Magic At Any Age

June 13, 2019


“Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.”

I’ve just crossed the threshold of 31. Yup, I’ve already transcended my 20s & am now traversing my way through my 30s, but I swear I don’t feel a day over 22 (insert other Taylor Swift song here). So what better way to celebrate my 31st birthday than by channeling my inner fairy princess? I had the opportunity to attend the most magical event that was essentially the manifestation of my childhood fantasies come to life & it had my inner 6 year old self fangirling so hard. Excuse me for quoting Taylor Swift, but that day was a fairytale...literally. 

But first, a little backstory. Fairytales have always resonated with me. I remember as a kid I would walk to the public library almost every weekend & wander the stacks (hello Belle complex), almost always checking out books about fairytales, princesses, fairylore & basically anything fantasy. I devoured the Harry Potter series (like most now-grownups my age), grew up on Disney culture, & wore out the Little Princess movie until the VHS tape broke. I got very competitive at Pretty Pretty Princess (we were all vying for that plastic bejeweled crown), played dress up in anything & everything tulle, and had a rather active imagination when it came to playing “make believe” (this was before the renaissance of modern day technology like the internet & iPhones - back when you actually had to use your imagination to have fun).

National Donut Day

June 7, 2019


Let’s talk donuts. Is it a dessert? A breakfast treat? A substitute for dinner? (I’m going to go with all of the above.) No matter how you look at it, you have to admit, donuts are pretty delicious (unless you’re one of those weird types that doesn’t like them; in which case, you probably just haven’t had the right kind of donuts yet. Come see me; we’ll chat). They are also pretty cute, so it’s no wonder that you can find these sweet treats in all kinds of merchandise these days. I’m a sucker for anything donut…

Pink Prep & Print Picks (say that 5 times fast)

June 5, 2019


Did you know that June 21st, the first day of summer, is also National Wear Your Lilly Day? The countdown is on! I’m so excited to be celebrating this year by not only sporting my favorite Lilly look, but also with a girls getaway to Palm Beach for the Pink Retreat! This will be the 2nd year for the Pink Retreat, but a first for me (GASP! A trip to somewhere other than Disney!? Spoiler alert: keep reading…). I had so much FOMO last year, watching everyone’s stories from that weekend. However, I had more pressing matters to tend to (mom duty calls), so I was not able to make it, but I promised myself I would make it happen for 2019 and here we are!

That's a Wrap!

June 2, 2019


Summer is almost here, and I’m ready for it! I love bold, bright colors and fun prints & patterns; plus, I am not one to shy away from a statement piece (oversized earrings are a must). Summer is also the perfect time to get crazy with all those colors and styles (because a tropical pineapple skirt in November might be a bit strange in TN, just sayin’). 

The G̶r̶e̶a̶t̶e̶s̶t̶ Longest Post on Earth

May 24, 2019


The circus has always been one of those magical experiences for me, shrouded in wonder and a little bit of mystery, and I liked to imagine what it would be like to be a part of it all. I wanted to wear the glamorous costumes (I think that's where my love of fashion initially stemmed from), see the world (a new city or town every few days would quench my wandering spirit), and get up close & personal with animals that can literally bite your head off (it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that I went to school for biology, with the initial goal of moving into the animal husbandry field. The coolest job I ever had was taking care of the jaguars one summer at the Chattanooga zoo). In fact, it left such an impression on me, that I actually applied for an elephant trainer internship with Ringling Bros. my senior year of college (I made it to the 3rd round of interviews). It's kind of crazy to think how different my life would be had that panned out.

But then life happened (ie. the highway robbery that is student loan interest rates) and I let go of my childhood dreams in order to pay the bills. A part of it definitely still lingers, and I'm still amazed by all things circus. So naturally, a visit to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL was a must-do for me.

Take Me To: Polynesian Village

May 19, 2019



If you asked me to rate my top 5 resorts, Polynesian Village is 100% in the top 5, battling it out with the Grand Floridian for the coveted number 1 spot. Although I have yet to stay here, I’ve visited numerous times. The Polynesian is such a fun resort to explore and has so much to offer, and in my opinion, it has some of the coolest architecture and design out of all of the Disney resorts. 

It’s themed around the South Pacific and tiki culture, a popular trend back in the mid 20th century, and you know my vintage loving heart is so into that. If you like tiki/Hawaiian themes and mid-century modern design, you will fully appreciate this resort.

Time for a little smackerel: Dapper Day Part Deux

May 14, 2019


Day 2 was at Epcot. We all did Pooh characters (well, we were all supposed to – Barry threw in the towel mid-morning on day 2, but he gets an A for effort & being a good sport). I went as Rabbit and Lilly had a Piglet theme going on. I had initially planned to wear this vintage square dance dress for my Tea Party outfit, but then I found the striped dress instead so I had to make other plans for this cute little yellow number. The more I looked at it, the more Rabbit came to mind, with the way the white ruffles ran down the middle. Rabbit is a character I had never bounded as before, so I thought, sure, why not!

We're All Mad Here! Dapper Day - Part Un

May 11, 2019


Let’s talk Dapper Day. If you’ve been following my blog for a while (or have seen any of my recent IG posts), you probably know I get super excited when anyone mentions Dapper Day. It combines 2 of my favorite things: vintage + Disney, and it’s basically like the Olympics of vintage fashion. 

If you are just showing up to this party and are hearing Charlie Brown’s wa-wa voice thing every time I mention Dapper Day, allow me to give you the super short Cliff Notes version: it’s a bi-annual unofficial weekend celebrated at both Disneyland in CA & out at WDW in FL (spring & fall) that pays homage to the Disney days of yesteryear – meaning, everyone gets dressed up for the parks like they would have done if this were the 1950s. No, no, we’re not talking all poodle skirts/bobby socks & Pink Ladies jackets (though a Grease-inspired Disney getup would be super adorable…hmmmm), but think more along the lines of circle skirts, patio dresses, and an endless sea of bowties & crinolines, though it’s not decade specific – you could see anything from 20s inspired looks to a hippie Rapunzel. 

You can learn a lot of things from the flowers

May 8, 2019


Spring is one of my favorite times to visit Disney because it means that the Flower & Garden festival is in full swing bloom. This year, the festival runs from March 6th to June 3rd, so there's still plenty of time to enjoy this festival. There are so many beautiful topiaries scattered around Epcot, including some new ones this year, like Miss Piggy and the gang from Toy Story (separate topiaries - though that would be interesting if it was a mashup!) 

Epcot is such a gorgeous park to begin with, but seeing it literally in living color with flowers blooming everywhere? Count me in because this must be what heaven looks like.

Tea for Three

April 22, 2019


Happy Monday, friends! I thought I would share my Easter brunch look from yesterday and give y'all an inside look at one of the local tearooms here in Chattanooga. We spent our Easter at Mountain Oaks Tea Room, which is actually inside an old converted courthouse from 1913. Today, the venue is actually much more than just a tea room & hosts plenty of events, including weddings. They were offering a special Easter tea, so we couldn't resist. Surprisingly, this was all my husband's (last minute) idea and I was 100% on board (maybe I can get him to do the Grand Floridian tea with me, after all)!

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