Hey ho…so, last weekend, Nashville was host to a real, live rockabilly weekender-type event at Gaylord Opryland Resort. The Nashville Boogie kicked off it’s first year in style, and the Mister and I were excited to go. Well, I was mostly in it for the shopping and people-watching, and the Mister was in it because he is pleased anytime his wife wants to voluntarily leave the house and do something social. (I am kind of a hermit, it’s true. At least compared to the Mister, who is a huge extrovert.)
We skipped the Thursday pre-party, but on Friday we arrived in time to have dinner at the Jack Daniels restaurant at the resort (it was meh–FYI, their hot chicken is not the same as actual hot chicken. Go to Prince’s for real Nashville hot chicken.) and hit the vendor booths before watching the Frantic Rockers and later, Big Sandy, perform. I carried one of my favorite Enid Collins bags, and wore a custom NudeeDudee shirt made from vintage fabric. It was fun to dress to the western theme of the event! The vendor area was nice and spacious and there were no crowds to fight on Friday, so I had a great time shopping. I ended up with two vintage cardigans and a pair of denim cigarette pants from Billie Jo Retro.I ran into Ashley of Lisa Fremont Street blog and YouTube fame…she looked gorgeous (as usual!) in a beautiful green Whirling Turban dress. She created some special Boogie-inspired hairstyling tutorials in honor of the event, which you can find on her You Tube channel here. I’m hairstyling-challenged, but Ashley is a talented lady who makes it look easy!
Local vendors included Sabrosa Vintage, an awesome collection of curated ladies and men’s clothing and accessories by a former co-worker of mine from the estate sale business. This booth looked great! Hang the Moon vintage consignment had a really nice-looking booth, as well. There was really good representation by local folks…Closet Case Vintage and Katy K designs were there, as well. After the vendor booths, we watched the music but I didn’t take any pictures.
So, here is what I wore on Saturday. We went to the car show in the afternoon…there were lots of really great cars to see–it was an indoor event and the car show area was packed with vehicles from TN car clubs and beyond. Here’s the Mister goofing around by a vintage police car, pretending he’s being arrested.The hood ornament on this shiny green car was beautiful. My outfit is another NudeeDudee custom…the boots are my mother’s from the 1960’s, and the tooled leather belt and handbag are vintage from the flea market.
While the Mister and I were trying to find the outdoor portion of the car show, we ran into Dollie DeVille…I’m a longtime fan of her blog, The Rockabilly Socialite. She was just lovely, and very gracious to let me snap a photo with her. I’m usually very reticent to approach people who are well-known, but I promised myself that if I ran into her, I would be brave. Mission accomplished!
The fashion show was next on our agenda…local designer/bartender Riley Reed put together a really nice event featuring a really beautiful assortment of western wear. Here is another local gal, boutique owner/singer Tanya Montana Coe modeling a beautiful dress by Manuel. This photo isn’t the best but if you look under #nashvilleboogie on Instagram, you will find lots of great shots of all of the fashion show outfits. My poor old IPhone camera did not do this event justice, so do go to Instagram…the clothes were spectacular. Next up was the Pin-Up Beauty Pageant, and here I am with the winner, Miss Britty Leigh. She did a great job and was super-cute. I hope she enjoys her title and has fun with it!
I changed into this vintage repro dress for dinner…my handbag is another Enid Collins. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant in one of the beautiful atrium areas at the resort. The food was average but the atmosphere was great…in my opinion, this is an excellent venue for the Nashville Boogie–and it can accommodate the growth that it will hopefully have in years to come!
All in all, I was very impressed with the promotional work that was done for the event, and the event organization and staffing…it was very well-done. Kudos to Muddy Rootsfor a great event…we will see you next year!