WEDNESDAY’S WISHLIST | MAY THE 4TH

WEDNESDAY’S WISHLIST | MAY THE 4TH

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Bright suns!

I am so excited because today is May the 4th. I love Star Wars, and after not being able to go to Disneyland last year on this day, I made sure I was going today.

While out sitting in Batuu, I thought it would be fun to put together a little Amazon shopping guide for you all about Star Wars. Here are some cute things to add to your cart to feed your dark side (or light side– I don’t discriminate).

How cute are the star hair pins? I think this is such a fun, subtle way to add some Star Wars flair to your everyday. I also love the pork keychain. I actually have him, and he really is the cutest.

One of my other favorite ways to add some Star Wars in my daily routine is to have some drink ware. I love a good mug, and you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you get!

I hope you are having a great Wednesday, and May the 4th be with you.

-Lyndsay

3 OUTFITS I WOULD WEAR TO STAR WARS NIGHT AT DISNEYLAND

3 OUTFITS I WOULD WEAR TO STAR WARS NIGHT AT DISNEYLAND

I can’t believe tomorrow is May 4th already! I am so excited to be spending the morning at Disneyland soaking in all the Batuu vibes. I originally wanted to go to the Star Wars event Disneyland is hosting that evening, but if I’m being honest, I couldn’t afford tickets. SO, a morning trip to Batuu and my favorite ice coffee is just what the doctor ordered.

I thought it would be fun to share some outfit inspiration for everyone who loves May the 4th as much as I do. Here are three outfits I would wear to the May the 4th event at Disneyland if I was going.

This outfit is so cute and definitely caters to my more comfy, relaxed side. I am calling this my Endor outfit because of the graphic tee, like how cute?!

Next up is my dark side outfit. I love how minimal this outfit is with only black and white elements. It’s so cute and I probably will wear this at some point in Galaxy’s Edge when it’s nice and hot outside.

For my last outfit, I wanted something sparkly and a little fancy. If I am going to be wandering around Batuu at night, I think sparkly stars are a must. I paired it with this super cute “Cutie Batuutie” tee and some sparkly blue ears to match the blue milk I will be drinking. I also took the tie from my dress and tied it in my hair.

I would love to know which outfit is your favorite and if you are attending the May the 4th event, so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

GUIDE TO BARCELONA, SPAIN

At the end of March/beginning of April, I was fortunate to be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain with my boyfriend. We had the most amazing time and honestly fell in love with this amazing city.

I wanted to create a short guide of everything that I feel are top musts when going. If you want a more in-depth look at each day I have created posts for each one– day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5– just click on the day you want to read about!

WHERE I STAYED

I love a good hotel, but when it came down to finding lodging for Barcelona, I wanted something with a great view and close to transportation. I ultimately found a great Airbnb two blocks away from the Sagrada Familia. We had a whole apartment to ourselves, and a view of the cathedral from our balcony.

HOW I GOT AROUND

The transportation in Barcelona is amazing! You can literally get anywhere by bus or metro. Before you start thinking “eww dirty”, let me be the first to put those thoughts at ease. Barcelona is an extremely clean city, including the public transportation. I never once felt like I was sitting in a can of germs while being on the bus or metro.

I did a lot of research about the public transportation in Barcelona and I found that the Hola Barcelona Card was the best option. It was super affordable and gives you access to all public transportation systems.

WHAT I DID

We were in Barcelona for five days (not including two travel days). I planned pretty much the entire trip on my own with the help of Google and YouTube. Here are some things that I think are a must when you are in Barcelona:

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Sagrada Familia– make sure you do a tour. We did a guided tour in the morning and it was really nice being able to ask questions and hear stories from the perspective of someone who lives in Barcelona.

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Palau de la Musica– This place was stunning! We did an audio tour and were very lucky to be there while someone was warming up on the organ inside. This is the type of place that could only exist in Spain and it definitely should not be missed. There is also a great little cafe downstairs for an afternoon espresso and sandwich.

Parc Guell– This is probably one of the most iconic places in Barcelona. I never realized how big this park actually is, so I would allow for a few hours here to explore and see all the amazing pieces that make up this park.

