Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Showing Resort a Little Love

I wasn't even sure if I was going to talk about all the lovely fashion week collections for resort season, but then I remembered that there isn't anything else that fascinating going on in my life right now, so hey, why not?  Poor resort, it's kind of the middle child of fashion; Spring and Fall get all the love. Then again, Spring and Fall are usually infinitely more interesting. Oh well, let's see what's new on the catwalk lately.


Thakoon Resort 2013
So, an interesting thing happened to me while I was looking at Thakoon's resort collection. I could actually picture myself in these clothes. It's so rare that I look at a resort collection and genuinely think "Hey, that would be cute to wear on vacation!". I think a big part of the appeal for me was the color palette; I'm as gaga for turquoise as everyone else is right now. The photographer in me instantly thought about how these colors would look against a backdrop of the ocean, or of a cute seaside resort. Basically, the clothes are cute and actually wearable.  And I just may have to try crafting the above dress myself, if I can find a couple of cheap thrift store dresses to sacrifice to the fashion experimentation gods.

Thakoon Resort 2013
Exhibit B. I love the stripes, especially the use of whatever we want to call that color- orange sherbet? It's not a cliche nautical red or blue stripe. It's not done-to-death color blocking. It's pastel and fun without being too sickly sweet. It's basically the perfect little summer dress. Although the neckline is a little high for my own taste, this is a dress that would genuinely work on most body types- another catwalk rarity!

Thakoon Resort 2013

I really wish I could see the rest of that dress, but I really like this pairing! It's quirky, but it's wearable. It doesn't feel over-designed or overstyled, it's an outfit you can believe that some fashion-conscious girl put together out of her closet. And I love the way the sleeves are pushed up a bit to let some of the dress sleeves peek out. Delicious.

3.1 Philip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2013
I don't have anything interesting to say about 3.1 Philip Lim except "Hey, look!  He did leather overalls." Please don't let this become a thing, fashion.  Thanks.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013

You know I'm always going to have something to say about McQueen.  I still detest Sarah Burton. I've tried to be objective, looking at the clothes as if it was some designer I'd never heard of, rather than someone attempting to live up to the McQueen name, but still, I don't like her stuff. This collection was a mixture of snoozefest boring and atrocities like the outfit above. I need scientists to figure out how to bring back the dead just so Alexander McQueen can pick back up the reins and put the brand back on track.  Even Zombie McQueen could do better than Burton.

Alexander McQueen Resort 2013
Although I will admit to kinda liking this gown.  I like dragonflies, okay?

Altuzarra Resort 2013
Someone needs to take the glue gun away from the Altuzarra designers immediately.

Barbara Bui Resort 2013
I liked this Barbara Bui dress, even though the rest of the collection didn't do much for me. I can't imagine the kind of fans they had on that poor model to get the hair she has in the photos.

Resort so far: Lots of garden inspiration, still some designers trying to make Western/cowboy type things happen, and a few clinging to the color blocking train a little too long.

More soon!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Upcoming Giveaway!

As soon as I reach 500 fans of the blog on Facebook (I'm currently at 411), I'll be having a giveaway to celebrate! I'm already putting together a fun prize package. So if you don't already, please like my fan page! I'm not even one of those annoying bloggers that clogs up your timeline. But the more likes my page has, the easier it is to get sponsors for future giveaways, so show me some love!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Disappointed by SwimSpot

Well, I'm grumpy.

I'm sure any of you who enter giveaways a lot have seen all of the SwimSpot giveaways on blogs lately. I won one last week and was SUPER excited, because there aren't even words for how much I need a new swimsuit. I have one decent top, but my others are literally from 2001.  When I got an email that I won a $50 gift code to the site, I did the biggest happy dance and spent over 2 hours looking through everything and picking out what I wanted.  I finally settled on a tankini top that was on sale for $46. Their shipping is $8 (kinda absurd), but I liked the top that I picked out enough that I didn't mind paying the $4 difference between my total and my prize.

