EF and I decided to order room service from Vdara... That way, we could get ready for the pool while we waited. Thirty minutes later, EF and I were smelling like coconuts and our brunch was on our table:
Vdara's room service was delicious!! They have some really fun, contemporary dishes... They make their own kettle chips (you can see them next to my club sandwich in the pic) and they are to die forrr!!! I tried some of EF's mac-n-cheese, and it was fab too.
I wore my Beach Bunny swimsuit and caftan my mom bought me for my birthday. It is my favorite swimsuit of all time!! I saw a girl wearing the same suit, only in black... It was cute, but there's just something about the tan lace against the coral... It's so summery!!
We spent the day at Wet Republic - the "ultra pool" at MGM Grand. Basically, it just has lots of music, usually a DJ, and different kinds of events like celebrity appearances, bikini contests, and guest DJs. It's kind of like a club during the day.
One of the nightlife websites in Las Vegas, Spy On Vegas, was hosting a "Hot 100" contest at Wet Republic. Our friend EM took 3rd place!! She is so gorgeous, it was no surprise to us!!
After playing in the pool all afternoon, it was time to get ready to meet Ms. Holly Madison!!! Okay, I know a lot of people have mixed reviews on her... I realize some people disapprove of her relationship with Hef, her posing in Playboy, and her being famous for "taking her clothes off". I'm not going to argue against your opinions, I'm just going to tell you why I like her...
I first started watching Holly on the show The Girls Next Door. She was my favorite because she likes old movies, she loves animals, and she has a huge heart for everyone around her. I've seen every episode of TGND, and I truly believe she was in love with Hef. She completely melted when she was around him, she put a lot of thought into surprising him and giving him gifts, and she was truly bothered by the fact that her and Hef weren't married. Since then, I have become a huge Holly fan because of her charity work for animals, her honesty regarding her body image issues, and the immense devotion she shows her friends. I think she's a really genuine person who has created an image or brand, and is taking it all the way to the bank. She probably couldn't become a millionaire from being a chemical engineer, so why criticize her for making her millions the way she can??
Okay, now that I'm done with that little rant... :)
On our way back from Wet Republic, EF and I stopped at CVS so I could get a few things to finish a little project for Holly. I had taken one of the blank calendars from Archiver's scrapbooking store, and I decorated it with all the reasons I think she's awesome. I got the basic idea from the little book I made my ex on Valentine's Day... There's just something about being reminded of why people love you and have your back.
The first page of the calendar I made Holly...
It's a cute gift idea for anyone!!
EF and I also stocked up on bottled water, and I bought a hideous sundress so I wouldn't just be wearing a bikini and cover-up for my walk back to our hotel!! I wish I had taken a photo to show you... It looked like it was made from a grandma's old 1970's couch.
The view from our room... Vegas at night!!
I love the lights... The city looks like it's sparkling!!
After showering and primping, EF and I were off to meet Miss Madison!! Planet Hollywood sells tickets for a meet-and-greet with Holly. You go into a theater with about 20 people, they pour each of you a glass of champagne, Holly comes out to toast you, and then she takes photos with each person and signs a photo for you.
EF and I... We could not wait to meet her!!
EF and I with Holly... She is so sweet!!
Her skin is absolutely flawless in person...
And whoever said she was getting big is CRAZY.
She is so tiny!!
EF and I posing by one of Holly's posters.
After meeting Holly, AB picked EF and I up, and we all headed to XS. We had VIP passes for XS as well, which proved just as valuable as the night before... We were whisked through all the lines in less than a minute. XS is a truly beautiful club... It's extremely large, and surrounds a glowing pool. My friend from waaaay back in undergrad, CB, works there. She was working Friday, and it was so good to see her, even though she was busy and I was only able to see her for a second!!
I found these photos online... We didn't take many photos this night!!
And... This is when we came home :) Goodnight/Good Morning, Las Vegas!!!
**Don't bring any type of gum, mints, etc. to the "ultra pools" in Vegas. They are really strict about drug use, so they search you and your bags and take anything that could be drug-related. I felt kind of robbed... They took my kleenex, band-aids, mints, Powerade, and anti-bacterial hand wipes. They aren't messing around, and they throw everything away, so don't risk bringing it!!
**Drink a LOT of water if you visit the pools. It's easy to get dehydrated and people often drink alcohol at the "ultra pools" so they are dehydrating themselves even more. Don't risk being THAT girl who is drunk and sick by 3 pm.
**Remember to eat!! It's so easy to forget that you're hungry when you're out in the sun and playing in the pool... All of a sudden, Erika and I realized we were starving!! We wanted to eat a horse by the time we got back to our hotel!!
**Take your camera everywhere!! You never know when you'll see a celebrity, and you want to remember to take photos of you and your friends too... It's easy to forget to take them once you start dancing and having fun!!