Cowgirl in Black

Before I get to the body of this post, I need to say a few things. For the last few days, I have had difficulty functioning. The current happenings in the United States are deplorable, disgusting, and heartbreaking. As of late, I feel as if my blog is very shallow and of little importance. Especially compared to the issues of this country, the struggles of others, to speak nothing of the horrors around the world. However, we all need a rest at times. A brief moment to step back from the tragedy and struggle, and spend time on what makes us happy and have some semblance of normalcy to get through the day. Self-care is important and necessary. For this, I will do my best to continue blogging, but sometimes I can be at an utter loss for words, and it will be reflected in my posts, which may have been apparent in my last post, as it was very limited in text. I will not go in depth about how I am currently coping with the current situation. I will not make it a part of this blog, as I want to keep this blog a small corner of happiness and normalcy. However I want to make it very clear I do not support the current administration. I do not approve of the blatant racism that is happening. I do not approve of the sexism that is happening. I do not approve of the homophobia that is happening. I believe we are all equal no matter our ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. And with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff.

Since there is less than a month of Knott’s Berry Farm’s amazing Ghost Town Alive experience, I’ve been spending a good deal of time soaking up as much of this real life, family-friendly version of Westworld as possible. So, this is the reason for two Knott’s posts in a row.

Since Ghost Town Alive ends in the near future and western wear is my jam, don’t be surprised if there is just a slew of Knott’s posts. I have so many friends who are wanting to visit before it comes to an end on September 4th, and I’m never going to say “No” to a visit to Knott’s!

Outfit
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Top, Boots, & Purse: Buffalo Exchange
String Tie: I’m not sure…maybe my dad?
Skirt: Switchblade Stiletto
Belt: Knott’s Berry Farm (buckle is Pat’s though)

Stagecoach Ride

I love it when you have accessories that match and just come together and create a themed ensemble, which is what happened over the weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm. Inspired by my vintage stagecoach skirt and Knott’s Berry Farm’s stagecoach, I created a parasol featuring a Knott’s stagecoach.

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Mystique Vintage
Shoes: Re-Mix
Brooch: Classic Hardware
Knott’s Berry Farm Charm Bracelet: I can’t remember!
Hair Barette: Knott’s Berry Farm
Tooled Leather Purse: I don’t remember…
Parasol: Made by me

Old Trapper’s Lodge

Off the 101 lies Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and on its campus is a unique and downright bizarre sight, a collection of concrete sculptures depicting old west figures, along with a faux cemetery featuring rather colorful epitaphs. What is this exactly? Well, it’s the remains of Old Trapper’s Lodge.

Built in 1941 by a real life former trapper, John Ehn, Old Trapper’s Lodge was a motel with an old west theme. At some point in time he commissioned someone (legend has it Claude Bell of Knott’s Berry Farm and Cabazon Dinosaur fame) to build a statue of a trapper to catch the eye of motorists passing by. After watching the artist work he decided it didn’t look that hard, and began to create his very own statues. Ehn did this from 1951 until his death in 1981. Four years later in 1985, Ehn’s statues, a prime example of larger than life folk art, became a California Historical Landmark, however the motel itself was in the way of the Burbank airport, and while the motel was bulldozed, the statues were rescued and relocated to Pierce College. And over the weekend Patrick and I visited this crazy destination.

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Independence Day

Without getting too political, the last couple days have been rough, culminating in yesterday, with Independence Day. I’ve been getting back in touch with my love of the American Revolution, and recently took a quick visit to the replica of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm. Some of you may recall my visit last July, well, I had so much fun with that, I decided I wanted to have a tradition of doing 70s (because the fashion that emerged during the Bicentennial was amazing) inspired patriotic outfits and shooting them there around this time every year.

To learn more about Knott’s replica of Independence Hall, please check out my first post on it here. If you are in the Southern California area, I highly recommend visiting this unique attraction. It’s free to visit, and is open every day (except Christmas Day), from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I hope all of my American readers had a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

Outfit
Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Necklace: Junk 4 Joy, Burbank, California
Bracelet: Flea market

Jackalope Jamboree

Some of you may already know of my love of the mythical creature the jackalope, so it was no surprise when Erstwilder released a jackalope brooch I just had to get my hands on one!

Now unlike so many of my vintage loving friends, I’m actually not the biggest fan of Erstwilder’s stuff, as I feel like their use of varying patterned plastics creates too much texture within a brooch. I’m also super picky about the jackalope stuff I buy, because there is some weird, not so cute stuff out there, but thankfully, this jackalope only featured limited use of patterned plastics, and overall was a really cute design.

During a recent visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, I began talking with one of the women who works at Leather Shop, where I am now fully addicted to their leather barrette. Seriously, they offer an amazing selection of unique stamps (most of which are western themed) and they make you your very own custom leather barrette right there! I spied a rabbit stamp and talked about how I wish it were a jackalope, and the girl said “I can do that.” And she did! I was so excited! And it turned out super amazing! It was the perfect addition to my outfit.

She shared with me other custom ones she had done, and we got talking and soon I settled on wanting to make one featuring an element from my favorite show The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and she was able to complete that as well, so I hope to share it soon!

I want to thank all of you who commented on my last post. It was very wonderful to hear your thoughts, struggles, and encouragement. I really love the community blogging creates, and hope to continue to be a part of that. I’m also working on how I want to share my charm bracelet collection, as that was a highly requested collection to share. It may be a two or three part post, as I do have quite a few charm bracelets, and like with the linens post, I’ll want to take close-ups of some of my favorite charms.

Outfit
Dress: I don’t remember…
Belt: Found by my dad
Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Jackalope Brooch: Erstwilder
Hair Barette: Knott’s Berry Farm

Orange Vintage Shopping Guide

Within even a short time of moving to California I was receiving e-mails of people planning visits to California and wanted to know where to shop. I have wanted to do a vintage shopping guide for awhile, but I wanted to really get my feet wet before offering one up. And now with over two years under my belt, I feel like I can. The greater Los Angeles area, and Orange County area have many different areas that you can visit to find antiques and vintage clothing, so I plan to do several posts like this covering each area. Today I’ll kick it off with the town I call home, Orange.

You can easily spend an entire day shopping in Orange’s “Old Towne”, also known as “The Circle”, and today I share with you the shops I frequent the most. So it is important to note that not every antique mall and vintage shop is listed here.

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Yeehaw! Saturday at Knott’s

As mentioned in my last Knott’s Berry Farm post, lots of visits are planned this summer, because Ghost Town Alive is just too much fun. So over the weekend, Patrick and I went for the day. We’ve been having a bit of “June Gloom” recently, but I didn’t mind the mild weather, as it worked out perfectly to wear my new (to me) vest that I recently bought.

I want to thank those of you who commented on my last post where I shared my vintage California linens. I think my charm bracelet collection will be the next collection I share. Also, feel free to keep the post suggestions coming!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Shirt, Boots, & Purse: Buffalo Exchange
String Tie & Coral Ring: I don’t remember…
Vest: Paper Moon, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: Dolly & Dotty
Rodeo Queen Ring: Gift