Vegas

Vegas New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 20, 2017

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We traveled to New Orleans in December, and one of my only required stops was to go to Magazine Street and do some shopping. We ended up shopping for Will in a store called Vegas – funny enough since we were only a few weeks out from our Las Vegas vow renewal.

We not only had great success, but I was super charmed by the aesthetic of the store itself.

It was another grey day in New Orleans, but that’s the perfect time for shopping.

Lovely natural light from these huge windows.

While I was busy enjoying the interior and display designs, Will was shopping and finding great items. The selection in the store was a mix of classic items with those that were a bit more quirky, and brands I had never seen or heard of before. Will ended up buying 2 shirts that are new favorites.

I could not sell Will on the gold jacket.

These hats were perfectly tongue-in-cheek.

The commitment is real when even the business cards are this good.

The happy customer. If you’re in the market for men’s clothing in New Orleans, definitely go and check out Vegas on Magazine Street.

Happy trails!

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Las Vegas Travel Essentials | Las Vegas Vow Renewal

by Jamie Sanford on October 24, 2016

It has been almost 5 years since we were in Vegas, renewing our wedding vows on our 5-year anniversary.

We leave in a few weeks to go to Las Vegas to renew our vows again and enjoy time with the 28 people that will be coming along with us! I figured it would be a good time to come up with a post full of essential items and some overall style tips for Las Vegas.

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Instant cameras! This is a bit retro, but they are FUN, and the photos are great souvenirs.

Sunglasses. It is the desert so this is obvious, but this might be a good time to live your sunglasses fantasy. One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is that the decadence of everything makes me want to take things to the next level, when I wouldn’t normally do so in my everyday life. If you need to keep it simple, get some flashy sunglasses.

Sequinned accessories. Shine and sparkle are accepted and encouraged, so why not?

Themes! We are staying at the Flamingo, and I must have it on the brain because I find myself noticing any and all flamingo things that I see.

Non-athletic sneakers. I cringe every time I see someone in a touristy location trying to make their running shoes work as stylish footwear. It does not work. Please go find some cute sneakers that are going to be comfortable as well as better looking than your gym shoes. I am partial to Vans, they are my favorites.

Let me know what your Las Vegas style tips and essentials are on Twitter!

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Las Vegas Vow Renewal: Photo Inspiration

by Jamie Sanford on November 8, 2011

Countdown to Las Vegas continues – now it is time to look at other people’s photos and use them as ideas to create our photos for the big vow renewal.  I am definitely planning a trip to the famous Las Vegas sign for some photos, but let’s get some concrete ideas down first.

Love this one from Kristen Joy Photography.

Also enjoying this one with the “Eiffel Tower” in the background, from The Knot.

Not so much a wedding photo, but this from msmail on Flickr is a pretty silhouette.

What iconic photos should we strive for while in Vegas? Leave suggestions in the comments!

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Las Vegas Vow Renewal: What I am definitely wearing.

by Jamie Sanford on November 7, 2011

The time is approaching – we leave for Las Vegas in just a few days!  I’m so excited that I’m making fun graphics for myself.

So, as discussed previously, I had a plan for what I was wearing.  I purchased a dress from a website called Starlets and Harlots (who don’t get a link because they suck), and weeks later I had heard nothing and received nothing.  I finally complained to PayPal, and managed to get a refund, but obviously, I was still pissed because they had the dress that I wanted.

So I started finding backup dresses in a hurry.  I have bought and returned multiple dresses in the past few weeks, and over the weekend, finally confirmed what I will be wearing.

This is the Monif C Marilyn Ruched Convertible Dress.  It’s currently on sale but that ends soon, so I’ll list the price as $215.

I don’t look like this model, but once my friend Tiffany had tied me into the dress over the weekend, I knew it was the winner.  I feel super fabulous in this dress, and that’s all I needed.

I need to get some fishnets (maybe these Spanx ones), but I am totally wearing my previously purchased Poetic Licence shoes!

These appear to be no longer available.  They are perfect for Vegas though, with the attributes of both dice and playing cards. They are perfect.

I also think it might be cold, so I will be bringing along a cardigan and my favorite black velvet blazer in case it is a bit chilly.

Coming soon, a post where I talk about my makeup options and revisit the hair question too.  Las Vegas, here we come!

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What I’m Wearing (I hope): Las Vegas Vow Renewal

by Jamie Sanford on September 27, 2011

Since I finally ordered my dress for my upcoming vow renewal, I’m ready to share the intended outfit.

There will be Spanx too but we don’t need to get into that.

This dress was one I found a while back, and now it is on sale for $49.95 from Starlets & Harlots. It isn’t going to arrive for something like 3 weeks, and if it doesn’t fit, I’ll either be going to a backup dress or going into full panic mode.

I have to wear the crinoline underneath the dress to keep it poofy. This is on sale for $48.96 from Starlets & Harlots.

These are Spanx tights but they are polka-dotted! SPANX® Swiss dot sheers are available at Lane Bryant for $28.

Readers have seen these before! I couldn’t resist them for Las Vegas, the colors remind me of playing cards, and polka dots are like spots on the dice.  These Poetic License Apple Pie shoes are available for $78.40 from Zappos.  (I got lucky and got mine for $25 from ideeli!)

Now, how will I do my hair?  My hair is as long as it has been in ages, it is well past my shoulders.  Here are some thoughts I’m having about possible hairstyles.

I feel like this might take the dress too far towards Audrey Hepburn.

This is not as curly but has a definite retro vibe.

I could definitely rock some Amy Winehouse retro beehive realness.  Toned down a bit though.

As messy as this hair looks, I would still need professional help to achieve it.  This would take it to a more modern look, messy-on-purpose and all of that.

Then we come to the Nina Dobrev portion of the blog post.  I have saved multiple photos of her hair styled in some form of curls.  My hair isn’t this long, and the color is most like what she has going on in the middle there.  I feel like the middle style would be a good choice because the curls are quite defined, and I imagine that it will probably last the longest.  The one on the left is really loose and sexy but I worry that my hair goes wonky too quickly after I’ve paid to have it done.

Any thoughts? Leave a note in the comments!

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