Monday, 3 October 2016

Disneyland Paris July Day One Trip Report


On Friday 29th I arrived at Marne La Valle station at 2pm. Traditionally, I head to Disneyland Park straight away to see the Castle, did I follow tradition this time?! Nope. I headed to the Walt Disney Studios Park! This is a first for me because seeing the castle first on a trip is a must. But, Mickey and The Magician changed that.
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Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Lion King Remake - My Thoughts


So this week Disney announced they were remaking The Lion King.

On Wednesday afternoon my phone was going crazy! Everyone knows I'm a massive fan and everyone was messaging me that Jon Favreau had announced he was re imaging The Lion King, which is my favourite movie of all time.

At first I was nervous, but then I remembered how stunningly beautiful the visuals were for The Jungle Book. I know he only included a snippet of one song but, I have read that he will include lots of songs which pleases me. The music is what The Lion King is most famous for. With songs from Elton John, Lebo M and Hans Zimmer, they need to include these into the remake or it just will not work.

Why do I love The Lion King so much you may ask? Well, I was four years old when it came out and the year after was my first trip to Walt Disney World – my first ever Disney park. It was my earliest memory The Lion King. I remember receiving a Simba plush from my Nan after my Grandad sadly past away that year. It is a very strong emotional connection for me that even to this day hearing The Circle of Life makes me cry twenty two years on.

Moments I want kept in the remake

There are key moments that I want in this new adaption of The Lion King that I think if they were not kept in it wouldn’t do it justice and they are the following:

1.     The Circle of Life opening.

Without this iconic scene, there is no point in remaking it at all. It is such a powerful awe-inspiring scene that they have to keep it in.

2.     Remember who you are.

Another epic scene, where we see Mufasa telling Simba he must return to Pride Rock to take his place as King. I get so emotional in this particular scene. If they were remaking it and taking another take on The Lion King where Mufasa doesn’t get killed this would be an interesting story.

3.     I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.

This light-hearted scene where we Simba getting excited to become King. The song needs to be included too.

4.     Be Prepared.

I used to be so scared of the Hyenas when I was younger. I’m not sure I am ready to see them in a real life form on the big screen. It would be amazing to see the thousands of Hyenas marching in CGI though so however scared I am of them, the Hyenas need to be left in.

5.     Hakuna Matata

Forget the remake without this epic number. Timon and Pumbaa really make the film and this motto has stayed with me all these years. Everyone loves Timon and Pumba and I think they need to be exactly as they are in this remake. If they really change them up people including myself won’t be happy. Ernie? Nathan? You game for voicing them again?

Now of course I can list all the songs and all the scenes to be kept in the film. I want them all in the new film but, knowing the remakes recently I don’t think they will all be left in. We had A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes in Cinderella but that was left out of the film and only on the soundtrack. I’m assuming it’ll be the same format.

Other takes on The Lion King Remake.

I would love to see what happened to Scar before he became evil. His original name is Taka. Maybe at the beginning they could include a flash back to his time. Or maybe he never killed Mufasa? They could do so much with this remake which is making me nervous and excited at the same time. I just hope they don't make Rafiki a scary evil monkey which, like King Louis they unfortunately did.

Do you need any more Merch?

Yes of course I do! I have merchandise from 1994 to now. My oldest being my Simba teddy to sing along VHS’s and ornaments. Recently at a Disney Meet Up in London, I bought a Nala plush because I thought I didn’t buy her when I was younger as Simba is my favourite. I came home and wanted to get all my plushes out that I could find. I found my Nala one from the 2003 DVD release! I also have two Scar’s as I bought a huge Scar in 2003 and in 2006 in Walt Disney World. I also have Shenzie, Timon, Pumbaa and Rafiki who I cannot find, Mufasa and I have them all again with Zazu in a smaller version. Not including my Tsum Tsums! I will always buy Lion King merch. I bought a Simba Onesie from Primark the other week as I have been waiting for one to come out and it is the comfiest thing ever!

I will be on the lookout for the remakes merchandise on the Disney Store website just like they have done with Cinderella and The Jungle Book. I also have some stuff from the musical which, I am about to book my 7th trip. I love when the animals come up the sides, just not the Hyenas! Do you have a film that you collect all the merchandise for?

