Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Viva Las Vegas 14~Weekender Recap
We brought kids. Yes we did. And we STILL had a blast...so I think that says a lot about this event. In spite of the fact that we were somewhat hindered by youngerns (i.e. no super late nights or 2am dancing), I still feel that the Tom Ingram's Rockabilly Weekend is getting better every year. The shopping alone was unequaled this time(though I was sadly unable to do much shopping of my own since we had to pay for my eleven year old's ticket and food) and it seemed that there were more vintage options than prior years. In spite of my limited budget, I had a blast helping my friends shop and trying things on. And I did come away with a few items. The music was not quite as promising this year, especially since Nick Curran had to bow out at the last minute due to illness, but with high energy acts like The Caezars and Los Strait Jackets-it was hard to complain too much in that department. The car show was better managed this year, I noticed, as were the three pool parties that really helped maintain a more relaxed environment.
Day 0-Travel Day:
We are big fans of arriving on Wednesday. Reason One: You tend to get a cheaper airfare and therefore can easily justify the heavily discounted room price for an extra night.
Reason Two: You can request your favorite view!
Our baby is currently almost 4 months old and I'll admit I had grave reservations about the idea of her flying. The flight from Nashville is 4 hours in length, non stop. She was not a happy flyer and screamed for a large majority of the trip. Thankfully, she stopped crying when we arrived at our destination and did not fuss much at all for the duration of our stay. Whew! Anyway, we arrived at our hotel around 7:30 pm and requested a view of the strip. The view did not disappoint and our room on the 13th floor was as nice as we've come to expect from this favorite hotel of ours. Normally, we'd take off for the Doubledown Saloon or Frankie's Tiki Room tonight, but since we had kids we settled for a late dinner at The Courtyard Cafe (The Orleans resident 24 hr eatery with better than average food). To bed.
Outfit of the day: Freddies Overalls, Vans Oxfords, checked shirt by Old Navy
Hairstyle: Variation on Lauren's 'Bang Wave' tutorial from the Vintage Hairstyling Book
Since our son has never seen Las Vegas we made the sacrifice of taking him to the strip today. I am not a huge fan of the strip. I like Caesars and a few of the other beautiful hotels but I find the crowds annoying and very much prefer the off strip atmosphere. Still, food options are unbeatable at the Strip hotels so I had previously made reservations for a late lunch at Mon Ami Gabi (the Paris sidewalk cafe). We walked a long while, stopping at Sephora and the Forum Shops-snapping a few photos here and there.
I was pleased to discover that Bettie Page Clothing has a fabulous new shop at the Forum Shops and it was beautifully laid out. Didnt buy anything but loved getting my hands on a few of those lovely dresses I've been admiring. Lunch at Mon Ami Gabi was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine on the patio. Ruby Lu slept during the lunch so it was particularly relaxing and refreshing.
After lunch, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for the evening's events and acquire our wrist bands for the weekend.
Outfit of the Evening: Black Halter Dress with Pink Trim by Stop Staring
Black comfy ankle strap heels
Hairstyle/Makeup: Makeshift ponytail and Liz Taylor inspired Makeup
I discovered while getting myself ready that I had forgotten an important little bag of hairstyling tools and accessories, including my ponytail elastics and pin curl clips. So I created a makeshift ponytail w/ my leftover perming rod curls from the day's style. Necessity is the mother of invention and I had no choice but to use Side Combs for almost all my upswept hairstyles over the course of the weekend. Oh, and I did have bobby pins.
Thursday night, my good buddy Brooke (aka Miss Moose) arrived. It's her first Viva so somehow everything seemed even more exciting. I knew late nights were a no-go for me, a breast feeding mom, so we tried to cram as much fun into the early evening hours as we could. Shopping, as I've mentioned, was even better than it has been in years prior- particularly for vintage shopping. Moose was on cloud nine and I shopped vicariously through her. She found some stunning vintage pieces, taking advantage of the selection before the crowds picked through the offerings. We ate at TGI Fridays and went to bed relatively early.
Day Two: Friday
Outfit of the Day: Kitchen Print Skirt by Stop Staring
Black knit top by Venus Swimwear
Remix black wedge shoes bought last year
change to: Vintage Playsuit and Espadrilles from Sears
Hairstyle: Variation of 'Homemaker' Hairstyle from Lauren Rennells' Book (with Audrey II orchid from Belle Blossoms)
Having Moose around is like having a very tall doll to play hair and makeup with. We got fixed up in our daytime attire and went to brunch at the Courtyard Cafe again before getting some more shopping in. We met lots of friends there,including Doris MayDay and a great couple that we've been corresponding with over the past year
Both of us found a reasonably priced play suit at vintage vendors that were perfect for the afternoon's pool party.
So many fun people were hanging out around the pool that day, including several gals from the musical group 'The Satin Dollz'. They gave us an inpromptu acapella performance and we also met pin up beauty Bettina May, relaxing by the pool. After some quality time in the sun (and plenty of swimming time for my eleven year old), we grabbed some food court fare before heading back to the room to dress for the evening.
Outfit of the Evening: Black high waisted pants and pink satin top by Miss Hussy
Hairstyle/Makeup: Variation on Snood Style Option One from Lauren's book with pink snood and double orchid from BB.
