23 June 2017

Disneyland Paris Haul │ June 2017

If you've been following me on social media, then you'll know that I've just got back from another trip to Disneyland Paris. So before I start with the daily trip reports, I thought that I'd show you some of the things that I bought. I love reading these posts as I think that it gives people an idea of what type of merchandise is available to buy in the park. I think that the variety and quality of products are better in a Disneyland Park than they are in the Disney Store, so when I'm in Disneyland Paris I always make sure to pick up everything that I love. The things I will be showing in this post have been bought in both April and June and I know that the majority of them are still available. 

As a regular visitor to Disneyland Paris, I find that the merchandise can be repetitive so I buy less and less for every trip that I go on. Let's face it, there are only so many tsum tsums and snow globes that one person can own. However, I've recently started to collect pins so I spend a lot of my money on them, I think they're the perfect thing to commemorate a trip and each one of my pins has a special meaning or memory behind it. Aside from meeting characters and going on rides, my favourite thing to do after the Park has closed is browsing the shops on Main Street and in the Disney Village. My favourite places to shop are Main Street Emporium, Lily's Boutique, Flora's Boutique and World of Disney; this is where most of my money will be spent and the 20% discount from my annual pass makes things even better. 

Disneyland Paris 25th Snow Globe (€5.99)

♥ Tsum Tsums (€5.99 Each)

♥ Donald Duck Plush (€?)

I bought a snow globe from the 20th Anniversary in 2012, so it only felt right that I got one to commemorate the 25th. I bought this in April from Main Street Emporium and it's currently sat surrounded by fairy lights on my window ledge. I think it's a very subtle thing to commemorate the 25th celebrations and it doesn't take up too much room; I can't justify buying any more merchandise because I simply don't have room to store it. 

On each trip, I buy a tsum tsum to remind me of my favourite character meet on that trip. I got a small Eeyore on the day that I disneybounded as him (and because we had the cutest interaction ever) and a Tinkerbell to remind me of my 25th-anniversary trip. I don't think Tink is available to buy anymore, but I know that most of the other main characters are as I bought Mickey last week. 

If you know me well, then you'll know that I'm a complete softie for plushes. If I see something that is cute and fluffy then I just have to buy it. I'd had my eye on the Donald plush since October and when I saw Cara buy hers in April, I couldn't resist and treated myself to one too. I literally don't have any more room on my bed to store these plushes but they're too cute to leave. I can't remember the exact price of this plush but it's so fluffy, so cute and is available in most of the shops. If you want a small piece of advice, buy your plushes in Disneyland Paris instead of the Disney Store; they're definitely fluffier! 

♥ Minnie Mouse Note Book (€7.99)

♥ 25th Anniversary Pen (€5.99)

I own so many notebooks, I have a cupboard full of them. I think it's an addiction because there isn't a more satisfying feeling than opening a new notebook and writing in your neatest hand writing on the first page. I've dedicated this notebook to my blogging and adventures (I'm currently using it now to help with this blog post) and I found it near the till in Main Street Emporium. Of course with every notebook, you need a cute pen. I already have the Minnie and Marie pens so I bought the 25th pen to add to my collection. They're super cute and the perfect accessory to add a sprinkle of Disney magic to your office. 

Lanyard (€9.99)

I adored this Thumper lanyard when I saw it in World of Disney so I just had to get it to help me store my ever growing collection of pins. My Mum started collecting pins for me when I was younger in preparation for when I wanted to start collecting them. It's taken 15 years but I've finally got the pin bug and I'm obsessed. They're the perfect keepsake and as they don't take up too much room, I can justify buying them. 

Mickey Mouse 25th Pin (€8.99)

♥ Tigger and Eeyore (bought in a set for €15)

♥ Happy Birthday Pin (€9.99)

 ♥ Tinkerbell 25th Pin (€9.99)

♥ Peter Pan's Flight Pin (€7.99)

I bought most of these pins in April and I know that they're all still available in the park. I find that the best places to buy pins are the Pin Trading Post opposite Casey's, World of Disney and the shop in the Disneyland Hotel. My 25th Anniversary trip was so special to me and I wanted to get a lot of merchandise to commemorate it. It still baffles me that I can say I was actually there on the official birthday and was able to see the celebrations with my own eyes. This was my reasoning for buying the Mickey and Tinkerbell pins; Mickey because he's the Main Mouse and Tinkerbell because she reminds me of the little statues placed around the park. 

