#MyVegasStyle |Vanessa Taaffe|

♫ Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire ♫

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! America is without a doubt number one on my list of ‘Must Visit’ countries. New York, Los Angeles and of course the famous Las Vegas, are all cities I can’t wait to explore. When Vegas.com contacted me to see if I would be interested in compiling a style post for a day spent at the Aria Hotel*, I jumped at the chance. Naturally, this being a fictional visit to the Aria, I went to town with the designer gear and accessories that are definitely out of my price range. Unless I get lucky in the casino that is…

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas


Breakfast and Exploring

Breakfast, for many the most important meal of the day, can be spent in the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. A floaty dress like this floral Oneness is one trend for summer and meal appropriate as it’s not too constrictive. Paired with Kate Spade cork wedges, a Victoria Beckham bag and Kwiat earrings for a bit of glamour in the morning. To coordinating, on the nails, Essie’s “She Said Yes”, for lips Clinique’s Chubby stick in the shade “Budding Blossom”, a bit of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to contour the cheeks, temples and jawline and a light dusting of your favourite colours from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette on the eyes.

Poolside Lounging
After breakfast and some exploring around the hotel, I’d be straight to one of the amazing pools the Aria has to offer. I love the bright colours of this Hot Anatomy bikini and the tropical floral print. Of course, oversized sunglasses like these Fendi ones are a must. To keep it chic, I’d add a double lined turquoise bracelet, white wedges and a floppy white hat. To match and store all my poolside essentials, a white Michael Kors handbag. Being fair skinned sun cream is vital if I’m at the pool, a lip balm with SPF like the Body Shop’s vitamin E is also handy to have along with a compact shine controlling powder and a bright pink nail like NARS Schiap.
Dinner At Sage in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
Dinner time at beautiful Sage Restaurant demands a show stopper. This green Lanvin full length one shoulder dress would be my choice. For a change from my usual taste in silver jewels and accessories, I’d reach for these gold Jimmy Choo strappy sandals, a Trellis Lover gold clutch bag and Carolina Bucci ‘Mirador’ half ball earrings to round off the accessories. For some added drama a red lip like Rihanna’s from MAC, dramatic lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and some Chanel no.5 perfume.
Night Out in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
If it’s a night out I was after, Haze would be my first choice. What’s a night out with out an LBD? This Herve Leger, black with grey panels and a pair of black Staurt Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals would be my go-to LBD-Shoe combo. To go all out with jewellery, I’d reach for a Tiffany & Co. diamond bracelet and pair of earrings. A black Karen Millen clutch and I’d be ready to party!
Let me know what your #MyVegasStyle day at the Aria Hotel would look like and which is your favourite look above!
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*I was kindly contacted by vegas.com to compose this post. I was not compensated to do so.

Coconut Macaroons |Recipe|

Coconut Macaroons, vanessataaffe.wordpress.com

I realised that my tag line is quite deceiving. Not intentionally, of course, but I am very slack on the ‘lifestyle’ aspect of vanessataaffe.wordpress.com. Despite a few posts about Paris and Wimbledon, they are few and far between.  So today I’m sharing a delicious tried and tested recipe for coconut macaroons.  I always hear people asking what the difference between macaroons and macarons are. A post on macrons can be found here, which are hard shelled and filled with a jammy/jelly filling, typically French and varying in flavours. Macaroons on the other hand are usually balls of coconutty deliciousness.

Coconut Macaroons on teastand, vanessataaffe.wordpress.com

When I found this recipe online it instantly reminded me of the Belfast Continental Christmas Market. Every year there is a lovely man from Holland who sells amazing macaroons! His macaroon stall is my favourite stall at the market. While this recipe is not as sophisticated, the result is delicious. It is especially tasty if you love coconut.

What you need

½ cup (3 oz) room temperature butter
¾ cup (6 oz) sugar
3 eggs
6 cups (400g) shredded / dessicated coconut
Jam, Lemon Curd or any condiment of your choice

Coconut Macaroons ingredients

Preheat your oven to 180c/ 350f. In a bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.

Butter and sugar

Add in the eggs one at a time until well beaten and mixed.

Beaten eggs butter and sugar

Once you’ve added the eggs mix in coconut with a spoon.

Mix in the coconut

At this point you will be left with a yellow-buttery mixture. On a baking sheet lined and greased drop scoops of the mixture. At first I used an icecream/potato scoop but it wasn’t doing the trick so I used a spoon. I found this was the most difficult step of the recipe. I varied between the spoon, scooper and my hands. Rolling the mixture into balls was the easiest and then, using the spoon or your fingers, make an indent for your filling.

Coconut macaroons cooled

Bake for 20-25 minutes. The macaroons should be golden brown with dark brown spots in places once they’re ready. Remove the tray from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the baking tray. Place on a wire rack to ensure the macaroons are completely cooled.

Cocnut Macaroons vanessataaffe.wordpress.com

Once cooled, add your jam or condiment of choice to the indention you made. I used raspberry jam and lemon curd. Alternatively you could use Nutella. Without a jam these are quite dry so make sure to pair them with a condiment of sorts.

Enjoy with tea, coffee and friends!