5 Things You Must Do at Disneyland

Disneyland in Anaheim, California has always been on my ‘must-visit’ list. After all, it’s the park that started it all, opening over 60 years ago and remaining home to so many classic rides and attractions.

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know by now that Gary and I have had a lot of amazing trips to Walt Disney World in Florida (and we’ve visited Disneyland Paris too!), so we were very excited to see the original park recently!

We managed to cram just about everything we wanted to see and do into two fun-filled days. A lot of you have been in touch to ask what I enjoyed the most about the California resort, which is a very difficult question!

Instead of choosing just one thing, I wanted to share five things that I loved about Disneyland (and its neighbouring park, Disney California Adventure), and what I’d recommend other first-time visitors check out…

Take a stroll on the boardwalk! Ever a magpie for anything vintage-inspired, I just loved Paradise Pier; the seaside boardwalk-themed area at Disney California Adventure. With a big dipper rollercoaster, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, midway games and candy floss galore, it was one of my favourite park areas by far!

Got a sweet tooth? Try the Matterhorn Macaroon! One thing that Disney always gets so right is their themed snacks, from Mickey-shaped pretzels to entire restaurants taking their cue from popular rides and movies. At Disneyland, the Matterhorn Macaroon is an exclusive treat shaped like the iconic bobsleds ride – oh-so-sweet and topped with white chocolate ‘snow’.

Twirl around in Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters! At Disney California Adventure, we were completely blown away by Carsland, which was surprising considering we aren’t loyal fans of the Cars franchise. The Route 66 theming in this area is spot on, the music is fantastic AND it’s also home to Luigi’s Rollickin’s Roadsters – a lively dancing cars ride. This ride isn’t replicated at any other Disney park and it’s so much fun!

Catch a movie sneak peek in Hollywood Land! Some of our most memorable experiences at Disney parks have been the ones that we weren’t expecting and, over the years, we’ve been able to catch special previews of upcoming films before they hit the cinemas. Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land area is kitted out with a 4D theatre, and it’s always worth checking in to see if they are showing any sneak peeks. On this trip we watched a preview of the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie and now we can’t wait to see the whole thing.

Stop by Toontown…you never know who you might meet! Mickey’s Toontown is an area of Disneyland that makes you feel as though you’ve jumped into the pages of a brightly-coloured comic book! As well as being very stylised (great for photos!), Toontown is home to lots of rides and attractions that you won’t see at the other Disney parks. You can also walk right up to Minnie’s home and get a photo with your favourite mouse. Hey, Minnie girl!

These are just a few of my favourite ways to spend time at Disneyland, and I hope we can go back again for more magical days at the happiest place on earth!

Have you ever been to Disneyland? Tell me your tips!

 

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

My New Season Style Saviours

New Season Style Saviours

At this time of year, it can be so easy to fall into a fashion rut. It’s the one season where outfits must be practical, otherwise you’ll end up accessorising with a big ol’ box of Beechams and a nose redder than Rudolph (who wore it best?).

As someone who loves to dress up, these months often leave me cold (no pun intended!), when deciding what to wear. After all, where’s the pleasure when you’re bundling up in layers? Well, it turns out that you CAN still dress for fun while fending off Jack Frost! Hooray! I’ve picked out a few key accessories that are guaranteed to help keep our winter wardrobes playful and practical. I like to think of them as my new season style saviours!

New Season Style Saviours

First up, it’s all about the statement lip and it really doesn’t get much more bold than classic red. Red lipstick is great all year round, but at this time of year it’s especially effective at giving an otherwise muted outfit a pop of colour! I’m puckering up in bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie lipstick in Call The Shots – not only is the colour extremely pigmented but the formula hydrates the lips, keeping them lovely and moisturised.

New Season Style Saviours

I spent last weekend breaking in my new boots that I recently picked up from Dr Martens because, at the risk of sounding like a grandma, a good pair of boots are one of the most important things you can buy at this time of year. I’ve tried wearing shoes recently but it really is FAR TOO COLD for that kind of carry on. I have quite a few pairs of colourful DM’s in my wardrobe but this pull-on black pair go with any outfit, with the slightly pointed toe giving things a pretty but tough edge.

Next, I’d love to talk to you about accessorising with animal prints – though it’s not my dress that I’m going to tell you about (it’s from ASOS, though – if you were wondering!). Instead, let’s talk tortoiseshell…

New Season Style Saviours

Here I am wearing my very first pair of prescription glasses from Specsavers at the Trongate, and I couldn’t be happier with them. I’m wearing a patterned frame by Love Moschino and, after a first-class bespoke service which included custom fitting, straightening and even using a nifty iPad device to check the distance between my pupils, I am more than convinced that these are the glasses for me! The oversized shape means that they are comfy to wear, and the tortoiseshell design makes  it easy to inject a little bit of animal print into my ensemble!

New Season Style Saviours

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be spending the next few weeks running around town trying to get things ready for Christmas, as well as swinging by the odd party or two! This is when an awesome bag comes in handy and the quilted Emerald style by Marc b is just the thing for carrying around everything I need. I love the vampy berry colour and the vintage-inspired gold hardware.

New Season Style Saviours

Finally, one of my all-time favourite ways to pep up an outfit is with a cute hat! When this Mickey Mouse beret was released by Lazy Oaf as part of their Disney collaboration, I just had to snap it up. It’s going to be gracing my head until the temperatures REALLY plummet but, until then, you can bet I’ll be wearing this for as long as I can get away with. Oh boy!

New Season Style Saviours

By mixing it up with some clever accessories I’ll still be embracing everything that is fun about fashion this winter, but how about you? What are some of your new season style saviours? Be sure to let me know your favourites!

Here’s to keeping things warm and whimsical,

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With thanks to the magical elves at Marc B, Specsavers and bareMinerals