Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas is sort of like how God would do it if he had money.”
- Steve Wynn

Straight from our whirlwind in SF, we hopped on a plane to Las Vegas to continue our fun times.
We landed late on Friday, had a hilarious/stressful 45 mins trying to find my friend who was picking us up and then drove up to Henderson to spend the little left of the night catching up.
On Saturday I got to finally visit Showboy Bakeshop, which is run by a couple of very good friends of mine (if you live near Vegas then please check it out, I promise you won't be disappointed). The shop has been open a year now and recently won Best Cupcakes in Vegas, they've even appeared on Cake Wars so they're not playing around.

After stuffing my face with cakes and chocolate covered Oreos we checked into our hotel (The Vdara) which was absolutely gorgeous.  It's an all suite hotel so we had a kitchen, dining area and a huge bathroom.  I never unpack so threw my suitcase in a cupboard and watched my holiday pal hanging up his clothes! 

It's the first time I've stayed at a Vegas hotel without a casino, but I actually quite liked it and it certainly cut down on the time it takes to get to your room without the distraction of the slot machines.  At one point we got lost in the Bellagio and found ourselves in the convention centre - it was huge!
Shortly after we'd settled in we met up with some friends who were in town and got painting that town red.  My favourite hotel has got to be The Cosmpolitan, the Chandelier Bar has three floors and a huge chandelier hangs from the very very top, it looks amazing.
On Sunday afternoon we got the VIP treatment at Wet Republic, the DJs W&W were playing and our booth was right next to their station, so it was a pretty exciting afternoon.  We had a great time people watching, dancing and watching people dirty dancing which was the most amusing of all! 

My highlight of the trip (aside from catching up with my fabulous cake making friend) was our final evening; we started off with a bit of Elton John - Million Dollar Piano, which was fantastic.

I didn't know how many of his songs I'd know as I'm not a major fan, but I knew loads and he put on such a great concert.  My fave was definitely Your Song, which brought a tear to my eye!
After the concert we had a group dinner at Cheesecake Factory - sadly we didn't have time to try the cheesecake even though that was our main reason for going - swiftly followed by a VIP booth at Pure nightclub (surely the only way to party?) which was lots of fun indeed.

Vegas is possibly my favourite place on Earth, this was my 6th visit and I'm sure it won't be my last.  Next time I'd like to fit in a few days in Hawaii at the same time.
As I have a friend out there that's always my catalyst for return visits, but it doesn't hurt that it's such a fun place to visit.  Aside from all our drinking and partying, I made sure to take my holiday partner to as many of the sights and hotels we could fit in during our time. We walked the Strip like mad things and saw (among other things) brides, flamingos, a shark, showgirls a plenty, drunk people, hotels galore, a flower carousel, a flower hot air balloon (minus hot air), a canal in a shopping mall and an inside waterfall.  Until you see it, you literally can't imagine it (a bit like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory).

If you haven't been yet, I strongly suggest you get planning and if you need any tips then let me know!



  1. Great pictures!
    If you want, we can follow each other. Kisses

  2. I've never been to Vegas, it looks brilliant! sunshine and dancing, bliss

    1. it's so much fun - you have to try it one day :)

  3. Omg yes! This makes me so happy, I love reading posts about Vegas. I cannot WAIT to move there, it's so wonderful. And I'm so happy you love the cosmo as much as I do! It's just so gorgeous, and the decorations are awe-inspiring. I haven't been to that cakeshop, but I will certainly put it on my list! I haven't stayed at the vdara yet, but I've heard wonderful things & I love the fact they have residences there. One of the few hotel residences that I actually like (mandarin oriental being my favorite, & the signature at mgm grand being my least).

    Ahh vegas, it's just so great lol.

    Morning Neon Blog
    "Let's move to Vegas."

    1. not been to Mandarin - maybe next time, i really want to stay at Mirage - their pool area looks amazing, looking forward to reading more from you
      (the bakeshop is near henderson and it's amazing)

  4. Oh I love Vegas too, we used to live in California, and drove over frequently. But since we've moved, I don't make it over there very often anymore.

    I'm so glad you took a picture at the welcome sign - I've been probably two dozen times, and no said photo to show for it.

  5. Great pictures! Isn't it just the best place ever? Not sure when I'll be back now :( I hope it won't be too long.

    Caroline x

    1. it deffo is!! and i wanna stay at the cosmo soon!

  6. Very nice photos!! I was in Vegas 2 months ago and it is really an amazing place!!
    Debbie xx

    1. isnt it brill, love it there, where did you stay?

  7. Those cakes! Looks like you had an amazing time, I'd love to go to Vegas x

    Josie’s Journal

    1. start saving, it's the best place ever!


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