Date Night at The Fifth

Tuesday night date night, whoop whoop! One of my favorite things to do with Tim is to go on mid-week date nights. I feel like it helps break up the week for me and also gives time to relax and not be so stressed! I’m the type that is already thinking about the next day by the time I get up. So when I go home after running around toddlers all day, #nannylife I feel like an adult- ha!

One of my favorite date nights thus far with Tim has been at The Fifth. We were both born and raised in Orange County, CA so we are very familiar (and lucky!) with the Disney area located in Anaheim. Since Tim and I have been together, we pretty much got Disneyland passes immediately and started going pretty frequently. Though park food is delicious, we both really prefer to go to sit down restaurants so we’re able to sit and talk about our days. Since hearing about The Fifth earlier this year, this restaurant has become THE spot in Anaheim for us to go! I’m going to walk you through The Fifth visually and show you some of my favorite menu items, along with why we love this place!

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Warm welcome from The Fifth! IMO, it makes the world of a difference when staff hand selects their hosts and hostesses, and I can always tell when they do. Every time I come here they greet me a warm welcome (picture for proof ;)) and it makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

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See what I mean by a view? Not only do you get to see Disneyland but you get to see the whole city, and for dinner the sunset! Another thing I love to do once in awhile is stay super late (my version of super late, lol!) and watch the fireworks. The atmosphere of this restaurant definitely gets more busy as the night goes on because its everyones favorite place to grab a drink, hang by the fire, or watch the entertainment that they do! Also, did you get a peak at that menu? Here is a list of our favorites!

Appetizers

Loaded Tatter Tots

Corn Dogs

Chicken Tenders

Mozzarella Sticks

Pretzels and Sausages

Nachos

Entrees:

Shrimp Scampi

Crafted Burger

***if we’re being honest, I always pretty much just order appetizers. Hence why more of those are listed, I ALWAYS get those!

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And let me get started on dessert. One word: DONUTS. They are the way to my heart and The Fifth has them! I’m a plain gal so I got donut holes, but Tim orders them filled with chocolate and he loved them. We headed to Disney after, but we had a chance to sit by the fire for a little and enjoy the view and snap a quick photo in front of the photo wall!

If you’re in Orange County, come and grab dinner here while you have a free night! You seriously won’t regret it. What you get at this restaurant for the price is UNREAL. Make sure you tag me in your posts if you stop by, and thanks for letting me brag about one of our favorite date night spots!

Thank You to The Fifth for sponsoring today’s post.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Black Friday 2018: Ultimate Guide

I’m skipping an intro today because you guys have A LOT to go through! I rounded up the stores that I shop at all the time and am giving you all the deals and my picks right here. Everything you need to know is listed down below, and by clicking the pink highlighted links or scrolling through the carasouel and clicking on an image it will take you to that item directly. If you’re new around here, Danielle Alana DOES use affiliate links! By shopping through them I make a tiny commission. So a very BIG thank you to those that do— it means the world to me! I will be available for you all day so DM me, comment here, comment on my photos and I will get back to you as soon as possible for any questions you may have. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, and happy shopping!

BEAUTY


TULA
use code BLACKFRIDAY18 at checkout for 25% off

buy the hydrating day & night cream *supersize & receive 40% off the cream

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ULTA

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $35 + BUY BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO GET ONE FREE


FASHION

PINK LILY BOUTIQUE

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ABERCROMBIE

50% OFF SITE-WIDE

AMERICAN EAGLE

40% OFF INCLUDING JEANS

NORDSTROM

60% OFF SELECT ITEM, NO CODE NEEDED

H&M

EXTRA 30% OFF WITH CODE 3238

OLD NAVY

50% OFF SITE-WIDE NO CODE NEEDED

MADEWELL

USE CODE DEALWITHIT FOR 25% OFF


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USE CODE EXTRA25 AT CHECKOUT FOR 25% OFF

WORLD MARKET

40% OFF FURNITURE WITH CODE FURNDEAL


LIFESTYLE

ERIN CONDREN

30% OFF SITE-WIDE APPLIED AT CHECKOUT

linked below is the life planner I use daily, my address book, my notebooks and everything else that I use from Erin Condren!

AMAZON

Deals already applied to items.


