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Happy New Year! Over the years I have celebrated New Year’s in a variety of ways, but this year, for the first time ever, we hosted a New Year’s party. We decided to combine our housewarming party with New Year’s Eve, and it ended up being utterly amazing. With good food, good company, and Disneyland midnight fireworks right outside our front door. Yes, that is true. In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, we have an insanely good view of Disneyland’s fireworks from the front yard of our new house, which inspired me to host a NYE party.

I originally planned to snap photos before everyone arrived, but due to the large amount of food prep we had to do, we tragically and horrifically clogging up our kitchen sink! We had to call a plumber just two hours before guests we slated to arrive, and were unable to get any pictures before the party started! These photos were honestly snapped at 2:30 this morning after everyone had left, so my hair and my make-up are a little worse for wear, but I just had to share my ensemble!

I’ve had this dress in my closet for going on three years now, and have never worn it, despite it being one of my all time favorite dresses! Like many amazing garments, I often want to wait for just the right occasion to wear something for the first time. I also baby this dress, as it is a Luis Estevez! You can read more about the spectacular designer here. This dress fully represents what I absolutely love about 1950s clothing; it utterly epitomizes the space age influence, and I wish I had more garments that were this dramatic and atomic-esque. Plus it reminds me of Jane Russell’s gown in the infamous dinner club entrance scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

We are a shoe-free household, which meant it was the perfect opportunity to wear another items that rarely gets wore – a pair of vintage Daniel Green slippers! If I had it my way I would own every pair I come across in my size and live in of them, but I know that is rather unpractical, so I just have three pairs that come out every once in awhile for house parties.

A few thoughts on New Year’s…My feelings and attitudes toward New Year’s have fluctuated over the years. When I was younger it never meant that much to me, especially when I was in school. It wasn’t a “new year” to me. That didn’t really happen until September, with a new school year, when the summer gave you a chance to explore and develop. Now that I am older, I find New Year’s a rather refreshing time period. January, for me, represents cold blues, crisp air, and trees that are gorgeously skeletal against a bright blue winter sky, all of this represents clean starts to me. A bare tree is one of the more beautiful things in the world to me, and it helps me remember we can shed things from the past and grow something new. I don’t often like to look back at the past year (which is why I rarely do yearly recap posts), instead I like to look ahead. While many of my fears from the last year continue to be very real for me and others with this current political climate, I recognize there is a lot of good and happiness still in the world, and I want to focus on that, being thankful, and trying to do good for myself, family, friends, and where I live. I don’t believe in accepting what you can’t change, because I believe (nearly) everything can change (there are a few rules of physics and science we are bound to y’all). You can be speak up, march, protest, and be a part of a larger movement that can change the world for better.

Outfit
Star Crown: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Dress: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Slippers: Buffalo Exchange
Jewelry: I can’t remember where any of this stuff came from!

Goodbye, 2016!

And HELLO, 2017! I’ll spare you reflections on 2016, and thoughts on 2017, because it’s all rather convoluted, and really not what this blog is about, so instead share with y’all what I wore for New Year’s Eve! This year we opted to go to Knott’s Berry Farm for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, and it was a lovely evening and a swell way to ring in the New Year, despite the wee bit of rain earlier in the day, hence the rain boots!

And if you’re wondering why the hearse and cemetery as a choice of location for New Year’s Eve photos… It’s because I was so pleased to see 2016 die and be buried, and thought it fitting.

How did you celebrate ringing in 2017?

Outfit
Vintage H bar C Shirt: Found by my dad
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Rain Boots: Coach
Chimayo Clutch: Great American Antiques, Bakersfield, California

Into the New Year

As I said in my previous post, I tend not to take New Years all that seriously. And with that I forgo resolutions, and sometimes even celebrating. Originally Patrick and I gave thought to ringing in the New Year at Disneyland, but eventually we opted to loaf about home… Until about 4 o’clock that is when I couldn’t stand the loafing and packing up of Christmas anymore (yes, I’m one of those who begins to tear down on December 26th, unless we have any belated celebrating with relatives). We decided to go see Into the Woods at the Downtown Disney AMC and spend the rest of the evening with tiki drinks in hand at Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, and not even attempt to get into the extremely crowded park. For the last minute decision I just threw on a rather casual outfit for the holiday, knowing the area around the Disneyland Hotel would still be quite crowded, though not as sardine feeling as Disneyland itself.

How about you? Did you go out or stay in? Whichever you did, I hope you had fun and a safe holiday!

As for 2015, there is lots to look forward to on my front, and one starts tomorrow! Patrick and I are off to Vegas for the weekend! Patrick has a work event, and as we can drive, and I’m not tied down to anything, I am fee to tag along. Plus we have some friends in Vegas who I haven’t seen in ages!

Outfit
Blue Velveteen Coat: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Blouse: The Girl Can’t Help It, San Diego, California
Castle Print Skirt: A gift, but from Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Bow Tights & Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Fur Earrings: Don’t remember!
Fur Bow Chocker: Thrifted, if you can believe it!!
Purse: My Christmas present this year from my sister

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and safe New Years! Last night, Patrick and I got all gussied up and went to dinner at Gracie’s, which was delightful.

I’ve had this black velvet and turquoise dress for over a year, but have never worn it. Sad, I know! It’s such a shame that there are so few events that allow for formal gowns these days. It almost makes me miss high school and all those formal dances.  The dress is home-made, and I wish I could have known when and why!  What occasion merited a woman to make this gorgeous dress?

The coat was my Christmas present to myself this year. L.A. Confidential is one of my all time favorite movies, and for years now I’ve been longing for a coat like the one that Lynn Bracken wears when entering the liquor store at the beginning of the film (hell, I just want her whole wardrobe and house!), and this has been the closest I’ve come across, although it is shorter than her’s, and features a white brocade lining, instead of white satin.  Most of the time the black velvet, white satin coats you come across are from the 30s, and feature tight, leg-of-mutton-esque sleeves, and the hoods are lined in either velvet, sometimes with a white fur edge or lined in white fur, and often the hoods are too small to turn up for a contrast edge.  I must admit that I think in time I’ll make an exact replica of Lynn’s coat, but for now, this will do.

Outfit
Dress: Don’t recall…
Bracelet, Earrings and Necklace: Gifts
Gloves: Thrifted
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Metal Box Purse (which I guess you really can’t see…) Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Coat: Etsy, PinUp Revival

To a Prosperous Year

Last night Patrick and I participated in libations and laughter at AlexSandra’s (that is of course of AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium) New Years celebration.  It was an evening of delightful conversation, liquor and vintage party hats and noise makers…

For the evening I wore a different dress than I intended…I purchased a delightful silver number at the last Plucky Maidens show, but when I saw this number at Wanderlust, I nearly fainted. And, yes, it’s a front zip dress! *gasp!* Oh, and yes, there is a giant painting of Marilyn Monroe…Our apartment building is so cool.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years! I suspect it’ll take awhile to get used to saying twenty-thirteen…but I suppose it’s part of living in a new century.

Outfit
Dress: Wanderlust, Portland
Vintage Stockings: Gosh, Expo? Some antique mall? Who knows…
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange, Portland …or at least I think so.
Earrings & Ring: Gifts
Necklace: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg