10 January 2018

My Top 5 Places to Shop in Disneyland Paris

Recently, I've been missing the Disney bubble. I miss the characters, the music, the shows and the rides but most of all I miss browsing around the shops after the park has closed. I know you don't go to Disney to shop but at some point, you will find yourself browsing down Main Street picking up souvenirs and presents for family and friends. 

I'll admit that shopping in Disneyland Paris can be daunting - there are so many shops and you want to make sure that you're not missing out on your ideal piece of Disney merchandise. I find it easiest to shop on the last day of my trip or when I'm waiting for Main Street to clear so that I can get my photos in front of the Castle. Although most of the shops are a repetition of one another, I thought I'd narrow it down and share my top five places to shop in Disneyland Paris. 


World of Disney

I'm going to kick things off with the shop of every Disney fan's dreams. Situated in the Disney Village, it's the biggest shop selling everything you could ever want; homeware, clothes, toys, pins, plushes - it's all there! It stocks rare, one-off pieces that can't be found anywhere else in the park and is the perfect layout for a Disney fan to browse - it's so big you'll have to take a seat on the circular benches in the middle of the shop. If you're looking for a last minute gift for a friend, World of Disney is the place to be. 

Galerie Mickey

If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll know how much I love the boutique in the Disneyland Hotel. You'll find this magical place on the first floor of the Disneyland Hotel, stocking a selection of accessories, collectables and clothing. Just a quick tip for you: if you're after a unique or rare pin, then this shop will most likely have what you're looking for. It's normally really quiet and the staff are lovely too. Also, the window displays are the most beautiful I have ever seen! 

Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building

This is definitely one of my favourite shops in terms of theming and they always have such rare items that you won't find anywhere else in the park. If you couldn't tell from the name, you'll find this western inspired shop next to Thunder Mesa and right in front of Big Thunder Mountain. It's based both indoor and outdoor, stocking Wild West clothing, old style sweets, Disney themed clothing and refreshments. I only discovered this shop in June but it's quickly becoming one of my favourites. 

Lilly's Boutique 

There are many reasons why this shop has made it into my top 5 but I think the main reason is the authentic, homely feeling you get when you walk through the doors. Walt dedicated the shop to his wife and if you look above the fireplace, you'll find photos of Walt and Lillian. It's the small personal touches that make me feel so close to Walt, and I'm sure it'll do the same for you too. Situated on Main Street, it represents the 'home sweet home' motto, selling everything you could ever want for a Disney inspired home; candle holders, photo frames, crockery, mugs - I always buy my Mum something from Lilly's, I think she's got every single tea towel Disneyland Paris have ever sold. 

La Chaumiere De Sept Nains

Also known to me as the Snow White shop, you'll find this magical place in Fantasyland, opposite the Carousel. I remember shopping in here as a child and it's still one of my favourite places to visit. Explore the forests, watch the woodland creatures play and visit Snow White's cottage as you browse through a wide selection of costumes and Princess themed merchandise - its every little girl's Princess dream. There used to be a Snow White figure in the cottage when I was younger but sadly, they've taken her away. 

So there you have it, my top five places to shop in Disneyland Paris. It was so hard to narrow the list down to just 5 as I like to browse all of the shops around the park, even if they do sell the same thing. My other favourite places to shop include Main Street Emporium, Flora's Boutique, The Pin Trading Stand and Sir Mickey's Boutique. 

Where's your favourite place to shop when you go to Disneyland Paris?

Lots of Love,
Meg
xxx


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7 January 2018

Brunch at the Quarter

Liverpool is great for so many things, but nothing compares to the quirky little café's that you'll discover around the city. Recently, my lovely friend Emma and I went for brunch at The Quarter for the first time before heading off to the Georgian Quarter to take some blog photos. 

We first saw the café on Instagram and fell in love with their perfect Christmas decor, so whilst we were in the city, it was the perfect opportunity to visit. Situated on Falkner Street (just off Hope Street), The Quarter is a quirky, Italian inspired restaurant. If you'd like to check the menu before you go, it's easily located online.  

The staff couldn't have been more friendly and as there were plenty of tables available, they let us choose where we wanted to sit. There's more than enough room in the café and they'll even let you take your dog inside which makes it so unique - I'll always go back to places that welcome dogs. 

If you're looking for somewhere warm and cosy to read your morning paper, catch up on emails and enjoy delicious food, then The Quarter is the place to be. There are so many different walks of life visiting the café on a daily basis and for a moment, it'll feel like you're not in the city anymore. The decor on the inside is just as quirky as the outside with dim lights, paintings and cartoons hung on the walls and a little Christmas tree sparkling in the corner.

