Do you know what it’s like to like a movie so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?💌
Just like Lara Jean, I’m writing a love letter (or in this case, a loving blog post) because I have a crush so intense that I don’t know what else to do.😆 With the last installment of TATBILB releasing on Netflix earlier this month, I couldn’t help but mark the occasion and try out the Nailed It! at Home Experience. We also love watching Nailed It, so when I heard they had a special edition TATBILB kit, I was sold!
Baking is definitely not one of my strengths, so I was also intrigued to see how all of this would actually turn out.😂 But the kit provides almost everything you would need and gives easy to follow step by step instructions. Pretty much all the ingredients that are provided in the kit are premeasured, so all I had to do was dump the right ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. Plus, the instructions provide a few extra handy tips for the chocolate master himself, Jacques!
The kit is shipped to you a few days before the virtual event and advises bakers to complete the first two steps a couple hours beforehand. However, I didn’t realize the virtual event was also going to be a timed 40 minute challenge just like in the show!🙈 I really felt like I was actually on the show frantically trying to figure out what to do next and trying my best to multitask. So looking back, I would’ve completed more of the steps before the show. But for someone who is not a baker, and after taking a few extra hours to complete everything, I think faired pretty well overall!😆
Aside from the tasty hat box cake and love letter cookies I got to enjoy the following week, I loved that the event itself was super cute and fun! Jacques actually chatted with contestants about troubleshooting their baking mishaps, Anna Cathcart was a charismatic host, AND our two surprise guests were Jenny Han and Lana Condor, who were baking along with us!
It’s bittersweet to see the TATBILB movies come to an end. But one of the things I appreciated the most was how it slowly included more POCs into the franchise. One of my pet peeves about the first movie was that all of Lara Jean’s crushes were non-POC. But by the third movie, we actually get to see the Song girls travel to Korea to reconnect with their culture and late mother. The scene where the Song girls find their mother’s lock at Namsan Tower and attach their own to hers was so heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time. Being able to reconnect with their culture and knowing at the same time their mother wouldn’t be there to do it with them? Just leave me the tissue box please.😭
What’s your favorite part about the TATBILB franchise? Are you going to miss it? Anyone else want a movie about how LJ and Peter manage a long distance relationship?😆
Happy Galentine’s Day & (early) Valentine’s Day!💖 Instead of dressing to the nines this year, I decided to put together a couple outfits built around fun graphic tees. I love outfits built around easy shirts because…
1. Most people already have an all-time favorite sitting in their closet, so it’s easy to recreate these looks!
2. You can either dress it up for a more polished look or go make plans for an all-day at-home movie marathon. No judgements here.😉
3. Graphic tee outfits are super easy to throw together. And with Valentine’s Day sneaking up on me this year, I gladly welcomed any uncomplicated, yet fun outfits.
Play heart to get on Valentine’s Day!❤️ This vintage Minnie tee is comfy and so perfect for a polished, but casual Valentine’s Day look. To play off the hearts on the shirt and pull the whole look together, I wore a heart patterned velvet blazer. The velvet and embroidered hearts add texture and whimsy to an otherwise straightforward “t-shirt and jeans” outfit.
To complete this look, I found the perfect heart accessories. And to no one’s surprise they’re all Disney accessories.😂 To find the right mix that worked together, I kept color palette and scale in mind. I knew red, white, black, and light beige accessories would coordinate well with my vintage Minnie shirt and choosing only one larger scale statement accessory with other smaller accessories helps keep everything from looking too overwhelming. Because you are the star of the show, not your clothes — even if they are droolworthy.😜
In honor or Galentine’s Day, I had to wear this amazing Bridesmaids shirt from Cakeworthy! Because ladies, I just don’t think we can do any better. It’s a Fritz Beenaise afterall!😆
I usually buy graphic tees that are slightly loose on me so I can get that perfect fitted slouch when I tuck them into pants and skirts (exhibit A shown above👆🏼). But for this shirt, I decided to go up a few sizes so I can comfortably lounge on the couch all day bingeing Bridesmaids and other gal pal movies! I paired it with fitted pink shorts (which is actually a bodysuit onsie!) for a playful loungewear feel. And for a little glam, I topped it off with a matching sparkly scrunchie.💖
I hope you like these easy and more casual Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day looks! I used to get caught up thinking all my lookbooks had to showcase extravagant ensembles and be a huge production. And honestly, it requires so much more energy I would probably stress about it more than I should’ve.😅 But I’ve finally come to realize that even my more casual looks are still worthy of documenting. Just because it’s not fancy, doesn’t mean it’s not worthy! Reminding myself of that is one small way I’m showing myself some self-love and grace.🥰
Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day this year? Or maybe you’re going to shower yourself with some self-love. Either way, I hope you’re weekend is filled with snacks and rest.😆
Happy Lunar New Year!🧧🎉 Lunar New Year is a holiday my family has always looked forward to and celebrated. As kids, and even as young adults, we would head down to Chinatown and play all the carnival games lined up along Portsmouth Square. Coin tosses, balloon darts, water guns, but the golden goose—or in this case horse—was the roll-a-ball horse racing.
