My Favorite Podcasts: Inspirational Conversations You Need to Hear Right Now

If you’re like me, you have trouble staying motivated and inspired. It’s not easy when there are so many distractions all around you. The news crushes our hopes for a better tomorrow. Social media makes us feel inadequate through comparison. And we can even get lost entirely in the roles others expect of us, mother, daughter, father, employee, etc. Well, today I just want to remind you to take a deep, long breath and remember that you are your unique self, and you deserve to go after all your dreams. The world needs you to create, teach, innovate, and bring more beauty and joy into the universe. Now, do you need some inspiration? Great because I have some for you! ūüôā

Today I want to share with you my absolute favorite podcasts. I had coffee with one of my girlfriends a few days ago, and I was telling her about some of these when I realized I need to share them all with you! Honestly, every single episode I’ve listened to has been either super insightful, inspirational, interesting¬†or all three. For those of you with iPhones, do you know that your phone comes with a podcast app and that podcasts are all 100% free?! YEP! Open your phone and look for a little purple icon with a picture of a microphone on it. That’s your¬†podcasts app! Tap on it to open it and search for any of these podcasts to start listening right away. There’s nothing to sign up for or pay for. You just find the podcast you want, tap on an episode title that sounds good, and it will play. It’s the best thing ever! If you don’t have an iPhone, do not fret! There are other easy ways to listen, such as by downloading the Google podcasts app, Stitcher, Audible or any other similar app. You can also listen on your desktop via the podcast webpage. Click on the podcast names below to listen or find them in your podcast app.

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

If you want to be inspired to unlock your inner greatness, this podcast is the one you’ve been waiting for. Lewis Howes speaks with a variety of phenomenal and inspirational individuals from all walks of life. These conversations are inspiring, enlightening, and valuable. There’s so much to take away from each of these episodes. You’ll be left feeling energized and with a renewed sense of motivation for whatever it is you’re aiming to accomplish. I’m not exaggerating when I say this podcast is a treasure trove of inspiration. Go listen to it now! And while you’re there go ahead and subscribe because you won’t want to miss a single episode.

From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

I love Yoga Girl, aka Rachel Brathen. This is another inspirational podcast that you’ll definitely want to subscribe to. Rachel is so down to earth, funny, humble, inspiring, and overall a great person. After listening to a few episodes, you’ll feel like you know her personally. I sometimes forget we are not actually friends‚ÄĒ because she doesn’t know I exist, lol, but you’ll feel like you know as a close friend. She’s built this incredible empire and yet is still so relatable and humble. You don’t have to be into yoga to enjoy her podcast. In fact, most of her episodes are not about yoga. She speaks a lot about self-care, self-development, and mindfulness. And while I’ve been completely turned off by these topics in the past, mostly because it was from people that were disingenuine, Rachel is entirely herself.

One of my favorite episodes is from June 8 of this year, titles “Yoga with Usher and An Emergency Toolkit for Wellbeing.” The toolkit part is what really made me love this episode. It has several wonderful tools you can use immediately to bring inner peace and calmness into your life. It’s so worth listening to, I hope you’ll all check it out. If you want to skip ahead to the emergency toolkit bit, it starts around the 24-minute timestamp. Fun fact: Rachel’s baby, Lea Luna, is one day older than Athena.

The Rich Roll Podcast

If you’re interested in adopting a plant-based diet, or recently went vegan and are looking for some guidance or support, or aren’t ready to take the plunge but want to learn more about a plant-based diet and lifestyle, this is the podcast you want. Rich Roll is well-spoken, easy to listen to, and he interviews the best people on nutrition and athletic performance. I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple years now, and there are some episodes that I’ve relistened to a few times because there’s just so much information to take in. In one of my favorite episodes, guest Dr. Zach Bush speaks about the history of pesticide use‚ÄĒlike Roundup‚ÄĒ on crops and the severe ramifications it has on our gut lining as well as on our individual cells.

Girl Boss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

Are you on a mission to build your empire? Are you a girl? Then you won’t want to miss this podcast. Okay, you don’ have to be a girl to get some information out of this podcast, boys can listen too, but they’ll have to enter a password, jk. If the name Sophia Amoruso rings a bell, it may be because you already know who she is. Have you heard of or shopped at Nasty Gal? Yep, that’s her company. Sophia started selling thrifted clothes on eBay back in the mid-2000’s. After being banned from eBay in 2008, she started Nasty Gal‚ÄĒ a company she quickly grew to be worth millions. Girl Boss Radio features interviews with women that are thriving as entrepreneurs and, well, girl bosses. Guests include Charlize Theron, Tamara Mellon (co-founder of Jimmy Choo and fashion line Tamara Mellon), Aimee Song (creator of Song of Style), Miranda Kerr, and Leandra Medine Cohen to name a few.

