Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 2

Good grief! Day 2 was a damn early one! One of the highlights of Viva Las Vegas 20 was the burlesque showcase headliner Dita Von Teese. If you don’t happen to know who she is, I suggest a google search…buuuuuut maybe not on your work computer. 😉

A group of friends and I saw Ms.Teese perform in Portland Oregon last year and were absolutely enamored! As one of the foremost names in the burlesque world, she draws a crowd and Viva was no exception! Tickets for the 3 showtimes were to be handed out Friday morning, and as 100% of the entertainment is included in the High Roller tickets for VLV, these tickets were basically free… or at least already paid for!

I knew there was going to be a line so we planned on getting up bright and early, but nothing, not even college football student ticket lines prepared me for this! Luckily our friend Dan work up extra early and made it in line by 6:45am with cronuts in hand. The rest of our group met up with him at 7am.


By the time the tickets began being released at 9am, the line had wrapped its way down a massive breezeway two times over, and throughout the ENTIRE Orleans casino! There were so many in line that people that lined up even a little before 9am were out of luck. We on the other hand were able to get our first choice of showtimes and great seats thanks to the early wake up call, but until then we needed a nap ASAP!..zzzzZZZZZZZ.

After a few hours of rest, we spent the day at the bowling tournament, where Ian bowled his best game ever and kept us, (The Portland Pussies), in the running longer than any of us thought possible! Our locally screen printed team shirts were a hit! Haha. Even earned us a few rounds of beer from admirers!



After doing a little shopping and visiting the strip once more, we got ready and headed to the show. Too. Much. Fun.



  • Dress: $70 made by me!
  • Shoes: ~$20 Amazon
  • Purse: ~ $10 Vintage
  • Necklace & Earring Set: A gift from Tanner’s Grandmother, which she wore when she was my age!

Head on back for Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 3 for one of the best car shows in the country, a first-rate pinup contest and when I met one of my favorite style inspirations! See you soon!





Tiki/Luau Engagement Shin-dig

This last weekend was absolutely wonderful! Our friends are the best. We felt so loved at our engagement party Saturday, I can’t even describe it.

On Saturday, Tanner and I packed up Peggy Sue and headed on out to throw an engagement party at Sellwood Park in Portland. We originally were looking at wineries and other venues, but once we had our Tiki/Luau theme, we knew this needed to happen outdoors, and as per the usual, needed to be affordable. For around $75 we were able to reserve a park space through Portland Parks & Recreation.

I purchased all my decorations from the Dollar Tree, which ended up costing less than $30 to decorate 6 picnic tables. I then grabbed a bunch of leis from The Party Spot at about $0.75 each. A day or 2 before the big event I found another 15 leis at a garage sale for a whopping $0.75 total!

We made the event a potluck so we wouldn’t have to deal with catering costs, and let me tell you….our friends are SPECTACULAR cooks! I posted a bunch of Luau recipes for people to use if they felt like it, (thanks to the amazing help of my Hawaiian friend!). Each guest could then call dibs on one of them or just let me know what they would like to bring and I would add it to the list. The spread was amazing; Kahlua Pork, Shoyu Chicken, Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Spam Musubi….soooo good.

Tanner made macaroni salad and I made a banana upside-down cake, as well as, a pineapple upside-down cake. I also mixed up some strawberry and kiwi lemonade. Another bonus was that with the picnic space permit beer and wine was permitted as long as it was BYOB.

As for entertainment, our friends brought ladder golf, a Frisbee, a soccer ball and a football, and we brought corn hole.

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The total cost for our Party was around $200, and with so many amazing photos from that day…I think it was a success ; )

It was a good Saturday,