All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

I’m finally back in town!!! After this HUGE USA trip, limited WiFi and a huge phone bill, I’m glad to be back on these shores ’cause I missed you guys! It feels as though I’ve been away for a month even though it was only ten days, but we packed so much in I can hardly believe it. Mind you, shopping all day and partying all night does give you twice as many hours in the day.

Now I’ve had a chance to start downloading all these pictures I can hardly wait to share them with you all and I hope it doesn’t bore you to death. I always think of those movie scenes where people are tortured by being tied to a chair and forced to watch other people’s holiday slides… ugh. Instead of boring you with a hundred pictures of trees, I’m hoping that these fun snap shots will show you what fantastic places there are to visit out there; whether these towns are far from you or perhaps even near. Either way, you’ll discover that I travel just the way I live every other day; making it an occasion and staring in my own mental movie. icon smile All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

So I’m going to jump back to the beginning of the trip, as it is hard to get full sized pictures for you while on the move and it doesn’t really do it justice.

Travelling with friends can either be fun or can be a nightmare. Luckily for me, my girlfriends are just as crazy as me and we all know how to make a party out of a cardboard box. After leaving Melbourne and flying straight through to LA on a 14 hour flight, you’d think we would be ready for a bit of a nap. But no. As you saw, we headed straight out vintage shopping on the streets of Long Beach and collecting tales as we went.

One of the highlights for me was being invited in to meet the lads at Hawleywood’s Barber Shop, which smelt of soap, leather and pomade…. divine!  This is not a place that women are generally allowed into so we were very honoured to be able to pop in and say hello.

Hawleywoods barber shop on long beach All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Hawleywoods barbershop on long beach 2 All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

One of the fastest ways to get to know a town is to catch a local bus, which is just what we did to get to Fourth street. I’m always amazed at just how outgoing and friendly most Americans are compared to Australians. It isn’t that we aren’t friendly, it’s just that people tend to keep to themselves unless they have been introduced to you. The idea of talking to people on a bus or elevator is rather alien to us, and if you do talk to people you’re seen as a bit odd. Once we got used to the fact that people actually just talk to you and say what it on their mind, it was a very pleasant change.

On the bus ride back to our hotel, we came across two guys who decided that a bit of blues and gospel singing was to be the order of the day and they amused us greatly with their tunes across the bus. It’s kind of like being on a school camp when things like that happen and everyone is having a great time. I can only imagine what would happen in Australia should the same scenario occur. Most people would think you’re crackers, not look you in the eye and be dying to jump off at the next stop! But to us, it was a fantastic and memorable way to kick off what was to be a legendary trip abroad.

sparkly new hat All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Siting at the bus stop in my cool new sparkly vintage hat.

Our first night in California was spent aboard the beautiful, (now permanently docked) Queen Mary in all her art deco splendour. Although she is a fading beauty, all the photographs of passengers and days past give her a romantic quality not found in even the fanciest of modern hotels. There are legends of her haunted passage ways, and after trying to find our room amongst hundreds of identical corridors, I can see why! It was like being an a scary episode of Dr. Who where the passages just keep going and no matter how far you run you end up back where you begun… I’m sure there must be ghost of guests who were never seen again after trying to find their rooms!

phone box on the Queen Mary All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Queen Mary portside All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Queen Mary exterior All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Queen Mary at sunset All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Candice DeVille aboard the Queen Mary Longbeach california All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Art deco carpet aboard the Queen Mary in the ballroom All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

the ballroom on the queen mary All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Bonnie Rose and the Queen Mary bear All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

 

Bonnie Rose views photos aboard the Queen Mary All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

Wallace Simpson aboard queen mary All aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California!

 

 

We knew by the morning of our official Day One, that we were already going to need some luggage solutions because we couldn’t close the suitcases we’d come with just 12 hours before. And so it was, with shopping bags and suitcases in tow, that we moved on to Downtown L.A where the adventure continued…

 

 

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Candice DeVille

Specialty Vintage Stylist, Blogger, and Presenter; Candice DeVille has been writing Super Kawaii Mama since early 2008. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she's always in search of the next glamorous adventure. Bringing you vintage style, glamour and inspiration for the 21st Century.
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7 Comments

  1. Emily /

    I love seeing other people’s holiday pictures! So please share some more! It looks like you girls had a wonderful time, and I’ve been jealously following your adventures through Facebook and blogs. You’ve made me want to pack everything up and just head off on my own adventure!
    Can’t wait to see your ballgown, how on Earth did you get that home?!

    • Super Kawaii Mama /

      Emily: I had to fold it carefully and flatten it down… then sit on the suitcase to get it closed!! Getting the hats and cowboy boots home was harder – they are amazing! :)

  2. Loving these holiday snaps! It really makes me want to jet off. Keep them coming.
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  3. that carpet is incredible!
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  4. Ohhh fantastic!! Don’t worry, I don’t think anyone could get bored of your holiday snaps, the photos always look great and you look so glamorous :D I am also amazed by your ability to always look so good while travelling and getting no rest!

  5. It looks like you were having a fantastic time right from the beginning! That’s exactly the way to do it: no need to waste time on rest! :D
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  6. Handbagshoequeen /

    What a sensational trip you had!!! you all look so glamorous all of the time. It’s fantastic ???

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