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Falling In Love- Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Season

September 26, 2017
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Falling In Love

Many people get bummed to see summer come to a close. With the end of swimsuit season, no more fruity drinks with umbrellas and the days beginning to get shorter- it’s easy to see why folks could get the blues.
 

But then there are those people who absolutely LOVE the autumn!! Those that start at NYE to count down the days to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Those that want ALL the pumpkin spice things. Those who were meant to live in boots, jeans and flannels. For those people, this is a time to rejoice!!! This week we’ve put together a list of our favorite fall wedding trends- hope you love them as much as we do!! 

 

METALLICS

Rose golds, platinums, bronze and silvers have been hot on the scene for about a year on every thing from phone cases to popular eyeshadow pallets, serving trays and home decor. 

 

And as so many trends before, as goes fashion industry, so goes the wedding industry shortly after. This fall expect to see these luxurious and lavish tones EVERY WHERE- bridesmaids dresses, cakes, table scape, stationary and seating charts and just about any where else brides and grooms can cover in these glitzy hues.
 
 

 GAMES

 Since the temperatures are far more tolerable than they were just a few weeks ago, plan on spending a bit of the cocktail hours playing laid back games with family friends and the bridal party. 
 
A little bit of play time with Jenga, Bocce, or Corn Hole is a total blast for guests to play at the beginning of a reception but they are also a smart move to keep your loved ones occupied while bride, groom and wedding party are taking the formal photos after the ceremony. 
Games are also a great gift idea for couples starting their new life together (many of whom are also moving in together or getting a new place to live) and one of my favorite features is that its a great opportunity for more personalizations and monograms!!!! Which weddings can always use more of!!
 

FURRY FRIENDS

Im not exactly sure why the trend of absolutely adorable animals at a wedding seems to have really picked up right as fall kicked off- maybe its the drop in the temperature, maybe there is a petting zoo connection…..who knows, but I am loving it!!!

There is a whole mini- industry popping up where you can rent these lovely llama guests for your wedding or any other special occasion!!

From bunny, llama, fancy chickens, goats, mini- pigs….expect to see the whole farm at weddings this season. Here are some more really adorable animal inspired weddings

BIG PAPER FLORALS

Whether using these giant hand crafted blooms as bouquets or as background decor, paper flowers area  great choice because they are just so incredibly versatile. You have so many more options and avenues to be unique and expressive when you are creating something on your own.

If you elect to make them your self, they could be quite a bit more time intensive than simply ordering fresh cuts, but there is no denying that paper and fabric are quite a bit less expensive than the real things.  See some of the best tutorials we found on the web here, for making them your self. 

 There are so many beautiful and creative ways to express your self at your wedding during the fall. If you think we missed your favorite- leave us a line in the comments!!

And as always, CONGRATULATIONS to all our stunning brides getting married this fall!!

 
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HONEYMOON –  Your Packing Cheat Sheet

September 5, 2017
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As I’m sure all our planning brides know at this point September and October is the absolute hight of wedding season.  
 
Whether you are looking to order your dream cake or book the perfect venue, if you have chosen a September or October date, you know you are going to have to act fast!!
 
With the hight of wedding season also come the hight of a more exciting and relaxed season……HONEYMOON SEASON!!!
 
 
We’ve put together a quick list of the essentials you will want to make sure you remember to pack, as well as a few more resources to help get you ready to celebrate.
 
 

The Important Things & Paperwork 

  • Airline tickets 
  • Passport, visas, driver’s license
  • Credit cards 
  • Any reservation confirmations
  •                 * Two sets of photocopies of all of the above 
  • Phone numbers for your doctor, house or pet sitter and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • ID tags for luggage 
  • Camera

The Important Stuff for Her

  • 1 pair jeans, pants or leggings (for cold airports and the plane)
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 cardigan (for chilly restaurants)
  • 4 casual shirts (T-shirts or tank tops)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair walking shoes or sandals
  • 1 pair evening shoes or sandals
  • 1 evening purse or clutch
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves, hats and jewelry to add variety to a limited wardrobe)

The Important Stuff for Him

 

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover 
  • 4 casual shirts (T-shirts or tanks)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • 1 pair walking shoes or sandals
  • 1 pair lace-ups
  • Extra socks and underwear

 

Check out Brides.com list for more items even we may have forgotten. More information here at TheKnot.com too

 
 
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It’s Bridal Show Season!!!

August 9, 2017
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Well that special time of year has come……

IT’S BRIDAL SHOW SEASON!! 

The biggest and most well known event in our area for more than two decades is Bridal Spectacular, and we are so excited to be there again at

Booth #109 this August 18th and 19th.

Bridal conventions and show are a great opportunity to get some serious day dreaming and planning done in a short amount of time, but with all those vendors and attendants the job can be a bit over whelming.

So we’ve put together some tips on how to get the most out of your time there.

HAVE A PLAN

When you first walk on to the bridal show floor it can be a little bit overwhelming. The space is gigantic, the crowds can be crazy and there are literally hundreds of different vendors there that provide dozens of different wedding services- from caterers to makeup artist……they are all going to be there.  

Have an idea of your the colors you are loving at the moment. Are you wanting to be a spring bride and planning for possible showers or envisioning your first kiss under the trees as the fall colors change to deep reds and yellow? 

What about your budget? Is this something that you and your partner are going to foot the bill for? How many guests are you thinking? A small ceremony with a few dozen guests enjoying an intimate dinner? Or a rocking party with hundreds taking over the dance floor.

It will help you tremendously to keep some of these things in mind. 

ENLIST YOUR A TEAM

Unless you’re planning private and romantic elopement  (which so many of our clients do as well) you’re almost guaranteed to have a “team” or “squad” of people in your life that want to be part of your day and will do just about anything to see you and your future spouse happy at your wedding.  

Whether it’s your mom, aunt, cousins, soon-to-be-mother/sister-in-law, best girlfriend or……heck……even your brother or dad!!!!! Make these folks feel special and ask for their help and support. Walking up and down the seemingly endless aisles can be intimidating and daunting to say the least- having people by your side, who love you and have been filled in on your vision for the wedding will help keep you focused and eliminate a lot of the of the extra noise. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask your self are “What have I already got planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

MAKE REAL CONNECTIONS

As has been mentioned, there are A LOT of vendors to see and people to meet at these mega shows, there is absolutely no possible way you are going to get to know and connect with all of them. 

Just like a networking event it’s easy to make your rounds at a bridal show, shake plenty of hands, collect lots of business cards and then get home to start looking over your look and realize you don’t even remember any of those names or what it is that they do.Makeup In The 702 Lipstick Bar-Casey Jade Photography

Once you’ve asked your self about your budget, time line, colors, theme- make the most of your time by focusing on the vendors that meet your remaining needs but are also people you genuinely like!!! As there are dozens of different services offered to brides there are also dozens of different personalities, its important to work with vendors that you vibe with. Those that see the vision for your special day. 

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

In the days leading up to the bridal show, before you even step foot in the convention center, think of what you are going there for. Great questions to ask are “What have I already planned/booked/paid a deposit on?” , “What am I still missing?” , “What is my over all budget?” and “What are my “splurge” items/services?

By asking your self these questions (and really thinking about the answers) you can save a HUGE amount of time and focus your efforts at the bridal show.  If you’ve already booked your dream photog, then you can easily eliminate a few booths. If you are ordering a delicious custom cake to be delivered from your favorite bakery in your home town, then make sure to keep that in mind.

 

ENJOY YOUR SELF!!!

There are countless resources- be they magazines, blogs, forums or bridal shows- go mine through while you are planning your wedding. It is important to remember what the whole celebration is about. While planning a fabulous party is always at the front of mind the most vital part of this experience is remembering that two people who love each other endlessly are coming together to celebrate that devotion. 

Don’t rush it. Don’t stress it. Take a breath and take it all in. These moments will absolutely fly by, so be sure to slow down and absorb the moment that you are currently in. 

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I Love You a BRUNCH!!!

July 25, 2017
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Recently we have seen two of our very favorite things coming together to create a new fun bridal trend- WEDDING BRUNCH!!!

While there are SO many things to love about morning wedding celebrations and the breakfast and brunch receptions to follow, here are some of our favorite things about the fabulous new brunch wedding trend- 

COFFEE

Whether you set up a cute little coffee and tea cart for your guests to pour them selves a cup as they walk into the ceremony or you opt to replace the now classic cupcake or candy bar with a Coffee and Donut Bar – the caffeine consideration is sure to be appreciated by friends and family during a morning celebration!

 

CASUAL ATIRE

By having your wedding celebration in the first 1/2 of the day, you open up more casual options for the bride and groom as well as the guests. 

A shorter hem-line, a little bit of poof, some embroidered flowers and of course ruffles are perfect for a morning wedding. 

CAKE

Whether it’d donuts, crepes, muffins or pancake, there is just something about pastries and yummy treats at a Sunday brunch that just seems to make the whole world seem sweeter.  And isn’t that just the perfect vibe for a wedding too?!

An adorable stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit works great as a passed nibble for when the guests arrive to the reception after the ceremony.

Donuts- one of the most casual and unassuming breakfast foods is given an elegant upgrade with a bit of pink icing and decorated with roses and babies breath.

As some one with an unabashed sweet tooth, have to say that this is for sure my favorite part of a beautiful brunch wedding……all the options for a cake!!!

AVOCADO TOAST and DEVILED EGGS

Ok, Ok……so I didn’t actually see these listed on any Why Brunch Weddings Are Great articles or witness it at any of the beautiful celebrations we have worked with….but how perfect are they for a fun & classy breakfast at a wedding?!?!?!?! 

If you are a frequent enjoyer of brunches in your day-to-day life, you will for sure know that avocado toast is pretty much the business at the moment. It can be visually impressive as well as versatile and healthy, and while I know those last two are not always the goal for a wedding menu- they are certainly added bonuses!!

And keeping in tune with the versatility tone of avocado toast- deviled eggs meet the mark as well. They are also an easy and inexpensive way to feed the masses and from little kiddos to grand parents, pretty much guarantee a smile on every ones face.  

COST SAVINGS

Because brunch and breakfast happens in the morning and also likely a Sunday, the price of the venue alone will be significantly less than if you booked on the more popular (and expensive) Friday or Saturday afternoon and evening.

While its not nearly as exciting to talk about or as fun as it is decide “donuts vs. waffles”, one of the realities of day time brunch wedding is that it could be a significant savings.

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Katheryn + Alex- A Real Wedding by KMH Photography

June 27, 2017
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We were so lucky to get a change to meet Katheryn at

the Makeup In The 702 Studio before her engagement shoot at The Smith Center with the incredibly talented Kristen from KMH Photography this past spring.

It was so exciting to have Kristen share the images of Katheryn and Alex’s gorgeous wedding at Lake Las Vegas and we are pleased to share them with you!!

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The beautiful bride and her equally lovely brides maids toast to all the fun and excitement the day holds for them.

It was such a good time to be able to spend the early part of the day with these sweet ladies. The love they have for their friend Katheryn and the enthusiasm for her wedding day was really special to see.

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A sweet moment between the bride and her adoring father in the equally dreamy gardens at Lake Las Vegas.

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The beautifully manicured gardens of The Hilton LLV set such a perfect romantic setting for Kathryn and Alex’s first look that almost hard to believe it’s in the desert.

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The bridesmaids in their navy blue and the grooms men donned in black tie were the epitome of elegance.

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The chapel at the venue provided an intimate location for Kathryn and Alex to exchange their vows in front of a family and friends.

The entire Makeup In The 702 Team wishes the both of them a life time of happiness!!

 

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Mackenzie and John: A Real Wedding

May 30, 2017
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It is almost every day that I’m reminded that I have the best job in the world and that I’m lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas valley and the wedding industry on a daily basis.

This weekend, the absolutely charming Miss Jessie, from The Emerics photography sent me these lovely photos that she captured of our gorgeous bride Mackenzie and her new hubby John at their breath taking wedding at Springs Preserve.MackenzieJohnWed_photosbyTheEmerics-005

Mackenzie choose a muted earth tone for her brides maids to wear for the event. The subtle color choice allowed for natural beauty of the location to really take center stage.

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Mackenzies elegant dress hangs in the dressing suite at Springs Preserve.

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In almost every photo of sweet Mackenzie on that day she looks like she is just bursting with love and laughter- that’s what EVERY bride should feel like on her day!!

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By using wands and streamers the couple encouraged their guests to participate in a bit of fun and whimsy to their event.

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Springs Preserve provides such a breath taking back drop to capture some truly tender moments of the new husband and wife.

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Both John and Mackenzie mothers played a roll in their ceremony, as to be expected there was not dry eye in attendance.

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And another congratulations to Mackenzie and John, it was a beautiful wedding and we were absolutely touched to play a part in it.

Best wishes to the both of you for a happy and healthy future together!!!

 

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Spring Lip COLORS That Pop

May 16, 2017
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At the moment we are loving the celebration of all that is fresh, new and spring. From chopping a few inches of your locks for a lighter feel and look, freshening up with balayage and highlights or revamping your makeup look, spring is the PERFECT time to try something new and daring.

Today we are sharing one of our favorite new makeup trends and the quickest ways to freshen up your look.

Magnificent magenta and tarty tangerine lips are on the scene this season in a big way and we are really digging the fun fruity vibe of the both of them but what we LOVE about them is that both the berry- tint and the citrus option look FABULOUS on just about every skin tone!!

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Actress Nikki Reed attends Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction Raising Awareness For Autism at Gramercy Park Hotel on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Actress: Nikki Reed

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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If you’ve got to have these new shades here are a few of our favorites-

Magenta

1. Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RS 452

2. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lipstick in Air Kiss

3. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic

4. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Crianza

5. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 206

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Tangerine

1. M.A.C. Lipstick in Morange

2. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Tropical

3. Illamasqua Lip Color in Soaked

4. Dior Lipstick in Rendez-Vous

5. Maybelline Lipstick in Electric Orange

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Airbrushing

February 14, 2017
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Airbrush makeup.

