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Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20th Anniversary Recap

With much anticipation leading up to the Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20th Anniversary, I can say that the overall experience was very different that any previous we had attended. The best way to describe it was the vibe felt very chill, everyone was extremely laid back. That said, there was a lot of controversy with long line ups to see the musical acts, main events and constant over crowding issues. This among other unexpected situations caused massive frustration and lead to many unhappy attendees. Of course we did not let any of those unfortunate things ruin our Viva experience, we chose to go with the flow and partake in some new Viva events that we had missed out on previously. Here’s a daily recap our time at VLV20 and I must apologize well in advance for taking so few photos this year…


The first day is always rather quiet with attendees still arriving from all over the globe. Most International visitors tend to arrive earlier in the week to acclimate to the time change and to explore Vegas since they are coming from so far away. We took this opportunity to visit the well known Charleston Antique Mall, something we really enjoyed in years past. My favorite stall that always had a beautiful array of vintage clothing was no longer there but it was replaced with the most exquisite collection of lucite handbags that I have ever seen in person. Unfortunately I only window shopped as they all came without a hefty price tag averaging $150-300USD. Luckily I did not leave empty handed, I picked up these lovely red embroidered gloves with matching handkerchief for $15. Before returning to the hotel, we stopped at the grocery store to load up on water along with snacks and breakfast foods to save on dining out all three meals each day.

Once back at the Orleans, we ventured around the hotel and braced ourselves for the mad rush when the vendor rooms opened at 5pm. As you can expect, it was utter chaos and impossible to move in the massive crowds. I quickly made my way to my favorite vintage vendor as I always find a few great pieces there and luckily scored this beautiful vintage scenic Cypress skirt. Before calling it quits, I made my way to the Atomic Swag booth to meet the wonderful owner Michelle for the first time. There I picked up three tshirts for me and one for the hubby. That was enough for us, we would go back later in the evening when the crowds died down.

That evening our friends from Minnesota organized a dinner at the Golden Steer Restaurant, a true Las Vegas landmark since 1958. The location appears to be nothing special from the outside but the interior decor was like walking back in time. Our group was dressed to impress, a lovely collection of fabulous vintage evening wear. Sadly we didn’t get any photos of all of us, so you’ll have to take my word for it. Dinner was delicious and none of us left hungry.


The hubby woke up early (6:30am) and immediately headed down to go wait in line for burlesque tickets. This gave me the opportunity to get ready and meet him in line. The line was insane, snaking around and around estimated at over 2500 people. Luckily for us, we were towards the front and scored tickets to the 9pm show featuring Dita Von Teese.  The hubby made his way to the pool while I quickly went up to the bowling alley when it opened at noon. I was on a mission to visit the vendor Vintage Blue Moon as she previewed some incredible pieces on Instagram. Instantly I spotted the most gorgeous Alfred Shaheen dress on the mannequin and fell in love. With a little persistence, we were able to compromise on the price since I knew it was going to blow my spending budget out of the window but this dress was SO worth it! Quickly I made my way to the Viva Fashion Show, one of the events I always missed in previous years. Knowing a few of the independent designers (Ains & Elke Stylehaus, Prettie Lanes & Rebel Love Clothing) who were taking part, I committed to be there to show my support. These ladies all did such a phenomenal job, the models and designs wowed the crowd. The show stopper was hands down Prettie Lanes…we were instantly teleported back to the 1950’s where the women did not leave the house without looking flawless from head to toe. Here’s a teaser video so you can see for yourselves:

After the fashion show, I quickly changed into a comfortable vintage playsuit to join the hubby and our friends for an afternoon lounging in our pool cabana. We were joined by some amazing company: Miss Mae Laroux, Jessica well known as NoAccountingforTaste on IG(follow her, you can thank me later), Siobhan and her lovely friends from the UK. The weather was perfect, sunny, warm and not super windy like the day before. Jessica was our unofficial photographer to capture our poolside attire.

The hubby and I enjoyed a quiet dinner at the Ondori Asian Kitchen before attending the Viva Burlesque Showcase at 9pm. To our surprise, the show began much later than scheduled but we found ourselves in very good company sitting in front of Karianne (Miss_Sneakytiki) who I have known for a couple years now through Instagram. Of course Dita Von Teese was all glitz and grace performing her infamous martini glass and revamped Cowgirl acts. It was a wonderful show featuring several talented burlesque performers and the hilarious Murray Hill. As we exited the theater, there was a insane amount of people crowded outside in the casino area…something was not right. We bumped into friends who informed us that there was an issue upstairs and the police we on scene and everyone was being redirected downstairs. Rumors later came out that it was due to overcrowding issues and some individuals getting out of hand.


