travel

Our (very short) Day at Disneyland (+ 3 tips for your visit)

We had the best of intentions. Christian had already told me which rides he wanted to go on (he studied the map before we even left Brooklyn) and I was scoping out where we’d get the best treats. Our day started a little later than I wanted, but we still made it to the Toy Story parking lot at around 9:15am. We waited in a pretty long line to get on a shuttle to the parks, but then were finally on our way and made it to Disneyland by around 9:45. After a pit stop at the restrooms and picking up our media tickets (2 of our 3 one-day park hopper tickets were gratis, thanks to Disneyland but all opinions are my own), we were headed inside.

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Our first stop was to get our ears and have the kids’ hats embroidered with their names. It is only an extra $4.99 per hat for the basic lettering (which is still so nice)!

Choosing hats and the embroidery took about 30 minutes so we were finally off to have fun inside the park. We ran into Mickey, Pluto and Minnie right at the front of the Mad Hatter shop, which leads me to my first tip:

1. Wait for your fave character & follow them to their meet & greet spot. The characters come out of the big door right past the Mad Hatter shop and they’ll interact, hug, high five while they’re on their way to their meet & greet location. If you’d like to get an autograph and photos, it’s best to follow them so you’ll be first in line.

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Christian wanted to go to ToonTown first, but on our way there, we stopped to ride the Alice in Wonderland ride in Fantasyland. It was a bit dark and a little scary for Christian but we both enjoyed it. The wait was a short 30 minutes.

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Before heading to ToonTown, we wanted to let Elle get on her very first ride, so we took to the carousel, where we waited less than 5 minutes for our ride (which leads me to my second tip, below)! It’s hard to say whether she enjoyed it or not - she seemed a little confused about what was going on!

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2. Download the Disneyland app! The app has a map, along with ride wait times and you’ll be able to plan out where you want to go, which rides you want to get on and when.

We spent a little time over in Toon Town, where both kids got to run around and play, before going back to Fantasyland since Christian wanted to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant (a fave of his from Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld). This is, unfortunately, where things went downhill. While he and Dre were standing in line, I get a call from Dre that Christian is feeling sick and doesn’t look so good. I thought - he’s probably hungry, let’s go get some food. Which leads me to my third tip (that we didn’t follow!).

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3. Bring snacks! We had plenty of snacks at our hotel, but for whatever reason, didn’t bring any with us (besides Cheerios for Elle & my water bottle)! *smacks forehead* Fruit snacks, chips, water, granola bars - things that won’t go bad in heat.

My thought was, he’d eat, feel better, and we could continue our day. Boy was I WRONG! If you know Christian, you know he’s always happy, always smiling, always in a good mood. So to see him, at Disneyland - a place he’s been wanting to visit since going to Disneyworld last September - almost in tears because of his belly ache, hurt my heart to no end. I pretty much knew at that point that our day was over. We tried little things to make him feel better, like buying a bubble machine. His joy lasted long enough for us to walk into California adventure park, take a few pictures, and head back to the car.

I think I was the most devastated, because I know how badly he wanted to spend the day at the parks. And yes, I cried.

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Travel in Prints: Bermuda

On (or around) my birthday, which is August 19th, I like to get out of the city and see a little something different. This year was no different. I enlisted a couple of girlfriends into taking  a quick jaunt with me to Bermuda!The idea of pink sand beaches really had me intrigued, and being that it's only an hour and a half flight from NYC, it was a no-brainer. Needless to say, it wasn't too difficult getting my girls to come along. ;-)

We spent most of our time relaxing on Horseshoe Bay beach (since it was so close to our hotel & absolutely gorgeous!), but we did get to venture into town for a bit.

Packing tips for Bermuda:

  • Lots of flowy, comfy dresses - the high was only about 78 while we were there, but it feels *much* warmer than that. I'd packed a couple pairs of pants for the evenings, but only ended up wearing a jumpsuit one night to dinner, because it was a bit rainy earlier in that day.
  • Bright & colorful swimwear! The beaches are absolutely stunning, and you'll want to take lots of pictures
  • Comfy walking shoes - we walked quite a bit around Hamilton one evening, and I had to switch shoes with one of my girlfriends because her feet were hurting towards the end of the night.

And now... pics. Enjoy!

Jumpsuit: Vêtu de Joy

Dress: Vêtu de Joy // Shoes: Shoedazzle

Travel in Prints: St. Thomas with Renae Bluitt

You can probably tell by our very resort-inspired, print-filled collection of clothing, that a huge part of our lives here at Vêtu de Joy, is travel.

We recently traveled to St. Thomas on a mini weekend getaway, with Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes, a blog celebrating the entrepreneurial woman, in advance of Parlour Magazine's #Travel Fly Solo Weekend - coming in June. Renae, along with Kéla Walker and Africa Miranda, will join Parlour Magazine and a group of fly female travelers (including you?) in St. Thomas, to explore the island, your way, and on your own time.

 

It felt like a natural fit for us to partner with the ladies at Parlour to bring you snippets of the island, and get everyone excited about the upcoming #TravelFly trip, all while being #DressedinJoy.

From mixed prints to stripes and tropical prints, we had our (carry-on!) suitcases packed with statement-making pieces, ready for whatever St. Thomas had in store.

 First we took to the streets of Charlotte Amalie in a vacation style staple - the jumpsuit.

(Vêtu de Joy owner, Mikaela, is wearing our mixed print Summer Mix Jumpsuit, available here)

(Renae is wearing our Midnight Jumpsuit, paired with our chevron print New Memory vest, both by Finders Keepers)

 

My BFF Angela came along on our trip for some much needed R&R, and like any supportive girlfriend, she rocked pieces from my shop almost every day! It helps that she's gorgeous & sample size, too ;-)

(Angela is wearing our Which Way is Up Maxi Dress, available here)

We spent the next day soaking in the beauty of Magen's Bay, browning in the sun and talking about everything from choosing to be happy to trap music. (C'mon, you know you love Fetty Wap, don't front!)

 One must-have when traveling, is the casual evening dress. Something you can wear with heels or flat sandals, and can stand out all on its own. Before traveling back to the charming neighborhoods of Charlotte Amalie, we stopped at Drake's Seat...because, selfie.

(Angela - on the left - is wearing The Otherside Dress by C/MEO Collective, available here)

(Renae is wearing the Easy Love dress, available here)

(Yellow Bell-Sleeved Shift Dress & printed sandals are by Nicole Miller)

 

St. Thomas is a magical little island, for sure. We experienced a bit of that magic on our last day of shooting & exploring, when a sweet homeowner invited us into her yard, then into her home to see the 15 years of hard work she's put into her labor of love, the Garden of the Silver Palm in Charlotte Amalie.

(Mikaela is wearing our Midnight Top by Finders Keepers, currently on sale here)

So, if you're ready to take on St. Thomas in June with (or without!) your crew, be sure to get all of your statement pieces ready! Hop over to Parlour Magazine to find out more about the #TravelFly Solo Weekend and find out how you can have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded friends for dinners, nightlife and more, in a tropical destination. You won't be disappointed, we promise!