Friday, October 30, 2015

Force Friday: TIE Fighter

Thanks to the Disney Store we have some fabulous Force Fridays finds as we take a look at ride vehicles straight from the Star Wars saga as we countdown to the release of The Force Awakens!

What is a TIE Fighter?
Why, its the quintessential imperial ship, thank you very much! Seriously, though the official description shows this is the imperial fighter pilot's go-to ship, especially in the first trilogy (IV-VI), "The TIE fighter was the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers and battle stations, TIE fighters were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast-paced dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The iconic TIE fighter led to other models in the TIE family including the dagger-shaped TIE Interceptor and the explosive-laden TIE bomber. The terrifying roar of a TIE's engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire." TIE fighters have a long history in the Star Wars saga, and they aren't going anywhere!

Disney sent me two versions of these awesome die-cast models and they are beautiful, finely detailed, and perfect for the Star Wars lover in your life (both young and old) this holiday season! Click the pictures below to check 'em out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I smell Disney!

Once upon a time I started upcycling candles at home and found a real market for the scents I was creating.  I found that I could easily recreate some of my favorite smells from Walt Disney World by playing around with fragrance combos and I had a great time doing it. 

Being this was a side crafting venture of mine, when another etsy shop who was working with me for contests right here on Picturing Disney and I talked about our businesses and I shared my "recipe" I didn't realize what would come next.  She stole my idea, my scent combinations, and being she had more resources she was able to branch out, package them faster and cheaper and very quickly I found myself selling off my candles in a few bundles just to clear out my shop.  I was devastated and when I asked her about it she said she blew me off and expanded her line. 

When I was in my favorite craft store a couple weeks ago I saw some affordable base wax and decided to grab some. Then I stumbled across my leftover jars from years ago.  It felt like a meant to be match.  So I decided to start clean and go back to my handmade roots.  I peeled off my old labels, handwrote new ones, poured a half dozen candles, and offered up a discount in my etsy shop to account for the supply cost going down.

Right now I have my first mini batch for sale on Etsy with more to come soon! If you are looking for a specific scent- message me or request a custom order and I will put it on my short list! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Park Style How To: Easy Braided Bun

Let me preface this by saying I love My Yellow Sandbox.  The author, Abby, has tons of awesome hairstyle how-tos up there and I am nearly positive I got this from there but it was so easy I didnt' save the directions and have no idea what she would have called it!

I am always looking for easy styles for pulling my hair back in the parks, I have A LOT of hair and it is thick and long so when I am in Disney World or Land during hot temps I tend to stick with easy messy buns, and different versions of ponytails.  There is so much more to do with your hair when you are there for less humid times so I wanted to try and come up with some new styles for my next summer adventure in the Parks.

I love this style because it will take very little effort and time (the first time I tried it took me 15 minutes, second time 10).  The only problem is it would not have held up for someone with as much hair as me all day. But another plus is that even with layered hair like I have it works because the little flyaways give it a boho feel that works with all that braid.

So whats the verdict?
This style is great for someone with long hair or thick hair for a meal...I was thinking maybe pull it up for breakfast and then unplug it and do a low, wavy, side ponytail the rest of the day OR maybe matched with a cute dress or skirt for the evening whether going to a signature meal or just wandering around Downtown Disney it can be dressed up or down.
This style is great for someone with less heavy hair... thin to medium thickness or a little longer than shoulder length for the day. I especially think it could work well on kids to keep their hair out of their faces!
Another thing I love about it is you dont have to be very precise.  As you can see in my pics I just eyeballed my sections and didn't even make perfect lines or perfectly straight braids.  It all gets corrected when you roll it up and pin it! Well, without and further adieu...


Friday, October 23, 2015

Force Friday: Snowspeeder

Thanks to the Disney Store we have some fabulous Force Fridays finds as we take a look at ride vehicles straight from the Star Wars saga as we countdown to the release of The Force Awakens!

