Meet and greet with Miss America

There were three things I loved during my early teen years: shopping, playing with Barbies and watching Miss America pageants.

While I finally stopped playing with Barbies more than a decade ago (or so I say), I still make time to shop and watch the pageant on TV.

So wouldn’t it be a dream to shop and see Miss America live, all in one trip? At Fashion Show Mall’s runway in the Great Hall, you’ll get a chance to catch a sneak peek of all 53 2010 Miss America Contestants (including Miss Puerto Rico, Miss District of Columbia and Miss U.S. Virgin Islands), at a public “meet and greet” on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. And it’s free! This is the perfect day trip with you and your girls.

The event kicks off with Miss America contestants on the catwalk. Don’t forget to bring your camera! After your photo opportunity, the contestants will sign autographs through 6:45 p.m.  

And for the guys who aren’t exactly thrilled about shopping, think of it this way: This is your chance to meet and greet  more than 50 beautiful women. So be on your best behavior.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.