Best Disneyland Food & Restaurant Gems

"All the adversity I've had in my life, 
all my troubles and obstacles,
have strengthened me...
You may not realize it when it happens,
but a kick in the teeth
may be the best thing in the world for you."

-Walt Disney

I am back from my trip to California and finally getting organized!  Does anyone feel like it takes forever to get organized and back to a normal schedule after a trip?!  Ugh!  So much work, cleaning and life to catch up on.  Since today's outfit post was photographed in Disneyland, I'll be doing a little bit of a different content post and talking about about some hidden park food gems for you to try on your next trip there!

{On Me} | Dress: c/o Stella B | Hat: Forever21 (almost exact) | Sunglasses: B.P. Nordstrom | Clutch: old (similar) | Slip: Daisy Shop (similar) | Sandals: 6pm (almost exact) | Earrings: sold out (similar) |
{On Him} | Watch: c/o Chic Timepieces | Tee: H&M | Jeans: sold out (similar) | Sunglasses: Lucky | Shoes: Nordstrom Rack |

Theme park food is not always amazing, but Disney is an exception if you know where to eat
One of my best friends works in food management at Disneyland, so over the past six years she has shown me where all the best food is.  Since not everyone can be as lucky as I am to have a best friend with this knowledge, I thought I'd share some gems with you so you can branch out from the typically chicken fingers and pizza you might gravitate toward.

Sit Down Restaurants
I recommend doing a sit down meal for lunch because lunch prices are less expensive and it's usually hot and crowded in the middle of the day anyway.  A sit down lunch is the perfect way to take a break.

1. Blue Bayou-Located INSIDE Pirates of the Caribbean.  Great setting, lunch prices are affordable and the food is actually GOOD.  Make a reservation before you go though, it can get super booked.
2. Big Thunder Ranch-All you can eat BBQ...enough said!  If you need more convincing think ribs, chicken and awesome side dishes!  
3. Carthay Circle (California Adventure)-Steaks, risotto, creme brûlée and so much more.  It's great if you are at the park with family or friends that enjoy spending time visiting and having a nice dinner.  
4. Cove Bar (California Adventure)-My favorite there were the lobster nachos, it also has a great view of World of Color.  Tip: if you go during world of color, go early.  There is a long line to be seated (1-2 hours) if you go right before World of Color.  Plan to go ahead and eat a nice slow meal and then get dessert during the show.  
5. Cafe Orleans-The Monte Cristo there is amazing!

Fast Food
Fast food is great to maximize park time, but that doesn't mean you can't have great food!

1. Harbour Galley-The stuffed baked potatoes are a great quick meal.
2. Churros-Any churro stand in the park has pretty dang good churros.
3. Tiki Juice Bar-Dole pineapple whip.  So good on a hot day, and if the line is long go inside and watch the show.  There is not much of a line for pineapple whip on the show side and watching the show gives you a place to sit and enjoy your treat out of the hot sun.
4. Fruit Cart (right next to Jungle Cruise)-Great place for a healthy snack.  Enjoy pineapple spears, papayas with lime, etc. Something healthy to munch on while you're waiting in the Indiana Jones line!

Hope you enjoyed these recommendations and have fun on your next trip there!


Round & Round

"I used to analyze myself down to the last thread,
used to compare myself with others,
recalled all the smallest glances, 
smiles and words of those to whom I'd tried to be frank,
interpreted everything in a bad light, 
laughed viciously at my attempts 'to be like the rest'--and suddenly,
in the midst of my laughing,
I'd give way to sadness, fall into despondency 
and once again start the whole process all over again--in short,
I went round and round 
like a squirrel on a wheel."

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Today's post seems to revolve around "wheels"; both figurative and literal.  My blog post pictures were taken in front of some amazing "wheels" and I'm writing about the "wheel" of self-comparison.  

| Sequin Sleeve Tee: c/o Greenish | Necklace: H&M (sold out online-similar, similar) | Jeans: Joe's Jeans (almost exact) | Shoes: PinkBlush (sold out-almost exact here, here) | Purse: Kate Spade (new version) | Hat: H&M | Sunglasses: B.P. Nordstrom |

Self-comparison is an addicting, toxic cycle
The quote for today is from one of my favorite classics, Crime and Punishment.  When I moved back to Utah, one of my friends commented that she was impressed that I had not said a single word criticizing myself or comparing myself to others since moving back.  In college my mouth was always dripping with self-criticism and I was constantly comparing myself to others.  She asked what I had done to change my attitude.  It took me years to improve, but today I will share with you two things I did to get myself out of my extreme self-comparison cycle.

