Sunday, April 25, 2010

Disney Photo of the Week: A Picture with a Princess!

Happy Sunday, dear readers!  I hope that everyone is doing well as the semester winds down.  As for me, this week was interesting and rather depressing but things are looking up now.  Guess what?  Tomorrow I turn in my senior thesis and fill out my exit forms for the History department!  It's exciting!  I've spent most of the weekend revising, revising, and revising my paper because I'm a bit of a perfectionist.  If this baby is going to be published in my university's archives then I'll be proofreading right up until the end!  To be honest I'm picturing something like that final scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but still!  And you can bet that I already have a bottle of champagne chilled and ready to be opened tomorrow night!

Now it's time for the photo of the week!

Week 15: A Picture with a Princess!

This picture is from December 2007, when my family was in WDW for New Year's.  I wanted to get lots of photos with characters, so I talked everyone into going with me to meet the Disney Princesses in the Judge's Tent.  So here I am with Aurora, and I'm attempting to imitate the "princess" pose that they often strike in photos.  As you can see, I definitely wasn't on the same level!  And the too-big pants!  Definitely not princess-y.  Aurora was very sweet.  She asked me which kingdom I traveled from and whether I came by carriage or magic carpet.

I hope I can get tons of character photos this fall!  Everyone take care, and have a magical week!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Imagine, just one birthday every year!

Yes, it's my birthday today.  I'm totally preoccupied with school stuff and won't have time/energy to celebrate, but I thought I'd share a few photos from my 21st birthday last year.  Enjoy!

Yes, I attempted to take this photo myself! :-D  We were staying at POP Century, so I had to take a picture with the sign from the year I was born.

My dad and I attempted to take photos of ourselves on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  The sun was obviously pretty bright that day, making this an interesting task.

We used to ride the Speedway together over and over when I was younger, so we had to ride it on my birthday!  I think it was a good ten years since the last time we'd been on the ride.  Of course I drove!

And I got my picture taken with my favorite chipmunks!

I was able to order my first legal drink on my birthday when we went to Kona Cafe that night.  But I got really sick (this was actually the day I discovered that I'm lactose intolerant!) so I couldn't enjoy more than half of it.  The next day we had lunch at Downtown Disney before leaving Orlando, so I was able to enjoy this Magical Star Cocktail to make up for it.  Yum!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Disney Photo of the Week: Visiting the Mouse in 1992!

Hopefully everyone is enjoying their weekend!  There are only three weeks left of the semester, so things around here are busy, busy, busy!  Anyway, time to get to the photo for this week. :)  It's quite an oldie.

Week 16: Visiting the Mouse in 1992!

At least we're assuming this one was taken in 1992.  Disney trips back then seem to blur together!  In this photo, my sister Laura and I are obviously visiting Mickey Mouse.  But wait!  Check out his old-school dressing room!  It's been so long since then, I totally forgot what it looked like!  This photo makes me very nostalgic about the old area where Toontown Fair is now, and where Fantasyland Forest is soon to be.

Also, here's a funny story.  We have a VHS recording of when my sister and I met Mickey Mouse on our first trip to WDW in 1991.  My sister was about six months old at the time, and she took one look at him and burst into tears!  Poor Mickey looked so confused and tried to make her feel better, but she'd have none of it.  And in this photo taken roughly a year later, it looks like she's still a bit traumatized from their first meeting!

Well I've got some school stuff to get back to now.  Have a great week, dear readers!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quest for the Disney Look: Flattering My Shape

If you have been keeping up with other CP blogs or the Facebook group, then you know that a lot of participants are talking about, freaking out about, and researching the Disney Look, particularly the business attire which is required when not "in costume".  The phrase even seems to be inspiring dread in some, although these folks look pretty excited!

So inevitably I needed to buckle down and think seriously about what professional attire I will wear while in Orlando.  Business attire is required when I attend Traditions (basically the WDW College Program orientation), if I take classes during my program, and possibly for other CP-related occasions.  It will be especially useful during networking opportunities.  Now I won't bother you with the entire list of Disney Look guidelines, so if you would like to learn more about what is required then click here.  In this post, I will be specifically be focusing on the Non-Costumed Guidelines for Women.  Sorry male readers, but this information probably won't apply to you! ;-)

Now since this blog is about yours truly, my search for appropriate professional clothing will be covered here.  In this first post, I am examining what clothing I can find that will best flatter my body shape.  Not only does my clothing need to be appropriate, it needs to be appropriate for me.  The sharpest or cutest outfit in the world can still look bad if it's not right for your body.  As someone who has not spent lots of time shopping for business or business casual clothes in the past, I feel very much like a blank slate.

