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Kennedy Space Center

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If it wasn’t for the fact that my maths skills are beyond horrendous, I would most definitely have gone into physics instead of art & fashion. I would have loved to have studied cosmology, but I knew I’d never be able to pass the entrance exam when I struggle with even basic mathematics! I can easily grasp the ideas & principles, but when it comes to the formulas I’m totally lost! I’m sure most of you are aware by now of my fascination with the cosmos, so it’ll come as no surprise that Kennedy Space Center was another day I seriously enjoyed. It was a really nice change from all the Disney parks we’d done the week before too.

This was one of the last places we visited & it was the only time I actually remembered to take some outfit photos! Sorry about that! How stunning is the ‘Rocket Garden’ though? Things like this always really overwhelm me, it’s so awe-inspiring standing at the foot of these ginormous machines & seeing just how massive & what a feat of technical engineering excellence they really are.

There were so many amazing pieces on display too, I especially enjoyed the little Apollo 14 exhibit they had. There were chunks of moon rock, astronauts diaries, prototype spacesuits & even Alan Shepard’s actual space suit from the mission, still covered in a silvery layer of moon dust! I got pretty excited about that one, I know it’s just dust, but it came from the moon, how amazing is that?! They also had the actual Apollo 14 capsule there, which I loved! The Hubble exhibit was another favourite, huge back-lit images from the telescope covered the walls & it was really quite magical to see them at such a large scale & felt almost as if you were amongst it all.

Like the big kid that I am, I had so much fun playing around with all the interactive exhibits they had too! I got to touch a real (3.7 billion year old!) piece of moon rock, rode the space shuttle launch simulator (not as good as the one at Epcot, sorry NASA!), sat in a mockup Apollo capsule, experienced what a shuttle launch was like from the control room & got to look around a replica cockpit!
 
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Vehicle Assembly Building – The flag painted on is 209 feet high & the red stripes are wide enough to drive a bus up!

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View from the top of the observation gantry with Shuttle launch pads in the background

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Testing out the mock-up Apollo capsule!

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Watching a reconstruction of the Apollo launch – all the equipment is from the original launch

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Restored entire ‘Saturn V’ rocket on display!

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LEGO mars exploration rover, reminds me of WALL-E! / Hubble telescope photography

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Full scale replica ‘Lunar Module’ cockpit

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Prototype space suit / Alan Shepard’s space suit from the Apollo 14 mission – still covered in moon dust!

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Apollo 14 capsule

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Space suit repair kit given to the astronauts! / Chunk of moon rock

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Photograph of the Orion Nebula from the Hubble Telescope

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Sharing The Love

This was going to be my usual Sunday inspiration round up, but a few days ago the lovely Xixia sent me an email to say she’d featured me on her blog as part of her ‘Liebster Blog Award’ post. She asked if I’d be able to take part too by answering a couple of questions & then tag a few other bloggers to take part as well.

I don’t usually take part in these pass around questionnaire type things I often see on blogs, but I thought the idea behind this one was really lovely & I’d actually been meaning to do a post on some of my newly discovered favourite blogs after Becky featured me in her own roundup. I was super flattered & felt inspired to share the love too with my own post, but with holiday organizing I never got around to it! So I’m taking this opportunity to combine the two!

Below are my answers to Xixia’s questions & then afterwards some of my newly discovered favourites!

Favourite things
Who is your favorite celebrity?
Andy Warhol. He is my absolute idol, I love the way he turned fine art on it’s head & made people see the beauty in even the most mundane. Most people can marvel at the beauty of a DaVinci, but few stop to admire what an amazing piece of graphic design the label for Campbell’s soup is! And it really is! His wit, ambition, kookyness & the fact he is insanely quotable are just a few of the many other reasons I love him so much.

What is your favorite quote?
“To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” William Blake is one of my favourite poets, and artists, this is the opening verse of the poem of his I love best “Auguries of Innocence”.

What is a pet peeve of yours?
People who are far too easily offended & those that seem like they’re just looking for an excuse to be offended so they can whinge about it! I find that so irritating!

Sunlight or moonlight?
Oh this is so hard, I guess I would have to say moonlight though, as I love nothing more than gazing up at the night sky, it’s so beautiful & it just fills my head with so many questions.

What is your favorite movie?
I’m going to have to cheat a little on this one, I’m such a movie nerd that I could never pick just one, so instead I’m going to list my 10 favourites (in no particular order)! Sorry!
Pulp Fiction, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dawn of The Dead (original), Oldboy, The Fountain, Princess Mononoke, Ichi The Killer, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliette, Pan’s Labyrinth, Moon.

What could you eat everyday and love it?
Pasta or pizza! I actually do pretty much eat one of those every single day anyway, as I’m a very fussy vegetarian!

Modern or vintage?
Definitely modern. I love to take inspiration from vintage fashions, especially the tailoring of the 40s & the teddy boys/girls of the 50s, but I very rarely buy vintage myself. I think mostly because the era’s I find most inspiring all catered towards a totally different body type to mine, I have no tits or ass to fill out those lovely hourglass jackets & dresses!

