Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : July 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Disney Trip Recap

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I mad the spontaneous decision to take a quick trip to Disney World!  It was totally out of the norm for both of us to make such an uncalculated decision, however we took the plunge and planned our trip for 4 days at the park.

Since we live in Myrtle Beach, the drive is about 8 hours, but it wound up being closer to 10 with food/bathroom/gas breaks.  We also hit a pretty bad storm on the way down which was not fun at all, especially after driving for 5 hours.  But besides that it seemed to go by pretty quickly!

Once we got into Orlando, we decided to stay outside the park that night since it would be silly to pay for a night in a hotel on site just to sleep.  The hotel was nice and served its purpose for a much more reasonable price.

Our first day at the park was in Hollywood Studios.  Now, I've been to Disney 2 times in the past 5 years or so but I haven't been to this park since before it was Hollywood Studios.  So we were pretty excited to see what was new and relive some old favorites.  I'd have to say that our favorite thing we did all day was the Frozen sing along show.  Mind you we are both grown ass women, yet we both probably enjoyed it as much as the group of kids screaming along behind us.  It wasn't just a sing along, but also a bit of a comedy routine which made it fun for adults as well as the little guys.

We took advantage of our extra magic hours and took a break mid-day to go back to the hotel and unpack our stuff, since we knew we weren't going to want to do it later.  Once we made it back to the park, we did as much as we could and stayed until midnight!

The hotel we stayed at was the Dolphin, and it was super nice!  My mom is a teacher and the Swan & Dolphin give teacher discounts, so we got to stay there instead of something less expensive and less convenient outside of the park.  The best besides how friendly everyone was was the transportation.  There were boats direct to Epcot and Hollywood and buses to all the other parks, including Disney Springs.  It was a lot less stressful than having to drive and park, for sure.

Day two was Animal Kingdom, another park we hadn't been to in a super long time.  My favorite thing besides going through each section was the Finding Nemo show.  It is just so super cool and well done, everyone needs to see it, for real.

After a delicious lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, a favorite from my childhood, we walked around a little more and then went back to the hotel to get read for our Polynesian dinner show.  This was probably the only down point of our trip,  I was so excited to see the show, since I hadn't seen it since I was very little.  Unfortunately, the show got cancelled due to lightening, so we just got to sit there in the rain and eat.  The food was good, and I particularly enjoyed the pulled pork, but my mom wound up getting food poisoning which messed up our plans a bit.  We were a little disappointed with how they handled the whole situation, but what are you gonna do.  At least we looked cute!

That brings me to day three.  We were supposed to do Epcot, however because my mom got sick, we decided to spend the day at the hotel and relax.  We also got to check out Disney Springs, which we may not have gotten to do otherwise, so that was pretty cool.  Disney Springs is basically the expanded version of Downtown Disney.  They added a bunch of great stores, restaurants, and cool things to do like a dine in movie theater and the coca-cola store.

Day four was our personal favorite, Magic Kingdom.  There is no possible was you could be anything less than elated in the Magic Kingdom.  We hit as many rides as we could before the rain came, and it was particularly awful that day.  But we didn't expect much less from Florida in July. We just made our way to the Enchanted Tiki Room and waited it out.  Otherwise, it was a great day!  We accidentally met Ariel, since I got in the wrong line.  I had intended to wait for the ride, but my inner child was grateful.  I did however intentionally wait in line to meet Gaston, which was hilarious. I commiserated with fellow 20 something girls who all agreed there needs to be somewhere to meet all the hot Disney fellas.

We got to do all of the classics like Small World and Winnie the Pooh, except Peter Pan (which was a 170 minute wait...I don't think so.) We ended our day eating dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant, where we then promptly pooped our right after.

Our last day was the day of Epcot.  Unfortunately we were so tuckered out that we didn't last very long.  But we did get to do the new Frozen ride (which was really cool) and hit all of the countries! We even got to eat lunch in Mexico which is another childhood favorite.  My mom also saved an older man's life at breakfast, which is a whole other story in itself.  But that was pretty awesome of her and he was well taken care of by the park medical team.  It was nothing less than an eventful day and we were practically crawling out of the park at the end, but it was totally worth the exhaustion and knee pain.

The next day we headed back to Dirty Myrtle.  I really didn't think I was going to make it because I'm the only one who will drive and I was totally exhausted.  I wound up stopping a lot because I was legit falling asleep, so Starbucks got a lot of my money that week.

Overall, we had an awesome time getting in touch with our inner-child (inner-children?).  It was fun to go just us, since we usually go with a large group and little kids.  I got to be the ring leader for once and I had fun torturing my mom on the teacups and telling her the drop on the Frozen ride wasn't that big, which it was (she hates any kind of drop and screams on Pirates of the Caribbean lol). As tired as we were, we totally didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back soon!
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Shopping with Fragrance Outlet

As many of you already know, my addiction to perfume is nearly as bad as my addiction to makeup. I have quite the extensive collection, including high end brands and I'm sure a few knock offs that smell almost as good.  I pick my scent based on my mood or what I'm wearing, so for example if I'm going out dancing I'll probably pick Ed Hardy Villain or opt for the fresh citrus of my Tommy Bahama Set Sail Saint Martinique when I'm dressed preppy.  Don't ask me how they relate, but scent is powerful and each one makes me feel a certain way.

I think the worst thing about perfume is when your favorite gets discontinued.  I have probably searched every nook and cranny of the internet looking for the Harajuku Girls "G" Mermaid by Gwen Stefani and have failed to find it for anything but ridiculous prices.

In the meantime, I connected with a website called the Fragrance Outlet who carry tons of high end brands at really reasonable prices.  They asked me to tell you all about their site, the experience, and review one of their signature perfumes, so you know I was eager to accept.

Even though they didn't have my holy grail perfume, they do have tons of other really great fragrances at discounted prices. Plus, they're currently having a summer sale that knocks 40% off their already lowered prices. The other great thing about this site is that there is a very large selection all in one place.  Things are easy to find either by the search bar or browsing by women, men, or brands.

The scent that they gifted me to try out was one of their exclusives called Bamboo.  I was hesitant at first because I typically like to smell things before I buy them so I was afraid I wouldn't like it, but I was wrong!  It's definitely different than my typical citrus scent, but it's very pretty and light with notes of blackcurrant, freesia, and cedar.  The bottle is also really pretty with the bamboo stem and a light pink color.

Overall, I really loved the perfume and I am happy to have it in my collection.  As for the site, getting the product was simple and quick!  Next time I'm on the hunt for a good deal on perfume, I will definitely be hitting up the Fragrance Outlet!  Also, if you're like me and need to try it in person first, they have 100+ storefronts as well!  I've been to the one near me and it was wonderful!

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are strictly my own!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pinspiration: Summer Heat

For the past week or so, it has been hotter than all get out here in sunny South Carolina.  And I mean hot to the point where you start sweating before your brain even processes that you are indeed outside.  Days often consist of lots of whining and wishing to be just about naked in order to stand the heat.  So I decided to put together a few of my favorite pins showing outfits that are still fashionable, but will feel like wearing almost nothing! ;) [As always, none of these photos are my own and they have been linked to their pinned origin.]

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