Blonde, Vegas Bound & Book Obsessed.

Blonde: I get excited every morning of a new post. As soon as I reach consciousness I open my phone with half sleeping eyes for a quick (before motherhood takes over the rest of my day) peek at your responses. I am always delighted to see what you guys think and what you’ll have to add. Friday morning I was particularly anxious. I knew there was a chance you’d all hate it but luckily I have the nicest coolest readers who have fabulous taste in hair:) Really though, thank you so much, totally made my week! I’m thinking the how-we(or rather SHE)-did-it post should be done by tomorrow… Hopefully:)

Vegas Bound: Well as it turned out our stay in Arizona did turn out to be a short one…


Our new residence is Viva Las Vegas!

Did you some of you assume that “Vegas Bound”was in reference to a vacation, cause “you go to Vegas on temporary lapses in judgement, you don’t live there.”
At least that has been the response of a few people to whom I assure that I will not be living on the strip or mixing up my am’s and pm’s or drinking and gambling heavily or wearing dresses that probably should be shirts.
I imagine that is all most people really remember about the place but, as it seems there are quite a few people who call it home and neighborhoods that are quite homey.

and yet…you still have the strip for the shopping. Best of both worlds.

So any of you who live or have lived or might as well have lived here, I’d love to know what is good to know for a new resident.

Book Obsessed:

I’ll need to quote the very book I speak of to explain my feelings of it..

“Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book…”

Book Love

Find it {HERE}
I could not stop reading. I laughed out loud so many times (which I don’t remember having ever done with a book) and cried a fair amount too (and trust me, I’m not a cryer). It’s good.

I don’t want to tell you anything else about it because I love reading a book I know nothing about and having no preconceived ideas about where it will be taking me.

ALTHOUGH, if you have read it, or if you do read it, I am dying to hear your thoughts. What quotes you loved, moments, character assessments. I’m feeling this terrible need to over analyze and rehash every moment. So please comment (at your leisure or when you finish it) and please label said comments (which contain such, of course) as SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure.

I’ll be waiting, patiently. Sort of patiently.


57 thoughts on “Blonde, Vegas Bound & Book Obsessed.

  1. Cara, I live in Vegas!! People actually live here and no, not on the strip. There is a life away from casino’s. But no matter where you live, life is what you make it. There are many things to do. And if you’re that bored, California is only a few hours away 😉

  2. Hi Cara- I lived in Vegas for 3 years with my hubby and kiddos. We live in Austin, Tx now. Vegas is very much a family friendly place and the strip is great for when company comes. :) We lived in the North Las Vegas area near aliante. But I had lots of friends in Summerlin and Henderson areas. Summerlin is really neat…lots of neat places!

  3. Wow, Vegas! That will be an exciting adventure! Can’t wait to hear more about that. I will have to check the book out, sounds like it’s a MUST READ. I am so looking forward to your blonde post…still jealous! 😉 ❤

  4. My first comment all though I love your blog and have read for some time. :) I really loved the lighter hair, and I think whoever did it did a great job on not “over doing” it. It looks really natural. A good natural blonde is a lot of $ and upkeep but for me personally it’s so worth it. If I love my hair, life is just a little bit smoother. :) Hope Vegas is great! I’m guessing you guys move for work? It must be hard to start over so often. I put your book on my wish list. It sounds really good and the reviews on Amazon are excellent. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Hey Cara, I’ve lived in Vegas before and me and my husband are moving back in May after we both graduate from school, and I love it!! I totally agree with what Noelle said, Summerlin and Centennial are my favorite areas. Lots of fun things to do. You almost feel like you are in a separate city but get to enjoy all the Vegas perks too. Plus its easy access to Utah and California. Anyway, I’m sure you don’t need to be sold on it now, but I think your hair turned out really great!!

  6. The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best new books I’ve read in a while. “…. but it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/but in ourselves’”. Laugh, cry, laugh, cry….this was me. Another book you might like if you haven’t already read is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It’s one of those books where you have a love/hate relationship with the main character, but still love the book. I couldn’t put it down.
    I live in Utah and have always loved Vegas, my MIL lived in Henderson for a while. So, lucky you!
    LOVE your hair bytheway and love the blog!