Car Show Day! This is by far my favorite event at Viva and the one occasion I allow myself to splurge on being pampered by talented stylists. I don’t know how I got so lucky but my glam squad consisted of two of the very best in the industry: makeup by Erika Reno and hair by Madame Pomp. These two ladies are not only super talented, they are total sweethearts! They sure made me feel beautiful, I received so many kind compliments from strangers and some even asked to take my photo. The car show was loads of fun, seeing a lot of familiar faces and meeting a few new ones as well. I made sure to go say hello to my favorite shop owners: The Oblong Box Shop, Prettie Lanes, Ains & Elke Style Haus, Rebel Love, etc. We made our way through the vendors and cast our votes for Miss Lily White in the Pinup Contest before taking a break indoors for a late lunch. A quick outfit change into something a little cooler, we made our way back out to peruse the gorgeous classic cars. Overall, I felt this year’s vendors were a lot of the same selling tshirts and nick nacky stuff yet several of the vendors I always love to visit weren’t there sadly. Although I did visit a couple new ones that are worth mentioning: Miss Nouvelle & Star Struck Clothing.

Saturday evening is the big night where everyone goes all out and dresses to the nines…it is always such an incredible night for people/fashion watching! My gown almost did not make it’s debut when the seams along the zipper started to pop just as we were about to leave our room to go to dinner. Fortunately I came prepared with a sewing kit and quickly got to work repairing the zipper so that the dress could make it through the next few hours. Alas, I was ready to go for a nice dinner for two at Alder & Birch. In years past we always attended the Burlesque competition on Saturday night but we decided to switch things up a little. We rounded up a few of our friend for a little Burlesque Bingo. Oddly enough, my hubby was more into playing bingo than watching ladies take their clothes off but it was a interesting night to say the least.


After the hustle and bustle of all the activities at Viva, Sunday is when everyone kicks back and relaxes at the Pool Party. We are early risers so the hubby went down right away to get in line so that we could secure a great spot for the day. Thankfully we got in early and found lounge chairs around the smaller pool as the whole area quickly filled up. I was flabbergasted to hear that the hotel was charging people for chairs, so not cool! As soon as I spotted the lovely Lily White, I went to say hello as I’ve admired her for some time through Instagram. She is truly beautiful inside and out…what a doll. The rest of the day was spent chatting with friends and watching the swimsuit competitions. Boy of boy…was it a scorcher! I threw in the towel late afternoon and went back up to the vendor rooms one last time but left empty handed.

With the weekend now winding down, we opted for a casual dinner at TGI Fridays followed by a couple casual games of bowling. There we met up with the ever so delightful Eleanor Paige who kicked both our butts even wearing a huge puffy petticoat. lol. It was the best way to finish off the weekend, low key and in good company.

As I mentioned previously, Viva 20 would be our last year attending simply because we feel that we’ve experienced what Viva has to offer with this being our fourth time. There are so many other destinations we’d like to travel to next but never say never…we may go back in a few years. Until then, I encourage you all to visit Viva Rockabilly Weekend at least once to check it off your bucket list.









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Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20 Outfits Round Up!

As many of you know, the one thing I truly look forward to when attending the Viva Rockabilly Weekend is getting all dolled up. The guarantee of beautiful hot and sunny weather always makes it the best place to step up my game and really go for it especially at the car show. This year, I chose to shop my closet rather than spending a lot of unnecessary money outfits just for Viva. I am the first to admit that in years’ past, I went way overboard with how much money I spent on outfits just for Viva. Luckily over the years, I have curated a lovely collection of vintage pieces and learned to be way more budget savvy along the way. To complete a few ensembles, I sourced inexpensive staple accessories from Etsy and Ebay that I can wear again. In addition to showcasing each outfit in the round up, I will detail what was from my closet vs purchased.


We flew in that morning from Detroit and I chose to arrive already dressed for a day of exploring Vegas. This entire look was put together from items in my wardrobe.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Mint by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage white beaded necklace from Etsy & bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Ballet flats white from Payless


This was the “official” first day of the Viva Rockabilly Weekend but many people were still arriving throughout the day. I was quite excited about this outfit to be quite honest as it is my all time favorite vintage skirt! That said, I opted to custom order this golden yellow top from Violets in May to complete the ensemble beautifully for only $52.

