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 picking 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

Cupcakes & Cowboys

Oh my, it’s been awhile hasn’t it? Well, truth be told, I really haven’t been feeling all that great. I had a recent visit to the dentist and I’ll spare you the unpleasantness, but I was in a bit of pain. Then shortly after I wrenched my neck somehow! So I just wasn’t in the mood to go out and do much, let alone take photos. But I’m feeling much better and today Patrick and I went to Wanderlust to celebrate the shop turing two!

Shop owner, Vanessa, offered tasty mini cupcakes for the celebration which I happily enjoyed while I browsed her racks of delightful pieces of vintage. Ultimately I walked out with a sheer yellow top that I can’t wait integrate into my wardrobe. Now, on to show off one of my new favorite pieces from my closet, the “Western Town” skirt!

As many of you know, I’m a western wear/motif fiend, but I’m also getting obsessed with these scenic border print skirts! This one is my latest addition to the collection of western themed border print skirts (the others being a covered wagon print, and the stagecoach print). And the added bonus is that the hem on the inside still features the selvedge edge which reads “John Wolf Textiles, Inc. ‘Western Town’”. John Wolf Textiles also printed the stagecoach design as well, among many other border prints.

Speaking of these western themed border prints, awhile ago I was on Instagram and a friend tagged me in a sale of a border print skirt featuring tipis! I was crushed to discover the skirt had already sold. I’m making a plea with all of my fellow vintage lovers (that includes you, dear readers!) that if you ever run across this skirt let me know, please!

Outfit
Blouse: Bohemian Vintage (now Yours), Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Vintagecritter
Shoes: Payless, AGES ago!
Cowboy Boot Earrings: Gift
Cowboy Brooch: Classic Hardware, via Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there
Purse: Flea market

“Tell ‘em Howard Hughes Said So”

Over the weekend one of my favorite movies showed at The Hollywood, Disney’s The Rocketeer. It was an early afternoon screening, so I decided to go for a more casual look, instead of getting gussied up.

The Rocketeer remains one of my favorite films over the years for its endearing characters and great story, and while I also love the comics, there is just something about the movie that I like more. Sadly, its initial box office numbers were rather sad, though over the years The Rocketeer has developed a cult like following, especially at comic conventions. Over the last few years there have been rumblings of Disney attempting a remake, and I pray to god they don’t. I really have my reservations on the matter because since when has a Disney remake ever been better than its original? Alice in Wonderland, Escape to Witch Mountain, and most recently the entirely new twist with Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent, anyone? These remakes also have me cringing over the news that the next live action Disney films on the table are Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which being my absolute favorite Disney film.

How about you? Are you a fan of The Rocketeer? How do you feel about the possibilities of a remake? Or about these live action remakes of animated classics?

Outfit
Peasant Blouse: FabGabs
Jeans: Vivian of Holloway via Animal Traffic, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Purse: Thrifted by my dad!
Necklace: Birthday present from my dear friend Alicia
Bangles: Here and there

“I Ain’t Nobody, Dork.”

Last night Patrick and I went to the 99W drive-in (yet again! Seriously, it’s the best part of having a car!) to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 and, the biggest reason, American Graffiti. I was super excited that we were first in line too, so we were for sure able to snag my favorite spot.

The drive-in skirt was a rare new purchase for me at Buffalo Exchange . While Buffalo likes to boast itself as a buy-sell-trade joint made up of recycled goods, it does sell new items, you can tell as usually there is more than one of the item, but also these new items bare yellow tags, while all used goods have white tags. While it’s made of jersey, and features an elastic waistband, I just couldn’t resist (and thankful to uncover it was made in the USA by the company Mezzanine). I’ll openly admit that I am a sucker for anything that features drive-in imagery…comic books, magazines, signs, etc. In high school I had a had a purse with a drive-in on it. Hmm…I wonder whatever became of that purse…?

Outfit
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange, Eugene, Oregon
Drive-In Skirt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
String Tie: Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Re-Mix, via a local rummage sale!
Earrings: Don’t recall…