Dressing Downton

Earlier in the week, myself, Patrick, and a friend went to Anaheim’s Muzeo as they were hosting the touring exhibit, Dressing Downton, which features the costumes of British show Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show and vintage fashion, I leaped at the opportunity to visit! If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it chronicles the life and times of the fictional Crowley family, and their estate, Downton Abbey in the Yorkshire countryside, along with those who they employ, from 1912 through I believe 1923, so a great deal changes both in lifestyle and fashion.

For the visit, I went with a simple adventurer chic look with Egyptian revival jewelry, as seriously I don’t do the Edwardian period or the 20s really. My 20s garments consist of more gowns, nothing for a casual afternoon at a museum. So, this is about as close as I get sometimes.

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In the South Land there’s a city

Mardi Gras was this past Tuesday and I totally use it as an excuse to Disneybound as Charlotte (one of my favorite, and slightly relatable characters) from The Princess and the Frog and eat loads of beignets and drink mint juleps at Disneyland. I also did another Charlotte parasol, this time featuring her party gown, which is also the inspiration behind my bound (here is a shot from the film for reference). I was also super excited when the Mardi Gras pin for this year feature Louis and Ray from the film!

I apologize for all of the Disneybounding lately! I swear the blog is not turning into a Disney fashion blog! It’s just there has been a lot of fun things going on at the park, and Disney related events that offer up the perfect opportunity to bound! And now with so many decent bound posts under my belt, I really want to do a post about the subject to round it out.

You may also spy a different watermark/signature going on in my photos. Over the years I have had a few photos taken, cropped to the point where my site has been removed, and re-uploaded. As a historian, and user of the internet, knowing source material is extremely important to me, which is a key reason why I watermark. I tried to be nice and not too distracting by placing it in a lower corner, but I see now that even that isn’t good enough. I’m trying this style out now. If you have your own thoughts or experiences on the matter, please feel free to share in the comments.

Outfit
Peasant Top & Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Tiara: The Vintage Darling
Earrings: Some wedding show…I bought them for my wedding earrings actually!
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Mardi Gras Pin: Disneyland
Parasol: Made by me

Mid-November

It’s still hard for me to believe it’s mid-November, and that Thanksgiving next week. And with that comes thoughts of Christmas, so over the weekend Patrick and I went out to do a bit of shopping at the antique malls near us. I can honestly tell you I’m clinging to fall color palettes like crazy. I have so many ensembles that aren’t getting worn, let alone photographed for the blog! But, luckily we snagged the camera before stepping out the door so I can share this one with you!

Also over the weekend Patrick and I went to Universal Studios, so don’t be surprised if you spy a post about that soon!

Outfit
Blouse: Thrifted
Gauchos: West of Texas, Redlands, California
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Anubis kartush pendent, and bracelet: From by dad
Scarab pendent: Expo, I think… I’ve seriously had it since I was like 12 or so.
Scarab ring: Antique Mall of Treasures, Orange, California
Scarf: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Purse: The Original Tiki Marketplace

Sabado en la Plazita

Over the weekend a few friends and I got together for a Saturday afternoon at Olvera Street, dining on delicious Mexican food, peeking into the museums, and shopping the unique stalls and shops along the oldest stretch of Los Angeles.

We dined at Casa La Golondrina Mexican Cafe, which opened in 1928, and is located within Los Angeles’ first brick building. Afterward we went into Avila Adobe, which is the oldest structure remaining the LA, built in 1818, and is now a museum reflecting the the lifestyle of the early days of California. I also bought myself another pair of the shoes I’m wearing in these photos, except in green. Seriously, these faux tooled (also known as pressed) leather wedges have quickly become a favorite and go-to shoe for me. They are comfy once broken in, and work with so much of my closet.

Also, can I just gush about my dad’s awesome shopping skills for a moment? He spied this beauty of a skirt at an antique mall and sent me a picture of it and followed by calling me to make sure I got the picture text, and asked me if I wanted it. I was in line to me Kylo Ren at Disneyland at the time, and thankful for his call, because this skirt is beyond amazing. Not only is it a spectacular print, it’s in amazing condition and fits perfectly, oh and has pockets! Thanks, Dad!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Painted Mexican Skirt: Found by my dad!
Tooled Leather Purse, Earrings, & Bracelet: I don’t remember!
Necklace: Made by a friend
Pressed Leather Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California

Countess Vibes

Last night one of my dear friends celebrated her birthday, and as a fan of the 40s and big band music, she selected one of the big band nights at Cicada to celebrate. As Cicada is house in the oldest art deco building in Los Angeles, the Oviatt Building, many people dress 20s for their visit, and I originally planned to wear a beaded 20s style number I purchased ages ago for an event in April, which was cancelled. But as I thought more about it…the fact the music was going to be more 40s, all the other people in our group were going for a 40s look, and the fact I’m on the tail of a cold, I decided at the last minute to go in a more comfy, yet still glamorous and kind of 40s-ish (but actually 70s) number that I recently acquired. Besides, it also gave me Countess vibes, which was fitting, seeing as Cicada’s exterior was used in American Horror Story: Hotel, and the interior was the inspiration behind the set for the hotel, and when the show was completed, the club acquired the chandeliers used in the show.

