“The young ape with a shovel.”

Beginning last Thursday lovers of all things tiki flocked to San Diego for Tiki Oasis. While not obsessed with tiki, I do love a good tiki bar, Patrick and I collect select tiki mugs from the bars we go to, and we each have a few tiki and Hawaiian prints in our closet, but we knew many people who were going, including vendor friends, and opted just to go for a day to explore, shop, and meet up with friends.

Every year Tiki Oasis boasts a theme and this year’s was Monster Island – yes, just imagine everyone getting super creative with classic horror and tiki. For myself I pulled out Shag’s Planet of the Apes print dress I bought last time I was in Palm Springs. While not necessarily horror or monster, themes of what a monster is are pondered within the film, and I thought it worked well. And, as the event also had outdoor happenings, I decided a matching parasol was in order.

A funny thing about me, I have a weird obsession with actor Roddy McDowell. I’m not sure when it started, but I distinctly remembering him as Bookworm in Batman (which was only two episodes), and he starred in two of my favorite very underrated live action Disney films, The Cat from Outer Space and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as well as Louie in the even more underrated TV series Tales of the Gold Monkey, all of which I watched growing up. This is of course to say nothing of his countless other TV appearances as well as his best known claim to fame, Planet of the Apes. Plant of the Apes remains, in my opinion, one of the best films of all time, with one of the singular best endings of all time. To me, the first film is so perfect, and while its original sequels fumbled, I still find myself compelled to watch them again over any of the silly remake/reimagining that has been going on over the years. Oh, and not to mention Twilight Zone master mind Rod Serling penned the original script. And we all know how I feel about him. So, it is with this bizarre passion I walked into Shag’s store in Palm Springs to find this dress. I nearly passed out when I saw it. And even though the cut is one I do not normally go for, for a variety of reasons that I will spare you, I simply had to have it. Shag also offered the print in a mens shirt, but I was unable to convince Patrick he needed one.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!

Outfit
Dress: Shag, Palm Springs, California
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there…
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Parasol: Made by me

The International Printing Museum

Over the weekend Patrick and I went to what became his new favorite museum, The International Printing Museum. Patrick has always been entranced letterpress and print making, and the interest turned passion after taking a letterpress course in college, so when he found out about the International Printing Museum we knew a pilgrimage had to be made.

Before we peek into the museum, I’ll show of what a wore, as well as this gorgeous hand painted sign in their parking lot…

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Have Questions?

It’s been over a year since I did a Q & A post, and I thought it was time to do another one! I did a shout out via Facebook and Instagram, but I realize that not everyone who reads my blog uses those platforms, so I figured I would do a shout out here on the blog!

So, if you have questions about (almost) anything, I say “almost” because I will not answer inappropriate or lewd questions, and if any submitted, they will be deleted. But the point is that the questions don’t necessarily have to pertain to vintage and vintage fashion. Ask about food, music, books, etc. if you feel like it! A friendly reminder that some questions may not be answered, and for some questions that may be because I don’t have a good enough answer, or lack knowledge on a subject.

If you have questions, please submit them via the comment section below for them to be considered! Also, if you have a question, be sure to check my last Q & A post to make sure it was not asked last time.

Happy asking! And also, thank you dear readers! Your thoughts mean a great deal to me!

Ghost Town Alive!

Is there ever something you keep meaning to blog about, but you just keep never getting around to it until it’s almost too late? That has been happening to me all summer with Knott’s Berry Farm‘s Ghost Town 75th anniversary celebration. Yes, 75 years ago, Walter Knott created his Ghost Town, using a combination of actual old west buildings, and ones he and his team built from the ground up. And I’ve gone a handful of times over summer, but just never got around to taking all of the photos I wanted to to share their unique celebration with you! Which there are loads of photos of! Yes, this is quite the picture heavy post!

When Ghost Town opened to the public in 1941, it was designed as a way to entertain guests awaiting their table at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, where they sometimes had to wait up to three or four hours, but it soon blossomed into what is considered America’s first theme park. Knott and his team of talented artists breathed life into the buildings by furnishing them not just with antiques of the period, but with amazing hand carved wood mannequins, and guests could peek into the buildings and see a full scene going on. Hence they were named “peek ins”. But when the 75th anniversary came, Knott’s Berry Farm decided to truly bring Ghost Town to life with real life citizens, such as the mayor, school teacher, doctor, newspaper man, and even a gang, along with many more wonderful and colorful citizens, and allow guests to finally enter the peek ins! Also, each citizen has stories that play out over the course of the day. They use the guests to help these stories blossom, including asking them to deliver letters, packages, join a posse, and even vote for the next mayor, all ending in a rousing hoedown at the evening!

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An Afternoon at Balboa Park

Over the weekend dear friend and fellow blogger Carla, of Tiny Angry Crafter organized a small get-together at Balboa Park. I asked my friend, Christine, of Smitten, if she would like to join us, and we headed down to San Diego together for a picnic lunch in the ever beautiful Balboa Park.