Why make a remake of The Lion King?

I think every Disney film will get a remake sooner or later. We have Beauty and The Beast that is coming out next year. We’ve had Cinderella last year which, I fell in love with the Cinderella remake, I prefer it to the animated classic. That is a beautiful film and I can’t wait to wear my Lilly James dress at Halloween this year! At first I was thinking, it has to be Matthew Broderick, it has to be Nathan Lane or it won’t be the same! But, did you know other people have played their parts and we didn’t even notice? Matthew Broderick doesn’t sing! Wait, what? Yup that’s right! He doesn’t sing! Joseph Williams portrays Simba’s singing voice – heartbreaking I know. Jonathan Taylor Thomas doesn’t sing young Simba’s voice either. People are so good these days portraying characters voices that we know and love, that if they do the casting right, we wouldn’t even notice. I mean we may miss Nathan and Mathew’s amazing voices, but I’m sure it will be fine and we will enjoy the visual of the CGI and who knows, the story might be exactly the same and no twisted take on it what so ever. Don't worry Jon I'll be in all the meetings giving you notes from the number one fan.

Since I was little, I have always wanted to see my favourite characters come to life before my eyes. Hearing them talk as a “real" Lion. I remember going to the cinema in 2011 when they put it on the big screens again then, and being an emotional wreck crying through my 3D glasses. I’m sure I will be the same with this new adaption rather than crying that it is ruined.


Can we please have Asante Sana Squash Banana still though?


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Monday, 20 June 2016

Four Years Of SR Photography & Giveaway


Hello everyone!

I can't believe its been four years since I've started Blogging! I am so pleased I did, I have made some great friends. Its great to see familiar faces at Blogger events now. Also, earlier in the year I went to Disneyland with people who I've met through Blogging and, I can't wait to go again in October. It's great to meet people who are as passionate about something as you are.

I have had some great opportunities in these four years. I can't believe in April I was in the top ten finalists in the UK Blog Awards for Photography.


To celebrate my four years of Blogging, I am doing two giveaways. One with the amazing Closet Geek, who makes amazing custom clothes and accessories to win a custom pair of Minnie Ears!

(Credit Closet Geek)

Also, I have teamed up with the amazing Aloha Lola Cards. Who makes stunning Portraits and Caricatures, and is going to giveaway a Disney styled Portrait to one of you! She made my Blog header and I'm in love with it!


To enter the giveaways check my Twitter!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me in these last four years. They have been great and I'm so pleased I stuck with it! Let me know in the comments what has been your favourite post or photo of mine!

Here's to the next four years!





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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Homemade Disneyland Paris Glow Tini Cocktail & Mocktail


Hello everyone!

Most of you will know what a Glow Tini is. If you don't, they're the infamous blue or red Cocktail at Disneyland Paris, with Vodka and Peach Schnapps. It comes with a souvenir light up ice cube.
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations Review


Hello everyone.

On Friday Zoe launched her new Zoella Beauty range Sweet Inspirations. I was sad to hear Tutti Fruity would be leaving shelves but when she announced it would be Macarons, I was so happy! I like sweet scents but not too sickly sweet. When I opened it today, I was really happy that it wasn't sickly sweet at all! It was perfect!

Firstly, I picked up the Body Mist. I have loved all three so far and the packaging is beautiful! I'm happy as it goes with my mint room :-)


I always love her Body Creams too, so I ordered her new Sweet Inspirations one. They really do go far and last a long time. Again, I love the packaging and colours of this as well as the scent.



Lastly, I purchased this beautiful Make Up bag. I will take this to Disneyland Paris with me. Its massive, you can fit a lot in there and I adore the stripes!

That's all I purchased on Friday. The website was a bit slow as everyone was on at the same time, so I'm glad I've got them so quickly! Thanks Feel Unique :-) I took these photos on manual mode as my camera is still broken so, I hope they're clear enough for you :-)

I am very pleased with this scent. I love Macarons and Paris, this is a great combination for me. I really want the Bath Salts next and the Bath Latte.