Problem Solvers

Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, Jason Feifer heads this podcast. If you’ve started a company or are thinking of starting a project, a mission, a brand, or have any type of entrepreneurial goal in mind, you’ll need to listen to this podcast. Jason speaks with entrepreneurs that have overcome huge obstacles in creating their brands. Episode titles include “How do you find your first customers”, “People love your idea, but it doesn’t make money. Now what?”, and “Build an audience without advertising”.

Oprah’s Master Class

Do you really need me to tell you why you should listen to this one? Lol.¬†It’s Oprah. I feel like that says it all. Okay, let’s get a little more descriptive. This podcast just recently launched and these interviews are different than those on her talk show. Instead of interviewing them, the guests just speak on their own, sharing their story with you. The format is different from other podcasts, this one feels more intimate. Each guest shares how they got into the industry, reached success, overcame adversity, and what inspired them. Guests include Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and Shaq.

Ted Talks Daily

You’ve probably already watched a Ted Talk, or several, but did you know there’s a podcast? Yes! The Ted Talks Daily Podcast is a menagerie of talks from all sorts of different categories ranging from health to science to innovation. You can hear from experts in the field of arts, artificial intelligence, medicine, philanthropy, and so much more. There are about 500 episodes currently, with new ones added every day. This is an excellent podcast for those that are interested in a wide range of subjects.

The Birth Hour

I’m including this podcast for all the mamas that follow me. If you’re expecting or know someone who is, you’ll definitely want to listen to or share this podcast with them. It was immensely helpful to me when I was pregnant. In case some of you are not aware, birthing a baby can be crazy and wildly unpredictable. The creator, Bryn speaks with expectant mothers of all types. You can listen to first-time moms, moms that have had 10 kids, moms that gave birth naturally after a c-section (VBAC), moms that had c-sections after giving birth naturally.

There are interviews with moms that have given birth: in hospitals with doctors, without drugs, with drugs, in hospitals with midwives, at home alone, at home with midwives, in the car, etc. There is such a mixed bag of stories, it’s really very informative and insightful. This podcast really helped me let go of my fear regarding all the things I couldn’t control when it came to giving birth. I thought about some of these interviews during my nearly 30-hour long labor with Athena, and it really helped me surrender to the process of birth.

 

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Shoes | Accessories & More

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

1. Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajama

2. Zella High Waist V-Back Ankle Leggings

3. J.CREW End on End Sleep Shirt

4. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

5. Spanx Power Short Mid Thigh Shaper

6. Spanx Arm Tights Crop Top

You guys, these pajamas (#1) ¬†are THE BEST. It’s easy to see why they’re a Nordstrom anniversary sale best seller. They’re so incredibly soft and the material is stretchy and just super comfortable. I did a try on session with everything I bought from the Nordstrom anniversary sale. In case you missed it, you can watch it in my instagram story highlights under the style category. I spoke about the style and fit of these pajamas along with several other favorites.

If you’ve not yet tried Zella leggings, you have to take advantage of the sale and pick up a couple pairs! I listed my 2 current favorites, picks 2 & 4. Zella is one of my favorite brands for cute workout clothing. Their pieces are so well made, comfortable, and perform really well. The red zella leggings are to die for. The mesh insert design is so cute, they have a 4-way stretch, and I’m absolutely loving the high waist. If your leggings begin to sag as you’re working out, especially during running, try a high-waisted legging, and of course make sure you’re wearing your correct size. I found that ever since I started wearing high-wasited leggings, I don’t have that sagging problem with them when I run. By the way, I wear a size 8 jean and I got the red zella leggings (pick #2) in a size medium and they fit perfectly.

If you’re looking for shapewear, and even if you’re not, get picks 5 & 6‚ÄĒ they’re total game changers! I’ve had the power short midi thigh shaper for over a year now, I wear it under all my dresses. It perfectly smoothes everything out so you get long, clean, smooth lines; it really makes all the difference! I recommend this piece to everyone and it’s on sale right now for under $25. It’s probably my favorite piece of shape ware I’ve ever owned.

