Ever since I was a little girl, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is what signified Thanksgiving for me and the start of the holiday season.
In the years when my mom-mom was alive, I remember sitting in her living room on that 1960's-era orange carpet from when interior decorating "went brown" while the adults rolled lunchmeat and sliced cheese for nibbling pre-dinner, basted the turkey and prepped the dining room table. I sat mesmerized while huge balloon floats passed by on the streets of New York, a place I didn't really understand yet. I enjoyed listening to the excitement in the voices of the commentators and though I didn't really know most of the people participating, I couldn't get enough of their energy and spirit. I sat anxiously, awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer and when he finally made his appearance, everyone would crowd into the room and cheer.
In my early teen years, I was most excited to see familiar celebrity faces and performances. It was exciting to see that I shared a tradition with these pop sensations that I admired so much, and that we were both doing the same thing with our Thanksgiving morning.
At 25, I still get excited when Santa and his reindeer and elves pull up and it provides me with a sense of comfort and familiarity of all those holiday's past and I'm reminded of my childhood when the holiday's were nothing short of magical.
For many, Thanksgiving "feels" like Thanksgiving when the meal is served, when the football game comes on or when family members ring the doorbell. For me, it's when I click on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, settle in with my family and get lost in the magic.
You can tune in this year too on NBC at 9:00AM on Thanksgiving morning!
Last week we hosted our Girls Night Out at Milito's in Downingtown and with it being one of the last events for me of the Summer I wanted to get some use out of one of my dresses from this season.
I got this dress from Nich Boutique in Collegeville and it was one of those things that Kristy (the fairy godmother of excellent outfits) picked for me but that I never would have chosen for myself. She encouraged me to try the dress on anyway, and I was instantly sold ... plus ... it matches my blue wedges perfectly!
This is one of those dresses that makes you look good without much effort and it's so comfortable you don't even feel like you're dressed up. That's my kind of outfit! I'm also a little obsessed with all things off the shoulder this season, so I loved that this was.
Not only did it incorporate a bit of this season's floral trend too, but it had vertical stripes and at 5'2" I'll take all of the elongating I can get.
If you follow us on social media, you know that I joined 10 fellow Housewives in the City babes in Las Vegas for the ConnectHer Media Conference. This was my first time in Vegas, so I wanted to share my experience with you all!
August 3, 2017 | 11:55PM PST | My 5.5 hour flight lands in LAS and MOCO Housewives and I take an Uber over to our hotel, the SLS Las Vegas. We aren't disappointed with our home for the long weekend.
After checking in and meeting up with some of the other early Housewives ladies for a few hours we decide to go to get ready for dinner and our plans for the night. We take the monorail (seriously, best $22 I've ever spent) over to the MGM where we decide to have dinner at Emeril's New Orleans Fish House. I don't eat seafood, so I order the Herb Roasted Free Range Chicken Breast which is accompanied with Bacon Braised Brussle Sprouts (heaven), Country Smashed Potatoes and Natural Reduction.
After dinner, we strolled on over to the Excalibur Hotel & Casino where we had a table at Australia's Thunder From Down Under show. This is NOT something that is within my comfort zone, but it was hilarious to actually be a part of something like this with my girlfriends and we had a blast. This is the only photo I can share from that experience, ha!
By 11:30PM PST we were all feeling exhausted after our long flights and staying up to what normally feels like almost 3:00 EST so we headed back to the hotel and to our beds!!
August 4, 2017 | 7:00AM PST | After a great night of sleep, I wake up and NOVA Housewives is up too. We decide to head across the street for some much needed coffee and eventually the other ladies meet us over there. As you can see, we all enjoy our caffeine (photo two is of MOCO and I all hyper as we wait for the elevator!).
Since it was Friday, most of the other HITC girls were going to be flying in, so we decide to make the official meeting spot the Foxtail Pool. I loved the vibe out here - the palm trees, the cabanas, the DJ... so much fun! It's SO hot in Vegas, and I'd been warned by EVERYONE that dehydration comes on quick there, so I made sure to get plenty of water out here. I also made sure to get a meal in - always hungry over here!
After the pool, we had a fun influencer dinner that the conference set up as a welcome for us at Giordano's which is a deep-dish pizza establishment with its roots in Chicago. It was located at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's on the strip (right by the Bellagio Fountains!).
We had so much fun taking pictures together, connecting with other media influencers from around the world and sampling the amazing food here. I was especially excited that there was a gluten-free/vegan pasta option and a super tasty salad. Though Giordano's doesn't have a location in our area, they ship!
Afterwards, we decided to walk along the strip a bit and then headed back to the hotel for a little gambling. When in Vegas, right? I learned how to play Blackjack on this trip!
Saturday, August 5 | 8:00AM PST | Conference Day
Our conference began with a special breakfast sponsored by got milk? and then we launched into the presentations. What a valuable day this was! The Opening Keynote was from Katie Ann Rosen Kitchens (co-founder & editor in chief of FabFitFun) who inspired us with her personal anecdotes on kicking fear in the butt and becoming more comfortable with failure. As a business owner myself, it was so wonderful having an opportunity to hear this serious boss babe tell her story and helpful to hear her be so real and put the reality of being a business owner out there. Looking at her and hearing her talk about all of this and then knowing how successful she has become was so inspiring!
The remainder of the day was full of valuable information that I look forward to using to improve the quality and content of my blog and video for you all.
On Saturday night, we were treated to another fun influencer dinner, this time hosted by Johnny Rockets inside of Mandalay Bay. Salad, fries (three different kinds!), our choice of a burger, and milkshakes? We were stuffed! Take a peek at our photo booth fun too (myself, MOCO, Jacksonville, Charleston/Columbia) ... we couldn't stop laughing!
On our final conference day, we had an opportunity to watch our leader (NOVA) sit on a panel of professionals who have successfully grown large online communities. I'm so honored to be a part of Andrea's community, HITC! I also had a chance to connect with even more new faces and organizations, including Survivor Eyes. This strong cancer survivor has created a product that is so inspirational and heartwarming - please check her out!
By Sunday afternoon, it was time to go home and I was so upset to have to leave so many new friendship, Vegas, everything. My flight was so quick home ... just over three hours thanks to a great Southwest pilot and some wind ;) I love the view taking off/landing in Vegas and made sure to get plenty of photos of the surrounding scenery. Overall, the weekend was such a great time and I hope to go back to Vegas sometime soon!