Vegas in Your Late 20's

 Bikini:  Roxy  / Sunglasses:  ZeroUV

Bikini: Roxy / Sunglasses: ZeroUV

Returning from a weekend trip in Vegas doesn't get easier as you get older. Actually, attempting to stay up all night is a challenge in itself. I remember going out all day, all night with just a couple hours of sleep - what happened? Am I really a "grandma" at the age of 28?

The last few trips to Vegas have been fun, but it was always with a larger group and/or involved some complications and disagreements. This last weekend I spent the whole weekend in complete disbelief that everything was running so smoothly, despite last minute planning. Of course, luck only goes so far so I definitely have to attribute this amazing trip to my squad. I also have to shout out ZeroUV for allowing us to take over their Snapchat all weekend and keeping us shaded from the sun with their great sunglass collection.

With this end of summer trip to Vegas, I realized a handful of things that are definite contrasts from my Vegas trips back in the day. My first Vegas trip was actually under the age of 21, I think I was 19 or 20 at the time, but the CEO of the company I was working at took us on a company trip. He paid the bouncer at the door to let me in and all I can remember was taking Patron shots most of the night. Something my body cannot handle anymore. 

  Francis Kenneth ,  J Fig , and  Jamar  / Dress:  Boo Hoo  / Choker:  Haatchi Chai
 Sunglasses:  ZeroUV  / Bikini:  Roxy

Sunglasses: ZeroUV / Bikini: Roxy

In addition to shots, here are a few other things my 28-year-old self cannot take anymore -

  • The Super Short Dress: It may be my change in style, but wearing a dress that rides up to your ass is not my thing - anymore. I'll admit that I love showing off my curves when I can, but to a certain extent. In my early 20's, the goal was to find a dress that sat right below my ass, but now the goal is to find a dress that's form fitting but also classy. Thanks to Boo Hoo for the chic dress this past weekend!
    Tip: Pasties are a lifesaver.
  • Accommodations: Back in college, I didn't really care where we went or stayed. However, as you get older you start caring more about quality over quantity. In the case of hotels, I care about service, accessibility, and comfort. In my early 20's, we didn't spend a lot of time inside the hotel room so it made sense to spend less on the room. We also tried fitting 10-15 in one room. Nowadays, I find myself indoors more and a cozy bed at the end of a long night matters. We stayed at Vdara over the weekend and loved it.
    Tip: They are a valet only hotel and it's $18/day.
  • The Road Trip: We spent a total of 8 hours on the road (to and from Vegas). We were prepared with snacks, refreshments, and Frank Ocean's new album, however my patience with long drives have been cut short. Luckily, I didn't have to drive (thanks YCSSWV crew) - but I am only flying from here on out! 
    Tip: Leave Vegas on Sunday's before 12PM or after 6PM to avoid traffic. Also, never leave on a Friday after 2PM.

Lastly, I've learned to pack lighter in the last couple of months and I am so proud that I didn't even fill up my luggage this weekend. I'm completely over overpacking! Back then, I would bring several options and end up with 2-3 bags for just 2 nights. I'm super thankful for my Raden carry-on. Love the chic, stylish look and I can charge my phone on the go and track (via Bluetooth) where it is. Oh and 4 wheels FTW!

Thank you ZeroUV for such a great weekend and to the best traveling squad a woman could have. 

Photo credits: Francis Kenneth