Viva 18 Recap ~ Part One

Viva 18 marks our third year attending the Rockabilly Weekend and it was definitely the best one yet! Although the event is four days jammed with non stop events to attend, we found it very relaxing and so much more enjoyable in comparison to previous years. Normally, you would be lucky to run into someone you know maybe once during the whole weekend but this time we were able to interact much more with everyone since it appears the overall attendance was much lower than usual.

Thursday

The Weekender officially starts on Thursday, with many attendees arriving throughout the day. Since the official kick off wasn’t until later in the afternoon, we went shopping with our friends Amber, Lucas, Julie & Lisa from Minneapolis. We hit Glam Factory Vintage and the Charleston Antique Mall before meeting up with Mae & Shawn for lunch at Roxy’s Diner located inside the Stratosphere. The service was a little lack luster but the 1950s Diner atmosphere along with the good food and delicious milkshakes more, than made up for it.

Viva18a Viva18 Photos by: Julie Abnet (www.jabnetphotography.com)

After lunch, we headed back to the Orleans to attend Sweetpea’s Hooch and Smooch, the official Viva kick off party. The festivities were well underway, with bands playing back to back with everyone mingling and having a great time. We only stayed a short while as we arrived towards the end of the party and decided to wait for the vendors to open at 5pm. Needless to say, it was shopping hysteria…almost like Black Friday but thankfully no one got trampled.

Viva18bOnce the events begin, we don’t venture away from the Orleans as there’s just so much to do at all times. We got dolled up for the evening and met our friends for a quiet dinner at the Courtyard Cafe. Afterwards, we just walked around upstairs and enjoyed running into some familiar faces before turning in for the night. Luckily for me, Amber offered to give me a one on one tutorial on how to do a sponge roller set the night before so I was on my own for the first time. It took me a bit to do, but I was pretty confident it would turn out in the morning.2015-04-19 16.02.03_resized 2015-04-19 15.55.17_resized

Friday

I was up early as usual and so was my friend Missy, so we went for breakfast just the two of us. Afterwards, she gave me a lesson on how to create a vintage poodle up-do. I’m truly lucky to have such skilled friends to help me out with the thing I suck the most at…hair! Amber, Lucas & Julie were attending the Vintage Pajamas Party Brunch so we planned to meet up with them a little later on.

PhotoGrid_1429474268616This was the day we were most looking forward to as we had our own Cabana at the Pool Party. I entered the draw months before on the Viva website and still can’t believe I got picked. Although it’s not cheap at $250 for the day, divided amongst our 10 friends it was only $25 per person. Honestly, having the cabana was such an incredible treat…I would do it again in a heartbeat. We met tons of new people throughout the afternoon, it was like having out own private party by the pool. Plus, the girls from What Katie Did came by with goodie bags and I won a $100 voucher!

viva18c Viva18f Viva18d Viva18eWe took a little break before transitioning into our formal attire and joined our friends this time at the Koji restaurant. Afterwards, the hubby and I attended the Burlesque Showcase…one of our favorite events of the weekend. The performers never disappoint and I adore the MC, Cora Vette who knows how to entertain her audience to say the least. With Saturday being the BIGGEST day at Viva, we headed to bed after the showcase to ensure we would be ready.

2015-04-19 16.17.05_resized 2015-04-19 16.21.07_resizedStay tuned for Part Two…the Viva Car Show and Sunday Pool Party!!!

 

 

 

Viva 18 ~ Week In Outfits

After months of planning & preparation for the Viva Rockabilly Weekend, it’s time to share my week in outfits with all of you! I am truly blown away by all of the sweet compliments that I received from other attendees, online, and from my fans. Thank you!!! It was so much fun to get dolled up every day and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather after a very long Canadian winter.

WednesdayIMG_20150401_185538

  • Vintage 1950s Hawaiian sarong dress
  • Custom NicCoco Creations Idda hair flower
  • Bakelite bracelets
  • Vintage wicker handbag
  • Remix Malaga wedges

 Thursday

DayIMG_20150402_152349

  • Vintage 1950s floral novelty print skirt & black velvet bustier
  • Bakelite bracelets
  • Vintage beaded red necklace
  • PUG wide red vinyl belt
  • Vintage wicker handbag
  • Remix Malaga wedges

AfternoonIMG_20150402_181328

  • Vintage 1950s Alfred Shaheen Dress
  • Vintage Box 1947 black dahlia hair flower
  • Bakelite bracelets
  • Vintage wicker handbag
  • Payless Shoes black wedges

EveningIMG_20150402_203717

  • Vintage 1950s Lou-ette California cocktail dress
  • Gold confetti clamper bracelet
  • Vintage ruby necklace
  • Vintage gold confetti lucite handbag
  • Le Chateau gold heels

Friday

DayIMG_20150403_131550

  • Vintage 1950s Winifred Dick Waikiki playsuit
  • Sneaky Tiki hair flower
  • Wood bangle bracelets
  • Coconut shell handbag
  • Remix Malaga wedges

EveningIMG_20150403_202508

  • Vintage 1960s cream sequin wiggle dress
  • Sparklelux Lilli tear drop earrings in white
  • Lucite rhinestone bangle bracelets
  • Vintage clear lucite handbag
  • Le Chateau gold heels

Saturday

DayIMG_20150404_145553

  • Custom playsuit – Vintage Alfred Shaheen fabric
  • Custom NicCoco Creations hibiscus & seashell hair flower
  • Vintage mother of pearl seahorse earrings
  • Bakelite & lucite bracelets
  • Coconut shell handbag
  • Payless Shoes white wedges

AfternoonIMG_20150404_180936

  • Vintage 1950s Alfred Shaheen Sarong Dress
  • Custom NicCoco Creations green orchids hair flower
  • Wood bangle bracelets
  • Coconut shell handbag
  • Payless shoes white flip flops

EveningIMG_20150405_003445

  • Vintage chartreuse evening gown
  • Gold confetti clamper bracelet
  • Vintage gold confetti lucite handbag
  • Le Chateau gold heels

Sunday

DayIMG_20150405_093028

  • Vintage 1950s John Wolf Japanese novelty print skirt
  • Fables by Barrie mauve bustier
  • Vintage white beaded necklace
  • Plastic bangle bracelets
  • Vintage white barrel handbag
  • Payless Shoes white wedges

AfternoonPhotoGrid_1428776967938

  • Vintage 1950s Masterpiece by Catalina swimsuit
  • PUG rhinestone hair comb
  • Vintage lucite rhinestone earrings & bangle bracelets
  • Vintage clear lucite handbag
  • Vintage lucite heels

EveningIMG_20150405_210018

  • Vintage 1950s Lilli Diamond copper dress
  • Vintage amber neklace
  • Vintage gold confetti lucite handbag
  • Strappy black heels

Post EveningIMG_20150406_004730

  • Vintage 1950s Mexican sequin circle skirt
  • Fables by Barrie red bustier
  • Vintage red beaded necklace
  • Bakelite bracelets
  • Vintage wicker basket handbag
  • Payless Shoes black flip flops

MondayIMG_20150406_111747

  • Vintage 1950s Deutch novelty print skirt
  • PUG white voodoo vixen top
  • PUG wide white vinyl belt
  • Plastic bangle bracelets
  • Vintage white barrel handbag
  • Payless Shoes white flats

What was your favorite outfit? Stay tuned for a recap of the Viva 18 Weekend daily events, coming soon!!!