Our trip to Vegas was over the top wonderful, amazing, and beyond needed. I told one of my coworkers that I didn't realize how much my soul needed a vacation until I was there and feeling utterly nourished. (My coworkers teased me that I'm the only person to go to Vegas and come back saying my soul felt nourished!) Getting away from our crazy work schedules and spending a weekend with absolutely nothing on the schedule was delightful, and I don't think we could have had more fun. There were multiple moments during the trip where I found myself looking at Matt wondering, "How did we get to lucky to find each other and go through this life together?" But enough of my mushiness, on to the pictures :)
*We stayed at the Tropicana and absolutely loved our time there. We used our tried and true Hotwire "don't know the name of the hotel until you book" method, and were really happy. They just did a huge renovation, so the rooms were super nice. Plus, they pump tons of tropical smelling fragrance into the hotel, so you constantly feel like you're somewhere beachy and fabulous....with penny slots :)
*Checking in and ready for the weekend!
*75 and sunny on our first morning there!
*Saturday champagne brunch at Mandalay Bay. I'm convinced mimosas are the best way to start a vacation!
*Done with brunch and ready to explore! So grateful to have such a handsome traveling companion :)
*Good morning "New York." PS: until the last day, I didn't realize that the all these buildings were meant to look like New York. I just thought the Statue of Liberty and the building behind her were the hotel, and that the other buildings were random Vegas buildings on the strip. Lol, definite "duh" moment!
*Cutest husband ever, and the reason we got to take this fun vacation. Best Christmas present ever!
*Shadow shot. I am easily entertained :)
*Favorite thing about Vegas? The Bellagio fountains. I literally could not get enough; we must have watched them 8 times over the weekend!
*We spent most of Saturday wandering in and out of the various hotels. The Bellagio was definitely one of my favorites, along with the Cosmopolitan.
*And if I could have found a way to smuggle this giant mirrored and gold horse into my suitcase, I definitely would have!
*Day 1 outfit: thrifted pink linen button up, Ann Taylor white denim, Talbots turquoise drop earrings, gold nameplate necklace, David Yurman ring.
*OPI Glitzerland+Essie Haute as Hello
*I know people always rave about the shopping in Vegas, but I managed to go the whole trip without buying a single retail item! Chicago has pretty fabulous shopping, so it wasn't as tempting as I imagined. Plus there was so much else to do!
*Midday drinks at Numb Bar in Caesar's Palace.
*Fruity and frozen...yes please!
*I wasn't interested in big time gambling, but this little Monopoly penny slot machine had us hooked!
*And though I've heard horror stories about gambling, we got pretty lucky our first day with some "big" wins. And I swear, I've never seen Matt so excited lol!
*Woo hoo, big winners on the penny slots :)
*Our server recommended the house pickled veggies, and omg, I thought my face was going to be permanently puckered. They were so sour!
*Saturday night, we saw Mystere, one of the longest running Cirque shows in Vegas. It was so incredible, and I was literally in awe through the entire thing. Mystere was both Matt and I's first Cirque show, and it's fair to say we're hooked! (Thanks to all my readers who recommended a Cirque show!)
*We spent most of Sunday walking through the hotels we didn't hit the day before. We stopped at MGM for a few games of roulette, but given that our luck wasn't quite as good as on our Monopoly machine, we quickly cashed out :)
*Until Matt and I can get to the real Paris, this little dude will have to do.
*I'm definitely gonna need a chandelier like this in my future house. That's doable, right? :)
*Matt thinks its really funny to photobomb my outfit photos. I must have stood there for a good five minutes to snap something without him jumping in and laughing!
*As a Texan, I consider myself a fried pickle connoisseur, and omg, Holstein's had the best fried pickles I've ever had. Perfectly seasoned, crispy, and yummy. And served with the best aioli dipping sauce ever!
*I went with the Smores milkshake. Chocolate milkshake, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallow vodka, with a homemade marshmallow on top. I die just thinking about it!
*Neither Matt or I wanted to do a breakfast buffet before getting on the plane to head back to Chicago, but we still wanted something to hold us over for a long day of traveling. This meal certainly did that!
*Packed up and heading home after a delightful long weekend!