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The Okabashi Flip Flop Phenomenon

Being an official Las Vegas resident now, I have been amassing a collection of sandals and flipflops like never before. Socks and sneakers have been put away and high heels are nonexistent in my wardrobe these days. When it is over 109F already and barely May, you know that summer is going to be a hot one. I discovered the Okabashi flip-flops recently and had received a sample of Maui to test out.  There is a dedicated fan base for Okabashis online and from the comments, one fan suggests putting them in the dishwasher to clean them even.  I definitely will not do that, and I think just a quick rinse with the hose will be sufficient!

The Maui flip flop is a must-have for every woman’s shoe collection. This sandal is non-slip, flexible, washable and supportive, making it a great post workout, fitness recovery shoe as well as perfectly suited for everyday wear. 

The fun, floral insole will remind you of a tropical vacation and the comfort provides therapy for your feet with every step.

I have been pretty bummed that Polyvore is no longer exists so I would love to plan a cute outfit with these. Guess I have to do it IRL!  One of the coolest things about Okabashi is that you can lower your carbon footprint by purchasing these sandals made from innovative, vegan, bio-based soy materials.

What color Maui do you like?

Less than 1% of shoes worn in the United States today are made in the USA.

Okabashi shoes are manufactured in Buford, Georgia and each pair travels only 7% as far as the average imported shoe. This prevents 10,000 miles of carbon emissions from the ships, planes and trucks required to transport shoes to the US. Resulting in a 1/200th of the average imported shoe carbon footprint.

Our women leadership team goes above and beyond stringent US standards to create opportunity and community for our diverse 200 employees, including veterans.

At Okabashi, we believe in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste.

The average pair of Okabashi shoes contain 15-25% recycled material.

If you return your well-loved and worn Okabashi shoes to our factory, we will recycle them for use in new Okabashi products or other non-apparel goods.

Once we receive your shoes, we will email you a 15% off promo code to use on your next pair of Okabashis as a thank you from us and the planet.

The brands’ CEO, Sara Irvani, is a third-generation shoe maker who is passionate about changing the shoe industry


Gursey Coffee Roasters for the Mob Museum

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has tapped Celebrity Coffee Chef Jeremy Gursey to create its artisan coffee and tea program for its new café and speakeasy. Having served coffee behind the scenes on many gangster films and tv shows, including stints serving “The Sopranos”, “Donnie Brasco”, and “Get Shorty”, he found inspiration for many of his creations from his experiences with the actors portraying mobsters. His locally based company J. Gursey Coffee Roasters will be providing fresh roasted beans which will feature fair trade coffee and teas from around the world and signature drinks exclusive to the Museum including a Mob “Mocha” Latte, made with house made chocolate and sprinkled with cocoa dust, and cold brew Nitro Draft Coffee on tap made in-house.

Jeremy Gursey, CEO, commented: “As part of the local community, we are so happy to be working with The Mob Museum, as it is not only a great educational platform, but also an exciting attraction in the city of Las Vegas.”



  1. Gursey Coffee Roasters began in 1993 when founder Jeremy Gursey started serving his artisan coffee creations to celebrities on television and film sets. He soon traveled the world, as the personal coffee chef to Hollywood’s elite, including Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, before building a flagship roasterie in Las Vegas, Nevada. After collaborating with top chefs and studying under world champion baristas and master roasters, he and his team applied their culinary knowledge to each distinctive blend of coffee creating unique programs for the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industries.

From crop to cup, J. Gursey utilizes responsibly sourced fair trade coffees from a limited supply of the highest quality beans available from regions around the world.  They meticulously choose and blend their coffees based on origin, taste, and cultivation techniques.  The degree of roast is specifically balanced with the origin of the bean to create the ultimate experience for coffee lovers and connoisseurs.

Their proprietary clean burning oxygen-rich air bed roasting process distinguishes the flavor profile of their coffee by utilizing the naturally arid southwest climate of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Each bean is gently enveloped in air as it roasts to optimal temperature. The resulting fusion is decadent, full-bodied, and deliciously satisfying.


The Las Vegas American Advertising “Addy” Awards

The annual American Advertising Awards celebrate creativity in local advertising. As the only advertising awards show in Las Vegas, winners go right to regionals and then on to nationals. All entries are independently judged, and winners are announced at the Addy awards show.

Here are the list of winners from R&R Partners! Very proud of everyone’s hard work 🙂

Especially to Vaitari Anderson and his team for his vision to bring the Las Vegas VR Art project, LVCVA – Vegas Alter Your Reality, to life!

