Brunch Time

Well, the moving countdown continues! We are exactly a week away now! I’ve been continuing to pack as well as make time for all of my friends who still want to hang out before we hit the road. And over the weekend we did some of that, meeting up with Suzanne (of Sweetie Suz) and her husband, Dave. I feel like we are switching places, as Suzanne and Dave just moved up from California to Oregon! Which is why we were able to meet up with them again. You may recall I met Suzanne at Tiki Day, and the two of us met back up again when we were in San Diego not that long ago.

We went out to brunch at Doug Fir, and then popped over to Bombshell Vintage for a bit of shopping before they had to head back to their new home in southern Oregon. Sadly, it looks like Suzanne and I won’t be meeting up for Tiki Day again this year, but we both have plans on attending Viva and Tiki Oasis next year, and hope to meet up again.

I wore this dress and cross section brooch to Black Lodge Burlesque (a David Lynch themed burlesque show) a few weeks back – the brooch being a homage to the Log Lady of Twin Peaks – but failed to capture the outfit before going out. I felt the outfit was also fitting for going out to Doug Fir, which is a kitchy though also kind of swank restaurant that takes its name and runs with it as a theme throughout the restaurant. Like Hale Pele, Doug Fir is another Portland institution that I’ll most certainly miss.

Dress: Villain’s Vintage, Orange, CA
Belt: Nordstorm
Cross Section Brooch: Gift
Bangles: Here and there
Purse: Don’t recall…I think Retro Rejuvenation
Shoes: Remix via a local rummage sale

Aloha Portland

In this case, “Aloha” means “Goodbye”. Last night Patrick and I had a small going-away party at one of our favorite bars in town, Hale Pele. The fabulous tiki atmosphere I felt was fitting as we were traveling to a more tropical climate, and it gave me a very good excuse to wear my new-to-me Hawaiian frock!

Hale Pele offers the Chieftain’s Hut for reservations, a large, somewhat enclosed, booth located in the back of the bar. I had such a swell time chatting with friends that I really just failed miserably at taking photos, aside from these that Patrick snapped before heading over. I adore Hale Pele because it is so incredibly well themed, with the perfect level of kitsch, and offers incredible drinks, in addition to small, but tasty Hawaiian dishes.

I picked up this dress shortly after getting back from our vacation/secret mission. The reality of moving had set in when we returned, and I wasted no time in going through my closet and pulling out items to part with. Living in the Pacific Northwest automatically means you fill your closet with a buffet of wool skirts and dresses, and a plethora of coats, as nine months out the year a coat is all people will see of you! And many of the items would serve little to no purpose in Orange County, so I promptly filled up two bags to take to Sarah at Simply Vintage and traded in a stack of wool for this sarong that had been tempting me the moment it came into the shop. It fit like a glove and I adore the color palette.

It was wonderful to hang out with so many of my friends. It was also the first time that many of my friends from different circles met and while I initially dreaded the notion, everyone got along swimmingly! I’m in a mix of emotions as I am still very, very excited about the move, and the notion of doing more things, but I know there is a lot I am going to miss about Portland, especially my friends. I will miss using the excuse “I live in Portland” that I would use on myself if I was concerned about an outfit. Portland’s motto (which was stolen from Austin) is “Keep Portland Weird” and there are quite a few Portlanders who do their job of keeping Portland weird, and I felt that any time I was concerned about an outfit, I just told myself that anything I wore was okay because I lived in Portland. I will also miss the extreme ease of living here, especially in my neighborhood, where I am across the street from a Trader Joe’s, two blocks from a Whole Foods and the antique mall where I vended, which coincidentally has a Postal Annex located upstairs, which made shipping Etsy orders incredibly easy. There is a swell movie theatre just a block away, as was my dentist. And I was minutes from downtown. But easy living isn’t all there is to life. What is the point in easy living if you don’t actually live? And it is this sentiment that really made the decision to move. The fact that weekends were spent shopping, at the movies, or sewing, but when we went on vacation, we were way more active than we were at home, with a laundry list of places to visit, and we would always leave with only a handful crossed off. Today as I pack, I am trying to think of all of the wonderful places we’ll visit, the patio atmosphere I want to create, the frequent visits to Disneyland, and the friends I already have in southern California, and the new ones I hope to make. I also know that the goodbyes I made last night isn’t forever. I have so many friends who love Disneyland, and will visit, additionally, with the wonders of the internet it is so easy to keep in touch and up to date on what’s happening with your friends.

