One of the best parts about planning a trip to Disney is picking what you're going to wear! Disneyland is a place where it feels easy to be yourself and wear something on the quirkier side, which is why I knew my December visit was the perfect opportunity to rock a vintage style dress covered in carnival food 🥨
I talk non stop about the snacks at Disney, from ice cream bars to those cheese sticks from Corndog Castle. I just had to share my love for all things fried and Mickey shaped! And then when I found these handmade ears from ShinySkyRainbows on insta I about died. They're inspired by the Mickey burger merch from Tokyo Disney, which I've been wanting to get my hands on forever, so not only were they a great compromise, but honestly the ideal way to complete my look. I lost count of how many compliments I received, and how many people asked where they could buy them. Unfortunately they're a little tricky, since the shop is restocked rarely and with limited quantities but if you love food ears as much as I do it's definitely worth trying! Fingers crossed that I can land a pair of the lollipop ears next time 🤞🏻
My next visit to Disney is in the end of March after my week at Alt Summit, and I'm overflowing with ideas for more #DisneyStyle so stay tuned ☺️
I just want to start by saying that not only is this one of my favorite Disney looks to date, but is also probably one of my favorite looks overall!
When I saw this coat at Target, I knew immediately I was in love (in the words of Marie Kondo - it sparked joy) and Tyler convinced me that I should definitely buy it. I'm so glad he encouraged me to go for it, because when it came time to pack for my December trip to Disney packing was so so easy! What better place to rock hot pink fur than the parks? A few years ago I don't think I would have had the confidence, but I couldn't stop smiling when I wore it!
Pink and yellow is the color combo I can never resist, and I often pair this dotted top with another bold shade. In fact I previously styled it here, with a white cardi in front of what I consider the best photo spot in Seattle! Plus the top is flowy and light, which ended up being a saving grace seeing as how I was wearing a giant fuzzy coat in 75 degree weather ?
As for shoes, I always recommend choosing comfort over style (to a degree at least) when you're visiting the parks. Converse are too flat for some people, but I'm usually lucky enough that they don't bother my feet too much. We were walking back and forth between DLR and DCA for a full 12 hours two days in a row, so naturally I was a bit sore but had I opted for a trendier pair of shoes like booties or my heeled sandals I would have been in much worse shape!
If you're interested in shopping this look, I've linked some of the pieces below! Luckily the fur coat is still in stock in most sizes, and also comes in a taupe shade as well. The yellow top is a couple years old, but I've linked a few alternatives:
To say I'm behind on blog posts is an understatement! Tyler and I went to Disneyland at the beginning of July to celebrate Pixar Fest and I ended up really behind on editing. After realizing just how unhappy I was at my last job, I sat down and focused all my spare time towards finding a company I would love. Now I'm settled into my new role and ready to go! Unfortunately that means releasing a bunch of summer content as Seattle starts to get rainy and dark at 5 pm but I really don't want any of these photos to go to waste. I thrive in summer anyway so if I end up skipping fall and winter all together I don't think I'll end up disappointed.
Disneyland has got to be one of the most photogenic places on the planet, which is why I always love to look back on the colorful scenes from my trips. I especially love the aesthetic of historic Main Street USA, but its placement at the entrance of the park leading up to the castle makes it difficult to take photos without tons of other people popping in and out. However, if you know where to look you can find some cute little corners that end up being a little quieter and perfect for a photo op.
Some of the shops for instance have gorgeous wallpaper and tiled floors. If you don't want to zigzag through them all, I recommend the candy shop as your starting point. The Jolly Holiday has lovely little yellow floral tables and sweet baked goods for a seated / food shoot. Though my absolute favorite quiet spot on busy Main Street has to be this little florist's cart parked in an alleyway between shops! There are several tables for resting and eating, but with a "dead end" leading to a cast entrance and locker area there usually isn't a ton of foot traffic. Plus the flowers are artificial, so you can celebrate spring regardless of the season!
Do you have a favorite photo spot along Main Street? Shoot me a DM on Instagram, I'd love to hear your recommendations before I head back for Christmas at the parks!
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 ☺️
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