Viva Las Vegas Continued!

By Friday everything was in full swing.  Friday morning started off with a Vintage Pajama Party in the cafe’.  Around 25 people attended and it was so fun to see all the vintage pajamas.  Julie wore a great novelty print (ladies dancing with fans) pink and metallic silver housecoat and I wore 40’s Asian inspired pajamas with wide leg silk pants that felt like buttah!  I did not want to take them off!

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My friend Jessica won a cabana on Friday so we spent some time by the pool in her cabana.  It was so nice to hang out and chat with friends.  This was one of the first years we’ve ever had friends (plural) to hang out with!

Here I am with Missy – we could be sisters.  Facebook always tags me as her in my photos, haha.

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Friday afternoon we ran off to see Charles Phoenix do his thang.  Charles is amazing and his slideshows are no exception.  This year his slide show was all Hawaiian tiki slides.  LOVED IT!  Talk about inspiration for my tiki party this summer!

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Friday night we were ready to go after our early night Thursday.  I wore a black 40’s dress and my sweetheart friend Missy did my hair while Lucas and Julie drank cocktails in her room (we were all staying in the same hallway – super fun!).  We walked the vendor rooms, met new people, talked to old friends, posted for photo booth pictures and listened to bands together (including the Chop Tops in their last show together).  It was a super fun night.

PS – Can we talk about Monique’s amazing 3D Crane dress?

PPS – Can we talk about how pretty my friends are!?

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*photos courtesy of Julie Abnet (www.jabnetphotography.com)

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Viva Fashion!

One of my favorite aspects of Viva Las Vegas is the fashion (besides the music and dancing).  It’s fun to put together outfits. I shop for Viva all year long but I really start putting outfits together in January.  My friend Jessica and I put together our outfit spreadsheet this year just like we have in the past.  I highly recommend a spreadsheet.  It helps with packing so much!

I thought I would go through all my outfits in one post and then I can focus on what we did each day in my other posts.

On Wednesday I wore my Trashy Diva Pearl Harbor sarong accessorized with my vintage straw purse and bakelite for shopping and Frankie’s tiki lounge.  Here I am with the other ladies in our hallway – Chelsea, Jessica and Missy.  It was so nice having rooms near each other.  As you can see my hair was a hot mess from 1. the airplane and 2. it was windy!

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Thursday we did some antiquing and I wore one of my favorite sundresses from Stutterin’ Mama.  I accessorized as always with my straw bag and bakelite.

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Thursday evening I wore one of my favorite dresses.  This cool novelty print 40’s dress features dancing ladies.  I accessorized with my crocheted navy bag with lucite handle.

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Friday started off with vintage pajamas.  We were invited to a PJ breakfast by our Minneapolis friend Lisa.   I found these amaaazing 40’s pajamas online and they are in perfect condition.  The high waisted wide leg silk pants are so luxurious and that jacket with the shoulder pads – awesome!  Julie’s housecoat was pink and silver metallic with a novelty print of ladies with fans dancing.  So cool!

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After breakfast we headed to the pool to hang out at the cabana for a couple of hours.  I wore a multicolored white vintage dress with bakelite accessories.

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Outfit #3 for Charles Phoenix was this amazing gold southwestern style dress with pink and metallic gold accents.  I accessorized with a vintage necklace, bag and bakelite.

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And our Friday night outfits!  I wore a black 40’s dress with rhinestone accessories and a vintage bag.  Lucas wore vintage pants, tie and atomic flecked jacket with his Remix shoes.  My friend Missy (technicolorcutie on Instagram) whipped up my hair quick. 🙂

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Saturday is the big day at Viva where allllll the fancy fashions come out.  For the car show I wanted to wear something that didn’t require a crinoline.  I’ve worn one the last 2 years and they get HOT.  I wore a great pineapple print sarong with bolero from Vivien of Holloway. I accessorized with orchids in my hair, vintage bag and bakelite.

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For Julie’s cabana day I went for a 30’s theme with a maxi from Trashy Diva, a vintage bag, bakelite and a turban (at this point my hair needed a wash STAT).  Lucas wore a vintage barkcloth shirt.

