Saying Hola to Olvera Street

One of the “touristy” things I never did when I visited California before was visit Olvera Street. And over the weekend we finally remedied that.

Olvera Street is considered to be the birthplace of Los Angeles, as it is home to some of its first structures. The first brick building constructed in the LA area is now home to a Mexican cafe, one of LA’s oldest restaurants in fact, Casa La Golondrina Mexican Cafe, opening in 1928, which we dined at. Avila Adobe is the oldest structure remaining the LA, build in 1818, and is now a museum to reflect the the lifestyle of those living during the early days of California. And of course there are the merchants who sell wares of California’s Spanish and Mexican heritage, including colorful blankets, embroidered blouses, tooled leather purses, and much, much more.

Olvera Street had its heyday during the old days of California, but by the turn of the century, it was quickly becoming a slum, until 1926, when a woman named Christine Sterling walked along the streets. Horrified by what had become of LA’s historic heart, she spearheaded a campaign to restore the area, and save its historic buildings, which were endanger of being demolished. Eventually Sterling succeeded and Olvera Street became what it is today, a place for both locals and tourists a like to reflect on Los Angeles’ history, enjoy good food, and shop the unique offerings.

I came home with a wonderful new peasant blouse and a pair of tooled (although really pressed) leather wedges, which I look forward to taking for a spin soon.

I kind of love that I get to play tourist in our new home. One of the reasons for moving was that there is simply so much to do down here that we could never fit it all into a vacation. I also love that I can return to these locations as often as I want. Do you enjoy playing tourist in your city? For those who have visited LA, have you made a visit to Olvera Street?

Blouse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Skirt: Rummage sale
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstrom
Purse: Antique Alley, I think…
Charm Bracelet: Found by my dad
Ring: Expo, I think…
Brooch: Some antique mall along the coast in Lincoln City I think…
Shoes: Miss L Fire

Mission San Juan Capistrano

One of my favorite things about California history is that of the Spanish missions. It is a goal of mine to visit each of them, and before this last Tuesday, I had only been to three of them. Mission San Juan Capistrano, often described as the “jewel” of the missions, is not too far from us, and is absolutely stunning, so gear up for a pretty gosh darn picture heavy post!

Founded November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano is large, and lush, featuring a church, housing, plaza and patio, as well as lush garden, where the first vineyard was planted in California. What was called the “Great Stone Church” was completed in 1806, and offered a beautiful place to worship for six years until tragedy struck on December 8, 1812, when a massive earthquake occurred. The roof of the Great Stone Church collapsed, killing 40 worshipers, as well as the two boys who were ringing the bells. This tragedy makes Mission San Juan Capistrano one of California’s most haunted locations, with various claims of apparitions, and even SyFy’s Ghost Hunters filmed there, capturing compelling evidence. Today the ruins of the Great Stone Church remain, and are one of the few true ruins in America.

Despite the tragedy of 1812, Mission San Juan Capistrano still holds a majestic beauty for visitors to enjoy, and I loved walking around its grounds and learning more about the Native Americans of California, and the Spanish colonists.

Dress: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Belt: Umm… Don’t remember…
Hat: Ricochet, Joshua Tree, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Donkey Brooch & Charm Bracelet: Found by my dad
Turquoise Ring: Expo, I think…

Round-Up Time!

On Sunday many of my fellow vintage and Disney loving friends got together under the theme of western wear! I couldn’t have been more excited! It was truly a fun day of getting together, riding rides and even getting to know new people with similar interests.

Per usual, we got constant questions throughout the day, but it’s always fun talking with Guests, and you never know, you may find another person who wants to join in the fun next time!

Shirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Scarf: Portland Outdoor Store, Portland, Oregon
Disneyland Frontierland Pin: Chapman Antique Mall, Orange, California
Hat & Horseshoe Ring: Disneyland
Purse: ???

The Wigwam Motel

During the week Patrick decided to surprise me with a mini, one night getaway at the Wigwam Motel in Rialto on Route 66!

An icon of the Mother Road, the Wigwam Motel is a handful of concrete tipi structures that are quaint, and of course, small. There honestly wasn’t much to do in the small town of Rialto, and its neighbor, San Bernardino, but we found some light entertainment in the odd McDonald’s Museum, located where the very first McDonald’s was. We also stumbled upon the restaurant that Mad Men used for its Burger Chef scene in the episode “The Strategy” (S7 Ep6), Chris’s Burgers, which was in fact a Burger Chef originally. And, yes, we sat in the same booth as the cast in the scene.

