Jackalope Jamboree

Some of you may already know of my love of the mythical creature the jackalope, so it was no surprise when Erstwilder released a jackalope brooch I just had to get my hands on one!

Now unlike so many of my vintage loving friends, I’m actually not the biggest fan of Erstwilder’s stuff, as I feel like their use of varying patterned plastics creates too much texture within a brooch. I’m also super picky about the jackalope stuff I buy, because there is some weird, not so cute stuff out there, but thankfully, this jackalope only featured limited use of patterned plastics, and overall was a really cute design.

During a recent visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, I began talking with one of the women who works at Leather Shop, where I am now fully addicted to their leather barrette. Seriously, they offer an amazing selection of unique stamps (most of which are western themed) and they make you your very own custom leather barrette right there! I spied a rabbit stamp and talked about how I wish it were a jackalope, and the girl said “I can do that.” And she did! I was so excited! And it turned out super amazing! It was the perfect addition to my outfit.

She shared with me other custom ones she had done, and we got talking and soon I settled on wanting to make one featuring an element from my favorite show The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and she was able to complete that as well, so I hope to share it soon!

I want to thank all of you who commented on my last post. It was very wonderful to hear your thoughts, struggles, and encouragement. I really love the community blogging creates, and hope to continue to be a part of that. I’m also working on how I want to share my charm bracelet collection, as that was a highly requested collection to share. It may be a two or three part post, as I do have quite a few charm bracelets, and like with the linens post, I’ll want to take close-ups of some of my favorite charms.

Outfit
Dress: I don’t remember…
Belt: Found by my dad
Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Jackalope Brooch: Erstwilder
Hair Barette: Knott’s Berry Farm

A Girl and her Jackalope

Have you ever just had an idea for something with no real reason behind it except that it would just be cool? Well, I had one of those when we made plans to visit Joshua Tree National Park over the days we were spending out there for my birthday. People love taking pictures with their pets, and sadly, we are a petless household right now, with the exception of one, rather stiff, little buddy, Mr. Van Cleef, our jackalope, with whom I have wanted to do photos with for sometime.

I won’t lie, I have completely fallen head over heels in love with chiffon maxi skirts over the last year, but have had trouble finding some without either spending an arm and a leg, or shopping at stores I hate. So when I found two chiffon maxis (including this one), a few weeks ago, it was like hitting the jackpot. I love the fact that they still evoke an old west feel, but also feel like something else entirely, not to mention are perfect for the heat of California.

Outfit
Hat and Top: Found by my dad
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange, Costa Mesa, California
String Tie: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Sandals: Minnetonka
Turquoise Rings: Living Threads Vintage, Portland, Oregon and Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Bracelet: I forget…

Office Party

Recently Patrick’s work moved into a new office, and to celebrate they threw a house warming kind of party. It’s been really exciting watching Patrick and his co-workers grow as a company. They started out as a small start up, and are now part of a huge company that deals in mapping software, or this thing called ArcGIS…whatever that’s about…all I know is that it involves maps, computers and Patrick likes it. But I’m quite proud of him and his team and the development they’ve gone through over the last few years. Anyhow, on to what I wore!

Sometimes it blows my mind how I can wear something quite often, and it’s one of my favorite things, yet it hasn’t been featured on my blog yet! That is the case with this brooch, which features my spirit animal, the jackalope. (Shh…I know they’re not real, but it’s still my spirit animal)

Outfit
Blouse: Bettie Page Clothing (now Tatyana)
Skirt: Switchblade Stiletto, Naked City, Portland, Oregon
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstrom
Tooled Leather Belt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Tooled Leather Purse: Lafayette School House Antique Mall, Lafayette, Oregon
Jackalope Brooch: Hungry Designs
Saddle Ring: Central Park Antique Mall, Bakersfield, California
Earrings: Aquanetta
“Doll” Bracelet: Expo
Shoes: Babydoll by Remix, via Ebay

Frozen

Earlier in the week two friends mention they hadn’t seen Frozen yet, and we immediately set to remedy that. Because clearly I needed to see Frozen for a third time in cinemas.

I won’t lie, I had a really hard time picking a coat that worked with this ensemble. Sometimes it really sucks when you have a marvelous, perfectly color coordinated outfit and there isn’t a coat that works. One is just not the right style, one is too light-weight, the others are the wrong color completely. Ultimately I picked this long leopard print that was originally intended for my Kitka cosplay that didn’t pan out, but I’ve been wearing it loads lately as it’s still pretty chilly here. I mean, leopard is a neutral, right?

The jackalope brooch is actually the second one I have, and the other day I realized I have never highlighted my other one, even though I wear it all the time! Any other bloggers who face that issue? Anyhow, this one I picked up at Wanderlust, from her hand-made section. And love his little rosy cheeks! It allows the brooch to lend itself to be paired with pinks so well.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Outfit
Leopard Print Coat: Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
Sweater & Belt: Thrifted
Skirt & Jackalope Brooch: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Ross…? TJ Maxx…? One of those places…
Purse: Flea Market
Earrings: Expo
Bangles: Various

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

It always means a great deal to me when someone tells me I inspire them.  It is one of the best compliments I can receive.  And as I read my comments from my last post I could feel my face get warm from blushing at the fact that Deborah of Hellcat Vintage nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Deborah is a fabulous rockabilly mom who loves Disneyland and Doctor Who. She’s all sorts of fantastic. I thank you greatly, Deborah for this honor!

The rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are that you must post seven random facts about yourself, then nominate seven bloggers for the award! So, here it goes!

