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    Disney Aulani Trip Recap…

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     🌴DISNEY AULANI REVIEW  🌴

    Finally ya’ll I have a second to sit down + recap my amazing trip to Disney Aulani Resort & Spa! ICYMI – Mike + I headed to Aulani at the beginning of February to celebrate my birthday, our anniversary and then…he PROPOSED! Yay! Our full engagement story is already live on the blog HERE so this post is all about our experience at Aulani, what to do, what to explore, where to eat + MORE!

    Let me first start by saying our trip to Disney Aulani was one of the BEST trips we’ve ever been on (and it’s not just because we got engaged there hehe :p) We both had never to anywhere tropical for a vacation so we may be slightly biased in saying Hawaii itself is stunning + magical but hey I’m saying it haha From the moment we landed at the airport we could sense we landed in paradise.laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    Where to start…let’s kick it off with the rooms + overall look + feel of the resort!

    The Room

    We splurged and got an ocean view room + it was definitely worth the extra spend. Our view was looking out towards the ocean and then over the resort where you can see the pools, lazy river + more. If you want 100% only ocean view that is a major splurge and reserved just for 3 bed suites I believe and can cost a lot but if you are a big family traveling that may be a great option for you.

    Our room had two queen beds, patio, gorgeous bathroom and plenty of closet and storage space. While you spend most of your time out and around the resort I loved the room to rest my head at night + housekeeping made it every bit magical with chocolates, flowers to put in your hair, a Lei upon arrival + more! laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    The Beach

    One of the things I loved most about Disney Aulani is their gorgeous private beach…you can go out to the beach, watch the sunrise and sunset, do yoga on the beach, parasail, play games + so much more. It’s only open to resort guests and it is absolutely stunning, I’ve never seen such clear ocean and beautiful sand. You can go to the beach anytime you want and there are lounge chairs, umbrellas, etc. There’s a snack stand down by the beach and you can bring food and drink down to the beach as well! (on the beach is where Mike proposed to me at sunset on my birthday hehe :p)laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    The Pools, Slides + Resort Activities

    This trip was very different from our normal vacations which are usually to Disney World racing to the theme parks to get on the most rides as possible. This trip was all about rest + relaxation! There are multiple pools and jacuzzi’s on property, some for families + there are a few adult only ones as well so don’t worry even if you travel to Aulani without kids there are plenty of places to go that are relaxing and quiet away from child friendly areas.

    Aulani has two fun water slides, one you go down with a raft and the other one you go down on your own. Both are super fun and there aren’t any lines like when you go to a water park which is a total plus! I love all the pools and my favorite is the lazy river, grab a raft and just go around all day, it’s heaven!

    Everyday there are fun activities you can participate in around the resort whether at the kids club like make your own Minnie Ears or view the stars on the beach or snorkel in the rainbow reef…the options are endless. They are outside your normal resort rate but there are other ones you can join like the night time Luau or fireside story time or musical performances, there’s a ton to experience around the resort for kids + adults.
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    THE FOOD

    One of my favorite parts of Aulani is all the amazing food. The resort has plenty of quick serve dining options along with sit down character dining options fun for families! For my birthday we headed to character dinner at Makahiki where they had traditional American dishes like Mickey shaped desserts, mac & cheese etc but they also had traditional Hawaiin dishes which were awesome to try. If you are interested in character breakfast or dinner at Makahiki I recommend booking ahead of time by calling the resort since reservations fill up fast.

    Around the resort there were a bunch of quick serve snack stops that had sushi, American food, BBQ + more and plenty of bars and refreshing treats. One of my favorites what the snow cone shop next to the water slides where you can pick multiple flavors and even get a Mickey shaped snow cone….gotta do it for the gram! laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    The Merch

    As with every Disney destination, Aulani has some amazing merch! If you are anything like me you are a huge fan of ears, Loungefly backpacks, Spirit Jerseys + Pandora charms so what is awesome about Aulani is that they have so many EXCLUSIVE merch items you can only get at the resort so you know I stocked up! I love their ears because they are Hawaii themed with Plumeria flowers and tropical colors like coral + purple. They have Loungefly backpacks with palm print designs, Pandora charms with Minnie on vacation + so much more. Definitely save up to grab some Aulani exclusive merch while you visit – you won’t regret it.laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    THE SPA

