My Favourite Florida Buys

20 September 2015

I had originally planned to split my holiday purchases out in to three haul posts (Disney World, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Sephora), but there was so much stuff that it all felt a little bit overwhelming. Instead, I've opted to share my favourite selections from all three categories.

I have to start with the obvious one, my Chip mug. I'd seen this little guy all over the internet and heard rumours about how he was only available in one specific location and in limited supply, so on our first night in Disney I power marched us to said shop for my first Disney buy. There were plenty of him and we saw him all over the place (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney), so if you're off to Orlando soon I'm sure that you'll have no trouble buying one. I amazed myself by making this my only mug purchase of the holiday, but I absolutely love him.
My actual first buy of my Orlando adventure was my Gryffindor lanyard from Universal Studios. As we spent the first three nights of the holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel we had the on-site benefit of Front of the Line passes for most rides, so to save me from constantly digging around in my backpack for this pass, I bought a lanyard to wear it round my neck. I'll definitely pack this for future trips. I also treated myself to a Gryffindor pin to go on the lanyard, because you can never have too much house pride (Pottermore might've sorted me in to Ravenclaw...). On the subject of pins, I grabbed one at Disney featuring one of my favourite rides, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid. The third and final Harry Potter item that I've chosen to showcase here is my Time Turner necklace. I ummed and ahh'd a lot about buying this, but in the end I'm so glad that I did. It was pricey, but it's so delicate and well crafted.
I surprised myself by buying a lot more makeup than I'd originally intended to on this trip.  I couldn't say no to the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, which is a truly beautiful highlighter. I've started wearing my brows a little darker than normal, so I treated myself to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown. Sneaking in to the top photo is the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, which I have in the palest shade for under eye cover-up. The bath salts were a Downtown Disney purchase from Basin. We went in to this shop on our last morning, and if it had been any earlier in the trip then I probably would've bought the whole shop, as everything smelt divine. My last two beauty items featured are both lipsticks: MAC's iconic Whirl liner in lippy form (need I say more?) and the Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Sinful Cinnamon. This is another Kylie Jenner-esque shade, plus the lid clicks on magnetically, so what's not to love?
My final few favourite purchases are - of course - all Disney related. The two dreamy vinyls feature the soundtracks to Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid, aka two of the best Disney soundtracks ever in my opinion. I'm so excited to listen to both of the records, and I adore the artwork. The back of each vinyl is also beautifully illustrated (featuring Beast and Ursula respectively). The beautiful Sleeping Beauty notebook pictured above actually flips over to reveal Cinderella on the other side, and I've started using this, along with my Minnie Mouse pen, to keep a rather therapeutic daily journal. My other book purchase (shown below) is titled "Fairest of All", and tells the story of Snow White but from the Evil Queen's perspective. I'm hoping that this will be similar to Once Upon A Time, which is my favourite show. 
Lastly, there was so much amazing artwork available to buy in Disney, I could've spent days looking at it all. Unfortunately I didn't have an unlimited budget, so I opted for two of my favourite illustrations in post card form, which I'll frame. The Mermaid Lagoon artwork is by Liana Hee, ad I believe that it's also on display in some of the Polynesian Resort rooms. The Jasmine image (entitled Rajah Dreams) is by the artist Jeremiah Ketner. Kenner is also the mastermind behind my favourite purchase of the whole holiday, the beautiful Tangled print, titled Message From Home. It captures the scene perfectly, and I can't wait to hang this up.

3 comments

  1. Wow! I love these purchases. There's so many awesome things to buy at Disney it's hard to choose which to get. These prints and notebook are so pretty & fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Some fabulous purchases there. I've definitely got to get Chip if he's still there when I visit and I think I'll also add Lumiere to my list!

    I love the Mermaid Lagoon print, my bathroom has something of a mermaid theme so that's a must.

    Look forward to hearing more about your trip

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  3. I love your purchases, its been about 6 weeks since i got back now and i still regret every day not buying the Chip mug, i don't even know why I didn't but I'm 100% not making the mistake again, he's so cute. I couldn't resist the Jaclyn Hill Becca highlighter either, I planned to check it out and the minute i saw it in Sephora i was sold, there was one left so I told myself it was waiting for me haha!

    Belle
    Moments with Belle

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