Mele Kalikimaka!

Today Patrick and I went to Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for the International Tiki Marketplace. While my interest in tiki is not as deep as some, my brother is really into tiki, and I felt it would be a great opportunity to find him a unique Christmas present.

There were loads of swell vendors, each ranging from artists selling their own wares, which ranged from jewelry to art pieces to clothing, to those selling vintage tiki goods, including mugs, clothing and decor. And we couldn’t help getting something for ourselves too. Patrick came home with a swell shirt, and I got myself a really neat purse, one that I think will work well for both tiki and adventurer chic outfits.

Outfit
Sweater (part of a sweater set) and purse: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Skirt: Bettie Page Clothing (now Tatyana)
Belt: Belonged to my grand
Pinstriped Shoes & Earrings: Gifts
TCB Necklace: Ebay
Hawaiian Charm Bracelet: Gift from my dad

Autumnal Hues

I am feeling on the up and up with this cold I’ve had for awhile, and yesterday Patrick and I went out to do a bit of holiday shopping at some of the antique malls in town. Though this is often my problem when I catch something, I start to feel better, run around and do things, and have a relapse, making my cold last longer. Which I think is why this has stuck around for so long, between Joshua Tree and several trips to Disneyland. So Patrick put a cap on the number of shops we went to, limiting it to just three. Currently I’m trying to put together a vintage shopping guide, like the one I did for Portland, for the area we now call home. It may be some time in the works, as there are many places to visit and get a feel for.

I am often a very seasonal color palette kind of girl, and while I have Christmas decorations up, and the streets of Orange feature garlands spanning the streets, inspiration for a very autumnal colored outfit hit me, and while it is still technically fall, I had to wear it! Not to mention I wanted to wear something comfy, as I’m still sniffily. The blouse is on the boxier side, so it’s loose and comfy, though I may put darts in it eventually. And the skirt, is a bit on the big side, but the print was just too marvelous to pass up on when I saw it at my friend Lyndsie’s shop.

For now it’s back to the sofa with some tea and television. I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Do you find yourself drawn to seasonal colors when looking for something to wear? Do you have any regiments when you catch a nasty cough or stuffy nose?

Outfit
Blouse: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Ore.
Skirt: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Ore.
Tooled Leather Shoes: Villains Vintage, Orange, Cali.
Purse: Lafayette School House, Lafyette, Ore.
Saddle Brooch: Found by my dad!
Turquoise Bracelet: Don’t remember…
Saddle Ring: Central Park Antique Mall, Bakersfield, Cali.

Disney Dinner Double Date

Say that three times fast! Heh! Sunday night Patrick and I met up with a couple (that we had met briefly at Mahaloween actually!) for dinner at Disneyland. Not only were the couple fellow Disney enthusiasts, they also just recently moved to southern California from Portland.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around wearing my “regular” clothes at Disneyland, meaning not having to stress and worry about my clothing, as I did when we would visit before. However, I do still worry about jewelry falling off, as Disneyland offers ample opportunities to lose an earring or bangle. Hence the rather lack of jewelry lately when I’ve been going to the park, with the exception of pins.

Meanwhile I’m still not over this cold! I was feeling on the up and up awhile ago, and spent much of last week out and about, running errands, socializing, and decorating for Christmas, and, sadly, I think that set me back, so now I’m back to a strict regiment of cough syrup, tea, juice and soup this week (with the exception of Thanksgiving!), in an attempt to rid myself of this! As for Thanksgiving, I think it may be pretty low key. We have been invited to my sister’s, where I would also have the opportunity to see my grandma, but I’m not sure this cough will be gone by then. So right now Patrick and I are planning on staying at home. I hope all of my American readers have a lovely and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Outfit
Sweater: Magpie, Portland, Ore.
Skirt: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Purse: Red Light, Portland, Ore.
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Chip and Dale pins: Disneyland

High Fashion Queen

While I’m still not entirely over this cold of mine, it seems to keep lingering in a horrible cough, I couldn’t stay cooped up anymore! So over the weekend Patrick and I drove out to Joshua Tree for a day. Patrick has never been and was bummed on missing out when my dad and I went in March. While I had to visit the site of Gram Parsons’ infamous “cremation” again, it was wonderful to take time and enjoy the striking beauty of this stunning and unique desert scape.

Patrick also brought along our dual lens to take some pictures, which we need to take to the new photography place we are lucky enough to live near. While using the dual lens a woman came up to us asking what we were shooting with, and we ended up talking in depth about photography and film, as she herself was shooting some 35 mm black and white film! It’s nice to know that film isn’t entirely dead!

Outfit
Fringe Leather Jacket & Turquoise Rings: Expo
Hat: Buffalo Exchange, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Flying Burrito Brothers Tee: Worn Free
70s Levis: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Ore.
Cowboy Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Turquoise Cross: Wanderlust, Portland, Ore.

Patrick’s Outfit
Shirt: The Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, Calif.
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Shoes: Nordstorm

Disclaimer: I did not write the graffiti seen in the image above. I do not support graffiti in any way, shape, or form, especially when it is done to National Parks and small businesses.

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…