Hollywood Wax Museum: Kitsch in my own backyard

Two days after Halloween, I was lucky enough to get to go to the Hollywood Wax Museum with my husband and my two close friends. Can we just say – AWESOME? Y’all know I love kitsch, and being able to step into crazy realistic wax photo scenes was so much fun, especially with my love of Instagram.

Here’s a couple facts about the Hollywood Wax Museum: Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest-running wax museum in the United States. It has been the most visited indoor attraction in Hollywood since 1965. It was recognized last year as a “Hero of Hollywood”. The Hollywood Wax Museum is a unique American success story—from one man’s vision comes an icon of Hollywood and tribute to entertainment. The company now has three generations of the founder’s family working in it. The neon sign on Hollywood Blvd that appears in many Hollywood montages has 17 stars, representing each of his children and grandchildren.

We started in the totally awesome and season-appropriate (2 days after Halloween!) horror/haunted house part of the Wax Museum. I loved posing next to Hannibal Lecter in his cell – I have to admit, I had some childish fear that he was “Real” and would grab me through the bars!

I also enjoyed sitting next to Forrest Gump on his bench, waiting for the bus. This is the best part of the Wax Museum – it’s all completely interactive and guests are encouraged to get in the scenes and pose with the stars. I mean – I got to crawl into “bed” with Hefner! Most museums are so weird about not being too close to the exhibit, and this was fantastic to really get in there and express yourself with Hollywood’s finest. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to being a Playboy Bunny, right?

The first plus size Play Boy bunny!

The first plus size Play Boy bunny!

The Wax Museum isn’t an all day type experience. We went through it in about an hour and a half, taking plenty of time to read the signs and pose for lots of pictures. I think what’s incredible is the amount of detail in the figures. I had to take an up close shot of Colin Farrell’s mug. Do you see the detail in the hair? So amazing!

Look at the incredible detail on this Colin Farrell.

Look at the incredible detail on this Colin Farrell.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is open almost every day of the year, and even better, it’s open LATE. My friends and I went at 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night, which made for an excellent out-of-the-ordinary Friday night experience. Adults can get tickets for $15.99 online, children’s tickets are $7.99, and kids under five are ALWAYS FREE! I’ll definitely be taking my kids when I have them; I can imagine as a child this experience would be even cooler. Don’t miss the Ninja Turtles and the Titanic “King of the World” photo opp! If you want more information and a “behind the scenes” look at Hollywood Wax, give them a “like” on Facebook.

Have you been to the Hollywood Wax Museum?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Family Fun and Kitsch: My Favorite Things


Hey everybody, happy Friday! This is a non-weight-loss related post but I got to thinking about KITSCH the past few days. This weekend I’m super excited because on Saturday I have an action-packed day filled with fun, at the Hollywood Wax Museum and at the Los Angeles Dia De Los Muertos festival. One of the things I always try to do when I’m in my home city and when I’m traveling, is to see places packed with Kitsch. What is Kitsch, exactly? Some people define Kitsch as “pleasantly distasteful” but I actually prefer to think of it as the things that don’t *quite* fit in but are fun, unusual and things you don’t see everyday. Maybe this is why I love browsing flea markets 🙂 I was thinking about how I always go out of my way to find kitsch when I travel, and these few examples popped up…

Fish Pedicure in Thailand with hubby and the Running Jewess. Eeeeek!

Fish Pedicure in Thailand with hubby and the Running Jewess. Eeeeek!

 

One of my favorite “kitschy” things we did in Thailand was the garrah fish pedicure. I had read about it in magazines and was at first horrified, but after a friend posted that she did it, I had one of those “Well, when in Rome…” type reactions. It cost a few dollars and the sensation was WEIRD. It wasn’t so much that I was worried about it hurting or being gross, what creeped me out more was like, what if I somehow step on a fishy and kill it?! (Yes, I’m the weirdo that always goes to the worst case scenario, in this case, worrying about fish safety!) My feet were actually noticeably softer afterwards, and man, is it a great story. I’m so glad I did it!

 

Dia de Los Muertos bride and Alyssa!

Dia de Los Muertos bride and Alyssa!

In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I always love the cultural art. They have some fantastic iconographic images of plus-sized ladies that are adorable, as well as all of Frida and Diego’s amazing work. I especially love the wooden skulls like the one above. I’m excited to see more of these at the Dia De Los Muertos festival tomorrow. I think it’s really important to step outside our bounds of what’s “normal” in regards to art; for example, this skeleton lady would creep a lot of people out, but I thought it was COOL. Again, kitsch!

Kitschy Pea Soup Andersen's in Santa Nella, Calif. Photo from Simply Junebug's Instagram.

Kitschy Pea Soup Andersen’s in Santa Nella, Calif. Photo from Simply Junebug’s Instagram.

Another kitsch classic? Pea Soup Andersen’s. When I stopped here on the way to Fitcation, I was amazed that I had never been. They have a delightful little store loaded with kitsch Tchotchkes, mugs, magnets, candles, food items, imported spices. I LOVED it and could have easily spent $300 on all the various bric-a-brac. Thinking about all of this, it’s no wonder I love the decorating style of country clutter and those restaurants that have stuff ALL OVER the walls – guitars, trophies, pictures, t-shirts, money. I guess being a visual person it just delights me to look around and read a little bit of everything 🙂

So there’s just a few examples of KITSCH that rock my world. I can’t wait to share pictures with you from the Hollywood Wax Museum – a place I can’t believe I’ve never been to considering I’ve lived 20 minutes from Hollywood for the past eight years! It’s actually the longest running wax museum in the United States. I’m curious which waxy celebs I’ll pose with 😉 Another place I really adore is the Cheese Castle in Wisconsin, the Bean in Chicago, and the giant dinosaurs along the freeway on the way to Palm Springs. If there’s a giant ball of twine, I’m there! When you travel, do you find yourself going out of your way to see the weird and unusual or do you stick to standard tourist attractions? Or do you skip both of those things and explore the uncovered parts of cities you’re visiting, maybe local digs? Would you do a fish pedicure?!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.