Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Just a few hours after arriving home from San Diego Comic Con, Patrick and I were off to LA to attend Charles Phoenix‘s show at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a rare, if not slightly bizarre, gem in Los Angeles. I had heard about this theatre from Charles on a few occasions, but the show he hosted was my first visit to it, and what a treat it was! But more on it in a bit! First let’s take a peek at what I wore…

I wore this cowgirl brooch because her dangly style reminded me a bit of a marionette. She has a boyfriend as well, however, his color scheme didn’t match my outfit as well as she did. So he was left in the jewelry box for the evening.

First off, it should be mentioned that the Bob Baker Marionette Theater runs regularly, Charles Phoenix’s event was a special one, in which he selected his favorite numbers to showcase, and it was amazing. Seriously, being a puppeteer is an art from, I was blown away by how these performers were able to give life to the marionettes by pulling just a few strings. Plus the marionettes themselves were stunning works of art.

The theater was founded 1963 by Bob Baker, who both made puppets as well as performed with them. Over the decades the Theater was the home of thousands of birthday parties for the children in the Los Angeles area, and a few adults I came to learn. One attendee mentioned he had both his sixth and 40th birthday at the theater. In 2009 the Bob Baker Marionette Theater was designated at Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark. And while Bob Baker passed away in 2014 at the age of 90, his theater and legacy continue to live on. If you’re in the LA area, I highly suggest a visit! They have a Halloween show coming up this fall, which I am looking forward to attending.

Dress: Junk 4 Joy, Burbank, California
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Purse & Cowgirl Brooch: Found by my dad
Bangles: Various

San Diego Comic Con

In my last post, where I shared that the ever lovely Jessica of Chronically Vintage did an interview with me, I mentioned I would be attending San Diego Comic Con. Well, I’m home now, and what a weekend! While I’ve been to other cons in the past, this was my first San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), which is the largest and best known con, and is often the event where companies and studios make large announcements and show their first footage from upcoming movies and TV shows. This con now draws in over 100,000 people offers up a massive buffet of panels to attend (everything from movies and TV, to cosplay, to how to break into comics, and much, much more), gaming opportunities, portfolio critiques, and a convention show floor offering unique collectables, including of course comics, exclusive merchandise, and original works by those who are budding in the industry in the Artists’ Alley portion. There is so much to see and do that it is overwhelming!

So, first off, I was able to attend SDCC, by pure fluke, through my friend Mel, of Deela Designs, who I met when we both lived in Portland (she moved to the Seattle area shortly after Patrick and I moved to California) at Wizard World Portland. Mel was invited to cosplay as character from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film by the company who does the game, she was also on a panel about cosplay.

I was on my own for most of the con, as Mel was working, though I did get to spend some time with fellow geeky vintage blogger, Carla, of Tiny Angry Crafter, although that girl also had to work at the con. And I failed to get any snaps of myself! But like I said in the post before, I didn’t make any new cosplays, and for one day I wore a Star Wars dress by Her Universe, which I can wear at Disneyland, and plan to do so in the near future and will photograph it there. So, this post is more of a glimpse into what SDCC is like, read about some of the neat panels I went to (like about about Peanuts, and another about Beauty and the Beast), and you’ll get to see all of the goodies I came home with!

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Interview with Chronically Vintage

Some time ago fellow blogger and dear friend, Jessica of Chronically Vintage started an amazing series where she interviewed fellow bloggers, so we the readers could learn more about bloggers we already follow, as well as discover new blogs for ourselves. She asked those interested to express so, and I willingly offered up myself as a participant! And today my interview with Jessica was published! So hop over to her amazing blog and learn a bit more about me!

I want to thank Jessica so much for this opportunity. She is a gem among the vintage and blogging community, as she is extremely active in her posts, social media, and commenting on the blogs of others. She genuinely cares about vintage and the community it has created.

In the meantime I am overjoyed to share that I will be attending San Diego Comic Con! It’s THE con! And I am shocked I am finally going, through the luck and grace of a friend of mine, Deela Designs. I didn’t make any new cosplays for this con, as it was relatively short notice, but I altered one to work as another cosplay, so I have a sort of new one! Sadly, Patrick will not be attending, so I won’t have my “personal photographer” with me, but I hope that I’ll be able to snap some pictures and share my experience with you either live from San Diego or when I return next week!

Sabado en la Plazita

Over the weekend a few friends and I got together for a Saturday afternoon at Olvera Street, dining on delicious Mexican food, peeking into the museums, and shopping the unique stalls and shops along the oldest stretch of Los Angeles.

