I Don’t Work Here.

After sitting on something during a recent visit to Disneyland (thankfully nothing too horrific, and I was in a repro skirt), I decided I should buy some more repro skirts, and felt that Pin-Up Girl Clothing‘s boutique in Burbank would offer the best solutions. Additionally Patrick decided it was finally time to splurge and buy some jeans from Self Edge. So yesterday evening we found ourselves in Burbank and LA.

At Pin-Up Girl, I bought two skirts, and also visited Miss Charlotte’s Vintage, an antique shop across the way where I picked up three vintage hatboxes. At Self Edge, Patrick was in denim heaven, and walked out with two pairs of Japanese denim jeans, and it just so happened that Self Edge was across the street from a Buffalo Exchange, which we popped into. And I’m sure you’ll be seeing many of my new purchases soon!

Initially we planned to eat dinner at home, but our stomachs began to grumble and decided to wait out rush hour traffic at a Ruby’s Diner. Now, in case you aren’t familiar with Ruby’s Diners, they are a chain of those joints that attempts to capture the golden age of diners in the 50s, with white and red upholstery, girls running around in adorable waitress uniforms, and lots and lots of chrome. They serve classic American fare, as well as shakes and malts. After being seated, I jumped up to go to the restroom, only to be waved down by a patron. At first I thought it was someone who recognized me from Disneyland, or somewhere, only to be asked if I could bring the check. “Oh! I don’t work here. Sorry.” I said, only to have the woman look at me as if I insulted her, but I just turned and continued toward my destination. I won’t lie, this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened, but it felt odd, as every waitress dresses the exact same at Ruby’s (red and white stripe dresses), and I was wearing nothing similar, with the exception of the color red. How about you? Have you ever been mistaken for a waitress or employee of a retro establishment, be it a restaurant or shop?

Top: Scully by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
String Tie: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Saddle Ring: Central Park Antique Mall, Bakersfield, California
Turquoise Ring: Don’t remember…
Earrings: Aquanetta
Skirt: Tatyana, when it was Bettie Page Clothing
Nude Fishnets: Nordstorm
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Black Tooled Leather Purse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg

Let’s Get Some Shoes!

Last night a little birdie told me that Re-Mix was having a warehouse sale that began yesterday and carried on through today. They were doing the sale in tandem with Loco Lindo at their warehouse. The sale for Re-Mix included “overstock, old stock, and second quality” pairs of shoes and prices between 40% to 75% off of regular retail! Since I adore Re-Mix’s shoes, I was elated over the opportunity to score more pairs, as I often get one pair about every other year due to their hefty price tag, that is unless I happen upon a pair at Buffalo Exchange or somewhere similar.

The sale was up in Glendale, about a 45 minute to one hour drive for us, and we left early as to arrive a little early, as I had some concerns that there may be quite the line, which is known to occur with other vintage inspired lines, like Pin-Up Girl Clothing‘s infamous yard sales. Thankfully, it was low key, with only a handful of girls already in line.

I felt there was little chance for me, as I am a fairly average size in shoes, a 7/7.5 depending on the shoe, but I walked out with four pairs of shoes!

I was so excited to find one pair that I had been ogling over for some time, the Spectator. Not only did I snag a pair in classic black and white, but also a pair in brown (which apparently is no longer offered) which I think will look swell with some of my Adventurer Chic ensembles.

I also picked up a pair of their Veronicas, a style I wasn’t necessarily on the hunt for, but since they were available in my size and in white I scooped them up, as I was in desperate need of a new pair of white shoes.

And a girl can never go wrong with a pair of classic pumps, which for Re-Mix is their Babydoll. I have many pairs of red shoes, but my classic pumps have been on their last legs for awhile, so I was pleased to get a pair to replace them.

I was a little bummed there were no pairs of their Pleated Toe shoe, as I practically live out of my pair that I have because they are incredibly comfortable. But I am so pleased we went! If I were to purchase all of these from their website, I would have been looking at a total of $698! But the total of all four pairs at the sale was $367! Talk about a deal! I can’t wait to step out in each of these!

Will You Be My Valentine?

