Things I Don’t Understand About Vegas

Man, some vacations take a while to recover from.

This week has been a sluggish one, hence the lack of any blogging. My apologies in advance for the lack of editting on this one – it’s late and I’m tired, but excited to share some of the highlights from our trip to Vegas this past weekend!

Soooo to prelude this post: Of the photos I actually took in Vegas… 60% were selfies of Ashley and I. Really wish I were kidding, but for real, we took a LOT. We were totally those girls taking photos while waiting for stuff to start. Embarrassing.

But also cute! Airport Starbucks is one of my favorite things about traveling, by the way.

Our flight left for Las Vegas on Friday afternoon, landing just in time to meet my mom, dad, 16-year-old sister Jessica, my Aunt Becky, Uncle Dana and cousins Amanda and Kaitlyn for dinner at Margaritaville.

The atmosphere at Margaritaville was really fun! I gulped down a few blended drinks and scarfed down a burger in no time at all.

After eating way too much and struggling with the 2 hour time difference, we checked out the fountain show at the Bellagio and thenheaded back to the hotel.

We stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, which is just off the strip. Our room was on the fiftieth floor and had a pretty sick view (see above). To get to the Hilton from the Strip, we walked through Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile shops.

Which brings me to the first of many questions that were constantly playing out in my brain while I was in Vegas…

What percentage of the sales in shopping malls happen after 9pm? And what’s the average BAC for the people making those purchases? There’s got to be a reason these malls stay open til midnight..

Our hotel room was decorated in this glam Hollywood style that I thought was pretty neat, especially with this Marilyn Monroe picture in the living room.

And oh hey! Another selfie.

Saturday was pool day, which was probably one of my most favorite aspects of this vacation.  We lounged by the pool and sipped on some delicious beverages while chit chatting and catching up with one another.

Speaking of the pool, my second pressing question: WHY aren’t there more adult-only pools with nice shallow water and super attentive cocktail waitresses in all vacation destinations? 

There really should be.

Saturday night we got some delicious sushi (that I took ZERO photos of… not sure that’s ever happened before) and headed to see Jersey Boys.

It was so good. There isn’t much better than a musical in my book.

In hindsight, my go-to make-up look for the weekend was non-existent. Or tired-chic. Lovely.

Afterwards, we explored a bit, walking through some of the cooler casinos, including the Bellagio, Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood.

Which brings me to my next question about Vegas:

Where in the WORLD do some of these women find their trashy clothing? I don’t mean to be rude and judgmental, but MAN, Vegas was much less glamorous than I was expecting. You can pretty much wear anything you want – bonus points if it’s really short and shows a whole lotta cleave.

Anywho, I digress…Tried my hand at gambling Saturday night.

I’m terrible at it. 

I blew $25 in approximately 5 minutes of playing and got frustrated and pouty. I just don’t like losing, especially when I have no control over why I’m losing. Translation: I need to learn to play casino games that require thought (AKA not slots) so that I can gamble and actually enjoy it.

Speaking of enjoyment. BRUNCH. Sunday.

We headed to this place that serves all the best breakfast foods in epic portions. Ash and I split a giant waffle and a delicious scramble thing. It was pretty heavenly.

Waffles were followed by a little shopping excursion before getting all dolled up and heading to Joe’s for an epic dinner. (I’m realizing as I write this post that we tend to do a lot of epic eating on vacations. Definitely not mad about it.)

Afterwards, we walked over to the Coliseum to see SHANIA.

Her show was quite the production – she even had four super hot back-up dancers that made square-dancing look extra sexy.

After the show, my cousins and I got our drank on and gambled the night away. We even checked out an awesome dueling piano bar, which if you know me at all, you know gets me VERY EXCITED. I just cannot get enough.

Definitely no complaints after this vacation. My favorite part of the trip? Getting to catch up with family. It had been WAY too long since I’d seen anyone from my extended family and hanging out with them was really great.

This weekend I’m looking forward to running a 5K on Saturday and some bonding time with Kim, one of my best friends from college. We might even check out a beer festival here in St. Louis, first one of the summer!



  • What fun pictures, I loved them all! It looks like you had such fun. Now I am craving a waffle, haha. The drinks look delicious, too!

  • jointhegossip says:

    It looks like you had an amazing trip! You did so many fun things. It’s making me excited for my trip this August 🙂

    • It was wonderful. Are you going for any special reason/event or just a vacation? If you’ve got the time, both shows we saw were soooo good + highly recommended! Hope you have an awesome trip!

  • Courtney B says:

    Oh how FUN! We only live a couple hours away from Vegas and this post has me craving a mini vacation to Vegas! The shopping is never ending and spending all day at the pool sounds just PERFECT! 🙂 It looks like you had the best time!

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