The Blog

Atomic Redhead is a little bit of everything! But one thing most posts have in common is history. Here on Atomic Redhead you’ll find outfit posts where I share with you my wide collection of vintage clothing, visits to museums, historical locations, or just weird and bizarre places that caught my eye, including abandoned places.

Living in Southern California, I also frequent the many amusement parks the area has to offer, including Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Disneyland. Sometimes my love of fashion and Disneyland come together with Disneybounding*). Same thing with history! I love to look back at the history of these unique California icons and share images and information about them.

I’m also into cosplay, and every so often will showcase a cosplay I’m working on and share my visits to cons.

Updates are be posted via Twitter and Facebook – so “follow” or “like” the Atomic Redhead and stay up-to-date! You can also follow my boards on Pinterest and on Instagram you can find me under the username atomic_redhead.

Below you’ll find posts that are some of the most popular about vintage clothing and Disneyland.

New to vintage? Here are a few posts that may help you out!
Common Vintage Misconceptions
Questions on the Street – Responses to questions I have received about my attire
Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Shopping
How to Spot Vintage Clothing
15 Vintage Essentials

Planning visiting Disneyland and want some inside info? No need to shoot me an e-mail, click here the Atomic Redhead’s Disneyland Tips!

*Disneybounding: For those who are unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a style of attire, often when visiting a Disney Resort. Since those over the age of 13 are not allowed wear costumes, people have learned to get creative with regular clothing and use color blocking, shapes, and patterns to create a look inspired by Disney characters. Want to learn more? Peek at this Disneybound Tumblr!

The Atomic Redhead

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Let me introduce myself, my name is Janey, and I can’t recall a time when I didn’t like old stuff. My parents were antique dealers (and my dad recently went back to being on after retiring) and I grew up with antiques at home, as well as attending antique shows, flea markets and going to thrift stores. On warm summer days my dad would take out his 1929 Model A, and he often participated in car shows. I always listened to the local oldies station and loved watching shows like I Dream of Jeannie and I Love Lucy. And starting in middle school, I was wearing my mother’s clothes from the 1960s and 70s. Over the years I have developed my own tastes around vintage clothing, loving the stunning drapes of the 1940s, and the space-age influenced lines of the 1950s. I also adore western wear and it fills a good chunk of my wardrobe. But I also have a passion for the Egyptian Revival of the 20s, adore the mod stuff of the 60s as well as some of the carefree fashions of the 70s. So, trust me, you’ll find loads of different eras and styles on the blog!

Growing up, I was heavily involved in art and theatre, in addition to being on the newspaper staff in high school. I also met my husband in high school, Patrick, aka the man behind the camera most of the time.  In 2006 we both graduated high school and attended the University of Oregon together, where I graduated in 2010 with a BA in History and wrote my senior research paper on vice and corruption in Portland, Oregon during the 1950s, available for download below.  After graduation we moved to Portland and later that year, we tied the knot in a lovely winter wedding.  After four years in Portland, and working with vintage as an antique dealer, as well as at a vintage clothing shop, we decided it was time for a change, and in fall of 2014 we made the decision to move to Orange, California.

Not only is my style eclectic, as is what I collect and am into. I collect red headed pin-ups, Disney’s Zorro, 1964 Presidential Race memorabilia, and vintage anti-war buttons.  I am obsessed with Disneyland, western wear, Jack the Ripper, Gram Parsons, ancient Egypt, and James Dean.  I love exploring and visiting unique locations, especially here in California, photography, music (my tastes are also insanely eclectic, everything from Mozart to Elvis to Martin Denny to Kesha) going to burlesque shows, and I love NASCAR.


July, 2016 with Jessica of Chronically Vintage

Work Samples

If you are looking for writing samples you can download PDF samples below. Both of these essays received an A-.

Copyright Policy

All images and text, unless otherwise noted, are taken by me or Patrick and are copyright of Janey Ellis/Atomic Redhead.  Text is copyright of Janey Ellis/Atomic Redhead, unless otherwise noted with regards to Guest Posts.  If you wish to use any of my text or images for sharing on your blog or website, you are welcome to as long as credit is given, which includes a link back to my blog.  If you wish to use it for other media (print, film, etc.) please request permission using the Contact page. Thank you.


While I was once employed by the Walt Disney Company, I never spoke for, and never speak for or on the Company’s behalf. Anything that is said regarding Disney, Disneyland or its affiliates is my own opinion, and speaks from my experience as a Guest. I am not a spokesperson for the Disneyland Resort, or The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates. Atomic Redhead is not owned or officially affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or any of its affiliates.

7 thoughts on “About

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  3. I can’t believe how alike we are! I am in high school and love theater and arts and everything 1950’s and 60’s. I’m also in love with James Dean and Disneyland, and of course vintage jewelry and clothes and furniture. I love your blog! 🙂

  4. Hi Queen Vintage,
    It’s your friendly Postal Clerk at Central. Loving your style and looking at some vintage jewelry pieces with you in mind. Love your blog-it’s fabulously a-mazing!! I’ve got to get some pieces together to show you soon.

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