Batman ’66 Exhibit

Over the weekend some of my friends and I went to the Hollywood Museum to see the recently opened Batman ’66 exhibit. We also took time to explore the rest of the museum, which is housed in the famous former Max Factor building, a stunning Art Deco masterpiece. So, needless to say, this is a pretty picture heavy post, as it features my outfit, pictures of the Batman exhibit, as well as parts of the rest of the museum.

Being the huge 60s Batman fan that I am, I had to do some sort of themed outfit! Which included late night crafting to make an utterly ridiculous headpiece to wear. I was inspired by my favorite scene in Batman: The Movie where Batman is attempting to get rid of a bomb. The whole scene is comedic genius, and Adam West’s deadpan delivery of “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” gets me every time. Not familiar with the scene? Watch it here!

The Batman ’66 exhibit is made up of toys from the era, a combination of screen-used items, and scree-accurate recreations, as many of the original costumes and props did not survive, and more.

Continue reading to see more of the museum, including a pair of the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and Marilyn Monroe’s famous USO dress!

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Vilma the Unconquerable

Last December I had the pleasure of meeting sisters Miriam and Victoria, who I found out had quite the amazing treasure in their family. Their mother, Vilma, had been a camera girl at the legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria, as well as at other hot spots in old LA, including Chinatown and The Pike. Not only was she a camera girl, she was a colorful character, with a very active dating life, which she chronicled religiously in her diary. Growing up, Miriam and Victoria knew of their mother’s past, and even read portions of her diary, but it wasn’t until her recent passing and the re-opening of Clifton’s Cafeteria did they really begin to understand what a piece of history their mother’s diary and photographs were.

Vilma was no ordinary camera girl. She was gorgeous, never in want of a date, and came up with a very creative way to sell more photographs. She would go up to either single men, or groups of just men and ask “Would you like to take a picture with a pretty girl?” becoming the star of the customer’s photos, and she soon became the best camera girl at Clifton’s, sometimes making her quota just two hours into an eight hour shift! Her salacious and hilarious diary is now in the process of being shared with the masses by Miriam and Victoria, with their blog, Vilma the Unconquerable, a title she gave herself after quite the date. After I met these ladies I quickly spent an entire day reading the backlog of posts, and fell head over heels for this tough gal who took no nonsense from many men! Plus, her “uniform” for Clifton’s was downright adorable! It featured a peasant style top, paired with either a peasant skirt, or tropical print skirt and lei (depending on if the woman was working the Brookdale or Pacific Seas location), and then a leather corset style belt, which also acted as holster of sorts to carry around slips and extra film.

With permission, I created this collage from photos Miriam and Victoria have posted on their blog, their mother, Vilma, is in the middle. When I found out Miriam and Vilma were giving a presentation on their mother and the history of the Clifton’s Camera Girls, I decided to apply the notion of “Disneybounding” to my outfit and created a look inspired by the Clifton’s Camera Girls. As you might already know, I have quite the collection of peasant tops and flowing skirts, and not all that long ago I bought a corset style belt, although one with some extra trim on it.

Miriam and Victoria’s presentation consisted of photographs of their mother, and vintage images of Clifton’s, as well as the photo folders that customers received their photos in from the various locations their mother both worked at and dined at with her various dates. They shared their mother’s stories, including reading excerpts from her diary, which proved to be insightful and amusing! So I highly recommend reading the blog! Vilma eventually met the true love of her life while doing what she did best, asking a man if he picture taken with a pretty girl, who responded with “Only if that ‘pretty girl’ is you.” They later got married and had the two lovely women who gave this presentation, Miriam and Victoria.

It was a true joy to meet Miriam and Victoria, and look forward to where this unique journey of sharing their mother’s unique addition to Los Angeles history takes them.

You can read Vilma’s diary entries on the blog Vilma the Unconquerable, as well as follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also still visit Clifton’s Brookdale when you’re in LA! Visit their website here, and check our pictures from our first visit here, and when they opened their Pacific Seas inspired bar, located on an upper floor, here.

Outfit
Blouse & Skirt: ???
Belt: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Earrings: Aquanetta
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Red Light, Portland, Oregon

Our 1954 Home: Windows

I totally meant to do this post before Christmas decorations went up, but I got so swept up in wanting to decorate for Christmas I completely forgot to photograph for this post! Anyway, today I bring you another installment of “Our 1954 House” showcasing our window treatments.

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Palm Parlor

Over the weekend the ever lovely Cailey, aka Dole Whip Dame on Instagram, put together a little Disneybound event, where she encouraged her friends to be inspired by the Main Street shops and windows. I chose Fargo’s Palm Parlor, a window that honors Roland (aka Rolly) Fargo Crump, a Disney animator and Imagineer. Rolly Crump worked on such classic films as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty, then went on to wok on attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and it’s a small world, specially, the Tower of the Four Winds, all attractions are depicted on his window designed as tarot cards, take a peek at the window here.

I love these sort of Disneybound ideas, because they really require you to think outside the box. Normally Disneybounding is character based, and involves color-blocking based on the character’s outfit, so it’s can be easy to come up with an ensemble. A building, window, or attraction allows for more freedom of interpretation. For this, I opted for a vintage Gunne Sax that was a pale shade of blue with white trim, like the building itself. I also loved the lace-up detail on the front, especially for this bound, as the location of the Palm Parlor was originally Hollywood Maxwell’s Corset Shop. You can see a picture of it here. I then added a purple scarf to tie in the purple details of the sign and window. Then I chose the bracelet-ring combo to reflect the hand, as well as the shawl, which featured both the color of the hand, and flowers. I was also thrilled that this event gave me an excuse to wear a Gunne Sax dress. These 70s and early 80s gems have been haunting me like mad lately. I simply adore them but I sometimes have a hard time choosing occasions to wear them! I really want to make a point of wearing them this year. Ha! I guess I just came up with a New Year’s resolution, even though I don’t do them!

