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Minnie Mouse Hair Bow GIVEAWAY!

Minnie Mouse Hair Bow GIVEAWAY!

I’ve been an Etsy seller for 9 years so I love supporting small business. Though I’m currently on a shop break during my “maternity leave” from selling my appliqued tees, I’m still scoping out Etsy for unique Disney-inspired products. I ran across these adorable puffy Minnie Mouse hair bows from A Fancy Finish and totally fell in love!

Rachael sews these up herself and has graciously offered a giveaway, read on!

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Minnie Mouse Hair Bow GIVEAWAY!

photo credit-Rachael Hixon

This over sized bow is perfect for a day in the Park. Here are my reasons why these Minnie Mouse hair bows are great:

  1. As much as I love Mouse-Ear headbands, there are a few reasons why I won’t wear them (they risk falling off, they squeeze the sides of my head a bit too much and cause a headache and they don’t hold my hair back)
  2. It’s just at home on my head as it is on my daughter, meaning it’s appropriate for all ages (so long as you have adequate amounts of hair for it!)
  3. It has a hair elastic so my hair is back in a pony tail and off my face.
  4. It has Minnie dots, my favorite!
  5. You can wear it with a hat! Unlike Mouse-Ear headbands or even Mouse-Ear hats that don’t shade your face, you can pair the Minnie Mouse hair bow with a hat.
  6. The hair elastic is replaceable. Rachael has cleverly created a snap in the center of the bow so the elastic can be replaced, so clever! (you can see the snap, shown in image below)

Minnie Mouse Hair Bow GIVEAWAY!

Would you like one of these A Fancy Finish Minnie Mouse hair bows for yourself? Here’s the giveaway.

A Fancy Finish on Etsy

A Fancy Finish on Instagram

A Fancy Finish on Facebook

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to US/Canada residents. Rafflecopter will randomly choose the winner. I will email you and you’ll have three days to respond. If you do not respond I will choose a new winner. I will mail the bow to the winner.

 

Dapper Day Outfit Ideas to Step Out in Style!

Dapper Day Outfit Ideas to Step Out in Style!

Dapper Day takes place at both Disneyland and at the Walt Disney World. I’ve never attended the Dapper Day festivities but as a girl with a retro-beat in her heart, this event sounds like it’s the bees-knees! Get dolled up in your Sunday best and enjoy the Parks a la 1955. I’ve compiled some festive Dapper Day outfit ideas for everyone.

Dapper Days encourages guests to get dressed up for a day at the Park. According to their website,  “Dapper” doesn’t mean just vintage! We encourage all sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic!

Compiling your Dapper Day outfit just takes a little creativity. Mix and match within different eras to create a charming look that’s all your own! The Disney Blog Disney Style offers tips on “How To Dapper”.

Start by visiting the Dapper Day shop, where you can choose official merchandise, like this orange grove scarf.


Head-to-toe Dapper Day Styles

Pinterest has great ideas, including these coordinated DisneyBound outfits that don’t miss a detail.

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Twirly Dresses

Love these full and twirly dresses and skirts (makes getting in and out of rides so much easier than in a pencil skirt!) From left to right, SarahsCurtseySkirtsPinUpGirl clothing, LindyBop

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From Left to Right, JJofSweden, AnabellaWoman

  


Dapper Kiddies

Get the kids in on the fun with sweet clothes in a vintage vibe. From left to right, Tinkerella Creations, GunsAndAprons, Chasing Fireflies

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Here are some DIY options. From left to right, Make It Love It, Peekaboo Pattern Shop

 


Dapper Dans

For the dapper gentlemen. From left to right, WickhamHouse and Village Hat Shop

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Stylish Accessories

The accessories make the lady, so do it up in style. Left to Right, PinUpGirl clothingUnique Vintage and Miz-Mooz

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Dapper Hairstyles

One of the best things you can do to set your style apart is to have a dapper hair style, but some of these looks will take lots of advance practice! Left to right, Pretty Designs, It’s Hair Styles.

 


Spring Disneyland event – April 30-May 1, 2016

Spring Walt Disney World event (Magic Kingdom) and Disneyland Paris – Saturday April 16, 2016

Fall Disneyland Paris event – October 15th, 2016

Fall Disneyland event – November 5th-6th, 2016

Fall Walt Disney World event (Epcot) – November 12th, 2016

Follow along with the Dapper Day fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The photos might have you itchin’ to put on your fedora or white gloves to join the fun!

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Best Shoes for Disney Parks – Why I Love Sandals!

