las vegas by the numbers


Well, I lurrved it. Las Vegas was everything I thought it would be... it was energizing and exciting. It was the perfect break. I'll break it down for you, by the numbers.

Zero: the amount of dollars we gambled. I just can't do it. It's not in my nature. We walked through all of the casinos and looked around, and on the last day, Veto suggested that maybe I should let that ten dollars of change ride in the slots. Well, I didn't have it on me, so I couldn't, but that's just as well. I mean, that's ten things from the dollar store, right?


Five: nights at Trump International Hotel. Located just off the strip, a stone's throw from the Wynn/Encore resort and across the street from Fashion Show Mall. The hotel has no casino, making it the perfect non-smoking and quiet haven from the chaos of Las Vegas Boulevard. The lobby smells amazing, filled with fresh orchids - I almost thought we were in Hawaii. The rooms were spacious, well appointed and luxurious. If you want to see Las Vegas but have a restful place to land at the end of the day, check in. Tell Donald that Saucy sent you.




Four: Jersey Boys singing. This show at the Palazzo was great. Saucy lurrves the jukebox musical genre and it is safe to say Veto might be getting on board, too. This is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - it's a cross between Goodfellas and Dreamgirls. Toe-tapping but with swagger.


45 dollars: the cost of a straight-blade shave at Art of Shaving in the Mandalay Bay resort. Veto usually finds a barber for a shave when we travel, and it's worth it... especially for the photo op.


67 miles per hour: on the roller coaster at New York, New York. The ride took us up 200 feet, dropped us down 140 feet, spun us around and completely inverted us, all in under two minutes.


275,000: number of cupcakes sold per year at The Cupcakery. We each had one: Veto tried lemon, I tried Kir Royale. I am sorry to report that they were dry and crumbly, the frosting was too sweet and very thick and pasty-like. I've never been so disappointed with a cupcake, and you know I've pretty much never met a cupcake I didn't like. Plus, there was so much yellow dye in Veto's cake, it turned the inside of his lips yellow. I still kissed him. 


1200: the number of jets in the water fountain show at The Bellagio. It was pretty awesome, we saw it on the last night. I was already a little nostalgic for Las Vegas by this point, knowing that we were leaving in the morning, and the Singin' In the Rain water number really thrilled me. Gene Kelly crooning nostalgia by the moonlight... it was just too much for me.


945: dollars for a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, just like the ones Carrie wore in Sex and the City when she finally married Big. They're for sale at the Manolo boutique at the Wynn Esplanade. No, I did not buy them. But I held them, and really, that's enough.


Five: Juicy Couture stores and outlets that I dragged Veto to in the greater Las Vegas area, some of them more than once. These stops were not just for looking, as I scored a small handbag, a charm for my bracelet, a jacket for Loopy exactly like this one from Glee, and a funky limited-edition numbered book of Juicy advertising art that needs some TLC and maybe even some embellishment but when I am finished with it, it will be downright bloggable.

Do you want to know what my favourite part of Las Vegas was?


Two Sasha Semenoffs

Meeting the famous Sasha Semenoff of the Sasha Semenoff Orchestra and Casino fame. I've followed his career for years, since we have the same name and all, and I finally got to meet him as he strolled through Maggio's Italian Restaurant. I told him "my name is Sasha Semenoff" and he replied, "yes, my name is Sasha Semenoff!", it was so very cute. When we finally established that his last name and my maiden name were the same, he looked absolutely shocked. We had a lovely visit, exchanged cards and had our photo taken together. "Look!" I said to him, "I'm the tallest Sasha Semenoff here tonight!"

You can read about Sasha's amazing life and career here.

27 comments:

jkddz said...

Looks like you had a great time.. Thanks for such a wonderful day today. What a bunch of talented ladies... And your NEW buttercream icing :P still thinking about it ....yummy

MJ said...

Not surprisingly, you had a great time! Hope Veto recovered from the lemon frosting & all the shopping! Welcome home!

J.G. said...

What a lovely trip you had!

I was stopped in my tracks by the Manolo store in Chicago, so I know what you mean about the shooz . . . Didn't you try them on, even?

Leica Forrest said...

oh first off, agree with jkkdz. the buttercream was oh so the best evah! How do you keep outdoing yourself??? Had so much fun today Sasha, thanks for organizing it. Love all the time I get to spend with you.
as for Vegas. VIVA LAS VEGAS!!! You can never do wrong with all that cheesiness and lights, and sounds, and smells. Love hearing your stories.

