Goodbye, 2016!

And HELLO, 2017! I’ll spare you reflections on 2016, and thoughts on 2017, because it’s all rather convoluted, and really not what this blog is about, so instead share with y’all what I wore for New Year’s Eve! This year we opted to go to Knott’s Berry Farm for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, and it was a lovely evening and a swell way to ring in the New Year, despite the wee bit of rain earlier in the day, hence the rain boots!

And if you’re wondering why the hearse and cemetery as a choice of location for New Year’s Eve photos… It’s because I was so pleased to see 2016 die and be buried, and thought it fitting.

How did you celebrate ringing in 2017?

Outfit
Vintage H bar C Shirt: Found by my dad
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Rain Boots: Coach
Chimayo Clutch: Great American Antiques, Bakersfield, California

Christmas Eve at Knott’s

For Christmas Eve this year, Patrick and I spent the day at Knott’s Berry Farm. I bought two Christmas themed string ties at Joyride (the menswear counterpart to my favorite vintage clothing store, Elsewhere Vintage) recently, and I’ll admit the other one is way cooler than this one, but I just couldn’t create the perfect ensemble for it. So I hope between now and next year I’ll find just the right shirt for it.

We spent part of the day interacting with some of Calico’s returning citizens from Ghost Town Alive, as well as hanging out with some of our friends who also chose to spend their Christmas Eve at Knott’s. To top off the day Patrick and I were selected to help with lighting the Christmas tree! So I must thank Mrs. Parnell, Kenny, and Mr. Knolls for one of the best Christmas gifts this year!

As for Christmas Day, we spent it at Disneyland, and I’ll share that with you next! I hope you all had a lovely holiday, whatever you celebrate!

Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Shirt: Rockmount (but found by my dad!)
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Lafayette School House Antique Mall, Lafayette, Oregon
Earrings: An antique mall in Cathedral City I think…
Rings: Various

Christmas Gibson Girl

In my last post I mentioned I scored some more 70s-does-Victorian blouses, and I couldn’t help wearing one of them when Patrick and I decided to go to Knott’s for dinner the other night at the last minute.

I’m all sorts of obsessed with this blouse – between it’s high collar and spectacular sleeves. I want five more just like it but in different colors. I’m sure some of you have multiple items in your closet like that too! I sure do.

Outfit
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Gauchos: West of Texas, Redlands, California
Pressed Leather Wedges: Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Purse: I don’t remember…
Rings: Ortega’s Trading Post, San Juan Capistrano, California

Knott’s Merry Farm

During the holiday season Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with spectacular shows lights, and even a tree lighting. I was very eager to visit Knott’s for the holiday season as just a few weeks prior to kicking off the holidays they announced that some familiar faces from Ghost Town Alive (read more about Ghost Town Alive here) would be returning for the holiday season.

One of Calico’s returning citizens was Doctor Carter, the town doctor and a bit of an inventor. Inspired by his new bride’s love of Christmas and wanting to keep the town safe, he told me he created a generator so the town’s Christmas tree could be lit with electric light instead of candles. He was very proud of his invention and took us to see it after showing us his plans.

At five o’clock, Mayor Parnell and gemologist Ophelia arrived along with Doctor Carter to light the tree, along with the beautiful lights in Ghost Town.

If you are local and didn’t get to Knott’s Berry Farm this year, but thinking of getting a pass for 2017, I recommend doing it soon! They are currently running a promotion where if you buy a pass for next year, you get to go one day this year! So you can go and enjoy Merry Farm and get a taste of Ghost Town Alive (which will be returning next summer)! Visit Knott’s website to learn more. If you aren’t local but visiting California during the holiday season or during summer next year, I highly recommend a visit to Knott’s! You won’t regret it!

In the meantime, Patrick and I have been decorating for Christmas, so I hope to share our home with you in the near future!

Outfit
Cowichan Sweater: Monticello Antique Marketplace, Portland, Oregon
Peasant Top: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Deja Vu, now known as The Frippery, Palm Springs, California
Pressed Leather Wedges: Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad
Coral & Mother of Pearl Necklace: Ebler’s Leather & Saddlery Emporium, Columbia, California
Bracelet: Ortega’s Trading Post, San Juan Capistrano, California
Rings: Here and there…

Halloween at Knott’s

When it came time for us to decide how to spent Halloween, we didn’t hesitate when some friends suggested just spending it at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a pretty laid back but enjoyable day that transitioned into a fun evening as the fog and monsters rolled in once the sun set. We didn’t get any snaps of our festivities at night, so all I have to show for the holiday is what I wore.

I don’t have too many brooches worthy of Halloween that aren’t Disney, so I whipped this Charlie Brown brooch together late one night before heading to Spooky Farm earlier in October. I seriously need to work on my Halloween jewelry collection! Do you have any suggestions? And how was your Halloween?

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pin-up Girl Clothing
Skirt: Switchblade Stiletto
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-Mix
Coffin Purse: One of the booths at the Dapper Day Expo…not sure, but many people carry it
Pumpkin Bows: Target, years ago!
Charlie Brown Brooch: Made by me

Knott’s Spooky Farm

During the weekends throughout October Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family friendly atmosphere where kids can dress up, trick-or-treat and meet Peanuts characters dressed up in their very own Halloween costumes, as well as friendly spirits in Ghost Town. Yesterday, Patrick, myself, and a few friends decided to visit and it was a perfect time to debut my first Peanuts parasol! I selected moments from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (which turns 50 this year!) to put on the parasol, and it was a hit with characters and citizens of Ghost Town.

Many of the friendly ghosts of Ghost Town are long dead distant relatives (*wink*) of Calico citizens we visited so much with during Ghost Town Alive, and it was a pleasure to see such wonderful and familiar faces again. As the sun sets and the fog rolls in, other more villainous relations of Calico’s citizens roam for Knott’s Scary Farm, which also occurs on select nights during October. We’re slated to go tonight, and I’m very excited to see what is in store this year! I also won’t be surprised if we find ourselves at Spooky or Scary Farm again during the month of October! So don’t be surprised if you see this parasol again!

Do you have any spooky plans this Halloween season?

Outfit
Dress: Stray Cat Vintage, Fullerton, California
Petticoat: Amazon
Tooled Leather Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Pressed Leather Shoes: Olvera Street, California
Bangles: Various

The Jewel of the West!

Recently I have seen a wanted shift in my blog. I want to write about experiences more, sharing what I wore will always be an aspect of that, but I want to share experiences of the fun things that I’ve done, and the unique places I’ve been, such as museums, abandoned locations, etc. I hope to inspire others to go on and have their own unique adventures and maybe travel to one of the places I mention here. Today’s post is an example of that. Albeit a more exaggerated example. Today’s post is much more of an exception than the rule. The number of photos in this post is more than any other post I’ve shared. But it is because the experience of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town Alive is unlike anything else. This is also the first time I have written an open letter on the blog, something I doubt will become the norm, but something I feel is well suited for today’s post.

At first glance, Knott’s Berry Farm looks like any other amusement park, and may not appear all that unique, but it has always been unique in its origins, and its Ghost Town, which helps separate it from other amusement parks, and this summer Knott’s Berry Farm stepped up their game with Ghost Town Alive, which was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and wanted to revisit over and over again. It should be noted that Ghost Town received a proper town name, Calico, during Ghost Town Alive. I say this as to not confuse readers with the real town of Calico. The following is both an open letter to Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as a thank you to those who helped create it and bring Ghost Town to life.

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