Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dapper Day at Disneyland.

Today I couldn't decide what I wanted to write about, I didn't have any outfit of the day photo's, I'm still working on hair tutorials and what not, and I haven't had any thrifting or antiquing hauls in awhile. So I thought to myself, "how do I kind of introduce myself to the blogging community with photos that are all ready to go and describe who I am?" And then it came to me... Dapper Day at Disneyland! 

For all the followers that I have had for years now know that I have had a vintage inspired style since I was in 8th grade and that I just ADORE disney. So you could just imagine my reaction to when I found out that there was such a thing where you get all the magic of disney with all the class of the past. Do you know what I am talking about? That's right DAPPER DAY! If you've never been to a Dapper Day but are toying with the idea of going, here are some of my favorite things about the day...

Well let me start of by saying that I already love dressing up for disney when I get the chance to visit. I just personally feel more comfortable in a dress with a vintage do and it is something that I feel helps me stand out in a crowd full of people. But enough about me! Dapper day is a day where what started as just a group of people but later turned into a mass of people, dress up (generally in vintage attire) to bring Disneyland back to it's humble beginnings so that you feel like you just stepped into the 1950's. No, you do not have to dress up in vintage or specifically in the 1950s, you can just wear something you believe is dressy or whatever decade may tickle your fancy, but in my opinion why not go for the gusto? It's something I believe is fun for the soul. There is just something about vintage attire that instantly bumps up your confidence and instantly makes you behave more elegantly and even more friendly. Not only that but I've noticed when I put more effort into my outfit I get treated with an out pour of kindness, which in a way isn't necessarily something that should be okay... but that's a different blog post all on it's own. Everyone at Dapper Day is so friendly and constantly commenting on how much they like your outfit which is always a great conversation starter. 

Along with all the compliments and friendly hello's there are special dapper day events going on throughout the day. Unfortunately my friends and I have never been able to make it to those events due to just heading to anaheim later in the day because of work and getting ready. From what I've seen they have a special little store where you can buy cute little souvenirs like fans and pins to remind you of that special day. This is usually held in the Grand Californian Hotel, I believe, which is accessible through California Adventure for everyone even when not staying in the hotel. They also have special picture events going on throughout the day where everyone meets up in front of the castle and on the Mark Twain river boat where everyone can Ooo and ahhh at each others outfits while looking out onto the park. Like I said before, we have never been able to do this but this upcoming Dapper Day will definitely be jammed pack with all of their special events.

Not only are there events going on inside the park, but they also have some going on outside the park. From what I've read they also have pre and post dapper day parties going on which you can find more information on any Dapper Day site. Now for the outfit picture portion...

I Had gone for a more 1920's inspired look for my first Dapper Day outfit thinking I could possibly still stand out amongst all the great vintage looks.  
I was tasked with the opportunity of Styling my friends hair and it took a long time but it turned out completely worth it! They all looked so beautiful! And can we just take a moment to talk about Kaylee's dress? (one on the far right) The back of it is just so unbelievably darling! I'm pretty jealous.... (;
Ali (far left) went for a classic 1950's inspired outfit, Alexis (middle) went for a early 1960's Breakfast At Tiffany's look, and Kaylee (far right) went for an early 1960's look.

It was so hot that day... we spent like half the day just sitting in the Animation Academy to cool off.

For the second Dapper Day we went to I decided to do a Snow White inspired hairdo and what I imagined her to wear in the 1950's without being too literal with her color scheme.
I chose a pastel colored dress with tons of flowers to bring Snow White's softness and innocence.

Probably my favorite photo of Ali and I EVER. 

Ali wore an adorable 1950's inspired outfit that was casual yet very put together. I absolutely love it!

Everyone we went to Dapper day with, they were all so much fun!

