Tag Archive: 1950s

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 […]

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Birthday Fiesta

Over the weekend one of my friend celebrated his birthday, and with his Mexican heritage he encouraged his friends to incorporate Mexican elements into their ensembles for a visit to Disneyland, and while I never really need an excuse to break out any Mexican influenced garments, I do love a good excuse! Outfit Peasant Top: […]

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Spooky Hillbilly Chic

We’re almost all moved into our new house, meaning we almost have all of our stuff over at the house! But we are far from settled! We’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to blog about an outfit I wore a week and a half ago! Normally I like to blog within three days […]

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Sleepy Hollow

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! This move went topsy turvy real fast due to the fire in the Anaheim Hills. I received a few concerned messages about our new home, which was sweet. What was funny is that our soon-to-be old apartment in Orange is actually closer to where the fire is, and […]

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The Sixth Annual Tiki Day

Sunday was the sixth annual Tiki Day in the Park at Disneyland. Like Dapper Day, Tiki Day is one of the unofficial theme days at Disneyland, and is a time for those who love tiki culture and Disney to come together. I’ve been feeling the Halloween vibes a lot lately and opted for a darker […]

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The Sixth Annual Tiki Day

Sunday was the sixth annual Tiki Day in the Park at Disneyland. Like Dapper Day, Tiki Day is one of the unofficial theme days at Disneyland, and is a time for those who love tiki culture and Disney to come together. I’ve been feeling the Halloween vibes a lot lately and opted for a darker […]

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Spooky Saturday

Saturday was the first day of “Spooky Farm” at Knott’s Berry Farm. Spooky Farm is Knott’s Berry Farm’s kid friendly event, happening every weekend during October, and it allows for kids to dress up and trick-or-treat within Ghost Town, take part in a costume contest, and more. For me, even though I can’t do any […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ยท Fairy Queen ยท

In celebration of finally getting back to this blog (I’ve missed you all and blogging!!), I had to share my favorite new photos first….  At the height of my estate sale excursions a year ago, I came across a sale with this lovely organdy dress in just my size!  I am not usually a purple person, but when the dress fits perfectly… you just roll with it.  I’m so glad that I did, because I am in love with this delicate orchid/lavender color and I honestly don’t know why I haven’t worn this color before!

I was afraid that I would have to hem this dress because the original owner was quite tall, but with heels and good posture I manage to just barely avoid tripping! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Has anyone else been loving the show “The Crown”? I know I’m late to the party, but it’s sooooo good!  The clothing/hair/makeup is so perfect and such a delight to see!  This outfit makes me feel like I could be in that show, which is one of the best feelings ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This vintage hat was part of a large collection that was generously given to us by a stranger my mom met in a hotel lobby while traveling.  She was part of a historical museum that was running out of room and she shipped a giant box of hats across the country to us.  That’s one of the reasons I love vintage and am so passionate about wearing older styles boldly- vintage appeals to such a wide range of people and has a wonderful ability to inspire conversations with total strangers. I love the interactions I have on a regular basis with just about anyone and everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

The dress is made of a stiff cotton organdy (why, oh why is organdy not a commonly available fabric?? this stuff is Amazing.) and lined in taffeta. The inner bodice is a simple rectangle with an elastic casing at the top.  It’s remarkably still stretchy after 70ish years…. They really don’t make elastic like they used to!  The dress closes down the bodice with large covered buttons and on the side with a zipper.  The sash is attached on one end to the zipper, but there was no fastener visible? I’ve made do with safety pinning the other end in place for each wearing, but I’m not sure what the original plan was! I think I’ll end up sewing snaps for an easier way to get dressed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The skirt isn’t terribly full, but the fabric still makes it feel elegant and dramatic.  The huge tuck in the skirt also adds lovely weight and body to the skirt!

