Mickey’s Halloween Party

Earlier this week Patrick and I attended one of Mickey’s Halloween Parties at Disneyland, an event that is one of the few chances where adults get to wear costumes at the Disneyland Resort. I had several costume crisis moments leading up to the event this year, and ultimately went with one of my laziest costumes ever, even though it is one I have wanted to do for sometime. This year I went as Zunar J5/9 Doric 4-7, AKA Jake, from the 1978 Disney live action film The Cat from Outer Space, a childhood favorite of mine. The film has long since been forgotten by most, and fallen into obscurity by even the most die-hard Disney fans. The thing that differentiates Jake from just a standard cat is that his collar lights up and allows for him to do extraordinary things, like move objects and freeze people. Thankfully, Patrick worked it all out for me, using EL wire and some gems I got at the craft store. I also made a purse that looks like Jake’s ship, which itself looks a bit like a cat face.

I have gone as obscure Disney characters before (I went as Clarice one year, and Slue Foot Sue another), but never obscure enough that no one knew who I was, well this year it happened. No one knew who I was, or if they did, they didn’t say anything to me! However I noticed a few of you on Instagram said you knew the film when I posted some selfies from the evening. So, you guys are awesome!

One of the best things about the Halloween party this year was that there was a new (to the west coast that is) parade! In past years Disneyland featured the “Boo to You” parade, which felt very kid-y, and not all that great in my opinion. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World, featured the much more villainous and spooky “Frightfully Fun” parade, which people raved about. But this year the resorts swapped parades! And I can honestly say this parade is my favorite parade ever. It started out with the Headless Horseman, who was followed by some of the most beautiful floats I have ever seen, and included many Nightmare Before Christmas pieces.

October continues to bring lots of spooky events! And this weekend I’m hosting a small party with a few of fellow witchy friends, followed by Pin-Up Parade in the Park on Sunday! Which I’ll be attending and bounding as my favorite villain’s “peg leg lackey”. If you know who that is, then kudos!

I hope you are all having a wonderful autumn week!

Costume Details
Dress: Marshall’s, but painted by me
Tights: Target
Mocs: Minnetonka
Ears, Tail & Purse: Made by me

Knott’s Spooky Farm

During the weekends throughout October Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family friendly atmosphere where kids can dress up, trick-or-treat and meet Peanuts characters dressed up in their very own Halloween costumes, as well as friendly spirits in Ghost Town. Yesterday, Patrick, myself, and a few friends decided to visit and it was a perfect time to debut my first Peanuts parasol! I selected moments from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (which turns 50 this year!) to put on the parasol, and it was a hit with characters and citizens of Ghost Town.

Many of the friendly ghosts of Ghost Town are long dead distant relatives (*wink*) of Calico citizens we visited so much with during Ghost Town Alive, and it was a pleasure to see such wonderful and familiar faces again. As the sun sets and the fog rolls in, other more villainous relations of Calico’s citizens roam for Knott’s Scary Farm, which also occurs on select nights during October. We’re slated to go tonight, and I’m very excited to see what is in store this year! I also won’t be surprised if we find ourselves at Spooky or Scary Farm again during the month of October! So don’t be surprised if you see this parasol again!

Do you have any spooky plans this Halloween season?

Dress: Stray Cat Vintage, Fullerton, California
Petticoat: Amazon
Tooled Leather Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Pressed Leather Shoes: Olvera Street, California
Bangles: Various

Riley’s Farm

Last Friday Patrick and myself along with some friends went to Riley’s Farm for a perfect day filled with all things autumn! Riley’s Farm is an odd little place tucked away in the hills of Oak Glen that likes to pretend it’s New England. It offers a wide variety of orchards for guests to pick their own produce, living history elements (much of which is focused on colonial and Revolutionary War), a tavern, bakery, and theatre.

