29 Aug 2014

Live it: Sammy's Las Vegas Adventure

Last week, as you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I was away for a hen weekend ( bachelorette ) for a friend of ours in Las Vegas. It kind of goes without saying that we all had an amazing time, I thought I would share some of my highlights with you.

Hotels / Casinos / Hotels
We stayed at The Signature at the MGM Grand. Three golden sky scrapers in the grounds of the epic MGM Grand Resort. We were just off the Vegas strip with an air con walkway between us and the MGM casino. In the UK we would maybe pop to a hotel restaurant to have dinner but in Las Vegas visiting the other hotels and casinos is encouraged, many of them have top restaurants, shopping malls and attractions that are designed to draw you in to spend time and money inside. 

Many of the hotels in Vegas have such amazing themes with epic attention to detail. The Hotel opposite ours was New York, New York. The frontage of which is a replica of the Manhattan skyline including a roller-coaster. 

Every hotel had its own casino, an epic floor layout of slot machines, craps tables and roulette wheels spinning 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The Strip by day is spectacular, but by night it takes on a neon life of its own.

Food Glorious Food
If you are not a foodie person, you are going to be disappointed in Las Vegas. There is every taste catered for from sweet to savoury, sometimes both in one go. From high flying 5 star cuisine to your colour choice of M&M, you can eat anything at pretty much any hour of the day here. 

Drinks are just as crazy, Slushy ice drinks come with a shot of rum or tequila if you prefer? A small is a large and a large is a bucket!

As well as breakfast for breakfast you can have lunch, dinner and dessert for breakfast at all you can eat buffets.  Key-lime pie at 9am anyone?

My favourite meal has to be our last mornings breakfast at Serendipity 3. The restaurant is cute and quirky with a menu to match. My chocolate peanut butter milkshake and saints and sinners French toast were to die for, Amazing!

Shop 'Till You Drop
The phrase 'Money can't buy everything' does not ring true here. You can literally buy anything if you have enough money, it is a place where tacky and opulent go hand in hand.

From spiral escalators to make-up vending machines, Vegas is a place where the bazaar and unimaginable are in full practice. A place where a shop selling bacon plasters is opposite an Art gallery next door to Gucci!

As you can imagine I was loving it and have spent the past six months saving hard to be able to afford to pick up some special bits and bobs to bring home from the states. Including items from Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Michael Kors, Tarte, Victoria Secret, BKR, EOS, GlamGlow, Diptyque and Bath and Bodyworks. 

Sights and Sounds
Shopping is not just about buying in Vegas, it is an experience like no other. The malls in the hotels are like movie sets. Both Caesars Palace and The Venetian have sky painted ceilings and an amazing array of designer stores.

The Chandelier bar at the swanky Cosmopolitan hotel was just so beautiful. Our pre dinner cocktails were made all that more amazing by sitting inside this giant crystal curtain and the view from the Top of the World restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere tower was one of the most epic sites I have ever seen, The food was pretty spectacular too! 

We were lucky enough to get to see a couple of shows whilst we were there too, The Circ du Soleil show LOVE (set to the music of The Beatles) was astounding and we got a chance to spend our Saturday night dressed as Britney Spears whilst watching Britney Spears!


If nights out or shopping are not your thing try a Pool Party, we visited Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and had a crazy, crazy day.

Las Vegas continues to be one of my favourite places on earth, it is a crazy, excessive, extravagant, opulent, epic place. I am starting to save now to head back there some day, I am already excited at the thought of being there again.

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into my long weekend adventure in Las Vegas. Have you ever been? Do you want to take a trip there? What's on your Vegas to-do list? Let me know in the comments below.

I'm still recovering from the holiday blues...
Sammy xxx

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27 Aug 2014

How We Wear...New Look Special

If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will know that we are big New Look fans, so you can imagine how excited we were when they got in touch and asked if we would be up for a 'How We Wear' feature around some of their pieces. We both love the variety of styles, I Love their Plus Size Inspire brand and we both love how affordable their ranges are without compromising on quality. To put a twist on it this month we gave ourselves the challenge of choosing pieces for each-other to style based of three themes.  Afternoon tea, Festival and Girls Night Out were our themes and H and I picked out three items from New Look and New Look Inspire.

Afternoon Tea

For Afternoon tea, H picked me this amazing blazer, I love the colour and the lightweight soft fabric makes it a dream to wear. I paired it with a monochrome dress and turquoise accessories.

Blazer from New Look/ Bag from Ollie & Nic/ Shoes from Dorothy Perkins/ Dress from Yours/ Necklace from New Look.

Sammy chose me this lovely pleated chiffon skirt. I love these style of skirts as they are so easy to wear and comfortable, but always look smart. I paired it with my favourite blue accessories and my amazing Cambridge Satchel.

Skirt from New Look/ Bag from Cambridge Satchel Company/ Shoes from Clarks/ Top from New Look/ Jewellery from Primark & Native Wolf Jewellery.

Festival

Sammy picked out this Denim Dress for my Festival look, it is really comfortable and great for pairing with my new favourite kimonos. I went to town and mixed and matched my floral accessories. I love these floral trainers for summer. 

Dress From New Look/ Necklace from New Look/ Bangles from New Look/ Kimono from Boo Hoo / Trainers from Deichmann/ Flower crown by me (DIY here)

H picked me out some shorts (similar here) which I was unsure about at first, but I am in love with them! They are so comfy. I wore them loads on my recent holiday to Austria as they were great for travelling.  I paired them with this mint tunic tucked in as I love mint with denim.

Shorts from New Look/ Tunic from New Look/ Necklace by me/ Bag from River Island/ Trainers from Sports Direct.

Girls Night Out

H was onto a winner when she chose me this amazing Tunic, I already have this shape of top/dress in a few colours and I adore this print! I have an addiction to neon and acid greens and yellows at the moment so it was a perfect pick for a night out. I wore it with my favourite black skinny and strappy wedges.

Tunic from New Look/ Necklace from Accessorize/ Wedges from New Look/ Jeans from Dorothy Perkins/ Clutch from New Look.

I love the versatility of this Kimono, I have worn it with a black leather belt and added some studded accessories to give this very floral number a rockier edge. Over my favourite skinnys it is really pretty for a night out with the girls. 

Kimono from New Look/ Necklace from New Look/ Jeans from Topshop/ Shoes from Topshop/ Clutch from River Island/ Belt from H&M.

Let us know in the comments below how you would wear the items we chose? Would you team the blazer with jeans or the kimono with a midi skirt? We would love to know how you would wear these pieces.

A massive thank you to New Look and the Inspire team.

Sammy & H

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