My lovely gold Chelsea Crew shoes are the perfect touch to peek out. ๐Ÿ™‚

For such a simple dress, it does have some fun unexpected details like the top buttons which are attached by a thread chain and each placed through bound buttonholes at the neckline.
I decided that this dress had a simple elegance of its own, so I kept the accessories super simple for this dress and only wore a pearl necklace. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for hanging in there during my prolonged absence! While I’m continuing to figure out how regularly I can keep up with blogging, I do have several more posts already on the docket to share. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you soon!
· photos by Kathryn ·

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Slue Foot Sueโ€™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 […]

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Pirates within the Disney Archives

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. And with that, the Walt Disney Archives decided that their exhibit at D23 would be dedicated to pirates of all sorts! From early shorts to the latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And since this was an amazing exhibit, […]

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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 […]

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Cacti Love

Last Friday Patrick and I went to Ladies’ and Gents’ Night Out on Magnolia in Burbank. The monthly event is like one big party, with food trucks, live music and lots of sales at the amazing shops along Magnolia. So I swung by some of my favorite shops, and then headed over to Pinup Girl Clothing‘s […]

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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 […]

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Yeehaw! Saturday at Knottโ€™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 […]

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Lobsters and a Flashy Monogram [Cashmerette Harrison]

Hi there, friends! Have you ever been so excited about a fabric and recreating a vintage design and then just let it sit in your fabric stash for a year?  Well, I have… I had been yearning for a lobster print skirt or dress for a while and designed some fabric to make my own […]

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Petersen Automotive Museum

First off, I want to thank those of you who commented in my last post about what you wanted to see on the blog. It was so wonderful to get ideas from you, as well as receive support for the types of posts I already do. It’s your positive comments that really keep me going. […]

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The Return of Ghost Town Alive

Last summer, Knott’s Berry Farm did something that was nothing short of magical, and something I gushed about repeatedly here on the blog, Ghost Town Alive. If you were ever a fan of the original film Westworld, or have been caught up in HBO’s reimagining of the 1973 film, it’s easy to relate Ghost Town […]

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Knottโ€™s Preserved

By now it’s no secret I have fallen head over cowboy boots in love with Knott’s Berry Farm. The literal farm turned theme park has one of the most unique, interesting, and classic American dream stories that there is. The book that helps tell that story best is Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, […]

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Survivor Soiree

Once again, it’s been a spell. Well, when I mentioned feeling better last time, enough to go out, I basically expelled all my energy and ended up right back at square one with my spring cold. But now I’m feeling much better! And just in time to celebrate a very special event! Five years ago […]

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Western Party at Paper Moon

Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I got laid up with a really wretched cold right after Dapper Day, and only recently have I began to feel normal. And thank goodness, because Paper Moon was hosted their Full Moon party last night, and it was western themed! Paper Moon is hands down one of the […]

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Spring into Dapper Day

Last Sunday was spring Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort. Recently I have scored some amazing vintage square dancing dresses, including several spectacular floral ones, so I decided to wear one of those for the day. All day I felt one part cowgirl, and one part southern belle. Which works out just fine, as Frontierland […]

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Ticket to Ride

For my actual birthday, myself, Patrick, and a few friends spent the afternoon at Disneyland. I also decided it was time to do a Disneybound I’ve been working on for awhile – a Disneyland ticket book! I got inspiration for this bound from Match Accessories limited edition D brooch that was based on the D […]

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Mad for Boysenberry!

For Easter Sunday, Patrick and I returned to Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy the sights, sounds, and treats of Boysenberry Festival again. I also finally finished my boysenberry parasol! During Boysenberry Festival I had the absolute pleasure of meeting J. Eric Lynxwiler, one of the authors of Knott’s Preserved, an amazing book about the history […]

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Birthday Cowgirl

It’s my birthday! And what a proper day to share what I did to celebrate my birthday! So even though my birthday is today, Dapper Day is this weekend, and I knew most of my friends would be attending that, I also wanted to do a get-together at Knott’s Berry Farm, which is exactly what […]

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Vintage Reno Signs

I literally took thousands of photos on our road trip, 3322 to be exact. Most were of abandoned buildings and killer vintage signs, which are my two favorite things to photograph, and our road trip was full of them! So much so my photos are coming to you in three, yes, three, separate posts! First […]

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The Neon Museum

If you only go to one museum in Las Vegas, it should be the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is rich in what made Las Vegas famous – neon. That spectacular glow of gases swirling inside glass made the lure of Las Vegas so bright and people flocked. Sadly though, over the years, many motels, hotels, […]

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