They say "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," so in keeping with that tradition (though, trust me, there are no scandalous details worth omitting in the first place), I'm going to simply emphasize the highlights of the trip via photos instead of my more thorough travel blog approach.
Sarah and I both live in California, so we traveled together on Friday evening. We had spent some time before the trip getting together to make some crafty Bachelorette supplies for the weekend, as Sarah is the Maid of Honor and I'm the Matron of Honor for Ali and Cody's wedding.
We sat next to a really nice guy on the plane who was going to visit his girlfriend who works in Vegas. He was nice enough to share some mini bottles of booze with us! A nice way to get our trip started.
This is 4 of the 5 of us (Sarah was taking the photo from the front seat) on our way from the airport to the hotel. We stayed at the Vdara, which is a really clean, nice hotel on the strip. There is no casino, so it doesn't have constant cigarette smoke or smell bad. That was really nice!
Ali's mom had pink champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and some other snacks sent up to the room when we arrived. What a sweet gesture!
Before we went out, we wanted to take some photos of the group, but the camera had a mind of its own and started taking pictures before we were ready! This is one of the funny candid shots. My arm is around an invisible Ali here.
We had matching tank tops that said "Bride's Entourage" in fabulous bling, plus "Team Bride" wristbands that went with the pink theme of Ali's wedding.
Out on the strip! From left to right: Carli, me, Ali, Risa, Sarah
The next day (Saturday), we went to Mandalay Bay to check out the pool. The main pool is set up like a beach with palm trees and sand, plus other pools up in the VIP areas. We convinced some hotel guests to flash their hotel keys for us to get into the pool.
As soon as we walked into the pool area, we were invited to enjoy one of the VIP cabanas for free! The cabanas had their own small pools, plus lawn chairs, shade (thankfully!!), a little kitchen area, bottle service, food, you name it!
The water was really nice, and we had a great view to people watch. I needed a large hat and lots of sunscreen!
There was loud music playing, so in this candid shot you can see that I'm dancing haha.
Making new friends. Here we are standing on the bed that was in the cabana. Why do they have beds?!
But the beds are great for dancing on!
I would have to say the pool was probably my favorite part of the trip. I enjoyed eating delicious quesadillas, tons of fresh fruit, and drinking lots of pink lemonade!
That evening we got all dressed up and went out to dinner and a show. Walking down the strip in heels is an exciting adventure in itself!
Quick stop to pose with some kisses!
We ate dinner at Il Fornaio, which is an Italian restaurant inside New York New York. I had some gluten free penne alla vodka, which was really amazing!
After dinner, we went to see the Thunder from Down Under show, which was absolutely packed with other bachelorette parties. It was basically like a real-live version of the movie Magic Mike, except none of the men looked quite like Channing Tatum. That was a sad moment for me. :-(
After the show, we headed back to the hotel and changed into outfits more suitable for walking around on the strip and continued with Ali's bachelorette scavenger hunt. Here our group is seen posing with two boys who sang Katy Perry songs, which was one of the items we had to check off.
My mom made the bottom of this dress using the same material that the bridesmaid dresses at my wedding were made out of!
We saw some really cool views of the strip at night. I don't have any photos of it, but we saw the end of the Bellagio light show, which was super.
During the evening, my thumb got stuck in the hotel room door. I had to get some first aid, administered by the hotel security guard, and was required to file an official report with the hotel.
On Sunday, we walked around and got to see some of the hotels. My favorite was the Venetian. It was like an adorable (and cleaner!) indoor Venice!
If I go back to Vegas, I'd love to stay at the Venetian, and take a gondola ride and have a cappuccino in one of the cafes by the canal.
We also went shopping at the large mall over at Caesar's Palace. I got to visit the Christian Louboutin store and pick out my Louboutins (they run super small, btw).
We ate at Earl of Sandwich for lunch (yum!) and afterwards stopped for cocktails at this bar that is essentially inside a giant chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. At least, they have all these draping plastic diamonds that make you feel like you are inside a chandelier!!
So there you have it...my photo tour of Las Vegas! Cheers!