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?

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Public speaking anxiety, I will conquer you

On Fox 5 talking about our big event next month.

Not exactly the most gripping topic — but since public speaking anxiety is as crippling as it is to me, I bet there are others out there as well. In fact, last time I wrote about this (click here), a lot of you jumped out to say hello. And now is a natural time for an update!

Despite my own sometimes devastating public speaking anxiety, I jumped at the change to speak at Vegas’ Meet, Plan, Go. Part of the reason was the company: JoAnna of Kaleidoscopic Wanderings was putting on the event, and Diana of DTravelsRound was going to be my fellow speaker. No one could believe I had agreed to do this, but encouraging people with major interest in travel to get out there and do it? I was game.

Then my worst nightmare happened.

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Michael Jackson Cirque premiere in Montreal

Montreal, Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil

World premiere red carpet for Cirque’s Michael Jackson homage.

Despite having seen all seven of Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil shows, all but one of them two or three times, when I headed to wintery Montreal (Cirque headquarters!), I had no idea what to expect. The brand has already put its mark on the legendary Beatles and Elvis Presley, but Michael Jackson? For some reason, this was different. And I was going to see first-hand, at the world premiere of The Immortal, Cirque du Soleil’s stadium tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson. The excitement was building fast! The show was about to embark on a tireless North American tour. Its only prolonged stop? Las Vegas, of course!Twenty-four nights in Sin City, starting December 3. A more theatrical version of the Michael Jackson spectacle will eventually settle in Sin City permanently. I can’t wait!

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Vegas Party Prep 101 (for Emmy Rossum party)

Abby Tegnelia Vegas magazine Emmy Rossum party

What do you wear to meet Shameless actress Emmy Rossum?

After a year of living in a dusty beach town where getting ready meant putting on a tiny bit of mascara under the air conditioning so it didn’t sweat off before it dried, getting back into the groove of the Vegas party and nightlife scene has taken an enormous amount of energy. And once every month or so, I have an event where I need to look extra special.

Party-prep for my recent extravaganza began the Thursday night before the party. I ran into Bronzed for a quick spray tan on my way to a store opening, with my party dress hanging in the car. There, I chased down my favorite photographer, Al. After the party ended we ran to my car for a mini-photoshoot — of my dress. I needed to make sure it wasn’t see-through!

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Why journalism snobs should love amateur blogs

amateur blogsWhen I was first introduced to the online travel community more than a year ago, I was confused as to why everyone expected me to start an amateur blog . Who would read it besides my mom? What would I write about? And WHAT was the purpose?

I’d been working in magazines since college, so writing just for kicks, for my new friends who I’d never met across the world, seemed a bit ridiculous. And self-published, free eBooks? Give me a break. It’s not that I looked down on all of it… I just didn’t get it. I was in a period of my life, after losing my job, where I wanted to slow down – not add extra projects that appeared to take a lot of time for little or no monetary profit. And so I stayed far away.

Twelve months later, I have changed my mind. In fact, not only do I think the amateur blogging universe is extremely important to the future of professional writing, but I also think that even journalism snobs should have a lot more respect for it. Here’s why.

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