What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I just got home from a solid week in Vegas….and most people would probably say that was 4 days too long! I would agree to disagree because after 6 visits, I feel that I’m just barely scratching the surface of the place.

There’s so much history and I’m just as fascinated by the old as I am with the new, pestering cab drivers and waiters with as many questions as they’re willing to put up with. Donny, our waiter at California Pizza Kitchen inside The Mirage (a classic!) was a particularly good sport this time around as I quizzed him about what Michael Jackson used to order when he visited. Answer: the veggie pizza.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Traveling to the same place multiple times is something I thoroughly enjoy — I think it reminds me of family vacations. When my brother and I were kids, we took the same trip every year. Did you, as well? It’s comforting and familiar.

The first time you visit somewhere new, you’re in awe and just trying to take everything in and find your way around while documenting your experience. That’s how I felt when I visited Vegas in 1998. The next time, you’re able to relax a bit more and feel familiar enough to dig into a few more layers of a place, venture beyond the touristy areas and meet some more locals.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

With Vegas, I get super excited to see what’s beyond The Strip because there are so many amazing towns and attractions within a very short distance. A few years ago, Kat, Gala and I visited a ghost town called Nelson and it was awesome. We recently had the chance to visit Red Rock Canyon and while it’s just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, it feels like you’ve entered a completely different world.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

These photos are the final set from that day — and the ones I’m most excited about. When I’m home working, I barely ever wear makeup and usually stick to black jeans and t-shirts. With most of my day spent in front of a computer, dressing up isn’t practical or comfortable. The thing is, I love the art of putting together an outfit and expressing myself through personal style so when I hit the road, I use it as an excuse to play dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

This look came together really organically but I liked it so much that I put together a style direction around it (remember Avant Garde Desperado?) and am still wearing these pieces all the time.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I didn’t pack any jewelry besides my watch. We stopped in Chanel at The Wynn one night and a salesperson named Chris gave us these ribbons while satisfying me with plenty of juicy Vegas gossip. Ha! I ended up using mine as a necktie the rest of the trip. The sweater vest and hat were picked up at Forever 21. Finally, the skirt was from Topshop. I normally shy away from animal print everything but when you’re in Vegas and have a long-standing obsession with Siegfried & Roy, it just makes sense. Or…at least it did to me.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

We didn’t have a ton of time to explore Red Rock before the sun went down so I’m hoping to go back the next time I’m in town and see more of the area because it’s absolutely massive. There’s a 13 mile scenic drive, not to mention miles of trails and areas to have picnics. I’m glad to see it’s been so well preserved and maintained.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

My daily life can be really regimented so having these beautiful moments of getting out and exploring somewhere new with my BFF’s all while hanging with awesome, creative, talented women like Christina and Allie of Made U Look makes me feel so excited, alive and inspired.

Ever since I’ve been back, I’ve been pulling more desert inspired visuals and color palettes into branding projects, wearing softer colors and incorporating more natural elements into my house and studio. It’s amazing how even just a few hours in a new place can inspire us so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I missed you a lot last week, friends. Breaks are good to recharge creatively but it’s nice to be back and sharing with you. :)


Photos:
Made U Look

Makeup:
Blanca at Sephora, Fashion Show Mall

I wore:
Straw Hat, Forever 21 (sold out but similar options here)
Watch, The Horse
Animal print skirt, Topshop
Sweater vest, Forever 21 (sold out but similar styles here and here)
Boots, Vic Matie via Yoox (sold out but similar styles here)

14 Responses to What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

  1. Misaki Shimizu says:

    Shauna, how are you so drop dead gorgeous?!!!
    You look stunning in those pictures and the Make up is so well done!

    I get what you mean by coming back to a place several times. How you see it changes every time and you learn something new whenever you go there. There might even be this appeal to visiting instead of moving to this place (not Vegas anyway haha), because once you move there, you tend to explore less and just settle?

    Anyway, Red Rock seems to be an incredible place, I hope I can see it for myself one day.

    Hope you have a lovely week 😀

    • Shauna says:

      I have Sephora to thank for that makeup! Their artists are so good. Even when I buy the exact products they use, I can’t seem to replicate what they do. Ha! And I like the idea of visiting somewhere instead of moving there because once you fall into a daily routine of work, it’s hard to get out and really explore. With vacation, it’s just more inspiring. There’s more planning involved so you get more done. I love that. How much extra time will you have in Palm Springs? Though Joshua Tree isn’t exactly like Red Rock, it has a similar climate and is beautiful, too. It’s less than an hour drive from PS and I think you’d like it!

      • Misaki Shimizu says:

        I feel like I should try to let them do my Make up one day, I would like to see what they would do ❤
        But yeah, I also could never replicate the look these artists do (Also: applying fake lashes myself? No chance!)

        Yes, it really is the truth! Be it Munich or Dublin, but Tourists always seem to do and see more than me in the cities I’ve lived haha.
        It is so nice to have a city/cities you love and come back to a few times, but then you return to your place and the spark isn’t lost.

        Actually, that’s something I want to ask you: are you in Palm Springs a few days longer after the DV ends?
        Since I come a long way, I want to stay longer, but haven’t decided for fixed days yet.
        But Joshua Tree and the Salvation Mountain are things I am certainly interested in seeing!

        • Shauna says:

          Yes, you should! Even when I think I don’t look like myself after a makeup session, it’s fun to see what’s possible. 😉

          I’m definitely going to stay in Palm Springs a little longer. There’s so much more to see and the retreat itself can be pretty packed between meeting people and going to talks and dinner so it’s since to at least stay though the weekend and unwind.

          • Misaki Shimizu says:

            Definitely 😀
            Make up can do so much, it’s fun to experiment.

            Cool, then I stay more days as well.
            I am so excited about this already!! 😀

    • Shauna says:

      Yes, definitely! I wanted to wait until I was back from this trip because we discovered a ton of new things this time around. And OMG, that photo you found was from our first ever trip we took together in 2008. We stayed at the Sahara which is no longer there. Ancient!! :)

  2. I always feel a little guilty visiting the same places over and over but I just love them so much! I’m getting married in Vegas next April, the venue and dinner are booked, do you have any suggestions for things to do the other few days?

    • Shauna says:

      Yes! Working on a Vegas travel guide now. :) I wanted to wait until I got back from this trip first because we lined up a bunch of things we hadn’t done before. It will be live before the end of the month!

  3. Scarlett says:

    Gorgeous photos! I would love to go to Vegas and do a photoshoot at the Neon Museum – a makeup artist friend of mine did years ago and the photos turned out phenomenally :-)

    • Shauna says:

      Scarlett, my dream is to shoot there also! We’ve tried a few times in the past but they’re really strict about time and the cost is pretty outrageous. But….one day!

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