Archives for October 9, 2013

ROYAL EXHIBITION EXPANDED: A Panorama of Princess Diana Fashion, 1980-1995


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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Queen Mary’s premier attraction Diana: Legacy of A Princess, curated by the Pink Ribbons Crusade, will be expanded. Beginning October 11, the revitalized exhibit will present nineteen garments worn by Princess Diana. For a limited time, fashion that captured the world’s attention will again be on public display.   


The elaborate Diana gallery chronicles the House of Windsor’s public and private lives, from personal artifacts and family heirlooms to newspaper articles, photographs and more.  Princess Diana changed the face of British royalty forever and appropriately takes center stage in this inspired collection. The expanded showcase is a panorama of fashion worn by Diana from 1980 to 1995 – an ode to the woman whose charitable spirit, grace and compassion endeared and inspired.

The limited time exhibit will feature:

·      The formal pink and cream satin diner dress that graced the cover of People Magazine on October 31, 1988 and chosen for the official portrait with Prince Charles.

·      The long, yellow and royal blue silk Catherine Walker gown worn to the premiere of Far and Away in 1992.

·      The Catherine Walker off-the-shoulder green and cream silk creation that lit up the London premiere of Accidental Hero in 1993.

·      The short Versace black dress worn to the 1995 Apollo 13 Premiere – representative of the new look Princess Diana embraced during her final years

·      Other iconic pieces worn by Princess Diana…

“The presentation of mementos from a life lived on the global stage by the woman of her times is both historically significant and befitting of the Queen Mary and its legacy as a maritime and cultural icon.” said Steve Sheldon, Queen Mary, Director of Special Events.


In further acknowledgement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Queen Mary and Pink Ribbons Crusade will host Runway Alive in Pink, a Charity Fashion Show – October 12 – to benefit Breast Cancer Angels of Southern California.  Modeling clothes by well-known fashion houses and vintage pieces from Princess Diana’s favorite designers will be Crystal Lee – Miss California 2013, Leah Cecil – Miss California 2012, fellow titleholders, and local breast cancer survivors.  

DETAILS: “Diana: Legacy of a Princess” is open daily. For hours and more information, visit


Runway Alive in Pink on October 12th includes a sit-down luncheon, fashion show, designer boutiques, silent auction, gift bag, free parking and admission to “Diana: Legacy of a Princess.”  Prices range from $99-$200.  For more information, visit Runway Alive In Pink Fashion Show.


About the Queen Mary                   

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 314 staterooms. The Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibition will be showcased in a specially-designed 9,000 square foot gallery on the ship’s Sun Deck.  For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934.


About Pink Ribbons Crusade

Pink Ribbons Crusade is a 501(c)(3) total-volunteer organization which raises funds for Breast Cancer prevention and awareness.  It does so with its traveling exhibit that features the world’s largest private collection of Princess Diana Dresses plus a fabulous array of British Royal historical memorabilia. Founded in early 2000, it is a Texas-based charity consisting of a small band of volunteers who believe in continuing Diana’s charitable lead of giving back, expecting no reward, and making a significant difference in the world in which we live.


About Breast Cancer Angels of Southern California

Proceeds from the event will benefit Breast Cancer Angels, a well-respected Southern California charity which helps with the many needs of Breast Cancer patients and survivors struggling with bills, medical needs, legal matters, and family responsibilities. Founded in 2000, this 501(c)(3) is extremely unique since it operates with less than 3% administrative fees. To learn more about this outstanding “grassroots” organization, visit

Legoland Hotel and Legoland makes for a very Epic Birthday!

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Looking for a place that children of all ages will Love?! My son was turning 10 and so when he decided on Legoland Hotel and Legoland for his birthday, I was more than happy to have the opportunity to feature this fun trip on my website! My son was in absolute awe of the hotel! From the time we walked into the lobby, it was obviously a fun and magical place! As we walked into the lobby, the Lego Pirate welcomed us and then after receiving our room keys we proceeded down the hall into the elevator! The elevator is a fun experience in itself! Yes! They have Disco elevators! Now, how fun is that?! Yes, complete with music and a real live disco ball!

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But, the moment my son walked into his Adventure themed room, the biggest smile spread across his face, as he exclaimed, ” This is epic! When I get home I am going to start saving up all my allowance so I can come back here for my 11th birthday!” Priceless! He hadn’t even been in the room for more than 5 minutes! The room theme was so fun and he loved the Treasure Hunt! You get clues and you go through the hotel to find the answers and then the numbers are a code that opens up a safe in the room, where the child gets a prize!

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I think my son’s favorite things were the TV in his room and the pool! This really is such a fun place for children and parents will enjoy it too! The Hotel has different themed rooms available and fun things for kids and parents of all ages! For more information, check out the website!

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Then there is Legoland!

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If you stay in the hotel, you also get in 30 minutes early! This means no lines! We zoomed in and had no lines for 3 rides! This is the perfect place to come to at Halloween time too! So many great photo opportunities with Lego pumpkins, ghosts and more! Legoland is just too much fun with its rides, shows and my son loved seeing all his favorite buildings and landmarks made out of legos. I have to admit, I loved seeing all the Halloween decorations!

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You don’t want to miss this fun place this Fall! For more information, check out the Legoland website!

Self Disclosure: I received free tickets to Legoland and media rate for the hotel but any opinions are my own.





Penguin writing contest for students by 10/19 Sponsored by Aquarium of The Pacific


The Aquarium of the Pacific would like to invite students from Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties to compete in a story-writing contest about penguins. The deadline is October 19, and the prizes include an encounter with a penguin and Behind-the-Scenes Tour. One grand prize winner from the classroom submissions will receive a free field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific for his or her class (up to fifty kids).

For details, please visit:

Photo Credit: Aquarium of The Pacific