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Coach PRIDE Collection 2021

Luxury Fashion House Coach celebrates PRIDE month with it’s annual PRIDE Capsule Collection, “Pride Is Where You Find It”.

“Pride Is Where You Find It” is a campaign that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. It advocates that every person should be seen as who they truly are regardless of sexual orientation, race or identity. It is a celebration of optimism, inclusivity, self-expression and authentic self-expression.

Each year during the month of June the world flies their rainbow flags, douses themselves in glitter and celebrates PRIDE month.

Rooted in the fight for equal rights and to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, PRIDE month is not only a time for celebration but also an opportunity to raise political awareness of current issues facing the community.

This year marks the 52th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots were a series of demonstrations carried out by a group of drag queens in 1969 in response to the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

It was this that led Brenda Howard, the “mother of pride”, to organize the first LGBT Pride march.  Today festivals, concerts and parades take place all around the world.

I couldn’t wait to get a peek at this year’s collection so I headed down to the Coach Boutique at Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort Las Vegas just as the boxes were being unloaded off the truck.

Although the full collection doesn’t launch until May 26th the boutique gave me a first look at some of the colorful key pieces and I’m sharing that first look with YOU!

For this year’s capsule collection, COACH gave their signature C-logo a rainbow overhaul on everything from sneakers to slides, belt bags, totes and tees.

The iconic PRIDE rainbow flag integrates seamlessly into classic COACH designs which allows ally’s to rock these pieces, show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and make a chic statement all year long.

COACH Lowline Pride Low Top Sneakers $150.

Crafted with COACH’s Signature canvas and smooth leather details. These sneakers employ signature CitySole technology for a comfortable step all day long and a TPU heel counter for ultimate support.

COACH Rainbow Puffy Quilted Quilted Belt Bag $225.

Made with ultra soft Nappa Leather, this fun spin on the “sold out everywhere” quiltie bag features an easily adjustable rainbow web strap.

COACH Rainbow Pool Slides Men’s $95 and Women’s $85.

Crafted with COACH’s Signature canvas, they feature a contoured footbed and rubber sole to provide all-day comfort.

COACH Rexy Tote in Signature Rainbow $195.

This Canvas tote fits a 15 inch laptop and has an easy snap closure. With PRIDE messaging printed on the bag’s interior.

COACH Signature Rainbow Hitch Belt Bag with sports strap $495.

The full COACH PRIDE Collection launches May 26th.  Get yours at COACH Boutique at Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort.

*This post was created in partnership with Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Las Vegas. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Boozy Easter Basket

Boozy Easter Baskets

The Easter Bunny is ageist.  There I said it.

I know he’s just sitting there on his little bunny thrown laughing and calling us all “Boomers” because we are over the age of 21.

You can stop laughing King Carrot aka: Sir Fluffy Bottom, because this year, I am reclaiming Easter morning for those of us that stopped getting those baskets full of goodies many decades ago and replacing them with the gift of “Boozy Easter Baskets”.

That’s right Mr. Cotton Tail, just because we’ve all grown up, that doesn’t mean we have to deny ourselves a fun-filled basket.

Since we’re all adults now, that Easter basket can actually include adult things — and by adult things I of course mean BOOZE. Who wouldn’t want a boozy Easter Basket!

Ketel One just launched their first ready-to-drink cocktail “The Botanical Vodka Spritz” — the first-of-its-kind. The Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz has no carbs, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, is made from 100% non-GMO grain and is only 73 calories per serving. Bubbly, bright, blooming — everything that Spring is — with real botanicals it’s the perfect centerpiece for a Boozy Easter Basket.

I went ahead and filled my basket with a few more things to compliment the Spritz, like:

  • Dark Chocolate. Homemade chocolate infused vodka has become really popular lately.  Folks have been brewing-it-up all through lockdown so of course I just had to add some yummy organic dark chocolate to the basket.
  • Along with some fun paper straws to make sipping oh so easy.
  • Delicious fruit infused Jelly beans. Have you ever had a martini with a jelly bean dropped into it? Heaven!

Now, throw in some decorative grass and a ribbon. Viola! There’s your Boozy Basket.

Become a “Creature of Rabbit” and keep this new tradition going, one that will make Mr. Easter Bunny impressed.

Hop-to-it !!

