Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tiki Oasis (Sunday at least...)

I don't know what it is, but I am never motivated to go to Tiki Oasis. You'd think I would be because it is a weekender that takes place here in San Diego. It just never sounds really exciting to me. Maybe its been the themes. Maybe its that I haven't been financially able to go (until recently). Or maybe I've just been too busy or lazy. I guess its all of the above.

Anyways, Fernando's band played the car show on Sunday so we made it out for that day at least. I had planned on wearing my fabulous 40s rayon Hawaiian shorts. When I put them on though, I realized that I bought these when I was about 10-15lbs heavier. Needless to say they didn't fit. I was running late so I threw on a dress I purchased recently from Kim and headed out the door.

Even though I wasn't decked out in Hawaiian I got a lot of compliments on my dress. I really do love it! Plus, it goes perfectly with my Miss L Fire wedges.

The car show was quite small. Only a few cars. I got drunk on rum and had a great time though. I got to see my San Francisco and LA friends too which made the day a lot of fun. Monica and I went through the vendors but didn't find anything. It was a lot of 60s Hawaiian. The few vendors that had 40s and 50s were asking a lot of $$. Oh well. I think I have plenty of Hawaiian at this point!

We stuck around to see Elvez and Big Sandy and Fernando and I even got some jiving in to DJ Okie Oran.

This girl was Miss Tiki Oasis and she performed with Elvez. She was super cute. Elvez is a trip!! If you ever get the chance to see him definitely do!!

My SF crew. So good to see them!

It was fun to finally go to Tiki Oasis but I am not sure I would make a whole weekend out of it in the future. I wish there were more bands I guess. The venue is great though and would be perfect for a rockabilly weekender. I didn't get a picture of the pool but it was really pretty. All the rooms have balconies too, looking over the pool area. I had fun though and got to see my friends so all in all it was a successful day out.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Caezars 'When I'm Not a Foolish Kid'

Danny from the Caezars asked me if I would share their latest video with you guys. If you don't know, the Caezars are a rock n roll band based out of the UK. They played Viva Las Vegas 14 a few years back and generated a lot of buzz about them during that weekend because of their unique sound and energy on stage. They even appeared on TV with Tom Ingram as he plugged Viva on the news (watch it here). They aren't rockabilly, exactly. More like early Stones and Beatles mixed with Rockabilly, and some modern Hives thrown in. They definitely have that early 60s English garage band sound. Heavily influenced by American Rockabilly, but just as influenced by all the English bands that came afterwards. They used to be on Wild records but have moved on to Ambassador Records, which is releasing their newest album, 'Welcome to the Mainstream", which may be an appropriate title. I hadn't heard anything from these guys in a while and was wondering what they were up to. They added a fifth member and ditched the upright base and look more Mod than before. Glad to see they are still plugging away. Maybe they will make it out here for a US tour one of these days too.

Check em out:

This video makes me seriously crave pastries.

What do you guys think???

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Recent Purchases-Kobeys Swap Meet and Thrift Store Finds

This is part 2 in my 'Recent Purchases' posts.

Kobeys Swap Meet:

On Sunday there was a vintage flea market here in San Diego. I did not go. This is the 3rd one they have had and I have not gone once. I want to go, but it always falls at the wrong time for me. I am either out of town or just completely broke! This time it was the latter. I had about $40 to spend and there was no way I was going to get anything for that there! I could, however, possibly find some treasures at the swap meet. And I did.

Vintage bread box with confetti print.
I can not tell you how long I have been looking for a bread box!! At least 10 years. I really liked this one and the price was right. I have never seen one like it either. The brand is Nesco.

Gold vanity shelf.
This is another item I have been searching for. They are always quite pricey on Etsy (especially when you figure in shipping). This one works great as storage for my Bakelite, which I have recently decided needs more green bangles. I have added that to my hot list as well.

Vintage wedges.
These are gorgeous and they fit!!

Marciano snake skin wedges.
Not vintage, but don't they look from the 40s?? They are a size 8 so I will sell them. If anyone is interested just let me know. They really are quite beautiful!

I got both shoes from the same vendor and she threw in a vintage shirt I had picked out for Fernando. Its a Towncraft button up shirt in a blueish/gray color. Perfect for him!

