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This Time Last Year // TIKI OASIS!

Every August our good friend’s Doe & Otto throw a big ol Tiki-Tastic Bash called Tiki Oasis. If you’re a long time reader, then you’ve seen the posts we’ve done on it over the past years (check some of them out here and here!). Basically it’s a super fun weekender in San Diego that celebrates 50s/60s tiki and exotica culture—the music, the art, the drinks and of course, the fashion! We take over the entire hotel and there is literally something for everyone: poolside lounging, super interesting historical symposiums, lots of vintage shopping, tiki carving, live music and big room parties at night for the more lively set.

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Every year there is a new theme, like South of the Boarder, Tiki-a-Go-Go and last year’s awesome “Exotic Espionage”! In addition to the usual amazing Aloha Wear, there were some FAB spy ensembles in the evening—I went for a villainous Bond girl (ok fine, I wore a vintage dress with an eye patch….what can I say? It was HOT down there and I couldn’t do a trench coat!).
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{mini update: Wolfie has kindly reminded me that I was also wearing my cool SPY PHONE PURSE! It’s a purse from the early 70s that actually is a functioning phone, if you plug it into the wall. Crazy!}

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The kid’s love Tiki Oasis. Wolfie is an old pro—he’s been to four of them already! Our favorite thing is to swim while all the cool DJs spin cool old tunes poolside. It’s like your own retro movie soundtrack!

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Little Miss Peach went to her first Tiki Oasis last year and loved it!

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Dottie even made her a super cool pineapple princess tiki hat!

There are always so many great vintage tiki ensembles and patterns and colors—it’s a treat for the senses!

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I have it on good authority that Miss Peach is not very fond of wearing dresses these days….unless they are hawaiian!! Haha. I love it. That’s our girl!

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I loved this vinage Magnum P.I. shirt I found for Wolfie—although I have to confess  that initially he balked at wearing it and said, “What? WHO is THIS guy?? I’m not wearing this shirt!!!” I explained he was a private detective who loved Hawaii and that it kind of fit the theme. One bagel bribe later and he was sold….

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Alas, I’ll be missing out on the Tiki Oasis fun this year, but Dottie will be heading down this week and I know she’ll do it up in style!! Be sure to follow along on her instagram @missdottie to check out all the tiki-riffic hi jinx! OH, and the theme this year? HULA-BILLY! (rock-a-billy goes tiki!)

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  1. Laila says

    That looks so much fun! Do you take over the whole hotel?
    I am planning a tiki party at our caravan this summer too. X

    • Alix says

      We DO take over the entire hotel! The first year or so we didn’t, which made for some very intrigued hotel guests I tell ya! It started in Palm Springs and has grown over the years. I can’t wait to hear about your tiki party too!

  2. jennifer w. says

    Hope to see you lovely ladies there! The mister and I started going to T.O. in 2005 — how time flies!!

    • Alix says

      2005! Amazing! I remember the very first one in Palm Springs. We didn’t start going as a family til 2007 (I was dancing with the Devil-Ettes at that one!). It’s been really fun to share with Wolfie and he really looooves it! He’s best buddies with baby doe and otto’s two boys, so he’s really sad to miss out this year. (We are on a family vacation….) HAVE A BLAST!!!

  3. Lynn Landry says

    Yay, Audrey got to pose with yo’ divine self! We had a blast at not-Tiki this year, but I missed it and we plan to make it next year (BEATNIKS! Yeah!).

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