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Polyvore Party :: packing for Vegas

Okay, before you go out and take this post as gospel, you have to realize I was working under very specific parameters. Namely:

  1. I was going with my husband for our 16-year anniversary.
  2. It was a complete surprise trip and I had no time to “special shop”, if you know what I mean.
  3. My hubs is a very laid-back individual who thinks summer dresses are “dressing up” and who sports jeans and graphic tees everywhere if he can help it.
  4. It was projected at 108 degrees that weekend.
  5. We stayed where we always stay: The Golden Nugget in Downtown Vegas.
  6. We drove.

Now for all you non-Vegas folks, Downtown is not the strip. Downtown is where all the hardcore gamblers go, especially if you want $20 to last you all night. I’m told it’s where the locals like to hang out when they do gamble themselves. It’s slower-paced, no-frills and skewed more to the middle-aged to golden years set.

With the recent opening of the Fremont Experience, however, and with the revamp of a lot of the casinos (namely the Nugget), the crowd has gotten progressively younger and more family-friendly, but there is still a bit of that raunchy, gritty feel to it that you don’t find on the newer, slicker, glitzier Strip.

So hopefully all that explains why my suitcase contents were comprised of the following:


Yes, I only brought one pair of shoes, which I wore everywhere and proved the most comfortable pair of flats ever (actual pair found here). And yes, I carried around a canvas tote because I had my trusty water bottle with me that I refused to leave in the hotel room and would not fit in an itty bitty party clutch (actual canvas bag found here). And yes, I only brought 7 clothing items to last me three days and two nights in the city of lights.

How proud are you all with my remixing abilities?

And here’s how I wore them:

Day 1 – the road trip – I knew I had to be comfy for the 3-hour drive, but I also didn’t want to look like a tool when we checked in at the V.I.P. lounge, so I threw on the maxi skirt (actual skirt found here) and the peasant top for a casual yet polished vibe.

Day 1 – the dinner – It was our actual anniversary day that first day out and we had reservations at the Grotto, the Italian restaurant at the Nugget with the best customer service ever. I was planning to eat large but look good, so I kept the skirt on for maximum food baby action but threw on the black batwing top (mine had a fancy waistband and more of a cowl neckline so it was a bit dressier than shown) to dress it up without making the hubs feel I was too overdressed for him. He wore jeans, of course.

Day 2 – We went to the Mob Museum as soon as it opened to beat the crowds, then spent the rest of the day playing video poker. I wore the grey skinnies and the floral tank (actual top found here) with the boyfriend cardi in my purse for when we were in the frigid casino. The museum was amazing but the afterwards could prove to be not too much fun if you’re not a gambler like me, but I was only playing nickels and $5 lasted me the entire night. Plus, I got free drinks (gin and tonics, anyone?) and then, at the very end, my husband won BIG and we essentially ended up with a free trip because that’s what happens when you hit a royal flush at video poker.

We were going to go out to dinner and then see the Fremont Experience and at that point, I would’ve worn the batwing top with the jeans. But we’re old and we conked out for a movie and some cuddling in the room instead.

Day 3 – the ride home – Woke up at 8am (that’s what happens when you conk out in the hotel room early) and got ready for the drive home in the maxi skirt and the chambray top, knotted at the waist à la Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. Grabbed breakfast on the road to beat the traffic and got home at noon.

Was it fun? You don’t even know! Free trip? Quality time with the hubs? Uber comfy even in the heat? Yeah, it was the best. trip. ever.

I’m so easy to please…

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WIT :: of another round of randomosity

Can you blame me? It’s the end of the year blahs. I’m actually surprised I’ve not gotten to this point sooner. But then again, I REALLY enjoyed my students this year. Heck, I didn’t even use up half of my ten allotted sick days when normally they’re all gone by May!

Still, everyone’s gotta have a breaking point and I guess I’m calling in my chips today. After two solid weeks of assessments, my brain is fried and all I’m really capable of at the moment is a round of randomosity

Hrm…alliteration and a meme that’s already made a previous appearance? I may just Photoshop a button and call it another semi-regular feature on the blog. 😜




1.  I seem to get a lot more compliments/comments when I wear light lipstick as opposed to dark.

2.  Do all dogs sleep like this or is it just Jack the Beast?

3.  Sing with me: Brown paper packages tied up with strings; these are a few of my favorite Pins! Try this, this or possible even this.

4.  Because Emerson said so: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

5.  Harry Potter as an anime? Yes, please!

6.  Upcoming June books I’m slavering for: Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising; Allen Zadoff’s I Am the Mission;  Y.S. Lee’s Rivals in the City

7.  Is it a travesty or simply an inevitable sign of the times that, rather than good old board games like Clue or Sorry!, I play online apps like Hanging With Friends with my children? While we sit next to each other, even.

8.  Why is it that when I’m putting on my face in the morning or in the shower at night, I think up all kinds of random things for times like these, but when I’m actually committing to writing them down in an official list, nothing comes to mind?

9.  I wanna learn how to sew but that has always been my MIL’s purview and she’s the one that owns the machine and I don’t want to initiate something that’ll open up cans of worms that I don’t want disturbed. (See what I did there with my mixed metaphors? Yeah. Brain fried.)

10.  And finally, you’re gonna wanna turn up the sound to 11 for this one…

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WIT :: of being mentally strong

So last week, I mentioned marathon running and my thoughts on that matter. Although my post eventually veered in the direction of emotional health, it was conceived from my anxiety about being physically fit.

Today, I’d like to share an article because, although I might epic fail with physical fitness, I know I kick much ass in being mentally fit.

Mentally Strong People

Okay, fine. Maybe I may need to work on #9 and #13. What about you? How do you stack up to the list?

december 22

Week in review – sparkle, sparkle!