The Forbidden Zone

It should be noted in advance that this post talks about the ending of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes and contains spoilers.

In the ever long list of places to go and things to do here in California, filming locations are one of my favorite things to go out and visit. The Point Dume Beach, aka the “Forbidden Zone” from Planet of the Apes has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for some time, and we finally made it out there last Saturday, and boy what a day. In the days leading up to our visit I had been doing research on the location as well as rewatching my favorite show, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and realized that Point Dume was also used in the episode “Bounty Hunters’ Convention”. Then I read that the location is also where Major Nelson finds Jeannie’s bottle in the Pilot of I Dream of Jeannie, another favorite show of mine!

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Bright Eyes

Before we left for Portland we went out for tiki drinks for a friend’s birthday at Tonga Hut in North Hollywood (they also have a location in Palm Springs, and both serve the Mojave Punch, which is my favorite off their menu). And for some reason I felt compelled to wear my Shag Planet of the Apes dress instead of a traditional tiki dress. Maybe it was because we were in North Hollywood…

While I am not the biggest fan of this cut of dress (I prefer a more fitted cut), I am madly in love with the print. Shag’s take on iconic moments in Planet of the Apes is so much fun. Are you a fan of Shag or Planet of the Apes?

As for Portland, I came home with a lot of great goodies, got to see some friends and family, which was absolutely wonderful.

Outfit
Dress: Shag, Palm Springs, California
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Thrifted
Bangles: Here and there…
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Parasol & Hair Flower: Made by me

“The young ape with a shovel.”

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!

Outfit
Dress: Shag, Palm Springs, California
Shoes: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there…
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Parasol: Made by me