What is your guilty pleasure novel?
I’m not sure I have any that could be classed as a ‘guilty pleasure’, but maybe Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I can still read it over & over again! I guess my love of graphic novels is probably quite a guilty pleasure too!

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Oh, another hard one! I love so many cartoons, it’s so hard to choose! I guess, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, she was my favourite growing up, I totally related to her awkwardness & I so longed to be a mermaid just like her!

What wardrobe item can’t you live without?
My battered black boots!

World Cup or Olympics?
I’m not a sporty person at all, but I really can’t stand football, so this is easy – The Olympics!

5 Newly discovered favourites…

Define Delirium, Black Outfits, DrapingDefine Delirium
I adore Mika’s outfit posts, she does minimalist, effortless dressing so perfectly. I love her writing style too, so well written but also full of personality.

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Full of lots of beautiful examples of Rae’s photography, her travel posts leave me feeling insanely jealous of all the wonderful places shes been able to visit or live in & I love the way she’s constantly changing up her style for her outfit posts. One moment shes a sweet schoolgirl, the next retro 50’s, preppy or laid-back surfer chic.

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I love Melissa’s mix of minimalistic, sporty style with an edge. She is also super talented making a lot of her own clothing & also has a clothing line too!

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I love the way Josie writes, her posts seriously crack me up & she has such a knack for finding the funny in any situation. She also has that simple, effortless kind of style totally nailed & if you can say you’re not jealous of those never-ending legs, then I’m sorry, but your lying!

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I’m a sucker for gorgeous photography & Marlene’s lovely blog is packed full of it! I only recently came across it, but as soon as I saw the photography I knew it would quickly become a favourite. I also love the ‘Pass It Forward’ series she does, showcasing 3 of her favourite blogs each time & I have found so many new blogs to love because of it! The posts are always packed with wit & charm too, it’s hard not to love!

It would be great if you 5 could carry this on & do a post answering my questions & then tagging a few other bloggers take part too! I think this is such a nice idea & a great way to spread some love around!

My questions to you are:
What is your favourite song?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Who is your favourite artist or what is your favourite artwork?
Sweet or salty?
Sum yourself up in 3 words?
Who is your favourite fashion designer?
What would you do if you had 24 hours to live?
What is your favourite movie?
One fact about yourself that not many people know?
If you could be someone else for a day who would you choose?
What is your favourite quote?

PS: I wish I’d had time to include more awesome blogs, but do go check out the links page for a whole list of my favourites, new & old!

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Discovery Cove

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In the previous post I mentioned that Epcot was my favourite Disney park, but our day at Discovery Cove was easily the one I enjoyed most from the whole trip. The park only admits around 1000 people per day, meaning there are no queues & with the tranquil atmosphere it feels more like a little private getaway than a theme park. The park also provides everything you could need for the entire day, from unlimited food & drinks to your wetsuit, snorkeling gear & even animal friendly suncream! Styled to look like a perfect island retreat, the park is covered in flawless white sandy beaches, lush tropical plants & crystal clear blue rivers & lagoons. It is such a beautiful place & one of the best experiences of my life, I could have easily spent my entire two weeks here!

The ‘Dolphin Swim’ & ‘Sea Venture’ packages are additional extras you can add to your standard admission ticket, we decided to do both as it seemed a shame to go all the way there & not do everything! All of the other animal encounters & attractions are included in the price of admission.

Swimming with the dolphins was obviously my favourite part of the day, I have always adored them right from childhood & getting to interact with them definitely lived up to my expectations! Our dolphin was an almost 1 year old baby boy called Axle (his mother was Rose!) who was starting to be taught the routine of interacting with the guests. We were asked if we minded, as he wasn’t fully trained & offered a chance to do it with an older dolphin if we preferred, but there was no way I was turning down the chance to cuddle a baby dolphin! As expected he was extremely cheeky & naughty, swimming off to beg for fish from the other trainers & trying to join in with the other older dolphins interactions! We had plenty of strokes & kisses with him though & he even showed us some of his tricks! We thought he was absolutely adorable but his trainer thought he was being way too hyper, so he was sent back into the enclosure half way through our slot & instead we had the pleasure of meeting two other dolphins Jenny & Luna to finish off the interaction! They are such amazing creatures & it was truly an honor getting to interact with them so closely.

We also did the ‘Sea Venture’ experience where using a diving bell you get a walking tour along the bottom of the huge coral reef. The helmets were hard to get used to at first, but I was soon totally immersed in the experience once I began walking amongst the schools of beautiful fish & rays that would glide right past your face. It was surreal walking along the floor instead of swimming, it makes you kind of forget you’re underwater & I guess it feels more like some sort of alien planet! The reef is teeming with coral & plants, thousands of multicoloured fish, huge rays & all sorts of other undersea life, there are even sharks – safely behind an underwater glass wall! You don’t have to do Sea Venture to experience the reef either, you can snorkel alongside the animals anytime you like & I must have spent most of my day exploring here & diving in amongst the rays.

