Top Instagrammable Spots in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Photo Guide - Angela McLean

If you have taken a peek at my Instagram lately, you may have the impression that I packed up and moved to Las Vegas. Not quite, but I did just get back from an incredible trip to the Sin City! Despite the city’s nickname, the only “sinning” I got up to was believing I’d become a millionaire by playing slot machines (nope) and underestimating the potential for sweet Insta shots.

Whether you’re planning to head there for a show (I highly recommend Celine Dion’s residency at Caesars Palace!), hockey game (Go Knights!!) or for some good ol’ gambling, you’re going to want to snap a few photos to share and reminisce. I’ve got you covered – check out some of my favourite spots for photos in Las Vegas below!

McCarran Airport

Las Vegas McCarran Airport

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If you’re coming into the city by air, this is obviously the best place to start! It epitomizes the city with slot machines, shops and restaurants you would never expect to find in an airport. Take advantage of a layover or just arrive extra early for your next flight. Honestly, I could probably move in here!

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5 Lessons 2018 Taught Me

5 Lessons 2018 Taught Me - Angela McLean

It feels like just a few days ago that I was counting down to the start of 2018! When the clock struck midnight, I kicked off what would turn out to be one of the most influential years of my life. Now we’re about to do it all again!

Looking back, this past year has been one of opportunity, change and plenty of lessons learned – but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. To wrap things up, I challenged myself to categorize the year’s ups and downs into 5 lessons that I’ll be carrying with me into 2019.

1. Not everyone’s going to like you – and that’s OK.

Growing up we hear this a lot but it can get complicated when we want to impress certain people or attract specific attention or even just have a certain number of friends. The reality is that everyone has different taste, and some people are just permanently bitter. You could change everything about yourself and still not please people – so don’t! Live life for you. Find the people that really matter – those that love you for who you are and are there for you at your highs and your lows – and keep them real close. If you’re feeling down because your circle’s smaller than you’d like it to be, or you’re caught up in comparison, remember that everything is not always as it seems. People can have tons of “friends” but no real ride-or-dies – quality over quantity always!

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Playlist: 2018’s top finds & faves

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In just a few days we will be saying farewell to 2018, which means it’s time for my end-of-year playlist! Thankfully, 2018 was a great year for music. So many of my favourite artists like Camila Cabello, 5 Seconds of Summer and The 1975 released killer new albums and there was no shortage of bop-worthy singles.

If this year in music was any indication, 2019 is going to be amazing. New music is already confirmed to be on the way from Normani, Charli XCX, Broods and many more. I’m ready!

While outlets like Billboard release their Year-End charts based on the top performing singles of the year, I wanted to change things up! So, I’m sharing the best of the best of my monthly finds & faves playlists from 2018. This way, you’re getting the latest and greatest, plus some tunes that were just too good to leave behind. The result is a 60-song ‘2018 finds & faves’ playlist. It’s perfect and ready to go for your New Year’s parties!

Scroll down to check out the final finds & faves playlist of 2018 and five of my favourite 2018 finds.

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Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Gifts (GIVEAWAY!)

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If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, don’t look at the calendar (spoiler: you have 5 days left). Hopefully your online orders are already on their way (Amazon Prime FTW) or you live close to the mall. Still don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered with three last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your list that won’t break the bank but will still make a mark.

Read through to the end for a special holiday giveaway!

An experience

Concert ticket

As I’ve grown up, I’ve become a big fan of experiences over material goods. Whether it be a gift certificate for the spa, a local attraction or something that requires a little travel (i.e. a trip!), these types of gifts are super customizable and memorable. Part of my Christmas gift last year was a trip to San Francisco to visit my best friend Jazmin and it was better than anything I could have ever asked for. For something more low-key, you could plan a day out with a friend or a family member or get them passes for a local museum or amusement park. Know a music fan? Get them tickets to a concert for one of their favourite artists! I’m also a big fan of these coupon books I’ve seen people gift their significant other. How cute!

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Playlist: December finds & faves

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There are few things I love more than the holiday season. Picture this: being at home stress-free, laying on the couch with a blanket, some eggnog or hot chocolate, the fireplace channel on TV (works just as well!) and Christmas music in the background. Doesn’t that sound amazing?! (That’s been me every day since finishing school and I’m so happy.)

Don’t know where to start with the music? My December finds & faves playlist will be the perfect soundtrack to your winter days and nights. I included some of the latest hits from the year’s top artists, plus a wide variety of Christmas classics and new releases – it’s ideal for every setting!

Scroll on to listen to this month’s playlist and discover six must-listen tracks.

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The Ultimate Music Experience in Toronto

As a music aficionado, I definitely picked the right city to live in! Toronto has it all – amazing homegrown and visiting talent, iconic concert halls and plenty to see and do between shows. So, when Google Canada reached out last month and invited me to embark on the ultimate music experience in my home city, I knew I was in for a treat!

Follow my guide below to enjoy your very own ultimate music experience in Toronto!

Morning

First, book a hotel!! (or commute in early)

I’m not a morning person by any means, so Google Canada was kind enough to hook me up with a stay at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville. Staying here has been on my bucket list for years. The property and rooms are simply stunning and you’re just minutes away from great shopping, attractions and music venues (crucial for this kind of experience!).

Next stop, food for fuel!

The beautiful interior of Kost at Bisha Hotel.
My girls Afra (left), Rebecca (right) and I LOVED our delicious brunch!

After lounging around and getting ready while blasting tunes on YouTube Music, my friends and I trekked over to Kōst for brunch. This delightful hidden gem is located on the 44th floor of the new Bisha Hotel in Toronto on Blue Jays Way. The atmosphere is really bright and the dishes are fresh and unique. We all ordered sandwiches; I got the California burger with fries, which was delicious. (If you’re not a spicy/tangy kind of person, I’d recommend getting it without the tomato relish.) I can’t wait to come back in the summer when the outdoor seating is open!

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Playlist: November finds & faves

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If I’m being real with you, November was A MONTH. I was so busy and all over the place between meetings, midterms, work and catching up with life, I basically forgot what having a social life was like. A great benefit to this, though, was all the time I had to curate and obsess over my November playlist. It definitely provided a great escape and made doing homework much more entertaining!

It was a great month for music, so I’m sharing 66 songs. Continue scrolling to check out the playlist and get my take on six must-listen tracks (then press play and get through these last weeks of work before the break!)

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50 Things That Make Me Happy (and Grateful)

This Is Paradise sign in Toronto

Although I’m Canadian and celebrated Thanksgiving in October, American Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I can’t help but join in the spirit of the holiday.

When life gets hectic, as it has been lately, I love taking a few minutes to reflect and give thanks for everything in my life. So, I really couldn’t have asked for a better time to be tagged in a “50 Things” challenge by Christy at Cookies and Cursewords, one of my new favourite blogs!

Read below to discover 50 things that make me happy and grateful. As you read my list, I hope you think of what makes you happy. It’s easy to lose sight of what we’re working towards and what we’ve worked hard to get. Take this opportunity to refocus your energy.

50 Things That Make Me Happy

1. The fact that I am alive and breathing
2. My faith
3. My family (shoutout to you, mom and dad!)
4. My friends (you know who you are)
5. Fuzzy socks
6. Starbucks Refreshers
7. Music
8. Blasting music
9. Making playlists
10. Zedd’s remix of “Lost In Japan” by Shawn Mendes (seriously, listening to it right now – makes me smile every time!)

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