Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Packed and Ready to Go!!!

So we leave for Viva tonight and I'm totally ready! I have all my outfits together and packed and I even got up early this morning to do my hair. I did a wet set last night with foam rollers. I battled as usual with my right roll but eventually I got it. This will make my life easier for the next two nights, as I dont plan on washing my hair.

We're going straight from the airport to the pre show so I didnt want to worry about my hair at all. I'm very excited for this weekend!! I am in major need of a vacation and this is always the perfect one! I promise I will take lots of pictures for everyone to see.



Have a great weekend everyone!!!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

New Look

So I changed the look of my Blog (again) and now I cant see my followers. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix it???

Thursday, March 25, 2010

6 Days to Go

You are all probably sick of hearing me talk about Viva... Well thats too bad!!! Bwahahaha!!

Here is a list of things I am looking forward to in Vegas:

1) The Wild Pre Show:

Every year on Wednesday night Wild Records has a pre show. This years event will be at the Hard Rock Hotel and will feature original Rockabilly artist Al Hendrix; Wild recording artists The Caezars, and Chuy and the Bobcats; various DJ's and a burlesque show. Its always a good time. Wild is also having a friday night all nighter featuring 15 of their acts at the Orleans. I like the Wild shows because they are a bit more rockin than some of the more traditional Rockabilly acts. Theyre more 'rock' than 'hillbilly' and thats the way I like it.

2)All night record hops:

So after the bands and an outfit change I head to the smaller ballroom for the record hop. These go on til 7AM and are the best part of the evening for me. This is where I really get to let loose and dance. At Viva there is a formula for the DJ's: play some bops, play some strolls, and then play a whole bunch of Jives. By this time I am wearing something more comfy and have discarded anything that gets in the way of my dancing (bakelite bangles, lucite purse). I will also not really stop dancing at this point because if I do I will pass out. At 7 AM when the lights turn on we all head down to get breakfast. Then, and only then, is it time to pass out.

3) Chuck Berry:
 
I'll be really honest. I don't like going to the car show anymore. I used to like it but its gotten really huge! Plus, anyone can buy a ticket for it, not just the people who go to Viva. That may not sound bad but its just a whole different world there. All the girls want to be pin ups and all the guys want to fuck pin ups. Its a meat market. That being said, Chuck Berry will be playing at the car show this year. I am worried thats its gonna be more of a nightmare than it usually is but thats not gonna stop me from seeing Chuck freakin Berry!! As long as I see him do the duck walk and sing Maybelline I will be happy. Oh and 'You Never Can Tell'. I love that song!

4) Dinner at Firefly:

This is sort of a tradition. We try to get out of the casino at least once to go have a decent meal. Though the food at the Orleans is much better than it was at the Gold Coast (I do miss the Chinese food at the Monterey Room though...) its nice to eat something other than TGI Fridays happy hour nachos and Fuddruckers burgers (they do room service!). The past few years we have gone to Firefly. Firefly is a tapas bar that has the best food (manchego mac and cheese!), pitchers of sangria and mojitos, and, obviously, delicious desserts. We get a large group together, order just about everything on the menu and share it all. Its delicious! We are going on thursday this year and I am already salivating at the mouth just thinking about their parmesan and herb fries!

5&6)Tiki Pool Party and Jive Contest:

I tried to find a picture that really captured the pool party but I couldnt. Its just too massive for a photo! The pool party is a great place to wear your vintage bathing suit, lounge under a parasol and sip on strawberry daiquris. There are bands and DJ's, burlesque and pin up. Its the perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon. After the pool party you can get ready and head over to the Jive contest, which is also in this video. Lil e and I entered it and won back in 2002, and various friends of mine have entered and placed in the years since. This is more a contest of endurance than anything else! By the time we did our victory dance I wanted to throw up. I always love watching the contest and cheering and stomping for who I think should win. Its great fun, but I will never enter it again!!

