Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thrift Blog: August - September 2013

Well I have done good cutting back; in fact I'm confident I can control my urge to hit up a thrift store before the end of the month that I have decided to include my September finds in the August thrift blog as well.  Dave and I only visited three thrift and vintage stores in the past two months.  Below are my fantastic finds.

I am a huge fan of the movie "The Princess Bride".  This is one of my must have movies to watch when I'm home sick in bed.  If you are not familiar with this timeless classic fantasy, do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as possible.  I came across the book and knew I had to buy it.  There is actually a ten or so page forward written by William Goldman who previously wrote the book years before it's theatrical release and his struggle to get the film made with his screenplay.  That behind the scenes story alone is a good reason to read this book if you are given the chance or a die hard fan of the film.

I love the pattern on this 80's floral printed dress.  Looking forward to wearing it soon.

This was my big find at the bi-monthly Frock You Vintage Boutique sale in August.  It's my first Dorset-Rex Lucite purse.  The black satin lining was flawless.  The metal has a bit of dark spots but Dave has assured me he can fix this.

This moai shelf was my only purchase this year from Tiki Oasis. I got to pick what was put on the top shelf and Dave got the bottom shelf.   I also added my Doug Horne monster prints on either side for a nice touch.  I purchase those signed prints at the Grand National Roadster show last January.

Doesn't it look great in the living room.

This has been on my to do list for about two years now or at least ever since I bought my vanity set.  I found this awesome tiki themed barcloth at a local fabric store.  Dave helped me and it took him literally maybe five minutes to take off what turned out to be a pillow case form the 70's and replace it with this lovely fabric.

Dave and I were La Jolla about a week ago and came across an estate sale.  I bought this organizer tray for $1 and promptly replaced the newer plastic trays I currently had in my vanity.

I cannot believe my luck.  Dave and I visited our favorite thrift store and I scored another black velvet painting.  This one matches the theme of the previous find but is slightly bigger.   I just love it!!  

I found these silver lined blue tablecloths and napkins at the same store.  I love any silver and blue combination colored items.  These will look killer on our formica dinning table set.

I bought this black velvet swing coat as well.  It fits perfectly and was truly an amazing find.  I spotted the union made tag which dates back to the 1940's according to Dave.  This will be fun to wear in the winter months.

I loved too that it was made right here in San Diego.  I did some research but was unfortunately not able to dig up any information on Jeran's of San Diego.

Cute near new looking vintage chiffon nightie dress.

Vintage San Diego made sweater.

Here is my favorite clothing find of this trip to the thrift store.  A swing dancing Mickey and Minnie Mouse blue felt circle skirt!!  I paid a whole $2.00 for it.  It was a little snug and first fit but then Dave ironed it for me and did his magic to stretch it out a little.  I plan  on wearing this to Rock Around the Park at Disneyland in November.

Till' Next Time,


Friday, September 6, 2013

Tiki Oasis 2013

Tiki Oasis has come and gone and now all we can do is plan our outfits for next year!  Is it Tiki Oasis 2014 yet?  They announced that next year's theme will be beatnik.  I'm on the prowl for a tiki themed turtle neck and beret.  It's going to be a fun theme for sure.

Dave and I actually started our tiki themed weekend out earlier by driving up to Burbank, CA to do some vintage shopping (I found a fantastic reception dress at Unique Vintage!!) and meet friends for a drink at the Tonga Hut located in North Hollywood.  It was our first visit and certainly not our last.

This place is fantastic.  It's small and can fill up fast.  We went right as they opened on a Saturday afternoon.  I'm a sucker for any place that has a jukebox available to it's customers.  My friends know I love playing DJ.

I forget what this was called but it was blue and very yummy!

Flash forward to the next week, Thursday night, at the kick-off party for Tiki Oasis 2013 at the Bali Hai.  Dave and I wore our matching Uni Maikai set.  We actually ran into another couple that had the exact same set, except there's was the orange set.  I wish I would have gotten a picture taken of the four of us.  Still working on my quick photo taking reflexes.

This was my second time seeing Creepxotica live.  The first time was my very first year at Tiki Oasis (in 2010) when they surprised me and my friends as we were getting off the elevator.  You can see me for a brief second.  I'm wearing the blue tiki dress.

I have seen them perform as the Creepy Creeps several times.  They were awesome! 

We had a fun night catching up with friends who were from out of town visiting for the weekends events.

Friday we got to the hotel around 5pm and it started out as a disaster.  My dress ripped less than 30 minutes after we had arrived.  Luckily the hotel is less than a 10 minute drive from my house so we rushed home so I could change.  It was a good move to change because it was so hot!!  I have a nice supply of tiki dresses so it was a quick fix.  Once we got back we proceeded onto the room parties!!

This was the view from a friend's hotel room.  We couldn't see the stage but got to listen to the music from a nice location.

I bumped into my friend Liz of Love of the Hunt while room party hopping.

Here I am with my friend Natalie.  Isn't her Halloween cupcake skirt adorable!!  I want one too!

Dave and I were good not to stay too late as we wanted to have energy for the rest of the weekend.  We got up bright and early on Saturday and headed over to the hotel to start the day out right with a bloody mary while walking around at the car show.

This was some very impressive artwork done by Doug DoRr.  So cool!

Here's my handsome man.  I love this cowboy shirt. He didn't wear it long as it was so hot!

Here's my "hulabilly" outfit.  I rocked the boots for a good hour before I returned to my car to change them out for a pair of comfortable flip flops.  In theory it was a good idea to wear them for the outfit but not considering we were going to be on our feet that long.

Some live tiki carving.

I thought this couple was picture worthy.  Loved their outfits and convenient pose by the car!

We caught the Boss Fink show.  I love me some surf rock!

This Cadillac had some very impressive cowboy themed chrome throughout.

Tee hee hee!  Loved this.

Lobby of the hotel.

We had lunch in the Islands Sushi restaurant which included a lot of water!  Keeping hydrated due to the drinks and hot hot sun.

Poolside break.

Dave and some of his buddies.

These are just a few pictures I captured while sitting poolside.

Her play suit is too cute!

Polynesian dancers.

I was so happy I got a chance to say hello to Marina the mermaid.  Please refer to my interview with her here.

Awesome Moai tiki bar at night.

We sat poolside enjoying the sounds of the Hula Girls as well as Southern Culture on the skids while catching up with friends.

We ended the evening in a room party to watch the B Stars.  They were fantastic!

What a fantastic weekend we had.  We got to visit with good friends, make new friends, drink some awesome drinks, listen to some awesome music.  It all went by so fast!  It was so hard to get back to "reality" after a weekend like this.  We of course are both very much looking forward to next year!!

Till' Next Time,