October 16, 2015

We VIVAED that Las Vegas

Happy Friday, beautiful ladies. We made it to the weekend, can I get a WOOHOO!? I'm stoked to get some relaxing on after our Las Vegas weekend. It will be nice to get things done and catch up on some sleep. #needmoresleep. Before I get started on my post today, I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your sweet words yesterday. Y'all are the best and the most supportive group of women and I'm so thankful to know each and everyone one of you. 

Okay, moving on to our a recap of our trip. When we arrived at IAD we had plenty of time to walk around, find our gate and grab some snacks before we began boarding. I chose to do some airport cardio and came across this HUGE plane. Y'all, that monster is a double decker Airbus 8380 and it looked WAY bigger in real life. I am honestly confused as to how that thing can get in the air -- well duh, science -- something that large should stay on the ground right?

If you remember my post last Friday, you'll remember this lil gem. We only used four [got a free drink from the flight attendant] and I have to admit, Southwest makes a pretty wicked Margarita. #cheerstofreedrinks

I learned from a flight attendant friend that if you bring a flight attendant working your flight a small gift [chips, candy, cookies] they will look after you like you wouldn't believe. I tested the theory and it works friends, it really works.Our lady was extra attentive and thankfully the flight was super smooth. I wasn't able to grab much shut eye, so I watched my beloved Disney movies and finished American Heiress.

We landed a little behind schedule and then it was time for the airplane outfit to party outfit. Thanks for all the love on Friday, the top is from Nordstrom and I snapped it up during their sale. I also bought a black one and I'm sooooo glad I have two to wear. They are soooo comfy and I rocked the outfit to work and on the plane and it kept me warm, comfy and in my opinion fashionable. #thinkthenecklacemakestheoutfit #loverockingkicks #cheerstofunfinds
 

A quick change, cup of coffee and an uber later and we were finally at the Meet&Greet bar. With our luggage. Yup, we went straight to meet our friends because we knew heading to our hotel first was a death sentence for the party animal. Luckliy our friends were awesome and helped us watch our luggage at the bar #thelittlethings. It was only nine pm in Vegas, but that meant it was one am back home. We rallied for a few hours and then it was night night time. 

Since most of my pictures are on my iPhone and not the best quality, I wanted to break up the rest of my trip into my favorites about Vegas. This was our SIXTH [!] trip and I feel like we have a pretty good lock on the amazingess of Sin City. Here are my favorites from our 2015  trip [ other years here 2011 2012,  2014 ].

The FOOD: Do NOT go to Vegas while on a diet or watching what you eat. There are waaaay to many amazing restaurants to limit yourself [unless you HAVE to, clearly] and it's nice to indulge in food and imbibing in my opinion. Like past trips, Le Husband and I visited our favorites -- Le Village buffet, Wicked Spoon buffet, Hash House A Go-Go -- and tried some new places -- Flour & Barley, The Barrymore, Nook -- and as usual, we were never disappointed. If you're planning a trip, you need to hit up ALL of my recommendations because they are AMAZING. I was particularly partial to The Barrymore, the ambiance was old school Vegas, the service was impeccable and the food was beyond divine. 

Playing Dress Up: Vegas fashion, what do you say about Vegas fashion? Anything goes is the best way to describe it in my opinion. In the past I was all about the short skirts and halter tops, because DUH, it's Vegas. Now I'll take a fashion risk here or there, but I just enjoy dressing up in outfits I rarely wear at home. I really enjoyed the hippie look I threw together after our flight for the after party. Best way to deal with fine hair that has fallen flat. The middle dress is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES and I chose to pair it with my new TOMS booties for easier walking and a  fall touch. The dress on the right has been in my closet for two years with the tags still on it and I FINALLY busted it out for our dinner at the Barrymore. I may have a new wedding favorite. #needtolearnhowtotakefashionpictures