We dined at Casa La Golondrina Mexican Cafe, which opened in 1928, and is located within Los Angeles’ first brick building. Afterward we went into Avila Adobe, which is the oldest structure remaining the LA, built in 1818, and is now a museum reflecting the the lifestyle of the early days of California. I also bought myself another pair of the shoes I’m wearing in these photos, except in green. Seriously, these faux tooled (also known as pressed) leather wedges have quickly become a favorite and go-to shoe for me. They are comfy once broken in, and work with so much of my closet.

Also, can I just gush about my dad’s awesome shopping skills for a moment? He spied this beauty of a skirt at an antique mall and sent me a picture of it and followed by calling me to make sure I got the picture text, and asked me if I wanted it. I was in line to me Kylo Ren at Disneyland at the time, and thankful for his call, because this skirt is beyond amazing. Not only is it a spectacular print, it’s in amazing condition and fits perfectly, oh and has pockets! Thanks, Dad!

Peasant Top: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Skirt: Found by my dad!
Purse, Earrings, & Bracelet: I don’t remember!
Necklace: Made by a friend
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California

Happy 4th!

Like most holidays, Patrick and I spent Independence Day at Disneyland. I especially was happy because I had the most perfect pin set for the occasion!

I haven’t had time to work on any new parasols, so no new themed parasol for the day. However, I realized I had yet to share this one on the blog! This autographs parasol is my “go-to” parasol as it goes with everything! No, I didn’t have the characters sign it, I figured it may be too awkward for them, so I “forged” Mickey and company’s signatures for this parasol.

We also spied another one of Disneyland’s cats!

This one is known to those who follow DisneylandCats on Instagram, as Francisco. And he is so fluffy! As mentioned previously, the Disneyland Resort does “employ” feral cats. They are there, ironically, to take care of the rodent population, keeping Disneyland rodent free, with a few rather large exceptions of course, like Mickey! The Disneyland Resort does take care of them too, both feeding them, and spay/neutering them. If you spy one you may observe a clipped ear, that is to indicate they been spayed/neutered. It’s important to keep in mind that while they are “maintained” they are still feral, and skittish around people. You can read more about Disney’s cats here.

Once again I hope that all of you who celebrated the Fourth yesterday had a wonderful and safe day!

Peasant Top:  Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Chip and Dale 4th of July Pin Set: Ebay
Shorts: Vivien of Holloway, via The Girl Can’t Help It, San Diego, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Parasol: Made by me

Spirit of ’76

When someone says “Knott’s Berry Farm” a lot comes to mind… Boysenberries of course, fried chicken, the infamous Ghost Town created because of the massive lines for said famous chicken, and perhaps Peanuts characters. What may not immediately spring to mind though is the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, even though an exact replica of both the bell and the hall exist on the property of Knott’s Berry Farm! With Independence Day tomorrow I thought it was a rather fitting time to visit the perfect recreation Walter Knott built.

Keep reading to learn more about Knott’s Independence Hall and take a peek inside.

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“It’s Called a Hustle, Sweetheart”

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spied I recently completed a parasol inspired by Disney Animation Studio’s recent film, Zootopia, which I quite enjoyed. Well, the other day I finally took it for a spin and Disneybounded as Nick Wilde.

Both Nick and Judy are currently at Disney’s California Adventure for meet-and-greets, however on the day I visited Judy was delayed in a meeting with Chief Bogo, and only met Nick, but he quite liked my outfit.

Seriously, this parasol may be one of my more detailed ones, with regards to line work, and the number of colors I used. I switched to using some really fine tip markers to do the line work. The fill is Nick’s “pawpsicles” and carrots to represent Judy, hinting to her her family carrot farm and her carrot pen.

So, remember all that Pin-Up Girl Clothing credit I won at their event, Pin-Up Parade? The top is one of the items I bought with it. Well, actually I bought a lot of their peasant tops (I think five so far…), since they have them in so many colors, I love me some peasant tops! Especially in colors! I really do dig them, but I have to say I find the sizing/measurements a bit off (sadly, like a lot of PUG stuff). I actually opted for a large for a couple of reasons. A medium did indeed fit, and was flattering in abdomen, however was uncomfortable in the arms, and the underbust seam wasn’t where it needed to be, under the bust. The large is better with both the arm and the underbust seam, however even at a large, it likes to ride up on occasion.

Peasant Top:  Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Fox brooch: Birthday present from a friend
Skirt: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Scarves & Bangles: ???
Parasol: Made by me