Frontier Day

If you follow me on Instagram, then perhaps you know that I was behind the “unofficial theme day” Frontier Day that happened last weekend at Disneyland, a day that celebrates Disneyland’s Frontierland, and of course western wear was encouraged!

Dapper Day is perhaps the most well known “unofficial theme day” at Disneyland, but there are countless others, including Tiki Day, we’ve I’ve attended many times and blogged about. These theme days are “unofficial” meaning that they exist without any official approval or involvement from the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland plays no role in planning these days. They are simply organized by people who have a mutual love of Disneyland and something else – dressing dapper, tiki, pin-up, there is even a mermaid day! Typically the days consist of group photos and “ride takeovers” where we all gather to ride an attraction together.

As for Frontier Day, well, it wasn’t all me. Last year a girl decided to create a western themed day in the same vein as these other days. She called it Ranger Day, however in speaking with people I learned that many didn’t get why it was called that, even though I did. Shortly after getting the ball rolling on Instagram, the gal behind it (someone I do not know) said she had to step down due to personal reasons, and asked if anyone would like to take over. I found this out as I had many friends texting me and tagging me on her post telling me I should take it over, and I did. I changed the name to Frontier Day. I looked at other theme days as a template and created a day of ride takeovers and even trivia about Frontierland, and western Disney characters. The trivia allowed me to work with some of my favorite companies and artists to offer up unique prizes for attendees. We had somewhere around 70 people show up, which was pretty darn neat!

You can learn more about Frontier Day through Facebook and Instagram, and you can learn about other unofficial them days by following the Unofficial Park Days account on Facebook and Instagram, which tries to keep track of all of the different days that happen throughout the year.

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Jacket: Ebay
Blouse: ???
Skirt & Davy Crockett Button: Found by my dad
Davy Crockett String Tie: Junk for Joy, Burbank, California
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Davy Crockett Guitar Brooch, Big Thunder Inspired Goat Brooch & Frontier Day Pin: Match Accessories

Batman ’66 Exhibit

Over the weekend some of my friends and I went to the Hollywood Museum to see the recently opened Batman ’66 exhibit. We also took time to explore the rest of the museum, which is housed in the famous former Max Factor building, a stunning Art Deco masterpiece. So, needless to say, this is a pretty picture heavy post, as it features my outfit, pictures of the Batman exhibit, as well as parts of the rest of the museum.

Being the huge 60s Batman fan that I am, I had to do some sort of themed outfit! Which included late night crafting to make an utterly ridiculous headpiece to wear. I was inspired by my favorite scene in Batman: The Movie where Batman is attempting to get rid of a bomb. The whole scene is comedic genius, and Adam West’s deadpan delivery of “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” gets me every time. Not familiar with the scene? Watch it here!

The Batman ’66 exhibit is made up of toys from the era, a combination of screen-used items, and scree-accurate recreations, as many of the original costumes and props did not survive, and more.

Continue reading to see more of the museum, including a pair of the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and Marilyn Monroe’s famous USO dress!

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Vilma the Unconquerable

Last December I had the pleasure of meeting sisters Miriam and Victoria, who I found out had quite the amazing treasure in their family. Their mother, Vilma, had been a camera girl at the legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria, as well as at other hot spots in old LA, including Chinatown and The Pike. Not only was she a camera girl, she was a colorful character, with a very active dating life, which she chronicled religiously in her diary. Growing up, Miriam and Victoria knew of their mother’s past, and even read portions of her diary, but it wasn’t until her recent passing and the re-opening of Clifton’s Cafeteria did they really begin to understand what a piece of history their mother’s diary and photographs were.

Vilma was no ordinary camera girl. She was gorgeous, never in want of a date, and came up with a very creative way to sell more photographs. She would go up to either single men, or groups of just men and ask “Would you like to take a picture with a pretty girl?” becoming the star of the customer’s photos, and she soon became the best camera girl at Clifton’s, sometimes making her quota just two hours into an eight hour shift! Her salacious and hilarious diary is now in the process of being shared with the masses by Miriam and Victoria, with their blog, Vilma the Unconquerable, a title she gave herself after quite the date. After I met these ladies I quickly spent an entire day reading the backlog of posts, and fell head over heels for this tough gal who took no nonsense from many men! Plus, her “uniform” for Clifton’s was downright adorable! It featured a peasant style top, paired with either a peasant skirt, or tropical print skirt and lei (depending on if the woman was working the Brookdale or Pacific Seas location), and then a leather corset style belt, which also acted as holster of sorts to carry around slips and extra film.

