Escape From Chiberia Day 1: The Strip.

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I’m back from my West Coast adventure (#sadface) and as promised, I’ll be blogging about the trip. It was amazing and a bit of a whirlwind – I wasn’t in the same hotel for more than two nights and the five days I was there were jam packed with food, pool time, sightseeing and shopping. Surprisingly, they were still the most relaxing days I’ve had in a while.

So now that I’m back in Chicago, city of cold, I’m indulging my nostalgia by recapping the entire trip here. The first night was spent in Vegas at the Planet Hollywood hotel. I’ve never really been to Vegas with friends before and I was pretty thrown by how incredibly saturated the area is. Every hotel is just insane and I’m pretty sure no one would ever need to actually leave the premises of whichever hotel they choose….but I don’t play that way. I wandered a bit while I was there.

We landed on Friday night and by the time we got to the hotel and checked in, it was after midnight. I was starving so we grabbed burgers at Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR.

I slept in a bit on Saturday morning, then ventured out in search of some brunch – my only requirement was that we eat outside since Chicago’s patio season is long gone. We ended up at Overlook Grill at The Cosmopolitan. After that we wandered around a bit before heading back to Planet Hollywood for some pool time.

That evening we ate at Lemongrass at Aria (if you go there, do yourself a favor and get the lobster satay. Yum.) before heading to Absinthe, a variety show featuring some absolutely mind-blowing acrobatics and such. We stopped into The Bank  at The Bellagio….and I lasted about ten minutes there. I just can’t do the club thing anymore!

I wore a Free People leather dress (which I’m not sure if I could pull off anywhere other than Vegas) with Louboutin Bianca 120mm pumps and a Saint Laurent clutch (these were my two big birthday gifts this year.)

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