Winter is here. I've never been a huge fan of the cold, but something about a hot summer's day has me doing this thing I do every year where I start wishing it was cold out so I could bundle up and snuggle by the fire with some hot tea. That winter wish came true when I was invited to Minus 5 Ice Bar in Vegas last week. Well...sans warm fire and hot tea, but plus tequila...so I'd call it a win.
Of course, every year in the middle of the Denver winter, I start to realize I was crazy for wishing winter upon myself, that's where Minus 5 is the perfect balance. You get the icy winter experience of living like Elsa in an ice castle (with cocktails) for a few hours, then you get to go back out to the blistering Vegas heat - all in one day.
The Minus 5 Experience
If you haven't figured it out from the photos, Minus 5 is a bar made completely out of ice. From the walls to the benches and chairs you sit on to the glass your drink is served in. The name comes from the fact that the space is kept at 5 degrees below Celsius.
When you first arrive you pick a package that includes a warm parka or a gorgeous faux fur coat (obvious choice) plus gloves, which are essential for holding your icy glass. Once you're in your winter wear, you then walk from the Vegas heat into a winter wonderland. The temperature is chilly, but a refreshing break from the summer sun and the coat and gloves are warm enough to let you stay awhile.
Something I loved about the experience was how amazing the lighting was. There are various colored LEDs that put on a light show by dimming, brightening, and changing colors. The light variation makes the space feel interactive and makes observing the ice sculptures even more fun.
In addition to lights, different parts of the space are designed with different themes, from an icy northern getaway with faux fur covering icy bar stools to a tropical space with ice-embedded beach chairs and complete with a cool palm tree sculpture.
The Coolest Part
You aren't allowed to bring in a phone or camera because it could damage the devices or melt the ice, but this is a whole other level of refreshing. I was allowed a camera so that I could capture the experience to share with you, but once we finished taking photos it was so nice to see everyone so engaged.
It's a rarity to see a deviceless space - even in nature, much less a bar - that allows people to fully unplug and make room for personal interaction without the distraction of screens.
To watch everyone explore the space together and notice intricate details in the decor or scupltures that they otherwise may not have if they just been focused on capturing their experience via photos or sharing it in real-time on social media, was so much fun.
It was definitely a beautiful reminder of how important it is to unplug and focus on what's in front of us. To live in the moment instead of focusing on capturing it or living for our feed.
What I Wore.
I can't tell you where to shop this faux fur coat, but trust me I'm on the lookout for one. It's absolutely gorgeous and oh-so-warm. I definitely need to add one to my wardrobe for the chilly Denver winters and I'm thinking this one might be a good option.
I know you also can't really see what I'm wearing, but it's a super cute one-sleeve strappy jumpsuit from Forever 21. It has one long sleeve and an open back with one diagonal strap going across and it's perfect for fall & winter because you can throw a coat on over it to warm up and then take it off once inside to show off a little shoulder + open back. Oh, and its under $30!
I'm also wearing the Vince Camuto split shaft booties in grey, plus a pair of gorgeous gold earrings I got as a Holiday present from my good friend Marian who I used to do the 9-5 office grind with.
Finally, I give you the bun maker. Many of you ask how my buns always look so perfect and the secret is this little thing. Seriously, my buns would be nothing without it because I'm not that great at doing hair much less mine which is always having a frizz party.
As always, you can shop this look below: