Monday, October 24, 2016

tips for your first las vegas trip

Back in September I took a quick getaway for my first Las Vegas trip. I was only there two nights but that was enough to convince me I need to go back! Growing up in an area where we have casinos, and working in one for two years made me think I'd never want to visit Las Vegas. But y'all, there is so much to this city other than just gambling. If you've never been I'd suggest rounding up a group of girl friends and planning a trip ASAP.

So here are four tips for your first Las Vegas trip

1. Your shoes matter - If your boyfriend tells you you don't need to pack the flat sandals, he's wrong. There is so much walking there is just no way you're going to have a good time in heels. I made the mistake of wearing wedges on our first time and had blisters the rest of the trip. Flats when decorated in rhinestones, sequins, glitter, or metallic are even appropriate in clubs.

2. It's hot - yes every place you walk into is going to have the air blasting, but going in between them it gets hot. Make sure to drink plenty of water so you don't get over heated. And at the end of the day when you're exhausted and hot, just pay the $7 and take an Uber back home, seriously no matter where we were on the Strip it cost just under $7 to Uber back to our hotel.

3. Don't get overwhelmed - There is just no way to see and do everything in a single trip. Even if you did stay long enough you'd be so exhausted you'd just want to sleep after a couple nights. Pick a few things you most want to do and prioritize them, everything else can wait till next time.

4. Don't spend a fortune on your hotel - Let's be honest, if you're spending tons of time in your hotel room you're doing it wrong. We booked our room the week before and spent about $90 a night (including the resort fee) to be right on the Strip. Was it the best hotel I've ever stayed in? No way. But it was clean and I felt safe and it got the job done. Casino hotels make their rates lower because they're hoping you'll spend the money you saved on your room at the slots and table games.

Have you been to Vegas? What's your best tip?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Out West Wednesday : hard work pays off

You might have noticed I've been pretty MIA around here lately. Part of that is because I recently bough a new smart tv for my bedroom and binge watching Netflix has been more appealing than just about anything else, but I've also been working my butt off at work.

When I moved to Vail in November I was only hired as a winter seasonal employee. I learned quickly and worked hard and at the end of the season was hired as a 10 month year round employee. Getting that promotion was huge because it meant I'd finally earn PTO and sick time (a serious perk I never realized existed in the work world). I knew there would be the possibility for another promotion before this next winter season started. I made it my goal to work extra hard to set myself apart as a vital part of our team. I worked overtime, sometimes 9 days in a row, took on extra tasks; I did any and every thing to prove my worth.

I'm so excited to announce all my hard work paid off! Last week I was officially promoted to front desk supervisor. This not only comes with a raise, and a garage parking spot (which let's be real is the best perk of all #nomorewinterbus), but also a boost to my resume and professional confidence. I don't talk about it much because it still makes me angry, but the lack of a promotion was one of my biggest sources of unhappiness in my old job. Working your butt off daily and never receiving the promised rewards makes you feel unappreciated and worthless. I can't even explain how wonderful it is to finally feel like my hard work and worth are noticed. I am so thankful each and every day that I get to work as part of a team that not only supports me but appreciates me. Knowing this only pushes me to work harder and continue to grow as a professional. Hard work pays off, and if you work with people who don't feel the same way, you're working for the wrong people.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

fall 2016 wants

The temperatures have slowly been dropping but it still didn't really feel like fall until the past week or two. Seemingly overnight the trees have turned golden and all of a sudden it feels like fall. Winter is truly spectacular here, but honestly I'm really loving the fall. The different vibrant colors lets you really see all the details of the mountain. And because it's the off season there are less crowds of people and even though the summer is still the best hidden time to visit, now is probably a close second. One of the most exciting things about seasons changing is the fact that your wardrobe gets to change too. I'm on a bit of a spending freeze at the moment, but I've rounded up a few of my fall 2016 wants.

I bought this jacket in the Nsale back in July and wasn't sure if I'd keep it, but it's such a fun jacket I love it! The color is perfect, not too bright but still a pop of color. These are my very favorite jeans ever! They're perfectly skinny to fit into boots or roll for booties without being so tight you can't enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie. I wore a sun hat the entire time I was in Vegas and it was so fun! I really think I need to invest in a fall hat so I can feel glamorous no matter the season.

What are you loving for fall?

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