Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Snow White Hair!

Of all the comments I've gotten on my YouTube video over the years, there's one that's come up *way* more often than any of the others: "Oh my gosh, you look like Snow White!"

(Annette Funicello is a close second. 😉)

I definitely have Snow White hair, but I didn't actually set out to get a Snow White hairstyle when I first got my hair cut! I have naturally curly (aka frizzy!) hair and had worn it long for a long time. But I have an old photo of my grandmother (I inherited my hair from her!) from the 1920s/30s, and she has the cutest curly bob, so I was inspired to give the style a try...


I liked it so much I've never grown my hair out again! I think it's a lot happier in the shorter style. 😊 Curly hair can be very temperamental, and I know a lot of hair tutorials I've watched on YouTube reference things that I would never want to use on my hair (like a hair dryer without a diffuser...or a brush...lol) - so I thought it'd be fun to share some tricks I've found that help keep my hair happy. If you're in the curly-haired club hopefully you'll find some useful tips!

Monday, April 16, 2018

March 2018 Reading Highlights

I'm a little late with my March Reads blog post (we're halfway through April already - when did that happen!), but I had a few favorite quotes I wanted to share - better late than never, right?


In case you missed it, you can catch my reading wrap-up video above! I read some lovely books last month, but I think my favorite discovery was Perfume from Provence by Lady Winifred Fortescue...

"Bells were clanging, chiming and tolling from every tower and steeple as we approached the old town. There was no rhythm in their ringing but just a joyous din, as though each sweating Provencal ringer in every stuffy belfry were vying with his comrades to see who could make the loudest noise for the greater glory of God."

"That is the joy of Provencal servants; they are so joyous...they never sulk. They may have volcanic outbursts of temper, but, as they always express what they feel at the moment, they get rid of the thing fermenting within their minds and hearts in one explosion, instead of letting it turn sour within them."

This book was like a trip to Provence with an old friend. I've already started on some of Lady Winifred Fortescue's other books which have been equally charming - a new favorite!

I also really enjoyed The Lost Princess by George MacDonald - it reminded me a little bit of a fairytale out of Women Who Run with the Wolves. And I continued my Tolkien kick by finishing a re-read of The Hobbit. It was quite a different flavor from Lord of the Rings but still SO good...

"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait."

Last month I also read a book by Tolkien's friend and fellow Oxford professor C.S. Lewis. I've read The Screwtape Letters several times before, but each time I revisit it I find something new...

"Prayers today are one of the innumerable co-ordinates with which the Enemy [i.e. God - a devil is writing the letters!] harmonises the weather of tomorrow."


I've been wanting to make a video of all my Penguin English Library books for awhile, and I finally got around to it last month! The PEL I'm reading at the moment is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - lots of adventure on the high seas.

What have you been reading lately?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DIY Minnie Ears: Floral & Rose Gold Wire

There's one DIY craft that has become very popular in the Disney community...but I had never tried my hand at it...until now!


I'm talking about homemade Mickey/Minnie Ears! There's *such* an astounding variety on Instagram and Etsy, but I wanted to try to create my own...


I figured while I was at the craft store gathering supplies, I might as well get enough for two pairs of ears! Here's what you'll need...


FLORAL EARS

-- green headband (if you'd rather it blend in with your hair, be sure to get a headband that's close to your hair color!)
-- variety of fake flowers and vines (get different sizes, shapes, and colors to make it a whole garden!)
-- long bendable fake reeds to use as the base for the ears
-- tiny forest friend (like my two little blue birds!)
-- hot glue gun


ROSE GOLD EARS

-- coppery/rose gold headband
-- 16-guage coppery/rose gold wire
-- hot glue gun
Be sure to check out the video for the complete step-by-step process! I think they turned out really well, and I can't wait to wear them the next time I'm in the parks. :)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel: Resort Tour & Craftsman Club!

You all know how much I love the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World and its amazing Royal Palm Club Level. Well today I'm taking you across the country to the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland and its amazing club level!


They even said "Have a Grand Day" when we checked in. 😊

Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Anthropologie Style & Homeware Haul!

It's been awhile since I uploaded a style video to my channel, and since I had some excellent luck in the Anthropologie sale section recently both in dresses and homeware, I thought a haul was in order!


Am I the only one who finds it impossible to leave Anthropologie without buying one of those cute colored bowls? 😍 I also threw in a Nordstrom find - a lovely pink and blue dress for Easter!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

LEGO Disney Princess Castles

Confession: I love Disney Princess LEGO.


The little princess figures are just charming - and make for perfect mini trip mascots!


The castles the princesses come with are also just gorgeous - I recently posted a video with my favorite palaces. 🏰 I don't think anybody could ever be too old for these sets! They're so detailed and cleverly constructed. Not only are they the perfect way to add some castle vibes to my space, but I also want to collect them because I bet my daughter will want to play with them someday. 😊

Are you a LEGO fan? Tell me your favorite set in the comments!

Monday, March 5, 2018

February 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

A new bookish video just went up on my YouTube channel!


I got through quite a few books in February: some hits and some misses. I read Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple which was different from my typical Brit Lit, but I really loved the writing...

"If we could be seen thinking, we would be shown blown bright one moment dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's."

Another quote I loved from that book was referring to one of the characters reading classics and challenging books: "She deliberately put herself in touch with greatness."


Of course there was also plenty of Tolkien this month! I finished up The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and I'm starting a re-read of The Hobbit next. I had so many favorite scenes and lines, but here's just one about the mysterious forest of the elves, Lothlorien...

"It strikes me that folk takes their peril with them into Lorien, and finds it there because they're brought it. But perhaps you could call her perilous, because she's so strong in herself."

What books did you enjoy this month? 📚

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party Review

"Ready to begin..."


"...let the wonder take hold!" Go ahead and put on the Happily Ever After soundtrack, because in today's blog post we've got fireworks and desserts!


We decided to splurge for our first viewing of Happily Ever After from inside the park and book the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Party. Be sure to watch the video for the full vlog & review!
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