So, my husband, the funny guy that he is, said that all I should write in this post is "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!" Well, it was super funny but you know me, I got to get my girls all the details!

So, here is how this whole Vegas thing started. You see, I have not been to Vegas and 22 years but my husband goes at least once a year for work. For some reason, wives never go but I guess I've never really had that much interest. I joked that all I picture Vegas being now is big boobs and hookers, lol. WRONG!! You basically see a little bit of everything but the thing that excited me the most was the lights, the architecture, the shows and the food, oh my the food! My favorite comedian in the whole wide world is Dana Carvey and last October I saw that he was going to be in Vegas on my birthday and I nonchalantly said to Mr. Nine "oh we should go see Dana Carvey in Vegas on my birthday" so he was like "OK" and he immediately took care of booking the flight and the room and we were all set. This was before we had decided to build a house mind you but I think we're both very happy that we had this little getaway to celebrate.

YES to Bailey's and Coffee on the de plane!!

I can just tell you right now, despite landing in a dust storm, this was a fabulous soak it all in trip! 
I tried to condense the photos but lots of them today.
I even make a little list booklet of all the things I wanted to do and see

Let's start with where to stay. Of all places my husband has stayed, the Aria is his favorite so that's where we were and I was extremely happy with it! The lobby casino area is one of my favorite ones that never seems too crowded and is much more modern and sleek.

The views from our room of the strip

We made sure to go in as many lobbies as possible because seeing all the decorations is one of my favorite things! I would have to say my favorite was the Cosmopolitan, of course it's the one that has the giant shoes and a two-story bar called the Chandelier Bar.

Another fun shoe

The special display with Asian flair in the Bellagio was another favorite lobby as well as the one at the Wynn
Bellagio Gardens
Wynn Lobby

They have an Andrea's there too!

Let's talk amazing food: I could mention tons of wonderful places to eat but to keep this more simple, I'm going to tell you my favorite place for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Breakfast: EGGSLUT....inside the will wait in line but let me tell you, soooo worth it!!

Best breakfast sandwich I've ever had

Lunch: SUSHI ROKU...inside the Caesars shops crunchy spicy tuna ever!!

Dinner: TIE between LAVO & MR. CHOW

LAVO dinning room inside the Palazzo...BEST ITALIAN!! This is were I had the 20 layer Chocolate and Peanut Butter cake.

 Just look at that giant Meatball!

Mr. Chow is Beijing cusine in Caesars where you take a private elevator to the all white dining gem!

The lights change color and the ceiling sculpture moves.
Clockwise: Ma Mignon//Whitefish Dumplings//Seabass//Ribs with chili sauce

And I'm dedicating a while post to the Sprinkles cupcake experience next Monday!

If you go to Vegas, you must see a Cirqu-du-soleil show!! The Michael Jackson "ONE" at Manadalay Bay! It is phenomenal. 

More on this amazing polka dot dress next of my favorite dresses ever!!
We were lucky enough to have from row seats

This was where I met Brett Young...the Mandalay bay has a fun little bar where they play intimate sets like this one from a  group of Nashville songwriters

Caesars Palace is a really fin place and home of some of my favorite stores to shop in.
LOVED this DRESS, it is from Macy's and so comfy, 
tons of 5 star reviews and I got it on sale for under $100.

Our hotel at the Aria had 3 pools and this was a out favorite, we literally spent most of our time that day in the pool

 Cannot go to Vegas without seeing the fountains..this show was set to Bruno Mars...super cool!
The pastry shop in The Bellagio: Jean Phillipe Pastisserie was s sight to behold, with chocolate fountains and my favorite flavor: cream brรปlรฉe gelato.

Yeah, I did some damage and managed to fit it all in my suitcase..the shops at the Venetian had the most charm but Carina in Caesars was my fav...

HERE is the loot

This was just the tip of the iceberg, we packed a lot into our few days and made every minute count but we were Vegas'ed out by the last day...Whew, oh and I did come home $20 up, lol. 
Til next time Vegas..who knows it may be 22 years before I get there again but it was definitely a lovely birthday trip, Thank you my darling Mr. Nine!! 



