If you're a Disney fan, then you've probably heard of the new Pixar Pier that has opened in California Adventure! Tyler and I had never visited the parks together, and had been wanting a weekend getaway so we decided that Pixar Fest (the celebration of the pier's opening) would be the perfect time.
When we researched the best weekend to go, we were seeing averages of 80-90 degrees in LA during July. Little did we know when we booked our flight, it would end up being over 100 degrees during our trip ?
The heatwave really threw me through a loop when it came time pack, and I had to change around some of my park outfits in order to make sure I wouldn't melt! Luckily I had just ordered this overall dress from Forever 21, which was light enough for the temp and super comfy for the rides (plus it's flowy so I could eat as many Mickey Bars as I wanted ?)
Originally I had planned to wear a long bell-sleeved top underneath, but had to switch it out for a tank. I chose to go with a simple design, so that the focus would stay on the cute buckles of the dress, but you could easily add a statement necklace or pair it with a funkier top! I also considered wearing my scarf around my neck, but since the color was so similar to the dress I decided to tie it around my backpack instead.
While a good pair of ears is always a Disneyland must, there are a few other things I can't go without:
Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing another "Seattle" favorite - Daddy's Donuts! Full disclosure, they aren't actually located in the city, but I definitely consider Kenmore to be a part of the "Greater Seattle Area" and it didn't really take any longer for us to drive there than it sometimes takes to get downtown.
Daddy's Donuts is family owned, and makes their mini donuts fresh when you order them. You can choose between a cup of classic donuts, or a donut sundae (I'm bad at choosing so we tried both). I ordered the Robot Roberta, which is covered in chocolate sauce and oreos, and Ty went for the Caramel Apple sundae. For the classic donuts we decided on cinnamon sugar. Since everything is made to order, the donuts were warm and super soft! I ate waaaaay more sugar than I could ever justify having in one sitting but I have no regrets 😋
If you find yourself in Kenmore, or are craving sundaes made of tiny donuts, be sure to check out Daddy's Donuts!
In celebration of Brittany being home in Seattle for the weekend, I'm finally sharing our looks from when we saw Taylor Swift at the Rose Bowl! The concert was one of the best nights I've had in a long time, from walking to the venue to being only a few feet from the B-Stage while Taylor sang All Too Well.
Our matching outfits were only semi-intentional but I love how they complimented each other. Unfortunately most of the items are sold out now, but I've linked similar items below:
As for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that's going on right now, I found tons of cute pieces this season! I definitely had to hold myself accountable with my budget, (especially following my weekend at Disneyland) but I made sure to still treat myself a bit. Even shopping online, the sale reminded me of the iconic shoe fight in the Hannah Montana movie ?Items were disappearing out of my cart as I shopped but I was able to snag a couple of my faves, including these shoes, and this dress!
Be sure to check out some other great deals I considered below, but if you're planning to purchase anything you'll definitely need to act fast!
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Accessories and Beauty
It's almost the 4th of July, and fireworks are just around the corner! And a day off right in the middle of the work week?? It's safe to say I'm super excited to spend the holiday on the lake , firecracker popsicle in hand 🙌
This year I'm teaming up with my friends at Bird + Stone to celebrate Independence Day in style with their latest cuff. Bird + Stone knows that the founding fathers wanted to build a country with democracy as its foundation, and in the words of Angelica Schuyler, it’s time to “include women in the sequel” *work!*
That’s why Bird + Stone decided to dedicate their newest accessory to women in politics. For every purchase of the “Who Run the World?” set, they will donate 10% of the cost to She Should Run “to expand the talent pool of women running for office, close the gender gap in politics by getting 250,000 women to run by 2030, and provide community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders”!
Even in 2018, women are dramatically underrepresented in politics. We make up 50.8% of the population, but only 20% of congress (the Center for American Women and Politics has a great tool for seeing these numbers broken down for all political offices, that you can check out here). It’s difficult for legislation to accurately reflect our country’s needs when half of citizens don’t see themselves reflected in the politicians themselves.
Luckily, more women are running for office than ever!
According to the New Yorker, as of April, 472 women had entered the race for the House of Representatives and 57 in the Senate. In 2012, that number was 298, and 36 respectively. The article also mentions the diversity of these women, saying “This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous electoral years, as well as a number of immigrants.”
You can see the full list of female candidates here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is famously quoted saying “There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine”. Men have unevenly represented this country for decades, so why is the idea of an all-female court so radical? It’s time for our government to represent our population, and time for women to close the gender gap in politics.
Because who runs the world? GIRLS
Thank you to Bird + Stone for collaborating on this post! You can purchase your own set of Who Run the World cuffs here, and learn more about the She Should Run program, or make a donation here! To read my previous post featuring Bird + Stone, click here.
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Origin Salon | Spa for my first facial ever! I don't know what I've been doing with my life, but I have seriously been missing out! 😳If you haven't had a facial before, I highly recommend it (aka don't make the same mistake I did by going 23 years without trying it). I've never been so relaxed, and I came out feeling so refreshed and confident about my skin!
Since Origin is an Aveda salon, all of the products they use are high quality, all-natural and environmentally conscious. This is super important to me - there's nothing that feels ickier than rubbing a bunch of crazy chemicals into my hair and on my skin.
Even though I try to treat my skin well and avoid harsh products, I learned just how much room for improvement I really have. I struggle with combination skin - an oily nose and dry cheeks/forehead - that's difficult to keep balanced. My dry areas end up really flakey so I exfoliate frequently. What I didn't know, was that I was just making the problem worse by not giving my skin enough time to recover. Instead I was recommended to only exfoliate once per week at max, as opposed to every day or every other day. Luckily the facial helped restore some of the moisture I was missing, and I was able to grab my own bottle of the Intense Hydrating Masque so I can get the same soft skin from home.
From the moment I walked in the door, the ladies at Origin made me feel so comfortable. The salon space is bright and open, and the spa is quiet and soothing - just what I needed!
If you want to treat yourself to a relaxing day at Origin Salon | Spa you can use code "alyssa" to receive $20 off your service.
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