Spring Dapper Day 2015 | Disneyland

We meet again, dearest Disneyland! As we explained in the Fall, Dapper Day is a bi-annual event at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, encouraging you to embrace your ability to dress up and step out in style!

Sam was unable to attend this year due to a new and exciting job change so Courtney and I attended same as last year, with Ally and Jackie as our Spring dapper dates!

I was inspired to dress with a 60’s go-go dancer in mind after finding both my dress and boots in the same thrift store, first try!

Michelle’s Outfit | Scarf: Ross // Dress: Community Thrift // Tank: Target // Tights: Target // Boots: Community Thrift.

Ally “DapperBounded” as Honey Lemon from the new animated Disney movie, Big Hero Six! Although not pictured, she had a stuffed version of her healthcare companion, Baymax, with her.

Ally’s Outfit | Dress: Vintage from Etsy // Shoes: Keds // Headband: Tasha via Nordstrom // Glasses: eBay.

Jackie’s whole ensemble channeled the 1940’s, almost First Lady status with the red, red lips and pearls.

Jackie’s Outfit | Dress: MkLAREN Boutique // Pearls: Borrowed // Shoes: Borrowed.

Courtney, like Ally, DapperBounded as Joy from the new Disney animated film, Inside Out, premiering later this year!

Courtney’s Outfit | Dress: Pin Up Girl Clothing // Cardigan: Sidecca // Head Scarf: Pin Up Girl Clothing // Earrings: Gifted // Necklace: Borrowed // Shoes: Amazon.

All hair and makeup was done by the lovely Moe Marquez aka #moebeauty. Stay tuned for a special post featuring #comoemakeupandphotos!

And if you missed out on Spring Dapper Day this year, Dapper Day: Fall Soirée at Disneyland is Friday, September 18th!

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Highlight: DisneyBound

What is DisneyBounding? I think the best definition comes from the creator of the style sensation herself, Leslie Kay:

“DisneyBounding is a way for teenagers and adults to show their love and appreciation for Disney and play dress up without actually wearing a costume so it takes trendy clothes and bases the outfits after Disney characters.” – Disney Geekery, Interview: Disneybound Explained By Leslie Kay

Essentially, where Disney and fashion collide. I recently took a trip down to Southern California to attend Spring Dapper Day 2015 and with a day in California Adventure before Dapper Day, the gang agreed that we should Disneybound as the Fab Five (four in our case): Mickey and Minnie Mouse as well as Donald and Daisy Duck. With best friends partnered as the iconic duos, we rocked the park in our makeshift outfits!


I DisneyBounded as Mickey Mouse.


Jackie, DisneyBounding as Minnie Mouse.


Allie and Cojo (Courtney), DisneyBounding as Daisy and Donald Duck, respectively.


The Fab Four!

What’s great about DisneyBounding is you take what you already have in your closet and translate it into a Disney character of your choice. Sometimes a little shopping excursion is helpful but otherwise take a look in your closet and see what you can come up with!

If you’re feeling inspired, you can check out some more outfits put together on DisneyBound’s tumblr!

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Whosits and Whatsits Galore

“Hello. I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion. Have a lollipop!”

If you haven’t seen Disney’s Big Hero 6 yet then you probably think I’m talking nonsense, but if you have seen the animated film, you’ll recognize the line above from Baymax, (or as a certain friend calls him, Baemax) the cuddly robot!

If you are anywhere near as geeky or a “Disnerd” as I am then you will love
Whositsandwhatsits, the site that this Baymax beanie was purchased from! The company was founded in 2011 by Tiffany Mink, and has become a holy grail for all the Disney merch you could ever need, I highly recommend you check it out!

While on my most recent trip to Disneyland Resort, I got the chance to hang out and shoot with our good friend Courtney (aka Cojo), who we’ve previously mentioned in our Dapper Day posts. We exchanged these beanies as Christmas gifts, so it was only appropriate to have a photoshoot!

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“Flying makes me a better care provider,” so back on to a plane and off to San Fransokyo I went at the end of the weekend!

Michelle’s Outfit | Beanie: Whosits and Whatsits // Jacket: Articles of Society // Shirt: Buffalo by David Bitton // Pants: American Eagle // Shoes: Vans.