1. I believe in ghosts.

Image is of The Brown Lady

While I have never seen a full body apparition, I have experienced a handful of spooky encounters, and also, I’ve just never had a good enough reason not to believe in them. While I am a firm believer in science, I do believe there are some things that we will never understand.

2. I LOVE NASCAR.

This may not be too incredibly random, as I have posted about the historic NASCAR races and the third-tier K&N series, but I often attempt to put those in a more artistic photography and general racing light when I post about them.  I also do state it on my About page.  But I haven’t been to a Cup race since I was a senior in high school, and it is bumming me out!  Racing has always been around me.  My dad’s dad raced jalopies, and my dad loves many forms of auto racing, so I grew up with the roar of dragsters, stock cars and sprint cars and I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t like NASCAR. Sometimes it’s hard to talk about NASCAR, as it has certain stigmas surrounding it. But I feel like I am proof that not every NASCAR fan is a fat, beer drinking piece of white trash.

3. When I was little, I wanted to be “a Disney drawer person”

Ya know, when you’re four you don’t know the word “animator” so I came up with the title I knew best! I enjoyed drawing, and felt that drawing for Disney was the place to be. Other professions that were contemplated as I grew up were archeologist, NASCAR broadcaster, and journalist.

4. I have an irrational fear of veils.

Not of like the veils that come attached the vintage hats, but like super opaque veils…I guess maybe a shroud would be a better term. So anything like this TERRIFIES ME!!! Like I can’t look at the screen when someone looks like this! Color doesn’t matter. I literally have to look away from the screen (or stage, as it has occurred in plays and burlesque performances) and request that who ever I am with inform me when the veil is gone or the character is no longer on screen/stage.

5. I rather dislike flowers.

My dislike of flowers is kind of two fold. I just don’t like them. But I am also creeped out by them in a way.  Especially flowers that behave like humans.  I think it comes down to that scene in Hook, when the flower sneezes on Peter.  And as awesome as the Enchanted Tiki Room is, I really get freaked out when the flowers begin to sing. I feel like flowers are just bound to attack me. But there are some flowers I do like. Patrick likes to describe my taste in nature as “If it looks like it existed in pre-historic times, you’ll love it.”

6. Until a few years ago I thought jackalopes were real.

Yep. It wasn’t until I was at a restaurant with Patrick and a friend where there was a taxidermy jackalope and I said “I really want a pet jackalope.” My friend said, “You can’t have one.” “Why?” I asked, “Are they endangered or something?” Patrick and my friend looked at each other, before my friend said, “Janey, they aren’t real.” Biggest blonde moment ever! I’m also rather obsessed with the little mythical creature. But picky about the items I buy that feature them.

7. I really dig Thomas Paine.

I think Paine was a very interesting person with good ideas that helped the progress of the American Revolution. He was a very complex man with very modern notions.  And it is sad that later in life he became a bit of an alcoholic, and only had six attend his funeral, and that today his remains are missing.

Well, there you have it!  Once again, thank you Deborah for nominating me for this fun and unique award!

Those I would like to nominate…

1. Sara of Lilies & Remains. Sara always has such wonderful color palettes to her outfits that often inspire me to take an unexpected but obvious route with some of my outfits.

2. Tasha of By Gum, By Golly. Tasha is so inspiring in so many ways.  First there is her creativeness! She sews and knits and her blog encourages me to go forward with projects.  Also, she rocks vintage casual so incredibly well, and it’s inspiring knowing that vintage doesn’t have to be dresses and skirts all the time.

3. Andi of Andi B. Goode. Andi has a fun almost pop art wardrobe that really inspires me to pair bright colors together every now and then.  She also digs some of the same “geeky” things I do, like Batman, and she even cosplays from time to time, inspiring me that vintage and cosplay can go hand-in-hand.

4. Whitney of Little Heap Vintage.  While Whitney’s blog may be very new, she is already very inspiring.  She has a great outlook for her blog and it reminds me that messages are important with blog posts from time to time.

5. Harlow of Vintage at Heart. Harlow always looks so graceful, and elegant, and she inspires me by her fun way she presents her outfits.

6. Lizzie of The Vintage Traveler.  Lizzie is such a wealth of information about the fashions we all love.  She inspires me to keep reading history books about fashion.  She also has the keen message of recycling, quality and made-in-the-US that really matters to me too, and it continues to inspire me to purchase locally and always check labels.

7. Jessica of Chronically Vintage.  I know Jessica just received this award back in September, but Jessica is a very true inspiring blogger for me.  She is an excellent writer that inspires me to take time with my blog posts, and that words are good too.  She has such a beautiful way with words that really draws you in.  She is an outstanding commenter too.  And she continually inspires me to seek out and comment on new blogs.  Not to mention her wardrobe is marvelous too!

Anatomy of a Vanity

When I wrote my review of Red Apple Lipstick, I got a comment or two on how some were distracted (I assume in a good way!) by what was going on in the background, so I figured it may be a good time to share a few pictures of my beloved vanity.

Hope you enjoyed!

Introducing Mr. Van Cleef!

I’d like to take this time to introduce the addition to our home, Mr. Van Cleef, the Jackalope.

I had been wanting one of these mythic creatures for sometime now, and Patrick was lucky enough to score one on Ebay for us.  He’s the first in what I hope becomes a large collection of taxidermy in our home.  Currently he’s sitting in our living room, but when we get an apartment with a second bedroom or a house, he will go in what will become our sewing room/guest room, which will be decked out in the finest western and Mexican themed kitsch, complete with black velvet matador paintings and Mexican blankets.