    OK, this was my FAVORITE part of Aulani…the Laniwai Spa! I have been to a TON of spas at the various Disney Resorts in California + Florida + even Disney Cruiseline, but hands down my favorite spa is the Laniwai Spa at Aulani. The spa itself is STUNNING. The relaxation room filled with yummy snacks is pure bliss, the staff is beyond sweet, the amenities are to die for + the services are top notch. The spa was hands down the best part of the trip besides getting engaged of course. I loved it so much I went back a few times throughout the trip to get services. I got a pedicure, body treatment, facial + massage…they were all equally worth the price tag. I am going to say be prepared and save up as this is the most expensive Disney spa I’ve ever been to and they don’t offer any discounts (I am a Disney Visa card holder so at Disney World or Disney Cruiseline spas I get a discount but not at Aulani).

    The price is probably a little more of a splurge because of the amenities the spa has exclusive to spa guests who are getting a service. From 8am-8pm you can take advantage of their multiple jacuzzi’s + pools in a hidden oasis, saunas, rainforest showers, multiple bath salt stations + more! laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    The Characters

    It wouldn’t be a Disney trip without seeing some of my favorite pals and Aulani has so many fun spots to meet your favorite characters. You can meet your pals at Character Dining options I talked about in the food section but also you can see them throughout the resort at certain locations + times each day.

    It’s important to note locations + times you can meet the characters changes day to day so you have to call a number the front desk gives you on the activities sheet each morning and jot down where each character will be and when – also note they switch out the characters so one day you may be able to see Stitch and the next day maybe there will be Goofy. Usually you have a chance to see everyone during your trip + I love their Aulani themed outfits! laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits, laniwai spa, laniwai spa review, aulani spa review, character dining aulani, disney proposal, disney wedding, disney birthday, disney engagement, superdown, revolve, hawaii trip guide, aulani trip guide, missyonmadison, disney aulani, disney aulani review, missyonmadison blog, la blogger, missyonmadison instagram, fashion blogger, travel blogger, hawaii, hawaii spots, hawaii photo inspo, vanessa hicks photography, my hawaii trip, hawaii outfits,

    If you are contemplating a trip to Aulani I say 100% go for it! You will have the best time + love every second of it!

    Have you been to Disney Aulani?

    P.S. if you are looking for great merch + styles to bring or shop for Aulani you can check out my Aulani Ready post HERE!

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    We’re ENGAGED!

     💍WE’RE ENGAGED  💍

    Ya’ll I don’t even know where to start but the most magical thing happened while we were at Disney Aulani for my birthday…my boo proposed! YES I am ENGAGED! I am still in shock…it was the most perfect, romantic proposal I could have ever dreamed of so let me dive in and give you all the deets!

    As you all know I am a MAJOR Disney fanatic and every year we typically head to Disney World to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary but this year my now fiance decided he wanted to switch things up and head to Hawaii so naturally I said we need to have a Disney element to our trip so Aulani became the only choice! 

    We checked in on February 2nd the day before my birthday and I was incredibly anxious because I was hoping he would propose since this was also going to be our 3 year anniversary!

    So we are enjoying Aulani, I head to the spa the morning of my birthday, relaxing getting a body treatment while my boo gets a massage and then we head back to the room to get ready for a character dinner we booked for my birthday that night.

    I finish getting ready and my boo says let’s head to the beach to get sunset pictures before dinner (knowing me I never one to turn down photos although I was suspicious at this point) so we head down to the beach and we start walking away from people who can take our picture so I’m looking around and then all of a sudden he says ‘Melissa’ in a serious tone, gets down on one knee and I burst into tears without another word being said haha He puts the ring on my finger and I am full on ugly crying I am so thrilled. missyonmadison, missyonmadison instagram, la blogger, missyonmadison blog, engaged, bride to be, aulani, disney aulani resort, disney aulani proposal, getting engaged at aulani, how he asked, engaged in hawaii, hawaii trip, engaged on my birthday, my engagement story, my proposal story, perfect proposal, proposal ideas, engagement ring,

