Cowgirl in Black

Before I get to the body of this post, I need to say a few things. For the last few days, I have had difficulty functioning. The current happenings in the United States are deplorable, disgusting, and heartbreaking. As of late, I feel as if my blog is very shallow and of little importance. Especially compared to the issues of this country, the struggles of others, to speak nothing of the horrors around the world. However, we all need a rest at times. A brief moment to step back from the tragedy and struggle, and spend time on what makes us happy and have some semblance of normalcy to get through the day. Self-care is important and necessary. For this, I will do my best to continue blogging, but sometimes I can be at an utter loss for words, and it will be reflected in my posts, which may have been apparent in my last post, as it was very limited in text. I will not go in depth about how I am currently coping with the current situation. I will not make it a part of this blog, as I want to keep this blog a small corner of happiness and normalcy. However I want to make it very clear I do not support the current administration. I do not approve of the blatant racism that is happening. I do not approve of the sexism that is happening. I do not approve of the homophobia that is happening. I believe we are all equal no matter our ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. And with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff.

Since there is less than a month of Knott’s Berry Farm’s amazing Ghost Town Alive experience, I’ve been spending a good deal of time soaking up as much of this real life, family-friendly version of Westworld as possible. So, this is the reason for two Knott’s posts in a row.

Since Ghost Town Alive ends in the near future and western wear is my jam, don’t be surprised if there is just a slew of Knott’s posts. I have so many friends who are wanting to visit before it comes to an end on September 4th, and I’m never going to say “No” to a visit to Knott’s!

Outfit
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Top, Boots, & Purse: Buffalo Exchange
String Tie: I’m not sure…maybe my dad?
Skirt: Switchblade Stiletto
Belt: Knott’s Berry Farm (buckle is Pat’s though)

Stagecoach Ride

I love it when you have accessories that match and just come together and create a themed ensemble, which is what happened over the weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm. Inspired by my vintage stagecoach skirt and Knott’s Berry Farm’s stagecoach, I created a parasol featuring a Knott’s stagecoach.

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Mystique Vintage
Shoes: Re-Mix
Brooch: Classic Hardware
Knott’s Berry Farm Charm Bracelet: I can’t remember!
Hair Barette: Knott’s Berry Farm
Tooled Leather Purse: I don’t remember…
Parasol: Made by me

The Forbidden Zone

It should be noted in advance that this post talks about the ending of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes and contains spoilers.

In the ever long list of places to go and things to do here in California, filming locations are one of my favorite things to go out and visit. The Point Dume Beach, aka the “Forbidden Zone” from Planet of the Apes has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for some time, and we finally made it out there last Saturday, and boy what a day. In the days leading up to our visit I had been doing research on the location as well as rewatching my favorite show, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and realized that Point Dume was also used in the episode “Bounty Hunters’ Convention”. Then I read that the location is also where Major Nelson finds Jeannie’s bottle in the Pilot of I Dream of Jeannie, another favorite show of mine!

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Old Trapper’s Lodge

Off the 101 lies Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and on its campus is a unique and downright bizarre sight, a collection of concrete sculptures depicting old west figures, along with a faux cemetery featuring rather colorful epitaphs. What is this exactly? Well, it’s the remains of Old Trapper’s Lodge.

Built in 1941 by a real life former trapper, John Ehn, Old Trapper’s Lodge was a motel with an old west theme. At some point in time he commissioned someone (legend has it Claude Bell of Knott’s Berry Farm and Cabazon Dinosaur fame) to build a statue of a trapper to catch the eye of motorists passing by. After watching the artist work he decided it didn’t look that hard, and began to create his very own statues. Ehn did this from 1951 until his death in 1981. Four years later in 1985, Ehn’s statues, a prime example of larger than life folk art, became a California Historical Landmark, however the motel itself was in the way of the Burbank airport, and while the motel was bulldozed, the statues were rescued and relocated to Pierce College. And over the weekend Patrick and I visited this crazy destination.

