The Ultimate Disney Movie Challenge

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“As of 2016, there are 713 Disney feature films in total.” This year, I’m going to see how many I can accomplish in the chronological order of their release date.

Once upon a time…when I was just a few months old my parents took me to see my first Disney movie, Aladdin. Although I have obviously no memory of this experience, the animated picture still holds a special place in my heart.

Since then, I have seen many Disney films. But when the transition between VHS tapes to DVDs began, I realized that it would take a lot of time and money to replace them. To give myself an idea of how many, I came upon a list curated by D23.com (click here for the list). As of 2016, there are 713 Disney feature films in total. This number includes the other franchises they have since acquired over the years.

I was shocked! Going through the list, I realized just how many I had either never seen or realized were created by Disney. And so I promised to myself that I, as the self-proclaimed Disney-nerd that I am, would watch every single one.

Join me as I work my way through 80 years of Disney film history. I will be posting weekly updates about my progress as well as my thoughts about each picture. It’s sure to be magical!

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Clothes!

It’s here!

Hi Lovely’s!

I hope you are all excited for the change of season. I’m sitting here listening to “There She Goes” by The La’s and drinking a cup of hot chocolate while I write this post. No other season excites me more than autumn. Of course, it is the beginning of PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) Season, but its also the best season to shop!

Here is a list of my favorite fashion trends for the season:

1.Structured Handbags

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Jean’s blog, Extra Petite, is one of my new favorites!

2. Layered Chokers

Gold Fishbone Choker, Layered Choker, Grey Suede Choker, Gold Choker, Gold Fishbone, Necklace, Festival Jewelry, FOURTEEN SUEDE COLORS

Buy this set on Etsy (PoePoePurses).

P.S. Those bow chokers are going to be a hit this season!

3. Embroidered Bomber Jackets

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4. Casual Sneakers (Adidas Originals Campus 2)

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I wear these EVERYWHERE!

5. Autumn Themed Makeup

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6. AND Autumn Hair

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This is similar to the color I will be going for this season. I’ll post an update about it this month!

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7. Turtlenecks Under Dresses

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8. The Off The Shoulders Look

Off the shoulder crop top:

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A cute transitional piece for in between weather.

9. Sherpa Lined Denim Jacket

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A nod to the 70’s, this comfortable alternatives to the basic denim jacket is great for layering.

10. Over-The-Knee Boots

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Knee high boots are taking Instagram by storm.

11. Minimalist Nail Designs

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Straight Outta South Korea. Simple, refined, and edgy.

12. The Dad Hat

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Baseball hats without the baseball team logo. Find ones with a fun saying on them or a simple design like an avocado. These are so cute and easy to pair with just about any outfit.

13. Menswear Inspired

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Jamie Chung is #goals in this menswear inspired outfit. I love it from the blazer to the slip on mules.

14. Bow Tie Blouses

classic catholic schoolgirl gets a fresh update:

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I love this outfit paired with the plaid tartan skirt. When the weather gets cooler, opt for black tights and booties.

15. And yes – VELVET

Blue Velvet Set Fall Streetstyle Inspo by Annette Haga:

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I’m Going To Be a Teacher??

First of all, I wanted to say thank you to those of you who have recently signed up for my blog. You make me smile and I can’t wait to share all of my crazy adventures with you. 🙂 2016 is shaping up to be one of my busiest years yet.

I wanted to take the time to catch up with y’all. (Did I really just say that?)

At the end of 2015, I took a leap of faith and resigned from the concierge desk and took on a temporary 9-5 position. During that time there have been many bumps in the road but those experiences have taught me some valuable life lessons which have helped me return my focus to some unfulfilled goals, hopes, and dreams.

  1.  Finish College – At the top of my list is finishing my college education. I’m now majoring in English with the end goal being a writer and teacher just like my mom!!
  2. Study Abroad – I would love to take the opportunity to go teach English abroad in Japan or Korea (or both)!
  3. Travel More – Of course the vacation breaks that teachers have are great times to travel and I fully intend to take advantage of this!
  4. Eat More – Whilst nom’ing on some really delicious food.
  5. Blog More – And sharing it with all of you!

Of course as my main page reads, I am currently in the process of re-branding so I can begin sharing more often with you.

The new name for my blog is a work in progress so let me know your ideas!!


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The Lab Anti-Mall

Alright you hipsters and trend seekers…

There has been a lot of buzz about The Lab Antimall for quite some time and finally I made it there myself. Just a short five minute car ride away from South Coast Plaza in the city of Costa Mesa, The Lab is a unique shopping destination worth stopping by. **Disclaimer, these photos are not mine–due to marketing policies in place I was not allowed to take my own photos.


 

Located at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, California; just shy of 5-minutes driving distance from South Coast Plaza.

If there was such a thing a dessert foodie, I would be one. That being said let’s face it, my sole purpose for visiting was to try a cute little macaron shop called Honey & Butter. The store is in a vintage airstream decorated with popular Japanese characters like Totoro…my kind of place!

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The charming airstream in which Honey & Butter serves their delectable sweets.

Kawaii character macarons are featured on a daily basis. Follow @honeyandbutter on Instagram for updates!