The spanx arm tights are also amazing but in a totally different way. I have chubby arms so when I first heard about the arm tights, I was all over it. They really help smooth everything out and they’re perfect for wearing under sleeveless tops and dresses without adding any bulk. Like I said, these are a game changer.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks in Accessories & More

1. Balenciaga 57mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

2. Mali & Lili Mali + Lili Quilted Vegan Leather Convertible Belt Bag

3. Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

4. Steve Madden Brinkley Over the Knee Stretch Boot

5.¬†HUNTER ‘Original Tall’ Rain Boot

6. COCONUTS BY MATISSE Walk On Bootie

7. Nadri Edwardian Ear Crawlers

I really wish there were more vegan leather shoe options included in the Nordstrom anniversary sale. However, the few that I did find, I absolutely love. Pick #4 is perfect for summer and fall outfits, especially since western style pieces are going to be a big fall trend. Pick #6 is just perfect for fall and winter outfits. They’re such a classic over the knee boot. I actually purchased a very similar pair during last year’s anniversary sale and I wore them with everything, as I plan to do this year. You can see how I styled those similar boots here and here.

I also purchased pick #7 and I love them even more in person. I showed these crawler earrings in my instagram stories, you can see them in my highlights under the style category. I love the effect of wearing multiple earrings without having all those extra piercings so these crawler earrings are perfect. I also love that this pair is plated in 14k gold.

The Nordstrom anniversary sale is the perfect time to buy a pair of Hunter rain boots (pick #5). These boots are my favorite of all the rain boots I’ve tried thus far. I have 3 pairs of them and I LOVE them. They are so useful during the rainy season, and a must have if you live in a rainy climate. They are super well made, VERY durable, and stylish! They’re a little on the pricier side but I alway recommend them when I’m asked about rain boots because I really think they’re worth every penny. I’ve worn them in flooded areas here in Las Vegas during the rainy season, I’ve walked the rainy streets of Seattle with them, and even worn them in the snow during Utah winters. They’re held up marvelously and still look good as new, love them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Dresses

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Dresses

1. Self Portrait Asymmetrical Lace Medallion Minidress

2. SELF-PORTRAIT Tiered Scalloped Lace Dress

3. La Vie Rebecca Taylor Veronique Ruffle Sleeve Dress

4. Sam Edelman Velvet Burnout Dress

5.  1901 Knit Midi Dress

6. James Perse Jersey Blouson Dress

7. Leith Long Languid Dress

8. James Perse Racerback Blouson Dress

I’m loving the selection of dresses in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Those that have been following this blog for a while know that I love a good James Perse dress. That’s why I included two of his dresses in my top picks. I wore James Perse dresses all throughout my pregnancy and well before that too. I just love how comfortable and easy to style they are. They’re also very versatile, well made, and the fabrics are always top notch. I’ve been buying them for years so I have a nice little collection and when I got pregnant, I had no need for maternity dresses because all the James Perse pieces fit right over my belly. I have dress number 8 and it’s a good one. The top part is blousy and the bottom is more fitted. You can wear it really casual with sandals and a crossbody or dress it up with wedge espadrilles and cute jacket.

Dress number 5 reminds me a lot of the James Perse dresses but it’s only a fraction of the price. ¬†I love these more plain dresses because they’re so versatile. I was surprised to see dresses 1 and 2 on sale because I feel like this brand rarely goes on sale. So if you’ve had your eye on either of these stunning Self-Portrait dresses, buy them now! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends August 5th and prices will go up August 6th!

 

 

Easy Ripped Denim Look

Bodysuit: Yummie | Jeans: AGOLDE | Shoes: Steve Madden (old. Similar here and here) | Bag: I.N.C. (old. Similar here)

We shot this look a few weeks ago during the beginning of summer. It was blistering hot so I opted for an easy, casual outfit that still looked put together. I ended up with this white long sleeve bodysuit, my new favorite pair of ripped denim jeans, and I finished the look off with nude pointed toe pumps and a nude purse. You know those super hot summer days where you don’t really want to wear much or even accessorize because you’re just going to end up covered in sweat? Yeah, this was one of those days.

