Archive | In My Opinion RSS feed for this section

Three Different Things To Do Fourth of July Week!

20 Jun

Here are three different events during Fourth of July Week and only one includes fireworks and a BBQ!

El Súper Clásico (The Super Classic)

Chiva Club America collageAre ready for some Fútbol? Club América versus Chivas de Guadalajara, the hottest rivalry in Mexican Liga MX team’s soccer, for the first time is coming to Las Vegas.

Fans wanting
to be around all the action on and off the field can stay at host hotel The New Tropicana Las Vegas.

The renovated property is offering exclusive hotel stay packages:

  • The Club América Súper Clásico and the Chivas Súper Clásico packages ($795* each) and include admission for two for a meet-and-greet with select players of the fans favorite team, as well as a three-night stay for two in best-in-class accommodations, and two tickets for P1 seating to El Súper Clásico ($256 value). Only 50 of each package is available through June 28, 2013.  *Package prices include Club Deluxe accommodations; other rooms types available for additional pricing.
  • El Súper Clásico Package ($495*) features a three-night stay for two in best-in-class accommodations and two tickets for P1 seating to El Súper Clásico ($256 value).

Las Vegas is the first stop of the Chivas’ 2013 US Tour.

Tickets available at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or by calling 866.388.3267 (toll-free) or 702.739.3267 (local).  Ticket prices are $28 (sold out), $38 (sold out), $48, $58, $78, $128. Tickets may be subject to additional fees.  Tickets are also available at Mariana’s and La Bonita Super Markets in Las Vegas.

Súper Clásico: Club América vs Chivas
Wednesday, July 3rd
Sam Boyd Stadium at 8pm
7000 E. Russell Rd.

4th with The Phil! Pops Concert

Fireworks and flagIt doesn’t get anymore patriotic than spending the Fourth of July at a park, listening to an amazing symphony in a beautiful setting, and BBQ.  The family fun begins at 4pm at Symphony Park with food vendors, music including jazz, Hawaiian, Cajun, and bluegrass, along with the famous Vegas heat (the high on this day is forecast at 112 degrees.) Around dusk, patrons who purchased a ticket to the Pops concert transition inside to Reynolds Hall. Those enjoying the outdoors will be treated to “God Bless America”, “Stars & Stripes Forever”, and “America the Beautiful” too as it plays through the outdoor speakers.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is conducted by Matt Catingub with special guests Clint Holmes, Kristen Hertzenberg, drummer Steve Moretti and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Ellie Smith performing The Star-Spangled Banner.

Pops Concert in Reynolds Hall tickets are $25, $50, $75 & $125 VIP Packages. Symphony Park Family Fun Day $10 adults; $5 children 12 & under, and includes audio simulcast of the Pops Concert. All concert ticket purchases include admission to Symphony Park. Tickets available from The Smith Center Box Office, by phone at (702) 749-2000, or visit

Thursday, July 4th
BBQ and Bands at 4pm

Doors to Reynolds Hall Open at 6pm
Concert at 7:30pm
Fireworks at 9pm
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Avenue

UFC 162 Meet and Greet

Lagasse Stadium at Palazzo Las Vegas

Lagasse Stadium at Palazzo Las Vegas

Fans of UFC have the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite fighters, Bud Light Calendar Girls and industry superstars while noshing on passed hors d’œuvres created by chef Emeril Lagasse at Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo. With 100+ HDTVs and a giant 9×16 foot screen, there isn’t a bad seat in the place, and the expansive patio has a great view of the Strip with plush seating.

Meet Heavyweight Daniel “DC” Cormier, Light Heavyweight Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis, Middleweight Luke Rockhold, former Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, Welterweight Tyron Woodley; Lightweight Champions Benson “Smooth” Henderson, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and Josh “The Punk” Thomson, Bantamweight Urijah “The California Kid” Faber and host of Best of Pride Fighting Championships Kenda Perez and Octagon girls Chrissy Hubbard and Vanessa Hanson.

