Forever in Disney Sweats

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

While a staple in nearly everyone’s closet, it seems as though sweatshirts are hitting the fashion trend scene in a major way this upcoming fall season. Retailers everywhere are putting out their racks of sweatshirts for their autumn collections. This means going out in laid back and cozy apparel is going to make you one trendy person!

Forever 21 has a long history of selling Disney licensed clothes. And this season, they have not disappointed when it comes to their Disney collection of sweatshirts. The iconic Mickey and Minnie grace a few styles, while they also include the additions of The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars.disneysweats

These sweatshirts are every bit as cute as you’d find at the Disney parks, but without the hefty price tag. And chances are you have a Forever 21 in your local mall, giving you the opportunity to grab one, two, or all of them for your upcoming trip! So go ahead and  be trendy in your coziest and Disneyest way!

 

The Fashionable Napa Rose

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

 During my recent trip to California, I not only got to eat at the Blue Bayou Restaurant, but also thoroughly enjoyed a girls’ night out dinner with my cousin/best friend at the Napa Rose Lounge. Napa Rose itself is the flagship restaurant of the Grand Californian Resort and Spa, and really of Disneyland in general. The Lounge is its more casual “sister” of sorts, offering some of the appetizers and desserts that the full service restaurant offers. Here you can also enjoy some of the finest wine California has to offer, along with some delicious cocktails.

My cousin and I found this a perfect time to dress up. The Lounge, as I mentioned, is more casual. The chairs are much more cushioned and relaxed, several seats are near the fireplace, and reservations are not really necessary. That said, I always find it necessary to consider the location of where I will be dining when deciding on what I will be wearing. While Napa Rose and the Napa Rose Lounge do not enforce a dress code, these are not tshirt and shorts type of places. These are places you’d want to shower up and get a fresh change of clothes for after a day at the park.napa1

Dining at a more upscale restaurant obviously meant that I needed a lovely dress. I mean come on ladies… how many times do you get a dress for a special occasion and think “where else am I going to wear this?” Well, Disney, of course! What a perfect opportunity to break out those fancy frocks and dine at some exquisite places while sipping on a fabulous cocktail!napa2

And if you still feel like keeping it casual, you can always order the pizza. No seriously, this thing is amazing. Grapes, smoked prosciutto, Cambozola cheese…an explosion of flavor.napa3

Paired with the signature Napa Rose cocktail, my night was a fashionable and decadent one to remember!

 

Going Back to (Monster) School

Guest Author: Mary King

We are just under two months away from Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University release date. Have you already applied and been accepted? Because guess what? It’s time to go back to school. And if you are anything like me, a return to school (or new job, or anything else) means new wardrobe pieces!

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I am really loving these Greek life ringer tees, available on the Disney Store website. Men can pledge to be part of the Oozma Kappa brotherhood, while women can show their support for the fraternity. If you’re not ready to pledge to this fraternity, don’t fret. Check out your new school’s website at monstersuniversity.com where you can learn about admissions, check out some of the other fraternities and sororities (I am personally considering rushing Python Nu Kappa), and even buy exclusive MU merchandise that can’t be found on the Disney Store website.

So what are you waiting for? Join in the fun with your new alma mater! Classes began June 21, 2013…make sure you are dressed for it!

 

Arabian Nights

Guest Author: Mary King of acuppafashion.com

We have seen the new beauty collection from Sephora representing the exotic Princess Jasmine. But what will you wear with that collection? And where will you wear it to?

The answer? You’ll be dressing up as Jasmine in this adorable inspired outfit for a fun filled belly dancing dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh!

Jasmine is all about the turquoise in her outfit, with flashes of gold that hint at her royal status. This is so easy to pull off right now, as not only turquoise a very popular color right now, but metallics are trending in a major way! So if you’ve ever coveted those gold shoes Jasmine sports, fear not! Pick up a pair of gold ballet flats or sandals to wear. Filigree designs are pretty easy to find with jewelry, and will give you a bit of exotic flair. And you simply cannot forget Rajah, Jasmine’s beloved pet tiger, who is well represented with this necklace.arabiannightspic

So if you are looking for a night of mystery and intrigue, find inspiration in Jasmine as you dine in a whole new world that Restaurant Marrakesh is. By the way, I highly recommend the chicken bastilla, roast lamb meshoui, and the Marrakesh delight!

The Relocated Tourist is sponsored by “Magical Mouse Plans Travel”

Belle of the Ball

Guest Author: Mary King from acuppafashion.com

The opening of New Fantasyland gave many would-be princesses an opportunity to do something they had long been dreaming about: visit the elaborate and elegant ballroom from Beauty and the Beast. The Be Our Guest restaurant allows guests to immerse themselves into different scenes from the movie, and provides an experience where they can feel like the characters.

What does this mean for fashion? Well, it means it is time to dress the part! Now is your chance to be the “Belle” of the ball and dine under the glittering chandelier in the enchanted castle that continues to capture hearts. belleball

Here we have two different styles representing the same beautiful princess. One is a little more formal, making for a romantic date night. The other is a little more youthful and casual, which is great if you still plan on exploring the parks a bit more. You’ll be carrying your very own rose, while tucking away any needed essentials within it. And a piece of that magnificent chandelier will grace your neck as memories of a tale as old as time form in your heart.

So go on and be the “Belle” of that gorgeous castle. And don’t forget to proclaim your love for all things Disney (and your loved ones also) before the last petal falls!