Daisy Jean Brooch Review

Recently I was contacted by Daisy Jean Floral Designs to review new items from their stellar Halloween collection. Now, I’m always on the hunt for new Halloween themed jewelry, so I was super excited to take a look at their collection. I selected the “Witch’s Flight” brooch, and the “Winged Accomplice” brooch from the collection.

With Halloween around the corner I took the “Witch’s Flight” out for a spin when we took a break from moving to grab a bite to eat.

Each brooch is a mini work of art, as they are made of laser cut acrylic, and then tediously hand painted, followed by a coat of resin, and feature a locking clasp glued to the back. It’s important to note and understand that because of the hand made nature of these brooches (and just about anything hand made) there is always the possibility for some minor imperfections, which my pieces had, but I’m always fine with that, because Daisy Jean is upfront and clear about that on their product pages, and I understand it comes with the territory of hand made items, and I believe in supporting small businesses.

The witch is classic, and reminds me so much of the paper Halloween decorations that we all know and love. It is a perfect and elegant addition to an outfit for any Halloween event.

The “Winged Accomplice” brooch (as well as other pieces from the collection) is more versatile. Like I know I can rock this brooch for Harry Potter themed ensembles, as I’m in Ravenclaw. It would also work well for Maleficent Disneybounds, or if you just love ravens! It is a gorgeous layered piece, with a white backing plus two more layers, giving the wonderful illusion that the bird is taking flight right off of you!

The “Wise Watcher” owl brooch, another from their Halloween collection, really gave me a Twin Peaks vibe, so like I said, the pieces can work outside of Halloween well. Daisy Jean also offers a wide range of other magnificent brooches, including a Wartime Women collection and spring themed designs.

Overall, I am really impressed with Daisy Jean’s brooches. They are so unique and really quite impressive. The acrylic is thick, and brooches have quite a lot of body to them without being bulky. I greatly look forward to future collections from them.

Also check out Daisy Jean on Facebook and Instagram!

Outfit
Brooch: Courtesy of Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Blouse: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Fishnets: Oroblu
Shoes: ???

Disclosure: I received these brooches free of charge from Daisy Jean Floral Designs in exchange for an honest review of their items.

Mad for Boysenberry!

For Easter Sunday, Patrick and I returned to Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy the sights, sounds, and treats of Boysenberry Festival again. I also finally finished my boysenberry parasol!

During Boysenberry Festival I had the absolute pleasure of meeting J. Eric Lynxwiler, one of the authors of Knott’s Preserved, an amazing book about the history of Knott’s Berry Farm, and which I keep meaning to write a review of! Lynxwilder is a wealth of information when it comes to Knott’s, and he taught me so many wonderful new things about the park, giving me an even greater appreciation. His passion for not only Knott’s, but history in general shines through when he talks, and his is a joy to chat with. Plus, both times I bumped into him, he had the most spectacular boysenberry themed ensembles. I mean, just look at this custom-made boysenberry western wear shirt he had on!

Since Knott’s brought back the melodrama at the Bird Cage, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies were kicked over to the Wagon Camp during the Festival, which I thought was really neat, as the Wagon Camp was original created for music acts and square dancing.  The Wagonmasters were among the most notable and regular of the performers at the Wagon Camp, and it’s wonderful that the Hillbillies can follow in their footsteps. Over the years though the desire for thrills encroached on the Wagon Camp, and today part of the rollercoaster Silver Bullet winds through part of the Wagon Camp. Although at times it makes for amusing stage antics, as sometimes Kirk would scream back at the riders.

Sadly, Boysenberry Festival has come to a close, and while I’m bummed to see all of the wonderful and unique treats leave, it means it’s just a few more weeks until Ghost Town Alive returns!

Outfit
Boysenberry Pie Fascinator: Miss Doolittle’s
Peasant Top: Pin-up Girl Clothing
Skirt: Stray Cat Vintage, Fullerton, California
Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Tooled Leather Purse: I don’t remember…
Earrings: Belonged to my grandmother
Boysenberry Festival Pin and Bracelet: Knott’s Berry Farm
Calico Pin and Parasol: Made by me

Day One of Boysenberry Festival

April 1st kicked off the first day of Boyseberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm, which celebrates the berry that helped put Knott’s Berry Farm on the map. And Knott’s puts together some wild and crazy things for guests to eat during the festival, including boysenberry pizza, which was new for this year! There is also loads of entertainment for guests to enjoy, such as Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jam-boree, and they finally brought back the melodramas at the Bird Cage! And the one happening during the festival is hilarious!

Now, I had decided I wanted to make a boysenberry parasol, but between Portland, and the Knott’s Berry Farm auction, I just didn’t find the time to finish it! But I’ll have it done before the festival is over and share with with you all then, because, seriously, you need at least two days to eat everything!

Knott’s offers a festival tasting card, so guests can opt to try six of the special items for $25, including the pizza, which was actually really good, and I’ll likely have it again. I also tried the boysenberry cheesecake dipped in chocolate, which was fabulous, although the chocolate may have overpowered it a bit too much. I may try it again, but sans chocolate. I also absolutely adored the boysenberry cream soda, pictured above. It was so subtle, but still sweet and refreshing.

I have a few more boysenberry inspired ensembles planned for future visits during the festival and hope to share them, along with the new parasol when we get back from our road trip to Idaho!

Outfit
Peasant top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Shoes: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
Holster earrings: I honestly don’t remember!
Cowboy Brooch: Found by my dad
Rings: Here and there…

Knott’s Auction

Late last week, Knott’s Berry Farm auctioned off a wide array of items that once dotted the famed amusement park. From paintings to coin-op amusements to animatronics to even a covered wagon, fans of Knott’s could view the items prior to the auction, then try their luck at bidding in the live auction.