General admission tickets include passed hors d’œuvres and viewing of Q&A session ($50); VIP tickets include passed hors d’œuvres, unlimited beer, well drinks, and champagne (8-9pm), commemorative program, meet and greet, and an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A.

Tickets can be purchased at the Venetian and Palazzo Box Office, by phone 702.414.9000 and online.

Friday, July 5
8pm to midnight.
Doors open at 6pm
Lagasse’s Stadium
The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Hey DJ Won’t You Play That Song And Keep Me Dancin’…

15 Jan

hakkasan-LogoLately, there has been so much nightclub buzz around Hakkasan, the $100 million dollar and then some gigantic dayclub/nightclub/restaurant taking residence on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue in the former Rain Nightclub space at MGM Grand, and it’s exclusive DJ contracts as reported by the Las Vegas Sun with Deadmau5, Avicii, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris, to name a few, you would think it will be the only place to get your groove on. But that is not the case. There are still plenty of DJs and nightclubs to go around.

Here are two new DJ announcements:

Dirty-SouthWynn Las Vegas just announced it has “42 Electronic Dance Music DJ Residencies” on its dayclub and nightclubs roster for 2013 including, John Dahlbäck, Max Vangeli, Bassnectar, and Dirty South. You can see the entire list at

PaulyDMTV Jersey Shore alum and current star of his own show The Pauly D Project, Paul DelVecchio, was added to The Light Group DJ roster as a resident with his own night called TURN UP at HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino debuting Saturday, January 19.

And don’t forget, Vegas has so many nightclubs and lounges (not all are listed) with something going on every day of the week, and when spring rolls in so does daylife and that’s an entirely new list.

10 Aok

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens


Hyde Bellagio


LAX Nightclub

Marquee Nightclub


Pure Nightclub

Savile Row


Surrender Nightclub

Tabu Ultra Lounge

TAO Nightclub

The Act

The Bank





A Vegas New Year’s Eve 2013

27 Dec

Brielle fur hatIf I wasn’t ringing in 2013 my three-year-old great niece Brielle (I happily offered) I would be at one of these great parties. There is always so much to choose from on New Year’s Eve Weekend it’s hard to choose. I picked these three because I’ve never seen any of the hosts live.

Click the flyers for more information.

Common performing live with The Sayers Club at Hyde Bellagio.
A front row view of the Strip, Bellagio fountains and fireworks!

Hyde Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV. 89109


Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club New Year’s Eve Gala hosted by Robin ThickeMusic and entertainment will also be provided by DJ Stan Courtois and the Bagatelle Bazaar. Bagatelle Las Vegas is located opposite MGM Resort and adjacent to The Tropicana Hotel on the strip.

Bagatelle 3


Travis Barker and Yelawolf at Rain Nightclub at Palms Casino Resort. This is the last time the space will be known as Rain Nightclub as the Palms Resort & Casino undergoes a multimillion dollar renovation.
Party starts at 9 p.m.

Palms Casino Resort
4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103




I Was Just Re-Tweeted by Musician Tim McMorris

10 Sep

Everyone knows the current Sam Adams “For the Love of Beer” commercial with the great song lyrics

“Make me laugh and show me how

Just how good this life can be

And in our moments filled with joy is where I live

Where I am free

Lay in our arms, I’ll hold you tight

Just like you like, continually

And I am overwhelmed by you.”

From the first time I heard the song and saw the commercial I knew I had to find the name of the artist and support his music because of how those lyrics made me feel. Once I found him on YouTube I had to follow his channel and tweet about it.

Musician Tim McMorrisSo I posted @timmcmorris… #joy #happiness #love” and to my delight, this morning he replied @AdrienneNHester Thanks for spreading the word Adrienne :)”

 The real thank you is to him for beautiful music. Take a listen to the entire song and the actual video and I know you will agree.