Curcao tourist scarf.
I love tourist scarves!! I need more. Add that to my hot list too.

Vintage scarf.
I love the print on this one.

I think I had such good luck at Kobey's because all the usual swap meeters went to the Vintage flea market. Hopefully next time I will be able to go.

Next are some items I found at various thrift stores.

40s crepe rayon dress.
I got this beauty at the Salvation Army in Point Loma.

Layered peplum skirt.

Beaded collar.
The dress is in perfect condition! The only issue is that the zipper is missing a few, what do you call them, rungs?? Not sure. Even though it is missing some parts it still zips perfectly. This is another item I will be selling. If anyone is interested let me know. I can take better pictures and get sizing. Its a small size.

This last item came from my very favorite thrift store that I have written about here and here. I love this store so much. I have never found so many treasures in one place on so many trips for so little money. They must have a treasure trove of Bakelite or something because here is what I found:

Carved Bakelite bangle.

On this particular day I went straight to the jewelry display and found this lovely bangle sitting on top of the counter. I was quite distracted so I didn't immediately realize that it was bakelite. I actually assumed it was just plastic so I just gave it a cursory once over. I had the sales person hold it for me while I looked around. When I went to check out she handed me the bangle and it was while I was holding it that I realized what it was. It was marked $7.99, but everything was 75% off so I wound up paying $2.00 for it.

Its a really beautiful piece and I have no idea how I didn't immediately recognize it as bakelite. When I got to my car I looked it over and thats when I got really excited. No scratches, no seams, nice weight, definite smell when rubbed. I couldn't believe my luck. Again! This thrift store has turned into a gold mine of treasures for me. I need to make sure to shop there more often.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Recent Purchases--VLV 16, Ebay and Vintage Shops

I haven't shared my purchases with you guys in ages! I am doing this in 2 posts because it is just too much to put in one. It spans about 4 months and I don't remember what I paid for some of these things. I will do my best to guess though.

Lets start with what I bought at Viva. Honestly, I did not buy much. Nothing was really screaming my name this year, sadly. I did get a couple good items but nothing really amazing.

49er jacket.
You all know how much I love these jackets!! I couldn't resist this one in red and gray. It was on sale too at Donnaland. I believe I paid around $20 for it. She had others on sale too, but this is the only one that fit.

40s/50s wedges.
I got these from Donnaland too. She has the best prices! I have a hard time finding vintage black wedges that fit and aren't stiff leather. I did have to add slip guards on the soles though, because they were quite slick. These were cheap, maybe $15??

I bought 2 bottles of Hawleywoods Grooming Spray. I love this stuff, as you know, and figured I'd stock up. It wasn't til afterwards that I was reminded that Ben, Roy Rapid's guitar player, is a barber at Hawleywoods and could get me a discount. Oh well. At $10 each I don't mind paying full price. Plus, one bottle lasts forever!!

This next couple of purchases came from vintage stores in San Diego. There are not a lot of vintage stores here. A new one opened up a while back but it is, IMO, way overpriced so I never go there.

Vintage sweater set. 
It looks white here but it is pink. It is rare to find these sets together and this one was so cute! 

It has rhinestones and cute little plastic bows that are all still intact. I do not remember the name of the shop I found it at but it was in South Park.

50s capris.
$10 from Frock You Vintage.
Capris and cigarette pants are on my hot list right now. I have a hard time finding ones that fit and aren't a lot of $$. I got these on sale because the zipper has come apart. I need to take them to a tailor to fix but for the price I think it is worth it.

I wish Neiman-Marcus still sold stuff like this!!

This next set was bought from Ebay. This was hands down the worst Ebay experience I have had as a buyer! It was a lot of back and forth with the seller and a long wait to get them in the mail. At least I didn't pay too much for them.

Vintage multi colored wedges.

Vintage raffia wedges.

At least the trouble was worth it. Both pairs are in good shape and I think I paid less than $20 for both. The multi colored ones do need to have the interior leather replaced on the straps though. Hopefully that can be done at a shoe repair place. If not, those ones are toast!

Stay tuned for my next set of recent purchases from Kobey's swap meet and my favorite thrift store :-)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hello Stranger and a VLV 16 Recap (Finally!!)

