Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Disney Store UK #GiftMagic Event Haul [Part 1]

Hi lovelies! A few weeks ago I was very lucky to be invited to a special event in London that the Disney Store UK hosted so today I wanted to share a little of what we got up to and the things that we were kindly gifted at the event!

The event was to launch the Disney Store UK's Christmas #GiftMagic campaign! We began the morning by meeting at Claridge's hotel in London where we were greeted by the most beautiful looking Christmas table, complete with either a Christmas 2017 Mickey or Minnie plush (I was given my main gal Minnie!) and a Christmas present for each of us which turned out to be the ever famous Chip mug! We were treated to a Full English breakfast whilst the Disney Store team told us a bit about their Christmas campaign.
This year the Disney Store have put together a gift guide to help you choose the perfect gift for any type of fan - from little Jedi to ultimate Disney fans! They've also got lots of offers on to help you out over the festive period (or the perfect excuse to treat yourself to be honest...). One of these is the Gift of the Week where every Monday one of their most magical gifts will be reduced for a week! For example this week there is a selection of Frozen gifts on offer and next week there will be some Moana ones reduced. Make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook pages to see which offers are coming next!
After we had breakfast we were gifted a huge gift box, part of which was a voucher for the Disney Store which we headed to the Oxford Street Disney Store with after (which was closed off especially for us!) for a private shopping experience! We were even surprised with Mickey and Minnie showing up in their Christmas outfits! It was honestly the most magical day and I still can't quite believe I was lucky enough to be invited along!
I'm going to be sharing the goodies I picked up from the Disney Store with my voucher soon (all in the Animators' Collection suitcase above!) but for now I wanted to share the lovely things that we were all kindly gifted whilst at the event!
As mentioned above, along with the Mickey/Minnie plushies and Chip mugs we had waiting for us on the table when we arrived, we were also given a box packed full of Christmas-y Disney goodies! There were a few things in there I'd actually had my eye on and some exciting things I'd never seen before!
First up is this lovely festive mug from their Christmas collection. As soon the temperatures drop in the winter, there's nothing I love more than a good hot chocolate so I'll be definitely reaching for this a lot in December!
Next we received something very exciting which wasn't even available for sale yet at the time of the event! The Disney Store are collaborating with Stance for a very stylish range of Disney and Star Wars socks and underwear and I'm a little bit obsessed with these Mickey socks I received. The colours are gorgeous and they're so well made - I think they might be the poshest socks I own! The range has now launched online and I'm very tempted to pick up the Minnie ones to match!
Speaking of socks... I also received one of the Disney Store's lovely Mickey-shaped baubles with Minnie socks inside! I'm going to keep this displayed on our Christmas tree throughout December and then I'll let myself open it up in January - like a little post-Christmas present to myself!
Something I wasn't expecting to find but was ridiculously excited to receive was this special Christmas Disney Store key! Every day the Disney Store asks a child (or sometimes a very lucky adult!) to "open" the shop each morning using a giant "key and lock" and then they're given a smaller version of the key to take home after - just another way the Disney Store spreads a little magic! I've seen these all over Instagram and I'd been wanting one myself for ages but as I sadly don't live nearby a physical Disney Store I didn't think I'd be able to get one so this was a very lovely surprise to find!
We also given this ever-so-lovely Mickey Mouse notebook and pen set. The cover on the notebook has a fabric feel to it and its filled with lots of Mickey imagery on the inside - it would make a perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for Disney fan as who doesn't love a good notebook? I've been using mine for blog and Instagram planning!
Our boxes were also full with a set of lovely glittery baubles! They've got lots of different Disney characters on including Figaro looking ever so adorable and festive in his scarf and reindeer antlers! This year is the first year my boyfriend and I are able to have our own Christmas tree now that we've moved into our first flat together so these will be perfect for beefing out our tree!
At last but not least we were also each given an Olaf's Frozen Adventure bag to help us carry our goodies across London in! I was actually planning on buying one of these that day so I was very happy bunny!

Watch this space for the second part of this haul with the things I bought from the Oxford Street Disney Store coming soon!


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Disney Nail Art Collab - Pirates of the Caribbean

Hi lovelies! It's time for the next installment in Sam from The Belle Jar and I's nail art collab based on the beautiful Thomas Kinkade Disney calendar! We skipped October as the film was Beauty and the Beast and we've already covered that previously (Sam's Belle nails here, my Beast nails here) but we're back for November with Pirates of the Caribbean!

We usually try to do couples for these nail art designs but as this wasn't really possible for this film (Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner's costumes have a lot of the same colours!) we've done a general Pirates design each instead.
I have to confess that I've not seen any of the films in ages but when I was younger The Curse of the Black Pearl was one of my favourite films and I remember always wanting my own golden pirate medallion! So for my design I tried to recreate this on the ring finger by doing a simple skull design over a gold polish which I then paired with the classic x-marks-the-spot pattern on the other nails.

What do you think? If Disney bring out another film in the Pirates series then I'm definitely going to recreate this for the cinema trip!

See you in December for our final nail art design in this series, eeek!


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Screening

Hi lovelies! On Monday I was very lucky to be able to attend a very special early screening of Olaf's Frozen Adventure in London with the oh-so-lovely Sophie! The screening was to celebrate Disney UK's new partnership with the charity Together for Short Lives who help families with seriously ill children to create special memories together and I was so honoured to be invited!
The screening took place in the Backyard Cinema in London which definitely has to be the most interesting cinema I've ever been inside! After going through the tunnel pictured above and crossing a little bridge (which I almost tripped over on, of course...) we were greeted by a total winter wonderland - complete with chandeliers, snow and Elsa's throne to take pictures on! We even each received our own Olaf, blanket and Frozen fruit sweets!
After hearing about the work Together for Short Lives does and seeing a video of a recent event they organised with Disney where Elsa and Anna surprised some children at a Hospice centre (*cries forever*), the screening began!

In case you haven't heard about Olaf's Frozen Adventure, it's a special Christmas-themed short that will be shown in UK cinemas for one weekend only alongside Frozen on 25th & 26th November. I am a massive fan of Frozen so I was really excited to see this and I can honestly say it exceeded every one of my expectations. It was just so magical and festive and it was filled with lots of hilarious moments - courtesy of Olaf, of course! It had the sweetest message too and I don't think there was a single dry eye by the end of the screening!
If you're a Frozen fan then I honestly could not recommend seeing this short enough - it will fill your heart with so much festive cheer!

A big, big thank you to Disney and Together for Short Lives for having me along for this magical evening. I had the most wonderful time! If you have a spare £5 and you'd like to help Together for Short Lives to create special moments for children and their families, you can text "OLAF17" to 70070 to donate.

P.S. A special thank you also to UMC who sent me the soundtrack! I will be listening to it all over the Christmas period to relive the magic!
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