VLV17 – Photos Round 2

Hi new friends!

Yesterday was the BIGGEST day I have ever had on my blog! Thanks for stopping by – you made my week (year, month, what HAVE you)

Here is the final installment of my VIVA photos (here is round 1) and in appreciation for you taking your time to look over here I am giving away a print of your choice. You do not have to take a print of a STRANGER – I have more arty farty things to choose from over at my photo site susiedelaney.com.

To throw your hat in the drawing just subscribe to my little blog over there on the right —> (somewhere on the right anyways)

All new subscriber names from now until next Wednesday will be thrown in a hat and I will make my DAD choose. I will contact you and you can pic what photo you would like. I will still like you if you DON’T SUBSCRIBE, I am just not gonna give you a present.

Here are the photos – have I told you how much I like you?

Please come back and see me – and don’t forget to subscribe to enter my contest!

Recognize some of these friends? Go give them a visit too!



Charles Phoenix

Viva17 – I LIVED

Sort of.

I did make it back in one piece. I never puked. I didn’t rip any vintage. I got some dancing in. I only bought one dress.

This all seems like I was on the winning team for sure. Viva is damn exhausting. I will say the best part about it was meeting and talking to new people. I made so many new friends it was like summer camp (without the creepy Christian Rock songs) The food was just as bad.

I didn’t totally follow the Survival Guide – and got struck down with an epic Migraine. My girl Ruby left the car show early to TAKE CARE OF ME. She is all sorts of amazing.  So: more naps, more water, more booze for next year. People TOTALLY annoyed me. Damn, I should have listened to Sonia.

I finally manned up and started to carry the beast master (my camera) around and that really turned the weekend around for me. Taking portraits makes my day. My game plan for next year is to buy a MUCH LIGHTER camera bag, and just constantly shoot. Shoot PHOTOS until my arms fall off.

This post is just pretty much going to be all photos – and if you follow my Instagram (you better be following me) you have already seen a few of these shots. I will try not to repeat any (until the Viva Vol 2 post!)

On with the show!



I will post the rest tomorrow!


• Best/Worst part of Viva

• Favorite Viva outfit, worn OR seen

• Next Years Viva Gameplan




•Did you go to Viva?

• If so, why did

5 Quick Tips to an Extremely Enjoyable Viva Las Vegas 2014

Hey Friends! We have a GUEST POST today!!!
Bittersweet Susie | Tips for VIVA Las Vegas
I know a lot of you are getting ready for VIVA – Millions of outfit changes, training for those all night record hops, conditioning your livers for the WORST! My rad pal Sonia has crafted a handy little guide of things learned from last year’s trip out there.
Heed the warnings people, she know’s what she is talking about!

Hiya beautiful Viva Las Vegas Festival goers! I have a few lessons learned and tips that I (and 3 of my lovely friends) collected last year that I want to share with you to make sure that you all have the best time at this year’s event.

1. If you’re gonna drink, get drunk. If you drink too little, you’re just going to get annoyed at everyone and everything around you. If you drink too much, you might just end up with a friend under one arm dragging you along with your shoes in one hand. No shoes? Not cool. Stay classy! 
2. Don’t take a nap unless you set an alarm. You will most likely miss the dance class you were going to attend, or a band you oh so wanted to see.
3. Bring one (maternity) outfit for the bloats, or you’ll feel like you’re wearing pants to the promThere’s lots of drinking, eating, and other bloat inducing shenanigans (2 hours of sleep, maybe?). Bring a stretchy waist dress (for the ladies), and pants a size too big (for the men), because going to the ballroom in your stretchy waist pajamas is just embarrassing.
4. On finding your viva boyfriend/girlfriend. You can’t force the extremely short term relationship! Get it while it’s hot, and move onto the next super hot rockabilly distraction, just in the same way he/she will move on. Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Let it go. P.S. Boys, kissy noises as we ladies walk by does NOT turn us on. You’re pushing us away. Quit it.
5. Keep it together and stay up ALL night. Ladies., make sure your lipstick is in place and not smudged across your face from the last sloppy kiss you may have received during a dip on the last note of a swinging rock song. ‘Get it together! You’re drunk. I’m taking you to bed,’ a friend told me at a previous festival. There was no way I was going to bed at midnight. It’s only one weekend of your life. Party it up and save sleep for home, where it belongs. 
– Sonia
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Bittersweet Susie | Guide to VIVA Las Vegas

Our VLV16 Lessons Learned ThinkTank Group (I’m 2nd from right)



• Are you going to VIVA?

• How many outfits are you bringing?

• Favorite band that’s playing?

• Do you wanna hang out with me there? (SAY YES)

Come On I Wanna Lei Ya!

Hi Everyone! I got some feedback from many FRIENDS that they loved my recent back from Hawaii playlist – but missed some CRUCIAL songs. My bad! I hope this Vol 2 can make up for it. I am sure there are many favorites still not included – so LET ME KNOW. We can make this a trilogy of playlists.

Let’s have a multi-volume set, shall we?

Come On I Wanna Lei Ya!