  1. I loved seeing the different lobbies when I was there. Looks like y'all had so much fun & ate so much delicious food!

  2. You guys did Vegas right! Your husband is pretty funny with how he said you should write this post!! I've only been to vegas once and I went for a bachelorette party. Gary has never been and I really want to go back with him for all the shows and good food. Aria is definitely one of the hotels I loved there and we stayed at the Cosmopolitan - took many a pictures in front of the chandelier bar LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. You look so happy on this trip! What a great husband for taking you for your birthday! Love the recap! And I can't wait to read your Sprinkles post because THEY ARE MY FAVORITE!!!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  4. You are making me want to go back to Vegas! I went there only once with my entire family and it just turned out that I turned 21 that week. I am sure I'd have a different take on it if I went back now! The food and restaurants look amazing. I love the light up ceiling. You dressed very cute, too! I love that you made a booklet of what to do, sounds like me! Lol!


  5. !!!!!!! What a wonderful trip. So much to comment on. The food, the lobbies, the show! Lovely!

  6. What an awesome trip!! We went for Ben's 30th Birthday and I so want to go back again! We stayed at the Bellagio! It wan fantastic! We saw Danny Devito!

  7. My husband has been a handful of times too, but I've never been to Vegas. We keep talking about it, I guess we just need to pull the trigger. Though we'd have very different interest when we get there, so maybe we just need to meet you there?! ;-) That way we could pal around while he "goes to work!" It looks like you had an awesome time and this post has definitely made me think I want to go!

  8. What a fabulous trip! Thanks for taking us along on some of it!

    I haven't been to Vegas in about 15 years but really want to go back...

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  9. Ahhh loved reading all about your trip - I've never been to Vegas either and definitely thought of it how you described it before you went lol!! It looks like you both had an amazing time. I love all of your outfits...especially your casual/trendy outfit for the trip there and that polka-dot dress...can't wait to see more about it!!! The food and views look stunning. I hope you have a wonderful week!!! xo

    Trendy & Tidy

  10. It's been years and now I want to go back to Vegas! It looks like you had an amazing trip! The Aria is such a beautiful hotel!

    Doused In Pink

  11. There is SO much I want to say about this post!! First of all, what a great time it looks like you guys had! I love that you made a little book of all the things you wanted to do while out there. Isn't ONE so amazing?! We could not stop talking about it when we saw it! All of your looks are so perfect too. That dress you wore to Caesars is seriously the prettiest thing I've seen on you. You look like a grecian goddess!!


  12. As Dana would say, "Well isn't that special!" Did you go see him on this trip or did I misread? Looks like you had tons of fun! I've never been and have it on my bucket list! Have a great Monday!

  13. Steven and I want to do Vegas together so badly! It looks like you had such a blast! That black and gold maxi dress was absolutely STUNNING on you!

    Rosy Outlook

  14. Looks like a fantastic time, loved seeing all your outfits and I can't wait to see the deets on the polka dot one

  15. It looks so beautiful there! I agree all of the architecture is amazing! Also, you looked gorgeous in all of your evening dresses. I especially like the last look with the gold detail! Have a wonderful week Andrea!

  16. Wow! I've NEVER been to Vegas but I definitely want to go. Maybe next year for my 50th! And, I cannot wait to see you wear all those cute clothes, I'm dying!! You know what? I am so happy you had such a wonderful birthday trip, you deserve every fun filled moment!

  17. It's been way too long since I've been to Vegas, and that needs to change! I need to see that Chandelier bar, and oh my goodness the food! Such a fabulous birthday trip! We're the same way in Vegas where we spend our days at the pool, and site see and check out the other hotels in the evenings when it's cooler. Cheers to a great week <3
    Green Fashionista

  18. I haven't been to Vegas in years! What fun. What a great way to celebrate your birthday!! Love love that dress on you and I love all your new goodies!!

