Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Viva Las Vegas 15 Preparation (Part 2)

After my part 1 of VLV preparation post, I sat myself down and made a list. So what items did I really need? How much could I really spend?
I organized my outfits by the events that my friends and I will be attending. From that list, I was able to fill in the "holes". From that list I found that I was in need of a bowling shirt, a few tops/blouses, a skirt, a purse or maybe two, a few evening dance dresses, a few pairs of practical shoes, seamed stockings, a snood, and a day dress. It also wouldn't hurt if I found a few key pieces of jewelry and a few hats.
My budgetary restraints prevent me from buying everything at once so I made a secondary list with items I wanted to buy and prices. I also decided to be a little more practical, not really "my thing", and add some items I already own to the VLV 15 fashion line up.
So, here is what I have knocked off the list:
Evening Dance Dress #1: A vintage 1940s heart breaker dress. It's a wine hued silk taffeta, sweetheart neckline, matching blet, stunning seam work, and intricate black velvet floral applique scrolled asymmetrically down the front for a uniquely dazzling flourish. If I decide to enter the Jive competition, the dress --- not my foot work --- will steal the show!

Evening Dance Dress #2:  Ha! I didn't buy it, I already owned it. It's a 1950's flocked chiffon cocktail party dress.  It's a blue chiffon with flocked leaves and rainbow glitted, velvet-trimmed neckline, and a full skirt with original self-belt.

Evening Dance Dress #3embroidered taffeta new look full cocktail party dress.

Evening Dress #1:  Another dress I purchased in January; a 1950's fitted navy dots cocktail party wiggle dress. This dress just very well could be my favorite dress. It has a sequin-trimmed neckline, nipped waist with original belt, and a beautiful back bow.  All my friends that are going to VLV want to have a large group dinner and then head to a burlesque show. I believe this dress will be worn that evening.

Top:  1930s shirt sailor stripe (green and white) boatneck ecofriendly knit top. This was purchased from Kim Stewart at NudeeDudee. She makes everything by hand.  You can visit her at:

Day Dress:  1950's pastel plaid casual day dress. Isn't it adorable!

Jewelry:  I have only purchased one piece of jewelry. Truly a brooch I couldn't pass up. I think it will look lovely with all of my monochromatic (read: black) outfits. Now, it's not from the 1940's or 1950's but I love it and so I don't really care.

Other items that I have or have purchased are jeans, a top, a hat, and a few odds and ins.

So, in conclusion I am just a few little items short! Are you all ready for VLV 15?


  1. I'm not ready but I like to be low key. Dresses and skirts are my favorite option shorts are harder to look nice in -your options look great but I'd bring something light weight and cool just in case between dancing, drinking and crowds one can get a little overheated.

    1. I love suggestions like this given that it's my first VLV. Thanks Scarlet!

  2. Those are the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen, you are so lucky!

    1. Ah thank you! I feel pretty lucky to have found them.

  3. Hi! I just discovered your blog and I am looking forward to seeing lots more of your fashion finds! These dresses are all AMAZING. I think the stripey shirt is my favourite though. I wish I had an event to go to that 'required' a snood. Following you now! :)

    1. I think that you should buy a snood and just wear it because you can!