12.13.2016

Vegas 2016

Well my favorite season has come and gone all too quickly once again.  Vegas was so much fun this year!  Nine days of vacation is a really long time though and there’s definitely no place like home, even when home means piles of laundry, back to work, cooking dinner, homework and wrapping Christmas presents.  For us, the Christmas season really doesn’t start until after we get home from the NFR, and it was really nice to get home to an already decorated house this year.

DG and I went and saw George Strait the first night we arrived.  To say I was excited is an understatement!  George is the very best and I’ve never seen him so I was really looking forward to it.

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I wore a black dress and a Double D Ranch fur vest with lots of jewelry.  The first night we were there was probably the warmest.

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The concert was at the new T-Mobile Arena which is super nice.  I’d say that any seat in the lower bowl is really good.  I was a bit disappointed with the concert in that George played a lot of other people’s songs–Tom Petty, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, as well as was really promoting new songs his son wrote.  I went to George to hear George.  He’s the best after all!  Playing other people’s songs is something that lesser singers should do, but not him!  He’s playing a greatest hits concert in February that would probably be better so we may go back for it.

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Saturday night we got to go to dinner with my friend Megan.  It was super fun!  I loved having a few rodeo-free nights so we could do things like this!  I’ve been wanting a Double D Ranch leather jacket for a few years now and kept waiting until I “got skinny” to buy one.  Obviously skinny is never going to come, so I went to Vegas with the following shopping list–Double D leather coat and Old Gringo booties.  One out of two isn’t so bad.  I actually would have bought the booties if I ever saw the specific pair that I wanted, but I think they are so new that the retailers didn’t have them yet.

Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend we shopped at Cowboy Christmas.  Like I said, I had a small shopping list.  The only thing DG wanted was a gate opener for the fence and gate he wants to build at our house, so really we didn’t care to shop too much.  We get all of BG’s cowboy clothes for the year while we’re there–this way he looks nice in new pants and shirts that fit really well, wears them for work the rest of the year, and then is ready for a new size the next year.  I made a few cute clothing purchases, but nothing too spectacular.  It was pretty nice to go down there having what I (we) needed and not feeling the pressure to buy.  Here are some shopping outfits that I wore.

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No, that’s not a red carpet–just the carpet laid down in the aisle! 😉 Eleni stole the show in her super fancy Giggle Moon outfit and Tanner Mark boots. I loved wearing this skull kimono with my suede leggings.

 

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Hotel lighting doesn’t do this outfit justice. I’m wearing dark red velvet bells. They are the most comfortable pants ever and so cute! Unfortunately the lighting makes my whole outfit look black!

 

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This outfit was cuter in person but not too flattering. Leather leggings with a long tunic dress thing that I tied in front. I wore my Old Gringo booties that I love (and are the reason why I want another pair!).

 

We had rodeo tickets for Sunday-Saturday so the rest of our nights were spent doing that.  The kids went to the rodeo with my in-laws the first couple nights while DG and I went out, then they went with us the other nights minus a couple when Eleni stayed at the hotel with my MIL. BG loves the rodeo.  He has his guys he cheers for and is understanding the earnings rankings.  Eleni was harder.  She liked it, but when things got slow in the steer wrestling or roping she wanted to move around and wanted all sorts of treats and it was just kind of rough.  I felt bad for the people behind us because I’m sure she was distracting.

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BG loves the flags that they hand out! We have a huge collection from previous years at our house.

 

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Nothing like watching Mom with the camera rather than watching the rodeo show.

My BIL roped in the World Series ropings while we were in Vegas so Monday-Thursday was mostly spent at the South Point watching him.  He won some money so that was exciting!

I was wearing leather pants and the roping ended up outside in 60* weather. I was hot! Loved borrowing my SIL's boot rugs too.

I was wearing leather pants and the roping ended up outside in 60* weather. I was hot! Loved borrowing my SIL’s boot rugs too.

 

Eleni wanted to rope so she got a pigging string to play with. She was adorable in her tutu, vest and leopard.

Eleni wanted to rope so she got a pigging string to play with. She was adorable in her tutu, vest and leopard.

We had a couple days at the end of the trip where there wasn’t any more ropings and we didn’t want to shop at the Cowboy Christmas so we decided to be typical Vegas tourists.  We took the kids to the Bellagio to see the flowers, Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and saw the dolphins, M&M Factory and New York New York.  It was a lot of fun, but reminded me of how much I hate crowds and long lines.

This is a cute outfit I bought while NFR shopping. Suede bells with fringe on the bottom sides, silk top and black and red fur vest.

This is a cute outfit I bought while NFR shopping. Suede bells with fringe on the bottom sides, silk top and black and red fur vest.

 

Selfie because duh. Along with some red fur detail. I'm excited to wear this vest some more.

Selfie because duh. Along with some red fur detail. I’m excited to wear this vest some more.

 

Bellagio Botanical Gardens. Why is it so hard for my kids to stand up for a normal picture?

Bellagio Botanical Gardens. Why is it so hard for my kids to stand up for a normal picture?

 

So excited about everything she sees!

So excited about everything she sees!

 

Velvet duster while we were at the Mirage. Totally not a normal outfit for a day of touristing, but hey it's Vegas, and I never know if we'll go back to the room before the rodeo!

Velvet duster while we were at the Mirage. Totally not a normal outfit for a day of touristing, but hey it’s Vegas, and I never know if we’ll go back to the room before the rodeo!

 

I love posting NFR fashion on Instagram throughout the rodeo week.  Follow along at @angsamp if you want to see more outfit posts and the rest of our adventures.  Western style has really taken off this year.  I love how it’s a mix of so many different trends and you can basically wear anything as long as you have the confidence to own it.  Velvet was a big hit and now I’m seeing it in more mainstream stores like Banana Republic too.  Most of my outfits are way too over the top for every day workwear, but I love buying different pieces that I can mix and match and sporadically pair with my daily clothes.  Here’s to starting over and looking forward to adding new pieces in the mix for NFR 2017!  It totally takes a year of planning!

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