Where have You Been?

It’s been a while — too long really — since this Diva did anything very, well, Diva-like, and I was feeling like it’s about time I did…and what better way to get back into that bedazzled saddle of mine than to pick up one of my besties in my Divamobile and head over to Texas Station for the Las Vegas Woman’s Expo.

Unlike a different girl-themed gathering that was held in a South Strip hotel ballroom recently, the one Jill and I went to was held in a smaller-sized ballroom nestled in a much quieter locals-friendly Texas Station Casino with maybe 50 vendors, ranging from water purifiers to skin rejuvenators. While many of the vendors were of the been-there-done-that-got-the-themed-martini-glass variety, there were some standouts.

One of Rhythm Kitchen's chefs cooking up
some jambalaya at the expo.
Photo by Linda Evans.

First, let’s talk about the food-related vendors because, well, I like food — good food — and Texas Station had their eateries well represented (Austin’s Steakhouse offered a lovely Cobb salad sample and champagne was being served by the Martini Bar) but my favorite treat was the jambalaya being prepared fresh by the yummy young chefs manning the Rhythm Kitchen booth. I love southern-style food, especially Cajun and Creole dishes out of Louisiana. You can take me to N’awlins any time, sweetie. Even though their jambalaya sample was little bland for my taste I chalked it up to making sure not to over-spice the unbaptized. I could tell that they know what the flavor profiles should be and since they are located in the same end of the Valley that the Diva calls home (SW Las Vegas near Decatur Blvd. and Sunset Road) I’ll be heading over in the very near future to check out one of their all-you-can-eat nights (catfish on Saturday nights…YUM) or will be ordering up one of the Rhythm Kitchen Platters (catfish, oysters, two kinds of shrimp and frog legs…oh my). Wonder if that cute chef is on the menu. Oops, did I just say that with my outside voice?

The next notable was also food related — Marina, store manager for the HoneyBaked Ham located on Rainbow Blvd. Near Charleston. This is a woman who knows how to get what she wants. I mean, how many of us can convince a man to don an obviously less-than-comfy pig suit without making promises we might regret later? But beyond her obvious negotiating skills, it was her willingness to think outside the box in order to give back to the community that really got our attention.

You see, my homegirl Jill is not only a military wife and a middle-school mommy, she’s also a fund-raising goddess for many causes near and dear to her heart. (She still creates fund-raising opportunities for her son’s former elementary school even though he hasn’t attended there for two years.) Once Marina discovered both the military and fund-raising connections, she and Jill brainstormed for a good 20 minutes on potential collaborations. I can’t wait to see what those two come up with. Seriously, this could be dangerous.

Jill models a handcrafted bracelet made of freshwater cultured pearls created by Cindy of C Pearls.
Photo by Linda Evans.

Moving on to women’s accessories and wearables I found a few notable vendors. Summerlin shoe store Foot Solutions offer some pretty good-looking work shoes that don’t look like work shoes and a running shoe that are as light as a feather (ok…more like 7 ozs but still…) and the multi-location Eccoci (a.k.a. Limited Editions For Her) carries nice-looking-yet-affordable office attire (although the styles seem more appropriate for Ladies who Lunch in the Hamptons than for women who swelter in Las Vegas). Also catching the Diva’s attention was the Miche Bag: a unique concept in handbags where you take a basic handbag and add super cute magnetic shells to the outside of it to create different looks to suit your mood and/or outfit. It’s kinda pricey to get started (to get the classic black bag, one shell and one strap approaches the $100 mark) but local representatives offer special deals on the shells as well as at-home parties that I may actually go to. And this Diva does NOT do tupperware, or makeup parties or glassware parties. Maybe “toy” parties if I’m in the mood.

For me, however, there were two stand out vendors in women’s accessories: C Pearls and So Lucky To B Me. Cindy Ulrich spoke to my inner artist with breathtaking freshwater cultured pearl jewelry with looks and sets ranging from subtle and everyday to bold and special occasion styles and all at very affordable rates. Andie is also an artist but her “canvas” is cotton clothing with inspiring quotations and leather accessories with rhinestones. When I go to these things I promise myself I won’t buy anything and this is the second time I broke down and bought one of Andie’s t-shirts. What can I say…I’m a sucker for a good, positive quote. Shhh. Don’t tell. It will ruin my image.

To wrap up our expo adventure Jill and I got chair massages from Nevada School of Massage Therapy students. What a great way to end the day. But the real added bonus was “accidentally” mentioning the pampering to my mate after he got home from a very long, very hot day humping audio gear at an outdoor show in North Las Vegas. The cost for a massage at the school? $32. The look on his face when I told him I was getting a massage while he was dealing with heat and crowds and local musicians? Priceless, darling. Just priceless.


2 responses on “Where have You Been?

  1. Here\’s some of best of the free spectacles you slhdoun\’t miss:Las Vegas Sign.The sign is on the southern end of the strip!Fall Of Atlantis Caesars PalaceEvery Hour (10am-11pm)Freemont Street Experience Freemont St.Every half hour after dark (ends at midnight)Water Fountains Show BellagioEvery 20 minutes.week days: 3pm 12amweekends: 12pm 12am Volcanic Eruption The MirageEvery 15minutes! (7pm -12am)Circus Acts Circus CircusEvery 20minutes! (11am 12am)Sirens of T.I Treasure Island5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm and 10:30 pmExperience a Rainstrom Miracle Mile in Planet HollywoodMon-Thus: storm every hour Fri-Sun: every half hourMasquerade Show in the Sky RioEveryday 3, 4, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 pm Sunset StampedeShow times are 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm daily. Other that that..Venetian has very nice Italian style-setting. Ride the Gondola, it can be very nice.Caesars Palace has the place set as if you were in the Ancient-Rome. It also has a good shopping place! And check out their Atlantis show right by the arcades!Bellagio The Garden, very nice picture spot on the inside right by the lobby, they change the theme according seasons! Also they have the biggest chocolate fountains in the world!Mandala Bay Aquarium that 12,200 gallons of water with tropical fish and sharks too!Circus Circus has a whole floor level for arcade games (The Midway) where you can play for cheap and win prizes! And they also have an indoor-theme park, The Adventure Dome, where they have rides and other arcade games! Check out the free Circus Acts also, right above the casino level!Luxor has a very nice egyptian theme, and you can take a picture with the Sphinx and the pyramid in the background. (right outside the hotel)Paris go up the Eiffel Tower, it\’s not too high but you can still get a great view of the city.Strathosphere go up to the Strathosphere tower and it has a really nice beautiful view from up top. Plus, there are some roller-coaster rides up there too, but if you\’re afraid of heights, I wouldn\’t recommend it.The Mirage has a very beautiful Tropical Forest, and Coral Reef Aquarium and their infamous White Tigers!Flamingo Hotel very nice wildlifes from around the world, they have the garden filled with exotic birds, ucks, penguins, swans, turtles, koi and of course the Chilean flamingos.MGM lion habitat! New York New York they have a memorial spot for the September 11 remberance right infront of the Statue of the Liberty. Also they have a roller coaster that cost $12 per ride!Also on the strip, right across NewYork NewYork, there\’s a big M M\’s store. If you\’re a big M M\’s lover, it\’s the best store for you. Next to it, there\’s a big Coca-Cola store, and Gameworks somewhere near too!Okay, I hope that helps! Have a fun trip! Just because you\’re underage doesn\’t mean you can\’t have fun in vegas !

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