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Also, don’t forgot to enter in our giveaway going on until Saturday, January 31st! Entry closes at 12pm PST. Details can be found here!

90’s Day | Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

Unofficially, we used the day after Dapper Day as our 90’s Day–a day in the parks to recreate our Mom’s 90’s Disney photos. Or rather, Michelle did because I was stuck on the couch with heat exhaustion. While Michelle had the benefit of recreating her mom’s 90’s photographs at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, we agreed since I had already modified my items that we’d shoot my outfit as well on a later date at a secondary location. I’ll just have to save the actual recreation of my mom’s photo with Tigger for our next Disney adventure!

Without further ado, please enjoy our very hip 90’s throwbacks!


Michelle’s Outfit | Shirt: Thrifted // Shorts: Mom’s // Shoes: Vans // Fanny Pack: Borrowed.


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Sam’s Outfit | Shirt: Thrifted/DIY; Shorts: Thrifted/DIY; Shoes: Converse; Mouse Ears: Disneyland; Earrings: Vintage; Smiley Face Backpack: Vintage.

After seeing us in all our 90’s glory, you’re probably wondering why we embarked on such a lovely endeavor. Well, Michelle was doing as she does, rummaging through boxes of old pictures her parents stashed away and uncovered a pack of prints from her parents trip to Disneyland in 1994. Thus, the idea was born. If you know us, you know we are total dorks and the opportunity to recreate them was simply too good to pass up! Here’s hoping you enjoyed this as much as we did 😉

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Highlight: The Making of 90’s Day

Before we dive into our 90’s day at Disneyland, we previously mentioned that it took us a while to find garments that matched our Mom’s outfits from back in the day. We did, of course, have success in the end and in Sam’s case, even modified the items.

Above is a photo of Sam’s mom wearing the outfit Sam wanted to recreate. Keep in mind it was about 90 degrees the weekend we were in Anaheim and there was no way Sam was wearing long sleeves and jeans for the entire day. She decided to cut her pants into shorts by these very easy steps:

  1. Try the pants on, and standing in front of a mirror, mark the desired length of the shorts on one leg with a pencil or washable pen.
  2. Remove the pants and lay them on a flat surface. Using a tape measure, measure from pant hem to desired mark and take note of the length of measurement.
  3. Using a ruler, draw a line across the pant leg at the desired mark, making sure it runs parallel to the pant hem.
  4. Mark the other leg at the same length so both marks are at the same level, and repeat step 3.
  5. Once you’ve made sure both lines are at the same level and the shorts are indeed at the desired length, start cutting.
  6. Cuff shorts if desired and iron them to keep crease.

Congratulations! You’ve just made shorts from pants.

Sam also decided to modify a crew neck tee to mimic her mom’s v-neck shirt. Below are the steps for creating a faux v-neck slit:

  1. Fold the shirt in half to find the middle and lay flat while folded. Make sure to smooth out any creases.
  2. Dot the middle of the fold with pencil or washable pen about 2″ down from the front neck.
  3. Try the shirt on and establish desired v point (is that less than the 2″ dot or more than the 2″ dot? Your choice as to how deep your v will be). Mark desired v point.
  4. Very lightly draw (preferably with a pencil) the desired v shape you like (wide, narrow or slightly curved, your choice).
  5. Remove the shirt, fold in half again and lay flat. Using a curved ruler (hip curve/french curve ruler for you savvy fashion students), follow the penciled line to create your v shape.
  6. Once you’re sure you’ve created the v shape you desire, you want to start cutting at your v point, through the top layer of one side only (you don’t want to accidentally cut through the back of the shirt).
  7. Stop cutting before you hit the neck binding. You do not want to cut up to the shoulder seam. In Sam’s case, she stopped cutting about 2″ down from the shoulder seam.
  8. Flip shirt over and repeat steps 6 & 7.
  9. Unfold shirt, try it back on and voilà! Now you’ve got a shirt with a faux v-neck slit. (And because the shirt is jersey, the edges won’t fray–only curl and will stretch out–so handle with care!)

Be sure to catch our next post to see Sam’s final product and Michelle’s throwback outfit recreated at Disneyland!