Boozy Easter basket

Boozy Easter Basket

Ketel One Vodka Spritz

Ketel One Vodka Spritz

Boozy Easter Basket

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year with Two Harmonious Must Have’s

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Need a little balance in your life for when 2021 begins.  Look no further than Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Resort. They have exactly what you have been looking for, a little hope at Karma And Luck.

It has been one crazy year and I think we are all looking to 2021 with hope in our hearts and searching for some much needed protection. You need to cleanse your Karma for the New Year.

There are many aspects of 2020 that we want to free ourselves from —an anxiety inducing election year, a terrifying global pandemic, uncertainty, social isolation, loneliness and the tremendous stress of homeschooling children while juggling work.

We are all looking  to rid ourselves of these negative energies and start 2021 fresh. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to do anything to put this year behind me. I’ll be doing just that with a Red String on my wrist.

You may have seen little Red Strings on Instagram. They adorn the arms of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, but what exactly is the Red String Bracelet?

Throughout history and a variety of cultures (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Kabbalah, and Ancient Chinese legend), the red thread (or the red string) has been worn as a representation of protection, faith, good luck, strength, and connection.  While some cultures have slightly different views regarding the red thread, they are similar in that they view this Red String as a powerful tool.

Today people use it as a symbol and as a reminder that they are not alone. A symbol that they are loved, supported and safe. A prompt to stay positive while staring down the face of what appears to be adversity.

I think now, more than ever, we can use a comforting reminder of what really matters, the kind people around us, family, friends and even strangers. This little red thread, the Red String gives the wearer a daily reminder to look outward and to be generous, kind, loving and helpful to everyone around them.

Experience these Harmonious Must-Haves from Karma and Luck at Grand Canal Shoppes Inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

The Red String Collection gives the traditional little red thread that extra boost with talismans such as: Hamsa (good fortune), Evil-Eye (to ward off evil) and Eye of Horus (protection) to name just a few.

How to Wear It: The Red String is traditionally worn on the left hand because that’s the receiving side of the body and its the side closest to your heart. Wear the Red String Protection Bracelet until it wears off on its own. When the Red String bracelet falls off, it is believed that the Red String bracelet has deflected all of the harm and absorbed the negative energies in your life or that it can no longer hold any more.

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Ringing-in The New Year with Sound Therapy Singing Bowls.

Another way to clear negative energy is with singing bowls. It is believed that the vibrations from sound break up any stuck negative energy and restores harmony. You can use them to cleanse your home, crystals or stones of bad juju.

How to Use It: To create sound with a singing bowl, firmly press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl’s outside edge or rim. When you hear a bright, clear tone, you can slow down the motion. Use your full arm to make the motion, rather than just rotating your wrist. And let the pain from the past and the anxiety from the future release into the air, allowing the sound to heal those moments.

We can all use a bit of Karma And Luck, let’s focus on the great things to come in 2021, because we are gonna need all the help we can get. Let your intuition guide you to Grand Canal Shoppes and let your worries float away.

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

*This post was created in partnership with Grand Canal Shoppes Inside the Venetian Resort Las Vegas. All thoughts and options are my own.

How to Cleanse Your Karma for the New Year

Gift Guide for the Cocktail Lover

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for the cocktail lover in your life?  I’ve got you covered.

I don’t know about you, but I think we are all missing out on in-person foodie and cocktail bar experiences this year so…what could be better than a gift that brings that experience home?

Here’s my list of top gifts for cocktail lovers, cocktail enthusiasts, and cocktail novices alike. They are all available at Neiman Marcus AND if you order them for curbside pickup Santa will bring them to your car (more about that at end of post).

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

These little babies are pure GENIUS. Carefully crafted from some of the best-sourced ingredients in the world. Imagine a perfect cocktail where you don’t have to measure, search for ingredients or follow a complicated recipe!  These conveniently cubed cocktail mixers will revolutionize the way you craft a cocktail. Shake or stir one cube until dissolved, with a shot of the spirit of your choice, to make your own perfectly crafted cocktail.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Eat Your Drink.