My mom loved collecting the huge golden horse trophies, so naturally we’d wait for the all the seats to clear out and my siblings and I would compete against each other so winning that horse trophy was a guarantee. I might have been a little embarrassed that we were so shameless about winning those horses, but looking back, it’s a Lunar New Year memory I’m really fond of.🥰
This year is obviously very different from previous years, but that won’t stop me from putting together a festive outfit. Even if it’s just to walk the dog or lounge at home. Like the past couple of years, I loved making them into Disney Style outfits, but what I didn’t expect was my new love for BlackMilk to take center stage!😱
A few months ago, BlackMilk released a holiday collection full of sparkle and merry motifs. But when I caught a glimpse of this red star dress, I immediate knew I needed it for Lunar New Year. Red and gold are always appropriate for Lunar New Year, but stars were such a perfect bonus!⭐️
I then knew I had to pair the dress with an accessory from Shanghai Disneyland. One of my favorites is this Minnie crossbody. If you look closely, you’ll notice her usual vintage hat is designed to look more like a Chinese courtier’s or official’s hat. And the addition of the gold coin motif on the brim is just too perfect. Pairing this Minnie bag with this dress was just a match made in heaven.
But let’s be honest, most of us aren’t going anywhere fancy to celebrate Lunar New Year—myself included—so I also put together a fun loungewear outfit. I started off with this oversized t-shirt that I bought on sale last year. I love that Minnie is shown as a lion dancer because I LOVE LION DANCERS.🦁 They’re just huge, colorful, playful dogs and the music is always gets me so pumped!😂 It was just too good to pass up.
I was originally going to wear plain black bike shorts, but I remembered I had this Disney pair from BlackMilk and to my surprise, the color palette matched the colors of the t-shirt! I don’t wear these bike shorts too often, but I truly appreciate the side pocket to hold your phone (or maybe some extra snacks). They’re also made of performance fabrics so you can actually workout in them. Who doesn’t love a good double-duty apparel item.
I want to conclude this lookbook with a reminder that Lunar New Year is celebrated by many different communities. I think a lot of times, Lunar New Year is interchanged with Chinese New Year and although Chinese and Chinese Americans are probably the largest group to celebrate the holiday, they’re not the only ones that do.
So if you have a minute, definitely check out this page from the Asian Art Museum to learn more about how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world! For me, I’ll be eating some Chinese take-out since a lavish banquet dinner with my extended family is out of the question this year. But however you decide to celebrate, I hope this Lunar New Year is a memorable one!
Happy #NationalPolkaDotDay!🔴⚪️⚫️ Polka dots are pretty much synonymous with Minnie Mouse, so it’s no surprise that many Disney fans celebrate Minnie and her iconic style today. In past posts, I’ve talked about how I used to shy away from #MinnieStyle for the fear of coming off as too girly, which often reads as childish as an Asian American woman. But now that I’m older, I’ve become more comfortable with wearing girlier, feminine outfits that still feel like me.
And even though today is supposed to be all about dots, I’ve decided use today as a great opportunity to highlight #MinnieStyle altogether. So here are a few fun ways to #RockTheDots and honor Minnie’s timeless style!
When Eggie, a clothing brand by Asian American YouTuber Jenn Im, dropped their Disney collection, I fell in love with this blazer and skirt set. From afar it looks like an irregular pinstripe, but it’s actually Minnie’s signature!🤩 I adore how the subtle print makes a usually stuff blazer more playful. And since we adore a themed outfit, I paired the set with the Uniqlo x Ambush Minnie Mouse bag. It’s reminiscent of the Christopher Raeburn Mickey and Minnie bags, but it was much more affordable. To stay warm, I layered up with Eggie’s bodysuit from the same Disney collection, a pair of tights, and some chunky boots. And I couldn’t forget my favorite upcycled Gucci mask!