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Democracy

13 Aug

I will never forget the first time I heard the name Guns N’ Roses. It was 1987, summer, and I was in LA hanging out with my childhood best friend Nicole at her sister Rene’s apartment on the Sunset Strip. It was definitely one of the cooler places to live in the 80s, CC DeVille of the band Poison lived in her building and the band was always there.

Downstairs hair bands hocked their tapes up and down the boulevard between gigs and I was lucky enough to buy Appetite for Destruction (one of the greatest albums of all time) for $5 from some guy selling them out of his backpack. Nicole and I had the tape on repeat and I couldn’t wait to get back to Vegas to turn my all my friends onto it. I was a fan and I saw them every chance I could when they played Vegas.  Then the bottom fell out and they broke up. I was devastated.

Starting on Halloween night, Guns N’ Roses will have the Appetite for Democracy residency for 12 days inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sans the original members: Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler. The new band, which played two sold out show this past New Year’s, is now made up of Axl Rose, DJ Ashba, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Richard Fortus, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Chris Pitman and Frank Ferrer

Like I said before, about Faith Hill & Tim McGraw – Soul2Soul, “this is sure to cause a frenzy to purchase tickets and count on this show selling out quickly.” Halloween is a big deal in Vegas and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

Inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

On Sale: Friday, Aug. 17at 10 a.m.

Ticket Prices: Starting at $45 (plus applicable services fees)

Box Office

702.693.5583 │


800.745.3000 │

Show Dates

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Friday, Nov. 2

Saturday, Nov. 3

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Friday, Nov. 9

Saturday, Nov. 10

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Saturday, Nov. 17

Sunday, Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Friday, Nov. 23

Saturday, Nov. 24


 Adrienne xo

Get Involved Beyond the “Work” and Reap theRewards

12 May

One of my passions in life is helping others reach their personal level of success however they define
it for themselves. This past month I’ve had several rewarding experiences while working with clients
and learned more about myself in process.

Experience One: On Saturday, May 5 the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held in downtown Las Vegas and ended at the Fremont Street Experience. I walked for my friends, those I do not know, those who survive, have lost the fight, and those constantly fighting to find a cure to end the battle against the disease. The past several years, I walked on my sorority’s team, the Pink Pearls, as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Theta Theta Omega chapter, to fulfill the premise of “one sister making a promise to another sister.”

2012 Race for the Cure Southern Nevada

This year was different. I walked on team Downsize Fitness Las Vegas, a new gym helping chronically overweight individuals wanting to lose 50 pounds or more reach and maintain their goals. I researched the causes of obesity by race, gender and age, and how it relates to cancer; I found chronically overweight individuals are more susceptible to 60 types of cancer like endometrial, esophagus, colon, kidney and thyroid according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. I also learned several other facts I never thought about since I am not an overweight person, however I have many family members in Oklahoma who should be members of the gym. As I walked the quarter mile to meet up with my client and his gym members, I was approached by a mother and her teen daughter who was a bit overweight. The mother started a conversation by complimenting my CamelBak hydration pack then asking what I do as a career. I responded, “I’m a strategic marketer. I’m walking with my fitness client.” I then told them the following facts:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found in a study conducted from 2006 to 2008 “compared with whites, blacks had a 51% higher obesity rate.”
  2. The Weight-control and Information Network, an information service of the division of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, found “on average, people who are considered obese pay $1,429 (42 percent) more in health care costs than normal-weight individuals”; Marketdata found the total U.S. weight loss market grew to a $68.7 billion industry in 2010; Nationwide 15.2 percent of youth between 10 and 17 years old are categorized as obese.
  3. A report recently released by Duke University concludes “the severely obese make up at least 9 percent of the nation’s yearly health spending, or $150 billion a year.” And “severe obesity will double by 2030 and 11 percent of adults will be nearly 100 pounds overweight or more.”

