Christmastime is Here

Disneyland isn’t the only theme park celebrating the holidays this season, Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm also get into the holiday spirit, and over the weekend we popped over to Knott’s as they were offering a promotion where if you bought your 2016 season pass, you received one day in 2015 for free, and as we had so much fun last time at Knott’s, we thought we would get a pass for the following year, while spending the day seeing how they did the holidays.

We spent most of the day seeing the various shows at Knott’s, including the Calico Saloon Christmas Show, “Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown”, the “Merry Christmas, Snoopy” ice show, and, my favorite, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies (formerly known as Billy Hill and the Hillbillies when they played at Disneyland).

Like I’ve said before, and as I will say many more times, I’m sure, but I really do love Knott’s and its incredibly humble beginnings. It gets a lot of flack, but mostly because Disneyland is right next door pretty much, but it has a lot of heritage, and the Ghost Town is just so wonderful, and downright adorable. It’s fun to watch blacksmiths and spinners at work, and walk among real old west buildings, so I’m very much looking forward to next year, when the Ghost Town celebrates its 75th anniversary, and in spring when the Boysenberry Festival begins!

Fringe Leather Jacket: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Canyon County (where my mother is from!) Sheriff’s Posse Shirt: Buffalo Exchange
String Tie: I don’t remember…
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Mocs: Minnetonka
Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad, I think…
Hat and Gloves: Disneyland

Full of Yuletide Cheer

While millions were out searching for deals on Black Friday, Patrick and I went to Disneyland to get into the Christmas spirit, do a bit of gift shopping, and say “Hi” to a few characters.

As for our place, it’s all decorated for the holidays, have been for about a week or so. Took about a week to get up actually. I used to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I simply can’t anymore! How about you? Are you the type who decorates for the holidays before or after Thanksgiving?

Sweater: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Skirt & Penny Loafers: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: Nordstorm
Bangles: Here and there…
49’er & Scarf: Don’t remember…
Pin: Disneyland’s Holiday Time Tour, 2014
Purse: Christmas gift from Patrick last year

Thanksgiving at Clifton’s

When Patrick and I heard that Clifton’s was doing a special Thanksgiving meal we instantly decided that is what we were going to do for the holiday. I’m not a huge Thanksgiving person, but that could be a post in itself, so I’ll spare you, and let’s move onto what I wore, and more gorgeous details that can be found inside this historic restaurant.


This last photo is actually a miniature of what the very first Clifton’s, known as Clifton’s Pacific Seas, looked like on the outside. Yes, it had an insane cascading waterfall (take a peek at this vintage photo). And inside it was gorgeously themed to the Pacific Islands with lush tropical plants and more water features!

I hope my fellow American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving, if you chose to celebrate, and to my non-American readers, I hope you had a lovely Thursday!

Dress & Purse: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Corn Necklace, Jacket, & Algernon the Fox: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Fox Brooch: Gift
Hat: Portland Expo
Shoes: Thrifted

Tune In to Yankee Sweetheart

Recently Lexi of Yankee Sweetheart contacted me asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of her brooches from her jewelry collection. Lexi is a woman with a passion for retro and vintage fashion, and it is visible through both her adorable salon in Victoria, Australia, where she specializes in vintage hair and make-up and in her darling jewelry collection. I selected her “Topping the Charts” radio brooch in mint and pink and wore it out to lunch the other day while running a few errands.

When my brooch arrived, I instantly noticed how adorable and well packaged it was. Inside a bubble envelope was this super cute box that slid to reveal the brooch.

Measuring at two inches long, the brooch is made of smooth, lightweight, but hardy (seriously, there is hardly any give to the antenna portion) acrylic, and the front image is printed right on the acrylic. The backing is applied with a super smooth glue that is invisible, and the brooch is secured with the locking style back.

The design of the radio is fun, and looks almost like it was hand-painted, which I love. Also the little radio feels so animated to me, like I could imagine it bouncing along to my music while we were driving today.

The little radio comes in either a mint body with pink accents, or a pink body with mint accents. She also has a darling flamingo brooch, as well as a flamingo necklace with little palm tree charms. But here’s the awesome part, if you feel like you need to get one of your very own, Lexi is offering a 25% off coupon code for readers, through the end of the year that is! Just use “ATOMIC” to receive the 25% discount!! So check them out now!

Thanks again, Lexi for this opportunity! I hope to see more designs from you in the future!

Blouse: La Bomba, Long Beach, California
Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Lux De Ville
Bangles: Here and there…
Brooch: Courtesy of Yankee Sweetheart. Thank you!