The best way I can describe my shape is that it is a combination of pear-shaped and hourglass-shaped.  My bust/shoulder area is only slightly slimmer than my hips when going by measurements, which counts as pear-shaped.  But my waist is tiny and noticeable, which leans towards the hourglass and divides my body very clearly into upper and lower halves.  I'm also pretty... blessed in the hips/butt/thighs area (thanks, genetics!) so that typically stands out in comparison to the rest of me and can make finding the right clothes a bit of a struggle.  Like a dress can fit very well in my upper body, but cling way too much to my lower half.  Or it is just right in the lower section, but loose around my bust.  At a little less than 5'4", I also qualify as petite.

So I've scoured the internet for a while and gathered a pretty good list of tips for me to find figure-appropriate clothing, specifically business or business casual attire.  These aren't rules by any means, just some guidelines to help me find outfits in which I feel confident and professional.

  • Avoid styles that hide your shape, like trapeze dresses
  • But look for something that flows gracefully, draping over your curves rather than creating a tent affect
  • Always go for something that shows off your waist
  • Because manufacturers often cut clothing for women with a rectangle or even triangle shape, consider separates in order to get a customized fit
  • Wrap dresses work well for showing off your waistline without over-emphasizing the bust or hips.
  • Do not be afraid to have a dress altered to fit you correctly.  But remember that it is much easier to have clothing taken in than let out.
  • If you are wearing a long dress, try to get a hemline that falls to the floor.  Avoid a dress that stops at the ankle.
  • Dresses that fall too high above the knee will call attention to the widest part of your leg.  And dresses that fall too far below the knee give a dowdy appearance and do nothing to slenderize.  Try to look for hemlines that are close to your knees.
  • For skirts, an A-line cut might be best or a straight skirt.  But make sure that the fit is just right, not too tight or too loose.
  • For shorter women, a skirt with a hemline just above, just below, or right on the knee is best.  Avoid mini-skirts unless you have very slender legs.  A skirt that ends too low on the calf will make your legs like short and wide.
  • If you would like to wear boots with a skirt, try to avoid any gap between the top of the boot and the bottom of the skirt (ideally, the boot extends up underneath the skirt).  This will keep your legs from looking stumpy.
  • Women with large hips should avoid pleated or gathered skirts, as these will call attention to this area.
  • Pencil skirts can be very flattering, with or without a jacket.  Just make sure not to wear one that fits too tightly, or this will over-emphasize your hips/butt/thighs.
  • When looking for pants, pay attention to color.  For petite women with hourglass figures, dark colors are an ideal choice.
  • Less than ideal choices would be pants with plaid, print designs, low-rise waistlines, or pleats.
  • Avoid belting your pants at the hip.
  • Straight leg or bootcut pants could work well on your figure, but legs with slight flare at the bottom will help balance out your legs (especially for women who have larger thighs but a skinny calf/ankle area).  Try on different types and see what you are most comfortable with.
  • Vertical lines, such as on pinstripes, are a good choice.
  • Learn to love the V-neckline, U-neckline, and Sweetheart neckline.  If you are petite, they will help add height to your figure.  They are also flattering for the shoulders and bust.
  • Look for fitted styles rather than straight, shapeless cuts which could hide your waistline
  • The choice to wear sleeves or sleeveless tops is up to you; take into consideration climate, personal preference, and how comfortable you are showing off your arms.  But sleeveless tops that are too tight could emphasize that your bust is smaller.
  • Try not to pick tops that over-emphasize the bust or shoulders, because these could make you look top heavy (examples would be large ruffles, puffy sleeves, and thick shoulder pads).  But some shoulder emphasis is fine to give you a balanced look.  And make sure that the shoulder areas are fitted well, or else your shoulder line will have a very sloppy look.
  • Avoid tops that are too long and end at the widest part of your hips.
  • Also try to stay away from too many patterns with horizontal lines.  These can often gift you a wider appearance.
  • If you are petite, be careful with frilly details.
  • For petite women who want to maintain the look of a defined waist, a semi-fitted or close-fitted style is best to follow the body's natural curves
  • As with tops, avoid straight cuts in the waistline and go for a closer fit
  • Avoid shoulder pads, but pay attention to shape so as to appear balanced
  • Look for styles that do not hit at or below the hip
  • Try out single-breasted jackets to avoid appearing too bulky.  The goal is to balance your upper body with your lower body, not over-emphasize your top half.
  • Look for jackets with a V-neck opening.
Now as I said, these aren't set in stone or anything.  I'm perfectly willing to try various styles and looks, but it helps to have a general idea of what will or won't look particularly flattering on me.  Something that you thought would look horrible could end up looking great!  Then there's always that piece of clothing that you thought would be perfect, and then you tried it on and hated it.  So open minds all around!

