Friday, 10 May 2013

Viva Las Vegas or Vicky's adventures in Wonderland.

Me and The Hub at The Vegas sign in my Bettie
Page Dress from The Forum Shops.

I may have mentioned Vegas is my happy place.  I had always been slightly obsessed with the idea of a Vegas and the idea of Americana Kitsch, the rat pack and sin in the desert.  So 10 years ago the Hub and I sealed the deal, there in Las Vegas on our first visit, and what can I say the lady sunk her claws in us deeply and for the next 2 years we went back religiously until houses and life got in the way.

Then this year we finally got the chance to return, sure the lady had changed swapping the kitsch theming of the 90's with a glossy Kadashian Luxe style Vegas, full of swanky new hotels like the Cosmopolitan (pictures to follow) but I still love it!

So I thought I would post a sort of photo Blog of my hol in Vegas!

My beautiful Hotel Room - In the Flamingo Las Vegas (God I  loved that  shower)

The Hotel gardens Complete with Flamingoes

Of course despite the Flamingo being very nice, it was necessary to leave the hotel.  Although The Strip is magnificent and breathtaking and generally pretty awesome.  I really loved Fremont Street, on Friday nights they have bands down there playing on Fridays and Saturdays at The Fremont Street Experience which is a giant canopy over the street with an LED light show on it, (the band playing the night we were there were the Scissor Sisters meets the B52's and playing 80's covers) and further up is an area called Fremont Street East crammed full of cool bars like The Beauty Bar which is done out like a beauty parlor circa the 50's and Insert Coins which has hundreds of retro arcade games.

The 4 Queens Casino

The Fremont Street Experience

The Canopy plays the Queen show

Because even the tequilas are bigger

One of the colourful characters I met on my travels

As well as hanging out on Fremont Street, The Hub and I got tattoos at Club Tattoo (co-owned by a bloke from Linkin Park) My Hub's was done by the lovely and talented Ben Stanton and mine was done by the equally lovely and talented Joe Hart.  The Hub had a Hello Kitty and me a cocktail glass (well it is Vegas)  If you go to Vegas and want a tattoo I think this is quite a good place, it is in The Miracle Mile Shops.

So I have probably bored you enough for one post, but I will follow with some pictures of inside the hotels, The Strip, Food and cocktails, people dressed up and me posing shamelessly with them and the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

But here is a pic of The Strip to leave you with:
Bright lights city

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Kiss Nail Dress - A review

I love pretty nails, but I must confess I am pretty bloody hopeless at doing them.  So for special occasions I usually end up at the local beauty salon or begging a friend to do my nails or for hols getting Shellac if there is any chance of the pretty nails lasting the week.

Whilst on holiday in Vegas every Mall I went in had little stalls selling nail art stencils or what I am trying today nail wraps.  I didn't buy these in the mall but in Walgreen's (that place may be my spiritual nirvana more beauty bits than you can imagine and alcohol and snacks - I LOVE it!) Whilst in there I bought these by a brand called Kiss (not sure if you can get these here or not) and a Sally Hansen tatoo design set.

As seen in the box (Sorry Luddite me couldn't rotate the picture)

My super work station

So this afternoon in my highly jet lagged state I decided I would set to work.  It sounded simple right I stick them to my nail, fold them under and file the excess off - No probs even for a novice like me.  With one nail done and 2 wraps already destroyed I called for help from my beloved as the suckers curl up before I had chance to get them on my nail and once stuck to each other are tricky to get apart again, so between us we managed to stick the rest to my nails and they turned out ok, I think!

Finished result (sorry not the best picture)

So Here's the good.
Once they are on they are simple and it is easy to file the excess off.
It allows pretty fancy nails in a fraction of the time nail art would and I can imagine if you can do nail art it would be a mere stroll in the park,

The bad -
They don't fit and seem to be made for people with giant nails - to get them to fit we had to cut them down.
They curl up quickly and then seem impossible to try apart, which meant a few got wrecked before I had a hand from my beautiful helper.

Ultimately would I use them again, yes probably if I had someone to help.  However, I was a little disappointed with their staying power and found the ends did wear off a bit after a couple of days and that any bits that were slightly on the skin did start to come up, so I think it would have to be for a special occassion.