Vegas Trip: Night 1

So it’s two months later and I’m finally getting around to posting about my Vegas trip…I know! I’m such a slacker. I’ve been so busy! No excuses…ok here it is.

It was so fun! We went down for Flagship’s work party and a few of us drove down together that Friday morning. I always think it’s kind of fun to carpool because you look forward to it more and you get to all catch up outside of work. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which was gorgeous and I have never stayed there before. (You can see a small glimpse of the room below). We got there and took a little breather and then started getting ready for the night. First, we hit up Holsteins for dinner and then went to Zarkana for our Cirque show!

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Roadtrip!

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Just hanging out in our room before getting ready.

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Our view.

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Dinner at Holsteins. They have the best burgers ever! I opted for the lobster rolls and I was not sorry at all! Such a great choice! I highly recommend going there! Not to fancy, but definitely a really fun, chill place to eat!

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A few photos of all the girls dressed up before we went to the show. (Rachel, Kristin, Ashley, Alliesha, me, Myleka, Ally, Amy, Kendra.)

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Alliesha and I before Zarkana!

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Zarkana! This show was different than other ones I’ve been to, but it was really good. It was like a magic show almost, with funny little acts in between. Each big act was like a magic element with circque performers doing these amazing stunts. Like for example, this girl came out juggling all kinds of numbers of balls, but balancing on things…while tons of other performers were going on around her at the same time…so it’s not just your normal juggling act of course. And there is humor too. It was good.

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My friend, Teesh.

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What I Wore…

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This is one my favorite dresses that I have ever bought…maybe actually my favorite. I love it! It was so sparkly and so fun! Perfect for Vegas, and perfect for a party. I actually wore it again on New Years because I loved it so much.vegassilver1vegassilver6

Dress- Parker (similar here); Shoes – B Brian Atwood; Clutch – Banana Republic (old).

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How to get Beautiful Skin

Sometimes it’s really hard to not just go to bed at the end of the day without washing your face and doing “your routine”. I figure if you’re going to brush your teeth, you have time for your face. That’s what everyone sees when they look at you! If I never had to worry about skin problems (whatever they may be) I would die a happy woman…but alas everyone’s got something…and if you don’t, I’m sure it’s because you already have a great routine. So here are tips from some fabulous beauty bloggers shared with Lucky Magazine mixed with a few of my own! Please comment and share yours as well! You never know what might work for people.

Get Totally Smooth Skin

Carolyn Hsu, from thedailyobsession.net, gives these three tips.

1. Splurge on miracle foundation. She uses ‘Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Fluid Foundation’…not cheap, but she swears it makes her skin look radiant.

2. Use Retin-A! It turns over cells, cleanses pores, prevents lines and wrinkles, and minimizes scarring. She also said it helps with her “eye bags”.

3. Exfoliate! She uses vibradermabraision to take off dead skin cells.

I definitely like to exfoliate! It takes away all the left over yuck on your face and makes it glow! (see next section for this as well). I  use a Clarsonic Brush to do this and it works great for me! I also recommend Fresh ‘Sugar Face Polish’ as well. (Fresh has a polish for your lips, face, and body! I love them! See this post for more from Fresh!)Fresh Sugar Face PolishClarisonic Brush

Get a Healthy Glow

Ann Colville Somma, from cultofpretty.com, has two great ways to do this!

1. Exfoliate with baking soda. Mix it with a little water – it’s not too grainy or too light, and it’s cheap!

2. Vitamin C = glowing skin. She recommends Garnier ‘Skin Renew – Dark Spot Corrector’ to make your skin have an airbrushed look! (This is only $17 at most drugstores.)

I have tried the baking soda method and I totally love it. I highly recommend! I also like to get facials once a month if I have the time and money because I think the massage and peels leave your face bright and healthy looking. I recommend a Lactic Peel, because it definitely leaves my face brighter and younger! It’s my favorite peel! baking-sodafacial

Here are just a few more great products that promote a fabulous glow!

– Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare ‘ Alpha Beta Glow Pads’drdennisgross-glow-pads_300

– NARS ‘Monoi Body Glow II’nars-body-glow_300

– St. Tropez ‘Tanning Essentials Anti-Ageing Face’sttropez-anti-aging_300

Stay Hydrated

Grace Atwood, stripesandsequins.com, shares her favorite products below. She says she has super dry, flaky skin, so she uses these everyday.