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Saturday night I wore a lovely dress that came about thanks to my friends Sara and Darcy.  Sara had a lovely 40’s chevron striped dress that I loved since the day I saw it.  However it was a 24 or 25″ waist – yeah, not happening without ribs being removed.  Darcy had a 50’s sequined bustier.  She put the two together and we made a dress!  I accessorized with rhinestone earrings, bracelets and a vintage clutch.  More hair by Missy (I keep trying to get her to come live with me and do my hair everyday….)

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Sunday when we finally woke up I put on my pink sequined trim Easter dress I purchased at Lula Vintage in St. Paul, hat from Via Vintage in Minneapolis, purse from Blacklist Vintage (now closed in Minneapolis), and gloves from the antique mall in Minneapolis.  Lucas wore his pink vintage shirt in honor of Easter and off to brunch (ok it was 2pm…) we went.

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I changed into a vintage sequin skirt with peasant top and belt from PinUp Girl Clothing for shopping and Charles Phoenix part 2.  Again I have my trusty straw purse.

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I think my Sunday night dress was my favorite!  It was a lovely floral silk chiffon from the early 40’s.  Pictures do not do it justice – it is covered in rhinestones and beads and sparkles in the light as you move.  Swooooon.  I accessorized with the rhinestone necklace I picked up at the vendors, rhinestone bracelets and coral celluloid earrings.  Lucas wore his vintage brown suit and 40’s tie.

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Whew!  That wraps up my fashion post for Viva Las Vegas 18!  And for those of you wondering we bring 2 suitcases and 2 carry ons.  🙂

Viva Las Vegas 18!

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Day 1 and 2 –

Another Viva Las Vegas has come and gone.  This year we headed to sunny Las Vegas on April Fool’s Day.  After a ridiculous 3 am wake up call for a 7 am flight we sleepily landed in Vegas at 830 am…. ya know, when most people in Las Vegas are going to bed.

Luckily we were able to get into our hotel rooms and unpack before our Canadian friends landed at 1030 am.  By noon we were full of lunch and on our way to go vintage shopping!  I’ll have another post with our Viva goodies later but Lucas and I both found some fun things.  Before heading back to the hotel we stopped at the infamous Frankie’s Tiki Lounge and each had a STRONG tiki drink.  I only drank half of mine and I was a liiiiittttllleeee loopy.  Thankfully it wore off before I went into Trader Joe’s for groceries.

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Thursday we headed out to hit up a few of the vintage shops we didn’t get to on Wednesday as well as the Charleston Antique Mall.  Our friend Lisa from Minneapolis landed right before we were heading out the door so she tagged along too.

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Thursday afternoon we dropped Julie and Lisa off at the hotel and met up with Mae and her boyfriend Shawn for lunch at a 50’s diner in the Stratosphere.

We made it back in time to change and hit up the Hooch N’ Smooch. The Hooch N’ Smooch is the official kick off of Viva.  It’s a meet and greet with “Hello My Name is” stickers and bands.  Thursday is also the opening of the vendor rooms.  Lucas and I went to bed early (10) on Thursday – I wasn’t feeling too hot.  I think staying awake for 22+ hours on Wednesday did me in!  Julie stayed up for a couple of bands she said were some of the best of the weekend – the Go Getters and Mike Bell and the Belltones.

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Stay tuned for upcoming posts on my outfit details, shopping spoils, and days 3 and 4!

*photos courtesy of Julie Abnet (www.jabnetphotography.com)

Minnefabulous Vintage Lovers

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A few months back I was inspired to form a group for vintage lovers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  I knew via Instagram there were others in the area like us who enjoyed dressing in a vintage style, shopping at antique stores and drinking Old Fashioned’s (or who even knew what an Old Fashioned was) but I’d never been given the opportunity to meet up with them.  I was inspired by another Instagram friend who hosts vintage get togethers in the Portland area (she’s REALLY taking it up a notch this time – she put together an entire Art Deco Gatsby themed WEEKEND – I’m not there yet. YET!).

Anyhoo, so I put it out on social media and in January we had our first gathering!  We met up in Minneapolis at the Monte Carlo for dinner and cocktails.

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Our next meet up came in February when we took to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on a Thursday evening.  I think some people thought we were a walking art exhibit.  🙂

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February also brought a small get together for dinner, cocktails and “How To Marry a Millionaire” on the big screen.  Ahhhhhhh, costume porn at it’s finest!

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Lisa, one of the members of the group, had a “I sold my house, once last cocktail party” party in March.

