Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Las Vegas: #MyCosmoStyle recently got in touch with me regarding a fun little blogger style challenge.  The question: What would I wear during a day at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas?

First, I'm always thinking about food so I would hit up Jaleo for some tapas. Don't forget the sangria!  If you're a brunch/buffet type of person, the Cosmopolitan offers up the traditional Vegas buffet experience with an added touch of elegance at Wicked Spoon.  

Why not start the day with a bit of glam?  No need to question a bra top for brunch. It's Vegas. 

My Cosmo Style: Las Vegas

Joseph blazer

J.Crew leather shorts

Agent Provocateur swim suit
$180 -

Tod s leather purse

Michael Kors stainless steel jewelry

After the food coma nap, it's time for a little exercise at the Marquee Dayclub.  Of course, swimming is optional.  People-watching is a must at this pool and bar area spanning 22,000 square feet.

In my fantasy day by the pool, I would be all about the accessories.  And in my fantasy, sunblock and getting in the pool have no effect on this ensemble! 

My Cosmo Style: A Day at the Pool

Norma Kamali scrunch bikini

Norma Kamali scrunch bikini

Vince Camuto straw fedora

Estée Lauder lipstick

Nars cosmetic

I'd wear this flirty cut out dress for dinner at Scarpetta and dancing at Marquee.  And try not to fall in those Vince Camuto heels!

My Cosmo Style: A Night Out

Elizabeth and James cut out dress

Sergio Rossi blue purse

Rebecca Minkoff ear cuff earring
$74 -

H M thin ring
$4.84 -

Michael Kors beauty product

Writing this entry really makes me miss going to Vegas.  When I used to live in LA, it was an easy trip to make. I remember my girlfriends and I planning out our outfits for those Vegas outings!  Fashion was definitely part of the experience.  

Did you have a favorite #MyCosmoStyle outfit?  What do you typically wear in Las Vegas?

And don't forget to check out the Cosmopolitan on your next trip to Vegas.  More information about the hotel here!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Happiness Habits

When I work out, I feel good.  For me, the best habit is to get exercise early in the morning and start off the day right.  For me, later work out times tend to lead to THE UNRAVELING. Things just come up during the day. Important things like happy hour.

I'm happy when I'm creative. That means being imaginative. Writing. Brainstorming. Editing videos. Playing. And I'm discovering other ways to create. Even cooking.  The process of measuring ingredients out, modifying the plan according to taste, and getting active with your hands...chopping, mixing, sprinkling. I don't know.  It kind of triggers something in my mind.  Like a forgotten, dusty unused part of the brain that was last activated during some random arts and crafts project.  There's something to be said about working with your hands as opposed to sitting in front of the computer and "making stuff". 

My summer has been filled with reading.  It's always been tough to squeeze in some time to read. And sometimes when you want to unwind, it's tempting to just reach for a junky magazine.  I made a concerted effort to read books on acting, relationships, and improving one's lifestyle (Who's not into getting more out of life?)  Look, when I say I made a concerted effort, I literally bribed myself. "If you read this, you will get to eat a fat pizza."  Which is pretty much what also gets me to work out. In addition to the books below, some recommendations are The Power of Less and The Creative Habit (ding ding!)

Another key thing in my life is making time for the people you love, but also the people who make you feel good.  It can be HARD with hectic schedules.  Also, I'm kind of obsessive about building my career so I feel guilty at times about going out for fun. It's stupid. Anyway, especially since I pick up last minute jobs, it can be difficult committing to dates and dinner plans (I KNOW that some of you know exactly what I'm talking about. Sorry!)  So, sometimes, it's gotta be a quickie lunch. You just have to make it happen. 

With my LA friends, our group text messages always make me smile. It's a little connection, but I love it.  In NY, I also have weekly acting accountability groups and buddies, and they are so important to me. Because they're actors and get it (actors are crazy, guys), but they are a huge factor in why I am not banging my head against the wall. In this industry, it's easy to feel like a big, fat loser.  You're going around thinking about all the things you didn't book that you forget about the accomplishments. So it helps when people remind you of them and celebrate!

Which I believe is a great habit to add to life.  Get into the habit of acknowledging your achievements!

What habits contribute to your happiness?