Thursday, 31 December 2009

Announcing: 31 Days to Make Your Life Amazing

Image thanks to yyellowbird

January, famed month of self-empowerment, resolution and renaissance; what better time to make magnificent changes in your life than at the beginning of a brand-spanking new year, ready to unravel like a big ball of sparkly string?

Many of you will recall my Dream Style Series, I considered it a great success and you all seemed to enjoy it. For that reason, I am embarking upon another themed month. Only, in true Charade style, I’m stepping it up a gear.

I’m going to Make Your Life Amazing.

Over the first four shimmering weeks of 2010, I will be initiating you into the wonder that is: your own amazing life. That’s right, and I won’t be doing it by halves. Every single day of January 2010 I will be posting an uplifting, enlightening, inspirational article – that’s thirty-one articles altogether. Phew.

Each article will be made up of three parts:

A foundational, inspirational idea to get you thinking
A summary for straightforward development
An item of ‘homework’ to undertake if you’re really serious about that amazing life

If you want to take part, all you’ll need to do is to pop by the site each day, armed with a journal/reporter’s pad/post-it/napkin and pen, ready to document all your dreams coming true. I will be doing the exercises along with you, and will post my journal pictures. Then, we can all get giddy and discuss how we’re doing in the comments. Sound good?

Article titles will include:

How to Reclaim Your True Individuality
Getting to Know Your Productive Self
Improve Your Life by Playing a Character
Take Yourself on a Creative Date
How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

The month will be totally, 100% free, because that’s just the type of nice gal I am! Then, once the month is over, I will be cramming all the individual articles together into my first ever ebook, which will be for sale, but only if you need the convenience of a nifty file holding all the juicy. If not, happy days, you got some amazing, on me.

What’s MORE is that, at the end of the month, I will be launching something I have been planning ever since the summer, something I’m really, very, very excited about. It will be the beginning of a purchasable podcast series which will draw directly on M.Y.L.A but be even more practical and nitty-gritty: the ‘Learn to Love...’ series. From waking up early, to feeling confident, to cleaning your room (!) there will be an article for everyone, and you can once and for all beat the niggling, everyday challenges that stand in the way of your dream life.

The ‘Learn to Love...’ articles will be released on the last day of every month throughout 2010, be 3000 words each and available for a teeny-weeny contribution of just £1 (less than $2) PLUS 20 pence of each sale will be going to the Look Good Feel Better campaign, so you’ll not only be supporting me, but contributing to a great cause that’s all about making women feel fabulous too! More on L2L at the end of the month.



31 Days to Make Your Life Amazing Month will begin tomorrow. Please support me and, if you decide to take part, post the button to your website or blog. Thanks guys & gals, don't forget to pop back for the very first instalment tomorrow and, as always, share your delightful insights!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Emily Mews Rocks My World


Portrait by Emily of Emily Mews

This morning, I was totally astounded, overwhelmed, flattered and full of butterflies at discovering this in my Inbox. Can you believe it?!

Emily, you are my new best friend. Everyone, go and show her love please.

I honestly cannot believe someone would take time out of their day to sit down and draw a picture of me... Particularly not someone of such gargantuan talent. Gee-whizzer.

P.S. Special announcement of the most special proportions ever wondered at by the philosophers of all that is special tomorrow... It is New Year themed and, well, pretty special. See you here, you beauties.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

10 Things to Do With Unwanted Christmas Presents


 Image thanks to Shereen M

Got something under your tree that deserves a little more love than you can give it? There’s no shame in trading, upgrading or offloading that impractical prezzie! Here are my 10 top things to do with those unwanted Christmas gifts:

1. Sell it. You know that old phrase about one man’s trash, another man’s treasure? Well why not make your trash into your own treasures? That’s right, shiny monies to spend on something you’ll really adore. Pop it on ebay, or gather with some other old items for a spring car boot or garage sale.

2. Swap it. Online swapping isn’t just for clothes; those big sites are now swapping DVD’s, CD’s, books and more. Try Big Wardrobe, Covert Candy or Unwantd.

3. Host a swapping party with your friends (that's gifts, not car keys...) Not interested in swapping online? Get together with your girl-pals, put all unwanted items in a heap, and go hell for leather snapping up the giveaway goodies.
4. Freecycle. If you’ve not got the time or energy to swap or sell, this is the place to simply giveaway those things you don’t really need, and possibly find some things you do – totally free!
5. Send to Soldiers. A dreary present may not mean much to you, but it could mean the world to someone not home with their family for Christmas.