Choosing the right shoe for your Disney vacation can make or break the trip! See my choices for best shoes for your summer Disney vacation.
Feet can really take a beating while touring in the Disney Parks all day! They are standing in queue, walking countless miles, standing for fireworks and possibly getting wet. I have reviewed four different women’s styles that I personally own and wear when I go to Disneyland.  I have also included choices for children as well!
Certainly during cooler months, sandals aren’t the best option and instead I wear Keds with socks or my Ugg boots to keep my toes warm. However you’ll find that open-toed sandals are appropriate in California and Florida, as well for about 9 months out of the year.
Best Shoes for Disney Parks - Why I Love Open-toed Sandals!

My 7 1/2 months pregnant feet walked the Disney parks in Crocs!

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green. Today we are discussing the best shoes for Disney Parks. I am going to share my love for open-toed sandals…how very California of me, right?
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Best Shoes for Disney

Why I love Open-toed Sandals:

  • They allow for feet swelling; All that pavement stomping can cause feet to puff up and even just the tiniest bit of swelling can be uncomfortable. The last time I wore closed-toed shoes (a ballet-flat type) at Disneyland my feet had swelled so much by mid-afternoon I was developing blisters. My husband trekked back to the car to fetch me another pair of shoes.
  • Sandals are cool and lightweight.
  • They look cute! Sandals are much more flattering when wearing shorts or capri pants than socks and sneakers ever look. They also showcase pretty Disney-style toe nails so nicely!

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Things to Consider when Choosing an Open-toed Style:

  • Are these going to be appropriate for concrete walking? Flat beach-type plastic flip-flops aren’t going to offer the support you need for walking on concrete all day.
  • What is the support they offer? I highly recommend shoes with cushioning and a bit of a lift in the back for a comfortable shoe that you can wear all day.
  • Does the shoe have traction on the bottom? Especially when walking around puddled areas near water rides or after a Floridian downpour, you’d hate to slip and fall. Choose a shoe with traction (all of my choices have it).

For the ladies…

Best Shoes for the Disney Parks – Why I Love Open-toed Sandals!

Crocs Womens Women’s A-Leigh Floral Flip Flop

I not only wear these to Disneyland, I also took them with me on my European Adventure. They held up just as well on the pavement as they did on uneven cobblestones. The leather upper is soft and flexible and they feature Croslite™ material footbed cushions. The cork-wrapped wedge gives a little lift in the heel which makes being on my feet more comfortable.

And how can you resist the pretty floral accent? I have these in black but think I will have to pick up these lovely pink ones, just because!

My Crocs in the Czech Republic!

Hi-Tec Women’s Soul Riderz Strap Sandal

This was my go-to shoe for the past few summers, including my European Adventure. They are flexible and feature a cushioned footbed and sculpted EVA midsole that absorbs impact. I appreciate the adjustable hook-and-loop straps so I can accommodate for any foot swelling at the end of the day.

The straps on these shoes have a soft lining that wicks away moisture and never rubbed or caused blisters. These shoes are also extremely light weight!

Trekking through Europe in my Hi-Tec sandals

Trekking through Europe in my Hi-Tec sandals

Fitflop Women’s Flora Flip Flop
I’ve had a pair of FitFlops for the past 3 years and they are a summer staple. FitFlop doesn’t appear to carry the bejeweled black pair that I have anymore, but I was really drawn to the elegant etched and laser-cut details on this pair. The patent and leather are soft and comfortable for all-day walking.

For sure you need to get your body used to FitFlop’s “Microwobbleboard midsole” before trying to walk in them all day or your thighs will be screaming by the afternoon!

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I won a giant giraffe pillow at SeaWorld San Diego while wearing my FitFlops!

Nike Womens Comfort Thong Flip Flops

Like walking on a cloud! I’ve had two pairs of the Nike Comfort flip-flops; one in black and another in white and turquoise. They have a soft memory foam foot bed that simply hugs and comforts your feet while you walk.

Other Open-Toed Options!

I don’t have these sandals but have them on my radar to try as potential Disney Park shoes in the future! Skechers Go Walk Move Solstice , Vionic Womens Rest Amber Strappy Open Toe Sandal, Naturalizer Women’s Cassie Gladiator Sandal, Vionic Muir – Womens Strap Sandal, Teva Women’s Verra Sandal


For the kids…

Best Shoes for the Disney Parks – Why I Love Open-toed Sandals!

My littlest has been wearing pediped since he was born! I love Pediped for kids because they are lightweight, durable and very soft and flexible. This means there is no “breaking in” period and are comfy from the first wearing. Also a very nice feature is that many pedipeds are machine washable.

Choosing the right shoe for your Disney vacation can make or break the trip! See my choices for best shoes for your summer Disney vacation.

This is my son at Walt Disney World wearing his pediped Flex Sahara Sandal.