Dress: Sun Fashions of Hawaii, Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Thrifted
Coconut Bracelet: Antique Alley, I think…

I Brake for Antiques

Over the weekend I took a break from packing to travel south to visit with my dad and go to two antique shows, Albany’s Antiques in the Streets and the Coburg Antique Fair. Both started early and my dad and I walked up the rows of canopy draped vendors who had their vintage wares out for sale. From ancient Native American baskets to turn-of-the-century oak furnishings to rhinestones glinting in the sunlight, both shows had a lot to offer. But sadly, I walked out of Albany with only a black velvet painting. And please pardon the boxes, as we are in the midst of a move!

But Coburg proved to be a much better show for me and I came home with quite a few goodies.

As we will have a patio at our new place I have been on the look out for fun and colorful planters that I plan on filling with cacti, including a wonderful figural Madonna planter.

I picked up this vintage ashtray for Bali Hai, the renowned tiki bar in San Diego that we visited when we were there last.

I was happy to also find more star patterned vintage glass ornaments, as I decorate our trees in space themed ornaments.

I also added to Patrick’s camera collection, with this unique Color-Flex dual lens camera.

I love anything vintage Disneyland, but I especially have a soft spot for the vintage ticket books. For those who don’t know, prior to the “passport” style of ticket that Disneyland now has, where one ticket gets you in, as well as allows you onto all of the attractions, Disneyland had a ticket book system, where attractions were graded based upon their thrill level and complexity. Tickets ran A through D prior to 1959, but in 1959 the E ticket was introduced. A tickets were the slower attractions, like King Arthur’s Carousel, working its way up to more intense attractions. E tickets were the most complex and usually the best. When the E ticket was introduced in 1959, attractions like the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage were E ticket rides, and in the following years, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion joined their ranks. Soon the term “E ticket” became synonymous with something being awesome or really exciting. Since E tickets were what guests would exchange for the “best” attractions, finding vintage ticket books with E tickets in them is quite rare, but when I was at Coburg I found a ticket book that still had three E tickets in it! Ticket books met their end in 1982.

My mini-weekend get away was a lot of fun, and now it’s back to packing. We have about two weeks left in Portland, and lots still to pack. Once again, I’m not too sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and the move. I really hope to get at least in a few posts!

120 Film at Disneyland

Taking our Kodak Dual Flex II (one of many vintage cameras we own) and shooting 120 film has become a tradition of ours when visiting Disneyland. However I’m not sure how often this tradition will continue, as we will be visiting Disneyland more often and 120 film isn’t exactly cheap, but it sure is a lot of fun, but for the time being, here is a look at some of the shots from our most recent visit to Disneyland.

Patrick has gotten much better over the years in determining distance, and it shows each time as we seem to have more and more good photos, so there are quite a few here! Like previous 120 posts, all of these photos are exactly as they were shot – no editing has occurred (with the exception of watermarks).

Currently we’re up to our ears in boxes as we pack up our apartment that has been our home for the last four years. We have just a few more weeks left in the Rose City and we’re working to get rid of stuff and pack, but still have fun with many of our friends. Once again, I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and getting settled in our new home, but stay tuned!

Treasure Island

After visiting Mission San Juan Bautista, we took a very quick detour to visit another filming location, the Treasure Island Administration Building, located on Treasure Island between San Francisco’s downtown and Oakland. The building is one of the most accessible filming locations from one of my favorite films, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Petra may be the most iconic location in the film, Jordan isn’t exactly easy for just anyone to visit.

Seem familiar? Well, the Administration Building of Treasure Island was used for the airport in Berlin.

I didn’t do must research to see if we could go inside (as it was really the exterior that was important), but we arrived after 5:00 and when I pulled at the massive doors they were locked.

After snapping a few quick pictures, we intended to go to Mountain View Cemetery to visit the grave of Elizabeth Short (a good follow up to visiting where her body was found). But time and unpleasant weather (as you can see it was quite windy, and rather chilly, and I wasn’t exactly dressed for it!) ruled it out. While I was initially bummed out, I recently saw Elisa of Like a Tree in the Desert visited, and I saw how beautiful the cemetery was! I would have been even more upset to just run in and run out of such a gorgeous cemetery! I had no idea it was so stunning! I think that a visit to Mountain View will happen in the future, maybe next time we visit the Walt Disney Museum we’ll swing by, as I think it deserves a proper visit with ample time to walk around.

While I usually do a haul post from the shopping we do while traveling, our apartment has recently been taken over by the titanic task that is packing up our apartment, and leaves it in a rather unfit state to take pictures, plus one garment has already been shoved into the bag to go to the dry-cleaner, another had seam split, and already been packed up in a box labeled “Repairs Pile”, and another is in the hand-wash pile. But I am certain that over time you’ll see my treasures from this road trip. I think this wraps it up for post from this trip, with the exception of our 120 shots from Disneyland, which have just now been dropped off to be developed. But as you can see, these posts have really highlighted what it is about California that is so alluring to me; roadside Americana, Disneyland, and filming locations, among so many other things that I look forward to visiting once we get settled into our new place. I’m unsure how much more blogging will happen between now and arriving in Orange, we have a little under a month left in the City of Roses, but I’m certain a few posts will get in!

