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:
Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a good mural, and I fell in love with this one right before my trip to visit Taylor in Orlando last Spring. I saw this photo by Oh Yeah Em (one of my favorite Disney bloggers) and immediately texted Taylor that it was a must for me. Unfortunately Taylor informed me that it was the that it was outside of Small World in Disneyland, not Disneyworld.
When Taylor and I first started planning our Disneyland trip, I told her I only had 1 request: a photoshoot in front of the Small World wall. Lucky for me she's a great friend and willing to put up with my shenanigans.
I'll be honest - I obsessed over this for months. I saved tons of other pics on Instagram as inspiration, and put a lot of thought into what outfit I wanted to wear.
I ended up switching gears completely only two weeks before our trip, when I found this top and skirt both on clearance at Zara in Las Vegas! The look was less than $30 total - I couldn't believe my luck. I had also been eyeing the polkadot ears before my trip, and they ended up matching perfectly. The pin I found once we were browsing park shops, and I really felt like it was the perfect final touch.
Overall I'm really happy with both my look, and the photoshoot. I definitely recommend the wall if you are looking for a cute spot for pics in Disneyland. Unlike a lot of other famous Disney walls (I'm looking at you mint julep), it's pretty wide so you can fit large groups. You can also take photos in front of different shapes within the pattern. I took a photo inside of the circle, which looks really cute, but be warned: the edge is really thin and it can be awkward to try and balance. There were definitely a lot of outtakes in that spot.
I would recommend shooting in this location when the parks first open, or during golden hour (about an hour and a half before the sun is completely set) because it gets a lot of direct sunlight. The pastel will look prettiest without any harsh shadows, and you won't end up squinting.
If you want to add a classic Disney treat to your shoot like I did, there is a stand that sells lollipops as well as the stand where I bought my cotton candy! This can also be a good way to bribe your photographer if necessary ☺️
If you're looking for the perfect photo opportunities in Disneyland, you might as well head straight to Fantasyland. From Alice to Dumbo, this area of the park is a pastel dream!
The teacup ride was high on my list of musts for our visit last month, mainly because I am obsessed with all the color. I had to nail that perfect spinning picture, so I was lucky to have Taylor with me -- she always understands what it takes to get the shot. While we were both antsy to get our pics, we agreed to wait until golden hour to get the best lighting, and it was totally worth it!
The only downside to photos on the ride is that you are in a rush, so that you don't hold up the other guests. I missed out on a couple ideas that I had because I got flustered, so I recommend coming up with a plan of attack while you wait in line.
Luckily the area around the ride is gorgeous as well. I loved these giant petals modeled after the caterpillar scene from the movie, because they made a really great backdrop to show off my ears. I was also really excited because while Taylor and I were shooting in this spot, Alice walked by and I was able to stop her for a quick polaroid!
This was my first trip to Disneyland since I was in the second grade, so I wanted to go all out with my small shop merch. There are quite a few that I love, but these Ariel-inspired ears are from Pixie Supply Co, and the Mermaid Lagoon tee is from Lost Bros Trading.
It's been a few weeks now since I got back from Disney World, and it's safe to say that I still haven't recovered from my post-vacation-depression. With Seattle weather fluctuating between sunny and rainy several times in one day, I can't help but feel jealous that Taylor lives in a place where 75 degrees means she wears a jacket. Luckily I still have plenty of photos to remind me of my week of hot weather bliss as I cross my fingers that it won't be too long before I find myself on another trip.
This outfit was a highlight for me during the trip (nothing says comfortable like a giant baggy dress) and the fact that I found something so effortless and still on trend was super exciting. I have a love/hate relationship with off-the-shoulder tops, since they aren't really work appropriate and honestly just don't make sense to me for 90% of the weather I experience. Whenever I browse the new arrivals on Forever 21's website I get frustrated that almost every top is prescribing to this style. However I decided that I would give it a shot, because although having an entire closet of off-the-shoulder looks is super unnecessary (they won't be in style forever) one or two seemed fine. I tried on several dresses before I settled on this one, because the elastic didn't pop up every time I moved my arms like some of the others.
