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!
The next morning, I woke up at five am to squeeze in a workout before work. We concentrated on my arms and back, so I’d have good posture at the party. After a few hours at the office, I ran to Platinum Entourage blowdry bar to have my makeup done by the super-talented Megan Mulligan. She’s amazing! Then it was off to the uber-famous Michael Boychuck’s Color salon in Caesars Palace. Two hours later, I walked out feeling like a rockstar, thanks to Michael’s color and Jackie’s cut. I cannot recommend them enough. I love my hair! To think that the last time I got blond highlights I’d been sitting on a friend’s porch in Costa Rica and rinsed in a shower on the beach…
Color is in a fab hallway near the super-posh restaurant Guy Savoy, in a separate wing of the hotel from the main lobby. I quickly commandeered the enormous marble bathroom and set out getting changed. Dress, heels, jewelry… I was ready in ten minutes but was then horrified to see that the front of my dress was a bit drapey. I ran downstairs into my car, threw on an old faded sweatshirt and drove down to the closest Target to buy safety pins. I have one thing to say: I never want to be in a Target in a sketchy part of town, alone, on a Friday night ever again.
Crisis averted, I drove to the Bellagio for my night to begin.
After dinner at Yellowtail, it was off to The Bank nightclub for the big soiree. It was already packed when we got there, everyone from Vegas running around to make sure everything was perfect. I floated inside for about half a glass of champagne before being beckoned back outside. Our cover star and party hostess, Emmy Rossum, was on her way — showtime!
My partner in crime/publisher, Joe, and I took photos with Emmy, who’s currently starring in Showtime’s Shameless, after her solo shots. The whole thing always happens so fast, thank goodness.
I had an amazing night at The Bank. So many people from the office came, and we danced and chatted for hours. Then my friends Jessie, Quynh, Jessica and I took off to make the rounds. We tore through Rain and Marquee nightclubs before finally heading home (as always, in a cab).
From five am to five am, it was a whirlwind! I was just snuggling into bed at the time I used to wake up in Costa Rica.
It’s been a wild transition, but it’s so worth it for the adventure. There’s always something new!