Monday, January 27, 2014

133 Days

133 days until what? you may ask.

Graduation? No, though I guess that's pretty important, since it means I'll be thrown out into the real world.

Seeing my family again? No- a little longer until my cousins come to visit, and I see my parents almost weekly.

Well then what could it possibly be?

Ok, I'll tell you- 133 days until I'm in Disney World!

I don't think I can properly express my excitement to you- no, seriously. I haven't been this excited over something in a very long time. You think I get excited over a new eye shadow palette, or Disney Vault Release Day? Multiply that by a hundred, no a thousand, and you might be getting there!

To celebrate graduating from college, my best friend and I are heading to Walt Disney World in June. I haven't been to Disney since I was 7 or 8. I don't remember which exactly. I do, however, remember going. We went three times, all very close in a row. I look through our Disney photo albums every once in a while when I want to feel some magic. But now? Now, I'm going to be able to create my own photo album in 133 days!!

Over the weekend I booked our dining reservations. They aren't set in stone, because my best friend, Kelsi, hasn't chimed in on all of them yet, but we needed to get something down while slots are still open. I think the most exciting reservation we have is at Be Our Guest. I got the last reservation available for our week when I was booking- 9:15pm the Saturday before we leave. A bit late, but guess what? I'm eating in Belle and Beast's castle! AAAGGHHH!!

As you may or may not have figured out by that, Belle is my favorite princess, and Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. Eating at Be Our Guest was at the top of my list for our trip. I am beyond excited to see part of my favorite movie come to life before my eyes- the pictures I've seen are phenomenal, and the fact that I'm going to be there, in person, to eat? I can hardly believe it! I'm also quite excited to try the Master's Cupcake- as Lumiere says, "Try the grey stuff, it's delicious! Don't believe me? Ask the dishes!" Oh, believe me, I shall! Try the grey stuff, that is. I think I trust you enough to pass on asking the dishes. I've been dying for a taste since I saw the grey stuff was available at Be Our Guest, and in June, I'll get to taste it!

As of right now, we have two days planned in Magic Kingdom, one in Hollywood Studios, one in Epcot, and one in Animal Kingdom. For dinner we'll eat in Magic Kingdom twice, in Epcot twice, and once in Hollywood studios. We haven't made plans for our arrival day, because we haven't booked flights yet.

My must-do ride is Splash Mountain- I remember on one family trip, we got to the park right at rope drop. We literally rode splash mountain 4 or 5 times in a row. One time the CM even let us stay in the log because there was no one else in line! It was wonderful! And it quickly became my favorite ride.

We'll be staying on property, so we'll be getting MagicBands, and will have access to FastPass+. Splash Mountain is one of the rides I'm hoping to snag for one of our fast passes. I'm not sure how it'll go exactly, because we've obviously never used FastPass+ before. Another friend just used it and said booking what she wanted was fairly easy. We won't be able to play around with that until we book our hotel and get our tickets, though, and we're waiting to do that until a little closer til go time.

Well, that's all for now,
Meghan

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Goodies

So, I'd like to share a few of my favorite gifts that I got for Christmas with you guys. I have so many different interests that I got a hodgepodge of different things- books, makeup, clothes, dolls.

 
So here are a few of my favorite things.
 
From my mom and step-dad:
 
This beautiful Beauty and the Beast throw blanket. I'm just in love with it. You can't tell from the picture, but it has shiny golden threads woven throughout it, so that Belle's dress and the outer edges of the blanket sparkle. It's so beautifully made!
 

(image from Disneystore.com)
 
Ruthie and her Accessories. I've had Kit since I was a child, and had been hoping to get Ruthie sometime soon. For those who don't do dolls, Ruthie is a 1930's era doll from the Great Depression. My great-grandmother was a teenager during the Great Depression, and just passed away over the summer, so Ruthie is even more special to me right now. I can't wait to get some pictures of her- unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to photograph her yet, so you just get to see a stock photo.
 (image from americangirl.com)
 
Finally, the most shocking gift they gave me was Naked3. I'd asked for it or Naked1, but my mom had told me the stores were sold out of Naked3 and that she'd had to buy me Naked1. I was ok with that. But I was absolutely thrilled when I opened this up on Christmas morning! I think I've used it just about daily since getting it.
(image from Sephora.com)
 
From my dad:
This is the first year my father has ever had to pick out our Christmas gifts by himself. It's been a rough year on all of us, and I fully expected him to get us to help him with each other's presents. But he didn't. And I'm surprised by how well he did, especially with me, his only non-athletic child. He gave each of us a Visa giftcard so we could do our own Christmas shopping, but he also wanted to give us something to open. For me, that was:
 
This NorthFace hat. This picture from their website makes it look grey, but it's a bright, snowy white. And I absolutely love it. I don't have a single warm hat to wear when it's cold, and my only pair of earmuffs just broke a few weeks ago.
 (image from thenorthface.com)
 
These winter gloves. I don't have winter gloves. I'm not sure if my father knew that or not, but these were a blessing when it snowed and I had to go clear off my car. They were so much nicer than the mittens I've been wearing every time it snowed.
(image from thenorthface.com)
 
 
My cousin and my aunt also gave me a wonderful gift that I absolutely love- the one day that I haven't used my Naked3 palette, I've used this one. This is TooFaced's Glamour to Go palette. It has eyeshadow, blush, and lip gloss. It's an adorable little palette and will be great for travel!
 

