Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Disney Nail Art Collab - Aladdin


Hi lovelies! It's time for the next part in Sam from The Belle Jar and I's monthly Disney nail art collab, and this month the film is Aladdin! Sam has tackled Jasmine-themed nails this month whilst I tried my best with the man himself, Aladdin!

It took me quite a few attempts to come up with this design as none of the previous ones I tried seemed to be working! In the end I decided to keep things simple by mainly using the two colours I most associate with Aladdin - purple and gold (Ciate's Talent Scout and No 7's Hot To Trot). I then added some glitter to the tips of the purple nails to make them a little glitzier (Ciate's Party Shoes and an unnamed gold glitter polish from Studio London) and I then painted the 'A' from the Aladdin logo onto the ring finger.


If I ever get the chance to go to the Aladdin musical that's currently showing in London at the moment then I think I'll definitely have to re-create these to wear there! Remember to check out Sam's Jasmine nails too.

See you in May for our next installment!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

My Perfect Day In Hong Kong Disneyland


Hi lovelies! The ever-so-lovely and Disney blogging goals Lottie from Lottie Does posted on Twitter a while back to say that she was looking to collab with other bloggers so I jumped at the chance! As both of us have been to Hong Kong Disneyland and fallen in love with the resort, Lottie suggested we do a post on what our perfect day in Hong Kong Disneyland would be. My boyfriend and I are actually hoping to go back to Hong Kong either later this year or early in 2018 so this was the perfect opportunity for me to plan our next visit! Here are the things I'd love to get up to:

Morning
On my perfect day in Hong Kong Disneyland I'd have stayed the night before at their Hong Kong Disneyland hotel and start off the day with a character breakfast at the hotel's Enchanted Garden Restaurant. I've never done a character dining experience before but I should imagine it's the most magical way to start the day! After we'd finished there we'd head down to the park for opening at 10.30 and as the park is generally quieter in the mornings, we'd get the rides out the way first. We'd visit our favourites from our last trip like Mystic Manor, Astro Blasters, Hyperspace Mountain (seriously we went on FIVE TIMES in one day!), RC Racer, Parachute Drop, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, and also make sure to try some of the ones that we missed last time like It's A Small World, the Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Mickey's PhilharMagic.


Lunch
After that we'd head back to the hotel for a Disney Dim Sum lunch at their Crystal Lotus restaurant. They do buns and pancakes shaped like Disney characters such as the Toy Story Aliens, Olaf and Duffy & ShellieMay and quite honestly I think I might die from the cuteness. We'd always prefer to visit HKDL during the week if possible as it's a lot quieter then but as they only do the Disney Dim Sum on weekends I'd happily put up with the extra crowds and longer waits for a Baymax bun!

Afternoon
After lunch we'd head back into the park to catch their afternoon shows - the Festival of The Lion King and Mickey and the Wondrous Book. Unfortunately the last time we visited we didn't get the chance to see either of these but I've heard so many great things about them! Once we'd seen those I'd love to go in search of characters. HKDL seem to have a great range of characters for meet-and-greets so as I've only met Minnie and Chewbacca before I'd be happy with any character I haven't met yet!


Dinner
Before dinner I'd then probably drag my poor, long-suffering boyfriend round to get some Instagram photos (gotta get that castle photo!) before we grab some food at one of their Quick Service restaurants. Last time we ate at the Explorer's Club Restraurant which we really enjoyed but this time I'd like to try the Royal Banquet Hall as the interior is decorated with Disney Princesses galore! They have four different food stations there: Grill, Japan, Guang Dong and International so we'd definitely head over to the Japan one for some sushi and ramen soup!


Evening
Once we'd had dinner we'd then hit the shops on Main Street to pick up some obviously necessarily souvenirs (HKDL have an amazing range of merchandise... As you can see from my haul from my last trip, I bought a lot!) before finding a spot for the Paint the Night parade at 7:30, followed by the Fireworks at 8:30. The perfect end to a perfect day!


I hope I've convinced you guys to visit Hong Kong Disneyland if you're able to as it's the most magical little park! It unfortunately seems to get overlooked a lot in preference to other Disney resorts but when we visited last year I feel like it stole a piece of my heart!  Thanks again Lottie for coming up with the idea for this wonderful collaboration - this was definitely the most fun I've ever had in researching a blog post! Make sure you check out what Lottie chose for her perfect day!