Parc de laberint d’horta– This park is like a hidden gem that I never really came across in any of my research before the trip. I happened to just see it on a map and Googled it. It is only a few euros to get into and it is well worth it. There is a full hedge maze in the center which was fun to wander around with several locals. There are also numerous reflecting pools, statutes, fountains, and gardens surrounding the maze.

Casa Batlló– This house was so unique and beautiful. I highly recommend taking the audio tour. It was such an interesting experience because the tour is from the perspective of the house talking about the family who lived there and the architect, Gaudi. I loved all the blues and the intricate details of this house. It was such a fun few hours feeling what it would be like living in the city of Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter– One of the best free things you can do is explore the gothic quarter. If you go to Spain and expect ancient, historical, fairytale vibes– this is your place to experience that. We loved walking around all the small streets and shops in the gothic quarter, and we will probably forever reminisce about it until the day we can go back.

WHERE I ATE

My boyfriend was mostly in charge of the dinners on this trip and we ended up mostly at tapas bars (which honestly was so fun). Here are the places that were stand outs to me.

Dulcinea– You have to go experience a Swiss drinking chocolate with melindros. They are *chef’s kiss*. This was my favorite thing I had in the city and if/when I go back, I will be enjoying this treat daily.

Bodega La Palma– This tapas bar had the best bravas and croquets I had the entire trip. I really regret not going back a second time to get some.

Can Ramonet– This paella was EVERYTHING! We shared the vegetable paella, and I’m not ashamed to admit I ate almost the whole thing by myself.

La Cova Furmada– I have two words of advice for this place: be early and order the bombas. Seriously, get there early because they close around 2pm and they will turn a giant line of people away. The bombas are the most delicious things ever; I recommend ordering at least 1 per person. The sangria was also very delicious.

Hofmann Bakery– For all my pastry lovers out there, do yourself a favor and go to Hofmann’s. They have the most delicious croissant filled with mascarpone cheese and is covered in a glaze. It’s so good you won’t want to share, trust me on this one. Like really though, get one to have all to yourself!

BARCELONA DAY 4 | PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

BARCELONA DAY 4 | PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

We were very lucky the sun decided to come out, but it was still freezing. I am definitely glad that I packed layer able pieces on this trip. We started our morning off by exploring Parc Guell. It is probably THE most famous park in Barcelona and I now fully understand why. Not only is this park beautiful, but its also massive which I didn’t realize until I was trying to find the famous mosaic bench and got lost.

This park has so may perfect spots for pictures that my boyfriend and I got a little carried away with taking pictures (no regrets though).

After Parc Guell we decided to grab a coffee and then we were off to our next destination.

We took an audio tour of Sant Pau Hospital and were literally blown away. First of all, this hospital seems more like a palace and was gorgeous. Secondly, this hospital was gigantic with something like 13 different buildings not including the newer still functioning hospital.

Once we finished with our tour, we headed back to our Airbnb to rest a little. Later on we headed back to the gothic quarter to do some shopping where I picked up a pair of handmade espadrilles to take home. I also convinced my boyfriend to get Melindros and Swiss chocolate before dinner.

We headed to the beach to get some paella for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal and I honestly wish I had it one more time before we left.

We had an early night in because we were so exhausted from walking so much and it was in the 40’s by the time we finished dinner. I had absolutely no objections to turning in early for a warm shower and a cozy bed.

OUTFIT ROUNDUP | BARCELONA, SPAIN

OUTFIT ROUNDUP | BARCELONA, SPAIN

I can’t believe I have been home for almost a week. Barcelona was a dream trip and it went by way too fast.

I am still fighting some jet lag and trying to get back on California time, so while I wait for my body to re-adjust I wanted to show you some of my outfits from Spain. There will be more posts to come, but I need more time to get my thoughts together for them.

So, I hope you enjoy my outfit roundup from my week exploring Barcelona, Spain!

Because the weather was so cold, and windy, I ended up wearing more repeats that I had intended to. I will say that having pieces that mix and match well together makes traveling, and getting ready, SO much easier. I am very grateful I brought the layers I did or I probably would have froze.