1. Josie Maran Argan Oil at sephora.com

2. Zelens PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads from us.spacenk.com

3. Dr. Jart + V7 Cleansing Foam at sephora.com

4. Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum at caudalie.usa.com

I can’t stress enough to DRINK WATER! It sounds obvious, but drinking enough water everyday keeps your body hydrated, but also your skin. It can also help reduce dark circles under your eyes as well! I totally agree with her about the ‘Josie Maran Argan Oil‘. I’ve posted about this before (here), but I seriously love it. You can use it anywhere on your body or for your hair also. I recently started using ‘Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moistuirzer’ as well. I put it on every night before I go to bed and in the morning. It has SPF, which you need everyday, and it’s ultra-hydrating. For sure my favorite face lotion. If you are prone to oily skin, argan oil and this lotion is still great. You can use it just once a day, but your skin needs oil in it. Using tons of cleansing methods sometimes takes too much of the skin’s normal oil out so your body reacts and produces more. Giving it the little bit of oil everyday will reduce your skin breaking out.Josie Maran Argan OilJosie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizersafe-bottled-drinking-water

Get Perfect Pores

Eileen Dautruche, misswhoeveryouare.com, recommends using a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush (see above) and ‘Biore Combination Skin Skin Balancing Cleanser’. She uses it morning and night to clean deep into pores. It leaves your skin refreshed and results in fewer breakouts!

I use a gentle cleanser everyday followed by astringent. I have been trying a few different kinds to decide on my favorite, but it really just depends on how strong of one you need. I also use Clear Cell medicated acne lotion by Image Skin Care when I need to and do a mask once to twice a week. I’ve been using Image Skin Care line for this as well, which was recommended by the lady I go to for my facials and it’s a miracle worker! (Also see the mask recommened below..I recently tried this as well and I love it so much!

Stop Breakouts

Elizabeth Monson, from moveslightly.com, has one big recomendation.

DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE! This is one of the easiest ways to clog your pores. She recommends Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask (at fresh.com or sephora.com). This is the mask I was referring to above!Fresh Umbrian Clay MaskHave you ever wondered why you break out when you’re sick? This happens to me every time I get sick and I’ve been sick for like the past 5 weeks! It’s driving me nuts! When you are sick your immune system is down. Your immune system is what fights off bacteria, which is exactly what acne is…bacteria. So if you can tell you are getting sick, you may have to add a few extras to your routine or just make sure you’re being extra careful! Here is a great routine I got from Lucky Magazine as well for helping fight off breakouts!

1. Wipes – these will exfoliate physically and with a salicylic acid. Try ‘Yes to Tomatoes – Blemish Clearing Facial Towelette’. $8 at yestocarrots.com and Target stores!

2. A dual-formula leave on lotion, like ‘Mybody – Obliterate 2-in-1 Extreme Refining Solution’, $90 at lovemybody.com. This will kill bacteria, unclog pores, smooth, perfect, and doesn’t irritate your skin!

3. If a breakout does pop up, even with these great tips, try using the ‘Fresh – Umbrian Clay Face Treatment’ from above. $48 at fresh.com and sephora.com. Seriously this stuff is the best. Spot treat the area and watch the bacteria killer work!

*ideas from Lucky Magazine and their favorite beauty bloggers, plus my own tips!

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Oscar After Party Outfits

So usually I don’t really do a big post on the after-party outfits, but there were some pretty good ones for this year’s Oscars, so why not? I think most of the people who wore my favorite dresses for the show ended up wearing my favorites for the after parties also…For me my favorites were (and not necessarily in this order)…

1. Jennifer Lawrence

2. Naomi Watts

3. Amy Adams

4. Lily Collins

5. Kate Bosworth

6. Diane Krueger

7. Amanda Seyfriend

8. Nina Dobrev

I know that’s a lot, but there were so many good ones, and a lot of people who weren’t at the Oscars, but came after! Let me know who your favorites were!

