I’m back from Vegas and I swear it’s taken the whole week to bounce back into my regular routine. It certainly didn’t help that I caught a cold on the flight back and left my curling wand in the hotel room (bad hair week). Don’t we all feel like we need a couple days off post vacation to get back into the swing of life? We traveled to Las Vegas for an industry convention for Jordan and his brother. As an added bonus Jordan’s brother’s wife and I tagged along for the adventure. While I don’t normally consider myself a “Vegas Person” (read: I’m a bit of a homebody that likes to go to bed at 10:00) I really had a great time. I’ve been to Vegas in the past but it wasn’t until this trip that I really experienced the parts of Vegas that are good for me. Spas, shows and champagne…how could I have ever thought those things weren’t for me? Plus there’s no contesting thst the people watching in Vegas is both intriguing and appalling.
As soon as we checked out of our hotel room and boarded or flight it hit me that I’d left my curling wand in the room. I’ve called the hotel several times since in hopes of retrieving my favorite styling product but I am starting to accept that it may be gone forever. So, it is with much regret I’m forced to ask, do you guys have any ceramic curling wand reccomendations? If so, please send them my way.
I don’t consider myself a foodie but I sure do love to eat. One of my favorite parts of any trip is trying new restaraunts and the decadence of Vegas made the experience even more fun. We are out at every meal so I didn’t want to share every restaraunt we tried but I do want to highlight my favorites from our trip.
This kitschy themed sushi house had a variety of rolls and cocktails. I loved that the waiters doubled as entertainers and put on dance performances every 30 minutes or so. I appreciated the *NSYNC versus Backstreet Boys dance off and was giddy when the crew later chose to serenade me with Gangham Style. Sushi is always great with large groups and this environment was entertaining while still allowing guests to chat with each other without interrupting a show.
After our spa treatments Tiffany and I grabbed a quick lunch on the go from Eggslut in the Cosmopolitan. This is definitely an “on the go” dining experience but both of us were pleased with our tasty and inexpensive lunches (I ordered the Fairfax sandwich with avocado and highly reccomend it it).
A nice dinner out seemed like a MUST since we were all dressed up to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” a true the Bellagio. My mom reccomended Harvest, a farm to table style restaraunt also in the Beallagio. Our group shared several appetizers and unanimously agreed the brussel sprouts were to die for. I liked this restaraunt because there were lots of high quality seafood and vegetarian options (not just salad for the non meat eaters) and others in our group loved the high quality lamb and steak. I would definitely go to Harvest again!
Tiffany and I popped into Crush for a “pre dinner snack” because we were eating such a late dinner and needed a bit of substance. We shared a pizza and heirloom burrata salad. I swear tomatoes, burrata cheese and vinegar taste like candy together. I wish we could have tried more of the food at Crush to see if it compared to our delicious “snack”.
Off the main Vegas strip and in “old Las Vegas” or Fremont street, this Italian steak house had options for meat lovers (obvi) and vegetarians alike. I loved the delicious, creamy gnocchi while the boys swore the steak was the best on our trip.
Walking through the Wynn we stumbled upon the Red 8 and decided to give it a try. I’m pretty picky when it comes to Chinese food (the last place I went to literally had cockroaches on the wall) and it can be difficult to find high quality, authentic, vegetarian Chinese cuisine. Our waiter at Red 8 was incredibly helpful, the food was savory without feeling greasy or heavy and oh my gosh the garlic bok choy was so good I have been dreaming about it (and salivating) ever since.
I love live entertainment. After a good show I can’t help but prance through the streets and twirl into bed. Though I’ve been to Vegas before I had never had the opportunity to see a show, this trip I made it a priority to buy tickets ahead of time so there was no excuse not to make entertainment a priority.
Guys, I was so impressed with O I was almost moved to tears. O revolves around water so most of the stage was comprised of a giant pool. There was dancing, acrobatics, diving and synchronized swimming. There was no shortage of beautiful costumes, stunning set design and impressive choreography. Like all Cirque du Soleil performances I left impressed by the abilities of the human body. When you watch contortionists and acrobats you start to realize there is no reason not to hold a two minute plank at the gym. We all agreed that the show was magnificent, for me it was the highlight of our entire trip.
I’m a spa girl. When Jordan and I first started dating I told him my hobby was “Spa-ing” and I’ve been sticking to it ever since. On Thursday and Friday day Jordan and his brother had to work so Tiffany and I hit the spas. Both locations were beautiful and honestly I would happily return to either.
I received the signature facial at the Sahara spa. My esthetician was extremely soothing which I prefer to the more talkative treatments (let me close my eyes and relax okay?) After the service my skin felt plump and hydrated. I usually opt for a massage instead of a facial but this experience made me realize I should pamper my skin at the spa more often. The amenities at the Cosmo spa were a little spa but lovely. The atmosphere was dimly lit and very relaxing. I enjoyed the sauna, cool steam room and hot tub.
At Aria Tiffany and I both opted for full body massages. We noticed right away that the spa was very busy but the large facility made it easy to accommodate all of the guests. My massage was lovely (aren’t all massages?) and the facilities offered unique amenities. We tried the Himalayan salt meditation room, the sauna, steam rooms and indoor/outdoor hot tubs.
If I had to choose a favorite I would pick the Cosmo spa but when it comes to luxury pampering I don’t like to be too finicky (:
Friday night we ventured over to the old Las Vegas to see what all the hype was about. Old fashioned signs glittered on every side of the pedestrian only street. With four musical stages and numerous street performers the area was packed with people. I enjoyed people watching (there were some real sights to see if you know what I mean) and enjoyed the rambunctious atmosphere the live music provided.
Valley of Fire
Initially we intended to head to the Grand Canyon on Saturday but after a late start and a few minor complications we decided to explore the Valley of Fire instead. Located just an hour outside of Las Vegas the national park is littered with sights, small hikes and even camping for those who want to escape the strip entirely. We were most impressed by the petroglyphs you could find on many of the rocks. As a bit of a history nerd I was impressed by the (over) 4000 year old paintings and the culture they represented.
Happy friday friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xxoo!