Another piece I immediately bought from the Uniqlo x Ambush Disney collection was this embroidered Minnie T-shirt dress. I practically live in this dress and should’ve bought two because it’s already getting pilly.😅 It’s basically a cute and comfy cotton mumu, so it’s obviously been my go-to quarantine uniform. To add a few dots into the mix, I wore Baublebar’s Minnie dangle earrings and a velvet dot scrunchie. And a #MinnieStyle outfit almost always calls for a bright red lip.💄 I’m loving how luxe this Pat McGrath lipstick feels!
For the last outfit in this lookbook, we’re going full throttle with dots!🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ Thank goodness red dot dresses were trending in the last couple of years because now it’s fairly easy to find a #MinnieStyle dress that fits my style. This Reformation dress feels so Parisian and will really stand the test of time. But to level up on the dots, I decided to wear this fun (and obnoxious) Minnie bag with a Parc Pack red dot bag strap. When wearing dot on dot, I like to mix the size and proportions of the dot patterns so overall, it’s not too overwhelming.
What’s your favorite way to #RockTheDots or don #MinnieStyle? I’m glad over the years, I’ve come to embrace Minnie’s look. It’s a great reminder that I shouldn’t shy away from styles just because they don’t seem to fit me at face value. If anything, I can use my creativity to be inspired by those styles and put together outfits that still feel like me. So here’s to Minnie me!❤️😆
Happy National Polka Dot Day! And say hello to the first #citydisneystyle post!🙌🏼 If you follow me on instagram, then you already know that this series is an idea I’ve been toying around with for the past month. After getting all your great feedback, I’m finally pulling the trigger!
I hope that each month I can tell you more about how to put together a Disney Style outfit that suits your city life. Instead of following one format, I’ve decided to focus on one topic each month. I’m planning to write up step by step guides, how to style one item multiple ways, and hopefully showing you how to easily transition at-home Disney loungewear clothes into a pulled-together errand outfit!🏃🏻♀️
This month, I decided to provide three tips on how to wear one of the most timeless prints around — Minnie polka dots!🔴⚪️⚫️🔴⚪️⚫️
Tip 1: Choose interesting basics to pair with your dots.
I love a good pattern mix, but for easy city dressing, I usually pair a pattern or print back to interesting basics. What do I mean by interesting basics?🤔 It sounds like such a contradiction, Alisa. Well, I’m talking about basic pieces with an unexpected point of interest. Basics with an intriguing detail that makes them NOT so basic.
Notice in this outfit, that the points of interest in my black coat are the longer streamlined silhouette, slim collars, and distinct pocket details. For my bag, the mixed metal buckle feels unexpected. And blue tinted aviators actually pick up on the blue in Donald’s hat. These kind of small details help to elevate your basics from literal “basic clothes” to stylish staples that stand the test of time.
Tip 2: Mix different styles into your outfit.
Mixing different styles is something I often think about when putting together a #citydisneystyle outfit. As much as I prefer to have a predictable life and schedule🙄, I try to go for an unexpected mix in my outfits. And when it comes to styling Disney pieces, mixing fun and bright with more refined items easily transforms Disney clothes into city clothes.
Since I based this outfit on my flouncy Cath Kidston dot skirt, I decided to pair it with more structured items to get that nice mix of feminine and sleek. Again, my black jacket instantly adds polish with its sharp silhouette and my earrings are minimalistic and streamlined. Both give a nice contrast to a flowy skirt and that contrast is what taps into that “je ne sais quoi” cool city girl mood.
Tip 3: Tuck it in!
It’s such a simple styling “hack,” but it has so much pay off. For skirts or pants that sit at your waist, try to tuck in your top. Not only does it help keep the shape of your outfit, but doing a French or half tuck will also help you channel that cool Parisian city vibe. I mean, it’s called a French tuck for a reason!👩🏻🎨 Tucking your shirt in ever so slightly will instantly read as effortless and more polished.
Minnie dots are such a playful and timeless print to wear and I hope these three tips will help you wear them with confidence around the city! Minnie may be girlie and sweet, but she’s also strong and independent. So to style an outfit that speaks to different sides of Minnie’s character was fun and meaningful for me. And to share this outfit and these tips on National Polka Dot Day is just the icing on the cake!🎂
How do you like to wear your Minnie dots? Let me know here or over on instagram!
