Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Vegas style




I was pretty psyched when Vegas.com reached out to me to participate in their #MyVegasStyle challenge. I mean, what is not fun about day dreaming of spending a day at the Aria hotel and what I would wear for each occasion throughout the day?!

Duh, count me in!

So I spent some time looking around the Aria Las Vegas Resort and Casino page and their website to see what all it had to offer. Ah-mazing. Wish I was going there for real. (luckily I do have another trip that I depart for tomorrow anyhow!). Here's my account of how I would hypothetically spend my day.




MORNING
Being an early runner actually pays off in a town like Vegas. It means I can "sleep in" later than usual and hit the strip around 8 am for nice flat run and the streets will probably be pretty empty and quiet.
Post-run would have to consist of a stop by The Roasted Bean for some great coffee (and yeah, probably a pastry!) to get my day really started off right.

Running outfit:
Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racer Back Tank, $48.00
North Face Better Than Naked running shorts, $55.00
Mizuno Wave Hitogami running shoe, $99.99





MID-DAY
After I am showered and cleaned up, it's time to do some window shopping at The Shops at Crystals at Aria Las Vegas. Yes, just window shopping and browsing since it is all luxury designers like Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, FENDI, Lanvin, Prada, VERSACE...and the list goes on and on. Seriously. There is no way I could resist being in the presence of greatness like that. And of course, I'd prob grab some Pinkberry while I was shopping, too. Comfortable walking shoes and classic ensemble seems to suit this activity well.

I'm sure I would work up quite the appetite after all that shopping (and restraining myself from a purchase!) which means grabbing some sushi for lunch from barMASA is a necessity. Yum!

Shopping/Lunch outfit:
Necessary Clothing Heather Crochet Top, $29.99
Joe Fresh Floral Embroidery Short, $49.00
Mossimo Supply Co. Shauna Huarache Sandal, $19.99





AFTERNOON
There's no point in coming to sunny Las Vegas if you don't spend a quality afternoon lounging by the pool and soaking up some rays. Since poolside in Vegas—especially at the Aria LIQUID pool lounge—is a bit more glamorous than your typical pool (or beach) scene, I think you'd need to spice up your swimsuit just a bit. I really like this black suit from ASOS because it's not too scandalous, but still makes a statement. And of course a fab pair of sunnies and shoes are also in order.

Poolside outfit:
ASOS Cross Front Wrap Halter Swimsuit, $53.35
Forever 21 Metal Trim Sandals, $22.80
Urban Outfitters Spitfire Protopunk Sunglasses, $39.00





EVENING
No day would be complete without an incredible dinner to wrap it all up nicely. My choice of all the options at Aria (and there are lots!) would be at Julian Serrano Tapas restaurant. I just really enjoy ordering several things and passing plates around to share. Plus, the restaurant decor looks pretty amazing. After my belly is full, I'd go see the late night Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana—something I've always wanted to see! Maybe by the time the show is over, I'll be craving a late night sweet treat from Jean Phillippe Patisserie. Pretty sure I can always make room for dessert!


Nighttime outfit:
Lulu's Air of Elegance Light Peach Dress, $65.00
Charlotte Russe Single Sole Ankle Strap Heel, $28.50
Urban Outfitters Leaf Halo Crown, $24.00
Necessary Clothing Gold Bar Clutch, $34.99






Monday, May 19, 2014

Thrifty in pink




Yep, I take a couple weeks off from blogging and I come back with a brand new hair do (did you notice?!). Sorry for the absence, but work has been pretty hectic lately. And now, I'm getting ready to go on a big trip! So there will be yet another long lull in the blog. I'm sure you'll manage though, right? :)

This has to be one of my thriftiest outfits ever. Feeling really good about the low price on it for sure! I've gotten a lot of longevity out of this pink pleated skirt, which I almost didn't purchase because it seemed kind of grandma-ish at the time. I'm really glad I bought it anyhow, otherwise I'd have to go back in time and smack past Christen for being a dummy.

Ok, clearly I have nothing more clever to say.

Instead, here's the cheapskate outfit breakdown:

1. White button down, thrifted ($6.99)
2. Pink skirt, thrifted ($2.00)
3. Gold shoes, consigned ($7.50)
4. Clutch, gifted/passed down (thanks mom!)
5. Sunnies, Forever 21 ($5.80)
6. Earrings, Collinsville Trade Day ($0.50)
7. Ampersand ring, gifted (thanks Natasha!)
8. Leaf ring, gifted (thanks Embo!)

Total: Under $25.00











Photos: Laura Menconi



Monday, April 28, 2014

Music Monday: Current obsessions






Artist: Liza Anne
Album: The Colder Months (listen here on SoundCloud)
Why I love it: It consists of heartbreakingly honest & smart lyrics, plus she has a beautiful, pure voice.
Favorite song(s): 1,000 years & Lying
For fans of: Lily & Madeleine, Savannah Smith











Album: Western Expansion (listen here on SoundCloud)
Why I love it: It's toe-tappin Americana at its finest.
Favorite song(s): Breathe me in, Just for now
For fans of: Pigpen Theatre Co., Mumford & Sons 









Artist: Grey Reverend 
Album: A Hero's Lie (listen here on Spotify)
Why I love it: It makes my heart melt. every. single. time. 
Favorite song(s): This way, My hands 
For fans of: Amos Lee, Ruston Kelly













Artist: Seasick Mama 
Album: Tip Top Shape (listen here on SoundCloud)
Why I love it: It's fun and dancey with an occasional awesome 80s vibe. 
Favorite song(s): Tees & Jeans, Holy Smokes
For fans of: Tennis, Gwen Stefani













Artist: Lord Huron
Album: Lonesome Dreams (listen here on SoundCloud)
Why I love it: It's pretty dreamy and magical. 
Favorite song(s): Ends of the earth, The ghost on the shore
For fans of: Band of Horses, Milo Greene, Fleet Foxes