Cowgirl Coven

With the move, we’ve been unable to really do anything for Halloween at the house, which is a bummer, as I adore Halloween! So I’ve been trying to squeeze in visits to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy their Halloween festivities as much as possible. Over the weekend we did just that with a visit to Knott’s.

During the Halloween season Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm, and for years, they have had Elvira as a headliner, and during our latest visit for Scary Farm I channeled my inner Elvira, but with a western spin.

Elvira is actually someone I’ve kind of been enamored with since I was really young. I remember being at a store during her Coors Light days and seeing a cardboard stand-up of her, and just being in total awe. As I grew up and developed a love for Ed Wood, and Vampira, I learned about the court case between the two horror hostesses, in which Vampira sued her. Ultimately, the case was dismissed, but I began to kind of resent Elvira, as it was fairly obvious she was influenced by Vampira. But today I love both gothy gals, and admire them both. I kind of relate to Elvira in that she’s got a sexy goth look going (which I’ve always loved, but only break out during Halloween), but also super bubbly instead of that stereotype, monotone goth of “I hate life.” She’s hilarious, and witty, and I always have mad respect for people who can do tassel twirl.

Tonight Elvira “officially” retires from Knott’s Scary Farm, and Patrick and I plan on being there to enjoy her act one more time, as well as get scared by the over 1000 monsters Scary Farm boasts for our Halloween evening. I hope all of you have a lovely and safe Halloween!

Outfit
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Earrings: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Fishnets: Marshal’s
Shoes: Re-Mix

Daisy Jean Brooch Review

Recently I was contacted by Daisy Jean Floral Designs to review new items from their stellar Halloween collection. Now, I’m always on the hunt for new Halloween themed jewelry, so I was super excited to take a look at their collection. I selected the “Witch’s Flight” brooch, and the “Winged Accomplice” brooch from the collection.

With Halloween around the corner I took the “Witch’s Flight” out for a spin when we took a break from moving to grab a bite to eat.

Each brooch is a mini work of art, as they are made of laser cut acrylic, and then tediously hand painted, followed by a coat of resin, and feature a locking clasp glued to the back. It’s important to note and understand that because of the hand made nature of these brooches (and just about anything hand made) there is always the possibility for some minor imperfections, which my pieces had, but I’m always fine with that, because Daisy Jean is upfront and clear about that on their product pages, and I understand it comes with the territory of hand made items, and I believe in supporting small businesses.

The witch is classic, and reminds me so much of the paper Halloween decorations that we all know and love. It is a perfect and elegant addition to an outfit for any Halloween event.

The “Winged Accomplice” brooch (as well as other pieces from the collection) is more versatile. Like I know I can rock this brooch for Harry Potter themed ensembles, as I’m in Ravenclaw. It would also work well for Maleficent Disneybounds, or if you just love ravens! It is a gorgeous layered piece, with a white backing plus two more layers, giving the wonderful illusion that the bird is taking flight right off of you!

The “Wise Watcher” owl brooch, another from their Halloween collection, really gave me a Twin Peaks vibe, so like I said, the pieces can work outside of Halloween well. Daisy Jean also offers a wide range of other magnificent brooches, including a Wartime Women collection and spring themed designs.

Overall, I am really impressed with Daisy Jean’s brooches. They are so unique and really quite impressive. The acrylic is thick, and brooches have quite a lot of body to them without being bulky. I greatly look forward to future collections from them.

Also check out Daisy Jean on Facebook and Instagram!

Outfit
Brooch: Courtesy of Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Blouse: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Fishnets: Oroblu
Shoes: ???

Disclosure: I received these brooches free of charge from Daisy Jean Floral Designs in exchange for an honest review of their items.

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

Mickey’s Halloween Party

Earlier this week Patrick and I attended one of Mickey’s Halloween Parties at Disneyland, an event that is one of the few chances where adults get to wear costumes at the Disneyland Resort. I had several costume crisis moments leading up to the event this year, and ultimately went with one of my laziest costumes ever, even though it is one I have wanted to do for sometime. This year I went as Zunar J5/9 Doric 4-7, AKA Jake, from the 1978 Disney live action film The Cat from Outer Space, a childhood favorite of mine. The film has long since been forgotten by most, and fallen into obscurity by even the most die-hard Disney fans. The thing that differentiates Jake from just a standard cat is that his collar lights up and allows for him to do extraordinary things, like move objects and freeze people. Thankfully, Patrick worked it all out for me, using EL wire and some gems I got at the craft store. I also made a purse that looks like Jake’s ship, which itself looks a bit like a cat face.