I really love this body suit though because it has a shaping effect and it’s really lightweight. It’s just barely, slightly sheer but I wore a nude bra underneath and wasn’t worried about it. It’s so stretchy and comfy and I know I’ll also get a lot of use out of it during fall and winter. Long sleeves are typically not a good idea here in Las Vegas but the material on this bodysuit is so lightweight and breathable that the sleeve actually serve as protection from the sun without making you feel like you’re burning up. I love this piece!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Coats

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks in Coats:

1. Woven Heart Faux Fur Teddy Coat

2. Sam Edelman Oversize Faux Shearling Moto Jacket

3. Caslon Utility Jacket

4. BLANKNYC Meant to Be Moto Jacket with Removable Hood

5. Ralph Lauren Faux Shearling Moto Jacket

6. Kensie Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat

7. Sam Edelman Velvet Front Vest with Faux Fur Collar

8. Halogen Bouclé Coat

One of my new coats arrived today and I’m so excited! I’m dying to open it but I want to see it in daylight and it’s like 12am right now (also I’m falling asleep) so I’m going to wait until morning to open it. I ordered 3 coats from my top picks. I got coats numbers 4, 6 and 7. I think coat #4 was also part of the sale last year and if I recall correctly, this was a best seller. I love the rose gold hardware on it. I tried to order it last year during the sale but it was sold out. The coat that arrived today is the faux fur leopard print coat. I’m so excited to wear this piece for fall. I feel like leopard print goes with just about everything; it’s like a neutral. And it looks so cozy! I’ll do a story on it on my Instagram tomorrow and show you guys the fit. I have a feeling this coat might sell out soon. The velvet front vest with faux fur collar coat is supposed to arrive tomorrow so maybe I’ll wait until it arrives to try both on and tell you guys about sizing and fit. So excited to this vest, I already know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it during fall and winter. I’m kind of obsessed with every single coat in my top picks. That lavender coat (#8) looks dreamy and this is going to be a big color trend for fall. I love a good camo jacket and #3 is a pretty good basic, I have a very similar one that I wear all the time. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

 

 

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Bottoms

Top Picks in Bottoms:

1.  Rag & Bone High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

2. Free People Ripped High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

3. BLANKNYC The Great Jones Raw Hem Skinny Jeans

4. Free People High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

5. Leith Tie Front Pant

6. Joie Malbi Slim Stretch Cotton Blend Cargo Pants

7. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

8. Trouve Patent Pencil Skirt

There are SO MANY good options in jeans and pants in this year’s Nordstrom anniversary sale. I’m so glad to see the Spanx faux leather leggings back this year and a part of the sale. I got them last year and they were probably my best piece from the sale. They are so comfy to run around in all day and they hold up really well. I love the high waist and since they’re made by Spanx, they have that magical fabric that just smoothes everything out and makes your belly look flat. The faux leather effect is really cool and pairs well with just about any top. It’s such a great piece! I did a couple stories on this pair of leggings over on my Instagram.

I also bought #1, #2, and #3. So many good denim options and many of them are $50 or less! It was hard to pick just 1 pair. This is the time of year I stock up on jeans anyway because this sale is just too good. I love buying the higher priced denim during this event but the sale price is too good to pass up. I’m also thinking about buying pair #5 and the patent skirt, #8. How fun is the faux patent leather material of that skirt?! I have a feeling the waist-tie pants (#5) will sell out fast. Guess I better take my own advice and buy it before its gone! If I’m super excited about jeans #1, I think they’re going to look really well with every single top I ordered from my top picks in sweaters and tops, especially top #2. If you missed it, you can read that post here. Stay tuned for the rest of my top picks tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Tops & Sweaters

Tops & Sweaters

1. Hinge Ruched Bell Sleeve Cardigan

2. 1901 Ruffle Sleeve Top

3. Billabong Birds on High Neck Tie Blouse

4. Chelsea 28 Ruffle Rib Knit Sweater

5. BP Balloon Sleeve Sweater

6. Socialite Button Front Top

7.  Vince Pima Turtleneck

8. Halogen Stretch Woven Shirt

9. Treasure & Bond Print Western Shirt

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for 2018 has begun! This is my favorite sale of the year! Not sure what the anniversary sale is? Read about it here from my post about it during last years sale. Nordstrom’s anniversary sale started 2 days ago and will go on until August 5th. Early access for cardmembers started 2 days ago and will last until July 19th. The sale opens to the public on July 20th.¬†If you don’t have a Nordstrom card, I highly recommend you get one. There are many perks, including rewards points and being able to shop the sale early. Even with early access, I’ve already missed out on some of my top picks and I began shopping the day after it started, which leads me to my next point. Items sell out FAST! If you see something you like, or are on the fence about, BUY IT! If you change your mind later on, you can always return it. One of the main reasons I LOVE shopping with Nordstrom is their return policy. There is no set number of days for returns, so if you buy something then change your mind and want to return it, it doesn’t matter if you place your return within 2 days or 200 days; simply return it, whenever! I absolutely LOVE this policy because I change my mind so often about my purchases and oftentimes forget to return items in time, I hate when that happens, don’t you? So if I see the same item at Norstrom’s and another store, I ALWAYS buy it from Nordstrom (even if it’s a bit cheaper on the other site) because of the return policy and the rewards.