Not only are these macarons simply adorable but they are delicious too! Make sure to get in line early before their opening time to try and “catch ’em all.” Their non-character macarons are also excellent with flavors such as Matcha, Pineapple, and Enchanted Berries.

After about an hour wait time with my macarons in lieu, I headed out of the airstream and into some of the other nearby shops. The Lab is a smaller shopping experience with a hip, eclectic feel and local art lining the outdoor center. This is also reflected in the types of stores which can be found there such as Heirlooms & Hardware and Creme Tangerine.

Heirlooms & Hardware sells furniture, hand crafted jewelry, typewriters, and vintage cameras…for great prices!

There is something about typewriters and cameras that intrigue the writer in me. Walking into Heirlooms & Hardware was like being transported into an antique paradise. I was strolling around the store until I happened upon a beautiful Remington typewriter! Before I knew it, I had purchased it for a low $125 and took it to get repaired a nearby shop the store works closely with. For the condition of the typewriter this was very reasonably priced in comparison to the standard $300+ a more battered version would cost. Thank you Heirlooms & Hardware!

Vinyl has made it’s comeback!

My obsession with vinyl is real, guys. The answer to my addiction is Creme Tangerine who sells only the best for LOW prices! One of the items I bought was an autographed 45″ LP of “I Love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts…for only $1.99! The employees are incredibly well versed in all genres and are extremely helpful; definitely my new favorite place to stock up on the classics.


It can be very difficult to find time to travel when I am needed at the hotel during our peak season, so my goal for the summer has been to visit a new place every week. During my training to become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau (AOCVCB), I heard many wonderful things about The Lab Antimall.

Orange County is as diverse a community as it’s beautiful beaches and towering sky scrapers. To the habitual spender or window shopper–if you are looking for a shopping experience like no other, I strongly urge you to add The Lab Antimall to your list. I know I’ll be back very soon!


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Happy 60th Disneyland: A Personal Reflection

Since Walt Disney’s opening day speech on July 17th, 1955, a lot has changed. Old attractions have been replaced with the new, cast members have come and gone, and technology has evolved so much during the last 60 years that even old Walt would be impressed.

Disneyland continues to push the limits and inspires people all over the world to pursue their dreams. When I was a little girl, my mom would take my childhood friend Rachel (Coffee and Rae) and I to Disneyland in our matching Dalmatian coats. Growing up, I would sing along to the movies while dancing in costume on top of our dining room kitchen table. When I used to work for the Walt Disney Company about two years ago as a performer, I saw a side of Disneyland that not many get to see from behind the scenes. Every day I look back on the happy memories of the cast members I met and the friends I made. To put it simply, I feel extremely fortunate to have those experiences!

Fast forward to today at almost 23-years-old, I’m still a kid at heart (just check out my Tsum Tsum collection) and as a Disneyland annual passholder the park is still a huge part of my life. Disney inspires me to dream big, have hope, and to travel the world. To say the least, I owe many thanks to Disneyland for sparking that fire.

Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”
– Walt Disney


 

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Start of Something New

Yes, the title of this post is a song from High School Musical…please don’t judge me. For the last year I have been following people from the YouTube community and have thought about starting a channel myself. I wanted another way to reach out to more people as passionate about travel as myself. My hope is that this new venture will open up more doors for more opportunities. Over time I will find my own voice and the video quality will improve–and you will see more and more of my little quirks that make me, well me.

Filming on a Nikon D3200, I have put together my first video which gives a small introduction to me as well as a travel inspired haul! Check it out below:

 


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**Remember I am not sponsored by any of the companies these products are featured from! 🙂

Please remember to like/comment on the video! I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what you might enjoy to see me talk about in my next video. New videos will be posted on a weekly basis so make sure to subscribe. Thanks travel buddies!


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Vegas Baby!

 

In my excitement for my upcoming trip to Portland, Oregon, my mini vacation to Las Vegas snuck up on me! The concierge desk has been busy with families coming in for weddings as well as the usual business travelers attending onsite conferences. It has in fact been so busy that time has completely slipped my mind! With less than a week before the trip an idea suddenly popped into my head…okay maybe it was incubating there for a while but…I have decided to film my first ever travel video for all of you. Don’t expect magnificent editing skills but I will do my best to present to you the best of Vegas. We all know Vegas doesn’t have to try hard.

 

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On Location: San Marino, California

by Tamara Mendoza – Owner and Creator of Suitable Travel Today

     updated 12:43 AM PST, Mon November 11, 2014

 

Being a college student, it’s always busy at about this time of the year with midterm exams and it was no different for me. With that I wanted to apologize for the lack of posts recently, it’s been a very busy month. If you watched my introduction video on the home page you know that I mentioned a very exciting new development…my first column in an internationally published magazine is being released within the following months! I’m ecstatic about this opportunity which will be a stepping stone in my career as a travel writer. As I discussed in the video the exposure will direct others to the Suitable Travel Today website as well as the social media I have available. It’s a incredible time in my career and I’m anxious for all the remarkable things to come and even more so to share it with everyone.

