Disneyland Daze

After three days on the road we checked into our hotel in Anaheim before doing a bit of shopping, but that’s another post! Right now I want to talk about Disneyland!

This trip to Disneyland wasn’t for any special event like Rock Around the Park or Tiki Day, it was a much more relaxed one, a much needed vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth. The days were a complete blur, and instead of splitting them up into different posts for each day, I’m just going to offer a catch-all Disneyland post of our days in the park, including three different outfits!

Early on one day I met up Chip and Dale, who adored my newly purchased ears, but had a bit of an argument as to which side should face front!

They also liked my Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers tee! And I also popped over to Gadget’s Go Coaster and snapped a picture with Gadget. I hope to go as her for Halloween or for a con sometime.

I also did one thing I’ve wanted for awhile, a parasol from Disneyland, especially since they can now do character designs! I opted for my name, Mickey shaped balloons, castle, and Maleficent, since she is my favorite aspect of my favorite show at Disneyland, Fantasmic.

I can seriously never get enough Disneyland. There is so much to do, see and experience.

Day One Outfit
Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers Tee: Ebay
Black Clam Diggers: Hollywood Babylon, Portland, Oregon
Mocs: Minnetonka
Chip & Dale Ears: Disneyland
Purse: Target (a last minute in Anaheim buy as my original purse broke!)

Day Two Outfit
Blouse: The Brick Basement, Fullerton, California
Shorts: Patti Smith West, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Don’t remember!
Cowboy Hat: Disneyland

Day Three Outfit
Disneyland Tee & Parasol: Disneyland
Shorts: Patti Smith West, Portland, Oregon

Saturday Drive

As noted earlier, Patrick and I finally bought a car! Originally we had plans to take it to the drive-in this weekend, but rain prevented that from happening – maybe next weekend! However we still decided to go out for a nice country drive down Highway 99 to McMinnville (also known as Oregon’s wine country, though I couldn’t care less about wine), stopping at various antique shops and thrift stores along the way.

While I didn’t find much (seriously, I bought a purse, that was it), it was still a successful trip in getting us acquainted with our new car.

These photos have really convinced me I need to add darts to this Scully I thrifted when in Austin last year. I knew it was on the big side when I bought it, but the color was just too marvelous to pass up on, as it is my favorite! Meanwhile I’m finally brave enough (yes, I still struggle with wearing some things) to wear something I’ve wanted to add to my wardrobe for a few years now, string ties. They are wonderfully western, but also elegant in a way, and are an easy way to “dress up” a western outfit. I just got the saddle ring back from the jewelers, and it is one of the few things I bought during our trip to California last month. While it was pricey, I knew I’d be kicking myself if I didn’t buy it, and now it’s one of my favorite things to wear.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Fringe Leather Jacket: Expo
Scully Western Wear Blouse: Thrifted
String Tie: Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Jeans: Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Moccasins: Thunderbird by Minnetonka
Belt: Gosh…I don’t know. I buy a lot of western belts.
Saddle Ring: Central Park Antique Mall, Bakersfield, California

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

Snow Cowgirl

Well, it’s officially a snowpocalypse here in Portland.  While our eight inches of snow may be nothing to you people in the upper mid-west or east coast, our City of Roses basically shuts down, as we are not equipped to handle snow (our city doesn’t have many snow plows, and schools close when we have two inches).  Meanwhile I’m sure every little girl who fell in love with Frozen is outside frolicking pretending to be Elsa. Here on our little homefront, Patrick and I have enjoyed some snowy, although treacherous, walks…

I’ve been wanting a coat like this for a few months now, something a bit Native American or Mexican blanket inspired in fabric, long, and with a hood, and I scored this beauty about a week ago at Buffalo Exchange, so just in time for the snow!  I feel a bit like Han Solo in Empire Strikes Back with it, seriously, with this weather where is my Tauntaun!? Anyway, the coat was a pretty good score I found out at $46, since coats like this by the brand, BB Dakota, retail for the $118 range when not on sale, and when on sale are still $80 or so. Yay for shopping resale!

