Vintage Holiday Feature

Ages ago I met an editor at Engaged Media (the publishing powerhouse behind vintage favorites such as Atomic Ranch and Flea Market Decor) and we talked about our apartment being featured in their special holiday issue, Vintage Holiday. However, we were house hunting, I believe we may have even made an offer on a house, and if everything went how I originally intended, we would have been moving when they needed to shoot. I was beyond flattered at the proposal, and sad to say no. Well, that Christmas season came and went, but not without the editor contacting me, saying she saw we decorated, and was wondering if we would leave it up a wee bit longer to have them come shoot it. It was a surreal experience, but very fun, and I am happy to say you can see our (soon to be old) place in the issue that just hit newsstands!

There were things the editor brought to the table (both literally and figuratively) including the stockings, and got cute and creative with some of my suitcases in our bedroom. But that I believe is par for the course with any magazine on any subject. I was so flattered at the whole notion and that she thought to include items from my wardrobe that I wear during the holiday season!

For those interested in purchasing, I saw the magazine at Target and Barnes and Nobel. I have heard it is also available at some grocery stores, including Smart and Final, as well as Publix if you’re in the southeast. If you can’t get your hands on a copy, I know Engaged also does digital copies, and you can still enjoy my post from last year when I took pictures to share on the blog!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this feature or to write about or publicize the issue. I’m just that darn excited!

We Bought a House!

Alright, so the BIG news I’ve been hinting at! We bought a house!

After over a year of searching, being outbid twice, we finally got one! It’s not the amazing mid-century modern or crazy 50s ranch I had hoped for, as it is relatively modest on the outside, but it was built in 1954 and the interior has just about everything I wanted, and is original throughout most of the house! Thank goodness! I can’t tell you how many houses we saw that had awful redone kitchens and bathrooms that made me want to cry! The struggle to find a home that checked all of my boxes was a so real, and one I’m sure I could write up an entire post on it if there was interest.

We aren’t moving too far, just a hop, skip and a jump into Anaheim. I’m sad to leave Orange, as I can’t express how much I adore this little town, but we are literally moving five miles away, so it’s not a super big deal!

I kind of freaked out when I saw this 60s air conditioner! Which I recently spied in the background in my favorite movie, That Thing You Do! in Patterson’s Appliances. Plus, it still works!

And what I love most about this home is that the master bedroom has what is basically a dressing room!

There is this gorgeous built in vanity, with closet space opposite, and I fully intend on filling the area with all of my accessories!

So as mentioned before, this big news has kept me from making new parasols because I’ve been busy packing! The best part of the timing of this house is that the lease for our apartment is up at the end of the month, so we don’t have to deal with a pesky lease break or an extra month of more expensive month-to-month rent! What does all of this mean for the blog in the meantime? Well, a little less blogging. I have a few posts lined up (including the final installment of my charm bracelet collection) and a few events happening that I hope to snap pictures of, so hopefully I can get those written up and shared with you. It also means I hope to write a bit about the process of making this house our home.

I have some other big news too, that, once again, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know about! But look for a post on it soon!

Fur & Feathers Comes to LA!

Just a little preface: This post will show a lot of vintage fur. To read my views on fur please read this post. Please also note that unkind comments will be deleted from the comments section.

Long time readers of my blog will remember an annual event that Julie of FabGabs Vintage would put on, called Fur & Feathers, which I attended multiple times during the time I lived in Portland. Fur & Feathers was boasted as a time when vintage lovers could break out their beloved pieces that featured fur and feathers, hence the name, as well as incorporate items of alligator or snake, or other wearable items derived from animals, insects, etc. When January came around in 2015 I saw many of my vintage loving Portland friends attending the luncheon and I bemoaned missing out on the event. But in the last year I have met a slew of vintage lovers here, and I was able to put together the first ever Fur & Feathers: Los Angeles! We wanted to include the men folk as well, so prints were also encouraged, and the men came out wearing fun ties featuring birds, feathers and other animals!

In Portland, the Fur & Feathers Luncheon was held at Huber’s, Portland’s oldest restaurant, but for LA I decided the newly remodeled Clifton’s would be quite fitting because it is home to quite a few pieces of taxidermy.

We had an awesome turn out, I think we had 22 people! Including friend and fellow blogger, Christine of Smitten. And we received quite a lot compliments, which is always wonderful. I can’t wait to do this again next year!