We attended both the preview and the auction, because some of the items were incredible pieces of history, including items from attractions long since gone. But since I know most of you come here for my outfit posts, I’ll first share with y’all what I wore to the auction, followed by image of the items, and share with you what some of those amazing pieces went for!

I actually made this Knott’s Berry Farm themed parasol last summer, for those hot days during Ghost Town Alive, but it somehow manage to never get photographed!

Keep reading to see images from the auction!

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Bright Eyes

Before we left for Portland we went out for tiki drinks for a friend’s birthday at Tonga Hut in North Hollywood (they also have a location in Palm Springs, and both serve the Mojave Punch, which is my favorite off their menu). And for some reason I felt compelled to wear my Shag Planet of the Apes dress instead of a traditional tiki dress. Maybe it was because we were in North Hollywood…

While I am not the biggest fan of this cut of dress (I prefer a more fitted cut), I am madly in love with the print. Shag’s take on iconic moments in Planet of the Apes is so much fun. Are you a fan of Shag or Planet of the Apes?

As for Portland, I came home with a lot of great goodies, got to see some friends and family, which was absolutely wonderful.

Outfit
Dress: Shag, Palm Springs, California
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Thrifted
Bangles: Here and there…
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Parasol & Hair Flower: Made by me

Pirates Turns 50!

Over the weekend Disneyland’s beloved attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean turned 50. Yes, believe it or not, the pirates have been pillaging and plundering for a whole half of a century and the attraction has been reimagined across the globe. To celebrate, I whipped up a Pirates parasol featuring the mural of Anne Bonny and Mary Read that is painted on the walls of the attraction shortly after entering. I have a soft spot for these ladies, as they were pretty bad ass, and I wrote a paper about them in high school. You can learn about these amazing women with this article written by one of my favorite historians, Karen Abbott. I also wore a pirate inspired ensemble for the occasion.

I feel like an anniversary such as this is a wonderful occasion to talk about the history of the attraction. Could you ever imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without riding in those little boats? It just seems perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it was almost a plain ol’ wax museum! But by 1963, the wax museum was put on the back burner as Walt Disney looked ahead to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where he committed to building four attractions, all of would find homes at Disneyland after the closing of the World’s Fair. They were Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, “it’s a small world”, the Magic Skyway with Ford Motor Company, where guests rode in a new Mustang and witness the progression of history, and this included the Primeval World that would land along the Disneyland Railroad after, and the Carousel of Progress, which left Disneyland in 1973, but still exists in Walt Disney World. But it was “it’s a small world” and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln that really changed the game for Pirates. The success of the boats in “it’s a small world” meant that an ocean voyage type ride was possible. And President Lincoln was the first successful human Audio-Animatronic, leading to giving these would be static pirates, a life all their own!

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has seen a series of changes over the years. In 1997 many of the “sexist” elements were changed. Originally pirates chased women, with the exception of a larger woman chasing a scrawny older pirate, this changed to the women chasing the pirates, and the pirates had armfuls of food, to make it seem they were stealing. There was another pirate, dubbed the “Pooped Pirate”, who held a piece of woman’s clothing, and a woman popping out of a barrel behind him. The pirate said some rather lewd things, and he too got a more PC makeover. He became the “Gluttonous Pirate” holding a chicken leg, and a cat replaced the woman. He then talked about how full he was. But after the massive success of the 2003 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, based on the attraction, film characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa joined the attraction in 2006. And the “Gluttonous Pirate” receive yet another change, Jack replaced the cat, and the chicken leg was replaced with a map, and then the pirate shared how excited he was to have the treasure map, and how Jack will never get his hands on it. Captain Jack joined some other scenes, Captain Barbossa takes the helm of the large pirate ship that is firing its cannons, Davy Jones speaks to Guests through a waterfall, and other lines in the attraction have seen change to accommodate a Jack Sparrow plot.

To learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean, I highly recommend the book Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies by Jason Surrell.

Below you’ll find one of my favorite videos about Pirates, from the Wonderful World of Disney, it gives you a behind the scenes look at the creation of the attraction, its opening day festivities, and a float through, so you can see the original scenes that have since changed.


Outfit
Pirate Hat: Target (during Halloween)
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Earrings: Aquanetta
Brooch: I honestly don’t remember…
Rings: Belonged to my grandmother
Parasol: Made by Me

What a Guy, that Gaston!

With the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (I’ll leave my personal opinion out of this), Disney has been doing a lot of promotion and even gave one of their restaurants, Village Haus, a temporary Beauty and the Beast overlay, to become the Red Rose Taverne. I really wanted to visit it in a Beauty and the Beast inspired outfit and accompanying parasol, and even though I adore Belle, Patrick suggested a brilliant idea for a parasol, which leant more toward a Gaston Disneybound.

I snuck a little mounted jacklope on the parasol, even though there isn’t one in the film, and wore my Hungry Designs jackalope mount brooch as a reflection of the mounted animals.

Inside the Red Rose Tavern, Guests can enjoy some new decor, including some faux stained glass based on the ones in the film, and antlers galore! They can also taste new foods inspired by the film, including the “grey stuff”, which in this case is a red velvet cake wrapped up in grey frosting.

The “Grey Stuff” was, as the song states, “delicious” if rather sweet though. It’s unclear how long this overlay will be in the park, but it’s certainly fun while it lasts!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Dolly and Dotty
Belt: Buffalo Exchange
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bimbettes Pin: D23
Jackalope Brooch: Hungry Designs
Scarves and Bangles: Here and there…
Gaston Parasol: Made by me