So I went to check out, put in my code, and got a message that promo codes can not be used on sale items. Wait, what? I totally get not being able to use a coupon code on a sale item, but not being able to use a gift code you won?  That seemed really weird, so I e-mailed SwimSpot. In the mean time, I looked back through the selection to see if there was another top that would work for me, but about 70% of their items are on sale (and thus automatically out), and the tops that aren't on sale are like $100. I have zero intention of paying $50 just to use my prize!

I heard back from them this morning, and the response was "You can use it on any item you want, but we'll have to do it over the phone, and I'll have to charge you full price for it."  Seriously? SwimSpot must be really struggling financially, I've never seen a sponsor of a giveaway be so cheap!

I decided to go through the site again and just find a full price swimsuit bottom that I could use my prize on.  I finally settled on one that was $33.  Put it in the cart to check out, applied my $50 code, and THEN found that my code wouldn't be applied to the $8 shipping. Are you kidding me? I'm using a $50 gift certificate for a $33 item, and you still want me to PAY $8?  Not happening.

I'm so frustrated, and even more than that, I'm hugely disappointed in this company. I wasted hours picking out the perfect item, only to be let down by the company's crappy business practices.

I don't even know what to do with the code now. There's no way I am paying a company with such a lack of customer service $8 for the "honor" of claiming my prize. What a giant disappointment.

What would you do?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

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My kitten Hathaway knows how handsome he is.  He wouldn't stop purring when I gave him a mirror!

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Grace found this box with pink tissue paper and instantly claimed it as her own. Such a lady!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shabby Apple Dress Makeover!

I'm about to embark on a pretty crazy crafty/sewing project, and I wanted to show you guys the "before", as well as ask for advice!

Late last year, I won the Pineapple Princess dress from Shabby Apple. I was excited because wooo, free dress! But then I got it and discovered that a) it is nothing like what I expected, and b) I am not a girl who can pull off head-to-toe yellow. (Well, ok, neck-to-knees.)

Here's the dress's official photo:

And here's what it looks like on me in real life:

It's hard to tell from the photo, but it's about an inch or two too big on me pretty much all over.  I ordered the Large, and I usually wear a 10/12. The extra fabric chooses to bunch up around the zipper in the back, so my back looks kinda lumpy.

I can't believe this dress sells for $86! The fabric is paper thin, you would need a serious slip to wear it out of the house. It's pretty well-sewn, other than a few loose threads that never got trimmed, but it just doesn't feel luxurious at all.

At first I thought about breaking it up into a top and a skirt, thinking the yellow would be a little less overwhelming if I could pair it with something else on the other half, but after some inspiration from the blog New Dress A Day, I have decided to dye it! I have ZERO experience dying fabric, so this should be interesting.  I think I'm going to buy a light blue/aqua colored dye, so that it will end up kind of blue-greeny if all goes well.

The rest of the alterations are what I'm still trying to figure out.  I know I want to remove the peplum (I think that's what the ruffle thing is called?), probably shorten the skirt a little, and do something to the sleeves/neckline. I want the end result to be one of those summery dresses that you can just throw on with flip-flops when you're not in the mood to wear anything too involved, but still want to look a little cute.

This is where I need your advice!  What would you do with this?  Should I make it sleeveless?  V-neckline? Boatneck? Any and all suggestions are appreciated!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Skin Care History: People Did Weird Stuff

I'm a sucker for infographics, and I thought this one (via Tanda Skincare) was kind of fascinating!

Acne Light Treatment

I thought the skin care history was pretty cool, since some of it (olive oil, milk) is still used today, while other concepts (sand as sunscreen!) have definitely faded away over the years. Can you imagine using sulfur to unclog pores?? I can't imagine the results would outweigh the smell! The whole bathing in wine thing sounds like a waste of good alcohol to me, and it makes me think about how you sometimes get red lips from drinking red wine... I wonder if their whole bodies turned a little pink?

It's also kind of interesting to watch the treatments get more high-tech over the years, progressing from sandpaper (ouch!) to acne removal via anti-aging light therapy (Possibly also ouch? Although their site says it basically uses blue and red light therapy to remove acne, which kinda makes me want to stick my face under a string of Christmas lights.). 

