Web Projects // Lovely Paperie & Gifts

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From the second I spoke with Kate from Lovely Paperie & Gifts I knew this was going to be a fun project to work on.

The goal was to make an informational website where both current and new customers could visit to stay up to date on any events going on in the shop. It also offers details regarding the paperie shop, the items in her boutique, and the services offered.

For the homepage we wanted to keep things clean and visually appealing. When you first visit the shop you will spot a slideshow with some beautiful shop images. Under that we setup a fun little section displaying her latest photos from Instagram and some recent pins from Pinterest — all adding an extra dose of prettiness (and inspiration!).

To see more of my latest projects make sure to visit my portfolio.

And make sure you visit Lovely Paperie & Gifts to take a peek of her charming little shop!

xo,
Melissa

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Style Post // Graphic Tee Chic

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Besides having a closet filled with black v-neck shirts, I also have plenty of graphic tees – mostly Disney inspired of course.

I’ve actually been on a graphic tee kick (more than usual) and it feels like such a jackpot when I find some on sale at Target. I actually got this tee for less than $5 in clearance rack! Can’t beat it.

Graphics tees can add so much personality to any outfit, which is why I love it. They are casual enough for a day of running errands but can easily be dressed up a bit with some cute shoes.

Outfit Details //
Bambi Graphic Tee from Target
Pilcro and the Letterpress Jeans from Anthropologie
Sunglasses from Target
Shoes from Target

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xo,
Meli

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Web Projects // chevrons & éclairs

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with my dear blog friend Supal from chevrons & éclairs. She started playing around with the idea of making some changes to her blog and we decided to discuss the project during one of our coffee dates.

Supal was originally using Blogger but wanted to make the blog more interactive and user friendly for her readers. We started thinking about ideas, searching for inspiration — and next thing you know we were working together on a glamorous redesign.

It was definitely a project that I loved working on and we were both so excited with every little thing that was being developed for the new site.

With her amazing photography skills I wanted to make sure we would showcase her beautiful images but still keep the design clean and easy to navigate. The homepage features latest post and her stunning style posts (make sure to check those out!).

The recipe index was also fun to develop. It was important to create a section that was easy to access so that readers can browse through her recipes without having to see other posts that might not interest that specific reader.

It was such a fun experience working with Supal and creating a new home for chevrons & éclairs. She’s been a long time blog friend and it was an honor to work side-by-side. :)

To see more of my latest projects make sure to visit my portfolio.

Also, don’t forget to head on over to chevrons & éclairs to keep up with her delicious recipes and adventures throughout London. :)

xo,
Melissa

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All Things Disney // Magic Kingdom Food Guide

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I started this post with it just being a short review – but it got extended a bit. Hope that’s cool with you. :)

Anyways, today I wanted to share a few of my favorite places to snack and dine at Magic Kingdom. I feel that Magic Kingdom has really stepped up their food game. I remember the one time we went to Disney when I was a kid and just eating tasteless hamburgers which I never cared for (I was a weird kid). My parents never liked going because the food situation was pricey and not even worth it.

Fast forward some years and Disney started changing that little by little. I feel like there put more effort into their menu and dining options. Of course they still have those weird hamburgers – but they also have lots of delicious options.

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1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (Lunch: $ / Dinner: $$)

From all the restaurants in Magic Kingdom I have to say that the “Be Our Guest” restaurant is my all time favorite. It’s a hard decision (especially when you have Cinderella’s castle) but both lunch and dinner is bonkers.

This restaurant has 2 very different menus and service. For lunch it’s all quick service. The castle (restaurant) opens from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. But keep in mind that the line for service closes a 2:00 pm. Very important. For lunch you can’t make reservations, it’s all first come first serve and the line can be a little crazy. For the vacation planners out there, they do offer a “FastPass” type of reservation but I haven’t tried it yet. You can see a review about it over on Disney Food Blog.

Regardless, I promise that it’s all worth it. The line sometimes looks a lot worse than what it really is. The restaurant has a lot of seating so the line moves pretty fast. And just strike a conversation with someone around – it’s what we usually end up doing. Think the most I’ve every waited is 30 minutes. :)

Now let’s talk about the castle. This place blows my mind every single time. There are 3 dining rooms that are all inspired by different scenes from the movie: The Ballroom, The West Wing, and The Rose Gallery. If it’s your first time here – sit in the ballroom. It’s breathtaking and you feel like you are in the movie. Or at least I always do. :)

For lunch the price is all reasonable. My favorites items on the menu are the carved turkey sandwich, potato leek soup, french onion soup, and the Master’s Cupcake. Usually the hubby and I share the turkey sandwich and get a cupcake each. It’s all very filling and I like that we don’t have to spend much.