Did you manage to pick up any of the new range? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

Enjoy Steph



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Monday, 23 May 2016

Disneyland April Day Two


Hello everyone. 

On the second day of Disneyland, I woke up really late. I set my alarm for half 7 to get the most out of Extra Magic Hours with my new Annual Pass. However, I woke up at half 8 and rushed out the door to get on the bus. It took 2 minutes to get to the park which is really good. It didn't stop at any other hotel. I wish I booked HiPark for July now.
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Disney Tsum Tsum Tag!


1.How many Tsum Tsum’s have you got?

25 with Alice and Hatter on their way!
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Disneyland Paris April Day One


Hello everyone. I am just back from Disneyland Paris and I had the best time! I was there for two days but have so many memories.
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Friday, 29 April 2016

My Favourite Photos


Hello everyone. I can't believe today is the UK Blog Awards! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you again for voting for me. I love photography, it is my passion. To be up for an award is something I never imagined. Thank you for all your support these last few years.

I'd like to share some of my favourite snaps with you!

Thank you.

Stephanie
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Monday, 18 April 2016

My Custom Queen Ursula Minnie Ears


Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to order some custom Minnie Ears from the amazingly talented Queen Ursula.
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Alice in Wonderland Garden Party Outfit Inspiration



Summer in London is my favourite time of year. Full of garden parties and warm light evenings. I'd thought I would do a post featuring an outfit which is Alice in Wonderland themed.
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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Disney Meet Up In London!


Hello everyone! On Friday it was the second Disney Meet Up in London. It was the best day with such great people who all share the same love for Disney and Disneyland Paris. I am so lucky to have these girls as friends. I am now booked at the end of the month to go to Disneyland Paris with them and I cannot wait! I am also finally buying my Annual Pass!
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Disney Princess Tag!


Hello everyone! I was tagged by Emily to do the Disney Princess tag! Enjoy.
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Monday, 4 April 2016

The Ultimate Disney Fan Interview - Traditions




Q. When was your first experience of a Disney Park? What were your first impressions?

I was super lucky to visit the Disney parks a lot when I was a very young child, but while I have a few clearer memories, most of those trips are a blur - I was under 6 for all of them!
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Friday, 1 April 2016

My Disneyland Paris Wish List


Hello everyone. With only 120 days to go until my trip to Disneyland, I thought I would share with you my Disneyland Paris wish list.
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Thursday, 31 March 2016

My Disney Confessions!


Hello everyone. I thought it was finally time to do my own Disney Confessions post. Let's start.

1. I hate Star Wars! I think most of you know this. I really don't like that it's going to have its own land in Disneyland. I only watched the first few when I was young.
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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Walt Disney World Tag!


Hello everyone! I was tagged by Jason and Claire to do the Walt Disney World Tag!
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Ladurée Café and Kensington Roof Gardens


Hello everyone! If you haven't already, you need to take a trip to Harrods and visit the beautiful Ladurée Macaron Café. I went last week and it is stunning. You can see my video here. Rows of different flavoured Macaroons! I thought they wouldn't have my favourite Caramel, but they did! I have had them before but never visited the café and it is quite spectacular!
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Monday, 14 March 2016

Disney & Kikki K Haul


Hello everyone! Today I'd thought I'd share with you my most recent Disney purchases. I have ordered a few things online as there was a sale for Leap Year and I popped into the Covent Garden store last weekend, and I have also popped into the Harrods store so here are my recent purchases.
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Friday, 11 March 2016

Fashion Shoot With BecBoop!


Hello everyone! Last Saturday I met with my lovely blogger friend Bec from Bec Boop. We met at the BloggersFestival and since then have planned to do a photoshoot together. We finally took some photos on Saturday in South Bank and I love how they turned out more on the way soon too! Please go and check out her post!
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Monday, 7 March 2016

The Ultimate Disney Fan Interview


Hello everyone! Last week I said on Twitter I wanted to interview members of the Disney community. The response has been amazing and I loved reading all your answers. I couldn't wait to share them with you all! I love this community so much and have made amazing friends which, I can't wait to meet at the next Disney Bloggers Meet up! Maybe even at the Halloween Soirée this year in Disneyland Paris! 

