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Day 311: Beauty and the Beast

Today is the fabulous LB’s birthday. I don’t know what I would do without her in Atlanta – she’s been the perfect balance of wine and tequila for me. Anyways, for those of you who don’t know; LB is cardigan-loving, risk-adverse person – so it was fitting that we headed off the see Beauty and the Beast to celebrate! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I saw the original Beauty and Beast until I realized I genuinely forgot half the storyline. The movie itself was pretty good (not tear-worthy, unless you ask LB). The best part was seeing LB’s excitement and spending time with the girls – I’m so lucky to have awesome friends here.

I worked from home in the morning – so to be honest I was in sweatpants and no bra for 90% of my day. Obviously that wasn’t quite fitting for the movie theater, so I changed into my favorite tank and jeans. At first I was super torn about what cardigan to toss on. White is my favorite but I’ve already worn that outfit! I landed on this coral, which actually looked a lot better than I thought it would.  Here’s to new combinations!

Sound off: are you going to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased six years for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: LeTote (19 COOPER Bright Strappy Back Tank) retails for $38 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Boots: Marshall’s purchased recently for $40 (similar, similar)

Day 289: Mental Health Day

When I was little, my mom let us take one ‘mental health day’ a year – so we didn’t even have to fake being sick. I know I’m a pseudo-adult now, but today I needed a mental health day. After taking over our company’s digital and social media marketing strategy (in addition to direct marketing tactics), I’m feeling overworked and unbelievably tired. Today I spent the day cleaning the house and catching up on my TV shows. It was exactly what I needed.

Since I legit didn’t leave the house once, I stayed in yoga pants and slippers all day. This shirt was something Levi bought me back when we went to DisneyWorld and it is deceptively comfortable.

Sound off: if you took a random day off of work, what would you do?

Outfit Details
Top: Given to me by L six months ago (similar, similar)
Bottoms: American Eagle purchased six years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Slippers: UGG purchased eight years ago for $100 (similar, similar)

Day 136-138: Last Two Days at Disney and the Drive Home

On Thursday, we went to Hollywood Studios (but because I’m old, I still know it as MGM). We had an early morning Fast Pass for Rock’n’Roller Coaster, but it was closed so I thought it would be great opportunity to go on Tower of Terror. The only problem was that no one wanted to do it with me! Finally I corralled L and convinced him. We rode it once and the line was non-existent, so I asked an attendant if we could ride it again and she quickly got us right back to the front of the line. It took until after the second time for L to admit that he hated the whole ride and completely detests drops. While I do feel a little bad, at least I got to ride it twice!

From there we made our way to the new Star Wars rides, which were actually really fun. The best part was watching L’s dad, who is a MAJOR fan totally geek out the entire time. I wish I was that passionate about something other than wine (just kidding). We also ended up catching Rock’n’Roller Coaster later when it opened up, as well as the Indiana Jones show – which I still remember from when I was little!

14379623_10153700010041008_1718596012722074140_oFrom there we made our way to Epcot, which is so much more fun when you’re an adult. I guess alcohol will do that. Although this weekend, I was the only one drinking (oops!). L’s dad is also a major car lover – I’m pretty sure he considers his Camero as his third child. It made Test Track his favorite ride of the entire trip, so we rode it a few times. Not going to lie, but I designed an awesome car/truck hybrid.

Test Track - Day 136

The whole family also really loved Soarin’, which is simulation of a hang-glider across the world. Now I want to go to the safaris of Africa so bad (Lion King may have been the culprit, but we’ll blame Soarin’).  By the end of the day, we were super tired. So, L and his dad ran out for Chick-fil-a, which is a minor problem because the whole I’m allergic to chicken thing. But because I have an amazing fiancee, he stopped to get me sushi!

I’m not going to lie, by Friday we were all exhausted! The rest of the crew were leaving mid-afternoon, so we headed back to Magic Kingdom for our very last day. We stopped by some of the classics, like the Philharmagic, It’s A Small World After All, and People Mover. As an added bonus, I also had a chance to spoil my baby nephews with some adorable swag.
Magic Kingdom - Day 137

 

L’s family left mid-afternoon after a much deserved ice cream break. We stopped through Space Mountain and BuzzLightyear Space Ranger Spin once more before making our way back over to Epcot for some exotic food and drink!

On Friday night we decided to start the drive home. We were super optimistic about making it at least four hours into the drive. We made it two and a half. We ended up at some super sketch motel where I spent the whole night freaking out that the car was going to get broken into. (Disclaimer: L says I’m being crazy and this whole ‘sketchy motel’ thing was all in my head. Maybe he won because the car was break-in-free in the morning).

On the way home, I convinced L to stop at a winery we saw on the way down. It was 9:30am and we were clearly the only people in there. It was totally worth it because they had wine tastings and they gave you a free glass with the tasting!

Day 138 - Wine Tasting

Our Disney trip was an absolute blast – seriously, don’t let not having kids from keeping you from Disney!