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We have more meet ups planned for the coming months.  I think we’re all pretty excited for summer.  We have plans to have tea in April,  attend Retrorama in May at the MN History Center, June brings the 40’s hangar dance and a Gatsby picnic on the lake, and who knows what the rest of the summer will bring.  I personally plan on having a tiki party this summer when my friend Jessica comes to visit from Canada. I’m so happy to have a group of like minded vintage appreciating people to hang out with!

If you’d like to join look us up on Facebook – Minnefabulous Vintage Lovers.  We post happenings in the area and get togethers.  Hopefully you can join us.

Thank you Julie for your stellar photography skills (www.jabnetphotography.com)

2015 Golden Globes Red Carpet

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It’s that time of year again!  Awards season!  Let’s get to it.

My favorites:

Jessica Chastain in Versace – she’s usually super girly and glam so I like that she went a little vampy.  Her glued on boobs are a bit much but everything else works so I’ll let it fly.  She knows how to work her copper hair color.

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Amy Adams in Versace – this color was perfect on her – it actually looked better on tv than in this pic.  Her hair could have been better sculpted but it was rainy and humid in LA yesterday so it’s a miracle anyone’s hair looked good.

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Emily Blunt in Michael Kors – she always looks so good.  I don’t love the milkmaid hair trend (there were a few ladies last night with braided hair) but the dress and jewelry are perfect on her.

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Helen Mirren in Dolce and Gabbana – I want to be Dame Helen when I grow up.  She always looks amazing.  She knows what looks good on her.  I don’t love her pen pin but I get what she was doing with it.  Rock on Dame Helen.

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Naomi Watts in Gucci – she’s never afraid of color and she knows what works best with her hair/skin.  The snake necklace is a nice twist on a simple gown.

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Kelly Osbourne in Georges Chakra – I’m always excited to see what Kelly is going to wear – she usually has a vintage twist and I’m rarely disappointed.  And look at her camera purse.  Cute!

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And the not so good –

Billy Murray – poor old thing.

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Claire Danes in Valentino – she usually does so well. Maybe she was protesting the fact that she didn’t get a nomination for Homeland this year.

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Kerry Washington in Mary Katrantzou – eeeeek.  Kerry usually looks amazing too.  This dress looks stiff and heavy and…. medieval.  Not digging it.

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Kristen Wiig in Delphine Manivet – sigh.  At least she’s isn’t wearing beige.  Not loving the 70’s tablecloth chic look however.

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Who was your best/worst dressed?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I hope you’re all full of food and good conversation from a great Thanksgiving!  Lucas and I joined our dear friend (who we consider family) Julie for a fantastic meal.  Julie’s menu including a turkey named Elsa (yes she named her because she was not thawing out), stuffing, roasted potatoes, rolls, pumpkin pie, pickled cranberries.  We were in charge of salad – I made a lettuce salad and good old midwestern cranberry fluff at my husband’s request.  Julie used vintage everything for dinner – silver, china, linens and even a percolator for our coffee with dessert.  We had a wonderful time and we’re thankful for friends like Julie to enjoy the holidays with.  Here are some photos of our day….

I wore a vintage sweater dress, acorn brooch and carried my straw/fruit purse.

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Lucas quickly made friends with the cat in residence, Miss Zelda Abnet.

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Pre dinner cocktails included gimlets and cranberry shrubs (pickled cranberries, vodka and club soda).

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Our pie had baby pies on it!

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And lastly the hostess with the mostess with dessert service.

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3rd Annual Halloween Dinner Party – Villains!

For our dinner party this year I chose the theme of “Villains” (previous years we’ve done famous dead people and the movies).

First our decor – I used all my usual decorations with a few easy (and inexpensive) additions both inspired from Pinterest (that didn’t fail as many Pinterest things do haha).  I made a Halloween spooky village for a grand total of $13.  The dollar store had their Christmas villages out – I picked up 13 pieces at a dollar each, spray painted them black and set them up with orange lights on the record player.

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Onto the costumes! I searched all over for Maleficent horns that weren’t $100 (that still had decent reviews) – no such luck.  I ordered one pair in August that were on back order up until the party (so I canceled the order).  Then I was thinking Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest (wire hanger scene) but I couldn’t find the proper robe – I’m sort of a costume stickler (for myself anyway).  So I went the easy route and dressed as Bonnie Parker (who may or may not be a villain depending on who you believe).

