Over the years on the blog, I have made my love of two particular TV shows, Batman and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., very apparent, whether through cosplay, cons, museum visits, or filming locations. One thing these two shows have in common is the use of the Bronson Canyon and Caves as a filming location, and we recently made the pilgrimage to this famous filming spot.
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.
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?
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
Dapper Day, the twice annually event that both well dressed folks and Disney lovers look forward to every year, was last weekend. Last fall Dapper Day I wore a western ensemble with slacks, and I enjoyed that so much I decided to go with a similar outfit, and as the weather was quite cool, Patrick finally wore a jacket and tie ensemble! And I actually managed to snap a couple pictures of him.
Patrick’s jacket is honestly one of my favorite pieces in his wardrobe. And believe it or not, I thrifted it years ago! His whole outfit was a hit, and I’m pretty happy the man put the outfit together on his own!
The wooden Disneyland inspired D brooch is a new gem from Match Accessories, who recently launched a Frontierland inspired collection. When I ordered this new D they made mine a little special, and swapped out a boot for the Smoke Tree Ranch brand. Smoke Tree Ranch was a beloved getaway spot for Walt Disney and his family. He loved the Palm Springs club so much that he regularly wore ties embroidered with the ranch’s brand. In fact the Partners statue in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle features the brand on Walt’s tie. Read more on Walt and Smoke Tree Ranch here.
The only sad thing about this outfit, is that the hat is the same one I wore last fall Dapper Day, and as much as I would have loved to have worn a different one, I don’t actually own that many cowboy hats, mainly because I am extremely picky. Like this hat is absolute perfection, and I would love to own this exact hat in a variety of colors! The trials of vintage!
Hat: Orange Circle Antique Mall, Orange, California
Blazer: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Blouse: Frock You, San Diego, California
Slacks: Paper Moon, Los Angeles, California
D Brooch: Match Accessories
String Tie & Ring: I don’t remember…
Belt: Found by my dad
Shirt & Pants: Nordstorm
String Tie: Borrowed from me, of course! But I don’t remember…
Shoes: Allen Edmonds
With the move, we’ve been unable to really do anything for Halloween at the house, which is a bummer, as I adore Halloween! So I’ve been trying to squeeze in visits to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy their Halloween festivities as much as possible. Over the weekend we did just that with a visit to Knott’s.
During the Halloween season Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm, and for years, they have had Elvira as a headliner, and during our latest visit for Scary Farm I channeled my inner Elvira, but with a western spin.
Elvira is actually someone I’ve kind of been enamored with since I was really young. I remember being at a store during her Coors Light days and seeing a cardboard stand-up of her, and just being in total awe. As I grew up and developed a love for Ed Wood, and Vampira, I learned about the court case between the two horror hostesses, in which Vampira sued her. Ultimately, the case was dismissed, but I began to kind of resent Elvira, as it was fairly obvious she was influenced by Vampira. But today I love both gothy gals, and admire them both. I kind of relate to Elvira in that she’s got a sexy goth look going (which I’ve always loved, but only break out during Halloween), but also super bubbly instead of that stereotype, monotone goth of “I hate life.” She’s hilarious, and witty, and I always have mad respect for people who can do tassel twirl.
Tonight Elvira “officially” retires from Knott’s Scary Farm, and Patrick and I plan on being there to enjoy her act one more time, as well as get scared by the over 1000 monsters Scary Farm boasts for our Halloween evening. I hope all of you have a lovely and safe Halloween!
Hat: Playclothes, Burbank, California
Earrings: Redlands Galleria, Redlands, California
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
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!
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!
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?