Bobby and I are currently at Walt Disney World for the Creators Celebration, and we brought our niece Roxy and nephew Ryder with us! We’re spending a few days at the parks and then we’re heading out on our very first Disney cruise. I know it may seem like we live at WDW (we have annual passes, so we like to make the most of them!) but this time is work related. Can I call a conference at the Most Magical Place On Earth work? Debatable, but let’s just roll with it.
Anyway, we’re extra excited for the cruise because our family loves cruises. I’ve only been on one, but I loved that it kind of forced me to relax. This one is just a 3 day, so I doubt I’ll do as much reading and lounging about — especially since I forgot to pack my current book — but I’m hoping to rest my feet at least a little bit. After all the walking at the parks, I think I’ll need it!
Make sure to watch my stories to keep up with our trip. We spent the first day at Magic Kingdom, the second at Epcot, and we have a couple days left before the cruise. We’re also staying at the newest resort, and I have a little room tour if you want to see it. If you have been on a Disney cruise, please let me know any tips you might have!
I love Valentine’s Day mostly because I love the color combination of pink and red, and also…I like chocolate. And candy. And Bobby and I always go to Shake Shack. I put together 5 Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for you to try, but to be honest I would wear these any day of the year. Which one is your favorite?
This dusty rose color is one of my favorites to start an outfit with, because there are so many colors I like to pair with it: red, goldenrod, cream, other shades of pink, and of course green! I recently bought this coat and was a little worried I wouldn’t wear it enough, but I’ve been wearing it nonstop. It’s warm, long without being overwhelming, and since it’s solid, I almost treat it like a neutral. Since I hiked up the dress a little bit, I like that the boots and long coat give it a little more balance.
I know socks and sandals can be seen as a faux pas, but I kind of love it when the socks are pretty. These Lirika Matoshi socks are meant to be seen, and are subtle enough that they almost need a second glance. I also like mixing textures, which is why I chose velvet sandals! The trapeze fit of this dress gives off a sort of 60s vibe, so I paired it with a vintage coat, lucite handle bag, and a beret that I can throw up in the air for a Mary Tyler Moore moment.
Speaking of Lirika Matoshi, here’s a second outfit with one of her pieces. My Lirika Matoshi tulle star skirt has gotten a lot of wear since I bought it, and it can be quite the head turner! I sometimes treat my dresses as blouses, and layer a skirt over them for more versatility. Since the dress is voluminous, it almost acts like a petticoat under the skirt. And to avoid being one giant poof, I added a belt to give some waist definition. A longer, more tailored coat pulls it all together. And of course, my favorite pink Keiko-Chan x Bonlook glasses!
Red and pink isn’t just for Valentine’s Day, in my opinion! I especially love this dusty rose or a light blush with red. In this case, I added a bow belt (so inexpensive and cute!), red tights and shoes, and since I love mixing textures, I layered with a faux fur coat in a strikingly similar color as the dress.
I found Olaf! He lives at Mohonk Mountain House. I’ll tell you more about our trip to this magical winter wonderland as soon as I’m done editing photos, but let’s just say I did NOT want to leave and I can’t wait to go back.
I have a major aversion to extreme temperatures: I don’t sweat, so I overheat and throw up or pass out when it’s super hot, and I get what I call zombie hands and feet when it’s cold. They turn white and blue and dark red. But thank goodness for panda mittens and Uniqlo’s heattech, which is the biggest life saver. It’s lightweight and great for layering. While I pretty much lived in Madewell and AGOLDE jeans this week–I seriously get every penny’s worth out of those–layering heattech leggings underneath my favorite 200 denier h&m tights made it so that I could wear dresses, too. Have you ever tried those tights? They last forever (seriously, I wash mine all the time and have had some of them for years) and are under $10 a pair.
On our way back from Florida, Bobby and I stopped in Charleston for less than 24 hours. It was my second time–his first–and we had such a wonderful day of good food, pretty sights, and gorgeous weather. Bobby fell in love with it, and who could blame him? It’s a charming little city. Last time I was there, I was with my best friend Lauren and we stayed at the gorgeous Zero George. This time, we booked a last minute hotel on Hotel Tonight (I think the Hyatt?) since it was a spontaneous stop. While I highly prefer Zero George, I couldn’t justify the cost for less than 24 hours. But maybe next time? Or maybe I’ll just knock on the door of one of these rainbow houses.
Bobby and I went ice skating at Rockefeller Center shortly before we had to head down South for the Winter. Does that make us true snowbirds? We met up with Courtney and Paris, one of our favorite couples in New York, and went to dinner afterward. I know sometimes I focus to much on the negativity that the internet brings, but it can be truly wonderful as well. I’ve met so many friends through various internet platforms: Open Diary, Livejournal, this blog, instagram. Sometimes I forget that’s how so many of us met.
I’m grateful for that, because since I’ve always been self employed (and I don’t drink, so that’s another thing), I met most of my friends through school or the internet in one way or another. Though I don’t have a blogger clique or a girl squad–I mean, I’m 35–I’ve been lucky to meet some pretty awesome people in this funny little business we stumbled upon.