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Lucas went as the doll from the movie “Saw” – and everyone agreed he was CREEPY.  Do you want to play a game?

IMG_5631We also had 2 witches, 2 Cruella’s, 2 evil queens from Snow White (but one as the old hag and one as the queen), Minne and Rosemary’s devil baby, Johnny from Karate Kid, evil Dr. Sivana, a “cereal” killer, and the Governor from Walking Dead.  Thank you Julie for the pics!

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PS – if you want a good ab workout, play Cards Against Humanity.  But keep tissues at hand because you’ll likely cry from laughing so hard.

Til next year!

New England Shake Up Part 6 – Worcester, Concord and Lexington

We left Sturbridge on Monday morning and made our way toward Boston.  Our flight didn’t leave until 9 pm on Monday night so we had all day to kill.  First stop was Worcester to check out the antiques.  Julie found a camera for her collection.  Then we headed toward Concord and Lexington.  These historic towns were the sites of the first battles of the Revolutionary War.  We found some antique shops in Concord and walked around the town a bit.  I picked up some bakelite bangles and a very interesting key chain (check out my Instagram for video) in Concord.  Julie found some antique photos. We went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Nathaniel Hawthorne is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  They are buried on “Author’s Ridge”.  I just love an old cemetery!

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And that wraps up my posts on the New England Shake Up!  It was so nice to finally see the East coast.  We had a great time.  We enjoyed the music, the company, the location and thank you Beck Rustic for working your ass off!

Now the countdown for Viva Las Vegas begins!

New England Shake Up Part 5 – Happy Birthday Lucas!

Lucas’ birthday happened to fall on Sunday while we were at the Shake Up.  My friend Big Sandy was the headliner Saturday night (which meant he would be playing into the morning of Sunday).  I asked him weeks before the Shake Up if he would give Lucas a birthday shout out.  He more than obliged!  Big Sandy saw us in the hallway before the show and gave Lucas a hand shake and birthday greeting (which that alone surprised him).  I figured we were all done with birthday shout outs until I found myself being pulled on stage by Mr. Big Sandy at the end of his set around 130 am – I wished Lucas a Happy Birthday in front of probably over 500 people and then Big Sandy followed with a Happy Birthday serenade.  Then the next thing I knew our favorite rockabilly DJ Del Villareal came walking out with a piece of birthday cake and a candle (I did NOT arrange that!).  Lucas was speechless I think!

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And I wasn’t done yet.  Sunday morning we went to Cracker Barrel for birthday pancakes.  Then Sunday afternoon we had a little surprise party in Julie’s room.  I had ordered a birthday cake from a local and delicious bakery called the Publick House.  HUGE THANK YOU to Julie for helping me arrange this little surprise.  I think Lucas was more surprised by that then the Big Sandy shout outs.

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Happy Birthday Lucas!  Mwah!

New England Shake Up Part 4 – The Shake Up!

Ok so the entire reason we went to Sturbridge was for the New England Shake Up!  This is the 2nd year of the Shake Up.  Last year was such a success they decided to do it again.  The machine behind the Shake Up is Beck Rustic.  Beck is amazing!  All the musicians spoke so highly of her.  She can run a show, that’s for sure!  At one point the dance floor busted and the next thing we knew Beck was on the floor with a hammer fixing it!

The Sturbridge Host Hotel is the home of the New England Shake Up.  It sits on a lovely lake and even has a mini golf course.

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Saturday afternoon was the Shake Up Car Show.  Lucas found a lovely BelAir in two tone blue/silver.  What a beauty!

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Saturday’s music line up is what convinced Lucas and I to go – the line up was Amber Foxx, Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio, Rhythm Bound, Cash O’Reilly, The Bellfuries and Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys.  AMAZING music right there!  We also enjoyed the Millwinders and Jittery Jack on Sunday as well as the Modern Don Juans, the Greasemarks and the Outta Sites on Friday.

This is me running around doing what I do.

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Kevin Stewart, Mr. Big Sandy and Ashley Kingman

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If you’ve never been to a rockabilly weekender but you’re thinking of going to one I definitely recommend you start out with the New England Shake Up.  Viva Las Vegas is 60mph the ENTIRE time for 4 days while the Shake Up is much more casual and a little slower going which may be perfect for beginners!

Photos by Julie Abnet (www.jabnetphotography.com)