The Sixth Annual Tiki Day

Sunday was the sixth annual Tiki Day in the Park at Disneyland. Like Dapper Day, Tiki Day is one of the unofficial theme days at Disneyland, and is a time for those who love tiki culture and Disney to come together. I’ve been feeling the Halloween vibes a lot lately and opted for a darker look for this Tiki Day.

One thing I love about this dress is not just its cut, but there are these almost Mickey designs throughout it, and I thought that the Mickey mummy macaroon was a nice spooky reflection of the dress’s print and my Halloween vibes, not to mention it was absolutely delicious!!

Like our visit to Knott’s on Saturday for Spooky Farm, I fully intended to make a new parasol for Tiki Day, but this big news that I will share soon has kept me from doing any parasols lately! So I just used my Shrunken Ned one again, but I thought it worked well with my darker vibes, as he’s a “witchdoctor.” I won’t keep you on the edge of your seat for too much longer! I’m planning to share the news this week. But if you follow me on Instagram, then you already know!

Outfit
Nani of Hawaii Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: Re-Mix
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Tiki Mask Ring: Junk for Joy, Burbank, California
Flower Headpiece & Parasol: Made by me

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

Clifton’s Pacific Seas Bar

After much anticipation, Clifton’s (which I have blogged about on several previous occasions, including its grand re-opening, Thanksgiving, and the first Fur & Feathers in LA) finally opened the doors to the newest addition to its cabinet of curiosities, Pacific Seas, a tiki bar inspired by the first ever Clifton’s, under the same name.

The Pacific Seas was the first of Clifford Clinton’s chain of cafeterias, and featured a gorgeous pacific island theme with lots of bamboo, gorgeous faux rock features, both inside and out, and even neon palm trees. It was gaudy, outrageous, and utterly amazing. Honestly, what I wouldn’t give to go back in time and experiences it. Seriously, take a look…

Pacific Seas opened in 1939 and closed its doors in 1960s, when it was demolished and became a parking lot, which it has remained since. But now Clifton’s guests can either re-live, or experience for the first time, a small taste of what the Pacific Seas was like with its all new tiki bar. On Friday Patrick and I had the pleasure of going the night before its grand opening thanks to a friend. My eyes couldn’t stop darting around at all of the amazing details, and these photos simply don’t do it justice. One of my favorite details was the original plaque to the outside of the Pacific Seas location that discussed the exterior and gave thanks to the artists behind the creation. Sadly, I failed to get any real outfit photos with the exception of a quick snap at the end of the night.

I can imagine we shall be visiting Pacific Seas as often as possible, as it is nothing short of spectacular, and I highly encourage both locals and visitors to LA alike to visit!

Outfit
Dress: LA Vintage Expo
Shoes: Re-Mix
Coconut Bangle: ???

Tiki Day Adventures

Last Sunday fans of both tiki and Disneyland came together for the fifth annual Tiki Day in the Park. I was especially excited because I got to debut my latest vintage Disney tiki print dress that I scored recently, as well as my latest parasol I created just for the occasion!

This dress was the one variant I was missing from the tiki fabric Disneyland created in the 60s, and was overjoyed when I found it on Ebay a couple months ago and even more excited when I saw it had its label, which not all people chose to sew in.

My purple Enchanted Tiki Room dress does feature the label, which I wore it to the second Tiki Day and I wore my Enchanted Tiki Room pantsuit to the third Tiki Day.

And while my collection may be complete, one item (in the print and color scheme below) remains pretty much unwearable. I bought the dress on-line without looking at the measurements because I was so excited to find one! I am able to get the dress on, but I have massive “pancake boob” with it on. However, the dress’s style, an empire waist and full length, allows for the dress to be altered to a different style, and one that would fit. The problem is that this fabric is so rare that I’m terrified of doing a poor job altering it myself, and I have yet find a tailor I trust! And also because it is so rare I am not willing to part with it, unless I were to find another one first that fit better. So, if you ever spy one! Please let me know! I was so excited to see another girl wearing one of these vintage treasures yesterday! I had to snap a photo! She also rocked the Shag Enchanted Tiki Room purse!

The one thing I love the most about Tiki Day is seeing everyone’s creativity! I spied so many wonderful details to people’s outfits! One of my favorites was a girl’s dress that she made using fabric featuring Shrunken Ned!

