Christmas Time Is Here!

Last night I was invited to a wonderful Vintage/Dapper Disneyland Holiday meet-up. I’ve been feeling on the up-and-up with this cold and felt like I could handle an evening at the park. It was a wonderful, small gathering of like-minded people who enjoy dressing up (holiday attire encouraged!) and Disneyland. Unlike a themed “day” with a set schedule that lasts a majority of the day, the meet-up was focused more on socializing and took place in the evening. Patrick and I arrived just at sunset, and were able to snap a few pictures before we lost light. I’m not the hugest fan of flash photography.

After meeting up at the massive Christmas tree on Main Street and snapping some photos, we went to the Plaza Inn for a bite to eat. As the evening went on we wandered around the festively decorated park and received a wonderful abundance of compliments from park guests and cast members alike.

It was wonderful meeting more people who have a passion for fashion of the past, and as you can see I had the delight of meeting people who admire the turn-of-the-century fashion, looking quite dapper.

I was really glad we went, as I’ve been having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit (I think it was the move, as normally I’m very eager to decorate!), and the evening was just the sort of thing to help me along! Now I feel like I can haul out the Christmas boxes (Yay! More boxes!) and get started!

Outfit
Coat: Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Sweater Set: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Holiday Chip & Dale Pins: Disneyland
Belt & Scarf: ???
Purse: Belonged to my grandmother
Tights: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Ore.
Shoes: Red Light, Portland, Ore.

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!

Yesterday was another theme-day at Disneyland, Rock Around the Park, a day for those who have a mutual love of rockabilly and Disneyland to get together, meet and have a rockin’ good time at the Happiest Place on Earth. In the days leading up to Sunday I had a growing concern I wasn’t going to make it, as I was in the beginning stages of a cold, and today I am most certainly paying for the Day-Quil fueled fun I had, despite leaving the park early after only a little bit of fun and socializing. Cutting the day short also meant cutting the photos short. So there are really just a handful of my outfit.

I wanted to play up the “billy” aspect of rockabilly, while also wanting to incorporated Disney themes into my outfit. While I initially wanted to make another felt circle skirt, the predicted 82 degree and sunny weather thwarted those plans and I instead made a brooch. Though my skirt plans are still on the table. Inspired by one of my favorite attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a roller coaster runaway mine train through gold rush country, I settled upon my gold rush skirt and made a brooch of the attraction’s beloved dynamite chewing goat.

I also swung by to say hi to Disneyland’s resident donkeys and goats over at the Big Thunder Ranch, where you can also visit with goats and horses, and sometimes meet Woody and Jessie. Big Thunder Ranch often gets overlooked by the average Disneyland guest, but it is a nice place to stop by if you have the time and love animals.

Like most group events at Disneyland, a group shot in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is a must, but we hit an unexpected snag, Disney Park’s Frozen Christmas Celebration was being filmed (though to air Christmas day) right smack dab in front of the castle!

And I was amused when I caught sight of the teleprompter. The Christmas spirit was indeed in full swing, and it was very warm with the sunshine beating down on guests. We watched “television magic” happen for awhile, though not new to either of us, having dealt with Heroes of Cosplay filming at Wizard World Portland. But entertaining never the less to witness, and I look forward to catching the special on ABC when it airs Christmas day.

Due to the filming, our group shot was relocated to the Mickey flowers, sadly it doesn’t look like a group shot has been uploaded yet. Right now the next theme day we’re slated to attend is Dapper Day (FINALLY!) which will happen in March, but who knows what will crop up between now and then!

Meanwhile I’m going to crawl back onto the sofa with my Jamba Juice, cough drops and continue my binge watching of Zorro. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Outfit
Blouse: Living Threads, Portland, Ore.
Skirt: Cheshire Vintage
Cowboy Hat: Disneyland
Brooch: Made by me!
Shoes: Re-Mix via a rummage sale

The Huntington

In December of 2005 I visited the Huntington Library with my dad for the first time, and I have never forgotten it. It’s been a place I’ve wanted to re-visit for ages, and when I found out that Patrick had never been, we made it one of our top priorities in our list of day trips.

To those who may not be familiar with the Huntington, it’s a wonderful place that combines historical texts, works of art and many bountiful gardens all in one place. The Huntington Library is the work of businessman Henry Edwards Huntington and his wife, Arabella. Interested in art, texts and gardens, they began to amass a collection of glorious items, including important texts ranging from a Gutenberg Bible to original printings of Benjamin Franklin’s paper to the incredible Audubon’s The Birds of America to hand-written documents from Charles Dickens and John Muir. I recall during my 2005 visit there was an original pamphlet of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, which left me giddy (I mentioned my love of Paine in a blog award post). Though sadly I did not see it on display during this visit. The art collection is exceptional, and 50s kitsch lovers will want to visit as the original paintings of Pinkie and Blue Boy are displayed. Then there are the gardens, including a Japanese garden, Australian garden, and my favorite, a desert garden, among many, many more! The place is 120 acres, and it’s almost impossible to see the entire place in a single day, so I think we shall be returning sometime in the future, especially since they have rotating exhibits. Our visit was partly to get some plant inspiration for our patio, which is lacking in greenery at the moment. So a great deal of time was spent in the desert garden.

Recently I finally got some prescription sunglasses! A necessary item in California! Despite the sun, where was a slight chill in the air, and I broke out some wool and a light jacket.

I really intended to share our bedroom with you this week, but we had to wrap up a few more things and hit some unexpected speed bumps along the way! But I do hope to share it soon! In the meantime I also need to prep for Rock Around the Park, rockabilly day, at Disneyland, which is this Sunday! We had such a swell time when we went two years ago, I’m exiting to go again! But I have absolutely no idea what to wear! I’ve had no time to make anything new! I guess I better go rummage around my closet!

Outfit
Mexican Tourist Jacket: Expo
Blouse: Thrifted
Jumper: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Ore.
Matching Cacti Brooch & Earrings: Brownsville Antique Show, Brownsville, Ore.
Bangles: Here and there…

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!