We started our day at the The Hawk’s Head for brunch before venturing into the apple orchard to pick some apples for an apple crisp Patrick plans on baking soon. Then it was to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Afterward we attended a dinner theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and not only was it dinner and a show, we also got to dance, have pumpkin seed spitting contests, and even enjoy a hayride. Sadly I didn’t get any snaps of the show or fun during, but I can honestly say it was one of the most wonderful and unique experiences I have had. Riley’s Farm is gorgeous, full of people, and very educational in the best way.

The pumpkin patch is located on a hill and the dirt is so soft and fine, I’m glad I chose to wear flats, which were my flats I used to wear for work, so I’m glad I kept them around! They were certainly filthy by the time I got home. They started the day out black!

The theatre at Riley’s Farm does a variety of productions throughout the year, and soon they are doing a production of Dracula that some of us are talking about going to. They also do A Christmas Carol, and come next spring they are doing a Sherlock Holmes production, which has not only piqued my interest but that of many of my friends. So I have a sneaking suspicion that Riley’s Farm is going to become a frequented place.

Dress: Buffalo Exchange…I think…I’m not entirely sure.
Bangles: Here and there…
Owl Brooch: Match Accessories
Shoes: Target

Tiki Day Adventures

Last Sunday fans of both tiki and Disneyland came together for the fifth annual Tiki Day in the Park. I was especially excited because I got to debut my latest vintage Disney tiki print dress that I scored recently, as well as my latest parasol I created just for the occasion!

This dress was the one variant I was missing from the tiki fabric Disneyland created in the 60s, and was overjoyed when I found it on Ebay a couple months ago and even more excited when I saw it had its label, which not all people chose to sew in.

My purple Enchanted Tiki Room dress does feature the label, which I wore it to the second Tiki Day and I wore my Enchanted Tiki Room pantsuit to the third Tiki Day.

And while my collection may be complete, one item (in the print and color scheme below) remains pretty much unwearable. I bought the dress on-line without looking at the measurements because I was so excited to find one! I am able to get the dress on, but I have massive “pancake boob” with it on. However, the dress’s style, an empire waist and full length, allows for the dress to be altered to a different style, and one that would fit. The problem is that this fabric is so rare that I’m terrified of doing a poor job altering it myself, and I have yet find a tailor I trust! And also because it is so rare I am not willing to part with it, unless I were to find another one first that fit better. So, if you ever spy one! Please let me know! I was so excited to see another girl wearing one of these vintage treasures yesterday! I had to snap a photo! She also rocked the Shag Enchanted Tiki Room purse!

The one thing I love the most about Tiki Day is seeing everyone’s creativity! I spied so many wonderful details to people’s outfits! One of my favorites was a girl’s dress that she made using fabric featuring Shrunken Ned!

Overall it was another wonderful Tiki Day in the books! And even though it’s October, and normally my mind is on spooky things, I can’t help but think about the other theme days coming up this fall! Pin-Up Girl Clothing’s Pin-Up Parade is later this month, and fall Dapper Day is next month!

Vintage Disneyland Tiki Print Dress: Ebay
Belt & Earrings: I don’t remember!
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there…
Shrunken Ned Parasol: Made by me

Spooktacular Season

It’s October! And with it brings one of my favorite holidays, Halloween! While I decorated last week I am still recovering some a bit of a cold, and just now got around to photographing! I was so happy to add a few new pieces of vintage Halloween decor this year that I acquired between last Halloween and now, including a new addition to my devil girl collection!

The honeycomb cat is one of my favorite pieces, yet it rarely goes out, since he is so fragile, but he hasn’t been out in a few years, so I felt it was time. I found him at the Goodwill outlet (aka The Bins) if you can believe it!

This month is quite busy already…October always seems to be. In fact later today we are off to a wedding, then Tiki Day in the Park is Sunday, and of course we will be going to one of the Halloween parties at Disneyland a bit later in the month. I hope to squeeze in a few visits to some of SoCal’s creepy haunts and share them with you!

Have you decorated for Halloween yet? And what plans do you have for the holiday?