  7. I could not imagine you with lighter hair when you said you were thinking about it but – wow – your stylist did an amazing job and you look hot as always!! You’re lucky to be able to rock such different looks!! I think I MAY have HAC down – I feel like I’m really getting better at it!! Anyway, I love my new make up look!! so Thanks!!!!

  8. I loved Fault in our Stars… what an emotional ride that book was. I agree, you have to check out their youtube videos, so much fun. I haven’t read any of Mr. Green’s other books but I have heard wonderful things about them.

  9. We moved to Henderson from Utah, and it’s great! Can’t beat the weather! But, if you’re moving from Arizona, you already know that!! (We lived in Arizona too for a bit. :). There are lots of great, family friendly places to live here and there are lots of perks. Tons and tons and tons of parks everywhere to take the kids. Good luck with the move!
    PS. I LOVE your hair!!!

  10. Loved the book! I agree with the “gaping hole” the poster mentioned above. Could not stop thinking about the characters. As I was reading it, I kept picturing the actress from Suburgatory (Jane Levy) as Hazel. Did you have specific people in your mind as your read the book?

  11. I live in Vegas (summerlin) and we just celebrated one year of living here and we love it!! Very family oriented, tons to do, and my kids are having a blast. I have a 2 and a 4 year old. It’s really like two separate cities the strip and everywhere else. I rarely go to the strip and if I couldn’t see it from the highway I wouldn’t even know I lived in Vegas. But its so fun when friends visit so I can hang out with them and play tourist for a night. I think you will love it here (ps I just bought all my HAC stuff and have been playing with it and I think I need more practice. Or maybe an in person demo? Since you’re moving here I would gladly volunteer for a makeover!! ) if you have any questions about moving here feel free to ask me!

  12. Welcome to Vegas! I’ve been here for almost 8 years and I love it. I have a 3 1/2 year old son and there is so much to do here. I have lived in Summerlin and now reside in Aliante. There are TONS of great parks to take your son to, depending on where you live, I love nature discovery park (which does movies on the grass in the summer) and the butterfly park. The Children’s Museum is good and Springs Preserve is amazing (it also has it’s own farmers market once a week). We like weekend adventures to Mt. Charleston, especially the meddow and to Floyd Lamb park to see the peacocks. They are opening two new water parks in town too which will be wonderful in this heat. Tivoli Village is also fun on the weekends. Oh, and at Christmas time, go see the lights at the speedway. I could go on and on. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with all that this city has to offer! Good luck!

    • Also, look into some of the great kids consignment sales like As They Grow and Moms & Munchkins. They are wonderful. Great for making a little money and saving a ton on clothes and toys.

  13. Living in Vegas now for 2 1/2 years and love it! I live in the Summerlin area and it is safe and wonderful. Great place to raise my boys. Plus…the water park will be open soon!!!!

  14. Hi! I’m so excited for you to join the Vegas locals (the ones who know there is life beyond the strip!!) I’ve lived in Vegas for 5 years. I recommend looking for places in Henderson, Summerlin or 215 & hualapi area. And if you are looking for a school for your little nugget I recommend Challenger school by Lone Mountain! :)

  15. My in-laws lived in Vegas for a few years and it’s much like living in Orlando (where I live) — I rarely get to Disney (and it’s not remotely close), but people assume I live there. Have fun/good luck with your move!

    As for the book – it’s really that good. I have pimping it out to all of my friends. It is definitely one of those books that is definitely left spoiler free – except I always recommend investing in tissues. I think my favorite part was the letter at the end. It gave me so much closure, which is not something you fully expect from a book like that.

  16. Kara we are heading there in June and I am looking forward to it. We lived there 5 years ago and loved it. Do you plan to work? I am asking because as a photographer I could always use a good makeup artist like you!

