La Vie en Rose

Oh my! It has been awhile hasn’t it? Well, with good reason. Shortly after hitting the “Publish” button on my last post, Patrick and I drove into LA to pick up my brother and his girlfriend, who took the train down from Oregon to spend some time at Disneyland. I ended up spending most of the days they were here with them at the park, and the day they left was my first day with the Disneyland Resort as a Cast Member, so the last few days have been taken up by training. (Which has been both interesting and tiring.) And today I bring you yet more Disneyland! Yesterday we joined our fellow vintage and Disney loving friends for an afternoon at the park. Last month’s theme was blue, and taking inspiration from Valentine’s Day, this theme was pinks and reds! Once again, my planned outfit was thwarted, but not by heat this time! Instead it was a chance of rain!

We met up, rode a few attractions and enjoyed drinks at Carthay Circle before the rain started to put a dapper on our fun. It was a bit blustery too. Personally, I was beat from the days I spent at the park with my brother, as well as my two days of training, which were not limited to sitting learning about Disneyland, but also included walking about the Resort. Additionally I had another day of training was slated for the following day, so all of that, combined with the rain made for the decision for Patrick and I to bail early, spending the rest of the evening at home watching the Oscars.

The funny thing about this dress is that I have the exact same dress in pink with white accents! So when I spied it in silver with pink accents I snapped it up, especially because I’m a sucker for a dress with pockets. It was a difficult dress though with regards to finding shoes for it, as both silver and/or bright pink shoes are difficult to find! But I scored these pink shoes recently and they match not only the dress, but this coat perfectly too! They aren’t my favorite style of heel, as I am much more a fan of heels with a larger footprint in the actual heel department (I prefer about a square inch) but when it comes to certain colors, I’ll settle for nearly any style!

Have you ever had a dress that you had difficulty matching accessories with? Or have you ever found the exact same vintage dress in a different color?

Coat: Red Fox Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Dress: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Shoes: Thrifted
Purse: Christmas present from Patrick, but from Disneyland
Pin: From the Cultivating the Magic Tour at Disneyland

Will You Be My Valentine?

In all honesty, I care little for Valentine’s Day. Patrick and I don’t even celebrate the holiday. But I find it a good excuse to wear as much pink and red clothing as I can and accessorize with my heart-shaped jewelry as much as possible throughout the month of February. Like Christmas, Patrick and I figured why not go to Disneyland and see what was brewing there. It also gave me a good excuse to wear a newly acquired, and very appropriate pin!

My day started out wonderfully when I spotted Chip and Dale shortly after walking through the gates, who attempted to make a heart around me for the holiday.

My pin is a recent Ebay purchase, when I felt the need for more Clarice pins in my life, and Ebay seemed the best place, as the Resort seems to rarely carry merchandise with her on it! (If you don’t know who Clarice is, check out my Halloween post from last year!) And Chip and Dale expressed great interest in my pin, Chip even pantomimed his heart pitter-pattering at the thought of her.

Near where we snapped these photos is one of my favorite “hidden in plain sight” gems of Disneyland, one of the last remaining ticket booths.

You can spy one of these ticket booths in action in a close up of one of my family’s pictures taken in the late 70s.

Before the days of the one ticket for everything at Disneyland, Guests purchased entry to the park and tickets of varying values for the various attractions. Park entry could be attached to a ticket book, and you could purchase additional ticket books in the park at these ticket booth locations, very similar to a carnival. Tickets were graded on a value of A through D, with the E ticket being introduced in 1959. A tickets represented the lower key attractions, such as the carousel, working their way toward more intense attractions. E represented the best of the best, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Matterhorn, and the phrase “E ticket” went on to represent how awesome something was. Astronaut Sally Ride described her first space shuttle launch as an “E ticket” experience. Ticket books disappeared entirely in 1982, introducing the system we now know today, and today ticket books have faded into obscurity, though hard-core Disneyland fans will always have a soft spot for them, including myself. After purchasing the iPhone 5S (which was larger than its predecessor) I needed a new phone case, and was ecstatic when I found a ticket book one on Ebay, which is what you see in the photo above.

Awhile back the old ticket booth was home to a small film and memory card kiosk, for Guests in the event they ran out of film, or space on their digital camera’s memory cards. But I guess the need for film, and additional memory cards (as current memory cards can hold thousands of photos now) has diminished enough that there is no longer a need to use this location. Currently film and memory cards are available at Disney’s Photo Pass Service along Main Street.

After spending some time in Disneyland we popped over to California Adventure for awhile where I spied Chip and Dale yet again and I couldn’t resist wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day.

As you may have guessed, we’re home now, and are planning on running a few errands before needing to drive into LA to pick up my brother and his girlfriend who will be visiting for the next week, including several days in the park! So I’m very excited for that. I hope you all are having a lovely holiday and weekend!

Vintage Sweater: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Dress: Stop Staring, by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-Mix, by way of a rummage sale
Pin: Ebay
Purse: My Christmas present from Patrick, though from Disneyland

Are they Squaw, Patio or Fiesta Dresses?

