Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Girl at the Rock Show

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Shorts: Topshop
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Dr Martens
Bag: Topshop
Necklace: Matalan

Going to rock concerts was one of my passions throughout my teenage years. Unfortunately, I haven't been to many shows as a young adult due to many factors, timing, money, not wanting to go on my own (my friends aren't really into the same kind of music as me). Heck, I think the last gig I actually went too was Rob Zombie in London 3 years ago! Recently, I’ve really been rediscovering music and had a real urge to get back into going to shows and festivals, so decided to put together this gig inspired outfit while i browse ticketmaster. Please come to the UK on your Final Tour okay Motley Crue?

Although we’re in November, gig venues can become extremely hot so wearing light clothing with a jacket can really help. My picks would be these high waisted shorts my sister bought from topshop a few years ago (that I commandeered from her) which could easily be paired with tights to save freezing in queue, as well as a comfy tanktop with my favourite band on. Being wise with shoe choices is a must. I’ve had my feet trampled so many times in a crowd, so Doc Martens ensure I wont be hobbling home. Loose items are a big no if you’re planning on getting into the ‘thick’ of it, so a simple necklace and small backpack make sure nothing is going to get dragged off.

What was the last concert you went to? Do you have any upcoming shows?

xox

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Friday, 7 November 2014

A New Beginning

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After neglecting this blog for the past few months, I’ve decided to have a new beginning. Not just with the blog, but life in general. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut since finishing my under-grad degree and heck, I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, but I do know that I need to get out of this position I’ve found myself in. I feel like I should have it all together now, being 23 shouldn't I have a ‘big girl job’ and be earning a decent living? Not living pay check to pay check on 2 minimum wags jobs. I’m sure I'm not alone in this and I’m writing this post more as motivation for myself to get it together. While alot of my friends are now getting married, having babies and looking towards the future, I’m researching countries I want to visit and activities I want to try; cosplay costumes I want to make and stupid things I want to buy. Maybe I'm not ready for that ‘big girl job’ yet?

Blog wise, I’m going to be expanding my content away from beauty, purely because I’m not as into it anymore. Sure I love wearing pretty makeup and experimenting, but I barely buy it and am just not really bothered by new releases or owning countless high end luxuries. I sure cant afford or particularly want to spend £20 on a shampoo, and although I sometimes splurge on skincare, I stick to the same things. I want to direct my blogs future more towards travel, lifestyle, Disney, cruelty free beauty and creating more of a fashion influence. Blush. Feathers. Lipstick. is mostly for me these days, helping me to stay creative and hopefully, can be used as a tool to get me out of this life rut. Let me know if there is anything you want to see on here and make sure to follow me on social media outlets (linked below). Thank you for sticking with me through this drought <3

How do you stay creative? Do you have any creative outlets that keep you focused?

xox

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Everyday is Halloween

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Skirt: Primark
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Tights: Primark
Belt: Primark
Necklace: Primark

It’s coming up to that time of year when The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus will be a constant fixture on my TV and I find myself reliving my love for old B-Movies. That’s right, Halloween is upon us! Although I live by ‘Everyday is Halloween’, I do gravitate towards the darker side of fashion particularly at this time of year, although truth be known, i pretty much live in black clothing anyway. Today, I thought I would share with you a pre-halloween outfit combination, which of course, has a Disney twist. It’s perfect for the current climate in Britain, which strangely isn't as chilly as it should be. Additionally, the thick ‘fleece’ lined tights will give that little extra protection against the cold, and the leather jacket can be swapped out for a warmer coat if we are to see the frost swoop in before Halloween.

For the day itself I’m going to be working and don't really have any plans unfortunately, other than to curl up with my other half and watch horror films. Do you have any plans for Halloween? Are you dressing up?

xox

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Mickey Mouse Crochet Hat

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When it comes to Disney themed fashion, I cannot get enough. From subtle hints to over the top, I rock it all. So, when my friend’s mum made me this Mickey Mouse hat, I squealed for joy. Literally. I just cannot get over how cute it is! This is most definitely going to be a winter staple as its so cosy and warm, perfect for the British weather. Even more perfect for a winter Disneyland Paris trip (fingers crossed)!

If you are interested in owning one of these beauties, send a message to this facebook page! Hopefully she will set up an Etsy store in the near future as these are just too cute to pass up! I may have to commission a Donald Duck hat from her soon, as I just want more!
Have you made any Disney purchases recently? What is your favourite Disney accessory?