  17. Cara! Firstly, I adore your new blonde ‘do! I’m also in the transition back to blonde (but I’m going from a deep brown-red)! I can’t wait to read about how you and Lacey got you to back to blonde because I’m having issues myself.
    Also, I live in Vegas!!! Don’t worry, you don’t really encounter any of the crazies unless you make your way to the Strip. Do you know what side of town you are going to be on? I’m up in the Henderson/Green Valley area, but I’ve lived here my whole life so I have plenty of tips and tricks to share, even some of the best spots in town to go visit! Hope to hear from you soon! And congratulations on your newest chapter!

  18. I’m a new reader to your blog… one that’s moving to Vegas in the Fall! I’m moving out there to do my student teaching (all the way from Northern Michigan!) and can’t wait to read a bit about your experiences moving to the city. =]

  19. Loved loved LOVED this book!!! I think I read it in 2 days…it was so well written and such an incredible story! Seriously one of my new favorites :)

  20. Cara! I am moving to Vegas this summer too! Just for the summer for my husbands work, but I have been DYING wanting you to give me a makeover and to teach me h&c in person. (because apparently I’m an idiot and I just. Can’t. Get. It!) any chance I could set up an appointment with you to do that??

  21. First of all, your hair is freaking gorgeous. I really wish I could find someone who was amazing with color & could take me from dark to light, & back again (I feel like I am always wanting something different haha). Yay for your move, I live in Vegas & I really do love it! Town Square is my favorite for shopping days, they even have a cute little kid play area, & they have a Farmer’s Market every Friday!

  22. I am from CA and I have family that lives in Vegas. They love it. There is so much more to Vegas than the strip. Talk to locals and they will tell you how wonderful it can be.

  23. I just polished that book off a couple of weeks ago and loved it, too. Before I read it, somebody told me it was too “teenagery” but that’s exactly what I ended up loving about it. It was from the mouth of a teenager, exactly the way teenagers talk and think. It made it feel real. Also, I totally fell for Gus. I don’t think you could read it and not fall for him. Also! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the line her Dad says about how the universe wants to be noticed. So, so good.

  24. Love the new hair! I have family that lives in Vegas my little cousin goes to a very good school there! she is 3. Its amazing how much she knows. They live in a safe & beautiful neighborhood.(very kid friendly) Vegas is a nice place. We live in SLC we like to head out there on the weekends! There is tons to do thats not the on “strip”. Congrats on the move!!!!!

  25. The Fault in Our Stars has to be the best book written in the last 20 years! And though I’ve always been really wary of going blond I definitely think it’s more of an option now than ever before. Have fun living in Vegas, but maybe not too much!

  26. Can’t wait to read if! I pretty much do anything you say because I’m a huge fan. Haha all my friends ask me “well, what does mascara say”

  27. My brother has lived in Henderson for several years now.He previously lived in a high rise on the strip but wanted a more family neighborhood and to buy a house so he moved to Henderson. My family loves going to visit him several times a year and stay for the weekend. Obviously the summers get really hot and he has to leave the air conditioner on for the dog, while he is at work. We like to go to The District at Green Valley Ranch to shop and eat at Lucilles BBQ. Best Wishes!

  28. Hi Cara,
    I am just one of your random readers who also lives in Vegas! My husband and I have lived here for 10 years now…..if you are looking for the best area to move to (in my humble opinion) it is the far southwest, rhodes ranch area. There is really nice housing in all price points ( I live in a subdivision called Huntington cove) it is full of young families there are really great schools,we are super close to grocery stores, the library, parks,the church(awesome ward btw) and close to the important stuff……target, sephora and the pro Mac store!! Anyway welcome to Vegas if you have any questions feel free to ask :) Charli

  29. So excited to here you are in Vegas! I have been in Henderson my whole life, and I am quite obsessed with your blog. A little too much. My chemistry grade is proof of that. Do you do consultations?

