Meet American Girl, Maryellen Larkin!

IMG_1573Today was a dream come true for my daughter as she got a chance to meet, up-close and in-person, the newest American Girl BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin.  Transporting us back to the fabulous 1950’s, it was a great conversation starter and glimpse into the time when her grandparents grew up in.  While my parents were not in the US yet, they identify a lot with that time period and remember poodle skirts, jukeboxes and vintage TV consoles.  For me it brought back fond memories of Grease and old school drive-ins and diners.

IMG_1568Ava got a chance to meet Valerie Tripp, author of the Maryellen stories and many of her favorites like Molly, Josefina, Samantha and Kit.  She even scored an autograph copy of Valerie’s newest book, Maryellen Larkin.  She loved checking out all the accessories and play sets created for Maryellen. We obsessed over the detailing of the 30-piece diner set and loved the interactive TV console that is brought into the 21st century working with your iPad.  The jukebox that plays ’50s-style songs and connects to MP3 players was really cool, Ava had never seen that before. Maryellen and her accessories are available nationwide in just a few days, August 27th.

IMG_1592We loved American Girl’s collaboration with Williams-Sonoma for a gorgeous line of premium American Girl-branded cookware, bake-ware, food-mixes and cookbook launching in October nationwide.  There is even a limited edition American Girl spatula as part of its No Kid Hungry fundraising campaign which we are huge supporters of, dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States. Available for $12.95 with 30% of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry, it will be available at both companies’ stores this fall.  To kick off this partnership, a series of culinary classes at Williams-Sonoma stores across the country are available starting this month and continue through to the end of the year for $30 and includes an exciting gift bag!

IMG_1593Also available in October, American Girl launches their new personal care line which includes 3 signature perfumes, lotions, mists and body washes plus lip balms, lip gloss, girl-sized nail care set and a sleepover set.

Be sure to follow American Girl on Instagram and Pinterest for previews of all these items and more!

{ disclosure: I attend an American Girl Media Event and received gift bag.  As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own. }