Field Trip: Vegas fun!

I went to Las Vegas at the beginning of the week and I tried a few new things on this trip.

imageIt’s a long story to explain why, but I ended up at Circus Circus, and it was a trip down memory lane. Growing up, my grandmother lived in Las Vegas and we spent a lot of time at Circus Circus playing the games upstairs and watching the trapeze show. I had to play the clown race game while we were there. You squirt water in a clown’s mouth and it fills up a ballon. The first person to pop their balloon wins. I didn’t win, but it brought back a ton of childhood memories. I did, however, win this adorable stuffed fish, I’m calling her Dory, playing another ballon game. I’m not the most coordinated person, so when I hit and popped two balloons with bean bags, I was pretty impressed with myself!

imageAfter Circus Circus, we headed downtown for zip lining over Fremont Street. I hadn’t been downtown in a million years. It’s a totally different crowd than the strip and there were some great people watching opportunities. The preparation process for zip lining was a little scary, as the elevator up to the platform was very shaky and noisy. The actually zip lining experience was very cool. The Fremont Experience area is exciting and colorful and seeing it from up above gave us a unique perspective. The ride itself is pretty mellow, until the end. You start to speed up and then, wham! You hit the brakes. The ending is a little jarring, but I would definitely do it again.

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On our first day by the pool, it was so crowded that we couldn’t even find chairs. We had to set up towels by the side of the pool. So on the second we splurged on a day bed. It was completely worth it! We had a super comfy spot all day and our waitress even brought us buckets of waters on ice. We were right on the pool’s edge and we had a view of the whole pool. There a drawer in the base of the bed for our bags and there was even a safe for our valuables. The day bed also had an umbrella which was great later in the day when I needed a break from the sun.

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imageAfter a day by the pool, we decided to take a ride on the High Roller observation wheel. Part of my room package, included a two-for-one voucher for the High Roller. I’m so glad we did it. The whole “ride” takes about forty-five minutes and you get to experience amazing views of the Vegas skyline. Even someone who is afraid of heights can handle it. The orb moves very slowly and it’s a very smooth ride. I highly recommend the High Roller. It something different and it’s a great photo opportunity.

After the High Roller, we hit O’Shea’s for some $5 black jack. We were up, then down and then we were smart and cashed out when we were almost even.

For the High Roller ride and gambling, I wore my white Gap boyfriend jeans with a pink Juicy Couture t-shirt that is sheer in the back. My gold jeweled Nine Wear sandals matched perfectly. I added a few Kate Spade bangles and my C. Wonder camo clutch. It was perfect for walking around and being tourists.

I usually visit Las Vegas two to three times a year and I spend most of my time at the pai gow and black jack tables. It was really fun to get out of the casinos and try some new things.

Homework: What is your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas?

Field Trip: Lesson planning for a trip to the outlets

imageI’m headed out to do a little outlet shopping this week with two of my college sorority sisters. We have a reunion coming up soon, so we thought it would be fun to shop for some new outfits. Now, I’m sure you have figured out by now, that I wouldn’t just show up at the outlets without doing some prep work, or what I like to call R and D (research and development). First, I went online and printed out maps of the outlets. Where we are going there are two separate outlets that are right next store to one another. It’s important to look at all the choices and come up with a plan of attack. I started by highlighting the stores I want to visit. For this particular trip, I don’t really need anything specific, I’m looking for some good deals. I have a budget in mind, and will do my best to stick to it! I will for sure start out at the Banana Republic outlet. I’m hoping to find some summer work dresses that I can wear during the first weeks of school when it’s still really hot. Once I know how much of my budget is spent on basics at Banana, then I can move on to Kate Spade and Tory Burch. I definitely hope to find something fun! Kate Spade usually has great deals on jewelry and Tory has amazing shoes and bags. Also on the list is Coach, Burberry, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Michael Kors, and Joe’s Jeans. All my favorite brands! Who knows what I will find!

In preparation for this shopping excursion, I cleaned out my closet and made a trip to Crossroads Trading Company to sell some clothes that no longer fit (too big, yay!). I made $70 selling things that I would have normally donated without thinking about the money making potential. It only took about a half an hour and I have an extra $70 to spend at the outlets.

Homework: How do you prepare for an outlet shopping trip

Field Trip: The Outlets at Orange

imageNeed an idea for a quick field trip? My Orange County girls should head to the Outlets at Orange, formerly known as The Block. The entire outdoor mall has switched to an outlet mall and worth the short drive.  I try to  stop by every other month to see what’s new and pick up some great bargains. I have a loop that I do when I go. I start at The Nordstrom Rack, hit the Ann Taylor Loft outlet, then cross over to the Banana Republic Factory store, stop by the Nike outlet, and then end at the Ann Taylor Factory store. If I have more time, I also breeze through the Off 5th Sak’s outlet and Last Call Neiman Marcus outlet. On this trip, I bought a great black dress, purse, and bracelet at Banana Republic, a skirt and sweater at Loft, and a skirt at Ann Taylor. I bought several things at the Nordstrom Rack, but it is all going back… I don’t know what I was thinking!

Homework: Where is your favorite shopping spot?