  1. Tommy Sands – Hawaiian Rock
  2. Ray Conniff – The Hukilau Song
  3. Annette Funicello – Pineapple Princess
  4. Don Ho – Tiny Bubbles
  5. Gabby Pahinui – Hi’ilawe
  6. Harry Belafonte – Done Laid Around – a/k/a Gotta Travel On
  7. Jimmy C. Newman – Bop-A-Hula
  8. Smokey Joe Baugh – Hula Bop
  9. Emilie Lambert – Le Hula Bop
  10. Tom Moffat – Rock Along
  11. Art Davis – Hawaiian Boogie
  12. Annette Funichello – Waikiki
  13. Buddy Knox – Hula Love
  14. Don Ho – E Le Ka Lei Lei (Beach Party Song) – Remastered
  15. Connie Francis – Blue Hawaii Stereo
  16. Bill Haley – Me Rock-A-Love
  17. Jay Epae – Putti Putti
  18. Les Paul – Hawaiian Paradise
  19. Fats Waller – Why Do Hawaiians Sing Aloha? – Remastered
  20. Elvis Presley – Moonlight Swim
  21. Louis Jordan – Run Joe
  22. Gabby Pahinui – Hula Medley
  23. Moana Serenaders – On The Beach At Waikiki
  24. Alfred Apaka – Makalapua
  25. The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders – Blue Lei
  26. King Oliver And His Orchestra – Everybody Does It In Hawaii
  27. Ray Kinney With Dick Mc Intire – My Hula Lady
  28. Eddie Bush`S Biltmore Trio – My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii
  29. Andy Iona – Maui Girl
  30. Frances Langford With Dick Mc Intire – In Waikiki
  31. Harry Belafonte – Coconut Woman
  32. Sol Hoopi – I Like You
  33. Hawaiian Serenaders – Honolulu Stomp
  34. Annie Kerr – I’ve Gone Native Now – The 1930’s

Friends in SO Cal are enjoying some early summer weather – so put this on and bask in that summer warmth.

A little sun kissed glow looks SO GOOD on you friend. I like it!


• Shut up it’s friday – NO HOMEWORK 

Aloha ‘Oe

Hello everybody!

I had not realized how long it has been since my last post. I have so much to tell you, maybe.

I have been on some adventures since we last spoke. I hope I can remember all the details in my advancing age long enough to tell you the details. I cannot make you any promises.

I got to go to Maui with my folks in March. It was swell and I miss it so.

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Thoughts on my vacation:

It mostly rained.

I read 3 books.

Maui smells better than any other place on earth.

I love all things coconut. Mumus are the greatest fashion invention EVER.

I wish I was going back tomorrow.

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui
Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pancakes – I ATE IT ALL

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Vintage Surfer Chicks

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Stormy Weather

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

We found the ONLY yarn on the island – Maui yarns.

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui

I made you a mix – maybe we can listen to it together and wish ourselves there.


  1. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – Beneath Hawaiian Palms
  2. Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders – My Little Grass Shack
  3. Tau Moe – Hilo Hattie
  4. Andy Cummings – Get Hep To Swing
  5. Andy Iona & His Islanders – Maui Girl
  6. Bing Crosby – A Palace in Paradise
  7. Dick McIntire & His Harmony Hawaiians – Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu_Wai
  8. Buddy Fo And The Invitations – Malia My Tita
  9. Felix Mendelssohn And His Hawaiian Serenaders – I Got Rhythm
  10. Elvis Presley – Blue Hawaii
  11. Hoot Gibson – Mai Givee (Don’t Give It Away)
  12. Jimmie Rodgers – Everybody Does It in Hawaii
  13. The Kahalas – Hawaiian Twist
  14. Alfred Apaka – Princess Poo-Poo-ly Has Plenty Papaya
  15. Kilima Hawaiians – Hula Rhythme
  16. Mel Peterson – E Naughty Naughty Mai Nei
  17. Lena Machado – Ho’onanea – 1935
  18. Bernie Kaai And His Hawaiians – Steel Guitar Boogie
  19. Louis Armstrong – To You, Sweetheart, Aloha
  20. Linda Dela Cruz – Ke ‘Ala Ka’u I Honi
  21. Georgia Jumpers – Ukulele Benny
  22. Hilo Hattie – When Hilo Hattie Does the Hilo Hop
  23. Mel Peterson – You’re At a Luau Now
  24. Randy Oness’ Select Hawaiian Serenaders – My Honolulu Tomboy
  25. Roy Smeck – Bugle Call Rag
  26. Louis Armstrong – On a Cononut Island
  27. The Surfers – Mauna Wili Hula
  28. Arthur Lyman – Hiilawe
  29. Elvis Presley – Hawaiian Sunset
  30. The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders – I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars for You


Bittersweet Susie | Goes to Maui


• Favorite tropical tune?

• Favorite coconut product or recipe?

• Go to Maui with me – How does next week work for you?




Stitchin’ & Bitchin’

I friends – I know I’ve been gone so long. I hadn’t realized and then it all hit me THAT I MISS YOU SO MUCH.

So I have a punch of half written posts that I promise to put up sooner than later. PROMISE.

In the meantime come see me this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY at Flamingo Vintage in Los Angeles, CA!

Snarky Cross Stitch | Bittersweet Susie

Christ on a cracker I hope I finish all that sewing on time.

Info for the party:

Party at Flamingo Vintage on Sunday, April 6th, and you’re invited!

Come check out all the new fantastic merchandise that we have in the shop! There will be a trunk show for Charmsies hair accessories and we’ll be doing demos all afternoon.

We will also be celebrating our new collection of modern brands such as Harper Ave, Snarky Cross-Stitch by Bittersweet Susie, clothing by JOA Los Angeles, clutches by MeDusa, candles by Ilume and much more.

Join us for cocktails, sweets and the musical stylings of Pat and Jeff!

548 South Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles Unit 113 (entrance on 6th St.)

I also have a couple PATTERNS to give away! FIRST TIME EVER!

PLEASE come see me! I need a hug – or five!