Mission San Juan Bautista

After securing our apartment and spending time in Disneyland, we headed back north, stopping at Mission San Juan Bautista. I had visited this mission back in 2006 with my dad, but at the time, we could not go inside, and I was eager to revisit the location and step inside the 15th Spanish mission, as well as the site of the climax of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo. In this post you’ll find screencaps from Vertigo intermixed with my own photos, as done similarly with my past Vertigo location posts, which you can read here and here.

I suggest not going any further unless you’ve seen Vertigo!

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California Bound

So I’ve debated when to post this…now, or after all of our road trip posts, but I think I’ll go with now. Some of you may have noticed that our trip to California was a bit long. And that is because Patrick and I were on a secret mission! And that mission was successful! We are moving to California! Orange to be exact! And I couldn’t be more excited!

This is a move I’ve wanted to make for a few years now, but it wasn’t possible until now, mainly do to Patrick’s unique job situation (tech start-ups and acquisition transitions are quite complex) and I am thankful that we are now capable of making such a move, and I am thankful for Patrick’s willingness to try this huge shift.

I expressed the desire to move to some in my social circles, some of whom were California transplants, and they became nothing but Negative Nancys about it, and as the notion became more of a reality, I began to button up about it. So if you’re one of those who is wondering why I would ever leave Portland, the mecca of vintage, here are a few reasons.

First off I’m bored. So bored that I am teetering on the verge of depression. The truth is, that aside from vintage shopping there isn’t much else for me to do here. And vintage clothing isn’t all there is to life. And in fact, the frequency of my shopping was causing problems, mainly with space. And while I have a new found love of sewing, it too creates more garments, though at a slower rate. While Portland, and Oregon in general, has a lot of offer with regards to the outdoors, such as skiing, snowboarding, camping, rafting, hiking, that just isn’t my scene. I’m a history and film geek, I enjoy museums, visiting historical landmarks and filming locations. Oregon’s history is dullsville to me, and doesn’t offer much with regards to film history. California meanwhile is rich in history that is actually appealing to me. Additionally, there are way more museums, not just on California history subjects, but on general subjects that don’t have museums in Oregon, like neon museum or an entire museum dedicated to strictly modern art! Both of which Los Angeles have. I realized I could fill ten years of vacations in just California, and I really want to see more of the world, and by living in California, Patrick and I can make day-trips and weekend visits of the long list of places I want to visit, and take real vacations somewhere else.

Secondly, I am tired of Oregon’s trademark rain and evergreens. The rain limits my desire to go outside, as my wardrobe has never been rain-friendly, nor have I ever really seen a way for it to be so without my personality and taste disappearing, and let’s be honest, rain isn’t fun. I began to dread the rain, and the evergreens were boring and creepy. Our multiple visits to California over the last few years solidified a passion for palm trees, cacti and tropical flowers, such as birds of paradise, and I one day hope to have a beautiful garden full of these.

Thirdly, I no longer see a viable career for me here. When I moved back to Portland after graduating from the University of Oregon, I envisioned opening up my own vintage clothing store, but over the last four years I have learned so much by befriending multiple shop owners, and witnessing their struggles. In those four years I became friends with two shop owners to closed their doors, and witnessed two friends open stores, and listened their their woes and struggles, in addition to the already established shop owners I became friends with, and I came to the conclusion I could not be a shop owner, for a variety of reasons. Vintage is getting harder to find and more expensive. And I won’t lie, here in Portland, it can feel rather cutthroat, as we have a plethora of brick and mortar shops, as well as strictly on-line sellers. It takes a special kind of person with an extreme passion for vintage to own and operate a vintage clothing shop, and in witnessing my friends’ struggles, I realized that I didn’t have that passion in me. While I love vintage, I just can’t do what they do to stay afloat. I greatly admire the people I have met who own and operate their own shops, who pay their bills with vintage, but I know I cannot be one of them. Today I have new career goals, and they can only happen in California.

So what does this mean for the blog? Well, there will certainly be a less blogging as we pack up, move and get settled. But I also think this means I will blog more! And more on the subjects I care about! My blog was never meant to be a strict fashion blog, it just became that, and I was growing unhappy with that. I honestly think I will be doing more and wanting to share more, more than just outfits! Visits to filming locations, museums, etc. And what does this mean for my Etsy shop? Well, the shop will go into Vacation Mode sometime soon, and stay in said mode until we are settled, then I plan to continue to keep selling strictly vintage sewing patterns.

To those who were aware that this move was in the works, I thank you for keeping it on the down-low, as I requested. I also want to thank you for all of your kind words of support.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more from our road trip!