Riding the Stage

When I wrote about Laurence and Sylvian visiting I mentioned buying a skirt that was similar to the one I wore when out with them, well recently arrived! And I couldn’t wait to wear it!

Whereas my previous skirt featured wagons headed west, this one has stagecoaches. Not only is this another wonderful addition to my western skirt collection, but it also evokes imagery of the of Knott’s Berry Farm and the early days of Disneyland. Knott’s still has a stagecoach you can ride, while the one at Disneyland is long gone (you can view lots of vintage photographs of the attraction, as well as many others, on Daveland).

One thing I really love about the vintage community is how we kind of shop for each other. It’s not uncommon for us to tag one another on Instagram when we see something someone might be interested in, or to text a friend when we are out shopping and see something that seems like it should be in their wardrobe. This skirt is a prime example of that wonderful camaraderie that exists in our community. I might not have come across this skirt if Joanna of Diving Moments hadn’t have spotted it and sent me the link! So thank you very much, Joanna!

Jacket: Red Light, I think…
Blouse: Thrifted
Skirt: Mystique Vintage
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Horse Hair Clip: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Thrifted by my dad!
Cowboy Boot Earrings: Gift
Cowboy Hat & Boots Brooch: Expo
Root Beer Bakelite Bangle: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon

Go for Launch

Last night Patrick and I got a pleasant mid-week treat, one of our favorite bands, The Phenomenauts, who I’ve blogged about before, rolled into town for an evening of space themed rockabilly. I never get tired of seeing these guys. They always put on a great show, complete with lasers, fire extinguishers and a toilet paper gun…blower…thing…Oh just scroll, you’ll see it.

I seriously can’t recommend them enough if you dig rock n roll. They’re still touring, currently with The Creepshow, who also put on a fantastic show. Check their Facebook pages for tour dates!

While last time I saw The Phenomenauts I wore my own take on their uniform, I opted for a more casual rockabilly look, mainly because that uniform was also uncomfortable. It’s time for a re-do soon. But here’s a quick snap after the show and rockin’ out.

Hope your week is treating you well!

Phenomoeauts Jacket: Phenomenauts concert, circa 2009
Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot Tee: Brian Setzer concert, circa 2011
Switchblade Stiletto Skirt: Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Hair Tie (which has little neon green bats on it!): Tini’s Ties
Belt: Nordstorm
Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon

A Visitor from France

Last week I had the absolute delight of meeting up with French vintage blogger Laurence and her husband, Sylvain, of Lost in the 50s, as they were doing a bit of shopping here in America prior to Viva Las Vegas. If you aren’t familiar with Laurence’s blog, you must visit it! As she and her husband are the best dressed couple in the blogesphere! Their period perfect 1950s styling is stunning and the couple are beyond adorable.

As we do not have a car here in Portland, Laurence and Sylvian were kind enough to pick me up in their rental car I was delighted when Laurence handed me French candies and a Jessica Rabbit pin from Disneyland Paris! How sweet is she!? We spent the entire day visiting many of Portland’s fine vintage clothing stores, trying on goodies left and right, chatting with the shop owners and teetering our way back to the car with bags full of treasures. Over the course of the day we visited nearly every vintage clothing shop I recommend those visiting the Rose City before ending the day at The Driftwood Room for dinner and cocktails.

I must admit, with each and every visitor I have the pleasure of shopping with, I fail miserably at taking photos! So while I had my camera on me, I didn’t take any photos of consequence. I chalk it up to having too much fun looking around and chatting with Laurence and Sylvain. So today you’ll have to settle for just my outfit.

I bought a few things myself, including a spectacular Zuni made turquoise, onyx and mother of pearl inlay ring of a thunderbird that is off to the jewelers to be resized and I can’t wait to get back! I have fallen head over heels in love with turquoise and can’t get enough of it! Speaking of things I can’t get enough of, I just got another skirt, similar to the one I’m wearing here, from Etsy seller Mystique Vintage. I can thank the ever elegant Joanna of Dividing Moments for spotting it and sending me the link! It just arrived today and I am currently in the process of letting the hem down, as the hem on it was a little on the short side for me. I predict it won’t be too long before it finds its way on the blog!

Blazer: Don’t remember!
Sweater (borrowed from a sweater set): Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Skirt & Bangles: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Covered Wagon Pin: Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Bakelite Ring: Hattie’s, Portland, Oregon
Stockings: Coffee by What Katie Did
Shoes: Payless, like six years ago!
Corde Purse: Red Light, Portland, Oregon

Walk Like an Egyptian

First, I really want to thank all of you who commented with such kind words of support regarding my last post. Your comments always mean a great deal to me. Today’s post kind of highlights one of the directions I really want to go with my wardrobe more; adventurer style.

As stated before, I’ve always had a love affair with ancient Egypt, and Egyptian Revival jewelry is a weak point for me when out antiquing, but it is often pricey.  Right now my collection of Egyptian Revival is small, and consists of a mix of 1920s and 60s pieces (as there was another Egyptian Revival after the release of the Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra), but the plan is for that to change. By choosing to part with some of my more average pieces of clothing I hope to take funds from those and put them towards Egyptian Revival, in addition to Western/Mexican and unique, super atomic 50s garments.

I wore this the other day when I visited with Sarah at Simply Vintage to do some trade for the stunning black lurex Estevez I mentioned in the last post (I’m not sure when I’ll take that beauty for a spin, but when I do, you’ll see it!).  This outfit is an odd, but fun mix that I really enjoyed putting together.  The outfit actually started with the open knit tights I found at the Nordstorm Rack (as I have learned that place is good to score Minnetonkas cheap!) as the pattern reminded me of the reed imagery you see in some ancient Egyptian works of art.  The rest just fell together.  The blouse is from the 1960s, while the skit is made from a 1940s pattern, and the jacket is actually from the 70s! But it just came together to create a unique look at evokes the Egyptian Revival of the 1920s and 30s without being 100 percent period perfect.