Overall it was another wonderful Tiki Day in the books! And even though it’s October, and normally my mind is on spooky things, I can’t help but think about the other theme days coming up this fall! Pin-Up Girl Clothing’s Pin-Up Parade is later this month, and fall Dapper Day is next month!

Outfit
Vintage Disneyland Tiki Print Dress: Ebay
Belt & Earrings: I don’t remember!
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there…
Shrunken Ned Parasol: 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

A Tiki-rific Day!

Over the weekend tiki fans of all ages flocked to Disneyland for the fourth annual Tiki Day! Like Dapper Day, and many other non-official theme days at Disneyland, Tiki Day focuses on dressing up in your most tiki-rific outfits for a fun filled day at the park, including group oriented portions, like visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room, the attraction that inspired the event. This year marked the fourth annual Tiki Day and there was a massive turn out with some amazing ensembles!

As night fell, many of us made our way to the Tomorrowland Terrace as Scot Bruce, an Elvis tribute artist, was performing, and it was his last night at the Happiest Place on Earth, after 13 years. Many of us were bummed to see him go, as he is an excellent entertainer and singer. Also, how perfect for Tiki Day, right?

Unlike the last two years where I only knew one person, Suzanne of Sweetie Suz, one of the organizers of the event, this year I saw so many familiar faces and friends that I have made over the last year of living here. Here’s to many more fun filled theme-days!

Outfit
Dress: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles, Ca.
Parasol & Pineapple Purse: Found by my dad!
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Or.
Piranha Brooch: Match Accessories
Hair Flower: Fancy Fruits
Bamboo Bangles: Seriously, I don’t remember. I’ve had them since high school.

Patrick’s Outfit
Shag Shirt: Found by my dad!
Shorts: Quicksilver
Shoes: Nordstorm

That Voodoo You Do So Well

Recently I was contacted by the vintage inspired clothing company Voodoo Vixen asking if I would like to review an item from their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As noted in my last post I have recently felt the need to expand upon my vintage inspired/repro collection and was eager to see what was available! The Spring/Summer collection from Voodoo Vixen this year is adorable, with lots of great colors, and fun prints, including many items in a tiki print, which is what caught my eye and I selected their Constantia skirt.

After opening the package I was really pleased when I felt the fabric, as it was a heavier cotton, that felt quite sturdy. And upon inspecting the tag found that the garment was made of 97% cotton, and 3% elastane. I’m not the biggest fan of stretch fabrics, so whenever I find a garment that has over 80% cotton content, I’m pretty happy. Having a 27 inch waist, I selected the small, which is stated as a 27 inch, and and when taking a tape measure it it, is read as a solid 27 inches. The skirt fit perfectly and I was then overjoyed when I discovered the skirt had pockets! Seriously, I’m a sucker for pockets in skirts.

Another feature I love of the skirt is the faux tie belt attached to the front portion of the skirt’s band. It’s amazing what a small touch like this will add to a skirt. I feel like it give it an even greater Hawaiian flair.

When turning the garment inside out, I observed a solid stitch, followed by surging around nearly all of the edges. The areas lacking surging are where the pocket meets the skirt (visible in the below image, lower left), and where the band meets the skirt, which appears French seamed. In comparing the garment to a Pin-Up Girl Clothing skirt, I found the two very similar in construction and feel, and often PUG is hailed as one of the best made vintage inspired clothing lines. Where the two companies differ is their manufacturing, where as PUG is made in the USA, this garment was made in China.

For the majority of the week, Patrick was up in Portland, and when he returned home we decided to go out for dinner and drinks at Trader Sam’s, and I felt it was a perfect place to take my new skirt out for a spin.

I also just ordered the palm brooch from Match Accessories that I know will go swell with this skirt, and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I would like to thank Voodoo Vixen for this opportunity, as well as this amazing skirt that I can’t wait to wear again and again.

Outfit
Top: Buffalo Exchange, I think…
Skirt: Courtesy of  Voodoo Vixen. Thank you, very much!
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Re-mix
Purse: Belonged to my grandma
Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there. Though I know a few came from Retro Rejuvenation
Hair Flower: Fancy Fruits, International Tiki Marketplace

Disclaimer: I received this skirt free of charge from Voodoo Vixen in exchange for an honest review of their garment.