Is it Okay to Dress Sexy at Your Disneyland Wedding?

Recently the official Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings blog shared images from a photo shoot they did in conjunction with Cosmopolitan Bride Australia. The photos are pretty, but one really stood out:

Is it Okay to Dress Sexy at Your Disneyland Wedding?
Image Source: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog

Yes, apparently this model in a bustier and an ostrich feather tutu is supposed to be representing a bride. But she doesn’t look like any of the Disneyland Brides I know.

I realize I’m being snarky (perhaps I’m missing my Tutera recap days!) and I also realize this is an editorial photo, not a promotional photo from DFTW. But something about the above photo just does not sit well with me. Is it okay to dress sexy at your Disneyland wedding? To me, this outfit is too revealing. I think it’s because Disneyland is a sacred place for me. When I’m walking around, I feel weird when I see someone wearing skimpy clothing, or a shirt with inappropriate language or images on it. I even feel weird when I hear people cussing at Disneyland! I realize that’s a bit silly but it’s just my gut reaction. So my gut reaction to this photo is just … no.

But really, who am I to judge what a bride wants to wear on her wedding day? No matter where it is? If a bride wants to wear a crop top and a skirt resembling a feather boa and pink Minnie ears at her castle wedding, why shouldn’t that be allowed? In fact, Holly Madison changed into a rather skimpy gown for her Disneyland reception last year. How come that didn’t bother me, but this Cosmo image does?

Budget Fairy Tale: New Photos from Holly Madison's Disneyland Wedding

The thing is, you’ll never see DFTW themselves advertising the images of Holly. You won’t find anything about Holly’s wedding on their blog or Facebook or anywhere. Why? And why is it okay to pretend like Holly’s wedding didn’t happen but okay to share pictures of a model bride bearing a lot of skin if it’s for Cosmo? The blog post does mention it’s an editorial for a magazine but it doesn’t do much to separate their real weddings from these fantasy images:

We wear white all year long here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, so I’m thrilled to share a few photos from a recent Disneyland editorial photo shoot with Cosmopolitan Bride Australia. From tulle skirts to lollipops, this feature is everything a Disney bride could dream up- and maybe more!

I love you forever, DFTW. But I’m confused.

I want to hear from you – What’s your opinion on a bride dressing sexy at her Disneyland wedding?

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

This past weekend I completed my fifth race and third 10k! This was probably my most unprepared and painful 10k to date but since it’s a race at Disney I still had a wonderful time!

For this race I stayed at the Best Western Stovall’s Inn. It’s a far cry from last year’s luxury suite at Paradise Pier Hotel but I had a great stay. This is my second time staying at Stovall’s Inn and I was surprised I had a “theme park view.” I even forgot my toothpaste and they gave me a complimentary trial size tube at the front desk. After the race I stopped at the continental breakfast for some fruit and a muffin. It worked out really well! The only downside to this hotel is the noisy wall unit AC. But otherwise, two thumbs up for Stovall’s Inn.

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

At the last minute (like, three days before I left for Alaska) I had a brainstorm to make a costume based on my favorite Disneyland attraction – the Matterhorn Bobsleds! I decided to dress as Matterhorn mountain. I ran out and bought a grey tank top and I painted “snow” with white acrylic paint. It’s not made for longevity since the paint will wash right out, but it worked for a quick one-time costume. The skirt is some sparkle fabric I bought at Joann’s Fabric. I measured it to fit over my black running skirt and sewed it together with elastic. It’s actually two pieces because I wanted to be able to access the pockets in my black skirt for my phone and snacks and such. Like the top, it was thrown together VERY quickly and it’s not something I’m especially proud of but it did the job, I think. The pièce de résistance is my Harold the yeti plushie which I bought on eBay and thankfully was delivered and waiting for me when I got home the day before the race! I paired these new items with stuff I already owned – grey sports bra, white compression socks, Nike shoes, and visor by Sparkle Athletic.

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

A couple weeks before leaving for Alaska I aggravated my hip burstitus during a training run. It was such a bummer because I was having so much fun with my training. Plus I wanted to be in good shape for Alaska because I knew there would be a lot of walking and hiking involved. In the few days leading up to vacation, I rested so my hip could heal before the trip. While I was on the cruise, I only did weights at the gym. I did do a lot of walking but my hip pain wasn’t too severe. I even did a 22 mile bike ride while in Anchorage! My legs hurt for a couple days after that but my hip was fine. We arrived home from Alaska on Thursday late night and Friday morning I was on my way to Disneyland. As I prepared for the race on Saturday morning I felt hopeful my hip was going to be okay and even was focused on a new PR (personal record)!

But I was wrong. At least partially wrong.

I was jogging along pretty good but before I even reached the mile 1 marker I could feel a twinge in my hip. By the mile 2 marker my hip was as painful as it’s ever been. I was so angry! I can’t wait to see the pro photos because I know there’s some of me with a big ole grimace on my face. Thankfully I knew this was a 10k and there was “only” four miles left and I was going to get through it, even if it was pretty slow.

I alternated walking with running in short 10 second spurts. 10 or 15 seconds was the most I could do without the hip pain getting too bad.

In my opinion this is the best race course. I love how much time we have in Disneyland! When I’m runwalking through my happy place, it’s easy to fight through the pain. The last stretch through Downtown Disney with the crowds cheering on either side really pushed me through to the end. I jogged across the finish line and got high fives from Goofy and Minnie. Pain? What pain?

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

After getting my medal, taking the finisher picture, and grabbing water, I limped back towards my hotel. We had to cross through Downtown Disney where the race was still happening. There was a huge crowd to cross and I noticed a lot of the spectators had left. I thought back to 30 minutes prior when it was me running through towards the end, and I was compelled to cheer. Instead of waiting to cross, I walked up the barrier, put my things down on the ground, and started clapping and cheering. This was the first time I ever stood as a spectator and cheered on the racers. As I watched these final racers, most of them walking or shuffling by, I realized I was getting teary eyed. Being in the back of the pack sucks. Being injured and struggling with your race sucks. I suddenly felt humbled and lucky for my place in life and my “slow” time. Time doesn’t matter. All these racers who were just a couple minutes from the finish line were all achieving a personal victory, and that’s a beautiful thing. I stayed and clapped and cheered until the last person had run through. I was happy to see that, although the crowd was a fraction of what it was 30 minutes earlier, a lot of spectators were still there, cheering louder than ever as the sweepers came by with the last few racers. I think maybe I have found a new calling … back of the pack supporter? Hehe.

I walked back to the hotel, had a snack, cleaned up, and had a quick unintentional nap while my phone charged. I checked out and threw my luggage in the car, and walked to Trader Sam’s for a pizza and a Ka-Blue-Ie. I was so happy my friend Nerissa was able to join me. I completed my first two 10ks with Nerissa and I really missed runwalking with her this time around but I’m glad she came by to celebrate with me. With Mr. BFT out of town and running by myself, I was feeling very lonely this race weekend, so her stopping by to see me meant the world to me. Thank you for being a wonderful friend, Nerissa!

After my victory meal, I walked back to my car and headed home to recover my hip. I think Vela missed me, she insisted on laying on my chest the entire afternoon. I think maybe she only loves me for my body heat.

So what about that PR I had wanted? Well I’m shocked to say that I did it!

Official time – 1:34:49

I beat my best time by around six minutes. Not bad considering I stopped for a couple pictures and walked A LOT. But 1:30 is generally my 10k training time and I’m shocked I came so close to that! Yay me!

2014 Disneyland 10k Recap

I have two more Disneyland 10ks coming up so I’m going to have to figure out what to do about my hip. I thought it had healed completely but I’m thinking now I just may have this pain forever. I’m considering seeing a sports medicine specialist and asking about physical therapy. I can’t imagine giving up my Disney races! And I still have hopes of completing a full marathon SOMEDAY. But I also can’t continue to run with this pain.

Did anyone else finish the Disneyland 10k this year? I want to hear about your experiences!

Alaskan Adventures!

(Psst – Sorry if my photos are sideways or otherwise wonky … they look correct on my phone, I swear!)

Hi everyone! Checking in quickly from Anchorage, Alaska. It sure feels like I’ve been gone a long time! Vacations are wonderful and necessary but I’m ready to get home to Vela and get back to normal life.

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Right now it’s 10pm here and I’m sitting in my bed at the Sheraton Anchorage with a glass of wine, nursing some very tired and sore legs after a 20 mile bike ride around the coastal region of Anchorage. Did you know your legs have approximately 10,000 muscles? At least that’s how it feels right now. I thought I was in decent shape, but I am sure not. But the ride was worth it because we spotted two black bear cubs! We slowed down to take a look and I sure would have loved to snap some pictures but there was only one major problem – Mama bear was not in sight. The last thing you want to do is find yourself between a mama bear and her two cubs. So we rode by slowly (but also quickly) and when we got about 50 yards away we stopped and did a “We just saw wild bear cubs squeeeeee” dance. Well, I was the only one who danced and squeeeed.