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

January is the first month of the year, and it usually a month to set goals and get your life together. I have done a lot of planning this past month, as well as cleaning and organizing. One of things I would like to do more of is sharing my Amazon purchases with all of you. I love finding things on Amazon, and I love seeing what other people buy. Here is what I bought this month on Amazon.

GREENS POWDER

I realized I lack a lot of greens in my diet. While I do eat veggies and take vitamins, I felt like it wasn’t enough. I decided to try this greens powder out in a new smoothie (recipe coming soon) and I love it! I also love that this greens powder has probiotics in it too.

VANILLA BEAN POWDER

To go along with my new smoothie I bought this vanilla bean powder. I think its so fun and delicious. I can’t wait to add it to more things like blended coffee drinks and baked goods.

SMOOTHIE GLASSES

Speaking of smoothies, when the weather is warmer or I can finish one before I get out the door, I love making smoothies. I find they are so easy to prep and put together and they are delicious! However, I really struggle with taking them to-go because my blend jet cups have no lids and I find them cumbersome to tote about at work. I found these very aesthetic smoothie jars and they are a game changer. They have bonus points for being dishwasher safe too.

PISTACIO SYRUP + PUMP

For Christmas I received a Nespresso machine and have been loving it. I especially love making lattes with the espresso pods. Since Spring is right around the corner I decided to get a Pistachio syrup and it is the most delicious syrup I think I have ever tasted. I also got this pump to go on the bottle for quick and easy dispensing.

SWEATER DRESS

My closet needs a little bit of updating. Over the past year I did a lot of purging, and I have a lot of holes in my wardrobe now. One area I really want to work on is my dresses. I feel like I only have summer and spring dresses, but none for cooler temperatures. I saw this dress and love how cozy it is. It can easily be dressed up with tights and boots or can be worn by itself with a pair of sneakers. I love having pieces that are versatile.

I honestly love finding things on Amazon. What did you buy recently that you love?

-Lyndsay

MY DISNEY STONEY CLOVER LANE COLLECTION

MY DISNEY STONEY CLOVER LANE COLLECTION

I picked up many things from being in quarantine in 2020. I learned how to make a good Manhattan, I learned to cross-stitch, and I also learned about a brand named Stoney Clover Lane.

I was introduced to SCL via Instagram, and instantly fell in love. When I found out that they had Disney patches, it was the nail in the proverbial coffin.

Fast forward to today, and I have quite the little collection started.

I get so many questions about all my pieces, both on Instagram and in-person, that I decided to make 3 separate posts to showcase what I have (and of course give you all the details).

Welcome to my Stoney Clover Lane Disney collection!

MICKEY + MINNIE CLASSIC PATCHES

Let’s start with the basics.

I started off with only Mickey and Minnie patches because at the time, they were the only Disney patches SCL had. The hardest part for me was deciding what color to put them on. I ultimately ended up with “sky” for all of my Disney pieces because I really liked how they looked on the pastel blue, but the color also reminded me of retro Disneyland for some reason.

I have four main pieces: A mini pouch, a clear travel pouch, a fanny pack, and a classic backpack.

{Mini sized pouch in “sky” with Mickey 3″ patch}

{Clear travel pouch in “sky” with “HOME” rolled embroidered letters in “sky” with a 2″ Mickey patch}

{Classic fanny pack in “sky” with 3″ Mickey + Minnie patches}

{Classic backpack in “sky” with 5″ Mickey + Minnie patches}

I have used all of these in the park interchangeably and love them all. Not only can I use them as standalone pieces, but I love that they all can match and be a set if I want them to be.

Unfortunately these patches are no longer sold. When I bought mine, it was through a personal shopper for Walt Disney World. They were originally only sold at Fable gift shop at the Four Seasons Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Once SCL received a license to create more Disney products, they discontinued the Mickey and Minnie patches. Your best bet is to find a seller online through a Facebook group or if you don’t mind paying a lot, there is always Poshmark.

Do I have a small stash hidden away?! of course, but I am saving them for a rainy day!

DISNEY PRINCESSES

The Princess collection came about towards the end of 2021. When it was first announced I was very excited, but once I saw the patterns my excitement went down a bit. I only really like the Cinderella print and the Belle print. I was very choosey when it came to this collection because I wanted to make sure I spent my money on items that I truly love and can see myself using multiple times.