6. Consider a local charity. Offer it up for an auction or raffle in aid of a local cause, or just drop it in to a charity shop.

7. Make Part of a Brown Paper Package. Online gifting is becoming somewhat of a phenomenon, what better time to start than when you’ve got a few less-than-desired presents that could make someone’s day?

8. Giveaway on Your Blog. Simply put – why not? Giveaways are friendly and will up the traffic on just about any site. Just make sure your granny isn’t reading...

9. Re-gift. Pass it on next Christmas, or for a friend’s upcoming birthday. The jury may be out on the morality of re-gifting, but, really, if you know someone will love the item, what’s the harm?

10. Customise. Well and truly stuck with it? Don’t fret, there may still be hope. Those boring socks might be made cute with a lace trim; that dreadful jumper could be dyed; the pieces from a dull board game could make quirky items of jewellery; you could even make origami from the pages of that book you’ll never read?! Get imaginative.
 
Did you get anything this year that just didn’t hit the mark? What will you be doing with it?

Monday, 28 December 2009

Words to Live By #71


Image & quote thanks to emilygrace

"...and your very flesh shall be a great poem." 
Walt Whitman

Saturday, 26 December 2009

The Saturday Salute 26.12.09


Image thanks to yyellowbird

Good Boxing Day to you! I'm so tuckered out with all the munching and merriment, a bit of interweb procrastination seems just the ticket.

If you're a little fuzzy about what you'll do with the approaching year, here are 11 Ways to Gain Clarity from Steve Pavlina.

Yum, yum, yum, Delish Beads on etsy. 

A big question: do young entrepreneurs need to go to college?

Oh boy, 50 Quotes on A Life of Adventure. They'll be making an appearance on more than one Monday I'm sure!

And finally, I believe, We Have What it Takes:

"We struggle because we believe the journey is worth it.


We struggle because we want to improve ourselves.


We struggle because we know we have what it takes."

Thank you and goodnight!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Dress Up Like Your Favourite Christmas Song

Back in February I had a crack at composing outfits based on some of my favourite songs. Now that it's Christmas, I thought it was time for another go with a festive twist! See if you agree with my combinations, and have a go yourself. Click the images for product details.

Eartha Kitt ♥ Santa Baby
Listen here! 



Buh-bum.. buh-bum...
Santa baby, just slip
a sable under the tree, for me
Been an awful good girl
Santa baby so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, a '54 convertible too, light blue,
I'll wait up for you dear
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the fellows that I haven't kissed
Next year I could be just as good
If you check off my christmas list

Santa baby, I want a yacht and really thats not a lot
Been an angel all year
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa honey, one little thing I really need, the deed
To a platinum mine,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex and cheques,
Sign your x on the line
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my chirstmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's
I really do believe in you,
Let's see if you believe in me

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring,
I don't mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry, tonight.


Wham Last Christmas 
Listen here!



Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby do you recognise me?
Well it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

(Happy Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I Love You" I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

(Oooh. Oooh Baby)

A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I'm hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on
A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Oooh Oooh
Now I've found a real love you'll never fool me again

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special


Gabriella Cilmi Warm This Winter

We met in the winter
And we fell in love

Right by a fire place
We shared our first embrace
And then inside my heart
I felt a fire start

It’s gonna snow outside
The weather will be cold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

Each time your lips touch mine
They taste like sparkling wine
I feel so warm and loved
Just cause I love you so

Its cosy in your arms
If you’re so happy to hold
But i’m gonna be warm this winter

Ice skating on a frozen lake
Sleigh riding down a mountain slide
Roasting popcorn, dancing till the dawn
That was how, a new love was born

It’s just like make believe
Each night is new years eve
Each day is Christmas day
You make me feel this way

It’s gonna snow outside
The weather will be cold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

It’s gonna snow outside
The weather will be cold
But I’m gonna be warm this winter

Oh, you’ll make me warm this winter
Oh baby, make me warm this winter

 Your turn! Post to your blog or just leave a link to Polyvore; I'll consider it a very special cyber-Christmas gift. Have fun!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Words to Live By #70


Image thanks to i.anton

"There's a saying among prospectors: 'Go out
looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find.'"
Robert Flaherty

Saturday, 19 December 2009

The Saturday Salute 19.12.09


Image thanks to yyellowbird

 Christmas is almost here... Consider these links as early gifts from me to you.

