I’m on Instagram!

You might have noticed… I don’t blog much anymore. Instead I’ve been posting my vintage outfits on Instagram! It’s a faster way to do outfit posts and I’m trying to be nice and consistent over there. Follow me @erikaheidewald, I’d love to connect with more vintage lovers and check out your cute accounts! I also have an account with my girlfriend Frida if you want to check us out @erikaandfrida. I might still blog over here sometimes but I’m mostly on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube these days! 
Here are some pictures I’ve posted over there recently: 

Dapper Day at Disneyland!

I’m a Disneyland annual pass holder but this past weekend was my first ever Dapper Day! Dapper Day is an unofficial tradition where twice a year Disneygoers dress in their best, specifically in vintage fashions, to enjoy the park as the first fashionable guests did 60 years ago. The first day I went into the park and met some dapper people from Meetup! 
   
    
   
  

My dress is a 1940s vintage original bought at Wild Man Vintage in Lawrence, Kansas. Vintage scarf from my grandmother. Swing dance shoes from DanceStore.com and socks from the Disney store. 

Enjoying Disneyland and California Adventure in one of my cutest dresses was so fun, and I even waited ten minutes to get that picture with Dapper Mickey. I felt a little silly waiting in line to get a photo with a character – even though I am a full grown adult who goes to Disneyland at least twice a month. 🙂 

The next day brought even more fun at the Dapper Day classic car show and expo! 

   
  I loved this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and the owner was nice enough to let us get in it. I felt like James Dean.    
Dress: 1940s vintage original from Cactus Flower in Bloomington, Indiana 

Shoes and parasol bought in China 

Vegan leather bag: Matt and Nat  
I didn’t buy these cool glasses at the expo but I thought I looked cute 🙂   
 

So in love with this bag. If I had $70 to spare, this would be mine. 
   
 

With my dapper girls! 
And more classic car porn:

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Dapper Day was a great time but I really do wish we could just live that way more often – wear our best clothes, feel beautiful, and take pride in our appearance. And man it was cool to carry a parasol without people giving me any weird looks. 

  
Until next year … 

Outfit Post: Blue Beret Goes to The Monuments Men

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I took myself to see The Monuments Men at the movie theater at the Grove last night.

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Blue beret – Jet Rag vintage shop, LA

Olive sweater – my mom’s

Blue skirt – Etsy

Ankle boots – Target

Gold hoops – Target

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The movie theater itself is very pretty:

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There are a lot of beautiful theaters and Art Deco-era buildings in LA and I’ve been to tragically few of them.

When I got home I ate some spinach on my mom’s China, drank some Royal Tokaji out of my grandma’s Grand Marnier glass, and finished (yippee!) my book about Victorian interior design.20140210-150756.jpgMy thoughts on the Monuments Men – it’s not necessarily great filmmaking, but I still enjoyed it. The editing is a little weird and a lot of the movie feels like a trailer as opposed to a movie. I think the problem is it’s trying to be a lighthearted action drama with widespread appeal but it could have been a great movie if, like its subject matter, it aimed to be fine art. What’s great about the movie, though, is it is entertaining to watch, I learned about a group of people I knew nothing about, and I was reminded of the vital importance of our artistic cultural legacy. It’s really beautiful to see people who fought and died in the name of preserving the master works of Western civilization and it made me feel inspired to learn more about great works of art.

 

Outfit Post: A Dapper Dame at CityWalk

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I took myself on a date to see Dallas Buyers’ Club at CityWalk yesterday – CityWalk is a giant, gaudy shopping center connected to Universal Studios, similar to Downtown Disney.

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Vintage-style hat: bought in Hong Kong
70s button-down: Jet Rag vintage shop in LA
Wide-leg pants: custom-made in Beijing
Vintage sunglasses: Wild Man vintage shop in Lawrence, KS
Red vegan bag: Matt and Nat

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Dallas Buyers’ Club was fantastic – I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it might be one of those Oscar movies that’s bleak and depressing but the performances are good, but it really wasn’t. It definitely was sad, and the performances were fantastic, but it wasn’t bleak. Some parts were funny, some parts were inspiring – it isn’t the story of a man dying of AIDs, it’s the story of a man who refuses to die quietly and accept the discrimination and the backwards FDA regulations systems of the late 80s. It’s an important and moving story and I’d definitely recommend it.

Outfit Post: Bomb Girl Goes to Six Flags

 

 

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This outfit makes me feel like a ’40s gal who’s pitching in to help the war effort. Like sure I’ll wear pants and a button-down… but it’s gotta be cute.

Shirt: Custom-made in China (I bought the vintage buttons on Etsy and put them on myself)

Jeans: Custom, bought on Etsy

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I realized I never smile in my pictures so I’m trying to prove that I do actually know how.

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On Sunday I went to Six Flags – that’s right, I have a season pass. You should, too. It’s SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS to ride sick-ass roller coasters ALL YEAR LONG!