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Problem With Disflix For The Disney Community


Hi lovelies, today is a bit of a different post but just before we begin I should state that I'm not writing this post to bash the people behind Disflix - I'm sure they're already having a pretty difficult time from the general reaction to their project but I thought it was important to talk about the Disflix idea as a whole and the impact it could have had on the Disney community because it raised some important issues I don't think we always talk about.

If you somehow missed the social media storm in the Disney community over the past few days, a group of Walt Disney World vloggers announced that they would be launching a new project called "Disflix" which would be a pay-monthly service ($10 I believe) where subscribers could access exclusive videos related to WDW such as trip planning tips and live streams from the parks. However after a lot of backlash from the community, the project was shut down yesterday. While I have absolutely no problem with content creators being paid for their hard work, unfortunately I don't think the team behind Disflix thought out the practicalities of their payment model and how this could conflict with Disney's rules, and consequently the larger impact this could have upon Disney content creators of all types.

As I'm sure was the case with the people behind Disflix, anyone who creates non-official Disney content, whether it be Disney vloggers, bloggers or merchandise creators, we do so out of a love and passion for Disney. However we are all on incredibly thin ice with the Disney Company. At any point Disney could decide that nobody is allowed to call themselves Disney vloggers or bloggers anymore, and they could entirely stop people from using their imagery in merchandise.

I think most Disney fan creators realise how fragile our relationship with Disney is but the problem with Disflix is that it inadvertently put all of us at risk. While at the moment the Disney Company seems to be open to working with unofficial Disney brands and creators, such as it's acceptance and promotion of DisneyBounding, they could revoke this well within their rights at any point if they deem us to be becoming a problem for them. I therefore think this is the reason that most people had issue with Disflix - it unfortunately violated some of Disney's rules (such as not profiting off any footage filmed in the parks) and if it had continued it may have put the rest of us in danger as well.

Again I don't mean this post to pick on the team behind Disflix but I think moving forward this is something we need to keep in our minds in future. Anyone who creates Disney-based content relies on the Disney Company's acceptance of fan-produced work so it's important that we try our best to stick within any guidelines and rules so we can all continue to spread our love of Disney unhindered.

Much love xxx

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Cute Buy Of The Month - March 2017


Hi lovelies! I skipped last month's Cute Buy Of The Month as I'm on a spending ban at the moment with a house move coming up. In March however I was making an order with the Disney Store anyway for a Pua my boyfriend bought for me, and when I saw this adorable bag I had to break my ban a little to get it!

It's from the Disney Store's ever-gorgeous Animators' Collection and features lots of lovely little Alice in Wonderland drawings including Dinah, The Cheshire Cat, china cups, and of course Alice herself! It also has a rose gold charm and zip which as I'm obsessed with rose gold made me very happy! The Disney Store are really paying attention to what's trending at the moment.


Unfortunately I think it's meant for children as it is rather on the small side but I think this will be the perfect size for keeping your essentials in at the airport and then stowing away in your carry-on bag for the plane! It should easily fit a phone, passport, tickets and some bank cards/coins and notes so you won't have to keep searching around your main bag every time you need them. However while it is quite small, an advantage of being from the kids section is that the price was teeny tiny too - only £9.99! Not bad for such a pretty bag!


At the time of writing this it is still available on the UK's Disney Store website - just search for 'Alice bag' and it should come up!

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Merlin The Sword in the Stone DisneyBound Wishlist


Hi lovelies! A few weeks ago the lovely Amy from Scariels Grotto contacted me and asked if I'd like to do a collaboration on her The Sword in the Stone week over on her blog and of course I jumped at the chance! We decided on doing a DisneyBound wishlist of one of the characters each, but with a challenge thrown in! Amy challenged us both to do a look that is outside of our usual style comfort zone and as I spend the majority of my time in either dark colours or pastels, I decided to choose Merlin for this challenge as his vibrant blue colour is something I'd not usually be brave enough to wear!

1. Blue Embellished Skater Dress, eBay - £12.99
2. Lost Ink Silver Ballet Flats, ASOS - £18
3. Star Halo Crown, Crown and Glory - £37
4. Selected Femme Suede Half-Moon Clutch, ASOS - £40

For my look I decided to pair Merlin's bright blue from his robes with silver and star motifs to represent his magic. Once I came across this gorgeous (but incredibly reasonable!) dress on eBay I knew I had to do a party look for this challenge. I paired the dress with this simple matching clutch bag from ASOS and then for his magic, these beautiful silver flats also from ASOS and this totally ethereal star crown from Crown and Glory. I'm desperately trying to think of an occasion that I could wear the crown to so I have an excuse to buy it...! It's so dang pretty.

