Thursday, September 26, 2013

Another year, another ticket to twenties

Another of my favorite annual events has come and gone. the Ticket to the Twenties festival and the Workman Temple Homestead museum. 

I always attend with my mother, and we always have a great time. This year seemed even more crowded then the last two years combined! Even the nearly 100 degree weather didn't seem to scare people away.

The day for me was full of a fantastic silent film with live accompaniment, enjoying lots of wonderful live music, a lovely fashion show out on my the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and some delicious ice cream from a food truck.(I know, not exactly Gatsby Afternoon level authentic) 

As always I leave feeling bittersweet that every weekend can't be a little bit more 20's. 


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dapper Day Fall 2013

Another Dapper Day at Disneyland had come and passed. This fall day was a real doozy, during a bit of a heatwave with humid nearly 100 degree weather it was pretty hard to feel too dapper, but we all did our best. 

After the drama of my dress breaking the day or so before and the warm weather I wanted to be a little more casual then dapper days of the past, not out of want but necessity. I decided to stow the furs and glitz away for next time when I can actually enjoy wearing them. 

It's really been amazing seeing how each event becomes more and more crowded in attendance, and now with the addition of 'dapper disney bounding' the creativity level has just gone through the roof. I love looking at everybody's outfits and what they've managed to come up with. 

I've started to feel a bit like Dapper Day has become a new 'Halloween' for me, where once it's over I just start planning for next time. Constantly looking at the antique malls and thrift stores for that something extra special that will be used at dapper day. And now the countdown begins till February... 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to survive Dapper Day at Disneyland

Well, unfortunately the old blog has been really neglected since I've been without a working computer for the past few months. I'm still surviving with just my iPhone and iPad and unfortunately neither of them are too blog writing conducive. 

Anywho with one of my favorite 'Disney holidays' approaching and a few events under my belt I'd thought I'd write down a few tips on the extra precautions to take when attending Dapper Day.

If you are either not a constant vintage wearer, or perhaps not a frequent theme park visitor a day like Dapper Day can easily be overwhelming. But hopefully with a little extra preparation you can make the day go much smoother.

1. Check the weather report. Dress appropriately.
Now this might seem obvious but I cannot stress enough, know what to expect from Mother Nature. This upcoming fall dapper day is supposed to be 100 degrees! Now I am going to stick it out with the dress I bought but I've nixed the fur stole and back seamed stockings. Don't make it harder then yourself then it already will be.

2. Take all the pictures. 
Honestly, you'll want them, so just take as many as you can bear. Some of my past dapper day photos are my favorites at the park, and being dressed up really adds something special.

3. Pack smart.
Charge batteries beforehand or bring a spare. Don't forget a phone charger. Being makeup for touch ups and Tylenol for headaches. Bring band aids for blisters and sunscreen for uv protection. Make a checklist. You won't regret it when you leave for the resort and know you have everything you'll need for the long day ahead.

4. Pick shoes you know you can walk all day in.
Plain and simple. I learned my lesson when I wore a pair of vintage heels earlier this year and had to leave in the afternoon because my feet could barely walk. As much as your look may be important, try to choose something that's both cute and relatively comfortable. Or bring flats to switch in and out of during the day.

5. Be friendly
It's a great experience to walk around the park being greeted by strangers with 'happy dapper day' and complimenting each others' wardrobe choices. Attend the meet ups and talk to other attendees. It will make the day so much more amazing!

6. Enjoy the theme.
I enjoy theming my outfits to the time when Disneyland would have first been opened in the late 50's, and I get so much joy out of incorporating tidbits from that era into my day. I change my iPhone ringtone to a favorite 1950's song, I buy 1950's candy to put in my vintage purse and bring along a 1950's magazine for photo opportunities. By any means don't pack for a photoshoot, but by bringing along a few things you can really enhance your experience.

Well, that's the best I can muster! I can't even wait till Friday, my third Dapper Day here I come!

Have you attended Dapper Day before? What tips would you give a first time attendee?