Some of my favorite types of stories are fairy tales so I have been loving that retellings have grown popular in past few years. And when it comes to fairy tales, Disney is the ultimate master of preserving classics and piecing together a story that is both accessible, enjoyable, and an instant classic which is why I am so excited to be a part of their Fairy Tale 2.0! The three books Disney Hyperion is celebrating on this blog tour are A Whole New World (an Aladdin retelling where Jafar finds the lamp first), A Frozen Heart (the backstory of Elsa and Anna told in alternating perspectives), and the book I’ll be focusing on, Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (which tells the popular character Red’s story while she wasn’t on Once Upon a Time). If you follow the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag, you’ll be able to enter giveaways for the other books as well! Here is the synopsis to Red’s Untold Tale:
Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.
One winner will receive 1) Copy of Red’s Untold Tale 2) plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow. Prizing is courtesy of Disney Hyperion and open to US Residents.
Kristina Horner had the brilliant idea to create a book tag based on Disney’ newest film, Inside Out, and I am so happy she tagged me because I really loved the film! My favorite emotion is Joy (as you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while since I’m always using so many exclamation points which I swear I’m not abusing, I just get really excited about things!)
Writing this post has caused me to start thinking about the next time I’ll be able to hop on a plane to Florida to visit Kristin and go to Disney and Harry Potter World<3 We always have so much fun when we’re together and I think a visit is long overdue!
1) Hogwarts Castle Ride @ Universal – Just being in Harry Potter world is a big enough treat, but going on the Hogwarts Castle ride and seeing Hogwarts in such great detail is an absolute dream come true! The only part I don’t love is the spiders!
2) Star Tours @ Disney World – This is my favorite of any theme park ride and anytime I’m at Disney, I beeline for Star Tours. I love feeling like I’m actually in space. I haven’t ever been lucky enough to be the rebel yet, but I’m hopeful that it’ll happen one day!
3) Indiana Jones ride @ Disneyland – I wish this ride was also at Disney World because Florida is way more convenient to get to than California.
4) Peter Pan’s Flight @ Disney – While Disney’s Peter Pan is my least favorite interpretation of J.M Barrie’s play, I do really love the ride! It’s so exciting to see all the characters and be taken through Neverland.
5) Spider-Man ride @ Universal – I love all the easter eggs in this ride! Even when you’re just waiting on the line, you pass by Ben Ulrich’s office among others. I tend to prefer simulated rides because I’m a big baby when it comes to roller coasters not even because of the speed and drops but because I just imagine how bad it could be if the ride breaks. Which actually happened on this ride and I was terrified while Kristin just laughed at me and talked about how the ride was actually exciting for once. She’s quite the daredevil.
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
About a year ago when I was visiting Kristin in Orlando and we were waiting on line at Disney to see Belle, we started checking our instagram accounts. It was then that I realized that unlike most people, I do not follow one single famous person. But I do follow a heck of a lot of bakeries. One of my favorite accounts to follow is Honey & Butter. It’s a macaron bakery and they’re always creating adorable geeky macarons such as Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Baymax, Tsum Tsum’s and more. You can follow them on instagram here. Here are some of my favorite creations of theirs!
I really had wanted to create my own original tag and I figured Disney Princesses would be the best place to start but after searching YouTube I realized that a Disney tag already exists so I decided to answer those questions. I tag everyone else who wants to answer these questions so leave me a link to your video if you decide to create one!
I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past. Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime. I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list. What’s on your bucket list?
Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando Live in New York City
- Meet JK Rowling
- Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
- Tour Studio Ghibli
- Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
Attend the Yule Ball
- Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
- Disneyland in Paris
- Disneyland in Tokyo
- Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
- Sakura Matsuri in Japan
Attend Sleep No More
- Wine tasting in Napa Valley
- Publish a novel
Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
- Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
- Cultivate and maintain a garden
Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
- Learn to French braid hair
- The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
- See the Chicago Bean
Go pumpkin picking See Shakespeare in the Park
- Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
- Learn how to bake French macarons
See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
- Go skiing
- Go to Coachella
- Go to The Louvre
Stroll through Central Park in the fall
- Complete NaNoWriMo
Sakura Matsuri in NYC
- Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
- Tour NASA
- Ride a train across the country
- Stargaze on the Highline
- See Stonehenge
- Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
Go apple picking
- See the Northern Lights
- Watch a sunset on a beach
- Go to all 50 states
- Climb a lighthouse
- Create a board game
- Fly in a private jet
Meet R.L. Stine
- See the Acropolis in Greece
- Stand on the Equator
- Visit The Globe Theater in London
Visit YouTube Studios
- Go strawberry picking
- Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
- Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
- Get married
Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
- Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
- Attend a live taping of SNL
Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
- Tour Pixar
- Tour Nintendo
Meet George Lucas
- Tour Google
- Attend BlogHer
Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
- Learn how to use photoshop
- Visit the Glow Worm Caves
See the Hollywood sign Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet Walk the Brooklyn Bridge Meet Michio Kaku Own a pair of Christian Louboutins Own a Chanel purse Style a fashion shoot Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach Attend a farewell concert for a band I love Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book Meet Neil Gaiman Meet Stan Lee Get a Sandman tattoo Fall in love Help out at a fashion show Get published
Be on a television show Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup Have an IMDB page Speak on a panel at a convention Moderate a panel at a convention Live in Los Angeles
- Read all of the books I own
- Get a Harry Potter tattoo
Attend San Diego Comic Con Attend Star Wars Celebration Attend Book Expo America
- Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
- See a show at the Moulin Rouge
- See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
- Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
- Buy a vintage typewriter
- Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
- Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
- Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
- Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
- Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
- Meet Peter Jackson
- Go to a Renaissance Faire
- Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King
I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances). I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead. I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice. I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am. I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends. Here’s my list!
1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces. I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)
2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine. I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.
3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end. Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.
4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.
5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves. She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient). I would love to be able to call her a friend!
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I’ve been really looking forward to seeing Cinderella in theaters ever since the moment I laid eyes on that gorgeous glass slipper. Cinderella is by no means my favorite Disney princess, but I do really enjoy her color palette and the fashion choices her fairy godmother makes for her. The new live action adaptation of the classic story has inspired a wide variety of new merchandise so I decided to round up some of the best things currently available.
MAC + Cinderella – That lipstick though! This collection is currently available online.
Jimmy Choo + Cinderella – Currently on display in store at Saks Fifth Avenue and you can order a custom pair.
LC Lauren Conrad + Cinderella – I love love love the glass slipper sweater and the pretty blue tulle skirt. This collection is currently available online and in-store at Kohl’s.
Morgan Taylor + Cinderella – The nail art they created for this collection is SO pretty! Currently available online.
Cinderella Limited Edition Fine China Set – This tea set is stunning! It comes packed in a pastel blue box and each of the pieces is laid in blue satin. Currently available online.
Hot Topic + Cinderella – My favorite piece from this collection is the glass slipper necklace. Currently available online
A few nights ago, Andrew and I finally went to see Into the Woods. Under normal circumstances I would’ve made it a priority to see it on opening night but since the film debuted on Christmas it was a near impossibility. I have loved the play and all of the music since I was in middle school so I was over the moon when I heard that Disney would be putting out a film version (many people would argue that I’m an eternal optimist). But seriously, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Emily Blunt all in one of my favorite musicals?! Yupp, I’m there.
I feel like it’s my responsibility to start by saying that Into the Woods was Disneyified. Since I completely expected this, it was easy for me to get over it (Andrew’s biggest complaint is that Agony Part 2 was cut, but I’ll let him wax poetic about that). I thought overall, the film was done really well. Meryl Streep plays an amazing version of the Witch. And James Corden! I have SO MUCH love for James Corden it’s almost unbearable. I was truly shocked that my favorite number (Agony) ended up being performed by the two princes, Chris Pine and Billy Magnuseen.
The catchiest song from Into the Woods will always be the prologue song of the same name which lays the groundwork for the rest of the story. The baker and his wife wish for a child, Cinderella wishes to go to the ball, Little Red Riding Hood wishes to see her grandmother, and the witch next door wishes to break the curse she placed on the barren baker and his wife so everyone must set off into the woods to achieve what they think they desire.
I also LOVED the costumes worn throughout the film. Little Red Riding Hood’s velvet cape with a satin bow is so incredibly gorgeous. Mr. Wolf (played by Johnny Depp) is also outfitted perfectly and I love his concealed candy collection beneath his jacket. Cinderella’s dress is gold toned which looked lovely on Anna Kendrick and Rapunzel’s dress is simply stunning! I was so excited that some of the costumes worn in the film were on display in the movie theater Andrew and I went to on the Upper West Side.
If you’re looking to enjoy some music and you love fairy tales with a more realistic ending, you should absolutely check out Into the Woods. Just be warned that it’s different than the original. But it’ll be impossible not to adore James Corden if you aren’t already familiar with him (all my Whovians know what I’m talking about).
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family, and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. (via Disney)