Before this last weekend, I was a Vegas virgin, mostly because I just never had a reason to go visit. This news was crazy to my husband, who grew up going pretty often since he lived only a few hours away. We spontaneously booked this trip after a few glasses of wine and I wasn't too sure what I was in store for.
All I had heard about time spent in Vegas was stories of craziness and shenanigans, which often included drinking too much or loosing stuff. I geared up for a wild ride, just in case. Turns out, Vegas is one of my hands down new favorite places to visit and with the flight from Denver under 2 hours, I see us going at least once every year.
I'm sharing my best tips for your first time in Vegas plus some details about this outfit.
Tips for your first time in Vegas
TIP 01: Take a cab if you're walking more than two buildings away.
In Vegas, things are [a lot] further away than they look. When you're looking out the window of the 31st floor of the Bellagio, things don't look very far away because you're so high up. The strip is 4 miles long, but because the buildings are close together, everything looks a lot closer than it is. Our rule of thumb is to cab if were we're going is over two buildings away, especially if it's hot.
TIP 02: Know how the casino drinks work, plan accordingly.
If you're in the casino, there is usually a cocktail waitress offering free drinks in an effort to keep you in your seat and spending money. This is the best way to drink if you're on a budget (don't forget to tip). If you're looking for more complicated drinks like martinis, those will be free on the cocktail waitress but they are usually a lot better (and stronger) from the casino bar.
Rich and I couldn't help ourselves going back to the casino bar again and again to get our drinks of choice: a lemon drop martini for me and a french martini for him. They were just SOO much better. Oh PS, its legal to have open containers on the strip so don't forget to take a drink to-go when you're out walking around.
TIP 03: Don't eat bad food
Vegas has no shortage of delicious and highly-rated restaurants at a range of price points. There is no excuse for a low-quality meal. Whether it's a fancy dinner or a quick lunch, you're surrounded by amazing restaraunts. All it takes is a little research and checking ratings before booking. Also, peak dinner time in Vegas is from 6-8pm. If you don't have a res and don't want to wait, be flexible and eat a little earlier (5pm) or later (9pm)
TIP 04: Know how the costume characters work
The Strip has someone dressed up as every character you can imagine. From showgirls to Minnie Mouse, you can find just about anyone. Just remember this is not Disneyland, so if you take a photo with one of them they expect you to pay for it - usually about $20. If that's not worth it to you, pass to avoid an awkward situation or negotiate your price up front.
TIP 05: Don't book the cheapest hotel
I know this is tempting, because how much will you be in your room anyway? But booking the cheapest spot on the strip or staying off the strip is a rookie mistake and you may be disappointed. Vegas hotels are unlike your usual destination hotel. They're huge, beautiful, and packed with loads of amenities like amazing restaurants, gorgeous pools, and attached malls. Pick a hotel towards the center of the strip so it's easier to get around and choose your hotel based on the amenities that really matter to you.
If you're on a budget, don't go on peak nights. Saturday nights can run you as high as $500 a night, but booking on a sunday night or mid-week could be as low as $150. This is a pretty good resource for travel deals + hotels.
When Meghna first reached out about her jewelry designs, I fell in love instantly with her line. It shouldn't have been a surprise, her pieces were featured in "Gossip Girl," worn by Serena (ahem..I mean Blake Lively) which is one of my all-time favorite shows. Each piece she designs is inspired by her Indian heritage, and she likes to describe them as "fiercely gorgeous" which I think is absolutely spot on.
For me, her pieces are the perfect blend of statement and wearable. The colorfulness and boldness of her line stands out prominently, and as a color lover I can see myself adding quite a few of her pieces to my wardrobe.
The signature pave arches signifies fierceness and letting going of fear, taking a step forward in what you believe in and pursuing your passion. Follow your own individual style, follow your dreams and follow what you believe in." - Meghna
She sent me the textured druzy necklace and ring, which had a beautiful muted gold base and soft blue stone while the size and texture made a bold statement. Both pieces have a beautiful vintage feel to them. My favorite design elements have to be the halo of sparkly CZ stones and the beautiful texture of the druzy stone. It's natural roughness adds interest and dimension, which make it the perfect statement piece.
Her two signature collections are the Bora Bora collection, which has a natural and earthy feel with leaf shapes but boasts brightly colored stones and an exotic feel. Her other collection is the Claw collection which features sharp paved arches and edgy designs.
You can see all her designs HERE, and get 15% off with coupon code "neverskipbrunch"
What I Wore
The first think you might be thinking, is why am I in long sleeves in Vegas in the middle of August. Well, here's another pro-tip: it might be blazing outside but the hotels & casinos overcompensate by blasting the AC. This particular day was relatively cool for summer (like 87 vs 106 degrees out) and we did this shoot while walking on the breezeway from the Bellagio to the Cosmopolitan. I found myself in long sleeves or bringing along a light jacket for most of the trip so I wasn't freezing when inside.
This top is actually a choker bodysuit and it is amazingly comfortable (Arlet Wine Bodysuit - TOBI). The fabric is soft and has great stretch, plus wine is definitely shaping up to be one of my favorite colors for this fall. I'm also a huge fan of the back. The choker neckline is achieved by a vertical bar back, which is just gorgeous. My pants are actually the faux leather leggings from Spanx.
If you've been around this blog for a little bit you've heard me rave about these before and for all you newbies I'm going to do it again. They're fabric...not plastic like most leather ones and coated in a shiny layer that just makes them look like leather. Haute not hot, spanx so they hold everthing in, and so comfortable.
These velvet floral booties were another snag from the Nordies sale. Bad news, the price has gone back up but the good news is they're still in stock. I'm obsessed with the wine-colored floral print and the hints of navy. I'm thinking these will be a wardrobe staple for a couple seasons.
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