Gambling with Le Husband: I am the worst gambler on the planet. I play and if I start to lose, I stop. If I win, I put money in my pocket and never touch it to the table again. Yeah, Vegas loooooves me [where is the sarcastic font when you need it]. Le Husband is a good gambler and I've grown to enjoy watching him play roulette. We have our favorite numbers we always bet on [ 3, 9, 21, 17] and then place chips with no particular rhyme or reason. Roulette is a game of chance, but we still have fun. This year was AMAZING because we hit 21 collectively six times throughout the weekend. We also hit 29 with another guy who had about 200 on the table, it was AWESOME when I yelled 29!!! Leaving Vegas a winner is a fabulous feeling and Le Husband had a few black chips to cash in every time. #ballerroulettecaller

Vivaing in Sin City: Vegas has so much to do, there really is no time to sleep. But, neither Le Husband and I can function with too little sleep so we just cram everything we can into our days. One of our favorite past times is walking up and down the strip during the day and the night. We always find fun shops while walking the day before our tournament [hello macaron store], make a stop at the Bellagio fountains and hang out with other kickballers at fun events. The Strip is so pretty, I love all the lights and our stay in the LINQ was fabulous. We found an incredible deal on Hotwire and the location couldn't have been better for all of the weekend events. This year we made a stop by the pool party at Rehab and despite the drunken crazies we enjoyed ourselves while getting our tan on with friends. Our way of doing Vegas isn't quite like most people's, but we always have an wonderful trip. #oldiesbutgoodies #sleepisgreat

The Tournament: Honestly, this wasn't a favorite tournament for us. In the six tournaments we've participated in we've won two which was amazing and lost a few early which totally sucked. Our team retired last year and the team we joined this year wasn't able to make the tournament. Per WAKA rules, we were only able to join the returning champs which was fine by us, haha. They were the team that beat us last year and we are friends with them through other kickball play. I was super excited because they have a really talented roster and are a bunch of fun people. We played alright during the morning but things just weren't gelling as I expected, so I hoped once eliminations came around we'd find our groove. Well, all I can say is we didn't and we were knocked out much earlier than we should have been. It sucked, it hurt and it was beyond frustrating. People think I'm crazy when they learn we travel [on our own dime] to play in tournaments, but when you win $500 at tournaments the looks aren't as strange. Not winning money stinks and losing is the WORST! We were able to get out of a funk for a bit, but it REALLY tainted our Saturday night. Obviously there are worse things in life and at the end of the day I'm grateful I get to compete with my best friend, he looks good in that uniform ;)!

There you have it, our whirlwind weekend in Las Vegas. I wish the tournament outcome were different, but such is life. Attending next year might not be in the cards and while I'm sad our kickball Vegas adventures could be over, I'm excited for our new endeavors. If you have any questions about Vegas please leave them in the comments or email me. I'm more than happy to help you plan your vacation!

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28 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you went to the bar with your luggage haha! I would have ended up losing it or getting irritated and leaving it somewhere. And had no idea about the flight attendant thing, good to know! Sounds like you guys had a great trip and LOTS of yummy food. The chicken and waffles at Hash House are my fav! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Michelle said...

Sounds like so much fun. Never been, not sure I'll ever go, but one should never say, "never." The food alone though, would be worth a trip. Amazing what you ate.

Alexis Rochester said...

Looks like y'all had a BLAST!! I think the food is totally worth the trip in itself :) Stopping by from H54F, have a wonderful weekend!

Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

There really is never enough time in the day when you're visiting Vegas to sleep! I definitely agree never go to Vegas when on a diet because you will be miserable with all of the amazing food staring you in the face! We went to Hash House A Go Go for the first time during our last trip and oh my goodness it was delicious! I know that we will try to make it back next time we're there!

Joey @ Hodgespodges said...