  19. Yay! I've been waiting to read this! Your trip looks so much fun but my favorite part is how happy you look.

  20. I stayed at the Aria last time I went to Vegas, too! It is absolutely gorgeous, and your photographs took me down memory lane. Isn't the Vegas airport totally weird tho? You get off the plane and there are already slot machines, haha! It looks like you guys had such a blast. Now I'm itching to go back!
    Thank you SO much for linking up with On Mondays We Link-Up!
    Glass of Glam

  21. What a great guide, Andrea! I haven't been to Las Vegas in a few years, but we did go to Lavo last time we were there and it was incredible. But that egg sandwich...I can see why it's the best one you've ever had. My mouth is watering! And I agree -- the Aria has the most gorgeous lobby! What a fun birthday surprise!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  22. How sweet of your hubby to plan the trip when you mentioned it. I have never been to Vegas, but I am pretty sure I need to go now after seeing this post. THE FOOD, OMG! Food is the main reason I go on vacation, ha! Looks so good. And those lobby displays are incredible!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  23. Oh my gosh - We havent been to Vegas since 1999 - This just made me want to go back. All the food & beautiful hotels.
    You look AMAZINGGGGGGGGGG in that black/gold dress.
    You are my kinda girl making a little pamphlet of the things you want to do!

  24. It looks like you guys had so much fun! I love that he just booked everything after you jokingly said you wanted to go! You got a lot of fun stuff in your loot pile! All of the food looks so good. Give me sushi!!!!

  25. Perfect timing on this post... we are headed there in June with another couple and staying at Aria. It is my fave to and I've stayed at the cosmopolitan AND Belagio! I am going to check out Carina - never heard of it and love finding a new store. Glad you had a good trip! Happy Belated Birthday!

  26. So much fun!!! It looks like the perfect get away. I've never been and always wanted to go. My husband used to have to go on business and was never a fan, but I'm going to have to insist at some point. I can't wait to see you model all the new things you got๐Ÿ˜ƒ You looked darling in every single outfit you took with you!!!

  27. I am loving every single little bit of this- you know I love me some Vegas. Mandalay Bay is such a great hotel and YES to staying at Aria- it's so beautiful there. I love that they had the Andrea's sign to pose with :) so many fun experiences for you! I can't wait to hear what you thought of Sprinkles. I'm so glad you had a good time- that city can wear you out! Haha

  28. What a fun trip! I thought the same thing about Vegas before I went but I'm glad I was surprised it wasn't exactly like that. Now I am starving for lunch and wishing I had all of your yummy food! You and your husband are such a good looking couple together! You look beautiful in that dress <3 Beautifully Candid

  29. SOOOO jealous!! What an amazing time! We stayed at Aria the last time we were there and we loved it! It's crazy that the room "greets" you when you walk in your door! And I would love to see MJ's cirque show! They didn't have that one there when we went, but we've seen all the other ones. I am DYING to go to Cosmopolitan! They were almost done building it the last time we were there, so we didn't get to see it either. Vegas changes so much there's always something new to see every time you go. I'm so glad you had a great time!

  30. This sounds like the perfect birthday weekend filled with time with Mr. Nine, good food, a fun city, and lots of shopping and shows too! We still haven't stayed at the Aria, but I'm thinking that we need to stay there next time! It just looks so beautiful!

  31. What a fun trip!! My grandfather lives in Vegas, so when I was a kid we would spend two weeks with him there, it was awesome!! I've only been back a handful of times as an adult, but love it so much. Can't wait to go back!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  32. What a great trip, especially for your birthday! I have only driven through Vegas and would love to go back sometime!

  33. LOVE Vegas! We haven't gone in a few years, but it's so fun! Looks like you guys had a blast!
    All of the food looks delicious! Glad you guys had so much fun and looks like you purchased so many goodies too!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  34. I've never been super interested in going to Vegas, but after your recap... I wouldn't be disappointed if someone wanted to plan a trip there haha. Laying by the pool sounds exceptionally good right about now.

  35. It looks like you had a fabulous trip! I'm saving all these ideas...I've never been to Vegas and think it would be so fun to go in the next few years!

  36. What a fantastic time. You highlighted a lot of my favorite things about Vegas. I have never tried that egg place though and I will on my next visit. Love that last dress you wore as well. So beautiful!

  37. Now I want to book a trip to Vegas haha! You sold me at the good food haha! Glad to hear you had an incredible time!

  38. I have been itching to get back to Vegas and this post didn't help LOL!! I have never even heard of the Aria, tells you how long it's been since I've been there. Those chandeliers in the Cosmo are gorgeous!! I would love to see the Michael Jackson show! Me and the hubby need to get there ASAP!!! Loved all your outfits too!