The Asian Art Museum is devoted to connecting art to life. And with their latest exhibit, Painting Is My Everything: Art from India’s Mithila Region, art and life collide to highlight the strength, power, vulnerability, and resilience of Mithila artists — who, of course, happen to be…MOSTLY WOMEN! As an exhibit that features women of color, I was ecstatic to partner with the Asian Art Museum to further accentuate the brilliant work and lives of these amazing artists.
This domestic art tradition, that has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations, was confined to the interior walls of the most intimate rooms in Mithila. Word of these intricate murals spread beyond the region and during a severe drought in 1966, Pupul Jayakar, a director of the All India Handicrafts Board, saw an opportunity. She arranged for women to learn how to paint on paper, enabling those women to sell their own work and gain economic independence — something many women from this region had never experienced. Jayakar’s plan not only empowered village women, but ultimately sparked the economic resurgence of the region. Moreover, the newfound artistic and financial success of these artists inherently breaks the boundaries of gender and caste norms.
On the other side of the world, we’ve seen a surge of female empowerment apparel in fast fashion. Consumers can now physically show their support for gender equality every day while feeling cute and fashionable.💁🏻♀️ To emphasize the powerful and unique stories of these female Mithila artists and the subjects of their paintings, I’ve styled female empowerment pieces that coordinate with the exhibit’s colorful and feministically charged paintings. From almighty deities, to the emotional life stories of the artists, Painting Is My Everything, showcases a myriad of female stories and perspectives that celebrate the resilience and strength of women.
One company that recently created feminist apparel in collaboration with Vital Voices is Target. And in line with the collection’s raison d’etre, Vital Voices “supports fearless women leaders around the world to amplify their voices and increase their impact in their pursuit of economic empowerment, public and political leadership, and the protection of all human rights.” Each design was created to celebrate the passion, strength, and undeniable power of women.
One artist whose paintings are greatly influenced by personal perspective is Shalinee Kumari. Originally studying geography, Kumari decided to start painting after discovering colorful Madhubani paintings. When she headed to women’s college, she heard about the Mithila Art Institute and applied to be admitted into the program. She is now one of the young female artists who is pushing the boundaries of Mithila painting by using the centuries-old style for personal self-expression. Her work often focuses on global, personal, and community topics such as climate change, terrorism, and gender equality.
In Daughters are for Others,Kumari comments on social roles of Indian women as daughters, wives, and daughters-in-law. The painting’s title evokes the perspective of the girl’s parents and hints at the emotions of loss and resignation. The tight arrangement of the yellow and orange footprints, which reference the Hindu marriage rite of circumambulation of the sacred fire, feels like an impenetrable wall and creates a domestic space. Confined inside the space are two women whose conjoined form recall images of powerful goddesses. Though the true meaning may not be entirely known, Kumari cleverly combines decorative qualities and serious content to create a tension that makes this painting impactful.
Devi makes use of a style that was traditionally employed only by members of her caste. It is distinctive for its linear bands filled with dots and for its paper that is coated with an auspicious cow dung wash that recalls a mud wall.
One of the most educated and continually innovative artists among the lower-caste Dusadh community (aka “untouchables”), is Shanti Devi. Many of her works depict everyday subjects, but she beautifully injects them with new meaning. In Pregnant Cow, Devi surrounds the cow with blooming flowers, sprouting buds, and multiple bees to convey nature’s bounty and fertility. In her intention to depict a common subject, Devi has instead instilled powerful meaning into it.
Sita Devi is perhaps one of the most phenomenal women amongst Mithila artists. She was one of the earliest village artists to paint on paper and her work immediately attracted attention in the 60s. Her paintings received government and private commissions, won national awards, and warranted solo exhibitions. All of which brought wide-spread attention to Mithila paintings and paved the way for other Mithila artists. Over the course of her life, she worked tirelessly to develop and uplift her village and community through education and economic empowerment. She paved the way for many, if not all, the amazing artists featured in this exhibit.
Dulari Devi is another artist that lived in extreme poverty until she became an accomplished painter. She worked menial jobs, but her unhappiness with her life began to change when she started to visualize everyday occurrences as paintings. And with a with a stroke of good fortune, Devi began working in the house of a Mithila artist who would host artist trainings. Fascinated by the paintings, Devi eventually asked if she too could be trained to paint and thus was the beginning of her new life. And when strong women unite, the possibilities are extraordinary and endless.
