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Life is Beautiful Weekend | 2018

Fresh coconuts, good weather, and even better company… Life got a little more beautiful in downtown Vegas last weekend when Life is Beautiful came back to town! The line up was pretty similar to Coachella’s with The Weeknd, Miguel, and Daniel Caesar as a few of the headliners, but the artists were just that good that I had to see them again! Plus, it didn’t hurt that LAUV, T-Pain, Florence + The Machine, Bastille, Arcade Fire and N.E.R.D. were there.

Here’s a recap of the weekend!

DAY 1 | Park on Fremont, The Weeknd & Daniel Caesar

My cousins and I arrived downtown and had a few drinks at the Park on Fremont—a super cozy bar with the nicest ambience and the cutest patio—before heading to the festival. We hung out at Container Park for a few hours and watched local performers beatbox and breakdance, before getting serenaded by Daniel Caesar and ending our night dancing to The Weeknd.

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DAY 2 | Exploring the festival grounds, N.E.R.D., Miguel, and Florence + The Machine

We arrived a couple of hours before our first set to explore the festival grounds and there was a lot to see! We visited the “Crime on Canvas” art gallery, admired a lot of the street art, and spent the rest of our night sipping on fresh coconuts while dancing to Miguel and Florence!

Top, bandana, and harem pants from ASOS.com | Shoes: Nike Cortez

DAY 3 | LAUV, T-Pain, Bastille, ODESZA, Blackbear, and Arcade Fire

This was our longest day, but it was also our best! We saw so many performances from Bastille to Blackbear, and we briefly saw ODESZA and Arcade Fire, although we were so sad we didn’t get to see their whole set! My favorites of the day though, (or maybe even the whole weekend 🤫) was T-Pain and LAUV! I knew LAUV would be amazing, but he was even way better than I anticipated! And T-Pain’s set was so. much. FUN. I felt like I was in middle school again, hearing him perform so many of his old songs. The whole crowd was singing loud and dancing hard, and it really made the weekend that much more memorable to me!

Pants from ASOS.com | Body suit from Capezio | Sunglasses from Abella Eyewear | Crystals from Silver Post USA

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Life is Beautiful really can’t be compared to other music festivals. It’s got its own charm. Located at the heart of downtown Las Vegas, it’s giving a new name to our budding downtown community. Vegas is becoming more than just The Strip, and Life is Beautiful is one of the reasons why. I loved getting to enjoy my city like this! And I know you guys will too.

Check out my VLOG below from Life is Beautiful!

Lots of love,

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“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang: Book Review

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“Girls like me intimidate boyfriends away. Girls like me have never been asked out by a single boy. Girls like me have to find their own way, make their own luck. I’ve had to fight for every success in my life, and I’m going to fight for this.” – Stella Lane

This book is the perfect summer read! “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang is such a heartwarming, quirky, and quick read.

The story is about Stella Lane, a successful math genius with Asperger’s who wants to enjoy dating despite her condition making it difficult to do so, and Michael Phan, an escort she hires to “professionally teach her” a thing or two about how to interact with men. Their time together, however, turns into more than just a business deal.

I love that the main character, Stella, has autism. I think that’s a big reason that a lot of people picked up this book to begin with—it’s definitely why I chose it as my Book of the Month. It was hard to connect with her at first which, in reality, is how it can be with people with autism, so that actually made her character more believable for me. I rooted for her the whole time despite that. I really wanted her to get her happy ending!

Michael is so dreamy! He works as an escort to provide for his family but his real dream is to work in fashion—he’s such a skilled tailor, as you’ll find out in the book. Helen Hoang also gets bonus points for making him Vietnamese and Swedish! I do have to say though, he seemed a little too perfect and too good to be real at times. While he had some deep-rooted flaws from his father’s abandonment, I wanted him to have character flaws that were innate. It would have given him more dynamic as a character.

Despite that, Stella and Michael have an undeniable and uncontrollable chemistry. You can feel their attraction towards each other come off the page. And warning! There are a lot of steamy, intimate scenes in this book, so if you don’t take a liking to that, I would suggest finding another romance novel. I personally didn’t know that it would be an adult romance, but nothing felt forced. The scenes were written very organically and I definitely felt giddy over the progress of their romance throughout the book.

If you want a light, funny, steamy and uplifting read, definitely pick up “The Kiss Quotient.” It’s all about family, dreams, work ethic, and love!

Order “The Kiss Quotient” through Book of the Month (It’s $14.99 to be a monthly member and you can pick one of their selected books for the month—some of which aren’t even released to the general public yet—and using the code YESPLZ, you can select “The Kiss Quotient” and get it for free! So two books for the price of one. And every book you order through BOTM will be a hardcover and each package comes with a free bookmark!) You can also order it on Amazon.

P.S. There’s a second book about Michael’s cousin, Khai, who also has Asperger’s, called “The Bride Test” which will be coming out May 2019! You can pre-order it here.