OOTD | Pastel Mickey Mouse Inspired Outfit

Wohoo! It’s officially the weekend! Are you as excited as me? 😋 Lately I’ve found myself watching a lot of Disney YouTube videos.  Maybe it’s because I have such good memories of Disney but I find it super relaxing. I’ve really been into watching “Thingamavlogs“, “Magic Journeys, and more recently the “DSNY Newscast“.  Watching those videos reminds me of my adventures.  More specifically, Epcot’s annual Food and Wine Festival, which is hosted in late fall.  In my post EPCOT: How to drink around the [Disney] World | Orlando, Florida I gave out tips on how to prepare for your vacation. But another fun part of these trips is dressing the part!

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I like to be subtle but fun with my outfits when doing anything Disney.  It’s especially fun when you coordinate with whoever you’re going with.  This is more common with larger groups at Epcot.  You tend to see a lot of birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, or family groups coordinating their gear.

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From the shirt you can see that the main image of Mickey is on the back with a hidden Mickey on the front. I picked shorts and accessories to match the colors in the design. In this case it was hot pink and baby blue.

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When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

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There’s no reason you can’t display your Disney pride without being cheesy.  Disney is not just for kids you know. 😉 Have fun and make the most of your memories!

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Mickey ice cream

Hope this post helped inspire you. Let me know your thoughts below. What are your Disney tips?


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Galentine’s Day | Exploring Pasadena, CA

“Galentine’s Day?”, you may be asking.  What exactly is Galentine’s Day?  Well that’s the same question I had when I noticed that hash tag trending in IG – so I looked it up!

Season 2 of Parks and Recs can be credited for starting the trend.  Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s.  According to Wikia, Galentine’s Day is the best day of the year.  It is a day to celebrate your female friendships and it’s basically an excuse to pamper yourselves and have a girls day out.

Armed with excessive FOMO (fear of missing out), my cousin and I set up our Galentine’s date and set out to explore Pasadena.

We started out the day with intentions to do brunch at Urth Caffe.  If you checked out my ‘Breakfast in Southern California’ post, you probably have a good idea of just how amazing breakfast at Urth Caffe is.

Well, things didn’t turn out quite as planned and we missed the breakfast menu.  But that didn’t stop us from enjoying our “brunch”.  We ordered a green tea boba, morrocan tea boba (which tastes like a minty green tea), a chicken pesto salad, and sprout sandwich.

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Our lunch options did not disappoint.  The lunch at Urth Caffe is just as good as the breakfast.

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Did I mention it was my cousin’s birthday?  The main reason for celebration of course!  (Although a Galentine’s Day celebration is also a good excuse.)

Following our lunch, we ventured out to old town Pasadena, one of my favorite places for people watching and window shopping.  We were pleasantly surprised to find an interactive art installation in One Colorado.  It was entitled “Heart Strings”.  Guests were encouraged to take a heart and write a message of love or declaration for an admirer and pin it to strings that were hung from wooden posts.

I was so excited when @EnjoyPasadena re-posted my photo on their Instagram account!

Heart Strings Pasadena

Following our stroll we decided to stop by POP Champagne & Dessert Bar for some bubbly.  It’s not a true brunch unless champagne is involved.  😉

We wrapped up our day with milky buns from AFTERS ice cream.  What is a milky bun you may ask?  Only the most amazing deliciousness wrapped in a donut!

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At AFTERS, we shared a glazed milky bun with cookie butter ice cream and mochi.  Nom nom nom.  Let me tell you, it was delicious.

Oh, I almost forgot. We also managed to squeeze in a photo shoot before the sun went down. That OOTD post still to come. 😉

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Sweet Frozen Adventures around Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

Here’s a peek of my sweet frozen adventures around Disney World & Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. You’ll notice that a couple of the items from Epcot are seasonal since I purchased them at the pop-up Pineapple Promenade during the 2015 International Flower and Garden Festival (March 4 – May 17). But other than that, you can easily get your hands on any of the other sweet treats if you are ever in either park. Nom nom nom. 🙂 Enjoy!

Dole Whip - Sunshine Tree Terrace, Magic Kingdom

Dole Whip – Sunshine Tree Terrace, Magic Kingdom

Mickey Ice Cream - Food Carts, Disney World

Mickey Ice Cream – Food Carts, Disney World

Strawberry Sorbet – L’Artisan des Glaces, Epcot

Violet Lemonade – Pineapple Promenade (Seasonal), Epcot

Dole Whip – Pineapple Promenade (Seasonal), Epcot

Chocolate Chili – Florean Fortescues, Universal Studios

Earl Grey and Lavender – Florean Fortescues, Universal Studios

Coffee and Cherry Garcia – Ben and Jerry’s, Universal Studios

New York Sweet Treats

Who doesn’t love sweets? If your answer is no, then this post is not for you. 😉

When traveling, one of my favorite things to do is to find the best local bakeries, sweet shops, chocolatiers, candy stores, ice cream shops, you name it. Sweets and baked goods are easy to transport, generally maintain a good shelf life, and are rather inexpensive when compared to the $10 t-shirt that’s probably going to end up as a rag one day. Sweets are an experience with nothing but good memories attached. So if you have a sweet tooth like me, here’s a list of some sweet places I discovered in NYC. Enjoy!

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‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate

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225 E 60th ST, New York, NY 10022

Their famous sweet treat is the ‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate.  It’s super sweet and very true to it’s name.  Definitely big enough to share.

MAGNOLIA BAKERY

Grand Central Terminal – 107 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Everyone raves about their Banana Pudding, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try it.  I was able to try their cupcakes on the other hand and they are delicious! The frosting is light and airy with just a hint of sweet and the cake moist and flavorful. Perfect combination.

Mariebelle fine chocolates & CACAO BAR

484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Their flagship location is in Manhattan, but they also have multiple locations in Japan.  I would recommend visiting this chocolate shop just for the Cacao Bar.  The Cacao Bar is located in the back of the shop and has a quaint sexy French vibe.

ButterCup Bake Shop

973 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Their cupcake signature frosting style looks like an outward inward motion, which sounds weird, but it works for them.  As far as taste, the baked goods are subtly sweet and not overwhelming rich, which is definitely a plus because you don’t feel as guilty for over indulging.

CARLO’S BAKE SHOP

95 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Italian family-owned bake shop.  They are famous for their cream filled pastries, ‘Cannolis and Lobster Tails’.  Their cookies have a subtle sweet almond taste which you’ll only find in Italian pastries.  Yes, I watch their show on TLC.  Yes, I am a bit obsessed.  They have a New York location, but the original New Jersey location is worth the trek.  About a twenty minute PATH train ride from Herald Square @ 33rd Street, exit Hoboken.