The Eeyore and Tigger pins were bought as part of a set in World of Disney. I'd had amazing interactions with both the characters in Inventions and those pins remind me of that. The set included a Winnie and Piglet pin which Cara took as those two are her favourites from the One Hundred Acre Wood gang. I also got my first ride pin of Peter Pan's Flight which is my favourite ride in the park. I have to go on it every single time I visit so it is a pin that will forever be special to me. And finally, I purchased my 'Happy Birthday' pin last week to remind me of my 20th Birthday trip. I absolutely loved this pin as the characters spin around the Happy Birthday sign which I think is adorable. 

♥ Mickey Mouse Ring (€26.99)

♥ Disneyland Paris Jumper (€44.99)

I've never taken notice of the Disneyland Paris clothing merchandise until my most recent trip. I became obsessed with all of the jewellery on display and couldn't leave this sparling Mickey ring alone. I tried to talk myself out of it but before I knew it, it'd been paid for and was on my finger. I wear this ring every single day and I love it because it's the perfect accessory to add a sprinkle of Disney into every outfit. I bought this from one of the boutiques in Fantasyland but I know it's available in most of the shops in the park. 

And finally, it's time to tell you about my favourite thing I bought, and the thing I'm wearing whilst writing this blog post. I saw most of my friends pick up the grey Disneyland Paris jumper in January, but by the time I got there in April, they'd all gone. I was gutted because I thought that it was a limited edition thing so when I saw a rack of them hung up in World of Disney, I claimed one straight away. The thing I love the most about this jumper is that it's not in your face. I think a lot of the clothing merchandise in any Disney Park screams 'I'VE BEEN TO DISNEYLAND' and although that isn't a bad thing, I feel like subtle merchandise is more versatile. This jumper is so cosy and warm and I've pretty much worn it every single day since I bought it. I'm aware it's on the more expensive side of the merchandise in this post but it was so worth it and I would urge every single person to go out and buy one. If jumpers aren't your thing, they also have a t-shirt of the same design which is just as cute and would look perfect styled with mom jeans and converse. 

What's on your Disney wish-list?

Lots of Love,


9 June 2017

A Letter To 10 Year Old Me

Dear 10-Year-Old Me,
You're sat at the table in the restaurant of your favourite hotel in Blackpool. You're wearing your new navy blue skirt with a tiara sparkling on your head, giving a big cheesy grin to the camera as you tilt your head to the side. You have the most beautiful smile, and you should wear it more often. It's one of the only things about you that won't change. I can see the pride in Mum's eyes as she smiles back at you, and her pride in you will only continue to grow because you're going to achieve amazing things little one. 
You are such a clever little girl with so much potential. Sure, you might be the tallest girl in school with thin legs and knees that look like wool on cotton but you need to be true to yourself. It'll serve you well. Enjoy being as carefree as you are now because it's all stress from here but you'll get through it. There'll be challenges up ahead but you're stronger than you seem, and there'll be more good moments than bad, I promise. 

You'll leave all of your friends behind to go to secondary school, I know you're not thinking about that now but you've got it all to come. Trust in fate. It will be tough on you, and people will try to dull your sparkle but keep your head down, keep dreaming and it'll soon pass. They're just jealous of how effortlessly intelligent you are. But you need to tell someone when they start drawing over your work and throwing your things out of the window, you don't need to deal with that. Never listen to the names they call you or the things they say about you, don't waste your tears on them. It will knock your confidence, but you'll soon get back up. 
You'll work hard and pass all of your exams with flying colours, although you'll stress yourself out beforehand and you'll wonder if you have any more tears left to cry. When it's all over, you'll celebrate in style and turn out to be a real party person. I know you don't want to get up and dance now because you think everyone is looking at you, but soon they won't be able to get you off that dance floor. 

