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Single Riders Line

I was able to go to my home away from home last weekend before my Annual Pass expires next Friday. I had no plans to renew it, but now with all the Star Wars stuff that’s going to be happening at the park, like Season of the Force, I’m definitely reconsidering. I wish I knew how to quit you, Disneyland!

Anyhow, my sister and I got to go on Saturday and for a few hours on Sunday together, but she left after our cousin’s wedding shower so I ended up going to Disneyland solo on Sunday night. I figured I might as well take advantage of the fact that I still had access to both parks (and discounts!).

I realize that walking around Disneyland by yourself sounds a bit depressing. I did it once before when I went with my former boyfriend and his then girlfriend and her little brother — I know that seems weird, but they invited me and who says no to Disneyland? I was the only one that had a Magic Morning pass that allowed me to go to the park an hour early, so I ditched them… actually, I ditched them a few times and walked around by myself. While alone, I went on Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and the Winnie the Pooh ride where the cast member actually let me and the grandpa/grandson duo I shared a beehive shaped vehicle with go on the ride twice in a row! I was fine alone for those few hours because I at least knew I would be hanging out with my friends again later on in the day.

Disneyland is one of those places where you go with family or friends to have fun and create special memories with them. But you know what? I was fine on my own last Sunday knowing that I wouldn’t be accompanied later on. There were a few moments where I’d see a couple walk past me holding hands and I felt a bit sad since I didn’t have anyone to keep me company. And HOLY CRAP, I was literally surrounded by couples hugging each other in the stretching room at the Haunted Mansion. I’m not even exaggerating. And while I was walking around the park, which was oddly humid for a Sunday night, I started thinking, “Why are you all holding hands? Why are you standing so close to each other? IT IS SUPER MUGGY RIGHT NOW. Do you not feel it? Are you not affected?! UGH.” So I might be a bit of a hypocrite, because I once was one of those people you’d see with their boyfriend looking disgustingly sweet. And yeah, sometimes we held hands when it was unbearably hot outside. But I digress…

Just walking around by myself, I started thinking about how great it is to be single. I can be selfish and focus on my wants and needs without having to consider someone else’s (does that sound harsh?). No sharing food (actually, that comes in handy when I’m not that hungry). No compromises. No feeling judged for wanting to buy certain items (like a My Little Pony dress (former boyfriend wasn’t crazy about it) or a Duffy Bear purse… which I totally bought and rocked at the park on Sunday morning), and no feeling bad for talking about how I want certain material possessions.

Yeah, I like material things! I love fashion. I love clothes and accessories and cute geeky toys and books. I’m a fashion blogger and a geek.  I am living in a material world and baby, I am a material girl. DEAL WITH IT.

Whooaaa… okay, got a little carried away and self-righteous there for a minute, but you know what I mean, right? Being single just makes me feel more free. Not that I ever felt constricted in my last relationship, but I’m finding that I can do things that I truly want to do, and I have more time to devote to myself which is very important. Before my last ex, I only ever had one boyfriend and we didn’t last very long. So after that, I spent a good amount of time pining for love. I just wanted to be wanted and also be able to reciprocate those feelings. I never appreciated singledom until now. So although I did truly love my ex more than anything, I’m finally starting to honestly feel good about life as a single lady and learning how to enjoy my own company.

Okay, enough of the sentimental stuff.

In case you’re wondering, “What does one do while they’re on their lonesome at the Happiest Place on Earth?” Well,  I got to hit the Little Mermaid and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at California Adventure, and when I got to Disneyland the parade was just ending and they were getting ready for fireworks so I just headed to the Disney Gallery to look at some art and watched Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, walked to Fantasyland only to find that every ride was closed, and then went on the Haunted Mansion and ended the night with the Jungle Cruise. I wanted my farewell ride to be on King Arthur’s Carrousel, but at that point it was already 11pm and I just wanted to go back to the hotel and eat. So that was my fun solo date at Disneyland.

Do you like taking yourself on solo dates? Where do you take yourself when you go out on the town on your own? Let me know in the comments!