I already found a couple of items in my closet that will work, and I purchased a few pieces this week (everyone was having a sale!).  But I'll leave those for a later post. :)  Take care!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Links Page

Good morning!  I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I've added a new page to my blog, Disney Links  I've gathered some of my favorite websites for learning about all things Disney, and you can find the link to this new page over in the sidebar in the future.  Hopefully you will enjoy it!  And if you have any suggestions for websites that I should add, feel free to leave a comment letting me know.

Oh!  And this blog has gathered more than 50 followers!  You all are awesome and I'm so flattered that you took the time to read this. :-)

Have a great day!  Here is a blurry photo of a Mickey waffle for your time.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Disney Photo of the Week: Rob and Mickey Mouse!

Week 17: Rob and Mickey Mouse!

I'm excited to share this one!  This photo is from Rob's first trip to Walt Disney World!  He came with my family in April 2006 for spring break, and it was really fun to experience WDW with a newbie.  And of course, my parents got him an autograph book for his first trip (we still take it there with us to collect new signatures) and we got photos with a few characters.  So here is Rob in his first photo with Mickey Mouse!  I think it's just too cute.  If I recall correctly, this was also Rob's first day in the Magic Kingdom!  And no, this won't be the last appearance of the amusing flowered shirt. :-)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Boom, posted!

So four months from today, I'll be leaving for Orlando!  At least, that's the plan so far.  I am getting so excited!  And I graduate one month from tomorrow, which feels fantastic.  Now if only there weren't all these assignments and final exams in between.

My parents came into town for a quick visit today, so they took my sister and I out to eat.  We chatted for a bit about the CP and what things I need to shop for over the summer before I leave.  I can tell they are really excited for me!  We also decided to postpone any celebration of my birthday (April 21st!) until May 9th when we are going to celebrate graduation.  So it will be one big day of Anna love. :-D  I am just going to be too busy before then to feel like engaging in any birthday-related festivities.  Besides, my Nana is coming to visit from Wyoming to go to graduation, so just having a family evening to combine the two seemed like a practical idea.  But I am sad because Robert won't be able to be there for personal reasons.  He's been so supportive and helpful over the last few years and it meant a lot to me to celebrate this achievement with him.  But life likes to throw curveballs sometimes, and he'll be there with me in spirit.

On a lighter note, I've already started thinking about what Christmas gifts I want to send/bring back from WDW!  I especially love this thread on the DIS, and it's given me all sorts of ideas.  Some people will still be getting other gifts too, but I couldn't not give the Disney fans in my life something from the World.  I'm going to try and hold off on buying gifts until the holiday discounts kick in, unless it's something that I know will be unavailable by then.  As for other Christmas shopping, I'm actually going to try and get that done over the summer!  Then I can leave wrapped gifts with whoever I can count on to distribute them when the time comes.  That way I won't be scrambling to find gifts while in Orlando or have to pay as much in shipping charges if the gift is something I could have selected earlier and left at home.

Well that's all for right now.  I've got some CP-centric post ideas floating around in my head, so I'm going to work on formulating them.  There are already so many great blogs out there providing info on the program itself, so I don't want to just copy them.  I'm trying to come up with stuff I can write about in relation to the CP without sounding (or reading) like a robot.  Because as much as I hope past/present/future CP participants will enjoy learning information about the grand scheme of the program here, this blog is first and foremost about me and my personal experiences with it.  So until I actually arrive in August, posts will be pretty varied.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Guess what I did today?

This afternoon I submitted a full draft of my senior thesis!  My professor and I already have a meeting at the end of the week to look over it together and figure out what needs to be revised, what needs to be cut out, and where additions/elaborations need to be made.  And then in three weeks, I turn in my final version to the department.  It feels like a giant leap towards my diploma!  33 days until graduation!

And just for fun, here is a picture of my cat Mickey checking out his Easter basket yesterday morning.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Disney Photo of the Week: Easter Rabbit!

Hope that you all are enjoying your Easter Sunday!  I wasn't able to go home this weekend due to lots of schoolwork. :(  The first full draft of my senior thesis is due tomorrow, and I still have a lot of work to do on it!  And if I need to respond to your e-mail, don't worry!  I've been neglecting my entire inbox this week, but I promise I will reply as soon as possible!  And at some point this week, I'm going to write a post with some actual updates in it!

On to the main event!

Week 18: Easter Rabbit!

I wanted to try and post something Easter-related for today, and this rabbit photo is the best that I could find.  This photo was taken during my birthday trip in 2009.  We were in the Magic Kingdom for the day, and we saw the White Rabbit on the Teacups!  I was pretty excited because I have never seen him around the park before.  So of course I had to take pictures.  Later I was able to get my photo taken with him outside the ride, but I don't look good in that one so I'm keeping it secret. :)  Anyway, it was so cool to see him on the ride!

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