Ok, FINE, I’m a Jetsetter! (today)

Abby TegneliaI always get teased about being a “jetsetter,” which I think is funny since I hardly think scraping together pennies from a journalist’s salary for a Southwest ticket does a “jetsetter” make. But sometimes I get invited to do some things that deserve some good-natured ribbing. And for once, I’m not going to go, “Oh, stop it…” On Monday, I got to do something I had never done before: fly into town (Hollywood for that matter) Β just for a party — and I even got to hit the red carpet with one of my favorite stars.

So fine, call me a jetsetter… Β But just this once!

In true jetsettter fashion, I was given almost no notice of my impending adventure. Early Sunday evening I was told that I had been invited to a party thrown by my magazine (Vegas)’s sister publication, Los Angeles Confidential. The reason? Their cover star was Dennis Quaid, currently of the CBS drama, Vegas. Also in the show? Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss, currently on the cover of my own magazine. Long story short, there was room on a private jet headed for LA, and did I want to come?

I’d be honored!

private jet charter

I went into overdrive. Missing a day of work meant that some pre-planning was required. I worked late that night, but it did not matter. The next day, I again was in my home’s makeshift makeup chair, which recently got play when I was preparing to meet Celine Dion. These darn events that happen on days when the salon is closed! (Follow Amber on Twitter!)

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Amber from Hot Box did my hair and makeup!

I met up with my publisher, Joe Vann, at the private airport near the Strip. This was much better than a day at the office!

Joe Vann Abby Tegnelia

As we know from my previous posts about private jet charter to LA, it is a quick trip. But we all got in the cocktail party mood with a little apperitif!


When we got to the party, I of course had to hit the red carpet with Dennis, and my friend and colleague Tiffany Carey … What do you think?

Tiffany Carey Dennis Quaid Abby Tegnelia

Touchdown: just long enough to hit the red carpet with Dennis Quaid and my colleague, Tiffany.

The ride home seemed a little longer than the ride there, and at least half of our little party Β fell asleep. But it was worth it! Seeing the unmistakable lights of the Las Vegas Strip in the distance, I knew I was home.

Las Vegas Strip

It was a late night — I got home around midnight — but it was worth every bit of future exhaustion to be a jetsetter for the day.

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  1. How fun!!
    What a unforgettable experience!!
    You looked gorgeous by the way! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you, Kristen!! It was so fun!

  3. glamorous life, jetsetter! πŸ˜‰ great photo and sounds so fun.

  4. Hey! I love your dress, you looked absolutely gorgeous! Nice story and I am so jealous of the red carpet!!! πŸ˜‰

  5. Thank you, ladies!! It was such a fun day, but it was over too quickly!

  6. Dennis Quaid rocks! Lucky you… πŸ™‚

  7. He was a lot of fun!

  8. Fun post and pics, Abby! D.Q. looks charming as ever, I’ll have to check out that new program…

  9. Okay, when you put up a post like this I’ve got to say… your life does not suck! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the jetsetting as it comes!

  10. You must be getting used to traveling like this by now. Tell me it hasn’t crossed your mind just how long it would take to get to Costa Rica on one of these private jets.
    You do look great by the way.

  11. Like most people, I do think about what it’d be like to have the means to travel like that all the time!!

  12. I’m sorry, multiple private jet rides and many, many evenings hanging out with celebrities makes you a jetsetter always, even if you aren’t always treated as such by the airlines!

  13. HA! Well, our little group IS fabulous!!

  14. Dennis so looks airbrushed into that photo, ha! And what an amazing experience–still awaiting the day I get that call telling me my private jet is ready =)

  15. Oh … the life! I want to be a JS when I come and visit in November. Or at least go see Absinthe. πŸ˜‰

  16. Kristin, I will run a less “filtered” pic in the magazine — that was the best I could do short-notice!

    Diana, we can do whatever you want — can’t wait to see you!!!

  17. Can I please come on the next trip πŸ™‚

  18. So rad! I wouldn’t have fallen asleep either on the flight home, look at the view of Vegas at night.

  19. I think you could get used to this πŸ™‚

  20. That truly is the jetset lifestyle! Awesome that you get to experience stuff like this πŸ˜€

  21. Glamorous! You look stunning in your red carpet attire. By the way, your private jet ride experience is inspiring.

  22. I love Vegas at night!! And thank you. πŸ™‚

  23. I love flying into Las Vegas at night. It’s the only time I like the window seat.

  24. Sounds like great fun and you look very glamorous!!
    I’m flying into Vegas tomorrow night and look forward to pulling out my camera and capturing some of the city light scenes.

  25. So, was Dennis a nice guy?

  26. So let me get this straight…two private jet trips in like a month? A hard life indeed:)

  27. Oh lord. I just can’t imagine having such an amazing and glam life like you do. Love you Abby!

  28. So cool Abby!! Glad you had fun πŸ™‚

  29. Total jetsetter! Fascinating story as always, even though I don’t know much about Dennis Quaid’s work.

  30. Watch him on Vegas!! I know I’m partial, but it’s so cool to see Sin City unfold into what it is today.

  31. I see this as becoming a habit for you, Abby. πŸ™‚ What a cool experience!

  32. Now that’s a cool experience!

  33. Nice! Talk about living it up!!

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