You'll also meet your first crush. Yep, I know boys seem gross now but it'll all change. He'll be in your form and you'll spend your days thinking about him, but nothing will ever come from it. Sorry, kiddo. You'll always have a soft spot for him though, and when you see him at a party a few years down the line, all the feelings will come flooding back and you'll still get butterflies. It's never going to go well with males, and you'll soon realise that they're no good. You'll get your heart broken but you just keep on wishing and he'll come along eventually. Snow White got her Prince and you will too, one day. 

In no time at all, you'll be 13. An unlucky number for some, but it'll be the start of something new for you. Just make sure you treat your Mum with a bit more respect, she's only trying to help you after all. Also, please don't let Dad take you to the hairdressers and let them put a bowl on your head. 'Coconut Head' is not a cool nickname to have. It's the age you'll realise that girls are cruel. They'll drag you down and make fun of you but you just keep spreading kindness. It's a good thing to be remembered for. However, they're not all that bad. You know Liv who lives on the same road as Mambly and Grandad? The girl you play out with all the time? Well, you're still friends 10 years down the line. You're currently the best of friends in your twenties and causing more havoc than ever. She's a good egg and you're really lucky to have her around; in the next ten years, you won't be able to get rid of her.

When you're 15 you'll meet one of the most inspirational women. She'll come in the form of your drama teacher and she'll send your confidence shooting sky high. How lucky are you to have someone so amazing to help you to achieve your dreams? You've always been such a drama queen, so it's no wonder you'll take lead roles in the school productions and you'll be absolutely amazing. Can you see how proud everyone is going to be? You have a strong talent there kiddo and you need to follow that passion even when people doubt you. Prove them wrong. Show them what you can do. You're a shining star, I just wish you could see how special you are.

As I write this to you, you're currently studying writing at University. You've moved away from home and made a whole bunch of new friends, although it hasn't been easy and you've had some setbacks along the way. You love Disney now more than you ever could, and you've finally managed to convince Mum and Dad for that little companion you always wanted. At this moment I know you want to be a beautician/hairdresser and although this isn't the career path you decide to take, you'll manage to work for Walt Disney Company and you're in a job now that you love more than anything, with people who are like your second family. I look at that little girl smiling and I'm so proud of the young woman you've become. The bullies will make you feel like you are not worthy of happiness but you will tower above them. Remember that beauty is only skin deep, and that you are so beautiful even when you don't feel like you are. Remember that it's okay to have bad days and you are entitled to them. Remember that you are worth more than any male who thinks he can take advantage of you. Believe that you can and you will.
Keep wishing on those stars and don't lose your beautiful imagination. Keep dreaming, keep believing and remember that the happiest girls are the prettiest.

A 20-Year-Old You

Lots of Love,
Meg xo

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8 June 2017

Nineteen things I learned being 19

If you've been reading my blog for a while then I'm sure you'll be used to seeing these yearly blog posts. If you're new, welcome to the yearly tradition on my blog where I tell you all about the things I've learned in the past year of my life. I love going back and reading the previous years post because it helps me to see how much I've changed and gives me a positive outlook on the year ahead. In last year's post, I said that I couldn't quite believe that I was turning 20 the following year, and now the day has finally arrived. June 9th isn't only general election day, but it's the day I say goodbye to my teenage years. I could actually cry just writing that.

My final teenage year has been a tough one, and it makes me sad to say that it's been a year that I'd much rather forget. I've been bogged down with mental health issues, stress and it's been one of the lowest points in my life so far. However, I look back at the unhappy girl I was a year ago today, and I look at the happy soul who is writing this blog post and I'm so proud of how far I've come as a person. My setbacks have only made me stronger and they've come with their positives too! I managed to get a job which I love (and which I'm still in a year later), I've made so many new friends and I somehow managed to make it into the third year of University (I don't know how that happened either.) 

So without further ado. Here are the nineteen things I learned in my final year of being a teenager. 

1. Being in a job you love is so important
When I left my job at Disney Store, I was unemployed for six months. Not having a job was really getting me down; five months away from University with nothing to pre-occupy my mind was something that had a big impact on my mental health. However, one sunny day in June I landed a job working on a hair and beauty stall, and since then I've never looked back. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with which has made me realise just how important it is to be in a job that makes you happy. I wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work, not many people can say that.

