Category Archives: Things I Love

Disney Springs: Cherry Tree Lane

Even though this trip was slated as a Universal/Islands of Adventure vacation, we still managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Disney Springs after checking into our hotel on Thursday evening. In the last few years, Disney Springs has undergone a huge transformation, leaving only the vaguest traces of its less glamorous former self aka Downtown Disney. I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few times in the last two years, and it just keeps getting better. One of the newest additions to the Disney Co Op stores is a charming little vintage inspired boutique called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane. I had seen a few articles about its opening, and blogger Penny of The Sconnie Sling lamented the fact that it opened mere days after she left Orlando. It was at the top of my hit list for our very brief visit.

My husband was so lucky we weren’t Magic Kingdom bound on this particular trip. Otherwise, there would have been a serious dent put in our credit card. This place is the most fun a grown up Disney princess wanna-be can have since we aren’t eligible to be styled at the Bippity Boppity Boutique (yes, I checked). This fascinator  was my absolute favorite thing in the shop (closely followed by the white rabbit bag with fluffy tail), and, were it not for my unfortunately fine tresses, it would have been mine.   My degree is in apparel design, and I thought it was a nice touch to have pieces of the inspiration boards for each “collection” framed for everyone to see. Also, as you can see to the right of the “Minnie” dress, the shop also carries crinolines for anyone who wants to amp up their look just a bit more. 

The other thing that I LOVED, that’s right all caps, LOVED was that all the dresses I saw had sizes that accommodated more full figured ladies like yours truly. I am about a 16/18, and I saw options that would easily work for  ladies who need 22/24.  Trust me, there is nothing worse than wanting in on the game of dress up only to be told you can’t play because you’re not a standard size. On my next Disney vacation, you better believe I will be hitting up this spot for a park perfect ensemble.


Sometimes you need pretty shoes

I once read that if you have to get dressed everyday you might as well have fun doing it. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in work environments that don’t support creative dressing. Since I was 14, I have worked in fairly conservative offices, so I’ve learned some tricks for dressing that allow me to express myself without having to incur the wrath of HR. One of those tricks is shoes. Shoes spend most of their time hiding under your desk, and they are one of the last things people look at when you are talking to them. So as long as you don’t go completely crazy, you can usually work fun footwear into your work wardrobe. Being 5’10” I forgo heels mostly in favor of ballet flats.

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Gemma Feather Print Flats – JCrew, Luna Ballet Flat – DSW, Tunedup Flats – Nine West, Mugara Ballet Flat – Amazon, SB Ever – Zappos, Mandalaye Flats – Dillards

These are six of the pairs I am currently coveting. Since I wear my flats most days, I tend to go through them pretty quickly, even if I have several pairs in rotation. So I am almost always on the look out for my next pair. If you are starting your collection from scratch, it’s always a good idea to look at your wardrobe and think about the colors you wear the most. For me, I wear a lot of blacks and jewel tones so I tend to lean towards embellished black and/or metallic shoes. It also helps you decide how to get the most for your money. I always invest a little more in my black shoes because I know they will get the most wear. If you already have some good basics, don’t be afraid to throw in a pattern or texture. Shoes are fun, and you’d be surprised at what a difference a great pair can do to your confidence.


Merry Meet and Happy Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Tonight we celebrate the longest night of the year and the impending return of the sun. Also known as Yule, this day is celebrated with fire, evergreens, and warm beverages. While Christmas is the big day in our house, I still like to nod towards the ancient pagan roots that we steal many of our modern holiday traditions from. This year, Andy and I are going to hang bird seed ornaments and a ball of organic cotton (for nest making) in our backyard, light a few candles, and sip some delicious wassail we conveniently found at Trader Joes. Initially, I wanted to host a big dinner for my friends, but the holiday fates have decided that cooking three Christmas dinners and hosting a Christmas Eve shindig will be enough celebrating for this year. Next year, this beautiful Solstice Celebration by Food by Mars is exactly what I would love to do.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetYou can click on the links above or below to see their full post. Along with recipes for home made small plates and mulled wine, you’ll find festive party recommendations like DIY evergreen wreaths to wear and deck the halls with.


Good Night Moon

When I was in college, my friends and I used to drive just outside the city to an area called the greenway. We always went at night, and we’d spread out quilts on the ground and just lay there talking, sipping hot chocolate and looking at the stars. I remember laying there listening to the breeze ruffling the long grass, feeling the tip of my nose go numb, and literally seeing our words suspended above us as the stars twinkled and the moon hung ripe and full overhead. It’s one of my favorite college memories, and  when I saw these beautiful Luna Lamps, it took me back in time.

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Aside from making me nostalgic, I thought these lamps would be really cool for kid’s rooms. Personally, I’d like a larger one for the living room and a small one for the guest bathroom. We have a lot of family and friends who like to come up for mini vacations and it would make navigating around an unfamiliar house in the dark much easier.

 

All images from here.


Tea Spirits

The other night I was enjoying an epic evening of Pinterest and Netflix, when I stumbled upon an image of a Horse/Tree hybrid entitled “Earl Grey”. Intrigued, I plugged the artist name into Google and discovered the image was part of a long running illustration series entitled Tea Spirits by Los Angeles based artist Heather Penn. I love tea. I’ve been drinking it since I was old enough to have tea parties with my mom, and it’s a key ingredient to my recipe for the perfect afternoon. In a world where coffee beverages seem to rule the hierarchy of beverages, it was really interesting to find someone who not only clearly had a love for tea but loved it enough to wonder what type of animal it would be and take the time to illustrate it.

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Persimmon

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Dragon Oolong

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Houjicha

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Strawberry Green

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Bai Mudan

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English Breakfast

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You can find these prints and more on the artist’s INPRNT page. I am thinking about purchasing one or two for my kitchen. I can see them framed, next to the microwave where we keep a large part of our tea stash. A playful addition to the process of flavor selection, Earl Grey or Strawberry Green?

 

All images are from the artist’s INPRNT page.