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.

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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!

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

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  • 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!

-Penny

 

 

Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 1

Haha a couple days! Took a bit longer than that, but I want to make sure I documented it all because it was that fantastic! Ok here goes….Official Day 1…

We decided to start the day off with a late breakfast and walk along the strip to take in all the sights. My husband and I had only been to Las Vegas one other time, and that was for VLV of course! ;P That trip was spent mostly at the event, so taking in the endless casino’s and trying out the mobile booze was an interesting change of pace, but daaauuuummmmnn…..it was windy!

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I about had to turn my amazing $20 vintage dress into a diaper to keep from having Marilyn Monroe moments if you know what I’m saying! Besides the intense wind, it really was a beautiful day.

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After we had our fill we went back to the hotel, attended to our blisters, and got ready for the evening’s festivities. Tonight was burlesque bingo!

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You heard that right. During individual burlesque performances wherever the clothing lands decides what number gets called out! Bet ya won’t see that at your local community center!

It was such a blast and we ended the evening listening to Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers who absolutely killed it! (Make note of that name because he will be coming back later on in our VLV20 adventure.) I’ll leave you now with a quick Pennywise Outfit of the Night recap:

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  • Dress: $56 Vintage find on Etsy
  • Shoes: Steve Madden from forever ago!
  • Tiny Party Purse: $10 at ROSS Dress for Less
  • Necklace: Vintage purchase in high school. I believe it was ~$12.

See you right back here for Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 2, which will include Dita von Teese and some Cronuts. 🙂

-Penny

 

 

VLV20! Day 0: Tiki Time

You read that right. Yes, I am starting with day zero! Haha. My husband and I, along with a couple of our good friends, flew into Las Vegas, Nevada for the 20th Anniversary of Viva Las Vegas this past week. If you are not sure what VLV is, I highly recommend checking out my posts from the last VLV we attended which was VLV18.

This year we decided to go big and arrive 1 day prior to the events and depart a day after the festivities ended. I am SO glad we did! Every day was 100% worth it! Let’s jump right into Day 0. Can you tell we were excited? : P

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We flew Southwest Airlines for 3 main reasons; 1) Good price, 2) Good flight times, 3) 2 free checked bags and when you are going to a 4 day long fashion extravaganza, honey, you are going to need them!

First order of business was Frankie’s Tiki Room! One of the best spots for strong drinks, Frankie’s is known to get pretty packed when the rockabilly crowd comes to town. We made a point to stop there the night before hoping to avoid some of the crowd!IMG_5057

His amazing vintage shirt was $20 on Etsy, and my super comfy leopard dress was $17 on Amazon! Bangles were thrifted for around $2 a piece and hair flowers were $3 for a bunch at Jo-Ann Fabrics, simply attached with bobby pins. Skull earrings were gifted to me by my love a few years back. Check out our amazing souvenir mugs from the night!

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It really was too much fun! Met some great people and left so excited for the upcoming weekender!

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Check back in a couple of days to see what trouble we got ourselves into on Thursday! Hint: There were some Marilyn moments…

The weekend is just getting started 😉

-Penny

 

 

 

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18 Recap {3 of 3}

Here it is! La Grande Finale! Part 3 of 3 is all about the fashion at VLV18. We will start with some awe-inspiring crowd photos and then I’ll let you in on what we wore ; )  Here goes!

fashion 10A bit of what we wore…



Thanks for stopping by! Have any questions or comments about what you have seen? Feel free to leave them below!

Stay tuned for next week’s post where I pinup-ify one of my beautiful maids in “Bridesmaids: The Kahlua Cutie”!

-Pennywise

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18 Recap {1 of 3}

Oh my lord. Last weekend was the most amazing, stupendous, fantastic thing! Seriously, nothing compares to VLV. I don’t know how I am supposed to wait a whole year until I get to go back!

Since I can’t fully describe the spectacularness of those 4 days, I will just have to show it in pictures. I wrote a post on Wednesday trying to encompass all of the wonderfulness of VLV18 and it began to get ridiculously long. I realized then that the only way I could do it justice was to split it up. So here goes…

Night 1. This is what happens when you are only running off of coffee and bourbon!


Day 1: OOTD!

  • Me: Dolman sleeved vintage picnic dress with red belt ($20), black flats ($9) and flea market wicker purse ($20).
  • The boy: Some dark washed denim ($50), vintage western gingham ($20) and black Converse ($45). As you can see, I’m the better bargain shopper : )

Now the good stuff…. B-E-A-U-tiful cars!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18 Recap {2 of 3}” this next week!

-Pennywise

Viva Las Vegas 18: The Packing Edition

Oh my gosh. There are only 15 more days until VLV 18! I am so stinking excited I can’t even handle it. What is VLV 18 you might be wondering? Well, as far as I have figured out… it is heaven. 4 Days of Vintage, Burlesque, Kustom Kulture bliss that draws around 20,000 to Las Vegas. At this rockabilly retreat you will find car shows, jive classes, burlesque showcases, pinup competitions, hair & makeup classes, endless concerts, bowling tournaments, a tattoo lounge and the list goes on! I discovered this event myself last year right after it ended and I knew as soon as I saw those sky-high do’s and chrome beauties that this next year I would not be missing it.

As the style obsessed person that I am, I began mulling over my closet to find just the perfect outfit for each event and this past weekend my man and I planned it aaaallllll out. I figured that each day needed at least 1 daytime outfit that was cool and comfortable and could withstand the day’s festivities as well as a sultry night piece to end the evening. Now I am going to save those planned bits for a later post but I will let you in on the steals and deals I walked away with this weekend while shopping for “the gaps” in my wardrobe…

Gap #1) Comfortable heels

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • 3″ or shorter heel.
  • Under $30.
  • Neutral color.
  • Nice cushion for lengthy walks.

Score: Ross Dress For Less $14.99.

Gap #2) Comfortable Flats

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Will stay on my feet.
  • Under $20.
  • Neutral color.
  • Nice cushion or cheap enough to warrant buying inserts.

Score: Payless Shoesource $9.00 on clearance.

Gap #3) Flashy Purse

Requirements:

  • Cute & Flashy.
  • Under $20.
  • Metallic.
  • Vintage.

Score: Garage Sale Warehouse $3.00.

Gap #4) Nude Tights w/ Seams.

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Will work with my very fair skin tone and not make me look like I have carrot sticks for legs.
  • Under $20.
  • Can buy in store. (Proof that color will work).

Score: Target $10.00

Gap #5) Cateye Sunglasses…sat on my favorite pair last week : (

Requirements:

  • Cute
  • Larger frame to flatter a larger face.
  • Under $20.
  • Unique features such as color or embellishment.

Score: Amazon, red pair & black pair $9.99 each w/ free shipping.

Gap #6) High Waist Bikini

Requirements:

  • Cute.
  • Figure flattering.
  • Under $50.
  • Unique prints or styling.

Score: Amazon $23.99 w/ free shipping! Top AND Bottom. Great reviews and many consumer photos to support.

2 Pairs of Shoes

+ 1 Purse

+ 1 Pair of Tights

+ 2 Pairs of Sunglasses

+ 1 Swimsuit

Total: $80.96 Hot Damn.

Happy Saving!

-Pennywise