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

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}

Bits of Happiness

Bright color accents for spring~ Necklace: Versona, Nails: Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’

This week I saw The Hunger Games. I have photos to prove that other stuff happened too, but that was pretty much the highlight. That might actually be pretty sad considering this post is coming to you from Las Vegas where I’ll be knee-deep in projects for the ACM Awards all weekend. That’s pretty exciting too… but all I can do is think about how closely Vegas must resemble the Capitol, complete with elaborate productions, zany outfits, and crazed fans swarming the streets. Have you all seen it? What were your thoughts? I’m a huge fan of the books and was, for once, pleased with the movie outcome.

Hunger Games aside, here are a few fun photographs from the week.

Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream in Brambleberry

Sightseeing at The Parthenon in Centennial Park

Best of both worlds breakfast: Healthy green smoothie + no-bake oatmeal cookies

A particularly insightful fortune I’ve held onto since my first week in Nashville