Showing posts from July, 2017

Busy hands for happy ears

New listings go up on the Etsy store site all the time - keep checking for new goodies...

New beads for NOLA

I just got back from a short trip to the Big Easy and picked up some special beads at a renowned bead store on Magazine street. New Orleans is such an amazing city; I hope these goodies show some of the sparkles that you can find there. Items will be going up in the store.

Coral and Skulls Collection

When you think about it, coral (the object, not the color) is a skeleton, so it seems right to pair them together in this Coral and Skulls Collection #1.
Mother of Pearl beads, ceramic starfish, lightweight faux crystal beads - all on french style wires with an antiqued silver-finish. Shades of turquoise, buff and coral, work not only for summer but right into Dia de Los Muertos. Coming to the Etsy shop soon...

New coasters coming...

Coasters are the unsung heroes of  cocktail culture - they keep things proper like, no smudgy rings or warped wood. Why not let your coasters share your Tiki fun? Coming soon to The Lush Lemon - paper coasters in your choice of either the Mai Tai, Fog Cutter and Saturn coaster, or the Daiquiri, Suffering Bastard and Zombie (or both). Six classic Tiki drinks for your coaster coolness. Sets will be in 4 or 6 coasters. Coming to the Etsy shop soon.

No use of the images without prior permission - thank you kindly.

It's Alive! Our Etsy shop...

The shop is up and though there is still work to do, come check it out on Etsy. Click here to visit - more items will be posted in the coming days.

Something with an umbrella in it...

Half of the fun of creative tiki cocktails is seeing the garnish that comes with it, whether it is a lovely orchid blossom, a pineapple frond or a tiny paper umbrella. There is something really appealing about those little umbrellas, fragile and whimsicle, skewered to a cherry or slice of lemon. What a shame that their moment in the sun (or candlelight) is so limited.

Well, why not bring those umbrellas out into the sun - literally. Here's a lovely hair clip with layers of hibiscus petals and umbrella accent. Shiny and bright like a new penny, one might say.

Something a bit more daring, with gathered tulle, deep purple and pink blooms with a little pink umbrella already partially open, just ready for the next drink.

Meet Phoebe - just fascinating

The British have a love affair with fascinators - those great hair accessories that are somewhere between a hat and just a hair clip. Our Phoebe isn't quite a true fascinator, but she is fascinating nonetheless. Black millinery veiling, gathered and secured to a hair comb provides the drama, with fuschia toned and pale pink blooms at the center and spilling down the veiling itself.

The Phoebe gives a touch of drama when you are looking for something with a pop of color and (dare I say it) fascinating bit of style for your look.

One Zombie leads to another...

Merch is coming, castaways....mmmmm, brains....

Meet Lana, Barbara and Ella

We think hair flowers have personalities (that's why they all have names) and these three have personality with a capital P. In the case of these three, they were all named for a legendary namesake - Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck and Ella Fitzgerald. Let's meet the ladies...
The Lana is the epitome of lush - a full Peony surrounded by hydrangea blossoms and greens, with a shell and wood bead accent. Head-turning, romantic and perfect for showcasing a classic coiffure.
The Barbara has a bit more edge to her, strong and bold, with angular leaves, felt accents and a single blossom to soften it all. Confident, a bit daring and blazing a new trail.
Finally, The Ella brings to mind the sweet sounds of an amazing voice and a classic performer. Two lovely white orchids, a wooden bead accent, and small rhinestones, add interest and a twist to piece that stands out from the band, always in harmony.

Links to the online shop are coming soon...

Review: Tacoma Cabana

On my first visit to Tacoma Cabana, I was impressed by the variety of experiences available there. If you wanted less atmosphere and more daylight (and the ability to read the extensive rum menu without using cellphone lights), the front of the restaurant has lovely large windows looking out onto Pacific avenue. If you want something darker and more classic tiki, with copious fish netting and paper lanterns, the large back area passed the bar will likely fit the bill. If you have a large group and want a bit more privacy, head on down the little hallway with the Maoi and find yourself in a separate space with less tiki but more of a VIP vibe.

After taking in the space, I went straight to heart of the matter and explored the extensive drink menu. There are exotic cocktails galore, including recreations of favorites from Trader Vic's and Don the Beachcomber, as well as unique creations and plenty of options for theatrical delivery.

 I tried a Zombie, which was very potent, and thos…

Exotica Sounds Scored at the Record Store

I was lucky to find two Martin Denny albums today at Hi Voltage Records. The Forbidden Island album is particularly in good shape, with the foiling on the tiki figure. I'll play the Enchanted Sea album since it is gently used but keep the other for the great art.

First models off the production line...

Here at The Lush Lemon we are all about keeping the tiki going, no matter the season. Who says you can only have luscious lilies and ethereal orchids in the confines of some hot house? Not us - we say silk flowers are just one of the reason to live in this swinging time.

Our first model, The Gabbi Ann, is a lovely daylily bouquet with tiki charm, coral hued beads and just a sprinkle of sparkles, nestled among the greenery. A crocodile clip will hold your hair securely.

If a pinker hue is more your to your liking, here's The Louise - a pink lily, white orchid, and accents of aquamarine.
Finally, for something a little smaller but no less lovely, with just a bit of shine, we have The Opal - shimmery orchids nestled in greenery with a tiki figure for a bit of exotica.

Be on the lookout for the shop link and more fantasy floral offerings.

While Away at The Alibi: Portland, OR Gem

Seventy years old this year, The Alibi is an institution in Portland and we were thrilled to check it out while attending 2017 TikiKon. The drinks and the food were excellent, almost as excellent as the atmosphere. We visited mid-afternoon so there was no crowd and we could soak in all the terrific tiki-ness of the place. The glow in the dark wall mural, the beautifully crafted beverages, the red leather booths, even the naughty vending machine in the men's bathroom (really, check it out) - it was all like something out of a Polynesian Pop dream.

We tried the PuPu Platter, which consisted of potstickers, ribs, beef skewers, lumpia and coconut shrimp, with dipping sauces. I especially liked the lumpia and the cucumber dipping sauce. It was good for two to share, though we did end up ordering some hand-cut fries since we had skipped lunch. They too were good, if a bit greasy. But all that grease went to good use soaking up my alcohol. I tried a Shark Attack and a Singapore Sling, w…

Exotic, Retro, Remarkable


The Luau Hasn't Started...Yet

Stay tuned - the Lush Lemon will be lighting all the tiki torches and pouring Singapore Slings before you can say Ukulele...