Category Archives: Las Vegas Adventures

Katie Goes: The Grand Canyon

At 6am on a warm Las Vegas morning I’m rudely awoken by blinding light streaming into the hotel room. It’s Grand Canyon day, the day that me and mum were most looking forward to in Vegas (not the wedding, sorry Chris). And the best part was, we’d booked a helicopter tour to see it in style! We headed downstairs to get picked up by the limo, how fancy, and headed to the tiny airport. All checked in, we met our pilot, an ex RAF man who helps extinguish forest fires in his spare time. We were safe in his hands, but that didn’t stop mum squealing in the as we took off. As we were the lightest we got  to sit in the front and, with head sets on, we were ready for mum’s favourite part of the whole trip…the selfie. No I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen her as excited as when she asked me “do you know how to do a selfie?” and my answer was “errr well, yeah.” Look how happy she is!

IMG_4109We flew for about half an hour over beautiful desert, mountains and the Hoover Dam, all with our pilot giving us fun facts like a human encyclopaedia. We finally landed in the canyon and it was simply astonishing. I’ve been putting off writing this post because I just didn’t know what I could say about it that’d live up to the experience. Nothing. It truly is something you have to see for yourself. Even when you’re there it’s impossible to understand the scale of the place. It just goes on forever.

grand canyon

We had a quick breakfast inside the canyon and, despite it only being 7.30am, we headed off after about 40 minutes as the heat was too much, although we obviously had time to take a few pictures (complete with fetching name badge used for the flight). The ride back included a fly down the strip and I even got to help fly the helicopter before landing back at the base and getting the limo back to the hotel. I really could not recommend a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon enough. A few people said to us that they weren’t going because it “wasted a day of fun in Vegas”, but really, you can drink and gamble for the rest of your trip, just make sure you see this once in a lifetime place. If you do the tour we did it only took 4 hours, and it was 4 hours we would have usually used for sleeping.

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Let me know all about it in the comments!

Katie x

Las Vegas Adventures: The Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

At 6am on a warm Las Vegas morning I’m rudely awoken by blinding light streaming into the hotel room. It’s Grand Canyon day, the day that me and mum were most looking forward to in Vegas (not the wedding, sorry Chris). We headed downstairs to get picked up by the limo, how fancy, and headed to the airport. All checked in, we met our pilot, an ex RAF man who helps extinguish forest fires in his spare time. We were safe in his hands. Didn’t stop mum squealing in the helicopter though. As we were the lightest we got  to sit in the front and, with head sets on, we were ready for mum’s favourite part of the whole trip…the selfie. No I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen her as excited as when she asked me “do you know how to do a selfie?” and my answer was “errr well, yeah.” Look how happy she is!

IMG_4109We flew for about half an hour over beautiful desert, mountains and the Hoover Dam, all with our pilot giving us fun facts like a human encyclopaedia. We finally landed in the canyon and it was simply astonishing. I’ve been putting off writing this post because I just didn’t know what I could say about it that’d live up to the experience. Nothing. It truly is something you have to see for yourself. Even when you’re there it’s impossible to understand the scale of the place. It just goes on forever.

We had a quick breakfast inside the canyon and, despite it only being 7.30am, we headed off after about 40 minutes as the heat was too much, although we obviously had time to take a few pictures (complete with fetching name badge used for the flight). The ride back included a fly down the strip and I even got to help fly the helicopter before landing back at the base and getting the limo back to the hotel. I really could not recommend a trip to the Grand Canyon enough. A few people said to us that they weren’t going because it “wasted a day of fun in Vegas”, but really, you can drink and gamble for the rest of your trip, just make sure you see this once in a lifetime place. If you do the tour we did it only took 4 hours, and it was 4 hours we would have usually used for sleeping.

What I Wore:               Top: Primark, £6 Skirt: Topshop, £28  Sunglasses: Quay, £9.99

Thank you to Sundance helicopter tours for the amazing experience.

Katie x

Las Vegas Adventures: What I Wore

As I’m sure you know, I don’t talk much as about fashion, even though it is something that I love. Blogging-wise I account that to the fact I’m not the kind of person who can stand in front of a camera and take hundreds of photos of each item of my clothing from various different angles. But taking photos of me with things of interest, where very little ‘edgy’ posing is involved is a-ok and Vegas is the kind of place where there’s just so much to see and do that pictures are inevitable. Because of this, I’ve managed to extract some of my tourist photos to use in a what I wore, something I aim to do a lot more of.

  • T-shirt:   Topshop, £15 in the sale
  • Skirt:   Urban Outfitters, £45
  • Jacket:   Pop Boutique, £25
  • Sunglasses:   Ebay, £3.99
  • Shoes:   River Island, £25

This is my favourite skirt ever. It was pretty expensive but I literally wear it constantly, day and night so really, cost-per-wear it’s one of the cheapest things I own. This was on the first day and you will not believe how many tries it took my mum to work an iPhone camera. The second picture was meant to be of me sitting down but she only figured out how to take the picture as I was standing up to help her. Didn’t turn out too badly though, if you ignore the overly toothy grin.

  • Top:   Primark, £6
  • Skirt:   Topshop, £28
  • Shoes:   River Island, £25
  • Sunglasses:   Quay, £9.99

This Topshop skirt is another current favourite. The shape is so flattering and they do it in loads of different colours and patterns. My next buy is definitely going to be the beige cord one. There are loads of these skirts around but the Topshop one is great quality and probably the best fit for me so it’s worth spending more than you would if you got one from somewhere like MissGuided. It’ll be a staple to last all summer.

  • Dress:   Ebay, £80

The outfit was for my cousin’s wedding so I thought I may as well reuse my prom dress. I normally wouldn’t go for something so bright but I guess at a scouser’s wedding in Vegas “over the top” doesn’t exist. It’s a replica of an Elie Saab dress that Taylor Swift wore to the Billboard Music Awards and I love it but, as you can imagine for a 19 year old student, I barely get the chance to wear it. There are some really great shops on Ebay that do designer replicas for a fraction of the price, and this one at least, is pretty good quality.

I haven’t supplied links to most of the items as they are no longer available from the store. Sorry! Hope you enjoy.

Katie x

Las Vegas Adventures: Grimaldi’s Pizza

Located in the middle of The Fashion Show shopping centre, opposite the Wynn on The Strip, Grimaldi’s pizza is  a well needed break from the overpriced, average food that lines the rest of Vegas.

The decor and atmosphere resembled that of a Brooklyn bar and the service was quick and friendly; although that does seem to be pretty common in America, why are all your waitresses so happy?! I loved that rather than having pre-set pizza choices, the menu was just a list of topping choices for you to mix and match however you wanted. They also served huge salads, but who wants salad when you can have pizza?!

 We went for a small, (yes this is a SMALL!!), ham and meatball  and it was absolutely incredible. Easily the best food I’ve had out here in Vegas and pushing up into the dizzying heights of the top 5 of my all time pizzas list, and trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of pizzas.

The drinks were also pretty special and we got to watch a fashion show that was happening just outside. On top of all that, $30 for a (fantastic) meal for two on the strip is probably unbeatable. What more could you want?

Katie x