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Monday, February 21, 2011

Vegas Birthday Surprise!


Happy Monday friends! I wanted to share with you guys what I got in Vegas.... and what I got for my birthday on the 11th! I've been wanting a new wallet lately, as mine is falling apart. Maybe I should stop hoarding all my receipts and business cards from even person I've ever met. I have a Hobo wallet, which I LOVE, but I need a little update. I've been on the hunt for the perfect one, and I found it at the YSL boutique in Vegas!! Check it out......

Vegas shopping!!!

My new wallet! 
Everyone knows how much I LOVE leopard!




And here's the birthday gift from my husband... So excited to share this with you guys! I've been wanting one for forever! I think it's a classic. Always has been. Always will be.

An Hermès bracelet!!!



I have worn this NON-STOP since Vegas! 
I am so excited to get something I consider such a beautiful and classic piece!

Everyone has certain things they consider to be "classic." This is one of mine, and I am thrilled thrilled thrilled with the thoughtful birthday gift from my husband!! One day soon I plan on doing a post about what I consider to be classic pieces...so check back soon! Hope you enjoyed the post! I was very excited to share this with you all! xx




Sunday, February 13, 2011

Going Nude.

With spring quickly approaching, I've been on the hunt for a great pair of nude shoes. I found some at one of my favorite stores in Nashville (yay!) and wanted to share them with you, along with some other fab ones I've found. Anyone found their go-to nude shoe yet? If so, where?

Dolce Vita "Jade" wedge that I got last week! So excited about wearing them ALL the time!

These Giuseppe Zanotti shoes are HOT! 

Nine West "Pawla"

Absolutely OBSESSED with these Louboutins!
Want. Need. Lurrrve.

Gorg. Louboutins.

Almost got these in Vegas a couple weeks ago.
These YSL "Tribute" sandals are a classic!

Brian Atwood "Claudette" sandals.


Going to do a birthday post & share my Vegas purchases with you guys soon!! xx









Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vegas in January.

My husband and I went to Vegas weekend before last. We stayed at the Aria, in the City Center, and loved it! Our usual places are the Wynn, Encore, or MGM Grand. However, we decided to check out Aria since we had never stayed there. The vibe was very chic and hip, and it was a younger crowd than I was used to seeing at many of the casinos. The City Center is amazing, with several hotels/casinos, dozens of restaurants, fabulous shopping, and a couple of great spas! We shopped at Crystals, which is the shopping area within City Center. The stores there include Fendi, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Marni, YSL, Gucci, Hermes, and many more!

We started out our trip with lunch at Lemongrass in the Aria. Lemongrass is a Thai restaurant that was really good and SPICY! They serve their meals on a spice level from 1-10. Now I love spicy food and ordered mine at a 7...to which the waitress just laughed. She advised me to back it up to a 5, and boy am I glad I did! The 5 was perfect, if not on the "too" spicy side, which says a lot of my high tolerance of spice. So tread lightly here!

One of my favorite steak places in Vegas might come as a surprise. It's Vic & Anthony's at........ wait for it.... The Golden Nugget!! I was just as surprised as some of you might be now, to find this gem of a restaurant off the strip, downtown. Three years ago, I went to visit my husband (then, he was a mere boyfriend, ha) in Vegas. His team was staying at the Golden Nugget, so we just chose to eat there instead of taking a taxi all the way to the strip. We were blown away! It has been voted one of America's ten best steakhouses, and I can see why! Elegant, upscale atmosphere....amazing wine list....incredible menu, where every single thing I've had has been wildly amazing! Go there, and you will not be disappointed. Just make sure you hail a taxi back to civilization afterwards ;)

Another one of my favorite places is Social House. Their motto is "Sushi. Sake. Socialize" so you KNOW it's a good place! Social House used to be located in Treasure Island, but now it's moved to the City Center. We went to Social House back in August when we came to Vegas for my bachelorette party, as I mentioned here. Be sure to try their Yellowtail tartar, which comes with crispy jalapeno, garlic dust, tiny cilantro, and soy sauce! (picture below) Also be sure and get the Seared Albacore roll, which is one of the best rolls I've had anywhere!

Yellowtail Tartar

Another favorite place of mine is Society Cafe at the Encore. This place is a must if you go to Vegas! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner....you can't go wrong! In 2009 it was honored in Esquire magazine as "Best New Restaurant in America!" It's THAT good! To be honest, what made me really fall in love with this place is the decor! Just look for yourself...
Check out the whole menu here.

