Viva is done for another year and I have to say that of all my 4 years going this year was the best..ever. I don’t know why because the bands, the vibe and the weather were just as awesome but something just clicked and made this weekend truly a showstopper for me. Now I’m a bit sad it’s over but I have 2016 to look forward to as I have my room already booked. Woo hoo!
(Note: Check out my posts on Thursday & Friday & Saturday & Sunday)
And on that note, lets check out what I did on the Wednesday the day before the event officially started.
I have found that coming into Vegas the day before Viva is the best way to go because it allows you to have at least one day to do some sightseeing, sleep, veg out by the pool etc. For us it allows us to go to Frankie’s Tiki Room and then do Kitschy but fun Fremont St. This has become a tradition that I absolutely love and this year was no exception.
Up first..room check in! I had a friend who is not really into the world of Rockabilly and Vintage attending with me this year and her comment as we walked into the lobby and she saw everyone hanging around there all dressed up was..”Wow this is overwhelming”. I turned to her and said “dear, you have seen nothing yet!”.
Unpacked, vegged out and now it’s time to hit up Frankie’s Tiki Room. I had brought a Tiki Dress but I honestly was just not feeling it so I went with my vintage Mexican skirt (purchased from Cabaret Vintage) and white top from Collectif (purchased in Toronto at Loveless boutique).
Just like last year a good group of friends made the trek by cab (the worst cab driver though lol) to Frankie’s. I was so excited because I could not wait for a yummy Tiki Drink or 2!
While I was at Frankie’s I was excited to have the fantastic “Miss Victory Violet” and her really nice husband Matt join us at our table. I have been following her blog for some time as she has the most amazing wardrobe and so it was wonderful to finally meet her in person. They are from New Zealand and are currently doing a whirlwind tour all over various countries. You can follow her adventures on her website HERE.
One last Frankie Photo…
Then we jumped in a cab and ventured off to Fremont St. to see what adventures we could get into. Of course the first thing we had to do was get our picture taken at Binions with the Million Dollars (note Binions took a blurry shot of us, not my fault).
Then we met some Canadian Viva attendees while wandering. My husband joined their Black Shirt Gang 🙂
Zoltar! My friend Liisa needed to get her fortune told by this ancient and supposedly wise man.
I think her fortune told her that she would find the strangest but yet pretty darn good chips seen below.
Fremont is so bright and pretty and a bit gawdy but I like it that way.
Anyone for $0.99 Deep Fried Twinkie? Or Oreo?
Let the Lightshow Begin! This is always cool and I never get bored of seeing it.
One of the things I really like about Fremont St. is how there are lots of cool vintage neon signs all over the strip. Here are some of them.
Can’t stand this beer, but I LOVE the sign.
And then the night was done with one final picture.
Have you ever been to Vegas, Fremont St. or Frankie’s? Or maybe all of them. If so tell me your favorite parts!
Stay tuned for Thursday, the official start of Viva 18.