The LBD- Little Blue Dress

Before I write anything else, I wanted to mention that this post is not a diss to the original LBD. I live for black, chic dresses and they are my favorite to wear. With that said, this post is just to switch things up with the Little Blue Dress.

I wore my cobalt blue dress for my Mom’s birthday outing. We went to Cítricos, which is a restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Side note: I could live at the Grand Floridian and I would live content for the rest of my days. The ambiance, the customer service, and the smell! If Disney can figure out how to bottle up the smell of Grand Floridian’s lobby and make it into a candle, I would buy 20.

The dress: I bought it from a store called roz&ALI. To my surprise, it’s the rebrand/ extention of a place called Dressbarn (which most are very familiar with). I would usually go to Dressbarn to get special occasion dresses, but once I stepped into roz&ALI at Orlando’s Premium Outlet in Vineland Avenue, it was a breath of fresh air. From dresses to shorts to blouses, everything in the store was current and I could have easily see myself buying good quality pieces to make multiple outfits.

One of my biggest problem with plus size clothing is that (a lot of times) there isn’t a shape or structure to clothing items. Most plus size clothing is about comfort, which I get. Comfortable clothes are necessary in a wardrobe, but it shouldn’t be an everyday thing. Personally, I like items that flatter my figure, instead of putting baggy clothing to “hide” the fact that I have a tummy or rolls on my back. Regardless of what I put on, they’re going to be there. So, why not wear something that’s going to make me feel beautiful and confident about myself, rolls and all?

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roz&ALI offers women the best of both worlds. Their items are comfortable and chic and can make any woman feel happy in their own skin. When I tried on the blue dress on the first time, it fit like a glove. The laser cut details is what drew me to the dress in the first place. Little design details are what make dresses unique, so I’m always looking for those type of things in an outfit. Also, I am loving the cold shoulder trend this year! Seeing that the dress had that element, along with the ruffled sleeve, I was sold. More than that, I felt amazing in the dress! My black wedges with the black and gold bow accent are actually Crocs. Family and friends know about my love for Crocs, but I’m loving the fact that they are creating shoes that I can wear with multiple outfits. I honestly need more Crocs shoes in my life because of how cute they are and how easy it is to walk in them.

The funny thing is, I wore the dress the same day I bought it. That’s how you know I loved it. Usually, I save pieces of clothing I buy and I keep them in my closet until I know which day I’m going to wear them. With the little blue dress, that rule went out the window! From the moment I wore it, I had multiple complements come my way, which is always delightful and a highlight to my day. The best part about that, it was a conformation for how I felt in the dress; I felt confident, flirty, and put together. I strongly believe that people complimented me for exuding that emotion. Even if the compliments didn’t come my way, the way I felt in that dress was all I needed to make me happy.



P.S.- I bought a Size 18 in this dress and yes I wore Spanx. Ladies, we all know Spanx is the undergarment angel and that we all need to smooth things out from time to time. Especially in dresses. Haha!

The Disney Diaries

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Last Disney history post (for now)! I am such a fan of Disney’s work and what it has become, that it would be impossible for me to ever stop writing about the topic. I’ll definitely come back to talking about Disney history soon, I promise.

Now, let’s get to it.

The castle welcomed guests on July 17, 1955. Modeled from one of Germany’s castles Neuschwanstein Castle (link below), the cotton candy pink structure would soon be known as one the most recognizable castles to date. Regarding the name Sleeping Beauty Castle; there isn’t an exact answer. I’ve researched everywhere and the best answer (or made the most sense to me) was that Disney wanted to promote his next animated feature film, Sleeping Beauty. So to build “anticipation”, that’s why the castle is known as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Perhaps if Disney knew the movie would have taken four years to release, he would’ve chosen a different name for the castle. Maybe he would’ve called it “Snow White’s Castle?” Imagine that?! *cue cackle of the old hag

It wasn’t until 1957 when Disney had Sleeping Beauty’s Castle become a walk through. He wanted visitors of Disneyland to have that magical experience of walking through a castle. Back then, visitors heard When You Wish Upon A Star by Cliff Edwards (original voice of Jiminy Cricket) himself, along with seeing original dioramas drawn by Evyvind Earle (production artist of Sleeping Beauty).  Fast forward to today, it’s now a walk through that shows the story of Sleeping Beauty. It’s told through multiple images that move and light up. It’s obviously cooler than how I’m writing it, but that just means you’ll have to check it out yourself.

