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.

Outfit
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.

Outfit
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…

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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Bali Hai

For our last night in San Diego Patrick and I went out to dinner and drinks with the lovely Suzanne (of Sweetie Suz) and her husband Dave. After dinner at a swell Mexican restaurant we went Bali Hai, a Polynesian restaurant right along the water, for drinks.

You might remember Suzanne from Tiki Day at Disneyland. She’s the gal who started it all! So it was a pleasure to be able to visit with her again and talk about their recent wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii. I hope our paths cross again soon.

I have strict packing rules when traveling, and didn’t bring any jewelry to match my tiki dress, as it simply wouldn’t fit! So talk about a simple outfit! But regardless of this outfit’s lack of accessories, the dress is one of my favorite thrift store finds! Yes, this dress was indeed found at a thrift store! And it’s a true 1950s tiki beauty! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found it, and that it fit like a glove! And it was a great price too! $7.99!

Well, that wraps up the San Diego posts! I am so glad I had the ability to tag along on Patrick’s business trip. I came home with treasures and I had a wonderful time with Carla, who I bonded with over not just our mutual love of vintage, but also Disney and cosplay! A triple hitter! I was able to discover, for myself, fresh, new places in California that I had never been to before, and want to explore more. Then capped off the trip with the evening with Suzanne and Dave.

And while this may be it for our trip to San Diego, that isn’t it for California! Patrick and I will be returning next month for a trip to Disneyland. Which we will be driving to, and making many stops along the way! As we are now car owners! I am beyond excited to revisit some places I haven’t seen since high school (especially excited to shoot digitally, as opposed to film) and share these places with Patrick. Plus go to Disneyland!

San Diego Finds

Well, we are home from San Diego! What a trip! It was lots of fun, but I’m certainly glad to be home. I was planning on my “haul” post to be my last post about San Diego, but it seems y’all are just too impatient to hear about this vintage shop I’ve been hinting at on my Facebook and Twitter pages! So here we go!

I was delighted to find out that San Diego had a decent number of vintage shops and antique malls to visit during my stay. Three out of my four full days in San Diego I spent shopping with Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter. When shopping out of town, I have to be pickier, especially as we were flying back, and I loathe checking bags, but being pickier was a little bit easier as my wallet was on the slim side after two days at Expo, so I really didn’t come home with much, but boy did I want to! I wasn’t finding too much on day one and two, but on day three I fell in love. And let me tell you, if I had a bottomless pocketbook and drove to San Diego, I would have bought basically the entire store. What is this shop you ask? It’s The Girl Can’t Help It.

The Girl Can’t Help It is quite possibly the best vintage clothing store I have ever been to. It really encompasses everything a vintage shop should be, and carries items some of us only dream about. We’re talking novelty print skirts, amazing tiki dresses, true felt circle skirts with fabulous appliqués, adorable shorts, western wear, even showgirl outfits! Of course there are frocks galore, and they are stunning. There is also a plethora of Bakelite and jewelry, jaw-dropping hats and purses. There’s even a men’s section that is spectacular. Nearly every piece in the shop is a showstopper! And all of it is real vintage. Most (like 99.9%) being from the 1930s through the early 1960s, with the occasional 20s piece, 60s mod dress or 70s band tee. All of the items are in immaculate condition and the prices reflect the condition and rarity of the items in the shop.

I chatted with Gail, the shop owner, for a bit, as she shared her passion for vintage that spans the decades. Before opening the shop in San Diego, she had her business in London for 25 years, then relocated to California and has catered to some of the Hollywood elite among the avid vintage lovers and collectors.

Also noticed the shop were some of Vivian of Holloway items, including dresses, tops and shorts. Talk about a brilliant business move. I can’t tell you how often girls unfamiliar with vintage come into vintage shops wanting that perfect 50s sun dress with a full skirt, only to realize that very few still exist, and if there is one, it’s not in their size. Having vintage repro at the ready is super smart.

While I would have loved to have walked out with the entire rack of western wear, including the two gorgeous sets on the wall and much more, I instead walked out with only a (much needed) black blouse.

I especially love this black blouse as it has puff sleeves, which means it will pair well with some of my Mexican and western themed pieces.

