Monday, August 4, 2014

Mexi Cali Rose

California is its own country, producing everything a culture needs. it's amazing. Swimming pools, movie stars. Oil and gas, solar and wind power. Blow-hard politicians and California girls.

Surfing, skating, skateboarding and flexing muscles at Venice Beach.
The tallest and oldest trees, the most amazing landscapes.
Big egos.
Big problems.
Big solutions.

Summer girls... and California is just Northern Mexico.
California was divided in to ranchos, large land grants, to settlers, by the Mexican government in the 1800s.
so Mexico and Mexican culture is part of the California dream, the California experience.
the towns, the cities, the streets, the rivers and lakes, take their names from Mexicans and the Spanish as often as from the Indians, the natives that lived here before the Spanish/Mexicans and then the whitey.

 art by Lee Bogle.

70s California girl and the California dog on the beach,

40s girls at the pool on the Hearst estate.

art by Jesus Helguera.

Phyllis Diller and a California girl.

And what could a California girl wear on the beach?
How about a vintage Cole of California 70s bathing suit. Boy leg 2 piece, in a op art check in blues and purples.

California is famous for its cowboys and is the West! and of course, Mexican cowboys and cowgirls too.... 

 Embroidered Cowgirl blouse in yummy coral, at


lots of vintage Mexican blouses and vintage dresses, and lacy tops with cotton krinkle gauze. Hand embroidery and lush jungle prints....
So Cali boho, So Mexicali Rose.....

wild jungle skirt...
vintage print mini skirt, with tropical flowers and big big leaves and big round moons.

Vintage boho tunic in black and white.

flamingo? heron? well, that's kinda jungle! gorgeous vintage 70s rayon blouse with a tropic print with long legged birds.

classic white cotton gauze and crochet lace vintage Mexican tunic top in krinkle cotton and satin ribbon.

lace and cotton dresses, jungle love wild print bias cut dress... all part of the West Coast boho life...

crochet yoke and cotton make a white cotton simple summer dress.

hot bright jungle blooms on this vintage 80s strapless mini dress.

hippie boho Cali style, a long 60s maxi with a hood....perfect for festival-going, and desert moon gazing.

Long vintage Mexican cotton caftan, with sheer and solids heavy rustic weave. 

Sweet vintage Mexican mini dress lavished with lace and pastel embroidery.

bias cut rayon jungle dress, and a red cotton crochet and krinkle gauze dress....