Wednesday, April 30, 2014

VINTAGE SNOW BIRDS!!! Part 1 - Cabana Bay Beach Resort Orlando, FL

I think we can all agree that after this particularly wintery winter...we all deserve a break!


We had been following the progress of Universal Studio Orlando's Cabana Bay Beach Resort which opened earlier this year in in Orlando, Florida (and we Canadians love Florida!)  So I "took one for the team" (LOL) and ventured off on a last minute (much needed) vacation. I booked in time to take advantage of their opening rates and to check out just how retro they really are!

"Experience Universal Orlando ® newest and largest hotel, the retro-themed Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort! This moderate and value priced property will offer guests their choice of family suites complete with kitchenettes, or standard rooms, plus a wealth of recreation. With two huge pools, a lazy river, bowling alley, and more, it’s unforgettable family fun at a great value, right in the heart of Universal Orlando’s theme parks and non-stop nightlife."

The hotel lived up to my expectations and surpassed them! I was enthralled with every detail and corner...

Everything was pretty breathtaking at night too!

Getting fed and watered was achieved with ease...

(pretty awesome weirdo burn lines!)

The amenities kept us occupied when we couldn't handle any more sun...

And then of course there is Universal's City Walk, 
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure...

(Just so that I am VERY clear - Butterbeer is AMAZING!)

The only down side was the employees lack of vintage/retro knowledge. I believe they marvelled at their surroundings, but had know idea how amazing and vast the whole theme/history can be. Maybe once they are open a little longer they will come to understand that not everyone sporting a little vintage looks like Marilyn!

Despite the stares (I am sure they were suppressing the need to ask me for directions around the facilities!)...I thoroughly enjoyed my multiple costume changes throughout the day!
Sky and Navy Blue Flower Dress (Village Style Vintage) // Coral Red Novelty BBQ Sun Dress (Bernie Dexter/ModCloth) // Technicolor Bowling Dress (Stella Luna Vintage) // Aqua Blue and Bright Green Watercolour Floral Day Dress (Stella Luna Vintage) // Primary Floral Swim and Playsuit (69 Vintage) // Aqua Striped Bathing Suit (ModCloth) // Purple Sun Dress (Lulu & Lolie Vintage) // Navy Novelty Nautical Swing Skirt (thrifted) // Orange and Pink Hawaiian Maxi Dress (Swanky Selections Vintage) // light blue and Green Swim Dress with Matching Head Scarf (Gadabout Vintage) Enid Collins Wise Guy Purse (Etsy)

I think this resort is the perfect background for a retro weekend event - a little Beach Blanket Bingo maybe??!  

If we planned it...would you JOIN US??

Up next...Part 2 of "VINTAGE SNOW BIRDS" Liz from the blog The Vintage Inn brings us a review of Viva Las Vegas 2014 and it's Canadian presence!  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Your VINTAGE WEEKEND Roundup! April 24-27!

7pm - Roustabout Revue at Lula Lounge
7.30p - Abilgail's Party at theatre pass Muraille

8pm - Bouffant Babies with DJ Misty Rock n Roll at The Painted Lady
8pm - Live Blues and Dancing at The Monarch Pub
8pm - Beverly Taft meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra at Jazz Bistro
9pm - Doghouse Rose and Hellbound Hepcats at Cherry Cola's Rock 'n' Rolla Cabaret & Lounge
10p - Tiki Thursday at Sweaty Betty's

5pm - Ronnie Hayward at Castro's Lounge
6pm - Meanwhile back at the office at High Society Cabaret
6pm - Rockabilly with DJ Catwoman, 100.3FM
7.30p - Abilgail's Party at Theatre Passe Muraille
8pm - Toronto Swing Dance Society Friday Night Dance at Lithuanian Hall
8pm - Friday Night Blues on Yonge at The Hive
8pm - Beverly Taft meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra at Jazz Bistro
9pm - Record Party at Castro's Lounge
10pm - Foxtrot at The Garrison
10pm - Shindig! at The Piston

10am - PHSC Photographic Historical Society of Canada: Looking at Canada at AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
3pm - Vinyl from the Crypt 89.5FM
4pm - Whisky Bath at Duffy's Tavern
4pm - Ronnie Hayward at Mcqueen's pub
4:30p - Happy Pals at Grossman's Tavern
6pm - Meanwhile back at the office at High Society Cabaret
7pm - The Wonder of Elvis at The Riverview Room (Mississauga)
7pm - Saturday Night Swing at Dovercourt House
7.30p - Abilgail's Party at theatre pass Muraille
9pm - The Royal Crowns at The Dakota Tavern
9pm - Beverly Taft meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra at Jazz bistro
10pm - Mojo Workout at The Yukon
10pm - Shake, Rattle and Roll with Bangs & Blush at Clintons
10pm - Shake-A-Tail at Sneaky Dee's

6am - Sunday Antique Market at St Lawrence Market
10pm - PHSC Annual Show at North York Central Library
11am - Rockabilly Brunch with Alistair Christl at Dominion On Queen
3pm - Cuppa Teas: High Tea and Burlesque at ROUND venue
4pm - New Orleans Connection All Stars at Grossman's Tavern
7pm - Don Francks at Jazz Bistro
9pm - Watch This Sound at Castro's Lounge
9pm - Sinful Sundays at Cherry Cola's

As always...please forward on any other event information!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Swing Fever, MAD MEN and Vintage Crawling - Teaser pics from TVS recent activity!

DISCLAIMER: The following pictures will: make you want to join our Meetup, try new vintage inspired things, meet new amazing people, give you an excuse to wear all your vintage...and consequentially make you have fun!

MAD MEN Season Premier Party

Stay tuned for the rest of our pictures and details about these great events!