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Walt Disney World June 2014 Trip Report

It’s about time I got this up isn’t it? I want to start adding more Disney Parks related posts on this blog instead of just limiting them to my other one, although I'm still undecided about combining the two blogs and leaving the other one just for ‘working in Disney’ related topics. Anyway, enough rambling, i thought I'd do a summery of mine and Craig’s trip to Florida that we took in June. We visited for 10 days and stayed on International Drive to save money. It was a budget trip and I reckon we did pretty well overall (hotel, flights and Disney tickets working out at £900). I have a more in-depth post on each day over on my Disney/Travel blog, so click on the title links if you want to see more! Although it was cheap, I think in future I would rather just save some more and stay on Disney Property. It’s just easier to be able to pop back to the hotel for an afternoon nap or partake in the array of Disney resort extras. I’m also happy to say, the boyfriend has now been fully converted to Disney, and now regularly says “I want to go back to Disney World!” He’s also started to correct people who say Disneyland instead of Disney World. I taught him well…

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Day 1 Magic Kingdom
Its the only place to start a Disney trip really, isn't it? We got to the park at opening, which I've never actually done before (for Magic Kingdom anyway)! I used to work until quite late on my ICP so never quite made it out of bed early enough, but i was determined to try it out this year. I have to say, I'm converted. The welcome show was amazing and we did so much in such a short amount of time. From now on, Magic Kingdom is going to 100% be a rope drop affair. We pretty much stayed in the park until close, which makes a long 14 hour day! We just couldn't not watch wishes and celebrate the magic though. Speaking of, we actually saw them from a different place than usual. Our usual spot was blocked off because of the refurbishments so we stood in front of the castle in the hub for the first time. I have to say, I prefer my regular spot. The hub was way too cramped although we did still get a great view of the show. Other activities of the day included riding some of my favourite rides, plus some I've never been on, watching Dream Along with Mickey, meeting Snow White and watching the Festival of Fantasy Parade for the first time from the fast pass area! The weather was gorgeous

Day 2 Universal Studios
I originally didn’t intend to go back to universal but seeing as my annual pass was still in date, and Craig is pretty obsessed with Harry Potter, we decided to take advantage. I’m not a massive fan of Universal, i just get really bored there once I've done Wizarding World, although I will be totally going back next Florida holiday to see Diagon Alley. After a long first day in Magic Kingdom, we woke up later and got the 11:40 shuttle to the park, then proceeded to spend the day in Studios, before a brief visit to Island of Adventure. As alot of the rides in Studios are 3D, we couldn't really do them, as 3D movement things make Craig very travel sick, but we did get to experience some of them such as The Mummy, ET, Twister and Men in Black. I was also made up to see the animal actors show, and pretty much just went ‘awww’ throughout the whole thing. For most of the day we were also stalking the twitter #potterwatch hashtag for diagon alley news, cos sad. Unfortunately, no softs while we were in Florida, but ah well!

Day 3 Blizzard Beach and Magic Kingdom
Even a ‘chill out’ day in Disney can be exhausting! It was an early start for us and off to Blizzard Beach. I’ve never actually been here, as when I went with my parents back in the day, it was closed, and during my ICP I didn't visit the water parks at all. I absolutely loved it! We had planned to meet up with my friend Lindsey, who I worked with in Magic Kingdom during my ICP program (she's now a seasonal cast member) and Tommy, who i also worked with. They came around midday, so for the morning me and Craig floated around the lazy river and played in the wave pool. When Lindsey and Tommy arrived, we did some of the water slides, although I'm not nearly brave enough to do Summit Plummet, and lazy river’ed it up again until it was time to head off to Magic Kingdom, to catch out dinner reservation at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. What was going to be a quick visit soon turned into dancing away at the Move it Shake it Parade, meeting Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbelle, Ariel and experiencing Enchanted Tales with Belle, in which Craig played the knight! In all, a pretty great day shared with great friends!

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Day 4 Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Weekend time! Although we didn't really do many Star Wars related things, as I did most of it last year and Craig was too hot to care. Did I mention this day was extremely hot? Hollywood Studios is the hottest park (due to the black tarmac everywhere that retains heat) and this day we were literally ducking in and out of stores so we could cool off in the air-con. I don’t remember too much of what we actually did looking back. We went on a few rides like rock n roller coaster and the great movie ride, then watched some shows, Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones, plus did the animation class (i freakin love it)! I think the highlight of my day was meeting Sorcerer Mickey! My favourite Mickey costume by far. He was such a cutie. Originally we were going to stay for the Star Wars Weekend fireworks, but we were just too exhausted and decided to head back early.