My other favourite part of the day was the free-flight aviary, there are so many stunning birds here & they are all more than happy to come sit on your shoulder & be stroked for a piece of fruit! I also got to meet a parrot, who I accidentally assisted in its escape plot, she had great pleasure flying around taunting her trainer before finally coming back!
 
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Carved dolphin decoration in the lobby

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Hidden grotto & lagoon

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Exotic birds in the free-flight aviary

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Miniature deer & peacock in the aviary

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Feeding some extremely friendly birds!

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More beautiful birds

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Miniature deer coming to say hello, I was the only person it would go near!

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Gorgeous new friend!

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‘Wind-away river’

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Relaxing in the river

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Snorkeling in the reef / ‘Sea Venture’ – My instructor stuck a starfish to my diving bell!

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The dolphin lagoon

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Swimming with dolphin ‘Luna’

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Kissing baby dolphin ‘Axle’! ♡

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Epcot

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I’ve been trying to decide how to split the thousands of photos we took up into posts for hours now. I’ve decided I’m going to do 4 posts, each one dedicated to one of my favourite parks, then I shall do a 5th & final post as a round up of all the other parks & places we visited. Just a pre-warning, they will all be super photo heavy, as I’m awful at editing photos down to a small selection!

I’m starting with Epcot as it’s my favourite Disney park. Epcot (or Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is a park dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, international culture and technological innovation. The park consists of two main sections ‘Future World’ which houses innovative rides, interactive attractions/displays & huge aquariums. Whilst the ‘World Showcase’ is a collection of 11 different countries each with their own little pavilion around the lagoon. Each country is made to give you a small taste of each place with traditionally styled architecture & decoration, representations of the most famous landmarks & traditional shops & restaurants which are all staffed by citizens of that country as part of the Cultural Representative Program.

I love the mixture of science & culture Epcot has, I know it’s a slightly Disney-fied version, but as these are two of my greatest loves it’s no surprise it’s my favourite. It’s absolutely surreal walking around the World Showcase crossing over from one country into another & I loved the fact that all the staff in the shops were actually from that country, it’s a really nice touch & adds to the surrealness of it all. I also thought it was amazing that the products in the stores were authentic & imported instead of cheap replicas made for the park. Being imported meant they were a little overpriced, but personally I’d much rather buy something authentic & of high quality as a souvenir than a cheap plastic version made for tourists. Japan, Mexico, Italy & Morocco were my favourites, I could have spent hours wandering around them. I actually did spend way over an hour in the main shop in the Japan section, nerding out over all the manga & anime (guilty pleasure!) merchandise, beautiful traditional clothing & imported food!

Future World has so many fun interactive/educational displays to play with & I love their huge aquariums, but my favourite ride there was ‘Mission Space’ a space shuttle launch simulator that I assumed would be a little rubbish but is actually pretty realistic & really puts your stomach in your throat with the G-Forces it exerts! The perfect ride for an adrenaline junkie like me! Of course we had to do ‘Spaceship Earth’ (the golf ball!) too, a time machine type journey from the beginnings of man right up to today & how communication has shaped our society. It was really interesting & I still can’t get over how lifelike some of the Disney animatronics are!
 
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Spaceship Earth Mural / Inside Spaceship Earth

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Mission: Space

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‘Gravity Wheel’ in the queue for Mission: Space / A little scared after reading the mass of warnings on the ‘launch ticket’!

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Huge aquariums – I could stand here watching the fishes all day long!

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Baby clownfish / Creepy Nemo toys

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Happy dolphins!
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France

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Italy

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Beautiful Venetian Masks

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Japan

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Japanese Gateway / Beautiful replica architecture

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Studio Ghibli plushies!

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Gorgeous kimonos / Food!

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Germany

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Morocco

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Moroccan style souk

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China

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Lucky Buddha statue / Exhibition of miniature replicas of the Terracotta Army

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Looking out across the World Showcase lagoon

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Getting ready to watch the fireworks from the Japan pavilion / I couldn’t resist buying the Totoro plush, it’s one of my favourite movies!

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‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ fireworks show

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Home at last

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I’m finally home from Disneyland & have had an amazing two weeks away! This is just a super quick post to let you all know that I’m back & normal posting will resume shortly! I’m still a little jet lagged, so I’ll save the stories for later posts, so you don’t have to read through heaps of my sleep deprived babbling!

I will be going through the thousands of photos we took over the next few days & posting them up during this week & maybe next too, I haven’t quite decided yet. I’ve had a quick look through the photos & hadn’t anticipated that we’d take so many great ones, so I’m not sure how to space them all out posting wise.

There will be lots & I don’t want it to seem repetitive or have anyone bored of seeing yet more Florida photos when really you’d just like to see some outfit posts! So, I thought it’d be nice to know what you all think. Would you prefer a few really long photo heavy posts over this week only or shorter posts spaced out over the next few weeks with some new outfit posts & stuff in between?

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