It's tiki everything, a big pool party, lots of mai tais, and tons more, all in sunny & fabulous Palm Springs, California!
There were vendor booths with TONS of wonderful vintage Hawaiian clothes...
|look at all those eye-popping colors!|
|Yikes! I'd lose an eye...or a spleen...or something|
There were live bands all weekend, including the Ding Dong Devils, who all wore matching custom outfits, and looked like they were having a great time...I think maybe I heard a theremin up there!!
My fave band was Kitty Chow and Fisherman, who did a late-night adults-only show...and boy was it adults-only!
Here I am waiting for them to play...bright halogen lights at midnight are an affront to the senses, but the very patient bartender helped us invent a drink that helped dim the lights a bit...
|Dude! these lights are tooo bright|
The whole weekend, people were all over the place wearing amazing vintage Hawaiian clothing...
|great colors and mid-mod design!!|
|who doesn't love a matching set?|
|Two adorable members of the Ding Dong Devils|
|amazing shirt...and look at that beard!|
|even the doggies have tiki style!!|
the event was sponsored by Deadhead rum and so there were a lot of rum drinks to be had!!
The above particular mai tai may or may not have caused a particular blogger to pass out for an hour or so in the hotel room in the middle of the afternoon :-)
I met this great gal named Amy Swenson. First I just took a pic of her because of her lovely vintage Hawaiian dress, but then come to find out that she's an artist, an a killer one to boot!
|Amy the artist|
I bought this adorable little painting of a Benihana Maneki Neko mug...it's painted on vintage Aloha fabric...isn't that genius? I collect Maneki Neko (Japanese lucky cats) so this painting brings together two of my loves. I can't figure out where to hang it. Right now it's just sitting by my nightstand where I can gaze at it adoringly.
Another lovely lady I had a chance to meet was Tayva from SparkleLux . She makes these gorgeous glitter Lucite earrings and sells them on Etsy, and at Pin Up Girl, among other places. Doesn't she have fabulous style?? Look at that dress! Deadstock, she said! *sigh*
|does that bag look familiar? :-)|
I also got some prints from a Palm Springs artist named John Murasky.
|these cuties are going in my tiki-theme guest bath|
Whew! Now a few days to rest...and work...
It was a fantastic, fun weekend, and I can't wait to do it again next year!