    While I am in full crying mode out from behind the bushes comes Vanessa my fav photographer turned one of my closest gal pals who was secretly shooting the proposal and then took our engagement photos during our trip. This as silly as this sounds meant the most to me because it was something I told my boo I wanted so he remembered her, got her contact info, emailed her months prior and planned the whole proposal and shoot without me ever knowing…truly a man after my heart with beautiful pictures in mind ♥

    My ring is a 2.5 carat cushion cut diamond ring…exactly what I dreamed of and wanted, my fiance did and amazing job getting it sized to perfection and knowing what I’d love especially since I had nothing to do with the ring selection process (he refused to listen to me haha :p)

    Now comes the even better part…because I truly love Disney my boo and I decided we are going to have a DISNEY WEDDING!!!! AHHH I was never too excited about having a wedding because my family dynamics are a bit dysfunctional and I don’t have a huge circle of friends but the fact that I get to have the wedding of my dreams complete with Mickey Mouse at Disney World…now I am EXCITED ♥

    I’ll be heading to Disney’s Fantasy Weddings Event at the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World in Orlando in two weeks to begin getting inspo for the wedding!

    Let the wedding planning begin!  💍

    *All photos are from my amazing friend Vanessa Hicks Photography*

    P.S. our wedding hashtag will be #MissyMarriesMike

    If you are wondering about the dresses I am wearing in this post they are both from REVOLVE below:

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    Disney Travel Guide…

     1. ONE || 2. TWO || 3. THREE || 4. FOUR || 5. FIVE || 6. SIX || 7. SEVEN || 8. EIGHT || 9. NINE || 10. TEN || 11. ELEVEN || 12. TWELVE

    ♥ DISNEY BOUND ♥

    I’m off to Disney World tomorrow for 10 days!! I am beyond pumped to head to Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort where I’ll be staying for a few days before heading on my first ever Disney Cruise later in the week (first cruise ever in general in fact)! I feel beyond blessed to be invited to this year’s Disney Creators Celebration where I will be surrounded by some of my fav Disney influencers at the parks enjoying exclusive happenings, treats, seminars + experiences that I will be sure to share with ya’ll in real time and when I get back!

    To prep for a magical trip ahead I have been stocking up on Disney luggage, accessories + more so I wanted to share with you what I bought + am bringing on this Disney trip!

    SHOP MY PICKS

    Are you planning a magical trip to Disney soon? ♥

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    Birthday Wishes…

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    ♥ BIRTHDAY GIRL ♥

    I am 28 years old today or as I like to say 28 years young hehe :p Crazy to think how quickly time passes by as you get older…feels just like yesterday I was in college in NYC and now I’ve been in LA for over 5 years, met my partner in crime and have been building a beautiful life ever since. 

    Most people as they get older dread birthdays as a constant reminder of aging but me, I look at it as an opportunity to reflect on how far I came over the years. That’s why I am sharing 28 things I have learned over my 28 years with ya’ll!

     1. Always Believe in Yourself

    Even when the going gets tough

      2. Don’t take NO for an answer

    Anyone who tells you you can’t do something should be your driving force to prove otherwise

     3. Embrace Change

    Typically change can lead to something amazing or even unexpected

     4. Never Settle

    Always push yourself to be the best you can be + that pertains to career, relationships, friendships + so much more

     5. SMILE

    When you put on a smile the world smiles back – I truly believe this

     6. Save for your Future

    While I love to buy nice things, saving for your future is key + you should start as young as you can – it’ll help you in the long run

     7. Try New Things

    While I am a creature of habit, every time I travel to a new city or try a new dish it gives me a sense of adventure!

