So, it's the post you've all been waiting for...well, the one I've been waiting for, too! And let me give you fair warning: as usual, this will be a very picture-heavy post! ;)
This is what was waiting for me when I got home from Ladies Retreat! :D
Here was my first glimpse of her cute face.
Here she is in the closed box...
...and in the open box!! (Sorry these pictures aren't the greatest...I was in a hurry to get her open!) ;)
Beautiful Hayden!! No wonky eyes (yay!!). I think her eyes might be just slightly different sizes, but not enough to to bother me. :) They do tend to look in more of a downward position than my other dolls. I've heard this is pretty common with the newer AG dolls.
Hayden's hair in the hairnet.
Hayden with her hair free! :)
So here she is! :) #55 is an absolutely beautiful doll. Her coloring is lovely; the hair, eye, and skin tones are a great match.
I love her cute freckles, too. :) They remind me of my oldest daughter.
(Sorry for the random yellowish tone in this one...my camera likes to do that every once in a while).
Her hair is really pretty. It is definitely going to be higher maintenance, though, like Emma's. Every time I changed her clothes I was really nervous about messing up her hair.
There are some great hair tutorials for #55's hair on YouTube. This one is the method I tried on Emma (while I was waiting for Hayden to get here). I didn't use quite as much spritz as the girl in the video did, just because it made me nervous to get her hair really wet. When I did it, though, I had the best results from Emma's hair that I've ever had. :)
I didn't want to brush Hayden's hair until it was absolutely necessary, so I used my little spritzer bottle from the American Girl hair care set to mist her hair. Then I finger curled it. I'm pretty happy with the results. :)
I decided to try a more classic look for Hayden: a white tee and blue jeans. :)
The three Hathaway sisters, finally together. :)
What do you think? :)
I've taken some close-up comparison pics to show the difference in the girls' eye color. While Hayden and Charlie both have "hazel" eyes, the shades are very different. Hayden's eyes are a much darker hazel. In some photos from AG Playthings members, I've seen them look almost brown.
Hayden and Charlie (fka GOTY Mia St. Clair)
Here's a picture of Hayden and Emma (#41) side by side. As you can see, these two also have different eyes. Emma's are labeled "green" by American Girl. They are a deeper, brilliant green than Hayden's. They also have the "pinwheel" design instead of the "decal" eyes like Hayden and Charlie's. I also find it interesting that Emma, Hayden and Charlie all seem to have slightly different eye sizes. Charlie is the most wide-eyed of the bunch, while Emma's eyes look almost beady next to her sisters.
While we're on the subject of the differences between Hayden and Emma, I took some pics of their hair to show the difference in the shade. Emma's hair is more of a brown/black, while Hayden's is just brown.
With flash (Hayden on the left, Emma on the right)
Here's one from farther away.
Several people have commented on problems with #55's wig, such as thin spots and uneven hair. Hayden's hair is definitely longer on one side than the other, as you can see from the above and below pics.
It doesn't really bother me, though. Because her hair has some curl, this issue isn't as noticeable as it would be on a doll with straight hair.
I'll have to get back to all of you on thin spots. At first glance, her hair seems to be okay. I tend to not discover thin spots until I've gotten more familiar with a doll's hair and tried a few more styles. One thing I did notice was that her wig has short hairs in the wig cap in back, I'm assuming so that when you do pigtails or double braids, her wig cap won't show. I'll get back to you with more detail on that, too. I don't want to mess with her hair too much yet. :}
Hayden and Emma
Hayden and Charlie
I thought it would be fun to take some pics of them in matching outfits. Don't they look cute? :)
I hope you enjoyed the post! :) You can be sure that there will be lots more pictures to come!! :D
Isn't that the cutest thing? :)