Mackryn Designs are Undeniably Delightful

I’m trying out a new format for these small-shop features, so let me know if you like it!

1. How’d you get started?

We actually got started in part because I [Chris] wanted to showcase Taryn’s art. That was the main thing. I am a digital motion graphic artist by trade, so I had the tools, but Taryn is the true artist. She used to sketch even before we were together, and I was always a big fan. Together with our love of Disney, my dream was really to have people wearing her artwork on their clothes to celebrate her talent. So we decided to try to make a business out of it.

2. What’s the design process like?

It used to be a little bit more cumbersome when we first started, but we’ve been able to streamline the process since. Generally, we brainstorm ideas together, ask our friends about what they are interested in, do research on what people are excited about first. Then Taryn sketches an idea on an iPad Pro. We usually go back and forth on a few versions of that and when she is done, I’ll transfer it to my Adobe products and clean it up for print. But, mainly the ideas come somewhat organically from what’s happening around us at the time.

3. Proudest moment thus far?

Running this business together has really taught us how to rely on each other more, so there are a lot of proud moments. But, I think we would both agree that our proudest moment was the release of our Powerline Collection. It was very much a sleeper design in terms of its initial impressions in the market, but as soon as it was released the outpouring of support was overwhelming and something we were not expecting. It really helped validate the hard work we were putting in and drove us to go further.

The support and love from everyone we have interacted with is what keeps us going each day.

4. Plans for the future?

Take over the world! Ha. Honestly, as with most small business ventures, the goal is to be able to turn it into a full-time business. So what’s plotted out for our future is growth growth growth. We want to one day be able to make things ourselves instead of sending them out to a printer, mostly so we can offer more options, ink styles, and extras. And of course imagining bigger and better things to put on shirts people will hopefully love.

5. Go-to item you have to wear at the parks?

I, (Chris) am a huge hat person, so as weird as it sounds I think I’d have to say a hat. I’m a bit of a collector. I’ve kind of made it part of my look at this point. People used to point out my different hat choices when I used to Periscope, so at some point I became the guy with the crazy hats.

I, (Taryn) would say I don’t necessarily have a staple “go-to” piece that I have to wear each time I’m in the parks (besides my Dooney Magic Band of course) BUT almost 99% of the time I am wearing a disney tee or tank with some cut off jean shorts and a flannel wrapped around my waste(I have them in many colors). That’s super silly, but its my go-to every single time I get dressed for the parks.

6. If you had comps and a time machine, what moment in Disney history would you experience?

As much as we’d love to say we would have loved to be there in the 70’s during the opening of The Magic Kingdom (which is our second answer), I think we’d have to be ridiculous and say when Jesse and the Rippers played on the castle stage during the Full House taping. Ha what dorks we are.

Be sure to visit Mackryn Designs to pick up some delightful designs!

Dreamport Cosmetics are the Real Deal

WARNING WARNING WARNING

After featuring them a couple months ago, they sent me over a box of goodies and let me tell you, their stuff is fantastic.

I was gifted a bunch of fun stuff (and I am so appreciative of it!), and I haven’t had the time to try it all yet, but I would like to gush over two products I’m really loving.

The Grapefruit Cake Exfoliating Shower Gel is named after the famous Grand Floridian dessert and my goodness, it smells fantastic. I used it like a mad person, I loved it so much. It made me feel as luxurious as a guest at the hotel. The exfoliating beads were not harsh enough to hurt my skin (which I’ve felt with previous scrubs), but enough to feel like it was working.

 

 

I also am loving the Main Street Barber Shop After Shave. I have never been an aftershave person, mostly out of fear it would hurt my skin. My face is sensitivity city, so I’ve come in contact with many a product that makes me red, breakout, dry, flaky, etc. I’ve had to do a lot of trial and error. However, a thin layer of this after I shave not only smells refreshing, but it’s helped keep my bumps and redness down on my face. It is fantastic!

 

 

 

I also received a face mask, sugar scrub, and eye mask from them and look forward to trying them out in the future.

Make sure to head on over to Dreamport Cosmetics to look into their fantastic line of products!

Dreamport Cosmetics Puts “One Little Spark” Into Their Bodycare

Tina and Nick over at Dreamport Cosmetics have created a brand of bath and body products all featuring scents inspired by the Disney parks. They’ve taken the morals of the Dreamfinder and Figment and put them into a successful family-run business.

