Monday, 24 August 2015

The Disney Series / 013 / Photographs I Want To Take

Photographs are a wonderful way of preserving holiday memories. Although I wouldn't say I was particularly good at photography, I do enjoy it and I will be taking A LOT of photos during our trip. I've even bought two extra memory know...just in case!

Bradley and I have also invested in a Memory Maker for our trip because we figure that this will be a once in a lifetime holiday and we would like to get some amazing photographs. What we also love about the Memory Maker is that we will be able to get all of our ride photos and character dining meal photos too, it takes away some of the stress of capturing photos because someone will be doing it for us and also means we can both be in them! We have done a little bit of research into where the photopass photographers will be and each time we see one we will take the opportunity to have a photo taken but I have also compiled a list of "must have" photos for each of the parks.

Magic Kingdom
- At the entrance to the park, with Main Street Station in the background
- On Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background
- Outside Cinderella's Castle
- Meeting Mickey at Town Square Theatre
- Meeting Anna & Elsa

- Trying to lift Spaceship Earth
- At the entrance with Spaceship Earth in the background
- Trying on hats around the world!
- Meeting Belle in France
- Illuminations Fireworks

Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Tower of Terror
- Trying to defeat Zurg on Toy Story Midway Mania
- Fantasmic
- Photo with the Toy Story Green Army Man

Animal Kingdom
- In front of the Tree Of Life
- Expedition Everest
- Festival of The Lion King Show
- Elephants on the Safari
- Photo with Rafiki at Rafiki's Planet Watch

What photographs would you like to see of Walt Disney World?


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Beauty Trends - Autumn/Winter 2015

Let's face it, we haven't really had that much of a "summer" in the UK, but as far as I'm concerned that's ok with me. I'm not really a summer person and much prefer it when it gets to the time of year where the leaves start to fall from the trees, the weather turns a little colder and you can get the berry tones and boots out! I've recently been given the opportunity to work alongside House of Fraser to create the perfect autumnal make up look and take a look at the key beauty trends that we can look forward to over the coming months.

Bold Statement Lips
Statement lips are back this season, with bold colours featuring heavily and even black lips were featured by several designers. A key colour to look out for is oxblood red (NARS have a new lipstick available Autumn 2015 called VIP Red Lipstick which is sure to be a sellout this season).

Barefaced Beauty
One of my favourite current beauty trends, the "effortless/minimal make up look" (which to be honest actually takes a lot of effort!) Featuring a natural glow with slightly stained pink or nude lips and groomed brows to create effortless glamour. Complete the look with a sleek side ponytail or natural scrunched waves with a center parting.

Oversized liner 
Just when I was getting to grips with my cat flick, it looks like AW has upped the ante with oversized liner. Think big bold lines above and below the eyes.

Grunge Meets Glamour
Sexy tousled hair with heavily kohled eyes, black lipstick and dark smokey eyes.

Sequins & Glitter
I really wanted to include this trend as I am drawn to all things sparkly! Designers have been featuring glittered eyes and crystal eyeliner! Maybe not an everyday look, but definitely something to consider for the festival season or Christmas party!

I've tried to create my own barefaced beauty everyday look using these products:
Benefit - The Porefessional Primer
Rimmel - Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer* £22 House of Fraser
Rimmel - Stay Matte Powder in Ivory 
NARS - Blush in Orgasm* £23 House of Fraser
NARS - Duo Eyeshadow in Silk Road* £25 House of Fraser
Guerlain - Rouge Automatique Lipstick in 168 L'Heure Bleue
MAC Highlighter - Pink Blossom
Benefit - They're Real Mascara

The three key trends this AW are the bold red lip, the flawless "no make up" look and the smokey eye. I think these trends are the most popular are they are easily achievable in real life. Although I love the innovation of the catwalk, especially with eyeliner this AW, these are creative ideas and subject to your own interpretation for everyday wear. I know i'll definitely be trying to perfect my smokey eye and rockin' a bold red lip this year!

What trends are you most looking forward to this AW?


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Disney Series / 012 / Planning Update - 50 Days To Go!

My apologies for things being a little quiet around here lately, there has been a lot of illness around work at the moment so it was inevitable that it was going to be passed to me. For the last week I've been suffering with the usual cold symptoms, and mostly feeling like I haven't wanted to move from my bed. Usually I plan these posts in advance but as that hasn't been possible this week I thought I'd give you a little update on how the Disney plans are coming along!

Today we are at the 50 day mark, which means that 10 days ago we were able to book our fastpasses! I have been chatting on The DIBB with a few people who advised me that if I wanted to get the sought after fastpasses for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Meeting Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall, that I would need to be ready to book as soon as they became available. Great I thought, until I was told that fastpasses become available at midnight Florida (ET) time! Which obviously meant I needed to be awake (a big challenge) and online at 5am GMT! The night before I was too excited to sleep! I can't imagine how I'm going to be when I'm actually going! I woke up at 2, 3 and 4am and then decided it was worth getting up, making some coffee and setting up the computer so that I was primed and ready! All of it paid off in the end though as we managed to get all the fastpasses we wanted (plus a few that we had to get...but more on that in a Fastpass post coming up soon). For someone that has never done anything like this before, the process was surprisingly easy.

Another exciting thing is that the holiday is completely booked and all paid for now..yippee!! I would like to say a massive thanks to my parents for helping us out, this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for you, thank you! It was very exciting seeing "balance paid in full, thank you" on our account!

We are starting to get our holiday clothes sorted now and over the last few months, I have been collecting lots of* t-shirts mostly from Primark to wear on the trip (I'll be doing a separate post on this too!). We have also bought two carry on suitcases which we managed to get on sale at Tesco's for our hand luggage and will be borrowing some large cases from my parents.

This week, I also managed to finally get hold of a copy of a book I have been after since it's release back in May. I ordered The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World 2nd Edition, by Susan Veness from Waterstones and Amazon both of which had a 5 day waiting period but when I placed my order, it jumped to 2 months! Last week the book finally arrived though and so far I've read the Magic Kingdom section. It's great learning about all the secrets and things that we can look out for whilst walking around which we probably would have overlooked had we not read about it.

We have also now started watching our Disney movie countdown as we have gone past the 60 day mark. We wrote a list of 30 Disney movies we wanted to watch before our trip and are planning on watching one every other day. With both of us having different work schedules this is proving a little difficult but we have managed, The Black Cauldron, Mulan, Cinderella, Lilo & Stitch and Hercules so far! 

Thanks for making it this far if you've made it to the end of this post, sorry it's a bit rambly! If there is anything you would like me to talk about in future posts, be sure to leave me a comment below!

*lots of, might be a slight under exaggeration. I literally have so many I don't think I need to take them all!