Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dressing for Disney: Working for the Mouse

As some of you may know, I got a job working for the Walt Disney Company just over a month ago.

I am a Secretary for Buena Vista Construction Company, which is WDW's in-house construction company. While I can't go too in depth about some aspects (perks) of the job, I can tell you that in addition to basic clerical duties and office management, I also get to be involved in many of the construction projects happening on property. And I'm sure you know about some of the really big projects in the works. :) It's sweet.

Not much more to this post other than to fill you in on my current work situation. I'm no longer working at Lilly Pulitzer, which is a bummer as I loved all the ladies I worked with and being a part of that fun, punchy brand. 

Speaking of Lilly P, I will tell you how I came about this current position working for BVCC, as it has everything to do with working at Lilly, and timing, and circumstance.

I was working the fitting rooms one Saturday morning when a nice young lady came in to try some stuff on. We got to chatting- I think she had a Disney purse or something- and she told me she worked for Disney. After talking for twenty minutes or so, she wrapped up her try-on session and was starting to leave. As she did, she mentioned her position (she is also a Secretary at BVCC) and how they were looking to hire another person to work side-by-side with her. She encouraged me to send along my resume and references, not promising anything but that she would pass them on to her boss. 

A few weeks later, I received a call to set up a phone interview (which I did in the Convention Center lobby/hallway of the Contemporary after spending the morning in Magic Kingdom). Next was an in-person interview. Then a second face to face interview. 

Fast forward to the D23 Expo. As I was standing in line for Peter Pan at Disneyland, minutes after rope drop, my phone rang. A Disney number. 

It was my recruiter, offering me the position with BVCC! Talk about magical. Getting a job offer working for the Mouse in his original house. Funny thing is, I also got the Lilly job offer while in the Magic Kingdom here in Florida just a few months prior. Crazy, huh? (Not really, it just goes to show I'm in those damn parks way too much.) 

Anyway, this made the whole D23 experience even more memorable. My buddy Keith Gluck drove down to Dland that night, and we celebrated with dinner at Steakhouse 55. More on that in my D23 Expo recap. 

This 'new' job is full time, so my park time has been limited, but that's a-ok. The experiences I'm having, the behind the scenes stuff I see, the things I'm learning and the people I'm meeting more than make up for it. I feel so fortunate to be able to work for the Walt Disney Company, and to be a part of the magic that Uncle Walt created almost 100 years ago.

Life is pretty grand, eh?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dressing for Disney: Life Lately

Hi friends!
Just wanted to pop in and touch base. It's been forever since I posted here and I'm missing it.
For those who don't know, I recently starting working for none other than Lilly Pulitzer! Can you believe it?! Talk about the perfect job for me. Our new store at the Mall at Millenia here in Orlando opened a month ago, and we've been busy, busy, busy! Loving every colorful moment, but busy. That's partly to blame for my lack of activity on this side of the screen.

Also, as much as I love recapping my Disney Fantasy Honeymoon Cruise, I find I'm making it into more of a 'chore' than necessary. I'm trying to add all the helpful tips and tidbits I found while researching for our trip, because I wish they had all been in one easy-to-find place when I was reading up on it. That said, it's become a bit of a daunting task. If I could just simply write about our cruise in a trip-report style, I could bang it out in an hour or so. However, as I'm trying to add all sorts of helpful info, it's taking me much longer.

So what I'm thinking is this: I'll write a simple trip report detailing each day, and at the end of the posts make a list of helpful hints. That should streamline thing and make it easier to churn out in a more frequent fashion.
I'm heading out to California to visit Disneyland and attend the D23 Expo next week! To say I'm excited in an understatement. I'll be doing the Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau on Tuesday night, enjoying the parks on Wednesday and Thursday, and Expo-ing it up Friday through Sunday. Yes!! The only bummer is I'm going to be away on August 16th, which is the day John and I would celebrate our third Epcotiversary. That will just have to wait until I get back, so be ready for a bit of a delayed post there. That, mixed with the cruise recap and a Disneyland/D23 trip report will keep things buzzing here. Also...