In all honesty, I care little for Valentine’s Day. Patrick and I don’t even celebrate the holiday. But I find it a good excuse to wear as much pink and red clothing as I can and accessorize with my heart-shaped jewelry as much as possible throughout the month of February. Like Christmas, Patrick and I figured why not go to Disneyland and see what was brewing there. It also gave me a good excuse to wear a newly acquired, and very appropriate pin!

My day started out wonderfully when I spotted Chip and Dale shortly after walking through the gates, who attempted to make a heart around me for the holiday.

My pin is a recent Ebay purchase, when I felt the need for more Clarice pins in my life, and Ebay seemed the best place, as the Resort seems to rarely carry merchandise with her on it! (If you don’t know who Clarice is, check out my Halloween post from last year!) And Chip and Dale expressed great interest in my pin, Chip even pantomimed his heart pitter-pattering at the thought of her.

Near where we snapped these photos is one of my favorite “hidden in plain sight” gems of Disneyland, one of the last remaining ticket booths.

You can spy one of these ticket booths in action in a close up of one of my family’s pictures taken in the late 70s.

Before the days of the one ticket for everything at Disneyland, Guests purchased entry to the park and tickets of varying values for the various attractions. Park entry could be attached to a ticket book, and you could purchase additional ticket books in the park at these ticket booth locations, very similar to a carnival. Tickets were graded on a value of A through D, with the E ticket being introduced in 1959. A tickets represented the lower key attractions, such as the carousel, working their way toward more intense attractions. E represented the best of the best, such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Matterhorn, and the phrase “E ticket” went on to represent how awesome something was. Astronaut Sally Ride described her first space shuttle launch as an “E ticket” experience. Ticket books disappeared entirely in 1982, introducing the system we now know today, and today ticket books have faded into obscurity, though hard-core Disneyland fans will always have a soft spot for them, including myself. After purchasing the iPhone 5S (which was larger than its predecessor) I needed a new phone case, and was ecstatic when I found a ticket book one on Ebay, which is what you see in the photo above.

Awhile back the old ticket booth was home to a small film and memory card kiosk, for Guests in the event they ran out of film, or space on their digital camera’s memory cards. But I guess the need for film, and additional memory cards (as current memory cards can hold thousands of photos now) has diminished enough that there is no longer a need to use this location. Currently film and memory cards are available at Disney’s Photo Pass Service along Main Street.

After spending some time in Disneyland we popped over to California Adventure for awhile where I spied Chip and Dale yet again and I couldn’t resist wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day.

As you may have guessed, we’re home now, and are planning on running a few errands before needing to drive into LA to pick up my brother and his girlfriend who will be visiting for the next week, including several days in the park! So I’m very excited for that. I hope you all are having a lovely holiday and weekend!

Vintage Sweater: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Dress: Stop Staring, by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-Mix, by way of a rummage sale
Pin: Ebay
Purse: My Christmas present from Patrick, though from Disneyland

High Fashion Queen

While I’m still not entirely over this cold of mine, it seems to keep lingering in a horrible cough, I couldn’t stay cooped up anymore! So over the weekend Patrick and I drove out to Joshua Tree for a day. Patrick has never been and was bummed on missing out when my dad and I went in March. While I had to visit the site of Gram Parsons’ infamous “cremation” again, it was wonderful to take time and enjoy the striking beauty of this stunning and unique desert scape.

Patrick also brought along our dual lens to take some pictures, which we need to take to the new photography place we are lucky enough to live near. While using the dual lens a woman came up to us asking what we were shooting with, and we ended up talking in depth about photography and film, as she herself was shooting some 35 mm black and white film! It’s nice to know that film isn’t entirely dead!

Fringe Leather Jacket & Turquoise Rings: Expo
Hat: Buffalo Exchange, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Flying Burrito Brothers Tee: Worn Free
70s Levis: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Ore.
Cowboy Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Ore.
Turquoise Cross: Wanderlust, Portland, Ore.

Patrick’s Outfit
Shirt: The Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, Calif.
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Shoes: Nordstorm

Disclaimer: I did not write the graffiti seen in the image above. I do not support graffiti in any way, shape, or form, especially when it is done to National Parks and small businesses.

