DIY Belle and Gaston Costumes

wpid-wp-1446312895124.jpegHappy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone is having a SPOOK-tacular day!

This morning, my four-legged side kick and I decided to go to the Broadway Paw-rade in Uptown Columbus. There were over a hundred dogs, and most of them were dressed up! It was a lot of fun. If you know me, even a little, you know I wouldn’t miss a chance to dress up with my fur baby. Koda Bear and I went as Belle and Gaston!

I put together both costumes for under $15. I’m actually quite impressed with how easily it all came together. Since we just got back from Disney World, I wasn’t wanting to spend too much. But I was also very inspired to keep my Disney outfits going strong.

But here’s what you need to pull it off!

Belle:

  1. Blue Dress – Plato’s Closet – $1 (on sale)
  2. Blue Ribbon – Michael’s – $3
  3. White Button-Up – Goodwill – $3
  4. 2 Yards White Fabric (for apron) – Previously Owned
  5. Black Flats – Previously Owned
  6. White Cami – Previously Owned – Optional
  7. Basket – Goodwill – $1
  8. Book – Previously Owned

**The Blue dress was the hardest thing to find. You want to find a dress that has a very basic shape. Its best to look for one with a tank top style top and a flare style bottom. My dress had lace already sewed in the bottom. You can add that if you like it.

Style It:

Start by putting on the white top. Button it up, but leave the top open. If your button-up shirt has pockets, you may want to put a white cami over it to smooth it out. Other wise you’ll be able to see the pocket lines through the dress. Put the dress on over the white shirt. Finish your outfit with your apron and black flats. Put your hair up. I twisted my bangs back and tied them up. Then I put the rest of my hair in a ponytail and added the ribbon.

If you need to make your apron, lay your dress down and decided how big you need it to be. Remember you will want it to be shorter then your dress. Cut out the size square you need and sew that square to a long strip of fabric you will use to tie it onto your waist. I used two layers of fabric because it was a little see-through. You may not need to.

Gaston:

**Disclaimer** This costume was intended for a dog, but you are essentially making a shirt. Although I would style a person different than a dog, but this costume would work for a person as well. 

  1. Red Polo – Goodwill – $3
  2. 2 Sheets of Yellow Felt – Michael’s -$1
  3. Brown Fabric – Previously Owned
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make It:

Cut out sheets of yellow felt and glue them to the collar of the polo. Cut two strips of brown fabric for his belt. Glue them on the shirt. Cut out a buckle out of the left over yellow felt and glue it on. You could sew all of this on if you wanted, but I didn’t want to spend much time making something I wasn’t sure Koda would actually wear. I was afraid he would rip it up, but he wore it all morning and didn’t try to get it off once. I did have to safety pin it up some so he wouldn’t step on it. I only pinned up a couple of inches.

If you wanted to be Gaston, you could make this shirt for yourself. If it were me, personally, I would attach the yellow felt on the collar. Then I would wear an actual belt over it. I would pair it with brown or black pants or leggings and black boots. You could also accessorize with a bow and arrow.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

alyssa

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Beauty and the Beast Eatery Reviews

If you’re a huge Beauty and the Beast fan like I am, you’ll love getting a bite to eat at Disney World’s two restaurants that our themed after the film: Be Our Guest and Gaston’s Tavern.


Both serve delicious food and make you feel as if you stepped right into the movie. If you haven’t had a chance to visit them, check out my reviews of both restaurants!

Be Our Guest Review and Gaston’s Tavern Review

I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures! We loved both restaurants and I’m sure we will find our way back in the future! It’s a must for anyone who loves the movie the way I do. Be sure to add it to your Bucket List! Happy Tuesday!!

alyssa

Ranger School Craft Challenge

When Zac left for Ranger School, I had no idea how I was going to occupy my time. I had a part time job, two fur babies and a whole lot of free time. We talked about all of the things I COULD do to fill my time, like working out, trying to make friends, or trying new recipes. And although I ended up doing all of those things, at the time the only idea we came up with that I thought I would stick to was a craft challenge.

The challenge was simple. For every week Zac was away, I had to complete at least one project and blog about it. In the end, he was gone for 13 weeks and I completed over 13 projects. There were a couple weeks I didn’t blog about my project because I didn’t want Zac to see it online before he saw it in person.

This challenge started as a way for me to fill time, but by the end of the 13 weeks, I had to find time to complete each project. I stepped out of my comfort zones and made friends, started going to the gym, and trying new things. When it was all said and done, this challenge jumpstarted my own “Ranger School” journey. I have changed and grown so much since the day I dropped Zac off. I did so much more than just wait for him to come home.