Day 133-134: Travel & First Two Days at Disney

L and I were ambitious in our travel. We decided to get up at 5am to beat traffic on our six and a half hour journey to Orlando. We have a little deal: whenever we travel in the car more than a couple of hours we always get Starbucks coffee (which is a big deal for my frugal L!). When we embarked on our journey, we wanted to get a few hours outside the city… but we ended up also being a few hours away from the closest Starbucks. Cue us eating at an awkward time after being awake for hours.

We made it to Disney around noon, after I made L stop at a Florida Welcome Center to see the 14 foot advertised gator! Spoiler alert, it was fake and stuffed. Hours in the car make me delusional.

We stayed at Old Key West Resort, so we could have plenty of space for our group (L’s parents, his brother and husband, and us!). Once we met up with everyone, we quickly mobilized and made our way to Animal Kingdom!

Animal Kingdom - Day 133We kicked off our trip by having trouble with our Magic Bands, but it didn’t slow us down too much! We went right away to our Fast Pass selection: The Kilimanjaro Safaris! The ride brought us through ‘the jungle’ where we saw animals in their ‘natural’ habitat. It was a great way to kick off our vacation and remind us we weren’t in Atlanta anymore!

Disney Everest - Day 133

From there we made our way to the first thrill ride: Expedition Everest. The ride was great with its unexpected twists and turns in the dark. From there we made our way over to the Primeval Whirl. With it’s loud noises and crazy turns, we couldn’t help but laugh through the whole ride.

Unfortunately, we were only at Animal Kingdom for a couple of hours when the rain started to pour down. We waited in a little cafe for an hour, but then decided to make a run for it! We ended up soaked on the bus ride home, but it was still a great way to kick off our vacation!

Day 133

For our second day, we wanted to stop by both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. From the get-go, it was clear that Magic Kingdom truly was the busiest park! Lucky for us, we had a FastPass at Space Mountain to kick off the morning. It’s one of my favorite rides – it’s so incredible how little it’s changed in the past ten years, but it’s still so much fun!

Splash Mountain - Day 134

We went to a couple of my favorites like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. We also tried up some new ones like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (which was surprisingly funny), Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (try having this song stuck in your head all day), and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers, which quickly became Levi’s favorite!

Today we clocked over ten miles walking today, we were exhausted! For dinner we went to Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot. We were all so tired that we felt like zombies through dinner. Note to self, don’t book an 8:30pm dinner when you start at the parks at 8am!

While my outfit today was a little bland, my shoes were super comfortable for walking through the parks. Plus the lobster print is super fun!

 

 

Day 132: Pre-trip!

Wohoo tomorrow we’re driving down to Disney! It’s about six hours from here, which is around how far it was from Boston to Ithaca, where I went to school – so I’m ready!

Today was spent doing all the little things like packing, laundry, vacuuming, etc. Well for me anyways. L was distracted by that little thing called NFL. Every year during this season, I completely lose L to his fantasy team. Maybe this is why I’m such a bad southern – football does nothing for me. Everyone at work goes bananas about their college football teams. Most of them didn’t even go to the school they support! It’s just confusing.

Anyways, I’m excited for our trip down to Disney and Universal and cannot wait to share with you all! Growing up, my cousin worked at Disney and lived right near the parks, so we had lots of family vacations because we could go pretty inexpensively. I went a few years back with my older sister and some friends to run the Disney half marathon and realized how fun Disney is for adults without children too. Drinking around the world at Epcot – yes please!

Any advice from fellow Disney fans?

Outfit Details
Top: Ralph Lauren purchased second-hand two years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (Birkenstock) purchased two years ago for $55 (exact)

Day 98: Vacation Trip Dreaming

Half-way through August – this is crazy Although, I’m not going to complain too much if this week flies by because I have some great upcoming plans. Next week my mom’s coming to Atlanta (finally after Spirit Airlines cancelled her flight last time).  Then next weekend, I’m heading back up to Ithaca to see one of my best friends (and future bridesmaid) graduate from Ithaca with her doctorate in physical therapy (I’m friends with a doctor – I’m getting old). Then in September, we’re going to Disney with L’s family.

So now I just need to make it through this week at work. I’m still sunburnt from yesterday and happy so it’s all good.

Onto my outfit details! This shirt I actually bought from Marshalls on the way to L’s company Christmas party because I needed a black long sleeve shirt, but it’s quickly turned into one of my favorite shirts because it’s so comfortable. The necklace is from Rocksbox, which is one of my favorite subscription companies. I’ve actually been a member for over two years! If you want to check it out, you can do so here. Please use my referral code “RACHAELBFF67” and I will love you forever.

Any fall trips planned?

Outfit Details
Top: Marshal’s (mercer&madison) purchased nine months ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Perry Street Astrid Necklace) retails for $48 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased six months ago for $50 (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Vince Camuto) purchased four months ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 85: Disney Planning

While I’m far from being part of the Mouseketeer Club, but I’ve been lucky enough to go to Disney World a handful of times – I even ran the half marathon there once! On the other hand, L has never been. Neither has anyone in his family. So naturally, his brother’s husband and I took it upon ourselves to plan a family trip to Disney!

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