As we walked for the cure, I thought about the future, the importance of good health, and how my participation this year went beyond me. I was able to share what I recently learned with others. It felt good.

Team Downsize Fitness

Experience Two: My entire life I’ve been an avid reader and spent many afternoons while growing up at my public library. On Saturday, May 19, I attended an event with my new client, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, awards presentation of the Tom and Bonnie Lawyer West Las Vegas Library Academic Scholarship of seven $1,000 gift donations to exceptional students who demonstrated a love for their West Las Vegas community, as well as academic achievement and financial need. These young adults are smart! They kept high scholastic standards (lowest GPA 3.5, high 4.7 GPA) while dealing with immense struggles at home like unemployment, low wages, alcoholism, violence and life changing health issues all while giving back to the community.

Jeanne Goodrich Exec. Dir. LVCCLD, Angelina Paez, Manuja Sahan Gunaratne, Juan Gonzalez, Avree Walker, Rocio Hernandez, Tom and Bonnie Lawyer.

The Tom and Bonnie Lawyer West Las Vegas Library Academic Scholarship was created in 2009 by former Library Foundation president Tom Lawyer in honor of the library’s commitment to the community. To be eligible winners met the following criteria: demonstrated success in school, community involvement, a strong connection to the West Las Vegas Library, and a need for financial support to pursue their education goals.

As I stood and listened to philanthropist Tom Lawyer speak about each student, I remembered reading their applications and thinking “I wonder if I would have been as successful academically if I were in their situations?” They taught me that an adverse position is something that happens to a person, but does not make up who we are as individuals. They also reinforced my life motto, “Nothing and no one will determine how successful I will be in this life except for me.” *Photos Courtesy of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation.

Philanthropist Tom Lawyer.

Experience Three: I work with a culinary school, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (formerly the Culinary Training Academy), the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute. The Academy provides food for the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) administered by Nevada’s Department of Education. This program provides free, nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer.


On Wednesday, May 23, the Academy hosted the First Grade Food Critics, a movement founded by Benjamin Brown, an elementary school teacher and food journalist to promote nutrition education, career awareness and academic development among children in at-risk schools, to taste-test two new menu items: chicken salad and fresh broccoli florets, in addition to whole wheat crackers, salad, fruit and low-fat one percent milk. After critiquing the SFSP menu they sampled a chocolate chip cookie from the cafe menu.

One thing about kids is their blatant honesty. If they don’t understand or like something it will show all over their faces. It was interesting to see them experience a non-microwaved boxed lunch, which is the norm for elementary schools in Las Vegas. The fresh chicken salad was a favorite, but none ate it atop the crackers, and the broccoli was a challenge because it was raw. Although provided with a packet of ranch dressing, the kids did not think to use it as a dipping sauce.

I learned a life lesson unknowingly taught by a bunch of six-year-old students. To try new things and try them often. If I never attempt anything new how will I grow as a person?

Get involved with your clients beyond the “work” and realize the personal rewards. You just might learn something about yourself.

*Photos Courtesy of the Culinary Training Academy of Las Vegas

Related articles

Dear Abbott Nutrition & RJ Reynolds,

2 Mar

Similac Infant Formula

On February 16, I received a package from UPS containing a Nourishing Newborns Feeding Kit with two samples of infant formula: Similac Sensitive for “Fussiness & Gas, Due to Lactose Sensitivity. Complete Nutrition for Sensitive Tummies” and Similac Advance “Complete Nutrition For Your Baby’s 1st Year. Closer Than Ever to Breast Milk.”

Newborns don't come with instructions

Who doesn’t love the surprise of a free gift, especially expensive baby formula? The sensitive retails for $22.75 at Walmart and $13.99 for the advance at Target. Well, I can tell you I didn’t care too much for this package for two reasons. One) I am not pregnant. Two) My relationship status on Facebook went from “in a relationship” to “it’s complicated” four days before the package arrived.

