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?
Beth’s Best is having her 18″ dolls baking something super sweet for Father’s Day. What better way to celebrate Dads by treating them to a fancy homemade dessert. The gals have taken an interest in the TV cooking programs and have dreams of winning Master Chef Junior. Who wouldn’t want to get yelled at by Gordon Ramsey!! Since school has ended, they meet every day at each other’s homes to watch and see how the teams are doing. Scanning the other cooking shows, they have learned to make soups and main courses. They have even taken to preparing vegetables! Each of their dads has a sweet tooth, so they decided on creating special desserts for Father’s Day. They have all of their 18″ doll baking accessories LA-BS out and ready Carly bought a plain white apron for 18″ dolls DNDA-WH and has personalized it herself. She instantly fell for the dainty ruffles at the hem and doesn’t really want to get it dirty! Her dad will be very proud of her artistic accomplishments as well as her baking skills! Always practicing in her own kitchen, Julia received an 18in doll 4 piece baking chef costume DRBC for her last birthday. Now she can look like a professional when she’s whipping up something for the family’s dinner. She especially loves the toque, the tall white chef’s hat and traditional white double breasted jacket with a cupcake embroidered right on the front! Fortunately, her red clogs SSPW-RD work perfectly with her chef outfit. Sophia is all decked out in her 3 piece apron set for 18″dolls DRBA that includes an adorable polka dot apron with a front pocket, 2 matching oven mitts and a white toque (remember what that is?) with pink trim. Each of them now dressed in a super cute look for the kitchen is ready to get to work. Pie, a cake and some homemade candy will be on their task list and they are very excited to present them to their dads on Sunday!
As the school year comes to a close, Beth’s Best is celebrating 18″ dolls’ graduations. Sophia, Julia and Catherine are all graduating from high school. These three gals have been together since elementary school and will have the summer to spend together before heading off in different directions. Much time was spent deciding on what 18 inch doll clothes to wear underneath their cap and gown, DRGCG. Their 18″ doll graduation set is a traditionally styled, zipper front gown with a matching white mortar board hat. Sophia chose DRPHD, a plaid halter style 18in doll dress. The full skirt and halter neckline will keep her cool during the ceremony and the colorful plaid will look super in photo ops! Ballerina flats for 18 inch dolls in bright pink patent leather SUB-HP match her dress perfectly and walking across the bumpy football field for her diploma will be a breeze! Julia’s 18 inch doll dress DRPFD is so springy with the pink and white floral pattern, gently scooped neckline and capped sleeves. A large hot pink flower embellishment at the waistline and cinched trim detail at the hem look beautiful against her long black hair, which she has chosen to leave down. Ankle strap shoes for 18in dolls SAD-WH in white patent and her comfiest! Loving the color pink, Catherine wore DRPWS-ST, an 18 inch doll 2 piece skirt set. She absolutely loves the pink sequin peter pan collar a top of the capped sleeve tee shirt. So glitzy! Pink and white stripes and a flouncy ruffled hemline make the drop waist skirt so much fun to wear. Always trying to be edgy, Catherine chose her SBFT-AN-HP, hot pink animal print ballet flats for 18in dolls. Since she was not writing a message on her mortar board, she is hoping that her family can spot her walking in by her animal print 18″ doll shoes! So before the pomp and circumstance begins, the besties are hanging out in Julia’s room on her lounge chair set, SF-SSC. This is an exciting day for them full of reminiscing, laughing and even a few tears! Congratulations to them and to all the new graduates!
Since Memorial Day was so rainy, Beth’s Best is taking her 18″ dolls camping since the weather report is much more promising. Catherine, Julia and Sophia did some camping with the scout program but it has been awhile! Time to dust off the camping gear, toss some clothes into a backpack and head out to the wilderness…aka the local campground! Upon arriving at their spot, they started to unpacked the car, LA-V. Thank goodness it’s a convertible doll size vehicle because there was a ton of stuff! First thing was putting up the hot pink18″ doll tent CAT-HP! With all the pieces tucked into its carry bag, it was up in a flash. Big enough for all three girls, they unrolled their sleeping bags, CASB, and claimed their spots! Sophia grabbed her lounge chair JL-LC, perfect for reading and just relaxing. Catherine and Julia unloaded the Coleman®18″ doll cooler JL-CCL-BL which was full with food and lemonade. Next came the camp stove for 18 inch dolls, JL-CSF-GR. They are excited to cookout and even though the campsite had a fire pit, having the Coleman camp stove is so much easier for cooking meals. They plan to use the fire for making S’mores, keeping warm and lighting the campsite! They brought several lanterns JL-CL for carrying around the campsite but nothing beats having blazing campfire. Julia wore her cargo pants outfit DROSC-PB that has lots of pockets and long sleeve plaid shirt that she can roll up when it’s warm or roll down as the evening gets cooler. Her brown 18 in doll boots STS-BR will keep her feet warm and dry. Being the weather optimist, Sophia chose to wear her khaki shorts SPSH-KH, a simple black tank, SPTT-LY, and a hoodie SPHD-WH that she can take on and off throughout the day. Catherine figured she’d wear something neon, just so she could be seen! Her neon 18″ doll sweatshirt, SPNSS works great with her 18″doll denim jeans SPFJ-FP. Front pockets will keep her gear handy and the long pants will help keep the mosquitos away! She loves her pink outdoor 18in doll sandals SKOS-PK which she can wear even in the nearby stream! Just think of all the adventures these three happy campers will have during their camping get away.
