What to wear at Universal Orlando for New Year’s Eve

You can ring in the new year club style and theme park style at Universal Orlando. Universal’s CityWalk boasts a NYE bash every year, featuring party zones, music, and a champagne toast. Tickets are for ages 21 and up and are $129.99 (not included in park admission). If you opt to bring in the new year at a theme park, Universal Studios is open until 12:30 a.m. Whatever path you choose, this Harry Potter-inspired outfit will turn heads as you welcome 2015.


1. Leggings: For this Dark Mark ensemble, leather panel leggings make perfect sense. As they are part leather and part stretchy leggings, they’ll allow you to dance the night away. $34.95 at H&M

2. Tank: This Death Eater tank is the focal point of your dark magic ensemble. You’ll definitely be considered one of Voldemort’s loyals in it. $19.80 at Hot Topic

3. Boots: Combat boots are the ideal addition to a tough outfit. These white patterned combats are unexpected. $34.95 at H&M

4. Jacket: As I’ve mentioned before, sequins are mandatory on NYE. This jacket dresses up the muscle tank. $59.95 at H&M

5. Hair Clip: This skeleton hair clip would make the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange jealous. $5.20 at Hot Topic

6. Bracelet: Are you really planning on being up to anything good on NYE? Get into some mischief with this Potterhead bangle. $13 at Etsy (seller: kaieldesigns)


What to wear for New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

Planning on spending New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World? I’ve put together an outfit that will keep you warm, comfortable, and festive. New Year’s Eve is the busiest time at the theme parks. Multiple Disney employees have told me it’s their busiest week. Having spent two NYEs at Disney, I can attest that I’ve never seen the parks more crowded. Arrive early if you plan to spend NYE at the parks. They actually fill to capacity, and late comers are turned away.


1. Faux Fur Jacket: This furry number will keep you warm all night, and it’s more stylish than a regular coat. $64.90 at Forever 21

2. Top: Sequins are pretty much mandatory on New Year’s Eve. This rosey top’s stripes make it more interesting than most sequin pieces. $34.95 at H&M

3. Bracelet: Alex and Ani’s Disney collection is beautiful. They have a variety of bracelets in gold and silver, highlighting various characters and Disney parks. I have the Magic Kingdom bracelet in gold, and I love it. $39.95 at the Disney Store

4. Ears: I can’t say enough great things about the ASOS/Disney ear collaboration. These scream New Year’s Eve. Also, they’re on sale. $17.06 at ASOS

5. Pants: I love my faux leather pants from H&M. They’re comfortable. They’re warm. They kick any outfit up to 110%. $34.95 at H&M

6. Shoes: I think it’s key to have sparkle in every outfit, but especially on NYE. These gold sneakers will add glam and comfort to your ensemble.

What to wear at Disney’s Animal Kingdom [Winter]

During the colder months, putting together a cute outfit can be challenging and gloomy. As I pile upon layers, I feel 50 pounds larger and just plain sad.

You don’t want your theme park winter wear to make you feel down when visiting one of the happiest places on Earth. That’s why I’ve put together an Animal Kingdom winter outfit (below). It can get chilly in central Florida, especially at night, and this outfit will take you from sun up at the Kilamanjaro Safari to sundown at Expedition Everest. Plus, each item is $35 or less.


Leggings: I have a pair of these bad boys and get compliments whenever I wear them. They’re super stretchy and soft, so you’ll feel comfy all day. 17.99 at Kohl’s

Sweatshirt: This oversized sweatshirt will hit your body bellow your tush, which I prefer when wearing leggings. $19.95 at H&M

Shoes: Comfy shoes are imperative for theme parks, and these high tops will be good to your feet. Plus, the leopard print is perfect for Disney’s wildest park. $14.95 at H&M

Ears: ASOS’ collaboration with Disney is amazing. What’s better is that their ear collaboration is currently on sale. Pick up these studded ears for the perfect mix of sweet and tough. $18.95 at ASOS

Necklace: A pendant bearing a Lion King inspirational quote is a must as you explore the Animal Kingdom. Be sure to show it off to Rafiki, who does character greetings throughout the park. $32 on Etsy (Seller: carenslaser)

Ring: Add another iconic Lion King quote to your ensemble with this Hakuna Matata ring. $9.99 on Etsy (Seller: FabulousStamping)

Vest: Not only will this motorcylce-inspired vest add warmth, but it also adds more style to a sweatshirt-leggings combo. It’s also 20% off. $19.58 at Target

Backpack: This sherpa-inspired backpack adds another animal-like element, mimicking the park. It will also hold your goodies, and keep your hands free. It’s small enough to fit on rides like Expedition Everest and Dinosaur, too. $34.95 at H&M