Category: Colorado

Vintage Fashion for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the holiday season! Time for dressing in holiday-colored vintage fashion and for chilly temperatures, as the Denver area has had its coldest winter in almost 20 years! We had several early snowfalls that gave me the white Christmas feels I never had in warm Los Angeles. Plus, we’ve had SO many fun holiday events happening around town. Here are a few of my adventures and the festive outfits I wore.

Camp Christmas

If you could cross a funhouse and Christmas, this is it. This mega installation, in the Hanger at Stanley Marketplace, features holiday lights galore and over-the-top décor in a variety of settings. It puts those houses in Hallmark Christmas movies to shame and adds a touch of sass. I loved the punny Christmas trees, such as the Gum Tree, decorated with packs of chewing gum, of course! We had so much fun walking through the different areas, taking photos and having a Christmas cocktail. It was the perfect place to wear my latest thrift-store find – a red fair isle-pattern sweater with a vintage Santa Claus brooch. Plus, I picked up some adorable teddy bear gloves.

Red sweater and Christmas display

Camp Christmas display

Camp Christmas Pink RoomChristmas fashion accessories

Sippin’ Santa Miracle Bar

The pop-up Christmas Miracle Bars have become an annual holiday phenomenon, drawing lines around the block to get in. They are a fun place to have a cup of cheer among some extreme holiday décor that includes walls lined with Christmas wrapping paper and literally hundreds of stick-on bows. This year Denver got a new themed bar that crossed Tiki and surf culture with Christmas and a drink menu from Tiki cocktail-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. Who could resist? We rounded up a group of friends and went on a weeknight to avoid the crowds. We kicked back among the plethora of Tiki statues and twinkle lights with a delicious libation served in a Santa glass, of course. For the occasion, I wore a blue-trimmed vintage cardigan with yet another fair isle pattern, which I topped with a festive red, vintage reproduction pencil skirt.

Christmas outfit for Sippin' Santa Bar

Sipping Santa Miracle Bar Denver

1940s White Christmas Ball

If ever there was an event to dress up in your finest vintage fashion, the 1940s White Christmas Ball is it. Inspired by the classic movie “White Christmas” (which I finally saw for the first time the week before), this mega event draws hundreds of people ready for a classy night out dressed in vintage and vintage-inspired attire, some even in replica costumes from the film! There were big bands, dancing, picture-taking sets, and a buffet dinner. I had to bring out my vintage red lace dress and vintage bolero cardigan sweater with beaded snowflake detail.

1940s White Christmas Ball

1940s White Christmas Ball

I hope you enjoyed a peek into some of my holiday fun and vintage fashion. Wishing you a very merry season and a stylish New Year!

Cheers,

Kastle

 

Category: Colorado

One More Round of Fall Fashion Before Winter Comes

I’ve enjoyed the fall season so much this year I thought I would do another post of some outfits and adventures. Fall in Colorado is all about the changing of the aspen trees as their leaves start to shimmer with a bright, golden hue. The season begins the last couple of weeks of September, and if we’re lucky, goes through mid October as a beautiful gold sweeps from the tops of the mountains down into the foothills and the city.

 

One of the prettiest passes to see the aspen trees in all their glory is the Guanella Pass, the Scenic Byway off the I70 as you head west to the Rocky Mountains. We caught the color at the perfect time, so of course, we had to stop (along with everyone else) and take pictures. I dressed for the occasion by turning a summery vintage dress into a fall outfit by playing off the orangey tones in the pattern and teaming it with a beige cardigan, leather belt and purse, brown leather lace-up, chunky heeled boots and earrings with maple leaves.

 

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

 

Guanella Pass

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

When Thanksgiving hits, it’s officially the end of the autumn celebrations and time to get ready for the holidays. It also means winter is coming and with it, snow and frigid temperatures. I’m looking forward to hunkering down with some good books because I’m super scared of driving in the snow, so I won’t be going out as much.

 

Reading a book

Thank goodness I found an awesome bookstore, BookBar, in the cute historic shopping district of Berkeley along Tennyson Street. This quaint indie shop has a friendly staff, places to lounge and work and even has a wine bar inside! How genius is that? And even better, they have open mic nights for readings. Since I’ve been working on some personal essays and a memoir-in-progress in my spare time for a while now, I decided to give it a go. I did the first public readings of my work, and I have to say it felt pretty good! The crowd – a whole roomful of them that tested my stage fright – was also super supportive and welcoming.

 

BookBar Open Mic Reading

 

For one of my readings, I had to bring some fall colors. I’m currently obsessed with retro-inspired, detachable Peter Pan collars with gorgeous details that I’ve seen in the blog-o-sphere. So for this night, I wore a burgundy-colored collar with a gold leaf string tie from the Etsy shop, Fairytale Collars. I matched it with a plaid skirt and oxford shoes to create an academic yet stylish, book nerd look.

 

 

FairyTale Collars with leaf detail 

And lastly, as Thanksgiving is upon us, a perfect time to wear my new collar by Etsy shop, Leafling Bags. I’m giving thanks by baking a pumpkin pie for my wonderful hubby and being grateful for my new life in Colorado. 

 

Fall fashion, vintage-inspired look

 

Now I’m off to decorate and get ready for the holidays. More to come!

 

Cheers,

Kastle

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