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The Not So Impromptu Weekend Getaway

Greetings from Fabulous Las Vegas!!

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Back in October, Brian and I decided we needed a little getaway and knew it was time to head back to the City that Never Sleeps, because we could really use some sleep. Love those kiddos, but they can be exhausting. We hadn’t been to LV in probably a year and a half, and although we aren’t big gamblers we love to visit this city because of the food, the energy, the shows and INCREDIBLE hotels.

And so after the easiest flight ever (thank you Southwest for being awesome and getting us here 30 minutes early) we arrived, and I’ll be honest, we were ready to party. Well…32-year-old partying which meant finding a sports bar and watching that obnoxious Cowboy game.

We are staying at the Wynn for the first time, and it does not disappoint. The hotel is luxurious, opulent (obviously, it’s Vegas) and we have loved all the food. We could probably stay on property the entire time and have a fabulous time.

True to Steve Wynn’s signature style (he built the Bellagio, too) the extravagant florals around the hotel do not disappoint, and are probably one of my favorite elements. A lighted garden walkway greets guests at the revolving doors where they are immediately taken to a magical forest of roses. Giant rainbows of fresh flower spheres and lights hang from the winding branches of living trees shading the mosaic of tiles below. A hot air balloon made completely of flowers as well as a working carousel left our chins on the floor, Brian speculated the cost associated with such features…$5,000? $25,000? They can consider the $400 we lost at the tables last night a small contribution towards the floral fund. You can see a video of the carousel in motion by visiting my Instagram account.

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So far my Las Vegas fashion has consisted of traveling clothes: jeans, booties, chambray shirt and of course, the shearling vest; but for dinner I slipped on this Sam Edelman pants suit, because…we’re in Vegas, and I can’t wear it to Taekwondo practice on Monday nights.

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We had dinner at La Cave which is Modern American tapas-style cuisine. The restaurant actually was cave-like; dark, small and very intimate. My favorite dish was a ginger teriyaki beef tenderloin with thinly sliced fingerling potatoes. Fantastic!

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The picture is so dark, but this is the wine room at La Cave. The lights changed colors periodically. So cool!

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Little weekend getaways like this are really helpful for us not only because we enjoy traveling, but it reminds us of where this all started.

photo by Patrizia Montanari

photo by Patrizia Montanari

Before diapers and college funds and pre school and new houses and woops! I’m pregnant again (with Caleb) and nurseries and Disney Jr. and five billion ninja turtle action figures…before all that, it was just us. Gambling on each other.

-ciao for now-

lauren

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