Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Viva Las Vegas 19

Viva Las Vegas 19 came and went without a word from me. I mentioned vaguely why on my last post but wanted to reiterate, it can be so hard to commit myself to writing when I can just post a quick photo on Instagram. I'll try to quickly catch up on VLV 19 and then move along to writing again regularly.

Most years for VLV, I start planning outfits and making things in December, if not earlier. For whatever reason, I did not do that this year and waited until mid-March before I started even thinking about what I was going to pack. I feel like the poor planning started to affect me pretty quickly, from my feet having blisters for the first time in years, to my general discomfort with my clothing, and my lack of enthusiasm for everything.

My boyfriend, Steven, decided to accompany me to VLV 19. We arrived late Tuesday night before VLV and we were able to go to some of the vintage store and Tiki bars.

Our first day in town I wore my new-to-me Kamehameha vintage dress that I go on eBay for a steal with Springolators.

First outfit of VLV
Hanging with this handsome fella at Glam Factory Vintage.

We put on our evening attire, went to my favorite Greek restaurant for dinner, and then back to VLV. I made the mistake of dancing with the VLV 18 jive competition winner, Anthony, while wearing my new-to-me black lurex dress and ripped one of the straps. But before I ripped it, I couldn't believe how gorgeous and well it fit.

With the boyfriend, Steven.

Part of my lack of planning showed quickly, I normally wear three outfits each day at VLV and this was my first year breaking with that tradition. I also normally try on my outfits beforehand and I also failed to do that this year. Both were big mistakes for me. My day outfit for VLV was an exception, I had tried it on and made sure it fit.

But I had failed to try on my Friday night outfit and it was uncomfortably snuggle though very fun.

By Saturday morning, I felt like my feet had been rested enough and decided to head to the Car Show. My outfit was made by Monica J. Veronica Designs.

For Saturday evening, we left The Orleans to see Tiger Army play and they did not disappoint. I wore my DuBarry gown I picked up at a thrift store in Los Angeles for $45! I was also able to finally find a beaded spiderweb handbag.

Matching spider details
With my gown wearing sister!
I was utterly wrong about my feet being good to go and on Saturday night, for the first VLV ever for me, I turned in for the night at 1:00 a.m. I was devastated.

I, of course, tried to make up for how sad I was on Saturday at the pool party. I had planned to wear a leopard print swimsuit with the cape I had made for me (MJV Designs again) but a girlfriend showed me a stack of vintage see was selling on Friday and I purchased this black Cole of California Scandal Suit. I tried it on and I knew this had to be the outfit.

Cape twins

With Ruby Champagne

Yours truly, Ruby Champagne, Angie, & D. Rose.

My heterolife partner & my boyfriend

After we left the pool party I quickly realized that my feet were not going to be okay and once again was devastated that I would have to call it a night. 

So maybe you are asking yourself why I didn't wear flats. I did actually wear flats, sit when I could, etc. I did the one amateur move that I have never done before, which is absolutely attributed to my poor planning this year: I wore deadstock Springolators that I never broke in and worse yet, I did it on my first day of VLV.

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