How do you keep pace with a party-packed Vegas lifestyle without burning out? Vegas Editor-in-Chief Andrea Bennett seeks out the healthy indulgences, insider finds, and desert beauty tricks that help you balance Vegas’s unique climate, nightlife culture, and fabulous temptations. (Hint: It’s not all yoga and kombucha here.)
I defy anyone to find a better place to let your freak flag fly than Las Vegas, and if you’re the type of buttoned up conservative who doesn’t regularly cavort with bearded ladies or canoodle with a zebra-man, first of all, what’s wrong with you? Second, you get permission to do those things and dress as crazy glam as you’d like each year in the early spring, when One Night for One Drop arrives.
Is there anything that makes us happier than a radiant Céline Dion? Not unless it’s a radiant Céline slaying in thigh-high red Schiaparelli boots and “La Flèche d’Argent” haute couture romper from S/S 17 and announcing that we can now buy things with Céline Dion’s name on them.
Listen, I’m never going to be one of those infuriating people who claim to wash with Dove and zip out the door. I need an arsenal of calming, moisturizing—and above all, totally natural, sulfate- and paraben-free stuff to keep the climate and my sensitive genes at bay.
There is a magical way to distract yourself from an awkward date, stop the whining of small children, and reap the therapeutic benefits of puttering around your kitchen without the inconvenience of cleaning it later. And that, of course, is go to a restaurant where you’re cooking dinner yourself. “Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of being served?” you might ask. In fact, service is usually stellar at the most dynamic DIY places, since their primary job is saving you from yourself. For the past few of weeks, I’ve been dining DIY—around some of the city’s Korean barbecues, shabu-shabu spots, and yes, even '90s-era fondue chains. Here’s a pared-down selection of my recent favorites.
You may be an amazing gift-giver, but my annual holiday challenge is this: How can I give a gift that requires minimal effort while maintaining the illusion that my thoughtfulness knows no bounds? This year, I’m giving only-in-Vegas gift combos: An item that’s great by itself under the tree matched with an amazing Vegas experience. Here’s how I’m catapulting myself from gift-giving zero to hero this year.