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Happy New Year Everyone!

Martha Hyer; Hollywood New Year's publicity photo.
Martha Hyer; Hollywood New Year’s publicity photo

As we approach New Years Eve, I want to take a moment to wish all of my readers..that is YOU, a Happy New Year! It has been quite a year for everyone and I’m so happy that my little blog has been a source of distraction and enjoyment for many of you. On my side it has been a pleasure and a joy to put together these vintage posts and I look forward to many more in 2018.

So thank you for being such loyal readers and I hope you stick with my blog as I have many exciting topics, images and fun ahead.

See you in January 2018!!

new years vintage poem

Liz aka the Vintage Inn Blog

Vintage Inn News: Top 100 Vintage Blogs and Websites on the Web

Today was supposed to be a Vintage Travel To-do-List Post but then I got some exciting news from Feedspot this week and that changed up my plans. I won a Vintage Blogger Award Friends! Some of you already know this but I wanted to share it with my readers who might not follow my accounts on Social Media.

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Yes Feedspot did some research and come up with the ‘Top 100 Vintage Blogs & Websites on the Web‘ and yours truly is number 41!

I’m particularly excited about this award because it was won by looking at stats and then cross referencing it with an editorial team and expert review. Here is how the award came to be…

These blogs were ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

The Social Media geek in me was ecstatic that my hard work to boost my views, ranking and readership has worked! Did you know that from 2014-2015 when I really focused on m;y blog that I increased my blog views by 800%? And this year it went up by another 136%, that is pretty darn amazing! My subscribers have also gone up as well this last year, so thank you to all of you for helping me get to those numbers, you are truly the best followers/friends ever!

I’m also super excited to share this space with some of my favorite bloggers AND with so many new ones that I’m itching to follow now (thank goodness I’m currently looking for work, I have some free time to do blog reading).

Here are just a sampling of who is on the list. Make sure you check it out yourself to find some new cool bloggers to get your daily dose of vintage fix.

Glamour Daze

The amount of times I have used this website for my personal 1940’s style help, has to be in the thousands. With vintage fashion and beauty images from the 1900’s-1960’s you are bound to find what something that inspires you here.

glamourdaze website

Atomic Readhead

I love the Atomic Readhead’s blog because she has wonderful vintage style, loves Disneyland and will feature her adventures there on many of her posts. Her images are really beautiful and her blog posts are fun reads. Check her out today!

atomic readhead blog

Vintage Fashion Guild

If you don’t know about the Guild, then you need to bookmark it today! It truly is an outstanding resource for lovers of Vintage fashion.

vintage fashion guild

Emily’s Vintage Visions

Emily’s blog is brand new to me, but first look I’m very intrigued and looking forward to exploring her beautiful blog. Emily’s main focus is the 18th century but she loves the classy look of the 1920s, through the 1950s. Emily enjoys researching, collecting, and creating historic clothing just for fun.

emilys vintage visions

Once again Friends, thank you so much for following my little passion piece. I love how the Vintage Inn has brought my little vintage world closer together. Also thank you to Feedspot for adding me to this list, this was a great way to start 2017.

Liz

Toronto Vintage Society-The Last Dance

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The Toronto Vintage Society this Saturday will be throwing our last party ever for the vintage community in Toronto. But don’t worry we aren’t going anywhere, we will still be online telling you all the fun vintage events to attend and of course we will be at many of them ourselves! We just felt it was time to pass the vintage party gauntlet onto the community that has grown in leaps and bounds since we started our events 3 years ago. So that said, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane to our past parties as we prepare to have our ”Last Dance”.

Warning..lots of awesome fun photos ahead!

First Up..a big THANK YOU to Jacquie the creator of TVS and the main brain (and worker) behind every one of our events. Jacquie’s dream was to find more friends to attend cool vintage events with and she accomplished that and much more.