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein; Ohmigosh I love this just as much as her Oscar dress. It’s fluid and gorgeous. Everything looks so good on her.oscars-afterparty-dresses-jennifer-lawrence-h724

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta; Wow…again…which one of her dresses do I like more? I guess when you’re nominated you get to pick from the best. Beautiful!oscars-afterparty-dresses-amy-adams-h724

Naomi Watts in Emilio Pucci; Absolutely love this too. She looked fabulous in both of her dresses tonight. Loved!oscars-afterparty-dresses-naomi-watts-h724

Anne Hathaway in YSL; I can’t decide if I like this dress better or worse than the one she wore to the show. This one doesn’t flatter her figure at all, but I like the color better. The other one was just so plain and blah. This one is just shapeless. I didn’t like her choices at all. Maybe she’s pregnant?anne-hathaway-oscars-after-parties

Selena Gomez in Versace; This isn’t really my favorite. I feel like she’s trying to look a lot older than she is. It’s a pretty dress, but I wish she would have worn something more fun and in a bright color!selenagomez

Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad; I love this! I love the two different prints and the color!lilycolins

Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli; Gorg! I am glad that she wore a short dress and I love her hair! One of my favs! kateb

Solange in Emilio Pucci; Love the dress! Hate the hair! It’s not bouncy enough…it looks like it’s falling over or else I would love it.solange

Natalie Portman in Dior; Simple and sweet and beautiful. She always looks perfect.natalieportman

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa; I love Marchesa…and if you can look this pretty when you’re pregnant…wow.georginachapman

Hilary Swank in Valentino; I really like this dress, but I would have picked something a little bit less heavy looking for a party. I mean it’s red and fun, and has the light material on top, but I think the train and the long sleeves makes it look a little bit heavier than I would like. It’s gorgeous though.oscars-afterparty-dresses-hillary-swank-h724

Olivia Munn in Marchesa; While I think the dress is pretty…It seems to be missing some pieces…lol (and I didn’t even show it from the side). The detailing is amazing though.2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals

Kate Beckinsale in Monique Lhuillier; I love this look! So fun and not too serious. So perfect for a party!oscars-afterparty-dresses-kate-beckinsale-h724

Kourtney Kardashian in Brian Renne and Kim Kardashian in Donna Karen; honestly I don’t know how the Karsdashian’s get into anything important, but I think Kourtney is hilarious so I’ll forgive that…I do think her dress is a little bit too long though. If it was a bit shorter I would love it. Or even all the way to the floor would be better. I think that Kim’s fits better with the event. I don’t really like her white shoes. I think it would look better if they were gold. I just don’t know why she’s even there! oscars-afterparty-dresses-kardashian-sisters-h724

Miranda Kerr in Valentino; I think this dress is very different, but I like it! miranda-kerr-290

Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen; Such a fun dress! I loved it! Orange is hard to pull off, but it looked beautiful. I love this material for spring. I did not really like her hair though. It was too high in the front and slicked on the sides. elizabeth-banks-290

Diane Krueger in Giambattista Valli; Ohmigosh I absolutely love this. I think it’s one of my favorites because it’s so different! It’s fun and cute, but sophisticated in a way also! I love actually love the width and sleeves.diane-kruger-290

Heidi Klum; Umm I don’t really know what to say about this, but I don’t like any of it…the dress, the cleavage, the hair…ugh. I think it makes her look chubby…and “The Body” is anything but.heidi-klum-290

Zooey Deschanel in Valentino; Usually I really like her funky style, but I didn’t like this. It looked like a sparkly sister wive.zooey-deschanel-290

Nina Dobrev in Naeem Khan; She is seriously so pretty. I swear everything looks good on her. I love this print.nina-dobrev-290

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy; I’m in love with this dress that she performed in and then wore to the after parties! It totally stands out against her skin and I love the strappy details! amanda-seyfried-290

Britney Spears in Michael Cinco Couture; I actually like her hair brown here and the dress isn’t too bad either.britney-spears-290

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier; I love this whole look! Exactly what I would wear to a party!ginnifer-goodwin-290

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy; This almost reminds me of a nightgown of some sort, but I definitely like it more that the dress she wore earlier in the night. zoe-saldana-290

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Sharp Objects

I liked ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn so much I rushed out and bought her first novel right away. I just finished it! She is seriously great at keeping you on edge.

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Camille Preaker has had a trouble past, and after her recent stay in a psych hospital, she is sent out on assignment for a small newspaper in Chicago to report on the murders of two adolescent girls from her hometown of Wind Gap. It had been 8 years since she had been home, hardly speaking to her mother during that time or her 13 year old sister that she barely knew. Camille tries to uncover the truth behind the violent crimes against these two young girls, while forced to relive her own childhood traumas that she has been desperately trying to remove from her memory these past years.

This is definitely a page turner and you won’t believe the ending.

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