Photo from their website, the rest I took myself.

Loved the accents of hot pink and lime green!

I had the Lobster Roll Club...so yummy!
But let's be honest - how cute is that mini ketchup bottle?!?

My favorite thing on the whole menu:
Frosted Flake French Toast, with caramelized bananas & whipped chocolate cream. YUM.



The last place I want to mention is David Myers' Comme Ça. I am already a huge fan of David Myers, but this place made it official! I knew there was one in L.A. because it is on my list of places to try, but until we drove past the City Center and saw it on their billboard, I had no idea there was now one in Vegas! It was my lucky day! We had lunch there, and it took all I had not to go back for dinner that night! The restaurant is a French brasserie boasting quality ingredients, an impressive wine selection, and an inventive cocktail list. The one in L.A. supposedly has a great cheese bar and nice happy hour! Here's what I had...


Can't remember the name of the cocktail, but it was light and very refreshing.
It had a gin base, with tons of cucumber and lime!

There was a raw bar at the restaurant, so we took full advantage & ordered oysters!

I split their COMME ÇA BURGER with someone... amazzzzing!!





 Here are some other Vegas recommendations, that I've tried out and LOVED:

- Laguna Champagne Bar at The Palazzo: fun to grab a drink before dinner or a show!
- Encore Beach Club (SO FUN!)
- Mesa Grill: Bobby Flay's restaurant at Caesar's Palace
- The Jade Enzyme Facial at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel (AH.MA.ZING.) Their waiting room and waiting area beats anything I've ever seen! I mean.... ice falls from the ceiling into a huge marble bowl so you can cool yourself and "seal your pores" after being in the sauna. It's that crazy amazing! :)
- Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental: on the 23rd floor, with amazing views and a great atmosphere.
- Serendippity 3: Everyone's favorite dessert place has now opened in Vegas, at Caesar's Palace!
- Peppermill: As I mentioned here this is my all-time favorite breakfast/brunch place in Vegas! Especially after a long night! It's very retro and old-Vegas. Definitely go here on your next Vegas trip!! Even Holly Madison loves it, haha!
- Rao's in Caesar's Palace: An Italian restaurant that Rachel Ray loves, which got Lindsay loving it, too! Be sure to try the meatballs and profiteroles for dessert!
- The Bank nightclub at the Bellagio
- Pure nightclub at Caesar's Palace
- Tryst nightclub at Wynn
- The Fountain Bar at the Bellagio: This bar is so great because of the view. You can sit outside year-round, over looking the Bellagio's famous fountains! So amazing!
- High tea at the Bellagio is also a fun afternoon treat!


Would love to hear your Vegas recommendations!! xx





Lindsay's Loving...

Hi friends! I am back in TN - for now! It's freezing here - and snowing - to top it all off. I miss the 70 and sunny CA weather....BIG TIME!

I want to introduce you guys to something I've been loving for while now: Brittany Fuson Paper. Brittany is a Nashville artist that I discovered through a friend about 7 or 8 months ago. Since then, I've been obsessed with her adorable, chic note cards and witty, stylish blog. I've ordered several sets of note cards from her, most of which I used to write thank you notes for wedding showers and gifts. I got so many compliments on them, so I wanted to introduce my readers to Brittany's work!

Here are some of her prints. I've included my faves, of course!

Her version of a leather jacket over a ball gown. Amaze.







Brittany's version of Kate Middleton's engagement dress!




I want this one!!



DSQUARED look.

Dior Couture look.


I want this one, too!!


This one is called "Front Row." I die.


I had one almost like this, for when I got engaged!


I had these to write thank you notes, after my bridal showers.


I also got these to write thank you notes after one of my showers where
guests brought recipes and cooking supplies!

I purchased this one and the next one during the holidays, so chic and festive!



How cute is this one for Halloween?!?


Just as I was about to publish this post, I found the image of the engagement cards I ordered from  Brittany!
Loved these and got so many compliments on them!

Take a look at all she has to offer here. She also has a great blog, so head over and check it out here
Hope you enjoy her artwork as much as I do! I am hoping to get her to do a custom drawing of me in my wedding dress! Stay tuned for that! Also, I am doing a post on my latest Vegas trip...complete with some fun purchases! Thanks for continuing to read my blog....even though I haven't been the best at posting lately. I *WILL* get better y'all! Promise!