With Tina being a scientist, the chemistry of cosmetics has always been interesting to her. (*cue me singing “My Secret Weapon” from War Paint*) That interest led to a decade of creating products for themselves and close family and friends. Only on their most recent trip to Disney World did the lightbulb go off to push their two loves together and make a business out of the endeavor.

Ideas can come from anywhere, whether it be a specific scent or just a fond memory at the parks. From there, they try to turn this faint idea into an actual product, whether it be a lip scrub or a bath bomb.

They love to hear feedback from their customers. They said their proudest moment is always hearing someone enjoying their products. This is seen through their sampling program. With every order, you can receive up to 3 fragrance samples to plan for future purchases for FREE. I love that!

Inspired by one of everyone's favorite picture spots these Bubblegum Wall Foaming Bath Salts will help relax and inspire you next time you are in the bath.  The European Spa Salts are solar evaporated and harvested from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Each color is a different scent and packaged individually.  Use the salts separately or experiment by blending them together.  The only limit is your imagination! 💜💖💛💙 _________________ 🛀🎈🌟 #dreamportcosmetics #disneyart #disneycrafts #disneyscents #disneyinspired #waltdisneyworld #disneyland #disneyigers #igers_disney #disneydetails #instadisney #disneyparks #magicalmakers #disneyathome #disneylife #disneygram #disneyfamily #disneyside #disneysenses #disneyaddict #disneyfriends #disneyobsessed #disneynerd #wdw #loveyourskin #disneyig #athomespaday #bathsaltspa #bubblegumwall

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Their plan for the future is quite simple: to continue sharing their passion for high-quality Disney inspired bath and body products.

Now, the two questions I ask every shop owner:

1. What are your go-to items you have to wear at the parks?

T&N: From pins to patches to mouse ears, t-shirts, and hats we are never without gear from small shops.

2. If you had comps and a time machine, what moment in Disney history would you experience?

T&N: We would go back to July 17, 1955, and spend the opening day of Disneyland with Walt Disney.  To be able to share the moment that he realized his dream and opened the gates to a future that would change so many lives would be incredible.

Thanks to Tina and Nick for being a part of this and be sure to head over to Dreamport Cosmetics to pick up some great new bath & body products!

(P.S. You know you wanna celebrate #EPCOT35 with the Living with the Land face mask!)

Parlor of Pretties is Pretty in Pink

Aracely is the owner and operator of the etsy shop Parlor of Pretties and if you aren’t instantly obsessed, you must not like joy. Or happiness. Or pink.

She is best known for her Sparkle Ears and her PoP Patch Caps. While many people design and sell ear headbands and hats, you’ll immediately know a design from the Parlor when you see one. They have their own unique flair that pulls from jewel tones, patches, and lots and lots of pink.

Aracely began the shop after getting so many compliments on the ears she rocked throughout Disneyland. With the amount of times she told people that she made her own ears, she decided that she could start making them for everyone.

Her design process is a never stopping train of creativity. She finds inspiration everywhere, then goes all over LA to find the perfect supplies and decorations to add to her artistic creations. She pulls from ideas and trends, but she likes her ears and designs to be trendsetting themselves.

She’s really excited when her favorite Disney style girls interact with her shop on Instagram, but she just loves to ability to make something that people love.

She has some ideas on how to expand the shop further down the line, going with items that aren’t just headbands, but for right now, she’s content. Aracely will keep on making them as long as people still want them, as she enjoys making them during her “me” time when her family is fast asleep. She hopes the brand becomes known for the “prettiest products” and dreams of one day owning a small storefront.

Now, the two questions I ask every shop-owner:

1. What are your go-to items you have to wear at the parks?

A: Minnie Ears, of course! I really can’t go without them, I feel naked, my outfit just doesn’t feel complete. That and a cute backpack.

2. If you had comps and a time machine, what you experience in Disney history?

A: I’ve been dying to get into Club 33! I guess if everything were comped I’d choose to dine there. That and also get a VIP tour of the park and get to see and walk through Walt Disney’s apartment above the firehouse on Main Street.

If a time machine could take me back I’d love to visit Disneyland in the late 1950’s because I just love how everyone would get all dapper to visit the park!

Be sure to check out Aracely and her Parlor of Pretties over on Etsy and follow her on Instagram @parlorofpretties!

(P.S. Aracely, put me down for a Marie headband! This piece of #Aristotrash NEEDS IT!)

Main Street Press Reveals Their New “Mine Train Union” Line

Main Street Press has officially unveiled (after many social media previews and hints) their newest design: Mine Train Union.