There are lots of summer celebrations and every American Girl doll will need a dress for those occasions. DRFSD-WP is a gorgeous 18″ doll dress that can be so elegant and dressy and also made more casual by using different accessories! You will be wowed by the styling and fabric choice for this 18in doll dress. A white satin bodice features a sweetheart neckline but also has a sheer panel to create a regular sleeveless profile. White satin trim at the neckline and arm openings offset the sheer, shimmery fabric. A full pleated, floral print skirt adds color and just enough flounce. Together, this is quite an elegant 18 inch doll dress that your American Girl doll can wear to grad parties, weddings, showers and special dinners out! Included with this set is a shimmery pink wristlet style purse. Easily carried by the looped handle, your 18 inch doll can keep her small personal items tucked inside. A hook and loop closure will make this dress easy to get on and off your 18″ doll and provide a perfect fit for whatever 18 inch doll you have. As the Outfit of the Week, we are adding a pair of uniquely styled high heel shoes that fit American Girl dolls. SPH-PK are made from the same fabric as the wrist purse and these shoes pull this look together. Check out our Facebook page (link at bottom) to see how our gal decided to add a denim jacket over her dress and slip on a pair of sandals for a more relaxed look, maybe out to a movie or for ice cream with family and friends. Either way, this 18 inch doll dress, DRFSD-WP, will be a wonderful addition to your American Girl doll clothes summer wardrobe and for a limited time, will include an awesome pair of 18″ doll dress shoes.
This week, Beth’s Best is taking the 18″ dolls on their much deserved field trip. Since the weather on the east coast has finally warmed up, the girls are headed to the beach. Wind in their hair, sand in their toes and a boardwalk full of fun foods and souvenir stores, the day promises to provide them memories to last a lifetime. Since this is a school sponsored trip, there was a dress code where girls had to wear pants or shorts. That made picking outfits easy. Since it is still too chilly to be swimming, no swimwear necessary! Sophia is always cold, so her capri pants outfit SH-WT-HC is perfect. She grabbed a hoodie for 18in dolls, SPHD in keep in her backpack MABP-HP along with her phone and sunscreen. New 18″ floral doll espadrilles STEF-HP are so comfy for walking and easy to slip off in case she can just run and dip her feet in the water!! Always a great accessory are some cool shades, DNFSG-RD and Sophia just loves the red polka dot color. Julia’s wearing a super 18 inch doll graphic tee and shorts set DRTWS-BT. The ballerina graphic is perfect since she’s been dancing for years and the tailored, cuffed shorts for 18 inch dolls are just her style. These 18″doll shorts have side pockets and a satin tie belt details. Combined with the linen fabric, these 18 inch doll shorts look great for casual or dressy outfits. Leather look sneakers for 18in dolls SLS-WH work perfectly for Julia’s look and won’t hurt her feet with all the walking she’ll be doing. It’s a good thing that Julia is not much of a shopper so her mini backpack DNBP-PS is perfect for essentials like her sunglasses DNSGP-WH. Always careful to protect her skin and not mess up her hair, the pink visor HV-PK was an easy choice. Because she’s always last minute, Carly just grabbed a pair of denim shorts for 18″dolls SPSH-DN and plaid shirt, SPPB-PT off the floor of her room. She wears her cowgirl boots SCB-SL everywhere so she grabbed her HCG-WH cowgirl hat to give her look a bit of a western feel! Her large silver 18″doll backpack MABP-SL will make it easy for Carly to carry all her souvenirs from this trip and stow her sunglasses DNFSG-BK while shopping! The girls are ready to roll and will be sure to be the first on the bus to get a good seat! Have a super fun time on your field trip, girls!