Thank you Amy for challenging me to do this! I definitely think I need to be a bit braver with brighter colours in future because I'd totally love to wear something like this!

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

7 Thoughts On the Live Action Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Hi lovelies! I saw the live action Beauty and the Beast last week and while I've got a lot of thoughts on it, I still feel like I can't write reviews yet haha, so I decided I'd do a post sharing a few thoughts I had on the film instead! Just a warning before we begin, this post does contain spoilers for this film so if you haven't seen it yet you might want to read this post later!

1. First and foremost, I loved it! I actually saw it the day after it came out and I was a bit worried that from all the positive feedback from the Disney community and my own expectations that I would be disappointed but I really did love it!


2. I love the extra details they added in. The thing that excites me the most about Disney's live action re-tellings of their classic animated films is that they're able to update and re-imagine their classic stories so I was glad to see while although they did remain largely faithful to the story from the animated film, they did add in some extra details. My favourites had to be the opening scene as we got to see a little more of the Beast's self-absorption before he was cursed, and the Paris scene! I loved the idea of the Enchantress's book, I think it worked so well and it was so lovely to see Belle have more of a backstory.

3. Days In The Sun is easily one of my favourite Disney songs ever now. I'm so glad I didn't listen to the soundtrack before I saw the film because this song completely took me by surprise! I've been listening to it over and over ever since I left the cinema!


4. The costumes certainly did not disappoint. Back last year I did a post on the 5 things I was most excited about with this film and one of them was the costumes and I was honestly so impressed with them! All of Belle's outfits were so gorgeous and I especially loved her provincial dress... So much so that I've already done a DisneyBound of it!

5. Emma Watson played Belle perfectly. If I could have done my own fan casting of who I would have to play Belle in a live action Beauty and the Beast it would always have been Emma Watson for me and I think she fit the role so well. I know a lot of people were worried about her being cast as Belle but I'm glad to see that most have changed their minds now they've seen the film.


6. The development of Belle and the Beast's relationship was a lot better. One of the problems I've always had with the animated film is that I thought the romance between Belle and the Beast was a bit rushed. However the live action film fixed this perfectly. Although it was only a few extra details, they provided more insight into how Belle and the Beast changed their feelings towards each other which made it a lot more believable for me. When the Beast sees that Belle has come back from him in the penultimate scene in the film, oh my gosh... My heart just broke with happiness for him! I was definitely more emotionally invested than their relationship in the animated film.

7. And finally, I preferred it to the animated Beauty and the Beast. I know, I'm sure I'm committing the ultimate Disney sin here haha, but as I've said all along, I've never been the biggest fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast. I've always liked it but I wasn't really overly-keen on Belle or her relationship development with the Beast. However as the live action film fixed these issues for me and added in so many great new features, I'll definitely be reaching for the DVD of this film in future over the animated one!

What do you guys think? Do you agree with me or did you feel differently? Let me know what you thought of the film!

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Belle Live Action Beauty and the Beast 2017 Disneybound


Hello lovelies! As soon as I saw Belle's gorgeous outfits in promo images for the newly-released live action Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to DisneyBound one of them! I particularly fell in love with her updated denim and patchwork Provincial dress - it's so simple but beautiful and very wearable, so I decided to attempt a look based on this outfit!


Luckily this actually ended up being one of the easiest DisneyBounds I've ever had to do! Although it surprisingly took a quite while to find the right denim dress for this outfit (I always find the DisneyBound items that I think will be the easiest to find usually end up being the hardest!) I eventually came across this New Look one on eBay which is where I also found this white lace shirt. I'm not really sure why I wanted the shirt to be lace but I think it actually works really well with the dress, plus it's something I'll get lots of use of outside of DisneyBounding too!

I then paired these with a patchwork scarf which I used as a belt from Depop, and as this is a Belle DisneyBound I thought this book-shaped bag that my Mum bought me a few years ago would be the perfect match! It even has yellow flowers on it which very much remind me of Belle!


DENIM DRESS - NEW LOOK | LACE TOP - BHS | PATCHWORK SCARF (WORN AS BELT) - LETTUCE
BOOK-SHAPED BAG | DISASTER DESIGNS | NUDE FLATS - DOROTHY PERKINS

I'm off to see the new Beauty and the Beast later today and I can't wait to see the rest of the outfits in more detail! If it's anything like the live action Cinderella then I have a feeling I will be falling in love with all of the costumes!

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