What Happened to You, Revel?

This past weekend I went to the Revel Resorts and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for my birthday. I went there last year to celebrate my graduation and I was thoroughly impressed with the entire place and said I would excitedly come back (please check out my previous reviews on the Revel’s style, food, entertainment, etc.). However, upon my return I was honestly disappointed.

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Back in March of 2013, The Revel filed for bankruptcy due to their high debt– $1.5 billion to be exact– and not enough customers. However, as of two days ago, the Revel filed that they have paid off $1.2 billion of that debt and will be changing their marketing technique. Previously they marketed themselves as a high-class resort that happened to have a casino– rather than how the Borgata, Taj Mahal, Tropicana, and Ceasar’s (some of the more iconic resorts and casinos in AC) market themselves as casinos that have other amenities. And while I still love the style of the Revel– it’s pool, Skygarden, and the style of the overall resort are impecable– there were some things that just disappointed me. I could see where things had expanded– such as the stores in the Rowe and elements of the casino– but then there were areas that had been cut back on– the flowers were gone and the food was not as good (too much salt and flour).

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The Revel has announced that they are improving their casino in order to attract more customers. Already, they have added a section for their “Pearls” (high rollers, or million dollar gamblers) and they added a whole new section of slot machines and a bar to the casino. That should definitely be on the top of the Revel’s list since their casino was relatively empty, while Ceasar’s and the Borgata’s were full, even in the off-season. As well, they have expanded their nightclub to where you can enter through the casino and the Skygarden.

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The Revel also says they are going to expand their restaurant options– allowing for more consumer friendly options along with the celebrity chef (and high priced) restaurants they already have. While I was there, I tried a few of the other restaurants I had not on my last visit. I tried the taco truck, Distrito Cantina, with my parents and boyfriend and we were all thoroughly disappointed. The portions were incredibly small– my boyfriend’s order of salsa, which cost almost $20, was in a container the size of a scotch glass and had two chips and two avocado slices, and we were charged for more chips– or not made correctly– instead of getting tomatos on the nachos my mother and I ordered, we got onions. We also tried Luke’s, which is a new restaurant that is similar to a European market with food out everywhere and ready to go, and I was impressed with it overall. It was very good (although my boyfriend said his hot dog tasted like rubber) and had many options. It is still fairly new and still has time to improve.

I think what the Revel is doing is great and it is improving their reputation amongst the places on the boardwalk. It just needs to keep in mind both its customers and location. My only suggestion is that they add more things for the people under 21 to do. I am still two years from the legal age to gamble and drink in most states, including New Jersey, and my boyfriend and I got fairly bored in the resort after a while– thank god for a boardwalk and other resorts. The Revel has said that is trying to emulate the casinos and resorts in Las Vegas, but those places accomodate for all age groups and provide entertainment for everyone. The Revel runs out of things to do after some time. So, maybe allow for 18, 19, or 20 year olds to come into the nightclub, or construct an area for children and teenagers to go to. It would make it easier on parents and families to come to the resort and casino since they do not need to worry about their children.

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So, will I be returning to the Revel? The answer is most likely. I will probably come with my friends in 2 years, when we are all 21, so we can go to the club and casino and bars. It will make it easier for all of us to have fun and enjoy ourselves when we have everything open to us. Until then, I wish you the best of luck Revel and I look forward to seeing where you go and expand.

All photos are taken by me.

What do you think? Have you been to the Revel Resorts and Casino? Do you plan on going?

Neimen Marcus & Target Team Up

For the past few years, Target has teamed up with a designer for the start of the autumn season and another for the holidays. Designers in the past have included Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, and Missoni– and all of the collections are a huge commercial success with people lining up outside hours before and everything selling out within a matter of hours. This holiday season, Target teamed up with legendary department store Neimen Marcus, which is known for having some of the most coveted (and expensive) designers’ products. The collection is a collaboration between almost 50 designers, whom include: Band of Outsiders, Marchesa, Rodarte, Rag & Bone, and Oscar de la Renta.

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I went when the items were released at my local Target and immediately fell for the items in the collection. There was a lovely black scarf from Marc Jacobs, an amazingly feminine bike from Alice & Olivia, and a stunning cape from Prabal Gurung.

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But, in the end, I purchased a gorgeous dress from Robert Rodriguez, who had started his own line in 2003, for less than $100. The dress fits like a dream and is perfect with my style– I have worn it twice already (once to a nightclub and the second time to a formal party) and have received many compliments about it. The dress can easily be worn alone or with a nice jacket or blazer.

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Overall, I absolutely adore this collection from Target and Neimen Marcus, both of whom should consider doing this collaboration once again. There are many things there for almost every style and several of the most admired designers in the world represented.

So, what do you think of the Target and Neimen Marcus collection? Do you think it should happen again? And is there an item you want from the collection?

Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa

I have decided to slowly begin reviewing locations– such as spas, restaurants, stores, and more–  either around me or places I visit. The reviews will hopefully turn people on to some really fantastic stores and businesses that truly stand out and deserve recognition.

Studio 921 Salon and Day Spa— located at 921 E. Fort Ave in Baltimore, MD— has been named as one of the top salons in Baltimore for 4 years in a row and has also been featured in American Elle magazine as places to go for hair. I went to 921 for the first time yesterday after a hairdresser I had been going to for about two years dyed my hair black (I asked for a brown-red!) and chopped all of it off. Needless to say, I was a upset (I was up until three in the morning on Thanksgiving scrubbing Dawn soap into my hair trying to get the color out) and I was panicking. I honestly could not go back to college with that hair– it would have been horrible. So, my mother booked me an appointment at 921, which squeezed me in at the last minute.