The sheer desire to create saleable paintings in and of itself is a powerful act of independence for many of these Mithila artists. Many were living in extreme poverty and had little to no control over their own lives, so wanting to produce art is a defiant act against strong gender and caste norms. And whether Mithila artists are painting otherwordly deities or day-to-day life, painting has given them opportunity, choice, freedome; painting has given them everything. And I felt so honored to help tell their stories and be inspired by their pieces. It was everything. 😉
Painting Is My Everything will be on display at the Asian Art Museum through December 30, 2018. For more information about the exhibit and upcoming exhibit events, visit AsianArt.org.
Artist Shalinee Kumari is second from the right wearing a yellow dress standing in front her painting, “Daughters Are For Others.”
As we all know, Target released a Mickey Mouse summer collection a couple months back and I’m sure thousands of Disney fans raced to their closest Target. I, of course, was one of those people because I am always SO thirsty for all the cute Disney merch!😆 The one item that I absolutely needed, and prompted my last minute evening Target run, were these white Mickey Mouse sunnies! But alas, you never visit Target and leave with only one item.
The first apparel item I reached for at the store was these lightweight chambray embroidered Mickey pants. Fun and “less conventional” pants have been everywhere this past year and for good reason. I love that these pants have an elastic waist. (Hello, Jack Jack cookie num nums!🍪) And to maximize the comfort factor, these pants are more of a straight leg cut, which gives you a little extra wiggle room for running to that FastPass station.
I love pairing light blue chambray with white and ivory, so I dug up an old white H&M scallop edge top and tucked it in for a defined waist. And accessorizing is a breeze when you end up buying all the coordinating accessories from the collection.😅 The white Mickey sunnies add that element of fun to an otherwise more proper-looking outfit, and the red Mickey handkerchief brings attention to my face. The Cath Kidston bag originally came with a navy strap, but for that extra punch of fun, I switched it out for the alternate red striped one. And to tie it all together, I wore my red Superga 2750 classics. (Bonus: California residents can get 10% off Superga shoes with the code “abitwong10”!)
Another clothing item from the Target collection is this rainbow “Good Times” Mickey shirt. I love that it’s a basic tee with a twist. Rather than a blank white shirt, a simple rainbow graphic brings more character to an outfit. And instead of just pairing it with my usual skinny jeans, I decided to try something more fun! These coral linen pants are colorful and breezy, but beware… linen = wrinkles galore.😩
I also picked up this girls😅 straw drawstring backpack from the Target collection. It has a frickin’ hidden mickey on it made out of pom poms. How does one not buy it? And this particular backpack carries so much stuff! Aside from my denim jacket, which I brought along for the chillier pre-summer evenings, I also fit my DSLR, water bottle, and polaroid camera — and I still had room for extra souvenirs.😆
If weather permits, I also like to wear a denim jacket because it’s a great way to “tone down” an outfit. These coral pants are definitely loud and a little different than what I’m used to wearing. So if I ever felt self-conscious, I just threw on my denim jacket. And being a jacket fiend, I just love the way it completes an outfit. But we all know that the real outfit completer are shoes. These Vans Winnie the Pooh shoes perfectly picked up colors from the rest of my outfit and it’s always fun to add a little extra whimsy to your feet!
Yes, I did pick up more stuff from the Target x Mickey Mouse collab, but I’ll spare you for now.😆 And even though we’re still a few months out from Mickey AND Minnie’s 90th Birthday, I’m so excited that Target and other big retailers are already releasing Disney Style pieces! I actually heard that Forever 21 is dropping some new fall Disney Style pieces, so….I’m going to go online shopping now.🛍🙈
But this is post is going to be about Minnie (and some Minnie inspired outfits), not my birthday shenannigans. 😉 In fact, Minnie had a “facebook worthy” life event when she received her star on the walk of fame earlier this month! And honestly, it’s about time!
Mickey got his star back in 1978, but Minnie was only nominated for her own star just a few years ago. And in the wake of the #TimesUp movement, I’m sure the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce felt pressure and saw the perfect opportunity to show support. More about how Minnie had to wait 40 years before getting her star here!