Well, back to the warmth of our little apartment to do some Etsy listing! If you’re a fan of sewing, be sure to keep tabs on my Etsy shop as it is getting a huge influx of vintage sewing patterns!

Coat & Skirt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland
Sweater: Red Light, Portland
Tights: Target
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland
Native American Brooch: Christmas gift from my friend Alicia
Gloves: Expo maybe?

The Dusty 45s

Last night, Patrick and I joined Sarah of Simply Vintage for a night at Doug Fir seeing The Dusty 45s.

This outfit contains two of my more recently acquired prized possessions; the wool fringe vest and the Kachina doll ring.  The vest I picked up a local rummage sale for a mere $5! I was totally stoked. It’s rare to come across real western goods, especially show pieces, let alone pieces that are that cheap! The Kachina doll ring was a recent purchase from one of my favorite vintage shops in Portland, Living Threads. I paid a hefty price to get the beauty resized too, but it was well worth it.

To be totally honest, I had never heard of The Dusty 45s until the day before the show when Sarah mentioned they were playing the Doug Fir. Seeing as Sarah and I have very similar tastes in music, I trusted her judgement when she suggested we go to the show together.  And we had a blast! I really enjoyed their music, which is…hard to describe. I would say they mostly fall in line with country, with hints of rockabilly, and a dash of ska and surf, but then they turned around and did a fabulous jazz number later in the night, before culminating in the lead singer lighting his trumpet on fire and playing it. Crazy awesome, I know. Basically, if you dig Buddy Holly, along with more contemporary rockabilly, you’ll like The Dusty 45s, check ‘em out.

Jacket: Simply Vintage, Portland
“BB” Vest: Local rummage sale
Scully Western Wear Shirt: Thrifted when in Austin
Red Pencil Skirt: Jet Rag, Los Angeles
Cowboy Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Portland
Tooled Leather Purse: Birthday gift from my dad!
Earrings: Don’t remember!
Kachina Doll Ring: Living Threads Vintage, Portland

Westward Ho!

I’m sure many of you are pinners on Pinterest and have pinned many an item that you are longing to own off of Etsy, but it’s out of budget, or sold on Etsy, or just something you came across on the internet and are determined to own one day. Well, for me, one (of hundreds) of those items has finally come into my possession, this wonderful wagon train skirt…

I came across this wagon train skirt via Pinterest and quickly followed the Etsy link only to discover it had sold, and wasn’t even in my size if it wasn’t. Then Julie of FabGabs got her hands on one, and before you could say “Bob’s your uncle!” it was gone, sold to Sarah of Simply Vintage, in fact! Then just a week or so later, the lovely Lyndsie of Retro Rejuvenation shot me a text offering one she just found! So, while this skirt has been “mine” for a few months, it didn’t make its way into my pretty little hands until this last weekend when Lyndsie came to visit. And between that time and now, I found out that Solanah of Vixen Vintage purchased one, and I heard that Jessica of Chronically Vintage also has one! Isn’t this craziness!? I guess this was a popular skirt at the time and still is today!

Leather Jacket: Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Sweater: Garb-Oh Vintage
Skirt: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Stockings: Coffee Seams, What Katie Did
Shoes: Baby Doll by Re-Mix via Ebay
Tooled Leather Purse: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Covered Wagon Brooch: Antique Alley Flea
Oregon Charm Bracelet: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Covered Wagon Earrings: Expo

Christmas Cowgirl

This Christmas was a little different. Normally we travel to my dad’s for Christmas morning, but this year my dad and brother came to us! I opted for a more casual look, as Patrick and I prepped a breakfast buffet for my family.


After good food and presents, the remainder of the day was spent enjoying the 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story. One day I will have a life size leg lamp.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Sweater: Garb-Oh Vintage
Peasant Blouse: Roxy, via Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Deja Vu, Palm Springs, California
Tooled Leather Heels: Remix via Ebay
Bow Tights: Leg Avenue, via Buffalo Exchange. Also available on ModCloth
Pecos Bill & Slue Foot Sue Pin: Ebay
Bangles: Retro Rejuvenation and Hollywood Babylon