Pool After Dark Party Animalz: Meet Beatz The Beaver!

We don’t know about you, but we are HYPED UP today! Probably because it is Wet N’ Wild Wednesday and we know that there’s fun to be had at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City TONIGHT! Perhaps we should simma down a bit and conserve some of this energy, but why bother?! We know the the beats, the beverages and the excitement will carry us through!

And we owe all these things in part to one very particular party. That is the party of….Beatz The Beaver!

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The one on the right, there with his homegirls Chaser The Chipmunk and The Party Pig. Beatz is an extra special one of the bunch because he does things for you that other #poolpartyanimalz don’t! See what we mean, below:

  • Works for Food and Beverage at The Pool After Dark, following in the footsteps of his cousin who is a Director at Bally’s
  • Will never curse, not even to use the word “Damn”
  • Would love for scientists to invent a splinter-less wood

So c’mon, he’s responsible for all your liquid courage, people! What would you do without Beatz?!

Pay him a visit along with the rest of the #poolpartyanimalz tonight! Doors open at 10 and DJ Ghost will be on the ones and twos for the evening. Gear up for another wild ride at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort! If you’re looking for that VIP status, dial 609-441-5585 for bottle service.

Carson Kressley Chats 2014 Miss’d America Pageant Hosting Gig at Harrah’s Resort, Fashion & More!

The 2015 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City is over. It’s true. But we should NOT be sad because there’s still more pageant fun to be excited about! You haven’t forgotten about Atlantic City’s annual Miss’d America Pageant, have you?! America’s most beloved drag queens will once again be competing for the crown on Sunday, September 28th at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City!

One of the best things about this event is that proceeds go directly to the Schultz Hill Foundation. Win win. Another great plus is the all-night party it provides. Start early at the Eden Lounge pre-party at 5 p.m. and go well beyond the end of the competition at The Pool After Dark after party. A reduced room rate with free round of drinks is also available to be booked here as we imagine both will be very needed for this particular evening. And all of the above is just half of the awesomeness.

Carson Kressley will be hosting the Miss’d America Pageant yet again, people! This man has an incredibly fabulous energy about him that never gets old. Carson believes that you never know what you’re gonna get at the Miss’d America Pageant which is true…but at the same time we equally believe the same is true for our beloved host. Another win win. Read an interview we did with Carson earlier in the week, below.

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TAC: Hosting the Miss’d America pageant in Atlantic City has become an annual tradition for you! What do you enjoy most about hosting this event every year?

Carson Kressley: It’s always a diverse group of really fun contestants. While some of the mainstream pageants are very traditional and a little bit expected, you never  know what’s going to happen at the Miss’d America Pageant!  It always makes for a really entertaining night. I’m super excited this year because we have the musical group, The Village People! How fun is that?! We can actually YMCA live! And Victoria Porkchop Parker, the reigning Miss’d America, is also going to be there and she was so fantastic on RuPaul’s Drag Race that I think she’ll be a big hit as well. It’s a fun, over the top night of really interesting entertainment.

TAC: Your career really took off when Queer Eye For The Straight Guy came onto the scene and you’ve had loads of success since then, but even so, people still categorize you as Carson from Queer Eye even though the show ended 7 years ago. Is this something that bothers you at all given your accomplishments since?

Carson Kressley: No, not really. That show was such a blessing because it was the moment when all the stars aligned. It was something that really showcased my talent and my humor. For me it was a fantastic show because I still get young people that come up to me and say hey, I was afraid to come out to my family or we didn’t know how to talk about gay issues and then the show came along and the show was very mainstream and you guys were in our living rooms, and it made talking about it okay. It made gay okay and it just opened a lot of people’s eyes and minds. I’m very, very proud to be associated with it, so I don’t mind that at all.

TAC: You were working for Ralph Lauren before your foray into television. How did the Queer Eye opportunity come your way?

Carson Kressley: I was working for Ralph Lauren and I was a creative director there which meant that I was styling all their advertising campaigns for department stores and for their own stores, so I was styling for places like Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and basically every major retailer.  One of my coworkers said that they heard about this show called Queer Eye For  The Straight Guy and they needed a gay guy who worked as a stylist and was willing to do makeovers on TV. I thought it sounded really fun and that was really the only thought I gave it. I went to a couple interviews and they liked me, and then we made a pilot, and I thought that will be the last of that, it was fun. Then about a year later, NBC bought Bravo and wanted to make the show. They asked if I was willing to quit my job and I said I don’t know, I currently have dental insurance! I lucked out. The people I worked with at Ralph Lauren were so supportive. They told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always come back, but it was daunting to quit a very good job with a great, solid company, but it wound up being a great decision.

TAC: We saw on your Instagram that you are currently working on the #love, Carson spring line. How are you able to stay ahead of the game and identify trends so far out?

Carson Kressley: We usually develop it almost a year and a half in advance. We really have to be ahead of the curve. Me and my design team always try to keep our eyes open and are inspired by so many things whether it’s what we saw at Fashion Week, or what we’re seeing in stores, or what we’re seeing when we travel to Europe or South America. We just love to create great, affordable, beautiful clothes that make people feel special when they put it on. We don’t worry so much about trends, we just try to make beautiful things. If we’re on trends, that’s great, but our biggest focus is giving our customer what she wants and making her feel beautiful.

TAC: What do you expect will be some popular pieces from the #love, Carson fall line in the next couple weeks/months?

Carson Kressley: We have a big show on Shop HQ on October 11th, it’s kind of the big fall fashion day at the network. You can go to the website, ShopHQ.com, and see some sneak peeks, but we have a great faux leather quilted moto jacket that looks fantastic, we have some great, easy to wear, beautiful tiered lightweight sweaters, we have our signature leggings with touches of leather and several really amazing pieces. You don’t need to reinvent your wardrobe every season, you just need a couple of new, fresh trend driven pieces that really spark up what you already have. Everybody has their favorite leggings, jeans and little black dress. These are the kinds of pieces that give you that instant makeover by just adding that one wow piece.

TAC: What are some fashion must haves every woman should have in her closet for those quick fix situations?

Carson Kressley: Outerwear is a great new investment because it’s something that you wear almost every day. You really should love your outerwear pieces. I think that investing in really nice accessories, a great bag, great shoes and great belts, those are also great investment pieces because they are durable and will last for a long time. The clothes should just be fun and easy. That’s what we have in our line, just little pieces that you pop on and they make you feel fun and new. I think everyone gets tired of their wardrobe from the last season. Right now, we’re all sort of sick of our summer white jeans and sandals, and are ready for something new and fresh.

TAC: How about every man?

Carson Kressley: I think men’s wardrobes are a little less fashion driven and a little bit more about investing in classics. Also for the guys, a great leather or suede jacket is fantastic as well as leather shoes, great belts and accessories. The rest of the clothes for guys should be really, really basic: Your classic button downs, a v neck sweater, some great denim. Everyone lives in denim and there are so many resources now that there’s really no excuse for guys to be wearing dad jeans anymore.

TAC: Over your career, you’ve had a couple ventures with Oprah, a couple clothing lines, some acting gigs, were on Dancing With The Stars and so much more. Is there anything that’s happened so far during that you still have a hard time believing?

Carson Kressley: Yeah, almost all of it! I can’t believe that any of this has really happened. It’s been such a blessing to take something I love, fashion, design and clothes, and make that my career. There have been a couple of wow moments like when I was at The Royal Wedding reporting for Oprah or when I sang a duet on stage with Cyndi Lauper at the True Colors Tour or when I worked hand in hand on a project with Olivia Newton John. The ones that really stand out are the ones where you have worked with someone who you admired when you were growing up. It seems inconceivable.

TAC: What else is next for you?

Carson Kressley: I do have something that’s actually apropos to Miss’d America and we haven’t announced it yet, but it’s a popular TV show that’s in that vein, so hopefully they’ll let me announce it before the show! I am also working on a new, woman’s style guide that comes out in the spring which will be my first woman’s book and I’m also working on developing a home makeover show.

So intriguing! Catch Carson Kressley host the 2014 Miss’d America Pageant live at The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort on Sunday, September 28th! Click here to purchase tickets.

Entrees Of All Kinds at The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

There are hands down SO many great entree options to choose from at The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. Yes, it’s a steakhouse. Obviously, the name of the restaurant couldn’t give it away more, but there’s truly something for everyone to choose from whether you’re a meat and potatoes kind of guy/gal or more of the max protein/cleaner eater.

Check out some of the best that span every category, below.

Organic Chicken Paillard

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Look at this, healthy friends. First off, it’s organic. Good stuff. Lots of protein and it comes with a little heaping amount of roasted vegetables. Again, roasted =healthy. You don’t have to get fat in Atlantic City if you don’t want to! It’s also served with some BBQ chicken jus should you want to add a little more flavor to this plate. The chicken is extremely fresh and moist though! Honestly one of the tastiest chicken dishes we’ve ever had at a restaurant! A great option for those anti red meat folks.

 

3 LB Whole Maine Lobster

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And three pounds it is. Delivered table side, au naturel. You can get this monster lobster steamed or broiled and the lovely wait staff will shell it right in front of you. If you REALLY like lobster, this is your dish. We’ve never been fed with so much fabulous lobster in our lives, it was like we were truly living in luxury. And of course it’s served with some melted butter goodness to make it even more scrumptious. Melts in your mouth, people. What more could you ask for?

 

Steakhouse Signature Filet Mignon Oscar

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And now we have the best of both worlds from the Steakhouse Classics portion of the menu. Six ounces of Black Angus center cut filet mignon finished with jumbo lump crab meat and fresh crisp asparagus topped with hollandaise. Juicy, plump, delicious and flavorful. All in one bite! Out of all the classic steakhouse bites on the menu this one certainly takes the cake! The 20 ounce Delmonico is another crazy option too, but that’s for another blog.

Now that your’re in the mood for some succulent steakhouse comfort food, you have to get to Atlantic City because no one does it like The Steakhouse at Harrah’s Resort! In fact, click here to see some amazing signature cocktails and here to see some of the best small bites to add to these dishes. Stop by Sundays through Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.!

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CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!

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Fresh out of the oven from Boardwalk Cupcakes at Bally’s Atlantic City! Little purse cupcakes to tie into the feminine power of the upcoming Miss America weekend in Atlantic City. Little chocolate cakes with chocolate whipped and vanilla buttercream icing!

Stroll by this weekend and grab them while they last! Boardwalk Cupcakes is open Sundays through Thursdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Miss New Jersey Talks Miss America, Growing Up Near Atlantic City & More!

We apologize for the lack of blogging lately. We’ve been willingly wrapped up in all the Miss America excitement bursting throughout town! Beautiful, intelligent, accomplished ladies, kindness and state pride everywhere you turn! What could be better?

We are extremely prideful this year because our very own Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones, grew up just a few mere miles away from Atlantic City and her parents have been employed at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City for many years. What we’re trying to say is that we’re family. And if you are a fan of Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties, you’re right there with us.

Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler Jones

We had the opportunity to sit down with this amazing young lady earlier today and ask her all of our burning questions! See the interview, below.

TAC: Not only are you Miss New Jersey, you grew up close by in Galloway! What does it mean for you to be going through this once-in-a-lifetime experience in your own backyard?

Cierra Kaler Jones: It means everything for me. The reason that I started competing for the Miss America program in the first place is because it is in my backyard and because my parents work at Harrah’s Casino, so the Miss America program was always a huge part of our family culture. Being on the other side of things and being the local hometown girl provides a source of hope and inspiration for the people of Atlantic City and for casino workers because it’s so deeply rooted and personal to me.

TAC: Do you have memories of perhaps attending Miss America events while growing up nearby or just the excitement of it all around this time of year?

Cierra Kaler Jones: The funny thing is that I’ve never been to the Miss America pageant or the parade because my parents worked a lot so they could never afford to take off the time to bring me to the pageant, but what I do remember is that because we were so close, the Miss Americas and Miss New Jerseys would always come to my elementary school and they would sign autographs and read to us. They were such role models for me. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me, but I wanted to be that role model for other girls when I grew up and now I’m here so it’s really coming full circle.

TAC: What are your memories from coming to Atlantic City in general during your childhood?

Cierra Kaler Jones: My grandparents would always take my brother and I to shows here and I just remember it being so magical to me. It still is a very magical place with the historical roots to the Miss America Pageant, but you have those lights of the city and of course the beach. I am a huge beach goer because I am a Jersey girl through and through and I think that what I love about Atlantic City is that it’s so diverse. You can go to any of the casinos, you can go to some kind of entertainment or do some recreational activities and you can go to the beach. It’s so many different things all in one place. It’s so versatile and that’s what I love about it.

TAC: What has been your favorite experience so far this time around in Atlantic City with the other contestants?

Cierra Kaler Jones: There’s been so many, but I think that what’s been most prominent to me is the friendship and camaraderie that’s formed. My roommate is Miss Nebraska. She’s 6’0 without heels and I’m 5’3 without heels so I’m one of the shortest and she’s the tallest! Everyone calls us the tall and the small and we just have the most beautiful relationship. Being able to open up to people who really understand and value what you’re doing is so great. Something that I’ve learned being Miss New Jersey is that it’s a lonely job. Even though you’re always around people, no one truly understands what it’s like to wake up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym, and then have to put on a lot of makeup and do your hair, go to appearances all day and study all night. It’s very hard, but just knowing that there’s other people also doing it provides a source of inspiration that I can also get through it.

TAC: What has your preparation been like leading up to your arrival here in Atlantic City?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I’ve always felt that if I made it to Miss America, my mindset and my thought process would be that it’s something I’ve been preparing for my entire life. You don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to dance. You don’t wake up one morning and decide that you’re going to read all the current events that day. It’s something that you have to constantly work on throughout your entire life. It’s not just something that happens once you win the title.

TAC: Does something like the gym kick up a little notch?! (We couldn’t help ourselves, we had to know).

Cierra Kaler Jones: I had been competing for four years before I won the title of Miss New Jersey and before that I was very overweight. I lost a total of 50 lbs. in about six years, so I was just working on toning rather than losing weight because I wanted to look like myself and I wanted to be healthy. Most of my preparation was focused on that, but more so my preparation was focused on living my everyday life as if I was Miss America.

TAC: Good for you!! What have been the goals that have guided you so far in your role of Miss New Jersey and continue to drive you through this competition?

Cierra Kaler Jones: Something that I’ve always struggled with is not having role models that looked like me. Being a multiracial woman, it’s been very difficult to look at other young women and think that I could see myself in a position of power, and I wanted to be that for other young girls. I’m the second woman of color to ever win Miss New Jersey in the history of the Miss America Pageant. That in and of itself was such fuel and motivation because a few people told me I couldn’t do it and now I’m here and that’s what continues to fuel me is all the people that said I couldn’t be here.

TAC: What advice do you have for other young women who feel as though they are stuck or confined to a particular role/category in life for whatever the reason?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I think that as cliché as it sounds, it’s to be yourself. I’m a first generation college student in addition to everything else going on in my life and something that my parents have always instilled in me is that you have to hustle and that no one is ever going to hand anything to you. If you want something bad enough, you have to go out and get it, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. If you have a passion for something, if you’re kind to people, and if you love what you’re doing, that will show through more so than any other factors.

TAC: What was the process like choosing your platform – Empowering Today’s Youth Through Arts Education – and what made it the right choice for you?

Cierra Kaler Jones: It was very easy. I was born with a physical disability called developmental dysplasia of the hip and that’s where the hip socket didn’t properly form together. I had to wear a pavlik harness and without dancing, I wouldn’t be able to lead a more physically capable life. Being in the dance classroom with other young girls who were passionate about the same thing that I was gave me a sense of normalcy. It made me feel like I was a part of something. Then when I was a junior in high school, they cut all of the arts programs from my school district so I continually advocated through legislation and also at the school board level made multiple speeches and was successful in the reinstatement of the arts programs. When I went to compete for Miss New Jersey, I wanted to make sure that all children had that opportunity to have that passion that made them feel like they could defy the odds and made them feel like they could do anything that they wanted to do. That’s really where the empowerment piece comes from is that feeling that you have a sense of agency, a sense of entitlement and a sense of voice because it’s not just something that spans through the arts, it’s something that you can take throughout your entire lifetime.

TAC: Do you ever have any time to be the average 21 year-old or do you not want to be?

Cierra Kaler Jones: I’m a very busy person! Aside from being Miss New Jersey, I’m a senior at Rutgers University. I’m a social work major and have a triple minor and a certificate degree, so I study a lot. I’m the president of two organizations at school, I was a member of the Rutgers University dance team, so I was always on the go, but I do have time to sit and reflect on my experiences. I love to read, I love to write, I love to hang out with the kids that I work with and I also love spending time with friends!

We love it! Big thanks to Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones, for being so down to earth and inspiring! Your fam is behind you!

Grab tickets to the last Miss America preliminary competition tonight or the final competition on Sunday, here. Also be sure to hit up the Boardwalk Hall box office for #ShowUsYourShoes Parade tickets! We’re closing in on a very exciting week!

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