  • Top: Brittany Top in golden yellow by Violets in May
  • Skirt: Vintage Rose Print from The Vintage Mistress
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Mid afternoon, I changed into one of my favorite vintage Hawaiian dresses by Alfred Shaheen. All items were curated from my closet, including this amazing wicker fish handbag that I found on Ebay for under $40.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Hidden River Finds Co
  • Jewelry: Vintage wood bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker fish handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

In the evening, we went to dinner at The Golden Steer with friends and thus commencing the parade of gorgeous formal attire. I searched high and low on the interwebs for this exact vintage gold atomic necklace that the original seller of this dress had paired it with and luckily found one on Etsy for under $30. Although you cannot see them in my photo, I purchased a staple pair of gold t-strap heels from Royal Vintage Shoes as soon as they were restocked for only $68.


It is no secret that I have a profound adoration for vintage 1950’s Hawaiian clothing, especially by designer Alfred Shaheen. I recently acquire this red and orange dress from Ooh La La Vintage from an old friend and knew it had to make its debut at Viva. Since I often wear a lot of red, I purchased this gorgeous marbled flame red beaded necklace on Etsy for under $50.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage red beaded necklace from Etsy & wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Custom tropical by Miss Sneaky Tiki
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Friday afternoon, we were fortunate to have a cabana by the pool to lounge with friends. This vintage playsuit was another very recent acquisition from Ooh La La Vintage that I had the elastic shirring restored just in time for Viva.

  • Playsuit: Vintage Kamehamaha from Ooh La La Vintage
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Hairflower: Glitter orchids handmade by a friend
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Now here I must confess, I searched for a vintage prom dress for almost 2 years in anticipation of wearing it at Viva. It was the one thing I desperately wanted but was not willing to spend an insane amount of money. Fate must have been on my side as I only just found the most perfect one a couple months before for under $200. With little vintage evening jewelry in collection, I picked up a classic rhinestone set from Etsy for under $40 along with this timeless Vintage Silver evening bag for $25 on Ebay.

  • Dress: Vintage blue prom dress from Xatabay Vintage
  • Jewelry: Vintage Rhinestone set from Etsy
  • Purse: Vintage Duramesh silver handbag from Ebay
  • Petticoat: Vintage long petticoat borrowed


One of my favorite events at Viva is the Car Show and I always save my most favorite outfit for that day. As many of you know, I spent many hours restoring this vintage dress in recent weeks and could not wait to wear it for the first time at the Car Show. The morning started off with getting glammed up by two of the most talented ladies in the community, Erika Reno and Madame Pomp. To complete the look, I found this amazing vintage hat on Ebay for under $20 and added a pink millinery rose to coordinate with my dress.

With the hot afternoon sun, I opted to switch into an unplanned outfit for the afternoon in hopes of staying a little cooler. Not only did I receive tons of compliments, the lightweight rayon fabric was so refreshing while we perused the classic cars and vendors. This lovely reproduction 40s loungewear set was custom made using vintage fabric by the incredibly talented Alexandra of California. All pieces were sourced from my closet.

  • Playsuit: 40’s Beach Pajama Set by Alexandra of CA
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Hairflower: Pineapple by Andy’s Eye Candy
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

Saturday night is when everyone pulls out all the stops and wears their most glamorous evening attire…it is truly a sight to see right out of an old Hollywood movie. In the past, I have splurged on expensive gowns for this occasion but this year I got incredibly lucky when I happened upon this floor length gown with train on Ebay for a insane STEAL!!!! The breathtaking scalloped beaded bodice and beautifully cascading train made me feel like the belle of the ball. Luckily I had my sewing kit for any vintage emergencies as the zipper seams started to let go as soon as I put it on. You just never know what can go wrong with vintage!

  • Dress: Vintage evening gown from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Vintage 20-30’s borrowed
  • Purse: Vintage Lucite gold confetti handbag from Curiosity Shop
  • Shoes: Sergi gold Chelsea Crew T-straps from Royal Vintage Shoes


With Viva winding down, we enjoy spending the day lounging by the pool at the infamous Sunday Pool Party. This year I wanted to be comfortable rather than all gussied up. Since the walk from our room is quite far on top of waiting in line for a while, I couldn’t believe my luck when these green playsuit shorts matched my novelty fish print swimsuit perfectly (yes, completely unplanned). The whole look was created in my closet and so comfy!

Enjoying a relaxing afternoon, I decided to switch up my planned evening look for something a little more comfy. Originally I had planned to wear this Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong the afternoon before at the car show. Knowing it could not sit hidden in my suitcase, it made a great evening look for a casual dinner with the hubby.

  • Dress: Vintage Alfred Shaheen Sarong from Ebay
  • Jewelry: Wooden bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Coconut handbag from Ebay
  • Shoes: Malaga in brown by Remix

To finish off our Viva festivities low-key, we enjoyed a couple games of bowling with friends. This was a spare outfit I had packed as this vintage novelty skirt was too darling to not show off. I picked it up recently at The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show last month for under $75.