  30. I don’t know if I posted on your hair post, but I LOVE it! It makes me want to go blonde! Which I will someday when I need to start dying (which won’t be super far in the future, thanks to early-graying genes), but for now, I’ll enjoy not having the upkeep. :) But it looks so good!
    And you have fantastic taste in books! I LOVE TFiOS! I love Hazel and Gus and Isaac. And I sobbed at the end (when she read Gus’s letter(s) to van Houten). Ahhh!! Beautiful book.

  31. SPOILER ALERT: “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.” I’ve applied this quote to all of my current relationships and found myself thinking “I do, Augustus. I do” Thank you for recommending this book. It’s rare that I can get through a book, yet alone in 2 days. For me it was bittersweet and relatable. My mom passed of cancer a year ago and like Augustus she kept her sense of humor until her last day. She was worth the hurt, every last bit of it. :)

  32. I am going to Vegas in March, Been there once before. It was amazing! I really look up to you I think you are gorgeous! I would love to meet you, Get a makeover! I would love it. :)

  33. The Fault in Our Stars was an amazing read, to say the least! There are so many parts that gave me chills but this line was my favorite: “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” Also (SOILER ALERT) I loved when Augustus’s dad expresses his appreciation to Hazel for treating Augustus like wasn’t dying. Makes you appreciate being able to just breathe…

    • I loved that, totally perfect way of explaining the falling. “He’s really not that smart…” such a good part. I loved Isaac’s speach so much “When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without it.”…I balled like a baby!

  34. I’m just now re-reading TFIOS- I love this book!! I live in Indianapolis (where John Green is based) and my friend is actually his intern- I’m constantly geeking out to him over how much I love this book. You get into it and next thing you know you’ve wasted so many hours because you CAN”T PUT IT DOWN.

  35. I just read the book at your suggestion….loved it. I have a teenage daughter as of last week and I can totally see her treating me the same way Hazel does her mom and me her. We are best friends…I wouldn’t want to leave her side for a second and seh would want me to get a life and feel bad for making me sad and all that. I really connected with teh book for that reason. The teenage dialect, woah, I don’t know if I could stay up with vocabulary like that. I like the way her mom talked about her being so smart. I loved all of the characters and how deep he goes in this book. We are all thinkers…some more than others….and I can totally relate to this. “some infinities are bigger than others…” thanks for recommending it!

    love your hair (though you really made me want the dark brunette!) I’ve totally started wearing makeup and wearing it totally differently since I found your blog about a month ago. We’re headed to Vegas at teh end of the month….if someone comes running up to you saying “oh my god, you’re MaskCara!!!!” that would be me. xoxo

  36. Thank you so much for the book suggestion! I picked TFiOS up a couple of days ago and just finished it. I’m a little sorry I read the book so fast because now it’s over and I wish I could have stayed in Hazel’s world a little longer, but I absolutely could not help myself! On of my favorite lines in the book (SPOILER ALERT- kinda) was when Isaac was giving his eulogy at Augustus’ prefuneral, “When the scientist of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see aworld without him.” I was bawling! And then Isaac turns around and continues, “And then, having made my rhetorical point, I will put my robot eyes on, because, I mean with robot eyes you can probably see through girls’ shirts and stuff.” At which point, through my tears, I started laughing out loud. To me, those two quotes epitomize this book. There are so many sad moments, but there are so many more funny parts. The last time- really only time- I’ve ever smiled and felt that warmth in my heart AND also cried like a baby in certain moment was “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. I’m a sucker for love. A sucker for the kinda of love each of us hopes for. A sucker for the kind of love that if you are lucky enough to experience it, you want to savor every second and can’t acknowledge what life would be like without that person now that you know what life with them is.
    PS- the blonde hair look awesome and good luck in Vegas! I just moved myself and I wish for you to be settled sooner than later because the pains of moving are a pain.

  37. I just found you thru pinterest! love the black-to-blonde. I’m a Vegas native, but live in Henderson and there are so many things that are great about living here. I’ve moved away twice and will probably never leave now that I’m back again. Its really family friendly, a TON of outdoor rec opportunities, things for out-of-town guests to do while visiting, a wide array of delicious food to choose from, plus anything goes here! Good luck with your move and enjoy the city!

