The Magic Of Rapunzel. Aberdeen Panto Review

What better way to celebrate Christmas in July than with an all singing, all dancing Pantomime. Oh no it isn’t! I hear you say. Oh yes it is!

I was invited along to review Joseph Purdy’s production of Rapunzel last night at the Tivoli Theatre. The summer Panto has toured the UK, before making its last four day stop here in Aberdeen. My Little Peter Pan was so excited, and of course couldn’t wait to dress in his Flynn Rider outfit for the occasion.

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The show put its own twist to the classic fairytale, entertaining both adults and kids alike. The diversity in characters ranged from the funny Chester, who provided laughs a plenty and hillarious audience interaction, to the glamorous Queen Passionella with her show stealing outfits. Horabella executed wicked perfectly, along with some incredible vocals. Quinn’s favourite character of the evening, Britain’s got Talent’s winner George Sampson, danced his way to Rapunzel’s heart as Prince George. Ten years on from his Singing in the Rain routine, we were wowed again by his impeccable moves. The cast wore some outstanding outfits that were definitely a highlight for me.

New and old songs had us singing along, with maybe a little dance or two from my Little Peter Pan! The usual feel good, festive atmosphere and lots of local dialect was definitely present, showcasing that Pantomimes aren’t just for Christmas. Sixty two local children were cast and did an outstanding job, lighting up the stage with their talents. Never during the performance did the family filled audience get restless, which was testament to how well the cast did to engage and keep us wanting more.

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Our family thoroughly enjoyed our evening, and I would highly recommend Rapunzel for the perfect summer holiday day out. Here at the Tivoli until this Sunday, you can purchase your tickets through Aberdeen Performing Arts at the Box Office.

Joseph Purdy Productions will also be back again in Aberdeen with the Uk tour of The Wizard of Oz on the 25th, 26th and 28th of October, and I for one can’t wait!

Thanks for reading and remember “True love will win the day”

Alannah x

Shop Small With The Most Magical Little Brands

As much as I love shopping the latest Disney merchandise for my Little Peter Pan and I, I also love to shop small. Smaller stores that you can find on Instagram, Facebook and Etsy, are so unique and often create custom products. This last trip to Walt Disney World, we were lucky to rep and support some of our favourite unique brands. Some local and not so local to us, but always made with love and magic. Here are some of the wonderful products we received and where you can find them.

If you follow my Instagram page, you will know how much I love and wear the wonderful Nickey Ears Co ears. I love representing Nickey Ears Co, as they truly are the most beautifully made floral ears and are the most comfortable to wear.

Nikki surprised us with these matching Peter Pan and Tinker Bell inspired ears, the Animator figures adding the perfect little touch. Quinn adores the Disney Animators Collection Little’s Micro Collectibles from the Disney Store Uk and was desperate to find the Peter Pan figure to match the others he already had. He was over the moon to unbox his pair and my pair also featured my favourite thing, a bow which had my name written across it too!

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These amazing Tinker Bell inspired ears were probably my favourite to wear on the trip. I mean, how magical can one pair of ears get?! They remind me so much of another Tink inspired pair I already own and the wings are just beautiful. I wore them on my birthday, which also happened to be Peter Pan’s 65th anniversary blu-ray edition release date. Magic Kingdom were hosting a celebratory Peter Pan pre-parade and the ears received so many compliments that day.

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Disney Vacation Club means so much to our little family and I was super excited to unbox these gorgeous inspired ears. The colour of the flowers are perfect and it was beyond wonderful to showcase Nikki’s talent and my Disney Vacation Club pride around the parks and resorts.

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Last but not least, these Princess inspired rose gold ears are so pretty and could be paired with almost every outfit I brought with me on our Walt Disney World trip. I wore these the most as they are so simple, but yet stunning.

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Nautical Nautilus Apparel are a new clothing brand that create the cutest tees. Their magical inspired designs include Never Land, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean. I loved wearing my Wildflower tee Katy and Josh sent me for breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. Alice loved it so much she asked to take a picture with me, before the Mad Hatter photobombed! My Rain or Shine tee was practically perfect for our Grand Floridian stay and I couldn’t recommend the comfort of Nautical Nautilus tees enough!

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My Little Peter Pan reps for the super cute clothing brand, Cami and Chlo. Their magic inspired tees are available in both adult’s and kid’s sizes and are just precious. Home of the original It’s a Small’s World tee, Cami and Chlo have designs to suit the whole family. Quinn adores the Yo Ho Yo Ho a Disney Life for Me tee, just don’t tell Peter Pan!

