I’m very pale — “Oh, look at all the veins in your arm!” pale. Foundation that looks like white-out pale. Extra in a Tim Burton movie pale. For dermatological reasons (as well as just a personal preference), my vacation daydreams usually do not involve the beach or heat. In fact, my ideal vacation spot is a city known for being rather miserable, meteorologically — London. And yet, almost every year when February and March roll around, I start fantasizing about a trip to the tropics.
Wouldn’t that be nice? To jet off and escape all the snow and ice? At the very least we can take a quick (albeit imaginary) trip to a balmy tropical island. Here we go…
[1. Toucan print by Jane Ormes; 2. Fruit socks by Strathcona Stockings; 3. Tray by depeapa; 4. Card by Supercrafti; 5. Vintage fish cutting board from Swear to Mod; 6. Palm leaf baby shorts by Double Yellow Line; 7. Monkey by Sally Nencini.]
You’re not at your desk anymore – you’re watching a toucan fly by or relaxing in the shade of a palm tree.
[1. Capybara planter by Cumbuca Chic; 2. Jungle print by Becca Stadtlander; 3. Moth print by Bee Things; 4. Vintage coloring book from lesaet; 5. Wave by Jolby; 6. Macaw brooch by Yanrong; 7. Mandrill mug by XiaoCrafted; 8. Dress from Croatia Vintage; 9. Echidna by Yoona’s Designs; 10. Gorilla card by Blackbird Letterpress.]
Instead of braving the cold to walk through the parking lot to your car, you’re taking a hike through the jungle. Instead of attempting to keep your balance on the ice, you’re trying to stand on a surfboard for the first time.
[1. Dress from Sunshine Girls Vintage; 2. Stoneware beaker by Laura Bird; 3. Notecard by APAK; 4. Hippo clock by Decoylab; 5. Hankie from Mrs. McVey; 6. Brooch by La Cravatte Du Chien; 7. Card by Byvik Ink Letterpress; 8. Hawaii decal from San Diego Vintage; 9. Iguana pin from Kline’s Jewelry.]
Say goodbye to your dog or your cat — you’re making pals with darting lizards and a friendly sloth. See you later, cocoa and steaming coffee — it’s time for an icy, fruity drink.
[1. Vintage book from Charm Town; 2. Toucan lamp from The Little Biker; 3. Glass hippo from MidCenturyMary; 4. Painting by Calef Brown; 5. Belt from Scavenger’s Vintage Finds; 6. Vintage beach ball paddles from The White Mole; 7. Glittery tapir brooch by Rawaan Alkhatib; 8. Plant print by Plant Planet; 9. Vintage sunglasses from Many a Moon Vintage.]
Isn’t it nice to be surrounded by green again after what felt like ages and ages of glaring snowy whiteness?
[1. Sloth print by Amy Sullivan; 2. Tahiti tray from Le Strict Maximum; 3. Vintage bathing suit from My Drawing Number One Vintage; 4. Hawaiian party cookbook from Bombay Mermaid Trading Company; 5. Toucan print by Mengsel Design; 6. Vintage Barbie book from Willow’s Lair; 7. Beach hankie from murdups; 8. Silk fish scarf from vintagedame; 9. Toucan card by Charlotte Farmer; 10. Palm tree print by Blanca Gomez; 11. Monkey puppet by Furze Chan.]
But now it’s time to take off the pretend bathing suit and bid adieu to the figment-of-your-imagination tropical fish — we must head back to reality. Just try to remember that spring will be here soon enough.