The Dapperest of Days

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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I had been excited for months for the fall Dapper Day at Disney World to roll around. I was so excited to get dressed up (and get Jason dressed up) to go to Hollywood Studios. An amazing photo opportunity with lots of like-minded people who love style. It was a blast - and I loved wearing a petticoat. I was Disney-bounding (dressing up as inspired by a Disney character, whether it be the color of their outfits or try to match the colors of their fur) as Stitch. Do you see my inspiration?

Dapper Day Katherine on Street

Trying to go through Jason's closet to do Disneybounding, especially for Dapper Day, was impossible, so he just matched my colors in his fancy-boy bow tie.

Jason with Olaf Katherine and Jason Leaving Animal Kingdom LodgeZebras at Animal Kingdom LodgeAnimal Kingdom Lodge on Rainy Day

Due to construction at Jason's parents in Orlando plus the fact we wanted to make this a little celebratory (this weekend was right after Jason's first week at his new job) we stayed one night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I'm sad to say, I didn't love it. Even this photo, it totally doesn't even look all that great, right? Definitely more of a Polynesian girl. Anyhow, we had an awesome time dressing up and seeing all the stellar outfits people showed up in. We even met some really sweet people. We will definitely be back!

KAtherine Happy at Dapper DayP1130414KAtherine Twirling at Dapper DayDapper Day Katherine and the Dino at Hollywood StudiosKatherine and Olaf at Dapper DayJason at Dapper Day 2014Jason Dancing at Dapper DayKatherine and Jason at Dapper DayDapper Day Fall WDW Katherine and Jason

We even got the strangest Vinyl ever!

Jason and Weird VinylmationKatherine at the BoardwalkKatherine and Jason at Hollywood StudiosKatherine at the Dapper Day Photospot

So What Is Disneybounding?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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I think Disney bounding is going to come up a lot on this blog. So I think it's pretty important I offer you up an explanation as to what in the world it is that I can refer back to often. So... Disney bounding is for people who love fashion and also Disney - like me. You look into your own closet (or basically normal-ish clothing) and create looks inspired by Disney characters. There is an awesome blog, Disney Bound, that explains all of this. And there are TONS of Disney inspired looks there.  Here are looks I've done in the past:

Disneybound as Stitch

Stitch!


Minnie Mouse

Snow White Inspired Outfit

Snow White (reversed)


Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Petcurean Halloween Giveaway

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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-230 : puppy halloweenI have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. On one hand, I hate dressing up. On the other, I love dressing up my dogs. They have stayed fit through the years due to eating healthy foods like Petcurean with minimal human foods (they get last bites, but never of anything that would hurt them like chocolate). Their Petcurean food has gotten them the shiniest coat - and I love how amazingly healthy my dogs have stayed over the years. Raynor still fits in her Halloween costume from when she was 1 year old. Anyhow, it's time to guess what the pups are going to be for Halloween this year!  Just enter your guess, and you're entered  to win THREE free bags (25lbs) of Petcurean dog food. I'll announce the winner along with the pups costumes on the Saturday after Halloween (November 1st).

Sanaa and Flying Fish Cafe

Friday, October 24, 2014

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WEEKEND EATS

Jason and I did do two sit down restaurants during our stay at Disney. First, we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and decided to take a walk over to the Kidani Village (the lobby for the Disney Vacation Club villas that are at the same resort) and have lunch at Sanaa. You can read our Yelp review here.

Welcome HomeLights at Animal Kingdom Lodge

You'll find most of the photos of decor and the atmosphere at Sanaa. This is because we were seated at possibly the tiniest, strangest (in an inconvenient place) table ever. The bread service barely fit on our table, and when our actual meal came (we split a lamb kefta burger which was tasty) there was no room for my camera to be, let alone me risking knocking something off while focusing a photo.

Sanaa MenuLights and Decor at SanaaJason at SanaaBread Service at SanaaNeat Lights at Sanaa


Next up, a favorite of ours, the Flying Fish Cafe at the Boardwalk resort. You can check out the Yelp review here - though it's based on our trip from 2012, our experience this time was very similar.

Flying Fish Cafe

First, let me show you some of the beauty of the resort. I think the Boardwalk area in general may be my favorite resort area, though I have never actually stayed at one of the resorts. The Boardwalk itself makes me feel like I'm running around Bioshock Infinite. The turn of the century, vintage boardwalk decor is to die for. Note: the creepiest chair ever we found in the lobby in the photos below.

Boardwalk EntryHorse in Boardwalk LobbyBoardwalk LobbyCreepiest Chair Ever

Super creepy, right?!

Boardwalk Hotel DisneyKatherine and Jason at Boardwalk

Obvious by the photo above, it was night by the time we got in the restaurant, and being sat in a corner where lighting was fairly awful, but the food was SO good. The photo of the steak and fish does it no justice guys.

Baked Potato Bread

Delicious baked potato bread with chives. A yummy starter

Flying Fish Duo of Entrees

Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak and Potato-wrapped Red Snapper

Potatoes Au Gratin

Au Gratin Potatoes (SO YUMMY!)

Flying Fish Bananas Napoleon

Carmelized Banana Napoleon

Food & Wine, A First Timer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Katherine and Jason at Epcot

We've been dying to go to EPCOT's Food and Wine festival for years. Our birthday, which falls around Thanksgiving, is always within a few days of the festivals ending, so over the past few years, we have gone to Disney near our birthday and missed the amazing festival. Not this year! We went to one of the first weekends for the event during Dapper Day weekend. We are lucky - while we live about 3 hours from Orlando, my in-laws have a lovely home near Disney. Since this was a celebration trip (both of Jason getting a job and our 'unanniversary', a random, fun celebration of our anniversary we hold in September every year), we decided to get a hotel room and have me take a half day so we could do our Friday outing in EPCOT.

Jason at Epcot Food WineBeer Flights Epcot Food and Wine

Jason and I have become big beer drinkers over the years. What started as liking a few certain beers at a brewery in Hawaii opened us up to trying more things and expanding our palettes. While I hate some of them still (I can't do porters or stouts at all), I really love some. For instance - the Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale in this flight was my favorite of the night. They even had Kona on draft at the Hawaii stand - a beer from that special place in Hawaii I was talking about.

Craft Beer Station Epcot Food Wine 2014Castaway IPA

After our initial beers to get us started, we started to get hungry. That's when we started going 'around the world' to sample both the food and drink. I honestly believe this should be deemed the 'Food, Beer, and Wine' festival. Because it all pairs so amazingly.

Pulled Pork at Hawaii Stand

Pulled pork with pineapple chutney and spicy mayo paired with pineapple wine and Kona Brewing Golden Wave from Hawaii. Jason's fave from the night.

Steak and Mushrooms at Canada Pavillion

A yummy filet mignon with mushroom and truffle sauce and a Moosehead lager from Canada. (Not as good at the one inside, but for 7 bucks, I'll take it)

Brazilian Cheese Bread at EpcotBrazil Stand EpcotBrazilian Cheese Bread and Caprihina

My favorite stand of the night? By and far Brazil. These little cheese breads (pao de queijo) were the perfect drinking food, and the frozen caipirinha was delicious and surprisingly strong for a frozen drink at Disney. And not sweet - I don't do overly sweet frozen drinks, and this was exactly how a frozen cocktail should be. Plus, how AMAZING does this stand look, even on a fairly raining evening?

KAtherine at Brazil PavillionJason at Brazil Pavillion Brazil Pavillion DecorJason and Katherine at Canada

We're going back to the food and wine festival in early November, so look out for more photos from the event then!