Moving on. You can see my top picks in sweaters and tops above. I ordered top #5 in two colors, the red and also in green. The red color is so pretty and I love the shade of green against darker hair so I got both. I also wanted the ivory color but it sold out. I’m keeping an eye out for a restock. I also got top #2 in white. It’s so pretty and it’s such great basic with a cute little ruffle detail. This would look good with any bottoms or paired with overalls. It comes in like 6 different colors. I’m thinking of ordering different colors but I want to see the fit first. I’m planning to do a try on session with everything I bought so you guys can see fit and sizing. So¬†I’ll show you guys over on my Instagram stories how the fit is once everything arrives. I also ordered top #6, it looks so comfy and is such a great basic. I’m also planning on ordering top #8, another awesome basic and it has great reviews.

I had to break up my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks into various different posts because they were so long! I’ll be posting the rest later on today and tomorrow. But remember this because I can’t stress it enough, if you see something you like, BUY IT, don’t wait! Ok I gotta go grab my baby from her nap. I’ll be back soon!

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Twist Front Midi Dress

Dress: Zara (sold out, similar here, here, and here) | Shoes: Callisto | Bag: Amazon | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: vintage (similar here) Lipstick: Kat Von D (a go-go) | Lip liner: Kat Von D (a go-go)

Summer has officially arrived but I didn’t need a calendar to tell me that. No, here in Las Vegas, the temperature was already crossing the 100-degree mark well before June 21st. While I’m loving the longer daylight hours, I’m not really a fan of this 110-degree weather; but I am loving all of the cute summer dresses I found at Fashion Show Mall last week. This dress is from Zara but it’s already sold out! I can see why, it is SO comfortable. I’m keeping a lookout to see if gets restocked because now that I’ve worn it I want to buy another. Plus it was only $29! I’ll let you guys know if it comes back in stock. I’ve linked other similar dresses with the cute twist front detail.

Is there anything more summery than a bright orange lip? I’m loving this color from Kat Von D, it really pops and goes so well with just about everything. I’m wearing the color “a go-go” in both the liquid lipstick and the lip liner. Did you know Kat Von D is vegan? Yep, she is, and so is her makeup line. The entire line is vegan and cruelty-free! Ok lastly, I also have to mention how awesome these wedges are. They are super comfortable and they go with everything! The come in tan and black and they’re made of vegan leather. They do run large so I advise sizing down by a whole size.

Oh and I almost forgot about one of my favorite items! I can’t end this post without mentioning one of my favorite pieces of shapeware. These Spanx¬†mid-thigh shaper shorts are one of the best pieces of shape wear I’ve ever worn, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot. They’re so comfortable to wear, even in 110 degree weather. They’re breathable, lightweight, they stay in place and perfectly smooth everything out but don’t make you feeling like they’re squeezing the life out of you (lol), and they don’t have that annoying plastic trim on the inside thigh seam like other shapers do. I highly recommend them! They come in black and nude.

Oversized Ruffle Sleeve Top

Top: Rebecca Minkoff | Jeans: KUT from the Kloth | Shoes: Lulus (similar here) | Bag: Style & Co. (similar here)

Ok I’m obsessed with this top. I’ve worn it like 3 times this past week alone. These sleeve are just so pretty and feminine. I love the eyelet detail and also the fact that its a double ruffle sleeve, yes! The material is light and airy‚ÄĒ perfect for spring and summer. I also love the peplum-style waist, it’s so flattering. I do have to say though, the small snap button on the front is not my favorite, as it can easily come undone if I reach my arms back. I fixed that easily with some fashion tape though. Even so, this is still one of my favorite tops. It also comes in black!

Las Vegas Dining: Wing Lei at Wynn (Birthday Dinner)

Watermelon martini and melon hor d’oeuvre.
Garden Dim Sum
Chilled vegetable roll.
Tiny chair for my purse. So cute!
After dinner, walking to the south valet.
Those are the doors to the south valet behind me.
Koi in the water. So beautiful.

