Evil Queen Vibes

6:00 PM

While the month of May is coming to a close, the warm and sunny summer temperatures that tend to show up around this time in the northeast just haven't made it here quite yet. If you live near New Jersey, you'll know that gray skies and rainstorms have been the normal weather for a while now.

And it is bringing out my villainous side

There is nothing I love more than breaking out my dresses during this time of year. Unfortunately, these temperatures and weather patterns don't mix well with that type of wardrobe. 

So today I decided I could get the best of both worlds by mixing fun tights and boots with one of my newest summer go-to's, an off the shoulder shift. 
The simple black version of this dress plays well with the purple polka dot tights. Because they are tan and not opaque, the tights don't make me hot or itchy even if humid air rolls in when the sun peeks out behind the thick clouds covering the sky. 

I added my One Bite bag to represent the Evil Queen Vibes, tying the black and purple look all together. I did my makeup with a little sparkly blue for some extra eye drama and a neutral pink pink lip to keep the focus on the eyes. 

What do you think? 
Do cooler days make you feel villainous as well?

Outfit Details:
Dress: Old Navy | Tights: Target (older - but here is a really cute floral pair) | Boots: Old Navy (on super sale!!) | Bag: Danielle Nicole | Sunglasses: Target | Choker: Francesca's | Earrings: Disney Parks (similar here - I have Peridot for my birthstone!) | Lip: Kylie Kosmetics in KoKo K


NYC Day Featuring Cinderella City Style

5:00 PM

On our 1 year wedding anniversary, Brian surprised me with tickets to see Book of Mormon in NYC! I love a good trip to the city, and living in New Jersey means we can experience the many adventures a city day can offer. From an unexpected great meal to random market street fairs, there is always a gem to discover.

Another thing I love about New York City is the fashion. I know the theater isn't an affair as glamorous and elegant as it once was, but I still find it an occasion to dress up!

When I spotted this adorable floral dress at Francesca's, I immediately envisioned a modern day Cinderella with NYC street savvy.

I paired it will a delicate gold choker (also from Francesca's), a faux leather jacket from Target, and my glitter Tom's that I wore as my dancing shoes the night of our wedding.

After taking the ferry into the city, we stumbled upon the Gotham West Market and decided to eat lunch there. This place had options galore! Sushi Burritos, Ramen, Mexican, even Ice Cream! - we were covered.

Most of the eateries had vegetarian options and it was hard to choose where we'd get our meal. We finally decided on Cannibal because of its interesting sandwich selection and an array of beers on tap!

We indulged in some apps including the best damn brussel sprouts I have ever experienced - they had capers, salsa verde, and pickled red onion. Of course, that yummy looking pretzel was also enjoyed.

To eat, I had the ANDY HAMPSTEN - a delicious cauliflower sandwich with roasted peppers, muffullata vinaigrette, and sharp provolone. Brian opted for a pressed chicken parm. All in all it was a fabulous choice to stop here for food. Even with the beers, the cost wasn't too high. We didn't have to wait on table service and it was the perfect quite bite before our show.

Once we were full, we went and laughed our asses off at Book of Mormon (seriously - go see it, like, now!)

Of course, I then had to drag Brian to the Disney Store in Times Square. It was completely crowded but I NEEDED to get a few souvenirs, including a tee (on sale!), a mug (Liberty Minnie!) and a pin (the big apple!).

All in all, I felt like a very lucky princess in my sparkly shoes out on a grand adventure with my very own prince charming. Magic can come in the littlest ways, even a quick trip to a nearby location. It is all about having the magic inside of you and sharing it with the people you love!


Alli's Top 4 Favorite Disney Treats

7:00 PM

In a few weeks, I'll be spending two glorious days and 1 magical night in Walt Disney World. Over the past year and a half, I've been lucky enough to visit the Disneyland and California Adventure parks in Anaheim quite a few times. While those trips have been amazing, I have to say I can't wait to see some of my favorite WDW sights like Spaceship Earth in Epcot and Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom.