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Dreaming All Magic Pins is a small UK based brand, that create and ship Worldwide the most beautiful Disney inspired pins. I feel so lucky to rep for Naomi and her cute collection. Before we left for our trip, I received the first pin available to order, the rose gold Ariel Mermaid pin. She is a beauty and I was so happy to wear her along with my Ariel inspired outfit to the Bon Voyage breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno.

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Do you have any favourite small shops? Feel free to share them with me, I would love to see your magically inspired apparel and products!

Alannah x

All the Bows all the Ears

For as long as i can remember, I have always worn hairbows in my hair. It all started as a way of keeping my hair out my face, so why not do that with something cute? My Mum used to collect hairbows for me and each one I treasured. My collection has grown over the years and now not only do I collect them, i also make ones for myself too. I am so proud of my bow collection and love choosing one out to wear each morning. If I could have a bow for each day of the year it still wouldn’t be enough!

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When I visit Walt Disney World I love to wear Mickey ears and I am so happy that the Disney Parks collection is growing. They have so many pretty designs and I can’t wait to hopefully get my hands on the millennial pink ears next month, they will fit perfectly with so many of my Disney inspired outfits.

Last year the amazingly talented Nikki came into my life and changed things forever! I became brand rep for her gorgeous ears @nickeyearsco. She creates the most beautiful Disney inspired floral ears and they are honestly the most comfortable ears I have ever worn in my life. Each and every pair is unique and made with magic. Nikki also takes custom orders on her Etsy page NickeyEarsCo.

Here are some of the custom made ears Nikki has made for my recent trips.

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Tinker Bell is my favourite character of course and these Tink ears are the perfect colour and even light up, so magical. This pair has received so many compliments when wearing them at Walt Disney World, even from Peter Pan and Tink herself!

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I love the crown on these Ariel inspired ears, just beautiful. The little details she adds are so pretty and they worked in perfectly with my Ariel inspired outfits. The large crown doesn’t cause the ears to be heavy at all, they are still super lightweight.

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My all time favourite ears that Nikki has made for me has to be these Never Land inspired ears. I have never seen ears like them and they are literally perfect for me! The detail in these ears are incredible and I love every little part from Mermaid Lagoon to Skull Rock. So much aspects of Peter Pan incorporated into one pair of ears, I love everything about them.

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These Toy Story inspired ears are so fun and pretty. I love the arrangement of the flowers  on the ears and the little Woody hat. These will be the perfect pair for the upcoming arrival of Toy Story Land over at Hollywood Studios.

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For our Christmas trip, Nikki made these Gingerbread festive ears complete with little coloured lights. They were such a cute addition and I just loved wearing them during the Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World.

@nickeyearsco also make Junior ears for the littlest Disney fans in your life. My Little Peter Pan was lucky enough to receive his own custom pair. Peter Pan inspired of course and he was beyond excited! He had always said that he wished he had a pair like mine and he wasn’t disappointed. The kids ears are again super lightweight, comfortable and I would thoroughly recommend them for your little ones.

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You can see more of Nickey Ears Co designs here on Facebook, Instagram and on Etsy.

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The lovely Ashley over at @earsfordaysoc sent me these truly beautiful Steamboat Willie Ears for our upcoming trip to Disney World next month. These ears are very well made and I absolutely love the puffball bow, such a cute design. So pretty and sparkly, right up my street with the oversized bow! They are surprisingly super lightweight and I can’t wear to wear them to the parks.

You can see more of Ears for Days OC here on Instagram and Etsy.

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Another pair of ears i recently received for our trip next month, came from the lovely Kayle over at @espositoears. I fell in love with these ears as soon as I received them with their unique Cinderella design. The colour is so accurate and pretty, with a beautiful white bow and a little Cinderella on top to finish. They go perfectly with the Cinderella inspired outfit I have planned for Disney World.

You can see more of Esposito Ears designs here on Instagram and Etsy.

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The inspirational Hollie over at @bowsofmagic knew how much I loved hair bows and sent me the most beautiful Tinker Bell bows I have ever seen! So sparkly, unique and filled with Pixie Dust! Perfectly made and so comfortable to wear. Hollie makes and sells beautiful Disney inspired bows to raise money for her “Bows for Brainbow” campaign. Brainbow is a charity based at Addenbrookes hospital who help rehabilitate children with brain tumours.

You can see more of Bows of Magic designs here on Instagram and Etsy.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to wear these beautiful handmade ears and bows at the parks. Next month can’t come soon enough! Follow my adventures and Disney inspired outfits over at  @pixieplanner_.

Alannah x