"Déjà vu" is an almost indescribable feeling of having already experienced a present situation before, whether the exact experience has actually occurred previously or not. When I arrived in Las Vegas on August 21st to celebrate my 22nd birthday, I had the unmistakable sensation that I had done this all before.
Of course, I did experience a vacation to Vegas before. Last year I rang in my 21st birthday with my parents in Sin City.
While that was an amazing experience I won't forget, I never got to indulge in the nightlife that makes Las Vegas ... well, Las Vegas. But this time around, I finally had the full hedonistic experience with my fantastic friends. Now I'm sharing it with you in a three-part series I like to call Déjà Vegas.
Whenever I go on a vacation, I make all the necessary preparations with calculated persistence to ease my wanderlust-filled mind. Some of that preparation includes thinking of every article of clothing I'll ever possibly need to wear, with outfits planned for every waking minute of my vacation. Sure it's a bit neurotic, but I ended up making all 12 outfit changes in the course of four days as I planned. I also packed my essential scent, Bleu de CHANEL, along with my assortment of skin and hair products from The Body Shop and LUSH.
I really didn't have enough shorts to wear in a destination where temperatures usually neared 100 degrees, so I purchased three different pairs from H&M. I love the blue shorts pictured above for their kitschy pattern of palm trees and waves.
My number one pre-vacation concern was being a very unappealing shade of ivory amongst the tan beach bodies I would encounter at the various pools and beach clubs I would party at. To avoid being an Edward Cullen in a sea of Jacob Blacks, I got a medium shade spray tan at my local Desert Sun. I was really pleased with my color, even if it faded upon my return to the state where Twilight takes place. Increasing my bronze hue was as simple as picking up a travel bottle of St. Tropez from Sephora while in Vegas.
Tank tops were my piece de rigueur for most of my time in Vegas, where it is all but encouraged to wear such casual clothing. Although, there are certain restaurants and establishments where a tank is simply too risqué (like Mon Ami Gabi). I collected my tops from Urban Outfitters and Asos. I absolutely have to find a way to transition my Classy Brand rose tank top into fall with some layers because I love it so much.
Surprisingly, I hardly had any time to take pictures of all the outfits I wore while in Vegas. Rather than recreate the looks again, I chose some of my favorite pieces from the trip to use in the autumnally appropriate outfit seen above. Here I paired a floral On the Byas tee from Pac Sun with a denim H&M shirt, black jeans and white Nikes. My Vegas clothing color palette was black, white and accented with some colorful pieces.
I always leave ample room in my suitcase for my favorite part of a vacation: the souvenirs. I bought Clubmaster frames by Ray Bans at Nordstrom and a Las Vegas mug from Starbucks from their "You Are Here" collection. While Starbucks is just about as universal as sliced bread these days, you can only get these location-centric mugs from the Starbucks stores of the city you are in.
With my mom being an even bigger Kardashian fan than I am, I knew I had to get her something from the Kardashian Khaos store located in the Mirage hotel. Out of all the Kardashian knick-knacks, this coffee tumbler had to be the ideal gift for my mom who loves bringing her morning coffee to work in style.
I came home with even more drinkware after my friend Courtney bought me a enormous alcoholic frozen beverage from the Paris hotel. When I was at Drai's Beach Club, I couldn't leave without taking my drink bottle (which housed a delicious frozen margarita) with me. While I can't remember every booze-filled moment of my vacation, at least I'll always have the container as a reminder of how fun those times probably were.