Category: Disney

TALE AS OLD AS TIME – Review of Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”

Photo courtesy Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There’s been a lot of hype – and, let’s be real, a lot of controversy – surrounding Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie. The headlines are proclaiming that this could be the company’s first $1b movie of 2017, and I could totally see that happening. I wanted to share my review of what I thought of the movie, so this is my opinion! I went with my husband, and we paid for our ticket, so this is not a sponsored review or anything.

My quick review is simply this: IT’S AMAZING, GO WATCH IT! 🙂

  1. This needs to be said, but I won’t go too deep since this is a review blog post: I am a Christian (saved by the grace of God, y’all), and I had no problem whatsoever with any part of the movie. Just had to put this disclaimer here. For any parent who had concerns, all I can say is that you make your own decision, but for me, I have no problem recommending this film at all.
  2. I highly recommend that you watch this movie in 3D, if you can. So many times, it feels like a throwaway to watch something in 3D. But for this particular movie, I believe it justifies the higher cost – there are scenes that just pop out at you.
  3. When Emma Watson first came on screen, I’m like, “Hermione!” But she built a new character of Belle that was totally believable. Not a spoiler – however, I will let you know there is one scene when a white owl is on screen, and my husband turned to me and whispered, “Harry Potter!”
  4. As a bi-racial individual whose mother is Filipina and father is Caucasian, it really made me happy to FINALLY see representation of interracial relationships on screen. Thank you, Disney!
  5. Last, but not least, I had high expectations of the movie, and it 100% lived up to the hype! I was overwhelmed by positive feelings and memories as I watched it. The songs are still nostalgic enough to where you feel like you are watching something familiar – yet fresh. The actors are PHENOMENAL in their roles.

From Disney: “The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.”

Are you planning to watch the movie? Comment below with your thoughts. Thanks for taking the time to read my review!



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Disney World! Vacay photos! Oh, and my OOTD

I’ll just start with a quick post about my OOTD… it’s a shirt I think of as my “dressy zookeeper” or “safari” type shirt, because of the color and front pockets. The fabric is silky, so it’s dressier than a real zookeeper would wear (and I ought’a know, since I work at a zoo).

My jeans and the shirt are both from Old Navy, my favorite place to shop. Shoes are animal-print flats from Payless.
Now, on to more fun stuff– THREE DAYS OF DISNEY WORLD!!! My husband and I took advantage of the Florida Resident Special Offer of three different theme parks for $129 each. So worth it! 
We did the Magic Kingdom first, on Thursday. 
It was amazing! I love riding Space Mountain. My favorite part was visiting the new FantasyLand expansion. We rode “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid,” and visited Maurice’ Cottage in “Enchanted Tales with Belle.” 
The grand ballroom in Beast’s Castle, and the stained glass window from the movie’s ending
Beast’s ripped portrait

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

The character “Gaston” had huge biceps, and the “swagger” to match 🙂 

Belle and Lumiere… the character sounded just like Belle from the movie!
I also loved the evening electric parade and the night shows, “Celebrate the Magic” and “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” when they put all the animated stuff on the castle and do fireworks to music. DISNEY DOES IT BIG!!
The only downside to the day– it was super-hard to eat healthfully. I know it was a vacation… but someone needs to alert Disney dining officials that this is 2014, and people want nutritious food, even on trips. I gave up after the first day… plus I had been looking forward to chowing down in Epcot. 🙂
So Friday, yes, we did Epcot. I was most looking forward to the World Showcase! We had done DisneyWorld with a park hopper pass in 2012, so we had already hit up a bunch of rides then. This was taking our time, being leisurely, and enjoying the day doing the quality things that we wanted to do on the last trip… plus eating and drinking our way around the world, ya heard?!
Here are some photos from Epcot, where I only took video of the IllumiNations nighttime fireworks show (which was amazing):
Chevrolet’s Test Track, and the fun green screen at the end of the ride


Norway, where characters Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” stay… did you know the movie was based on the museum in Epcot’s Norway?! 

China (with my new peacock umbrella that has my name written on it in Chinese)

The Jeweled Dragons acrobatic troupe, and Mulan!! (love that movie)
Germany! Spot the hidden Mickey 🙂 
Werther’s caramel place (Karamell-Küche shop), with chocolate-covered pineapple spears and a candied apple
Morocco… rub that lamp, Aladdin


Japan, where I wanted to buy a bunch of Hello Kitty stuff… but didn’t, ‘cuz I’m an adult, albeit one that goes to Disney without any kids.

France (where we had a yummy, non-nutritious and pastry-filled dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day)

England, Mary Poppins, Pooh and Tigger
On Saturday, we visited the Animal Kingdom for the first time ever. It was like Zoo Disney. 

Giraffes on the safari ride

Mount Everest. I hated that coaster! Steep drops are bad, mm-kay?

I’m not ashamed to say this musical made me cry. Three times.
The last day, we had lunch with my bestie, Rikki. It was also awesome to watch her live shots on tv in realtime. 🙂 She is an Orlando reporter. 
All in all, a very successful, fun-filled trip! I am SO GLAD we went. I felt like I earned that vacation, after two solid months of late nights working from home, stress-filled days, etc. It was exactly what I needed! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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OOTD, purple eye wash look, Travel Makeup kit

Felt like sharing today’s OOTD, all from Old Navy! The necklace was a gift from a former boss for Christmas many years ago, and the fleur de lis in it represents Louisiana (my home state).  🙂

My eye look combines this Wet n Wild Fergie Eye Shadow Palette, Dutchess Lounge with the Coastal Scents 88 Original Eyeshadow Palette (pictured lower down), using purple-shades.
 I packed the lid with this Wet n Wild quad’s lightest shade, then blended the purple (broken in the photo) shade in the crease.
Then I added a bit of a darker purple in a V-shape in the crease only… the shade I used is on the bottom, between the two bright pinks. I tried to blend a lot to make it more of a wash, than a bright purple “Check Out my Purple Eyeshadow” look.
Tonight, my husband and I head to Orlando for THREE DAYS OF DISNEY! :))) YAY!!! Gotta pack my travel makeup kit, LOL… pictured below. What’s in your kit? 

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