NashVegas, Part 2

At the All Star Jam at the MGM Grand

And here it is- part 2 of my ACM Vegas Adventure. While the first couple of days were solely devoted to back-to-back interviews in the studio suite, the real fun came on the day of the ACM awards. My friend and I tagged along with Blackberry Smoke, a group of hairy rockers (with hearts of gold) who so graciously brought us along to the ACM Fan Jam (where Scotty McCreery was awarded New Artist of the Year) and the All Star Jam where we hung out back stage with everyone from Dierks Bentley to Nicole Kidman. It was such a crazy, surreal and exciting experience– one I’ll never forget.

At the end of the night though, nothing felt better than to kick off my heels and sink into my bed for a full night’s sleep. We stayed at the Hard Rock hotel and casino. It’s just as outrageous as you would expect a Vegas hotel to be but is also filled to the brim with music history, which seemed fitting for that particular weekend. Here are a couple of takeaways from my ACM adventure:

– Add to your playlist: Kip Moore (Mary was the Marrying Kind; Hey Pretty Girl) | Laura Bell Bundy (Giddy on Up; That’s What Angel’s Do) | Hunter Hayes (Wanted) | Blackberry Smoke (Good One Comin’ On; Up In Smoke)
– Vegas show not worth the money: Peepshow.
– Nicole Kidman looks like a porcelain doll in person.
– Guys with long locks love discussing hair-care with women.
– Fake eyelashes go with every outfit.
– One cannot deny the beauty of an all-day breakfast menu. (We got ours here)

A collection of boots at the ACM Expo in the Mandalay Bay hotel

Inside the Hard Rock hotel

Rachel interviewing The Band Perry at Big Machine's "Outnumber Hunger" event

Hotel room view

Saxophone chandelier

Scotty McCreery in the Nashville Music Minute studio

Saying goodbye at the end of a wonderful week

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NashVegas, Part 1

{Behind the scenes for Nashville Music Minute}

I mentioned in my last update that I was spending a week in Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. For those wondering, I was assisting a friend who was there to interview for Nashville Music Minute at the various events surrounding the awards. And although 7 days in Sin City is about 4 days too long, the entire experience was all together rewarding, chaotic and an absolute blast. In a city (and an industry) where so much happens unexpectedly, I was forced to learn how to go with the flow and break away from my trusty itinerary. Sometimes sleep came at 3:00 in the afternoon instead of 3:00 in the morning and I must’ve walked 5 miles in the highest of heels skipping from one hotel to another. However, at the end of it all I ended up meeting some fantastic people and had some pretty unforgettable experiences that I’ll share more of in tomorrow’s post.

{Jacket, cuff and necklace: H&M, Watch: Michael Kors}

{Filming during the Laura Bell Bundy concert}

{Red carpet at Big Machine’s “Outnumber Hunger” event}

{Jake Owen after his NMM interview}

{Big Machine artists at the Outnumber Hunger event including The Band Perry, Eden’s Edge, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Justin Moore}

Two Old Hippies

The storefront that’s hard to miss.

One of my favorite things about Nashville is the abundance of interesting, local restaurants and shops that have a uniqueness and charm you just can’t get from a chain. I first walked into Two Old Hippies when a friend of mine worked there and immediately fell in love. It’s stocked with intricate jewelry, fun novelty items, pretty art, vintage-inspired clothing, and has become my go-to spot for a little creative inspiration. My favorite elements of the store include walls lined with rock n’ roll memorabilia, “The Vault” which is a private guitar room, and a 60s-inspired Volkswagen bus right in the middle of the floor. Fun fact: drop by on a Sunday to catch the open mic sessions for kids in the afternoon!

Because everyone needs a chair that could potentially be found in Ozzy Osborne’s home.

The Vault.

An assortment of coffee table books for the living room.

A bus fit for the Magical Mystery Tour.

I loved the elephant more than the jewelry.

Rock N’ Roll Memorabilia: The Rolling Stones.