Screenshot from Disney's Moana, image found on http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Moana_ocean_high_five.jpg
I was recently invited to a friend's 50th birthday party, held in Downtown Disney, the invitation suggested we all wear something Disney, or try out DisneyBounding.
DisneyBounding is when you choose your outfit to mimic a character, but you are not actually dressing in costume. DisneyBounding got started on a Tumbler blog a few years back, and is becoming more popular with even Disney getting into it. I tried out a couple of outfits at Disneyland on our last trip, but I have wanted to really get into it.
A store I have liked for a few years is Fresh Produce. They used to have a store nearby, but now I have to buy online. I did recently find that they have some of their clothing on Amazon, which is nice, but potentially expensive as the regular website has a spending threshold for free shipping, which usually keeps me from buying things on a whim, when they are "Prime" it is easy to just add something to the cart.
Affiliate link to one of their tops:
This is the print that caught my attention a few months back when it first came out. I have a better picture of it here (from the pin I had saved to Pinterest, from their website).
When I saw this top my first thought was that it looked like the ocean, which led to thinking that it would be great for DisneyBounding as the ocean in a Moana theme. Then I was invited to this party. I decided to splurge and get a dress in this print.
That covered the base of the costume. Then I started getting creative.
First I wanted a fascinator to wear in my hair. I thought about starting with a teardrop-style base and adding a Moana's boat. I wasn't able to find a small toy boat, and wasn't quite up for making one myself. So I changed my plan to make a "sail" as an embroidery necklace, and making a "Heart of Te Fiti" hair pin.
Picture of the Dress and necklace:
The nice part about this dress is that I can wear it to work as well, part of DisneyBounding is finding pieces that speak to you that you can wear in normal life as well. So this will give me a work dress or party dress for the future as well.
Next up will be posts on the tiny embroidery and the light up hair clip.
P.S. Another Fresh Produce print that caught my DisneyBounding eye is this one (affiliate link if they still have it)
This would make for a great "MoanaBounding" top. I'm not sure that the style and cut will work for me though, I usually need longer tops.