7) These people:




The main reason I go to Viva every year is to see my friends. They are goofy and fun and crazy and drama free. Honestly, without them Viva wouldnt be as fun. They all live all over the place so this is the only time we can all get together. And in 6 days I will be drinking, dancing, laughing and eating TGI Fridays nachos with them. I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Neon Graveyard

We had a bit of a blizzard here last night so I spent the evening cuddled on my couch with my dog and got caught up with my show, Be Good Johnny Weir. This weather does not make me very motivated! Vegas is only 7 days away, with only 6 of them for actual preparation. Wednesday I will work all day and then we will go straight to the airport. Tonight I hope to get more done. The big stuff is complete but I need to dye my hair and finish packing. Oh and clean, so that my pet sitter isnt afraid to come over.

With all of Denver in a deep freeze I thought I would do a post about the Neon Graveyard in Las Vegas. This is where all the old neon signage in Las Vegas has wound up. When we went to the first Rockabilly Rave USA in 08 we took a trip there. If you ever go to Vegas I highly recommend you visit this fantastic place. I highly recommend making reservations if you plan to go.

I wish this was a real shoe.

 

I didnt plan my shoes very well. Skull patterned slip ons do not go well with a vintage Hawaiian dress! But with all the glass everywhere you dont wanna be caught in heels.


The group. Patrick, me, Teresah, my other half Lil e, and Oran.
The Stardust

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bye Bye Facebook

I deleted my Facebook account. I just hated it!! I've had a Myspace page for a long time but for whatever reason I always hated Facebook. Theres just something really annoying about it. Its not fun. There's no fun banter back and forth. Just people bitching. There is no privacy. You do or say something and everyone knows and then yells at you for it. I'm tired of all the political views posted in people's 'status'. I admit that I posted some political blogs on Myspace in the past but I've gotten to a point where I'm not in the mood to argue with people anymore. I respect everyones views but I'm tired of all these over the top 'I am right. You are wrong' statements. Can we grow up already??

At this point in my life I want to move past the negativity. The world really isnt that bad!! It can be sooo much worse! I think about the depression and WW2 and theres just no comparison. But people act like the President (past and present) is Hitler or the antichrist and I'm just sick of it. I dont want to be an angy person and blame others for why my life sucks. I used to be that way and it just makes things worse. I want to enjoy my life and everything I have and not worry about what I think I should have.

Sorry for the rant. I guess what I'm trying to say is that negativity breeds negativity. And everytime I check my Facebook I leave annoyed and angry. So to avoid all of that my solution was to delete my account. I already feel a ton better!

On a happier note...only 8 days til Viva!!!!


 At Viva my only stress is how many beers I can carry at one time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blog Award

Melanie over at Pink Champagne for Dancing gave me an award!! Thank you so much Melanie! I adore reading her blog and am simply honored that she thought of me! Now I'm supposed to list 5 little known facts about myself:
1-At heart I am a rocker chick. I can't resist Motley Crue, Tesla, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, G n R, Metallica, etc. 80s and 90s hair bands make me swoon! This is due in part to my older sister Heather. She had the high, teased out bangs, acid wash jeans, fringe suede jacket and every record available. Oh, and posters on her ceiling.
2-I hate getting tattoos. They hurt and the healing process sucks! I love having them, but I hate getting them!
3-I watch horrible reality tv. I dont care how bad it is I will watch it. Especially Rock of Love and any of its spin offs.
4-I have a very large family. I am the youngest of 5, 3 sisters and 1 brother. I also have 2 nephews and 7 nieces. We are all incredibly opinionated with a wacky sense of humor. And I am identical to my sister Amy, in looks and in voice but not in height. She's about 4 inches taller.
6-I used to be a Raver. Don't judge! It was the 90s and I was 15!! I also experimented with a lot of drugs at that time which why I hate them now. I dont regret that time as it has made me who I am and it was a lot of fun! Plus, some of my friends during that period are still people I consider family.

Now I get to pass this award off to some of my favorite Bloggers! I'm going to give it to Twila Jean for always posting interesting, and sometimes controversial, topics. And to Dizzy Dame for her beautiful photos! And to Lisa Freemont Pages  for her inspiring tutorials. Oh and 1 more. I have to give one to Mary Deluxe for being such a srong, inspiring woman (with amazing taste!!).

Hair and Outfit Post

Since my hair turned out so good on sunday I didnt want to immediatly wash it. So I wrapped it up and slept on it and wore it to work today. I actually had to redo the right roll because it got squashed, and it turned out even better!

I take no credit for this photo. My coworker Nicole took it.


