Where the Palm Trees Sway

Today Patrick and I decided to go to the International Tiki Marketplace, as I felt I was sorely lacking in tiki-riffic hair flowers, and I remembered there being several women selling some fabulous hair flowers there when we went last month.

It was unbelievably windy when we snapped these pictures! I’m still getting used to these incredibly windy days that California has every once in awhile.

I was also keeping an eye open for a fresh Hawaiian frock to add to my closet, but there were not many vendors with clothing this time, but my hair flower mission was a success! I bought these two beauties from Fancy Fruits.

After eating lunch at Don the Beachcomber, we took a small detour home to take some pictures of what will become a new series on the blog that Patrick will be writing. So look for that soon!

Blouse & Palm Tree Skirt: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Purse: Thrifted
Palm Tree Brooch: Expo
Bangles: Here and there

Hello, What Have We Here?

Today Patrick and I decided to pop over to Disneyland for lunch, yeah, we do that. We both needed a break (I’ve been cramming in Etsy drafts in the weeks leading up to my first day with the Resort), and were craving corn dogs. We also snapped a few pictures of this new tee I just bought and I’m utterly in love with.

As some of you may remember from my last Wizard World post, Lando Calrissian is my favorite Star Wars character, and I was overjoyed when I saw something with him on it at the park, so I had to snag it, besides, it’s hilarious. I’ve also been digging crazy 70s and early 80s stuff lately. I blame a recent re-watch of American Hustle, and when I saw these platforms at Buffalo for $9.00, I couldn’t pass ‘em up. Although I quickly learned today I’m not great in super platforms.

We also bumped into Solanah of Vixen Vintage who was celebrating her cousin’s birthday! It was nice to see a familiar face from the Pacific Northwest! The park was unbelievably empty, although there are a great number of attractions closed at the moment, some due to the holidays (such as the Haunted Mansion and it’s a small world) and others are being refurbished or getting touch-ups so, I assume, they can be nice and sparkly when Disneyland celebrates its 60th birthday later this year.

Lando Tee & Purse: Disneyland
Vintage Levis Jeans: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Fullerton, California
Earrings: Aquanetta

Cultivating the Magic

Over the weekend Patrick and I took what is perhaps the most unique tour that is offered at Disneyland, the Cultivating the Magic tour. This tour highlights the vast and unique vegetation found throughout Disneyland. The Park’s history and seasonal changes were showcased as our tour guide took us throughout the park, describing the extensive work that a large team of horticulturists do each day throughout the year, from changing plants out seasonally, such as the iconic floral Mickey, to the detailed pruning that is done to the miniature plants found in Storybookland.

Like with all of the Disneyland tours, this one came with an exclusive pin, which featured the Disneyland Rose, as well as a seed packet for guests to plant at home.

When looking at the various tours that are offered, we were told that the Cultivating the Magic tour changes somewhat with the seasons, and I can say that I look forward to taking it again, possibly next summer, as some plants that were mentioned during the tour were not in bloom, such as the Disneyland Rose. We also enjoyed several attractions, including Storybookland and the Jungle Cruise, in which our tour group were the only members on board, and our tour guide provided the narration to both attractions (instead of the Storyteller for Storybookland and the Skipper for the Jungle Cruise) giving insight into the processes behind maintaining the plants on the attractions, as well as the types of plants used. The Cultivating the Magic tour was certainly fun and informative, and full of unique bits of Disneyland trivia.

For the tour I decided to combine both Disney and flowers by wearing my Ferdinand the Bull pin, as Ferdinand loves nothing more than to sit under his cork tree and smell the flowers. And I pulled from the colors in the pin when deciding what to wear. It was actually a slightly chilly day, but the cooler temperatures allowed me to wear one of my favorite pieces of clothing, a 50s fleece pullover! Yes, a 50s fleece pullover! It is hands down one of the softest things in my closet, plus it’s my absolute favorite color! I honestly can’t believe I debated buying it when I saw it at Simply Vintage.

There are still more Disneyland tours for us to take, and I can’t wait for our next one! I just need to decide! You can read more about the Cultivating the Magic tour, as well as learn how to book a tour by visiting Disneyland’s website. And if you’re an Annual Passportholder, you get a discount!

Fleece Pullover: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Tatyana (when it was Bettie Page Clothing), Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Re-Mix
Mexican Tourist Jacket: Gift from my dad!
Ferdinand the Bull Pin: Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, California
Hair Clip (not really visible): Gift
Earrings: Aquanetta
Turquoise Bracelet: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Turquoise Ring: Don’t remember!

Into the New Year

As I said in my previous post, I tend not to take New Years all that seriously. And with that I forgo resolutions, and sometimes even celebrating. Originally Patrick and I gave thought to ringing in the New Year at Disneyland, but eventually we opted to loaf about home… Until about 4 o’clock that is when I couldn’t stand the loafing and packing up of Christmas anymore (yes, I’m one of those who begins to tear down on December 26th, unless we have any belated celebrating with relatives). We decided to go see Into the Woods at the Downtown Disney AMC and spend the rest of the evening with tiki drinks in hand at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, and not even attempt to get into the extremely crowded park. For the last minute decision I just threw on a rather casual outfit for the holiday, knowing the area around the Disneyland Hotel would still be quite crowded, though not as sardine feeling as Disneyland itself.

How about you? Did you go out or stay in? Whichever you did, I hope you had fun and a safe holiday!