And I’ll be honest, I tend to choose Mickey over Minnie; especially when it comes to merch and disney fashion. And that’s usually because I find Minnie to be a little too girly for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got love for Minnie and everything she’s done. But when it comes to girly, I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I tend to shy away from it. When you’re a short asian and look “doll-like” in girly clothes, people tend to treat you more like a child rather than an adult.
Should I let the way others treat me deter me from wearing girly clothes? Absolutely not. But the other part of wearing less girly clothes is to limit the amount of defense I have play. If I encounter someone who starts treating me like a child, all of the sudden I have to make my case on why they should treat me like, I don’t know, a grown adult?! Yes, I have a major sweet tooth, hate going to sleep when I’m told to, and I like Disney. But that means I’m a child at heart, not an actual child.
But let’s get back to Minnie. I’m so glad Minnie finally got her star!⭐️ It was long overdue and just highlights how far behind we were in recognizing the gender disparity between Minnie and Mickey. So instead of just rockin’ the dots only in January, I’m going to try to let Minnie inspire more of my Disney outfits. Because the only thing better than representing this iconic fashionista is to shock strangers that dare treat me like a child.
It’s the last day of the year and instead of making a list of practical resolutions, like how I should save more money, I’m instead reminiscing on the all the ways I wanted to spend my money this past year – aka my five favorite 2017 Disney collaborations! There were so many great Disney collaborations that debuted this year, but I’ll mostly be focusing on apparel collabs because there’s no better way to show your Disney pride than to have it plastered all over your body. 😬
Last year, Coach released a special Mickey collection that sold out INSTANTLY. I went to a Coach store around 1pm the day it released and the store was literally down to it’s last few items for each style. So this year, Coach released another Mickey collaboration only in their outlet stores. The assortment was reminiscent of the original collection, but included a lot more styles and variety. You best believe I snatched up a bunch of the bags and maybe a jacket…or two. Well, one of the jackets was gifted to me, so that doesn’t count. But regardless, this was probably my favorite collaboration of the year. I wear those Coach x Disney bags so often and the jackets I’ll keep forever!
Another collection I loved was the UNIQLO x Olympia Le-Tan “Minnie Mouse Loves Dots” collection. I’m usually more of a Mickey lover, but the Minnie graphics were too cute to pass up. I especially loved the embroidered details that tied all of the pieces together. I’ll admit, some of the shirts were too sweet for my taste, but I fell in love with the cropped tattoo-esque shirts with Minnie’s face and banners flanking each side of the collar. I loved it so much, I picked up both the black and red colorways. I also picked up a couple of the bags, but my favorite is probably the red structured Minnie bag.
This one, I’m quite sad about because THEY ARE ONLY SOLD IN BRAZIL.😭😫 I was actually so close to snagging something from this collection thanks to a sweet friend that offered to pick it up for me. But I guess it wasn’t meant to be because my size was sold out in almost everything. Anyways, Arezzo is a Brazilian shoe brand that released a super diverse Mickey inspired collection. The range included espadrilles, classic pumps, and trendy slides. I especially wanted the yellow Mickey ear slides because they are perfect for a Mickey disneybound and add that great pop of color to everyday outfits. Hopefully, someone out in the world is re-selling theirs!🙏🏻
Cakeworthy released it’s first official licensed Disney collection earlier this fall and it is amazing. Cakeworthy always delivers the coolest Disney streetwear clothes around. Compared to many other small apparel businesses that create Disney-inspired clothes, Cakeworthy items always have that unique punk edge. I immediately loved the Neverland denim embroidered jacket and the novelty Mickey pizza bag. Both are a little out there, but super special pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. I’ve known the brains behind Cakeworthy for a few years now and they are amazing people. They always find that one thing that Disney fans want but doesn’t actually exist, and then make it into a reality. Their ability to identify the white space within the Disney apparel world is what puts them ahead of the rest.
I know this one isn’t necessarily clothing, but I had to add it in after my boyfriend so thoughtfully gifted me the Pendleton Mickey wool blanket for Christmas! After seeing it as part of a Disney Style gift guide, I immediate knew I had to have it. They also released a few kids’ throws which are adorable for families with younger children. But for the adult that’s young at heart, the Mickey’s Salute throw is perfection. It’s the ideal mix of Pendleton’s classic geo patterns and old school Disney charm. And I am a total sucker for that timeless Mickey. If I ever end up not using it (stab me if that ever does happen though because that would be a heinous crime committed against this blanket), I love the idea of framing it and making it this huge piece of artwork to hang on the wall!
