Vintage Excursion – The El Cholo Cafe

Ok, so I know I promised a post about the Magic Castle.  Those plans fell through, however, so instead I attended a party honoring the local city councilman.  It was held at the El Cholo cafe, one of a popular local Mexican restaurant chain.  The original was opened in 1923, although the one where the party was held was opened quite a bit later.  It still has lots of early California charm however, and both the food and margaritas on the rocks are excellent!

I wore a black wool wiggle dress with a faux bolero.  Although it doesn’t show in the photos, the bodice has lots of black soutache embroidery and black velvet trim.

I also wore my newest millinery creation, a red silk velvet half hat with three velvet rosettes on across the back.  I matched the hat with my new red patent Steve Maddens and had a ball hob-nobbing with Pasadena’s finest with a taco in hand!


I didn’t get a good shot of my hat at the party, so I took one of her on my vanity tray at home:
I was having a good hair day:
That’s all, folks!
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What to wear? Antique shopping edition

Good evening, dear reader, and welcome to this, my second ever blog post.  Today was a great day.  After work this morning, I popped in to some of my favorite antique stores.  I hadn’t really planned on making an excursion of it, but after finding so many envy inducing treasures, I began taking pictures to document my day.

First off, here’s what I wore today:

I date this dress from the mid-50s.  It was made by Jay Herbert of California.  I love the embroidery detail on the skirt and the wide portrait collar.

Shoes:  Forever 21

Earrings:  Brighton

And some of the wonderful things I couldn’t buy.  If only I had unlimited money!

An amazing vanity:

Incredible black Art Deco vanity. The next time two grand falls into my lap. . .

I wish I could tell you that I wear something just like this to bed every night.   Alas, I cannot.

Some wonderful hats, that although were reasonably priced, were still out of my justifiable budget.  I may try to recreate the black tilt hat though.

Flawless vintage tilt hat with black lamb trim

Adorable chocolate satin bow headband with taupe veiling and mink trim. So pretty!

Navy and chocolate gingham, matching bolero and look at the bow! Still with original tags! Sigh.

This lady head vase had the most glamourous hat of the day! Another to recreate for Fleur de Tease. . .

I did buy one thing though.  A beautiful black vintage ostrich plume that will make some lovely hat very, very happy someday.

Stay tuned for the next post. . . the first Vintage Excursion of this blog!  I’ll be going to the Magic Castle, which is every bit as mysterious and fabulous as it sounds.

Ta for now!

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Welcome to my new blog, dear reader! In this blog, I’ll be discussing my main passion in life: vintage!  Everything from vintage style, clothing and accessories to vintage movies, architecture and activities.  I’ll also be documenting my efforts to uncover everything vintage to see and do in Los Angeles!

Allow me to to tell you more about myself.

I am one of the rare breed that was born and bred in Southern California.  I’ve lived here most of my life, and I absolutely love it.  I love the weather, the crowds, the noise and the unimaginable variety of things to do, see, learn and discover.

I’ve been an avid collector of vintage clothing since the age of sixteen when I bought my first 50’s dress from an antique store next to my ballet studio.  I still have it and wear it!

I have several deeply rooted passions in life, but the one that has taken over my life most recently is millinery.  After being discouraged at the high price of vintage hats in good condition, I began to research vintage millinery techniques.  Many hats, feathers and rhinestones later, I’ve begun my own vintage inspired millinery atelier.  You can find my ready made creations at, but my favorite hats are the custom ones I make to my clients’ specifications.

Join me on my vintage adventures!


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