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Highlight: Cojosweeps

We’d like to dedicate this post to one of our very good friends, Courtney Johnson, aka Cojo. Michelle and I met Cojo while working at McCaulou’s (oh, McCaulou’s), and bonded over various things like art, Disney and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cojo and I love us some Avatar.

Cojo is a (head) sweep at Disney California Adventure, hence the name “Cojosweeps.” Cojo did us a huge favor during our Anaheim trip by photographing and editing our photos for our Dapper post. She also joined us in the recreation of our relatives 90’s Disney photos (more on that later!) As a special thanks, we’re featuring her on both occasions in her very own dedication post!



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This 90’s throwback recreation was so awesome, I really wish I didn’t have heat exhaustion the day of. Thankfully, Michelle and Cojo were able to complete the task and their photos turned out magnificent! We all scoured thrift stores for weeks trying to find items that matched accordingly to what our Moms, and in Cojo’s case, her Grandmother wore back in the day. Luckily, Cojo’s Grandma still had some items like the stellar white Mickey visor Cojo’s rocking.

Cojo, you’re adorable and we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us before, during and after our trip and we appreciate you immensely! Love ya lady ❤

If you’d like to check out Cojo’s awesome photography, please visit her Flickr.

Stay tuned for more info about 90’s Day, Michelle’s throwback outfit and how I ended up recreating the flashback.

Shirt: Thrifted; Skirt: Thrifted; Headband: Sam’s; Fan: Dapper Day; Belt: Amanda’s; Shoes: Modcloth.

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Fall Dapper Day 2014 | Disneyland

Getting ready for Dapper Day is something of a feat. When there’s 1 bathroom and 7 people currently residing in an apartment, one MUST be up early for Dapper Day shenanigans (aka the lovely hours girls take getting ready). After taking turns in and out of the bathroom, we gathered in the living room and did each other’s hair and make-up–a definite perk of getting ready with your girlfriends!

Michelle channeled a 50’s Southern Belle for her Dapper Day outfit, complete with her wide-brimmed straw hat and bow-tie heels. Telling her she looked like Aurora once her hair was curled might have been Michelle’s best compliment of the day (yes? no?) But it was so true!

Michelle’s Outfit | Dress: Borrowed; Hat: Thrifted; Shoes: Thrifted; Earrings: Mom’s; Mickey Necklace: Mom’s; Pink Necklace: Mom’s.


Sam leaned more towards an edgy 30’s get up, complete with shoulder pads and sequins! With the purchase of a Dapper Day parasol later in the day, the outfit was complete!

Be sure to keep an eye out for a special dedication post coming this weekend 😉 ❤

Sam’s Outfit | Top: Thrifted // Skirt: Forever 21 // Shoes: Steve Madden // Parasol: Dapper Day // Hair accessory: (It’s actually an appliqué bobby-pinned in–ha! Supes crafty).

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*Dapper Day photography taken and edited by our amazingly talented friend, Courtney Johnson aka Cojo.

Highlight: Dapper Day Fall Soirée

Dapper Day
is a twice-annual, four-year old celebration held by DAPPER DAY® Events at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris that welcomes Disney fans to come together and express one’s sense of style.  Whether that be channeling the 20’s, 50’s, or a modern take on “dapper” clothing, we can say it is incredibly exciting to see everyone “stepping out in style” around the park.

For Fall Dapper Day, there was an expo held at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa where vendors of vintage clothing and accessories were prominent, sketch artists had their markers at the ready to capture your dapper looks, and a hair and makeup room was featured to help you look your fanciest. Our personal favorite had to be the awesome photoshoot set-up where you and your friends were able to partake in a professional Dapper Day shoot!

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Elle Tea and her bf looking dapper while Disneybounding Minnie Mouse & gender-bending Ursula.


Alyssa King, who works with our friend Courtney Johnson (Cojo) at Disney.


Zachary Ari, another friend and fellow coworker of our beloved Cojo. Also from the 925!


Dylan Weinberg of LA, a new friend from Dapper Day, made her own dapper dress & hat!


The lovely engaged Ashley Brackins and Neill Swift of Hanford, CA. Neill proposed to Ashley at Fall Dapper Day 2013.

Stay tuned to see our own stylish looks from Fall Dapper Day and a special tribute to our friend Cojo!

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