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

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Sorry for the lack of posts, let alone festive outfit posts! This holiday season has been hectic with the new house, multiple birthdays, and a cold, which has left little time for fun outings to wear holiday inspired ensembles, so I had Patrick snag the camera when we went out to do some extremely last minute Christmas shopping last week.

As weird as it may sound, I have odd feelings about this outfit…it’s a good outfit, perfect for the holidays, and I love this shade of red…a more cranberry if you will. But I just felt too much like my old self…my Portland self. Like this outfit was a step backward in my personal style journey. I didn’t give too much thought though to my personal style when I got dressed on this day…I just thought “You’re getting over being sick, it’s a wee bit chilly, so go for something comfy, cozy, but festive” and this was the result. The only things I really adore about this outfit are the shoes and the hood of this coat (I’ve realized I really only dig the dramatic stuff of the 40s and 50s the most, plus any hood like this reminds me of Lynn Bracken of LA Confidential, so it’s a given that I’ll like it). Like, if this coat didn’t have a hood, I likely would have parted with it long ago. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sweater set, as they are the comfiest things I own, but overall this outfit is rather uninspiring for me. While I have moved on in my style from more direct era inspired outfits, it is nice to have old standbys in the closet for those days where you are more about functionality over style. Do any of you have feelings like this toward some ensembles you put together?

I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a lovely Christmas yesterday. Stay tuned for my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day outfits!

Outfit
Coat & Tights: Buffalo Exchange
Sweater Set: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Belt: Nordstorm
Gloves & Ice Follies Brooch: ???
Shoes: Faryl Robin
Purse: Lux de Ville

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?

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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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!