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

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