Day 5 Animal Kingdom
I love Animal Kingdom! It’s my favourite park after Magic Kingdom, I just cannot get bored there! The tree of life always takes my breath away and watching the animals is fascinating. We started with the Kilimanjaro Safari, upon which I saw Lions for the first time. They’ve never been visible the many times I’ve rode this in the past. Lazy lions! We also explored Dino-Land, rode Dinosaur and spent so long in the shop playing with the toys and hats! Other activities included meeting Daisy Duck, meeting Pocahontas, riding Kali River Rapids, watching Festival of the Lion King in its new location at the Harambe Theatre, and nomming at Pizzafari. Towards the end of the day, we had our first rain of the trip! We sat outside of Restaurant-O-Saurus for abit before making the dash to Finding Nemo the Musical. As Animal Kingdom closes early, we spent the evening in Downtown Disney, where lots of pennies were spent. Not feeling particularly hungry, we just grabbed a sandwich at Wolfgang Pucks Express, which was pretty delicious. I really have to try this place for breakfast one day.

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Day 6 Epcot
Although Future World can get a little boring, the World Showcase is one of my favourite places to visit. After doing the main hits like Club Cool, Test Track and Spaceship Earth, plus Journey into the Imagination with Figment (where i absolutely fell in love with him, he’s so cute!), and meeting some characters, we spent the rest of the day mainly exploring the pavilions. I feel like there is always something new to do each time I go, from trying new food to watching the little shows they have on. My favourites have to be the UK pavilion (obviously) and Japan for the veggie sushi and massive store filled with geekery goodness. We managed to catch Mulan during out rounds and popped over to see Donald in his Mexican get-up, to wish him a happy birthday. We also rode the three caballeros ride and Maelstrom (RIP, wahhh!), while waiting for illuminations, which we watched from the UK pavilion. I kind of dismissed illuminations in the past, having only seen it once before, but i actually really enjoyed it. It made me quite emotional and gave me hope and determination to one day represent my country in the UK pavilion as part of the Cultural Representative Program.

Day 7 Fantasmic
This was our designated ‘day of rest’, although we had fast passes booked for Fantasmic preferred viewing in the evening. Hello lie in! It was actually a pretty lazy day. We ended up making a little picnic and sitting by the pool at our hotel, before the storm rolled in. Around 5 we then headed to get the Lynx 50 bus to Disney, upon arrival being told our 9pm Fantasmic show was rained out, boo! We decided to risk the 10:30pm show, although the last lynx bus left the TTC at midnight. It was quite a weird evening to be honest. All the food places closed early, so we had to settle for ABC Commissary (I wanted Pizza Planet boooo!) and ended up getting hot coco as it was pretty cold after the storm. I felt there there wasn't much to do, and that we were just waiting around for Fantasmic. Of course it was worth it, and I was buzzing after seeing my favourite show. Then the mad dash to the busses came. We hopped on a bus to the Polynesian, as the TTC is right next door, and ended up having a lovely chat with the driver and some other guests. The bus driver was amazing! She was a prime example of that famous Disney service, and ended up dropping us off right at the TTC so we wouldn't miss our bus.

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Day 8 Universal Island of Adventures
Our second trip to universal saw us stay in Island of Adventures for most of the day, apart from a brief 20 minutes in which we nipped over to studios see the ‘London Waterfront’, as the barriers were taken down the day before. It rained quite abit, but we did managed to fit in Jurassic Park and the Bilge-Rat Barges around the rain. Ain’t nobody got time for getting even more drenched plus air-con! This day felt more chilled out than our previous universal day, and we spent alot of time wandering around the shops, sitting outside the three-broomsticks with some hot coco and going on some of the ‘tame’ rides, such as those on Seuss Landing. Of course we did wizarding world again, me going on Forbidden Journey on my own as it makes Craig’s motion sickness flare up really bad! As I said previously, I’m getting a little bored of Universal now, and if if wasn't for Diagon Alley, would be giving it a miss for the next few years.