So those are my top five favorite Disney collaborations from this year! There definitely was a huge number of Disney collections, but these were the few that I really coveted. And the fact that I had to narrow down my choices is exciting! Compared to 2016, I felt 2017 was the year many designers and companies finally realized that people love Disney and Disney products! Within the past few years, I think more people are finally comfortable showing their love for Disney in everyday life – namely in apparel!
I could be completely wrong on this, but I feel like Disney lovers would wear all their gear in the park or to some kind of Disney event, but that’s the only “acceptable” time to sport it. But nowadays, I walk around work and see other co-workers wearing their Star Wars sweater or a Mickey shirt and I get a little excited. I think we’re coming into an age of “Screw it. This is something I love, so I’m going to wear it.” And now more than ever, people are braver about showing off the things they love. And in terms of showing off Disney Style, I’m all for it.❤️
Cheers to a great 2018!🎉 And to more Disney collaborations!🐭
Aaahhhhhhhhh! Where to even begin?! For many Disney fans, Pixar Studios is a supplemental, but oh so necessary part of the Disney company and experience. It’s like adding avocado to your BLT. Pixar just makes Disney THAT. MUCH. BETTER. Omg, Pixar is an avocado. No wonder everyone loves it!😆 So when I got the chance to visit the Pixar campus with some friends, I was ecstatic.
We visited on a Sunday, which was actually really nice because it was completely empty and quiet. We could take a million photos with no one in the background! 🤗 An added bonus was the warm weather! If you ever visited or lived in the Bay Area during the summer, then you know that warm days during the “summer” months are like Pixar easter eggs — you only get them once in a while.😉 Cloudless skies meant I could wear a blue dress for my Guido disneybound without hesitation. I would’ve worn the dress anyways since Chelsea and I planned on being twinsies together, but great weather just made it that much better. P.S. Loved Cars 3! See it if you can!
Luigi and Guido disneybouds!
Aside from the multiple Pixar statues that greet you at the entrance, there’s also a trophy case filled with all the awards Pixar has won. Oscar…oscar…beaten up Woody? In the far corner, a well-loved Woody, all dirty and missing his boot, was set next to a letter from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The cast member explained how a 6 year old boy was given a new Woody doll and rather than throw the old one away, the boy left it at the park’s City Hall so his old Woody could have a great new home and “spend infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear.” I’m sorry, I would go on but it seems I’m on the verge of crying.😩
Of course, there was tons of concept art throughout the building. When we visited, most of the art was for Finding Dory and Cars 3. We saw everything from pencil sketches to clay models. Unfortunately, all of this amazing concept art was in a “no photo” zone, so I don’t have any pictures. Sorry!😭 But trust me when I say, it was so cool to see all the different stages of the animation process. And I guess Pixar made up for it with huge posters and statues that scream “instagram photo op.”😏
And Pixar being Pixar, they also scattered lots of magic throughout the rest of the property. Halfway through our visit, I headed for the bathroom. And when I reached the door, instead of the usual female silhouette logo, I spotted a familiar curvy, mom-bob, above-the-knee boot wearing superhero! She was incredible.😉 But my favorite surprises were the characters that were embedded into the floors! So while walking around, you could randomly run into some of your favorite characters!
And of course, the pièce de résistance…Luxo Jr. and the Luxo ball! Erika slayed it and actually disneybounded as the Luxo ball, but by complete accident, we all ended up wearing similar style dresses all in yellow and blue.😳 And guess what, our separate disneybounds then became a singular one. We. Were. The Luxo ball. If that isn’t the definition of serendipty, then I don’t know what else is!
We are Luxo ball.
I still can’t believe such an amazing company is just across the bridge from me. A company that not only seeks out talent and creativity, but also encourages personal storytelling, is just so endearing and heartwarming. And call me a snooty San Francisco native, but I like to think that Pixar employees are often inspired by the Bay Area and somehow weave that into their stories. Case in point, Inside Out. Ultimately, I just love the idea that employees of a huge storytelling company that millions of people know, are creating these stories in an area that is tremendously liberal and diverse. And I like to think that San Francisco’s liberal values make their way into Pixar’s stories; ultimately passing those values along to millions of people. But that just might be a snooty San Franciscan’s wishful thinking. But hey, one can dream!😊