My first time in Vegas was a blast! It’s definitely a place like no other!
We arrived in Vegas on Friday, May 20th (I’m way behind, sorry!!) and checked in to our Hotel – MGM Grand. MGM is seriously HUGE! It’s the 3rd largest in the world, and the largest when it first opened in 1993.
We picked MGM Grand because we knew we would be lying by the pool and MGM Grand’s pools are awesome!
Ahhh... I wish I was back there!!!
We ate a ton of good food, there were so many choices for restaurants.
We ate at Il Fornaio (in New York-New York), Taqueria Cañonita (in the Venetian), The Grand Wok (in MGM Grand), Cuisine at Yolos Mexican Grill (in Planet Hollywood), and Rainforest Café (in MGM Grand). All the food was really good and there were so many restaurants that even with a big group, we usually didn't have to wait too long.
We also went to a few different clubs, and got in free by texting Megan @ Suitcase and Stilettos’ hook-up (thanks Megan!) and by talking to the promoters on the strip. It was definitely easier to get the girls in for free than the guys though.
The first club we went to was Surrender at Encore and Mary J Blige was going to be there later that night. Surrender had a really cool atmosphere, but the drinks were super expensive and we were meeting up with other friends so we didn’t stay for Mary J (I’m not really a fan anyways). Then we went to Jet at The Mirage, which was a little more my style anyways (Top 40 music over house music). It was packed, but we got VIP so that made it more fun! We also had a good time at Coyote Ugly in New York-New York, and I kinda wish we would have spend more time there. I wasn’t overly impressed with Tabú in MGM Grand, but it could have been bad timing. The line for XS at the Wynn was insane, so we didn’t go there, but I’m curious about it now!
The Billboard Music Awards
One of the most exciting parts of our Vegas vacation for me was that we got tickets to the Billboard Music Awards! It was right in MGM, so I was hoping that we would see some celebs hanging out by the pool or something.
No big celebrity sightings, but it was awesome to get to see so many of my favorite music artists perform! We saw Rihanna, Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Cee Lo Green, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, OneRepublic, Far East Movement, Neil Diamond, etc. etc.!! Beyonce's performance was soooo cool (and even cooler live than it was on TV), that was probably my favorite, but I really liked Rihanna and Britney Spears opening act too!
So overall, we had an awesome time in Vegas! It’s definitely a place you have to experience, so trashy but so glamorous at the same time, it’s crazy! I would definitely go back, but now that I’ve seen Las Vegas, I can probably wait a while, so many other cool places I’ve never been! We never made it to old Vegas, even though it was on the to-do list, so I still have that for next time.
I asked for your Vegas tips, which I printed and brought with me, they were so helpful! We walked a ton, luckily I brought some Dr. Scholl's Fast Flats (not the cheap kind that they have at Target, but the good ones that you can actually walk around outside – I got them at Famous Footwear). I was amazed at how many girls were rocking the extremely high heels… I thought I was good at heels but I totally need the fast flats – they were a total lifesaver!
Here are a few more photos from the trip with my hubby!