Our Save the Dates

Ah! I can’t believe it. The time has finally come. Our Save the Dates have been sent out and friends and family are receiving them. It’s so exciting to get pictures from people and sharing the excitement with everyone we love. It makes it real now that everyone is (sort of officially) invited! No turning back now ;) Of course though, I wanted to keep all of you updated on this since these play such a big part in the day of! I’m giving you all the information in today’s post including the company I decided to go with and why! Without further ado, here they are…

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Aren’t they just so pretty?! I’m SO happy with how they turned out. Like I mentioned in my first wedding planning blog post (if you missed it click HERE), our wedding colors are very Spring! All the pinks, blushes, golds, which is my favorite. I’ve wanted a Spring wedding from the start because those are just my favorite colors since they’re all so light, bright and happy! Our Save the Dates reflect the gold wording which is the extra touch I was looking for. I’m the type of girl that’s been planning her wedding from a very age young, so of course before we got engaged I REALLY started looking at things, not just pinning them. And by that I mean really focusing on brands. I knew the look I was going for for invitations so I actually started comparing prices and seeing what was out there that was similar to my style. It came down to Basic Invite and I had chosen everything before we even got engaged, ha! So when they reached out to me saying they wanted to collaborate, I sent them the LONGEST email ever about how much I loved them and how I was already planning on using them. It was seriously the greatest day ever when this happened, ha! Aside from getting engaged of course. ;)

Now to break down and get into specifics on WHY I chose them. The number one thing I was searching for was a variety of colors for invitations that came with a good price. A lot of the invitations that I liked only had a few colors to choose from, and none of them met my needs for being exactly what I wanted. The second thing I was looking for was also price. Our guest list is quite large (we’re at over 200 guests if you can see the stack of those envelopes!) so I knew my order was going to be big to begin with but I didn’t want the numbers to be big. Basic Invite met all these requirements and even more, like these:

Custom Samples

I’ve ordered 3 cute wedding invitation samples so far just to make sure I’m getting it right. I’m exploring all the colors as well as all the add-ons, wording I’m using, etc. The samples are a VERY decent price so I’ve been able to try anything and everything.

Over 40 different colors of envelopes

I’m sticking with plain white, but I thought I would highlight this for you guys. If you want to choose a different envelope color other then white, they have a ton. This would be great for someone trying to mix in multiple different colors or going outside the box!

Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets

I was on Basic Invite for no joke 2 hours when I first started looking. I was browsing through a TON (900 to be exact) of wedding sets because there was just so. many. options.

Free Address Collection Service

This played a HUGE PART into why I chose Basic Invite. Since our guest list is big, I was dreading writing down so many addresses. And Tim doesn’t have good hand writing (sorry honey) so I knew it would be all on me. I spent just an hour entering in the addresses to my guest book on Basic Invite which were saved to my account and then when it came time to order I just hit “select all” and was able to have them all nicely printed and I didn’t have to pay a PENNY for it.

If this blog post didn’t sell you on using Basic Invite then maybe this will: customer service. I’m a very visual person, hence why I’ve ordered multiple wedding invite samples. Every time I hopped online a member would be available to chat and I loved having that. At this point I know all of them by name and I think they recognize me too! All my questions have been answered which is what I need, and I need details!

We will be sending our super cute wedding invitations in February which means we’re about two months away from ordering those! Basic Invite has so far been a dream to use and it makes me even happier that they wanted to work with me! If you have any questions or anything that I didn’t touch on— please let me know. Until then, early 2019 I will be revealing our invitations!

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring today’s post.

XO,

Danielle Alana

My Fall Starbucks Order

Ok, I’ve been seeing this topic go around in the blogging community lately so I thought I would hop on board since Starbucks is totally one of my love languages. Also, to help my non-caffeine ladies out! I feel like I’m the only one who DOESN’T drink coffee, and when looking at what other people order I always have a hard time getting ideas since everyone else DOES drink coffee. I think I’m the only one also, who doesn’t drink coffee BECAUSE I hate the taste of it. I don’t care what creamer you put it in it or how awake it makes you feel, I don’t like it. Though during Fall I really wish I did, because I want those caffeine graphic tees so bad! But I can’t because I would totally be lying. #wannabe These are my favorite orders for Fall, and I’m planning on doing one in the Spring too!

Fall Starbucks Orders

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Skinny Hot Chocolate (less calories)

White Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Creme

Maple Pecan Creme

Cinnamon Dolce Creme

Maple Pecan Creme Frappuccino

Salted Caramel Mocha Creme Frappuccino

Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuccino

After being caffeine free pretty much your whole life, you get familiar with other menu items because plain old hot chocolate gets boring after awhile if you feel me! I’d love to hear your order and if I missed anything else thats good for Fall! Maybe in the iced section? Let me know!

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Dress Shopping with Essense of Australia

Ugh, what a dream! I’m so excited to share today’s blog post with you guys because it's all about, WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING! Two weeks ago, Sydney and I drove up to Upland to check out Deborah’s Bridal and try on some wedding dresses by Essense of Australia. First of all, I can’t believe the time has finally come! I’ve walked past countless amounts of stores and day dreamed about the day when it would finally be my turn. Now, we’re eight months away and the countdown has begun! I tried on a handful of STUNNING Essense gowns, that I’m going to show you today and I’m so excited to see which dress style is your favorite. I tried on everything from long sleeve, to ballgown, to mermaid style. Deborah’s staff pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and really embrace the feeling of being a true bride. I tried on styles that I never would have if I would have gone on my own, and they made sure to make me look picture perfect! We had so much fun accessorizing the dresses, and dressing them up to make it look like the real thing.  This really helped me picture what I will look like on my big day, and it made it that much more special. Enough chit-chatting, let’s talk wedding dresses!

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This Essense of Australia gown captured my heart the moment I tried it on.  The elegance of the color and little design was breathtaking in my opinion. And the train… I’m a sucker for a good train.  If you look closely at the back, you can see the detail that creeps up my shoulder. So dainty and feminine, even in the front! I tried an updo with this dress to feel out the different looks that would compliment it.


Style D2520

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I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this on because I thought it was gorgeous on the hanger, and I loved how it looked on. My favorite thing about it was the layers— it just added a little more personality to the dress and made it that much more dreamy.  I mean look at me, I was having a Cinderella moment FOR sure. If you asked me what my style was, this wouldn’t come to mind. After trying it on and having my princess moment, my horizons broadened and I entered a whole new world. My self confidence was boosted from “only one style looks good on me” to “I can try new things and see what works”.


Style D2471

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Similar to the dress prior, this one was also one of Essense's ball gowns. I had another moment dreaming because this dress was PINK! In bridal terms, it was a light blush.  But in case you haven’t seen the colors of my blog, then you know I’m a pretty big fan of this color. The top part of this dress was truly highlighted when it came to the design. The beading, and sequins, was stacked onto this dress.  So much I felt like I was glowing from within!


Style D2548

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When I think of different dress styles that come to mind, this isn’t something I think of.  But after putting it on… it was more my style then I ever thought it would be. All of us had too much fun accessorizing with the added headpiece, I was feeling major Great Gatsby vibes! I’m a huge lace lover, so the beauty that this dress holds from head to toe is mesmerizing.  I keep going back and looking at it because it is just SO pretty!


Style D2475

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This dress tied with dress number 2 for first place. I have a lot of dress trends that I like, some of them being lace, open backs, strappy backs, trains, the list goes on.  Since this dress was different then any of the others I tried on, I felt like this one really stood out to me. It gave me the real bride feeling with the full bottom and then adding the flowers. Just seeing myself in these photos gives me the chills because I really WILL be a bride in just a few short months!


What I like so much about Essense of Australia is the wide variety of dress styles they have.  As you can tell from my pictures, no two dresses are the same.  There is something for EVERY girl. Whether you want a stunning ball gown, a long sleeve beauty, or a unique mermaid- they have it all. And for one second, let’s talk about prices. All of these wedding dresses were so decently priced. I see it on TV, or I see it on the internet, that to get “the perfect dress” you need to give an arm and a leg just to buy it.  Trying on these Essense of Australia reassured me that I don’t need to SPEND a million bucks to FEEL like a million bucks. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, or dreaming of your big day, I encourage you to visit one of their retailers and pull some Essense of Australia gowns off the racks. Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed! Comment below what wedding dress is your favorite-- I’d love to hear!


Thank you to Essense of Australia for sponsoring today’s post.

XO,

Danielle Alana