Tag: Las Vegas

MAGIC: Day 1&2 . . .

Day 1 was pretty low key. The drive out was great! no traffic, good conversation and lots of . . . ugly, brown, dessert scenery. When we first got to Vegas we headed to Whole Foods to stock up on healthy goodies for the room. It started to thunder and pour down rain while we were inside. The checker told us it was Monsoon Season here in Vegas. Wow! Didn’t know they had Monsoons in Vegas!!! After  dodging the “monsoon” we checked into our room @ The Mirage, which, by the way, was 3000+ times more fabulous than the smokey, dingy box I stayed in @ the Riviera for MAGIC in February . . . Already the trip was off to a great start! After a quick lunch we picked up our badges and walked the show briefly. It was already 5:30 and the show was closing in an hour, but our timing was great because we ran in to a friend of Gina’s who invited us to the CALPaK Hennessey party @ The Palms Resort. They rented the whole 26th floor and had different themes and music for each room. My favorite was the Barbie Suite. So cutely decorated!! Barbie’s got great taste! But did you know that Barbie also has a stripper pole in her bathroom? Hmmm . . .

Today consisted of ALOT of walking and sourcing. There was more rain & thunder, which as I said before, I LOVE!!! I rarely hear thunder in Cali, and I welcome most changes of weather. We were indoors all day unless we were on the shuttle, so it didn’t effect us much. (except for the power outage @ the Sourcing show. There were no lights when we got there and it created a kind of “intimate” feeling). I saw lots of fabulous clothes and jewelry @ Project & Pool. MAGIC had some nice stuff too, but I felt more at home in the hustle and bustle (and loud music) of the Project & Pool tradeshows. There is definitely a different feel between the shows. I was actually surprised how calm and seemingly slow the MAGIC show was. The economy has definitely had an effect on things. Photos of the products are not allowed so I can’t visually share alot of the goodies I saw, but you know I have mentally cataloged them!! Tomorrow we are walking FN . . . the shoe show. Can’t wait!!! ☺

How was your Wednesday?

3 Days of Sheer MAGIC . . . Travel Day 1

I’m gearing up for the MAGIC show in Vegas next week. I love going to industry buying shows. There is so much inspiration and it just feels great to be in the middle of all that energy. Whenever a business trip is approaching I can’t help but begin wardrobe planning in my head. Try as I might, I am NOT a light packer, so the way I go about combatting that, is to lay out a blueprint of my daytime/evening outfits in my head. I tell myself it helps me to pack more effieicntly, yet I still manage to look like I am going on an month-long pilgrimage to some far off land. No matter how much editing I do, I end up leaving the house with an oversize suitcase and a separate overnight bag (+ a purse + a bag for my laptop & work). I know it’s ridiculous. I can never seem to avoid the semi-silent chuckle and non-threatening eye roll I get from my husband when I ask him to “please honey, can you bring my suitcase downstairs?” He never fails to ask once again how long I will be gone, knowing the answer is a mere 3 days. I can see him trying to figure out “what is in this damn suitcase that weighs 40 lbs!??!” I save him the trouble of pondering and tell him “its the shoes.” Shoes can make or break an outfit. Even worse, I suffer from plantar fascitis, so I have to wear comfortable shoes when I know I am going to be doing a lot of walking. In my book, comfortable translates to ugly. Therefore, I have to switch out shoes. I have to bring cute AND comfy. And that means separate pairs. Can’t wait for the day when someone makes a cute . . . dare I even say sexy AND comfortable shoe, that exists as one whole complete package!!!! Anyway, while I am head-plotting my outfits, I thought I would share them with you. Here’s my idea for day one. (We are driving up, so comfort is key!!!!)

On second thought, considering we have had sweltering heat lately with temperatures in the triple digits, I think I might switch out the skinnies for a skirt or pair of shorts!

MAGIC Show Las Vegas: Snapshot Overview

The road to MAGIC . . .

Riviera Hotel & Casino (the picture I saw online when I booked the hotel . . .)

The view that apparently comes with the "Early Bird Booking Special" . . . Never Again!

Questionable Ice Cream Ad @ Caesar's Palace (umm, maybe my dirty mind is working overtime?)

Nikki & I grabbing a bite to eat @ the Wynn . . .

Liquid signage @ the Sourcing show . . .

The Road Home (Phase I)

The Road Home (Phase II)

My trip was wonderful. Despite the crusty remote in the hotel room, the fact that I probably inhaled the smoke of what would amount to 9,000 cigarettes while walking through the casinos, and the fact that we couldn’t find a good meal under $29, Nikki and I had a great time and made some really good contacts. I attended a lot of inspiring seminars and met some great people. I’m really excited about the future and about implementing the knowledge I gained during my time @ MAGIC. It was also great to spend time with Nikki, I think I laughed more in 4 days than I have in the last 2 months combined!  . .  well, maybe that is an exaggeration, I tend to laugh a lot!

p.s. I am realizing as I post this, that I did not take very many photos of the actual show. I think this points to the fact that I am still learning to think like a blogger, and that includes thinking about what people would like to see!! I promise to include more “action shots” in my next industry event post!! 🙂