I'm still trying to figure out the "Chastity Pimples" thing. I'm guessing there's some kind of connection to hormones and puberty, but I wish they had elaborated on where the phrase came from! 

The idea that lead used to be used kinda creeps me out! Makes me wonder what things we do now will cause people in the future to raise an eyebrow in the "They used to do WHAT?" way. 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Tanda acne removal system, but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Close Enough!

Okay, this cracked me up. I did a Google search using this image, in an attempt to find similar style shirts:

Vneck Flower Blouse

Google's top result for similar images?

Well done, Google. Well done.

Friday, June 08, 2012


This post brought to you by PA Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's pretty much officially summer, which for a lot of people means vacation! I happily spent last summer chasing U2 around Canada, but I don't think I'll be going anywhere this year. Still, I'm a huge travel nerd, so my lack of actual plans didn't stop me from totally geeking out to play with the Roadtrip-a-Matic planner when I heard about it!


Visitpa.com put together this handy dandy little tool to help plan pa-roadtrips. It's actually really cute, with all kinds of different themed Pennsylvania trips you can browse through, from the Taste Buds Tour that showcases PA food and drink (and beer!) to the Fairway Drive for golfers, to the Trails Mix, which has all outdoorsy stuff for hikers and nature enthusiasts.  You just pick the theme you like, and then under that there are different choices depending on which part or parts of the state you want to hit. Then it breaks down when to eat, sleep, shop and recreate (totally a word!  Recreationalize?  Whatever.) and gives you maps and info!

I checked out "The Picture Perfect Roadtrip", under the Shutterbug trips for photographers. That trip includes Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which I actually wrote an article on for USA Today's travel site last year! It sounds like an awesome place for horseback riding, so my friend Katie and I could go relive our equestrian youth! The trip also includes Cherry Springs State Park, which is possibly the most cheerful name for a park ever. I liked it because ith as a stargazing place called the Crystal Sphere, and I'm a fan of anything named after me!

Do you have any roadtrips planned this summer? Are you a hit the road and indulge in gas station junk food person, or would you rather fly? Let me know if you play with the Roadtrip-a-Matic, too!

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thrifty Thursday!

I've been in the mood to check out some thrift stores lately, so I thought I'd make a little series of it! (Or, at least I will if you guys like it. No point putting in all that work if it's boring to read!) I can only imagine this will be much more interesting when I get back to Orlando, where thrift stores are both more abundant and more interesting, but for now I'll just work with what I've got!  I'm hoping to pick up a few thrifty shopping tips to pass on, and have reviews of thrift shops available for anyone who is searching for them!

Today I hit the Christian Associates thrift store in Branson West, which is about 5 miles from where I'm currently living. Branson West is a buzzing metropolis with a population of 408.  No, not 408,000... 408. Fo' real. I've stopped in this particular shop a couple of times before, but I don't think I've ever bought anything other than a paperback or three.

I checked out the store's webpage, but their calendar of sales/discounts hasn't been updated since February.  Kinda frustrating!  I also found them on FB, though, and it looks like they occasionally post about sales there, so I'll keep an eye on it.

I stole this pic from their FB to give you an idea of what the store looks like!

So, here's my question. I always see people talking/blogging/etc about all these amazing clothes and accessories and things they find at thrift stores, but I rarely have much luck.  For instance, shoes always seem to look like this:

Um, no.  Am I just shopping in the wrong places?

So, what DID I end up with?

Dress- $4. This was originally from Dress Barn, and is just the teeniest bit too big on me, but otherwise fits surprisingly well.  (I think this was the first time I've ever tried anything on in a thrift store!) Knowing Dress Barn's prices, I'd guess it was originally around $40. I have zero idea what kind of shoes to wear with it. but it seems like an easy Spring/Summery dress to just throw on when I want to look pulled together with zero effort.

Belt- 50 cents.

Obviously not the ideal belt for this dress, but at least it adds a little shape, and I have plenty of other things I can wear it with!

Bowl- 25 cents. I always need more bowls for the cats' food, and I found a cute little plain white bowl the perfect size! (Not pictured, because it's currently full of cat food and I'm too lazy to make it look pretty.  Cat food is gross-looking.)