Toronto Vintage society

The Parties & Events:

Mad Men Viewing Party 2013- The First Official TVS Event

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men 2013 Party

Tiki-Tacky Retro Patio Party-TVS First Tiki party in Toronto in 2013

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The best dressed family that year.

Toronto Vintage society Tiki Party 2013

Mad Men Season Premier Party 2014

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men Party

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men Party

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men Party

The Pinup Picnic 2014

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toronto vintage society pinup picnic

toronto vintage society pinup picnic

Tiki Party 2014

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Kitschmas Cabin -2014

Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Cabin 2014

Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Cabin 2014

Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Cabin 2014

Man Men last Season Party – 2015

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Mad Men Finale Party-2015

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men Finale Party 2015

Toronto Vintage Society Mad Men Finale Party 2015

Pinup Picnic 2015

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TVS Tiki Party 2015

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Source: Snapd

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White Kitschmas- December 2015

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Photo credit – Derk Derk Van Derk

TVS Tiki Party 2016

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Source: Lux Media
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Source: Lux Media
Toronto Vintage society tiki party 2016
Source: Kyle Burton

And now we come to our final party this Saturday. Obviously no pictures but as per usual follow me on Instagram to see the party in action.

Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Time Kapsule 2016

Final Words. Being part of the TVS events team has been so much fun and I will be honest, I will be sad to hangup my MC microphone for the last time this Saturday. BUT as I said before this is not the end of TVS only the beginning and I’m very excited to see what the future brings.

Final Final Words..To all our fans and supporters over the years..THANK YOU!

Liz

 

Vintage Inn Travels Back to Havana, Cuba-New Sites

I’m off to a German function in Las Vegas on Thursday and since that is technically a trip I thought I would finally share with you the new sites I saw on my last visit back to Havana, Cuba, to keep with a “travel” theme for today’s post.

Havana Cuba Postcard

The Barcadi Building-Art Deco Gem

I have missed this building every-time I visit Havana, but this time I made sure I saw it. Unfortunately we could only get into the lobby but what a lobby it was.

Bacardi Building (Havana)

History:

The building was designed by architects Rafael Fernández Ruenes, Esteban Rodríguez Castell and José Menéndez, for the Bacardi rum company. The art deco landmark was completed in 1930 and was at the time the largest building in the city.

After the Cuban revolution and the departure of Bacardi from Cuba, the building continued to be used for offices. At the end of the 1990s it was renovated by the city historian’s office (source).

Bacardi Building (Havana)

Bacardi Building (Havana)

Bacardi Building (Havana)

Bacardi Building (Havana)

Look at those Elevators! Oh Wow!

Bacardi Building (Havana)

Bacardi Building (Havana)

I have shown this image before but I still love this sign.

Havana, Cuba 1950s Floridita Sign

La Moderna Poesia: Owned by the López Serrano family–who evidently had a preference for Art Deco–this bookstore has been the “insignia” bookstore of the city (Source).

Havana, Cuba Art Deco building

We took time to check out the Havana Club Museum. It was a fun little tour and perfect for when the weather is crummy (which it was that day).

Havana Club Museum-Havana, Cuba

I managed to capture this beautiful sunset over Havana after the rain went away.

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On one of the days we decided to take a walk along the Malecon towards Vedado an area of Havana we have never seen and holds such famous structures like the Hotel Nacional De Cuba.

The walk ended up taking us 40 minutes in 30 degree heat and was really dumb to do because we were dying of thirst and realized later on our way home that a cab was 8 minutes for like $4Cdn (oops!), BUT worth it once we arrived!

The Malecón Havana, Cuba
The Malecón, Havana’s evocative 8km-long sea drive

Then the Hotel appeared before us….on a hill (Just fantastic).

