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Wedding Planning & Visiting Pandora

This seems to happen quite often where I disappear where my posts become inconsistent for a little bit - super sorry about that! I started a new job at the end of May so much of my time and energy have been eaten up by gaining my sea legs (or land legs if you want to stick to the Disney universe 😛

I have been wanting to recap our June trip for sometime so here it goes!

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Fave Disney Parks Makeup

I LOVE taking pictures at Disney Parks – whether this is Disneyland or Walt Disney World. There's something magical about the candids and the posed. And in all these pictures, who doesn't want to look their best?

The one problem with this though, at least with my last couple trips, is the constant fight of "I love the outfit/makeup/hair" and "It's humid enough to make even my pin straight hair frizz." 

I have a naturally combination complexion (oily t-zone, relatively normal skin elsewhere) so it's hard to control, especially when it's extraordinarily humid and hot. So today, I've rounded up my favorite beauty products for the Disney Parks!

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Hakuna Matata

It's been almost two weeks now and I'm still not over my Disney hangover. How do you really get past having Mickey shaped everything and perfect customer service all the time? Not to mention, the amazing scents all over Disney Parks and resorts. Sure beats the trash and smell of gasoline here in NYC!

This trip was the first one in a year that we haven't had to do something. 

Well, I'm happy to say that this trip, Nicholas and I took Timon and Pumbaa's philospophy to the maximum level. 

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The Happiest Run on Earth: Part I

After neglecting this blog for a while again, (I know, I'm the worst) I'm excited to share my happiest run on Earth! Alice and I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon last weekend and it was seriously one of the best experiences of my life.

To recap our experience, I want to make sure we talk about everything - from the registration to the training to the packing to my one big mistake to the race itself. So let's start at the beginning:

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Travel: Down the Great Wall and Beyond (Part II)

If you didn't read Part I, head on over and read about Beijing here

We left Beijing via the bullet train. To get to Shanghai, we passed through my hometown: Nanjing. I haven't actually been home since I was 13, so it was a little bittersweet passing through without actually stopping since I still have family there. It was about a four hour train ride, so we arrived in Shanghai relatively later in the day.

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Travel: Down the Great Wall and Beyond (Part I)

If you've read my About or my latest blog, you know my major and you know where I was born. For my major, my university requires that you either study abroad for a semester or do a travel seminar for graduation. I was a transfer student so by the time I got around to figuring out everything and settling down in Boston, it already didn't make sense for me to go abroad and retake all of my prerequisite classes. So my option that I had was a travel seminar, which involves just a little over a week in a different country -- mixing in business as well as some touring. Originally, I wanted to go to Italy, not just because I have never been to Europe, but also because the timing was right (I didn't want to go abroad during Spring Break.) But the dates got switched and the China trip got switched to the end of the semester. I won't lie, I was dreading this trip a little bit (18 hours travel?! UGH!)... until I actually got there. First stop: Beijing.

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Travel: Mayan Ruins, Beaches and Dancing on Bars

It's been a while, and it seems like the month of July flew by for me. My second week of July was spent in Vegas and the last week of the month was spent in Mexico. This was my first time in Mexico and I wanted to avoid Cancun as much as possible, so we settled for the next best reviewed beach area: Playa del Carmen. At the time, it didn't seem or feel like I was taking many pictures, but once I got back and started reviewing them (and editing them) it felt like it was never ending, so bear with me! I'll also be doing a review of my favorite eats, drinks and hot spots later on!

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