Horror-Vision: California style

Since we just got back from the West Coast, I thought it was high time to share in the creepy (I mean that in a GOOD way) aspects of our trip. From things going bump in the night, to where Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was shot, to a shrine to the macabre, here’s a little visual tour of places we saw on our trip to Northern California.

1st stop – San Francisco, the San Remo Hotel:

The San Remo Hotel of North Beach

From the website Legends of America, here’s the write up on the hotel we stayed at for two nights, San Remo Hotel of North Beach…

Just after the San Francisco fire destroyed most of the city, the San Remo Hotel was built in 1906.  Originally called the New California Hotel, its small rooms and affordable pricing attracted numerous immigrants, sailors, and penniless artists.  In 1922, the hotel was renamed the San Remo Hotel, where full course dinners began to be served and liquor was served in coffee cups during Prohibition.  Today, the hotel has been renovated with modern amenities but continues to maintain at atmosphere of an earlier era.  It is also said to be home to a couple of resident ghosts.  Allegedly, the hotel was once owned by a Madame and was run as a brothel.  This mysterious ‘painted lady’ is said to haunt Room 33, knocking on the door, but disappearing when someone answers.  A little girl has also been spied roaming the hallways and trying to get into Room 42.”

We think we got lucky and captured her on film–not once, but TWICE (see below)!

Is that you, painted lady?

The painted lady strikes again

For those of you that want to take a little looksie for yourself, the contact information is:

Remo Hotel, 2237 Mason Street, San Francisco, California 94133, 415-776-8688 or 800-352-REMO

I know, a little far for a dumb joke but here is something waaaay better. We visited Haight Street on our second day in the city and stumbled into the coolest curiosity shop ever. We may not look like Goths but our family’s got a serious thing for bird skull jewelry, odd taxidermy, antique pharmacy bottles with poison Rx, bird talon candle holders, and strange funerary photography. So when we walked into Loved To Death we were pretty sure we’d died and gone to a heaven that Morticia Addams would’ve decorated.

Loved To Death

And just yesterday I discovered that the store also serves as a focal point for a SyFy channel show, Oddities: San Francisco.

You definitely want to go and check this place out if you visit San Fran!

And last but not least, our California family picked us up in San Francisco and brought us on a trip through the Redwoods and wine country. To get there, we had to drive through San Rafael and then to Bodega and Bodega Bay.

In Bodega, we stopped at a small church and home that was the set for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “The Birds.”

Sanctuary!

The schoolhouse.

Pleasantly absent of bird attacks, this visit was way too short and I’m already itching to get back for more exploration.

Cover of "The Birds (Collector's Edition)...

Cover of The Birds (Collector’s Edition)

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Last Dance

We’ve been quiet for a while but hearing that Donna Summer died has been a real bummer. There’s a lot of buzz over her song (and film) Last Dance but we’re die-hard devotees of her other disco-era hits – Bad Girls, I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, On the Radio, her cover of McArthur Park, and Love to Love You Baby are gold. Sad she won’t be making any farewells but we have a feeling we can go and commiserate over Absolut cocktails with friends in the Drag Nation (pretty please?).

Bad Girls came out in 1979. I was nine years old and living in Southern Florida, in West Palm Beach. All my teen babysitters had started wearing stretch satin disco pants or satin jackets (and, yikes, some paired them together). What I flash back to are a set of images: Feathered hair and big sunglasses, Bonne Bell lip gloss (in watermelon or strawberry), Dr. Scholl’s strappy sandal clogs, tube tops and halters, roller skating, and the smell of coconut tanning creme all come flooding back in a weird memory barrage whenever I hear the words “toot-toot” or “beep beep.” In the spirit of the Vulcan mind-meld (if you’re a child of the 60’s or 70’s, you know what I’m talking about) here are the images I could find that might be somewhat representative of this sensory memory. To ensure proper encoding, please click and play the following video…

Reblog: Georges Lepape

From the blog matou en peluche, here is some of the artwork of Georges Lepape, an illustrator that created a cover for Vogue and many iconic designers. Read this delicious little post for more information.

Click to read!

December 1919 Vanity Fair cover by French illu...

December 1919 Vanity Fair cover by French illustrator Georges Lepape (1887-1971). Gouache over pencil on bristol board, 34.9 x 26.8 cm. (sheet). Exhibited at "American Beauties: Drawings from the Golden Age of Illustration", Swann Gallery, Library of Congress, 2002. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[ L ] Georges  Lepape - Le miroir rouge (1914)

Summer Lovin

Uniquely Natalie‘s Summer Vintage Dreams has our heads in the clouds, waiting for the first really hot day in Maine. We’ll be heading for the beach to enjoy some summer corals, florals, and mint-chocolate chip ice cream. What about you?

Click on the image to check out this Pinterest board and go shopping!

The Worst Song Ever

3 Second Rule: The time you need to spend breathing or die from asphyxiation after viewing this and laughing too long.

Dreaming of Country Weddings

We love the Vintage Rustic Wedding Board Katherine Of Corgis and Cocktails put together. From the colors, the flower choices, the great vintage pieces, and all of the wedding jewelry has us hankering for bare feet in the soft grass.

DYNASTY

DYNASTY

Stella McCartney one shoulder dress
$1,245 – net-a-porter.com

Diane von Furstenberg short sequin dress
£545 – flannelsfashion.com

Steven by Steve Madden pointy flat
$119 – bloomingdales.com

Aldo shoes
$90 – aldoshoes.com

Hoop earrings
jewelry.1stdibs.com

Crislu jewelry
$173 – bloomingdales.com

Tom Ford nude lipstick
$48 – neimanmarcus.com

Tom ford lipstick
£36 – harrods.com

Corporate Cannibal

Corporate Cannibal

Mara Hoffman tribal top
$207 – shoplesnouvelles.com

Single breasted blazer
£219 – farfetch.com

D&G long length pants
$315 – stylebop.com

Vigotti shoes
$60 – zappos.com

Disc jewelry
$156 – bonadrag.com

Victor/Victoria

Victor/Victoria

Hope short sleeve t shirt
$88 – lagarconne.com

D&G high waisted skinny pants
£265 – harveynichols.com

Chantelle padded bra
£45 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Patent leather flat
$39 – tobi.com

Chanel shoulder bag
£1,279 – farfetch.com

Pieces crystal bangle
$22 – asos.com

Fragrance
$90 – nordstrom.com