The Sunshine Express

 She took the 8 a.m. express wearing her green vintage sundress.

This Summer’s vacation took us all the way up to Oregon, but California is a big state, and it takes a long time to drive from Los Angeles to the northern border. Sacramento is about half way up the highway, so we camped near the State Capital for a few days. My reasons for stopping were more than mere practicality however.  The charming Bella of The Citizen Rosebud lives and blogs in Sacramento and I really wanted to meet her in person. I’ve been following Bella since I started my own blog and find her attitude, writing, and photographs, very inspirational.

Bella and I met up one morning for breakfast and spent hours chatting like old friends. Afterwards I went by her shop to check out her collection of vintage clothing.  Of course I had to buy two things for myself and at least three items for my daughter, who came along for the ride.  This fantastic 50’s green cotton sundress fit perfectly!  Those of you who wear larger sizes will know how hard it it to find real vintage clothing that fits correctly. Bella had many other wonderful things as well.  If you’d like to see some of them check out Shop the Citizen and Bella’s Etsy store Frocks and Follies for the Femme Vitale.

The next day my family and I went on a little tourist trek to “Old Town” Sacramento, home of the fabulous California State Railroad Museum. It was a relief to wear a lightweight woven fabric in the intense heat of California’s central valley. I have to say my shoe choice did leave something to be desired, but these were the only sandals I brought along on the camping trip.

Since watching “The Shanghai Express” as a child I have found the history and romance of train travel alluring. If you’re ever in Sacramento, the train museum should be on your “must see” list. The exhibits are fascinating and you can walk through many of the vintage cars to see what it must have been like to travel during the golden age of the locomotive.


  • Dress – Vintage, purchased at “Shop the Citizen”
  • Hat – San Diego Hat Company
  • Bag – Blue Q
  • Sandals – Clarks

Have you ever been to a railroad museum?

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13 Responses to The Sunshine Express

    August 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Great dress! I love the color. And I love even more that you got it from Bella. That is so cool!
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  2. Alexis of NorthOnHarper August 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I absolutely love the dress! And Bella! Sounds like such a fun visit!!!
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  3. Alice August 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow, your dress fits perfectly with the train. 😀
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  4. Dress Code: High Fashion
    August 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    The flower dress makes a fab contrast to the trains and you look gorgeous & summer-fresh.
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  5. citizen rosebud
    August 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Oh Heather- it was soooo good to meet you! You are so beautiful and I did feel like we were old friends instantly.

    And you look FANTASTIC in that dress! xo. -Bella Q
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  6. Jessie at Fashion Limbo August 30, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Lovely pictures Heather, love the colour of the dress. I remember going to a train museum in York, UK, years ago, when I lived there. there was something truly charming about old trains, the deco of the wagons inside, very nice indeed 🙂
    On a related note, I also follow Bella and love what she does, great that you got to meet her.
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  7. Lee Oliveira August 30, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Lovely dress colour… thanks to Bella
    lee x
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  8. SACRAMENTO August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I cannot believe you met with Bella, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    we have to get together soon.
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  9. mary jo
    August 31, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    That dress fits you amazingly. I love not only the volume but the back!

    xo Mary Jo
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  10. Heather Fonseca August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Thank you everyone! It was really great meeting Bella. She’s even prettier and sweeter in person.

  11. Leia September 1, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    What a pretty dress!

  12. Paula September 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Love that dress and how cool is it that you met Bella! I’m dying to meet my blogger friends…maybe someday.
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  13. Stacey - Total City Girl
    September 4, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Heather you look great in that dress. Always looks like you’re having a good time!
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