I come across many pretty blogs but, if I'm honest, not so many with any real substance, and I'm a substance kind o'gal, I don't know about you. Well, Mermaid in a Manhole has substance in bucket-loads, from How to Survive a Negative Day to a genuine attempt at revolution (or two) - we most definitely heart her. When I abandon you due to a busy week (ahem, see: this week) I nominate her pad as the place to party in my absence.

Lisa Clark knows the right answer to the Does Pink Stink? debate.

Kelly Diels has Cleavage, and talks about Las Vegas. 

This is so right on. Dr Seuss' Oh! The Places You'll Go, I'm going to admit, pretty much made me who I am today. Forget the self-help section, the Seuss has it sussed:

"Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along. You’ll start happening too."

Swoon city.

Lastly, I want to smooch on Temporary:Secretary more than is probably healthy, or within the realms of social etiquette. Don't judge me.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Featured Promotion: Very.co.uk PLUS Voucher Code


Still stuck for Christmas presents? Or have it all ‘wrapped up’ and want to treat yourself to a smug reward for your festive organisational skills? With a whole host of home grown celebrity style queens onboard including Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby & Peaches Geldoff, Very.co.uk could be the answer you’re looking for.


drool.

Launched on 5th July and designed with internet savvy customers in mind, this snazzy shopping hotspot gives you the opportunity to link with a social network of 'Very Insiders' and exchange tips and ideas as well as bringing you the latest looks straight from the catwalk.

Online shopping just got a lot more interesting.


One of the cutest pieces has to be this quirky cape from the Fearne Cotton range. Wouldn't it look delicous paired with a long-sleeved jersey dress, thick wooly tights and platform Mary Jane's? At £39.00 it's a real find that will add the pièce de résistance to any Christmas ensemble, I think you’ll agree. And not many online stores can boast stand-out fashion like this from a weeny size 6 all the way up to a size 20!



So, what’s the deal?

I’m always looking for ways to save my pennies shopping online, and it isn’t often you come across an offer this tempting. Open a credit account with Very.co.uk and you’ll be thanked to the sum of £10 off any £40 or more spend. Not bad! (Just be jolly careful, and don’t let that interest stack up!)

Offer Voucher Code: ZG253

P.S. Very.co.uk even has naughty undies courtesy of Dita Von Teese, and a kick-ass online magazine. Sold.

What do you think ladies? Worth bookmarking?

Words to Live By #69

girl dreams of fairground
Image thanks to yyellowbird

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"
Robert Schuller

Saturday, 12 December 2009

The Saturday Salute 12.12.09


Image thanks to yyellowbird

Something exciting happened today... The proof copy of my annual arrived! And it is so, so cute. I just know that you'll love it. There are a few little bloopers to be fixed, and then we'll be reeling off the many magical copies for your purchasing pleasure. But back to more pressing business.

I'm not even engaged, but I know I want to be a Rock'n'Roll Bride!

Want to know The Big Secret to Success?

If you need a last minute Christmas present for just about anyone, then check out the notebooks from Archie Grand. I was sent one of the shocking pink 'Shopaholics I have met and liked' ones as a friendly freebie and I'm in love with it!

Hello another very fabulous fashionable person whom I would never have known of were it not for the unparallelled power of the interweb.


Also, I got a new job! I'm now writing for the wonderful world of whimsy that is Miseducated. Read my first article How to Design Your Own Career: Part One and leave your thoughts. I'm hoping to get one post per week up over there, and, as websites go, this one pretty much ticks all the boxes on the awesome list, so add to your favourites.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter


Image thanks to cpt.spock

Winter has well and truly set in, it seems. Along with the usual festivities, how can we up the ante and really revel in the season? I've got a few ideas...