What is a Snowspeeder?
According to their own description, they were a vehicle of necessity.  "When stationed on Hoth, the Rebel Alliance modified T-47 airspeeders to become snowspeeders, fast flying conveyances for patrol and defense of their hidden base. It took some doing to keep the crippling cold from permanently grounding their airforce, but Rebel ingenuity overcame the relentless Hoth elements. The T-47 airspeeder is a small, wedge-shaped craft with two forward-facing laser cannons. In its rear arc is a harpoon gun fitted with a heavy-duty tow cable. The snowspeeder is a two-man vessel, with a pilot and rear-facing tailgunner."

This Rebel ship is prominent in The Empire Strikes Back but I think we might get to see it in the Force Awakens thanks to the Disney Store's description, "The First Order deploys these fast, maneuverable gunboats for combat in subzero climates." Wish I had one of these bad boys in my garage for piloting to work during the crazy New England winter!

Disney sent me one of these awesome die-cast models and they are beautiful, finely detailed, and perfect for the Star Wars lover in your life (both young and old) this holiday season! Click the picture below to check it out!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Introducing D/Style from the Disney Store!

Check out the cutest thing to come from the Disney Store since the release of Tsum Tsums!

From Disney:
Disney Store launched D/Style, an all-new curated assortment of fashion items and accessories, on Fashioned in Japan and brought to life by designers across the globe, this all-new collection of clothing, handbags, and more is the perfect fusion of trendy and 'kawaii' ("cute" in Japanese).

Check out this adorable new line and SAVE with the Disney Store Promo Codes below:

Free Shipping across the site when you spend $75+
Expires: 12/31/15

10% Off With $50 Purchase Or More With Disney Visa Card
Details & Exclusions: Save 10% on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more when you use your Disney Visa Card. Offer valid only at Disney Store and Disney Baby Store retail locations in the U.S. or orders placed online. Exclusions: Cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer excludes Shipping & Handling, Theme Park Passes, Disney INFINITY, Disney Electronics, DVDs, Blu-ray™, CDs, Video Games, Books, Art & Collectibles, Jim Shore, Lenox®, Enesco Busts and Figurines, Olszewski, Precious Moments, Vinylmation, Limited Edition Dolls, D23 Memberships, D23 Merchandise, gift cards or certificates, Disney Dollars, personalization, gift wrap and gift boxes and items not in stock. Not valid on purchases at The Disney Studio Store Hollywood & Ghirardelli Soda Fountain Shop.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Joffrey's at Food & Wine Fest

As you know, here at Picturing Disney we are huge fans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as well as huge fans of the offerings from our sponsor, Joffrey's.  (Which reminds me: Did you know that the Tea Traders Cafe opened in Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, this summer??) 

In any case, back to Food & Wine Fest... the beverages found in World Showcase rival all the food offerings and Joffrey's coffee and tea creations are not only fan but person favorites! As you can guess from the giant image at the top of this article, my FAVORITE is the frozen Chai with Baileys! I can't recommend this drink enough! Want more details on the Joffrey's offerings, read on and click here.

From Joffrey's: 

Joffrey's is proud to sponsor the epic Food & Wine Event at Epcot.  Joffrey's will offer specialty drinks in the passport, and other events to be announced.  We welcome you to stop by and taste a twist on our artisan coffee creations just for adults, plus there are always giant donuts for the kids!

Joffrey's Coffee & Espresso Kiosks during Epcot’s Food & Wine 2015:
·         World Showcase Entrance:    It's back, the signature fan favorite.  Hot, Iced, or Frozen Chai Latte with Bailey’s Irish Crème® or Grey Goose Vodka® (passport)
·         The American Adventure:   Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset:  Frozen Strawberry and lemon, topped with Grey Goose Vodka®  (passport)
·         Test Track (Future World):   Iced Coffee Dream:  Our bold roast coffee, chilled and iced with light cream, topped with Bailey’s Irish Crème® and whipped cream (also available Hot)
·         World Showcase between Canada & UK:  Tropical Delight: Frozen Mango with Coconut syrup and Grey Goose Vodka® (passport)