 2.  I really like gin.
I'm aware that the photo above is of me with a pint of cider, however, gin is where my heart is at. I've figured it's the perfect drink to make you sound sophisticated and older. I suppose that's how I need to sound now that I'm *gulp* in my twenties.

3. Dentists aren't all that bad.
My final teenage year saw me conquer my fear of dentists and have two fillings. I'm so proud of myself I think I deserve recognition from the Queen or something. 

4. Never allow me to make my own drinks
I will never know how much vodka is too much vodka...until the morning after. 

5. It's possible to get all of your Uni work done a week before Deadline.
And come out with a high 2.1 at the end of it all.
But be prepared for a lot of tears and a week without sleep. 

6. Toxic people walk out so that beautiful people can walk in.
I met these two lovely ladies in my last year of being a teen, both of whom I met through my new job, and I can honestly say that they're wonderful. I was so down last year because I'd lost so many friends and I felt so alone. But now I'm thankful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life. I don't think I'd be here without them.

7. It's okay to have your own opinions.
As my confidence has grown, so have my opinions. Whenever you voice an opinion, there's always going to be people who will disagree with you but it's so important to remember that your opinion is so valid even if someone else tells you that it is wrong. Never let anyone make you feel bad because you feel a certain way, we're all human after all.

8. I love piña coladas
But not getting caught in the rain

9. Treat Yo'self
I've realised that it's so important to have a goal to work towards and to treat yourself once in a while. If you've been working hard all week and you go into Topshop and see a dress you really like, get it for yourself! You've earned it!

10. It'll turn out alright in the end, you'll see
And it always does. I look at the girl I was a year ago today, so scared and lonely and unhappy. I don't even recognise her. I'm so glad that I told someone about the way I was feeling and made an effort to get help. I've pushed myself to do so many things that are out of my comfort zone and although I'm not fully okay, which I don't think I ever will be, I'm so happy in my own skin. I'm proud of myself.

11. Talk about the way you're feeling
And never feel like you're annoying someone by confiding in them. I can guarantee that they'll want to help you. I'm really lucky to have such an understanding family and close group of friends who are always there for me when I need them and won't judge me when I have a meltdown.

12. Karma will come back around
And it's the most satisfying feeling when you see it serving justice.

It's pretty self-explanatory, but if I could live off that stuff for the rest of my life then I would.

14. Going on holiday with people you don't know isn't all that bad
I think that going to Disneyland Paris and making so many wonderful friends has definitely been the highlight of my final teenage year. I couldn't have asked for better friends to be starting my twenties with, I'm so lucky that they came into my life. As I said before, toxic people leave your life so those wonderful individuals can take their place. In my case, they came with a little bit of pixie dust.

15. Never be ashamed of loving what you love.
I'm a 20-year-old girl with a slight Disney obsession, but I'm in no way ashamed. I'm so proud of it because it's part of who I am and if people can't accept that then they're not worth the time.

16. A long distance friendship can work if you try
Liv moved to London this year which meant that we were apart for months at a time. It could have taken its toll on our friendship but I can honestly say that it's brought us closer than ever. That's the sign of a friendship that's going to last a lifetime.

17. I have some seriously amazing friends
I know I rant on about how amazing they are, but they inspire me and overwhelm me with their kindness every single day. I can't begin to tell you how blessed I am to have them in my life.

18. Family's stick together no matter what
A lot has happened this year in my personal life, and although I talk about everything on here, there are some parts of my life that I like to keep quiet. However, I've realised just how strong my family are. We stick together, it's all for one and one for all. You hurt one, and you hurt us all. I love my Ohana.

19. Being a teenager was pretty awesome.
Okay, so I think I've got through my teenage years okay. I mean I've passed all of my exams, never got a detention, never got kicked out of college, got a job, got into Uni and I've learned not to mix four cocktails and tequila. HOWEVER, I think that it's true what they say, as much as you hate them, your teenage years are the best years of your life. I just hope my twenties will be able to live up to them!

Here's to my last day of being a teenager!

Lots of Love,

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