So, yes, this gown is 70s, I mean I think it looks it, but also still offer a bit of an old Hollywood vibe, and everyone kept telling me it had a Ginger Rogers feel. It’s also incredibly comfy, and has a cape. So…it’s a win-win. It’s one of the few pieces I kept from my grandmother’s vintage clothing collection (many pieces were too large) when I helped my sister with downsizing our grandmother’s place before her move to an assisted living situation.

Unlike our last visit, where we dined, this time we opted to just sit upstairs and enjoy the music and the bar. I can honestly say that the night ranks among one of my favorites since moving, and in life. I had a complete ball chatting with all of my other glamorous friends, and we even got down on the dance floor joined the conga line there was going for a period of time.

Hope your weekend is going well so far!

Outfit
Gown: Belonged to my grandmother
Shoes: Re-Mix
Purse & Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Earrings: I don’t remember…

Down Here in New Orleans

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on a top secret Disney project. It started with a desire to have something unique for Dapper Day, and spawned into a massive endeavor creating multiple variations. Originally I intended to debut the first of my creations on Valentine’s Day, but when I spied Mardi Gras on the calendar, I couldn’t help debuting a more recent creation. What is this top secret project? Disney parasols!

With it being Mardi Gras, and Disneyland having its very own Big Easy, I decided to visit the park and Disneybound as Princess and the Frog’s Charlotte La Bouff, Tiana’s near and dear friend, who begs Tiana to whip up some of her “man catchin’ beignets” so she can snag herself a prince. Also, this parasol design is pretty much an ode to my love of beignets.

I also thought this the perfect opportunity to visit with some of the characters from Princess and the Frog, including the Shadow Man himself, Dr. Facilier, Tiana and that jazz loving gator, Louis, who is also a mighty fine dancer!

I have completed a few more Disney inspired parasols that you’ll see pop up, and have a long list of others that I am planning on creating. I also made a mate to this one, featuring Tiana and her beignets, which I made as a gift for fellow Disney lover and blogger, Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter. I hope she and I can visit together soon with them.

Outfit
Dress: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-Mix
Bangles & Scarf: Don’t remember…
Mardi Gras Pin & Purse: Disneyland

Celebrate at Cicada

Over the weekend one of my friends celebrated her birthday, and she decided to do it in style by having a Gatsby themed dinner at Cicada Club, which is located in the Oviatt Building, the oldest Art Deco building in Los Angeles. Even before moving to California I had heard of Cicada. Portland friends like Sarah of Simply Vintage and Julie of FabGabs Vintage had been during visits to LA, and boasted of its elegant ambiance. So, needless to say I was excited!

If you truly ever wanted to step back in time to a jazz supper club of the 1920s or 30s, with dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and dancing, Cicada is closest you’re going to get. With its live performances, it’s simply spectacular, and many people take the evenings quite seriously, as there were quite a few women in floor length gowns. For the evening, I pulled out my one real 20s gown. Even though I recently purchased a repro beaded flapper dress from Unique Vintage, but I’m saving it for an event in April. And just before the event I found blue velvet heels at Elsewhere Vintage! Along with repros of Daisy’s pieces from Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby.

The interior of Cicada may be familiar to fans of American Horror Story: Hotel, as its interior is the inspiration for the lobby of the Hotel Cortez, and the outside was used for the exterior shots of the Cortez. And at the conclusion of Hotel, Cicada received the Art Deco light fixtures used in the lobby. But Cicada wasn’t always a swank supper club, it actually started out as a haberdashery that many classic stars of the silver screen frequented. Speaking of the silver screen and seeming a bit familiar. A scene from The Artist was also filmed here, and prior to Cicada taking over the space, another restaurant, Rex Il Ristorante, was home here, and was the location for the infamous “slippery little suckers” scene in Pretty Woman.

Our whole party had a delightful time, and I am looking forward to returning, as it is the perfect place to go all gussied up!

Outfit
1920s Blue Velvet Gown: Thrifted, if you can believe it!
Vintage Fur Stole: Nobody’s Baby, Eugene, Oregon
Pearls: Gift from my mother
Brooch: Belonged to my grandmother
Purse, Heels, Gatsby Repro headpiece and bracelet/ring combo: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California