I wish I could say I had grabbed some snaps of us frolicking in the gorgeous park, but we had such a fun time talking and exploring the area, including visiting the rose garden and cactus garden, I just got these outfit photos. You can peek at photos from my July 2014 visit here though if you wish.

Honestly, Balboa Park is hands down my favorite park I’ve ever visited. It is beyond gorgeous, and my favorite building is this location, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. I love the covered walkways the flank the grand proscenium. We even got to watch, and hear as someone was rehearsing on the organ! Which was just hauntingly beautiful.

Outfit
Dress: Purchased from Christine’s sister actually!
Hat: Buffalo Exchange, but embellished by me.
Shoes: Re-Mix
Purse: Found by my dad!
Necklace: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Bracelet: Belonged to my grandma
Ring: Family heirloom

“You are Traveling through Another Dimension…”

At San Diego Comic Con, Disney announced they are planning to transform The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy – MISSION: Break Out at Disney California Adventure Park. You can read more on the announcement and see concept art here. Now, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, and I am thrilled about the sequel that just wrapped filming, however this announcement left me crushed. First, I am a fan of The Twilight Zone, more so of the man behind the show, Rod Serling, and I adore the attraction at the Disneyland Resort. I especially love all of the little “Easter eggs” in the library and photo viewing room that reference specific episodes, like the Mystic Seer from “Nick of Time”, and the Victoria West and Rod Serling envelopes from “A World of His Own” just to name two. Prior to the announcement I began work on a Twilight Zone parasol, and even though I’m not quite over my cold, I was eager to share my finished product!

I’m not opposed to a Guardians attraction by any means, however I hate to see what I consider to be one of the few modern classic attractions disappear and be replaced by one that will be so entirely out of place within the “land” that it is in, which is “Hollywood Land” and themed to Hollywood of the 1920s through the 1940s. And I’m not alone. Someone even started a petition. As of right now Disney has no plans to change the Tower of Terror at any of its other Resorts. But who knows what the future holds. The Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure is slated to close “Early 2017”, no specific date has been announced. So, you can expect to see more Tower of Terror inspired posts within the coming months, before the Hollywood Tower Hotel forever resides in The Twilight Zone.

But now let’s talk about this parasol and outfit. Much happier things. I pulled each of the objects from the Twilight Zone‘s iconic opening (though it should be noted for as memorable as it is, it didn’t arrive until season four, and there were five seasons) to place on the parasol. This was quite possibly my most difficult parasol yet. Especially when it came to the shattering window. The window in the opening was actually painted on some form of plaster or other solid, white object, so when it shatters it actually produces a great deal of white carnage. The clock provided another unique challenge. Upon close inspection I discovered that it features all of the zodiac signs in the middle, as well as a sun on the pendulum. And being a stickler for accuracy, I included these fine details, even though they are virtually invisible when watching the opening.

I also had to break out my Hamilton Ventura, the very same Mr. Serling wore in each introduction to The Twilight Zone. As well as my Rod Serling necklace, which I was pleased when a few people actually recognized it for what it was!

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to their August! It’s a busy month for us! We have things planned for every weekend in August, which should translate to lots of blogging!

Outfit
Top: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Necklace: Purchased at Halloween Town, Burbank, California (but I know it was made by Fable & Fury)
Hamilton Ventura: Coburg Antique Fair
Hollywood Tower Hotel Purse: Disneyland
Twilight Zone Parasol: Made by me

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Just a few hours after arriving home from San Diego Comic Con, Patrick and I were off to LA to attend Charles Phoenix‘s show at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a rare, if not slightly bizarre, gem in Los Angeles. I had heard about this theatre from Charles on a few occasions, but the show he hosted was my first visit to it, and what a treat it was! But more on it in a bit! First let’s take a peek at what I wore…

I wore this cowgirl brooch because her dangly style reminded me a bit of a marionette. She has a boyfriend as well, however, his color scheme didn’t match my outfit as well as she did. So he was left in the jewelry box for the evening.

First off, it should be mentioned that the Bob Baker Marionette Theater runs regularly, Charles Phoenix’s event was a special one (UPDATE: Charles is hosting another event in September at the theater! Learn more here), in which he selected his favorite numbers to showcase, and it was amazing. Seriously, being a puppeteer is an art from, I was blown away by how these performers were able to give life to the marionettes by pulling just a few strings. Plus the marionettes themselves were stunning works of art.

The theater was founded 1963 by Bob Baker, who both made puppets as well as performed with them. Over the decades the Theater was the home of thousands of birthday parties for the children in the Los Angeles area, and a few adults I came to learn. One attendee mentioned he had both his sixth and 40th birthday at the theater. In 2009 the Bob Baker Marionette Theater was designated at Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark. And while Bob Baker passed away in 2014 at the age of 90, his theater and legacy continue to live on. If you’re in the LA area, I highly suggest a visit! They have a Halloween show coming up this fall, which I am looking forward to attending.

Outfit
Patio Dress: Junk 4 Joy, Burbank, California
Pressed Leather Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Purse & Cowgirl Brooch: Found by my dad
Bangles: Various