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reporting live from vegas

By 7/28/2012

friends, i am coming to you poolside at the aria hotel in vegas.  i arrived yesterday, and felt fairly overwhelmed worrying i had been redirected to disneyland, and then concerned that vegas appears to be in the middle of the desert.  i overcame these obstacles, and am settling in just fine. 

i'm here to scope out the gift market, and to speak on a panel monday about trends, tastemakers, and gaggaggag the retail christmas season.

i'm traveling solo, which can be an odd thing, unless you embrace it by taking 3 baths a day in your huge tub, trying to look mysterious while you dine alone, and sleeping sideways in a king bed.  the trick to traveling alone is to always look contemplative.  how can she be lonely when she looks so ... thoughtful?  see.

the pool scene is real.  meaning, it's happening.  something is happening here.  there are girls in all sort of states of undress, but they pile on the accessories.  tiny tiny bathing suits with huge platform wedges, hats, sparkly bits, there's some sort of collar thing over there, there's a feathered scarf? - it's all a bit... much.  everyone seems to think they are some kardashian cousin.  there's no shame.  i sit shaded and kaftaned while prancer and her friends over there are (fat)rolling in the deep.  i will refrain from further judgement and enjoy my $20 drink that is delicious and full of berries and basil.

i will, however, judge the trends for the coming fall and christmas season, and report back.  wish me luck.


  1. that was awesome!

  2. Last time I was in Vegas, a couple was coupling it in the seating area next to me.

    Tastelessmakers. Hee!

  3. love the summary of the pool scene. so true. And I'm sure you've seen the tackies carrying around the fruity drinks in the plastic bong?

  4. Oh my gosh, hilarious! I'm heading there tomorrow, by myself so I appreciate your "traveling alone" tips. Haha! Looking forward to your panel!

  5. You are my favorite blogger for your realism that comes with being truthful about JUDGIN.

  6. "everyone seems to think they are some kardashian cousin. there's no shame."

    That actually describes the current state of American society perfectly.

  7. bahahaha (fat)rolling in the deep

  8. I can only imagine the circus act that is the pool scene! Hope you're having fun!

  9. Oh rolling on laughter. Please do a post on the pool scene with pics!
    Have fun!

  10. Delighted to see a Sunday post. Reading on an iPad in bed and thinking I need to order the bed pillows from Aria.

  11. Ohmagawd! That is hilarious! And a spot on description of Vegas poolside I may add!



  12. Wish I were in Vegas to catch your panel! G'luck tomorrow!

    and when your in vegas, judge away!

  13. Hint for Aria: pay $30 and you can use the spa area all day- hot tubs, sauna, meditation room, hot rock room. Snacks and juices are free. And best of all, there's a small pool outside with a handful of chaises. Quiet and peaceful and a more mature clientele...

  14. Haha! Awesome assessment of the Vegas pool scene! And the berry basil mojito at the aria pool is the best.

  15. lol! I've only been to Vegas once and found it a bit overwhelming as well. The 'outfits' at the pool are definitely interesting!

  16. Lolol this post make me laugh out loud!! Sounds like great people watching scene :)

    Have a great time!!


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  18. i'm here to scope out the vegas gift market, and to speak on a panel monday about trends, tastemakers, and gaggaggag the retail christmas season.