Well ladies and gents, we’re back from our incredibly memorable trip to the Viva Rockabilly Weekend and have lots to share with all of you! The weather was absolutely perfect; it was in the high 80s all week and zero humidity which was a huge relief from what we are accustomed to. Needless to say, it was tough coming home to low 50s and rain. The week flew by, it was over much too soon. This post will feature the outfits I wore, followed by one last entry to highlight the events of the week. Now let’s talk about fashion…
This year my goal was to wear mostly vintage since I have amassed quite a collection over the last year. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing vintage reproduction at Viva, it is all about personal choice. No one will make you feel lesser for what you choose to wear, it’s about having fun and ogling beautiful fashions from women around the world.
We arrived on Wednesday to get acclimated to the time change and take in some sights before Viva began. Originally I had planned to wear the PUG Jenny in melted cherry print but my husband voted for the Unique Vintage Coming Up Roses Strapless Swing Dress since it is his personal favorite. I will be doing a review on this dress in the future, so stay tuned for that. My goal was to accessorize every outfit since this was something I always seem to be lacking on. In this case, I paired the UV Dress with a vintage pearl necklace, plastic bangles in white & pink, a cute vintage white basket purse and white wedges from Payless Shoes.
Thursday was the first day of Viva and it was time to commence the famous spreadsheet of outfits planned. Since I had a photoshoot in the morning, I didn’t make it out until later in the afternoon to meet up with my husband by the pool wearing a custom playsuit by Inspired by Vintage Custom Clothing by Jackie with bakelite bracelets, a red hair flower by Vintage Box 1947, a vintage white basket purse and Red Dennise wedges by B.A.I.T.
After soaking in some sun (with lots of sunscreen on), we headed into the Orleans to meet up with friends. I changed into my vintage Mexican circle skirt paired with the Fables by Barrie Scarlett Bustier, black bangles, a black dahlia hair flower from Vintage Box 1947 and black wedges from Payless Shoes.
Every evening, we made a point of getting dolled up for dinner and my husband was a champ to coordinate with my outfits. I wore a vintage green strapless dress paired with vintage black beaded jewelry (borrowed from my friend Amber), vintage black lucite handbag, a skinny black belt to define the waist and strappy kitten heels. This was one of my favorite outfits of the week.
Friday was quite a busy day. I opted to attend the Mitzi & Co Beauty Class while the hubby waited in line for Burlesque Show tickets. My first look was a vintage one shoulder floral dress paired with bakelite bracelets, a skinny brown belt, a yellow hair flower from Vintage Box 1947 (seeing as I love her stuff so much), my infamous white vintage basket purse and classic vintage cream wedges.
Since the weather was so beautiful, we took advantage of lots of time by the pool. It’s a good thing I purchased this fabulous vintage swimsuit just before Viva as I didn’t expect to need so many. Please excuse the terrible pose, we were on our way back in and I made the hubby snap a photo before it was too late. I paired various coloured bakelite bracelets to compliment the vintage two piece bikini along with my vintage white basket purse and vintage cream wedges.
Friday evening was one that I was looking forward to considerably since it was the first time I got to wear a piece of vintage history. I wore this stunning Alfred Shaheen dress paired with a petticoat, complimented by silver accessories (from my lovely friend Amber) and strappy silver kitten heels for comfort. Never in my wildest dreams did I think a 26″ waist dress would fit but thankfully to some incredible shapewear (I’ll tell you about that later), it fit beautifully.
The day we had all been waiting for…SATURDAY!!! Why? It was carshow day and the most popular event at Viva. I had been saving this particular dress for over a year in anticipation. I started the day early by getting my hair done by the incredibly talented Madison Jane and I could not be more thrilled with the look she created. The dress was a fabulous vintage yellow floral with 3D bustline, paired with a lovely vintage necklace, a flower mecca of Vintage Box 1947 roses, petticoat for fullness, a skinny white belt, my vintage white basket purse and comfortable white wedges. Never in my wildest dreams did I think so many strangers would ask to take my photo and even got interviewed by A Vintage Vanity for her Vlog! I’ll share that with you on my last Viva post.
Since we spent the entire day at the carshow, changing into another outfit didn’t happen until evening. The hubby and I went for a delicious dinner at the Prime Rib Loft before the Burlesque competition. I wore a divine vintage lace dress, vintage beaded jewelry, vintage black lucite handbag and comfortable black sandals. At this point my feet were so swollen and sore, not many of my shoes fit.
Easter Sunday was the perfect day to wear my custom peacock dress! I paired it with a mix of various coloured bracelets, vintage basket purse I purchased at the car show (it’s actually a sewing box) and Red Dennise wedges from B.A.I.T.
It wasn’t long before we made our way to the Sunday Pool Party, time to kick back and relax! I wore a vintage black swimsuit paired with incredible glitter orchids, bakelite bracelets, vintage basket purse and Lucky Lou Wedges I purchased at the car show. It is so unfortunate that they do not make swimwear like they used to. The quality, detail and fit is impeccable.
After spending the day by the pool, we took some solace indoors before going for dinner. I changed into this delightful vintage floral circle skirt paired with the Fables by Barrie Scarlett Bustier in rose, vintage pearl necklace, a hair flower by Vintage Box 1947, my infamous vintage white basket purse and comfy white wedges.
After dinner it was time to throw on one more evening look before Viva was officially coming to a close. Although all my outfits were 1950s, it was time to go a little 60s glam. I wore a vintage gold lurex dress, complimented with a gold confetti clamper bracelet & matching lucite handbag and gold pumps.
Last but not least, a post Viva outfit from our dinner Monday evening followed by a visit to the Louboutin Store. The Queen of Heartz Rust Ruca Dress feels like it was made for me! I accessorized it with my vintage black lucite handbag and comfy black sandals.
A huge thank you to all who followed along on Instagram and Facebook! Viva was such an incredible weekend and I am so delighted to share it with all of you. It was such a incredible week of breathtaking fashions and loved every minute of it.
Stay tuned for Part Four – Viva 17 Recap…