1. Make the most of your bed. Change the sheets, fluff the pillows, grab an extra blanket, find a snuggly companion (even if it is your old teddy!) and enjoy an epic bed-day. Watch a Disney movie, cut the best bits out of fashion magazines, plan world domination, scatter biscuit crumbs, get your hair as messed up as possible, or whatever else sounds like bed heaven to you... ♥
2. Visit an outdoor market. Et voila.
3. Hand make at least one Christmas gift. Or, consider something a little bit alternative, like booking your friend a timeslot at a tattoo parlour, Go-Karting, or filling a photo album for them.
4. Give yourself as a gift. Wrap a couple of almighty ribbons around your naughty bits and give your beau a sexy surprise. (Note: Can be combined with epic bed-day.)
5. Conduct your own Annual Review. Perhaps not everyone's idea of a good time, but I simply love this guy.
6. Do something for someone else. The spirit of giving doesn’t have to mean shop bought goodies wrapped in red & green crepe paper – it can mean giving your time, energy and enthusiasm to cause that really needs it. Offer to sweep the dead leaves in an elderly neighbour’s front garden, or do a few hours in your local charity shop. If you’re too busy, buy an extra gift when doing your Christmas shopping and drop it in to the children’s department of your local hospital.


Image thanks to Ana Patricia Almeida

7. Cook! We can all cook, I don’t want to hear any excuses, and cold winters are the best time to be getting steamy in the kitchen. Whether you want to whip up an early Christmas dinner for all your friends, or just bake cupcakes with one special person, get your apron on and mix up some magic!
8. Try a new scent. Smell is so evocative for the memory, so why not dabble in a new scent that you’ll reserve only for the festive season? The result? It won’t just be the chocolate selection boxes and Coke ‘Holidays are Coming’ billboards that make you think of Christmas.
9. Get pen happy. Instead of just scribbling off some quick Christmas cards, write a few letters to your Grandparents, absent friends, cousins, aunts and uncles. Let them know what you’ve been up to over the year and what your plans are for the new one, and try to arrange a time you can visit them or vice-versa. They are sure to appreciate the thought more than any generic offering.
10. Find some snow. Real, fake, I don’t care - just do it!

What are your budget ideas for a splendipidous winter season?

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Eclectic Aesthetic 08.12.09

Yesterday I journeyed to London to see Pink in concert as a very belated birthday gift to my sister (she was 23 in February!) I thought I'd share my chosen attire:



I was most impressed with myself for mastering the fringe 'roll', what do you think? Next time I'm going to try it more centred, and perhaps with the rest of my hair pinned up too. I ♥ vintage hair!




I love this rocking horse necklace, I think a statement pendant adds so much character to even a very simple outfit.



Blouse & Shorts ♥ H&M
Socks ♥ Primark
Bag ♥ Thrifted
Scarf ♥ Thrifted
Necklace ♥ A Wear


Just having a little swing...

Hope you're having a fab week!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Monthly Must-Haves: December 2009



This month's collection of must-haves is so festive, I almost want to attach a sprig of holly to it! Whether you'll consider them as gifts for others, or cheeky treats for yourself, there's no denying these buys will bring Christmas cheer to all. So, what have we got?

1. The Accessory. The perfect gift for the sweet-toothed and most adorable person in your life. Treat someone you love (even if it's you!) to these gingerbread men earrings from Punky Pins.

2. The Party Skirt. 'Tis the season to be jolly, and we don't get jolly in any old garb - no sirree. Dress this puff satin skirt from Forever 21 up with glittery nail polish, heart print hosiery and platform Mary Jane's to be the belle of any Christmas ball.

3. The Sensible Bag. We all need one, and I thought this one was just too cute to pass up for the Polyvore fan within! Stuff it with books, over-night essentials, copies of Vogue - whatever you need to hoist around with you.

4. The Cosy Staple. You know the snood makes sense, and if you aren't lucky enough to have a champion knitter as a loved one, this version from American Eagle might just do the trick. In an easy-to-wear colour like navy, you'll never want to take this baby off!

5. The Hat. Last month it was the cupcake scarf, this month I've done one better with the cupcake beanie from Zumiez! I'm seriously tempted, I think it's such a fun way to brighten up a winter's day - yours and everybody that you meet!

6. The Slippers. Simply put: love them, love them, love them. I'd live in slippers if I could, and these ones from American Eagle look like just about the cosiest-yet-practical toe-toasters you could opt for. They even come in pink!

Other must-haves for this delicious winter month? A chunky novel, litres of hot cocoa and a pile of cheesy Christmas movies will do nicely! What's on your wish list?

Monday, 7 December 2009

Words to Live By #68


Image thanks to notsogoodphotography

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to
experience the world in the way they have been told to.”