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dress: Field Day Wearables (one of) | cardigan: Old Navy (buy similar here)
belt + undershirt: Xhileration (thrifted/old purchase) | hair flower: Icing (n/a)
shoes: deflex Comfort (buy here) | Duffy purse: Disneyland (buy here)

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PS: Goofy was going in for a hug when I took a picture with him, but then he jumped back with excitement when I saw that he was on my dress! Oh, Goofy. You silly dog.

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Foodies, ASSEMBLE!

Hey ponies! I’m a hella late with this, buuuut as I promised I’m back with a post about some of the decadent treats I was able to devour while I was at Disneyland. 😀

Better late than never, right?

But first I just wanted to say thank you to Kelsey, Cara, and Celina for sharing their awful break-up tales in the über personal post I put up earlier this month, and for being so kind and supportive. And also to Kristin for offering words of encouragement too! I was wary of what would happen after I clicked “publish” on that post, but I’m feeling the love. And while I’m very sorry that some of you were able to relate to it, it feels good to know that I’m not alone. Thank you, ladies!

Okay, let’s talk about food now…

Avengers inspired om noms were added to Red Rockett’s Pizza Port last month which include a Black Widow parfait, Mach V red velvet waffle, and a Captain America cookie. As much as I love Cap, his cookie looked kind of lame — it’s just a regular round sugar cookie with his shield on it — but we tried the other two treats while we were there for the 24 Hour event. Lemme tell you, that Mach V red velvet waffle is the most epic looking thing I have ever consumed. It has gold glitter on it for f*ck’s sake with cream cheese frost oozing from every edible orifice. It definitely tasted more cake-ish, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unless you have a huge appetite, I’d suggest sharing it with someone because it’s HUGE!


[photo taken from my sister’s Instagram 🙂]

The Black Widow parfait is filled with layers upon layers of chocolate cake, chocolate syrup, strawberry filling, white and chocolate mousse, and has little crunchy chocolates sprinkled on top and a white chocolate Black Widow logo. SO MUCH. CHOCOLATE. If we can’t have tons of Black Widow merch (get with it, yo!), at least there’s a dessert that was created in her honor! And it’s tasty to boot. 😀

Hopefully Disneyland will add Hulk, Hawkeye, and Thor om noms to their menu too. They could totally have a green slushy for Hulk, or even a salad if they want to take the healthy route. Or a pizza with broccoli and spinach? Don’t say eww, I’d totally eat it!

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Jingles All the Way

Hey my little ponies! I’m back with a bit more of my trip to Disneyland.

A trip to Disney isn’t complete without seeing my favorite equine, Jingles. And I finally got to take a side-by-side picture with my tattoo of her (pictured below)! I had it done last year by Jen Lee at Tattoo City in San Francisco. She did such a great job capturing all the details, didn’t she?

I remember when Disneyland celebrated its 50th anniversary, Jingles was gold from head to hoof! Many of the rides had at least one gold vessel, so I was a little surprised to see that Disney didn’t encrust diamonds on any of the rides in similar fashion to what they did for their 50th. Oh well! Sleeping Beauty Castle itself provides enough sparkle as is, so I guess it’s okay that none of the other attractions throughout the park got a fancy updo. 😀

For the 24 hour event, I knew that comfort would obviously be key. I wasn’t sure how long we’d last for the event beforehand, but I knew I would be freezing while we waited in line to get into the park. Unfortunately for me, freezing meant that pants would be the practical choice over my usual dress or skirt. You all know how I feel about pants… I HATE ‘EM! When I went to school in San Francisco I constantly wore dresses even though it was always super chilly, but the cold never bothered me anyway (ha!) so I didn’t really care. But I knew I was going to be sleeping on the ground outside. A dress/skirt would’ve been all kinds of impractical!

It feels slightly really silly how stressed out I got over figuring out what to wear. My sister said, “I don’t care what I look like, I’m just trying to be comfortable.” And I’m thinking, “But I’m a fashion blogger, I feel like I need to look cute AND be comfortable!” UGH. So I settled on a floral skirt (because I thought it’d be hot in the afternoon but I was wrong), denim vest, a light knit pullover, and the comfiest sneakers in all the land. Seriously, these black Vans I got a few days before I left for Anaheim are probably the comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn to the park. Sure, my feet ached for a bit, but I never had to do what I call my horse-foot-stomp t0 make my feet feel better. And most importantly: NO BLISTERS! Bless you, Vans. BLESS. YOU.