Hi guys! I’m so excited to share my Wing Lei review with you all. I wasn’t planning on writing a review so I didn’t take too many pictures, none of our entrees. However, this immediately became one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas so I have to share it with you. My birthday was 2 weeks ago. As I mentioned on my Instagram, we kept it low-key with a nice, quiet, fancy dinner. I’ve been wanting to dine at Wing Lei for quite some time now but it didn’t seem like a place you’d want to take an infant, so I decided to wait for the right time to try it out. My mom flew in for my birthday and offered to watch Athena so Marc could take me out to a nice dinner. I immediately thought of Wing Lei.

If you’re not familiar with Wing Lei, here’s a little overview from their website: “Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in the country to be awarded a Michelin Star and the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award-winning Chinese restaurant in North America, combines Chinese flavors with Western technique to create an exceptional dining experience at Wynn. A lavish gold and jewel-toned dining space draws inspiration from elements of classical Chinese architecture and design to create contemporary rooms that are rich and eclectic. Wing Lei features a view of a private garden that harbors century-old pomegranate trees and a gleaming golden dragon. The elegant surroundings pair perfectly with Chef Ming Yu‚Äôs menu‚ÄĒa masterful mix of Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors‚ÄĒfeaturing delicacies like tableside-carved Imperial Peking duck, mu shu pork and wok-fried Maine lobster.”

The Ambiance

This dining room is beautiful. It feels very open and equally private. There are beautiful wall sculptures, walls draped in luxe fabrics, traditional Chinese architecture, gorgeous flower arrangements, and touches of gold that dazzle the eye. The entire space is elegant and lends a relaxing vibe. We sat next to the private garden that holds century-old pomegranate trees.

The Service

We made a reservation for 8:30 but got there closer to 9. It wasn’t until we arrived that I realized they close a 10. I got a little anxious because I like to take my time during dinner, well, during any meal. But especially for dinner I like to sit and relax, converse, and maybe have a cocktail or some wine. When we arrived the hostess greeted us with a smile and we were shown to our table. The restaurant was about a third full. Our waiter came out to take our drink order and he also had a smile on his face. Already, my anxiety started melting away. By the time he came back with my drink, about 5 min later, I completely forgot about my anxiety. The entire staff was really nice and professional throughout the entire night. We were never made to feel rushed even though we left close to 11. We let him know we are vegan and he pointed out some good options.

The Food

We, of course, skipped the animal products, instead opting for their vegan options and it.was.fantastic! Did you know that every single restaurant inside the Wynn has a vegan and vegetarian options? It’s true! That’s because Mr. Steve Wynn, himself, is vegan. Wing Lei doesn’t have a separate vegan menu but there are vegan options on the main menu. They started off our meal with a complimentary melon and vinaigrette¬†hor d’oeuvre. Marc immediately said it was the best melon he’s ever had. I have to agree, it was soooo good and we were left wanting a bowl full of it, lol.

Garden Dim Sum

We started with the garden dim sum. This dish is meant to resemble a garden and the presentation is just beautiful. These delicious little dumplings are colored with vegetable juices like, red beet, corn, and spinach. They are filled with a savory veggie filling with a texture similar to a traditional dumpling. Topped with pea tendrils and edible flowers to add a bit of whimsy and color.

Chilled Vegetable Roll

This chilled vegetable roll is filled with mango, carrot, cucumber, mint, wrapped in rice paper and topped with a chili vinaigrette and micro greens. It was delicious, so refreshing and light but filling.

Vegetable Fried Rice

I was so happy to see this on the menu. Fried rice is typically made with egg so I asked if they could make it vegan and they said absolutely. I was so excited because I love fried rice. I could have used a bit more flavor but it was still really good and perfectly complimented the Gardein chick’n dish.

Sautéed Mixed Vegetables

Bell peppers, mushrooms, choy sum, baby bok choy, and broccoli in a black bean sauce. This dish was so flavorful and cooked to perfection.

Tai Chin Gardein Chick’n

Gardein chick’n with scallions and garlic in a black bean-chili sauce. This was amazing! It was so packed with flavor and cooked perfectly. I highly recommend getting this when you visit.

Tips

Wing Lei is located near the south valet entrance. We left our car at the north valet entrance and when we asked for directions to the restaurant, the nice gentleman that checked our car informed us that we could pick up our car at the south valet; so convenient!

The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

There is a dress code. Business casual attire is required; shorts are not permitted and gentlemen must wear a collared shirt.

Children under five are not permitted.

To make a reservation by phone, call (702) 770-3388.

Have any of you been here? If so, how did you like it? I’m dying to go back!