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It’s a New Year Afterall

Happy New Year, my little ponies!

I know we’re five days into the new year, but I hope 2015 is treating you kindly. I think I may have gotten a little bug from traveling, but despite the fact that I’m having a hard time breathing through my nose and feel like I’m gonna collapse whenever I get up, I believe I’ve had a good start so far!

My family and I headed down to SoCal on New Year’s day and I ended up getting to go to Disneyland that evening with my sister, her boyfriend, and my cousin and his wife. Disneyland is one of the only places in the world where I don’t care if I’m a third wheel, let alone a 5th wheel. Plus I ended the first day of the year with a churro and hot chocolate. 😀

I’m super happy that I was able to go while all the Christmas decorations were still up. Disney during the holiday season is my absolute favorite! I also got to celebrate mine and my mom’s birthdays a bit early at Goofy’s Kitchen for breakfast. I’ve always wanted to do a character breakfast and it was THE BEST — despite the fact that they only sing “Happy Birthday” to kids and not adults. I mean, agist much? But that’s okay, two cast members at the park later called me “Princess Nina.” 😀

OH! And the bananas foster’s crepes at Goofy’s Kitchen… ERMERGERD. I had three because they were that deloycious. <– I should really be a food critique.

My sister told me Goofy’s Kitchen was a lot better than the character breakfast at Carnation Plaza inside the park, soooo if you’ve never had a character dining experience at Disneyland and plan to do so go to Goofy’s Kitchen! It’s so much fun because Chip, Dale, Pluto, and Minnie go around while you’re eating and you can take pictures with them. Sometimes they like to mess with you too; Dale stared at me for the longest time while I was digging into my waffle and Pluto kept putting Ryan’s (sister’s boyfriend) tiger hoodie up. And Minnie was dancing like she was up in ‘da club.

– le sigh –

Good times. Good times.

We also got to meet Baymax and Hiro from Big Hero 6 before they left the park for good (I think their last day was today). It was definitely worth the 1 hour wait to meet them because I got to hug Baymax AND do a fist bump with him. I wanted to cry tears of joy because he was so utterly adorable! Yes, I’m going to be 29 next week. Yes, these kind of things bring me to tears. 😛

Hopefully more Disney adventures await this year before my pass expires in August!

Cheers,
Nina

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Magic, Color, Flair

The Walt Disney Family Museum‘s Magic, Color,  Flair: The World of Mary Blair art exhibit in San Francisco closed last weekend, but I was able to go 3 weeks before it made its grand exit! I had been dying to go to this exhibit since they first announced it last year, so I made sure my bum got down to the museum because I’m completely in love and in awe of Mary Blair’s art! I’m sure I’ve mentioned what a huge fan I am of her on numerous occasions here, but I digress.

If you’re not familiar with her, she’s very well known for her bright and cheery concept art for Disney movies (Saludos Amigos, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan), designing It’s a Small World (yes, that ride that you either love or hate at Disneyland. And I wore a Small World inspired outfit for the exhibit too which included my It’s a Small World bag by LeSportsac!), and illustrating children’s books (notably I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss).

Magic, Color, Flair was a retrospective of her work which was utterly fascinating because I’ve only really ever been exposed to the art she’s done for Disney and children’s books. Her earlier work was gorgeous and vibrant, and a bit more realistic than the whimsical art that I grew to adore (you’ll see down below).

I went snap-happy with my camera and took pictures of EVERYTHING. So hopefully people who would’ve love to have gone but couldn’t make it may stumble upon this post. And I hope you all enjoy it too, my little ponies! 🙂

In case you’re wondering what the small text by her photograph says:

Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved, and influential art directors. A protean and prolific painter, designer, and colorist, she found artistic expression in a variety of media, including film production designs; fine art watercolors, print illustrations and advertisements: and large-scale, three-dimensional theme park attractions.

The aim of Magic Color Flair: the world of Mary Blair is to reveal and explore Blair’s artistic process and development. The most obvious aspect of her body of work is sparkling graphic inventiveness and a brilliant color sense that dazzles the eye. But there is also in her art an emotional component – an empathetic identification with characters and situations — that appeals directly to the heart. Disney animation features director Wilfred Jackson’s comment touches upon that a special element in Blair’s creations. The exhibition investigates the sources of her art’s visual and emotional qualities — which melded together, make Blair’s work uniquely appealing.

The nearly two hundred works shown here offer a full and balanced overview of Blair’s almost half century of achievements before, during, and after her Walt Disney tenure.

– John Canemaker
Exhibition Curator 

I’m not able to show you the nearly two hundred works that I took pictures of, but I did my best to include the pieces that I enjoyed and to also make it feel as if you saw the exhibit yourself 🙂

The clipping next to this horse design says:

Miss Mary Robinson, second year student at Chouinard Art School experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she picked up a current issue of a national magazine to find on the back cover advertisement  her winning design in the annual Art Alliance competition.

