Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Travel: 15 Tips for a One Day Travel to Disneyland



Many of you have read my post about my One Day Trip to Disneyland last week. I had a ton of fun getting to see the park again. I hadn't been back since high school which is a lot longer than I'd like to admit to. I didn't remember it as much as I had thought and that's primarily because I'm used to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was in the park for approximately 11 hours straight and learned a lot about the ins and outs of the park. These are my biggest recommendations for you, your travel partner, or your family.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WIW: First Day at Nordstrom!

Mirror picture of the outfit I wore on my first day of work at Nordstrom

I moved to Seattle about 6 years ago. I never intended to stay, never intended to grow my career and never expected my dream to work at a fashion house would come true.

Last week I started my new job in old clothes. I didn't know what to expect, so I stuck with my basics and went for booties, wide leg pants and a button down. So profesh, right?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Travel: Disneyland in One Day

Pointing at Sleeping Beauty's castle wearing Mickey Mouse Ears with the name Allison on the back

Yesterday, my friend (H) and I went to Disneyland for 11 hours. Let's break down the agenda for you so I can remind myself of this in the future. 

Night before: Full Dinner and bed by 8pm. Took a melatonin because I don't play games.
3:30am: Wake up call. Got dressed, did make up and hair, grabbed my mouse ears and my small Stella McCartney Adidas hiking bag.
4:15am: Leave apartment for the airport.
4:45am: Park at airport and head to security.
5:15am: Get past security and get coffee and fill up hydro flask.
6am: Flight out of Seatac and to LAX.
8:35am: Land at LAX, get off plane, bathroom break and change into shorts.
8:55am: Go to arrivals.
9am: Hail an uber.
9:45am: Arrive at Disneyland!
10am: Get through security and the gate.
10:01am: Come up with a plan and and get a locker.
10:10am: PLAY for 10 hours.
8:10pm: Go to Main Street for end of the night shopping.
9pm: Head out while the Electrical Parade begins.
9:10pm: Walk outside of park, hail an Uber.
9:45pm: Arrive at LAX & get through security.
10pm: Change back into pants and get snacks.
11:15pm - 11:55pm: Board plane, wait for passengers from another delayed flight.
Midnight: Take off.
3am: Land and go to car.
3:30am: Get home and sleep for 9 hours straight.

I'm going to go back to 10am, arriving at the gates of Disneyland, because this is where it gets a lot of fun. It's early and H and I had been awake for 6 hours already. We were dying for a snack but decided the first thing to do was take photos at the front of the park and then to calculate our hours and get our first fastpass of the day. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

WIW: Off the Shoulder Casual Friday with Adidas Super Stars


Holy Smoke-a-roonie! I am majorly behind on my WIW post to you guys. I have been all over the place as you can tell. In the past three weeks I have left my old job, started my new job AND moved across town from the East side to the West side. If you're interested in my move and new pad, you can check it out in my post: Hello Again, Queen Anne.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Job, New Home, New Life.


A lot of changes this month but I couldn't be more excited about my transitions. I got a new job. Though I will miss my old company like crazy, as I've worked for a publishing company for the past 4 years, it was time to learn something now. 4 years is a lot of time to give to one company but the people at this corporation makes time fly. My biggest pain is leaving all of the friends that have graced my life over the course of my career.

After getting my new job, everything began to happen so quickly. Life fell into place. No crazy panic attacks or second guessing. I was looking to learn and grow, this position was presented to me. It's a huge honor to go from a large women's publishing network to a large fashion house. Dreams do come true!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beauty: May Beauty Favorites 2017 (Almost All Cruelty-Free!)


Happy May, dear friends! I have had a great start to the month. I have definitely hit the ground running thus far so I want to share my favorite Beauty Items I used all of last month. I noticed a trend pretty quickly with almost all of my products and that is: The majority are cruelty-free.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hello Again, Queen Anne

Teal tiled Kitchen from Queen Anne, Seattle

Hi Everyone!

If you hadn't noticed by the photo above, I finally found a new place! It's exactly where I want to be in my favorite sector of Seattle, Queen Anne.

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 Zella Pants I'm Obsessed With

Left to Right: Camila Capris - Zella // To the Max Crop Leggings - Zella // Flash High Waist Leggings - Zella //
 'Out and About' Crop Joggers - Zella // Spring Crop Leggings - Zella
This Spring is all about getting out of the slum (that was winter) and getting back into shape for Summer. While pursuing through Nordstrom this afternoon I went through the athletic department on the 4th floor of our downtown Seattle store. It's so beautiful in there. Sometimes my walks consist of going through every floor, dreaming and then taking the elevator back down before returning to work.

The inspiration on the floor was intense today. They have their standard Nike, Adidas, Puma displays out but one that caught my eye was Zella. Many of you might know that this is one of Nordstrom's private brands. All made specifically for their stores. I read an article on when they had acquired one of Lululemon's finest to come in and be the creative director on their Zella team back in 2009. Which is why Zella and Lululemon have similar sweat technology and style. Though, with Zella at a much more affordable price.

My love is strong for Zella considering their pants don't fall down on me mid run. They are comfortable, trendy and did I mention 'budget friendly'?? I'd love to hear others feelings on Zella products. What are your loves?