The Dapperest of Days

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“Oh darling, you look absolutely splendid this evening!” was the phrase that ran through my head throughout yesterday as I attended my first ever Dapper Day event!j

For those of you who don’t know what dapper day is, here’s the rundown. Originating as a guest planned function, it invited those heading to Disney to dress to the nines in their favorite dapper clothing. People choose iconic fashion eras such as the 20s, 50s, and 60s, to put together an outfit worth of twirling down Main Street USA on one of the fanciest days of the year. This event occurs in both the spring and the fall in various Disney parks across the world and have recently been picked up by the companies to monetize.

With so much creative freedom the outfit possibilities are endless. Most choose to Disney Bound (dress as a certain character) for their outfit, while others just wear their Sunday best. Regardless, everyone looks fabulous and has an amazing time.

I was unable to make it to the event in the fall, so this was my first experience with the infamous Disney day. Dressed in gold and accessorized to the max, I decided to Disney Bound as Belle and I still can’t get over how awesome it turned out. (No need to brag, but can we just take a second to appreciate my hair? I learned how to do it in the moment as I was getting ready and i’m still thankful that it decided to cooperate all day!)

As soon as we parked, we knew we were in for a treat as we were immediately surrounded by others dressed to the nines. It was insane to see such a huge community come together for this event and show off their Disney side simultaneously.

We braved the ninety-six degree heat as we entered the park and immediately began snapping pictures before our hair and makeup would fall. Honestly, all we really did was take pictures and I’m 100% okay with that because everyone looked so. good. It was crazy! All that was running through my mind the whole time was ideas for next year.

Vintage vibes, rosey cheeks, and trolley cars had me feeling some type of way and I couldn’t put my camera down. I can’t wait for future Dapper Day events. If you ever get the chance to go, do it. You won’t regret it!

xoxo,

Dad Gets Knighted

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I love my school with all my heart and I wouldn’t trade going here for anything in the world. Yet one of the not so great things about living so far from home is a lack of visitation from friends and family, which sucks because I just want to show off my favorite place to everyone important to me. So when my dad came to visit my home away from home, I made sure to show him as much as I could so he could truly experience what being a knight feels like.

We started out the weekend right, by properly feeding my poor college student stomach. We went to one of my favorite sushi places located in Winter Park and enjoyed soooo much sushi that I was eating leftovers for days. After grabbing food, I showed him around the town of Winter Park and we stopped in some of the cute shops and park. We cut the evening short so that we could get some rest.

The next morning,  we met up with my uncle and cousin and attend service at their church, followed by a hearty brunch at Sweet Tomatoes, a healthy buffet located in Alamonte Springs. Afterwards, my dad and I headed back to campus so I could give him a proper tour of where I run around all day.

We then met up with my boyfriend, Josh, for a proper introduction and a quick adventure. My favorite thing about traveling is seeing different downtown areas, so I couldn’t wait to show my dad Orlando’s. The city surrounds a lake, and to our luck, a food and wine festival was occurring so it was bustling as ever. We parked and walked around, taking in all the sights and sounds (and desperately avoiding all the evil swans). After exploring, we headed back to campus to get some over-sized pizza from Lazy Moon and hit the hay.

Monday morning, bright and early, we headed out to spend a day in Magic Kingdom! We set a goal to ride and see as much as possible, and I’m confidant that we were able to achieve that. We started the day off with all the thrill rides, followed by an amazing lunch  of fried shrimp and LeFou’s brew. I showed him around New Fantasyland, an addition to the pars since his last visit, and he even got to meet Princess Belle and serve as her royal knight.

Although it was insanely hot, we survived and made it all day long. We were even able to watch Wishes! fireworks from our spot in line for Mine Train. We ended the night strong with one last castle selfie and Mickey Ice Cream bar before taking the ferry boat back to our car.

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On our last day on Tuesday, we were able to finish up some grocery shopping, as well as grab a delicious bite to eat at Zaza’s Cuban Bistro. I had an amazing time showing my dad around the school I fought so hard to go to, and I hope he caught a glimpse of why I love Orlando so much! Keely will be coming down at the end of this month, so I guess that means my mom and pup Crosby will have to visit me at Disney next fall!

xoxo,

 

Blogs and Jobs and Vlogs, Oh My!

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It’s 2017 and I have made it my goal to take over the internet. As a huge supporter of all forms of social media as an outlook to express yourself, I have decided to look into more and more forms to spread my content across to my fans.

Blogging has been an amazing way to recap on some of my favorite moments in life, but what better way to hear about them than experience them with me? I recently started a YouTube channel where you can catch me making amateur videos of my adventures through life. Right now I’m sticking to Disney because it is my home, but I might be branching out in the future.