Match D Brooch Winner!

It is time to announce who won the wonderful, new and improved tortoise shell Disneyland inspired D brooch by Match Accessories! Thank you to all who entered! It means so much to me that a great deal of you expressed interest in a company that is so near and dear to my heart!

For reference, 1 is the first person who commented, and 41 is the last. Reply comments that were added later for clarification were not counted. And the winner is…

TWO! Which looks like Danielle! And looking at the e-mail, I believe is one of my friends. I’ve never had so many friends enter one of my giveaways before! So I guess it was bound to happen. I’m so glad to know it’s going to a good home, and that it will be your first ever Match brooch! I’ll be in touch and I believe I can hand deliver this gorgeous brooch to you!

Once again a MASSIVE thank you to all who entered! Every entry matters and without you I cannot host giveaways! And, again, thank you for expressing interest in Match Accessories, a company that means so much to me! Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram, they recently shared a peek at a new addition to their Halloween collection, which I know many of you commented as some of your favorite pieces!

Your Questions Answered!

Awhile ago (and I apologize for the delay!) I did a shout out across various platforms of social media to see if any of you had any burning questions for me! And I got such a wonderful response in both the number of questions and the range of subjects! Thank you! Now, let’s get to those answers!

xoxogothixgirl asked a few questions via Instagram.

What do you think has been the most significant change in your wardrobe and how you shop for it over the years?

I think I have moved away from being period perfect all of the time. Slowly I have begun to cultivate my own personal style (one I call “California Gypsy Chic”, or “Cosmic American Fashion”), and outfits can include items from various decades. Additionally, I used to eschew repro/vintage inspired clothing, however recently I have been embracing it, especially as repro is excellent for visiting amusement parks. So I have found myself shopping from various repro/vintage inspired lines. Since moving I have noticed I don’t thrift nearly as much as I used to. Which is due to many factors, like not having the easy perfectly mapped circuit I had in Portland, and vintage simply getting harder to come by at thrift stores.

This outfit is a good example of repro doing good. A Pin-Up Girl Clothing peasant top and Vivian of Holloway shorts for when we spent the Fourth of July at Disneyland.

What features do you look for as you hunt for your mid-century home?

For me, the most important thing is actually space, specifically closet and bathroom space (I have a lot of clothes). But I also want a nice open floor plan and a unique roofline. Period fixtures, such as countertops, hardware, and appliances are always nice, but not deal breakers, as we can put in whatever we want later.

rivkah86 also had a few questions asked on Instagram

How has the vintage community you have been a part of changed or had an influence on your perception of the value of dressing/living a vintage-inspired life style?

First I would say I have been a part of three vintage communities over the years. First is on-line, the other two are location based, Portland, and then southern California. On-line, it has changed in that there are more people on-line and blogging than ever before. Which means there are so many more resources of inspiration and knowledge! I don’t think I remained in Portland long enough to see the vintage community change much, and with southern California, it is somewhat the same in that I have not lived here long enough to see it change yet. However, there are a lot of differences between the two. Portland was small enough that everyone knew everyone. Southern California is different and there are so many separate groups, some of which focus on very specific time periods (for example, there is a larger 1920s centric group and an Art Deco Society). I’m constantly meeting new people, and learning about new events.

As for any influences on my perception of the value of dressing or living a vintage-inspired lifestyle; the on-line community proves that there are so many ways to go about dressing, and I like that. And bloggers range as to their dedication to a time period. Some, it ends with the closet. Others, like myself, it extends to their home, and what they listen to musically. But for others still, it extends into every aspect, including how they cook, clean, and structure their whole lives. On a location based note, the same types of people exist, but I have also seen first hand, in both locations, how dressing in the manner that many of us dress, people treat us. In Portland I can say that vintage attire was often meet with two types of looks and comments, either leering and comments by men saying things like “It’s nice to see a woman dress like a lady” or people sneering and just flat out starring, asking “Why?” I think this was because Portland was a very laid back type place that actually put very little stock in what they put on in the morning. In fact Portland was ranked number 13th in “Worst Dressed Cities” by Travel + Leisure. Portlanders tend to focus on wearing what is comfortable and practical, which is understandable considering the climate (rain, rain and more rain) and activities available in Portland (outdoor sports such as rafting, hiking, etc.). Southern California is different, a place that has been known for fashion, and puts high value in attire. I’ve been met with more compliments than anything else. I’ve also received what is best described as “special treatment” by various establishments from restaurants in downtown LA to Disneyland simply because of how me and my friends dressed. While shallow, yes, I find more value is dressing in southern California than I did in Portland.