Yellow cardigan-TJ Maxx
Yellow striped tank-Forever 21
Nautical pants-Forever 21
Red Ecco shoes (These seem to be my go to shoes)
Bakelite bangles

Weekend Roundup

So this weekend I actually got some stuff done for Vegas. I did some packing and planning and hair do-ing. I also bought some more flowers to decorate. I go to Hobby Lobby and buy them and then glitter glue the edges. Nothing fancy. I dont even put them on clips because I prefer them single so I can put them where I like. Its pretty silly at this point because I have a TON of flowers. I really didnt need more, but these were just so pretty I couldnt resist!

See?? Pretty!


This is only half of what I have. I think I will include some flowers in my give away, which I still have not come up with. Man, I slack!!

Yesterday was a beautiful day out so we took the Caddy to our favorite bar, The Cruise Room. (I promise I will do a post on this amazing bar soon.) I had set my hair the night before and attempted to do faux bangs. It didn't work though. I think I need to rewatch Fleurs video because it just came out a frizzy mess!! But all was not lost because I did manage to do a pretty good hairstyle! Victory rolls with a front roll. I seem to do this hairstyle a lot. It gives me something to do with my bangs and I think its a pretty flattering hairstyle on me.


I need to learn to take better pictures of myself.


And my outfit for the evening.
Dress-Buffalo Exchange (not vintage)
Shoes-Ecco (as usual)
Bakelite bangles and earings.

The evening was fun even though it ended with the Caddy breaking down. Old cars are a pain in the ass. But even on the flatbed people were gawking. Oh and on friday we went to the Mayan and saw The Hurt Locker. I can understand why it won the Oscar but its not a film I would watch again.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dear Jesse James...

You are a moron.

You had this:


And you cheated on her with this:


Really??? You slept with THAT?!

When you had this:


!!??SERIOUSLY??!!

I'm at a loss...


Thursday, March 18, 2010

1940's Hair

So far this has been a tough week for me. Its been really stressful and my job is driving me nuts. I don't want to turn this blog into a bitchfest, so I won't, but I will state emphatically that I CAN'T WAIT FOR VEGAS!!!!! More than anything I just need a vacation. I need my only stress to come from attempting to do victory rolls/winged eyeliner/apply fake lashes while hungover, sleep deprived, and shaking from not eating yet. I am craving that stress.

I haven't really had time to do much Vegas prep at home lately. I will wait til the last minute to sew as always. I still need to plan out some outfits, but I think for the most part I have everything ready. I have a list prepared of what I want to take (with new items added daily) and have a few hairstyles in mind to try out.

Hairstyle #1:
Betty Grable

In my opinion, Betty Grable is a hair icon. Some of her styles seem to defy gravity! I have always particularly loved the above style but have never attempted it because I have always had bangs. Right now though they are a bit longer so I may be able to get this style. Also, this video by Classic Retro Glamour has given me hope!


I love all her videos!! You should definitely go and subscribe to her channel. I can tell that it may be a challenge to roll my bangs like that but I'm willing to try. I have more hair than she does too so I think that may help with the bigger roll.

Hairstyle #2:


I love this photo. The woman in it is so beautiful and I adore her dress!! Anyways, I love faux bangs because they are really flattering and give that great 40s pin up look. I first attempted them at the last Rockabilly Rave and they came out ok, even though I didnt have enough hair or a proper foam rat. I guess you can say I faked my faux bangs (heehee). Well this year I have the correct rat but I still don't have enough hair, so I'm not sure how it will work out. I think I will do a trial run this weekend. If I do I will post pics so you can see the outcome.

On a side note I am thiiiiis close to reaching 100 followers!! Thats really exciting and I must thank my fellow bloggers Mary Deluxe and Twila Jean for doing posts about me. Their recommendations really helped bump up that number. I want to do a give away or some sort of contest as a thank you to all of my followers but I need to think something up. Once I've figured something out I will let everyone know. For now I will just say a big 'Thank you' to everyone!!

THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekend Roundup

Wow! I'm almost at 100 followers! What a nice surprise! Thanks to everyone for reading my blog :-)

This post is going to be a summary of my weekend. I no longer have internet at home so I can really only post at work.