If you aren’t in the San Diego area, take a peek at the shop’s Etsy page, where you will find over 200 items! You can also like The Girl Can’t Help It and find out more on Facebook.

So what else did I buy while in the fair city of San Diego? Here is the haul!

I scored another much needed piece – a red peasant blouse! I also found an extremely comfortable Hawaiian (that was $8!). Buffalo Exchange on 5th Avenue.

I picked up this wooden sombrero and metal charm bracelet at Ms. Vintage. Which I simply had to purchase as it matches my wooden sombrero necklace!

I found this Disneyland Hotel shot glass at Newport Avenue Antique Center. It’s a little worse-for-wear, but I love it.

I also picked up a tie for Patrick. This hand-painted hula girl, with fringe skirt was too good to pass up, even with its issues, at $15! La Mesa Antique Mall.

There are a few more posts about San Diego headed your way in the next few days!

A Trip to the Middle East

Today is a bit of a special day for my blog. Why you ask?  Today marks the first ever guest post here at Atomic Redhead. Brought to you by the lovely Emileigh of Flashback Summer is! And what she has in store for you is marvelous! Her outfit has my stamp of approval as I think it’s nothing short of spectacular. I hope you enjoy! And thank you, Emileigh!

Hello, friends!  I’m Emileigh from Flashback Summer, and as I pondered what kind of guest post I would do here on Janey’s blog (thank you again, Janey!), I thought about the different interpretations of vintage Janey and I have.  Janey, as you probably know if you’ve been following her blog long, does an amazing job at incorporating a “lady adventurer” feel to her outfits.  She uses chunky leather belts, pith helmets, and flowing fabrics to evoke a sense of thrilling adventure in her looks.

On the other hand, I tend to incorporate elements from the Middle East because I used to live there and have very fond memories of it.  Then I got to thinking…. what perfect way to salute Janey’s style on her blog while bringing my own spin to it than to combine our two “niches” into a Middle East-adventure sort of look?  Sounded great to me!

I went with a 1920s vintage “base” because the 20s actually did have a lot of lady adventurers in the Middle East!  The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early 1920s and the increase in travel helped cultivate an interest in the Middle East and even a phase known as “Egyptomania.”

My outfit from this shoot, although sadly not shot in the Middle East, is made to pay homage to the ladies who trekked across the desert to see the pyramids in Giza, braved the hot sands and wind to take in Petra in Jordan, coolly reclined along the pristine beaches of the famous Red Sea.

Also, I’d like to give a shout out to my husband who took the photos for this shoot.  He’s never done a photo shoot before and was unfamiliar with my camera, and yet he still produced this amazingness!  Pretty great for a first try, I thought!

Outfit Details
pants: from Kenya
white shirt: The Loft
belt: gifted
earrings: from Kenya
1930s boots: Honeytalk Vintage Etsy Shop
purse: from Kenya
bedouin necklace: from Egypt
beaded blouse: from Kenya
red scarf: Had it so long I don’t remember!
bedouin bracelet: from Sudan

The Summer Wind

Over the weekend Julie of FabGabs hosted the monthly get-together, Church of Sinatra, at her home. As it is summer, she kicked off the evening a little early and we barbecued hot dogs and grilled some veggies while cocktails were mixed up.

It was a lovely evening spent around a small fire as it got slightly chilly as the evening went on and we chatted. Jesse of Brighter Bakelite was there, and I got to take a peek at some of his delightful pink beauties that he was gearing up to list, but not before Sarah of Simply Vintage put them on her arm and took ‘em for a test run herself. It’s hard to resist pink Bakelite!

Patrick snapped a few pictures near the end of the evening, after I tired on a few of Julie’s garments from her shop’s inventory that are slated for her upcoming photoshoot. (Let’s just say I have my eye on a Shaheen that would have come home with me if Expo weren’t coming up!)

Outfit
Blouse & Hair Flower: Don’t recall…
Red Slip: FabGabs
Skirt: Which is actually part of a suit! House of Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Snood: April’s Bag
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Gift from my dad
Shoes: Aris Allen, Dancestore.com

Patrick’s Shirt: BillyGoat Vintage, Portland, Oregon