With permission, I created this collage from photos Miriam and Victoria have posted on their blog, their mother, Vilma, is in the middle. When I found out Miriam and Vilma were giving a presentation on their mother and the history of the Clifton’s Camera Girls, I decided to apply the notion of “Disneybounding” to my outfit and created a look inspired by the Clifton’s Camera Girls. As you might already know, I have quite the collection of peasant tops and flowing skirts, and not all that long ago I bought a corset style belt, although one with some extra trim on it.

Miriam and Victoria’s presentation consisted of photographs of their mother, and vintage images of Clifton’s, as well as the photo folders that customers received their photos in from the various locations their mother both worked at and dined at with her various dates. They shared their mother’s stories, including reading excerpts from her diary, which proved to be insightful and amusing! So I highly recommend reading the blog! Vilma eventually met the true love of her life while doing what she did best, asking a man if he picture taken with a pretty girl, who responded with “Only if that ‘pretty girl’ is you.” They later got married and had the two lovely women who gave this presentation, Miriam and Victoria.

It was a true joy to meet Miriam and Victoria, and look forward to where this unique journey of sharing their mother’s unique addition to Los Angeles history takes them.

You can read Vilma’s diary entries on the blog Vilma the Unconquerable, as well as follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also still visit Clifton’s Brookdale when you’re in LA! Visit their website here, and check our pictures from our first visit here, and when they opened their Pacific Seas inspired bar, located on an upper floor, here.

Outfit
Blouse & Skirt: ???
Belt: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Earrings: Aquanetta
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Red Light, Portland, Oregon

Sparkle

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!

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Sorry for the lack of posts, let alone festive outfit posts! This holiday season has been hectic with the new house, multiple birthdays, and a cold, which has left little time for fun outings to wear holiday inspired ensembles, so I had Patrick snag the camera when we went out to do some extremely last minute Christmas shopping last week.

As weird as it may sound, I have odd feelings about this outfit…it’s a good outfit, perfect for the holidays, and I love this shade of red…a more cranberry if you will. But I just felt too much like my old self…my Portland self. Like this outfit was a step backward in my personal style journey. I didn’t give too much thought though to my personal style when I got dressed on this day…I just thought “You’re getting over being sick, it’s a wee bit chilly, so go for something comfy, cozy, but festive” and this was the result. The only things I really adore about this outfit are the shoes and the hood of this coat (I’ve realized I really only dig the dramatic stuff of the 40s and 50s the most, plus any hood like this reminds me of Lynn Bracken of LA Confidential, so it’s a given that I’ll like it). Like, if this coat didn’t have a hood, I likely would have parted with it long ago. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sweater set, as they are the comfiest things I own, but overall this outfit is rather uninspiring for me. While I have moved on in my style from more direct era inspired outfits, it is nice to have old standbys in the closet for those days where you are more about functionality over style. Do any of you have feelings like this toward some ensembles you put together?

I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a lovely Christmas yesterday. Stay tuned for my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day outfits!

Outfit
Coat & Tights: Buffalo Exchange
Sweater Set: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Belt: Nordstorm
Gloves & Ice Follies Brooch: ???
Shoes: Faryl Robin
Purse: Lux de Ville

Roping Up Some Christmas Spirit

Knott’s Merry Farm is in full swing at Knott’s Berry Farm, and over the weekend a group of my gal pals (plus Patrick) and I went to enjoy all of the sights and shows.

I’ve wanted a steer head jacket for years now, but they aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. The first one I found when we lived back in Portland, but it was about three sizes too big. It was the classic brown suede with white steer heads, which I’ve seen scattered on the internet here and there over the years. Then I found this unique beauty, in the reverse color scheme last year, but I’ve been waiting for just the right Christmas cowgirl outfit to debut it, plus for the weather to cool down!

Speaking of Christmas, we finally wrapped up decorating the other day, so I can’t wait to take pictures and share both Christmas decorations and parts of our new home with y’all! Have you decorated for Christmas yet?

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Steers Head Fringe Leather Jacket: Canyon House, Yucca Valley, California
Blouse & Belt: Buffalo Exchange…I think…
Pants & Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bolo: Long Beach Antique Market, Long Beach, California
Brings: Here and there
Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad

Birthday Fiesta

Over the weekend one of my friend celebrated his birthday, and with his Mexican heritage he encouraged his friends to incorporate Mexican elements into their ensembles for a visit to Disneyland, and while I never really need an excuse to break out any Mexican influenced garments, I do love a good excuse!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Painted Mexican Circle Skirt: Found by my dad
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Scarf: ???
Disney D Brooch: Match Accessories
Bangles: Here and there