What To Wear At Walt Disney World

I’m finally back after taking a break from blogging to go on the holiday I’ve been dreaming of for years. Granted, I only went abroad for two weeks, but that – plus changing jobs and having a severe case of blogger’s block – meant I hadn’t written any posts for a quite while. However, going away has given me a few new ideas for posts – the first being how to dress for Disneyworld! Having a year to plan for our trip meant I’d already picked up a few tips on what to/not to wear, but I made a few outfit errors and learnt a lot more for myself whilst we were there…

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Take Ponchos! 

Yes, they look stupid. Yes, they are essentially a bin liner with arm holes cut out. But you’ll be the one laughing when everyone else is getting soaked in the afternoon storms, or reluctantly forking out $15 for an official Disney World poncho. Save yourself some money and buy a few from the 99p store before you go.

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Headwear

‘I don’t need to wear a hat, I’ll be fine’ I said as we set off for our first full Disney Day. By 3pm my poor little English head was frying as we waited in the burning sun for the afternoon parade, and by 5pm I was begging to go back to the hotel. For the next 13 days my hat stayed firmly on my head at all times. Lesson learnt! Take a hat you don’t mind getting squashed or flattened in a bag, as you don’t want it blowing off halfway down Mount Everest.  

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Wear sensible shoes

I’ll admit – I’m totally baffled by what the best choice of footwear is in this situation, and I’d suggest Crocs if they weren’t so disgustingly ugly. Both my sandals and espadrille pumps (which I though were the best option as they keep my feet cool) got completely ruined in the daily downpours. Even though flip-flops are waterproof, they can easily fly off and aren’t always the most comfortable choice. If anyone has any good ideas please share below! 

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Take advantage of Primark before you go!

 I’m a sucker for a souvenir, and however tempting the Minnie Mouse 2014 Florida Holiday t-shirt is, I know full well it will go in a drawer and never see the light of day again once it gets back to England. So I made sure I bought all my Disney t-shirts before I went – £6 from Primark is much more purse friendly than $25 in the gift shop. They’re great for photo ops, and the compliments from other Disney fans never gets old. 

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Denim is a no-go.

One ride on Splash Mountain and I had to endure a soggy bum for the rest of the day.  Even though playsuits can be a bit awkward, they’re far more comfortable and the thin material meant they dried out much quicker.  

I hope this helps if you’re planning a Disney trip, and if anyone else has got any other tips or tricks then please share them by commenting below!

Cheat Or Treat: Blackboard Nails

Ciate’s Chalkboard Manicure has been the newest trend in nail art, but at its £25 it’s definitely out of my price range. However, I couldn’t resist trying out Primark’sBlackboard Nails kit‘, especially as it was half price and a measly £2.

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 Like Ciate’s kit, it includes a black matte polish, nail pens and a matte top coat. The black polish is thick and gives a nice even finish –  I would happily wear it alone without using the nail pens on top. However this is where my praise for this kit ends. The pens weren’t very brightly coloured, and one of the nibs broke while I was still doing my first hand- leaving me in a sticky mess. The topcoat was far too thick and actually, I preferred the finish of the black polish to the one the topcoat gave.

That said, the black polish alone was worth the £2 I paid for the whole kit, and I’d still rather use it with my other nail art pens than pay £25 for the Ciate set.

Have you tried the Ciate or Primark sets? What were your thoughts?

What’s On My Nails Wednesday – 26th March

Today’s post is the start of a new series thought up by Paige from Paige’s Preferences. I change my nail colour every week (mainly because it chips off within a few days), and this series is a good opportunity to show off my favourite colours and to be nosy and see what other people are wearing on their nails!

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I don’t usually wear false nails, and this Fingrs set had been lurking in the back of my cupboard for years. But, as I went to a charity ball last week I thought it would be a good excuse to get them out. As they’re a short style they didn’t need much reshaping or filing, and fitted my nails perfectly. I used Boots nail glue which has held them on amazingly well, and I’ll definitely be using it again next time. Unfortunately, they’re pretty impractical for my job and I’ll have to take them off soon – so I’ll be back to nail varnish for next weeks post!

Guest Post on HiFashion

Being a lazy blogger (slap on the wrist!) I haven’t done a proper post this week, but make sure you have a look at the guest post I did for for HiFashion last week – My OOTD for Sunday 9th March.

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And have a read of her post on Summer Outfits below!

My Summer Outfit – Guest Post by HiFashion

Hi guys, Sherin from HiFashion here. I’m really excited to be posting on Emily’s blog today.

For me, Summer is all about just relaxing in the sun. I prefer Spring/Summer clothes to Autumn/Winter, and love being in fun and floaty outfits. I feel you can be a lot more carefree with your outfits for the warmer weather. I find that I’m more colourful and experimental with my fashion in the Summer too! The last few days have seen the sun peeking out slightly, so I’ve been getting out all my Summer dresses and preparing all my looks for when the heat really comes in.