Ultimately I fell in love with this dress because of the pompoms, which seemed just the right amount of fun for a trip to the happiest place on earth. When I showed Tyler the dress online he tried to talk me out of it saying the sleeves were weird, and I almost succeeded in passing it up. Until I saw my favorite contestant -and winner- of Project Runway wearing something just like it on the dramatic reunion episode. Take that Tyler! If Erin can wear it, so can I!
The moral of this story is, always ignore fashion advice from your boyfriend (especially if you are the one who picks out his clothes) and give trends you are unsure about a chance. I ended up loving the off-the-shoulder look, and recently ordered a top. This definitely fulfills any need I may have for the style, but I'm glad that I found something that I loved regardless.
PS. Please ignore my Fitbit and Magic Band, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do when in Disney World. How else would I know that I was averaging 20,000 steps a day?
Dress: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Today was our 3rd and final day at Disney World parks, so in order to make sure I saw it all we split our time between Hollywood Studio and Animal Kingdom. These two definitely felt like the smallest of the parks, so doing a half day at each went really well.
Since we had dinner reservations in Animal Kingdom, we headed to Hollywood Studios in the morning after eating Mickey Waffles at our resort. The main street of Hollywood is super cute, with vintage style theatres on either side. It was pretty colorful, although the park didn't seem as cohesive as the others overall. This is partly because it's in the process of changing and Star Wars is slowly taking over. At 3 o'clock Stormtroopers took to the streets for the imperial march, which felt super bizarre after stepping off a Toy Story ride in the Pixar section. We also did the Tower of Terror, which I loved. I had to get over how creaky it was though, since it freaked me out a lot more than the big drops themselves. It reminded me of a wooden rollercoaster, and I'm never a big fan of a ride that sounds like it could break at any time.
Another thing about the roller coasters at Disney World is that they are always taking your picture at some point during the ride. While I knew this was to be expected, I never knew when it was going to happen. I look like I'm having a terrible time in every single photo, because I was either terrified, or holding on for dear life. Our Tower pic was super serious looking.
As for Animal Kingdom, I would describe it as a zoo with an amusement park inside of it. As soon as you walk in you see birds, and eventually weave your way through tiger and monkey enclosures as well. We wanted to go on the classic safari ride to see savannah animals, but the line was always over an hour. Instead we did some of the faster rides like Everest (which we were lucky to have fast passes for) and Dinosaur. We also caught some shows. I now remember why I was so freaked out by the Bugs Life live show as a kid, and I definitely wasn't the only one. I think every child around me was crying after the cricket appeared.
At our dinner we got to meet Mickey, who was all dressed up in his safari clothes. Character dinners are really popular, and it was kinda fun to have them stop by your table for pics. Much faster than waiting in line and you get to eat!
Since this was my last day at Disney I really wanted to wear something fun. When I ordered this embroidered mesh top from Forever 21 a few weeks ago, I was pretty nervous about how it would look. I have never really tried anything this bold in terms of color, but I think it really paid off! I got a ton of compliments on it, and it looks great with denim for when I return to chilly Seattle. Everyone needs something exciting like this to mix things up every once in a while, and it really brought me out of my all-black comfort zone I have been hiding in!
Today was also our last day to pin trade (unless we find something at our hotel) and I am really happy about my little nesting doll princesses. They remind me of my trip to Russia, and were such a cute way to incorporate Disney into a simple shape. I had purchased a pack with 5, and got too attached to trade them all away, but now that I see them paired with this look I am glad that I didn't.
I'm going to miss all the Disney World fun, but our next stop is Universal Studios!
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Bag: UW School of Art
Pins: Disney Pin Trading
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelets: Bluma Project - from Pop Sugar Must Have
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