Anaheim Halloween Parade – Drive Thru Style

I’m lucky enough to live in a town that has a Halloween parade every year. Under normal circumstances, there is a fall festival during the day before the parade starts. The festival is full of games, artists selling their unique works, and live music. Then as the sun sets the parade, with its collection of…

When Black Cats Prowl…

Obviously things are different this Halloween season as a result of COVID-19, and Halloween is big business here in Southern California. Typically all of the amusement parks have special events, rural areas become autumnal havens full of pumpkins and apples, while LA has its very own Haunted Hayride, and even local homes do their own…

A Rainbow of Bangles from Match Accessories

Long time readers of the blog are probably familiar with Match Accessories, the home grown jewelry company that pioneered the Disneyland inspired D brooch, and created many more fantastical, vintage, and Disney inspired jewelry items that have appeared on the blog. Recently they launched a glittering bangle collection and I was gifted a set in…

Screen Style: Janet from Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

Early on during the COVID-19 quarantine, I asked for blog post ideas, and someone suggested that I write about how we were coping with the whole situation. Well, one way I’m coping is watching Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood repeatedly. Like, I’m not joking. I’ve watched at least six times in the last five months.…

Inside Los Angeles’ Historic Grand Central Market

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles stands a rather unassuming building, but on its first floor is a unique icon of the city, Grand Central Market. Under various buzzing neon signs, each advertising a different vendor, crowds of people make their way through what is now a first class food hall offering unique dishes…

Valentine’s Day Lunch on Main Street

Over the years I’ve mentioned that I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. But it’s slowly grown on me. However Patrick and I have never do anything big, and don’t exchange gifts. Since moving to California, I’ve used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to wear something red and/or pink, maybe with hearts, and go…

Tracing California’s Orange Roots at the Citrus State Historic Park

The orange is one of the most iconic things about California. Southern California’s climate makes it a perfect place to grow citrus, and thanks to advances in irrigation, processing, transportation, and the addition of the Washington navel orange, California’s citrus industry boomed in the late 1800s, as oranges and their citrus cousins made for California’s…