As for 2015, there is lots to look forward to on my front, and one starts tomorrow! Patrick and I are off to Vegas for the weekend! Patrick has a work event, and as we can drive, and I’m not tied down to anything, I am fee to tag along. Plus we have some friends in Vegas who I haven’t seen in ages!

Blue Velveteen Coat: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Blouse: The Girl Can’t Help It, San Diego, California
Castle Print Skirt: A gift, but from Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Bow Tights & Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Fur Earrings: Don’t remember!
Fur Bow Chocker: Thrifted, if you can believe it!!
Purse: My Christmas present this year from my sister

Wonderful Things

Shortly after moving I heard that the San Diego National History Museum would be having a King Tut exhibit. As I love all things ancient Egyptian, I jumped at the opportunity, as San Diego is now only about an hour and a half away! So Patrick and I drove down and we met up with Carla, of Tiny Angry Crafter, who I spent a great deal of time with when I tagged along on Patrick’s San Diego business trip earlier this year.

The exhibit is actually a collection of recreations, showcasing detailed replicas of the items found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. While I was disappointed, I will admit that I completely understand that items of both historical importance and age cannot be jetted around the world, and handled with extreme frequency. I guess it just gives us one more excuse to visit Egypt one day.

After our visit to the museum, which also showcased dinosaur and skull exhibits, we snapped a few photos for our respective blogs, complete with silly adventurer shots.

Carla is hands down one of the most wonderful persons I have had the joy of meeting, and makes me so thankful for this blog, as I may not have met her without it! She’s a delight to be around, especially because we are so similar. We love vintage, Egypt, Disney, cosplay and being silly. I’m so happy we live just 90 miles away instead of 1,000 and look forward to more adventures together.

Sweater: Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Skirt and Brooch: Antique malls in California that I can’t remember! We stopped at so many during our road trips!
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Bangle, Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Kartush Ring: Found by my dad
Purse: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Miz Mooz

Christmas at Disneyland

As mentioned in my previous post, Patrick and I spent Christmas Eve with my sister, her husband and my grandmother and her boyfriend (oh my, that does sound scandalous, doesn’t it? But it’s true. Her last husband died when I was in grade school, and prior to that her first husband, my dad’s dad, passed away in 1968). We had a nice dinner together, exchanged gifts and Patrick and I drove back home later in the evening. On our way home we decided since Christmas day was just going to be the two of us, and we were going to Disneyland, we also exchanged presents. And I was thrilled when I received a Disneyland purse I had been drooling over for sometime at the park, one of the retro print purses by Dooney and Bourke.

I had been wanting a strictly Disneyland purse for sometime. A purse that was cute, but practical (read as “large enough for blanket and bottle of water”), sturdy, and of course, obviously Disney, that would be used for visiting the park. There were a few selections that I liked, but many out of a price point I felt comfortable with, though I still lamented and gazed upon the Dooney and Bourke designs when we were at the park.

Originally I had a super adorable, very festive and somewhat sparkly Christmas outfit planned for our holiday visit, but as our intention was to spend most of the day there (we ended up being their 7:30 to 11:00), I opted for a more practical and comfortable look.

Despite capacity (yes, Disneyland does have a guest capacity limit) level crowds, Patrick and I had a fun and rather leisurely visit. We had brunch at Carnation Cafe on Main Street, enjoyed a handful of attractions, met characters, saw the current show at the Fantasyland Theatre, Mickey and the Magical Map, and while we didn’t get to dine at our first dinner choice, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, we still had warming bread bowls filled with gumbo before viewing Fantasmic.

I hope all of you had a wonderful and magical Christmas!

Fringe Leather Jacket: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Western Shirt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Vintage H bar C Pants & Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Scarf: The Portland Outdoor Store, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Found by my dad!
Purse: Christmas present from Patrick! Though of course from Disneyland

Christmastime in Orange

One thing I love about the new city we call home is the old town area of Orange. It’s a charming area of old buildings that are home to a variety of businesses, including many antique malls. The area also has a roundabout that features a small park in the middle, complete with fountain. Earlier today Patrick and I found ourselves running last minute Christmas errands in the area known as “The Circle” or “The Plaza” depending on who you talk to. Old locals will say it’s “The Plaza” and claim only tourists call it “The Circle”. During Christmas the area has garlands spanning the streets, and the park in the center of it all has a large Christmas tree, giant Santa and toy soldier, and nativity.

It was, are you ready for this, 85 degrees F out today! Which is how I managed to get away with just this light weight cotton frock and bolero. It was also a bit windy! Which I wasn’t prepared for when I did my hair today! This dress is one of my favorite items to pull out during the holiday season, and while I would love wearing it as often as possible, not only is it on the delicate side, it fits awkwardly and is a bit short for my usual tastes. I think it is a juniors dress, but I don’t care, because it is beyond cute.

As for Christmas, well, we are not returning to Oregon for the holiday, for a variety of reasons. But tomorrow we will be visiting my sister (and her family; I may get to meet my great-nieces finally. Yes, I am a great aunt twice over at 26 if you can believe it) and grandmother for Christmas Eve, and as for Christmas day, well, I think we may just find ourselves at Disneyland as it will just be me and Patrick. I hope those celebrating have a lovely and safe Christmas!

Dress: Rummage sale
Belt: Bohemian Vintage (now Yours)
Reindeer Brooch: Expo
Bangle: Gift from my dad
Christmas Hair “Flower” (which is really a vintage corsage) & Purse: Don’t remember!
Nude Fishnets: Orobu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Thrifted