Jacket: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Blouse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Skirt: Made by me, McCall 7153
Belt: Buckle from Brownsville Antique Fair, Brownsville, Oregon, belt replaced using ribbon from Fabric Depot
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Miz Mooz, Johnny Sole, Portland, Oregon
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Ring: “Stole” from my dad
Purse: Don’t remember…

Miner 49er

As highlighted in our visit to Sutter’s Mill, my passion for the west continues into the history of the gold rush, and our recent travels through gold rush country influenced my wardrobe choices today as we ran did some much needed grocery shopping and errand running

I found this mining themed skirt featuring shovels, picks, pans, sieves, gold dust and pouches when searching “vintage novelty print” on Etsy, one of the most dangerous things one can do.  Some of my favorite road trip memories, including this last road trip, are driving through some of California’s gold rush towns.  Sutter Creek and Senora are just downright adorable, and I adore the tiny town of Mariposa where some of my family lives.  And while it doesn’t take place in California, but rather in the Dakotas, I am a big fan of the show Deadwood, which revolves around the gold rush in the Black Hills.  So I just had to have this little beauty to add to my growing western themed skirt collection.  A few days after the skirt arrived in the post I found myself looking at cowboy brooches on Etsy (another incredibly dangerous thing!) and then happened upon this gold miner! I’d like to think it was all just meant to be. Believe me, I considered wearing this outfit to Sutter’s Mill, but the extremely early start we had that day left me wanting to just wear a t-shirt and jeans. Maybe this outfit will get its day in true gold rush town one day.

Even though the Pendleton’s 49′er has nothing to do with the gold rush (it was named that because it was released in 1949), I couldn’t help paring it with the skirt ensemble, besides, the colors worked perfectly! This 49′er though happens to be a knock-off, for which there were many.  It’s funny, for living in Oregon I actually don’t own a true Pendleton 49′er.

It’s good to be home after such a long trip, and I was glad when the sun decided to show its face and warm up Portland today, allowing for a lightweight jacket such as a 49′er.  It’s really rough coming home to grey clouds and rain after days in the California sunshine.  Meanwhile I’m trying to find homes for some of the purchases we made during our trip, as well try to get back into my normal routine of things, including listing on Etsy.  I hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Fake ’49er by Western Star: Local rummage sale
Blouse: Living Threads, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Trove Vintage Boutique
Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Earrings: Don’t remember…
Miner Brooch: Thrift Pop

Arrows & Antlers

When I met up with some of my friends to see Frozen earlier this month a few of us exchanged Christmas presents. Yes, you read right, Christmas presents.  A series of events between the three of us prevented us from seeing one another during December and January, but my presents were well worth the wait! One gave me hair arrows, and another gave me an antler sweater clip, both were items that I had pinned on Pinterest.

I must say, along with being a great way to keep track of hairstyles and craft ideas, Pinterest is also a pretty dandy wishlist too.  I had also looked to friends’ Pinterest boards seeking items to buy them for the holiday.

I won’t lie, I had a terrible time attempting the classic “chopstick bun”. I’ve just simply never done it before! But I’m learning and I’m sure, like with most hair styles, with time and practice, I’ll get better.

Today I did some running around, mainly packing and shipping Etsy orders, but I also popped into The Nordstorm Rack, as I knew they occasionally have Minnetonkas at pretty low prices, and came home with another pair. However, the remainder of the day is being spent cleaning, as we gear up for our trip to Palm Springs next week. And speaking the trip and Etsy, this is a good time to mention that The Atomic Hideaway will be going into Vacation Mode on Tuesday! All orders need to be placed prior to Tuesday evening.  All orders will be shipped on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, I’m going to Expo tomorrow!  I really haven’t been out and about this last week as I’ve been needing to save up!  I hope it’s a good one!

Sweater: Thrifted
Squaw Dress: Umm…I don’t remember.
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Tooled Leather Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Ring & Arrow Earrings: Living Threads Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Turquoise Bracelet: Some antique show or another…
Renoir Belt: Expo
Hair Arrows: Gift
Antler Sweater Clip: Gift, but I know they came from Dapper and Swag


Earlier in the week two friends mention they hadn’t seen Frozen yet, and we immediately set to remedy that. Because clearly I needed to see Frozen for a third time in cinemas.

I won’t lie, I had a really hard time picking a coat that worked with this ensemble. Sometimes it really sucks when you have a marvelous, perfectly color coordinated outfit and there isn’t a coat that works. One is just not the right style, one is too light-weight, the others are the wrong color completely. Ultimately I picked this long leopard print that was originally intended for my Kitka cosplay that didn’t pan out, but I’ve been wearing it loads lately as it’s still pretty chilly here. I mean, leopard is a neutral, right?

The jackalope brooch is actually the second one I have, and the other day I realized I have never highlighted my other one, even though I wear it all the time! Any other bloggers who face that issue? Anyhow, this one I picked up at Wanderlust, from her hand-made section. And love his little rosy cheeks! It allows the brooch to lend itself to be paired with pinks so well.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Leopard Print Coat: Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Sweater & Belt: Thrifted
Skirt & Jackalope Brooch: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Ross…? TJ Maxx…? One of those places…
Purse: Flea Market
Earrings: Expo
Bangles: Various