June 4, 2012

Dancing With the Stars Las Vegas Review!

One of my favorite shows is Dancing With the Stars so when I heard they were going to be doing a live show in Las Vegas I knew I had to go. When I heard that my favorite Dmitry Chaplin was going to be in the show I knew I really had to go. The show is playing 6 nights a week with additional performances during the day on certain days. It is scheduled to have performances through July 7 at the Tropicana Hotel. I did have a difficult time figuring out the date I wanted to go mainly because every weekend seems to have something going on. I had narrowed it down to three different weekends. This past weekend or next weekend were the options. I had looked at prices at this weekend won out. It was going to be a short trip only because I wanted to keep costs down. Friday night we went to the Sugarland concert we flew on Saturday afternoon (in order to get a lower price flight as well).

We arrived in Vegas at 5 and the show was at 8 so we basically got to the hotel and started getting ready. I had packed three dresses to choose from to wear to the show. One I had bought a while ago but never wore but I thought I might be too hot in it. The second one was just a simple black dress and the third was this really pretty royal blue dress that my sister had actually bought to wear but it didn’t fit her right so I brought it along. She decided to wear this really cute black dress that fit her perfectly. I decided on the blue dress so we didn’t look too similar.

We got to the Tropicana around 7:45 which was good so we didn’t have to wait too long. We definitely brought down the average age of audience attendees but that was fine with me. I had sprung for VIP tickets on the floor because I wanted to be as close to Dmitry as possible. The VIP seats were chairs with tables that looked very much like how the TV show has tables and chairs. We were at the first table in front of the stage left of center. There were four seats to the table and we were in the “back” two seats of the table so it was like we were in the second row which I actually preferred so we could see more of the stage. While we waited for the show to start they played songs that I remember had been used on the show for certain routines. When we got to our seats a photographer took our pictures together and then individually. When we took the individual pictures he made us pose really awkwardly. Of course these photos were available for purchase after the show.

Finally the show started! The show started with a group number with all the stars and pro dancers. Carson Kressley was the MC of the event and was hilarious! I was seriously laughing the whole show. The other “stars” in the show were Joey Fatone (from my favorite boy band *N SYNC), Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey, and Tia Carrere. The pros from the TV show were Dmitry, Lacey Schwimmer (another one of my favorites), and Tristan MacManus who was just recently added to the cast (we were very happy about this addition). The show also featured a troupe very similar to how the tv show has a troupe that usually dances on Elimination Night. In troupe were a few familiar faces from my other favorite reality dance show So You Think You Can Dance: Ryan Di Lello (S6), Iveta Lukosiute(S8), Jaymz Tuaileva (S2) and one of my favorites, Anya Garnis (S3, S7 & S8 All Star). Iveta and Ryan made a great pairing; I couldn't keep my eyes off of them in the group numbers. Apparently Janette Manrara (S5) and Artem Chigvintsec (S1) are also in the show per the program but did not dance in this performance. Let me tell you that all of the dancers are more gorgeous and beautiful in person!

Each celebrity performed two routines. Anya danced with Joey, Sabrina with Tristan, and Lacey of course with Kyle. Tia danced a solo dance with Dmitry and then a hybrid group number with Dmitry and Ryan with the troupe. Carson danced his famous “Moves Like Jagger”  dance with Iveta and his even more famous “Vogue” dance with the male troupe numbers. Dmitry also danced a fantastic rumba with Anya and an equally great Argentine tango with Lacey. Both of those dances were so hot and passionate; I wished I was the one dancing up there with him! Ryan and Iveta danced a beautiful waltz which included Iveta flying through the air on a wire! The troupe performed some great themed group numbers in between the couple dances. There were some video clips from Len and Bruno (but no Carrie Ann which was kinda weird) that played between the dances as well. Lacey, Joey, and Kyle came out on stage and pulled people from the audience to come up on stage to have a dance off to win a cast signed t-shirt. This was actually a really funny part of the show because Lacey, Joey and Kyle play really well off of each other as well as the people who joined them on stage were pretty funny. Kyle brought up this mom that was wearing this dress that had an attached boa scarf thing but Lacey's guy ended up winning. The show ended with another great group number featuring everybody. The show seemed to fly by! The show was about an hour and a half in run time. I wished it lasted longer and had a bit more dancing in it.

After the show since we had VIP seats we had a Meet and Greet with the cast. I thought I would be able to meet Lacey, Dmitry, Tristan, & Joey but instead Kyle, Carson, Tia, and Anya were out with some of the troupe members. They were all ready posed and you just went up and took your picture with them. Since Lacey, Dmitry, Tristan, & Joey weren’t there I decided to tell Anya that I love her on SYTYCD and she seemed so genuinely nice and thankful that I told her that. I went to stand by Carson and my sister stood by Kyle for the picture. Carson and I said hello and I told him he was really funny tonight. After we took out picture he told me he loved the color of my dress on me! Anya even chimed in and and agreed and said that coming from him that was a big compliment which I agree. I mean he was the style expert on Queer Eye!