In the past decade the phrase “Airbrush”has been misused as many times as “All Natural” at the grocery store. I’ve seen everything from infomercials with celebrities to aerosol cans filled with “airbrush” foundation.  I can only speak about the tools, training and products we use at Makeup in the 702 but with more than 15 years experience in the industry-here is what you need to know.

Airbrushing refers to not only to the application of foundation, but the physical
formulation of the foundation as well. To help get a better understanding of what your getting or in some instances paying for, ask your artist what type of compressor they use and if they use actual airbrush foundation.

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The ONLY airbrush compressor that gives the PSI an artist needs to achieve an even and non-streak coverage is Iwata. Dinar and infomercial devises don’t have the airflow needed for smooth, even coverage. They’re also not made for commercial use so are likely to break and stop working when the motor gets hot from extended daily use. Certainly not what you want on your wedding day!! Foundations also need to be made specifically for an airbrush compressor. All to often I see inexperienced makeup artists use a traditional foundation and “base it down” with water or some other fluid in an attempt to make it thin enough to pump through the compressor. First, when liquid is added to foundation it’s chemical composition is changed. This causes the inexperienced artist to use several “layers” to get the end result look needed for photos. Hence what should be weightless has now become the feeling of a pancake on a clients skin. Even coverage is gone and any texture on the skin becomes exaggerated and glaring.

For an artist the tools and training to perform quality airbrushing services for a client are an on going cost. In fact, very expensive cost. However, at Makeup in the 702 we will stop at nothing to provide quality, long lasting end result looks. For the client the end result of airbrushed skin is priceless.

Benefits of Airbrush:

  • Custom blend your color on the spot
  • Coverage for face, neck, check, arms and back (1/2 body)
  • 15 hour coverage
  • Non transferable
  • Withstands the heat of the Las Vegas desert
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Custom wedding airbrush makeup

What airbrush can’t do is change the texture of your skin. No makeup can do that and an artist should not make such promises. Take a look at the wall next to you, do you see the texture? I can paint that wall blue, black, purple or green and the texture will still come through. If I want to change the texture of the wall I need to sand it or change it prior to painting.   Consumers and artists alike have been sold by the cosmetic industry that a primer will change the texture of the skin. That is in fact not true. The only way to change the texture of the skin is with skincare and injectables, and even at that, the change in texture is only temporary. Some primers can help traditional foundations hold longer but in my opinion they really are just another layer and should not be used in conjunction with airbrush.

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Surprise! We’re Getting Married In Las Vegas!

November 14, 2015
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Good day mates!  Yep, you guessed it we have a story today that takes us from “the lucky country” Australia to the city that was built on luck and good fortune, Las Vegas of course!  Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Stace and Dill who packed thier bags to elope here in the wedding capital of the world!  Now, when you are coming all the way from Australia to get hitched in Las Vegas, you know it’s going to be in fine style!  Stace and Dill were elopers who somehow convinced their near and dear ones to join them on a (long) trip to Vegas … and on the plane there, told them it was because they were getting married!
Both the bride and groom got ready at Cosmopolitan and chose to do their first look right on the Strip in front of the hotel.
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What an amazing idea this elopement was from surprise ceremony at the Neon Museum to the Strip photo tour to end the night.
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VENDOR DETAILS:

Photography: Popography

Makeup: Makeup In The 702 

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LUSH Cosmetics-Makeup In The 702 Product Review

October 30, 2015
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Have you ever come across a new product or accessory and thought to yourself “How did I make it this long without you in my life?!” If you have, then you absolutely know how we are feeling right now about LUSH Cosmetics.
From the amazingly fresh aromas, to the luxurious buttery textures and bubbles to the responsible, humane and ethically sourced ingredients- this company and every single one of the products is top of the line.
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In the weeks and days leading up to the wedding, as the details start to come together and the final prep is started, brides may be interested in a little bit of extra pampering. The below products are a few of our absolute favorites from LUSH, and will help prep your beautiful hands for all of those close up pictures of you and your loves rings and will have your feet peep-toe and sling back ready to walk down.
Lemony Flutter- Hand Care LUSH made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening; our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way.
Lush Blog 1Salted Coconut- Hand Scrub-Supremely softening. This creamy coconut scrub is the perfect way to keep your hands in tip top condition. One small scoop will brighten skin with fine sea salt and fresh lemon infusion, while softening at the same time with cupuaçu butter, argan and extra virgin coconut oils. Your hands will be left feeling silky, moisturized and perfumed with a delicious coconut fragrance that will have you hooked.
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You can find these AMAZING products and more online at LUSHUSA.com and at LUSH stores locally in Las Vegas at the Fashion Show Mall, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and in Downtown Summerlin.
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