Thursday, May 28, 2015

Central Park & Bethesda Terrace | NYC Trip Report

We're travelling to New York City on A Pinch of Pixie Dust today!


When I last left off in my NYC trip report, my cousin Becky and I had just arrived in the city, strolled through Bryant Park, had a lovely pastry lunch, and explored the New York Public Library (read that post here!).  We headed North on Fifth Avenue to get to our next stop...


We may or may not have made a detour for American Girl Place. ;)


It was so much fun to admire the stunning fashions in the fifth avenue windows...


...passing by Tiffany's!


That juxtaposition of leafy green trees packed in between buildings, the street below busy with cars - it's such a New York sight!


Central Park has the same striking contrast - soaring branches and soaring skyscrapers!

 

Our destination was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but we decided to take a detour to explore Central Park first...


...where there are benches for days. :)


Climbing to look out over the "Dene" (I believe that's what this part of the park is called!).


There are several woodland gazebos perched on various rock outcroppings in the park.  The biggest one is called the "Cop Cot" and has Scottish origins.  Apparently they do wedding ceremonies in it!


Becky is an Avengers fan, so we had to stop by Bethesda Terrace to try to find the spot where Thor blasted off to Asgard.


The arcade beneath the street was beautiful - this is the Minton Tile ceiling.  It was originally created in the 1860s and restored in 2000.  How amazing it would be for the designers from the 1860s to look forward and know that it was still being enjoyed by Central Park goers over a hundred and fifty years later.


We crossed under to have a look down the Mall...


It was hard to put my camera away, because every vista seemed prettier than the last - those American elms seem to be glowing in yellow and green!


These feet would be walking all over NYC that weekend!  Becky claimed that we had walked 50 miles by the end of the first day, and the number only went up as time went on.  You see so much more when you walk a city though - it was definitely worth it.


Another look at the fountain and lake beyond.



The statue represents the Angel of the Waters from the Gospel of John...


...but I think it's an Angel of the Pigeons too!


Soon we continued on towards the Met.  We passed bikers...


...and boaters!


Central Park is featured in so many movies and tv shows; you constantly seem to be passing something you've seen on the screen.  We were reminded of Enchanted a time or two, and I'm not sure I've seen a scene filmed exactly here, but it looks dramatic and cinematic enough with all that ivy hanging from the bridge!


Coming up next: the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Scenic Line of the West with Mickey & Friends

It's Wednesday, and that means we're turning our attention yet again to the details at Disney World to test your expertise...


...for instance, have you ever noticed the map of the "Scenic Line of the West?"


There are all sorts of scenes featuring Mickey and his friends adventuring across the country...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern & the Amazing Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

One of my family's favorite meals at Walt Disney World is lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern, for one simple reason:


OOEY GOOEY TOFFEE CAKE.  It's one of the best desserts at Disney.


But the Ooey Gooey isn't the only thing to love here.  


There are some tasty savory-rather-than-sweet options on the menu too (you know, if you don't just want to have dessert for lunch...).  I've got a new Disney restaurant review for y'all today, so get ready to eat!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Magic Kingdom Details | Castle Couture

Window shopping at Walt Disney World is always a fun pastime because so often the displays aren't just merchandise - they're works of art!


Today we're pausing outside of Castle Couture, the Royal Dressmaker just behind Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland.  There are lots of beautiful details inside the shop, including a color-changing dress for Princess Aurora; but if you look outside you'll find Aurora's dress still under construction...


The scene in Sleeping Beauty (this one!) where the three fairies are using their magic to prepare for Aurora's birthday is just charming, and this window brings it to life!


There's the elegant dress swirling around and all sorts of sewing supplies set out...


...the fashion book is open to the right page!  Pink or blue?


I love the needles and spools of thread hovering in the air, finishing the stitches, and there's magic pixie dust everywhere! :)

Do you have a favorite window scene at Disney World?  Share it in the comments!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trolley Girl #DisneySide Costume

I have many different Disney Sides...I think we all do...but one of my favorite Disney Sides has to be my Trolley Girl side...


I have always loved the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show and the Trolley Show and the Main Street character style - the parasol!  the petticoat!  the spats!!


My brother and I were trolley people at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this past fall (here we are with Casey Jr...coming down the track...), and I can't wait to wear it again tomorrow for the Disney 24 Hour day at the Magic Kingdom.  Guests are allowed to dress up in costume, and the trolley people are coming back!


A few readers have asked about how the costume came together, so in today's post I'm breaking it down piece by piece!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Where in WDW: Spice Shelf

This week's Where in WDW trivia has a culinary theme...


...do you know where to find a shelf full of spices?  It's right next to lots of cookery and a big fireplace where we could stir up some stew.  Share your guess in the comments!

Mickey and Humphrey can be found on a sign at the Wilderness Lodge on the walkway from the mail building to the villas!

Find Disney Scavenger Hunts here.
Find more Disney World trivia posts here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Shake Shack New York | NYC Trip Report

Happy Monday everybody!  It's time for some new blog deliciousness...


...today we're headed to an amazing fast food restaurant called Shake Shack.  They began as a food stand in Madison Square Park, and now they've got multiple locations around the country.  My cousin Becky and I passed the Theater Square location on our trip to NYC and decided we had to stop and give it a try...


...it turned out to be a very good decision!  The burgers and fries were AMAZING.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

5 Places to Relax at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Saddle up for relaxation, my friends.  Today's post is all about WDW resort hotel appreciation...


The Wilderness Lodge on Bay Lake is one of my favorite deluxe Disney World resorts, and it has the ultimate restful lodge atmosphere.