Alan Keightley

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The Saturday Salute 05.12.09


Image thanks to MR+G

I know absolutely everybody is saying it, but I cannot believe this year is coming to a close. It's been so full and exciting, and yet I've got a sense that I haven't done enough! How are you all feeling about it?

Next year will definitely be career focused for me. I've got so many exciting plans for the world of blogging, and I've been thinking a lot about what I'll be doing beyond university. I'm 21 now (eek!) and I really want to place myself in a strong direction; I'm even working on a '5 Year Plan'! What does next year hold for you?

2010... It sounds like a year of big happenings, don't you think?

Now, for the line-up:

For those of you (like me) with deadlines approaching in the next fortnight, Martin of The University Blog has 26 Sharp Essay Tips.

I've just discovered and am loving Kyla Roma. There is soon going to come a point when I reach blog-saturation!

I can't remember if I posted this, but are you 20, brilliant, and totally lost?

Casey's pics from her Virginia trip are divine!

Sarah Von knows The Art of Gift Giving.

[Edit] Oops, forgot to mention I was also interviewed by the lovely Ella of Ella Inspired, don't miss it!


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Ultimate Las Vegas on a Budget, Part Two

Mc Donald's, Las Vegas

If you haven't yet, read Part One here.

Where to Eat


‘Plentiful’ would be an understatement when it comes to Las Vegas restaurants, buffets and diners. When going on any trip I’d recommend researching where you’ll want to eat beforehand, as this can make such a difference to your overall experience. Overpaying for substandard food in a poor atmosphere puts a damper on any evening, as does trekking around looking for somewhere nice within your budget.

Our favourites were the Hard Rock Cafe (beware the expensive cocktails and enormous portions – me and Cai both ordered a burger and neither of us ate even half); Roxy’s Diner (great 1950’s style diner with singing waiting staff!) and Denny’s for all-American budget fare (gets really busy, so expect to wait for a table.)

Pumpkin Pie, Denny's, Las Vegas
Pumpkin Pie, Denny's

[Word of warning: to the average female, American portion sizes are ha-UGE. Three of us made a meal out of just two starters one night, and didn’t even finish those off. Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your belly to make big savings on food; share a starter before ordering any more.]

Another tip is to watch what you’re paying for. We had one breakfast at ‘Cafe Bellagio’ where a big plate was $15 which we thought reasonable. However, three OJ’s and coffee’s later and we were looking at an $80 tab, $80 people! It’s easily done when you don’t expect a juice to be $7.

Las Vegas is the land of buffet dining, and there are literally hundreds to choose from. The only one we tried out was breakfast at the Bellagio, but it was pretty special. If you’ve got a big appetite, you’ll get a good deal. If not, prices are much of a muchness with eating out elsewhere.

Where to Play


Vegas is a city of distractions, we set off one day to see both the Bodies and the Titanic exhibitions, and ended up taking a two hour detour through the Excalibur hotel, which included some free oxygen bar action. It’s a real experience just to let yourself get swept up in these distractions, and these can often be the spontaneous moments which really make your holiday special.

Oxygen Bar
Oxygen Bar, Excalibur Hotel

If you do want to see a show or do an excursion, there seem to be some great deals on bestofvegas.com. Although, I was nervous to book after hearing horror stories of online events sites not really existing and scamming people of their money. The site is worth checking out if you can feel confident of its legitimacy.

However, it’s not necessary to book in advance if you’re going off season, as most hotels will have a desk for booking all manner of jaunts. We were able to get on a Grand Canyon tour for the next day, the night we arrived, which was great.

Grand Canyon

Megan at Grand Canyon
I know, I wore jeans. But what else can you wear to the desert?!

I’d 100% recommend a day out at the Grand Canyon, even though many sites claim it’s not worth it (it’s a three hour drive each way.) We felt it added another dimension to a holiday that was all bright lights and overindulgence. We did the West Rim with Sweetours and it was fab! Although we had a super early start – a yummy little breakfast was included, plus a hearty lunch, and our tour guide was a real gem.

Many sources of entertainment can be found in Vegas without parting from a penny. Circus, Circus have free circus acts every half our throughout the day, and Bellagio’s fountains will dance for you every fifteen minutes from 3pm until midnight. There’s loads more too, just head to the concierge of any hotel and ask what’s on.

What to Take


♥ Your Swimming Costume. In an epic fail, we all forgot ours, but a swim is just the thing on a hot day in Vegas (even in late November!)