Outfit
Shawl & Gunne Sax Dress: Found by my dad
Scarf: ???
Choker: Nordstorm Rack
Ring-Bracelet: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Boots: Marshall’s…like over ten years ago!

Sparkle

Happy New Year! Over the years I have celebrated New Year’s in a variety of ways, but this year, for the first time ever, we hosted a New Year’s party. We decided to combine our housewarming party with New Year’s Eve, and it ended up being utterly amazing. With good food, good company, and Disneyland midnight fireworks right outside our front door. Yes, that is true. In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, we have an insanely good view of Disneyland’s fireworks from the front yard of our new house, which inspired me to host a NYE party.

I originally planned to snap photos before everyone arrived, but due to the large amount of food prep we had to do, we tragically and horrifically clogging up our kitchen sink! We had to call a plumber just two hours before guests we slated to arrive, and were unable to get any pictures before the party started! These photos were honestly snapped at 2:30 this morning after everyone had left, so my hair and my make-up are a little worse for wear, but I just had to share my ensemble!

I’ve had this dress in my closet for going on three years now, and have never worn it, despite it being one of my all time favorite dresses! Like many amazing garments, I often want to wait for just the right occasion to wear something for the first time. I also baby this dress, as it is a Luis Estevez! You can read more about the spectacular designer here. This dress fully represents what I absolutely love about 1950s clothing; it utterly epitomizes the space age influence, and I wish I had more garments that were this dramatic and atomic-esque. Plus it reminds me of Jane Russell’s gown in the infamous dinner club entrance scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

We are a shoe-free household, which meant it was the perfect opportunity to wear another items that rarely gets wore – a pair of vintage Daniel Green slippers! If I had it my way I would own every pair I come across in my size and live in of them, but I know that is rather unpractical, so I just have three pairs that come out every once in awhile for house parties.

A few thoughts on New Year’s…My feelings and attitudes toward New Year’s have fluctuated over the years. When I was younger it never meant that much to me, especially when I was in school. It wasn’t a “new year” to me. That didn’t really happen until September, with a new school year, when the summer gave you a chance to explore and develop. Now that I am older, I find New Year’s a rather refreshing time period. January, for me, represents cold blues, crisp air, and trees that are gorgeously skeletal against a bright blue winter sky, all of this represents clean starts to me. A bare tree is one of the more beautiful things in the world to me, and it helps me remember we can shed things from the past and grow something new. I don’t often like to look back at the past year (which is why I rarely do yearly recap posts), instead I like to look ahead. While many of my fears from the last year continue to be very real for me and others with this current political climate, I recognize there is a lot of good and happiness still in the world, and I want to focus on that, being thankful, and trying to do good for myself, family, friends, and where I live. I don’t believe in accepting what you can’t change, because I believe (nearly) everything can change (there are a few rules of physics and science we are bound to y’all). You can be speak up, march, protest, and be a part of a larger movement that can change the world for better.

Outfit
Star Crown: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Dress: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Slippers: Buffalo Exchange
Jewelry: I can’t remember where any of this stuff came from!

Christmas in Frontierland

Like spending Christmas Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm as become a tradition, spending Christmas Day at Disneyland is also one for us. It’s one of the few places open on Christmas, and while it’s usually very busy, we always enjoy ourselves. I thought it was also a perfect opportunity to wear my vintage Guatemalan Weavers skirt, as it features red and green (okay, it’s more olive, but that’s still green). Guatemalan Weavers was a shop in Adventuerland that sold wares from, you guessed it, Guatemala! The shop lasted at Disneyland from 1956 to 1986. You can spy the shop in the background in this picture from the blog Stuff from the Park and you can see a picture of the label here from a previous time I wore it.

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas! And here is to the New Year! We are combining our house warming party with New Year’s this year, so we’ve been busy gearing up for that. I do hope to at least share pictures of what I wear for that!

Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Sweater: I honestly can’t remember!
Skirt: Ebay
Mocs: Minnetonka

Rootin’ Tootin’ Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve we spent it at Knott’s Berry Farm, or Knott’s Merry Farm as it is called during the holiday season, and decided to make it a tradition, so this Christmas Eve found us once again walking along the beautiful lighted streets of Ghost Town, and enjoying all of the unique holiday offerings. I also took the opportunity to wear some one of my fancier western wear shirts and string ties.

I’ve had this vintage California Ranchwear (the west coast label for H Bar C) tucked away for awhile, because it had some issues, but I finally got around to fixing them. While western wear is sturdy, I treat this garment as if it were made of lace, as the floral/leaf details on the yoke and cuffs are made of leather, as is the fringe on the cuffs. I normally shy away from western wear that features leather detailing (you must have them cleaned by a professional leather cleaner), but this is just one more of the many gems my dad has found for me other the years!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
California Ranchwear Shirt: Found by my dad
Skirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: ???
Barrettes: Knott’s Berry Farm
Christmas String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Earrings: Back in Time Antiques, Redlands, California
Gloves: Red Barn Antique Mall: Beaumont, California