Last week I attended THE most AMAZING Blogger event at Downtown Summerlin.
This was THE blogger event to top all blogger events. Seriously they dropped the mic with this one!
Myself and a small group of Vegas’ top Influencers and Bloggers were hosted on a Jolly Holiday Gifting tour of the best Downtown Summerlin has to offer for the holidays.
The action packed tour of Downtown Summerlin included something for everyone on your list. From beauty to foodie and everything in between I have a complete list of the season’s hottest gifts.
There is so much to cover so let’s get started!
For the Beauty Lover in your life
It all began with a breakfast and scent sampling from Jo Malone at Dillard’s. We learned about the history of the brand, discovered scent layering techniques and got the scoop on the hottest limited edition holiday scents!
I am a huge Jo Malone fan (their candles are AMAZING) and this season they introduced three new limited edition holiday products that are at the top of my gift list!
Orange Bitters Cologne. I AM OBSESSED with this limited edition scent. A warm winter cocktail. Bright citrus mingles with sweet orange and a burst of ripe mandarin then finishes with a splash of bitter orange to reveal rich prune and a base of sensual sandalwood and amber. A warm by the fireside scent that is perfect for the holiday season.
Green Almond Red Currant Cologne. The tart juiciness of redcurrants. The zing of citrus. Cocooned in green almond, cedarwood and tonka. Merry and bright. This scent is pure HOLIDAY JOY and it’s sold out almost everywhere around the country BUT Dillard’s at Downtown Summerlin still has 4 bottles of this magical elxir! Get it QUICK!
Green Almond and Red Currant Christmas Candle. Everything festive about the cologne, the warming base of cedarwood and tonka, lively with the delicious bite of redcurrant, the nuttiness of green almond, the zing of citrus in a long burning candle form!
Insider Tip: Take a break from your holiday shopping and relax at Jo Malone inside Dillard’s at Downtown Summerlin. Stop in and they will give you a complimentary hand massage with hot towels and their delish body creams. A perfect pick me up from the hustle and bustle!
For the Foodie
Next we traveled to Oil and Vinegar. This chic shop has everything for foodie on your list! Focusing on innovative and interactive tastings, their specialty is high quality on-tap oils and vinegars. Rows and rows of artesenal vinegars, everything from mango pulp vinegar (sweet and tangy) to Marc de Champange vinegar (sweet and crisp) accompanied by rows and rows of curated oils like Meyer Lemon, Garlic, White Truffle and more!
In addiction to their on-tap oil and vinegar there is also a fantastic assortment of other culinary gifts including herb mixes, dressings, olives, sundried tomatoes, mustards, sauces, pestos, pastas in various forms and colors, ceramics, pottery (plates, platters and olive bowls etc.), kitchen utensils and cookbooks!
One of the fantastic things about this shop is that they show you fun and innovative ways to use their products like adding Blood Orange Oil to a store bought brownie mix to elevate it. The tasting expert’s at Oil and Vinegar made delish Caprese style bites for us to sample (and I quickly purchased EVERYTHING to make them because it was love at first bite). The appetizer includes: Oil and Vinegar’s Pomodori Sunpomo Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil sprinkled with Oil and Vinegar’s Tomato Pulp Vinegar. Oh my yummy yum yum.
Insider Tip: Not only is this shop packed full of flavor they are also eco-friendly. Once you finish the bottle of your on-tap oil or vinegar you can bring the bottle back and refill it!
For the Decorator and the not-so Green Thumb
West Elm has everything you need to create a fun custom succulents or cacti creations for the decorator or not-so green thumb in your life (a cactus is a plant even I couldn’t kill). The perfect gift for a co-worker or anyone who needs to spruce up a space with a fun little cacti!
West Elm’s planting expert demonstrated how easy it is to pot these cute cacti using tongs and their original planter. First take the cactus out of it’s plastic container with the tongs and set it to the side.
Next use scissors to trim the lip off the top of the plastic container.
Then use the tong to place your cactus back in the plastic container and then inside a chic mid-century inspired planter from West Elm. This will make watering the catus easy and ensure your plant has built in drainage!
Green Thumb Tip: The West Elm expert explained to us that plants actually prefer bottled/distilled water over tap water. Tap water contains chemicals, such as chlorine, that are used to treat the public water supply. These chemicals are damaging to plants. The effect of the chemicals is more profound on your house plants than in your outdoor plants. The reason is the chemicals in the water build up in the soil and aren’t washed away by rain, as happens with outdoor plants.
For the Person Who Needs Some Relaxation
G Avenda Salon at Downtown Summerlin will soon be offering Zero Gravity Pedicures. Yes you read correctly..ZERO..GRAVITY..PEDICURE. Imagine being taken into a private spa room, receiving a foot scrub in a copper pot, taking a sensory journey through essential oils then having a lavender scented eye pillow placed on your eyes while you lay back in a zero gravity chair, relax and receive a pedicure. What could be more serene than that! The perfect unique gift for those who need to turn off and de-stress! Contact G Avenda Salon at Downtown Summerlin for more information, appointments or gift cards!
Something for Everyone
We finished our Holiday Gift “IT” list tour with a lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. Yum Yum Yum. Have you tried their Sangria Flights and the Pumpkin Cheescake! Talk about a treat for your tummy!
And this brings us to the last gift on my list: A gift card from California Pizza Kitchen.
Who doesn’t love California Pizza Kitchen and a gift card from CPK is the ultimate gift for just about everyone! When you purchase a $100 in gift cards, which can be divided up into increments of your choice plus you get a $20 bonus gift card for yourself just for being such a smart gift giver! Win win!
It was a magical way to kick off the holiday season.
Walking through the streets of Downtown Summerlin with the cool air on my face listening to Christmas music all around I was reminded of why I love Downtown Summerlin so much: The opportunity to be OUTSIDE and shop while feeling a part of a community!
Stay tuned for more of my favorites from Downtown Summerlin in upcoming posts and make sure to check out their annual holiday parade. A magical family-friendly spectacle of floats, toy soldiers, snowflake princesses, nutcrackers, dancers and characters through the streets of Downtown Summerlin all set to joyful holiday music and maybe even a little snow! All shows are free and open to the general public.
November 18th – December 10th: Fridays & Saturdays at 6 p.m.
December 16th – December 24th: Nightly at 6 p.m.
Ice Skating at The Rock Rink. The signature ice skating rink located near the Pavilion at The Lawn. Guests are invited to skate under the stars set to the backdrop of joyful holiday music and an impressive 40-foot holiday tree overlooking the rink. Skate rentals start at $15, and all ages are welcome.
Date & Times:
November 17 – December 22
Mon-Thurs 4pm – 9pm
Friday 4pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm
*Black Friday: 10am – 10pm
December 23 – January 6
Daily 10am – 10pm
*Christmas Eve 10am – 8pm
*Christmas Day Closed
*New Year’s Eve 10am – 6pm
January 7 – January 15
Mon – Thurs 4pm – 9pm
Friday 4pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm
*MLK Day 10am – 8pm