  39. Looks like you and Mr Nine had a phenomenal time in Vegas! There really is so much fun things to see and do besides drinking and gambling...of course shopping being one but the shows are top of the line, the restaurants are amazing, and just exploring the decor and scenes of each ginormous hotel can keep you occupied for hours! I've heard so many great things about the Aria hotel so I really want to stay there the next time we happen to make it Vegas. Mr. Nine's comment about "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is too funny but not when you have such gorgeous outfits and adventures to share! You know us girls wants all the deets ;-) xoxo

  40. How fun! It looks like you guys had an amazing time. I've never been to Vegas, but it's on my list :)

  41. I usually thought of Vegas as a trashy place, but my husband wants me to go. I would like to try the food and see those gardens! He has to attend a conference there later this year, and the company isn't paying for wives to go. I especially like the black and gold dress, you look regal!

  42. I'm not much of a gambler, but I love Vegas for the food, the shopping, and the beautiful hotels. Everyone should experience it at least once. Looks like you guys had such an amazing trip!

  43. Las Vegas looks very impressive! I only know it from CSI on tv! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ You took really nice pictures!

  44. My favorite thing to do in Vegas is walk through all the hotels and see all those details that make them so special... though food and shows are a really, really close second and third.

  45. That maxi on you is darling! I feel like we had a similar trip....I swear that was my EXACT view from the Aria! And when we went to the fountains it was Bruno Mars too. All the yummy food is my fave about Vegas..or wait is it the shows...or maybe the shopping. Glad you guys had so much fun!

  46. How much fun does this trip look?? Looks like You and Mr. Nine had a fantastic time. Of course every look is flawless, simply gorgeous!

    xx, Elise

  47. Oh my gosh! I loved "going along with you" in this post! What a special birthday for one of the most special ladies I am so honored to call my friend. I adore all your purchases and that food ---- dayum! xoxoxoxoxo

  48. Brenda11.4.17

    Amazing trip and a fun place to go! I noticed in one photo you seemed to be in the airport w/a carry on suitcase. a) do you check luggage? and b) if not, how do you get your toiletries through TSA? I'd love to downsize to a carry on, but I never know how I'd get those important makeups and potions in a quart sized bag! :-)

  49. The Nines certainly did Vegas to the TENS!! OMG!! What a wonderful trip!! Loved seeing your beautiful pictures and reading all about your wonderful birthday! Looks like it was awesome!

  50. You had me at Eggslut.

  51. What a trip! You packed in a lot of fun in a few days, along with the new goodies you packed in your suitcase. Eggslut...cracks me pun intended...ha! Well done, Mr Nine! Mother's Day is coming up and I fully expect those handsome young men of yours to plan a very special day for their mom. xoxo

  52. Looks like a blast! I'd love to go to Vegas someday! :D

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  53. This is so fun -- we live in Colorado and my husband and I love doing Vegas for quick weekend getaways! I've never tried Mr. Chows, but after seeing your picture, I'm adding it to our must visit list :)

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  54. It sounds like you truly had a wonderful time in Vegas. Let's hope you don't have to wait 22 more years to return again. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

  55. love Vegas. there is just so much to see and do that I never get tires of it. Looks like a great trip! #fridayfriviolity

  56. Oh Hun, I'm so excited to read this on a Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing you wonderful experience, Vegas is on my bucket list, one day, one day! Gorgeous outfits and a gorgeous couple, I'm sure you had a super time. Some great information too, I'll be dropping hints to hubby left, right and centre! Jacqui

  57. It looks like you had tons of fun for your birthday! The hotel looked beautiful and the food seemed to die for. I am not even a huge fan of eggs but that sandwich looked legit! Happy belated!

    Thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity!! Xx

  58. What a fabulous time Andrea. You look amazing. So much to see and do. You have captured Vegas completely and in style. Happy Easter.

  59. Wow Andrea, what a trip and you look absolutely stunning! So want to visit Vegas one day x

  60. So fun! My hubby goes for work a lot too. I can't wait to go with him. I love all of your cute dresses and outfits! Sounds like a great birthday trip for you!


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