Admit it, you’ve been wondering: This chick appears normal, yet she lives in Vegas. For all of my local people out there, you’re already nodding your head. It kills me when even people who love Vegas, who have been coming to town three times a year their entire lives, still go, “I could never be there more than three days; I don’t know how you do it.” Easy. I’ll tell you EXACTLY how I “do it.”
This might come as a surprise.
I don’t live on the Strip.
It’s amazing to me how many perfectly intelligent people don’t realize this, but off the Strip there are two enormous suburbs that resemble Phoenix or somewhere else people deem respectable. I interviewed a diner owner a few weeks ago who hadn’t been to the Strip in five years. It’s totally possible. Me? I live in a cute little townhouse with two big dogs, I work in a corporate building four minutes away, I eat locally, run to Target, hit up Whole Foods — the most suburban life I’ve ever lived.
I thought I’d give you a little slice of life via my Hot Box, the best of the neighborhood Vegas salons. Meet Amber. I see this girl every single Friday at one pm, and the occasional Saturday when she talks me into fixing my highlights or cutting my hair — usually weeks after I’m due. I’ve got enormous amounts of hair and hate doing it myself, especially if I am going to fancy events like Chanel, have to do TV appearances or other public speaking, and this is even her handiwork when I was skiing. I just go in on Friday afternoons and then don’t worry about my hair all week, whatever it is I end up doing.
Several of my coworkers go to Hot Box, too. This is so much our favorite of the neighborhood Vegas salons, that when they did a photo shoot, one of the models is reading Vegas magazine in a photo now hanging in a prominent spot on the main floor.
How cool is that?
So, you see, we live very normal lives here in Vegas. We have our local “spots,” have normal friends, go to 9-5 jobs… The only difference is that when we want to go see a fabulous Rod Stewart concert, attend a Miami Vice-worthy white party or grin as we walk the red carpet with a TV star, we can.
Because we have the Strip, and you don’t!
The March issue of Vegas magazine is out, featuring Brooke Burke from Dancing with the Stars. Take a look!
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