Las Vegas Recap: Lady Gaga Slayed My Existence & More
Hello loves! The past weekend I was in Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga’s residency shows. In case you’re not up to speed with Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency is comprised of two shows: Enigma, a pop show celebrating all of her hit songs that’s she’s released over the last 10 year, and Jazz and Piano engagements in which she covers songs from the Great American Songbook, along with performing jazz renditions of some of her biggest songs. I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to see both performances because both shows were absolutely incredible. Like my other trip recap posts that I’ve written in the past, I’m sharing everything I did and what I wore while I was in Las Vegas. Enjoy!
My dad and I stayed at the Luxor, which if you’ve been to Vegas it’s the one that’s shaped like a pyramid with a sphinx sculpture in front. It’s further down the strip which meant a little more walking and taxis, but since it’s not centrally located it was never packed in the lobby or casino which was a plus. The room was really nice as well!
We flew out of Dallas at 6:30am on Saturday, so with the time change we arrived at our hotel at 8am, so we had a full day to do things before the first Gaga show that night. We ate breakfast at Bouchon in the Venetian, which I definitely recommend. I got the smoked salmon benedict and a pain au chocolat (aka a chocolate croissant), and both were delish. After breakfast we did a bit of shopping and gambling before heading back to the room for a quick nap to fuel up for the night. I had been awake since 1:30am Vegas time to catch my flight so this nap was ESSENTIAL. For a late lunch I grabbed some pasta at Eataly, which is located in the Park MGM. Eataly was one of my favorite place in NYC this summer and I’m so glad they opened a Las Vegas location. (p.s. my leopard top that I wore on this day is under $25)
On Saturday night for Enigma I had to be at the theater over an hour before the show started because my ticket was for the general admission pit area. I’m SO glad I was in the standing room only area because I was able to be so close to Gaga (aka the QUEEN). The highlight of the show for me was that she sang my all time favorite song of hers: You and I, and I was right against the stage when she did so.
If you’ve never been to a Gaga show before, many people come dressed in elaborate Gaga themed costumes. While this is fun, I decided to keep it simple and go with a metallic jumpsuit with a classic ready lip and sparkly accessories. I drew inspiration from old Hollywood glamour and the makeup that Lady Gaga normally wears on the red carpet. I found the pearl bobby pins for $2.99 at my local Sam Moon (SIDE NOTE: I didn’t know until writing this post that Sam Moon is only a Texas thing??) and the lipstick is my all time favorite red: Russian Red by MAC.
On Sunday morning we started off the day with breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi inside the Paris resort. Both my dad and I had both been to this restaurant for lunch and dinner, but we had never eaten the breakfast before … and it didn’t disappoint! I highly recommend adding a side of bacon to your dish if you love thick cut bacon that has a great flavor. The mimosa with grapefruit juice was fantastic as well. After breakfast we walked over to the Fashion Show mall so I could go to a couple of stores. I definitely recommend checking out the Forever 21 here. It’s two floors, extremely organized, and I always find high quality pieces that I can’t find at my Forever 21 in Texas. I also stopped in the Topshop store, because we don’t have an actual Topshop brick and mortar where I live. I also found two great pieces here, so the trip to the Fashion Show Mall was a success!
Sunday night we ate dinner at Catch, which is located inside the Aria. I have seen so many people post about this restaurant in LA and NYC that I knew I had to check out the Vegas location while I was there. The crispy shrimp and crispy brussel sprouts were both fantastic and I would order them again. If you like Aperol and grapefruit, I also recommend sipping on the grapefruit spritz. Just be warned, our waiter told us that the dishes are made for sharing and each person should order 2-4 dishes, but my dad and I ordered 4 dishes total and a dessert (Hit Me cake pictured below) and we were plenty full after.
Sunday was the opening night of Gaga’s jazz and piano shows, which was super exciting because no one knew what to expect. With Enigma I had avoided looking at the setlist beforehand, but saw photos of the set and costumes online, so it was awesome to go into the jazz and piano show completely blind. This performance was unlike any Lady Gaga show I had ever been to and I HIGHLY recommend getting a ticket if you’re going to be in Vegas within the next year (I would go a second time). My favorite parts of the show were her jazz rendition of Paparazzi, and her grand finale which was the iconic Frank Sinatra song: New York, New York. The actual dress I wore is sold out but I was able to find a similar one for under $50.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my weekend in Vegas! This weekend really just reminded me of how ICONIC Lady Gaga is, and I’m so grateful that my dad was able to make this all happen. Let me know what post you want to see next.
Slap on some lipstick and smile