Aside from the current events I mentioned, I have also put myself on what my mom calls a “spending freeze”. This is a term we use for saving our money instead of spending it on extra activities, fast food, or unnecessary things we want in the spur of the moment. I usually do this right before a trip and its been a system that has helped me tremendously. This weekend, however, was an exception since I only spent about $50…

About a week ago, I ventured to San Marino in Los Angeles County for breakfast and boutique shopping with my mom and sister and concluded our half day adventure with an exploration of the tree lined neighborhood streets. Although we’ve spent more time in the Pasadena area we wanted to explore a more quaint San Marino, away from the hustle and bustle of L.A.

Patrons sitting on the patio of French bistro, Julienne, in beautiful San Marino.

Patrons sitting on the patio of French bistro, Julienne Fine Foods and Celebrations, in beautiful San Marino.

I made my first stop at the popular French bistro, Julienne Fine Food and Celebrations, well known for their delicious breakfast menu. Julienne has an impressive 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor and is also rated the #1 restaurant in San Marino on the website. A Yelp reviewer noted that due to the popularity and smaller size of the restaurant visitors dining at Julienne experience anywhere from a 20-60 minute wait on average for breakfast. Their breakfast menu is served from 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., so unless you don’t mind waiting outside the patio area taking in the wafting smells of the food being brought out to the seated customers I strongly urge you to arrive as early as possible.

When I arrived with my mom and sister around 8:30 a.m. we ended up having to find street parking which was (luckily) just a few minute walk away. We were immediately seated on their outdoor patio with functioning heaters and leisurely enjoyed several mouthwatering dishes which we all shared, served by Julienne’s friendly and attending staff. Paired along with lattes and mimosas here are two of the dishes we enjoyed:

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Baked Crème Brulee French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Crème Anglaise •
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Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Waffles, Honey Vanilla Crème Fraîche, Shaved Chocolate, Strawberries •  12.5

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Waffles, Honey Vanilla Crème Fraîche, Shaved Chocolate, Strawberries •
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During the entirety of the meal I had to remind myself to savor each and every bite. I’m constantly impressed by the restaurants I’ve been to in the Los Angeles area and Julienne is now another of my favorites. Next time you are in the area please take the time to stop in at Julienne Fine Foods and Celebrations and take your taste buds on a trip to France.

Stuffed and happy, we also took some time to explore their adjoining gourmet market and bakery where you can purchase wines, delectable desserts, lunch specials, and even gifts for your friends and family.

My mom browsing through the gourmet market/bakery and gift shop.

My mom browsing through the gourmet market and gift shop.

The gourmet market also serves bakery items like these delicious lemon custards.

The gourmet market also serves bakery items like these delicious lemon custards.

Julienne Fine Foods and Celebrations is located at 2651 Mission Street, San Marino, California, 91108. The restaurant only takes reservations for parties of  8-10 and be contacted at 626.441.2290. www.juliennetogo.com

Waddling to our car it was time to head on to our next stop…boutique shopping! There are a few shops along Mission Street next door to Julienne but if you are looking for a variety of shops head to Lake Avenue where the well kept streets are lined with not only old fashioned boutiques but large retail stores too. We only stopped in a few of the boutiques since our time was limited but I’m in love with San Marino and its neighboring city, Pasadena!

During the remainder of our adventure my mom and I decided to explore the neighborhoods and then it occurred to me…San Marino is the setting of one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, Father of the Bride (1991) starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short.

 

 

I have always been a traveler at heart but one thing that has influenced me a great deal has been films created by the magic of Hollywood. I’ve recently made it a hobby of mine to research filming locations used in some of my favorite movies. Father of Bride was filmed in San Marino and also in parts of Pasadena, Hollywood, Burbank, and Los Angeles.

The residence of fictional character, George Banks (Steve Martin) was very easy to find and was only a short drive from where we were on Lake Avenue. Immersing us even further into the world of the Banks family I began playing the soundtrack to the movie as we drove down the timeless streets. A few minutes later we turned onto South El Molino Avenue and suddenly…there it was…

Filming Location: Father of the Bride (1998)

Filming Location: Father of the Bride (1991)

If you have not seen this movie already then I highly recommend it! If you’re a big fan of this movie like I am then adding a stop at this home on your Hollywood Home Tour is well worth the drive. Even with the Halloween decorations up the stunning $1.35 million home brings its visitors right into the heart of the film. Any minute I expected to see the characters walking on and off the drive.

The Father of the Bride House is located at 843 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106.

As I mentioned earlier I was only out and about for half a day so following our stop at the Father of the Bride house it was about 2:30 p.m. when we started to head back home. After having been at home a lot recently, plowing through my midterm study material, the day out was much needed. In fact, I’m convinced I enjoyed the day out more because I’ve spent so much time at home. With that being said, even if you’re busy and only have time to stay close to home you can still plan out an eventful itinerary. Since my mom is a teacher and doesn’t have as much flexibility as I do to travel most of our adventures are close to home! It amazes me when locals here in Southern California look at me in such wonder when I retell some of my most recent adventures. It’s incredible how many things you can find near by! It has nothing to do with being hipster–it’s about being well acquainted with where you live.

Happy and safe travels!

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