Spooky Hillbilly Chic

We’re almost all moved into our new house, meaning we almost have all of our stuff over at the house! But we are far from settled! We’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to blog about an outfit I wore a week and a half ago! Normally I like to blog within three days of taking photos, unless it’s like a road trip or something. But anyway!

Recently I’ve found myself developing a taste for what I call “hillbilly chic.” A branch of my love of western wear, and I think best described as if Elly May was more into wearing dresses. So when I spied this dress I knew it fit that bill, plus was the perfect color combo for a spooky visit to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Hopefully not too long will drag between posting again! Plus I have a product review I need to do too!! I hope you’re all having a spooktacular October!

Outfit
Dress & Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Olvera Street
Bangles: Here and there
Leather Barrette: Knott’s Berry Farm

Sleepy Hollow

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! This move went topsy turvy real fast due to the fire in the Anaheim Hills. I received a few concerned messages about our new home, which was sweet. What was funny is that our soon-to-be old apartment in Orange is actually closer to where the fire is, and roughly three or so miles from where they were evacuating. While we were safe in assuming we wouldn’t be evacuated, we chose to move a good deal of our dearest possessions when the fire was at its worst. Anyway, the point is, this move is not exactly going how I planned. But I’ve managed to eke in a post!

Last weekend Patrick and I along with a bunch of friends went up to Riley’s Farm for their dinner theater presentation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Riley’s Farm is like if you took a small corner of New England and plopped it in the hills of Oak Glen. There are orchards to pick from, a colonial style tavern, and on some days even colonial activities such as candle dipping, tomahawk throwing, and more. It’s both a popular field trip location for schools as well as a place for families to find the perfect pumpkin and pick their own apples. But I just adore their dinner theater productions, and this is the second year we’ve been for Sleepy Hollow.

Please excuse any further long gaps between posts! This move really has done a number on us! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll likely see some Insta-stories of our move process! In the meantime, I hope you are all having a lovely October!

Outfit
Dress: Red Door Vintage, Redlands, California
Cat Brooch: Match Accessories
Shoes: Target

The Sixth Annual Tiki Day

Sunday was the sixth annual Tiki Day in the Park at Disneyland. Like Dapper Day, Tiki Day is one of the unofficial theme days at Disneyland, and is a time for those who love tiki culture and Disney to come together. I’ve been feeling the Halloween vibes a lot lately and opted for a darker look for this Tiki Day.

One thing I love about this dress is not just its cut, but there are these almost Mickey designs throughout it, and I thought that the Mickey mummy macaroon was a nice spooky reflection of the dress’s print and my Halloween vibes, not to mention it was absolutely delicious!!

Like our visit to Knott’s on Saturday for Spooky Farm, I fully intended to make a new parasol for Tiki Day, but this big news that I will share soon has kept me from doing any parasols lately! So I just used my Shrunken Ned one again, but I thought it worked well with my darker vibes, as he’s a “witchdoctor.” I won’t keep you on the edge of your seat for too much longer! I’m planning to share the news this week. But if you follow me on Instagram, then you already know!

Outfit
Nani of Hawaii Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Re-Mix
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Tiki Mask Ring: Junk for Joy, Burbank, California
Flower Headpiece & Parasol: Made by me

Spooky Saturday

Saturday was the first day of “Spooky Farm” at Knott’s Berry Farm. Spooky Farm is Knott’s Berry Farm’s kid friendly event, happening every weekend during October, and it allows for kids to dress up and trick-or-treat within Ghost Town, take part in a costume contest, and more. For me, even though I can’t do any of that, it’s still fun to enjoy the autumn atmosphere and interact with some friendly ghosts.

I picked up this dress at the same time and shop as the dress I wore for my Rapunzel Disneybound that I wrote about last month, and just like that dress, I have been waiting eagerly to wear this! The moment I saw it I knew it was going to be the dress to wear to Spooky Farm! And it was quite the hit too, which made me happy.

I had always intended to make another Spooky Farm parasol, but September got really crazy for us, and that won’t die down anytime soon due to some major news that I can’t wait to share with you!

Outfit
Dress: Decades Vintage Clothing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Bat Barrette: Knott’s Berry Farm
Bangles: Here and there…
Parasol: Made by Me
Purse: Dapper Day Expo

Wardrobe Shop Review

Recently I collaborated with Wardrobe Shop, an on-line retailer specializing in vintage inspired clothing, but with an emphasis on older decades, such as the late 1800s, the early 1900s, and the 1920s, an area I’ve been wanting to expand upon more in my wardrobe.

