Vegas Seven

My Object of Affection

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    Getting Down with a Dorito-Eating Fat Cat

    Rosie Abrams and Carrie Giverson Publicist at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore; age 27. Marketing for Tao Group; age 27. “Gato is not overweight; he’s big boned,” say roommates Rosie Abrams and Carrie Giverson of their most prized possession: a 28-pound Maine Coon cat. Born in Ohio under Abrams parents’ bed, this thickset feline is known to open doors, sip champagne and enjoy listening to rap music.

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    Ken Templeton II

    “My most prized possessions are a hat and basketball signed by the 1990 UNLV men’s basketball national championship team. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and when I was 6 years old, I would wait outside the tunnel after games for players and ask them to sign my hat. By the end of the season I had the entire team’s autograph. That year my family traveled to the Final Four games in Denver, and I collected the basketball signatures during a shootaround. The 1990 squad is considered one of the best teams in college history, and it’s something my generation will always reminisce about.

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    Phillip Hernandez and Kevin L. Hernandez

    Leave it to a sharply dressed father-son duo to find their most prized possessions in their closets. The elder Hernandez highlights a pair of presidential cuff links given to him by family friend Sig Rogich. “He was the special assistant to President George H.W. Bush at the time, and gave them to me as a thank-you,” Phillip says. His son Kevin, however, holds something far more casual near and dear to his heart—a UNLV sweatshirt. “I wore it while taking both the California and Nevada bar exams, which I passed,” he says. “It’s good luck.”

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    Ashley Vlastaris

    “My most prized possession is the 90-inch chapel-length veil I wore at my wedding to Lee Vlastaris Jr. [DJ Hollywood] at Siena Golf Club in September. Being petite (I’m only 5-foot-2), it was easier to go for drama with the veil versus a gown that would drown my small frame. When I purchased it from Alfred Angelo Bridal I was in a bit of a panic, because ordering a new one was going to take almost two months. It is a couture piece, which makes it hard to come by, so I was thankful they let me have the floor sample.

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    Mike Minor

    “My most prized possession is cookies and milk. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like. It is the one thing that makes me feel like a kid again. When I was 1 year old I came home from being at the hospital and I had chocolate-chip cookies, and I’ve eaten them almost every night since. I’m a kid at heart, and I wanted to do something to show my personality, which is fun and lighthearted, so I even got a Cookie Monster tattoo.”

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    Melinda G. Filstrup

    “My most prized possession is my pool table. It was the first thing I purchased when I bought my home. I always wanted my own pool table and was excited when I got a house with a billiard room. I designed it myself, picking out what the legs would look like, what type of wood it is crafted of and the felt used. I usually use it twice a week. After a long day of work, I pour a glass of red wine and play. It calms me down after dinner, and it’s fun.”

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    Michael Waters, 34

    “My most prized possession is a 24-karat gold necklace with two diamond crosses that originally belonged to my father. My parents gave it to me as a gift when I opened Phase 1 Sports, a sports-training center. They said one cross was to protect me and the other was to grant me success in both my business and personal lives. I’ve worn it every day since they gave it to me, and 10 years later, Phase 1 Sports is doing better than ever. It’s a constant reminder of the journey I am on, and the belief that God is always in control.”

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    Holly Madison, 32

    “My most prized possession is a collection of troll dolls sent to me from fans around the world. An admirer brought me my first one to a meet-and-greet after Peepshow. I stashed it in my purse and took it out with me that night, posting pictures of its escapades on Twitter. People have been sending them from as far away as Norway ever since. I love the dolls because they’re so cute and there are so many odd varieties of them. I have one that sticks out its tongue when you squeeze its belly.”

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    Samantha Grimes

    “My most prized possession is a set of traditional Inupiat craft items and clothing including a parka with wolf fur, mukluks made of caribou and ivory earrings crafted from walrus tusks and baleen. I grew up in Barrow, Alaska, which is a small town right off the Arctic Ocean that is very in tune with culture and tradition. To this day, the Inupiat people can legally hunt whales and other animals for subsistence purposes. The items are all handmade and inspired by hundreds of years of living in the Arctic.

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    Robert Santwer

    “My most prized possession is a bottle of Springbank Scotch from the 1960s. Whisky is an important part of my family’s heritage, and my uncle Alec advised Springbank, the oldest independent family-owned distillery in Scotland, for many years before passing away in 2008. Alec was compensated for his time with bottles of scotch, most of them unmarked. The company still sends my uncle’s family bottles annually, and they find their way to me in Las Vegas. They gave me this bottle to celebrate the launch of my new startup, Wrytr.com.”

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    Christie Moeller

    “My most prized possession is my newly redesigned closet, installed a few months ago by California Closets. I was inspired by two women I wrote about on my blog doing The Twenty Pieces Project—where you only wear 20 pieces from your entire closet for a whole year. It made me go through my own closet and clean out items I wasn’t using, and then I revamped the space. I really wanted to make it a place where I started my day in a good mood, feeling happy about myself and about my clothing choices. The best part about the new space is my glorious shoe wall.”

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    Dana Wagner

    “The sportsbook in my home is a converted bedroom that has four televisions, and I use it only 17 days a year: NFL Sundays. I love the NFL. I love to watch the games and bet on them. I can be in there alone and have a great time. Other days, friends will come over and add to the experience. It’s full of memorabilia—things from professional sports, college sports and the more mundane. For instance, my wife Kim’s third-place medal from a skating competition when she was 8 may be my favorite.”

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    Arlene Bordinhão

    “I remember my mom wearing these handbags when I was a child. These Gucci purses were a symbol of fashion, success and sophistication, everything my mom epitomized. She passed them down to me in my 20s, and looking back, I think about it like a rite of passage—where I went from being her little girl to her stylish and refined daughter.”

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    Grace Russell

    “My most prized possession is a set of encyclopedias older than I am, which have been in my family since the 1950s. My mom recalls a Funk & Wagnalls salesman coming to her house as a little girl to sell them to her family, and my grandmother gave them to her as an adult, and she handed them down to me when I was in college. I keep them with me no matter where I move. They’ve been through five decades and three states.”

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    Tyra Bell-Holland

    “My most prized possession is a teardrop necklace from my husband that has three diamonds symbolizing our three children. They all know that each diamond represents them. They like for me to show them [the necklace] and to say their names—then they kiss it for me. It warms my heart every time I wear it.”

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