Disney Holiday Gift Guide

Hey there, hi there, ho there! It’s that time of year where we’re all thinking about what to get those special people in our lives. I’m someone who is really difficult to shop for and I know my friends and family often have a hard time figuring out what to get me. One of the easiest things to default to is obviously something Disney! But even with that as guidance, sometimes it’s difficult to find the right thing for that Disney loving person in your life.

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Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone at this point that Mickey Mouse is getting some love this year because he’s turning 90! He sure looks good for his age, doesn’t he?! Along with all the Mickey style collabs that have happened, an exhibition celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse and his influence on art, fashion, and pop culture. I was lucky enough to be able to visit opening weekend with my husband, two best friends (aka my #DisneySquad), and the woman I owe all my custom Disney outfit pieces to. Here’s my take on the exhibition — spoiler alert: it’s pretty effin’ awesome.

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Where Do You See Yourself?

"Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?"

Who remembers this as a default question on the first day of high school or college? And then they ask it again later in the year or the semester to gauge where you've grown.

Truth is, it's a bit of a loaded question isn't it? How are we to know where we'll be in five years or ten years? The weird part is, when we're younger, it almost seems easier to answer some version of this question: if you're 18, in five years, you've most likely graduated college and are working at your first job. And at that age, the idea of ten years is terrifying so we probably all say stupid things like "I'll have a Ferrari" or "I'll be Chief something-or-other of a company."

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#HappilyEverArvanitis: Vendors

Phew - it's been a whirlwind of the last two months. Needless to say, the last thing I've wanted to do, or had the brain capacity for, is putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard?) to recap our wedding. If you've been following along on Instagram, you've seen little snippets here and there of our big day. For now, I wanted to take the time to thank and review our vendors that made the day so very extra magical.

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Wedding Skin Prep

I've had bad skin as long as I can remember. My dad used to say that it was because I didn't wash my face correctly (cue eye roll.) For years, I just dealt with it - enlarged pores, very oily t-zone, frequent breakouts in the same places, and uneven skin and scars thanks to fingers that just can't hep themselves from picking at breakouts. When we started wedding planning, I knew one of the things I had to do was figure out a way to have the clearest, brightest, glowing skin possible on my big day. And with just a little less than a month until we say 'I do!' I want to share everything I've done to make this possible.

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