I currently have five items: A carriage fanny pack, two scrunchies, and a glass slipper patch.

{“Seeing Stars” collection fanny pack in “cloud” (no longer available) with Cinderella carriage patch}

{Nylon Scrunchie in “Countdown to Midnight” print}

{Nylon Scrunchie in “Enchanted Beauty” print}

{Glass slipper patch}

I have plans to put my glass slipper on a mini to use in the parks as well as everyday. I also plan on adding to these items at some point. I would love to get a notebook in the Countdown to Midnight print for a planner sleeve as well as one in the “enchanted Beauty” print to use as a book sleeve.

Do you have anything SCL Disney? I would love to know what pieces you have and how they are customized (if they are) so please leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

FRIDAY’S FIVE | FIRST WEEK OF 2022

FRIDAY’S FIVE | FIRST WEEK OF 2022

{Starting of the New Year with a quick trip to Disneyland}

{Getting in the last mickey gingerbread cookie until December}

{Enjoying my new Nespresso machine with shots of espresso in these cute cups}

{Feeling grateful for my vehicle after my last car was stolen this time last year}

{Adding to my TBR list with a trip to Barnes & Noble}

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2022…

The first week of January has come and gone. Wow! It already feels like it’s flying by. I started off the New Year with a quick trip to Disneyland. I wanted to soak up the last bit of Christmas decor before the park transforms into Valentine’s Day. I also got to enjoy the last mickey gingerbread cookie of the holiday season. He was delicious!

For Christmas I got a Nespresso machine, and when I tell you I have an espresso shot (or two) every morning, it’s not a lie. I love making coffee in my new machine. What makes it even better are these super cute espresso mugs that have mickey shaped insides. I also have done some damage at Barnes & Noble with many a gift cards that I received for Christmas.

I have also taken a few moments this week to asses 2021, and look back at everything that has happened– both good and bad. One of the more major moments of last year was my car being stolen. It was definitely a moment in my life that felt like the tipping point. 2020 was really rough, and to start off 2021 with that was honestly harder. In retrospect, I now look at it as something that I overcame even though I didn’t think I would. Now I have a newer car, and while the check engine light has been on for longer than I like to admit, I am so grateful to even have a car.

As we head into 2022, I wish you all nothing but happiness in this new year, and that we all get through another year in this pandemic.

-Lyndsay

CHRISTMAS WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

CHRISTMAS WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

{Finishing up my Christmas shopping at Lido Marina}

{Drinking boozy peppermint hot chocolate while wrapping presents}

{Getting the best secret Santa present from my co-worker}

{Getting a new purse in time for Christmas}

{Spending Christmas Eve with my boyfriends family}

I am not going to lie; this week has been INTENSE.

With COVID cases on the rise, lots of plans have been pushed back, and I am dealing with some family stuff right now. Regardless of all the hard things happening, I am trying my best to focus on all the good and the blessings in my life. I find that one of the best ways to feel better about things not in my control is to do something nice for others.

I started my week with finishing up my Christmas shopping, and I was fortunate enough to go to Lido Marina in Newport Beach for a very special present for one of my friends. I also combined wrapping presents with some self care by putting on one of my favorite Christmas movies and drinking some spiked hot chocolate.

At work we did Secret Santa this year and I received the most thoughtful and perfect gift from my co-worker! I literally was so impressed by everything she got me and I can’t wait to use everything.

A week or so ago I did a little shopping for myself and bought this super cute sherpa purse from Target. I really don’t have very many purses for everyday use so I thought I would get a fun inexpensive one that I wouldn’t mind getting messed up. I think this one will be great all winter long.

I went into Christmas celebrating with my boyfriends family before my family’s celebration on Christmas Day. It was nice getting dressed up and going to a holiday party. I love the outfit I put together and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

Before I sign off for the holidays, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday season. Christmas can be both the most magical and the most hard time of year. I personally am feeling both. So for all you out there who are struggling, I just wanted to say that it’s okay to be not okay during the holidays and know that you are not alone. We all go through phases in life where the days are hard to get through. My heart is with all of you.

-Lyndsay