Sparkle

Happy New Year! Over the years I have celebrated New Year’s in a variety of ways, but this year, for the first time ever, we hosted a New Year’s party. We decided to combine our housewarming party with New Year’s Eve, and it ended up being utterly amazing. With good food, good company, and Disneyland midnight fireworks right outside our front door. Yes, that is true. In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, we have an insanely good view of Disneyland’s fireworks from the front yard of our new house, which inspired me to host a NYE party.

I originally planned to snap photos before everyone arrived, but due to the large amount of food prep we had to do, we tragically and horrifically clogging up our kitchen sink! We had to call a plumber just two hours before guests we slated to arrive, and were unable to get any pictures before the party started! These photos were honestly snapped at 2:30 this morning after everyone had left, so my hair and my make-up are a little worse for wear, but I just had to share my ensemble!

I’ve had this dress in my closet for going on three years now, and have never worn it, despite it being one of my all time favorite dresses! Like many amazing garments, I often want to wait for just the right occasion to wear something for the first time. I also baby this dress, as it is a Luis Estevez! You can read more about the spectacular designer here. This dress fully represents what I absolutely love about 1950s clothing; it utterly epitomizes the space age influence, and I wish I had more garments that were this dramatic and atomic-esque. Plus it reminds me of Jane Russell’s gown in the infamous dinner club entrance scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

We are a shoe-free household, which meant it was the perfect opportunity to wear another items that rarely gets wore – a pair of vintage Daniel Green slippers! If I had it my way I would own every pair I come across in my size and live in of them, but I know that is rather unpractical, so I just have three pairs that come out every once in awhile for house parties.

A few thoughts on New Year’s…My feelings and attitudes toward New Year’s have fluctuated over the years. When I was younger it never meant that much to me, especially when I was in school. It wasn’t a “new year” to me. That didn’t really happen until September, with a new school year, when the summer gave you a chance to explore and develop. Now that I am older, I find New Year’s a rather refreshing time period. January, for me, represents cold blues, crisp air, and trees that are gorgeously skeletal against a bright blue winter sky, all of this represents clean starts to me. A bare tree is one of the more beautiful things in the world to me, and it helps me remember we can shed things from the past and grow something new. I don’t often like to look back at the past year (which is why I rarely do yearly recap posts), instead I like to look ahead. While many of my fears from the last year continue to be very real for me and others with this current political climate, I recognize there is a lot of good and happiness still in the world, and I want to focus on that, being thankful, and trying to do good for myself, family, friends, and where I live. I don’t believe in accepting what you can’t change, because I believe (nearly) everything can change (there are a few rules of physics and science we are bound to y’all). You can be speak up, march, protest, and be a part of a larger movement that can change the world for better.

Outfit
Star Crown: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Dress: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Slippers: Buffalo Exchange
Jewelry: I can’t remember where any of this stuff came from!

Christmas in Frontierland

Like spending Christmas Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm as become a tradition, spending Christmas Day at Disneyland is also one for us. It’s one of the few places open on Christmas, and while it’s usually very busy, we always enjoy ourselves. I thought it was also a perfect opportunity to wear my vintage Guatemalan Weavers skirt, as it features red and green (okay, it’s more olive, but that’s still green). Guatemalan Weavers was a shop in Adventuerland that sold wares from, you guessed it, Guatemala! The shop lasted at Disneyland from 1956 to 1986. You can spy the shop in the background in this picture from the blog Stuff from the Park and you can see a picture of the label here from a previous time I wore it.

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas! And here is to the New Year! We are combining our house warming party with New Year’s this year, so we’ve been busy gearing up for that. I do hope to at least share pictures of what I wear for that!

Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Sweater: I honestly can’t remember!
Skirt: Ebay
Mocs: Minnetonka

Rootin’ Tootin’ Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve we spent it at Knott’s Berry Farm, or Knott’s Merry Farm as it is called during the holiday season, and decided to make it a tradition, so this Christmas Eve found us once again walking along the beautiful lighted streets of Ghost Town, and enjoying all of the unique holiday offerings. I also took the opportunity to wear some one of my fancier western wear shirts and string ties.

I’ve had this vintage California Ranchwear (the west coast label for H Bar C) tucked away for awhile, because it had some issues, but I finally got around to fixing them. While western wear is sturdy, I treat this garment as if it were made of lace, as the floral/leaf details on the yoke and cuffs are made of leather, as is the fringe on the cuffs. I normally shy away from western wear that features leather detailing (you must have them cleaned by a professional leather cleaner), but this is just one more of the many gems my dad has found for me other the years!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
California Ranchwear Shirt: Found by my dad
Skirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: ???
Barrettes: Knott’s Berry Farm
Christmas String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Earrings: Back in Time Antiques, Redlands, California
Gloves: Red Barn Antique Mall: Beaumont, California

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

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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