Makeup inspired by Xsparkage's (on Youtube) 'White Swan' look
It was back to the strip tonight, simply to see the Bellagio fountain show and to introduce Moose the sights. We didnt stay long. It was windy and wild, with quite a few annoying yay-hoos added into the mix. I was actually a little nervous having the kids out and about on the strip so we went back early. When we got back to the hotel, I went to bed with the kiddos and left my husband and friend to enjoy the late night performances without me. They got some great footage/photos and both of them seemed to be a bit infatuated w/ the charismatic 'Caezars' when they returned.
Day 3: Saturday
Outfit of the Day: Pink and White Gingham dress by Misery Boutique
black ankle strap heels
Hairstyle: Variation on 'Pin Up Girl' style from Lauren's book
Car Show Day! After waking to a white chocolate Starbucks mocha and unwinding my foam roller set, the baby decided to get a little cranky so my friend and I didnt get to the actual show until after 1pm.
We strolled the vendor circuit a bit (the car show was laid out much more conveniently this time and the cars and shops were separated) but it was pretty hot for the baby and we still hadnt had lunch. After clams and beer (Big Al's Oyster Bar-our one miserable dining experience since the service was snail-slow and the food sub par) we went back out to the show.
I was supposed to interview Heartbreaker Fashion but couldnt find the booth anywhere. Not sure how I overlooked them. But we had a great time taking pictures and enjoying a great performance by Jerry Lee Lewis before the show came to a close.
Outfit of the Evening: Thrifted flutter hemmed printed skirt
black 'Trixie' top from Heartbreaker
Hairstyle: Quick brush out and slapped on a black daisy from Belle Blossom due to time constraints
This was to be my 'girl's night out' and I really wanted to catch Don Juan Y Los Blancos at 8pm. We got back to our room at 7:50! You have never seen two girls get changed so quickly. At 8:15 we literally ran at top speed to the pub and sadly only caught the last two songs of their set. But we danced and enjoyed them nonetheless! After the band, we met my husband and kids upstairs and were able to enjoy all of Gizelle's set, which I really enjoyed since she hadnt shown the year before. A bit more shopping, some sushi for dinner, and we called it a night.
Day 4: Sunday
Outfit of the day: black custom swim suit from The Red Dolly on Etsy
sheer b/w floral bathing suit wrap/pareo from Ebay
black strappy sandals w/ floral accent from Spiegel
Hairstyle: mostly straight casual hairstyle due to wind/ accented with orchid bobby pins from BB.
sunglasses bought at Boss Vintage over the course of the weekend
Sunday was typically breezy to start, turning downright windy by the end of the Pool Party. The temperature was perfect however, and we were able to enjoy ourselves thoroughly.
Moose wore her new vintage suit and decided, on a whim, to enter the Vintage Swimsuit contest, sponsored by Vintage Suits by Mary. She was happily chosen for the top 20 and did a great job strutting around the stage as modestly as her bodacious body would allow. There were some amazing suits in the contest and Moose didnt win; but she got some great little prizes and enjoyed herself immensely. We ordered lunch at our lawn chairs and even though it was a bit too windy to enjoy the water, had a relaxing time. Ruby Lu slept most of the time and my son spent hours in the pool, getting all pruny.
Outfit of the Evening: Green knee length dress by Anne Klein
Shoes from Pin Up Girl Clothing
Hairstyle: Taissa Lada feather headband over straight hair
We barely made it to the Jive Contest to catch the final six couples. I got it all on video, thankfully, and was happy to see the winning couple finally take that prize. I've been watching them dance since my first Viva. After the contest, we spent some more time in the Vendor rooms, taking advantage of last minute sales and saying goodbye to friends. I met Viva's Pin Up-Lisa Love- who was disgustingly tiny and extremely sweet.
She agreed to be featured on my channel this year!
Several familiar faces could be seen shopping the last minute deals, actually. It's hard not to get a little 'star struck'. Since Ruby was sleeping well, we also got some dancing in during the Barrell House Boys so it was a great way to sign off for weekend. We ate dinner that evening at the newly managed Mexican style eatery called Coasta Cantina. The Orange Roughy tacos were amazing! After the late dinner, Brooke and I took the kids up to the room for candy and Jurassic Park while my husband got some last minute footage. We drank a little champagne and slept well that night, without any regrets about things we had missed.
Day 5-Departure Day
Our flight wasnt due to leave until after 6pm so we had some time to kill. I put on my trusty Freddies and covered my unstyled hair in a bandana. Isnt it these times that you see someone you really want to impress? haha. The Caezars are such pretty young things and they were all in the lobby when I checked out. So I jumped at the photo opp. Afterwards, we ate a last breakfast at the Courtyard Cafe before heading out to spend the afternoon at the pool and await our flight. The weather was beautiful and it was a perfect way to end our trip.
It was lovely to meet so many of my fellow bloggers this weekend, including The Kim Show, The Rockabilly Socialite, and Temperamental Broad-among others! I also ran into Lauren Rennells and got a copy of her fabulous new book to review for all of you!
Thankfully, Ruby was very well behaved all the way home and we got some much needed rest on the flight. Korn former band member Brian Welch was also on the flight, which was a little surreal. Wonder what he was doing in Vegas? Anyway, we were very happy to get home when we did and excited to do it all again next year-without kids.
Now pardon me while I go book my room.