Green Gal

A couple days ago Patrick and I swung into Elsewhere Vintage and their menswear counterpart Joyride Vintage for a bit of shopping. March is always a nice excuse to break out the green, and what says March and spring more than a two-tone green dress with little flowers?

Wearing this dress actually comes at an opportune moment to talk about an upcoming event this weekend. Vintage Visitors, the group I’m a member of, is having a shop and sip party at the shop where I got this beauty, Ozzie Dots in LA. You can learn more about the event here.

The shop is full of amazing vintage pieces, and in a wonderful size range. So if you ever find yourself in LA, be sure to swing by! It’s also near another super amazing vintage shop, Paper Moon.

Outfit
Dress: Ozzie Dots, Los Angeles, California
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Brooch: Classic Hardware
Bangles: Here and there…
Scarf: ???

Pirates Turns 50!

Over the weekend Disneyland’s beloved attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean turned 50. Yes, believe it or not, the pirates have been pillaging and plundering for a whole half of a century and the attraction has been reimagined across the globe. To celebrate, I whipped up a Pirates parasol featuring the mural of Anne Bonny and Mary Read that is painted on the walls of the attraction shortly after entering. I have a soft spot for these ladies, as they were pretty bad ass, and I wrote a paper about them in high school. You can learn about these amazing women with this article written by one of my favorite historians, Karen Abbott. I also wore a pirate inspired ensemble for the occasion.

I feel like an anniversary such as this is a wonderful occasion to talk about the history of the attraction. Could you ever imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without riding in those little boats? It just seems perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it was almost a plain ol’ wax museum! But by 1963, the wax museum was put on the back burner as Walt Disney looked ahead to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where he committed to building four attractions, all of would find homes at Disneyland after the closing of the World’s Fair. They were Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, “it’s a small world”, the Magic Skyway with Ford Motor Company, where guests rode in a new Mustang and witness the progression of history, and this included the Primeval World that would land along the Disneyland Railroad after, and the Carousel of Progress, which left Disneyland in 1973, but still exists in Walt Disney World. But it was “it’s a small world” and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln that really changed the game for Pirates. The success of the boats in “it’s a small world” meant that an ocean voyage type ride was possible. And President Lincoln was the first successful human Audio-Animatronic, leading to giving these would be static pirates, a life all their own!

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has seen a series of changes over the years. In 1997 many of the “sexist” elements were changed. Originally pirates chased women, with the exception of a larger woman chasing a scrawny older pirate, this changed to the women chasing the pirates, and the pirates had armfuls of food, to make it seem they were stealing. There was another pirate, dubbed the “Pooped Pirate”, who held a piece of woman’s clothing, and a woman popping out of a barrel behind him. The pirate said some rather lewd things, and he too got a more PC makeover. He became the “Gluttonous Pirate” holding a chicken leg, and a cat replaced the woman. He then talked about how full he was. But after the massive success of the 2003 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, based on the attraction, film characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa joined the attraction in 2006. And the “Gluttonous Pirate” receive yet another change, Jack replaced the cat, and the chicken leg was replaced with a map, and then the pirate shared how excited he was to have the treasure map, and how Jack will never get his hands on it. Captain Jack joined some other scenes, Captain Barbossa takes the helm of the large pirate ship that is firing its cannons, Davy Jones speaks to Guests through a waterfall, and other lines in the attraction have seen change to accommodate a Jack Sparrow plot.

To learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean, I highly recommend the book Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies by Jason Surrell.

Below you’ll find one of my favorite videos about Pirates, from the Wonderful World of Disney, it gives you a behind the scenes look at the creation of the attraction, its opening day festivities, and a float through, so you can see the original scenes that have since changed.


Outfit
Pirate Hat: Target (during Halloween)
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Earrings: Aquanetta
Brooch: I honestly don’t remember…
Rings: Belonged to my grandmother
Parasol: Made by Me

Dressing Downton

Earlier in the week, myself, Patrick, and a friend went to Anaheim’s Muzeo as they were hosting the touring exhibit, Dressing Downton, which features the costumes of British show Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show and vintage fashion, I leaped at the opportunity to visit! If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it chronicles the life and times of the fictional Crowley family, and their estate, Downton Abbey in the Yorkshire countryside, along with those who they employ, from 1912 through I believe 1923, so a great deal changes both in lifestyle and fashion.

For the visit, I went with a simple adventurer chic look with Egyptian revival jewelry, as seriously I don’t do the Edwardian period or the 20s really. My 20s garments consist of more gowns, nothing for a casual afternoon at a museum. So, this is about as close as I get sometimes.

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What a Guy, that Gaston!

With the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (I’ll leave my personal opinion out of this), Disney has been doing a lot of promotion and even gave one of their restaurants, Village Haus, a temporary Beauty and the Beast overlay, to become the Red Rose Taverne. I really wanted to visit it in a Beauty and the Beast inspired outfit and accompanying parasol, and even though I adore Belle, Patrick suggested a brilliant idea for a parasol, which leant more toward a Gaston Disneybound.

I snuck a little mounted jacklope on the parasol, even though there isn’t one in the film, and wore my Hungry Designs jackalope mount brooch as a reflection of the mounted animals.

Inside the Red Rose Tavern, Guests can enjoy some new decor, including some faux stained glass based on the ones in the film, and antlers galore! They can also taste new foods inspired by the film, including the “grey stuff”, which in this case is a red velvet cake wrapped up in grey frosting.