For these last two photo's I wanted to show you because I was super excited about it! I was on the LA weekly page along with a bunch of other beautiful people and was beyond flattered and excited!! I DO NOT OWN THIS PHOTO AND AM NOT TRYING TO TAKE CREDIT, I just wanted to show it to you all. (:
So here are some tips: 1. Be prepared for a hot day when it comes to the fall soiree. It can still be a tad hot here in SoCal in september, so just check the weather for that week to pack properly.
2. WHERE COMFORTABLE SHOES, I cannot stress this enough if you are staying all day. Both days my friends and I only spent half the day there so it was bearable wearing heels. Either wear a cute pair of vintage flats or invest in really good heels that are comfortable for all day use.
3. Depending on your money situation, try and bring snacks. If you don't have a whole bunch of money to be spending then bring some fruit, veggies, and granola bars and do bring money for meals. (comment to let me know if you want a blog post on where to eat at disneyland for getting the most bang for your buck.)
4. Bring some travel beauty essentials like bobby pins, a comb or collapsable brush, mirror, makeup for touchups, and napkins or oil blotters.
5. Try to pack as light as possible. I know it's hard for us girls but it is possible.
6. If you want an amazing vintage look but don't know how to get it they have professionals come in the Grand Californian that style you from head to toe to make you look absolutely classically fabulous. (or you can just wait for some of my tutorials to get an idea of how to style your hair and what not)
7. If you want to stay at the park they do give special discounts on the Grand Californian hotel and Disneyland Resort hotel for any dapper day guests. My girls and I will definitely be doing this for the next Soiree.
8. Last but most definitely not least, DRINK LOTS OF WATER. The last thing you want to do is pass out when at the park. They have water fountains everywhere and allow you to bring in water bottles and if you want to keep your packing light, here is a tip within a tip: you can go to any restaurant and ask for a cup of ice water and they will give it to you for free. For free?! Yes, for FREEEEEEE! 

For this next dapper day I hope you all join the Soiree and I will definitely be there classing it up with the girls!  

I hope this blog post was helpful and if you have any questions for me or any specific blog posts you would like me to write about let me know in the comment box below! Remember that you are a beautifully unique and have so much to offer the world!

Till Next Time My Darlings,

Paige Virginia

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A letter to those who feel like giving up.

To whom it may concern,

I know how you feel, you see all of your peers around you growing into life as what you've been taught to think. They are getting married, in relationships, graduating college, finding a career path, and just overall moving on with life. Meanwhile, you feel like you haven't even grown an inch in the right direction, you've barely gotten any classes done at school, have no idea what you want to do with your life or don't believe in yourself to accomplish those dreams, are not in a "meaningful" relationship or have maybe never been in one at all. You're still living at home trying to figure out life and feel like you're just worthless, well I've been there time and time again. Pretty much all of this describes exactly how I have felt recently, spinning my wheels in school, not knowing how to get where I want to be, feeling as though all my hopes and dreams are so far fetched and unrealistic, and feeling as a failure to all woman kind because I have never even been on a date before, even at the age of 20 years young. Noticed that I said young? Yeah, I wrote that purposely... See, our world tells us, "Go to school to get your degree by the age of 23 so that you won't be a failure. Go on a date as soon as you get into Jr. High and get your first boyfriend by the age of 16 so you wont be on a journey to crazy cat lady land in your future. Oh! And you definitely need to lose your virginity by the age of 18 or else you will be considered a freak, but you're a slut if you sleep with someone and get caught. You're getting close to your 30's and STILL have no husband?! Pft, you better hang in the towel now for 5 kitty litter boxes and dozens of cat toys for your cat children, that, or marry someone who you just feel so-so about. And your dreams? Go for it! Just make sure you are exceptionally attractive because that's the most important thing in life, to be beautiful. You don't think you are? Well here are some diet pills and loads of makeup to help you achieve 'that look' we are looking for..." Yeah, it is a pretty cruel world we live in.... But I'm not writing to bash the world we live in, even if it seems as though I am. In fact I have quite a different view than what you may be thinking...

See, while all of these statements have been very true in my life I have been able to turn my cheek to those negative guidelines on how life should be lived and turn my gaze on something higher and more beautiful than you could ever imagine. I am a sucker for fairytales, love stories, the whole bit. All my life I have truly believed in these things, I have believed that true love exists, that Prince Charming is waiting for me on a white horse ready to save me, and that all things are possible even if everyone around you is telling you it's not. I am able to see the beauty in pain and mistakes and the true beauty that lies beneath the surface of people who have the most gorgeous of actions. But this wasn't always so. Nope, I was not born perfect. Shocker, I know... There was only one thing for me that made all of these unreachable dreams and philosophies on life possible. Whether you believe it or not, it is true to me. God was that one thing that made all things infinitely possible. 

