Teen Idols

Teen Idols.  We all had one. My mom’s teen idol was Elvis Presley.  My nieces? Justin Bieber. And for me? Donny Osmond!

So you can imagine my surprise when Evine approached me to launch a show on the network called Donny Osmond Home and that I would be presenting with the one-and-only, Donny Osmond!  I would be meeting and working with my teen crush! Surreal to say the least.

Have you heard of Tiger Beat Magazine? It is a teen fan magazine and back in my teenage years this glossy magazine kept me up-to-date on my favorite celebrities with stories, teen quizzes, and of course, posters to hang on your bedroom walls!  I had it bad, real bad, for the guy who sang “Puppy Love.” I knew his favorite color was purple so it became my favorite color too!  My mom painted my bedroom walls purple and I had purple carpet as well.  Thanks mom!

We launched Donny Osmond Home on April 9th and it was a great success. Donny is as charming and nice as you would imagine him to be – he really is the real deal.  The products were beautiful and the customers love him.  It was easy to see his passion for quality, home, and family. I loved everything about the show, but the highlight for me was when Donny Osmond danced with me and sang “Puppy Love” on-air. Can you believe it?!?!

Recently during the Las Vegas JCK jewelry show and live remote for Evine in June, I had the chance to see Donny again! We were able to attend the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino and I had the unbelievable opportunity to interview Donny backstage for a behind-the-scenes segment on Facebook. We started our visit in Donny’s dressing room to get a firsthand look at where he prepares for the show.  His dressing room is filled with mementos and really shows his personality.  What an experience! If that wasn’t enough, Donny then gave me a tour of the stage where the show is performed. I was on stage with Donny Osmond! We reenacted the show’s opening number….Donny and I walked down the stairs together singing “It Takes Two.” The Donny & Marie show has been in Vegas for nine years now and I can see why. They work so well together on stage and every song brings back so many fun memories.

Teen crushes are great. What is really amazing is when you get to meet that person and they turn out to be kind, genuine, and everything you thought they would be.

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Kimberly’s 48 hours in Vegas Survival Guide

Looking for a quick getaway that has all the makings of an Adult Disneyland? Then look no further than Viva Las Vegas.

My sister-in-law, Natasha, had never been to Vegas and since my friend, Bucky, was headlining in a show and colleagues were attending the JCK, it seemed like the perfect weekend to go for broke (no pun intended)!!  Girls Trip!!

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There are lots of great and affordable airlines traveling to LV this time of year – so while the temperatures are rising, take advantage of the low $$ for travel.  Pack a carry-on only; don’t waste a minute of your time at baggage claim and heaven forbid your luggage gets lost.  It’s a quick trip: 2 tops, 1 bottom, a bathing suit & cover up, 2 dresses, 1 pair of heels and a pair of flip flops . . . that’s all you need!!

Once you arrive, be prepared to wait in line for a taxi. This line appears to be never ending, depending upon the time Kimberly blog 2 taxi line insert& day of arrival, but it moves quicker then Space Mountain and there’s some pretty good people watching along the way.

Once you get to your hotel, you may also encounter a long line to check in. Understand, Vegas truly never sleeps, so people are checking in & out at all hours of the day.  Join the Total Rewards program online so you have a member number, as most casinos have a special check-in line & tons of discount for members . . . and it’s free to join.  And always smile, be courteous and ask for an upgrade.  I found that being kind (that and a discreet tip to the person checking you in) will pay off handsomely in the long run. You’re not in your room for most of the day, but a higher floor, better view and executive lounge privileges can sure make your stay that much sweeter.

Kimberly blog 2 shopping 3Shopping in Vegas is just insane! It’s the best of NYC, LA, London, Paris and your favorite mall all wrapped up on one long strip.  From the highest end boutiques to the most convenient of touristy shops – you could literally arrive there empty handed and go home with an entirely new wardrobe!!Kimberly blog 2 shopping 1

If you love to eat like me, you’ll be in a gastronomical paradise!! From the mom & pop diners to your favorite celebrity chefs, there are a gazillion Kimberly food 3opportunities to tantalize your taste buds.  Enjoy breakfast in Rome, lunch in Paris and dinner in NYC . . . it’s a culinary feast of the senses.  Don’t have a reservation?  No prob!  Be flexible, go on an off hour, be willing to sit at the bar, smile . . . and don’t forget to tip the guy or gal that squeezes you in without much of a wait!!

Kimberly blog 2 food 1Entertainment abounds in Vegas, from the biggest headliners, to musical Kimberly blog 2 MJ2reviews, cabarets, comedy and everything in between.  If you’re worried about seeing that one big showstopper, then perhaps book in advance.  But I found walking up to the ticket counter was just as easy, you see the actual venue & there are no overpriced service charges from a third party!  Kimberly blog 2 BrittneyPerhaps the best secret is that house seats are ‘on hold’ until the day of the show for special guests of the headliners, etc.  If you’re at the right place at the right time, a coveted seat may be yours!!!

Want to feel inspired? The various hotels are all incredibly different and feature one-of-a-kind architecture and design features that are truly museum quality.  Be sure to allow some time to just wander from one place to the next to the next . . .

Kimberly blog 2 poolsideFinally . . . it’s totally hothothot in Vegas and you must stay hydrated!!  Carry h2o with you at all times and wear sunscreen.  If hanging out by the pool, rent a covered cabana or lounge chairs that offer you shade and protection.  While they can be $100-200 for the day, with food/beverage minimums . . . it’s completely worth it for you to have a place to hang your hat, take a little nap if you stayed out too late the night before and just enjoy the wild and wacky pool scene.  When it’s 114 degrees outside, getting burned and blistered can happen quicker then you think and ruin the rest of your trip!

Yep, you really can do Vegas in 48 hours and survive!!  And, if you happen to get caught up on one or more of these steps, just remember:

What happens in Vegas . . . well, you know the rest!

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Love to see YOUR Vegas vacation pix too!!

Cheers xx

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