I hope you enjoy the questions from your favourite Disney community members including Bloggers, Vloggers and Podcasters! 

I will be doing this regularly so, if you are interested in being featured in the future, then please let me know on Twitter or you can email me :-)

Enjoy part one! Steph

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Spring Fever!


Hello everyone and happy 1st day of March! March means it's nearly Spring time and nearly time for Swing into Spring at Disneyland Paris! I went on two day trips in 2014 to see this beautiful season.
The music was to Mary Poppins and I nearly cried when they sang all the songs in front of the castle.

I definitely recommend going to celebrate this season at DLP. I think it has changed slightly since I've been, with the Mary Poppins show on the castle stage. 
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Monday, 22 February 2016

Welcome To Storybrooke


Hello everyone!

I'd thought I'd share with you all my photos from my two trips to Once Upon A Time's Storybrooke!

Located in Richmond, in a town called Steveston, Steveston? Isn't it Maine? Nope it is actually filmed in Vancouver, Canada!
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Monday, 8 February 2016

Billabong and Brisbane


Hello everyone! I can't believe this is the last post of Australia! This time last year I hadn't been yet. 

Our last leg of the trip was to Brisbane. But before I get onto this beautiful city, I thought I'd share some final photos of Kangaroos and Koala's from Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

I'm A Finalist In The UK Blog Awards 2016!


Hello everyone! I can't believe it! I'm going to the UK Blog Awards 2016!!

Thank you ALL for voting for me in the UK Blog Awards, I was so shocked that there were tears of joy!
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Valentines Day Essentials


Hello everyone! Today I'd thought I'd show you what I think would make a great Valentines night in with these essentials.
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

A Winter's Day Out Guide To London


Hello everyone. Today I have compiled a guide of things to do in London this Winter with Eventbrite. You can use Eventbrite to find local events near you and, you can also check out their event management page which can help you with planning your own events!

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Bakerdays Review & Giveaway


Hello everyone. I'd like to introduce you to this brilliant idea by BakerDays! Customised cakes that can be sent straight through your letterbox! More fun than a Valentine's Day card and it is unique.
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Monday, 18 January 2016

My Lush Sales Haul


Hello everyone! I finally have my Lush items from the Boxing Day Sale so I can now show you all what I got in my haul!
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Friday, 15 January 2016

My Sephora Haul


Hello everyone! I recently went to Spain and they had a Sephora there, so obviously I had to have a look. I really wish England would bring back Sephora. There was even one in Mykonos! 
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Cartagena - Three Kings Festival


Hello everyone! After new years I went to Spain for some sun. We went to Cartegena to see the Three King Festival - The Epiphany. This is where the Three Wise Men visit Jesus after Christmas. Everyone gets a gift and you eat a cake which is called Rosca de reyes which is eaten on the 6th of January.


This was another version they gave us in a restaurant which is a Toffee and Coffee flavoured Rosca de reyes.



The Three Kings come in on a boat and went to greet everyone as they head down to Cartagena's town hall and everyone got given presents such as sweets or footballs.



  
They had tonnes of Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. I thought I was in Disneyland for a second!


There was also a Sephora in Spain! I really wish London would have one again. The next post will be a haul of what I bought so make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss it :-)

I hope you enjoyed my photos from The Three Kings Festival. Have you ever been to Spain during this season? Leave a comment below!

Enjoy Steph
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Thursday, 7 January 2016

I've Been Shortlisted In The 2016 UK Blog Awards!


Hello everyone!

I have been shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards 2016 (#UKBLOGA16) and I am so excited! I am listed in two categories: Photography and Lifestyle for my blog! I have never been shortlisted for an award before and I am really excited and thrilled to be considered for an award. If you would like to vote for me you can do so by following this link - blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2016/my-entry/sr-photography

I have also reached 1K followers on Twitter and over 100 followers on my Blog! Thank you all for your continued support over the last year. Good luck for the UK Blog Awards and I hope to see you there!

Stephanie
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