So, what will I be wearing this Summer?

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A fun and printed dress is the starting point to all my Summer looks. I love a good flowy dress in bright colours. I always avoid them in the Winter, but flock towards them in the Summer. And obviously a pair of wedges – wedges are definitely my favourite type of shoe. They have all the glam of heels, with none of the pain.

In terms of make up, I like to keep it natural as I feel like I’m melting in the sun if I have too much on in the heat. Red lipstick is a must though. I never leave the house without red lipstick – it just makes every look a bit more special.

To finalise, I always add some jewellery. I love statement pieces of jewellery – they’re always great for any look – be it a simple dress, or something for a party. I love stacked bracelets and large rings particularly!

What will you guys be wearing this Summer?

Sherin xx

 

Essex Bloggers Meet-up – Crown Street

Last week fellow blogger Haydn Squibb (squibbvicious.com) and the lovely people of Crown Street arranged an exclusive shopping evening for us lucky Essex bloggers. Tucked down this little side street are stylish boutiques, salons and of course, Mr. Essex’s famous shop- Fusey. Some of the shops had kindly stayed open later so we could have a wander round, and I thought I’d share two of my favourites!

The French Quarter is a homeware, gifts and general knick-knack shop which sells products not only from overseas but from local artists. Despite being a small boutique, every surface is adorned with handmade cards, candles, jewellery and more. Rather than bog standard shelves and rails, the products are displayed on gorgeous pieces of furniture which are available to buy and order.

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One of the newer additions to Crown Street is Petit Cherubs - every little girls dream shop. It boasts possibly the most stylish children’s outfits in Essex and is crammed with tutus, bows and sparkles. Perfect for gifts, this adorable boutique offers edgy alternatives to plain high street clothes. 

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These hidden gems are definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Essex area, or click here to visit the Crown Street website for more information. Many thanks to Haydn and the people of Crown Street for organising the event!

 

Dealing with Rosacea and Acne

Rosacea and Acne are two skin conditions I’ve struggled with since my teenage years. Whereas Acne is a common teen problem which most of us have probably experienced, Rosacea usually affects middle aged and older people. Symptoms vary from frequent blushing to -in my case- permanent redness on the face. Both are treated similarly and over the years, I’ve leant which products are the best to use and tried many treatments for both.

Treatments

  • See your doctor if you have chronic Acne or Rosacea. They can prescribe gels, creams and low dose antibiotics to fight infections and calm inflammations.
  • Dermalex is a new company that offers products for a range of skin conditions, including Rosacea, which are available to buy at local pharmacists such as Lloyds (UK). The breakthrough technology in their creams can help reduce both redness and dryness. Click here to visit their website for more information and to buy their products.
  • Laser treatment may be recommended by a dermatologist, but can be expensive. I started my course of laser treatment on Monday, and am excited to see the results. I have only chosen this treatment though, as a last resort. All other creams and gels failed to work on my skin, and the NHS gave up trying to find other ways of treating it.

Prevention

  • Make sure any products you put on your face are as mild as possible. I would recommend Simple skincare as it has no harsh chemicals and is gentle on the skin. Monitor your skin for flare-ups if you change skincare products.
  • Cold and hot weather, spicy foods, stress and exersice are all known to trigger flare-ups of Rosacea. Use a high SPF when exposing your skin to the sun, and try to pick a foundation which already has SPF included.
  • Put that that Real Techniques brush down! I found my acne cleared much quicker when I applied my make-up using my fingers rather than a brush. Bacteria can linger on unclean brushes and if – like me- you don’t have time to clean your brushes everyday, this can get spread back onto your face, causing breakouts.
  • Take your make-up off properly. Especially when wearing thick, high coverage foundations, make-up wipes just wont cut it. Don’t sleep in your make-up, and wear it for as little time as possible to let your skin breathe.

Covering It Up

  • Although high coverage make-up is not the best thing to put on acne prone skin, it is essential for covering redness, especially when you’re extra conscious of it. My favourite high-coverage foundation is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear, and for concealer I use Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint.
  • Clinique is a brand well-known for its roots with dermatology, so it’s products are specifically suited to an individuals skin type and needs. It’s Acne Solutions and Redness Solutions ranges include both make-up and skincare, which is specifically targeted at caring for and treating each of these problems. One of the most effective products from the range for covering up is the Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base. It’s a primer with an SPF of 15, but is green coloured – which cancels out red tones. Just make sure it’s blended in well!

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Do you have any tips or tricks for treating Acne or Rosacea? What are your favourite high coverage products?