Loving that outfit! And I'd never even thought to bring the flight attendant a gift but that's so smart!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

all of your outfits are fabulous! i love love vegas, so fun. we rarely gamble - maybe $5 or $10 in the pokies while waiting on a show, but i hate losing money! what's the point? and oh my word the food. if we go back soon, i'm coming back to get all your recommendations. i am definitely going to try the flight attendant gift trick next time i fly. and oh seriously, those huge planes scare the crap out of me. noooo thank you.

Illegally Blonde said...

You looked fab! Love love love the choices.

Marie said...

Love all your outfits!! You look fab. I love that trick for the flight attendants! Totally using that next time I fly.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Such a fun trip and loving all of your outfits girl! And I've always wondered the same thing about those monstrous planes getting into the air. I can't wait to try Southwest's new margaritas in a few weeks on our way to Punta Cana YUM <3

Green Fashionista

Courtney B said...

#needmoresleep.... You know I understand that more than ever right now, ha ha!
Such a whirlwind in Vegas! You guys always manage to cram in so much fun!! And good food!! We aren't very adventurous to trying new places to eat when we go... We need to be better about that!
Haha, anything totally goes fashion wise in Vegas! ANYTHING!
Man, now I'm craving a weekend away in Vegas!

Rebecca Jo said...

I'd be griping tighter to that $100 chip :) haha
That necklace does make the outfit - isn't that fun how that works.
Love your hippie headband & your vest... so cute!

Darcy said...

Glad you had fun! aren't the drink tickets so fun!? Last time I was on a SW flight I got a "Faux-jito" and it was all sorts of amazing!
www.amemoryofus.com

Jen said...

So glad you had a good weekend, you are definitely right about not being on a diet when it Vegas haha.

Curly Girl Confessions said...

We were there at the same time! We stayed at the Mandarin and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. We are the same way in Vegas and thankfully I am glad because we didn't have a three day hangover. :)

Cece said...

Love Vegas. Haven't been since last year so I'm due to go back. All the food!!! I love eating my way through Vegas though I will say; I can't do Buffet's for anything but breakfast anymore. Well, a trip to Vegas is a win even if the tourney didn't quite pan out.

emily @ a little bit of emily said...

I want ALL that food. Holy cow, looks so amazing, everything! And I absolutely love that dress on the right! The style is perfection!

Brianne said...

All of that good looks so amazing & I love all of your outfits! You look great! I'm sorry that you lost. I love that y'all get to travel for these tournaments. So fun.

Pink and Fabulous said...

Yay Vegas! Always a great time, no matter how you do it. You cannot NOT eat all of the delicious things and the Strip is the most entertaining eye candy in the world. That is a bummer about your loss, but you got a great trip out of it!

Emily said...

I can't wait to use my drink tickets! Im glad they don't expire anytime soon. We ate the same buffet and loved it! Didn't make it to Hash House but it was on my list for brunch.

Trista @ The Classy Chaos said...

The food looked amazing and I love the dress with the pink bow! :))

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

What a fun weekend! I have never been to Vegas, but am hoping to go in the next few years! I think I would be most excited about all the amazing food, and the fashion of course! I love the leopard dress with the booties...it looks so fun!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

So fun!! And such a smart idea about the flight attendant!

Morgan Gifford said...

Gotta love Vegas (I live here though so I'm a little biased). Great post!
The Rad Wife

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I can relate to being nicer to people who give me food. Maybe I should've been a flight attendant. :P
Love that leopard dress!!! MEOW!

Katie Elizabeth said...

This is the second Vegas trip recap I've read today and I think I need to book a trip - specifically for the food! Omg! Seriously good eating. So glad you guys had a great trip!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Sounds like an awesome weekend! And yay for free drink tickets!!

Elle Sees said...

i love vegas! i haven't been back in AGES. loved reading about your trip and your tips.

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

vegas is one place where, after 4 days, i'm ready to get the hell out of there and GO HOME TO SLEEP because in vegas, you live la vida loca and don't sleep! the last time i was there, i slept for maybe 10hrs in 3 days and by the 4th day, i was toast.