If you think you’d be interested in watching me make fool out of myself in real life versus behind my sarcastic banter that I type up, you can check me out with my uber creative screen name, The Princess and the Vlog. I don’t have much content yet but this could be the start of something new, so patience is virtue my friend.

I hope you enjoy all I have to offer as I explore new platforms to express myself. If you don’t, that’s fine, but you can take your lame opinions elsewhere.

Until next time,

xoxo,

Pro Sports Fan??

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Wow you all probably though I was dead, which is understandable due to my lack of blogging. Yet I feel like I make this “sorry I’ve been MIA” statement every month or so, so I’m surprised you haven’t caught on to my laziness by now. And by laziness, I actually mean the complete opposite. I have been a busy little bee down here in Orlando with my second semester in full swing. With lots of classes, club, and volunteer opportunities, it’s not always easy to find the time to update all my fans, yet I’m doing so many exciting things that I want to share. So you see my predicament. Yet I have come to the conclusion that writing every once and a while is better than not writing at all, so I apologize to those of you who are as impatient as me and I will try harder to  be more exciting.

One of the most exciting things about living in Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, is that it is the number one location for meetings, events, expositions, and conventions in the country. (I learned that in my Events class to prove to you that I actually do attend school and don’t spend all my time with Mickey Mouse). With such a booming city with event happening out of the wazoo, volunteers are always in high demand. And what’s better than a perky college kid looking for experience and free things? (Probably a lot, but for the sake of this article, let’s pretend there’s nothing better!) Lucky for me, I AM a perky college kid looking for experience and free things so volunteering has been one of my favorite past times recently.

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Events that I have volunteered with in the past have ranged in all shapes and sizes, yet this past weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer for one of the larger events of the year. The 2017 Pro Bowl took place in Orlando this past Sunday, and the whole week leading up to it, various organizations were looking for volunteers for the crazy amount of events happening around town. As the true Disney nerd I am, I chose to volunteer at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the facility located on property. They hosted most of the events that week from tournaments to practice fields for all of the players.

You might be wondering why on earth I decided to get involved with sports, and I totally understand. I was confused at first too. But rewards are large in a the hospitality industry and a ticket to the big game was well worth the couple hours I dedicated to helping out.

I spent last Friday quickly learning the art of flag football and score keeping for the national tournament that kids have been practicing all season for. Huge responsibility for someone who doesn’t understand the game, but I quickly picked it up and killed my job. Always produce perfection, especially when a free shirt, food, and Pro Bowl tickets are on the line.

The kids were excited to be there and the parents were constantly fighting the refs. What’s not to love about little league football? It was a really cool experience, and any sports fan would have probably appreciated it way more than I did, but I still had a ton of fun. All of the pros were there meeting the kids and watching the games, and the environment was really upbeat, despite the freezing 50 degree weather.

Overall I had an amazing time, and going to the game on Sunday was an amazing reward. Sports fans flocked Camping World Stadium to cheer on their team. With my newfound knowledge of the sport, I was able to understand and enjoy the game before going on a forty minute adventure to find chicken nuggets. Although the search was a bust, the night ended well with a win from the AFC (go Steelers!) and a lot of fun with friends.

Shout out to the hospitality industry for giving me an excuse to go out and try new things. The experiences are always memorable and the rewards are worth it! Now if only I could get a car so I can stop relying on my friends to sign up for the same things as me…
Baby steps.

Until next time

xoxo,

18 Things I Did On My 18th Birthday

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As told by Disney because what screams “#Adult” like a collection of my favorite childhood characters.

1. Ate cake for breakfast

2. Caught Pokémon

3. Danced in a car (part 1)


4. Tried a new type of sushi


5. Received the perfect dorm room pillow


6. Drank my *favorite* Oreo milkshake with a shot of espresso. Try it. Your life will be changed.


7. Danced in a car (part 2)


8. Got a new shirt

9. Danced in public


10. Got my lucky charm permanently added to my body (thanks paul!)


11. Danced in the tattoo parlor


12. Took some pictures


13. Danced in the grocery store


14. Hiked through Oakland

15. Sat on a hill for 5 hours

16. Watched Inside Out outside


17. Laughed/Cried


18. Danced my way back home

 

It was a birthday I’ll never forget. (I couldn’t even if I wanted to, there’s a permanent reminder on the back of my left shoulder 😉 ) Now that I’m an adult and have to do scary grownup things, it was great to have a fun care-free day with my friends before things got too serious.

Thank to everyone for the love and warm wishes on my 18th! Now I’m off to the animal shelter to adopt ALL the puppies because no one can stop me!

-me