Lastly, the Lilly Pulitzer Semi-Annual SALE is going to be happening any day now. You'd think I'd know when, working there and all, but honestly I don't. Rumor has it that it'll be a bit earlier in August this year; I've heard the dates of August 17-19 swirling around, but again nothing is confirmed and DO NOT quote me on this. Just keep you ears and eyes peeled here for more information as it comes.
Speaking of Lilly information, our Fall line just launched and it's gooooood. Filled with all sorts of blues and greens and easy pieces to transition from summer to fall. You can take a look here; if you ever see something you like but can't find it online, or just want really personal and friendly service, contact us at our store. We're more than happy to help our fellow Lilly-lovers. If you want advice on the fit or fabric of an item, just ask me!

In fact, we're celebrating our month anniversary Grand Opening this Saturday, August 8th all day in our store. We're having a DJ, sips and sweets, gifts with purchase, and one of our print designers will be in the store painting a custom canvas to be won by a lucky customer! If you're in the area, stop in!
If you can't make it but still want to get some lovely Lilly and the gifts with purchase, you can place a pre-order with me. We'll pull your pieces and run your card on Saturday morning, and you'll qualify for all the gifts with purchase as you hit the corresponding price points. PLUS, there's a mystery gift for the first 50 customers that day, which includes those who pre-order. Kind of like priority shopping! And the mystery gift is goooooooood. Wish I could get it for myself. Did I mention shipping is free? So there's really no downside. If you have any Lilly on your list, this is the time (and the way) to get it.

I'll close with a look at some of my personal favorites from this line, as well as some of our best-sellers in the shop. Thanks for reading!

Fall favorites:

And a few customer favorites from the summer collection:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dressing for Disney: Epcotiversary in Mexico


So we're on month #2 of our year-long Epcotiversary celebration. (If you're just now joining and aren't familiar with what that means, click here to read about month #1.)

Once again John and I reached into the Epcot mug and pulled out... Mexico! So, on Thursday, July 16th, we headed to Epcot for a few hours to have dinner in one of my favorite World Showcase pavilions. 
I have to mention that right after I took my first photo of the night with my lovely Sony RX-100ii, it died on me. The rest of the evening was documented through my iPhone. So if the quality of these photos isn't up to snuff, that's why.

One of the perks to showing up to a park close to closing time is that you can often find parking right near the entrance. We decided to park at the main entrance this time, since Mexico is fairly close to that. Depending on what country in World Showcase you're planning to visit, sometimes it's more beneficial to park at one of the Boardwalk Resorts and walk/take a Friendship Boat. 
Upon entering the park, I wanted to show John the joys of Periscope and started broadcasting. (Find me on Periscope, and Twitter, @DisneyfiedAsh.)
After being sprayed by the Fountain of Nations, we hooked a left and crossed the water toward the Odyssey Center and Mexico. Something was going on in the Odyssey Center- didn't get details, but it's always nice to see life in there. Wish they'd do something permanent in that space. 
Crowds were light and the weather was pleasant, slightly overcast with a cool breeze. Definitely not what we'd expect for Florida in July. 

After perusing the menus for both the counter service (La Cantina de San Angel) and table service (La Hacienda de San Angel), we decided to keep it simple (and fairly inexpensive) and split some nachos and a chicken and rice dish from La Cantina. We didn't bother to go in to the pavilion and check out the San Angel Inn Restaurant; we've eaten there before and while the atmosphere is lovely, the food didn't really knock our socks off. La Hacienda is a favorite of mine (the queso fundido is one of my favorite food items in all of Epcot), but we both wanted good old nachos, which weren't on the menu at La Hacienda. 

While ordering, I noticed this sign. I've never seen it before, but I imagine it's in place for all the international guests who are in the parks at this time of year. Have you ever seen it?
After getting our food and searching for a table, we were seated in the waterside pavilion and dug in. 

Nothin' fancy here, folks. 
The aftermath. 
Of course I needed a photo of my cute dress; this blog is called Dressing For Disney!! 

We sloooooowly strolled out of Epcot, enjoying the weather and each other's company. 

Cheers to another wonderful month of marriage! Thanks for reading.

Clothing: Lilly Pulitzer Charlotte Empire Waist Dress // Rainbow Sandals // Dooney and Bourke Wristlet (old, similar styles here)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dressing for a Disney Cruise: The Day (and Night) Before Our Cruise + The Coolest Summer Ever 24-Hour Day

Let's launch the series of posts delving into each specific day of our Honeymoon Cruise on the Disney Fantasy, shall we?

