But what will I wear?

I know so many of you out there are getting excited – preparing for a little conference coming up.

I am not one of those people.

It’s all good, though.  (Even if I am a bit sad that I missed out on that sweet bandwagon.  Next year, perhaps?)

On the day that you all are heading to San Fran, I will be heading to Sin City! 

Yep.  Hubby and I will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary in Vegas, baby!

Woo hoo!
But, shhhh.  I’ve got a bit of a confession.

I’m a Vegas virgin.  Whew!  I feel better now.

Have any of you been?

We’ve been making some trips to the bookstore for books with tips.  Since we’re newbies.

We’ve been buying/renting all  Vegasrelated movies.  To get us in the mood.

We’ve studied the online maps, and even bought a new road atlas.  To help us not get lost in the desert on one of our excursions.


Now, I’m not trying to sound cliche’, but honestly???  What WILL I wear?

I have been shopping more than usual.  (Read:  I have been shopping.  Period.  Something I don’t usually do for MYSELF.) 

But, the things I’ve purchased have been mostly business casual (with an emPHASis on casual).  It’s what I’m comfortable in.  (And what I will continue to wear once this little rendezvous is over with.)

My main concern is this.  Every movie or book that we’ve seen about Las Vegas showcases people dressed to the nines.  Is this the norm?  Is it expected?  Or is it just a show? 

Something to make Las Vegas look all glamorous when really it’s just a vacation place where grownups go to play?  And dress up if they are going someplace truly fancy?  Like a show or to a fancy restaurant?

Please inform me, Vegas veterans.

Because I did buy a fancy dress.  It’s really fancy.  I even bought some jewelry and beautiful shoes to match.  But, I wasn’t planning on wearing that the WHOLE time. 

Will we be kicked out of the joint for dressing down?  I really do want to know.  My husband is hoping that it’s not true.  He is truly scared of the prospect of having to don a suit and tie every day of our vacation, and is seriously starting to regret our decision to go there.

Keep in mind that we are planning on doing a lot of sight seeing, not a whole lot of gambling.  What is the dress code for just hanging out at the hotel?  At the casino?  When visiting other hotel/casinos?

Thanks in advance for your help!

And I look forward to coming back from our vacation and hearing all about yours.  🙂

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  1. We went to Vegas for our honeymoon, and we wore jeans or shorts the entire time. It’s in the desert. It’s HOT. Unless you want to be taken seriously as a high stakes gambler, which it doesn’t sound like you do, you’ll be fine in what you normally wear. Just plan for it to be a million and two degrees (don’t take jeans, take capris).

    If you’re planning on going to a show, you will want to dress up (just like you’d want to dress up if you went to the theater at home) perhaps, but it isn’t required. We saw two shows in jeans. No one frowned (but we were too much in lurve to notice). The casinos themselves are like giant, fancy malls (think Keystone on steroids), with random bizarre attractions thrown in for fun (roller coasters, anamatronic Greeks, canals). The people are dressed like regular folks. You could easily forget that you’re in Vegas, when you’re inside, except for the ever-present clinking and flashing of lights from the ever-nearby casino. They even have slots in the airport. It’s just weird.

    We LOVED Penn and Teller’s show. It was a lot of fun. Don’t miss the fountains at Bellagio. My husband liked the Star Trek Experience (gag). We both liked the Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. BJ liked the medieval court at Excalibur when he went a different time.

    If someone comes up to you and says, “Hey, do you need a map?” or “Hey, do you want free tickets to a show?” tell them Amy said to go directly to hell. They’re trying to sell you a timeshare. That’s 4 hours of my honeymoon that I will never get back. Run, don’t walk. The shows they offer suck, the meals they offer suck, the timeshares suck, and they suck. After we got suckered, another one of them approached us and I was all, “Hold me back!!” and pretending like I was going to deck them as my husband dragged me by. Sometimes you have to make your own fun. 🙂

    Sorry for the post-lengthed comment.

    Amy @ http://prettybabies.blogspot.com

  2. it’s been awhile since I was in Vegas, actually I was 17 or 18 when i went. All I remember is that the pools are fantastic and I would focus on what bathing suite you want to wear while you float over to the swim up bar.

    Have fun! Next year we will both go to that other conference.

  3. I have nothing to offer on Vegas. I too am a virgin. Wow! I never thought I’d get to say that again. lol. Happy Anniversary, and have a wonderful time.

  4. I’ve never been, either. Do you read Southern Fairytale? She’s going next week, too. You should ask her. Happy 9th. We just had ours a few months back.

  5. See. Just like I said in my e-mail. Go for comfort and fun. Be you! Maybe we’ll see each other.

    Happy 9th! We just celebrated our 7th!!

    Party on.

  6. Mandy, I went to Vegas in January 06 as a Vegas Virgin, and I felt like I fit right in… I bought two trendy tops at Castleton before I went, paired them with black pants, and that got me thru the 40 hours we were in Sin City. AND IT WAS AWESOME. In fact, on my trip out here (san diego), I had an hour layover in Vegas, and thought so much about our less-thn-two-days more than two years ago I wanted to go back. Seriously, have fun, don’t worry about what other people think of what you’re wearing. Drinks are expensive, and the ones you get whilst gambling are really watered down. That’s my only advice. HAVE FUN!!!

  7. Wish I could help, but I too am both a Vegas and BlogHer virgin.

    Hey, any chance you can make it to the mini-BlogHer conference in Atlanta come October?

  8. Have a great time and WIN BIG! And then share it with me.

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