The competition, which is national in scope, is conducted in the spring but this is the first time that the design had been made public by the company for which it was made. Miss Robinson’s work is called the Trojan Horse design and was made for bath mat, bath towel, small towel, and face cloth for a towel company. She received a $100 award and she competed with thousands of art students and professional artists as well.

According to Mrs. Chouinard, director of the school, the purpose of the competition is to build up interest among artists in this country in types of commercial and industrial design which heretofore have been done during have been done mostly by Europeans. This is the fifth time that a student of this school had won first prize in this competition.

^ This is the cover of a music book and I actually found a beaten up copy of it in my parent’s garage last year! SQUEE!!!

In 1962, Blair created paper sculptures for department store Bonwit Teller’s display windows. Below is one of the sculptures she designed.

Cheers,
Nina

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Chicken Little

outfit details – chicken pullover + earrings: ModCloth (no longer available) // dress: Xhileration (buy here) // flower: Icing (buy similar here) // ring: gift from my aunt // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy similar here) // flats: Report // watch: Timex x Disney // purse: LeSportsac (buy similar here)

Ever since Sunday night I’ve shifted into full-on teenybopper mode thanks to *NSYNC’s brief but oh-so-magical reunion on the VMAs! I’ve been bumpin’ No Stings Attached in my car and watching old concert footage on YouTube, and even though my sister lives all the way in San Diego, we’ve been fangirling together via text. 😀 I really wish they’d get back together for a reunion tour, but Justin Timberlake’s solo career seems to have gotten way too successful for anything like that to happen. *le sigh* I’ll just keep on wishing and hoping!

Anyhow, look at my uber cute chicken sweater! I saw it on ModCloth awhile ago and felt that I MUST have it because it’s stupid adorable and because I call Tim “Chickens” all the time. Also, there was only one more in stock and it happened to be my size — ’twas meant to be! And I know… you’re thinking, “Why the hell do you call your boyfriend Chickens? Weirdo.” It’s an odd nickname to bestow upon your beau, I realize that, but its origins come from when I used to have an Android phone and whenever I tried to swype “boyfriend” into a text message it would autocorrect to “chickens.” Tim’s been Chickens ever since. 🙂

Do you have any silly nicknames for your significant other or best friend?

Cheers,
Nina

PS: Tomorrow’s the last day to enter to win a bag from my Back to School LeSportsac giveaway! Don’t forget to enter!

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LeSportsac It’s a Small World bag Giveaway Winners!

ERMERGERD, y’all.  Tim and I just spent nearly an hour cutting and folding all the entries up for the LeSportsac It’s a Small World giveaway so I could stick them in a hat and pick three winners at random!

I know, you don’t care about that! So who won?

 Here are the folks whose names I pulled out:

The first name I pulled out was Rachel’s, so she gets the third place prize!

Second name was Caitlin’s, so she gets the second place prize!

And the Grand Prize winner is Margarita!!!

Thanks to all who participated in this giveaway, and a GINORMOUS thank you to LeSportsac for sponsoring it! 🙂

To the winners, please email your mailing info so I can send your pretty purses to you ASAP!

Cheers,
Nina

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UPDATE: Extension for LeSportsac Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

I  just wanted to let you all know that I’ve extended the deadline for the It’s a Small World LeSportsac giveaway until Saturday, May 4 @ midnight (PST), that way it’ll give everyone more time to enter and give me more time to be able to print out the comments page, cut out all the entries, stick ’em in a bowl, and pick 3 random winners that I can announce on Monday! *PHEW*

If you have yet to enter, what’cha waiting for?!

Click here to see how you can win a It’s a Small World LeSportsac bag of your own. 🙂

Cheers,
Nina

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LeSportsac x Disney – It’s a Small World Giveaway!!!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered! 

Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m throwing my very first GINORMOUS giveaway!!! A BIG thank you goes out to the lovely people over at LeSportsac for making this giveaway possible 😀 My awesomely fantastic readers have a chance to win THREE different purses from LeSportsac’s It’s a Small World line in their “Share Your Dreams” print.

The Third Place winner will be receiving the Small EveryGirl Tote! However, I’m sorry to say that this didn’t come with the face charm — I will find something to make up for it though! 🙂

The Second Place winner will be receiving the Deluxe Shoulder Satchel!

And finally, the Grand Prize winner will be receiving the Molly bag! Don’t let its small size fool you, this over-the-shoulder purse has room FOR DAYS! But that’s not all the Grand Prize winner will be getting! In honor of my blog’s 2 year anniversary, I decided to throw in some fun extra goodies!

Along with the Molly bag, the Grand Prize winner will be getting:

  • My favorite beauty staple – Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers
  • A cute little tissue pack featuring Woody and Buzz (Buzz is on the back) from Toy Story
  • Rose clip for your hair (just like the one I have in this post!)
  • A book by my favorite author, John Green!
  • A little Doctor Who toy (it’s a Dalek — no, I didn’t open. I just know!)
  • A pair of Princess Jasmine earrings from my Etsy store, Once Upon a Smorgasbord
  • Tiny Rapunzel pen
  • Princess Ariel notepad

Sounds good?