I’ll be back soon with more Disney! And next time it’ll be all about food. SPOILER ALERT: An Iron Man waffle will be involved. 😀

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pullover: Merona // vest: Mossimo (buy here)
skirt: Gap // belt: A|X //
shoes: Vans (buy here) // 
glasses: Firmoo (similar here)
necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (buy here)

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Staying Up All Night Makes Me Grumpy

When I found out that Disneyland was going to have another 24-hour event I thought I MUST GO! I missed out on their past ones, and even though my sister told me it’s extremely exhausting (she went to the very first one) I still wanted to go. Disneyland for an ENTIRE day? Yaaaasss pleeeeaaasse!

I thought I would be okay because I figured I could always take a power nap on the train that goes around Disneyland (which I have totally done before), but I soon found that I was way in over my head. We (my sister, her boyfriend, and myself) went to the park around 10:30-11 on Thursday night to guarantee that we’d get into the park when it opened at 6am on Friday morning and that we’d also get whatever commemorative gift they were giving out to the first 2,000 people in line (spoiler alert: they were Mickey ears). There were soooo many people lined up already! People even had tents set up, which I found totally bizarre and practical at the same time. I managed to get a little bit of sleep while we waited out in the esplanade. I’m not entirely sure how much time, but I definitely know it wasn’t enough.

This picture really doesn’t show how ridiculous the line was.

We got into Disneyland around 4:30ish-5, and our main objective was to get a locker. I’m dumb and just brought my purse and a tote bag with an extra change of clothes because I didn’t want to wear pants all day long (blegh!), so once I was actually inside Disneyland I made a beeline for the lockers. As I was walking I noticed that a line had already started and the end of it was all the way by end of the right side of Main Street. I assumed it was for Starbucks. It ended up being for the locker area. :/

Sooo… if you ever decide to do one of these things, bring a backpack because HOLY F*CKING SH!T.

Standing in the crowd in the middle of Main Street, I thought What fresh hell did I get myself into? 

I love Disneyland almost more than anything, you all know this. But this was crazy! I was okay for a while since we managed to hit Indiana Jones, get fast passes for The Haunted Mansion (which we didn’t even get to go on), and eat breakfast all within an hour (I have never been in a line so long to get food), and was pretty much pumped because I was at Disneyland! I even saw that Thumper was still at the Springtime Round Up while we were on the train. But once we got there he was nowhere to be found! I looked at all the characters — Roger Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, and Pluto with bunny ears — and exclaimed “it’s the same as last time!” and proceeded to stomp my foot on the floor and throw my head back in frustration. What woman in their late 20s does that?!

A sleep deprived one that suffers from Peter Pan syndrome…  that’s what kind of woman.

Around 4:30 sleep deprivation took us as her prisoner and by 6 (because we needed funnel cake) we were heading back to the hotel. So we obviously didn’t make it all the way through, which was a bummer because a lot of the things we wanted to do happened to be at night, but even though I was exhausted and cantankerous I’m still glad I went!

I’ll be back with more of my Disneyland adventure this week. Stay tuned!

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Oh, Hey! I’m Still Alive

My trip to Disneyland last weekend literally left me speechless. No… seriously. I left with a baaaad case of laryngitis. Perhaps Ursula stole my voice while I was on the Little Mermaid ride at California Adventure — it stopped 5 times while I was on it. It only makes sense! <– no it doesn’t, I obviously caught something from someone.

I’m able to speak again despite the fact that my throat feels like a rabid kitten had been set lose and used it as a scratching post. That’s a step up from having a completely sore throat though, right? No? Yeah, you’re probably right. They’re both pretty terrible.

Anyway, I just wanted to leave a post to let y’all know I’m not dead! I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about experiencing my first 24 hour event at a Disney Park and how long I lasted. SPOILER ALERT: Totally didn’t last all 24 hours.

Until tomorrow, my little ponies! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. ♥

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Le Fancy Geek Boutique Scavenger Hunt @ Disneyland

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Hey my little ponies! So it looks like I fell off the face of the earth again — oops. I’m actually in Anaheim right now because I’m heading to Disneyland’s 24 hour event to kick off their Diamond Celebration tomorrow! Or technically, I’m lining up later tonight.

