If the Shoe Fits

Oh those red lacquered soles of my dreams (Pantone 18-1663 TPX if anyone is keeping track). As a shoe gal, I’ve worshiped from afar and lusted after a pair of those stiletto shoes, imagining the prowess and presence they would give to me. But I’ve never had the bravado to waltz into a store, select a Louboutin and ask the shop gal for one in my size.

Until now.

Because in Vegas, no one knows if you’ve just hit the jackpot and really DO have $1,000 burning a hole in your pocketbook, yearning to be traded for a pair of those magical, fairy tale shoes.

I wasn’t permitted to take a photo in the store. The security guard in the photo was not a gentleman with whom to be trifled.

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(Apologies for the quality of this photo. It was actually quite dark in the forum shops and I had to stand back from the shop.)

And you know, there’s no point waxing poetic after a pair of shoes only to find they’re pinch-y. Or make your feet look fat/stubby/wide.

Head held high with the knowledge I had the means to pay for them in full and in cash (I do have a degree in theatre, after all), I selected a pair to try on.

You never forget your first time.

I tried these beauties on…

Christian Louboutin Women Almine Sling 120Mm Black Glitter - Black/Gold
Christian Louboutin Women Almine Sling 120Mm Black Glitter – Black/Gold

And these ones…

CL-Christian-Louboutin-Altadama-140mm-Peep-Toe-Pumps-NudeAnd my heart was broken. Not because I couldn’t afford them (which technically I can’t… and pay my mortgage this month)…

Because my feet are (sniff) too wide. They give me foot muffin top.

I am devastated.

Feelin’ Lucky?

Kenny Rogers may have known when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, but I’m not so confident. I also have no poker face. My entire strategy is … random.

Basically, I don’t gamble. Sure, I buy the occasional lottery ticket when the jackpot is high, and a raffle ticket here and there. But I have no skill, knowledge or strategy.

The only reason to gamble (in my opinion) is for the drinks. Because in Las Vegas, as long as you’re gambling, the drinks are free. It’s pretty good return on investment to encourage a patron to pour down bar rail vodka to keep him at the blackjack table.

Apparently the key to responsible gamble-drinking is timing. You catch the eye of a cocktail waitress, pull the slot handle, order your drink, wait for her to come back into view, pull it again, take the drink and leave a tip…and voila! Future drinks ought be forthcoming.

EXCEPT that we are such crap (and not craps) as gambling, that we lose our money before we can catch the eye of the waitress. I doubled my money on the first try — $5 became $10! — and immediately cashed out. Because I’m brave like that.

Kathy has had zero luck.

But, thanks to Kathy, we are Diamond Club members here in Vegas… and that’s all the luck we need! We got free tickets to the Eiffel Tower experience, 2-for-1 entrée at Bistro Burger (it’s National Hamburger Day, according to Good Morning America), access to the Diamond Lounge for free drinks and appetizers, front of the line access to everything… and that’s just what we’ve found so far.

So really, we’re on a roll… who’s feelin’ lucky now!

Packing for Las Vegas…or Sins I’m Already Committing

Las Vegas. Sin City. Disneyland for adults. Las Vegas is mythic and epic. Glamorous and glittery. If there was ever a time to toss the “how to use two scarves to make the same outfit look different day after day” mindset… this Is it.

There are very few places in the world where you can reasonably lounge by the pool, go shopping at some of the world’s priciest boutiques, dine in a five-star restaurant, see a legend in concert, and ride a Ferris wheel at midnight, cocktail in hand all in the same day.

So one pair of shoes just ain’t gonna cut it.

1. Backpacks over Suitcases

Normally I’m a backpack kind of gal. My MEC 45L Supercontinent pack has taken me comfortably to a lot of places, including the posh Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto (the bell man was unsure how to assist “Madam” with her luggage… I slung it over my shoulder). Because I have some fancier clothes that I don’t want to roll (packing sin…you really do get more in when you roll), and several pairs of shoes, I’m going with a spinner wheelie bag. It’s still carry on sized so I won’t need to check it. Take that Air Canada! You get your extra $25 from someone else!

More luxe than backpack.

2. What to Wear: Mix and Match

Granted, it’s only four days…but the possible adventures are endless. So I packed in outfits. Nothing necessarily “goes” with anything else…although really, doesn’t sparkle go with everything in Las Vegas? It may only be a four day trip, but there is the distinct possibility of four outfit changes per day (gym, pool, daytime sightseeing, evening ensemble). That’s 16 possible looks. Plus accessories.

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3. Three Pairs of Shoes, Max.

Conventional packing wisdom dictates no more than three pairs of shoes are necessary for a trip of any length. These are also the same people who claim they don’t pack heels. Excuse me?? (Actually, I always break this packing commandment). And I’m breaking it hard this time. (Not shown…gym shoes)

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4. Choose Products that Multi-Task

Shave your legs with hair conditioner! Mascara, sunscreen and lip gloss are all you need to enhance that ‘travel glow’! Vaseline – lip balm and make up remover in one!

Las Vegas is the kind of place that variously cries out for luminizing powder, bronzer, lashes, a bold lip or a smokey eye. Who am I to ignore those cries?

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And yet…it all fits! One carry on, one personal item (that will double as a pool bag and also contains the day to night handbag I’ll be using…so it can’t be said I didn’t bring multi-tasking items after all…hazzah!)

WP_20150524_001[1]5. Leave Room for Souvenirs

Admittedly, this is one packing sin I really and truly committed. I didn’t leave much room for treasures…but I hope my travel companion did! 🙂

Have I forgotten anything?