I leave you with this: people’s faces light up when they see the structure. Young or old, there’s a sense of amazement and I live for reactions like those. Although the castle is only 77 feet tall, (tiny for a castle) it manages to show charm and capture the hearts of Disneyland visitors.


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The Disney Diaries

it’s a small world

I’m back! Sorry for the long (but necessary) break. Over the course of two weeks, my entire family and I got sick and it was terrible. Worst of all, my grandmother got extremely sick and is still recovering. In honor of her, my next blog post will be about her favorite Disney attraction.

The Disney tradition you’ll either love or hate: it’s a small world. If you’re not a fan of the attraction because of the hundreds of animatronics dolls and the song that’s on loop and sung in like 50 languages, then I understand. It could be a lot at once; especially if you’re a first time rider. But if you’re a fan of the attraction, art and Disney history in general, then I suggest you keep reading.

The idea: of it’s a small world all started with the brilliant minds of Disney’s Imagineers at the 1964 New York World Fair. According to, it states, “it’s a small world was created for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the attraction was a huge hit for 2 seasons at the fair and was eventually shipped back to Disneyland park, where it reopened on May 28, 1966. In 1971, it’s a small world was recreated to become one of the Opening Day attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated in every Disney Resort around the world and is considered a Walt Disney classic…”

The song: Famous composer and songwriter Richard and Robert Sherman (brothers) were approached by Walt Disney himself to create a song that all children could sing and remember. Although they were working hard on the music and lyrics for Mary Poppins, the brothers created it’s a small world, which has become a classic that we all know and most of us love. The coolest part of the process would probably be having children all over the world record the song in their native language and incorporating that within the attraction. Not only does it create harmony, but symbolizes what we all hope for: togetherness and world peace (definitely a Miss Congeniality moment).

The art: Mary Blair and Alice Davis. If you don’t know who both of them are, I suggest you do some research on them. Those ladies were absolutely brilliant and talented and I want to be like them when I grow up.

Also on, it states, “With her distinctive use of color, geometric shapes and a simple, child-like art style, Mary Blair was known for her visual aesthetic—felt in every aspect, in every nation, of “it’s a small world.” As you glide through the many scenes, colored paper in bold hues vividly create collages of some of the world’s most beloved countries, giving you the impression of sailing through a classic children’s book…Under the direction of designer Alice Davis (and her husband Marc Davis), Disney seamstresses gathered and sewed every inch of clothing to create a faithful portrayal of each nation’s traditional attire. That’s over 300 outfits in all! Authentic materials were used for each region, from silks for the saris of India and fine wool for the Scottish bagpiper.”

So many elements and hard work went into the attraction and it continually shows. Regardless of how you might personally feel about it’s a small world, it’s a ride that shows culture and different perspectives. The first time I rode the ride, I was three years old. As a three-year old, I don’t remember much about my first Disney trip, but I do remember when I rode it the second time (when I was ten). Wall to wall colors and sparkle, props and scenery that represented various countries, and a boat ride that emerged me into a world of many different worlds. Looking back, it was my first experience with knowing about what made us culturally different and what made us the same. At the time, I’ve only known my own, which is Mexican-American.

I’m thankful it’s a small world continues to celebrate culture and differences. I truly believe it creates conversations and curiosity between children and for those who want to know/learn more about what’s out there in our world; like it did for me. The more we tell people and children about the joys and fascinations about other parts of the world, the more they will become accepting and understanding of traditions and rituals. It could definitely do us some good.

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The Disney Diaries

Snow White Grotto

Today, I’ll be posting a photograph of Snow White Grotto. While researching, I found this particular story of its development a fascinating one. Which for me, makes the grotto more significant.

It was the year of 1961 when Snow White Grotto was installed on the eastern side of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, near the wishing well. Before installment, there was an issue with the white, marble figurines themselves. It all started when these figurines were given anonymously to Walt Disney from Italy. Disney obviously loved it, but there was a problem with proportion: Snow White’s height was similar to the dwarfs. So, Disney gives John Hench (Disney’s Renaissance artist and a brilliant genius with many trades) the task of creating a solution while keeping their sizes in mind.

Due to Hench’s brilliance, he figured out a way to incorporate them into the park. In DisneyParks Blog, it states, “Then he found an ingenious and elegant solution. The major elements of the scene were scaled to create the illusion of distance and height and Snow White was placed at the top of the diorama, where she stands majestically above the scene. This created a forced perspective. Viewed from the adjacent footbridge, Snow White appears perfectly proportioned in relation to her friends. Hench did such a magical job creating the scene that two other Disney Parks have since incorporated the montage – disproportion and all – in their Castle forecourts (Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland).”

Additionally, the song “I’m Wishing” from the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, plays from the grotto. Having a water fall flowing and the greenery that surrounds the place be the vignette to Snow White Grotto, makes the site serene and just as magical as Disneyland itself. Having seeing it personally, I must say it’s a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy the historic and artistic qualities in its entirety. With that said, if you’re planning on going to Disneyland soon, I highly suggest making a mini pit stop when you visit.


P.S.- For a little more information on the magnificent John Hench, please check out this link:


Disneyland, No.148, ca. 2017. Anaheim, California.

The Disney Diaries

The Plaza Inn

I’ve been a freelance photographer for about 6 years now, and I must say that my love for photography continues to grow. I take pictures of nature, architecture, and different places or things in Chicago. Oh, and kind of obsessed with black and white photography.

Last year, I went to Disneyland in Anaheim, California for the first time and I absolutely loved. As a Disney fan, it doesn’t take much for me to love anything Disney related. But I thought that I would have had some conflicts having been to Disney World in Orlando, Florida multiple times. Just being at Disneyland and experiencing the more traditional side of Disney culture was such a beautiful experience. Hopefully, I’ll return soon; preferably around a holiday. With that said, this week on The Michelle Chronicles, I’ll be sharing a photo each day from my trip and do what I usually do: find some cool history facts and share a personal experience and/or reflection. Here we go!

The first photo of the week is of The Plaza Inn (shown below). Initially known as the 1890’s themed restaurant, The Red Wagon Inn (1955-1965), was refurbished to The Plaza Inn; the restaurant for elegant and sophisticated dining (1965-today). Located in the beloved Main Street U.S.A (which I believe is the heart of Disneyland), it still remains one of the most popular places to eat. So when I went, I had to eat there!

The moment you walk inside, you are transported to the Victorian era. From, I believed they summarized The Plaza Inn’s surroundings the best. It states, “The restaurant features a Victorian stained-glass ceiling which is known as “Tiffany-Style paint.” Its marble foyer and ornate gingerbread woodwork were salvaged from an old home in the St. James Park neighborhood. The restaurant’s soda machines appear to be made of bronze, but are really made out of wood. The cabinets in Plaza Inn originally had Lillian Disney’s personal belongings stored in them.”

You feel that sense of elegance and authenticity from the moment you walk in. The curtains, chandeliers, and marble floors are just some of the interior standouts. My favorite feature is the view from the windows. You’re able to see their tables, chairs, and the sea of pink umbrellas, along with the joyous guests that sit under them. On top of that, the beautiful sights of Main Street U.S.A.

The food was fantastic. My mom, sister, my cousin and I went there for their character dining for breakfast. It’s served buffet style, meaning once you are seated at your table, you’re able to get a plate, go to the different food stations of your choice, and indulge in delicious food . The Disney breakfast must have(s): french toast, bacon, and Mickey waffles. Overall, I loved The Plaza Inn and the history it continues to hold and share with guests who visit. I’m already looking forward to my next breakfast there.


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Disneyland, No.65, ca. 2017. Anaheim, California.