Dinner is a little classier (read: pricer). For dinner you must have reservations. And chances are you need to make these reservations about a few months in advanced. It’s intense but I highly recommend it.

We’ve gone about 3 times for dinner and the service is always impressive. The mood of the place is always pretty romantic (prefect for an anniversary dinner) with the dim lights and beautiful views.

A few of the items that I recommend:

Assorted Cured Meats and Sausages Appetizer
All the soups
Pan-seared Salmon on Leek Fondue (my all time favorite)
Grilled Strip Steak

You won’t be disappointed. Now go make those reservations.

2. Sleepy Hollow (Quick Service / $)

If you love waffles make sure to pass by Sleepy Hollow. We actually just discovered it a few months ago (never stopped to look at the menu) and I am glad we did.

The waffle situation is serious here. You can either go for the savory or the sweet route. Try one – or both cause you are probably on vacation – so just YOLO it for a moment.

For the savory I’ve had the “Ham, Prosciutto, and Swiss”. It was great. My only issue was that it had a little too much herbed mayo for my liking. I just took some off but if you aren’t a huge mayo fan just ask for it on the side or not – your choice. :)

During different holidays (Halloween and Christmas) they have themed waffles. The pumpkin spice one during the Halloween season is a must. If they don’t have that one then the traditional waffle with Nutella and some fruits. Yum!

3. Columbia Harbour House (Quick Service / $)

I feel like this restaurant is sort of a little hidden gem at Magic Kingdom. It’s quick service really varies from the traditional hamburger/hot dog situation in some other quick service locations (no offense Starlight Cafe).

My favorite items is the “Light House Sandwich” which consists of hummus and broccoli slaw. It’s a light sandwich and refreshing on a hot park day. A few other favorites are the tuna sandwich and the grilled salmon (which bring couscous!).

There is also a lot of seating in this restaurant which is a plus during busy season. :)

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I would love to hear some of your favorite snack/dining spots at Magic Kingdom. I know that I still haven’t tried all of their spots and would love some recommendations!

Make sure to check out my Epcot Food Guide: Quick Service & Table Service

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Blog Hop // Behind the Scenes

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The other day I was tagged by the lovely Monica from Cake & Lilies to be part of this fun little blog hop that has been going on. And after the blog being silent for a few weeks thought this would be a fun way to get things moving once again. Plus, I get to share a few things that I’ve been working on.

So here we go!

What am I working on?
I am currently working on a few projects for clients – but I am finally working on a few personal projects.

My first project is a blog redesign for Blush + Jelly. For a while now I’ve been a little uninspired when it came to blogging and just feel like this space needs a makeover. Of course deciding the style I want for the new design will take me a while to figure it out (can never make up my mind!), but at least I am starting the process and feeling inspired to spend some time on the blog again.

The other project is finally learning how to sew. The past weekend my Mom came to visit and she made 2 beautiful costumes for me. I spent a couple of hours just watching her sew things together to make something amazing and I feel that it just clicked for me. I made my very first maxi skirt (all by myself!). It is definitely a very rough version and I need lots of practice, but I find sewing to be such a fun hobby. I hope to one day be at least half as good as my Mom.

How does my work differ from those in my genre?
I try to personalize all of my projects by getting to know the client a bit. I like to try to incorporate their personality into their design — whether it’s a blog, website, or a logo — I love to find a trait that can somehow be reflected into the final design.

Why do I write/create what I do?
One of the main reason why I love my job is because I get to collaborate with so many talented and amazing people. I love creating a blog for someone who loves to share what inspires them — or creating a site for a small business owner who is passionate about the product they offer. Creating with others has provided me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who inspire me to always move forward and stay passionate about the things I love.

How does your creative process work?
I have to admit that I don’t really have a “process”. The creative process is one that is always changing for me. I used to think I needed to find that one way to stay inspired and be able to create — but with time I have realized that creativity and inspiration can come from so many places. When I hit a creative block I just try to step away and recharge by doing some of the things I love: reading design blogs, listen to music, talking to other creatives, or read a book.

Now I am tagging the oh-so-fashionable Supal from chevrons & éclairs to continue the blog hop! And make sure to check out her blog for lots of beautiful photos and amazing style posts! ;)

xo,
Melissa

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