Our first Disney cruise

garland from HomeGoods, top, pants, and scarf are all vintage.

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!

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5 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

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?

Look 1

H&M Red Cardigan (old, but this sale version in black and burgundy is very similar)

Heart Print Skater Dress (on sale with extra 20% off using code ASOSSALEHAPPY) — this plus size option is similar

Lirika Matoshi heart fishnet socks 

Seychelles Cascade pumps (they come in 5 colors)

Charlotte Olympia clutch

Fenty “Uncensored” Stunna Lip Paint

Look 2

Bonlook Keiko Chan glasses in Sakura (shop the full collection)

Pink Chunky Knit Sweater (similar affordable option)

plaid skirt (on sale, use code ASOSSALEHAPPY for extra 20% off)

Strappy Black Heels (old but these are very similar)

Look 3

Mini Swing Dress with Fringe Cuffs

Different style dress, but very similar color and print plus size option

Over the Knee boots (old but these are similar and affordable)

Flynn black circle bag (similar, less expensive option)

thrifted belt

Look 4

Pink Frill Neck Sweater

Pink Corduroy Skater Dress (on sale for $19.50 and extra 20% off!)

also available in plus size and petite

Madewell Glitter Mary Jane Shoes (old but these gold ones are cute!)

Pop & Suki Pink Box Bag

 

Look 5

Custom Denim Jacket from Daily Disco (using a Levi’s Trucker jacket)

Heart Print Mini Dress (cute plus size midi option)

Red Tights

Red Strappy Heels (old but similar, low block heel version)

Strathberry MC Nano Bag 

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Four Ways to Style A Tiered Dress

Four Ways To Style A Tiered Dress

It’s time for another wardrobe remix! I’ve previously shown four ways to style high waisted jeans, four ways to style overall dresses, four ways to style a jumpsuit, and four ways to style a teddy coat. Today, I’m starting with my Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen ruffle tiered dress to show you four different ways to style it that also work great in the winter. FYI it’s also currently 40% off, so get this dress quick before it sells out! The tiered dress I’m wearing goes up to size XL, but I also love this dress that goes up to size 3XL.

Look one:

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen ruffle tiered dress

Green coat

Over the knee boots (mine are old, but these are cute! and these are very affordable!)

Keiko Lynn x Bonlook glasses

Pom pom beanie

Lucite handle vintage bag

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.

Look two:

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen ruffle tiered dress

Vintage coat (love this one)

Lirika Matoshi socks

J.Crew sandals

Brixton beret (more colors here)

Charlotte Olympia bag

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.

Look three:

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen ruffle tiered dress

Pink coat (similar)

Lirika Matoshi tulle star skirt

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen belt

Keiko-Chan x Bonlook glasses

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen star bag

Madewell glitter shoes (old but available second hand here)

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!

Look four:

Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen ruffle tiered dress

Red bow belt

Pink faux fur coat (similar)

Red tights

Strathberry Nano Tote

Red suede strappy pumps

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. 

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How I stay warm in the winter

Outfit Details:

vintage plaid coat (love this one and this one)

asos sweater dress (more sweater dresses here)

heattech shirt underneath

old UGG winter boots (I’ve had these and my Sorel boots forEVER)

velvet plaited headband (or get the Jennifer Behr version)

black opaque tights with heattech leggings underneath

Smashbox Bang Bang liquid lipstick

old panda mittens, but these are cute!

 

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.

 

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Rainbow Row

Outfit Details:

Staud polka dot “Peri” baby doll dress (also comes in a skirt version)

asos coat

Naturalizer flats — can you tell these are my favorites?? I’m definitely a flats girl!

vintage Coach backpack

velvet plaited headband (4 pack for $11 with free shipping!)

 

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.

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Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

Vintage sweater and skirt, asos coat, Keiko-Chan Heartbreaker frames.

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.

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