I have gone as obscure Disney characters before (I went as Clarice one year, and Slue Foot Sue another), but never obscure enough that no one knew who I was, well this year it happened. No one knew who I was, or if they did, they didn’t say anything to me! However I noticed a few of you on Instagram said you knew the film when I posted some selfies from the evening. So, you guys are awesome!

One of the best things about the Halloween party this year was that there was a new (to the west coast that is) parade! In past years Disneyland featured the “Boo to You” parade, which felt very kid-y, and not all that great in my opinion. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World, featured the much more villainous and spooky “Frightfully Fun” parade, which people raved about. But this year the resorts swapped parades! And I can honestly say this parade is my favorite parade ever. It started out with the Headless Horseman, who was followed by some of the most beautiful floats I have ever seen, and included many Nightmare Before Christmas pieces.

October continues to bring lots of spooky events! And this weekend I’m hosting a small party with a few of fellow witchy friends, followed by Pin-Up Parade in the Park on Sunday! Which I’ll be attending and bounding as my favorite villain’s “peg leg lackey”. If you know who that is, then kudos!

I hope you are all having a wonderful autumn week!

Costume Details
Dress: Marshall’s, but painted by me
Tights: Target
Mocs: Minnetonka
Ears, Tail & Purse: 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

Riley’s Farm

Last Friday Patrick and myself along with some friends went to Riley’s Farm for a perfect day filled with all things autumn! Riley’s Farm is an odd little place tucked away in the hills of Oak Glen that likes to pretend it’s New England. It offers a wide variety of orchards for guests to pick their own produce, living history elements (much of which is focused on colonial and Revolutionary War), a tavern, bakery, and theatre.

We started our day at the The Hawk’s Head for brunch before venturing into the apple orchard to pick some apples for an apple crisp Patrick plans on baking soon. Then it was to the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin. Afterward we attended a dinner theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and not only was it dinner and a show, we also got to dance, have pumpkin seed spitting contests, and even enjoy a hayride. Sadly I didn’t get any snaps of the show or fun during, but I can honestly say it was one of the most wonderful and unique experiences I have had. Riley’s Farm is gorgeous, full of people, and very educational in the best way.

The pumpkin patch is located on a hill and the dirt is so soft and fine, I’m glad I chose to wear flats, which were my flats I used to wear for work, so I’m glad I kept them around! They were certainly filthy by the time I got home. They started the day out black!

The theatre at Riley’s Farm does a variety of productions throughout the year, and soon they are doing a production of Dracula that some of us are talking about going to. They also do A Christmas Carol, and come next spring they are doing a Sherlock Holmes production, which has not only piqued my interest but that of many of my friends. So I have a sneaking suspicion that Riley’s Farm is going to become a frequented place.

Outfit
Dress: Buffalo Exchange…I think…I’m not entirely sure.
Bangles: Here and there…
Owl Brooch: Match Accessories
Shoes: Target

Spooktacular Season

It’s October! And with it brings one of my favorite holidays, Halloween! While I decorated last week I am still recovering some a bit of a cold, and just now got around to photographing! I was so happy to add a few new pieces of vintage Halloween decor this year that I acquired between last Halloween and now, including a new addition to my devil girl collection!

The honeycomb cat is one of my favorite pieces, yet it rarely goes out, since he is so fragile, but he hasn’t been out in a few years, so I felt it was time. I found him at the Goodwill outlet (aka The Bins) if you can believe it!

This month is quite busy already…October always seems to be. In fact later today we are off to a wedding, then Tiki Day in the Park is Sunday, and of course we will be going to one of the Halloween parties at Disneyland a bit later in the month. I hope to squeeze in a few visits to some of SoCal’s creepy haunts and share them with you!

Have you decorated for Halloween yet? And what plans do you have for the holiday?