Golly, What a Day!

The Disneyland Resort likes to make their annual passholders (also known as APs) feel special, and last year they started doing a month long event called AP Days. AP Days usually means exclusive merch, special screenings, and exclusive meet-and-greets with characters who rarely make appearances at the parks. You might recall a post around this time year, when Roger Rabbit was one of those exclusive characters and I made a parasol featuring the Toon Patrol. This time, the Disneyland Resort is celebrating the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, which debuted in the 70s, and in keeping with that theme, the brought back characters from their 1973 version of Robin Hood. I was overjoyed when I heard this, as this version of Robin Hood is one of my favorite Disney films, and quickly put together my Allan-a-Dale Disneybound and grabbed my matching parasol to visit with the characters.

Now that I feel like I’ve finally gotten the hang of this whole Disneybounding thing, and doing it with my own personal style, I’ve been thinking of doing a blog post about it to just have in my back pocket as a reference in the future, or to help out those who like the idea of Disneybounding, but not sure how to integrate their personal vintage esthetic into it.

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Clam Diggers, Scarf, & Bangle: I don’t remember…
Shoes: Re-Mix
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Robin Hood Brooch: D23 Expo

Practically Perfect

Over the weekend Patrick and I attended the Downtown Anaheim Art Crawl. The highlight was that Pop Comics hosted a Mary Poppins themed gallery featuring works by local artists, including some friends. I don’t own a lot of Mary Poppins themed garments or jewelry, with the exception of a vintage Mary Poppins charm bracelet, so I revolved my outfit around it.

Outfit
Coat: Red Fox Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Blouse and Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Tights: Target
Shoes: Re-Mix
Mary Poppins Charm Bracelet: I don’t remember…
D Brooch: Match Accessories

Christmas Day at Disneyland

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!

Outfit
Sweater Set & Shoes: Umm…I honestly don’t remember…
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Red & White Bangle: Gift from my dad
Green Bakelite Hinge Bangle: Buffalo Exchange 

Dapper Cowgirl

With so many Halloween festivities, fall Dapper Day (an unofficial day at the Disneyland Resort when Guests are encouraged to “step out in style” for a day at the park) really snuck up on me and I honestly felt like I had nothing to wear. But when I noticed the temperatures were going to be on the cooler side, and wanting to be different than the rest of the well-dressed crowd, I opted to pull out some of my nicer, more spiffy vintage western wear.

I am overjoyed that I opted for this look as opposed to a dress or blouse/skirt combo. I was comfortable, yet still stylish, and got to showcase some of my favorite pieces from my wardrobe that don’t go out often. While I have loads of western wear, I tend not to wear the true vintage in fear of something happening to it. But for a laid back day at the park, it worked out very well.

Not only did I get to see so many familiar faces, I met lots of new people, and I got to finally meet some readers and Instagramers in person! Which is always a treat!

There was the added bonus of the Dapper Day Expo where true vintage and vintage inspired vendors sold their wares. I came home with quite the Match Accessories bundle, including this amazing Davy Crockett guitar brooch! I also scored two new to me vintage dresses, including a Swirl!

Outfit
Hat: Orange Circle Antique Mall, Orange, California
Jacket, Shirt, and String Tie: Found by my dad
H Bar C Pants: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Belt: ???
Shoes: Re-Mix
Brooch: Match Accessories

“I took care of everything. Everything on the list!”

Twice a year, Pinup Girl Clothing hosts Pin-Up Parade in the Park, an event at Disneyland, similar to that of Dapper Day, where gals are encouraged to dress up and celebrate pin-up style. The first one of the year was back in April (which you can see here), and since the second one fell in fall, attendees were highly encouraged to Disneybound as their favorite villain.

While Ratigan, from The Great Mouse Detective, is my favorite villain, my bound simply wasn’t coming together, but all of the pieces fell into place for me to bound as Ratigan’s “peg leg lackey”, Fidget. During the film, Fidget is given a task to acquire a list of things for Ratigan, and as per my MO, I, of course, needed a parasol to accompany me, and based my parasol design on the list.

I went with an asymmetrical skirt, which I have been a big fan of lately to offer an abstract take on Fidget’s peg leg, and paired two scarves together to emulate his two-tone scarf.

Just like last time, PUG hosted Disney themed trivia questions and gave winners “gift codes”, codes that gave the winners credit toward on-line purchases in varying amounts. Last time I walked away with $650 in credit. This time however I only came out with $125, which is still nothing to scoff at and I look forward to adding a few new items to my wardrobe in the near future.

I can’t believe next weekend is the last weekend in October! Where did the month go? It’s already shaping up to be a jam-packed weekend, including Stan Lee’s Comic Con, which Patrick and I are attending. We also got invited to four Halloween parties that weekend, and Saturday is the annual Anaheim Halloween Parade, which I missed out on the last two years! So I have some priority sorting to do before the weekend arrives, not to mention cosplays to work on! I hope your weekend was delightful and that your Halloween weekend is full of fun tricks and delightful treats!