Outfit
Vintage Fur Wrap: Christmas present from Patrick
Hat: Expo
Dress (which features one of my favorite labels, Miss Hollywood): Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Shoes: Farylrobin
Bracelets: Belonged to my great grandmother

Join us on our Patio

My relationship with plants has often been described as a hateful one. As a child I went on many hikes with my dad through Oregon’s many forests, visiting majestic waterfalls and spectacular views. I loved these hikes, but as I grew up I began to get a destain for Oregon’s evergreen forests with their creeping ferns and looming trees that never changed color. They bored me, and for some reason no longer beckoned in a friendly manner. And the rain that turned pathways into mud didn’t help my affection toward Mother Earth’s creations either. I didn’t care for flowers much, especially tulips and the roses that Portland was known for. But with each trip to California I became entranced with the palms, cacti and bizarre plant life that dotted the streets. My visits to Joshua Tree solidified that passion for the strange and otherworldly like plants that called California home. Living in Oregon, having plants or a garden was never high on my list, mostly because I knew that my choice in plants may not survive the wet climate, but when we moved into our new place here in California I couldn’t wait to fill our patio with plants that looked as if they just came off a 60s Star Trek episode.

Over the last month or so Patrick has been surprising me with various cacti and even with vintage planters he scored on Ebay. He has done a fine job in selecting succulents, and also purchased two small patio umbrellas and outdoor lights. Prior to all of this, our patio just had two butterfly chairs and a small table. He even built some stylish palettes for our plants to sit on, so they would have a smooth surface, but not take up room on the concrete. Much of the inspiration for our patio stems from our visits to California lush missions (hence our Madonna) and the Joshua Tree Inn.

I simply adore sitting outside in the warm sun with a book. So I thought I would share a peek into a lazy day at home on our patio.

We also wanted some covering for a bicycles, and purchased this swell shed on-line. It keeps our bikes from getting faded, or rained on (which still happens!). Like with most apartments, we suffered from some restrictions that are common when renting, and it made Patrick and I all the more eager to own a home. But in the meantime, I’m happy to have this lovely patch of paradise.

Outfit
Tee & Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Mocs: Minnetonka
Hair Arrows: Gifts
Jewelry: Here and there – mostly antique shows I think!
Book: I’m with the Band by Pamala Des Barres, available on Amazon

At Home in Orange Part 2

While I haven’t been feeling too hot these last few days I finally felt good enough to snap some pictures of our bedroom at our new place! Our bedroom got a bit of a western theme, as I couldn’t pass up this massive covered wagon black velvet painting my dad found, which set the tone for our bedroom. My dad also found this marvelous western states pillow.

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At Home in Orange

This post has been a long time in the making! You are finally going to see our new apartment! Well some of it anyways. While the driving portion of our move was pretty uneventful, the settling in process of the move went slower than maple syrup on a cold day. We faced multiple hurdles, some of which we had to rely on our apartment’s maintenance man to fix, while others we did ourselves. We also chose to get rid of a few items prior to packing up our truck, which we then had to replace upon moving in, and when you furnish your home in mostly vintage, it’s sometimes difficult and time consuming to find just the right pieces, which is what happened to us. There are still some bare spots, as we chose to get rid of some of the artwork we had, and we are still deciding what to put up. Additionally, this is going to be a bit of a series, as there is so much to share and it’s quite a big space. So today I will just be sharing our living room, dining area and a wee bit of our kitchen. But enough with the excuses! Onwards with the pictures!

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Cover Girl

A few weeks ago while at the 99W Drive-In Patrick and I were chatting with Brian, the owner and operator of the 99W. He made mention that a man from Ruralite magazine would be attending working on a piece about drive-ins.

As the evening progressed, Patrick and I made our way back to our car, played some games, and as dusk arrived we were huddled in our coats and a slew of blankets to keep us warm. Despite the cold, I still think sitting outside the car is more comfortable than sitting inside our new Ford Fusion, as great as it is. Then before I knew it the guy from the magazine approached us and was taking our picture. Then a few weeks later I received a message from a friend showing something she received in the mail. And there we were. Patrick and I on the cover!

Thankfully Ruralite also offers a digital copy, and I am able to share the magazine with you all! The story is a breeze to read, and offers a quick, but excellent snapshot of the current state of drive-ins, their history, and highlighting the difficulties in transitioning to digital, touching on Honda’s Project Drive-In, which is how the 99W has been able to keep its gates open. You can read the article here (click “Drive-Ins: The Sequel” on the left grey menu bar).