Today is the day. After eight days in Las Vegas, we’re heading home to Boston! To say that we are elated would be the understatement of the century. If you’ve been to Vegas, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t been to Vegas, you’ll know what I mean once you experience its crazy lifestyle.
In light of this, Kasey and I are going to postpone announcing the #plantPOWER winners for a few days. I’m so sorry! Due to Hurricane Sandy and circumstances beyond our control, you’re just going to hold out for a short while. SIT TIGHT! It’s worth it.
I guess I never realized that Las Vegas was literally a city dropped in the middle of the desert. It is actually quite beautiful. We were really amazed at the architecture of the giant hotel skyscrapers and the scenic mountain views. Raquel, Lydia, and I stayed at the gorgeous Aria Resort & Casino.
We were treated like absolute queens for our entire stay. I’d never stayed somewhere so beautiful and really tried to soak up every moment and opportunity. Like waking up for a super early morning workout and coming back to sit down, sip coffee, and watch the sun rise.
Can we say #jadorelavie?
When it comes to vacation, I strive to eat healthily as best I can because it makes me feel good. I don’t take it too seriously, though, and certainly welcome the opportunity to enjoy foods that I might not normally enjoy otherwise. It’s vacation after all!
For our first day of travels, I packed Raw Revolution bars, Vega bars, Kit’s Organic bars, dried figs, and a salad to enjoy on the plane. This saved me time and money! Win. I also purchased a coconut water at the airport to prevent over-dehydration from flying.
We arrived in Vegas in the early evening on Wednesday. The three of us were starving and all agreed that dinner was going to be our first plan of action. After perusing the Aria’s lineup of restaurants, we agreed on Javier’s mexican restaurant. I ordered a make-shift salad of romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, black olives, black beans, mild salsa, and guacamole.
It was good but nothing to write home about.
*Side note: Las Vegas is one of the least vegan-friendly cities known to man. I tried to make the best of it but options were very slim and very expensive.
We were all kind of jet lagged but wanted to go to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries for the coming days. We hailed a cab (which ended up costing a total of $30) and went through with our mini grocery haul. Can you guess which groceries are mine?
I went with unsweetened almond milk, Attune Foods’ Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal, peanut flour, fruit, veggies, hummus, kombucha, and flax crackers. The snacks behind our grocery haul were so pricey. Eight dollars for a bottle of Fuji water?! HA. After our trip to Whole Foods, we decided to be bums and just chill in our hotel room for the night. We’d traveled for quite some time and wanted to have all the energy in the world the next morning!
For some ungodly reason, Raquel and I were up at 5:00 a.m. The three hour time change can really mess with you! We decided to take advantage of the hotel gym and fit in a good workout. I did my own makeshift full body toning workout with lighter weights and Raquel did a plyometric-based workout. Naturally, elevator muscle shots were necessary.
We took our time and finished with some stretching before heading downstairs to grab coffee and enjoy breakfast in our room.
Unsweetened almond milk and peanut flour poured over this cereal is a dreamy combination. In total, this bowl of cereal had 10 grams of protein! Holla. Once the sun was bright and shiny, we decided to get ready, explore, and take on the day!
First, we walked over to the Aria’s one of four pools. I know, I know. We were in total awe!
Next, we decided to explore the strip. We saw the Monte Carlo water fountain, the roller coaster, and so much more.
Later that night, we went to HAZE, the nightclub located right inside our hotel. We know a few of the guys who work for HAZE so we were given VIP seating and had an absolute blast dancing the night away and sipping on vodka-cranberries. Like I said, guys, it’s vacation. You gotta live it up!
We danced away for nearly three hours before calling it a night. To be continued!
P.S. – The Fashion page was updated today!