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Breaking Busy + More Vacays

IMG_0195Dress: TOPSHOP (c/o) / Hat: Goorin Brothers

They say never to send a pitch on Fridays because it’s not the day people want to be thinking about pitches or work. So just remember, don’t send important emails on Fridays, wait for Monday.

It is also said when you start a blog post, to delete the first paragraph because it’s just unimportant rambling – and I already did that so that’s what’s left, haha.

I’m starting my summer tour. In a few weeks I’m visiting New York. I can’t wait to share the newness of re-exploring the Big Apple at this stage of my life. I’m going with a girlfriend and we’re attending a fancy awards dinner, yours truly is a finalist for a Golden Link Award (for blogging) from Rakuten Marketing so this is a good excuse as any to venture east, put on a fancy dress and buy another I ♥ NY shirt.

Benjamin said the other night, “Boy, you like to travel,” and I said since it’s in the US I don’t count it as travel, and as my gf Ashley says, if you’ve already been, you’re visiting. So, I’m visiting that gorgeous state of New York.

I’m starting to stop proudly telling people I’m busy. I am busy, but it’s not always good.

If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.

I was incredibly busy last month and busy in the overwhelming, stressful way. This is not the busy one wants to be – I completed my commitments and now I want to enjoy every second of upcoming travels, embrace the projects that I’m passionate about it. I’m also learning to say no, stop volunteering for things because I feel obligated, and even if I’m free, I don’t need to agree to go just fill up my schedule. I’m taking mental health days because I need it, they are called vacations and a break away from sitting in front of my screen all day – and I’m making memories with my giggly girlfriends and hubby.

I’m reading a book called Breaking Busy, it’s a Christian book and if you aren’t a Christian you can still benefit from reading it. Just a few pages in my mindset has already changed on how society makes us think we have to hustle, and that our self worth is about being busy. You know what matters in life? Relationships, souls!

Working is great, you have to sustain a lifestyle, there are bills to pay, trips, all of it. But then I thought to myself, maybe if I was less busy buying junk, I could be less busy working trying to pay for it. Put that in a fortune cookie.

On that note, I hope you have the most wonderful non busy weekend, ever. xx

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Annual Desert Getaway

las-vegas-travel-blogger-trip-arizona-diana-elizabeth-blog-com-girls-weekend_0021Dress: TOPSHOP (c/o)

I believe this is our third year of making Vegas an annual getaway – thanks to Jen’s Vegas hook up of free hotel stays and food credit, you can’t beat that! Vegas is a 4.5 hour drive from Phoenix and is the right kind of getaway for us – we can sleep in with no guilt, get dressed up for dinner, and find entertainment in any way we please.

This year though, only three out of the six of us could make it – babies, work, that whole thing called life gets in the way. But Jen, Sommer and I decided to rally and still go. And I think no matter how large your group of friends are, you should still always go even if people can’t make it – because girl time is girl time, and you still have the same heart to heart chats and fun ways to make memories that make it worth it, whether 1, 2, or 6 girls go!

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Incase you didn’t notice, I’m obsessed with the off shoulder trend. I thought I wasn’t into it years ago when I had a too tight of a shoulder top which made me feel like my shoulders were being squeezed too tight, but now I can’t get enough wearing the correct size – so expect me to overwear this trend!

This royal blue dress is from TOPSHOP (c/o). See pink version here, I’m in size 2. This is my new favorite dinner dress, I love that it is stylish but not too body hugging (ie uncomfortable and I can eat). TOPSHOP is is having a Memorial Day sale, 30% off selected lines and spring styles.

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For this trip, we’ve done Vegas so many times, each of us. I’m also certain I’m using my toes now to count which is fine, but there are so many new ways to discover Vegas, especially if you’ve seem to outgrown or are tired of the clubbing scene. So… we bought tickets to see David Copperfield!!!!!!!

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I am using lots of exclamation points about David Copperfield because he’s a huge part of my childhood! Did you ever watch his shows on TV when you were younger? Like when he turned the tissue into the shape of a rose and lit it on fire and it turned into a real rose? Or he guessed the number written down? Or… I’ll just stop there so you can see him at MGM Grand because you really should.

It’s been over 20 years since I saw him when I was in jr. high in Reno with my family. I got his autograph on an 8×10 photo and as he signed, he looked up and asked me for my name and asked if I enjoyed the show. I’ve always had a soft spot for him, he seems like the sweetest guy. We didn’t want to watch any dark magic stuff if you know what I mean, and we knew David Copperfield would be a wonderful, wholesome show. I love that his illusions/magic shows are clean, funny, light, and entertaining.

Then, he tweeted at me after the show. Dad, look!

Cheers to that!
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We had some delicious sushi at MGM Grand’s Shibuya. Lobster and scallops in a butter sauce, and I ate raw salmon for the first time – on purpose. It was delicious. Food is such a big deal when traveling so I love that my girls eat!

During dinner, a gentleman sat down to chat (really with Sommer but was polite enough to include Jennifer and I in conversation and eye contact, lol), and asked what we were doing after dinner. When we said we were going to watch David Copperfield, he looked at us like we were 80 years old and wondered why we’d do that. Then he invited to buy us a drink and when we all said we didn’t drink I think he thought we were aliens, it was pretty funny. I do love that Vegas welcomes conversations with strangers everywhere you turn, most are kind, others are just bold and gutsy but whatever – my rule is to always be kind, no matter what! It sure seems hard to be a guy too, doesn’t it? And expensive…

The next day, after we checked out the Seven Magic Mountains,  we ate at Hash House a go go on the strip close to Harrah’s. Sommer heard there’s usually a 1 hour wait, but we arrived around 3:30 pm – we only waited 20 minutes for our late lunch, early dinner… errrr, Vegas time.

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The food was ridiculous – like, huge! Two fried chickens were under that pile of crispy fried onions and four waffles and the inside had bacon! My stomach kinda hurt after as the bread was expanding, you know how that goes.

So, we walked it off shopping at the Forum Shops in Caesars, headed to Old Las Vegas (what a freak sight, right?). 

On a side note, please be very aware of your surroundings, day or night. When you’re walking to your car, don’t be distracted by your phone. Look to the side and behind you. We had a little instance on the way to the car while in Old Las Vegas that really spooked us, causing us to run to the car in the parking lot. Nothing did happen but we’re not sure if something could have happened you know? Thankfully, nothing happened and all is well in Vegas world for us.

When 9 p.m. hit, we decided it was time to get in bed, change into jammies, ordered room service and watched How to be Single, laughing and it made me think about how I truly did cherish being single before I got married which is a good thing – no regrets! It’s not a family movie, but you could probably guess that.

I also did what I always do while on vacation because I can’t do it at home – eat in bed!

My romper is from A&F. It’s so comfy, until you want to go to the bathroom at 4 a.m.

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After all the times I’ve been to Vegas, I’ve never stopped to take a photo by this sign. Jennifer who has probably been about 20 times hadn’t either, so we said, let’s do it!

So, we did! There’s a nice courteous line you can wait in, but if you are impatient and want to do a selfie on the side, as long as you aren’t blocking other people, like we did at an angle, that works too.  Have you ever taken a photo by it?

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We checked out a new restaurant, visited the Seven Magic Mountains, saw the legendary magician, ate dinner in bed, made memories, and the best part – soulful chats that bring you closer to your girlfriends. The deep conversations about life, marriage, kids, friendships, work, it all just grows you together as sister friends.

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