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment with your email address (so I know how to contact you if you win!)
  • Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment saying that you did. You can do so by either following me via WordPress or by entering your email address on the right side of the blog where it says “subscribe”
  • Follow me on Bloglovin’ and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  • “Like” the Le Fancy Geek page on Facebook and leave a comment with your name (on this post, not on the FB page).
  • “Like” the LeSportsac page on Facebook and leave a comment with your name (on this post, not on their FB page).
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your Twitter name.
  • Tweet “I just entered @pink_apple’s It’s a Small World @lesportsac bag giveaway on LeFancyGeek!!!” <– must be that exact same wording.
  • Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment with your Instagram name.
  • Re-gram the “Le Fancy Geek Giveaway” pic above with “I entered @chezfancypant’s It’s a Small World @lesportsac giveaway! #lefancygeeklesportsacgiveaway”
  • Follow me on Tumblr and leave a comment with your username.
  • Follow me on Chictopia and leave a comment with your username.
  • Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment letting me know you did with your username.
  • Pin one of my outfits on Pinterest and leave a comment letting me know you did (and your Pinterest username so I can see if you’re telling the truth!).
  • Follow me on Favery and leave a comment with your username.

And there you have it – FIFTEEN different ways to enter the contest!

Contest is only open to residents of the United States. Sorry, international folks 🙁

Please leave ONE comment per each thing you do on the post, don’t clump them all together like, “I followed you on Twitter, Facebook, Chictopia, etc and these are my usernames: -insert usernames-” — otherwise that only counts as one entry! And please, please, please, none of this unfollowing after the contest is over bidness. That is hella rude!

For people who already follow me on any of the aforementioned sites, you can enter the contest too! Please be sure to follow the guidelines as well 🙂

Winners will be picked at random.

EDIT: You have until May 2 Saturday, May 4 @ midnight (PST) to enter. Good luck!!!

Cheers,
Nina

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LeSportsac: It’s a Small World Bag Review

I’ve been holding out on some exciting news from you guys, but I’m ready to share it!

A couple of weeks ago the fine folks of LeSportsac contacted me and asked me if I could write a review AND host a giveaway on my blog for their spring line of It’s a Small World bags! When I first found out about this collaboration last year I flipped out because I’ve been a longtime fan of both Disney and LeSportsac (the very first expensive bag I bought myself was from their collaboration with Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line and my LeSportsac collection snow balled from there!), plus It’s a Small World has always been one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland since I was a little girl. So when I was approached by them to review a couple of bags for this particular line I did a little happy dance around my room! 😀

I’ll be giving more details about the giveaway tomorrow (and one of them will be filled with a bunch of special goodies in honor of my upcoming 2 year blogaversary!), but for now here’s my review of a couple of their super cute bags!

The Classic Hobo is not too big and not too small — it’s just right. <– that was so Goldilocks of me. Anyhow, I was able to stick my wallet, make-up bag, planner, a pack of gum, hand sanitizer, and a Cliff Bar, and there was still a bit of room to spare for a few other little things. This is the perfect kind of bag to take on the go — whether you’re hanging out with some friends, going to a concert, running errands, or heading to work. And I love the fact that you can adjust the strap, so you can wear it as a crossbody bag or over the shoulder.

The print of the bag is called “Share Your Dreams” and it features a bunch of little embroidered iconic landmarks from different nations and a charm that has the face from the tower of the attraction. I’m a HUGE fan of Mary Blair, the artist who designed It’s a Small World, and I think that LeSportsac did a lovely job at paying homage to her incredibly adorable iconic designs. It also came with a little pouch that can double as a little makeup bag (but I forgot to take a picture of it. D’oh)!

The other bag I really liked was the Carryall Tote. And true to its name, it really can carry all!

I was able to fit all the items I listed above in the Classic Hobo, along with my bulky Canon SX50 and iPad, and there was definitely room for even more! This tote is ideal for the kind of girl that likes to carry tons of things with her. It can also fit my 13 inch laptop, a water bottle, etc. I think this is the kind of bag I’d take along with me for travel purposes or if I find myself leaving the house to work on my blog elsewhere, that way I can take my camera and laptop with me. It’s also PERFECT for a trip to Disneyland! It’ll hold all the bare necesseties (I’m sorry, that was cheesy) and you can even fit snackies and little souvenirs in case you go shopping in between going on rides and eating Pineapple Dole Whips.

Stay tuned to find out how you can win your very own It’s a Small World purse on tomorrow’s post!

Cheers,
Nina

FTC disclosure: LeSportsac sent me these bags to keep and review. All opinions stated are of my own.

outfit #1 details – cardigan: Mossimo // Lady & the Tramp tank: Disney x Target (buy here) // rose hair pin: The Icing // purse: c/o LeSportsac (buy here

outfit #2 details – cardigan + dress: Old Navy (buy here + here) // shoes: Avenue // tote: c/o LeSportsac (buy similar here) //Hyacinth Hippo pin: Walt Disney Family Museum // hot pink belt: Xhileration (came w/a dress) // ring: random boutique fin

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