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Slue Foot Sue’s Golden Horseshoe

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Disneybound event put together by Dole Whip Dame. The theme? Disneyland itself! Attendees were encouraged to bound as attractions, restaurants, shops, and shows. Now the concept isn’t new to me, as I bounded as the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor last spring. This time I selected the Golden Horseshoe, but I wanted to pay homage to the “original owner” of the Horseshoe, my favorite Disney gal, Slue Foot Sue.

Originally The Golden Horseshoe was known as Slue Foot Sue’s Golden Horseshoe, and Betty Taylor portrayed Sue on the stage in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, and Wally Boag brought Pecos Bill to life along side her. Their characters were based upon the “Pecos Bill” portion of the 1948 Disney film Melody Time. My parasol was inspired by two items that featured Sue’s image, first is the sign that once hung outside the Horseshoe. The other is the rope text, which was on the backdrop on stage. I used images from Daveland’s amazing collection of vintage Disneyland photographs as reference. I really want to do another parasol that uses more images from the backdrop, as it was just so amazing.

I found this stellar two piece vintage H bar C set and knew immediately it would be perfect for a Slue Foot Sue bound, as well as just something I would wear normally. I added a pin featuring the can can girls that originally were featured on the Golden Horseshoe poster, and I couldn’t resist wearing the all too perfect Golden Horseshoe brooch that Match Accessories made.

Today, Slue Foot Sue and Pecos Bill are nearly forgotten. Sue’s name has been removed from the outside of the building, and she is no longer portrayed in the shows by a Cast Member. The only remaining imagery of Sue is upon entering the saloon, you can still see her, as well as Pecos on etched glass.

Sorry for all of the Disney posts lately! There has just been so much fun Disney related stuff happening lately!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Vest & Skirt Set: Junk 4 Joy, Burbank, California
Blouse & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Golden Horseshoe Brooch: Match Accessories
Can Can Girls Pin: I honestly don’t remember!
Cowgirl Charm Bracelet: West of Texas, Redlands, California
Bows & Parasol: Made by me
Scarf: Who knows?

Pirates within the Disney Archives

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. And with that, the Walt Disney Archives decided that their exhibit at D23 would be dedicated to pirates of all sorts! From early shorts to the latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And since this was an amazing exhibit, thar be plenty o’ pictures ahead! Ye been warned!

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Zorro at D23

Over the weekend Patrick and I attended the D23 Expo, an event that happens every other year that is basically Comic Con, but just Disney, or rather Disney owned things, because Star Wars and Marvel are also represented. There are panels to watch, exhibits to see, celebrities to meet, and lots of shopping.

Patrick and I attended several panels over the three days of the event, most of the ones we attended were at the Disney Archives Stage, which focuses on Disney history. Sadly the Archives Stage does not allow photography at their panels, I was seriously crushed, especially when one panel was about the 1950s Disney television show Zorro, which, in case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with. For the day of that panel I wore my Zorro skirt that I made eons ago back in 2011. The skirt hadn’t received a proper California debut for several reasons, but after much debate, and encouragement from Instagram followers I decided to wear it for the panel. I also piled on as much wearable Zorro things as possible, and it turned into this 50s Zorro bobby-soxer look. I don’t own super full petticoats anymore, but I wanted some fullness for this skirt (as it is a full circle skirt), and I ended up layering up with three thinner petticoats, but I managed to match all of the colors in my outfit! This was the only outfit I properly photographed over the weekend, although the other two were not all that impressive, and one was a repeat of my Disneyland ticket book bound that I recently wore.

Another great thing the Walt Disney Archives did was an exhibit showcasing the long history of Disney featuring pirates in their films and parks, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. I took loads of photos and will share that in my next post.

Outfit
Hat: Thrifted by my dad!
Blouse: Jet Rag Vintage, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Olvera Street
Zorro Brooch: Match Accessories
Zorro Charm Bracelet: Ebay
Zorro Handkerchief: Sweet Ludie’s Vintage 
Zorro lunchbox: Christmas gift from my dad