Can you believe Beauty and the Beast was FINALLY released yesterday?! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for a fresh slice of Disney magic and here it is! I was lucky enough to attend a few of Disney’s promotion events for work this month, and with the film’s release I just wanted to show you guys what I got up to.

Afternoon Tea and a Performance With Alan Menken
You’ll know Alan Menken, he’s basically been on your radar for years- he’s an Oscar winning composer who created all of your favourite Disney songs and I attended a fabulous afternoon tea complete with a performance from the man himself. Tucking into tiny sandwiches and beautiful little cakes finished off with champagne, Menken then took a seat at the grand piano as we enjoyed renditions of hits from the likes of Hercules, Snow White, Enchanted and of course, Beauty and the Beast (he had the whole room singing along!). Nostalgia-induced and stomach filled, I waddled out with the best feeling- it’s that Disney magic! You can read my full piece on the afternoon here.

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Beauty and the Beast Press Event
Spencer House played host to a pre-premiere event at the beginning of the month and I took to the social pen section of the press area to take some pictures, videos and also try and grab the cast for some questions. The house itself was stunning and the organisers had erected a wonderful faux snow scattered hedge with the film’s title as a backdrop for photos. Although time was tight, we still got a chance to talk a bit with Luke Evans (Gaston), Audra McDonald (Madame Gardrobe), Alan Menken and Director Bill Condon . Emma Watson (Belle) was there of course, stunning in a duck egg blue gown that she needed two people to carry around for her- her charm was evident and the press naturally went mad for a few seconds to talk to her.

The best bit: Emma Thompson (Mrs Potts) popping over and taking part in a mini photoshoot, before declaring she was dreadful at posing. I disagree…

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Central Saint Martins Celebrates Costume Design
Lastly I got the fab honour of attending an event at Central Saint Martins University near Kings Cross for a special reveal of the students’ collaboration to create costumes in association with Swarovski; and the best part? All the materials they used were sustainable.

Champagne sipped and canapes nibbled, we then took to the press wall for some Boomerangs before enjoying a Q&A and catwalk from the students. The designs were intricately beautiful, with it clear they had spent long hours perfecting the looks. The video below shows their designs in more detail.

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The Products
As well as the movie release on Friday (I hope you’ve had the opportunity to see it!) There are also some AH-MAZING products on Disneystore.co.uk and here are some of my favourites.

From golden clip on phone cases, to gorgeous gold premium dresses for girls and a Cogsworth clock from the original movie, the store has everything you could wish for if you’re a fan of the film! I’m just so gutted the live action movie’s Mrs Potts and Cogsworth are now sold out, but their Pop! Vinyls are just as cute (and only £9.99!)

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I also popped into the Disney Store on Oxford Street this week to look at the dolls and they’re beautiful! The store in itself is well worth a visit, and I couldn’t leave without buying my very own Chip cup… this little guy is available in plastic and ceramic materials- I got the ceramic one for £14.99 so I could use it for my tea. Also, how accurate is the live action doll? I NEED.

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Have you seen Beauty and the Beast yet? What did you think? Will you be buying some of their merch?

 

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