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

But we made it up the hill and boy were we in for a real treat.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Brief History of the Hotel:

  • Opened December 30th, 1930.
  • Famous Guests:  Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mickey Mantle, Buster Keaton, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando and Ernest Hemingway. Plus: Winston Churchill and the Duke & Duchess of Windsor.
  • December 1946 the hotel hosted the Havana Conference, an infamous mob summit run by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Francis Ford Coppola memorably dramatized the conference in his film The Godfather Part II.
  • In 1956, singer Nat King Cole was contracted to perform in Cuba and wanted to stay at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba but was not allowed to because he was black. Cole honored his contract, and the concert at the Tropicana was a huge success. The following year, he returned to Cuba for another concert, singing many songs in Spanish. There is now a tribute to him in the form of a bust and a jukebox in the Hotel Nacional.
  • In the 1950s a casino and club were added onto the Hotel and were a huge success.
  • After the Revolution, the hotel manly housed visiting diplomats and foreign government officials. In the 90s when Cuba opened it’s doors to tourism the hotel was restored and even though has not returned to its former glory is still is a fantastic piece of history (Source).
Lobby of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Lobby of the Hotel

More cool elevators. I love that in many old hotels the elevators have some of the best details.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

We then ventured outside for a drink, cigar and some people watching.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Back of the hotel facing the sea.

 

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Did you know that the hotel style of the Famous Breakers in Palm Beach was influenced by the Hotel Nacional?

The Nacional and then below is the Breakers. See the resemblance?

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Breakers Hotel Palm Beach

Look a Canada Car!

Havana, Cuba

After we had our drink and our break we started to wander the area called Vedado.

Vedado is very different from Old Havana, as it’s a central business district and an urban neighborhood and a great way to see Havana outside of the traditional tourist area. There are tons of things to do including great restaurants, bars and sites. We really liked this area and will go back to finish exploring in the near future.

Vedado, Havana, Cuba

One of the buildings I wanted to see was FOCSA Building– The Tallest Building in Cuba.

It is considered one of the seven wonders of Cuban civil engineering. Its construction took about 2 years and 4 months. At completion in 1956 it was considered a national sensation due to its modern technology and it signalled the start of a wave of construction of tall buildings in Havana.

In an era when concrete construction of buildings more than 18 storeys tall was considered unaffordable, the FOCSA was only the second project of its kind in the world (Source).

FOCSA Building Cuba

Next up the famous Coppelia in Havana. The Coppelia is an ice cream chain with the one in Havana being the largest Ice Cream Parlor in the world, holding 1000 guests.

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Cuba

The Lineups are long for the ice cream here and when we got there, they were lined up for miles. Then I remembered a tip for from a travel book I read that there was a “tourist section” where you pay more than the Cubans but the lineups are short. We chose to go that route.

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Cuba

And here is the ice cream…yummy.

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor Cuba

After we got our chill on we decided to walk the neighbourhood because I read there was some large mansions and wonderful architecture in the area, and we were not disappointed.

Vedado, Havana, Cuba Mansion

Vedado, Havana, Cuba Mansion

This movie theatre sign is fantastic!

Vedado, Havana, Cuba Mansion

Vedado, Havana, Cuba Mansion

 Hotel Roc Presidente Havana
Hotel Presidente

Jose Marti Parque Stadium

Jose Marti Parque Stadium-Havana

Havana, Cuba Building

After that long day, we just headed back to the hotel in Old Havana and had a chill night checking out a new restaurant and listening to some music.

On the last day we wandered the streets and took our time taking in what a beautiful city Havana truly is and discussed when we would come back (hopefully sooner then later)

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba vintage cars

I hope you enjoyed my new round of never seen photos of Havana and maybe this go around I convinced you to now visit or check out never seen before sites in the city.

Happy Travels! And if you want to see some of my other Cuba posts check them out HERE.

Liz 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! The Vintage Inn’s 2015 Year in Review

What a year this has been and how fast it has gone as well. I literally feel like I just started 2015 and now it’s coming to an end. Well the one thing I do know is that 2015 was a busy and fun year and I would love to share with you some of the adventures I got into with you. Here is my 2015 in review.

