Friday, March 29, 2013

What happens in Vegas......

ends up in a blog post! Well, in a PG-rated-in-case-my-mom-reads-it blog post. Sorry lovelies, the sins of Sin City shall never be mentioned!

I headed to Vegas for March Break with 3 of my besties to celebrate my belated birthday, my friend Priya's early birthday, and my graduation from medical school. While in Vegas, I would also find out if I matched into a Residency program, so we were celebrating that as well. (BTW, I matched into my first choice! YAY!)

We arrived in Vegas on Saturday night and wasted no time grabbing our luggage and making a bee-line to the hotel. We were staying at the Excalibur which is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It looks like a giant castle and has a medieval theme. With a little bit of sweet-talk during check-in, I was able to get us 2 upgraded rooms in the remodelled portion of the hotel. (Tip: If you stay at the Excalibur, try to get a room in Tower 2, all of the rooms have been re-done and are very nice).

Did I forget to mention that the Thunder From Down Under show is at the Excalibur? We may or may not have taken in a show ;)

The view from our room. New York New York was right across the street.

After quickly un-packing, we changed and headed out to find somewhere to party. We ended up at LAX which is at the Luxor hotel. Naughty by Nature was there and ended up giving an impromptu concert! My inner 90's child was in heaven!

Sorry for the blurry pic but that's Treach and Vinny!

I re-wore my birthday dress bc I love it!
Dress: Express
Belt: Aldo

The next morning I dragged the girls out of bed super early so we could hit the Strip and do some sight-seeing and shopping.

My "Vegas" strut
Dress: Winners
Hat: Forever 21
Purse: h&m
Sunglasses: Forever 21

At the Cosmopolitan Hotel

At the GIANT m&m's store
The random giant shoe inside the Cosmo

Inside the Bellagio, its like a magical garden!

On Sunday night, we headed out to Pure at Caesar's Palace. Its a gorgeous all-white club, but unfortunately, only the roof top was open and it was SUPER crowded. So we cut the night short and caused trouble elsewhere ;)

Dress: Bebe

Changed outfits as a dress wasn't wasn't a good trouble-making outfit. 

Top: Sirens
Leggings: Garage Clothing

Monday morning was another early one! At this point the girls had started wondering if they were going to get any rest on this "vacation" (no, they weren't!) Our plans for the day included visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and going to Old Vegas for the "Fremont Street Experience"

Mandatory selfie before I leave!

Top: Urban Outfitters
Leggings: Forever 21

Cool chairs we found at Mandalay Bay outside the House of Blues

The Shark Reef Aquarium was BEAUTIFUL! They had so many different species of fish and a bunch of giant, scary sharks. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone visiting Vegas.

I loved this tunnel! We spent a lot of time here snapping pics.

After about an hour at the aquarium, we hopped in a cab and headed to Old Vegas for the "Fremont Street Experience".  I always wondered why they would refer to a street as an "experience", but as soon as we arrived, it was obvious. Bright lights, loud music and people dancing in the street is what greeted us as we got out of the cab. The entire street is covered by some kind of screen that plays commercials and videos as the it gets dark outside.  Souvenir shops are interspersed between some of the original Vegas casions like Binions and the Freemont Casino and street performers can be found on every corner. 

Our first order of business was zip-lining down Fremont street. I've seen it being done on so many different tv shows and its something that I have always wanted to do. So we headed over to Flightlinez located at the end of the strip and signed up for 20 seconds of adventure. 

All harnessed up and ready to fly!

The view right before you take off. Its about 6 stories up. My fear of heights was at an all-time high at this point!
Even though I was panicking as I looked down at the ground, the ride was so much fun! People on the ground were waving up at me and I got a birds-eye view of everything. Definitely something you should do if you get the chance. 

After zip lining, we headed over to The D to grab a beverage in one of those gigantic glasses. We got plenty of stares as we walked around with drink in our hands. ;)

After experiencing Fremont Street, we headed back to our hotel to grab a quick bite to eat and then head out for the night. Unfortunately, that quick bite led to food poisoning for 2 out of 4 of us, so no partying was done that night. Thankfully, we were feeling better by the following morning and hit the Vegas outlet mall for some more shopping! 

I didn't take any pictures while shopping because thats serious business for me LOL But at the end of the day, we went to a West Coast must-eat restaurant, In-N-Out burger.  
#2 meal, I wish I had one right now!
Tuesday night we headed back to Pure at Caesar's Palace because it was their anniversary party and Ke$ha was performing. She only did 2 songs but it was still awesome!

Dress: Marciano (bought it while shopping earlier that day)
Shoes: Bakers
Accessories: Forever 21 & Charlotte Russe
Clutch: Aldo

The next morning, I woke up extra early (as usual) and headed straight for the pool because it was HOT that day and I was determined to come back to cold Canada with a tan! I rented a pool side cabana for the day and it was awesome! It came stocked with snacks and drinks as well as a flat screen tv. Best way to spend the day relaxing!

Our sweet cabana

What I would give to be pool-side again!

Wednesday night was our last night there, so we headed to Chateau at the Paris hotel. The rooftop was open and its one of the most beautiful clubs I have ever been to! Feels like you're in Paris partying under the Eifel Tower!

Dress: Forever 21
Clutch: Aldo
Sandals: from India 
(Side note: I had to wear flats because I sprained my ankle pretty badly the night before wearing the 5" platforms. That obviously didn't stop me from partying tho!)

The view at Chateau

The Bellagio was across the street so you could watch the fountains dance while at Chateau

View of the Cosmopolitan Hotel from Chateau

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