Outfit
Cap: Actually Patrick’s…
Scarves: I honestly don’t know…
Motorcycle Jacket: Thrifted
Peasant top & Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange
Shoes: Re-Mix
Driving Gloves: Amazon
Ratigan pin: Disneyland
Bat D Brooch: Unique Vintage exclusive by Match Accessories

A Perfect Match! *CLOSED*

Most product reviews I do here on the blog are typically from one of two types of companies; ones I have never heard of, or ones I have heard of, but never purchased from. So today’s product review is different in that I am reviewing something from a company I already know and love, Match Accessories. Recently they revamped their wildly popular Disneyland inspired “D” brooches, and I was recently given some of these newly revamped brooches, and asked to share my thoughts on the changes they made, as well as host a giveaway!

Match Accessories, best known for their Disneyland inspired “D” brooches, sells brooches, earrings, and necklaces, all with vintage vibes, and I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed in a piece. But, I’m not everyone, and, sadly, some people had issues, and Match listened. Previously, Match was gluing on their pin-backs, and they were getting a few reports of brooches separating from their pin-backs, falling, and shattering. They have now remedied that in several ways, and I’m really impressed! This new generation of “D” brooches are thicker, by a good margin. Just check out this side by side image. The new brooch is on the left, the older brooch on the right.

They also moved away from just glue, now pin-backs are riveted on, and much more secure. The new pin-back sturdier, and still features the locking clasp. The new D is on top of an older one in the image below.

Since receiving my new brooches, I’ve worn several to the Disneyland Resort, including wearing them on attractions such as Tower of Terror and Big Thunder Mountain, and haven’t had any issues. I also got a slew of compliments! Minnie Mouse even spied it on me and simply loved it, pointing to it and jumping up and down excitedly.

And best of all, you can enter to win your very own “D” brooch in their latest style, a new faux tortoise shell! Perfect to wear with any and all tortoise shell jewelry or “root beer” bakelite!

Just follow the rules below, you have until September 29th to enter!

  1. Follow Match on either @matchaccessoriesTwitter or “Like” them on Facebook.
  2. Visit Match’s website and take a look around!
  3. Comment below with which form of social media you follow Match, and what your favorite piece off their website is!
  4. You may enter only once!
  5. Cross your fingers!

Please note that if you have not commented before on my blog, your comment will be automatically held for moderation, and will not appear instantaneously.

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PST, Thursday, September 29th. The winner will be announced, using Random.org, a week from today, on Friday, September 30th! The winner then has until October 3rd e-mail me (using the Contact Form) with their shipping information or another winner will be selected. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was given a selection of “D” brooches, including one to giveaway, free of charge, in exchange for a honest review. All Match Accessories are designed and hand-made right here in the USA, by Samantha and Jeremy, founders of Match Accessories.

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you for entering and/or for your interest. Stay tuned for another giveaway in the future.

Dapper Day!

Over the weekend I got to attend my first Dapper Day at Disneyland! And it was both amazing and overwhelming! But first, what is Dapper Day? Dapper Day is a twice yearly “unofficial” (as Disney has no part in the planning) event that happens at three Disney parks; Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. While each park has different days throughout the year, each park has it twice a year, and it is simply a day where Guests are encouraged to dress, you guessed it, “dapper”. Now, personally, nearly every day is Dapper Day for me, but it’s nice to have a dedicated day to go to the park and see so many other well dressed people!

While this was my first Dapper Day (between not visiting during one, and working while it occurred after the move) this one meant a lot and required a special outfit. Some of you might recall my post, Ribbons for Sam, that was about a fundraiser to help my dear friend Samantha of Match Accessories, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and her family to make it to Dapper Day for the first time as Guests, as their previous visits during Dapper Day were as vendors at the Dapper Day Expo. And they made it! So, a HUGE thank you to helped make that happen! Their being there meant I really wanted to wear my special ribbon brooch for the event! So I planned my entire outfit around it.

The color orange and I typically don’t get along, so I have little of it in my wardrobe, and decided to simply accessorize with it, pairing it with more flattering green and white. Per usual, it was slated to be sunny, and just days before I thought about wanting to make a Shere Khan parasol, just because he’s one of my favorite villains. Patrick then mentioned, “Shere Khan is orange…” so I whipped up a Shere Kahn parasol as another orange accessory for the day.

Near the end of the day Match organized a meet-up so we could show our love and support for Samantha and her family, and we snapped a group shot, but there were so many people taking the photo that I swear at least a third of all who showed up are not in the shot!

As for the Dapper Day Expo, I came home with a few brooches, including ones from Match, yet another Mexican tourist jacket, and another pair of Re-Mix shoes. But I could have spent loads more!

How many of you have been to a Dapper Day at a Disney park? I know some of you have!

Outfit
Jacket: Buffalo Exchange
Dress: Stray Cat Vintage, Fullerton, California
Belt: Belonged to my grandmother…I think…
Brooch: Courtesy of Match Accessories, thank you so much for including me!
Bangle & Scarf: ???
Shoes: Re-Mix
Shere Kahn Parasol: Made by me