I’m not entirely sure how I will survive this, but I’m going to be scattering some Disney/Marvel themed necklaces from Le Fancy Geek Boutique around the park for anyone to take home!

Designs include:

  • Steve Rogers (Captain America)
  • Thor
  • Mary Poppins
  • Indiana Jones
  • Elsa
  • Baymax

If you’re going to be there too, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @lefancygeek to get updates on where you can find each one! 😀

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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Rides at Disneyland

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This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is all about theme parks! I haven’t been to any other theme park as much as Disneyland, so this post is just going to consist of my favorite rides at Disneyland/California Adventure. Coming up with a list was a lot harder than I thought it would be and only made me miss the Happiest Place on Earth even more. UGH! I can’t wait to head back next month for their 24 hour day!!!

 

1. Space Mountain

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Space Mountain is usually the first ride I head to when I go to Disneyland. It’s a great way to start the day with all the cool air blasting in your face. Also, you’re in SPACE (or “space”), so how awesome is that? Trying to figure out what pose to do at the end when the camera flashes is fun too! The picture above is from a few years ago when I went on the ride by myself and hid my face with Mr. Pricklepants in case the family I was behind thought of buying the picture at the end. Hehe! 😀

2. Tower of Terror

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This ride is the beeeesssstt!!! The multiple drops make my stomach flip over and over which sounds like it’d be awfully uncomfortable, but I find it so thrilling!

3. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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So many people rag on this ride, but I think it’s so adorable and chill. Sure, the heffalumps and woozles part feels like you’re part of Winnie the Pooh’s acid trip, but you’re lying if you say you don’t sing along with the song during that part of the ride.

4. It’s a Small World

This ride is so visually stunning and adorable! Mary Blair FOREVER AND EVER.

5. Indiana Jones: Temple of the Forbidden Eye

The wait time for this ride is always the most ridiculous, but completely understandable because it’s amazing! Every time you go on it, it’s like fulfilling my childhood dream of going on an adventure with Indiana Jones.

Honorable Mention: Haunted Mansion Holiday

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I was about to list the Haunted Mansion, but as much fun as that ride is, it makes me think about how my time on Earth is limited and that I’m going to die one day. How morbid! Who wants to think about that at Disneyland? NOT ME. During the holiday season it gets a Nightmare Before Christmas makeover and it’s the best thing EVER, and though it’s still macabre, it’s not like “Oh my God, I’m gonna die and cease to exist” — it’s just fun!

What are your favorite Disney attractions? Let me know in the comments!

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To find out the origins of 5 Fandom Friday, go here. And check out The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick to catch up with the latest prompts! 

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The Hoppiest Place on Earth

My week long break from work came to an end today. BLURGH. Spring Break, why did you have to go by so fast? Anywho, I hope you all had a happy Easter Sunday yesterday! And if you didn’t celebrate, I hope your Sunday was awesome anyway. 🙂

A couple weeks ago when I was in SoCal, I got to go to Disneyland to celebrate my sister’s birthday before heading to the Geek Week Fashion show. It was a pretty relaxing visit as we just went around the park doing the Disney Egg-Stravaganza Easter egg hunt, and we also took some pictures with popular Disney bunnies at the Spring Time Round-Up that was set up in Frontierland. I’m still bummed that I didn’t get to meet the White Rabbit and Thumper, because deep down I’m still 5, y’know. I think we managed to complete the egg hunt within 2 or 3 hours (we stopped for lunch, so probably 2 hours), and decided to head to California Adventure and do the egg hunt there! We probably could’ve gotten it done a lot faster if we didn’t spend 10 minutes looking for the Goofy egg that was hidden at the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland. For the record, he wasn’t hidden anywhere near the actual ride! What sneaks.

It was fun, and we got a couple of cute Disney eggs in the end — I got the White Rabbit and Thumper which were the ones I really wanted! — but if I didn’t have an Annual Pass, I don’t think I’d partake in it again just because it takes up a good chunk of time.

