Paramount Ranch: Set to Screen

Over the last week my friend Mel (of Deela Designs) was staying with us. Mel is a fellow cosplay friend, with a passion for all things nerdy, and during her stay we had many fun adventures, including a visit to Paramount Ranch. Like me, Mel enjoys HBO’s Westworld, and after she heard about my visit to Paramount Ranch, she wanted to see it for herself. As luck with have it, her visit coincided with a unique tour of Paramount Ranch called “Set to Screen” which gave us the rare opportunity to actually step inside some of the buildings.

The tour is lead by a volunteer ranger of the National Parks, as Paramount Ranch is indeed a National Park, and takes visitors on an hour long tour of the buildings, and includes showing photographs from the various TV shows and movies that have filmed there. Unlike many backlots, which uses facades for exterior shots, and sound stages for interior shots, most of Paramount Ranch’s buildings are practical, so they can be filmed from both the outside and the inside. But Paramount Ranch isn’t without its very own sound stage as well! Which I had no idea existed, as it is inside an old barn. The sound stage was home to some of the interior sets for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman when it shot at Paramount Ranch during its run from 1993 to 1998. During the show, it developed a westward expansion of the railroad plot, and was in need of a train station, which it built, and left. However, the church that sits in the field is not the one from Dr. Quinn, but, like the train station from Dr. Quinn, was built for Westworld, but left at the request of the park. Apparently HBO was a little reluctant to leave it, so they altered it by removing the steeple, taking off the shutters, and repainting it, so it didn’t look as iconic at first glance. I also learned more about how movies and TV shows work with already established buildings to change them to look totally different. For example, the large orange building was given a brick facade when this area was used in another HBO series, Carnivale, but was of course removed so the building could return to its western esthetic. I highly recommend taking this tour, which is free, you just have to stay tuned to the events page for the Santa Monica Mountains. The tour is an hour, and only involves walking around the western town portion of the park, which is small, with no steep inclines. If you take the tour, please remember to be respectful of the buildings as they are almost 100 years old, and just barely standing, and let’s face it, they aren’t going to get too much funding from the government who is basically having a mini war with the National Parks, but you can do your part by donating if you visit Paramount Ranch, as they have a small donation box near the entrance.

You can check our previous visits to Paramount Ranch here and here.

Outfit
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Top, Boots, & Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Tie: The Blues, Redlands, California
Skirt: Dolly & Dotty

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

Rootin’ Tootin’ Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve we spent it at Knott’s Berry Farm, or Knott’s Merry Farm as it is called during the holiday season, and decided to make it a tradition, so this Christmas Eve found us once again walking along the beautiful lighted streets of Ghost Town, and enjoying all of the unique holiday offerings. I also took the opportunity to wear some one of my fancier western wear shirts and string ties.

I’ve had this vintage California Ranchwear (the west coast label for H Bar C) tucked away for awhile, because it had some issues, but I finally got around to fixing them. While western wear is sturdy, I treat this garment as if it were made of lace, as the floral/leaf details on the yoke and cuffs are made of leather, as is the fringe on the cuffs. I normally shy away from western wear that features leather detailing (you must have them cleaned by a professional leather cleaner), but this is just one more of the many gems my dad has found for me other the years!

Outfit
Hat: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
California Ranchwear Shirt: Found by my dad
Skirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Belt: ???
Barrettes: Knott’s Berry Farm
Christmas String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Earrings: Back in Time Antiques, Redlands, California
Gloves: Red Barn Antique Mall: Beaumont, California

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