Ella! If any of you have read Grace's books or read this blog (http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com) then you know that Ella is one of Grace's two best friends. Because American Girl does not make an Ella, she either has to be a My American Girl, or a doll from another brand. For me, I chose to use an Our Generation Kaylee.
The book character, Ella, is and African American girl who is a math whizz. She has dark skin, brown eyes, and curly dark brown hair. This is the movie actress, but in the books, she does not have glasses.
Due to avalibitlity at my local Target, I got Kaylee. She has mediumish skin, light brown curly hair, and blue eyes. I know that she is not exactly Ella as in the books/movie, but I am fond of her.
After undoing her pigtails and changing her into Grace's City Outfit, my Ella is complete. She is slightly thicker than the American Girl dolls, and her lips are rather pink, but I love her skin tone. It is like someone mixed Caroline's gentleness of her skin, Josefina's warm enviting personality of her skin, and Sonali's boldness. Her skin tone is like nothing I have ever seen before.
I love her beautiful curls. They are very soft, and surprisingly manageable. I also think that even though they may appear slightly messy, they always appear some what neat.
As for the outfit that Kaylee comes in, that has been shoved into storage. I can not stand how weird and unflattering it is on Kaylee. Without the crocheted sweater thing, and a change of shoes, it does make a decent dance costume.