We ordered very quickly and to our surprise, we both ordered the same thing; a cup of tea and eggs benedict; two poached eggs and roast ham on a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce. I was really impressed with the large selection of food on the menu, there was something for everyone. 

The teapot was massive, definitely great value for money. If you know me well, you'll know that I'm not a keen tea drinker but I made an exception and I'll admit that it wasn't all that bad. Our food arrived soon after and it was cooked to perfection; the eggs were perfectly runny and the muffin was toasted just the way I like it. Our meal was lovely and really filling - it definitely put us on for the rest of the day. 

The Quarter is really good value for money and I'll definitely be paying the team another visit. They also have one of the prettiest Instagram accounts I've ever seen, so if you'd like to give them a follow, you can do that here. Also, thank you to Emma for taking some of the photos in this post. 

If you're in Liverpool and are looking for somewhere new to try, then you should go and pay The Quarter a visit. As I said, it's on Falkner Street, right next to Hope Street. 

Lots of Love,
Meg
xxx



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3 January 2018

My 2018 Resolutions

(Photo by Emma)

Happy 2018!
We're three days in and I hope it's treating you well. We had a lovely New Years Eve, it was quiet but we welcomed it in with hotpot and Frank Sinatra. In true Meg style, I drank too much gin and danced the night away. I like to think of it as starting the year as I mean to go on. I went for a really long walk with Mum on New Years Day and yesterday I had a brunch day with my lovely friend Emma. We went to see Pitch Perfect 3 and it was hilariously funny (as always). It actually made me tear up a little bit at the end. So, you could say 2018 has been good to me so far.

As I've said, it's going to be a year full of hard work, big dreams and hopefully big achievements. I'll be turning 21 in June and I'll be graduating in July. I'm entering the big wide world and I'll be honest, I'm scared. Following the yearly tradition on my blog, I'm going to share my list of resolutions with you. I like to make a list of things that I'd like to achieve by January the following year - there's nothing like the motivation you feel at the start of January. I only get that feeling twice a year; January 1st and my birthday.

2018 Resolutions

Learn to Drive

Okay, I know what you're thinking, 'Meg you said this last year.' 
Well, this year I mean it. Once graduation is out of the way, I'll be able to focus my full attention on learning to drive. I'm not putting pressure on myself, it's something that needs to come naturally and I'll start learning when I'm ready. 

Drink More Water

I'll admit it, my skin isn't great, and I think part of that boils down to the fact that I don't drink enough water. I'm starting with two glasses a day and working myself up to more. I hate drinking water because it's so bland, so if anyone has any tips on how to motivate myself to drink more then please let me know. 

Graduate

Like I said, I'm graduating this year. I'd love to graduate with a first class or an upper-class degree. I can't believe I'm in my final year of University, the past three years have absolutely flown by and I'm both nervous and excited to find out what the future holds for me. 

Improve my blog content

This goes for social media too, but I want to focus more of my attention on my blog. I've really gotten into blogging this past year and I'm going to make it my mission to both improve my content and actually stick to a schedule. I'm going to start taking things seriously and I can't wait to see what adventures my blog will take me on. 

Interact with more bloggers

I really don't do it enough. I want to read more blogs, support my fellow bloggers on social platforms and just generally spread positivity and love, not only in the blogging community but for everyone. We're all too quick to criticise, but not so quick to tell someone when they're doing great. 


Read more books

I'm going to aim to read a book a month. I've realised that my lack of reading over these past few months has had a negative impact on my writing. I'm just so tired all the time.

Find my own style

I want to be more daring with my fashion choices, push myself out of my comfort zone and buy things that I wouldn't normally buy. It's not about re-inventing myself, more about being confident in my own skin and loving myself for who I am. 

Walk the dog every day

I love walking the dog and I don't do it enough. It's the making the effort part that I struggle with but it's such a good way to keep fit and take some time away from work and social media - everyone needs a break, even if it's just for five minutes. 

Work my little bum off

If there's one thing I'm feeling this year, it's determined. I'm going to work hard and I'm going to make my dreams a reality. If you want something, you've got to work for it and I hope I'll be able to make my family proud. 

Organise my time

I'm awful when it comes to time management and if you follow me on twitter, you'll know that on my last deadline week I survived on five hours sleep for the whole week. I'm going to make sure that my time is organised, my work is completed and give myself time to do what I enjoy. I'm going to treat myself and give myself credit when it's due. I need to believe in myself. 

But most of all, I want to happy. Genuinely, intensely, consistently happy. 
I hope that 2018 will be kind to us all and that this time next year I'll be telling you about a successful and happy year. 

What's your main goal for 2018? 

Lots of Love,
Meg
xxx






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