Christmas Time at Our New House

Decorating for Christmas took longer than expected at our new house, but it’s all finally up and I’m basking in the joy of multiple sparkling vintage aluminum Christmas trees, glittering ornaments, and the sounds of Christmas music. These shots will also be the first real look you’ll get to see of our new house with furniture!

We’re still very much settling in. We have yet to find something to hang above the fireplace, so it feels a bit like an empty void, but hopefully we will find something soon. I’m hoping for a mid-century metal sculpture. The office and guest room remain in states of some chaos, as the office requires some actual construction work down the road. You might spy in some of the photos a brown portion of a wall in the background. At some point in time a previous owner removed part of the wall between a bedroom and the hallway near the living room, and put it accordion doors. While a nice idea if you wanted to use the space as a den, and extend your living space, Patrick uses this room as his office, and it isn’t all the sound proof when it comes time for him to have a conference. Also, this house lacks a coat closet, so all of our coats are in the guest room closet. Soon we plan to rebuilt the wall, but put in a coat closet so guests will actually have a place to put their clothing when they visit. As for the guest room, I’m awaiting my dad to visit who will arrive with my two twin Heywood Wakefield beds I used when I was in high school. I found the pair super cheap, and as my parents are divorced, I needed two! So soon they will find a new home in the guest room so finally guests will have a real bed the sleep on in a real guest room! As opposed to an air mattress on the floor of the living room, as it used to be!

As for outside, we just put up some classic C9 (you know, the big bulbs?) Christmas lights outside, but we have big plans for next year for outdoor decor! As once again, my dad will be bringing me some goodies, including some of the old blow mold Christmas decorations we used to us.

Are you all decorated for Christmas?

Roping Up Some Christmas Spirit

Knott’s Merry Farm is in full swing at Knott’s Berry Farm, and over the weekend a group of my gal pals (plus Patrick) and I went to enjoy all of the sights and shows.

I’ve wanted a steer head jacket for years now, but they aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. The first one I found when we lived back in Portland, but it was about three sizes too big. It was the classic brown suede with white steer heads, which I’ve seen scattered on the internet here and there over the years. Then I found this unique beauty, in the reverse color scheme last year, but I’ve been waiting for just the right Christmas cowgirl outfit to debut it, plus for the weather to cool down!

Speaking of Christmas, we finally wrapped up decorating the other day, so I can’t wait to take pictures and share both Christmas decorations and parts of our new home with y’all! Have you decorated for Christmas yet?

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Steers Head Fringe Leather Jacket: Canyon House, Yucca Valley, California
Blouse & Belt: Buffalo Exchange…I think…
Pants & Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bolo: Long Beach Antique Market, Long Beach, California
Brings: Here and there
Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad

Birthday Fiesta

Over the weekend one of my friend celebrated his birthday, and with his Mexican heritage he encouraged his friends to incorporate Mexican elements into their ensembles for a visit to Disneyland, and while I never really need an excuse to break out any Mexican influenced garments, I do love a good excuse!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Painted Mexican Circle Skirt: Found by my dad
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Scarf: ???
Disney D Brooch: Match Accessories
Bangles: Here and there

California Christmas Playlist

It is officially Christmas time! And with that lots, and lots of Christmas songs! Fun fact about me: I love Christmas music, but I often strive to find the most unique and offbeat Christmas songs out there. The blame I think rests with my dad, because it wasn’t Christmas unless we listened to Dr. Demento’s Christmas Novelty Album. Now, most of you I’m sure love a good classic like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” or “Carol of the Bells” and don’t get me wrong, I love those too! But now that I’m here in sunny Southern California (where it was 90F yesterday!) I find some Christmas standards a little difficult to relate to, not that it snowed much in Portland either, but it was colder! So today I’d like to share a few more relatable Christmas songs (some old, some new) for those fellow Californians! And a few honorable mentions for other warmer areas of the US!