January: Every year I attend a big German Karneval (mardi gras) function called GAMGA in Las Vegas. It’s 2 days of costume parties, after parties and then a big Gala. It’s super fun and something I have been doing with my parents since I was a kid.

German Mardi Gras in United States

February: I was lucky to be able to attend the premier of the 1940s new Canadian TV show called ‘X Company‘. I have never been part of a premier and it was a cool experience and we even got to meet the host of the event and get our pictures taken with the cast and producers.

X Company TV Show Premier in Toronto

I attend a 1920s Speakeasy party at the famous and beautiful Palais Royale in Toronto.

1920s Speakeasy Party at Palais Royale Toronto

AND I traveled to Seattle, Washington for a long weekend to visit a good friends parents and see uber cool Seattle. I did a blog post all about it HERE.

Seattle Washington first starbucks
In front of the first Starbucks

March: I did nothing really blog post worthy. WHAT?? lol

April: VIVA Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend! I did several posts on that big adventure which can be found HERE.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 18

May: Vintage Spectacular Dance with the GTA Swing Band. This was a super night of dancing, dressing up and great Big Band Music. The image below is some of the lovely ladies of TVS and the lead singer of the Band (she is soooo good).

vintage spectacular dance

I was very lucky to be part of a cool experience in May with a favorite Rockabilly band in Toronto called “The Millwinders“. Myself and few friends were filmed dancing in front of a green screen for use for future videos. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.

1950s vintage style
Credit: Kahlil Heslop

Lastly Toronto Lindy Hop (that I’m part of) put on a full weekend of Lindy hop, classes, history lessons and live music dances all weekend long called ‘Toronto World Lindy Hop Day’. I played host and it was such a good weekend 🙂

The images below are with 2 living legends in the Lindy Hop World. Chazz Young the son of one of the founders of Lindy Hop-Frankie Manning (and a talent as well) AND Dawn Hampton the Queen of the Cabaret and a little firecracker (her image is on the shirts we are wearing).

Dawn Hampton and Frankie Manning toronto lindy hop

Summer (June, July and August): I did a full blog post on all the events I attended (tiki party, UK Adventure, Horse race event plus much more), so check that out HERE.

hats and horseshoe event 2015 woodbine racetrack

September: Weekend visit to Havana, Cuba

This was not my first visit to Havana, but this was definitely the first time I visited areas outside of the Old part and it was fantastic. I still have to do a blog post on all the new things I saw but for now here is a collage of some of the highlights.

Havana Cuba

October: Halloween and a friend’s Wedding Reception Toga Party (yes a toga party). For Halloween the hubby and I went as Amazing Race Contestants. The outfits were big hits.

Amazing race costume idea

Toga Party!

toga party costume ideas

November: Swing Out To Victory’. Once again I helped my friend Dean with hosting duties as a third of the beautiful “Dominion Belles”.

Swing out to Victory-1940s vintage outfits
Credit: Kahlil Heslop

The throwing of the candies 🙂

Swing out to Victory-1940s vintage outfits
Credit: Kahlil Heslop

Here I am with 2 friends from the Toronto Vintage Society. Both created their outfits from scratch and Joy on the left, won the best dressed because she recreated the “Swing Time” outfit from the movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Toronto Vintage Society Swing out To Victory

Opening of Toronto’s first ‘Shameful Tiki Room‘ (literally around the corner from my apartment). Now one of my local hangouts.

Opening of Shameful Tiki Room Toronto

The official Tiki mug for Shameful. Very Canadian with the Beaver 🙂

Shameful Tiki Room Toronto

I dj’d my first Rock N Roll social dance night for my friends 50s dance studio ‘Soda Pop Hop‘. Such a fun night!

Soda Pop Hop Social Dance Night. Rock N Roll dancing

December: Toronto Vintage Society annual Kitschmas Party. I played host once again at the party and it was another huge success. Here are the winners of the title of Kitschmas King and Queen. Make sure you check out the blog called “Flipsville” because she made these outfits!

Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Party

And that my friends is a general overview of my 2015 year. I hope you had a wonderful year and I wish all of you a Happy 2016! Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting and just being wonderful readers, I love and appreciate each and everyone of you.

Liz 🙂

 

 

10 Awesome Christmas Kitschy Craft Ideas

So I have decided that this year for the Holiday’s I’m going to try to be more crafty. I want to fill my home and my life with things I have made, even if they look like they were created by a 2-year-old (I seriously am terrible with the technical side of things). I will try though and maybe even post some of my ventures here or on Instagram…maybe (see note above lol).

1950s image of a girl drawing

Lets get Crafty!

1. How to make a Felt Holly Corsage by Martha Stewart. I love this idea and it would be perfect for the Toronto Vintage Society Kitschmas Party.

Felt Holy Pin-Martha Stewart
Source: Martha Stewart

2. How to make Winter Village Jars/or Kitschy Christmas Scenes.

My friend Jacquie created these last year and I am madly in love with them and would love to recreate one for myself. Unfortunately this year I dropped the ball on it as I have no vintage Christmas decor to use, but I will start collecting for next year.

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Source: eclecticallyvintage

3. Here is another one: ‘Car in Jar Snow Globe‘.

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Source: It all started with paint

4. Pastel Christmas Bottlebrush Trees by Saturday Finds

pink bottlebrush trees
Source: Saturday Finds

5 & 6. Another Bottlebrush Tree Craft idea PLUS Snowfall Garland & Snowball Lights (love this!) by Mod Vintage Life.

snowfall garland craft
Source: Mod Vintage Life
snowball_lights craft
Source: Mod Vintage Life

7. Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath by Retro Renovation

Kitshy Ornament Wreath
Source: Retro Renovation

8. Festive Felt Trees by Allsorts Makery. I love how colourful these are.

Festive Felt Trees

9. Christmas Garland by Creative Breathing-This one has multiple steps but I was really intrigued with just one part, the skate pictured below.

felt skate ornament
Source: Creative Breathing

Here is the full garland if you are feeling really crafty.

Holiday Vintage Felt Garland
Source: Creative Breathing

10. Now this is cool! Twinkle Lights Shadow Box by The Glamorous Housewife

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Lastly, Fellow blogger Brittany at Va-Voom Vintage has actually written an E-Book on Kitschmas Crafting which you can purchase HERE. Fantastic! More Kitschmas Crafting for everyone!!

kitschmas crafting with va voom vintage retro christmas crafts tutorials ebook

So I have been thinking…can someone make all of these for me instead? lol! Happy Crafting..everyone else.

Liz 🙂

 

Halloween-The Vintage Roundup Party!

Nobody can avoid the fact that this Saturday is Halloween! How fun! I love this holiday as I know many of you do as well. My husband and I are going out with some friends to a party and I can’t wait to see what everyone is wearing (follow me on Instagram to see what my costume is this year).

For today’s post, I decided to do a post with a mishmash of Halloween “things” to get you in the spirit of the day and maybe possibly help you out with last-minute ideas on whatever you’re looking for.

Let the Halloween Roundup Party Begin!

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Source: vickielester

 

First up, every vintage Halloween loving gal (or guy) needs a broom brooch. This is not yet a pin but with one quick fix that can change.

2 vintage witches brooms 1950s Halloween
Source: Etsy-ifoundgallery

Brooms not your thing. How about black cats with hats?

1950s vintage halloween brooch
1950s Brooch. Source: Etsy-greencat00

Everywhere you look Halloween advertising is all around you, here is a small selection of some vintage ones I found.

(p.s. last year I did a post on vintage Halloween candy advertising HERE).

Hanes Stocking Nylons vintage halloween ad 1946

vintage 1950s shoe ad halloween
Source: Pinterest

Spunlo ad 1950s halloween

Vintage Halloween Cards. Do you send Halloween cards to friends and family? I know I don’t and I don’t believe I have ever received one either.