Oh, can I talk about my dress for a minute because LOOK AT HOW EPIC IT IS! It has Sleeping Beauty castle all over it and was designed by Save the Panduhs. I had been lusting after it like something fierce for a long time, but it wasn’t available anymore. But in February I saw that they were ordering a few more for one last go, and I ordered one on my phone in the middle of dinner during Galentine’s Day (I do not mess). Luckily it arrived a few days before I left for LA!

The dress is a compliment factory too. I don’t think I’ve ever been stopped so many times by people to let me know they really dug my outfit! 😀

While taking pictures by the castle the Evil Queen walked by and said, “How about you take a picture of some real beauty?” and then she stood so my “good side” wasn’t facing the camera. It’s like she knew I’m not photogenic on my right side. What a wicked jerk! But I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland for their 24 hour event next month with my sister and her boyfriend!

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13932753164_59cedb28abdress: Save the Panduhs (no longer available)
shoes: Blowfish Shoes (no longer available) // cardigan: Gold Drama
necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (buy here)
crinoline: Tatyana Boutique (buy here)
glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy similar here)

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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Disneyland Snacks

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I’m feeling very homesick for Disneyland. I often refer to it as my second home, because that’s really how I feel about it! This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is supposed to be about our favorite snacks to eat while we blog, but umm… I don’t really snack when I blog. Is that weird? I mean, sometimes I do, but not enough to warrant a blog post dedicated to it.

Instead, I’m going to share my 5 favorite Disneyland snacks. One of the things I love (and miss) most about Disneyland are the delicious treats they have to offer! I’m omitting a couple of my absolute favorites though, which would be Pineapple Dole Whip and Churros, just because they get enough attention from everyone else. I mean, we all know how great they are!

Anyhow, here are some of my other favorite snacks from Disneyland:

1. Deep Fried Pickles from Carnation Cafe

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I’m not a fan of regular ‘ol pickles, but the deep fried ones from Carnation Cafe on Main Street are soooo good!

2. Fruit tart from Jolly Holiday Cafe

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Jolly Holiday Cafe is my favorite place grab lunch and sweet treats. They have the selection of baked goods too, but my favorite is the fruit tart. The chocolate tart is perfection too, and it’s shaped like Mickey’s head to boot! 🙂

3. Pretzels

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Honestly, anything that looks like Mickey Mouse tastes 10 times better! Now if only they’d make the cream cheese pretzels like this too…

4. Corn Dogs

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I haven’t eaten anything deep fried since I completed my Whole30, and quite frankly I’m frightened to find out how my body would react to it. But corn dogs from the Disneyland Resort are deloycious! I love how they’re freshly made and not frozen garbage you can easily get at the grocery store.

5. Chocolate Mickey Mouse Cookie

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I like to call these the “Rick Ross” cookies because the large chocolate portion resembles Rick Ross’ beard. 😀

What are your favorite Disney snacks? Let me know in the comments!

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To find out the origins of 5 Fandom Friday, go here. And check out The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick to catch up with the latest prompts! 

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Everyday Cosplay: Indiana Jones

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blouse: ModCloth // skirt: // ModCloth
cardigan: Junk De Luxe // tote: ModCloth
shoes: Blowfish // bracelet:
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fedora: Goorin Bros. // necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique

The Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Wednesday!

I can’t believe the ride is that old… I was only nine when it came out. Damn, I feel old! But the ride is timeless because Indiana Jones is such classic and iconic character. And of course, it’s one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland! Actually, it’s probably everyone’s favorite because whenever I’m there the wait time for it is ridiculous. I think the longest I’ve seen the wait time listed was for 85 minutes. Yikes!

In honor of the attraction’s big 2-0, I put together an Indiana Jones everyday cosplay with a feminine twist. Rather than opting for a leather (or faux leather) jacket similar to Indy’s, I replaced it with a dark brown cardigan. Despite his hatred of serpentine creatures, I included a gold snake bracelet that kind of looks like a treasure he’d come across on one of his many adventures. I also paired my Indiana Jones necklace with it too! And of course, no Indiana Jones inspired outfit is complete without a fedora (whip is optional). 😀

Happy Anniversary Indiana Jones! May you take us all on many more adventures ♡

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