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

The Disney Veggie Diaries: Eating Vegetarian at Walt Disney World

Vegetarian at Walt DIsney World

If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you’ll probably be familiar with my Glasgow Veggie Diaries series by now – and if not, you can find a round-up of my meat-free foodie experiences here! Today’s edition is a little bit different from my usual Glasgow-based adventures, and it’s something that I’ve had quite a few of you ask me about recently.

Our latest holiday Florida was my first trip to the US since cutting meat out of my diet, and more to the point my first visit to Walt Disney World since the switch up. So, I was a little bit intrigued about how this was going to play out! There’s a huge misconception out there that dining at Disney is all turkey legs and hamburgers, but I was really happy to find plenty of options to suit different types of diets. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find how EASY it was!

Today, I’d like to share just a few of my favourite snacks and meals from my recent experience of eating vegetarian at Walt Disney World – from light bites to sit-down meals! Let’s take a look at what was on my plate at the happiest place on earth…

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Counter Service Choices 

When we’ve got a jam-packed day at the parks, more often than not we find ourselves opting for quick-service restaurants so that we can eat casually at a time that suits us (usually between FastPass slots!) before carrying on with our plans. I found lots of great veggie dishes when it came to eating at these places, and one place that is worth a visit is The Electric Umbrella at Epcot. Their Veggie Naan-wich was one of my favourite meals on our trip, which was a tasty naan bread filled with fresh broccoli slaw, edamame, tofu and a light wasabi dressing. It made for a perfect lunch on a hot afternoon! At the same restaurant, you can also grab a Vegetarian Flatbread, which is topped with mushrooms and feta cheese.

Over at Magic Kingdom, we stopped for a bite to eat at Columbia Harbour House (located in Liberty Square) and we were pleasantly surprised at the wide range of vegetarian sides at this restaurant – which included couscous and steamed fresh broccoli. They also serve vegetarian chilli and I was tempted by their Lighthouse Sandwich – which is made up of hummus, fresh tomato and slaw.

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We always get peckish around Tomorrowland while we’re in Magic Kingdom, so we stopped into Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (tip: on a slightly unrelated note, this restaurant also has lots of seating, which is a real bonus when the park is busy!) for some dinner. I’ll be totally honest – this place is 99% meat! It’s definitely a great choice for anyone after a bacon cheeseburger or chicken nuggets, but what they DO have on the menu is a Vegetable Burger, and it’s delicious. I cut into mine and could see all of the corn, carrot and other ingredients that made up the patty.

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The best part about Cosmic Ray’s is that the burgers are served naked and you can dress them up yourself at the toppings bar. I piled mine high with yummy additions like sauteed mushrooms, tomato, onion, pickles and more – LOVE a toppings bar!

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Super Snacks

Grab-and-go snacks are in abundance all over Walt Disney World, and admittedly this is where (for me, anyway!) sensible eating tends to take a back seat and I just indulge myself! I’ve talked about my love of Dole Whip previously, and of course this fruity concoction is a vegetarian-friendly treat! Another park snack that I really enjoy is a Mickey-shaped pretzel – everything just tastes better when it’s themed, am I right? You can pick up Mickey-shaped pretzels in various locations at Walt Disney World, though I bought mine at a snack cart in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.

You can also munch on a ton of other snacks like popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and fruit at Walt Disney World while your carnivorous chums are working their way through corn dogs and turkey legs!

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Top Table Service Picks

We’ve enjoyed some really awesome meals at Walt Disney World’s table service restaurants over the years, and this time around we were looking forward to trying out the veggie options. When we were walking through Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, we noticed a new place that was themed after the Jungle Cruise ride – Jungle Navigation Co Ltd Skipper Canteen (let’s just call it Skipper Canteen for short, eh?). After checking out the menu, we booked a table for dinner.

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The menu at Skipper Canteen reflects the sense of exploration that the Jungle Cruise is famous for, with exotic ingredients and flavours throughout its range of African, Asian, Latin & American dishes. Vegetarian options included Baladi Salad, Falls Family Falafel, Hot-and-Sour Soup, Rice Noodle Bowl with Tofu and Curried Vegetable Crew Stew. We tried the falafel dish as a starter and we also both ordered the vegetable stew (the tofu noodle bowl sounded great but the jalapenos weren’t optional and as we all know now, I am a sucker when it comes to spicy food!). I would have normally made a beeline for my trusty mac and cheese, but at this restaurant the macaroni has spiced ground beef in the mix! Yikes! But, the falafel was great and I particularly loved the vegetable stew – which not only tasted amazing, but the portion size was perfect too.

A special mention should also go to Yak & Yeti, Restaurant over at Animal Kingdom. This is genuinely one of the nicest table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World – and they will substitute meat for tofu in many of their dishes! This option isn’t listed on the menu, but all you have to do is ask. This means that you can enjoy miso tofu (instead of salmon), sweet and sour tofu (instead of chicken) and many other vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes.

