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)

VIVA 2016 Las Vegas rockabilly weekend

And on that note, lets check out what I did on the Wednesday the day before the event officially started.

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On the Plane! Sorry an Iphone photo pic.

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 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!”.

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My Friend Liisa and I in the front lobby at Check in (My Vintage Dress is from Cabaret Vintage in Toronto)

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).

Frankie's Tiki Room Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18
The Big Question.

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!

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The lovely Kassandra Love and I enjoying whatever we were drinking.
Frankie's Tiki Room Las Vegas VLV 18
No idea what is happening here. But I love it!
Frankie's Tiki Room Las Vegas VLV 18
Some of the VIVA Gang. I love my new camera and I love that I’m holding 2 drinks!

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.

Frankie's Tiki Room with Miss Victory Violet
The Vintage Inn meets Miss Victory Violet

One last Frankie Photo…

Frankie's Tiki Room VLV 18 2015
Tiki gods are the best.

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).

Binions las vegas
So close but yet so far

Then we met some Canadian Viva attendees while wandering. My husband joined their Black Shirt Gang 🙂

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.
Canadian’s only wear black shirts. True Story.

Zoltar! My friend Liisa needed to get her fortune told by this ancient and supposedly wise man.

Zoltar Fremont St. Las Vegas
What is that you say Zoltar?
VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.
What does the ancient card say?

I think her fortune told her that she would find the strangest but yet pretty darn good chips seen below.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.
Herri’s brand can do no wrong.

Fremont is so bright and pretty and a bit gawdy but I like it that way.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

Anyone for $0.99 Deep Fried Twinkie? Or Oreo?

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

Let the Lightshow Begin! This is always cool and I never get bored of seeing it.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

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.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.

Can’t stand this beer, but I LOVE the sign.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.


VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.
Kassandra and the Giant Palm Tree coming to a theatre near you
VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.
I Love Flamingos!

And then the night was done with one final picture.

VLV 18 2015 Fremont St.


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.

Liz 🙂



6 comments on “Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18-Wednesday (Pre Viva day)”

  1. I love Tiki and jalapeno poppers and pink flamingos–I even wrote to another blog about pink flamingos today. What fun you had! This phrase does not make sense to me: “not really into the world of Rockabilly and Vintage.” Is this possible? Who can deny the power and allure of it? I went to Vegas in 2000 and had much fun and again in 2002 (pregnant so no drinks) and had not quite as much fun. I do recall The Fremont St experience. Love your outfits and the 40s hair of Kassandra, which reminded me of the 3 girl pyramid pic you posted last week with June Haver.

    • LOL Welcome to VEGAS!

      As per your question about what my friend said, it was TRUE. She emailed me out of the blue and said she wanted to go but she does not wear vintage, shop vintage or has ever attended a Rockabilly night in her life. I guess she wanted to try something new. By the end of the weekend, she had been vintage shopping, bought hair flowers and brand new 40s style shoes. hehehehe converted! 🙂

      Yes Kassandra’s hair was similar to that pic. Good memory 🙂

    • Fremont district was pretty cool and I’m really impressed with how they have cleaned up that area. I have been going to vegas for years and this has been one of the best changes. Hope you had fun at Frankie’s!

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