A Girl and her Jackalope

Have you ever just had an idea for something with no real reason behind it except that it would just be cool? Well, I had one of those when we made plans to visit Joshua Tree National Park over the days we were spending out there for my birthday. People love taking pictures with their pets, and sadly, we are a petless household right now, with the exception of one, rather stiff, little buddy, Mr. Van Cleef, our jackalope, with whom I have wanted to do photos with for sometime.

I won’t lie, I have completely fallen head over heels in love with chiffon maxi skirts over the last year, but have had trouble finding some without either spending an arm and a leg, or shopping at stores I hate. So when I found this skirt a few weeks ago, it was like hitting the jackpot. I love the fact that the still evoke an old west feel, but also feel completely something else entirely, not to mention are perfect for the heat of California.

Hat and Top: Found by my dad
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange, Costa Mesa, California
String Tie: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Sandals: Minnetonka
Turquoise Rings: Living Threads Vintage, Portland, Oregon and Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Bracelet: I forget…

It’s a Lazy Day

Not only do I have a long list of places I wish to visit day little day trips here in California, but also a long list of places I wish to stay at. California offers a lot with regards to unique accommodations, from the Madonna Inn to the Wigwam Motel, there are many neat places to visit for small getaways. For my birthday I picked one such interesting place, the Joshua Tree Inn, and specifically room eight.

To the average person the Joshua Tree Inn may not look like much, but it is home to a piece of unique music history – it is the place where country rock pioneer Gram Parsons passed away. Call me morbid, but it is something I have been longing to do since I heard it was possible.

We spent several days out in the desert, mostly loafing about the pool and in the private patio of our room. The Inn is quiet and incredibly peaceful, and was the perfect place to recharge.

Outfit 1
Cowboy Hat: Found by my dad
Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels Tee: Worn Free
Mexican Blanket Print Shorts & Cowboy Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Los Angeles, California
Turquoise Cross Necklace: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Turquoise Rings: Here and there

Outfit 2
Cowboy Hat: Found by my dad
Mexican Blanket Print Playsuit & Cowboy Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Los Angeles, California
Jean Jacket: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace: Birthday present from Patrick (but I know it came from Magpie, Portland, Oregon)
Turquoise Rings: Here and there

That Voodoo You Do So Well

Recently I was contacted by the vintage inspired clothing company Voodoo Vixen asking if I would like to review an item from their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As noted in my last post I have recently felt the need to expand upon my vintage inspired/repro collection and was eager to see what was available! The Spring/Summer collection from Voodoo Vixen this year is adorable, with lots of great colors, and fun prints, including many items in a tiki print, which is what caught my eye and I selected their Constantia skirt.

After opening the package I was really pleased when I felt the fabric, as it was a heavier cotton, that felt quite sturdy. And upon inspecting the tag found that the garment was made of 97% cotton, and 3% elastane. I’m not the biggest fan of stretch fabrics, so whenever I find a garment that has over 80% cotton content, I’m pretty happy. Having a 27 inch waist, I selected the small, which is stated as a 27 inch, and and when taking a tape measure it it, is read as a solid 27 inches. The skirt fit perfectly and I was then overjoyed when I discovered the skirt had pockets! Seriously, I’m a sucker for pockets in skirts.

Another feature I love of the skirt is the faux tie belt attached to the front portion of the skirt’s band. It’s amazing what a small touch like this will add to a skirt. I feel like it give it an even greater Hawaiian flair.

When turning the garment inside out, I observed a solid stitch, followed by surging around nearly all of the edges. The areas lacking surging are where the pocket meets the skirt (visible in the below image, lower left), and where the band meets the skirt, which appears French seamed. In comparing the garment to a Pin-Up Girl Clothing skirt, I found the two very similar in construction and feel, and often PUG is hailed as one of the best made vintage inspired clothing lines. Where the two companies differ is their manufacturing, where as PUG is made in the USA, this garment was made in China.

For the majority of the week, Patrick was up in Portland, and when he returned home we decided to go out for dinner and drinks at Trader Sam’s, and I felt it was a perfect place to take my new skirt out for a spin.

I also just ordered the palm brooch from Match Accessories that I know will go swell with this skirt, and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I would like to thank Voodoo Vixen for this opportunity, as well as this amazing skirt that I can’t wait to wear again and again.

Top: Buffalo Exchange, I think…
Skirt: Courtesy of  Voodoo Vixen. Thank you, very much!
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-mix
Purse: Belonged to my grandma
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there. Though I know a few came from Retro Rejuvenation
Hair Flower: Fancy Fruits, International Tiki Marketplace

Disclaimer: I received this skirt free of charge from Voodoo Vixen in exchange for an honest review of their garment.

I Don’t Work Here.

After sitting on something during a recent visit to Disneyland (thankfully nothing too horrific, and I was in a repro skirt), I decided I should buy some more repro skirts, and felt that Pin-Up Girl Clothing‘s boutique in Burbank would offer the best solutions. Additionally Patrick decided it was finally time to splurge and buy some jeans from Self Edge. So yesterday evening we found ourselves in Burbank and LA.

At Pin-Up Girl, I bought two skirts, and also visited Miss Charlotte’s Vintage, an antique shop across the way where I picked up three vintage hatboxes. At Self Edge, Patrick was in denim heaven, and walked out with two pairs of Japanese denim jeans, and it just so happened that Self Edge was across the street from a Buffalo Exchange, which we popped into. And I’m sure you’ll be seeing many of my new purchases soon!