Saturday was a gorgeous day here. The sun was out and it was warm. Finally! So I wore my yellow striped sundress and we took the Caddy out and took full advantage of the nice weather. We went to a Rock & Roll Flea Market at a bar and had some beers and chair massages (much needed!). The pooch got groomed, which she was not happy about. And we went to a fabulous Italian dinner. It was a great day.

The man and his car.

He only lets me pull it into the garage.


This is an older pic of the Caddy. Its a 51.

The next day was not so nice. It was raining and snowing and was really cold. I was really hoping that the sunshine would stick around but no luck. Spring is just not here yet.

We ate at our favorite Mexican place, took some clothes to the seamstress, and got ice cream. It doesnt matter how cold it is, I will always eat ice cream.

That afternoon there was a benefit show for Nick Curran who has cancer. The turn out was great and we got to see some awesome bands. My favorite band was the Informants, who are an R&B band with a horn section and piano. They're really amazing.

The Informants

Cheers!

All in all it was a great weekend. I should've taken more outfit pics so I will try and remember to be more consistent with that.

This week will be a lot of prep for Vegas, as it is only 16 days away. The event is already sold out which I am not surprised about. I think a lot of people are really excited to see Chuck Berry. I know a lot of people are going that haven't gone in a while and I think its just going to be a really good time. I can't wait!

I don't have too much left to do. Some sewing, outfit planning, hair dying. After so many trips to Viva I think I have the packing down, but its always a bit stressful. There are some things that I refuse to check (bakelite, lucite purses, all my vintage dresses) so these go on the plane with me. I have one suitcase for the bulk of my vintage clothing, a train case for my jewelry, and I carry my lucite purses in my carry on wrapped in bubble wrap. It all works out ok but I'm always stressed that my checked bag will exceed 50 lbs. I'm usually right under but there was one year I went over. The hard part is on the return trip, as I always shop a lot at Viva and have to find creative ways of packing them all for the flight home. Its gonna be even harder this year as Oscar will not be returning with me. He's gonna go to LA for a while. I'm really worried about trying to drag my super heavy suitcase up 2 flights of stairs to my apartment. Talk about stress!!!!!  

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cutey Cuteness!!

Just a little something cute to end the week with.

This is Mushu. He's my coworkers new puppy and he is just so cute! He's a Chihuahua/Yorky mix.

He's tiny!!! And he wears a little bell on his neck so she doesnt lose him. Needless to say we haven't gotten much work done today.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Always a nice surprise...

I love coming back from lunch to find this sitting on my desk...


Why what ever could it be???



Yay!!!! My Shaheen sarong set!! I love it more than words can describe! I can't wait to try it on tonight when I get home. I'm thinking this shall be worn at the Viva car show. Although it would be better for the pool party I already have 'The Bikini' that Oscar bought me a while back. I still have not posted pictures of it yet because I'm a little scared to wear it. I have not lost the weight I hoped too and am not a big fan of my butt. However, I'm hoping that 3 days of dancing, boozing, and barely eating will render me thin enough and courageous enough to wear it. 

Outfit Post

Last night Oscar and I went to see a Gypsy Jazz band. I had wanted to wear my floral jumper but the weather took a turn for the worse and it was just too cold. It turned out though, that it was too cold for rayon pants as well, but I learned that a bit too late.
60s Pink/white poly cardigan-Buffalo Exchange
Navy 40s rayon slacks-antique mall in NM
Red Ecco wedges-Ebay

And heres one of the BF sporting his "new" leather jacket.
 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not a Pin Up

I thought I would take a break from the architectural posts and share with you guys some of my modeling. I really only dabbled in it for a brief moment so I by no means consider myself a model. I just did it for fun.


All Photos by Mel Haynes. All styling done by yours truly.








Again, I am NOT a model. I did it for fun but the modeling world just isnt for me. I have a huge amount of respect for the people that do it but I just don't have the motivation for it. I am not the girl at the car shows in the pin up contest or posing by the cars. I'm the girl on the dance floor who does her best to look her best while dancing up a storm.

I will admit that I like to look like a pin up though. Going through my clothes is like going through that Sunkissed book. Tons of playsuits and sun dresses, halter tops and Hawaiian. I actually don't even own a pair of vintage jeans because I don't like to dance in them. My number 1 goal has always been to dance. I would pass up dresses because they werent danceable. Sleeves were a 'no no' because they are restricting. And even though I own tons of Springolators and 40s platform shoes you will never see me dancing in them. At VLV 11 I wore a pair of wooden mules to shop in on the first day and I got horrible blisters on the balls of my feet. So bad that I could barely walk. It wasnt gonna stop me from dancing though. I just danced until they went numb and kept on dancing til 7am every night. Those blisters didn't go away for a month after Viva.

So I guess what I'm saying is that this is a better representation of me:


Me dancing at the Rockabilly Rave with my friend Bobby. And yes, thats a stuffed penguin in his shirt. His name is Pengweezy.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Kimo Theater in Albuquerque, NM

You might remember that when we went to Boulder for Valentines Day we visited the Boulder theater. We couldnt go inside because it wasnt open but I really wanna get back and check it out. I was looking up some old theaters online and discovered that this theater was built by the same architects that built the Kimo theater in Albuquerque, NM. This was interesting to me because thats my home town.

The Kimo theater was built in 1927 by the Boller Brothers, who were architects based out of Kansas City. It was built to be a vaudeville theater and was done in the Pueblo Deco style. The Boller Bros did extensive research into the Southwest culture and building style before drawing up plans for this theater.  


Early photo of the Kimo.

The fact that this theater has survived is a miracle in itself. The Kimo suffered a boiler explosion that destroyed the lobby and later a fire that destroyed its stage. Over time, it went out of style and slipped into a state of disrepair. Albuquerque famously tore down the bulk of its historical buildings in the 70s and 80s, including its most famous landmark, the Alvarado Hotel that was built in 1902. The Kimo was up for demolition in 1977 but was saved and restored to its original splendor and is still in use to this day.

There are some interesting tid bits about the Kimo. One of the most famous is that its haunted by the ghost of a little boy, Bobby Darnell, who died when the boiler exploded in 1951. He's a bit of a prankster who likes to trip the actors and make noise during the performance. To appease him they leave him doughnuts. There is also the ghost of an unknown woman who wanders the halls. She wears a bonnet and doesn't bother anyone.

The other interesting thing has to do with the interior of the Kimo. The theme is obviously Native American, incorporating log beams, Navajo rugs, pottery, canoes, and buffalo skulls. But what stands out the most is the use of the swastika.





Anyone growing up in the American Southwest will know how sacred this symbol is to Native Americans. It means balance and happiness, and is also used to represent the four directions. But for people who are not from this area, visiting the Kimo and seeing swastikas everywhere will be quite offensive. And confusing, I'm sure!

Albuquerque is currently trying to make up for its lack of foresight and is attempting to restore its downtown area. When the Alvarado was razed it destroyed a huge part of its history. The downtown fell out of use and in 1993 a fire destroyed the original train station that sat next to the Alvarado.

Alvarado Hotel and train station circa 1902

In 2002 they finally rebuilt the station and did so in the same style as the Alvarado. Though they can never rebuild the Alvarado at least they are trying to bring back the style. Another building that was saved was the original Albuquerque High School complex. I always loved this set of buildings because it was done in the Gothic style, which is starkly different from all the stucco buildings popular in NM. It sat abandoned for years as the powers that be debated its fate. It was finally saved and turned into lofts. What I was sad to see though during my last visit was the razing of most of the old motels that made up the Route 66 section of Albuquerque. In my opinion they are still going in the wrong direction.

What I love about Denver is its connection to its past. Whereas Albuquerque destroyed its architectural history, Denver has done a great job at retaining the buildings and homes that make this landscape so interesting. I could literally do dozens of posts about great architectural sites in Denver. There is such an abundance of it here! And not just Art Deco and Mid Mod, but many other styles as well.

 Doing this post about the Kimo makes me feel lucky to live here. Albuquerque can never get back all that its destroyed. Growing up there I always felt a void. Everything is earth toned and looks the same. There is no grass or water. Everything is generic. This isnt to say that there isnt a history there because there is a rich melting pot of Native American, Spanish and Mexican cultures. But if you are looking to experience this first hand, go to Santa Fe. Albuquerque lost its own personal history a long time ago.
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