A snack AND a cocktail?  Sign me up.  These gummies not only taste like your favorite cocktail, they actually HAVE an alcohol content!  This box includes 10 5% ABV and fruit blend cocktail gummies.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Edible Glitter Dust

This is one of my favorites and the key to making your cocktails the perfect amount of “extra”. Smith & Sinclair’s Edible Cocktail Glitter Dust instantly enhancing your cocktails with shimmer and color. The edible cocktail enhancers dissolve in drinks to provide fruity flavor and a dazzling effect. All you need is a third of a teaspoon of this vegan-friendly formula to create out of this world “galaxy-like cocktails”.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Good Cheer Double Old Fashioned Glasses

I’ve shared with you before in my post “Five cocktail Glasses everyone Should Have in their Home” how double old fashioneds are my go-to glass for a ton of different cocktails.  It’s the most versatile of all cocktail glasses. So when it comes to mixing up and lifting holiday spirits what could be more perfect than a festive double old fashioned glass.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

We all have that one friend. No matter how many times you correct them, they will always belt out “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” Embrace the hilarity of getting the lyrics to “Tiny Dancer” and other songs so wrong with these clever coasters. The cork designs come in two styles: classic rock and greatest hits. Classic rock includes hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Ham.” And then there are the greatest hits, with tunes like “Hit Me With Your Pet Shark.” Each set of six laugh-out-loud coasters makes a memorable housewarming or “just because” gift. Our suggestion: Use them to spark a round of mistaken lyrics karaoke.

Fun fact: This odd (and hysterical) phenomena has a name. The word “mondegreen” originates from a misheard bit of an old Scottish ballad.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Vinoos Sophisticated Wine Gummies

They may look like candy but they are actually a an adult “luxury food”. designed to mimic the taste of your first sip of wine these tasty gummies are free from: gluten, nuts, gelatin (which makes them suitable for vegans) , fat, lactose and artificial coloring. And yes, and they are also free from alcohol. All this makes the wine gums more accessible for those with allergies, or if you don’t drink alcohol. Pro tip- they taste really great when you eat them while drinking wine!

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Champagne and Wine Night Kits

These fun little kits contains everything but the booze!  The Champagne Kit is an effervescent 10-piece set includes gold rimming sugar, two coasters, “Ring for Champagne” bell, two swizzle sticks, decision coin, gold-tone champagne stopper, champagne cocktail recipes, and metallic confetti. . Wine Night has 11 essentials to help you “wine down”- wine glass marker, two coasters, stain removing spray, “If you can read this, bring me some wine” socks, decision coin, three wine removing towelettes, gold-tone wine stopper, and gold-tone corkscrew.

Cocktail Lover's Gift Guide

Neiman Marcus is boosting holiday cheer every Saturday throughout the season with Curbside Santa.

Place your order online or with an associate and Santa will deliver your purchase AND Milk & Cookies to you curbside.

Santa will be on delivery duty every Saturday through December 19 from noon-6 PM, so you can get a socially distanced selfie and an extra dose of good cheer. As always, be sure you wait for your confirmation email before heading to the store.

Gift Guide for Cocktail Lovers

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

For as long as I can remember I have been a Dolly Parton fan.

As a child I thought she was completely magical with her sweet Southern twang and perfectly over-the-top outfits. I would watch 9 to 5 and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas on repeat while putting on full performances of the music from each on my parent fireplace (it was like a stage). No matter where my musical tastes landed throughout the years- from new wave to punk to SKA and even beach goth- Dolly was always there singing her sweet songs and words of encouragement about “being myself”.

This year has been a big one for Dolly. She released a new holiday album “Holly Dolly Christmas” (her first in 30 years!), a new cookware collection at Williams-Sonoma, a NETFLIX musical “Christmas on the Square”, a CBS Christmas special, an epic DVD collection, a biopic hardcover coffee table book AND helping to fund a COVID vaccine. It’s like the universe knew we’d all need a little more Dolly Parton light in the darkness that has been 2020.

The pop culture icon has been dishing out much needed warm-and-fuzzy holiday feelings in a year where everyone seems to need an extra helping of holiday cheer.

If you are on the hunt for the perfect mood-boosting holiday gift, chances are a Dolly-themed present is just the ticket when it comes to a smile-inducing, 100-percent-appreciated Christmas present. (Click to SHOP my favorites at the end of this post).

While you’re spreading the joy, consider making a donation to the Dolly’s Imagination Library, the country queen’s nonprofit that has gifted more than 150 million free books to children around the globe.

Let’s turn up the light, crank up the sound and have a Holly Dolly Christmas.

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

Holly Dolly Christmas

What I’m Wearing: Holly Dolly Christmas Tee | Vintage Cowichan Sweater | Free People Boots | Zara Skirt| Tory Burch Bag |

Click Below to SHOP Dolly themed Christmas Gifts:

Holly Dolly Christmas