Do you find it difficult to maintain your wardrobe, as in, is there ever a time where you question how deep you want to commit to it?

Great question! The answer is yes, and I have made changes to adjust accordingly. I used to wear stockings with a girdle or garter belt nearly every day, now I rarely do it. I made the change for a combination of reasons, one was that it was expensive. While I wore both vintage and new stockings, the continued wear meant I went through stockings rapidly, and was always buying more. Now, I wear stockings typically only for special occasions, or events where I want to be period perfect. I also used to buy vintage shoes, and that is something I actually try to avoid now. I lost taps (resulting in going to the cobbler quite often) all the time, and had multiple pairs simply self-destruct. I still own a few pairs of vintage shoes, but I’ve only bought one pair of vintage shoes in the last two years. Also, vintage clothing, while I believe superior in quality when compared to most of today’s garments, does have issues, such as popped seams, missing buttons, etc. So I always have a pile of garments in need of repairs, which is annoying. Sometimes I would find garments with such issues, and bought them anyways, knowing I could repair them, but as my repair pile grew, I knew that unless the garment was spectacular in some manner, I should let the item go, for another person to find and cherish.

These rhinestone detailed blue velvet shoes are the last pair of vintage shoes I have bought. But worked so perfectly with the evening’s ensemble I had to get them! I found them at Elsewhere Vintage in Orange.

Do you regard yourself as an inspiration or or example to others? And if so, in what ways do you hope to encourage your followers/impact their experience?

I would like to think so… It’s what I want to be. I would love to encourage/impact people on two fronts. One is simply being who you are. Dress how you want to dress, and don’t let anyone put you down for doing it. The other is something I have been working on more on the blog, and continue to plan on, which is sharing my experiences at unique destinations and museums, and their historical or cultural significance. I want to encourage others to either go to their own local museums and weird locations, or visit the ones I share here. History is so important, and I want to encourage others to see the value in it too. History lives on through us, and our continued visits to historical sites and museums, and our ability to vocalize those experiences through the various forms of social media, or just talking with friends.

Carla asked “How has your wardrobe changed since moving to Southern California? Is it easier to choose outfits? And what outfits to you miss wearing from your Pacific Northwest days?”

What a great question! The first thing is I wear coats and jackets a whole lot less! And some of them I do miss. I also wear wool a lot less, which I don’t miss that much. I have yet to wear my overshoes down here, and sometimes I miss them. But perhaps the thing I miss the most are my muffs. Especially my fox muff, Earnest, pictured below with brother, Algernon. Another thing that has changed since the move is one I mentioned in another question, I’m less about being period perfect, and have come to discover my own personal style. As for it being easier… I’m not sure. It was annoying and sometimes difficult to always have to think about a coat that would go with the outfit, or how the rain would impact an outfit, but now I think a lot about the heat, like “Do I want to sweat in this?”

Talk about throwback – this is from Portland Fur and Feathers, January 2013.

Kathryn asked “In the past, you had pictures of a red wool felt purse made from a vintage Mexican tourist jacket. Could you please tell me more about it? Did someone make it for you or does it have a label?”