Best Shoes for Disney Parks - Why I Love Open-toed Sandals!

pediped Flex Nikki Sandal, pediped Flex Navigator Water Sandal, pediped Sidra Flex Dress Sandal

These pediped are so sweet and pretty and much more comfortable on little feet than the plastic dress up shoes that I see some of the tiny princesses shuffling around the Parks in! Please, leave the plastic shoes at home and make sure your sweetie has a comfortable pair of shoes that she can wear all day. These pediped Delaney Flex Mary Jane are perfect because they are a rubber soled shoe disguised as sparkly Princess attire!

Choosing the right shoe for your Disney vacation can make or break the trip! See my choices for best shoes for your summer Disney vacation.

My two littlest ones at Disney World, both wearing their pedipeds!

Other Shoe Tips:

  • Bring an alternate pair of socks & shoes and keep them in a backpack or rental locker. When your socks get soaked on Splash Mountain you’ll have a replacement and if your shoes are irritating you for any reason (like mine did), you’ll have a pair to switch into.
  • “Break” your shoes in first and wear them several times before wearing them in the Park.
  • Bring along items in your travel First Aid kit that can easy any foot issues. I have New-Skin Liquid Bandage that can be painted onto the skin and when it dries, leaves a waterproof “bandage” that eases friction.
  • Beware of sandals with multiple straps that may potentially rub or pinch skin.

Magical Blogorail Green Loop

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back in next month with all new loops and themes. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with newest posts, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Heidi’s Head – No-Nonsense Shoes for Disney Comfort 

2nd Stop – Ashley Aspires – A pair of shoes can change a girl’s life.

3rd Stop – Disney Nouns – Best Shoes for the Disney Parks

4th Stop – Mommy 2 All Girls – Shoes & the Disney Parks 

5th Stop – Saving Up for Disney – Best Shoes for the Disney Parks – Why I Love Open-toed Sandals! 

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Fashion & Style on a Budget – Looking Good on a Dime

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

I love to look fashionable but I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend or time for much effort. Fortunately it’s not that hard to work with what you have in order to get fashion and style on a budget.

Once upon a time, I was accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Unfortunately my family simply could not afford for me to go to this college and I settled for junior college. It was a major let-down in my dream as a fashion designer but I eventually started designing, sewing and selling my boutique items on Ebay & Etsy.

Now, I’m not a fashionista by any means. But I do believe that I know what works for me. It’s up to you to find out what works best for you in creating your own style and flattering look. And it doesn’t have to be a pricey endeavor…it just takes a bit of organization, planning before purchasing and thoughtful accessorizing (did I sound a bit like Tim Gunn there?) In any case, read on!


Organize and look more fashionable on a budget!

SEASONAL STOCK

Keep out only what’s in season and pack away the rest. I have a teeny-tiny closet and don’t have the space to keep sundresses and tank tops hanging up during the winter. I have two bins under my bed that I use for my seasonal wardrobe. When the weather starts to change, I hang up the sweaters and coats and put away the swimsuits and flip-flops. It’s also much easier to find an outfit when I’m not pushing aside summer clothes when it’s 40 degrees outside!

Organize like items together. Bathing suits and sunhats go into one box on the top shelf with scarves and winter hats in another. Take the time to arrange clothes, placing like items together. I have dresses on the far left, then jackets, pants, tank tops, short sleeved tops, long sleeved tops, then cardigans. Having my closet organized makes it so much easier to find what I’m looking for.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

LAY IT OUT

Take everything out of your closets and drawers and assess what you have. Only in doing so can you really determine what you are lacking and what you’ll need to purchase. Weed through items that haven’t seen the light of day in 6 months or longer and determine if you want to keep or donate. If those pants make you look lumpy in places you’d rather they not, then why bother keeping them? Or that blouse that never quite fit properly across the bust? Put them in the donate pile! Sweaters with holes or blouses with missing buttons? Fix them within the week or put them in the donation box, do not put them back in your closet until they are repaired and in wearable condition again. Keep only clothes that make you happy and make you look fabulous. Better to have a minimal wardrobe that makes you feel good rather than an extensive collection that you either don’t wear, is uncomfortable or is unflattering.

Plan your outfits in advance. Figure out the night before what you planning on wearing to avoid a scramble in the morning (or the temptation to wear your sweatpants to work!) Set your outfit aside, including your jewelry so you can grab, dress and go!

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

DETERMINE YOUR TASTE

How do you want to look? What pieces catch your eye? What colors and styles are you drawn to? What outfit to you currently own that you love and feel is flattering to you? These are the pieces that you should be replicating in your closet.