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921 is located in an old factory that has been refurbished for businesses and offices in Locust Point, which is next to Federal Hill. The minute you walk into 921, you notice the clean space and juxtaposition of the old structure and modern furniture. It feels sleek, modern, and welcoming and instantly relaxed me as I walked in (with a large hat over my hair, of course).

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I was immediately taken back into the studio, where Beth, the technician, treated my hair. She was wonderful– not only did she get the color out in a way that did not ruin my hair, but she put in the color I asked for. She was very kind and did her job expertly. After she fixed my hair color, I was taken to Joe, who changed the kindergartener-like haircut into something Vidal Sassoon would marvel at. He expertly snipped at the layers and made it both grown-up and edgy, which is exactly what I wanted.

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921 offers many more services besides haircuts and hair dyes– they offer manicures, massages, waxes, and most spa treatments. I know a friend, who suffered a bad back injury while playing rugby, who went to 921 for a massage for her chronic back pain. She not only said that it felt nice and relieved her pain, but it also helped her straighten her posture and the effects lasted much longer than she expected.

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Overall, Studio 921 and Day Spa is a fantastic place to go to for any spa treatments or for your hair. The employees are extremely attentive and will not let you walk out unless you are 100% happy with your services. I truly loved my experience there and will be going back to Beth and Joe for all of my future hair appointments.

And the best part about it all? I walked out of there without the hat on my head.

What do you think? Have you been to Studio 921 and Day Spa? And are you interested in going there for services?

Phone: (410) 783-7727 

Service Hours:

Monday: 11 AM — 6 PM

Tuesday: 11 AM — 8 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM — 8 PM

Thursday: 11 AM — 8 PM

Friday: 10 AM — 6 PM

Saturday: 9 AM — 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM — 5 PM 

http://www.studio921spa.com/

The Best Movies, Songs, Designers, Photos, and Movie Trailers of 2012?

In January Trend will do its first “Best of…” and needs you to make some nominations! What do you think was the best movie? Who had the best song? Who had the best photograph? The best movie trailer (the film doesn’t have to be out this year to count, just the trailer)? And which designer had the best collections or trends? And which television show, whether totally new or had a new season, was the best?

Please nominate your favorites in the comments section for an official vote in December!

Decorate My Dorm Room: Preppy Designs

The preppy movement, while not what it used to be, has evolved into modern society and has regained some of its momentum. Even if you don’t live in a mansion, carry a small dog in your purse, or have a butler named Alfred, you can give that expensive, luxurious feeling through a preppy style. Preppy style for boys can be expressed easily through a plaid or argyle bedspread and simple, subtle accent textures. For girls, it is expressed through a solid bedspread in a classically preppy color– as in, a rose pink, navy blue, or bright green– with patterned sheets (the pattern should be subtle and considered “quiet”) and accent pillows that express some type of luxurious design. The most important thing to remember is that when you have a preppy style, you need to add a sense of modern humor in order to prevent the space from looking stuffy or pretentious. So, add that humor through pillows, wall art, and other accessories in your room.

What do you think of the preppy style? Do you have this style and have any recommendations or tips, or are you going to attempt this style? And are there any other styles you want Trend to discuss?

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Chic Geek: Superhero Plushy Pillows

For this post, Trend is combining “Decorate My Dorm Room” and “Chic Geek” in order to properly explain these items. As a grown adult, it can be difficult to express your affection for a superhero/comic book character without making your space look juvenile or silly. Rather than posters, stacks of comic books, and/or “action figures” (everyone knows that they are dolls), why not show your passion through one plushy pillow? Since the plethora of superhero movies premiering as of late, there has been a huge surplus in the products themed around these characters– but, to me, these are the best. These plushy heroes are not large, but their adorable appearance makes people take notice. The pillows come in the shapes of Captain America (see photo 1), Batman (see photo 2), and Spiderman (see photo 3; I own one of these) and are sold at Hot Topic and Target (solely Spidey at Target, though). These pillows are both adorable and effectively express your passion without stripping away your maturity and/or respect.

What do you think of these pillows? Do you have a favorite and/or do you think they should make more versions (please comment on which superheroes and/or villians they should make next)?

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Decorate My Dorm Room: Sweet/Feminine Designs

In a previous post, Trend explored the concept of feminine designs with that tough masculine edge– today, we explore the sweetness, cuteness, and honesty that is the ultra feminine style. Whether you want pink walls, floral bedspreads, and/or bows on each of your pillows, this post is here to inspire you. While some people find feminine style, whether in fashion or interior design, to be a sign of fragility and inferiority, I find it to be incredibly honest and self-respecting. It can be difficult for modern, independent women to show their love for flowers and whimsical pieces (when women have to compete with men on many levels, no one wants to look inferior, to be frank), but those women that love this style and are unapologetic about it are just as strong and independent as the women who are tomboyish. The best way to create this style for your dorm room or apartment is to have a feminine bedspread– such as flowers, bows, vintage prints, and/or a traditionally feminine color– with clean and sleek accessories that prevent the space from looking juvenile or outdated. Continuing, just because you love your femininity doesn’t mean you have the excuse to have any ridiculous patterns or designs in your room– so no rainbows, unicorns, Hello Kitty, or My Little Pony. Don’t let anyone forget you are a grown woman, not a child. Below I have included examples of an adult feminine style to inspire you for your own room.

What do you think of this style? Do you like this style and are trying to emulate it? And, are there any other styles that you would like Trend to highlight on?

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