I am so glad to have another kindred spirit with the Mexican tourist jackets. This Mexican tourist purse is one of my most prized possessions, which I received this purse as a birthday gift from my friend Lyndsie of Retro Rejuvenation, as she knew my obsession with the jackets. Sadly, it does not have any labels on the inside, it does have a small coin purse though, which I did not showcase in the blog post, so I snapped an interior shot with that for you. The inside is satin lined, with a small pocket that fits the coin purse perfectly. I think it was home-made, based on the interior stitching, and its lack of a label, however I don’t think it was made from a jacket, simply based on how the embroidered images are placed within the space on the purse. I think a woman was inspired by the jackets to make this purse, and may have used transfers from a Mexican tourist jacket sewing pattern (like this one here) to design the purse.

Alicia asked “Are you OK with readers saying hi in real life?”

Yes! I love it when that happens! In fact some of my closest friends started as readers and/or fellow bloggers. But be prepared I can be pretty kooky in real life – I talk a lot and am quite loud! If you follow me on Instagram be sure to check out my stories for videos of how I act in real life.

Jessica asked “I have wondered for a while now, if your lengthy fingernails are real or not – and if so, first, wow!!!, and second, do you have any tips on keeping them long and healthy that you’d like to share with us?”

I get asked this a lot in person. Yes, they are real. My mother’s are super long as well, longer than mine in fact. So, I think a lot of it is genetic, however I do take Biotin, which is for hair, skin, and nails, and use “nail strengthening” nail polish remover when removing polish. But I just use the Target brand. Nothing fancy.

Ashes asked “Do you have any other hobbies that your leaving out of the blog because they don’t fit here, if you do do you mind sharing what they are?”

I really try to present all of my interests on here, sewing, cosplay, museum visits, etc. because I never want to be boxed in, so I’m trying really hard to expand what I talk about on the blog. However, I do read a lot of comics, and I’ve thought about sharing reviews of the ones I’ve read, as they often fall under similar subject matter I already discuss here, such as World War II, westerns, and the Victorian era. There is one hobby I don’t do as much anymore, which is archery. But any time I come across a bow at an odd location here and there (like Hicksville which we hope to return to soon), I do. I know there is a range at Balboa Park in San Diego that I hope to visit next time I’m down there. Also, I used to follow NASCAR extensively since I can remember, and have been to a few races, but since moving I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to watch races. But I would still jump at the opportunity to go to a race.

Sara asked “Where are the best places to buy vintage pants?”

With regards to true vintage pants, it’s really a gamble. Even the best vintage shops may not have pants in stock at any given moment, let alone in the size needed. But with regards to vintage reproduction or vintage inspired, I can recommend the following:

Vivian of Holloway
Freddies of Pinewood (for jeans)
Pin-Up Girl Clothing’s “Doris” pants (I own these, though they have yet to be featured on the blog)

JoAnne asked “Your photo shots are always so perfect! How do you navigate the crowds especially at Disneyland with your photo shoots? Do you ever feel self conscious posing with a lot of people nearby? Your shots are always so great and I never see people/crowds in the background. I was at Disneyland last August and couldn’t believe the crowds!”

Thank you! Wherever I go when I know I am going to want outfit photos, I always try to pick a secluded location, one not in the line of traffic, this especially goes for Disneyland. If I know I’m going to be at the Disneyland Resort all day, we shoot when we arrive in the morning, often it is less crowded, or people rush for rides, so there are less people milling about. But more than once I have had to move locations because of being in a designated character meet-and-greet location, or people have encroached on the space. And, yes, sometimes I do get a little self conscious, especially when people stare at me like “Who doe she think she is?” or “Why is she taking so many pictures?” because Patrick takes way more photos than I care to admit.

These were shot in what is known as the “small world mall” which is a raise area used for it’s a small world queue overflow during very busy days (think Christmas time) and for seating during parades, but it is a great place for photos!

That wraps it up! Thank  you so much to everyone who submitted questions! I love these Q & A posts because I feel like they really open up the door for me to learn more about what you all are interested in, and you get to learn a little extra something about me that I may not have shared otherwise! We’ll do it again soon!