LisaInCT said...

Welcome back... you were MISSED. So glad you loved Vegas.... everyone needs to experience it at least once. I do love the Bellagio fountains!

Saucy said...

I'm sorta dying to go back, but maybe with another couple... The Warden and The Inmate, perhaps? Jeff and Lynn from Manitoba? I wonder what we could cook up...

Heather@PixieDust said...

i'm going there in May and your post has got me so excited. My hubby and I are very into the casinos, so I know a lot of time will be spent there, but it's great to see all the other things vegas has to offer.

Saucy said...

Just stay out of that Cupcakery, Heather. It wasn't worth 7 bucks, we didn't either one of us finish our cupcakes... *looks around for garbage can*

Doreen said...

So glad you had a great time! I love your husband for going to 5 Juicy stores with you - that's love!!! Hope you and Loopy had a great birthday today!

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for the visit...you have a great blog here..you must be the queen of cupcake making for sure, just awesome. Come say hi any time :D

jenjen said...

What a fun trip! Sounds so fun!!! I lust after those shoes....

XOXO
Jen

Coco said...

Looks like a great time.

Pepper said...

Totally enjoyed reading about "the other Sasha Semenoff"! Wow, what a life he has lived...
Glad you had fun in Vegas!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How awesome! Happy to read all of the good things about your trip (except the cupcakes--bummer). I never knew the Trump International had no casino--that commends it in my book!

Joanne said...

Ah! Saucy! I'm heading to Vegas in May for the first time and this post just sky-rocketed my levels of excitement for my trips! First off... the SJP shoes - AHHH! Second, you're the latest of several I've read who has reported bad things about the Cupcakery...boo Cupcakery. Finally, the roller coaster, the fountains! I CAN'T WAIT! :)

Sandra D said...

Welcome home - we missed you! So glad to hear your trip was a "total" blast! Sorry - had to keep the number theme going.....

Lisa Russell said...

Looks like you had a great time! I'd love to see what you brought back with you. Did you find the pawn shop from "Pawn Stars"? Too funny of a show, it is on our History Channel. Sorry your cupcake was dry and overly sweet! I'd love to taste yours sometime! ;-)

Karen of the KAGS said...

Firstly thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful event once again. So much fun to hang with all of you super creative ladies. I'm agreeing with Kari & Leica and every other chickee in attendance that new buttercream frosting creation was A-MAZ-ING and very very yummy :)
Secondly, I love Vegas - but I've never been. One day I'll get there. I will and like you I'll not spend even a penny on the gambling.
Welcome home tallest Semenoff!

the treat girl said...

How endearing you got to meet Sasha Semenoff!!! You'll treasure that in your heart always.

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

What a fun trip! Someday, I too, shall see Las Vegas...soon, I am hoping!!

TidyMom said...

Sasha....you're new posts are not showing up in my feed...wonder why? I though I need to go check and see if she has posted any thing....

Looks like a GRAND time!! Too bad about the Cupcakery.....wish I could share one of my Mardi Gras cupcakes with you!....come by and check them out today....French Vanilla Butter Rum with Butter Rum Glaze topped with some butter cream!

Angela said...

So glad you had a great relaxing time with Veto!
Angela

ChaChaneen said...

That was F-U-N, like I was there with ya... except no fancy bags to return home with. ha ha

Happy Birthday to Miss Loopy!!!!

Suzy said...

Wow, meeting the other Sasha....how exciting! Were you named after him? Were your parents fans also???
I bet you'll be back there sometime soon.

Jamie said...

wow - we were there the same time as you! It was kinda rainy - so coming from snowy/chilly Montana, I was a bit disappointed. But, had a great time... We didn't really gamble either. We stayed at the Polo Towers. Really nice. Hit all the casinos. Saw Santana at the Hard Rock. Still trying to go through all the photos we took! I know what you mean by the price of shoes! As we went through the stores I was getting to the point where I said - "wow - these shoes are only $350..." BTW - thank goodness the CUPCAKERY was closed...! Jamie V in MT
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Anonymous said...

I found you randomly while searching google for my former violin teacher. Sounds like you had a blast, and I'm glad you got to meet such a nice guy!

MJ said...

You need a search engine on your blog! I've been scouring your archives to determine what stuff you buy in the USA when you travel there because you can't get it here! Post on this quickly as I'm sure many others will be travelling to the US & might want to get your pre-tested merchandise! LOL!