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The Green Lantern ride – I love it but a friend of mine characterized it as “a series of jump kicks to the chest and balls.” So I guess you’ll have to make up your own mind.

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Riding roller coasters is definitely one of the #1 things I want to do with my life. Hit me up if you want to go to Magic Mountain, you can find me on the Superman ride, Tatsu, or complaining about having to put my things in a locker to go on X2.

Outfit Post: Lady Detective

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has been making me crave her silky, glamorous wardrobe. I’ve also been in a bit of a pants mood this week (which is CRAZY and very rare) so I tried to channel my inner lady detective with this outfit.

Silky 70s camisole – etsy
Silk 60s bed jacket – The Hidden Closet
Pinstripe black pants – custom-made in China
Unpictured shoes – red Minnetonka moccasins
Vintage necklace and earrings – from my grandmother
Hair clip – bought in China

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Love this barrette. Looks very 20s to me.

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Isn’t this a fantastic necklace? I wish I knew more about it.

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My plant and I.

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I don’t normally think I was born in the wrong era, but I feel it some days. I may not be a fashionable 1920s lady detective, but it sure was fun to dress like one for a day.

Outfit Post: LBD

My aunt gave me this little black dress for Christmas and since it’s a scorcher today (40 degrees. Fahrenheit) I decided to wear it! It’s not vintage but it’s pretty vintage-appropriate, I think.

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Black Primark dress
Beaded 50s cardigan
60s coat

Now I’m hanging out with my mom and – no joke – watching my birth video. It’s honestly pretty cool seeing yourself be born and it’s super weird seeing my parents young! My mom turned 24 right before I was born – I’m 25 now and I can’t imagine having a baby. It’s also really weird seeing my parents married. Oh, home videos. You are alternately fascinating, boring, and make me cry a lot.

It’s My Birthday!

It’s my birthday! For fun I found some pictures of me/my birthdays throughout the years!

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Me at 3, a few days before my birthday.

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Me at 12

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Me at 16 with our beloved dog, Dog. I miss her. Only dog I’ve ever loved.

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My 17th birthday!

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My 18th birthday! We went bowling.

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My 19th birthday.

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21st birthday. No idea what happened to my 20th.

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Also my 21st.

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22nd skee ball birthday!

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From today! My 25th birthday. Me and vegan pizza and a 60’s sweater.

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The card my 4-year-old brother picked out for me. It says you could look everywhere and not find a kid as good as me!

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Sorry for the terrible pictures but I wanted to show you the cape I got for my birthday. It’s awesome.

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It’s not so bad turning a quarter-century old – eventually I hope to be a century old so it’s interesting to know that the first quarter is complete, that story is told. When I was born we had VHS tapes and the Cold War and now it’s all iPhones and Obama. I can’t wait to see what the next 75 years bring.

Outfit Post: Silky Fifties

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I got a new dress for Christmas from my mom and stepdad and I got to wear it on a warm LA day. God almighty I love this dress. And still loving my new ear piercings. Good thing I guess, seeing as I spent a faaaair amount of money on them. Oh yeah and they’re holes pierced through my skin.

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50s silk dress – Cactus Flower vintage store in Bloomington, Indiana

60s Blue Orlon acrylic sweater – Etsy

Jade earrings – bought in China

Lipstick – L’Oreal Target Red

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Also don’t hate me but I didn’t pin curl my hair… but it looks like I did. Isn’t that crazy? I have curly hair and I’ve been experimenting with just treating it like a pin curl set – including an extreme amount of hair brushing – and it’s been working. ME MAYBE GENIUS?

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My absolute favorite thing about this dress is that I wore it to go get my medical marijuana card (for migraines). TAKE THAT, STEREOTYPES. I’m not even really a marijuana person that much but I appreciate that in LA we have the freedom to legally partake (within limits) and I think everyone should get their card and thus reduce the stigma. LA has been good enough to extend this freedom and I need to take them up on it. FREE BIRD 2013

ALL CAPS 4 LYFE

Outfit Post: Sweet Rose!

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I LOVE this dress.

Pink 40s dress – Wild Man vintage store in Lawrence, KS

White 70s belt – Jet Rag vintage store in LA

Pink ring – my grandmother’s

Fishnet stockings – What Katie Did

Boots – Target

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Sorry my room’s cluttered – I feel like it never looks clean even when it is really clean because it’s so small – but I wanted you to really see the dress and this amazing 50’s sweater I found at Wild Man in Lawrence, KS. Those are strawberries!

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Fake lashes too, yo. I like them not too long but dark and thick. It’s a little crazy what a big effect they have.

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P.S. Check out what happened this morning! A SWAT team raided my next-door neighbors at 4:30 in the morning. I was up working so I turned my lights off, cracked my window, and just creeped the whole time. It was really interesting.

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That’s a SWAT dude with a huge gun right next to my car! LA is fun.