While I can now cross this off my list of unique places I want to stay at, I still would love to visit the other surviving Wigwam Motel, located in Halbook, Arizona. How about you? Do you ever want to stay at unique lodgings just for the heck of it?

Dress: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-Mix
Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Turquoise Rings: Here and there
Western Themed Charm Bracelet: Put together by me, from charms from various places

Burrito King

During the week Patrick came to terms that it was time for a haircut. After being disappointed in his previous cuts around Orange, Patrick finally decided to listen to me about seeing one of our friends, as well as former Portland resident, who is a barber at Manly and Sons in LA (and he did a great job, so seriously, listen to your wife, she knows best). Not only is Manly and Sons a swell barber shop, it also happens to be located just around the corner from a restaurant I had been wanting to visit, Burrito King.

Now, Burrito King may not look like much, but it’s tasty and also plays into my continued Gram Parsons pilgrimage list I have. Parsons aptly posed in front of the burrito stand in his Flying Burrito Brothers tee, so I felt a need to make a trek to the location, in, what else, but my Burrito tee.

I must say, my burrito was amazing. I ordered the California Burrito, which was carne asada, cheese, sour cream and French fries. Yeah, French fries. Speaking of amazing, isn’t this tooled leather purse to die for? It’s my latest addition to what has become quite the tooled leather collection, and was recently shipped to me from my dad (Thanks, dad!) as it was a birthday present from a friend back in Eugene.

Flying Burrito Brothers Tee: Worn Free
Jeans: Thrifted
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Tooled Leather Purse: Gift, from the lovely Lyndsie of Retro Rejuvenation
Belt: Found by my dad
Turquoise Earrings & Large Thunderbird Ring: Ray’s Ragtime, Portland, Oregon
Turquoise Kachina Ring: Living Threads Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Small Thunderbird Ring & Kachina Bracelet: Expo

Care to Drop In?

Earlier in the week Patrick and I decided to spend the evening in Disney’s California Adventure, seeking out their pressed coin machines and enjoying the 60th decorations, as well as grabbing a bite to eat, and I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite DCA attractions, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Just recently they started selling the bellhop hats and I was overjoyed to get one. I also paired the Tower hat and tee with my Hamilton Electric Ventura, the same watch that the Twilight Zone’s creator and host (and one of my favorite human beings of all time), Rod Serling, wore.

Before DCA’s recent transformation, I would only visit just to ride Tower of Terror and get back over to Disneyland as quickly as possible. While Tower of Terror continues to be a favorite of mine, DCA’s new identity, as well as the addition of Cars Land, thrills me and I actually enjoy being in the park. For the 60th, Buena Visit Street (DCA’s equivalent of Disneyland’s Main Street) got the diamond treatment as well, with blue swag bunting and sparking gems.

Shirt & Bellhop Hat: Disney’s California Adventure
Skirt: Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Belonged to my grandmother
Shoes: Re-Mix
Hamilton Electric Ventura: Coburg Antique Fair, Coburg, Oregon
Purse: Christmas gift from Patrick

Desert Sweetheart

After working for six days straight (although each and every day was fun) I needed a break, and a getaway. So Patrick suggested we do a day trip out to Joshua Tree and pack a picnic. And when I saw that the temperatures would be in the high 80s, I saw the opportunity to wear a few recent purchases that had been tucked away during the recent rain we had.

After my wardrobe crisis of last year, I began to play around a lot more with clothes, and for some reason I still felt limited in Portland. And I honestly think it was the weather. Since moving I’ve found myself seeking skirts with shorter hemlines, such as this one, which is by far my shortest, as well as clutching to the chiffon maxis I featured earlier. I feel as if I have broken free and been able to cultivate a look that I thrive on lately, and I couldn’t be happier. I honestly feel more at home with myself and my wardrobe than ever before. I still find vintage and recycled fashion to be at my core though. Between quality, ethics, and a desire to be unique, purchasing second-hand seems the only way to go for me.

We also visited some of the shops in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, and I purchased a swell straw hat, and we bought a pretty spectacular vintage porcelain street sign. Additionally we stopped in at Cactus Mart and bought two more cacti for our patio that we have been putting together, which I hope to share with you all soon!

Blouse, Skirt, & Cowboy Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: Probably from my dad…
Tooled Leather Pouch: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Headband: Cost Plus World Market, Orange, California
Squash Blossom Necklace: Birthday gift from Patrick, but I know it came from Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Gift
Turquoise Rings: Here and there, two came from Expo
Jacket: Buffalo Exchange, with patches from Chris Hillman