Well, it has been a while hasn't it?? I'm sure to all of you it seems like I got left behind at Viva. I promise I didn't. Basically, life has gotten in the way and I had no time or energy to blog. I am finally feeling settled, however, and think I will ease me way back into it.

So lets start with Viva. Personally, this was the worst time I have ever had at Viva. And I've gone like 11 times. Parts were ok, and a lot of fun, but overall I was unimpressed and uninspired. I hate to say this, but I feel that Viva has gotten too big. I feel like it has lost sight of what it was all about. It is sooooo commercialized now! Its all about contests and car shows and pin up girls and prizes and sponsors. Yuck!! Maybe its because I have been going since it was a fairly small event at the Gold Coast that I am just put off by the size of it now. Ever since it moved to the Orleans it hasn't had that same feeling. I wish they would bring the Rave back and do it at the Gold Coast. Just have an event for music and dancing. No car show, no burlesque, no anything else. I would be a happy girl.

Well, lets get on with my long overdue recap.


Fernando and I drove to Vegas with no problems on Thursday. Roy Rapid was playing that night in Brendan's Pub, along with our friends The Rattle Rockin Boys. During the drive we bacame aware that there was a missprint in the schedule. It said that RR was playing in the wrong room. I put the word out with everyone on Facebook to let them know. Dollie Deville helped too, posting it on her page (thanks Dollie!). For the record, I feel that they should be playing the main stage already and I was disappointed that they weren't. I knew they would kill it though.

Our roommate lil e. He wasn't feeling Viva either. This was his entire weekend.

Fernando requested that I wear this dress. 
Hoaloha sarong dress.

With Fernando. I love this dress because it makes me look tiny!!

Alyx and Kat

The band had a bit of drama for the evening. Ben, the guitarist, had to take his state boards to become a barber that day in LA and was running late. They had Jacob from The Rattle Rockin Boys fill in until he arrived though. He did a great job! Ben arrived in true rock and roll fashion though to finish out the set. During one of the songs his guitar strap came loose and Jacob jumped on stage to fix it. Then, on the second to last song the bass fell apart and Josh, RR's original bassist, jumped on stage to help David fix it. Even with all of these problems the guys killed it. They had a ton of energy and the crowd loved them. I think it was the most rock and roll set I've seen in ages. From any band.

Jacob fixing Ben's strap.

All members of RR past and present. And Russell.

Thursday was by far the best night. Fernando and I danced a lot and I wore a really amazing outfit to the record hop that I have no pictures of. Black velvet cigarette pants with matching halter top. Guess I'll just have to wear it again!!

This was my absolute favorite outfit of the entire weekend. I got so many compliments on it. I just loved how it came together. Its like all the pieces were made to go together, even though none of them were.
Repro Hawaiian tie top. Its part of a set with pants.
Vintage Hawaiian halter top.
Vintage Hawaiian cuffed shorts.

Bakelite. Orange kissing fish, yellow resin and blue moon.

With Melanie from Incendiary Blonde.

With Mar from Conventional Heretic.

I cruised through the vendors for a bit. I only bought pomade and setting spray though. They were too crowded!!

Late night outfit.
Thrifted Elsie Krassas sarong dress. I definitely need to have it taken in. It just fits a bit big.

Bakelite. Root beer, prystal and black.

Room party.

Friday turned into a real shit show. I have no idea why people would wait until they go all the way to Viva Las Vegas to start drama when they could do it at home. It was stupid immature bullshit. The whole thing was super annoying and I let it effect me. I am not used to girls acting that way. My girlfriends are awesome girls that just want to have a good time. They are not interested in getting in fights, or talking smack about people or acting like mean girls. They are there to have fun and dance and drink. Thats it.

Anyways, Friday wasn't all bad. I danced some and wore an outfit that I really liked. Black and gold cigarette pants and yellow bustier top. Not a great option to dance in however. I felt like every time I raised my arms my boobs were gonna pop out! I don't need anymore pictures of that (thanks Patrick!).


I have no pictures from Saturday because I did not leave the room. Me, Fernando and e stayed in and ordered pizza and Fuddruckers. This was the first time I have ever stayed in for an entire day during Viva. We were all just so sick of the drama that was literally following us around that we even debated going home early.


