Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holidays with Holloway

The town of Orange began as a farming community, where local farmers began planting many crops, and a special crop in guessed it - orange trees! The 1880's were booming times for Orange, and to attract tourists, promotional flyers were sent out across the country and three hotels were built in the downtown area. The first public library was opened in 1885.  As the city took on asphalt sidewalks, gas streetlights were added to the downtown, and two streetcar lines began operating. The town’s first bank, the Bank of Orange (a gorgeous building) was organized in 1886. That same year, the Orange landmark which consists of a circular park with a fountain, was set up in the middle of the Plaza. 

However, citrus prices began falling at the beginning of the Depression, and Orange, like the rest of the country, fell into an economic decline that lasted until the beginning of World War II. During World War II, thousands of servicemen were trained in Southern California and the 30th Field Artillery Battalion was stationed in Orange. Many of the servicemen returned to California after the war, often bringing their families with them, resulting in the biggest growth boom in Orange County history! 

Aside from all the rich history, antique malls, and homes, Orange is also home of Ruby's Streamliner Lounge, and a glorious little old Spanish church featuring pink doors, built in 1922 (see below!) As the holidays approach, Orange is decorated for the season, keeping the tradition alive with it's gorgeous garland and greenery featuring red bows and ornaments. 

For the nostalgic city, we brought out the perfect fall/winter ensemble from one of our favorites, Vivien of Holloway, capturing the true colors of autumn with the warmth for winter, in fabulous forties fashion. Last time we brought Vivien to the vineyards, and this time we're visiting the orchards....

Orange, Circa 1950's during December


Ashlyn wears the 1940's swing trousers in black & orange check, while Tara wears the Dogtooth swing trousers in black. We had been pining for these pants since the summer, and couldn't wait for wools and winterwear. The pants exceeded our expectations, and we've been living in them ever since! True to vintage in every finish, the pants are flattering, feminine, and forties perfection. The length is just right, the waist is extra nipped, and the buttons are adorably cute. The fabrics VOH uses are exactly the type we'd expect to see in swing trousers of the past, available in all patterns and colors, from fleck to donegal, to carmels and chocolates. 

Wearing our vintage matching mink corsages <3

Ashlyn wears the Viven of Holloway Slash neck top in Marle Brown and Tara wears the Slash neck top in Marle Grey. These tops are thick and cozy with a classic simple cut, and can be paired with anything from wool skirts and trousers, to denim and lounge pants.

A Pink Collar lunch at Ruby's Streamliner Lounge to finish off the day...

Pink milkshakes and cocktails along with the dreamy, streamline design and deco decor…. it was the perfect end to the day. 

Don't forget to visit Vivien of Holloway, winner of the London Vintage Award's Best Repro Brand 2015!

<3 T & A

Monday, December 21, 2015

Romance of the Rails - Union Station

The Union Station of Los Angeles was built May 3, 1939 after a lengthy plan that had been in the works since 1926. With it's modern Streamline interior, strong Art Deco lines, and Spanish colonial exterior, this magnificent metro masterpiece is one of the most spectacular structures i've ever been to - and get's a 10+ on the nostalgia scale! Travertine, terra cotta, and tiles encompass the halls and lobbies with sleek streamline steel and speaker grill accents throughout. 

Now if only everyone were dressed as Bacall and Bogart...

In fact, The Union Station has been a well known spot for silver screen splendor. "Blondie plays Cupid" and "Stardust" were a few films of the 40's, along with some film noir movies, that used the station for production. Aside from Old Hollywood, the Union station was a necessity of the 1920's as the population began to boom. Postwar however, these romantic rails saw a decline as jets and interstate highways were now present and the car boom had hit. But, current day the Station services about 110,000 people a day!

Union Station c. 1940's, palms still waving today

As always, friend Tom Stratton captures the nostalgia perfectly in these photos

Luckily, the inside looks almost exactly the same today!

At the Traxx Bar, ready for Carole Lombard and Clark Gable to stroll in...

The hustle and bustle!

Wearing one of my favorite vintage pieces, an early 40's handmade cream dress. Darts, pleats, bows - check!


Waiting for Nat King Cole to play me a song...

...Still waiting! (in the absolutely beautiful deco booths I might add) 

The women - Living the Pink Collar Life as they did

Sugar Kane shows us how it's done <3

A few little extras and outakes from me...

The cutest cafe

Wearing my Silver Screen 40's heels *click*

It's all in the details - vintage cream Shalimar x Christian Dior gloves with rhinestone trim

Time for my Manhattan - Ciao!

xx Ashlyn