Vegas. Whoa. Quite the way to end Christmas vacay, that's for sure. Cottage relaxation flew out the door the moment we stepped off the plane and into a whirlwind of glitz, glamour, neon, boozy slushies, flashing lights, and tons and tons of people. I went into this trip with zero expectations, happily balanced between excitement and nervousness, and left in a haze, curious as to whether or not I'd ever want to go back.

Four days was the perfect amount of time - a day and a half of car rental explorations, and two and a half days of hotel lounging, casino gambling, evening shows, fine dining and overpriced shopping. Had it been warm, poolside lounging would have definitely made the cut. A few thoughts and recommendations below...


Anywhere on the strip really, but I would highly recommend the Wynn. Though a little north, its probably the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in (thank you hot wire for making this possible).

TO SEE & DO //

neon museum
the old downtown & freemont street (at night)
absinthe (or any of the other gazilion shows)
cosmopolitan casino (so much glitter!!)
bellagio night time water show
venice, paris + new york
hoover dam
valley of fire state park


dinner at otto
brunch at tableau
brunch at bouchon
buffet (wicked spoon or bacchanel - we didn't make it, but I hear good things)
mon ami gabi
le village buffet (not the best buffet of my life, but includes unlimited champagne - winning)
boozy slushies (apple cider + fireball whiskey was my fav)
happy hour margaritas at the seafood shack at treasure island
in-n-out burger (i had never been!)


  1. Your travel photos are always so gorgeous! xx

    1. Thanks lady! Can't wait for the Happy Hearted travel section to be up and running :) xx