Day 9 Magic Kingdom
The last day boo! We chose to get the 11:40am shuttle from our hotel to the park today, as we were planning on staying until after wishes and I doubt Craig could have kept up, or survived another 14 hour day. We started with our usual strolling around, popping onto rides with a shorter wait time and wandering around the shops misty eyed, wanting everything. It seems to be a ‘thing’ that it always starts to rain when we go onto a water ride, so of course, during Splash Mountain the downpour happened. It literally started moments before the drop. Needless to say, we may as well have just jumped in the water. I vlogged it and it made for some interesting footage let me tell you! Unfortunately, because the rain was so bad the Festival of Fantasy Parade was rained out. It pretty much pissed it down for 3 hours and because there was lightning within 5 miles, all the outdoor rides went 101 which meant the rides that were open suddenly developed massive wait times. We ended up getting some hot coco (i seriously because obsessed with it in the last few rainy days),wandering around the shops and watching some shows. Luckily, the rain stopped before our Mine Train fast passes, I would have been gutted if we didn't get to ride it! Before that though, we met Gaston, such a great character <3 After chatting to him for abit, we headed over to Mine Train! I have to admit, it was a little underwhelming. Not as intense as Thunder Mountain (if that can even be called intense haha) but the theming is fantastic. I did enjoy it though and its worth a ride (just not a 3 hour wait). For the rest of the evening we did some more rides and watched ELP from a great spot in front of a popcorn cart in Frontierland (outside Liberty Tree Tavern). My friend Lindsey was working it so she let us stand infront when it started so we got a great view. It really brought back to many memories of working the carts during the parade or watching it from Frontierland with my roomies, and I did feel a little emotional. After saying goodbye to Lindsey and promising to come back next year, we zipped over to the hub for our wishes preferred viewing fast pass. Because it had rained, we weren't aloud onto the grass but luckily we got a good spot and no one stood right in front of us. Celebrate the Magic and Wishes were as amazing as always, both me (while trying to stop myself welling up) and Craig singing along. Afterwards, it was time for our last ride, The Haunted Mansion, before making our way up main street, glancing back at the castle and promising myself I’ll be back real soon. Once again, another amazing Disney trip with lots more lifelong memories <3

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Although this year was a spare of the moment budget trip, i thoroughly enjoyed it and got to do some new things. That's going to be one of my aims for future trips, to do different things each time that I can ‘tick off’. Hopefully we can plan a 2015 holiday to Disney World and this time stay on Disney property. If you want to see more from my Disney trip or revisit my previous Disney adventures, you can check out my videos here!
Have you been to a Disney Park? When is your next Disney holiday?

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Disney Wishlist

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Black Milk Evil Queen Jacket | Fairytale Collection Mug | Showcase Collection Maleficent
Disney Couture Bangles | Maleficent Dress | Disney Couture Interlocking Rings
Partners Statue | Dumbo Pop Figure | Walt Disney World Holiday

I think I pretty much need all of this in my life. Notice I added a cheeky little Walt Disney World holiday on the end there? That is always on my wishlist! These days, I only really spend money on Disney related things. It’s an obsession. Here is just a a snippet of the things I’ve been lusting after recently. My next big Disney purchase is probably going to be the Aurora 17” limited edition doll (if i manage to get it) or the Aurora and Phillip Designer Couple doll. Yeah… I collect some of the dolls. They’re so pretty! Something that I have been wanting for a while is the Disney Couture Bangles. ‘All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixi dust’ is kind of my life motto as well as ‘have faith in your dreams’. Whenever something goes wrong, those words give me that little something to keep trucking on.

What’s on your Disney wishlist?

xox

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Day at the Seaside

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Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Gift (Game of Thrones)

So, yesterday me and the other half randomly decided to take a trip to Blackpool. I have many childhood memories of this seaside town, as me and my family always used to visit in autumn to see the illuminations that light up the beach front every year. It’s not the most charming place, being abit grotty around the edges, but most people from the north west of England will probably remember visiting the Blackpool Tower or the Pleasure Beach amusement park at some point in their youth. It’s a little sad really, how British seaside towns aren't doing as well as they used too, with people preferring to go abroad. These days, hen and stag parties flock to the bars here but you can still see some of that seaside charm it once had. As it was pretty warm out, I opted to wear my new Primark purchase in the form of a Hogwarts jumper. This is actually classed at nightwear, picking it up from the PJs section, but I prefer it as a jumper! I also wore my favourite Zara black skinny jeans, in preparation for the night time chill, with some battered old shoes which I wasn't afraid to get dirty. Our day consisted of walking along the beach, playing in the arcades, exploring the piers, eating seaside food (chips, donuts, ice-cream) and looking at the illuminations once night fell. I pestered the boyfriend into taking some outfit photos on the beach, something he’s going to be dragged into doing a lot more in the coming months! He’s done pretty well considering he can hardly even focus a camera! Haha.

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Have you ever been to Blackpool? What’s your local seaside town?

xox

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