Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dapper Day Spring: Prom Princesses 2015

Dapper Day at Disneyland has become one of my most anticipated dress-up events of the year, and lucky for me it is bi-annual. My girlfriends and I started planning these outfits nearly as soon as Fall Flapper Day(you can see my last blog post for more on that) had concluded. 

Usually Dapper Day lands on one of the hottest days of the year, no matter if it's Fall or Spring, unfortunately this time there was a threat of rain and some light showers throughout the day, so it wasn't exactly what we had been praying for, but it was lovely none-the-less. 

Since I dress up more than most people on a day-to-day basis this event I really wanted to do something a little bigger and frillier and fancier than the usual, so we landed on Prom Princesses. Basically we envisioned what some of our favorite Disney ladies would have worn if they attended a prom in the 1950's. I never went to my prom, so I made sure to push the idea of tiaras and corsages so I'd get to relive something I never personally experienced. I set out all my accessories days before just to enjoy looking at them.

I chose Cinderella as my princess since I've been so excited for the new movie, and I had the bottom half of a vintage prom dress that had belonged to my grandmother. The top had been irreplaceabley damaged but the skirt was still pretty immaculate, just a few age spots I did my best to clean and hide. I made the top, found the tiara, choker and gloves on eBay for only a few dollars, and the purse was a vintage find from a while back. All together it came together well and I only spent about $20, plus the clear dome umbrella I found at Target the day before. 

After hiding from the rain in the wonderful Dapper Day expo for a while and perusing all the lovely wares on sale we headed into the the park eager to work on our long planned prom poses. We had our eyes set on taking photos in front of the castle and prayed desperately that wouldn't be ruined by the impending rain.

In the past we never seem to be able to make it to the Disneybound meet-up group photo so this event we planted ourselves in front of the castle plenty early to people watch and see all the creative outfits everyone managed to put together. There were so many Disneybounds this year, they might have outnumbered the theme-less dappers. 

We made reservations for the Cathay Circle restaurant again, as we did last Dapper Day, for some drinks and yummy food. Then finished the night off back at Disneyland, where I had a dance with the Mouse himself. 

Although I had a migraine most of the day and some of the weather dampened my already troublesome hair, it was so much fun to be a little extra fancy with my gals and meet so many lovely people. I haven't started planning my Fall outfit yet, but I've got a few ideas. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Dapper Day, More like Fall Flapper Day

As the Disney fan and all around vintage enthusiast I am- Dapper Day at Disneyland is always an event that I look forward to. In years past I usually stay with my 1950's styles, but this event I was influenced by the Carthay Circle itself, and the slightly earlier era of surrounding Buena Vista Street.

My girlfriends and I as always, managed to pull all our outfits together under a short deadline with flying colors, and even the heat couldn't keep the smile off my face.

Of course I chose my favorite Princess Snow White, and from L-R the gals decided to invoke Aurora, Ariel, Jessica Rabbit and Elsa.

The Dapper Day Expo was a great intermission from the summer sun, especially the Besame Cosmetics booth. Their products are truly the picture of vintage perfection. The packaging and the products are just killer, and I could oogle it all forever.

Also since it was Dapper Day, we wanted to do something 'more special' then our usual weekly trip. So we made reservations for Carthay Circle, it is an absolute dream and even more beautiful then I had anticipated. With Snow White's woodland forest on the ceilings, to the evil queen's face so subtly detailed on the tables and the 1930's vibe .. I was in heaven.

As always we are already planning our outfits for the Spring Event, (and a hundred more on top of that) for more on Dapper Day visit

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Welcome to Disneyland Captain

So, as the total superhero fan I am I had to go to Disneyland and Disneybound the newest Marvel Avenger to arrive at Innoventions, Steve Rogers himself on the first official day the meet and greet would be open to the public. 

To be honest I am just always looking for a themed day to dress up for, planning a special outfit for a special day is one of my favorite pleasures.... But being the 1940's enthusiast I am Captain America really taps into a whole database of outfit potential for me. 

However, when going to Disney you can't go the full costume route, and although I was tempted to channel Peggy Carter and wear my military-esque green jacket and pencil skirt, it just seemed a little too formal for even myself at a theme park... but hey, maybe next time. 

We didn't have to wait long at all, and as usual Disney did not disappoint us. The Captain loved our red, white and blue ensembles and complained about modern technology with me. I think I might be even more anxious for Winter Soldier to come out now ;)

We might have went in to see Thor twice though... I can't help it. 
I might have a problem.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Snow White loves the Outdoors... Or so i've heard.

With my 26th birthday looming just a little over a week away I've been feeling my Peter Pan complex growing stronger by the day. I just don't want to grow up.

Sometimes you just have escape and go outside for an hour or so and play around dressed like your favorite princess.

Red Hair Bow: Etsy 
 Cape: Vintage, eBay 
 Blue Top: Windsor 
 Yellow Skirt: Jean Paul Gaultier 
 Shoes: Craft and Barrow 
 Thanks to Kate C Photography.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Anticipation for another Dapper Day begins... and I made a Youtubevideo!

It's about a month till my favorite Disneyland themed day! So while I'm in the process of getting my outfit together I thought I'd make a few videos to share some tips, vintage and thrifting trips and maybe a bit of DIY. 

Click on the link below and like and comment if it helped you out or entertained you at all. Subscribe for more videos to come in the near future!

For some of my old Dapper Day posts you can visit the links below. 

How to Survive Dapper Day at Disneyland: [ x ]
Fall Dapper Day 2013: [ x ]
Spring Dapper Day 2013: [ x ]
My Very First Dapper Day: [ x ]

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why The Lady Damfino?

Goodbye Wishing Will Make It So, and Welcome to The Lady Damfino.

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what my instagram name means or why exactly I chose it, and now that I am changing my blog name as well I suppose I can attempt a bit of an explanation.

As I have a huge, undying adoration for Buster Keaton I chose the name Damfino which was the name of 'the boat' in the short film of the same name in 1921.  It was presumed that Damfino meant 'damn fine'. 

Now, the way I see it I'm not referring to myself as being 'damn fine' but as everything is okay, you better believe it's damn fine. Damfino is nothing but positive affirmation.

So although I did love my old blog name, which had lots of meaning to me just the way it was before... I am more then eager to see where the Lady Damfino takes me.

Lady Damfino, it's all okay, the woman is fine...

And I hope every time you visit my little site you can know that everything truly is fine.

Just an easy day and dinner at Jack's

In my usual Saturday fashion I spent most of my day doing chores, running errands and recooping from my first Disneyland trip of the new year(and let me tell you, it was a doozy). 

After years and years of my father recounting his old high school years and going to Jack's to get a burger a fries after basketball practice I decided I had to check the place out. It did recently go through a remodel but the restaurant was established in 1933, and still manages to retain a lot of its quaint, vintage charm. 

I ordered my damn fine cup of coffee right away, then settled on a typical diner choice for me, the chef salad. It was the size of my head! The food was good, and the best part was the piece of apple pie I brought home for dessert. Holy moly, I'm already planning my next trip back just to grab another piece of that pie. 

For more about Jack's Whittier Restaurant: Click Here