Happy Monday! Jake and I have become quite the seasoned travelers, especially to Las Vegas. We visited twice within the past couple weeks. The first weekend was for my mom and dad’s birthdays/to celebrate Jake’s match results and the second was to watch Jake’s aunt get married.
What amazing weekends we had! Jake and I hadn’t been to Las Vegas together since before we got married (almost 4 years ago). Overall we have been 5 times together now, and our last time prior to these recent trips was almost 5 years ago. Now that I consider myself somewhat of a Vegas expert, I wanted to share my tips for a perfect weekend in Las Vegas + my casual outfit for our first night of our last trip.
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This off-the-shoulder asymmetric dress from The Mint Julep Boutique was perfect for our first night in Vegas. Our first night, I typically like to keep it casual, since I am usually tired from traveling. I loved how this dress flowed, and it went perfect with my favorite bamboo bag. I received so many compliments on the dress and bag. You can get $10 off your first order at Mint Julep by signing up for their emails. What a deal! This boutique is actually from Auburn, Alabama, so I hope to visit their store when we move.
Tips For A Perfect Weekend in Las Vegas:
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: I learned this the hard way. I love to dress up, so high heels are my go-to. During our first trip, I mistakenly decided to wear my heels all night. By midnight I was almost in tears because my feet hurt so bad. If you’re like Jake and I, we walk miles in Vegas. At one point, my phone said I walked 8.9 miles in one day. Vegas is a very walkable place, so wear comfortable shoes. I just purchased these shoes for our upcoming NYC trip, so I plan to share how they work after that trip. For this outfit in the pictures, I wore the shoes pictured for dinner, then changed into a different pair for going out on the town.
- Make Reservations For A Nice Dinner: Vegas has so many options when it comes to dining. It seems like each trip we go, we like to go to one nice restaurant for dinner and do casual for the rest. At most casual places you will be fine without reservations, but for fine dining you will need them.
- Be Spontaneous: I will admit I am not the most go with the flow kind of person. If you saw my itinerary for our upcoming NYC trip you would say I’m a control freak. There is so much to do and so little time, so when in Vegas I think it’s more fun to have some plans, but to keep most of your day open to explore. When you walk the Vegas Strip, you will discover new places each time. We have found some of our favorite places by stumbling across them.
- Don’t Wait In Line For The Welcome To Las Vegas Sign: We made this mistake during our first trip and my pictures didn’t even turn out good. There is a huge line and we went when it was too sunny. I would recommend doing pictures from the side of the sign if you really want one. You can do pictures from the side without waiting in line.
- See A Show: Jake and I have been lucky enough to see several shows. We have seen everything from Lil’ Jon to Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” and “Love” (The Beatles), to Terry Fator (ventriloquist) and Le Reve – The Dream. Personally my favorite was Lil’ Jon. It was so fun.
- Skip The Buffets: I might be in the minority on this, but during our two Vegas trips recently I was not overly impressed with the buffet at The Bellagio or The Cosmo. Jake’s family all agreed it was not that good. We also ate at the Wicked Spoon at The Cosmo with my family. The food was just okay for brunch. It didn’t live up to the hype for me. Personally after experiencing two okay buffets that were pricey, I would have rather had a regular amazing meal. I don’t get my money’s worth from the buffet anyway (although Jake does; he loves to get about 20 plates of food at them). When we went to Vegas a few years ago, the Aria buffet was amazing, so if you really want a buffet I would try it (although, take that with a grain of salt, as we haven’t tried that buffet in years so it may have gotten worse like so many of the other Vegas buffets have).
- Go To A Pool Party At A Dayclub: Our favorite is The Marquee at The Cosmopolitan hotel. If you stay at the Cosmo, you get free admission to their dayclub.
- Budget: I am not a big gambler at all. I honestly didn’t gamble at either of these two recent Vegas trips. When I do gamble I set a budget. I say If I lose “X” amount I am done.
- Sleep In: When we go on trips I really try not to sleep in, so I won’t miss out on activities. Vegas is one of those places where there is stuff always going on, so you won’t miss out if you stay up late and sleep in.
Stay tuned for my full guide to Las Vegas on Thursday. I will be sharing everything we did and sharing what are must-do things.
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