Find a few images on Pinterest that you like or are inspiring to you. Choose one or two things new to try to see how they fit your personal style.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

LOVE LAYERS

Layers add depth to your style. I personally love cardigan sweaters and own them in every color of the rainbow. Button just the two middle buttons and a cardigan hides any midsection bumpy bits, makes a flattering V-shape at the chest and nips in the waist. A brightly colored cardigan can jazz up even the most plain tee. Top it off with an eye-catching necklace as the final top layer. I like pairing my lightweight summer blouses with a long sleeved tee for winter.

Know how to layer your looks. If you are going with upper body layers (like a tunic with a loose cardigan) pair this with slender-legged pants. Likewise if you are wearing loose-legged pants,  something with details like cargo pants or a long flowing skirt, pair it with a body skimming tee or a blouse that nips in at the waist to avoid looking baggy. Keep in mind this rule: Loose on top, go more form-fitting on the bottom. Form-fitting on top? Keep the bottom more loose.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

EMBRACE COLOR AND PATTERN

Color & pattern make all the difference. What colors do you have in your closet? Consider adding in pops of brightness that you can pair with black, gray and navy. Strategic use of color in your wardrobe can be your best friend. Place color and pattern where you want eyes to go. I have a petite upper body and wider lower half. I like to wear a small scale patterned top in a neutral that I pair with a bright cardigan that draws the eyes up to my face. If you have slender legs and a larger top half, you could wear a small scale print pant or a trouser in a bright color with a neutral on top.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

ACCESSORIZING

Little details from head to toe accentuate your style and add charm. The key to taking a drab wardrobe to something eye-catching and fun is definitely in the accessories. A bib necklace, colorful cardigan, dangling earrings or a bright scarf can turn an ordinary outfit into something special. Take a look at what you already own and set aside the pieces that you wear most often. These should be given a prominent place in your jewelry box/organizer. If you haven’t worn a piece in forever, donate it or sell online. Sentimental pieces or dressy items that you don’t wear often but want to keep should go in a place that is out of the way.

I’m a petite 5’2″ and feel overwhelmed when I’m wearing too much jewelry so I’ll choose one piece only, either a necklace, bracelet or earrings and not all three. Especially when wearing a large “statement” piece, it’s best to choose just one and let that piece speak for itself without too much else going on. I like to wear long necklaces to lengthen my figure when I wear colored pants. I wear shorter chokers or earrings for drawing the eye upward when wearing bright colors on top.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

I also love to accessorize with Jamberry nail wraps. Whatever Jamberry wraps I’m wearing that week definitely sets the tone for what colors I wear. Having pretty nails definitely keeps my spirits up and I’m more excited to plan a cute wardrobe when my nails are done.

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.  Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

BASIC BRUSH-UPS

Bra and underpants are the first layer. Just because they hide under your clothes doesn’t mean they should become an afterthought. A well-fitting bra and panties that hold everything in place and look invisible & smooth under clothing are worth spending good money on. Request a fitting at a lingerie shop and start small with one bra and one pair of panties in your skin tone and add another set in black. I choose practical pieces that hold up to every day wear and disappear under clothes (no lumpy lace or sequins).

Fashion & Style on a Budget - Looking Good on a Dime. Dozens of tips for looking fashionable & stylish without breaking the bank.

THE DETAILS

Changing our your handbag or purse can put a whole new spin on your style. My brother bought me a gorgeous charcoal Coach bag for my birthday. I’ve never had anything like it before & I was afraid to use it! After keeping it in the closet for a few months, I finally got over my fear of taking it out of the house and now it’s my regular bag. I certainly walk more confidently with that lovely bag on my shoulder! Like-new accessories are within your reach at ThredUp (affiliate link), where someone’s resell becomes your beautiful new designer (reasonably priced) handbag.

Organize and look more fashionable on a budget!Organize and look more fashionable on a budget!Organize and look more fashionable on a budget!

The same with shoes, as a pair can easily make or break your outfit. I have a confession to make: I don’t like buying new shoes! I find them awkward and uncomfortable to get used to and I very rarely find a pair that fits me well right from the start. I’m probably buying the wrong brand, because shoes really shouldn’t require “breaking in”. I prefer to purchase with comfort in mind. A friend discovered these wedge Crocs heels; they are comfortable and super cute! I like having pretty shoes without sacrificing my toes or developing blisters!


Share your fashion resolutions in the comments! What changes would you like to make in your style?

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Kick Start the New Year with a Healthier, Wealthier and Better Organized You! – Resolution Series

I’m ready for the fresh start that the new year brings! There’s something about flipping over to the first month on a brand new calendar that makes you ready to take on challenges and adventures. Even if you’ve been soured on New Year’s Resolutions in the past, I promise that these will be fun, practical, budget-friendly and totally do-able…which means even when February rolls around, you’ll still be in the resolution groove!

Resolution Series - Kick Start the Year Towards a Healthier, Wealthier and More Organized You!

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Blessings to you for a healthy and happy New Year!

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