This adorable Seven Dwarves inspired line is centered around a really adorable logo and as someone who has always thought the dwarves deserve more merchandise, this is perfect.

The line goes live for purchase on their website August 16th at 8pm EST through a password sent out to newsletter subscribers. There will be two t-shirt colors (Topaz and Peridot), two tank top colors (Sapphire and Ruby), a pin, and a patch.

Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press to pick these new items up for your next trip to the mine!

Main Street Press says “Harambe Locals ONLY!”

The crew over at The Main Street Press is bringing back their adorable Harambe line on August 2nd at 8pm EST.

They have Navy and Berry colored shirts and tanks, pins, patches, stickers, and hats with the super cute design on it, allowing you to prove you’re a stan of Animal Kingdom. Be sure to head over to The Main Street Press here on August 2nd to pick up their restock.

Spireside’s Newest Scent is Köstlich!

We are big fans of Spireside candles. So much so, we’ve already featured them over on LaughingPlace. However, they have a new scent that has me yearning to travel to Bavaria ASAP.

Karamell-Küche is the newest addition to their scent library, allowing you to bring home the smell of your favorite caramel shop at the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT. The candle combines kettle corn and creamy caramel smells to create the perfectly sweet addition to your home/dorm room/garage.

Be sure to head here to purchase their newest scent, or to check out their oodles of other great candles.

(P.S. I love Rome Burning, personally!)

Princess Dad Hats > Actual Princess Crowns

As someone who is the biggest Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement fan of all-time, I feel very strongly about crowns. They are the most royal accessory out there and that’s a fact. However, the fabulous Tiffany Mink (from Thingamavlogs), has begun releasing a selection of Princess Dad Hats under her Whosits and Whatsits label and they take the cake for best royal head accessories. Sorry crowns…YA OUT. (Fascinators didn’t even have a chance.)

They are being released in phases, and there hasn’t been a real announcement pertaining to who will be considered a Princess down the line (Giselle? Mia? Leia?). However, the released ones thus far are the perfect edition to, truly, any outfit. The simplicity helps, with a color and/or pattern associated with the respective princess covering the hat and a small symbol embroidered on the front. They are stylish and very versatile thanks to their minimalist sensibilities.

My favorite is, of course, the Colors of the Wind design as I am #Pocahontrash. I also really dig the Change Your Fate hat with the great plaid bill.

The entire collection is 100% cotton, features a velcro adjustable strap, and go for $23.99.

Be sure to check out the entire selection of Princess Dad Hats over at Whosits and Whatsits.

Jambo Joe Brings Simplicity to Disney Fashion

Joey, or Jambo Joe on the sosh meeds, thought about taking his love for pop culture and graphic design and creating his own store for people who “get it.” While hesitant about putting himself out there, especially since he was never that person before, he opened up his store and the rest is small-shop history.

When I came across his page during an Instagram follow-hole, I instantly fell in love with the simplicity of the designs he released. This was no accident, as he said he loves minimalistic design and hopes to add it to his own designs as much as possible. His motto for the shop is “less is more,” as the designs create subtle odes to popular Disney films. They are nerdy enough for hardcore Disney fans to understand, while subtle enough to be worn on an everyday basis.

Of course, he loves whenever someone posts a pic of them opening their shipments and rocking their Jambo Joe merch across Instagram (and in person), but he’s looking to expand on what he already releases, like adding more pins and creating more products that represents Jambo Joe as a company.

Now, the two questions I ask every shop owners:

1. What are you go-to items you have to wear on a trip to the parks?

J: Whenever I’m in the parks I always have to wear my Birkenstocks and a Herschel backpack. My Birks are the perfect park shoe because the provide the breathability of flip-flops while also being supportive and comfortable enough for long days spent walking around the parks. I also can never seem to get by with using my clothing pockets to hold everything that I need to survive a day at the parks. Luckily, my Herschel can fit water bottles, umbrellas, snacks, and portable charger, pins to trade, and so much more, all while being super stylish!

2. If you had comps and a time machine, what you experience in Disney history? (This question is an ode to the dearly departed PattyAndEmily.com)

J: If I had the power, I’d go back to the day that the Boardwalk – my favorite resort and DVC home – first opened. I’d love to be able to spend a solid two weeks in the best of the best rooms and just enjoy the sense of comfort and joy that I can only get when I’m there.

Be sure to visit Joey’s shop at shop.jambojoe.com and follow him over on Instagram at @jambojoe and @shopjambojoe.