My first good-bye: to the magazine I love!

at the Vegas Magazine Summer Cover Party at the Azure Pool at PolazzoBeing the editor of a magazine that represents all things luxury Vegas has meant three years of not only a demanding work environment, but also a life as a 24/7 spokesperson of sorts for not only the publication, but the city as well. All of this has been the most wonderful experience. But the “100 percent all the time,” all-encompsing-job schtick has meant one thing to me in the past few days since I ended this chapter in my life: Whoa, saying good-bye was way more emotional than I thought! Enter, my very last cover party. After throwing soirees with stars such as my favorite Las Vegas Strip icon Celine Dion, country idol Shania Twain, and Dancing with the Stars beauty Brooke Burke, I have come to relish the excitement. My very last one? Chrissy Teigen, the most stunning of swimsuit models

I, of course, turned it into a going-away party of sorts for myself.

Why not?

My impromptu sort-of/sort-of-not going-away party was a surreal experience. Everything seemed to be happening so fast. My adrenaline was the weirdest surge of energy — I was so on edge that I barely remember the few hours before, yet I was so calm that for the first time ever, taking the mic to introduce our cover model didn’t bother me as much. (Ignore the crazy lady demanding champagne in our private cabana right before — old habits die hard.)

Chrissy Teigen swimsuit models

Our party’s real honoree: gorgeous Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen.

Chrissy was a blast. (Don’t believe me? Follow her on Twitter.) I honestly couldn’t have imagined a better person to have done my last big party with. She was fun, down-to-earth, good with meeting people, everything. If only all cover models were as wonderful, gracious and professional… Chrissy, you’re awesome! Thank you so much for making my last party as stress-free as possible.

Chrissy Teigen Abby Tegnelia

I love this photo: publisher Joe Vann staying out of the way, smiling, while between the model fixing her hair and me giving instructions, we had hardly any useable photos!

Our party was a gorgeous affair outside at Palazzo’s Azure Luxury Pool. Chrissy and I were set up in the first cabana, so we had a busy night with tons of fun people stopping by to say hi. It always makes me happy when people love the magazine, and I also enjoy seeing fans go up to our cover star. It means we picked the right one!

Chrissy Teigen Vegas Magazine

Chrissy loved the dress she wore on the cover so much, she bought it for herself!

Chrissy is a total foodie and talks all about it in her Vegas magazine article — from her food blog to how she stays fit for her Sports Illustrated shoots to which local restaurants she likes. Plus, she dishes on her upcoming wedding to John Legend. Have a read!

Joe Vann Chrissy Teigen Abby Tegnelia

Finally: We nailed it

It’s an end of an era. I am going to cut this post short before I get too sappy. (PLENTY of that to come!)

Thank you so much, Vegas magazine, for a wonderful three years!

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  1. Congrats and amazing work Abby!! I’m in Vegas next week! Would love to meet up!

  2. Would be so excited to meet up!!

  3. You’ve never looked better girlfriend, wow!!!!!!! SO delighted that you had an amazing going away party.

  4. I’m sad you are leaving Vegas before I got the chance to hang out and see the suburb side of the city with you 🙁 Ah well, maybe we can go back together some time!

  5. I’m so proud of your lady! Now lets rock the next part of your life! <3 xoxoxoxoxo See you soon!

  6. Ladies, good times ahead for sure!!

  7. Abby, I LOVE your dress! And can’t believe you’re leaving so soon! Any chance you’ll be to CA by early September after all?

  8. I’m glad you had such a great last party, although I’ll miss living vicariously through your gorgeous party picture and glam nights out!

  9. I have to say Abby, you look as beautiful as Chrissy. Everyone is looking look to reading about your next chapter of your life — we’re here to support you!

  10. Thank you, ladies!! I will miss some parts of it, but I am excited to move on. You guys are so sweet. 🙂

  11. What a night that must have been! I’m sure it must have been emotional, knowing that it was your last party with the magazine! I can’t wait to hear about everything else, I was loving the Instagram shots during your going away “week” ha ha!

  12. Awwwww I know — they really made it tough to go. Hopefully when I move, I can just slip away lol

  13. Very soon you will be having welcoming parties!

  14. Congratulations for your new adventure!
    I travelled a lot, I experienced different countries and each time I had been really excited before the beginning of something new!
    Challenges are really important and useful in my life!
    So, I have no doubt that once again everything is going to be all right!!

    Have a great time,

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