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Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Now what I did mostly in Vegas was work so I really didn't get to spend much time doing the touristy things (plus, some of them I have done before because I was here around 6 years ago with my nuclear family).

However we did go eat some yummy food and a very gorgeous person did leave me smiling the last night I stayed in Vegas.

So here goes nothing~

The dates were a blur- every day I came back to my room exhausted with my feet throbbing from all the walking and standing.

When I entered the airport though, the first thing that made me laugh was the fact there there were those casino booths (the name is escaping my brain right now as I'm writing this!). It was quite amusing. Since I arrived in the morning though, I didn't get to see all the amazing hotels in the dark and in all their glory, but I did see some on the drive towards the Venetian but Paris was the only one that totally caught my eye. 

But I distinctly remember the first time I saw the Venetian in all it's movie glory and my breath was literally taken away.

It's grandiose. That is the best word that I can think of when I see the Venetian.

It was so over the top gorgeous that I wondered why it needed it. But then again, everything in Vegas is typically over the top + expensive, so could I really say that I was surprised?

Now to side track a bit, I loooooove Miss Congeniality. It's one of the movies that I grew up watching over and over again without ever really getting sick of it (I think it's nearly impossible to get sick of Sandra Bullock's amazing acting skills). In the second movie though, they were shooting it in the Venetian and it wasn't until I actually stepped onto the movie scene did it hit me: I was here, on a real movie set, where Miss Congeniality was filmed. It was quite an amazing feeling, but, like all amazing feelings, that went away in a moment as I saw tourists taking pictures of the huge painted ceiling (I did it too, don't get me wrong).

When I went up to our room it was less grand because who has that much money for a suite right?!

Regardless, it's still one of the best hotel rooms I've ever set feet in. It has a very vintage feel to its walls and decorations, but at the same time their furniture is modern and chic with just enough touch of vintage, making the room a lot put together than it could be. The beds were ridiculously comfortable and very easy to sleep in but I do have two things I dislike about this hotel:

  1. The lack of power sockets by the bed. What hotel doesn't have at least 2 power sockets by the bed? Especially for a four person bedroom…
  2. The slowness of their service. Every time I asked for something from them it took them at least half an hour to get it for me. Don't get me wrong, the Venetian is a huge and busy hotel so it makes sense that it would take them awhile, still, I was pleasantly surprised.

However, one thing I did enjoy from my stay in the Venetian was what happened to me in the last night when I came up to my room to take a shower. And that was a lovely note from my housekeeper with two chocolates in a gorgeous bag. Honestly, it made my hard day of work totally worth it and made me smile from the inside. It was incredibly sweet of her.

Now, moving onto food…The first time we went to eat we went to In-N-Out. Needless to say it was totally amazing and delicious.

The next time we went out to eat was at the Bellagio Buffet and holy crap, I've never seen so much dessert selection in my entire life! Granted not all of them was good. I tried like 5 out of the 20 and only liked one… you can do the math if you want.

But the food was beautiful and had a wide selection so it was completely worth the looooooooong wait (~40 minutes?).

After we did go check out the famous water works in front of the Bellagio and honestly, was not as great as I thought since I did see it before 6 years ago and I also had a front row seat from the first time I watched it. Regardless, it was impressive.I must add that one of the nights I just had oatmeal because I was so tired I just didn't have much energy to chew on hard food. And then another night I ordered room service...never again. So fucking (excuse the expletive) expensive. The last night we ate in the Venetian with the Grand Lux Café and it was pretty good.

Nothing too special but it was slightly expensive, as all in-house hotel restaurants are.Also, I managed to check out the famous Grand Canal and I went there at like 7am so it was empty and it felt so serene and beautiful...Oh, did I mention that I did some shopping? ;)

What's Vegas without some shopping?

I bought mostly fashion pieces so a fashion find blog post will be coming up quite soon.

Overall, I am quite happy with my trip to Vegas. I lived in an expensive hotel, at yummy food, made money, and went shopping. Who wouldn't be happy about that?

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WOODY ON THE IPHONE! I had to. Don't judge me. 

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Smith College・Mountain Day 2014

Smith College・Mountain Day 2014

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California