 
I also received a plethora of giftcards, and have been spending them on some new clothes and makeup. I hope to share some makeup swatches of my newest additions soon!
 
That's all for now,
Meghan

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New View

After months of packing, (and yes, I do mean months- I started packing in October!) we finally moved into a new house. It's taking some getting used to. We moved an hour and a half away from where I was born and raised, and we're a lot closer to the city. I've discovered that I'm not a huge city girl. I loved living by a cow farm. No lie- the fact that my neighborhood was by a cow farm was wonderful. Cows are my favorite animals, and it didn't bother me at all. So much cooler than the cornfield my elementary school had been next to. Are you starting to understand a bit more about where I was raised?

I live in the city when I'm at school. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but going home was always so nice. I miss being in the middle of nowhere. I lived in a neighborhood, but there was space between the houses. Here, the houses are right on top of each other. We do have a rather nice backyard, though. Do you want to see the view? Maybe? Possibly? Well, I guess I can show it to you...

 
This picture was taken from my backdoor. Through the glass. Yea, you can kinda see the neighbors porch off to the side. But there's a dock. And we can go crabbing and fishing, right off said dock. It's a wonderful thing. My step-brothers are excited. My parents are excited. Heck, I'm excited, and I don't even pick crabs- it's far too messy for me. But I do love catching the little critters.
 
Another positive is that I still get my favorite radio station. Most of the time. It gets a little fuzzy here and there, but then it comes back strong. I'm not yet sure I trust these people's taste in country music, so I have to stick with my station as long as I can ;)
 
 
And some truly devastating news (well, devastating to someone coming from a place where there were 2 Wawa's within 7 minutes of her house): the nearest Wawa is roughly 25 minutes away. And these people seem to put their faith in Royal Farms. I went there. And let me tell you, it is no Wawa. Their French vanilla cappuccino doesn't even compare to Wawa's.  
 
My next post will likely be sharing some of my Christmas goodies with you,
That's all for now,
Meghan
 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Photo Shoot with the Bestie

So, a few weeks ago, my friend Kristin, who is a wonderful photographer, wanted to do a photoshoot. I happily obliged. We went to our local veterans' home and walked around the grounds, taking photos at the different interesting sites. I wanted to share some of the pictures with all of you. Here are a few of our favorites:









Outfit breakdown:
Top is from Marshall's
Shorts are from American Eagle
Sandals are from Kohl's
Short necklace is Tiffany&Co
Long necklace made by me
Earrings from Somerset South
Bracelet by Trollbeads

That's all for now,
Meghan

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition released today on Blu-ray and DVD!
 
I snagged the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack from Target and paid around $19 for it- there's a $7 coupon from scott values available here, as well as a 10% off coupon from Target Cartwheel (which I have become obsessed with recently!). The movie is also available in various other forms, including a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack.
 
 
(image from Amazon.com)
 
Two of my friends and I watched the movie tonight, and the Blu-ray version was beautiful! My only complaint was the scene swap in Part of Your World (which has apparently been corrected in the Amazon digital copy, but not in the iTunes digital copy- I don't know about any of the other formats).
 
The slipcover is one of my favorites, and one of the reasons I wanted this version- I love the way Ariel is framed on the front.
 
Well, time to get to work finishing my thesis edits for my draft that's due tomorrow!
 
That's all for now,
Meghan 
 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sephora Ariel Collection Set the Mood Compact Mirror

I'm so excited right now- I was just able to order the Ariel Collection Set the Mood Compact Mirror, even though it's been sold out and Sephora said it wouldn't be available online anymore. I missed out on the Cinderella and Jasmine compacts, and just bought this as soon as I saw it available again. I wasn't missing out again.
 
For anyone who wants it, all I can say is, keep checking- here's the link. As of right this minute, the compact is available. It's been coming back in stock and selling out so fast that I didn't even bother adding samples to my cart- that's how worried I was it would sell out before I finished checking out!

The compact costs $20, and shipping is $5.95, plus whatever tax you'll end up paying.
 
The front:
 

 
 Image from Sephora.com
 
The Inside- the quote says "you've got to be you" :

Image from Sephora.com
 
I'll post my own pictures once this comes in- if it does. It seems almost too good to be true right now, so I won't fully believe it until the mirror is in my hands.
 
That's all for now,
Meghan

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Artscow Makeup Bag

I just wanted to share that my Artscow Makeup bag arrived on Thursday.
 
Here are two pictures, one of the front and one of the back:
 
Sorry for the cell phone quality- I can't find my camera at the moment.
 
I'm really pleased with the quality of the bag so far, especially since I only paid $1 for it! There's even a pocket inside, which I forgot to take a picture of. I ordered the large size, and it holds quite a bit of makeup. I have my Hello Kitty eyeliner tin (which has 5 eyeliners inside, so is a decent size), 4 lipsticks, makeup brushes and several eye shadows in there, and there's still room for more.
 
I've heard that Artscow offers 3 for $8.99 makeup bag deals a few times a year, and I think the next time that rolls around, I'll be ordering a few of these for Christmas gifts. Just as long as it's ordered early, they'll be here in plenty of time for Christmas so I can stuff them full of makeup for friends and family.
 
That's all for now,
Meghan