Okay, before you go out and take this post as gospel, you have to realize I was working under very specific parameters. Namely:
- I was going with my husband for our 16-year anniversary.
- It was a complete surprise trip and I had no time to “special shop”, if you know what I mean.
- My hubs is a very laid-back individual who thinks summer dresses are “dressing up” and who sports jeans and graphic tees everywhere if he can help it.
- It was projected at 108 degrees that weekend.
- We stayed where we always stay: The Golden Nugget in Downtown Vegas.
- We drove.
Now for all you non-Vegas folks, Downtown is not the strip. Downtown is where all the hardcore gamblers go, especially if you want $20 to last you all night. I’m told it’s where the locals like to hang out when they do gamble themselves. It’s slower-paced, no-frills and skewed more to the middle-aged to golden years set.
With the recent opening of the Fremont Experience, however, and with the revamp of a lot of the casinos (namely the Nugget), the crowd has gotten progressively younger and more family-friendly, but there is still a bit of that raunchy, gritty feel to it that you don’t find on the newer, slicker, glitzier Strip.
So hopefully all that explains why my suitcase contents were comprised of the following:
Yes, I only brought one pair of shoes, which I wore everywhere and proved the most comfortable pair of flats ever (actual pair found here). And yes, I carried around a canvas tote because I had my trusty water bottle with me that I refused to leave in the hotel room and would not fit in an itty bitty party clutch (actual canvas bag found here). And yes, I only brought 7 clothing items to last me three days and two nights in the city of lights.
How proud are you all with my remixing abilities?
And here’s how I wore them:
Day 1 – the road trip – I knew I had to be comfy for the 3-hour drive, but I also didn’t want to look like a tool when we checked in at the V.I.P. lounge, so I threw on the maxi skirt (actual skirt found here) and the peasant top for a casual yet polished vibe.
Day 1 – the dinner – It was our actual anniversary day that first day out and we had reservations at the Grotto, the Italian restaurant at the Nugget with the best customer service ever. I was planning to eat large but look good, so I kept the skirt on for maximum food baby action but threw on the black batwing top (mine had a fancy waistband and more of a cowl neckline so it was a bit dressier than shown) to dress it up without making the hubs feel I was too overdressed for him. He wore jeans, of course.
Day 2 – We went to the Mob Museum as soon as it opened to beat the crowds, then spent the rest of the day playing video poker. I wore the grey skinnies and the floral tank (actual top found here) with the boyfriend cardi in my purse for when we were in the frigid casino. The museum was amazing but the afterwards could prove to be not too much fun if you’re not a gambler like me, but I was only playing nickels and $5 lasted me the entire night. Plus, I got free drinks (gin and tonics, anyone?) and then, at the very end, my husband won BIG and we essentially ended up with a free trip because that’s what happens when you hit a royal flush at video poker.
We were going to go out to dinner and then see the Fremont Experience and at that point, I would’ve worn the batwing top with the jeans. But we’re old and we conked out for a movie and some cuddling in the room instead.
Day 3 – the ride home – Woke up at 8am (that’s what happens when you conk out in the hotel room early) and got ready for the drive home in the maxi skirt and the chambray top, knotted at the waist à la Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. Grabbed breakfast on the road to beat the traffic and got home at noon.
Was it fun? You don’t even know! Free trip? Quality time with the hubs? Uber comfy even in the heat? Yeah, it was the best. trip. ever.
I’m so easy to please…