1. Gratitude: Learning to count my blessings has been key.  Instead of wishing I had a large house instead of renting a town home, I reflect on how much I like my neighbors, the way the light comes in through the bedroom window, the convenience of the location and everything else I like about it.

2. Person Words of Assurance: I would actually look in the mirror and mentally say to myself, "You look good!"  I know this sounds really silly, but it really does help SO much if you have a hard time with your self esteem.  I used to always look in the mirror and focus on my flaws, but these over inflated words of self-esteem started to get me to focus on the good things.  These words can also be words to assure yourself you are smart, funny or competent in whatever way you feel inadequate.

Sophisticated grunge
Since I'm a child of the 90's and early 00's, I was drawn to the return of grunge style!  However, I am not young enough to pull off shredded tees and cropped tops on a daily basis.  A lot of us find styles repeating in our lives, but it can be hard to wear them again; especially when we feel like they remind us too much of our high school days.  I've set out to find a more sophisticated grunge style that is more cohesive with this phase in my life, and this is what I came up with. I paired a silver sequin sleeve tee with black jeans, a wool hat and layered necklace, complete with wedge lace-up booties.  For a more sophisticated look, keep yourself more covered, but use fun details to make it look more edgy.  Layered statement necklaces and black jeans definitely do the trick.  I also think more youthful details like the wedge booties give it more of a grunge feel, but without looking too much like you're trying to live in the past.  I am also usually a gold jewelry person all the way, however, silver usually suggests grunge more than gold.  My favorite piece is the silver sequin sleeve tee (Greenish-cutest little company), it added a little extra fun pop to the outfit.


Coachella Inspired Recommendations

"Each of us has a fire 
in our hearts for something,
find it and keep it LIT!"

-Mary Lou Retton

Coachella boho styles have been popping up all over the place and it made me wish I were there, so I decided to share my everyday version of a Coachella outfit.  I will also be talking about fashion pieces that scream Coachella as well as discussing forgiveness and criticizing in friendships.  


What To Do If Someone You Know Has Depression + White Before Memorial Day

"Sometimes our light goes out
but is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks to those
who have rekindled this light."

-Albert Schweitzer

Some of you have asked me about what to do if you have a loved one that deals with depression.  It's difficult to know how to be a good support system, so today I decided to post a list of "5 Things To Do & 5 Things NOT To Do If You Know Someone With Depression".  


April Beauty Picks

"Beauty of whatever kind,
in its supreme development,
invariable excites the sensitive soul to tears."

-Edgar Allan Poe

I feel like I am always on the hunt for new beauty products.  Something about buying them feels like buying candy from a bright colored candy store when I was a kid!  I'm sure that's why so many beauty stores set up their marketing to resemble a candy shop, because it makes women feel childlike excitement again.  So this month I thought I would share some of my favorite beauty products that I've recently discovered as well as a little tip on why it's important to take a little time to feel beautiful without as well as within.  

(Some fun beauty products that make me especially happy this month)

#1 Teaface by Your Tea (APRIL FAVORITE ALERT): $24.95
I am not usually a huge face mask person because most brands tend to feel harsh on my skin and initially make my skin more red and irritated.  However, I absolutely have fallen in LOVE with Teaface.  It is gentle on your skin, but still exfoliates and draws out impurities.  The first time I used it I left it on my face for about an hour and immediately after I rinsed it off my skin was incredibly soft and my skin tone was more even and most of my redness was gone!  I'm not exaggerating, it really made a difference after just one use.  This is definitely my new go to face mask product!
Quick Tips:
-Exfoliates and revitalizes
-Leaves skin feeling soft
-Corrects uneven skin tone and redness
-Not harsh on the skin

