Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World's Most Comfortable Shirt

Black and White Splendid button up shirt, Old Navy coated denim, black boots
Shirt: Splendid; Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar coated denim; Boots: Wet Seal (really old); Necklace and Earrings: Forever 21; Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew #260 "Berry Rose"

Guys, this shirt is one of the most comfortable shirts I have ever worn in my entire life. It is so soft, it's like pajamas! I don't know what Splendid does when they make their tops, but it is amazing. This is my third Splendid shirt, and I plan to add more in the future.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Frend Family Cruise: What I wore and some packing tips

Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Dress: Vintage/thrifted; Shoes: Old Navy; Clutch: Von Maur; Earrings: Francesca's; Ring: Forever 21

Tee: Walmart; Shorts: Forever 21; Shoes: Old Navy; Hat: Forever 21

Mickey Mouse tee skinny jeans scarf cardigan silver flats
Tee: Walmart; Cardigan: Joe Fresh; Scarf: Forever 21; Jeans: American Eagle; Shoes: Old Navy

Top: The Limited (really old); Cardigan: Joe Fresh; Skirt: Thrifted; Necklaces: Kenneth Cole and Von Maur; Earrings: Francesca's; Shoes: Old Navy; Clutch: Von Maur

Obviously this isn't everything I wore while on the cruise, but this is a good cross-section of the types of outfits I did wear. So with that, here are some of my tips when it comes to packing for a cruise:

-Don't overpack, but don't underpack either! 
On our first cruise, I overpacked way too much and I ended up not wearing half of what I brought. This time I really took stock of what I was putting in the suitcase, I planned on one casual outfit during the day and one more "formal" outfit for dinner each night. Laundry facilities are available on most ships, but if you know you aren't going to take the time to do laundry, make sure you pack enough in case something gets really dirty or damaged.

-Pack items that will work with more than one outfit! 
Being able to mix-and-match will certainly stretch your wardrobe. My black cardigan was worn almost every day, same goes for my Mickey Mouse tee, and my black maxi skirt. If it can't be worn at least twice, then it might not be worth packing (obviously there are exceptions like my vintage dress I wore for formal night, if it's super special or unique it's probably worth making space in your suitcase for it).

-Plan for all types of temperatures and weather, regardless of your destination!
We were sailing to the Caribbean in late October, so the weather was expected to be very warm, which it was. However we did have one day where it was rainy and cloudy, which if you're like me and very sensitive to temperature and humidity levels, I got a little chilled. Plus, I found that all the inside spaces of the ship (the theatres, the main dining rooms) were way too cold for my liking. I was freezing at dinner every single night, while my husband and his parents were just fine. My black cardigan became my best friend at dinner.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Movie Preview: Into The Woods, Christmas 2014

Into The Woods movie poster

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. 

The Witch (Meryl Streep) with the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) in Into The Woods

Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) in Into The Woods

All images and videos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Our Frend Family Cruise: The Report Begins!

Hello everyone! The time has finally arrived to share our fantastic and amazing cruise we took a few weeks ago. Normally with our Disney related vacations, I do a day-by-day recap, but this time I thought I would try something slightly different. Instead of detailed, daily reports, I'm going to just cover the highlights and important parts I think you need to know. Of course, if you have a question about something, please ask and I'll do my best to give you an answer. So stay tuned, I'll try and post at least once a week for the next few weeks.

But first, an intro!


Chauncey and I on Pirate Night on the Disney Fantasy
Myself (Rachel) and my husband, Chauncey (aka C, DH or Sasquatch)

Terry and Tweeter on the airplane to Florida
Chauncey's parents: Terry and JoEllen (aka Tweeter)


Disney Fantasy specs


Jack 'o Lantern porthole on the Disney Fantasy

Changing Room Confession

Splendid striped top Knit vest skinny jeans riding boots

Splendid striped top Knit vest skinny jeans riding boots

Splendid striped top Knit vest skinny jeans riding boots

Top: Splendid; Vest: Von Maur (really old); Jeans: American Eagle; Boots: Von Maur (really old); Necklace: Kenneth Cole; Earrings: Boutique in North Carolina

I have to make a confession, this is not the same outfit I left the house in on this particular day. I had on a completely different shirt. I had bought this Splendid top at Von Maur, and then when I was trying on clothes in Old Navy (where these pictures were taken), I changed shirts. I really wasn't liking the shirt I had on before, and I didn't want to go home and change, so I just put on this shirt I had just bought. Much better!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday's Treasures: My Black Friday/Christmas List (Updated)

Toms Taupe Suede Desert Wedges

Modcloth Airport Greeting Cardigan in Oatmeal

Old Navy Dark Chambray Button-Down Shirt

Old Navy Cable-Knit Sweater in Polar Bear
Old Navy Frost Free Quilted Vest in Merry Strawberry
Doctor Who Her Universe Union Jack TARDIS Cardigan

It's my Blog-aversary!

Blogging is a legitimate way to indulge in my narcissim someecard

4 years ago I made my first post on this blog. Since then it's been an interesting ride. I've had months where I'd barely post, and then BAM, topics come pouring out of my brain (although sometimes I've had help). Overall I wouldn't change this whole blogging thing for the world. 

Normally here's where I'd say something like how I promise to step up my game and be a more active blogger from here on out....but who are we kidding? If I post something, I post something. If I don't, I don't. Life is going to happen, and if we're lucky, I might remember to take pictures and write about it later. But for now, I have work to do and I seriously need to take my car to get its oil changed. Thrilling right?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Our family/group Halloween costume

Hello everyone! I'm back from an amazing Disney cruise. I will have a full trip report for you ASAP, but for now I'd like to reveal what we wore when we attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. We wanted something that would work for all four of us, was comfortable, and easy to pack. So we came up with.....

Chauncey and I on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Tweeter, Chauncey, and I on Space Mountain

Chauncey and Tweeter at Coronado Springs Resort

Tacky tourists!

We broke out our loudest looking shirts, patterned socks, and fanny packs. We got a few weird looks from folks, but those who got the joke thought it was quite funny. Personally I thought it was hilarious!