In my last post I wore what I described as a “squaw dress” and received a comment regarding the use of that term, and how it can be hurtful and insulting, to the point where there are movements to change the names of cities, parks and natural landmarks that have the term in their name (like Squaw Valley for example). While there is some debate on the term, many consider it offensive, which I can understand. Especially since the understanding is that it has no Native American root. Additionally, “squaw dresses” have also been called “patio dresses” and “fiesta dresses”, or “set” is used in the place of “dress” when the garment is made up of a top and skirt. Taking a page from Emileigh of Flashback Summer and her Controversial Post series, I decided to share why I use the term “squaw” when describing these dresses and open it up for discussion.

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Home on the Range

On Sunday Patrick and I went to Disneyland to spend an evening with some friends of ours visiting from out of town. Still beat from our trek around LA, I wanted to be a bit comfy, and went one of my many squaw dresses, which can do me no wrong. Like quite a few items I own, I wish I had one in every color.

We shot these over at a rather overlooked area of the park, the Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm. The area has goats, sheep, donkeys, horses and cows for guests to interact with. In fact Disneyland Resort just welcomed two baby goats to the fold, and those who follow the Disney Parks Blog could vote on their names! All animals at the Resort are named after Disney characters, and over 4,000 people (including yours truly) cast their votes, with the winning names being Bernard and Bianca, after the heroic mice of the two Rescuers films. Which were the names I voted for! The area is also home to one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys, one that can be found in the giant pile of horseshoes! Look for it next time you visit Disneyland!

Squaw Dress: Don’t remember…I’ve bought so many!
Belt: Living Threads, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Native American Themed Charm Bracelet: Gift

EDIT: In light of comments on this post, I decided to tackle the term “Squaw” in relation to this style of dress with its very own blog post. Join in the conversation, share your thoughts and opinions!

Hollywood Costume Exhibition

Yesterday Patrick and I went to the Hollywood Costume Exhibition in LA. I really had no idea what I was getting into when we visited, I just saw that is boasted a great number of costumes, and the website showcased the first shot we see of Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic, and I was sold! As I’ve been to a fair number of museums and special exhibits, I figured ahead of time that they would not allow photography inside, and I was correct in that assumption, though I was still saddened, especially when we began walking through. So you’ll just have to settle for what I wore to the exhibit.

As it was quite cool, and we even got rained on a bit, I was chose to wear the outfit I had intended to wear to the Blue Skies Disneyland meet-up. This hat is a favorite of mine, though it hardly gets the wearing it deserves as I don’t have very many pieces that match its ice blue tone, and I believe it has yet to even be seen on the blog, despite owning it for about a year I believe! Anyway, enough about my clothing, on to raving on the exhibit!

The exhibit showcases over 150 costumes from Hollywood’s early days, including one of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp suits through very recent films such as American Hustle and The Hunger Games. Not only are these magnificent costumes on display, they are aided by information regarding their development including quotes from actors, directors and of course costume designers involved in the film. Filmed interviews with actors, directors and costume designers are also utilized, with some period interviews with people who are no longer with us, such as Edith Head. Additionally many of the costumes were displayed on mannequins befitting the characters who originally wore the costumes, in pose and props.

I’ll say this, it was a miracle I did not walk out of there in handcuffs as some of my all-time favorite costumes were on display. First my mouth dropped at the sign of Judy’s green and white number from Vertigo, an outfit I would wear on a daily basis in a heartbeat. Then I turned a corner to see Marion Ravenwood’s “Streets of Cairo” outfit from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the very same that I had spent countless hours on recreating. Initially I was terrified to step up to it, fearing that even though I had poured over many screencaps I would still come home loathing my creation. However, I will say I am still quite pleased with what I made, but not without wanting to add some details I observed upon close inspection of the real deal in order to create a more accurate cosplay. The Marion costume was also side by side with Willie’s gold and red opening act dress from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and one of Elsa’s suits from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as one of Indy’s famous ensembles. I then cast my eyes upon Satine’s pink and rhinestone covered number from Moulin Rouge! when she tells Christian “Let’s dance!” Then I saw a costume that made me grip Patrick’s arm so tight he told me I was hurting him. It was Lynn Bracken’s black velvet and white stain lined hooded coat from when she makes her first appearance in LA Confidential. I have been longing to make this coat for years now, but have held back, not happy with the fabric options I was finding in many of the stores, but one of these days, I will make a screen accurate version, although in the meantime I purchased this beauty (which has yet to make its debut on the streets of LA) to tide me over until I make my own.

Among other favorites on display were Darth Vader and Han Solo from Star Wars, Mary Poppins’ arrival outfit from Disney’s Mary Poppins, Tippi Hedren’s green outfit from The Birds, two outfits from Baz Luhrmann’s recent take on The Great Gatsby, including Gatsby’s pink suit, one of Johnny Depp’s costumes from Sweeney Todd and a Captain Jack Sparrow costume from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, several costumes from the various Elizabeth the First films that have been made over the years, Queen Guinevere’s intricate crochet and pumpkin seed gown from 1967’s Camelot, one of Faye Dunaway’s outfits from Bonnie & Clyde, and most notably Marilyn Monroe’s infamous white dress from The Seven Year Itch and Dorothy’s blue and white outfit as well as ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, among so many others.

On our way out I made sure to purchase a catalog of the exhibit, though in flipping through it is more like a history of costuming in film rather than really showcasing all of the costumes on display, but nevertheless I cannot wait to read it. Additionally, I purchased a copy that was signed by the curator of the exhibit, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a costume designer whose credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area before March 2nd, I can’t recommend the exhibition enough. You can learn more and purchase tickets on-line.

Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Hat: Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Palm Tree Brooch: Living Threads, Portland, Oregon
Hollywood Charm Bracelet: Don’t remember!
Seamed Fishnets: Buffalo Exchange, I think…
Shoes: Miz Mooz
Purse: Christmas gift from my sister

Where it All Began

Over the weekend Patrick and I went to the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. Now, normally I’m not one to go to a place just to ride a carousel, but the place has a very special meaning. Built in 1926, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round is often described as the place where Walt Disney first thought up the idea for Disneyland.

In an interview (later shown as part of the The First Fifty Magical Years, viewable here), Walt described spending Saturdays with his two daughters where he would “sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts” watching his two girls ride the merry-go-round and it is here that Walt thought to himself “there should be something built, some kind of amusement enterprise where the parents and the children could have fun together.” So, in a way, our visit was a pilgrimage of sorts to the place where Walt first dreamed up Disneyland.

The merry-go-round also houses one of the original benches that was at the merry-go-round during the time period Walt took his daughters. Although only visible when riding the carousel. Two other benches are on display, one at Disneyland, just inside the Opera House, and another at the Walt Disney Family Museum, which you can sit on.

When we arrived, I was personally shocked at the state of the carousel. Horses were lacking in color, and worn from the years, and even a portion of the carousel’s ceiling was missing. However the the carousel appears to be in mid-restoration, with some of the scenes around the top looking freshly painted, while others have completely faded, although I can find no articles mentioning restoration. There was one sled that had been fully restored, although with funds from the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

After Patrick and I took a short hike to the old LA Zoo, a place I have been dying to visit for sometime, which will be getting its own post, so look for that soon!

Blouse: Jet Rag, Los Angeles, California
Pink Jeans: Old Glory Antique Mall, Vancouver, Washington
Mocassins: Minnetonka
Purse: Found by my dad
Scarf: ???
Bangles: Here and there
Robin Hood Pin: Disneyland

Nothing But Blue Skies

Well, I hope you liked Patrick’s first post in his new series! It will be a rather inconstant series (ie: not on a regular weekly or monthly schedule) but a series none the less! Additionally, with the move to southern California, I’m excited to share similar types of posts with you, ones of architecture and filming locations, unique landmarks and a slew of museums that the area has to offer. All fall into my passion for history and am eager to share with you all!

On Sunday, Patrick and I joined fellow vintage and Disney loving friends for a meet-up at Disneyland. You may recall the holiday themed meet-up we went to in November. The theme selected for this January meet-up was “Blue Skies” and those attending were encouraged to wear something blue. I was elated, as blue is my favorite color to wear for January! The initial outfit that I planned when the meet-up was announced consisted of a black wool dress with ice blue accents, including a blue wide brimmed wool felt fedora, but when the weather report announced the day was going to be an incredible 85, I had to rethink my ensemble, and ultimately went for a rather summery “State Fair” look…oh well! It still had blue in it!

To kick off the day we met up in California Adventure and I finally met Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! And look! He was even dressed in blue like us! How fitting!

For those who are not super familiar with Walt Disney and his history, Oswald was one of Walt’s earliest creations, but in 1928 economic hardship and bad relations between Walt and a producer meant that Walt had to let Oswald go. However, on his way home Walt came up with the idea of Mickey Mouse. Since then Oswald was held by NBC Universal, until Disney’s current CEO, Bob Iger, expressed a desire to bring Oswald home, and in 2006 Disney negotiated for Oswald to return to Disney, by trading ESPN (as Disney owns ESPN) sports anchor Al Michaels for Oswald. Yes, Disney traded a real live person for a cartoon, and Michaels now reports for NBC Sports. But Oswald has had quite the homecoming and is now the icon of Disney’s California Adventure and loved by many who visit the park.

As a group, we went on various attractions together, and of course got many questions, most asked “Is it Dapper Day?” Some with a hint of horror in their voice, fearing they had missed it. As the sun went down we boarded the Mark Twain for a leisurely cruise along the Rivers of America.

I didn’t snap too many group photos, as we used someone’s PhotoPass+, and I’m still waiting on those photos, but I couldn’t wait to share, as we had so much fun! Maybe I’ll share them on my Facebook page…So if you don’t already like Atomic Redhead on Facebook, go do it now!

Boater: Garage Sale!
Suit: House of Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Purse: Found by my dad!
Disneyland Brooch: TheEmaE74
Disneyland Charm Bracelet: Can’t remember!

Patrick’s Outfit
Short: Living Threads, Portland, Oregon
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Shoes: Nordstorm