purples, blues and of course, pink with white polka dots! Seems to be a theme with these gals! So while they are out having a splashing good time, they have not forgotten the sunscreen and bug spray! Have fun…be safe!
Beth’s Best has the 18″ dolls going off to Horseback Riding Camp. Sophia and Julia were excited to go together to camp for a week. This is a new experience for them and a bit of a reward for having done so well during the school year. After a few days of learning about how to care for their horses, both girls improved their riding skills enough to go out by themselves to the beach. Diamond and Clipper, Sophia and Julia’s horses LA-HL seemed eager to get out of the barn and onto the beach as well. Being intermediate riders, they both wore their black riding helmets for 18″ dolls DNRH-BK, however, Julia just had to wear her HCG-WH white cowgirl hat for 18in dolls over top of hers. She was going for a western look even though she was saddled up with traditional English gear. Even her 18″ silver cowgirl boots, SCB-SL have a bit of a western vibe! Since she didn’t have a western themed shirt for 18 inch dolls, she chose to wear her favorite accessory, purses by wearing SPGP-PP. Due to the fact that the outing would only be slow paced, they wore shorts for 18in dolls, SPSH-DN and SPSH-KH. Sophia’s look was just a bit more traditional with high riding boots for 18 inch dolls SCRB-BK and her black helmet, but went funky with her graphic pug 18″ doll tee shirt SPGT-MP. They each have their backpacks with a few supplies and are excited to enjoy the afternoon sunset on a quiet beach with their steeds!
The girls love dressing up and helping their community, so Beth’s Best is having a fashion show fundraiser. Since Sophia’s family has a rescue dog and Carly’s family just adopted a cat, their fundraiser will support the ASPCA. Our first contestant, Carly wore a stunning blue spaghetti strap dress with a matching hair accessory, shawl and purse DRSDT-AC. Her metallic teal shoes SUB-TL were a perfect match and made it easy to move about the stage while she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the talent portion! Catherine was excited to wear her rainbow two piece bikini with the matching skirt DRBSB-RB. for the swimsuit competition. It is her favorite 3 piece bathing suit for 18in dolls because if she wants an easy cover-up, she just puts the skirt on over the bikini bottoms. The yellow ring details are fun. Strutting down the runway in her polka dot flip flops STFF-AQ certainly caught the judges eye! These unique sandals for 18″ dolls fit snugly at the toe and have an elastic strap to be sure they stay put! Sophia was the top fundraiser for the ASPCA and received a bouquet of flowers and wore her tiara proudly. Her pink strapless gown DRBGS-LP included her long pink opera gloves and tiara (good thing she won!) She needed an 18″ doll dress shoe with a small heel and peep toe, SSPT-PK, so that her gown would not drag…or so she wouldn’t trip over the dogs and cats while walking down the runway! She also wanted her manicured piggy toes to show! So cute! The girls had a such a blast dressing up and strutting their stuff down the runway while raising some much needed funds for one of their favorite organizations. If you wanted to have a fashion show as a fundraiser, what charity would you choose?