I actually made it to the pool party. Applause!

This outfit takes a close second. Vintage Shaheen 2 piece set and Miss L Fire wedges. I had a girl offer to trade me her Shaheen for it but I had to decline. I have never seen this one before and I got it for a steal. Plus, she was wearing one that my friend Tina owns. If she ever comes back to Viva maybe we can swap for night.

The bakelite. 2 of the pieces came from that lot I won on My new obsession is root bear. I only have a few pieces and I want more!!!

Gotta love a Shaheen playsuit!!

With a bunch of Denver broads including Emma to my right (she JUST had her second baby) and Haute Rockabilly Fashionista. 

I have to say that I really liked my hair this weekend. I have mastered the art of teasing and have big hair because of it. Yay me. 

With E. He finally made it out to the jive contest.
I wore my Waltah Clarke sarong dress.

San Diego and LA broads. We were there to see Roy Kay who was amazing!

The jive contest really pissed me off. I'm sorry, but they need to specify that you must be dancing jive in order to place. Not lindy hop, not boogie woogie. Just jive. Lets keep some things traditional at Viva if we can. In the end the right couple won. Katie and Seiji were awesome and deserved the win. 

And finally, video of me and my Jive partner dancing. Maybe one day he'll give me the footage from our win in 2001. Sooooo many years ago!!

All in all it was a disappointing weekend. I know the hotel is already sold out and honestly I don't care. Unless Fernando's band plays next year I don't know if I will be going. If we do, maybe we'll stay elsewhere so we get a break from all the festivities. I do think the drama that happened is largely to blame, especially since it spilled over onto Facebook once Viva was over. So childish. I just won't let negativity invade my life. Just because you're unhappy doesn't mean I have to be.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Viva Inspiration

I am exhausted. I really have no other way to describe how I feel other than that. The idea that Viva is in 2 days is completely insane to me! I have not packed. I am not done sewing. I do not feel ready at all. I am usually completely packed by now and I haven't even begun. The only promising thing is that I do have all of my outfits planned. At least I have that going for me.

I know I can't be the only one that is feeling overwhelmed at the moment, right? I want to be excited to be going to Viva but I just feel stressed and annoyed. Its not with any one thing in particular; just everything, I guess. I've been working so hard but I don't feel like I am getting ahead. If anything, I feel behind. And the fact that I am not having fun just plain sucks. I think I need to take a break and clear my head. I want to have a fabulous time at Viva because I really need it. I need a vacation in every sense of the word. I need to re-inspire myself.

So thats what I am going to do. From here on out I am going to get myself excited for Viva. I am going to stop thinking about everything that is stressing me out right now. I am going to stop worrying about money and my job(s). I am going to ignore those people in my life that bother me. I am not going to be depressed that I gained 4lbs. I am not going to worry about how tired/hungover I will be afterwards. I am not going to let negativity overtake me.

Instead, I am going to get inspired and think positively. I am going to listen to Motorbilly radio and R&B stations on Pandora. I am going to go back and read all my old Viva Las Vegas posts and watch videos on Youtube. Instead of stressing over an extra 4lbs I will just remember that at 35 I think I look pretty damned good! I have some awesome clothes that I can't wait to wear, even if some are repeats. And more than anything, I simply can not wait to see all my friends and to dance the night away!!!

For added inspiration I am posting a few of my favorite pictures from VLV's past. I will use these to remind myself of why I go every year.

Waiting for a taxi to the Venetian with TnT.

Lisa is such a bombshell!

My girls.

After Emma and Tyler won the jive contest.

And the year lil e and I won.

Back when they didn't care if you brought in a case of beer, but only if they weren't in the case (wtf!).


Me and Fernando.

A rare pic of lil e smiling.

Tara's husband Nathan did a cool bit of Photoshopping to this one.

Vodka shots and chips and salsa.

T-Dawg and Holly Bomba!!

He had no idea I did this until he woke up the next day.

One of my all time favorite pictures.

Looking at all these pictures has helped get me excited. That and the fact that its going to be in the 80s all weekend! Now it is going to be hard to focus on anything else!

This will be my last post until I return from Viva. I will have lots of pictures to share with you guys, I promise!

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