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Our 1954 Home: Floors

Oh my! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, with Thanksgiving this week I’m actually behind in decorating for Christmas! Yes, I am one of those who decorates before Thanksgiving. But we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, and I do enjoy Christmas so much! But what has been keeping me from decorating and blogging? The house! We’ve been hard at work changing this and that, and trying to get it to a place where we can decorate for Christmas! Also I likely won’t be able to do a home tour post between now and decorating! So the first time you’ll really see the place will be when I share Christmas decorations. Oh well! But back to the house and what this post is really about! It’s certainly a process making this house a home, and I really want to share it with all of you! So today I bring you the first in a new series (and category): Our 1954 Home, where I share the processes we are going through to turn the clock back on our home in our own way.

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Fall Dapper Day

Dapper Day, the twice annually event that both well dressed folks and Disney lovers look forward to every year, was last weekend. Last fall Dapper Day I wore a western ensemble with slacks, and I enjoyed that so much I decided to go with a similar outfit, and as the weather was quite cool, Patrick finally wore a jacket and tie ensemble! And I actually managed to snap a couple pictures of him.

Patrick’s jacket is honestly one of my favorite pieces in his wardrobe. And believe it or not, I thrifted it years ago! His whole outfit was a hit, and I’m pretty happy the man put the outfit together on his own!

The wooden Disneyland inspired D brooch is a new gem from Match Accessories, who recently launched a Frontierland inspired collection. When I ordered this new D they made mine a little special, and swapped out a boot for the Smoke Tree Ranch brand. Smoke Tree Ranch was a beloved getaway spot for Walt Disney and his family. He loved the Palm Springs club so much that he regularly wore ties embroidered with the ranch’s brand. In fact the Partners statue in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle features the brand on Walt’s tie. Read more on Walt and Smoke Tree Ranch here.

The only sad thing about this outfit, is that the hat is the same one I wore last fall Dapper Day, and as much as I would have loved to have worn a different one, I don’t actually own that many cowboy hats, mainly because I am extremely picky. Like this hat is absolute perfection, and I would love to own this exact hat in a variety of colors! The trials of vintage!

Outfit
Hat: Orange Circle Antique Mall, Orange, California
Blazer: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Blouse: Frock You, San Diego, California
Slacks: Paper Moon, Los Angeles, California
D Brooch: Match Accessories
String Tie & Ring: I don’t remember…
Belt: Found by my dad
Shoes: Re-Mix

 

Patrick’s Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Shirt & Pants: Nordstorm
String Tie: Borrowed from me, of course! But I don’t remember…
Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Cowgirl Coven

With the move, we’ve been unable to really do anything for Halloween at the house, which is a bummer, as I adore Halloween! So I’ve been trying to squeeze in visits to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy their Halloween festivities as much as possible. Over the weekend we did just that with a visit to Knott’s.

During the Halloween season Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm, and for years, they have had Elvira as a headliner, and during our latest visit for Scary Farm I channeled my inner Elvira, but with a western spin.

Elvira is actually someone I’ve kind of been enamored with since I was really young. I remember being at a store during her Coors Light days and seeing a cardboard stand-up of her, and just being in total awe. As I grew up and developed a love for Ed Wood, and Vampira, I learned about the court case between the two horror hostesses, in which Vampira sued her. Ultimately, the case was dismissed, but I began to kind of resent Elvira, as it was fairly obvious she was influenced by Vampira. But today I love both gothy gals, and admire them both. I kind of relate to Elvira in that she’s got a sexy goth look going (which I’ve always loved, but only break out during Halloween), but also super bubbly instead of that stereotype, monotone goth of “I hate life.” She’s hilarious, and witty, and I always have mad respect for people who can do tassel twirl.

Tonight Elvira “officially” retires from Knott’s Scary Farm, and Patrick and I plan on being there to enjoy her act one more time, as well as get scared by the over 1000 monsters Scary Farm boasts for our Halloween evening. I hope all of you have a lovely and safe Halloween!

Outfit
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Earrings: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Fishnets: Marshal’s
Shoes: Re-Mix