My Ode to Foldable Flats

Tieks pop pinkSomeone online recently teased me, “Let me guess, you always check two bags when you fly.” Me? No way! I am a type-A, no-checked-bags kinda girl. And I was recently turned on to Tieks foldable flats, which makes this a lot easier, and my wardrobe a lot more chic while traveling. Plus, as an editor on the go, they fit in my day bag so I can change in and out of my heels. It’s so strange — this is the second pair of foldable flats I’ve fallen in love with this year. You could say that this brand-new funny term, “foldable flats,” has changed my life!

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Sony Hidden Project: A bit of detail

China PoblanoI go to so many amazing foodie events like this one at Bar Masa (and am such a foodie myself) that I always wanted to learn how to take good food pictures so I could share them with you. Well, I am finally on my way! It turns out that my favorite part about being asked to represent Las Vegas for Sony’s Hidden project was getting to know the NEX-5RK’s macro lens. I am obsessed! As part of my job as editor-in-chief of Vegas magazine, I do photo selects of yummy food pictures all the time. Finally, I am learning the tech-y side of actually taking the photos! Here are just a few of my favorites, which ran during my photo exhibit at the Sony Store at Forum Shops.

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Sony Hidden Project: Nights of a Vegas editor

Abby Tegnelia lifestyle magazine editorI’m sure you won’t find it surprising that the night portion of my “day-to-night” in the life of an editor photo assignment for Sony’s Hidden Vegas project, offered a bit more material for the exhibit than my day at the office. So here’s the first of two posts showing how hectic my evenings can be. For big events requiring getting my photo taken, I always get my hair and makeup done, and then my evening turns into a whirlwind. “Going out” has many objectives for an editor at a lifestyle magazine: In addition to hosting parties for the magazine, showing support for new restaurants, and attending events for our advertisers, I also have the responsibility of coming up with story ideas to fill the entire magazine.

You can imagine how tireless you have to will yourself to be! Here’s a little taste…

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Sony Hidden Project: a day in my life as an editor

Photo credit: http://foggodyssey.com/

Photo credit: http://foggodyssey.com/

Now that my Hidden Vegas photo exhibit at the Sony Store at the Forum Shops is winding down, I wanted to share my series online. My assignment: use my new Sony NEX-5RK to capture a day in my life as editor-in-chief of Vegas magazine. We decided I’d go “day to night,” from putting together the lifestyle magazine all day in my suburban Nevada office to racing to parties and events at night. I found it a bit challenging to get behind the lens and make my job look fun — after all, a good chunk of my day is spent at my computer editing. I hope you like this inside peek! (From there, I showed  bit about what it is like to get ready for the big events, and then some whirlwind nights on the Strip, but I’ll save that for the next post.) The catch: the folks at Sony really pushed their “hidden” agenda, to share our cities not only from the eyes of a local, but from a special point of view, showing no faces. Meanwhile, I was learning to use a brand-new camera.

I have always loved creative challenges! This time, I got to attack a technical one as well.

Here is the “day” part! Early mistakes and all…

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24 Hours in New York

Melissa Weiner Abby Tegnelia NYCThere are insomniacs — and those who will never know what it’s like to not sleep like a baby. There are the naturally thin vs those who can’t fathom not fighting weight issues throughout their entire lives. And then there are those of us who will jump on a plane at the drop of a hat …. and those who think we’re nuts. I recently flew from Vegas to New York City for less than 24 hours and would do it again the second it was offered. I love airports, long flights (uninterrupted hours of reading!), landing in a different world for a little rejuvenation and spark. I’ve been called an escapist, and perhaps I am. But at least it leads to magic in my life! Even if it’s just for a short while at a time.

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Happy Chinese New Year — it’s my year!

Festive Chinese New Year decor at Cosmopolitan.

Festive Chinese New Year decor at Cosmopolitan.

Chinese New Year celebration in Vegas is a huge event, since Strip casinos cater to so many Chinese gamblers. This year, I was particularly into it, since it’s my year, year of the snake. To get good luck for the year (I hope!) I made sure to see at least one traditional dance. I chose the one from the Cosmopolitan, which turned out to be spectacular. There was so much hoopla that it was tough to get photos, especially when they come right up to you, wiggling around so fast. To start, every resort is decorated for the holiday. The Cosmopolitan’s red lanterns looked particularly bright against its famous three-story chandelier.

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