Monday, November 25, 2013

A Hauté Trip to Los Angeles

If you follow Missy, MiaRuby, or me on Instgram than you've seen some of the pictures from my all too short weekend in Los Angeles at the end of September. If you read Missy's blog than you have seen even more.

I flew into Burbank on Friday afternoon and Ruby picked me up at the airport. We were just a little excited to see each other... just a little.

See, only a little excitement on Fun Size's face.

There no better way to start a short vacation weekend than with beers!

This is the one time you all will see me without my makeup on.
I don't fly with makeup on because it's just too much on my skin.

Shortly after my arrival, we had dinner and headed to Long Beach. Man, what a drive! I applaud Missy for making that drive all the way from Los Feliz; particularly after working all day long!!

Anyway, we got ready and headed out to dance. I had a great pageboy styled by Missy that melted because I won't stop dancing... ever! My wet set will not hold up to the vigor with which I insist upon dancing.

Ah the smell of Bakelite in the evening! How I love thee.

What can I say... Missy is a tall lady!

Dancing the night away and getting so sweaty.
We also realized, thanks to Mia, that we all kind of matched by accident.

We jived and strolled the night away until almost closing time. This is the night I was gifted with my new nickname, "Jiving Jedi" from Ruby. 

Saturday morning came all too quickly but was made much more tolerable by Michelada's, Mexican food, and a trip to the beach. Oh my how I have missed the sound and smell of the ocean since moving to landlocked Denver.

Looks like I fibbed. This is the only other time you'll see me without makeup.

After sprucing up and deciding to intentionally match, Ruby and I headed to downtown Hollywood to do some shopping. We both wore hand painted Mexican circle skirts, tooled leather shoes, and a gaggle of Bakelite bracelets.

Required Hollywood sign photos.

Freaking gorgeous mural off of Hollywood Boulevard. This could be my favorite trip photo.

After we both found a great item or two, it was off the Tiki Ti for Tiki drinks! Oh my deliciousness.

I don't remember what my drink was called but I do remember that it was pineapple and coconut heaven.

Saturday was an eventful day to say the least and it was far from over. We changed outfits quickly at a friend's house and off we went to the Dapper Social in downtown LA.

I decided to wear my newly acquired 1940's gown that I had found earlier Saturday on Hollywood Boulevard. The gown is crazy beautiful. It has rhinestone throughout on both sides and is this amazing bright coral. It also only cost me $45.00.

So many gorgeous rhinestone.

Super lady like on the left.

I am having serious RBF in this picture.
Stole from Technicolor Cutie. 

Our final stop on Saturday was Viva Cantina to see Omar & the Stringpoppers.

Ruby and I decided to once again match on purpose. We both wore Hawaiian dresses and Springlators.

Thank you to Dave Salvaje from the Frantic Rockers for jiving with
me multiple times over the weekend.

Denver needs sippy cups for my alcoholic beverages!!
It should be mentioned that Bakelite huffing was the theme of the weekend.

Rick Miller proving he's no wuss

Viva Cantina is super fun! They have great DJ's playing between live music sets. We need a little more of that in Denver.

I left with early with Missy (who took most of my Viva Cantina photos for me... thank you Missy!) and her husband. She and I had important business to tend to at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday but that is another post entirely.

Sunday morning was filled with work for Whirling Turban but the afternoon and evening were mine.

My afternoon was spent with my cousin I haven't seen much time with since I was 17 years old and shopping with Ruby.

I did manage to find one item in Burbank for myself that was a reasonable price.

My new cardigan with rhinestone cuffed sleeves.

Ruby and I then had a photo shoot with Rick Miller and an interview for a TV show on Speed TV.

Ms. Champagne. I have some photos of me but you'll not be seeing those.

Missy, who had to work all day (boo!!), finally got off work and so we headed to her house to get ready for my last big LA event, The Cicada Club. 

Missy did my hair and made my entire dress for this event! Seriously, how talented is she!? She did a whole article/blog about making the dress. It fit me like a glove!

I am also wearing a fur that I traded her for; she now owns a Shaheen. 

Mr. Anderson was the only gentleman that was man enough to join our table of ladies.

Let us pause here to talk about how freaking gorgeous Ruby's dress is. So swoon worthy.

I can't wait for an occasion to wear this dress again.

My final stop before hopping a 7:00 a.m. flight, was at an amazing speak easy. It may not look like anything special from the outside but the inside was amazing! The live musicians playing absolutely blew me away.

My trip was a whirlwind to say the least. I am pretty sure that Missy, Ruby, and I were all exhausted by my trip. Thank you ladies for your hospitality and for staying out all hours of the day and night with me.

My LA trip is one not to soon be forgotten.

What are some of your more memorable trips?


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much Melanie. It was a terrific time.

  2. This trip looked like such a blast - and you know I was following on Instagram! It looks like you managed to squeeze in as much as possible, with as much glamour as possible. You ladies all look fabulous...and so does that Mexican food... :)

    1. Too much stuff and I still felt like I didn't do enough. How weird is that?

      Oh Mexican food nom nom nom!

      Hopefully I'll be able to swing out there right before VLV 17 so we can do a little more hanging out.

  3. Zowee!!! I'm bummed that we weren't in town for your visit but it looks like you had more fun than you knew what to do with!!! You all look spectacular!

    1. I am so bummed too but hey, Japan is a pretty good reason to not meet up.

      Hope you'll be at VLV 17!

  4. So many wonderful photos!!! You look fantastic! Well done doing so much in such a short amount of time! 5 more months 'til Viva when we shall finally meet! (Just thought I'd throw a countdown update in there ;)

    1. Haha yes! I am so excited about VLV 17 and so excited to meet you for the reals!!!

      I was beyond exhausted when I got on the plane to fly home.

  5. You look absolutely stunning in that black 20's style outfit! It looks like a very stylish and elegant evening.