The “Grey Stuff” was, as the song states, “delicious” if rather sweet though. It’s unclear how long this overlay will be in the park, but it’s certainly fun while it lasts!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Dolly and Dotty
Belt: Buffalo Exchange
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bimbettes Pin: D23
Jackalope Brooch: Hungry Designs
Scarves and Bangles: Here and there…
Gaston Parasol: Made by me

A Horseshoe For Luck

Over the weekend was the monthly get-together at Disneyland with Vintage Visitors, the wonderful like-minded people I’ve met where two Dapper Days a year simply isn’t enough! And I was so excited when I heart the theme was gold, because Match Accessories recently released their Golden Horseshoe inspired brooch! The Golden Horseshoe is one of my favorite places in Disneyland, so I was super excited when I heard this brooch was in the works, and had to photograph it in front of the Golden Horseshoe of course!

This Match Accessories brooch is definitely favorite from their collection. Yes, it tops even the stellar cactus brooch I wore out to Corriganville! But that one is a close second. It secures with a long clasp on the back, however, due to the small area on the back, they were unable to use their new rivet backs. But I rode Big Thunder like three times and it stayed on just fine. They also made a Diamond Horseshoe brooch, as it is the Diamond Horseshoe over in Walt Disney World.

Outfit
Dress: Red Door Vintage, Redlands, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Golden Horseshoe Brooch: Match Accessories
Green Bakelite Bangle: Belonged to my grandmother
Yellow Bakelite Bangle: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
White Bangle: I can’t remember…

Palm Springs Air Museum

After having lunch with Patrick I made my way over to the Palm Springs Air Museum, which I can honestly say is one of the best air museums I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to quite a few. My mom worked at one shortly after I was born, so I’ve always had a soft spot for air museums.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is home to many planes, with its main focus being on World War II, but also features planes from the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, and the Cold War. These three will soon be getting their own portion of the museum, but now, the subject matter is a bit scattered. The planes are all very visible, and visitors can get up-close to the aircrafts. Many of the planes have amazing nose art as well!

While it is an air museum, they also feature other war related items, including two subjects I find fascinating; trench art from World War I and II, and POW and MIA bracelets from the Vietnam War.

For the POW/MIA bracelets, they had two binders that told the stories of the POW or MIA soldiers and, if the donor wished, their story of why they decided to get a bracelet. From what I read bracelet wearers were both people who supported the war, and those strongly opposed, which I found very interesting. The binders was fascinating, as it mentioned if the remains of the soldiers had yet to be recovered, and some remains were recovered as recently as 2013. These stories showcase that closure from wars can come decades later.

A really unique offering at the Palm Springs Air Museum is the ability to climb inside a real B-17 Bomber (or an additional $5.00 donation)! I leaped at the chance!

One of my personal favorite topics of World War II is the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP for short), and the museum had a wonderful collection of WASP items, including a complete uniform.

In 1943, WASP director, Jacqueline Cochran convinced General Hap Arnold that her women should have their own uniforms. Cochran, with fashion designers at Bergdorf Gorman in New York designed the uniforms, and fashion coordinators from Neman Marcos personally fitted each woman for her uniform. The color blue was very specific, and inspired by Cochran’s time in Santiago, and the specific dye formula was named “Santiago Blue”. A docent told me Cochran kept the formula under lock and key, and destroyed it when the WASP disbanded, so no one else could have the color and it would remain only for the women of the WASP.

Fifinella, as seen above, was the WASP mascot. She was conceived by author Roald Dahl for his story The Gremlins. Disney Animation created hundreds of mascots for the military, including this Fifinella, as they were planning on doing a cartoon adaptation of The Gremlins, but it never happened. If you’re interested in Disney Studio’s involvement in World War II, I highly recommend the book Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to the Victory of the War by John Baxter (I keep meaning to do a review of this book, by the way). It is available on Amazon, and I have seen it in the Disney parks.

If you’re in Palm Springs, I highly recommend visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum. Active Military and their immediate families can get in for free, and retired Military with ID can enter at a discount. Additionally, if you purchase your ticket at Palm Springs’ Visitor Center you can buy it at a discount. To learn more about exhibits, hours, and admission, please visit Palm Springs Air Museum’s website.

That wraps up my Palm Springs posts! I hope you enjoyed!

Palm Springs Swirl

Even though Patrick was busy all week with his conference while we were in Palm Springs, I was able to snag him to lunch one day, and he snapped a few outfit photos for me before I went off to the Palm Springs Air Museum (which I’ll cover in my next post) and he went back to his conference.

I scored this Swirl dress at the last Dapper Day Expo, and it just screamed Palm Springs to me, so I knew it had to come in my suitcase for our visit. I also loved that it still had its iconic swirl patterned button, as sometimes those go missing.

Swirl dresses were known for their ease of wearing, as they simply wrapped the wearer’s body, and you just had one button to do and tied the rest! You can even spy Ethel in I Love Lucy wearing them. This one features a swell deep pocket, perfect for any size phone these days! Take a peek at the label here.

Stay tuned for my visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum!

Outfit
Swirl Dress: Dapper Day Expo
Shoes: Re-Mix
Bangles: Here and there…
Purse: Lux de Ville