  • Top: Peasant Top in Orange by Pinup Girl Clothing
  • Skirt: Vintage Novelty Print from Retrouverbiz
  • Jewelry: Vintage Bakelite & plastic bangles thrifted
  • Purse: Vintage wicker handbag from Etsy
  • Shoes: Pleated toe in black by Remix

Normally, Viva is known for a parade of spectacular vintage clothing from around the world but this year felt quite different than years past. There appeared to be very little vintage during the daytime festivities, replaced by a sea of low end reproduction attire (think $20 Ebay knock offs from China). Yes there is something for everyone of course and reproduction clothing can be done extremely well as we all know. Overall, the atmosphere at the 20th Anniversary was really not the same for seasoned attendees. Of course we did not let that ruin our spirits…we did as we always do…HAVE FUN!

Viva has wholeheartedly allowed me to showcase my true love of genuine vintage clothing and I think it is time to bring that to the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. Until now, the blog was primarily focused on vintage reproduction reviews with small snippets of vintage here and there. That is definitely going to change from this moment forward, now with a greater focus on vintage mixed with repro. I would like to ask all of you…what would you like to read in vintage outfit posts? Your recommendations and requests are always welcome! ❤







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Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20th Anniversary

It is hard to believe that we are less than one month away from the Viva Rockabilly Weekend 20th Anniversary!!! This will be our fourth year attending and it will likely be our very last so we are going to enjoy every minute the weekend has to offer. As many of you know, a lot of planning goes into preparing for the big event and it can be a very daunting task for people attending for the first time. Over the years I have shared helpful tips on what to do, what to see, how to pack and much more! If you think I was being sarcastic about outfit planning being done on a spreadsheet, think again! I am busy getting my outfit schedule completed as it truly eliminates the last minute stress on what to pack and wear each day. Luckily I shopped my closet for all outfits this year and simply picked up a few inexpensive vintage accessories from Etsy and Ebay that I can mix and match. Don’t fret if you feel like you have nothing to wear, Viva goers wear jeans and t-shirts to evening gowns…everyone is welcome!!!

Check out our past Viva blog posts that you may find helpful in your preparations for Viva 20 and/or in the years to follow.

Let the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender Prep Begin

Part Two ~ What to do at Viva!

Part Three – What I Wore at Viva 17

Part Four – Viva 17 Recap

Are You Ready for Viva 18???

Viva 18 ~ Week In Outfits

Viva 18 ~ One Vintage Lovers’ Haul

Viva 18 Recap ~ Part One

Viva 18 Recap ~ Part Two

Viva Las Vegas 19 Recap

Please follow me on Instagram for live updates from the Viva Rockabilly Weekender 20th anniversary & of course vintage fashion ! A full recap will be on the blog in the weeks to follow.

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Viva 18 Recap ~ Part Two

With the Viva Rockabilly Weekend being only four days loaded with event from morning to night, there’s just not enough time to get everything in. If you’re like us, we have some absolute musts on our list and the rest we just go with the flow as there’s never a shortage of things to do. My husband always says Viva is not a vacation since its go, go, go…for the entire weekend.  That said, it’s SO much fun and I wouldn’t trade the whole experience for anything.


Everything ramps up for Saturday, as this is the all-day car show where more than 15,000 people attend. My morning started off with Madison Jane who created the most spectacular vintage hairstyle with inspiration from the classic Doris Mayday. Afterwards I met up with one of the gals from Classic Glamour Dolls for makeup; both ladies seriously glammed me up to the nines! Before heading out to the car show we ventured up to the Orleans Bowling Alley to meet with Dre, a photographer shooting for Tattoo Life Magazine. This is where I met the ever so lovely Stephanie Jay who was also a part of the feature. We shot indoors briefly then headed out to the courtyard to wrap up the impromptu photo session. I’m super excited to see how they turned out; the couple I saw from the back of her camera looked incredible.

2015-04-22 18.58.03_resized 2015-04-22 18.59.48_resized PinUpPersuasionFinally we were off to the car show! The weather was perfect this year… lots of sun, not too hot and a strong breeze to keep things comfortable. As soon as we arrived, we spotted Miss Victory Violet who was campaigning for the title of Miss Viva Las Vegas so I said a quick hello since she was a busy bee the whole weekend. Her hard work paid off as she was crowned the winner later that afternoon.