At a young age I accepted Christ as my savior only knowing that I couldn't handle this world alone... and boy am I glad that I made that prayer at such a young age! I don't know what my life would have been like if I had never made that prayer and life-altering change. My morals, beliefs, and standards would be very contrary to what I know today and that would change my entire outlook on life. Because I have been blessed to know my God for so long I have been able to mold my life in a way that goes against the current of our world. I have never been on a date or in a relationship, excluding those stupid elementary love affairs that consist of awkward hugs in between sightings of eachother. I have been able to learn true independence along with finding my true self and what my standards on life are. I am able to see the world in a glass is half full kind of way that is full of miracles and fantasy-like qualities all because I got off my high horse to allow God to show his infinite light for the world. 

It's really amazing when I think about it, without having such a positive source in my life I don't know what my world would look like. Obviously I have had my major up and downs and those will continue till the day I die. I have given in to the ways of the world, one in particular was giving in to an unhealthy love affair with a boy who was only in it because it was summer and he had nothing better to do. I gave into him because I was at a point of giving up on finding the right guy and waiting for God. I became impatient and selfish and didn't care what God wanted for me and lowered all my standards for my taste in boys and in return I received a bad summer fling that left me with a sense of being all alone in a scary world. And to get the elephant out of the virtual room, yes I am a virgin and will be till my wedding night because that is my own personal moral, and in no way do I think I am a better person than someone who has lost their virginity but that is a whole different topic all on it's own. Anyway, I gave up on the hope of finding my Prince Charming that was created just for me and opened myself up to fall for someone who did not live their life for Christ. I ended up getting my heart broken into pieces for years and learned a very valuable lesson on who I am and what I need and that is to not lose hope in the unknown. God truly has a plan for you and he will bring you your prince or princess. They will be more than you could ever dream of, they will want to protect you from pain, and they will sacrifice whatever they have to in order to make that possible for you. God is worth the wait. This is something I tell myself everyday, because I know even through the struggle of wanting to fall in love and tending to grow impatient with God, that God's fairytale ending for me will be well worth the wait.

Always have faith and hope in yourself and your dreams no matter what the world may say. Trust me, I know it's easier to just give up on a hard road that will end in the city of your dreams for a detour to a quaint little town that is nice and cozy for the time being but will never truly satisfy your innermost desires. You are hearing this from a hopeful professional dancer, so yes, I know how daunting it is to go after a dream that is more likely to reject you than accept you and judge you based off of the way you look. There have been a few times that I just couldn't handle the rejection anymore, I thought to myself 'It isn't worth it...' but God told me otherwise. He showed me that I am meant to perform for others because I can make them laugh, smile, or cry and that I shouldn't lower my standards for my future career just because a few people didn't want me for a particular part. He purposely puts certain passions into your soul for a reason, and typically those passions are going to be difficult to chase, they are not going to be handed to you on a silver platter. You will have to step out of your comfort zone and fight for it, but not only that, you are going to have to trust that God will be there to catch you when you fall and will guide you the rest of the way, and he will. 

I guess the moral of this letter is to always have faith and never give up. Everyone has a story, a passion, and a dream to be fulfilled and it is never too late to achieve those things. God has his own timing for a reason, this is something that has been my most important lesson in life, his timing is perfect even if at the time it seems like it is the most heart wrenching disappointment. You will later see why he was saying no at that particular moment to that one boy or girl, that one potential job, or whatever you may going through. Remember that God says you are beautiful no matter what anyone may say about you, you have a purpose in this world to better it, you are worth fighting for, you're not a loser because your still a virgin or have never been in a relationship before, you're not trash if you have lost your virginity to someone before marriage, there is hope of finding your true love no matter how old you are, you are "fearfully and wonderfully made..." (Psalm 149:14) and that makes you worth more than you could ever imagine. Don't lose hope in something beautiful and full of hope and love and sacrifice no matter what that may be for you. For me that is God and he has become my everything.

I hope in some way this has inspired at least one person to live their life to the fullest, to better themselves and possibly even help someone find what I have found in Christ. 

Till next time my dearies,

Paige Viriginia