1945 halloween card
1940s Card. Source: Flickr-Allison Marchant

How cute is this card? NOW I want to send one to my friends.

1950s vintage halloween card
Source: Pinterest

And one more.

1950s halloween vintage greeting card
Source: Pinterest

Leave it up to the Saturday Evening Post to give you the warm and fuzzies, even during the scariest time of the year.

Halloween Saturday Evening Post 1934
Source: flickr-Paul Malon

I really wish the below pamphlet was intact as I would have loved to have heard the suggestions on how to run a successful 1946 Halloween party.

1940s front cover image of pamphlet for how to run a halloween party
Source: forces of geek

Here is a fantastic image from the 1940s on what could be found in a store around Halloween to help decorate for your party. Not too much has changed has it?

1940s Halloween party store image
Source: Archive Photos on Getty Images

Looking for that perfect vintage item for you Halloween party today? How about this 1950’s Paper Jack O Lantern that is double-faced and can shine from either side. COOL!

1950's Paper Jack O Lantern - Vintage Slot & Tab Pumpkin Die Cut Decoration by Dolly Toy Co.
Source: Etsy-RyokosVintiques
1950's Paper Jack O Lantern
Source: Etsy-RyokosVintiques

Need some Halloween Costume ideas? Inspiration from 1924.

1924 Halloween costume ideas
Source: Witness 2 Fashion Blog

In the 1930s you could have gone as a Gypsy. Still a great option even for today.

1930s gypsy costume pattern
Source: Flickr-Allison Marchant

I just adore all of these Spanish style costume ideas from the 1940s.

1940s spanish halloween costume pattern
Source: Pinterest

And of course you cannot expect Liz the lover of Vintage images to not share a couple of gems I found, so here they are (they are good ones).

1950s halloween vintage image
Source: fishki

Winner for the best pumpkin…THIS FAMILY!

vintage halloween party image

And with that image we have come to the end of the Halloween Roundup Party because I have to run off and finish my costume. Enjoy your Halloween friends!

But one last item..Question Time: Will you be going out for Halloween? And if so as what?

Halloween Vintage Inn
Mini collage of some of the Halloweens gone by

Liz 🙂

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans: The Memories

I don’t blog that much about my favorite dance “The Lindy Hop“, but for today’s post I want to share with you an event that is close to my heart-ULHS…The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans. And why today? Well this weekend marks the very last time this event will run, as the organizer is hanging up her hat (after 14 years) and letting it become a slightly different event called the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

What was ULHS? Well simply, it was a weekend in New Orleans (birthplace of Jazz) that featured Lindy Hop Dance competitions, Live New Orleans music, jazz club dance crawls, Second Line Parades, cool vintage buildings for dance venues and so much dancing! It was pure magic and one of the best events I have every attended.

Check out this AMAZING Video created for its 10th Anniversary that features outstanding Lindy Hop and takes you from its original start in Minneapolis to its final stop in New Orleans (seriously..watch this video).

Now for today’s blog I wanted to fill it up with pictures and some videos of the weekends I attended (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) to create one big I LOVE ULHS post.

Let’s Begin…

New Orleans

New Orleans Street Sign
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Outside of Anne Rices Old House (I think it was lol)

We ate at so many yummy restaurants, like our favorite Coop’s.

Coop's New Orleans

And another favorite of ours “Yo Mama’s” even at one point had a very interestingly placed pole in their dining room (it sadly is behind a wall now).

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

Yo Mama's New Orleans

The Music and Second Line Parades

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

The Competitions & the Dancing

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Some Toronto dancer friends
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: d.tom

In 2009 at my first ULHS I was able to dance in the WW2 museum in the city. Simply..Amazing.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

The Fun-Ohhh the fun! I was lucky that every time I went to this event, many of my Swing Dancing friends were attending as well so it always turned into a good party. Here a collection of some of those images.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans is always a party and you just never know who might grab you to dance.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
At Yo Mama’s (after the pole was put behind the wall)

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

We even were able to dance on a historic Paddlewheeler-The Creole Queen one year.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans
Drinking out of a Fishbowl is a must in NOLA

My husband always manages to get in all the photos with the pretty ladies haha 🙂

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: d.tom

My turn with all the handsome men…man…and ummm…..