Another reason I always look forward to a Disney trip is... the food! So many treats, so little time is my motto. I'm a vegetarian but this doesn't hinder my choices in the least. In fact, there are quite a few amazing delicacies that are even vegan friendly! Plus, Disney ensures there are plenty of options for those who don't consume meat.

There are many foods I haven't gotten the chance to indulge in during my past trips. I have been doing some research for my upcoming trips, in June and also November, for food and drinks I need to find and experience for myself. However, there are also the treat staples that I just MUST have every time I visit a Disney Park, or my personal experience will not feel complete.

So, I want to share my top 4 favorite Disney treats with you!  I'm sure most Disney fans will be like - duh - this is nothing new to me. If that is the case, please enlighten me with your favorite treats! I really want to expand my taste buds on the next trip and would love some new things to try!

1. Dole Whip
Ah, the warm island breeze and sweet scent of pineapple. The Dole Whip is a Disney classic and fan favorite for park-hoppers from East Coast to West Coast. Basically, it is soft serve pineapple sorbet of sorts that you can get with or without pineapple juice.

Don't despair if the line is long - it is totally worth the wait, especially in the hot and humid weather that WDW tends to receive in Orlando. Also, this treat is VEGAN! And since one of the main ingredients is pineapple, it must be healthy (lol! sarcasm!).

While in California, I even learned there is a boozy option found at the Disneyland Hotel. Same great taste with a fun added bonus for those over 21 years of age.

Where to find it:
WDW - Magic Kingdom - Adventureland - Aloha Isle
WDW - Disney's Polynesian Resort - Captain Cook's
DLR - Disneyland - Adventureland - Tiki Juice Bar
DLR - Disneyland Hotel - The Coffee House

2. Churros
My face in this picture just says it all: HERE FOR THE CHURROS.

You may have eaten churros elsewhere in your life: town carnival, beach boardwalk, your very own kitchen from a box of frozen churros your mom bought at Costco. But please, believe me when I say there is no experience in the world like stuffing the cinnamony sugar goodness of a churro right into your churro-hole in the middle of the most magical place on Earth.

Where to find it: Carts all over the parks!

3. Vegetarian Platter - Morocco Pavilion in Epcot
One of the most underrated pavilions in Epcot has to be Morocco. From the colorful scenery to the delicious foods, it is a wonder to me how it is always so empty when I visit. But i'm not complaining! This just means the line to get to one of my favorite treats, the vegetarian platter from Tangierine Café, will be short and I can get to enjoying my food faster.

The platter consists of falafel, hummus, Tangierine couscous salad, tabbouleh salad, lentils, and marinated olives with fresh Moroccan bread. With all the sweet treats I indulge in during my park trips, it is refreshing to have a savory and salty meal. It goes especially well with the cold, Moroccan beer they serve. I implore you to expand your own horizons and share this vegetarian platter with a friend on your next Epcot world tour!

Where to find it:  Walt Disney World - Epcot - Morocco Pavillion - Tangierine Café (quick service) 

4. Mickey Waffles
Last, but certainly not least, are Mickey Waffles. Well, they say it all started with a mouse and I have to tell you the best way to start your park day with with a mouse shaped waffle.

Something about the fluffy ears and happy smile make this breakfast treat even more delicious than just a regular old waffle you can get anywhere, anytime. The nooks and crannies perfectly hold the sweet maple syrup and it honestly just tastes like Disney magic. Whether it is a few mini Mickeys or one big Mickey face, no Disney trip can be complete without a Mickey Waffle and that is just science.

Where to find it: Most restaurants with a breakfast buffet will have Mickey Waffles, like Chef Mickey's, but check their menu listings as some have other characters (still yummy!). Also, many resorts will have the giant mickey heads as a breakfast option.

Honorable Mentions
There are some treats that I also love that I have to make sure I mention. Mickey Shaped Pretzels, Mickey Shaped Rice Krispy Treats, cupcakes of every flavor and character, cheese empanadas from Mexico Pavilion, grapefruit beer from Germany Pavilion are also some of my favorites.

So, would these top your list of favorite treats? What else do you recommend? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram or Facebook!