Brown Glass- 25 cents. I recently got a cute blue decorative glass tumbler thing at Michaels for a buck, and I've been looking for a couple of others to stick next to it.  This seemed perfect!

Total Spent- $5.

I have to say, the cashier annoyed the crap out of me.  She must have been new, because she kept having to stop and think about what everything cost and what to punch into the register. No big deal, everyone is new at some point, but the way she wadded up my dress before sticking it in the bag and didn't wrap my breakable stuff in anything didn't make me happy.

I had picked up a framed cat print in the housewares section, because I thought it might be amusing to start a little wall gallery of crazy cat lady artwork. It didn't have a price tag on it, so I asked the cashier, and after a second, she suggested $1.50.  Are you kidding me, lady? When I said no really quickly, she offered 75 cents, but I was still thinking like a quarter, so alas, kitty stayed at the shop. (But now I really kind of do want to create a quirky wall of cat photos, like what people with families do with family pictures.)

Overall, it was an ok trip, but nothing fantastic. I prefer stores where items are priced by quality vs. item (like when every shirt is $2.) Their prices were a little high in general- $4 felt like a lot for the dress I got. It would have been awesome if it was like-new quality, but it's definitely had some wear, so $2 or $3 would have been much more appropriate.

Next week I'm checking out a thrift shop in Kimberling City. I'm excited to see how it goes!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

10 Disney World Tips You Probably Haven't Heard

Despite the fact that it's a hot and crowded time to go, summer is that time of year when a LOT of people head to Florida to visit my beloved Walt Disney World, so I've seen a lot of blog posts from people planning trips lately.  I thought it might be fun to share a few tips that are a little different than the same "use fastpass!" type of things you see over and over, since this is a topic I definitely have more experience with than the average bear!  (10 years of trips, followed by 3 years of being a concierge for Disney!)

Here are a few things that came to mind, in no particular order.

1. Don't Lose It!
If you lose something, stop by guest services (if you're in a park) or the concierge or front desk of your resort to fill out a card ASAP. You can't even imagine how much stuff people lose on a daily basis here. It's insane. But you'd probably be more surprised by just how much of that lost stuff never gets claimed. So as much as cast members enjoy buying your unclaimed stuff for super cheap several months later, you'll usually have pretty decent luck (depending on the circumstances you lost your item under) if you stop and fill out some info about what you lost.  If it turns up after you've already gone home, Disney will generally even mail it back to your house for free. 

Some kind of distinct identifying detail on your important items will make this much easier for everyone involved!  I personally like to stick address labels somewhere inconspicuous on my more important items. (For example, I put them on the memory cards for my camera.)  Pick somewhere that makes it easy for you to tell the person searching where to check for it (inside the battery compartment of your phone works, too), but where the average passerby won't see your name and address out in the open. Basically, if you can tell whoever is trying to locate your iPhone that your name and address is right under the back cover, it makes it MUCH easier for them to identify it among a sea of 9873 other lost phones!  

2. Shoes are Important! (Ask Cinderella!)
Test and break in the shoes you plan to wear before the trip. As comfortable as you think those running shoes you've had since high school are, that might not turn out to be the case once you find yourself in the parks, walking up to 10 miles a day! 

At least a week or two before your trip, grab the shoes you plan to wear (especially if they are new, so you have time to break them in) and either hit the treadmill or a walking path for a mile or two.  You don't have to break a sweat, just pick a comfortable pace and walk. If anything is going to pinch or rub your foot funny, you want to find out now!  

It's an especially good idea to get in the habit of walking at least a mile or two per day before your trip if you're not someone that walks/jogs on a regular basis. Again, you don't have to worry about walking fast or wearing yourself out, but just getting your body used to walking a lot will make you much less likely to find yourself totally exhausted after a few hours of playing in the parks!

3. Keep It Cool
Not all rooms at the Disney resorts come with refrigerators, but those that don't will supply one for free if it is for medical purposes, such as keeping insulin cold. (Update- This seems to have changed since I first published this post, and I believe ALL Disney resort rooms now include a mini fridge! Yay!)

