Pink Flamingos at Anaheim GardenWalk

How long does it normally take for you to get into “holiday mode”? You know, the feeling when you finally stop thinking about things back home and just completely start to live in that happy little bliss bubble of holiday fun? As much as I love to get excited for time off and new adventures, I must admit that it usually takes me a couple of days! During our time in California, it was on the day we woke up and decided to visit the Anaheim GardenWalk.

After a hectic travel day, followed by two busy (but awesome!) days at Disneyland, it felt like a bit of a luxury to sleep in a little, take our time and go out for some lunch. I decided it was the perfect occasion to wear this Lindy Bop tea dress, which is adorned with pink flamingos!

Anaheim GardenWalk is less than a ten minute walk from Disneyland and, since the area was new to us, we enjoyed strolling under the palm trees, taking it all in. It’s home to a shopping, dining and entertainment complex – all outdoors and set out like a shopping mall.

The upper level was the most exciting part (for us!), as it has been converted into the Artists Republic Gallery – giving local artists space to showcase the work in the form of beautiful and brightly-coloured murals. We spent ages admiring the pieces and spotting work from artists that we recognised like Sara M Lyons!

It was a super hot day, one of those sticky ones that melts all your makeup off by noon (TMI?) BUT, as well as being very cute, this dress was also really light and cool to wear – which felt like a godsend, trust me! I also love the cut of the dress – I have two other frocks in this style from Lindy Bop in this ‘Clarissa’ silhouette. It has capped sleeves and a belted waist which, if I had my way, all of my dresses would have.

The most important part though? Well, that would obviously be the flamingos, which look as though they have been hand-painted onto the fabric (they haven’t, of course, but the print effect is almost like a watercolour – so pretty!).

Outfit Details:

Flamingo Dress | c/o Lindy Bop

Swinton Sunglasses | c/o IOLLA

Sandals | Primark

Hair Orchid | Crown and Glory

After walking around the murals of the Anaheim GardenWalk, my flamingos and I took Gary for lunch, cheesecake and copious glasses of mango iced tea. It felt like the start of the perfect trip. Cheers to being on holiday mode!

 

Dressing for Disneyland

At the start of this month, Gary and I spent a few days at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. We’ve visited Disney parks in Florida and Paris in the past, but this was our first trip to the one that started it all and we couldn’t be more excited!

As some of you will probably remember, I love to put together a Disney-inspired look for our theme park adventures, and dressing for Disneyland was no exception.

Outfit Details:

Bobble beret & Pinafore Dress | Lazy Oaf x Disney

Striped tee | Primark

Swinton Sunglasses | c/o IOLLA

Shoes | Vans

Tights | Next

Necklace | c/o Truffle Shuffle 

I fell head over heels for the Disney x Lazy Oaf collection at the end of last year and I’d been keeping this pinafore dress unworn especially for this occasion (I now have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future!).

This red, white and black ensemble is probably (and accidentally!) the most monochrome outfit I’ve worn in ages – but it was fun to try something outside of my comfort zone! It also helped make sure my accessories stood out (like this cute castle necklace!).

Twelve hours after walking through the park gates, this outfit was still going strong. As I’ve mentioned before, I think the key to picking out something to wear at Disney is making sure you’re still comfortable. We had an amazing visit and I’ll be sharing more details of the parks themselves, along with a few handy hints and tips very soon!

Have you ever found yourself dressing for Disneyland? What would it take to push you out of your fashion comfort zone? Would it be monochrome too, or something different?

 

 

 

Final photo from my Instagram

A Sugar Coated Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am SO READY to retire my winter layers and get into the swing of spring! My faithful faux fur coat is starting to feel like a villain in a bad movie…just when you think you’ve seen the last of him, he comes back out. To celebrate the four day weekend over Easter, I put together this Spring-inspired outfit from some of the 80 stores at Buchanan Galleries, and spent a fun afternoon with Gary walking around our old neighbourhood.

Outfit Details:
Sugar Coated tee | H&M
Gingham skirt | Mango
Silver camera bag | Accessorize
Hair flower | Claire’s
Puma sneakers | Kids Footlocker (yep, really!)
Fuchsia Fever lipstick | Benefit Cosmetics at Boots

All available at Buchanan Galleries 

Hair by #BLOW | Nails by Swoon Nails 

We visited the Botanic Gardens, where it feels like a spring day all year round! I’d visited #BLOW earlier that morning for a quick hair appointment, and they gave me the 1960s fantasy bouffant of my dreams. It just goes to show that you can get the Priscilla Presley-meets-Betty Rubble hair you’ve always wanted (you just need the right salon!).

My favourite part of this outfit has to be the mint Sugar Coated tee from H&M. I’ve been falling in love with slogan tees all over again lately, and that pastel green shade has ‘Spring’ written all over it!

Also, can we just take five and talk about these creeper-style Puma sneakers? Yes, they are technically definitely from a children’s shoe store, but hey – if the shoe fits (boom boom!), who am I to complain? I walked around in them all day, from the Botanic Gardens, to lunch at West on the Corner, and back into the city centre again. Cute AND comfy!

I hope you guys have been starting to enjoy the sunnier days and got a chance to take it easy over Easter. Thank you for your patience and support with my blog rebrand also – I really appreciate it and can’t wait to reveal more!

Tell me, have you started wearing your favourite Spring pieces yet? And which cartoon character’s hair do YOU most admire?

Here’s to a sugar coated spring…