A Diamond Studded Affair

Despite my many visits to Disneyland Resort during its 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration, I had yet to meet our beloved characters along Main Street USA in their special outfits designed just for the 60th. Part of that was because I wanted to wear an outfit inspired by their outfits! And I finally was able to put one together. So yesterday we enjoyed a day in the park meeting Mickey, Minnie and more! I can honestly say I’m in love with Minnie’s dress and want Daisy’s shoes.

Goofy was an absolute doll, kissing my hand, and taking me for a walk along Main Street. But the fun didn’t end with characters. We also enjoyed the new parade, Paint the Night, along Main Street. For those who remember the Main Street Electrical Parade, Paint the Night is heavily inspired by it, with many floats that are homages to those in the original Electrical Parade. Plus many of the costumes of the dancers wear are simply phenomenal.

I truly love that I can spend a day at my work on a day off. It is so amazing to both create magic and experience it.

For those Disneyland fans out there, how many of you saw the Main Street Electrical Parade?

Outfit
Mickey Ears & Tee: Cast Member exclusives
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: I think Ross like six or so years ago
Purse & Charm Bracelet: Disneyland
Vintage Disneyland Pendant: Don’t remember…

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

On July 17th, 1955, Walt Disney, famous prior for his feature length animated films and a little guy called Mickey Mouse, introduced the world to a new form of family entertainment with his creation, Disneyland. On that day, which was full of festivities, though not without issues (including women’s heels sinking into the freshly laid asphalt, as temperatures reached 100), Guests got to step into the stories that Walt brought to life, through the innovative attractions in Fantasyland, they got to look into the future in Tomorrowland, join skippers on a dark jungle cruise in Adventureland, hitch a ride on a stagecoach in Frontierland, and of course walk down Main Street USA to see how their grandparents may have lived. Sixty years later, Disneyland is just as magical, with new lands and many new attractions over the years, and on July 17th, 2015, Guests got to reflect on Disneyland’s history.

Leading up the the Park’s birthday, Disneyland announced they wished their Guests to “Show their 1955 Disney side”, by wearing “1955-inspired ensembles”. As I selected my outfit, I knew I would have change out of it, store it, and change back into it, as I did work that day, and chose for a rather no-fuss outfit, but one that I still felt was neat for the day. Awhile ago, Joanna of Dividing Moments, brought this skirt to my attention, and I was thrilled to finally wear it to the Park. It is a skirt that was originally sold at the Guatemalan Weavers shop in Adventureland, which today is the Indiana Jones Outpost. You can actually spy Guatemalan Weavers in the background of this photo I found on the blog Stuff From the Park. I also wore a vintage Disneyland button featuring Tink.

To celebrate, Disneyland hosted a small ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, with the president of Disneyland, Michael Colglazier, who was later joined by Richard Sherman, one half of the incredible song-writing and composing duo, the Sherman brothers, who penned the classics from Mary Poppins, among many other Disney works. Sherman was joined by the current Broadway Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, who sung one of Walt’s favorite songs, “Feed the Birds”, as Richard played the piano. The two then lead Guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to Disneyland.

Prior to the day-time parade, Mickey’s Soundsational, they had a mini parade featuring Cast Members who were there when it all started in 1955, along with a few very lucky current Cast Members.

Additionally, Guests were given cupcakes, and had unique photo opportunities throughout the park, including backdrops made by blowing up images of old photographs of Disneyland, and one of the old stagecoaches!

Patrick brought along the dual lens, and I’m eager to get the pictures back from the photo shop, and hope to share them with you!

I’m not sure that Walt knew that what he created that day would have the reach and draw it does today, with multiple parks across the globe, and tens of thousands coming through the turnstiles everyday. I feel very special to have been a part of celebrating Disneyland’s 60th birthday, and I also feel special to continue Walt’s dream of creating a place where dreams come true.

Outfit
Top: Jet Rag, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: Ebay
Disneyland Button: Expo
Scarf: Who knows!
Shoes: Miss L Fire

The Hollyhock House

Today Patrick and I visited another incredibly icon of Los Angeles architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.

Originally designed as a residence for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the Hollyhock House house began construction in 1919, and was completed in 1921, and was Wright’s second ever project in California. It included a water feature that ran through the house, around the fireplace, and the rooftop was designed as a patio living space, with staircases going up outside, but each of these unique and innovated features played into the house never being used as a residence. Soon after completion, Barnsdall viewed the house as too costly to maintain and donated the house to the city of Los Angeles in 1927, however only if it was given a fifteen year lease to the California Art Club.

Over the years it has been used as an art gallery, and in 2007 became a National History Landmark. Recently went under a massive restoration, and was reopened to the public just this year. And I know what you’re thinking, the house has a temple like quality about it, right? It may be fun to know that the house was as a temple in the 1989 B-movie Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. You can watch the trailer and see shots of the Hollyhock House here.

Sadly, but understandably, they do not allow photographs inside, which is spectacular. The Hollyhock House is open Thursdays through Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm, and costs only $7 per person for a self-guided tour, though there are volunteers inside to provide you with more information. You can also learn more by visiting their website.

Outfit
Blouse: Thrifted
Pants (yes, they are pants!), Shoes & Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Hat: Slone Vintage, Burbank, California
Necklace: Rummage sale, Portland, Oregon
Ring: Found by my dad
Purse: Actually a folio from Tanner Leather Goods, Portland, Oregon

R&R

As much as I adore my role at the Disneyland Resort, I must admit that having not worked a “real” job in roughly eight years, the constant go-go-go of a job five days a week is still taking some getting used to, and when I spied two days off in a row (this doesn’t always happen), I was eager to get out and recharge, and I suggested that we return to the Joshua Tree Inn, where we stayed for my birthday. Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree Inn have quickly become my go-to places to getaway from it all. When I lived in Portland, and we didn’t have a car, people often asked “Don’t you ever want to go the coast/mountains/forest?” It was easy for me to say no, because I just didn’t find relaxation along Oregon’s blustery coast, or up snowy Mount Hood or along the tree lined trails leading to Multnomah Falls. But here in California I am so incredibly drawn to the extraterrestrial like trees, unique rock formations and the stark hills across the skyline that I find myself constantly pining to go there.

After checking in, we drove into the park, where we watched the sun set and the nearly full moon rise. And we even got to spy Venus and Jupiter as they neared each other! The next day we visited a few of the shops in the area, and then loafed about the inn. I also got to take my new swimsuit for a dip! Despite not doing much, I still packed in a quite a few pictures.

Not only do I find peace out in Joshua Tree, it inspires me to go in a more carefree direction with my wardrobe, and with each visit I feel more inspired to become bolder with my fashion choices and to to continue to carve out unique styles. As strange as it may sound, I feel more like myself since moving. I look forward to visiting more of California’s unique landscape, and eventually finding our way into the other glorious southwestern states, such as Arizona and New Mexico.

Do you have a place that you like to go to get away from it all? Or a place that inspires you and maybe even your wardrobe?

Outfit
Tank & Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Vest & Bracelet: I honestly don’t remember!
Headband:Cost Plus World Market, Orange, California
Sandals: Minnetonka
Necklace (one of those brooches that also has a pendant loop!): Expo
Turquoise Rings: Various places

Swimsuit: Fables by Barrie Pony Tales Collection

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, built 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?

Outfit
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.

Outfit
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!

Outfit
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: ???