Disclaimer: I was offered this brooch in exchange for a fair and honest review. Everything above is my own personal opinion from my experience with Lexi and Yankee Sweetheart.

Season of the Force

As Disney prepares for its upcoming release of the seventh Star Wars film and the development of the new land inspired by the franchise, the Disneyland Resort kicked off “Season of the Force” Monday in Tomorrowland, which involved some heavy changes to the area. Since moving, I am more eager than ever to visit the park on the first day of things, so that way I don’t have to see it on the internet before experiencing it in person, which is what always occurred when we lived in Portland, so Patrick and I were among hundreds of other Star Wars fans who descended on Disneyland bright and early Monday morning.

Just a few weeks prior to the kick off of the Season of the Force, Star Trader, one of the shops in Tomorrowland, began to stock even more Star Wars merchandise, including many items from the Her Universe Star Wars collection. I snagged two of her “costume” dresses, one Han Solo, the other Boba Fett, which I wore for the occasion.

The Boba Fett dress is made sleeveless out of t-shirt material, but, as the day called for wind (so, pardon the hair), and cooler temperatures, I got a little creative and wore a sweater under the dress, giving the illusion of long sleeves. The costume dresses are super cute, and comfy, but I ran into the problem I do with so many garments, both new and vintage, where the waist is too high. I have a lower than average waist, and this is a struggle I am constantly battling, but these two dresses were just too cute, I had to have them.

Love Star Wars and want to know what has changed at the Disneyland Resort? Keep reading for more info and loads of pictures from the Star Wars Launch Bay.

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Fallin’ for Fall

Last year, at Tiki Day, I met a woman through our mutual love of Carmen Miranda, as she was wearing a Carmen Miranda inspired fruit hat, but with Mickey ears attached. I freaked out, and we soon sat down together and chatted the night away at Trader Sam’s. She told me of a meet-up that was happening soon, and basically explained it as a get-together of people who liked dressing vintage and hanging out at Disneyland, and that hopefully it would turn into a monthly thing, a mini Dapper Day of sorts. And one year later, she and I are still friends, the group, simply titled Vintage Visitors, boasts over 900 members, and there are indeed monthly meet-ups, all with themes. I’ve written about a few of them over the last year, the few I was able to attend that is, as work often prevented me from attending, but, now that I have left, I can attend them all! Well, if nothing bigger comes along on the same day that is.

While the first event was holiday themed, this year, as it is still technically fall, we went with a autumn theme, and everyone showed up in beautiful hues of caramel, mustard and crimson. The highlight of the day though was when Dale offered to dance with me. I was so ecstatic! Seriously, it’s not every day you get to dance with a chipmunk in a Christmas hat and sweater!

In the meantime I have hauled out our Christmas boxes, yeah, I decorate early, and begun decorating our place, and I look forward to sharing my decorations with you all in the near future.

Sweater Set: Buffalo Exchange
Jacket: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Miz Mooz
Scarf: Knitted by Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter, and she does commissions!
Chip and Dale Pin: Was a trade
Dooney and Burke Disneyland Purse: Christmas gift from Patrick

Bond…James Bond.

I was first introduced to James Bond at the age of nine. It was 1998, and my dad and I were about to head to Las Vegas for a NASCAR race and he figured I should watch something with Las Vegas in it (this started a life long pattern of watching movies and television that featured locations I would soon be visiting), and he popped in Diamonds are Forever. While hardly the best Bond film out there, I thoroughly enjoyed it (and still do), and it made me look forward to the lights of Las Vegas, and simultaneously got me hooked on James Bond. Fast forward to 2009, where I first saw actor Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Bastards, and I thought “My goodness, wouldn’t he make a great Bond villain?” And just a few years later, Waltz creeps onto the screen as James Bond’s latest nemesis! I was pretty excited, and Bond films always make me want to get gussied up, so may have overdressed for the occasion, but I didn’t care.

This brings me to the notion of being “overdressed”. Which, I honestly never feel is a bad thing. I was brought up in a household where you wore velvet dresses on Christmas morning, never pajamas, and dresses to the theatre (stage productions, that is), and athletic shoes were never worn at restaurants. While I do believe in wearing what you want, I also believe that certain places and certain people deserve a manner of dress. While I will fully admit that what I wore for Spectre falls into the category of being overdressed, I honestly didn’t care. Look, life is a runway, and for most of us, it is the only runway, so don’t ever fear being overdressed.

Coat & Dress: I don’t remember.
Purse: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Necklace: Made by a friend
Shoes: Farylrobin