Overall, the show was amazing. A lot of great dancing! Really a high quality production in terms of dance choices and comedy. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I deducted 1/2 a star because I wanted more dancing and for the price of the VIP ticket the photos they took of you should have been included and more of the pros and stars should have been in the M&G. The VIP ticket did include a souvenir bag which included the show program and a judge’s paddle with a 7. I would have liked a 10 paddle though! I loved that Lacey, Ryan, and Anya retweeted my #DWTSLV tweets about the show (Lacey actually RT’ed it during the show)! The show is definitely a must see for any DWTS fan.
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April 9, 2012

Weekend Recap

I hope everybody had a wonderful, blessed Easter! We did the normal: church,  egg hunt for the niece and neph, and dinner.

I made a Peep centerpiece which was actually pretty inexpensive to make! I got the last package of yellow peeps at Target Friday night! The vase was on sale at Michael's for $2.99 and I had the flowers from a previous arrangement I had made. I just love making fun centerpieces and of course pinterest always has the best inspiration!

I loved the Easter basket I got this year. Everything in it was perfect! And the basket itself is super cute! The lining is green gingham and I can't wait to find a place for it in my room.

I was intrigued by that blue Peeps package which was a crispy treat but it was yucky! I can't wait to read that Marie Clare with my favorite Leighton Meester on it. The essie colors in the basket are tart deco and the luxeffects shine of the times. I can't wait to try tart deco! My sister bought me the Tangled DVD which we first watched when we went to Disneyland in January and we both loved it! I got her the new Rascal Flatts CD which is really good. We saw a one night only movie special they had out in theaters this past Thursday and it was super cute and I can't wait to see them later this year!
If you follow Michaels on twitter they released a coupon on Saturday for 30% off your regular price purchases so I decided to go because I have been wanting to go some more crafts that I of course have seen on pinterest.
The project I wanted to complete on Saturday was...
I love mine and it was super easy to make!

The original used a 24 inch by 24 inch square canvas and 2 inch hole punched cardstock. I used a 12 inch by 12 inch canvas and 1 inch hole punch cardstock. I stuck pretty much exactly to the pinterest one, I did add an extra glitter circle. If anybody is interested in making one with the 1 inch cardstock, let me know because I will send you my extra hole punches.

Hope you all have a great week! xoxo
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April 5, 2012

one Tree Hill

Last night was the finale of One Tree Hill. I know some of you watch the show and there is a small survey going around and I thought I would do that (I skipped some of the questions). This will be my one One Tree Hill post.

First let’s talk about the finale. I actually really loved it. Of course I cried but they were tears of happiness. I think the two episodes prior to the finale had already pretty much wrapped up the major storylines of the season so all there was left to do was to celebrate and reflect. I had so many favorite parts of the episode, if you haven’t watched it yet skip this part.

I loved the speech Haley gave at Tric in the beginning because it was like she was personally talking to each one of us about watching their journey. I also loved all the little nods to things in the show’s history: the Cracker Jack box & bracelet, Felix, water balloons, Bevin! (and her reference to marrying Tim!), the brick in the wall, and there being only one Tree Hill. The scene where Logan tells Clay “you’re already my dad, Dad” melted my heart and basically any scene with Logan in it was great, he is too adorable! I loved loved loved the scene at the rivercourt with Nathan and Jamie. Nathan and Haley kissing in the rain, enough said.

 A huge highlight for me was having Gavin DeGraw perform at Tric (I already knew this was going to happen though thanks to Twitter) and having all the characters sing along to “I Don’t Wanna Be”. I found myself singing along as well. The ending was perfect having the 3 original main characters on the show do the final voiceovers while “One Tree Hill” by U2 played in the background. Mark Schwahn did a wonderful job for the fans.

Favorite Male Character: Nathan. Mainly because James Lafferty is so hot. But besides his great looks, he has an amazing heart and his love for his family is so strong and whole-hearted.

Favorite Female Character: Haley. She is just so real and sweet and loving.

Favorite Couple: Nathan and Haley.

Favorite friendship: Lucas and Haley.

Favorite Actor: James Lafferty and Chad Michael Murray.

Favorite Actress: Bethany Joy Lenz

Favorite Secondary Character: Jake Jagielski

Favorite Season: Probably season 3. I actually didn’t watch the first two seasons originally. I started watching it one summer night at college when I was in my apartment alone and there was nothing else on tv.

Favorite Episode: I have lots. I like the cheerleading competition episodes, the Boy Toy episode, and the prom in Honey Grove episode.

Favorite Quote: “Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes, a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment... every part of it... will live on forever” Lucas says this when they are at the cheerleading competition and they mess up and just start dancing around.

Favorite Song played on OTH: “More Than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw at Nathan & Haley’s wedding reception.

Least Favorite Male Character: Surprisingly Keith Scott. I think he was a great uncle to Lucas but there was always something about him that I didn’t like. Remember when he was going to marry Jules?!

Least favorite Female Character: Again surprisingly, Brook Davis. I think she was a complicated girl who felt alone but tried to masked it too much.

Least favorite Couple: Deb and Skills.

Least favorite friendship: Brooke and Haley.

Least favorite secondary character: Millie, she was too annoying for me. Also Alex.

Least favorite season: Probably 7, I had a hard time adjusting to no Lucas or Peyton.

All-time favorite One Tree Hill scene: The scene where Nathan is about to shoot the winning basket then looks over at Haley and smiles and he makes the basket without looking.

Goodnight, Tree Hill.
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