The Pearl Palace Heritage

After our adventure on the road in Rajasthan, we returned to Jaipur to the wonderful Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel. This Hotel is one couple’s work of art. Creating this hotel is their passion. Several stories high, they have only redone the first few floors, each room unique and a work of art. Take a moment to appreciate…

The entry – all hand painted with marvelous photos of the old Rajas

PPH Stair and Lobby



Every room has it’s own story and theme.

PPH doors

We had the pleasure of seeing the next floor where the work was in progress. This floor should be finished now and I am sure they have many new photos online.

Visit them on Instagram at #pearlpalaceheritage or online at 



Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park in India

For years I have been dreaming of a Tiger Safari and Glamping (Glamour Camping) at one of the beautiful resorts next to the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India. I decided on the Khem Villas which featured beautiful tents and an authentic experience. It was lovely and I want one of theses tents! I actually  discovered where to buy them in India, so who knows, maybe one day I will be selling fabulous tents…P.S. Never saw a Tiger – everyone else at the camp did. Oh well, they were hiding.

Glamorous Tents abounded


Check ou the wonderful tent with bath and terrace…

tent 2

tent outside

and now the Safari

tiger safari

This was the only Tiger I saw….and he was in the library

tiger 3

But we did manage to make two papers in India….what does it say? (We look rather like celebrities,) but it is a long story involving a little excitement and adventure with a happy ending!

News 1

Searching for Tassels and Umbrellas

Tassels were everywhere in India – On camels, buses, elephants but where to buy them? I could not find a tassel shop…

Tassel Truck


Camel Tassels Everywhere But I can't find them!!

Et Voila the Camel Store! Tassels galore and fabulous Camel Helmets. The Indian’s know how to decorate!

Camel helmets



Garden Umbrellas

We fell in love with Indian Garden Umbrellas which came in various colors and patterns so I bought six or seven to bring home. Take look at the video link to see all the choices .

















Crazy Jaipur Shopping and Tuk Tuks

IMG_6785 Driving through old Jaipur in a Tuk Tuk (see photo) is crazy – the road is not only dangerous, but loud and smelly! The Indian technique is to take any available space or lane…dodging bicycles, tuk tuks, camels, monkeys, goats, elephants, cows, cars and buses. The horn honking is constant as each driver let’s you know he is coming, so get out of his way! You have never heard such noise.

It was a bit crazy at first but we managed to locate the special vendors we were looking for.

We found wonderful vintage handcrafted tribal bags in several shapes and styles. I won’t bore you with words… take a look! We bought four of this and a few of that,  they are very special pieces and limited.

Beaded Wallets   Vintage laptop   Vintage Gold Leather Strap close

Blk Leather Fringe Bag   Vintage leather strap bead   Tribal bag 2

Like what you see? Keep going…and welcome to Jaipur

Our first stop in India was Jaipur, Rajasthan. This is home to the Pink City surrounded by it’s many shopping Bazaars – trying to see them all is a full time job! I am in love with the Rajasthani floor cushions and poufs. They will be in Island Girl Miami in time for the Holidays. This is truly something special under the sun…

Which one is your favorite?





Island Girl Miami Introduces The Elephant Tassel Blog

Colorful Chinatown Saigon

Singapore’s Chinatown

Hello from Island Girl Miami!

Let me introduce Elephant Tassel my blog (which embraces anything & everything with elephants and tassels.)
I’m stuck on them…What can I say?

I am embarking on a month long journey through Asia, which is first and foremost for fun… but what could be more fun than a buying trip?

The Elephant Tassel Blog will to take you on a month long buying trip to the market places and wholesale dealers of Singapore, India, Vietnam, Bangkok and Bali. We are buying anything we love – clothing, accessories, jewelry and more. Come join us!

It should great fun and a feast for the eyes!

Follow us at #elephanttassel #islandgirlmiami on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, WordPress and of course on

In Singapore where we stayed in a marvelous boutique hotel,  Scarlets in the old Colonial Chinatown. The buildings were colorful and charming and surrounded by skyscrapers. Singapore is famous for it’s melting pot of cultures and their outstanding Street Food Stalls. We ate to our hearts content from almost every Asian cuisine.  Have you ever seen coffee to go in a plastic bag? Check it out…click on  Coffee To Go in Singapore