When I was a guest, my favorite thing to do was always to hit the gift shop and quick service dining location just before bed to grab an apple juice and a pastry or other tasty breakfasty item. I'd stick the juice in the ice bucket right next to the bed, so by morning I'd have a nice cold drink and breakfast item that I could enjoy without ever crawling out from under the covers.  (Cheesecake also makes an exceptionally tasty breakfast, and does great on the ice over night!) If you're major a coffee person, I suggest bringing a few cans/bottles of your favorite prepackaged coffee (I'm a Starbucks DoubleShot girl!) to have handy for early mornings, since not all rooms have coffee makers. Sure, the trip to the food court for a hot cup of coffee isn't THAT far, but it can certainly feel like it if you haven't had coffee yet!

4. Checking In For Flights

If you are staying at a Disney resort, the concierge will print your boarding passes for your flight for you.  This is especially handy if you're flying an airline like Southwest that gives you better seats if you check in early. However, they are going to need your confirmation number to do it! I can't tell you how often guests would come to my desk, wanting to print boarding passes and expecting me to be able to do it by just their name.  Disney is pretty cool, but sadly the cast members can't just hack in to your airline's computer system. The best thing to do is check out your airline's website to see what info is needed to check in for the flight.  It's usually a confirmation number and your name, but sometimes it's your flight number. Jot down this info, stick it somewhere safe, and then just pull it out when you're ready to check in for your flight home. 

If you are away from your resort when the time to check in for your flight rolls around (and you're aiming for a certain time so you can get good seats, like with Southwest), guest services at the parks will generally also print boarding passes for you.  Just keep in mind that lines for guest services at the parks can be LONG, so plan ahead!

If you are checking bags, you can actually check them in and print your passes at a special desk in or near the resort lobby if you are flying on certain airlines. 

5. Start Small, Then Add
Adding to tickets is easy, subtracting is not. In general, you can add days and options (park hopper, water parks, etc.) on to your Disney tickets any time within 14 days of first use. However, if you buy the water parks option, for example, and then decide you don't want it, you're generally out of luck because tickets are non-refundable. I suggest starting out with what you KNOW you will use, and then adding on once you're sure you want an option. 

Adding days to a ticket is one area that it doesn't make much sense to be cheap, though.  After about your 4th day, each additional day in the parks is only about $4. No, seriously.  I don't have the price chart memorized anymore, but you would be amazed how cheap adding on a 5th/6th/etc day is!

6. Allow at least an hour to get anywhere.
Disney transportation is pretty awesome.  There are buses, monorails and boats to take you anywhere you want to go, and it's all free. It's also way easier than renting a car and trying to find your way around (and find your car in the parking lot!).  That said, you need to allow a LOT of time to get around. Walt Disney World is a big place, weighing in at 47 square miles, or approximately the same size as San Francisco.  The real problem with travel time comes from the fact that Disney transportation may not always take the most direct route.  For example, buses to the Typhoon Lagoon water park may also make stops at Downtown Disney. The bus from Magic Kingdom back to your resort may stop at two other resorts first. You get to sit back and relax while you get from Point A to Point B, but chances are you might stop at Points C and D on the way, and it might take a while.

Then there's the random math factor.  Most buses run approximately every 15-20 minutes. That means that depending on when you wander up to the bus stop, you might stand there for 30 seconds, or you might stand there for 20 minutes. If a bus has to take extra time to load/unload wheelchairs, you might be waiting longer.

If you're in a very chill vacation mindset, this won't be a problem.  However, if you're trying to make a 7pm dinner reservations, or the nightly fireworks at Epcot, time becomes more important.  So yes, while you can technically get from almost anywhere within Disney World to almost anywhere else within about 15-20 minutes, you should always allow at LEAST an hour. If it's an especially busy day, or you're on your way somewhere very important, allow 90 minutes. Worst case scenario, you'll get to your destination half an hour early and have some extra time to spend drinking in the atmosphere. Any amount of waiting is way better than explaining to your 5 year old that they don't get to have breakfast with Mickey after all because you missed your reservation.

