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

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)

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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Slue Foot Sue’s Golden Horseshoe

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Disneybound event put together by Dole Whip Dame. The theme? Disneyland itself! Attendees were encouraged to bound as attractions, restaurants, shops, and shows. Now the concept isn’t new to me, as I bounded as the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor last spring. This time I selected the Golden Horseshoe, but I wanted to pay homage to the “original owner” of the Horseshoe, my favorite Disney gal, Slue Foot Sue.

Originally The Golden Horseshoe was known as Slue Foot Sue’s Golden Horseshoe, and Betty Taylor portrayed Sue on the stage in the Golden Horseshoe Revue, and Wally Boag brought Pecos Bill to life along side her. Their characters were based upon the “Pecos Bill” portion of the 1948 Disney film Melody Time. My parasol was inspired by two items that featured Sue’s image, first is the sign that once hung outside the Horseshoe. The other is the rope text, which was on the backdrop on stage. I used images from Daveland’s amazing collection of vintage Disneyland photographs as reference. I really want to do another parasol that uses more images from the backdrop, as it was just so amazing.

I found this stellar two piece vintage H bar C set and knew immediately it would be perfect for a Slue Foot Sue bound, as well as just something I would wear normally. I added a pin featuring the can can girls that originally were featured on the Golden Horseshoe poster, and I couldn’t resist wearing the all too perfect Golden Horseshoe brooch that Match Accessories made.

Today, Slue Foot Sue and Pecos Bill are nearly forgotten. Sue’s name has been removed from the outside of the building, and she is no longer portrayed in the shows by a Cast Member. The only remaining imagery of Sue is upon entering the saloon, you can still see her, as well as Pecos on etched glass.

Sorry for all of the Disney posts lately! There has just been so much fun Disney related stuff happening lately!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Vest & Skirt Set: Junk 4 Joy, Burbank, California
Blouse & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Golden Horseshoe Brooch: Match Accessories
Can Can Girls Pin: I honestly don’t remember!
Cowgirl Charm Bracelet: West of Texas, Redlands, California
Bows & Parasol: Made by me
Scarf: Who knows?

Zorro at D23

Over the weekend Patrick and I attended the D23 Expo, an event that happens every other year that is basically Comic Con, but just Disney, or rather Disney owned things, because Star Wars and Marvel are also represented. There are panels to watch, exhibits to see, celebrities to meet, and lots of shopping.

Patrick and I attended several panels over the three days of the event, most of the ones we attended were at the Disney Archives Stage, which focuses on Disney history. Sadly the Archives Stage does not allow photography at their panels, I was seriously crushed, especially when one panel was about the 1950s Disney television show Zorro, which, in case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with. For the day of that panel I wore my Zorro skirt that I made eons ago back in 2011. The skirt hadn’t received a proper California debut for several reasons, but after much debate, and encouragement from Instagram followers I decided to wear it for the panel. I also piled on as much wearable Zorro things as possible, and it turned into this 50s Zorro bobby-soxer look. I don’t own super full petticoats anymore, but I wanted some fullness for this skirt (as it is a full circle skirt), and I ended up layering up with three thinner petticoats, but I managed to match all of the colors in my outfit! This was the only outfit I properly photographed over the weekend, although the other two were not all that impressive, and one was a repeat of my Disneyland ticket book bound that I recently wore.

Another great thing the Walt Disney Archives did was an exhibit showcasing the long history of Disney featuring pirates in their films and parks, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. I took loads of photos and will share that in my next post.

Outfit
Hat: Thrifted by my dad!
Blouse: Jet Rag Vintage, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Olvera Street
Zorro Brooch: Match Accessories
Zorro Charm Bracelet: Ebay
Zorro Handkerchief: Sweet Ludie’s Vintage 
Zorro lunchbox: Christmas gift from my dad

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