#2 MAC Matte Lipsticks: $16
To be completely honest, I don't think I had ever purchased a MAC lipstick previously because I was not in love with them.  I usually just got them because I had enough empty MAC makeup containers and would get a lipstick for free through their recycle program.  I changed my tune when I turned in my containers this time and selected a matte lipstick.  I love the matte formula, the bright colors actually stay on my lips and I don't constantly have it on my teeth like some of their other lipsticks I've tried.  Not to mention the colors are stunning!  My current favorites are Russian Red and Flat Out Fabulous.
Quick Tips:
-Opt for the matte formula
-Stays on lips (not on teeth)
-Bright, highly pigmented colors

#3 Urban Decay Primer Potion (Anti-Aging): $24
I have somewhat of an Asian monolid, so when I open my eyes my lash line hits the middle of my eye.  This creates major smudging and my eyeshadow basically gets rubbed off quickly.  So I asked my sister in law, who also happens to be a makeup guru, what she recommended and this is what she gave me to try.  I had previously tried other primers, foundations, paint pots, etc. and so far this product is by far the best at making my eyeshadow last.  
Recently, when I went to Sephora to buy a new bottle, I discovered Urban Decay put out a new anti-aging version which I now love even MORE than the original formula.  It goes on more smoothly, but still keeps my eye makeup on throughout the day, and of course there is the added bonus of the anti-aging effects and that decreases the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.  
Quick Tips:
-Keeps eyeshadow on
-Relatively translucent 
-Great for monolids, oily skin and summer activities
-One regular size bottle lasts me for almost a year

#4 Bath & Body Works New Spring Hand Soaps: $6.50 each or 5 for $18 
Bath & Body Works hand soap has been my favorite for years.  I love the smells, bright colors and quality of their products.  However, sometimes I get tired of virtually the same scent being recycled into new fragrance names.  This spring B&BW has come out with a new line of soaps that had me at my first sniff!  These scents are refreshingly original and perfect for spring and summer.  My new favorites are Pink Peonies & Pears and Spring Poppies & Picnics (pretty much any of the smells with "&" in the title from their new spring line are worth getting).  
Quick Tips:
-Surprisingly original scents (new spring line)
-Perfect for spring and summer
-Opt for the scents that have "&" in the title

(Let your beauty within be reflected without)
Seeing yourself as beautiful on the outside can greatly contribute to how you feel on the inside.  It's important that your self-esteem does not totally rely on your outward appearance, but your outward appearance should be a reflection of how beautiful you are within.  It's hard to feel confident if you look in the mirror and see an exhausted, disheveled mess!  Make sure and take a few minutes everyday to do a quick beauty routine (even just 5 minutes).  It can be something like trying a fun makeup product, painting your nails, braiding your hair or even using a sweet smelling exfoliating scrub in the shower.  Find something that makes you feel beautiful so when you look in the mirror you feel that it reflects your inward gorgeous self!

*Note prices are based on what they were at the time of this post and the store I purchased them from.  Prices may vary.


Thorns to Roses + Happy Easter

"He who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose"

-Anne Brontë

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter weekend!  Today I will be giving a few quick tips on how to style a floral skirt this spring, as well as discussing the subject of pain being necessary in life to know happiness (keep reading below)...


Every Truth Has Two Sides + Introducing New Post Layout

"Every truth has two sides;
it is as well to look at both, 
before we commit ourselves to either."


As most of you know by now, I write not only about fashion and beauty, but also about thinking positively and one of my main goals is to help boost self-esteem and fight depression.  To make my blog posts a little easier to follow I will be splitting each post into two: beauty on the inside and beauty on the outside; both will tie in with the theme of the post.  Hopefully this will make my my blog easy and more enjoyable for you to read!  Comment and let me know if this new post style is helpful!  (Continue reading below for today's beauty on the inside and beauty on the outside...)


One Year Wiser + Birthday Giveaway

"Today you are you! 
That is truer than true! 
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"

-Dr. Seuss

Yes, another year has come and I am one year older and wiser!  TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY so I will keep my words short.  As each year comes and you are faced with choices that shape you, just remember to be true to you!  (Don't forget to read below for an amazing giveaway...)