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Disney x Coach

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Disney x Coach

My love for bags comes a close second to my love for Disney (I’ve been known to cry over a particular Chloe bag a few times). So when Disney announced they were going to be collaborating with Coach, I knew I had to do everything in my power to snag a bag. I’m still a little sad that I never got the Kate Spade Minnie mini maise and I refused to have that same remorse with Coach.Lucky for me, the entire collection was available before the worldwide June 17 release ONLY at the Coach store in SoHo, NYC. We decided to make an event of the day and celebrate Kid Congeniality‘s birthday, too (more on that later).


The store is a Mickey Mouse lover’s dream come true. Inside and out is transformed with the adorable Mickey graphics that are embroidered onto many of the products. The store is two floors of Disney x Coach goodies. Upstairs has an open, fun feel with adorable graphics on the walls and windows. There is a huge Mickey face mural and a video wall that shows how all those cute Mickeys made it on to the bags! Downstairs, is smaller and more intimate. There are more pillows and two framed Mickey animation artworks.

 The pillows were seriously so squishy and fun! The kids loved them. 

The price point for the collection is slightly higher than regular coach products, but if you just want something small to be part of it all, there are key chains for $25 and bookmarks for $40. I’m already regretting not buying the adorable bangle with charms of Mickey’s pants and hands, but I had a budget and fell in love with the ear clutch.

If you are in NY, I really recommend seeing the store in person. It’s beautiful decorated, and the employees are very nice and accommodating. We easily spent an hour in there, while the kids were playing on the pillows and the employees never once made us feel unwelcome! It is definitely worth a trip.

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imageCordelia got dressed up for the occasion and Disneybounded as Minnie Mouse

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Would you like a little more tea?

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CJ loves having tea. We have daily tea parties and drink Teavana white chocolate peppermint tea almost every day at lunch. Recently, she watched Alice in Wonderland and has been hooked ever since. I love anything Alice, so I jumped at the chance to bring her to one of my favorite spots in NYC, Alice’s Tea Cup.

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If you have never been to Alice’s Tea Cup, you must get there! There are three locations in NYC, but my favorite is Chapter II. There is an upstairs dining area with big beautiful windows that let in so much light and offer a pretty view. We went for breakfast and shared the Mad Morning Tea! It was definitely more than enough for us (one child and two adults) and it was delicious. The granola is magical .

My favorite part about Alice’s is the decor. It is a blend of Vintage Alice images with some of the Disney version mixed it. Everything twinkles and sparkles. The china is mismatched  and so perfectly Alice!

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The tables act like shadowboxes for the restaurant’s huge collection of Alice in Wonderland items

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Alice’s Tea Cup is perfect for brunch with the girls, breakfast with your kids, or drinks with your significant other. It is definitely a must visit for any Alice in Wonderland fans. The walls are decorated so beautifully and perfect for photos! Their tea list is huge and each day there are new scone flavors. I cannot say enough good things about this place. It is a pleasure to visit and the workers always make little ones feel special with fairy wings and pixie dust. There is almost always a deal on groupon or living social for the restaurant, so you really cannot go wrong!

Friday Five : Rock the Dots Edition

In honor of National Polka Dot Day, Disney has gone all out to promote its newest fashion venture, Minnie Style. Minnie is the original polka dot icon and a true fashionista. Along with Fashion designer, Christian Siriano, and Refinery 29, Disney threw a Minnie themed fashion show in Los Angeles today, inspiring everyone to #rockthedots. To continue with the festivities and kick off a year long polka dot party, there will be an interactive art and fashion installation tomorrow that celebrates Minnie’s iconic style and her place in fashion history at the Paper Agency in Los Angeles! So all of you lucky West Coasters, RSVP and have a ball!. We will be snowed in tomorrow, so instead, to celebrate the cutest pattern and the most adorable fashionista, here are the Rock the Dots picks for Friday Five!

1. Kate Spade Bag – This March, a limited-edition collection celebrating Minnie Style will be released. Kate Spade New York is the designer to turn to when you want a feminine dotted piece, so this collaboration is a no brainer! I hope there will be more pieces other than this gorgeous bag. Shoes and accessories would put me over the moon!

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2. The Perfect Manicure – Some girls may be adept at giving themselves a great at home mani. Others are lucky enough to live in an area where it is easy to find a manicurist that can paint amazing designs on nails. Unfortunately for me, I can’t say that I have access to either, so when I need an adorable manicure, I rely on Jamberry nail wraps. They are super easy and come in hundreds of colors and designs. There are plenty of polka dot options, but the poppy and white polka just scream, “Minnie!”

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3. Polka Dot Flatware – We dress ourselves like Minnie, so why not dress up our utensils? This flatware set is understated, yet still so much fun. I know I couldn’t help but smile anytime I used them. Life is too short to have a boring home and these are the perfect utensils to make sure your meals are anything, but boring!

