Am I a Disney Princess Yet?

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village

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View from EPCOT’s Spice Road Table

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Kilamanjaro Safari at Sunset

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There’s no better place to be than the Happiest Place on Earth. That’s a definitive fact and I can prove it.

This past week and a half I was lucky enough to venture down to Central Florida with my mom and sister for a girls’ getaway to Walt Disney World, which happens to be my favorite place in this big wide world that we live in. While my father and brother stayed home due to athletic commitments, us girls braved the steamy July heat, riding rollercoasters and sampling foods around the parks until our hearts were content.

We went in without a plan, lounging around in the mornings at Kidani Village‘s (part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge) gorgeous pool and bar before heading out to which ever park we had FastPasses for that day. For those of you who aren’t dedicated Disney buffs like myself, FastPasses are tickets you can book online with you park admissions that allow you to basically cut line for a designated ride (10/10 recommend).

Now I truly love each and everyone of WDW’s four uniquely themed parks, but EPCOT holds a special place in my heart. Being able to “visit” eleven different countries in a day is an experience like no other. Each country around EPCOT’s World Showcase is staffed by people of that nationality who always have to most amazing things to say about where they come from and the experiences and people they’ve met throughout their life.

While every part of my vacation was so enjoyable, dinner at EPCOT Morocco’s Spice Road Table was an evening I truly will never forget. My mom had planned this dinner for the three of us due to my love of African food and spices, but it wasn’t just the amazing hummus fries and lamb sliders that put the evening as a such a highlight. The entire staff, from the bus boys, to the host, to our incredible waiter, Madhi, were so incredibly warm and welcoming that they had the entire restaurant talking and laughing with each other. Disney’s service is always amazing but sometimes you meet people with an extra sparkle and it’s incredible.

Walt Disney World will always feel like home to me and while I’m not sure when I’ll be able to return, this trip will always hold a special place in my heart.

xo,

Megan (Check out my VSCO for even more photos from my trip!)

 

P.S. Disney College Program: look out for my application because that is an opportunity and experience I truly would be honored to be a part of! 🙂

 

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*All photos taken on my iPhone 6, edited with iPhoto on my MacBook Pro.

Take me bACK

DSC_8639IMG_2347DSCN1938DSC_8746 (1)Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDSC_8670IMG_2427IMG_2423DSC_8798DSCN1943Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but honestly I have been so incredibly busy between work, holidays, college orientation, and… oh yeah! Vacation!

Nearly two weeks ago now I had just returned from one of the most relaxing trips I have ever been on. My friend, Emma (the blonde), had invited another friend of ours, Erica (the brunette), for an extended weekend trip to the island of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While Emma is a Nantucket regular, neither Erica nor I had ever been and it is an understatement to say that we were (beyond) excited.

Emma and her family went down a day before Erica and I to get everything ready in the house that they’d be staying at for 2 weeks. The pair of us spent a night at a family member’s home in Cape Cod then took the high speed ferry out of Hyannis onto the island that Saturday.

Now if you love shopping as much as me, let me tell you, you’ll love Nantucket. Jack Wills, a popular clothing chain found mainly in the U.K., has a flagship store in Nantucket town, and that store, along with a combination of touristy apparel (meaning the multiple Nantucket-branded t-shirts I came home with) definitely did not make my bank account happy.

The beach, bike rides, and aimless drives to the many ice cream shops (when at the Juice Bar try “the Carl”) took up our days. The atmosphere, fresh air, and cobblestone streets were a perfect combination for a picturesque weekends with some of my best friends. I’m so thankful for the generosity of Emma and her family and, trust me, I am already planning my trip bACK!

xo,

Megan

P.S. We made a pretty cool little video with my GoPro and if you want to check it out click here!

 

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All That Glitters…

IMG_2272DSCN1748DSCN1744DSCN1770DSCN177713332944_10209908218886431_1828305311065170076_n13346788_10209908221006484_1449231853067684637_nDSCN1741So yes… it’s been a full week since my first blog post and I wish I could have posted sooner, but my photographer (my amazing sister Erin) is still in school. I have been wracking my brain trying to decide what to post and it hit me: who doesn’t love sparkles? And by sparkles I mean sequins, and by sequins I mean prom dresses.

Yup, I went to senior prom a little more than a week ago and it was absolutely amazing accept for the disappointing fact that I only took two photos of just myself in my dress. Luckily I happen to really like those two photos, but my advice to anyone out there is to make sure you take photos of yourself or else you will definitely be sad as you scroll through your camera roll the next morning with makeup streaked across your face.

Shopping for a senior prom dress can really seem like a disaster waiting to happen, but I couldn’t of been happier with the dress I ended up with. My mom had dragged me to our local bridal/prom store one freezing and dreary Saturday in January and I was certainly not in a shopping mood, which you’ll learn is a rarity. After trying on dresses I had seen in the window months before, nothing was looking the way I wanted it to and I was ready to head out and go to bed if I’m being honest.

Just as I am grabbing my purse and walking to the door, the owner of the store runs down the steps, a bronze and silver sequin gown shining over her arm. She insisted that I try it on, and thank goodness I did. The dress coordinated perfectly with my pale skin and red hair, and luckily my mom was in a great mood and quickly sealed the deal on that purchase.

Come prom night, with my hair curled and my makeup freshly applied (by myself, might I add) I couldn’t be happier with the way each sequin glinted in the sunlight and, more importantly, the lights of the dance floor. Senior prom is one of very few times in your life where you get to feel like a movie star… Enjoy every minute of it, because it will be over faster than you read this post. 🙂

xo,

Megan

 

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Hey World! (Introducing Me…)

DSCN1884DSCN1873DSCN1887DSCN1892DSCN1894DSCN1899DSCN1908Hello everyone who happened to stumble onto this page! I’m Megan and this is meganelizabethcollins.com!

Now blogging is clearly new to me, but I’ve been so inspired lately by the likes of Hello October and Lydia Elise Millen that I’ve decided why wait and daydream of creating when I could start today? And so my blog has been born…

High school has officially ended for me as of thirty-one hours ago (I still cannot believe I am now a BHS alumni… ahh!) and I’m ready to take the world by storm. I’ve spent the entirety of my life so far in the most beautiful, coastal town of Beverly, Massachusetts which, thankfully, is only a twelve dollar ticket and thirty-five minute train ride from Boston, a city I’m proud to be a part of. In three months I’m headed to Philadelphia for college to do whatever it is I end up doing and I’m so excited for the new adventures that await me!

Summer has started for me today and needless to say I’m beyond happy it’s finally here. My days from here until school starts consist of the beach (a place pale redheads are never found without a bucket of sunscreen), at work scooping ice cream (it’s actually really fun), the gym (I hope), and countless hours with my best friends (and Netflix) by my side. I absolutely love to spend too much of my time browsing Bloglovin’, online shopping every sale, and pondering what those cute, little Pinterest DIYs would actually turn out like if I were to try them.

So I’ve been trying to avoid making this sound like an online dating profile and I don’t want to ramble on forever because, truth be told, I am known to do that. With this blog I’m just hoping to create an avenue to express my passion for everything that makes me smile – from fashion to beauty to fitness and just my day-to-day travels. Right now, I’m an eighteen year old girl headed in so many different directions that sometimes my head spins, but I hope you all will stick with it and follow wherever my footsteps carry me.

Until next time…

xo,

Megan 😉

 

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