Another Tiki Find at Anthropologie: Tropical Drink Umbrella Card by Dear Hancock


My preferred shopping destination Anthropologie has been a surprising source of tiki-inspired things. There was my Kon-Tiki dress and tapa print skirt, and now the store has introduced me to the stationery company Dear Hancock. Among their designs is this cute birthday card with tropical drink umbrellas and a few little plastic swords for good measure.

These little cocktail parasols seem to have fallen out of favor with some tiki bars, like Smuggler’s Cove. Perhaps because tiki drinks have already had a tough enough time being taken seriously until somewhat recently? Or maybe because they’ve moved on to more advanced garnishes like dolphins carved out of bananas?

At any rate, this hand-painted rendering makes these drink umbrellas look quite beautiful. I think I have a new appreciation for them!

The Birthday Umbrellas card is available on Dear Hancock’s web site for $4.50.

Anthropologie Spring/Summer 2012 – Sun & Sand (& Tikis)


Anthropologie, the store I adore but can’t really afford (aside from the sale section), has brought in some tropical inspirations for their spring/summer collection. The theme is Sun & Sand, but this is not your typical aloha wear.


While I still adore the Polynesia Greetings dress I got a few years ago, I’m not so thrilled with these two frocks. The bird of paradise Aija Maxi Dress ($158) and parrot printed Henga Shirtdress ($168) from Dream Daily by Rozae Nichols seem like they’d be less than flattering on anyone but a model, and the Southwestern style stripes at the bottom are an odd juxtaposition.


The Fresh Cut Skirt ($68) features a neat tapa print, though they don’t call it that by name. The poetic copywriting describes it in terms of a grassy lawn: Just-mowed clippings cover Vanessa Virginia’s easy cotton A-line. I like the looks of this, but again I’m kind of boggled by the beaded waistband.


The more I browsed the more island-influenced things I found, like these pink Lace Hibiscus Drops earrings ($28), also available in neon green. (At this point I should probably apologize to any male readers out there for all this.) 😉


There’s even a Tiki Scarf ($68) with coconut trees, monkeys and tiki carvings.


Here’s a close-up so you can see the somewhat questionable pattern. The thin tikis in side profile aren’t bad, but I’m not a fan of the other hawk-like totems.


Although it’s Caribbean and not Polynesian, I preferred the Bahamian Scarf ($98) with its antique-style map with landmarks like Mermaid’s Pool and Blackbeard’s Tower.


The most surprising discovery was that Anthropologie even has some rattan furniture on their site. There was the handwoven Banda Chaise ($398) along with a couple of pendant lamps with rattan shades.


Capri Blue candles by Aspen Bay bring the scent of a sweet South Pacific breeze to my tiki room at home. My favorite is the Volcano fragrance, but don’t expect the smell of sulfur and ash, it’s “tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens.” If you prefer something more floral, try its counterpart Aloha Orchid.

Polynesia Greetings Dress at Anthropologie

I have to say that Anthropologie, while one of my favorite places to spend my dough, is probably the last place I expected to find anything related to tiki.

Their stores are impeccably styled and look like the most elegant and bohemian pied-à-terre in Paris one could imagine. I would like to just pack a bag and move in one day.

They offer overpriced vintage-esque fashions and furniture…and I shamelessly love it all. Mostly I scour the sale section where there are usually some great bargains to be found.

Last week I was at The Grove on the hunt for this lovely little number, when I took a quick look through the discount racks and discovered the Polynesia Greetings dress.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed it had a really interesting print of compasses, coral, sea turtles, fish, palm trees, mandolins and even the Kon-Tiki raft and the iconic image from its sail. (Thor Heyerdahl’s books about his voyages, along with “South Pacific,” contributed to the mid-century tiki trend.)

I dig it because it’s tiki, but not in your typical hibiscus-patterned Aloha wear way.