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Today’s Random Celebrity Sighting: Richard Simmons

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 by in Celebrities, Charity, Las Vegas Casinos, Planet Hollywood, Shopping. No Comments.

It doesn’t get much more random than this!

On Jun. 10, fitness spitfire Richard Simmons played host at a hula hoop contest at The Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood featuring contestants in the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

Miss Nevada USA and Richard Simmons

Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman made it into the finals. Yes, there were finals and semi-finals. Hula-hooping is serious business.

Miss Florida USA Lissette Garcia (below) won the contest, snagging $1,000 for her favorite charity, the American Cancer Society, and a $1,000 shopping spree. But mostly that first thing.

Richard Simmons and Miss Florida USA Lissette Garcia

Richard Simmons and hula hoop champ, Miss Florida USA Lissette Garcia.

The event was sponsored by a Miracle Mile footwear store, Chinese Laundry.

Bonus hula hoop trivia: The typical adult-sized hula hoop is 40 inches across.

What did we learn at this event? 1) Richard Simmons is hysterical in person. 2) This blog will find any excuse to attend events featuring 51 Miss USA contestants. 3) The list of things we learned is actually very short.

On a related note, we took full advantage of our visit to The Miracle Mile Shops by stopping at Halo Bar just outside the entrance to Planet Hollywood’s casino.

Halo Bar

You kind of can't miss it.

Our find at Halo? The strawberry daiquiri, which we now list among our favorite on the Strip.

Halo Bar daquiri

The cause of one of our most epic brain freezes ever. But in a good way.

We know, we should have listened to our own advice about preventing brain freezes, but it was just so darned succulent.

Oh, and we found something else nearby that looked potentially succulent.

Las Vegas Chocolate Shop

Something new at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

This blog loves it some new. It definitely loves it some chocolate. And it definitely loves its gifts whimsical. So, this one looks like a winner. You saw it here first!



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