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4. Limited Edition Minnie Mouse Signature Doll – This might be one of my favorite limited edition dolls ever. Minnie is so chic. It looks as if she has a gorgeous head of long hair and it is styled into to buns, to create her ears. Her black and white peter pan collared dress is such a nice contrast to the usual red dress she wears (and don’t get me started on the pink dress). Her outfit and makeup are so stylish – look at those lashes. She looks like she is about to sit front row during Fashion Week. Ok…so she is sold out online, but many stores still have the dolls available.

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5. Tom Ford Polka Dot Tie – This gorgeous silk tie would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s closet! Polka dots are not just for the girls. That special guy in your life needs a little #minniestyle in his wardrobe.

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If you are on the East coast, stay safe this weekend during the blizzard! We will be baking, playing dress-up and rocking the dots!!!

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Happy Birthday, Bambi

72 years ago today, Bambi premiered in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. The Great Prince of the Forest was introduced to the world and even though this movie is beloved now, it did not find success at first. Maybe it was a result of the film’s depiction of the animal’s struggle to survive and humans’ need to hunt the animals or maybe it was the lack of fantasy that the 4 previous Disney films possessed, but many critics felt that Bambi did not live up to the Disney reputation. However, subsequent re-releases have proved the film to be a success. The ideas in this film are still extremely relevant almost 3/4 of a century later – we need to respect the creatures that share the earth with us.

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Friday Five : August Edition

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Happy August! According to the television ads and flyers, it is “Back to School” time. However, I plan on enjoying the last few weeks of summer before school officially starts. I will be soaking up the sun before the days get short again. There is so much to do and experience before the fall. Here are five things to do this August!

 

1. Guardians of the Galaxy –  Comic Book fans (hello fellow nerds!!) have been waiting since 2010 for the release of this Marvel superhero film. It is finally in theaters today. There is already a sequel in the works set for 2017.

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2. Villains Unleashed –  On August 23 in Hollywood Studios, 50 Disney Villains will come together for a nights of partying and mischief. During this special ticketed event, guests can see Hades perform with his band and treacherous treats will be served. There will be a spooky fireworks show and Oogie Boogie will be hosting a Freaky Funhouse Show on Sunset Boulevard. It will definitely be a fiendishly fun event.

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3.  Jazz Age Lawn Party –  If you are anywhere near New York on August 16 or 17, make sure you attend this annual event. Held on Governor’s Island, this party is THE place to go for flappers, jazz music, dance lessons and all things 1920s. This party is perfect for families with young kids as well as singles (what a great way to meet someone!). Dressing up is not required, but it is encouraged.  Tickets are available here.

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4. Summer Streets –  On three consecutive weekends in August beginning the 2nd, approximately 7 miles of NYC streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park are closed off to traffic and opened to the public to walk, run, bike and play. Summer Streets aims to get people thinking about alternative forms of transportation and sustaining the resources of NYC. Summer Streets is like one giant block party with games, a rock climbing wall, a zip line and healthy treats. Learn more about it here.

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5. Artist Sketch of the  Month –  Every month, Disney World and Disneyland offer their Artist Sketch of the Month at various locations in the parks. This month’s Disneyland sketch is inspired by Up and features Russell & Kevin. As I have mentioned before, we are huge Up fans. This sketch is a must-have for me, so I have been doing my best to pull some strings or find some friends who will be visiting the park during August! *Fingers Crossed*

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Mowgli is from New York

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Neel Sethi, a 10-year-old New Yorker, has just been cast as Mowgli in Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This will be Sethi’s first time acting and Disney’s second interpretation of the book. Sethi will be the only live actor in the film. All of the other characters will be computer generated.The film is set to be released in October 2015.
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Bastille Day

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On Sunday, we crossed an item off of our summer bucket list and continued our annual tradition of going to the NYC Bastille Day street fair. Now, we were a family of 3, so there was a little more preparation to get down there and a lot more stress navigating thru the crowd. I have always been aware of large crowds and their unwillingness to be respectful of strollers (Disney World is a prime example), but Bastille Day is a beast of a different sort. Most NYC street fairs take place on main avenues that have traffic running two ways, not one lane side streets. Add vendors on both sides of the street and crowds of people pushing to get to them, and you can have a dangerous situation for a stroller.

We used a small umbrella stroller because pushing a large jogger thru the crowds seemed unfair to others (it really is packed that tightly). CJ loved it. As she was pushed thru the crowds, she waved at everyone and barked at the dogs she passed.
Most NYC street fairs are jam packed with generic fried foods and lemonade stands. There are two exceptions to this : The San Gennaro Festival and The Bastille Day fair. Lemonade is still abundant, but French pastries, crepes, macarons, wine and sandwiches make the crowd bearable. This year, the creator of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel, had a stand. In addition to French pastries, the stand was selling freshly made frozen yogurt. It was impossible to get close to his stand, so we headed for the equally delicious, but less crowded Payard and we were not disappointed.

Since it was so crowded and incredibly hot, we walked thru the fair only once. We got to see adorable cancan girls and a mime who played peek-a-boo with CJ. There was also a marching street band playing Jazz. The food and performances definitely make me want to return year after year, regardless of the crowds!

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Tomato Mozzarella & Basil Pesto sandwich and an apricot tarte from Payard

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