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Anchorage is our fourth Alaskan city and I can officially say that Alaska is amazing, you guys. Aside from the ports we also spent two days sailing past glaciers and it’s just simply indescribable. Glaciers are monumental and breathtaking and awe-inspiring and make you feel like you’re about two centimeters tall. We saw a large chunk calve off of the Marjorie Glacier and realized later that the chunk was probably the size of a small skyscraper. Insane. We said “This is crazy” a lot.

We have one more full day in Anchorage and it’s supposed to be a bit gloomy and rainy, so we will be spending the day exploring some of the museums in the Downtown area and maybe doing some souvenir shopping. If anyone is desperate for a bikini made of moose fur or a necklace in the shape of a whale tail, let me know.

Greetings from Ketchikan, Alaska!

(Psst – Sorry if my photos are sideways or otherwise wonky … they look correct on my phone, I swear!)

Hey everyone! This will be a really quick post. I’m using the wifi of the generous Cape Fox restaurant to share a couple photos. Tsum Tsum Dale and I are having a fab time, and Mr. BFT is here, too!

 

Today we are in Ketchikan and we got lucky with beautiful 70 degree weather!

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We walked through the rainforest and saw salmon swimming upstream!

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We also visited Dolly’s House, world famous “working girl” during the Gold Rush and prohibition. Cheeky Dale!

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Follow along on Instagram with #bftalaska for future pics!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

***This post was sponsored by Pinup Girl Clothing. All opinions are my own.***

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

When I first saw the new fairytale collection from Pinup Girl Clothing, it was love at first sight. Pinup Girl Clothing has long been a favorite of mine, and I often see their fashion worn at events like Dapper Day at Disneyland. It was only a matter of time before they released a (loosely) Disney-themed line of dresses and skirts, and it certainly does not disappoint! I recently had the opportunity to visit their boutique in Burbank with my fellow blogger friend Lisa of the Babes in Disneyland blog and try on the new line! I can tell you these pieces fit like a dream! And with sizes ranging from X-Small (like my dear friend Lisa here!) to 4X, there is something for everyone.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing
Lisa and I in the Aurora Dress in Dancing Horses Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

I think ALL of these dresses would make GORGEOUS bridesmaid gowns for a Disneyland wedding, or the perfect Bridal Shower gown for a bride-to-be. Or how about even a BRIDAL GOWN for a small wedding or elopement. Somebody, please make this happen for me!!

Here are a few of my favorites. I tried on some dresses and some skirts, but all prints are available in both!

Jenny Skirt in Neverland Print and Jenny Dress in Neverland Sateen.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Boutique

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Another great example of how Pinup Girl Clothing looks great on all body types. Lisa is wearing the Neverland dress in a XS and I’m in a Large. I don’t say this about myself too often, but I think we both look hot!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Mermaid Mexican Circle Skirt. Also available in
Lydia Dress in Mermaid Border Print. I loved this skirt so much because it closes with buttons which are adjustable! Then you wrap the straps around and tie a bow in the back. Always a perfect fit! Pinup Girl Clothing, please make more skirts like this!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Aurora Dress in Blue Castle Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Aurora Dress in Pink Castle Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Jenny Skirt in Snow White Print. Also available in a Jenny Dress! (Red belt sold separately.)

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

When I went to try on the clothing, we were assisted by the beautiful Doris Mayday, pinup model and store manager of the Burbank boutique. She was kind enough to grant me a short interview about what inspired them to create the fairytale fashion line. This was my first on-camera interview, and of course it happens to be with someone as poised and professional as Doris! I feel like I’m 100 million times more awkward than I normally am when I’m standing next to her! Haha! Of course she’s as nice and friendly as she is beautiful. If you’re ever in Burbank, be sure to stop by the Pinup Girl Clothing Boutique and tell her “hello!”

And now for the part of this post I’m sure you have all been waiting for … what Fairytale Fantasy clothing item do I now call my own? Happy to say I choose the Jenny skirt with the castle print in BLUE! Can you believe it??? I thought for sure I would go for pink but when I put the blue one on I just fell in love with it.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

I paired it with a light pink top found at Marshall’s, a belt from Target, and the necklace is from Cookie Lee. The shoes were a score from a Pinup Girl Clothing yard sale! You’re also seeing the debut of my blue dip-dyed hair I did for our vacation in Alaska. I guess I’ve just been inspired by blue lately!

Thanks again to Doris and the team at Pinup Girl Clothing for inviting us into their boutique for a day of playing dress up!