Gold Award Print Advertising, Magazine Advertising, Spread, Multiple Page or Insert – Single

LVCVA- Taxi Line

Gold Award Out-of-Home & Ambient Media, Events- Single Event

LVCVA – Vegas Alter Your Reality

Gold Award, Online/Interactive Social Media Campaign

LVCVA- Kiss Cam Snapchat

Gold Award, Film, Video & Sound TV Regional/National, Single Spot

LVCVA- Dream Vacation

Gold Award, Film, Video & Sound TV Regional/National, Single Spot

LVCVA- 11 am Roses

Gold Award, Cross Platform, Integrated Advertising Campaign, Consumer Campaign National

NV Energy-Power of Good-NV Energy

Silver Award, Online/Interactive, Social Media Single Execution

LVCVA-Farewell Hef

Silver Award, Cross Platform Integrated Campaigns, Integrated Brand ID Campaign, Local or Regional/National

Life is Beautiful Campaign

Bronze Award- Magazine Advertising


Bucket List- Worth Magazine

Bronze Award- Branded Content & Entertainment

LVCVA – Vegas Alter Your Reality

Bronze Award, Out-of-Home Installations

LVCVA – Vegas Alter Your Reality

Bronze Award, Out-of-Home Poster

Life is Beautiful, Line Up Poster

Bronze Award, Apps- Virtual Reality

LVCVA – Vegas Alter Your Reality

Bronze Award- Internet Commercial

LVCVA, Vegas Hockey



Campaign Invites Pet Adopters to be Part of the World’s Largest Photo Mosaic of Adopted Pets and Their People 
While Aiming to Raise $3.1 Million to Save Animals

San Antonio, TX  – The Petco Foundation, a leading animal welfare funder, is teaming up with award-winning artist and creator of the heart-warming MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnell for the annual “Love Changes Everything” campaign in an effort to raise $3.1 million to support lifesaving animal welfare work nationwide.

The “Love Changes Everything” Campaign kicks-off March 3 – 4 with a National Adoption Event Weekend in participating Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores and runs through April 1.  But there’s more—this year pet adopters can join the Petco Foundation in creating the world’s largest mosaic mural of adopted pets and their people. Adopters submitting photos at will be eligible to win daily prizes, along with funding for the adoption organization that introduced them to their pet.

The mosaic, powered in partnership with WholeHearted pet food, will come to life in New York City’s Union Square Park on Sunday, March 25 from noon to 4:00 PM at the All for Love Adoption Rally featuring adoptable pets from more than twenty New York area animal welfare organizations. Attendees can meet MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell, pose for pictures with the famed MUTTS characters Mooch and Earl and participate in other fun activities centered around celebrating pet adoption.
“Patrick McDonnell has been a champion of pet adoption for years, and we are thrilled to join forces again with MUTTS to promote pet adoption and raise funds to help animals across the country. We hope our Love Changes Everything’ campaign, along with this mosaic mural, inspires everyone to join the lifesaving movement by adopting, donating or volunteering. With six adopted pets of my own, I can confidently say that the love of an adopted pet does change everything,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.

Animal lovers can support the “Love Changes Everything” campaign by making a donation in any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring MUTTS artwork specifically designed for the Love Changes Everything campaign.
To learn more about the “Love Changes Everything” campaign and the photo mosaic, please visit To learn more about Patrick McDonnell and his commitment to promoting pet adoption, watch Episode 6 “Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws” hosted by Kristen Bell and featuring MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell online at ShelterMe.TV or visit MUTTS. To learn more about WholeHearted pet food go to



About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

New Dove in Shower Scrub

The dry Las Vegas winter has got me scaly and itchy! Even when I take off my leggings, there is dry skin flaking off! Ewwwww! The perfect answer to solve this annoying problem is the Dove shower scrub!

Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream, Dove Exfoliating Body Polish is the first body scrub from Dove that exfoliates and nourishes for soft, smooth skin. Follow with a gentle cleanser, such as Dove Body Wash or Beauty Bar.

Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream,
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish nourishes skin as you exfoliate
Yummy scents include:

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Kiwi Seeds & Cool Aloe
Fragrance notes of kiwi fruit, iced aloe and succulent pear
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Pomegranate Seeds & Shea Butter
Fragrance notes of tart pomegranate, raspberry, nectarine and accents
of berries
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk
Fragrance notes of peach, almond, creamy macadamia and praline

New House and Keeping it Clean

So the exciting news is that we are looking to buy a house this year! Woohoo, after nearly 2 decades of paying rent some reasonable and some not so reasonable – we are finally thinking of buying a house in Vegas 🙂

Vegas is such an interesting place to live because you get the access to cool big city things like hotels, shows, shopping, concerts, and plenty of options for food – but you also get the reasonable cost of living. One of the reasons we chose to move in Vegas from New York is so we could be homeowners! How cute is this place we found!

There is a very cool retro vibe in some Las Vegas neighborhoods and we are drawn to the unique architecture and style of these houses. The character of the mid-century modern style is timeless.

Las Vegas McNeil Estates

There are also planned/cookie cutter communities but the Home Owner Association fees and Stepford Wives that live there remind me of the Truman Show movie. Yikes.

Las Vegas Summerlin 

I have been looking at decoration and furniture for our potential new house. I think white will be so pretty in this sunlit living room. I am also drawn to lilac, greys, and pinks too. To keep all this clean, I will be sure to have Mean Green on hand. This is the only cleaner I trust to do the job to clean all kinds of grease, dirt, and grime. Vegas is a very dusty place! It is the desert and when the storm picks up the sand, your house will need a nice sweeping.  I have even used Mean Green and my microfiber mop to do a quick once over the living room and it looks great.

Have you recently bought a house? Any advice for us newbies?

Share your cleaning hacks and I’ll greatly appreciate it!


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