I couldn't think of a more perfect place to wear this Voodoo Vixen diner print dress than to The Arcade Restaurant in Memphis. The Arcade is not your average old school diner. It is actually Memphis' oldest eatery, and considered a historic landmark. It first opened in 1919, but was renovated in the 1950's. Not much has changed since then, so The Arcade has a very authentic retro vibe. Elvis used to be a regular here, and he even has his own booth dedicated to him. Sadly, the booth was occupied when Desirae and I arrived, but we still very much enjoyed dining here. Desirae and I both coordinated our fifties inspired outfits to match the pink and blue interior of the restaurant.
If you're interested in shopping my dress, you can find it here:
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Tights: Express; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bracelet: J. Crew
Location: The Arcade Restaurant (Memphis, Tennessee)
While in Memphis, Desirae and I were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful and historic Peabody Hotel. Everything from the lobby to the rooms are gorgeous. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the hotel is iconic in Memphis for several reasons.
Elvis visited the hotel multiple times, most notably to attend his prom in the hotel ballroom in 1953. He allegedly was too shy to dance, and spent the evening sitting at a table and drinking Cokes with his date (which honestly still sounds like a dream night to me). He returned to the Peabody in 1955 where he signed his record deal with RCA. The hotel also has a store in the lobby called Lansky Bros, where Elvis used to shop. He befriended the owner, Bernard, in 1952, before he rose to celebrity status, or even had any money to shop there. But as he became famous, he continued to support this local Memphis store and bought much of his wardrobe here. Bernard, dressed Elvis for his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and is responsible for starting the menswear trend of wearing black and pink together, which became an iconic color combination of the 1950's.
The hotel is also home to the famous Peabody Ducks. The ducks first came about in 1933 when the hotel manager placed ducks in the lobby fountain as a joke. Now the duck march happens daily. The ducks come down in the elevator from the penthouse at 11am and march into the fountain, where they stay until 5pm, then they march out of the fountain and back into the elevator and back up to the penthouse for the night. We spoke to the Duck Master, and he told us they keep the ducks for 3 months at the Peabody, then they release them back into the wild.
They take their ducks very seriously at the Peabody, and there is duck themed decor everywhere. Everything from the soap in the bathroom, to duck design tile on the elevator floors. They even had duck shaped deserts, including a white chocolate duck they were nice enough to send up to the room for us one night.
Overall, The Peabody is a gorgeous hotel, which I would definitely recommend! I know I would love to stay here again if I am ever back in Memphis.
Thank you to The Peabody for comping our room for our two night stay!
If you'd like to learn more about The Peabody, you can check out their website here:
Top: Madewell; Skirt: Forever 21; Shoes: Franco Sarto; Bow: Claire's
Location: The Peabody Hotel (Memphis, TN)
While in Hong Kong, we took a day trip to Macao (also spelled Macau), China. It's a 45 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong. Macao is basically China's version of Las Vegas, as there are lots of big hotels and casinos, but we stayed away from these parts. Macao was formally a colony of Portugal, from the 1500's, until 1999, so there is lots of history and European inspired architecture.
Once we arrived, we grabbed lunch at a local cafe, then stumbled upon this yellow and green building (which was actually a library) that complimented my dress perfectly. This was my first time wearing this dress from Frida Lemon, and don't be surprised if you see me wearing it again, because I'm obsessed with the print, plus it's super comfortable and fun to spin in. I got some strange looks by those passing by because I was twirling around while taking photos. I've linked the dress here, if you want to check it out for yourself:
After taking photos, we stopped by Lord Stow's Bakery to try a Portuguese egg tart. Portuguese egg tarts are a signature of Macao, so they are sold everywhere, but this location is the original spot, so if you are going to get one, definitely get it from here.
Next we went over to Senado Square, which is an area that has really great architecture and has a very European feel. At this point, it started to rain, so in between walking around, we stopped in a few stores, as well as a modern art gallery, to keep dry.
Macao is a great place to spend a day if you are visiting Hong Kong, I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Dress: C/O Frida Lemon
Location: Coloane, Macao
Greetings from Hong Kong! I've been here for a few days now, and the time zone change has not been my friend, so I decided to take advantage of my inability to sleep and put together a blog post. These photos are from my first day here, where I wore this sunglasses print dress from The Other Sparrows. It is extremely humid and hot in Hong Kong, so light weight sleeveless dresses are a must.
The first day we walked around Mongkok and stopped by the flower market and goldfish market. The flower market reminded me a lot of the flower district in NYC, since they have lots of vendors in a row selling various types of plants and flowers. The goldfish market is similar, where they have a bunch of stands of people selling pet fish in individual bags. It was interesting to see, but definitely made me feel sad for the fish. We also stopped to take some photos of the taxis, since I think they are super cute since they are pretty retro looking.
I am still here for another 6 days, so if you've ever been to Hong Kong and have any suggestions of places to eat or things to do or see, please let me know!
Dress: c/o The Other Sparrows
Bag: Vintage; Sneakers: H&M
Location: Mongkok, Hong Kong