Meet Jess and Gabriel!

Hey guys! I have some really exciting news – there are two new additions to the SDBW fam and I’d love for you all to meet them!!

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Meet Jess and Gabriel (and Milo the dog of course)!

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Earlier this year I took a trip to Arizona with my mom. She was getting some cancer treatments (you can read more about it HERE) and needed some help getting around and carrying things. I went down and stayed with her for about 6 weeks. Even though some times were tough, I really enjoyed going and don’t regret it in the least. I’ll be reminding myself of that as I do school over the summer. *cough cough* XD

Anyways, my mom and I went to the AG store in Scottsdale several times. The first time I went was with my mom and dad. I was super hyped because I had my eye on Truly Me #56, also known as Alexis from the Innerstar University books. I also really wanted to check out the new boy dolls, and buy the blonde one as a twin for #56. When we arrived, I discovered Truly Me #56, who I had been planning to name “Cleo,” was sold out at the store. While I was disappointed, I was still excited to be visiting the Scottsdale store for the first time and decided to check out the other dolls.

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Here’s me at the store! 😀 It was so cool to see Luciana, Nanea and all the new products in person!

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The blonde TM boy doll didn’t look as cute to me in person as I had hoped. My mom had really taken a liking to Truly Me #76, or Gabe as I call him. She said, “I think this boy doll is the cutest. If you buy him, I’ll buy the boy accessories for you (the hoodie, headphones, backpack, etc.).” Now, TM #76 was the new boy doll I liked the LEAST. I wasn’t even considering buying him. But it was a good offer!! I was torn. After a few minutes, I decided that he might be worth a look, so I opened a few doll boxes to see if I clicked with any of them.  And I did!! I found one with a sweet smile, a good hair flip, and I bought him. XD I have no regrets.  He was and is adorable. I was legit so excited as we left.. and I didn’t even buy any of the dolls I had wanted to! XD

After I bought Gabe, I had to figure out his name. I hadn’t really considered many boy names, but one of the first ones I thought of was Gabriel.

Okay, so, Jess and Gabriel Conte are my favorite Youtubers ever. Gabe is hilarious and Jess is so sweet, they make a great team. I absolutely love their Instagrams and Youtube channels, especially their vlogs.

After I thought of the name Gabriel, I noticed my doll and Gabriel Conte DID look a little similar!!  IT WAS MEANT TO BE  *dabs the ultimate dab*

I immediately planning all these shoots to do when I got back home.. having a boy doll is honestly so much fun! There are so many photoshoot and story possibilities, it’s awesome. Not that having girl dolls is boring, but having a boy doll sure can give you a new perspective! 😀

After a few days of having Gabriel, I started to realize he was going to be lonely. Gabe already had Milo.. all he was missing was Jess. So I looked up all the Truly Me dolls on the American Girl website to see if any looked similar. Some of them looked more like Jess than others, but I finally settled on Truly Me 55. To me, this doll has been THE DOLL that almost any stop-motioner or blogger has. I’m pretty sure she is one of the most popular. Anyways, I had always viewed this green-eyed freckled beauty as kind of common, and overused. There wasn’t really anything special about her to me, so she never caught my eye before. However, now she did.

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So, on my next visit to the American Girl store, Jess Conte was added to the SDBW fam. 😀

Funny thing is, my mom and I went to the store and searched for Truly Me 55. We couldn’t find any. Then we asked the employees (who were super nice and knew about #agig [kudos to them]) for some help, and they told us she was sold out. Confused, I went back and looked through the shelves once more, and found one last Truly Me 55 doll on the shelf. I took off the lid to check her out and discovered she had a dreaded case of permapanties!! *gasp* But as I looked into her eyes and saw how sweet her face was, I knew I couldn’t leave her behind.

I’m a softie. XD

 

I now look back and think, how did I ever see this doll as plain?! I mean, she is gorgeous!! No wonder so many girls have her.

The striped dress Jess is wearing is one I made for her inspired by one the real Jess Conte actually wore! I think it’s super cute and hopefully I’ll be able to make some for the shop this summer!

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So that is the story of how Jess and Gabriel became part of my doll family. 🙂 Do you ship Jess and Gabriel as much as I do? Which Truly Me boy doll is your favorite?

– Dara (AG Doll Artist)

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Hey, I'm Dara! I'm the main blogger here at Small Dolls in a Big World. I love sewing, drawing, and photographing my dolls. I started this blog in 2014 and have been blogging ever since. :) A lot of the time you can find me on Instagram where I share my latest work. (@americangirldollartist)

Comments

  1. Awwww!!! Adorable!!! I have to admit, even though I wouldn’t buy a boy doll, Gabriel is the cutest of them all! Welcome, Gabe and Jess!!! And I had no idea your mom had cancer!!! I’ll be praying for her!!! 💖

  2. I love Gabe and jess they are so cute!!

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