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Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer

Last month when I went to Boonton’s First Friday I took some quick Hipstamatic iPhone photos of Boonton Arts’ Dog Days of Summer, a public art installation showcasing artists’ custom designs on life sized fiberglass dog sculptures displayed along Boonton’s Main Street. I love the creativity of the dogs, especially the use of the wild colors.  The exhibit is up until October 10th, when the dogs will be up for “adoption” with proceeds benefiting Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, Montville Animal Shelter and future Boonton Arts community projects.


  
  

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Things I Love Thursday: Wildwood, New Jersey

  

One of my fave summer destinations is Wildwood, New Jersey. The beauty of this shore town is that it maintains its kitschy, retro “doo wop” look, while at the same time adding fun new additions that brings something unique to each visit.

  
It has become a tradition to make the (at least) three hour drive to this shore town. We love the lights and activity of the boardwalk. This year the Kong ride was added which harks back to a giant King Kong statue that resided over a Wildwood amusement pier.

 

  
The beach is beautiful and clean.

  
All of the photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.

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Love Asbury Park

Asbury Park lake view

Last weekend I visited the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This is one of my favorite shore spots and each year I discover new interesting spots. We went to see the Promenade of Mermaids, but I stumbled upon a pinup clothing shop, a pirate, and some vintage guitars.

Bettie's Bombshells Retro Model

Retro Model at Bettie’s Bombshells

Bettie's Bombshells Retro Model

Betty

Bettie’s Bombshells is a boardwalk boutique specializing in vintage inspired designer pinup couture. I picked up some sunglasses and a Bettie Page low cut t-shirt. I want to go back though to get a retro bathing suit.

Pirate at Asbury Park

Boardwalk Pirate

We listened to the “Creepy Bard” (the name he goes by) play guitar on the boardwalk.

Gretsch Guitars

We found some amazing vintage guitar. Asbury Park is home to music venues and you can hear music almost every night of the week.

All of the photos in this post were taken with the Hipstmatic app on my iPhone. I used a combination of Tinto 1884 and Louis XIV infrared to get a dreamy, hyper real look.

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Life is a Beach: Asbury Park

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A couple of weekends ago I took my two studio assistants on a day trip to Asbury Park, New Jersey. We just love it there and we feel that we need to support the local business since last year’s storm. We ate crepes and ice cream, visited the antique stores and galleries and sat on the beach. One if my favorite stores on Cookman Ave. is Flying Saucers Retro Kitchenware. The lady who works there is always so kind and welcoming whenever we visit, and the items in the store bring back fond memories of my childhood.

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A water park on the Boardwalk

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The Obligatory Beach Selfie

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The Convention Center

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I love the architecture in Asbury Park! There is a mixture of very old buildings and new structures on the boardwalk that makes it totally unique. You could just spend the day taking pictures all along the boardwalk and the surrounding areas.

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Retro Destination: The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey

Palm trees at the Caribbean Motel

In August we stayed at the wonderfully retro Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey. This was our second stay there and we enjoyed ourselves almost more than the first time. Our reservations coincided with the Hurricane, but luckily we were able to reschedule and go a few days later. We were unsure of the condition of the area after the storm but everything was up and running when we arrived on Monday afternoon.

I think I had mentioned in an earlier post that staying at The Caribbean Motel is like taking a journey back in time. It reminded me of my childhood vacations where we would stay at roadside motels. They even play music of the 50’s out by the pool. I was thinking that there is no way you can be in a bad mood while listening to songs like “Lollipop lollipop” and “Monster Mash” while splashing around in the pool. One of the fun extras was a poolside hot dog roast with baked beans and lemonade.

The retro theme continues inside the rooms. I love the lamps and the color scheme of yellow and green. You can also hang out in the Cabana with the leopard patterned couches.

The Cabana

I love the pool at night as the lights shimmer on the water. The pool is heated so we would try to get one last swim in at night after a trip to the Boardwalk.

The outside of the Cabana at night. You can get a great view of the neon lit hotels on the strip from the elevated ramp in front of the Cabana.

Views of their classic neon sign.

The Caribbean is about a block from the beach and a short walk to the Boardwalk. I really like that the area by the motel is pretty quiet but you are still within walking distance from some of the attractions and restaurants. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) a longer stay next summer.

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Retro Destination: Cool Scoops in Wildwood, New Jersey

Cool Scoops

One of my all time favorite ice cream parlors is Cool Scoops in Wildwood, New Jersey, although I must admit that I don’t go for just the ice cream. Cool Scoops is like a mini retro museum of toys and music collectibles, and with each one of our visits the collection seems to grow. When you walk in the first room has booths fashioned from old cars. These are usually full but luckily we got a prime booth. Each room has different themes and collections, such as super heroes, retro sitcoms, and music.

One of my favorite booths.

I love this lamp and the Beatles pictures.

No spitting!

TV Room

This TV was playing “Thunderbirds”

Some Super Heroes

Batman and the I Dream of Jeanie Lamp

More toys

That same waitress from last year who gave us the cold shoulder

My son wants us to decorate our house like this (and I actually agree!) I can’t wait to visit again to see what they add next!

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Things I Love Thursday: Retro Travel and Hipstamatic

Wildwood Boardwalk

During the last week or two I have been reminiscing about past trips to Wildwood and looking at a lot of photos on Flickr and Wildwood discussion boards for inspiration for our next trip. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Wildwood last year was to capture the retro beauty of Wildwood through the Hipstamatic lenses. We are taking a short trip there again and I’m really excited about taking pictures because there are so many new lenses and films to use since our last visit. There are so many different aspects to focus on, such as neon signs, doowop architecture, the boardwalk and diners.

While searching Wildwood sites I found the RetroRoadmap blog. I love this blog because it has the same type of sensibilities that I have. It brings back memories of road trips with my family where we would stop at roadside attractions (like a house where water ran up hill) and buy fun things like apple head dolls.

Here are some old photos from last years trip that I hadn’t posted before:

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