The Summer Wind

Over the weekend Julie of FabGabs hosted the monthly get-together, Church of Sinatra, at her home. As it is summer, she kicked off the evening a little early and we barbecued hot dogs and grilled some veggies while cocktails were mixed up.

It was a lovely evening spent around a small fire as it got slightly chilly as the evening went on and we chatted. Jesse of Brighter Bakelite was there, and I got to take a peek at some of his delightful pink beauties that he was gearing up to list, but not before Sarah of Simply Vintage put them on her arm and took ’em for a test run herself. It’s hard to resist pink Bakelite!

Patrick snapped a few pictures near the end of the evening, after I tired on a few of Julie’s garments from her shop’s inventory that are slated for her upcoming photoshoot. (Let’s just say I have my eye on a Shaheen that would have come home with me if Expo weren’t coming up!)

Blouse & Hair Flower: Don’t recall…
Red Slip: FabGabs
Skirt: Which is actually part of a suit! House of Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Snood: April’s Bag
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bracelet: Gift from my dad
Shoes: Aris Allen, Dancestore.com

Patrick’s Shirt: BillyGoat Vintage, Portland, Oregon

Saturday Night at the Drive In

Yesterday was a friend’s birthday, and we went to the drive-in to celebrate. One of the great things about celebrating the birthday at the 99W drive-in is that you can tell those working at the snack bar and before the movie they will announce everyone’s birthday and what ensues is an orchestra of “Birthday Beeps” – patrons wishing you a happy birthday with their horns. So after our friend’s name was announced multiple cars proceeded to honk their horns 26 times (telling your age is optional). It was all sorts of awesome.

I had been doing organizing around the apartment prior to going to the drive-in, and opted to be as comfortable as possible when it came time to leave; wearing one of my new favorites, a tee by Los Angeles based designer and manufacturer Nudee Dudee, who specializes in making beautiful vintage repro garments, and a pair of Freddies. I didn’t want to fuss too much with jewelry or make-up really, so I just tossed on a copper bracelet to reflect the belt I had on, and slapped on some lipstick, since I feel naked without it these days. I think a really common misconception about vintage is that it’s all skirts and big hair and it’s a huge fuss to get dressed. That really isn’t the case. A blouse and a pair of Freddies is instantly fashionable (seriously, I get so many compliments on my Freddies) but also incredibly comfortable.

Tee: Nudee Dudee, Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Jeans: Classics by Freddies of Pinewood
Mocs: Thunderbird by Minnetonka
Beaded Belt: Don’t recall…
Copper Bracelet: I think some antique mall in Yucca Valley…But not sure…

What Katie Did Book Giveaway! **CLOSED**

Hey all! I felt it was about time for a giveaway! And today I’m offering up What Katie Did‘s book A Serious Study of Mid-20th Century Lingerie.

The book offers some insight into the history of lingerie, how World War II affected lingerie, as well as other tips and tricks about wearing vintage/vintage inspired lingerie.  The book is also full of fab pictures to inspire any vintage loving gal!

The Rules

1. Either “Like” Atomic Redhead on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or on Pinterest. Whatever your preference is and if you haven’t already!
2. Comment below with what your favorite piece of vintage lingerie is! Stockings, bullet bras, etc.!
3. Only one comment/entry per person!
4. Please note: And call me sexist if you want, but this giveaway is for ladies only! I want this book to inspire fellow vintage loving gals to dive into the glamorous world of vintage undergarments!
5. Cross your fingers!

The giveaway ends December 11th, at 11:59 pm PST.  The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced December 12th!  The winner then has three days to send me their mailing information for me to send them the book.  Failure to do so means I select a new winner.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with What Katie Did (except through their referral plan), or the author or publisher of this book. I have not been approached in any way to do this giveaway. It is of my own choice.

And here’s a little extra bonus as well! One of my lovely sponsors, RakShniya Vintage is offering up a coupon code just for you lovely readers! Use code HOLYJ to receive 15% off your purchase! Hurry though! The coupon code us only good through the end of December!