Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our Disney trip in photos....

We had such a blast last weekend in Disney! Staying in the Epcot resort area and being able to walk into the park was such a treat, I don't want to experience it any other way again. We walked in and were in England... Right up my ally :) 

Without further adieu, I give you.... The weekend in pictures -

Pulling up to the Dolphin!

The view from our room, lake view with a balcony!
That's the swan in the background - Swan Lake anyone?

Nerd Alert at the fountain in the lobby!


Heading to the empty Boardwalk for dinner

Yum! Flying Fish Crab Cake!

When you don't make reservations,
you're forced to sit in front of the grill - At least we were able to give
the chef the thumbs up on our steak and scallops!

Napkin... Let the Memories Begin!

Andy on the Boardwalk...

Dolphin at night... 

Drinks at Todd English's BlueZoo

Saturday at Epcot!

Spaceship Earth anyone?

Welcome to Our Future!

Andy and I in our solar powered Jetsons mobile

Character Breakfast at the Swan...

Mmmmmmm... Mickey waffle!

Cari and Goofy... can't tell which is which ;)

Keith, Sam and Casey warming up to Goofy

Just a little chipmunk tail action...

That's a good note to end on... A little Chipmunk tail :) 

Been to Disney lately? Going soon? Do tell!

Friday, September 14, 2012

We're Going to Disney World!!!!

Woohoo!!! We're going to Disney World!

The GCD shop will be open for the weekend, 
but orders placed will be shipped out on Monday.

See you then!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Summer Reads....

Since the summer has almost come to an end, so (inevitably) must my ravenous thirst to devour as many books as possible in a short amount of time. Not that I don't want to, but the trash kind of has to make way for things I've really really been dying to read. Ahhhh to sit and read all day.... that's the life!

Here are the books I made my way through this summer....

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson -

An awesome book about the man that has changed a lot of our lives forever. Complete asshole? Yes... But every genius is entitled to their quirks. The best is that he knew he was an asshole.. Ok maybe not the best, but it sure was entertaining. It was interesting to learn how much of a hippie he was (you know me). Also loved the stories of Pixar and his contribution... Downsides were denying paternity to his daughter almost to the point of a DNA test and his reality distortion field. Still, soooo talented!

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson -

You already know my feelings on this book - Love, Love annnnnnd Love! Her blog could possibly be funnier than the book. Follow it here or see my review on this book here.

Hunger Games Trilogy by Susanne Collins -

Ok so I'm kind of cheating on this one... I'm in the middle of Mockingjay (the third book). I must admit that taking a break from my obsession with non-fiction was great. Will Katniss and Peeta end up together? Ahhhh... the suspense! Don't tell me! This was also one of those stories where you see the movie and the book is so much better. Isn't the book always better?

Life by Keith Richards -

If you couldn't tell already I love reading biographies. Especially biographies about those who were alive during the 60's and 70's. Maria told me once that I was born in the wrong decade. I still don't know how to digest that one because I think I was too. So what's better than to read about it? Keith was a really bad drug addict, but incredibly talented. He had a head injury almost exactly like my mom so that was interesting as well. It's a thick book, but well worth it. I especially loved the stories about him and John Lennon... sigh...

Amy, My Daughter - Mitch Winehouse

I loved this book so much. It made me want to bring Amy back... She was so troubled and would have led a much better life had her husband Blake not entered it. I love all of her music so learning the different things that inspired the songs and lyrics was a real treat. I also learned that she spent some time in Miami to record her albums. I sent a tweet to Amy's dad Mitch after I read the book thanking him for the glimpse into their lives and he was nice enough to follow me back. Thanks Mitch!

Thanks Mitch!

True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh -

A short book of only about 100 pages. I read about this book on the Tory Burch blog and must say it was a great little read. While I suppose it would be classified as a Buddhist book it has great stories and practices for awakening your heart to the love around you. It can be finished in an hour and I highly recommend it. You should totally put in on your library hold list like I suggested here. :)

So that's about it... Still not on the 50 Shades of Grey bus.... nope... not doing it!

All of these books are amazing... I feel a Reading Rainbow Lavar Burton moment coming on... "But you don't have to take my word for it!"

What have you read this summer? Any suggestions on what to read next?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fashion's Night Out South Florida Preview....

Tonight is Fashion's Night Out ya'll and I'm uber-excited!

This will be the fourth year of the event and I'm proud to say that I've been buzzed shopping at the last three! Who doesn't like free wine, samples, deep discounts and posing in front of step and repeats?! It is, however, the end of a mini 2 year era with Sara and I attending since she moved away. You'll be with us in spirit darling!!!

Sara and I at FNO 2010!

While we aren't quite the originating NYC, there are oh so many things to do in South Florida tonight. Below is just my sampling...

Aventura Mall -

This has been our go-to spot for the last 2 years. It has been host to everyone from Project Runway designers to Jill and Bobby Zarin to Steve Madden and this year is no exception. This year Macy's is hosting a fashion show with Real Housewives of NYC Luann de Lesseps and supermodel Niki Taylor. Spend $75 at Macy's and you can meet them too! In years past (I'm sure this year is the same) the entire mall turns into a party. Every store has free food and drinks and you can walk around from store to store eating and sipping. Buzzed purchase anyone? More on Aventura Mall's event offerings here.

Bobby Zarin with us at Macy's in 2011

Aren't we cute!

Lala Couture - The ultimate girly Fort Lauderdale shop in the amazing Gateway shops (my favorite place ever) is serving up free champagne and having a sneak peak of all the fall trends. DJ in the house? Check! Be sure to say hello to Molly, the shops owner. She's super nice and willing to help you put together your new fall wardrobe! You can find out more about this Lala event here.

Bal Harbour Shops - Saks Fifth Avenue at Bal Harbour shops is serving up free shakes, burgers and custard alongside a high tech photobooth for your social media fix. Accessories designer Nancy Gonzalez will also be making a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus. Sweet! There are so many store events going on here that I can't possibly list them all... Check them out here.

And finally..... The FNO Event that Cari and I are attending tonight:

The District Factory -

Our favorite South Florida Jewelry designer and friend Susie Rekechensky will be there with her Phairytale wares. Local designers and vintage in my favorite part of town... Hello!? I smell a purchase coming on! I've been meaning to make it down to the District Factory for the last few months... What a perfect excuse! There will be 30 brands of apparel, vintage, accessories and a Rock the Block party with live dance and DJ's. Yes please!

Soooooooo what are you going to do for Fashion's Night Out?