Survivor Soiree

Once again, it’s been a spell. Well, when I mentioned feeling better last time, enough to go out, I basically expelled all my energy and ended up right back at square one with my spring cold. But now I’m feeling much better! And just in time to celebrate a very special event! Five years ago my dear friend, Star, had a life saving operation that was linked to endometriosis. She enjoyed celebrating the anniversary by going to Disneyland, and invited her friends to join her, asking only that they add a bit of yellow to their outfit, as yellow the color that represents endometriosis awareness. When one of our friends, Samantha of Match Accessories, was diagnosed with leukemia (more can be read about Match and Sam’s battle here), the focus shifted away from strictly endometriosis awareness to general chronic illness awareness, and those attending could wear a color that was linked to the illness they wished to represent.

Star is one of the first friends I made after moving to California, and I don’t wear yellow often, so this event is a nice opportunity to showcase any yellow I have, as well as show support for her, and raise awareness. Additionally, Samantha of Match has been a shining light in the Disney community, among being one of the sweetest and kindest persons I know, so when I saw this dress with both yellow and orange (which represents leukemia) I knew it was the dress for the occasion! I also adore the cut! The colors also worked well for a parasol I’ve been wanting to make for awhile, which is one featuring Lambert from the 1952 Disney short Lambert the Sheepish Lion.

As you can see many of us still stuck to yellow. Which I think aided in our mission of awareness because we had a lot of people ask why there were so many of us wearing yellow, and we could share our stories.

Outfit
Dress: Red Door Vintage, Redlands, California
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Brooch: Match Accessories
Lambert Parasol: Made by me

Spring into Dapper Day

Last Sunday was spring Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort. Recently I have scored some amazing vintage square dancing dresses, including several spectacular floral ones, so I decided to wear one of those for the day.

All day I felt one part cowgirl, and one part southern belle. Which works out just fine, as Frontierland and New Orleans Square merge with one another with in the park!

Dapper Day also brings the Dapper Day Expo, where vendors who sell vintage and vintage inspired goods come together and you can shop ’till you drop! Which I seriously did. I came home with three more pairs of Re-Mix shoes, a couple of vintage charm bracelets, and a few pieces of clothing, not to mention even more brooches from Match Accessories!

I hope your spring is going well!

Outfit
Dress: Ozzie Dots, Los Angeles, California
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Belt: I don’t remember…probably from my dad
Shoes: Re-Mix
Disneyland Fan: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California

Ticket to Ride

For my actual birthday, myself, Patrick, and a few friends spent the afternoon at Disneyland. I also decided it was time to do a Disneybound I’ve been working on for awhile – a Disneyland ticket book!

I got inspiration for this bound from Match Accessories limited edition D brooch that was based on the D design on Disneyland’s ticket books. Then KW Creations made this super cute pair of ticket book ears! And then Harveys made this D23 exclusive ticket book inspired purse! And the rest came to finding the scarves that matched the tickets! And at the last minute I decided to make a parasol based on the ticket book backs.

My birthday happened to fall the Friday before Dapper Day weekend, so next up will be what I wore to spring Dapper Day!

Outfit
Ticket Book Ears: KW Creations
Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Scarves: Here and there…
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Disneyland Charm Bracelet and Earrings: I don’t remember…
Shoes: Re-Mix
Parasol: Made by me
Purse: D23 Expo Exclusive by Harveys

A Horseshoe For Luck

Over the weekend was the monthly get-together at Disneyland with Vintage Visitors, the wonderful like-minded people I’ve met where two Dapper Days a year simply isn’t enough! And I was so excited when I heart the theme was gold, because Match Accessories recently released their Golden Horseshoe inspired brooch! The Golden Horseshoe is one of my favorite places in Disneyland, so I was super excited when I heard this brooch was in the works, and had to photograph it in front of the Golden Horseshoe of course!

This Match Accessories brooch is definitely favorite from their collection. Yes, it tops even the stellar cactus brooch I wore out to Corriganville! But that one is a close second. It secures with a long clasp on the back, however, due to the small area on the back, they were unable to use their new rivet backs. But I rode Big Thunder like three times and it stayed on just fine. They also made a Diamond Horseshoe brooch, as it is the Diamond Horseshoe over in Walt Disney World.

Outfit
Dress: Red Door Vintage, Redlands, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Golden Horseshoe Brooch: Match Accessories
Green Bakelite Bangle: Belonged to my grandmother
Yellow Bakelite Bangle: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
White Bangle: I can’t remember…

Corriganville

Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Corriganville Park, the former location of Corriganville, a western backlot and amusement park of sorts from 1949 to 1965.

Corriganville was built by movie and TV actor Ray Bernard, but better known as Crash Corrigan. After going on a hunting trip in Simi Valley with fellow actor, Clark Gable, in 1935, Corrigan fell in love with the area. In 1937, Corrigan purchased over 1,000 acres of land, and built his home there. He eventually went on to build an entire western backlot, dubbed Silvertown, and many films and TV showers were filmed there, including Fort Apache, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, How the West was Won, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and more. In 1949 Corrigan decided to open his backlot to the public, and the area turned into an amusement park on weekends, while still being a fully functioning backlot during the week. Think of it like a blend of Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

He also allowed film crews to build their own sets, as long as they left them standing after filming, which is how the area got a “Corsican Village” after Howard Hughes’ 1950 film Vendetta.

After selling Corriganville in 1965 to Bob Hope, the area suffered two fires, one in 1971 and another in 1979, leaving almost nothing standing. Today, Corriganville is a park, and visitors can walk among the concrete foundations and visit what remains of a man-made lake that was originally used for the Jungle Jim series, but was used in for a variety of films, including Creature from the Black Lagoon and The African Queen, as it featured a camera house built under a bridge with thick glass windows, allowing for underwater filming.

Continue reading for images of the remains of Corriganville, postcards of what it looked like, and more!

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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