Well here it is! All the projects I completed in 13 weeks!

Ranger School Craft Challenge

Week One: Patriotic 4th of July Wreath

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Week Two: Travel Globe

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Week Three: Open When Letters & Batman Care Package

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Week Four: Office Chair Makeover

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Week Five: Rolodex Makeover

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Week Six: Keepsake Treasure Box Makeover

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Week Seven: Anniversary Care Package

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Week Eight: Paper Anniversary Gift 

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Week Nine: Olaf Painting

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Week Ten: Hawaii Care Package

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Week Eleven: Ribbon and Lace American Flag

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Week Twelve: Anniversary Date Wall Hanging

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Week Thirteen: Belle Dress & Beast Sign

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I am so glad I decided to do this. Not only did it give me something to do, it gave me something to talk to people about on the Ranger School Support groups. It made reaching out to make friends a little bit easier. And once I made those friends I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new foods, going to the gym, and eventually jump starting a new lifestyle. This challenge helped get me out of a funk that came from being in a new place by myself and now I feel completely at home. And completing a weekly craft or project has almost become a habit of mine now. I have several other projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them with you!

lyssa

Disney Themed Ranger School Homecoming

wpid-wp-1443008426382.jpegAnyone who knows us, knows that my husband and I love Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it was kinda my thing that morphed into our thing. But Zac grew to love it so much that Tale As Old As time was our wedding song, that he happily walked around Disney World wearing Beauty and the Beast Tank tops, and that we decorated our living room with a painting of the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window. Like a lot of things in our lives, it went from “my movie” to “our movie”.

While Zac was in Ranger School, I made him a book using pictures from the movie to try to make him laugh. The book suggested that Zac was the Beast, obviously, and that Ranger School was Gaston. There were pictures of Gaston attacking the Beast, pictures of Belle giving the Beast a stern “talking to”, and of course, pictures of the Beast defeating Gaston. This book was going to be given to Zac when he was on his bus ride back to Georgia from Florida, so I thought I would keep the Beauty and the Beast theme going when I went to pick him up.

wpid-wp-1442941679447.jpegFirst I made my version of a Disney Bound Belle dress. (I didn’t end up getting many pictures of just the dress on the day of because I was so excited to see Zac. But I did take one while I was working on my outfit.)

To make this Disney Bound, I found a plain, strapless yellow dress. It was not an easy thing to do at the end of summer. Most stores were transitioning to Fall clothing styles, so most yellows were mustardy tones that just wouldn’t cut it for me. Luckily, I had my crew of amazing friends helping me look. We found a ton of different styles of yellow dresses at Forever 21. I found a lot of really cute ones, that were actually way cuter than the one I bought. But I knew this particular dress would be perfect for what I wanted to do to it. Next, I went on the hunt for yellow tulle and buttons. Surprisingly, Hobby Lobby didn’t have ANY yellow tulle. They actually had every color BUT yellow. I did snag the rose and a red flower for my hair from Hobby Lobby though, so it didn’t end up being a wasted trip. Next I hit up JoAnn’s Fabric. I have had a lot of success with them lately, so I wasn’t too surprised when I found exactly what I needed. I did have to paint my buttons yellow, but that was a simple fix. I attached the tulle and buttons to my dress by hand, and ended up securing the buttons with hot glue so they would lay flat if I moved. My last added touch was finding red shoes. I found a really cute pair at Charlotte Ruse. wpid-wp-1442941698548.jpegUnfortunately, I have baby feet and they didn’t have my size. I ended up finding mine at Rue 21. There shoe sizes are a little strange so the closest I could get to “my size” was a S/M so they are a little bit big, but they got the job done.

Next I needed to make a sign. I knew showing up dressed as a Disney Princess could be potentially ridiculous, so I needed my sign to tie everything together. I decided to make it say “I’m here for my Beast.” Just to make sure there could be no doubt in anyones mind, I decided to draw the Beast on the sign too. I chose to draw him in his cape and angry so he’d be more masculine. I outlined everything and drew in stained glass throughout the outline.

Zac’s face when he saw me was exactly what I expected. A big ole’ smile and a goofy laugh. I know I could have shown up in sweat pants and he wouldn’t have cared but I was glad I did something silly. It gave me something to do and made him laugh before I even made it to him. And hey, now I can dress like Belle when ever I want to. I am NOT mad about that! 🙂

lyssa