Viva18h Of course my next plan of action was to shop the vendors before all the great stuff was gone.  It was mind blowing how much the car show has grown over the past few years; there was a least double the amount of booths and classic cars from our first Viva in 2012! Once we got in a little shopping, we hit the vintage cars area for a few photos before heading in for a quick lunch and outfit change.  One thing I quickly had to get used to was having my photo taken by complete strangers whenever we stopped by one of the marvelous vintage cars.

Viva18k Viva18iAfter lunch, I bumped into the fabulous Jennifer (A Vintage Vanity), Jael and Colleen once again so we seized the opportunity to finally snap a photo together. They are some of the sweetest gals and I was so excited to run into them many times over the course of the weekend. We headed back out to the car show with Mae and Shawn in the afternoon for a little more shopping and to see the rest of the vintage cars.

Viva18l Viva18mSaturday evening is when everyone goes all out, wearing their MOST glamourous attire. It’s like a scene out of an old Hollywood film; it’s a true vintage lover’s dream.  The night began with one of our beloved events, the Burlesque Competition…where we ran into the darling Eleanor Paige and Dottie Minx. The winner Tosca Tosca seriously brought it home with her spectacular performance.

20150404_195001 20150404_194036Later, we met up with Amber, Lucas and Julie for a quiet dinner at the Prime Rib Loft. Before we turned in for the night, we made sure to go to the Viva photobooth as we missed out on this in previous years. Thankfully I got at least one photo with my darling Ashleeta that weekend.  20150404_234619 FCB44GC2ND-LSunday

As the final day of the Weekender, Sunday is the infamous Pool Party…where attendees take the opportunity to unwind and spend the day poolside. Before making our way there, we headed upstairs to the vendors one last time to snag some last minute bargains. I made out like a bandit and was very pleased with all my loot from the week.

20150405_091758_resized_1 IMG_20150405_173935Now this is where I turned into a ball of nerves… not only was I getting ready for a day by the pool but I was a participant in the Women’s Vintage Swimsuit Competition!  Seriously…reality was setting in very quickly. Luckily I was able to reutilize my fabulous hair and makeup from the day before, two less things to worry about. I got on my 1950’s Catalina Cocktail Swimsuit, loaded up on SPH100 sunscreen…it was time to rock and roll! We arrived early enough to get lounge chairs and enjoy the sunshine when it finally came out. The extremely high winds most of the weekend were absolutely insane.

20150405_125627 20150405_125631I bumped into one of my blog readers Stephanie while waiting in line at the concession, it’s too bad I didn’t have my phone at the time to snap a photo. She was an absolutely sweetheart and fellow Canadian. The whole afternoon was so wonderful. I met the lovely ladies Cha Cha and Val from Dirty Mistress Events who were sitting behind us and also made sure to get a photo with the adorable Acid Doll as we hadn’t done so every time we saw each other. She and her husband are so incredibly kind; I took the opportunity to practice my French when we chatted. Mae came to join us shortly before the competition; luckily I would have her at my side for support as we were both selected.

20150405_130815 Viva18n Viva18oIt was time…the contestants had to meet up at the Lucy B tent at 3:15pm to check in and get our numbers. The judges couldn’t have selected a more incredible group of ladies; everyone was so sweet and just there to have a good time. Before the contest began, we had our photos taken as a group and chatted about each other’s magnificent vintage swimsuits. Honestly, I wasn’t all that nervous and simply relishing in the moment to be a part of this landmark event. Each contestant would be asked a question while up on stage and to talk about their swimsuit with the judges. Maybe it was just ill luck but my question was about my favorite music of the era, something that I am not at all familiar with. I didn’t panic, I answered simply that I come to Viva for the fashion which led into being a blogger…and the rest is history. It was so amazing having my own personal cheering squad in the audience, Ashleeta, A Vintage Vanity, Jael, Colleen, my husband and all of the new people that I had recently met that day…I can’t thank you all enough! xoxo I didn’t place in the finals but honestly I didn’t care. Just being up there on stage was life changing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Viva18p Viva18r DSC_5529-L DSC_5534-LSunday evening is usually very quiet around the Orleans, many attendees leave throughout the day or simply resting from partying hard all weekend. We met up with our friends for a delicious meal at the Canal Street Restaurant, this was by far my favorite and the most delicious meal of the weekend. Afterwards, we changed into some more comfortable attire and headed to the cinema to see Fast & The Furious 7 just the two of us. We must have been exhausted from the long day in the sun, both falling asleep partially through the movie.

20150405_205601_resized_1 20150405_205640_resized_1Viva 18 was by far the most incredible time we had in the three years we’ve attended! The whole weekend was very relaxed…seeing so many familiar faces…spending oodles of time with friends and making some new ones as well….who can ask for more? Although we won’t be attending next year’s festivities, we have plans to return for the 20th Anniversary!

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