Allowing Myself

…to feel, to love, to be.

Tag: vegas

#30daysofdresses – day 21

The Sunday of our trip to Vegas meant brunch at the Jasmine restaurant inside the Bellagio. It was formal, elegant, and quiet (ah yes, finally I found a place in Vegas that is quiet). The restaurant overlooks the Bellagio fountains and each time the fountain show comes on, the music in the restaurant changes so you can hear the music that lines up with the water dance.

Oh, and my dress just happened to match the flowers & butterfly decor. #nailedit

After stuffing ourselves with breakfast items, Chinese food, sushi and ridiculous pastries (one had a pipette of rum stuck in it) we walked the Bellagio Conservatory to see the harvest flower display.

And then we were on our way back home to LA.

Dress is Kohls – purchased for $4 on the sale rack. Little yellow belt appears again. Purse is from Aldo.

Advertisements

#30daysofdresses – day 20

Ah, me and my little Ricky in Vegas, or as our dad likes to call us, the Point Sisters.

This is one of my new favorite dresses – it is soooooo 60s housewife and a style I wouldn’t normally have picked out. Jess found it when I went out with her a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to wear it.

Also, it has POCKETS.

This night we went out to Carmine’s in Vegas for my dad’s 60th birthday, ate a bunch of family style food with a weird waiter serving our party of 14, ordering bottles of wine with my brother and getting to take photos with my grandpa. Good times.

Dress is H&M. Heels are Steve Madden or Aldo – I am too lazy to go look right now – from forever ago. Side-kick is my sister who has way more style than me. #nottwins

#30daysofdresses – day 19

This is one of my favorite dresses ever and another one H picked out for me.

I wore this on Saturday while in Vegas before we spent the afternoon at the pool.

Also rocked this on our one night trip to San Diego.

Dress is from Forever21 over a year ago. Flip-flops are still from Kohls. Jacket is from Forever21.

#30daysofdresses – day 18

Snapped this in the bathroom at Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas Friday night.

H and I drove in that night, met up with my family and headed out to Ellis Island. We ate cheap diner food, they drank a lot of beer and we stalked the karaoke bar, which had a wait-list of 20 people and where no one was good.

We stayed out till 3am and I was glad I wore this dress, because again… pajamas.

I keep snapping these pictures with jackets on so you can’t see the full dress. If you’re keeping up with this challenge to actually see the dresses, I apologize. I have to say, I am not really cut out for 30 day challenges like this. (I’m getting tired of posts about me too haha). And this is how I’ve worn the outfits, so it’s legit.

In case you thought I was, y’know, making stuff up for blog posts.

Dress is from Ann Taylor LOFT from when Jess styled me a year and a half ago. Jacket is from Forever 21 in that same shopping trip. Flip-flops are from Kohl’s forever ago.

Just back from a weekend in Vegas and wanted to drop a quick line to say hello.

After the emotional chaos of a few weeks ago, work events and busyness (not to mention Mercury Retrograde) this week is quiet coming, and I am thankful for that.

The pic of above is from our hotel room early in the morning on Saturday. We stayed at The Paris and traveled in to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday and my parent’s 33rd wedding anniversary. Amazing milestones, to say the least.

As someone who is embracing being a highly-sensitive person, Vegas is.so.naht.my.place. but with those milestone celebrations, I couldn’t say no. So H and I packed up the car, drove the 6hrs each way and spent the weekend eating, drinking and gambling with my family.

And while I would rather have been out in the desert, out where those clouds touched the mountains, it’s always good to have the whole family (plus our significant others now) all together at one time.

This week is quiet as far as work / social commitments go, but we’re in for another eclipse and things pick up again for me in about 10 days, so I’m going to use this week to downshift a bit. I’m still continuing the #30daysofdresses challenge. Been wearing a dress almost every single day, just going to find some time tonight to write up the posts.

If you’re looking for something cool to listen to this week, check out the Back To work podcast where David Sparks guest appears. I loved hearing him speak about executing projects, balancing all of the things he’s into and his presentations field guide (which I plan on pick up). So yeah, dig around in that if you’re looking for some inspiration.

Have a great week xo

Vegas Travel

Almost every October, my parents travel to Vegas to celebrate their anniversary (31 years!). Since I’ve lived in LA, it’s become a nice interim visit for us between summer and the holidays. In theory.

In reality it’s a weekend where I follow them around as they gamble, I drink too much, eat too much and don’t get enough sleep. It is exhausting, wears me out and I never seem to get quality time with them anyways.

This time my brother and sister both made it in. That helped. We were a four-some and could ban together to do our own thing as my parents were sucked into the blackjack table’s siren song. Let me repeat before the next paragraph: hanging out with my siblings is awesome.

While I do love seeing my family, this is not the trip for me. This year I think I’ve had enough. Our flights were delayed both ways, we were charged a “carry-on baggage fee” (Spirit Airlines sucks) that never popped up during check-in (wtf?!), I lost $60 on roulette, I drank so much I almost threw up, I had terrible heartburn, ate pizza 2x in one day, ate meals in the room (no delish buffet) and we split a bedroom with my siblings (my bro snores). Worst part, there is hardly any “quality time” with ones parents when they’re gambling. They don’t mean to be this way, I understand, but my take as of now is: can we plan a family vacation to another location…?

“If I get to sit by the pool, I’ll do a shot of tequila” I told my sister and H. I hate tequila. It makes me black out. I just said it because I knew lounging by the pool would never happen.

And I could really use that type of vacation right now.

Oh and for each time I was frowning, we’d joke “take a shot” so… go right ahead.

Hymn All Week

Traveling again tonight – been home 5 days and we’re turning around to go out the door again. This time from LAX to Vegas where my parents are celebrating their 31st anniversary – wowza. I’m still doing well, using Evernote to track my projects and my next actions. Batted through everything again today. Amazing how it all falls into place when you let it go.

Flights in a few hours and then I’m off to a drunken-gambling-loud-noises weekend. Haha. Vegas is really *not* the place for me, but my whole immediate family will be there and I so look forward to spending time with them… and our first family trip as husband and wife. Ya.

Hope your weekend is a wee bit more relaxing. This cover by a gal I know, Aubrey Logan, has been my hymn all week. On repeat. Enjoy.

I don’t think you’re right for him / Think of what we might of been if you / took a bus to Chinatown / I’d be standing on Canal / and Bowery / And you be standing next to me ~Lumineers