Christmastime in Orange

One thing I love about the new city we call home is the old town area of Orange. It’s a charming area of old buildings that are home to a variety of businesses, including many antique malls. The area also has a roundabout that features a small park in the middle, complete with fountain. Earlier today Patrick and I found ourselves running last minute Christmas errands in the area known as “The Circle” or “The Plaza” depending on who you talk to. Old locals will say it’s “The Plaza” and claim only tourists call it “The Circle”. During Christmas the area has garlands spanning the streets, and the park in the center of it all has a large Christmas tree, giant Santa and toy soldier, and nativity.

It was, are you ready for this, 85 degrees F out today! Which is how I managed to get away with just this light weight cotton frock and bolero. It was also a bit windy! Which I wasn’t prepared for when I did my hair today! This dress is one of my favorite items to pull out during the holiday season, and while I would love wearing it as often as possible, not only is it on the delicate side, it fits awkwardly and is a bit short for my usual tastes. I think it is a juniors dress, but I don’t care, because it is beyond cute.

As for Christmas, well, we are not returning to Oregon for the holiday, for a variety of reasons. But tomorrow we will be visiting my sister (and her family; I may get to meet my great-nieces finally. Yes, I am a great aunt twice over at 26 if you can believe it) and grandmother for Christmas Eve, and as for Christmas day, well, I think we may just find ourselves at Disneyland as it will just be me and Patrick. I hope those celebrating have a lovely and safe Christmas!

Dress: Rummage sale
Belt: Bohemian Vintage (now Yours)
Reindeer Brooch: Expo
Bangle: Gift from my dad
Christmas Hair “Flower” (which is really a vintage corsage) & Purse: Don’t remember!
Nude Fishnets: Orobu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Thrifted

11 thoughts on “Christmastime in Orange

  1. It was 84 here in Florida today and I was in a light cotton dress too! I actually have two great nephews and a great niece as well. My niece (their mom) is actually a few months older than me but that’s how family is sometimes. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

  2. The gross heat helped speed up my hand-washing I’ve been neglecting to do, so that’s good. I’m glad you were able to wear that dress!! It’s super super cute.

    I hope you and Patrick have a super lovely first Christmas as Southern Californians!

  3. Oh my goodness – you know how to make a gal jealous 😉 We’re reaching “highs” of 10’C, and it’s blowing a gale! Thankfully it’s dry today (there was localised flooding yesterday), but I’ve declined the offer to leave the house nonetheless!

    I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas & New Year, and if you can spare it…please send a little warmth my way 😉

  4. What a sweet Christmas dress! I love that the shade of green isn’t totally traditional, and the little reindeer brooch is genius! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    xox Sammi

  5. I can’t imagine running around in a cotton dress right before Christmas. We have so much snow here in Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) at Christmas-time. You look lovely though. That dress IS beyond cute!

    Hope you had an amazing Christmas!

  6. Seriously, completely adorable holiday attire, dear Janey! You’ve inspired to look for a red and white (and/or green) striped vintage or vintage appropriate garment to wear for the Christmas season next year. Let’s hope the thrift gods send one my way in 2015! 🙂

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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