     8. Love the Skin you are In

    Embrace who you are + feel confident in how you look…the world will respect you for respecting + loving yourself

     9. Always Continue to Learn

    Whether it be an online class or a seminar,  push yourself to continue to learn in whatever sector you are in, it helps better yourself in business + in the future

     10. You can never go wrong with a LBD

    When in doubt a little black dress is sure to impress

     11. Invest in Quality over Quantity

    This rings true when it comes to clothes, friends + so much more hehe :p, a few quality friends or pieces is worth more than a ton of icky ones

     12. Be Patient

    It’s hard sometimes to be patient but anything worth having takes time + life has a plan for ya so don’t rush it

     13. Never Grow Up

    Some may say I am a child for loving Disney and stuffed animals but never loose your child like wonder if you ask me

     14. Always Believe

    Even when times are tough + you feel helpless, believe in yourself + what you are looking to achieve + you’ll achieve your end result

     15. Work Hard

    nothing in life comes easy, if you want something work for it + work hard

     16. Travel More

    I have learned so much + experienced different cultures from exploring + traveling something I am lucky enough to do as I get older

     17. Be Open

     Over the years I have occasionally been closed off but I realized the more open you are to new people, experiences + ideas you will be able expand your horizons

     18. Get Rid Of The Toxicity

    Whether it be toxic friends, a toxic work place or a toxic relationship, know in your heart what is best for you + aim to eliminate any negativity

     19. If the Shoe Fits buy it in EVERY Color

    True believer in this, the second I get a pair of shoes that are comfortable I buy them in every color, stylish AND comfortable shoes are hard to come by!

     20. Be Confident

    Confidence is truly the best accessory you can have, if you are confident in yourself, everything else tends to fall into place.

     21. Star Wars is Pretty Awesome

     I was never big into Star Wars before I met my boo but this year a lot of big Star Wars milestones happened from the release of Rise of Skywalker to Galaxay’s Edge + so much more…now I am a Star Wars fan for life.

    22. Distance Can Be Good

     This year my relationship with some of my family members drifted apart, while some see it as a sad thing I see it as something that needed to happen in order to grow, learn + be independent. A co-dependent relationship is never healthy, even with family members.

    23. If Something Is Meant To Be, It Will Be

     I am such a firm believer in this, I wanted to run my own agency and build clientele for years but never knew if I could build the dream team to make this possible and secure clients I felt passionate about working with…but with some faith and hardships it finally happened!

     24. Your Biggest Supporters Come From The Strangest Places

     This year I made so many amazing friends on Instagram of all places, something I’ve continued to do since moving to LA but now I am expanding my horizons and becoming close with creatives all over – it’s so great to meet other like minded people that want to help you grow as much as you want to help + support them!

     25. Expect The Unexpected

    One of my biggest surprises this year was being asked to join the REVOLVE ambassador program – I was beyond stunned because although I am confident in myself, I was confident enough to know I wasn’t the usual ‘Look’ they go for so I never pursued them but it was an awesome feeling when they randomly approached me + they have been one of the most amazing partners I get to work with!

     26. There’s Always Room For Improvement

    I used to be horrible at taking constructive criticism or feedback but over the years I learned how to accept it + use it to make me a better person. Whether it be how to do a better job when it comes to work, how to be a better partner in my relationship etc, feedback helps you grow + learn – perfection doesn’t exist

     27. Being Emotional In Business is a No No

    When I was younger I was constantly emotional either angry, sad, frustrated etc at work or when trying to navigate certain tough situations…after years of seeing emotions don’t help solve a problem I am happy to report when you take emotions out of business things go a lot smoother!

     28. Be A Source Of Good

     This year I want to focus on giving back more to my community, those in need + those I can help through my experiences in life. I love speaking at conferences to aspiring influencers or marketers, I love giving back to charities + causes close to me + I love waking up each day knowing I can make a difference in peoples lives.

    Are you someone that looks forward to your birthday or someone that dreads it?

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    Aulani Ready…

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    ♥ AULANI here I come ♥

    We are off to Aulani today and I can’t wait!!! I’ve never been to Disney’s Aulani Resort let alone Hawaii so I am beyond excited to see what the most tropical paradise is all about. While I put together a guide of what I am packing for Hawaii to wear, I had to of course put together specifically a guide for just Disney merch perfect for Aulani! Naturally Aulani has a ton of exclusive merch at the resort but they also have some on ShopDisney.com, PLUS I have been stocking up on plenty of Lilo & Stitch goodies since they are from Hawaii! Can’t wait to share more about Aulani once I return!

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    ACCESSORIES

    CHARACTERS

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