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!
Patrick and I went back to back with theme parks this Christmas, with Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas Eve and Disneyland Christmas Day. We enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of the holiday season throughout the park, from the garlands to the Dapper Dans, it was a beautiful sun filled Christmas Day.
I won’t lie, I kind of feel bad for all of the theme park spam lately! The holiday season is hectic, and Knott’s and Disneyland are easy to turn to between all of the fun delights they offer, as well as the familiar faces they have; I had several friends working Christmas Day at the Disneyland Resort, so it was nice to be able to wish them a “Merry Christmas”.
As we look to New Year’s festivities, there will likely be a wee bit more of the theme park spam. We are spending New Year’s Eve at Knott’s, followed by attending the Tower of Terror farewell party that is in the evening New Year’s Day! But as for 2017, Patrick and I have loads of (non-theme park) plans already! And I can’t wait to share those experiences with you!
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!
The other day Patrick and I decided to go to Disneyland for brunch. I know it may seem really weird that my last post and this one involve Pat and I going to amusement parks for dining, but seriously, we have no food right now and it’s been pointless to go to grocery shopping, as we will be out of town later this week. It’s been on the cooler side lately so I was able to take one of my favorite sweater sets for a spin and wear one of my favorite Christmas Disney pin sets; Joe and Jenny from the animated short Once Upon a Wintertime.
I remember falling in love with the short as a child, as it was one of many delightful winter and Christmas themed shorts Disney put together on A Walt Disney Christmas, which I watched religiously on VHS during the holiday season, now if only they would release it on DVD! Once Upon a Wintertime however was originally released within the film Melody Time, which is thankfully available on DVD.
While I have other Once Upon a Wintertime pins, these ones in particular were hard to come by, as they are from a “Sweethearts” pin set that featured other Disney couples, and so finding someone who broke up the set is quite a rare thing. I purchased Jenny on eBay last year, and have been searching for Joe since, and I found him just a couple weeks ago! Just in time for Christmas at the park!
Do you have favorite cartoons or holiday movies you enjoy watching this time of year? What are some of them?
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.
Last week Patrick and I blasted some Christmas tunes and decorated for Christmas. It takes a couple of days to get everything sorted and put up. Between last year and this, we acquired some more vintage Christmas decorations, including a vintage wall-hanging aluminum tree! As well as some more delightful vintage ceramic pieces that belonged to my great grandmother.
What is your favorite part of the holidays? I really love decorating and listing to Christmas music. I have a massive collection, which I’m always eager to add more to, especially quirky, weird stuff. Last year I added Bad Religion’s Christmas album and Bonnie McKee’s “California Winter”, which has the most adorable music video! This year I’ve already added to the collection too, with selections from Kacey Musgrave‘s new Christmas album, which included a cover of my favorite Christmas song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.