We recently looked at 5 Places to Relax at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and we're slowing things down again today (no commando touring allowed!) to check out 5 beautiful spaces to sit and enjoy the Wilderness Lodge...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Currently Links...05.15.2015

I hope everybody's had a magical week!  Some things I've been enjoying lately...

currently reading...The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I've read it before, but every time it makes me chuckle and then makes me pause and think - the best kind of book. :)

currently listening to...Nothin' Like You by Dan + Shay.  Such a sweet country song!

currently trying out...the new app Periscope.  It lets you do live broadcasts!  I love the live videos from Disney World...can't wait to do some myself next week on our trip!!

currently Disney blog reading...Mouse on the Mind pairs up fashions from the Met Gala with Disney characters...love it!

and...Rolling with the Magic reflects on the best way to end a trip...with some early morning Epcot snacks at Les Halles boulangerie and gorgeous pics.

currently looking forward to...Star Wars Weekends, which begins today - we'll be there next weekend!  Have you heard about the Rebel Hangar lounge?  The eats look amazing on the Disney Food Blog...there's a Jabba the Hutt cupcake!

Just in case you missed it, check out the newest pixie dusted blog posts...


...and videos!




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where in WDW: Mickey & Humphrey

This week's Wednesday Disney World trivia features a mouse and a bear...


You might know them - it's Mickey Mouse and Humphrey Bear (from the Donald Duck cartoons!).  Humphrey is riding an old-fashioned bicycle.  That takes skill.  Also, did you know that kind of bike is called a penny-farthing?

ANYway, have you ever seen this sign?  Post your guess in the comments and tune in next week for the answer.

The "Code of the West" can be found posted in Pecos Bill's Restaurant in Frontierland.

Find Disney Scavenger Hunts here.
Find more Disney World trivia posts here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Top 7 Disney Desserts at Epcot

Stacey has her top seven must-do's at Walt Disney World; today I've got seven must-snack desserts!  We've already looked at some of the Magic Kingdom's tastiest treats, and now we're heading to EPCOT for more Disney deliciousness...


From Future World to World Showcase...I hope you guys aren't too hungry...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Goofy Golf on the Disney Cruise Line

You may have played mini golf...but have you ever played Goofy golf?


The mini golf course on board the Disney Dream cruise ship is called "Goofy Golf," and we're going to take a look at the loopy links today...

 

So grab your club and take your position!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bryant Park & NYPL | NYC Trip Report

Welcome to New York...it's been waiting for you...


I'm starting a brand new trip report today!  My cousin Becky and I had some fabulous adventures on a trip to New York City this past fall, and I can't wait to share...



The new Taylor Swift song "Welcome to New York" had literally just come out, and I definitely had it on repeat that weekend.  The timing was perfect, and listening to it now takes me straight back to all the excitement of setting off for the city...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Where in WDW: Code of the West

Respect the land.  Defend the defenseless.  And don't ever spit in front of women and children...


Do you follow the Code of the West?  And do you know where in Disney World you'll find these cowpoke rules posted?  Put your guess in the comments!

Last week's photo sign can be found in Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama in the Animal Kingdom theme park.

Find Disney Scavenger Hunts here.
Find more Disney World trivia posts here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pretty Notecards & Stationery Stash!

Confession: I. am addicted. to pretty stationery.

As much as I enjoy all the more modern means of communication on the Internet, there will always be a special place in my heart for a good-old-fashioned written letter, and lukcily there are plenty of gorgeous cards and notebooks out there!


I posted a new haul video on my YouTube channel last week full of finds from Barnes & Noble, Target, Rifle Paper Co, and Vera Bradley...and I wanted to share my stationery stash on here as well!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer at the Grand Floridian | WDW OOTD

I think that a Disney trip is an occasion worth dressing up for, and if that trip includes a stop at the Grand Floridian Resort, you've got even more reason to add some style to your vacation wardrobe...


I've got a new WDW Outfit of the Day post, and it involves a lovely Lilly Pulitzer dress!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Minnie Mouse at Kohl's and Currently Links...05.01.2015

Happy May Day!  Just a few fun finds for your Friday...

currently reading...Daniel Deronda by George Eliot.  I've enjoyed Middlemarch in the past, so I'm excited to improve my acquaintance with Mary Anne Evans.  I also just watched the movie adaptation; it's fun to go back to the original!

currently reading in the news...love Pope Francis's recent remarks on women's rights and marriage.

currently waiting for...the arrival of the new royal baby!  Nothing yet, but Mama Snob and I are eagerly watching the Kensington Palace twitter feed.

currently celebrating...World Stationery Day (who knew that was a thing??) was earlier this week, and I've got a new haul video to share my stationery stash...lots of Barnes & Noble, Vera Bradley, and Rifle Paper Co. goodness!

currently shopping...at Kohl's and guess what I found:


Some dresses from the new Minnie Mouse collection by Lauren Conrad!  The full line comes out May 10th, but I guess my local Kohl's got some of the items in early and put them out...


This dress comes in white and red, and I just love the pattern...

 

...hidden Minnies and flowers - so sweet!

 

I'm waiting to see the whole collection before I buy anything.  I hope there'll be some dresses with sleeves.  Why does everything have to be sleeveless?  It's like there's a plot against sleeves.  I'm also not a huge fan of the wide open back, but I do like that the skirt is full and swishy.

I know I'm kinda all over the place with this week's links, but that's half the fun. :)  What have you guys been enjoying this week?

Don't forget to catch up on the recent blog posts...

Where in WDW: Soda Crossing and Picture Spot

...and new videos!


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