Self-pity aside, I have no idea how I ended up on your mailing list and kindly ask you to remove my contact information. I’m not sure how you develop your list, however I suggest a good scrub before the next mail campaign. And while you’re at it, tell RJ Reynolds to do the same thing. I don’t smoke and getting coupons for Camel cigarettes in the same mail delivery as baby formula is wrong on so many levels. As someone in marketing, I suggest coordinating your calendars for mailings.



I Loved My 2008 Cadillac CTS Until I had to drive a 2012 CTS as a Loner

28 Feb

I took my car in for service at Findley Cadillac to replace the driver side mirror and check a few other issues that are cause for concern which I’m sure are unwarranted since I’m not a mechanic. I adore my service rep Mike G, but he is killing me making me drive a 2012 CTS as a loner car. Since the dealership ended their relationship with Enterprise, driving the newest models is now the only option and I am not complaining. I didn’t intend to purchase a car that day in August three years ago, especially since the sales rep tried to get me to buy a white CTS with obnoxiously large tires with matching gold rims and embellishments. I had to ask if he remembered I pulled up in a black 1999 Volvo S 70. And, what it was about me that gave him the impression that I wanted to drive a car that looked like I had a pimp as a boyfriend?

2009 Cadillac XLR

He obviously did not care about me the customer more than making a sale because he tried to get me to buy any and everything from the gigantic STS and DTS (I’m only 5’3) to the now defunct XLR that started at $100,000. Annoyed, I was about to leave until my black cherry colored car with 26 miles on it pulled on the lot and the rest is history.

2012 Cadillac CTS interior

I went nuts with upgrades. I have accessories I still don’t use or even know I have, and now they seem obsolete with all the modernizations. Some things my car doesn’t have and are now standard: Bluetooth, a finish grille, metal pedal covers, seat extensions for your legs, automatic adjustable pedals, heated steering wheel, dark wood trim, and touch screen navigation to name a few. What a difference a few years can make. To read about all the upgrades go to Car & Driver.

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

Chris Brown’s Grammy Backlash Turned Twitter Tantrum

16 Feb

Chris Brown had another Twitter tantrum. I am not surprised. He has a lot of backlash from his appearance and win at the Grammys. Is it fair? That is not for me to decide, however, I don’t recall massive outrage from Miranda Lambert when other musicians were in the news for domestic violence and were either nominated, won or performed on the Grammys. What I find hypocritical, I am sure Miranda Lambert and his other naysayers have attended many an award show, applauded, posed, talked, and had a good time with people who have been in the same appalling situation.

(photo credit: Great American Country)

Chris Brown is young, handsome, and talented with major anger management issues. That is obvious; yet, all of his critics seem to forget he is in the process of satisfying the courts and is working hard to redeem himself and is still under court ordered supervision. Controlling anger will more than likely be a lifelong process for him.

Country star Rodney Atkins (American Country Music Awards winner) struck a deal to avoid jail time for allegations of trying to suffocate his wife last year; Mötley Crüe has been nominated four times for a Grammy and drummer Tommy Lee spent six months in jail for beating Pamela Anderson Lee; Guns N’ Roses was nominated three times and lead singer Axel Rose had to pay his ex-model girlfriends Erin Everly ($1 million) Stephanie Seymore ($400,000) for physical altercations during their relationships; country music’s Tracey Lawrence was arrested in Las Vegas for hitting his wife Stacie Lawrence; even Eminem and the  late ‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown made headlines over the years. The list goes on.

(photo credit:

It’s been reported; Rihanna, the woman who actually suffered the assault and the only person whose opinion he should care about has forgiven him and invited him to her recent birthday party. Miranda Lambert should learn the lesson on forgiveness from RiRi.

Do you agree with the backlash from Chris Brown performing at the Grammys?

Thank you for reading.

Adrienne xo

%d bloggers like this: