Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of 2014 Pixie Dust Highlights

2014 has seen lots of new pixie dust and adventuring here on the blog, such as....


--Travels out to Disneyland in California and aboard a Disney cruise.  My family still frequently breaks out into the World of Color soundtrack from DCA, and I often dream of watching a quiet sunset while strolling on deck.  Ahhh...

--Plenty of cupcakes, of course, including: grey stuff, the wonderful strawberry lemonade cupcake at Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk Bakery goodness, and a brand new Disney cupcake guide and poster


--Hidden Disney details to test your expertise with a Downtown Disney scavenger hunt, a Disney Dream Cruise Ship scavenger hunt, and lots of weekly trivia!


--New club level reviews from the deluxe Disney resorts - the Polynesian's King Kamehameha and the Kilimanjaro concierge level at the Animal Kingdom Lodge have always been my two favorites, but I think the Royal Palm Club at the Grand Floridian might trump them both. :)

--MyMagic+ was still brand new to us last January!  In 2014, we discovered the ins and outs of the MagicBand, listened for cute Fastpass Plus chimes, and dreamed up some MagicBand DIY decorating ideas!

--Planning strategies for your park bag.

--Disney Princess Pro Tips for finding your true love.

--Wild Africa Trekking at the Animal Kingdom.

--Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Partying with the Trolley People. :)

Thanks for sharing 2014 with me, friends - hope your new year is magical. :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Wardrobe Favorites

One thing I love about the holidays is getting all dressed up in my December finest...

There's a new video up on my channel about winter style, and I thought I'd share some style ideas, photos, and details on here as well!

Outfit number one features a gorgeous wool jacket by Angel of the North - I found this in the sale section at Anthropologie a few years ago.  I love this brand - their sweaters are beautifully tailored with such unique details.


I love the swingy shape from the front - and the embroidered flowers cascading down the back add a colorful finish!


Outfit number two!  This cowl neck top is from Athleta - I've mentioned their classy swim dresses in the past.  I love the color and long sleeves with thumb holes.  The skirt I found at Macy's in New York, and it's my new favorite thing.  It's so swishy and swirly!  This look is finished off with my trusty Cambridge Uggs.  They recently came out with these in a whole rainbow of new colors - love!


Outfit number three is a black Gap dress which I wore during our October Disney trip...

Disney Bounding as Witch Minnie Mouse!

This winter I've been pairing the black dress with some very funky leggings from Target - love the geometric pattern and the grey and white against the black. 

Outfit number four is all about this ribboned swing skirt from Anthropologie.  I had my eye on it all autumn and was so excited to find it in the sale.  It's the perfect party skirt! :)

Last but not least, we can't talk winter wardrobe without a fabulous coat! has such a unique selection of cold weather wear - that's where I found the Winterberry Tart coat in black.  It's got a beautiful pleated skirt, slightly longer in the back than in the front for just the right amount of drama!

What are your winter wardrobe favorites this year?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Top 7 Walt Disney World Christmas Trees

When Walt Disney World decks the halls for the holidays, they do it up big!

There are so many impressive elements: wreathes, garlands, bows, ornaments, gingerbread displays galore.  But for the most quintessential and stunning festive pixie dust, I think you've got to look at the TREES.

Today I've got a list of the top seven not-to-be-missed evergreens at Disney!


We're starting our Christmas tree quest at the Magic Kingdom!

That unmistakable Main Street and Town Square vista that greets you when you first enter the park is dominated by an enormous, gorgeous tree!

I love the giant popcorn garlands and gingerbread cookie ornaments.

And who knows what you'll find under the tree...maybe a Santa Duffy Bear! ;)

At night, the tree has just enough twinkle to draw your eye further down Main Street to the main attraction - the shimmering, frosted lights on Cinderella Castle!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Beauty & the Beast Christmas in New Fantasyland

New Fantasyland gives Disney plenty of new opportunities for new festive decor at the holidays, and I'm happy to say they've got some really cute Christmas pixie dust going on here - inspired by Beauty & the Beast!

The rooms of the Beast's Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant are gorgeous at any time of year, but come December they are decked to the hilt!

You'll find trees and garlands in the castle and in Bonjour Village Gifts too - love the bouquet of sparkling white poinsettias on the table.

Gaston merchandise is framed by evergreens and red ribbons!

Plenty of potential presents also line the walls. ;)  I've been searching for the new Chip mug, and guess what my brother just brought home as an early Christmas present?

Best surprise ever!  This little guy has been hard to find - they were all out at Bonjour Village Gifts, the Emporium, and even World of Disney.  My brother found him at the Pantry at Downtown Disney (behind Earl of Sandwich).  Thank you, Aramis!


It's probably the snowy scene from "Something There," but I love Beauty and the Beast at this time of year.

The village looks charming...

...but the best decorations are in the castle at Be Our Guest...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bryant Park Winter Village | NYC Trip Report

For today's blog post, I'm whisking you away to New York City to do some (virtual!) Christmas shopping in Bryant Park...

Love the Empire State Building rising above the trees...there's nothing like New York.

The trees were still green when we visited at the end of October, but the winter festivities had already begun...

An ice skating rink had taken over the center of the park!

If you're looking to skate under the skyscrapers but want to avoid the high prices and crowds at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park is a great option!  The rink is open from the end of October all the way through February.

You'll also find row upon row of holiday booths - they're part of the "Bank of America Winter Village" as well.  It was so much fun to peruse the small shops - just like the Christmas markets you'll find in big cities in Europe this time of year!


Hats of all shapes and sizes and glittering jewelry displays.


There were so many unique items to discover - just look at that scarf.  It's not so much a scarf as a vine of felt flowers for your neck!

It was so lovely strolling beneath the trees, savoring the smell of tasty eats wafting from the cafes - and is that a carousel I see? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jingle Cruise: Magic Kingdom Christmas Cheer

As we're trimming trees and counting down to the holidays throughout December, we're taking a look at some of  Walt Disney World's best Christmas decorations on A Pinch of Pixie Dust.  I love how the resorts and shops get decked out...but some of the attractions get into the spirit of the season too!

The ever-popular and punny Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom becomes the JINGLE CRUISE!  See the candy cane "i?"

The explorer packs hanging on the walls are stuffed with candy canes and poinsettias!  There are lots of little touches of holiday cheer added in... wilderness garland decking out the entrance waiting area!  One of my favorite Jingle Cruise details can be found atop the boats:

The names are all changed!  It's the "Poinsettia Sal..."

The "Candy Cane Connie."

...and "Mistletoe Minnie!"

The little hut by the docks is strung with Christmas lights!  Once you embark on your cruise, you'll find  lots of silly holiday jokes added into the skipper spiel.

I was a disappointed last year that there weren't many decorations throughout the ride proper - they were concentrated more in the queue and at the docks.


In the Jingle Cruise poster that Disney put out, the animals were wearing santa hats, which they were sadly not wearing in the actual ride.  Wouldn't that elephant look great in red?

And I think the branch above this guy is just begging for some mistletoe. ;)

This year it sounds like the holiday overlay is more impressive as a shipment of decorations has crash-landed in the jungle!

The cast members do get some holiday gear - I love the Jungle-Cruise-brown Santa Hats!

And Trader Sam gets some jingle bells as he wishes you a Happy (Headhunting) Holidays!