Beginning last Thursday lovers of all things tiki flocked to San Diego for Tiki Oasis. While not obsessed with tiki, I do love a good tiki bar, Patrick and I collect select tiki mugs from the bars we go to, and we each have a few tiki and Hawaiian prints in our closet, but we knew many people who were going, including vendor friends, and opted just to go for a day to explore, shop, and meet up with friends.
Every year Tiki Oasis boasts a theme and this year’s was Monster Island – yes, just imagine everyone getting super creative with classic horror and tiki. For myself I pulled out Shag’s Planet of the Apes print dress I bought last time I was in Palm Springs. While not necessarily horror or monster, themes of what a monster is are pondered within the film, and I thought it worked well. And, as the event also had outdoor happenings, I decided a matching parasol was in order.
A funny thing about me, I have a weird obsession with actor Roddy McDowell. I’m not sure when it started, but I distinctly remember him as Bookworm in Batman (which was only two episodes), and he starred in two of my favorite very underrated live action Disney films, The Cat from Outer Space and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as well as Louie in the even more underrated TV series Tales of the Gold Monkey, all of which I watched growing up. This is of course to say nothing of his countless other TV appearances as well as his best known claim to fame, Planet of the Apes. Plant of the Apes remains, in my opinion, one of the best films of all time, with one of the singular best endings of all time. To me, the first film is so perfect, and while its original sequels fumbled, I still find myself compelled to watch them again over any of the silly remake/reimagining that has been going on over the years. Oh, and not to mention Twilight Zone master mind Rod Serling penned the original script. And we all know how I feel about him. So, it is with this bizarre passion I walked into Shag’s store in Palm Springs to find this dress. I nearly passed out when I saw it. And even though the cut is one I do not normally go for, for a variety of reasons that I will spare you, I simply had to have it. Shag also offered the print in a mens shirt, but I was unable to convince Patrick he needed one.
I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!