7. Free is awesome!
Everyone loves souvenirs, and collecting a set of something is just plain fun. Pin trading and vynilmation collecting are both super popular, but get expensive quick. You (or your kids) can have just as much fun collecting something free! There are an absurd number of options here, from tangible items to experiences. A few ideas to get you started:

*Autographs don't just have to come from the characters!  Have cast members from other countries that you meet at Epcot (or any others you run into) write a note an autograph book or other object in their language. If you don't mind spending a few dollars, you can step this up a level by buying a postcard in each country of Epcot, and having the cast member there write your name (or a favorite word) on the back in their language.

*Pick something unusual and see who can collect the most photos. Have you ever noticed that the trash cans at Disney World are almost always themed to the land/area they're in?  Make a game out of seeing who can photograph the most unusual trash cans. Benches, light fixtures, crying kids, silly hats, and really uncomfortable looking shoes all work, too. 

8. Know your off-site activities. 
I would often have guests request that I call them a cab to "downtown Orlando."  After a few questions, I'd usually find that they wanted to go somewhere to shop. Here's the thing- downtown is about a $50 cab ride each way, and there really aren't many places to shop there. However, if you take a bus to Downtown Disney, you can take a cab from there
to the Orlando Premium Outlets (which are basically across the street) for less than $10, and shop your little heart out. If you're interested in doing non-Disney activities on your trip, check out the options ahead of time so you don't end up spending $100 on a cab ride to nowhere.

On a similar note, while Disney World itself is incredibly safe in general, other parts of the surrounding area are not. There is a LOT of crime in Orlando. If you do venture outside of The World, make sure to take a moment to shift your mindset from the pixie dust-enchanted bubble to the street sense you would use in any other big city.

9. Holidays Are Approximate
If you want to experience all of the awesome Christmas stuff, visit in the period around the end of November or very beginning of December. (but NOT near Thanksgiving.) Almost all of the amazing holiday decorations are up by early to mid-November. All of the same parades and shows will be going on- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, the storytellers at Epcot, and so on. 

Please also keep in mind that the Christmas parade that you see on TV on Christmas morning is usually filmed during the first week of December. (No, it isn't live.) Main Street is an absolute madhouse during filming, so unless you really want to try to catch a peek of some Disney Channel stars, you might want to avoid that part of the park that day. Seeing how the parade is filmed can be interesting, but it gets really repetitive really quickly (those 30 second spots can take hours of takes to film).

10. Be Kind To Your Cast Members. 
There were many times I ended up staying like an hour late at work to try to arrange something special for a guest, just because I really wanted to make their trip special. I've randomly sent balloons or signed photos of Mickey or other fun surprises to guests that brightened my day. We aren't going to ignore you or refuse to help if you're grumpy, but you're much more likely to get those magical little extras if you are kind. Please also remember that the people you are talking to do this every. single. day. We know when you are lying, and we know when you are just trying to get something for free. A lot of cast members are not allowed to accept tips, but I know plenty who have saved letters from guests or picture kids have drawn/colored for us for years and years.  

Have questions?  Ask em!  Have your own tips to share?  Leave them in the comments! I might do a few more posts of Disney tips, so if there's something you're curious about, now is the time to ask!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Ladyposing 101

Okay, you guys, I feel so bad for making fun of someone, but this model from LoveMode's online catalog is KILLING ME.

Step Out Into The Night Dress In MagentaZip-It Dress In Black

At first I actually thought they had just photoshopped different outfits onto the same picture, but no. She actually posed like that for pretty much every outfit!  There are slight variations, like when she awkwardly hunches in the OTHER direction...

Perched Bird Top In Black

Pretty In Polka Dots Dress In Black

I'm just... I can't even.  Who thought this looked good?

Pink Ruched Dress
Magenta Lace Front 3/4 Sleeve Top
Mocha Scoop Neck Button Sweater
How, at some point during the day, did the photographer not say "You know, let's try one where you like.. stand up straight?"

Brown Textured Dress W/ Feather Necklace
Brown Striped Belted Sparkle Dress
I don't know why I find this so flippin' hilarious, I just do.

Black Lace 3/4 Sleeve TopMint Green Polka Dot Tie TopCream Multi-Colored Striped Top

I'm possibly a terrible person.