Part Three – What I Wore at Viva 17

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.

PhotoGrid_1398601914609Thursday 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.


Thursday Look #1

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.


Thursday Look #2

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.


Thursday Look #3

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.


Friday Look #1

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 Look #2

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.


Friday Look #3

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.


Saturday Look #1

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.


Saturday Look #2

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.


Sunday Look #1

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.


Sunday Look #2

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.


Sunday Look #3

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.


Sunday Look #4

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.


Post Viva Outfit

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…

Part Two ~ What to do at Viva!

Time is sure flying now…Viva is just a little over two weeks away! It seems the excitement for our impending trip has finally sunk in this morning. Maybe it was due to the fact I tried on all my planned outfits this weekend and now I can’t turn my brain off about all the last minute necessities. We are flying out on the Wednesday in order to get acclimated to the three hour time difference and settled well before everyone else arrives for the festivities. There are so many events being held at Viva, here are just a few highlights of what to do to make the most of your weekend.

orleanshomepageSince we are flying in a day early, we have decided to see some of the Las Vegas sites before Viva. We’ll be meeting up with some friends and heading to the Charleston Antique Mall for an afternoon of shopping. I have no idea what to expect but fear that my Viva savings are going to deplete very quickly. After dinner, we are heading to the Neon Sign Boneyard for their nightly tour. They are even offering a little discount on admission for Viva attendees if you are able to fit it in. I’ve heard from so many people that this is one of the coolest places in Vegas as it holds decades of history all in one place. From there, we are headed to the infamous Fremont Street for the old school Viva Las Vegas experience. It will be a fun packed day and evening taking in so much of the culture that we missed out on last time.

dsc_0302Thursday is when the majority of the Viva attendees arrive as the festivities commence later in the afternoon. My morning will begin with a boudoir photoshoot with Mitzi & Co at the El Cortez Hotel on Fremont Street. Many ladies like myself take this opportunity to shoot with some of the best pin up photographers in the industry. No, you do not have to be a model or have any experience to work with them. Lots of their clients are every day ladies just like you and I. After my shoot, I’ll return to the Orleans and won’t be leaving the premises until Sunday as I don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities. If you are a fan of Rockabilly music, be prepared to be entertained for four days of non stop bands. They begin at 7pm on Thursday and until the wee hours of Monday morning.

DSC_0719 DSC_0736One of the major attractions are the vendors who bring some of the most incredible vintage and products available all in one place. They are open to the general public within particular hours and also have exclusive hours for wristband holders. Here you will find clothing, accessories, shoes, hair pomade, eyewear, art, books and so much more! Click HERE for a list of vendors scheduled to attend. If you see something you like, get it right away as it’s likely not to be there even a few hours later. Remember, thousands of people are shopping here as well and most items are one of a kind vintage finds.


Friday the music continues along with Bowling, Burlesque Classes, VLV Fashion Show, Pool Party, Tattoo Lounge, Dance Classes, Beauty Classes, Men’s Swimwear Competition, Burlesque Showcases and Burlesque Bingo. As I mentioned in my first post, you won’t be able to get everything in as there are tons of events happening concurrently. I do suggest that you arrive early for specialty events as space is limited on a first come basis. In order to attend the Burlesque showcases, you will be required to line up for tickets (free) at the business center. Line ups start as early as 8am even though they aren’t distributed until 12pm. We missed out last time as we didn’t want to wait in line for 4 hours and miss other events. Friends of ours are huge dance enthusiasts and enjoy the chance to party with others alike. Although I have two left feet, we will be going to watch to show our support and take in the culture.

DSC_1160 DSC_0862Saturday is THE BIG CAR SHOW DAY!!! This is the main event for Viva; many attendees come strictly for the Car Show as it’s an all day outdoor event full of classic cars, vendors, music, a fashion mecca, meet & greets, VLV Pinup Contest and oodles more!  Most ladies wear the favorite outfit for the Car Show and soak in the sun while socializing with other attendees from around the globe. Everyone is super friendly and don’t be shy to say hello to the industry folks you recognize. Make sure to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, eat and take breaks from the sun. It’s a long day and you’ll be wiped if you don’t pace yourself. One of the big events is at 5:30pm with the fabulous Imelda May singing at the Car Show. Later in the evening is the VLV Burlesque Competition which I hope we are able to attend this year. Even if you just walk around the Orleans for the night, it’s like a scene from an old Hollywood movie. Women are glamed up from head to toe, dressed in their finest evening dresses. It is truly a sight to see! The music continues into the wee hours of the morning, you can party all night long.

CSC_0709 10169090_10154096587365495_1735518782_nEaster Sunday is a sad day as you know the weekend is quickly coming to an end. The main event is the Pool Party which begins at 12pm but I recommend lining up early as it gets packed fast. Make sure to bring all your essentials; sunscreen, towels, sunglasses, etc. There’s drinks and food available so you are safe to lounge by the pool the entire day.  At 3:45pm is the Ladies Swimsuit Competition which is a blast to see. It’s women of all shapes and sizes decked out in rare vintage swimsuits. I have entered for this years competition but the final contestants have yet to be announced. Even if I’m not chosen, I will be there by the pool for the entire day as it’s such a fabulous time and so relaxing. Later in the evening, most people are saying their final good-byes and already planning for the following year.

dsc_0780 DSC_0723There is definitely no shortage of things to do in Vegas and at Viva. Most importantly, have fun and take lots of photos as it’s a weekend to remember! If you are attending this year, please come and say “hi” if you see me out and about. I’ll be posting photos on Instagram and my Facebook page throughout the week so be sure to keep an eye out.


Photos are courtesy of Julie Abnet Photography –