Thursday, 20 October 2011

Turning 30 at LuWow

Last weekend I turned 30 (woohoo!) and decided to have my birthday celebrations at a new bar in Fitzroy.  It's a tiki themed bar called LuWow, and it's pretty amazing inside.

This is a (professional) photo of the front bar.  It's all bamboo screens and wicker chairs, fake plants, hanging lamps, leopard print, etc.  

 Photo by Kristoffer Paulsen

Out the back there is a room where bands play and go-go dancers dance on little podiums on either side of the stage.  It's more like a Polynesian temple out the back, lots of carved "stone", fake snakes and tarantulas, vines covering the ceiling with lights hanging down in the shape of fruit, skulls dripping blood and impaled on spikes, that sort of thing!

 Alice (as usual!) made me a lovely dress for the occasion.  It is of leopard-print matte lycra, and is basically a shorter version of the black dress I'm wearing here.  The front is made in three panels, the middle one of which is lined at the back with heavy satin, and the boobs and halter strap are also lined like this, so they don't stretch.   

 My lovely friend Zoe got into the theme with a floral shorts playsuit and the most amazingly high wedges.

With my man, Mr Macska, looking very smart.

Tiki themed bars were very popular in the 1950s and 60s.  Two men lay claim to inventing the Polynesian-themed bar/restaurant, Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber. 

Victor Jules Bergeron (better known as Trader Vic) opened a tropical-themed restaurant called Hinky Dinks in California in 1934, which later became Trader Vic's, and grew to a chain of 25 restaurants, which still exist today.

His amicable rival was Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt (known as Don the Beachcomber) who also opened a Tiki bar in Hollywood 1934, called Don's Beachcomber Cafe.  While he was away in WWII, his wife developed the business into a chain of 16 restaurants.

Both men claimed to have invented the Mai Tai, a sweet, rum-based cocktail.  Here's a recipe for one, from Sally Draper's Cocktail Cheat Sheet II by Dyna Moe.  I never thought I liked rum before, but this is just the kind of drink I like - sweet, fruity and with lots of ridiculous garnishes!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Princess Invitation

My friend Ian is a graphic designer, and recently wanted to create some invitations for his god-daughter's 4th birthday.  Like most girls that age, she loves princesses, so he asked me to draw a princess, and some princess accessories to use on the invitations.


I based the drawing on a picture of the Disney Snow White, but gave her a more classical princess hair and face, and omitted the stand-up collar.
These are some of the accessories I thought up for her.  The party was to be in a park, so Ian asked me to draw the objects so they looked like they were sitting in the grass.  I drew a couple of different tiaras, some balloons, butterflies, and flowers.

More accessories: a fan, wand, another crown, little treasure chest, a necklace, and some more flowers.

Here is the front of the finished invitation.  I like the soft colouring on the background, and I think the flowers and grass around the skirt work well.

This was on the back of the invitation.  It's so exciting seeing my drawings used for a finished product! Apparently, the princess looked so much like a grown-up version of Bella, the birthday girl, that her mother thought Ian had given me a photo to work off!