I'm starting off with our 'pre-cruise' day/night.

Our cruise set sail on Saturday, May 23rd, the day after the Coolest Summer Ever 24-Hour Day at Disney's Magic Kingdom. After picking up Lorenzo in the wee hours of the morning, we met up with Tink and Jeffery and rope-dropped MK at 6:00 am.

Upon entering the park, I headed up Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse to get some sunrise pictures. 

From there I met back up with Tink and Jeffery for some more attractions. 

I headed home around 3:00 in the afternoon. 

After dropping of the kitty to be boarded at the vet, I finalized our packing and anxiously awaited John to get home from work.

Once he was home, we closed up the house and headed to Disney's Contemporary Resort. Our good friend Keith Gluck treated us to a night in Bay Lake Tower as a wedding gift. After checking in, we discovered that we had been upgraded to a 1 Bedroom Villa with a Lake View! Thanks again, Keith!

Not only was this a special treat in and of itself, but it made it especially convenient to dip in and out of the Magic Kingdom to participate in the 24-Hour Day shenanigans.

We toured the room and headed down to The Wave to officially kick off our Honeymoon with a drink and light dinner.

From there, we got a roadie and walked to Magic Kingdom to meet up with some friends. We strolled around for a bit and rode it's a small world and the carousel. 

Oh, and we had late-night Casey's. I took this photo intentionally to show that it's not always glamorous on this side of the screen. Corn dog nuggets on top of a trash can? That's how we roll. (RIP you beautiful plastic cheese, you.)

Since we had a fairly early embarkation time, we made it an early night in order to get a good start the next day. Part of me wanted to stay and see the sunrise at 6 am at the end of the 24-Hour Day, but as I get older (and wiser?) I realize my body can't hang the way it used to. And I sure as heck didn't want to spend the first day of our cruise in a stupor.

That's our 'night before the honeymoon' in a nutshell. I promise I'll get these cruise recap posts up with more regularity. I'm really excited to re-live the magic!

Clothes: Equipment Cameron Tee (on sale) // J.Crew Toothpick Jean (use code GOSHOPPING to save 30% until July 20th)

Helpful hints for preparing to leave for a Disney Cruise:

*Since we were going to be gone for a week, we decided to put our mail on hold. This was a simple as a trip to the post office to fill out a Hold Mail form; you can also fill out a Hold Mail form online, but for some reason when we tried it said our address wasn't available to use that option. (Maybe because it's an apartment? I dunno.)

*I have a TON of houseplants and was concerned that they would kick the bucket after a week without water. I bought several of those glass watering stakes, but when I tested them out, I discovered that they didn't really hold any water at all and were empty within a day. If you have lots of plants, my advice is to saturate them the night before/morning of your cruise; I'm happy to report our only casualties were a couple of potted hibiscus trees that needed daily watering to begin with.

*Because we weren't staying at home the night before our cruise, we packed a small tote bag for our night in Bay Lake Tower so we didn't have to schlep our cruise bags into the resort for just one night.

*As far as packing for a Disney Cruise goes, there isn't a limit to the number of bags you can check. Be mindful, however, that any bags you bring will have to be stored in your stateroom. While Disney Cruise staterooms are on the larger side, they're still a stateroom by nature with limited space. We each checked a large rolling suitcase and carried on smaller rolling suitcases (I also carried a tote bag/purse). These four bags all fit underneath the bed in our stateroom

*Each passenger is permitted one carry on bag; this can be a carry-on sized rolling suitcase. As long as it fits in the security scanner conveyor belt, you're good to go. Remember, you will have to carry these bags with you until you can check into your stateroom, which is usually around 1:30 or so. We thought rolling suitcases, while a bit bigger than totes and such, would be easy to maneuver. They were!

* You can carry on your own booze (or any type of beverages) on any Disney Cruise. You are only limited to what you can carry in your carry-on bag, and no hard-sided rolling coolers are permitted. We packed one of our rolling carry-on suitcases with bottles. We wrapped each bottle in bubble wrap to give them a bit more cushion. We didn't have any issues at all getting this through security. I'll be doing a post dedicated to drinking on a Disney Cruise with much more information.