A Day in Vegas

IMG_6086Hello L&Aers

The other weekend I went to Las Vegas for the first time. My stunning friend Lauren was having her bachelorette weekend there and invited me to join her and her bridesmaids. I felt so loved to be included in their weekend – and it was an incredible one.

I was only able to fly in early Saturday morning and stay about 24 hours until my flight back to LA on Sunday. But 24 hours – anyone will tell you – is just enough time in Vegas. Although I love to travel, Vegas wasn’t necessarily at the top of my must see list this year. The extreme heat and culture wasn’t straight up my alley but I wanted to see the parts of Vegas that I’d heard were truly amazing. My wish list was short. Belagio Fountains, the sparkly walls of the Cosmopolitan and some time poolside. Saturday did not disappoint.

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I got to the Palazzo at the Venetian via aiport shuttle (a steal for a 12$ rountrip ticket) and met the girls in the room. The hotel was breath-taking. I had no idea the style and scale that these Vegas hotels demand. I was so impressed.

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We started the day right with brunch at Mon Ami Gabi, a pretty terrace Bistro at the hotel Paris. With views over looking the Bellagio fountains it was the best place to sit and see the glistening promenade. The food was also delicious and I highly recommend the French toast – we were stuffed half way through the meal and I could barely finish my pile of crème fraiche.

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We then decided to skip Daylight at the Mandalay Bay in favor of lounging poolside at the Palazzo. We lucked out and the life gaurds helped us nab 5 loungers side by side. We stayed in the sun with frequent dips into the pool and enjoyed the light music and conversation for a few hours. We drank gallons of water, the girls had a few margaritas and we even were offered some cool cucumbers to munch on. The staff was so accommodating.

We then stopped off at Azure – the Palazzo’s pool club for some champagne and fun. It was pretty crowded but a nice little spot to see the busier social scene of Vegas. We even got our own pool side couch.

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We then went upstairs to nap and refresh before getting glammed up for dinner. We had 8 pm reservations at COMME ÇA at the Cosmopolitan. We took an Uber from the hotel and it was about a 25 minute drive down the strip in traffic. Be sure, you where comfy heels because even when you Uber, there is a lot of walking through the hotel lobbies.

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Once we got to the restaurant, we were educated by our waiter about all the different gourmet foods and preparations that go into the menu there. The food was incredible and the view fantastic. I definitely understand why the food in Vegas is so acclaimed. {I suggest the Crispy Lemon Risotto} It was definitely one of the best meals I have ever had. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded and we enjoyed some wine and gabbed for while. We then topped it off with some champagne at the Chandelier bar. That’s right – you can sip champagne inside of a Chandelier. It was such an experience. I love sparkles and this made the night so special.IMG_6077

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But it wasn’t over yet – we finished off our time in Vegas with a VIP table at Hyde at the Bellagio. Oh my goodness. Thank you to the friends who helped set this up for us. We had our own private terrace section over looking the fountains. We were able to dance and enjoy our cocktails while having our own little private part of the club. I was so thankful for this. We had security to escort us any where we needed to go as well as private bartenders and servers. It was fun to celebrate with some of the other VIP groups on the terrace and enjoy the mist that falls when the fountains do their dance. And there was a lot of dancing : )

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I could not have asked for a better first Vegas. It really was a top night.

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