New Orleans
Never a dull moment in New Orleans

Love this photo. Taking a break at a super outdoor market on Frenchmen street with a dear friend.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Big Canadian Photo of us all at ULHS

I’m going to end my post with a video from one of the late night dances on Bourbon Street in 2009. The band is the fantastic Loose Marbles at the bar Fritzels.

Thanks for the fun Amy Johnson and Team!

Question Time: Have you been to New Orleans? Or maybe you attended ULHS yourself and if so how was your experience?

Liz 🙂

 

 

Bye Bye Summer-Highlights Of My Summer Adventures

Well it’s officially..summer is over here in North America and I just heard on the radio that I’m in for a cold cold winter. Wonderful. So before this hits I wanted to look back and remember all the fun times I had before I’m crying in my bed to make the cold and snow disappear (I’m becoming a wimpy Canadian).

1930s vintage swimsuits image

My summer started off with my big trip to Glasgow, Scotland, UK to visit my husband’s family and then London,UK to visit friends and do some site-seeing (I have never been). It was a fantastic trip and I’m eager to go back and see all the things I missed (In both cities).

Glasgow & Loch Lomond (area)

Vintage Inn Travels to Scotland
Highlights of Scotland

London

Vintage Inn Travels to London England
Highlights of London

Hats and Horseshoes at Woodbine Racetrack for the Queens Plate.

Hats and Horseshoes at Woodbine Racetrack 2015
Some of the Ladies of the Toronto Vintage Society in our Best Hats.

Me and the Parents! Don’t they clean up nice? My mom is wearing Stop Staring and my Dad is wearing a vintage jacket he purchased at VIVA.

Hats and Horseshoes at Woodbine Racetrack 2015

I attended a full weekend of German Heritage fun at Germanfest in Milwaukee where I was in my glory. Beers, German Bands and Beers 🙂

Germanfest Milwaukee 2015

Toronto Vintage Society held our annual Pinup Picnic in the Park.

(Note: I was kind of obsessed with my new Vivien of Holloway dress and you will see it again in this post..sorry! lol)

Toronto Vintage society pinup picnic

I spent a weekend with a bunch of Swing Dancers in cabins up north called ‘Lindystock’ run by Toronto Lindy Hop (that I do the Social Media for). I had so much fun! We swam, we played games, we did a bit of drinking, had campfires and just hung out. I wore no makeup all weekend, did not do my hair and I was super happy.

Lindystock 2015 Toronto Lindy Hop

Toronto was lucky this year to play host to the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games. My husband and I saw Squash at the Pan Am and took my nephew to see Wheelchair Basketball at the Parapan am. Coolest experience ever!

Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games Toronto

Toronto Vintage Society along with the Gladstone Hotel held a “Vintage Night Market”. 

Toronto Vintage society at the Gladstone
Some of the TVS Ladies with our wears we were selling

Even though we could not attend the Rosie the Riveter Guinness Book of World Records Event in California, we held our own mini version right here in Toronto.

Rosie the Riveter Toronto

For the first time ever I finally got to visit the East Coast of Canada-Nova Scotia to be exact. It was a short trip for a wedding (and I will be back) but it was so much fun!

Peggy Cove Nova Scotia and around
Some of the highlights of my visit.

Lastly the summer ended with the Toronto Vintage Society Annual Tiki Party. I played host again at the event of the summer and it was simply..awesome. Such good memories.

Tiki Lani Lanai Toronto Vintage society party
Some highlights of the night.

And here is a mishmash of all the other events I attended.

Toronto Vintage society summer highlights
Blue Jays Game, Hotel Event, Wedding Photo Booth

Did you have a good summer?

Happy Fall!

Liz 🙂