  38. Cara, I just discovered your blog over the weekend–I love it! I am doubly convinced now that I know you read TFIOS. I LOVED that book. I actually sat on my bed and cried for about 3 hours while reading it, and I’m not a crier either. Honestly, I have too many favorite parts to point out, but among them is Augustus’ prefuneral, the scene where Hazel has to go find him getting a pack of cigs in the middle of the night, and the very end of the novel. Honestly, I can’t think about it too much or I’ll get worked up, but I’m so glad you read it as well.

  39. Okay, that book is SO. DANG. GOOD. I had purchased it a couple of weeks before I saw your blog post and as soon as I saw that you thought it was good, BAM!, I had to read it. I’m so glad I did. Utterly life-changing.
    And your hair looks FABULOUS!!!!!

  40. I really like “The Hunger Games” books by Suzanne Collins, except not too much for the last half or last quarter of the 3rd book, “Mockingjay”. Some characters were killed that never ever should have been, the end seemed like the author got tired of writing it and quickly wrapped it up. So much more needed to be said about Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. I could go on and on and on. And on. Aaaaaargh! But really good books otherwise. One of my older sister’s got me into reading it. Her book club in Salt Lake had read it. “The Host” is another awesome book by Twilight author, Stephenie Myer. Didn’t care for “The Host” movie, but the book was incredible. Made me fall in love!!

  41. I was at Costco yesterday and I happened upon this book you’re all talking about, “The Fault in Our Stars”, so of course I had to buy it! They only had a few copies left. I can’t wait to read it! :-) I also got “Frankenstein”, “Aesop’s Fables”, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”, “The Weird Sisters”, and “A Discovery of Witches”. I should’ve grabbed the Jane Austen book, “Emma”! Darn it! I wasn’t thinking. I will be sure to grab it on my next trip over there. Plus a few others I saw! :-)

  42. Oh yeah, the author of “A Discovery of Witches” is Deborah Harkness. ” An irresistible tale of wizardry, science, and forbidden love.”–PEOPLE “Deep in the heart of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop–a young scholar and the descendant of witches–unearths an enchanted alchemical manuscript. Wanting nothing to do with sorcery, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery has set a fantastical underworld stirring, and soon a horde of daemons, witches, and other creatures descends upon the library. Among them is the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire with a keen interest in the book. Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discovery of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive tale of passion and obsession that reveals the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world.” “Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful… Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.” O, The Oprah Magazine. “Turns every preconception about magic on its head. Deborah Harkness has written one of the most exciting novels I’ve read in years.” — Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology. Book One of the All Souls Trilogy.

  43. The author of “The Weird Sisters” is Eleanor Brown. “Hilarious and utterly winsome.”–Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress. “Delightful…pulls us into the heart of the family circle…That’s Brown’s great gift: She draws you in and makes you believe her weird sisters aren’t so weird after all.” –The Miami Herald. “Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father–a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse–named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to. The sisters each have a hard time communicating with their parents and lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…”Irresistible.” –The Boston Globe. “What a joy to read. What a VOICE.”–Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.”

  44. What other books have you enjoyed, Cara? Do you have a wish list of books to get, or have you stumbled upon any that you plan to read, like I myself have recently? :-) I saw a cool novel called “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by author Alice Hoffman that I want to go back and pick up at Costco. Also this book series called “Wereworld”. It looks so intriguing and clever. Very very clever.

  45. I went back to Costco to get more books, and they had gotten rid of so many of the cool ones and replaced them with boring ones! I wasn’t happy. I did find another John Green book though! “Looking for Alaska”. Sounds good! I bought another copy of “The Fault in Our Stars” to give as a birthday gift for my little sister. :-) I also found a big book of Jane Austen that includes 4 novels inside. Wonderful! “Sense and Sensibility”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Emma”, and “Northanger Abbey”. Will be delightful! I want that “Katherines” book by John Green. (I forget the exact title just now). I enjoy reading lots of books, and children’s books, too. I want to be a published author of children’s books, so it’s important to read and know what books are out there…

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