Viva Las Vegas 16: Day one!
I look forward to the Viva Las Vegas weekender every single YEAR. It is probably the only time I feel my happiest and in my element because I am surrounded by thousands of people who understand and appreciate my love for the rockabilly lifestyle. The convention just keeps growing with popularity each year as the awareness of the lifestyle progresses and it is always great to see some familiar and fresh faces. I love being able to shop at the vintage vendors, see girls in their glamorous vintage threads, watch people jive to great bands, and see amazing classic cars. It is so surreal to see people exuding the lifestyle so perfectly; I always come back to NY inspired.
I am so happy my Mom was able to come again this time as she wasn’t able to come last year and it just didn’t feel the same without her. She has the same appreciation I have for the culture and it inspires her as well. My bestie Santiago came too and I was so excited to help him with his booth at the car show where he was able to showcase his beautiful artwork to thousands of people. But before I get to all of that, my mom and I arrived in Vegas a little early to spend some time with my West Coast familia. We missed them so much so we savored every second we had with them since we don’t always have the chance to fly out to California. Our first stop was my favorite spot, BUFFALO EXCHANGE. I am absolutely in love with every single Buffalo Exchange I have ever been to. I always find something! Every time I go to Viva I visit BE at least 3-4 times as they have a steady rotation of new stuff on a constant. After my jackpot, we were off to go see the Pawn Stars shop. My mom and I love that show so we wanted to see it all for ourselves. To our surprise it was extremely disappointing. The entire shop was B-O-R-I-N-G and nothing like they portray it in the show. The inventory was wacksauce and the store was more like a gift shop for Pawn Star merchandise with cups and t-shirts that say “I love chum lee”. It was definitely a bummer but we quickly left and were off to Freemont where I fell in love with all of the neon signage and got to see a light show featuring one of my favorite rock bands, Heart. We walked around till sundown and by that time, my bestie Santiago was flying in so we met up with him and enjoyed an awesome late night dinner at In-N-Out Burger. Not bad for my first day in Vegas if ya ask me! For our first two nights we stood at the Orleans which is initially where Viva is celebrated. My momma and I! ❤ Inside the Orleans. Win some money honey!
The gift shop is Viva ready with Sailor Jerry!
and cherries! Fun Viva stuff!I was so stoked to finally wear my Prada shades and Forever 21 sweater for my first day at Viva. Forever 21 has had some really cute stuff as of late! Even my necklace is from there! My earrings, on the other hand, were a DIY. I made them to match the necklace :). I am so obsessed with this sweater and the fact that it matches my Prada glasses so well.To complement my sweater, I paired it with an American Apparel skirt, a vintage belt, mint pumps, and a clear clutch I found on Ebay. I was searching for a clear clutch everywhere and found a cool one on Ebay for just $11. These cute pumps cost me $25 at Extaza. My mom looked SUPER cute as well in her polka dot dress and bow-toe flats! I got her these sunnies and they look amazing on her! Off to Buffalo Exchange! Check out the goodies I found below! Found this awesome vintage nautical top and Fornarina skirt right away and haddd to have it! This vintage dress had a small hole in it but I still had to have it! This dress is a work in progress as I have to replace the lining but it has sooo much potential I couldn’t resist it! I fell in love with this vintage jumper and was almost about to wear it to the car show but it was too hot!It looks good with these black pleaser pumps. VROOM VROOM!Found this gem on my way out and bought it without even knowing it was by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD. Not bad for $15 😉
I also scooped this awesome Patrick Nagel inspired tote! Yes please!
Off to see the Pawn Stars shop! Fell in love with this vintage hotel signage along the way! Here we are! These pictures actually makes the place look interesting. Trust me, it is a waste of time. Loved this jacket though! This is all you really see at the shop. PS merchandise. I tried to find interesting things at the store and this Playboy portrait was one of them.This Marilyn one too.
My mom wanted to drive away in this hot rod lol. All I wanted was the jukebox. lol
I rather see the walls adorned with just artwork:/
But this is really all we saw. What a bummer! Anyway, off to Freemont in downtown Vegas! Go on with your americana leggings! lol Can I haz this popcorn stand? The famous Binions! Where all of the pretty Mermaids go to be bottle waitresses. Howdy! It’s Cowboy Kate!Had to have a taste of NY with Nathans!
Lol this is my uncle going in on a signature Nathans hot dog.
Some cool portraits! As the sun set, the lights got brighter!So pretty… Lol my uncle is a trip!Coney Island Chili Dogs! Some performance. My nails match the pretty lights! Thanks Opi! The Heart light show! Ewwww Baraccuuddaaa!After we changed into warmer clothes we were off to have noms with my bestie at In-N-Out Burger! Can’t wait! I look like I work here lol.Santiago and I about to eat up all of this greatness!
Done and done.So excited for the next day, the start of Viva! Stay tuned!