Lately I’ve been feeling the whole 70s does Victorian, and putting my own unique spin on it, so I originally opted for the “Victorian Style Band Collar Blouse,” in black and in a medium, based on their size chart, however, when it became unavailable, I received a medium in the “Old Western Blouse” in black. When deciding I chose my size based off of their size chart, which, I must admit I found a little wonky, just take a look:

I have a 38 inch bust, so I went with a medium, as indicated by the chart, despite having a waist measurement much smaller than the “medium” waist. I knew the blouse was of the pullover design, and that it was likely to be billowy, straight cut, and thus the waist measurement was, for the most part, unimportant, and it was really the bust that mattered. But when the blouse arrived I was surprised by two things, first, Wardrobe Shop is simply a retailer. That is they do not design and manufacture like some other vintage inspired companies. As Wardrobe Shop says on their about page, “We have spent countless hours searching for the most elegant and beautiful era pieces in existence today.” As it turns out this blouse (as well as the “Victorian Style Band Collar Blouse”) is by Scully, a western clothing company, and one I am familiar with. I own several tops and bottoms by them, and based on that experience, I know their stuff runs rather large. In fact, every item I own by them is a size small. Which leads me to the second thing I was surprised by, the actual bust measurement. When laid flat, the bust measures 24 inches across, which translates to a bust of 48 inches; ten inches over what it says a medium bust is. I could most certainly forgive this if the bust were 40 inches, giving a two inch give zone, but this just seemed silly. But knowing that Wardrobe Shop is a retailer, they work with many different companies and manufacturers, and probably attempted to create a size chart that was happy medium between all of the different sizes and measurements between different manufacturers.

Had the website indicated that the garment was by Scully, I would have likely ordered a small, regardless of what Wardrobe Shop’s size guide said. Although, as I have been writing this post, I’ve been navigating through their site more and hovering over the tab for both blousees it does say “by Scully” as seen in this screencap, however it is not at all clearly stated on the garment’s page. But instead of contacting Wardrobe Shop to explain the sizing situation I decided to just give the blouse a go and showcase the medium, and what it looks like on a 38 inch bust.

I wore the blouse for an evening at Knott’s Scary Farm, and I received a surprising amount of compliments. But as you will see, there is a lot of fabric going on and it droops slightly at the shoulders, indicating it is indeed too big. The blouse is relatively straight cut, with no real fit, as it pulls over the head, with the four buttons for give when putting it on. The straighter cut means the blouse is gathered greatly at the waist when tucked into a skirt, and with so much extra fabric, you would be hard pressed to want to wear a tight skirt with it.

The standing collar has some eyelet lace work applied over the fabric, and continues with some along the sides of the button area. The sleeves border on leg of mutton in shape, which is a look I quite like, and come to a two button cuff at the end. With the medium however I was able to slip the top on and off without needed to undo the buttons.

The blouse is made of a wonderful thick cotton. Yes, pure 100% cotton. It’s glorious, and oh so comfortable. I enjoyed an evening of around 75, and dipping into the high 60s without getting chilly. I also rode the Timber Mountain Log Ride and got wet, but, like I said, it’s such a thick cotton, I didn’t even feel the water on me! It was crazy!

Bottomline, great blouse, but Scully is a pretty great brand. However if you take a turn about Wardrobe Shop’s site you’ll spy unique offerings that you may not find at just any ol’ vintage inspired clothing website, as they offer Victorian inspired garments, gorgeous 1910s/Downton Abbey style dresses, and stunning flapper/Great Gatsby beaded numbers. I just recommend planning ahead and ordering well in advance of any event, as you might run into a size issue, and need to exchange the garment.

Outfit
Blouse: Courtesy of Wardrobe Shop
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Belt: I don’t remember…
Brooch: Found by my dad
Purse: Great American Antiques, Bakersfield, California
Shoes: Miss L Fire

Disclosure: I received this blouse free of charge from Wardrobe Shop in exchange for an honest review of their item.

Country Rapunzel

Way back in April, during our road trip to Idaho, I scored a square dancing dress that was absolutely perfect for a Rapunzel Disneybound and I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to wear it. That perfect moment arrived when I was invited to a Disney couples themed Disneybound event! So Patrick, who doesn’t really Disneybound, did his bare minimum to bound as Flynn with a blue shirt, and tan shorts (although I have no photos to show you) and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the park.

One of the things we did as a group was ride Kind Arthur’s Carousel and I happened to find a steed that coordinated perfectly with my ensemble!

Outfit
Hair Flowers: Michael’s
Dress: Decades Vintage Clothing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Petticoat: Amazon
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Shoes: Re-Mix

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Last weekend Knott’s Berry Farm’s interactive guest experience Ghost Town Alive came to a close. The summer event was like a three month long, family friendly version of Westworld, and I enjoyed getting super dressed up for visits. I originally had much grander outfits planned for visiting during the last couple of days, but humidity and 100 degree days changed all that. The result is only one outfit post from the final days. But at least it’s an outfit that features my new boots!

Last year I wrote an open letter to Knott’s Berry Farm regarding their unique offering of Ghost Town Alive, and took the time to acknowledge specific people involved. I want to do the same, and showcase some of the stunning photographs Patrick took. So I plan to share that sometime soon.

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange
Boots: West of Texas, Redlands, California
Horseshoe Necklace: Knott’s Berry Farm
Deputy Badge: “Earned” last year at Knott’s
Purse: Frock You, San Diego, California