Saturday, June 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Fashion Diary: Spring/Summer 2017

I've really enjoyed doing these fashion diary blog posts from our past few Disney trips! I love planning out my Disney wardrobe, so looking back at my outfits is kinda a great way to summarize our adventures in the parks and resorts. 😄 Today I have some brand new style and magic from our Disney World vacation in May...without further adieu...

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Nothing beats that just-arrived-at-Disney feeling! The dress is from ModCloth, the shoes are Sperry's. We arrived in Florida in the afternoon and headed straight to the Animal Kingdom - we were hoping for a soft opening for Pandora that day - alas, no luck. But instead we got to experience...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bookstore Bliss: Topping & Co. in Ely, England

Bookstores are one of my favorite places to visit when I travel, and when exploring the cathedral city of Ely in England last summer, I discovered what might be my favorite bookshop EVER.


It's called Topping & Company, and they have locations in Bath, St. Andrews in Scotland, and Ely.  There were three floors, windows with cozy seating looking out over the cathedral towers, and a wonderful assortment of books to peruse. They also give you FREE coffee or tea - proper coffee and tea with a polka dotted cup, pot, cream, and sugar - and a little biscuit (aka cookie for Americans) in the cutest little tray. Seriously I kinda want to buy one of those trays to use at home.


We were visiting Ely because Elizabeth Goudge, an author I absolutely love, used to live there, and I've read that the city in her book Dean's Watch is based on Ely. As I mentioned in the Topping & Co. video, I'm sharing the complete vlogs from our England and Ireland trip on my Patreon page, so there are more videos where I talk about Elizabeth Goudge and share our trip to the cathedral (we even got to go up on the roof and see the towers up close!) on Patreon.  There are about a dozen #EmmainEngland vlogs up on Patreon right now, and a new one gets uploaded every Friday. Any patrons giving $5 a month or more get access to all the videos, so if you're interested in watching more or would like to help support my content, I hope you'll check it out! :)

Have you ever been to Topping & Co? What's your favorite bookstore to visit?

Friday, June 9, 2017

All the #DisneyWalls: Top 4 WDW Instagram & Photo Tips!

I don't know about you, but when I'm happy and having a good time, I always end up taking lots of pictures. I just get shutter-happy - I want to remember the moment!


So it's no surprise that I take plenty of photos at Walt Disney World and of course like to share them online. But you probably knew that already. 😉

I just uploaded a new video with my top Instagram and photo tips for Disney on my YouTube channel, so I thought I'd share them with some of my favorite Instagram shots here as well! And I should probably mention that the photos of me were taken by my lovely mom. She's always loved photography and taking pics of my brothers and me, and her shots are gorgeous.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017 Quote Collection

"She sometimes suspected she had nice ankles but nobody had ever mentioned it before."


It's time for another quote collection! Without further adieu...

"Barney Snaith had a way of saying things that gave them poignancy. When he said good evening you felt that it was a good evening and that it was partly his doing that it was. Also, you felt that some of the credit was yours."

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

(The first quote is from The Blue Castle as well - did a buddy read of this with some lovely booktube ladies, and we all just loved it - a treat!)

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"It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano."

"Cecil made one talk in his way, instead of letting one talk in one's own way. This tired one. Was that it? And Cecil was the kind of fellow who would never wear another fellow's cap."

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

(Could barely keep up with all the quotations I wanted to copy out of this book. Quirky and sometimes pretentious but also self-consciously and delightfully absurd - and yet exploring these really interesting insights and truths buried beneath the absurdity.)


You can hear more about A Room with a View in my Garden Book Tag video!

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"Mrs. Corner would have disbelieved the statement if she could, but she could not disbelieve it; nobody could be in Mrs. Duff's company for ten minutes without realizing that here was a woman who scorned untruth."

Summerhills by D.E. Stevenson

(So charming, heart-warming, and well-written - D.E. Stevenson never disappoints. Mrs. Corner, by the way, is, according to the character Nannie in the book, a "sumph." What a great word.)

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"The ways of joy like the ways of sorrow are may; and hidden away in the depths of Judith's life - though as yet she knows it not - is the germ of another life, which shall quicken, grow, and come forth at last."

Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy

(Found this Persephone Book for $3 at a used book shop and ended up quite liking it. Rather melancholy, but there was a Jane Austen quality to the writing and the insight into the characters that I really liked.)

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"And how about Rome? Don't even let yourself think that it can't be. Say at once that it shall be."

"How strange it is rummaging in all that old metaphysical lumber." (about Schoepenhauer)

"[Henry James] talks, thank heaven, more lucidly than he writes."

The Letters of Edith Wharton edited by R.W.B & Nancy Lewis

(Highly literary and intellectual, full of European adventuring and little evocative descriptions and scenarios that take you straight back in time to the moment - really enjoying these letters!)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Flower & Garden Food Favorites | Is the Violet Lemonade Worth the Hype??

The 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival ends this weekend, and I'm so glad we got to experience it on our trip last week! The topiaries, the floating flowers, and of course...the food!


My brother Athos and I had to continue our tradition of Disney Top 5 videos and share our top picks from the snack booths...


...sooo delicious!

 

The drinks are just way too cute - on the left is the maple popcorn shake from Northern Bloom, on the right the violet lemonade from Pineapple Promenade. I feel like you see the violet lemonade EVERYWHERE on instagram and social media, and obviously it's adorable, but here's the million dollar question: does it taste as good as it looks?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Top Disney World Packing Tips | Video Series

All Disney fans know that while being at Walt Disney World on vacation is the absolute best, there's one other thing that comes pretty close in awesomeness - and that's preparing for your Disney vacation. The anticipation is half the fun. 😄

I posted three new videos on my YouTube channel recently to walk you through all my packing tips!



We started out with travel makeup recommendations - be sure to check out the comments on this video as well, because I got so many amazing tips from you guys of new products to check out!



Then we moved on to the all-important Disney Style. I just love planning out my wardrobe - look for a new fashion diary post here on the blog soon!



Last but not least, the do's and don'ts list of packing - all the essentials I like to make sure I remember and a couple of things I leave behind.

Share your Disney packing tips, tricks, and rituals down in the comments!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Top 4 Mystery Authors & an Epic Library

When my friend Kate from BookTube asked me if I was interested in meeting up with her to check out a mystery exhibit at a gorgeous library, I knew it was time for a weekend bookish adventure.


We had such at amazing time at the Parkway Central Library at both the exhibit and the Gumshoe Experience going on - we got to become sleuths like Sherlock Holmes and run all around the library looking for clues and trying to solve a mystery!

I packed some other adventures into the vlog as well - bookshop browsing, lunch at Le Pain Quotidien (AHHHmazing), exploring the Barnes Foundation, and finally wrapping things up by sharing four of my favorite mystery authors. :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Walt Disney World Vlogs: January 2017

I've been trying out a new style of videos on my channel lately - generally I like to make one video on a certain topic: a room tour at a resort, a review/vlog of a certain restaurant or ride. But I thought I'd do a series of longer overview vlogs...


There are a total of four in the series! They take you from our flight to our first evening at Disney Springs and our first full park day at the Magic Kingdom...

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