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If you are familiar with Walt Disney World, you’ll be aware of how overwhelmingly ENORMOUS it is, and today’s post is obviously not a definitive guide of where to grab vegetarian eats at the resort. This is more of a reassurance – to those who might be wondering if it’s possible to find food suitable for a meat-free diet at the House of Mouse. So, it is possible and it’s not as daunting as you may think!

These dishes and snacks were just a few of my favourites and observations from this trip, but I’m looking forward to trying even more next time. If you’re planning a visit soon, I hope that this has been helpful – and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or tweet me!

Have you eaten as a vegetarian at Walt Disney World? What is your favourite snack at the parks?

With forkfuls of fun,

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10 Things To Do at Walt Disney World

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So, you’ve booked a trip to Walt Disney World and excitement is kicking in – I hear ya! The Happiest Place on Earth also happens to be my favourite place on earth, and after seven trips to Florida my love for the resort and parks just gets stronger.

This is not the first time I’ve shared some of my tips for Disney adventures (you can find a guide to Magic Kingdom – and a short video – here!), but after my most recent visit, I couldn’t resist compiling a little to-do list to cover 10 things to do at Walt Disney World. These are a few of my must-do activities and if you’re thinking of going to the parks soon, feel free to use this to kick-start your plans…

1. Tour the whole world (or at least 11 countries of it!) at Epcot. Walt Disney World has four theme parks (and two water parks to boot!), and Epcot is one of our favourite places to spend the day. A big part of the park is the World Showcase Pavilion, which features the sights, sounds and even tastes of eleven countries around the globe. Eat authentic sushi in Japan, take a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower in France and catch a mariachi band in Mexico! And in true Disney style, every inch of the experience has been created with perfect detail. This park is a must-do for anyone with major wanderlust.

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2. Meet a character (or two!). Fancy getting a photo with Goofy for your photo album (or let’s be honest, Instagram!)? No problem! In each Walt DIsney World park there are lots of opportunities to say hi to your favourite characters, and the wait time isn’t as long as you’d think! Pick up a times guide (they’re free!) on your way into the park and it’ll let you know where and when they’ll be around to meet people. Easy! Cameras at the ready…

3. Take a spin in a teacup! At Magic Kingdom you’ll find so many iconic Disney rides and attractions, and one of my favourites is Mad Tea Party – inspired by Alice In Wonderland. Even if you have never set foot in a Disney park, it’s likely you’ve heard of this pastel-coloured classic. As far as big thrill rides go, this one is more fun factor than fear factor, but it’s timeless, charming AND I guarantee it will make you smile!

4. Dress in theme. Well, what did you expect? Whether you decide to go full-on DisneyBound as your favourite character, or a subtle nod to Mickey in your socks is more your style, theming your ensemble is a surefire way to get into the spirit of things. This year, as well as my Minnie-themed outfit, I also DisneyBounded as Snow White and rocked a cute Disney-inspired manicure from Swoon Nails.

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5. Eat Dole Whip! Disney park snacks are all part of the experience, be it a Mickey-shaped ice cream, freshly-made popcorn, or my personal favourite, Dole Whip! Grabbing a cup of this delicious pineapple soft serve over at Adventureland has become something of a Disney tradition and it’s super refreshing on a warm day at the park!

6. Walk through Cinderella’s Castle. Ah, the castle…there’s nothing like getting that first glimpse of the famous 189-foot beauty to make you feel like you’ve truly arrived in Walt Disney World. Walking through the castle itself isn’t just a good shortcut, it’s another way to see it close-up. You’ll see colourful murals within the main corridor, and if you want to spend even more time in there you can even make a reservation to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. BYO tiara!

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7. Check for special events. Yup, Walt Disney World is so enormous that there are often fun events within the resort taking place – and usually at no extra cost. A few examples include Epcot’s International Food & WIne Festival, exclusive tours, live music, sporting events and more. It’s always worth checking the Walt Disney World website (or download the app!) for upcoming schedules so you can make sure you make the most of your visit.

8. Step into the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age, this Disney park is heaven on earth for anyone that has a passion for films. My favourite area of the park is Sunset Boulevard, which not only looks incredible, but is also where one of my favourite rides – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – is located. You can also find attractions based on franchises like Star Wars and Toy Story in this park.

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9. Visit Disney Springs. Formally known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is THE destination for amazing shopping, dining and entertainment. With an incredible range of restaurants (who won’t judge you if you fancy ordering dessert first!), cafes and kiosks offering everything from snacks to swanky meals, you won’t go hungry here! A few of our favourites at Disney Springs include bowling at Splitsville, ice cream cookie sandwiches at Sprinkles and shopping at Sephora (OK that last one is probably just one of my favourites!).

10. End your night with Wishes. When the sun sets at Magic Kingdom, the evening entertainment begins and the most exciting spectacle of all is the Wishes fireworks show. I’ve never been a huge fan of fireworks and it wasn’t until I attended a Disney fireworks display that I realised that when done right, I can really enjoy them. And believe me, Disney does it RIGHT.

Well, that about wraps up my top 10 things to do at Walt Disney World! If you’ve been, are any of your favourite activities on there? And if you’re planning a trip soon, I hope this helps or inspires you to check out something new.

With much magic,

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All photos from my Instagram page