Initially we planned to eat dinner at home, but our stomachs began to grumble and decided to wait out rush hour traffic at a Ruby’s Diner. Now, in case you aren’t familiar with Ruby’s Diners, they are a chain of those joints that attempts to capture the golden age of diners in the 50s, with white and red upholstery, girls running around in adorable waitress uniforms, and lots and lots of chrome. They serve classic American fare, as well as shakes and malts. After being seated, I jumped up to go to the restroom, only to be waved down by a patron. At first I thought it was someone who recognized me from Disneyland, or somewhere, only to be asked if I could bring the check. “Oh! I don’t work here. Sorry.” I said, only to have the woman look at me as if I insulted her, but I just turned and continued toward my destination. I won’t lie, this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened, but it felt odd, as every waitress dresses the exact same at Ruby’s (red and white stripe dresses), and I was wearing nothing similar, with the exception of the color red. How about you? Have you ever been mistaken for a waitress or employee of a retro establishment, be it a restaurant or shop?

Top: Scully by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
String Tie: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Saddle Ring: Central Park Antique Mall, Bakersfield, California
Turquoise Ring: Don’t remember…
Earrings: Aquanetta
Skirt: Tatyana, when it was Bettie Page Clothing
Nude Fishnets: Nordstorm
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Black Tooled Leather Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg

Bunny Hop!

It’s spring, and Easter is right around the corner! And the season and the holiday gives the Disneyland Resort the perfect opportunity to bring out some long lost rabbit friends, including one of my favorites, Roger Rabbit! So earlier this week Patrick and I went to visit them! For the occasion, I pulled out a tee I have had for I would say roughly a decade, one that features Roger’s love of his life, apple of his eye and cream in his coffee, the one and only Jessica Rabbit.

It was a delight to meet Roger, and he quite liked my shirt, as well as my headband. We also visited with other Disney Rabbits, including Thumper from Bambi, the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Br’er Rabbit from Song of the South, or for those who have not seen Song of the South, (as it has never been released in any form of home entertainment) Disneyland’s attraction Splash Mountain, as well as Pluto who tried to blend in by wearing his own pair of bunny ears. Mickey and Minnie were also present wearing their spring finest!

The Springtime Round-Up also featured a very talented egg decorator, who was meticulously hand painting extremely detailed Disney characters on eggs of various sizes! She even featured some of my favorite characters, including Clarice.

For those planning to visit Disneyland between now and April 12th, you can visit your favorite rabbits at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree every day of the week, but after that, they will only be there on the weekends, through June 7th. I hope you all are having a lovely spring!

Tee: Hot Topic, but like I said, like, ten years ago.
Skirt: Switchblade Stiletto, Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Belt: I can’t remember!
Shoes: Pleated Toe by Re-Mix
Roger Rabbit Headband: Made by me

Paramount Ranch

One of the many things I love about California is its rich history with the film industry. The movies were born here, and there is a wide array of places to visit that offer glimpses into the magic of movie making, as well as thousands of locations to visit. Some are boasted on large billboards, while others are tucked away. One of these hidden gems is Paramount Ranch.

In 1927 Paramount Pictures purchased a massive plot of land in Agoura Hills. With its sloping hilltops and looming Santa Monica Mountains the area offered solitude from the bustling city outside and thus a perfect place to film. Many sets came and went, and in 1953 Paramount sold the land to William Hertz, who built a permanent western set on the land, but sold the property in 1955. After changing hands multiple times, the National Parks Service purchased much of the original 2,700 acres that Paramount had owned, including the western film set. The set was maintained, as it continued to be used for filming, most notably as the stand in for Colorado Springs in the 1990s series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

If you visit, you can see that the buildings have seen better days, but it still feels rich with history, and is still recognizable as the growing town in Dr. Quinn. I was able to spot out her clinic, Bray’s store, Jake’s barber shop, the bank, Robert Lee’s home, and even the area where Grace had her outdoor restaurant.

I had a total geek-out moment when I spied Dr. Quinn’s clinic. I remember watching Dr. Quinn with my mother, and loving it. Visiting locations, be it a filming location or a historical location, makes me immensely happy. I swear, as I have mentioned before, I get some sort of history geek high off of it. I’m all like “THIS THING! It happened HERE! Important/famous people stood RIGHT HERE!” Yep…

We had so much fun walking around the buildings and I took loads of photos! So keep reading for a peek at the western town of Paramount Ranch.

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Citrus Fest

Oranges are by far my favorite fruit ever. So one of the things I love most about living in California is not just the accessibility to fresh oranges, but also the celebration of the fruit itself. After all, we even live in a town and county named after it! So needless to say, I was excited when I heard about Citrus Fest, a festival celebrating not only oranges, but limes, lemons and grapefruits. The event was small, but fun, and took place just outside one of my favorite places in Orange County, The Packing House. The event gave me opportunity to wear one of my favorite jewelry sets, my matching brooch and earring set of lucite and rhinestone oranges from the Austrian “Forbidden Fruit” collection. I also paired it with a California themed charm bracelet I’ve been building, which includes a crate of oranges, and if you look really close you can see that it reads “California” on the side.

I picked up a lovely citrus sugar scrub from The Sunshine Grove that I absolutely can’t wait to use, as it smells just like an orange creamsicle, and tasted scrumptious citrus treats from Orange Clementine, who specializes in these delicious baked goods, and shipping them across the world as unique gift baskets.

I hope you are all having a lovely spring so far!

Blouse: Jet Rag, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: I can’t remember! Buffalo Exchange, maybe?
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Eva by Re-Mix
Purse: La Poule Noire
Large Orange Brooch & Earring Set: Monticello Antique Marketplace, Portland, Oregon
Small Orange Brooch: Gift
California Themed Charm Bracelet: Made up of charms I have collected from various shops and shows
California Hankie: Thrifted
Orange Hair Clip: Made by me, with pieces that were a gift