Bellagio Swimming Pool

Comfy shoes. Traffic on the strip is often standstill, making taxis a bit ridiculous, and the bus is often crowded. To really get a feel for Vegas you should be walking, but you’ll be walking a lot (the strip is four and a half miles long.) One or two pairs of shoes that are suitable for strolling would be ideal.

Much more money than you think you’ll need. Beware the three T’s: taxis, tips and tax.

Confidence. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Room upgrades, coupons for the slots, cheap show tickets, free entry to clubs and free drinks etc. are only a cheeky grin away.

And that was me in Vegas! I really like writing these guides, so I hope you find them useful and inspiring - all your comments have been great. Look out for more soon (once my bank account has recovered...)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Ultimate Las Vegas on a Budget, Part One

Las Vegas City Lights

Okay, okay, ‘Las Vegas’, ‘Budget’ – they don’t quite make a Bonnie and Clyde-ish match. I hear your resounding pah’s and your yeah, yeah’s. But I did it. I ventured to Vegas, all out of my own shiny coin purse, and you know what? I did it in style!

So, you’re right, we’re not talking everyday budgets, we’re talking ‘I really wanted to go to Vegas so other things had to take a backseat’ type budgets, but a budget nonetheless. Here are my tantalizing tips for a Sin City trip that’ll knock your socks off without blowing the bank account.

Before You Go



As always, don’t waste good gambling money on a guidebook. Check out the strip on Google earth so you get your bearings before you even arrive. Map printing probably won’t be necessary unless you plan to seek out some fabled spot away from the strip.

A short break to Vegas isn’t all glitter and bright lights if you’re hailing from across the pond. It’s a long and frankly strenuous journey. The mistake we made was trying to do too much, meaning we were constantly tired... which led to crankiness... which led to a few girly fall outs...

Our general hypotheses on remedying this would be to decide whether you want a day time or a night time holiday, or alternate between the two on consecutive days. Not try and spend the whole day on your feet going from here to there, and then party hard at a club that’s probably a good 20 minutes walk away and you can’t afford a taxi – it’s just too exhausting! Of course, if you’re not coming from quite as far afield, go crazy!

How to Travel



There are currently hoards of great deals on travel and hotels in Las Vegas. Ours included flights from the UK and five nights at the Bellagio for just under £600 – not too shabby, we thought.

[Remember: Las Vegas is a place where you can’t take two paces without needing to pay someone for something, plus tax (which isn’t added until the point of payment), plus a healthy 15% tip. Food and play are going to cost you a lot in this fair city, so the better deal you get on travel, the better you’ll feel about your budget as a whole.]

Love Las Vegas
True story.

The airport is quite literally walking distance from the strip, if you’re up for it (it would probably take you an hour or so.) But you’ve come all the way to Vegas, kids, drop $15 on a taxi! Once you’re on the strip there is a bus that runs up and down for $3 one-way or a few dollars more for a day pass.

Where to Stay



Here’s where the real fun is... The strip offers a veritable sweet shop selection of nesting spots, each adding its own unique flavour to the type of experience you’ll have of bright light city. As I’ve mentioned, we stayed at the Bellagio, which is the dictionary definition of ‘fancy shmancy’ but there is oh so much more than this.

Vegas.com quoted from as little as $30 a night for two sharing a room in mid January staying at Fitzgeralds, including breakfast! If you fancy one of the bigger hotels on a budget, the Stratosphere is a great choice at $43.40 a night, due to it’s out of the way location in the slightly seedier end of town. Don’t let that put you off, though, as it’s a great hotel with heaps of entertainment on offer and it’s just a quick (and cheap) bus ride to the other end of the strip. If you want crazy and over the top, another cheap-but-out-of-the-way option is Circus, Circus, another bargain with prices starting from $44.15 per night.

Want to be a little more ‘in the action’? Then you could do worse than Flamingo, with prices starting from just $60 a night. The top names such as the Luxor, Caesars Palace or New York, New York will come at a price, but can really make your experience, and going off-season will bring costs down.

If you do find a bargain, but you’re not sure if it’s a bargain for a reason... then always give Trip Advisor a click to check.

That’s it for part one, what do you think? Are you itching to go? Have you been and loved it? Share your own thoughts and tips, cuties!

On Thursday I’ll have Where to Eat, Where to Play and What to Take.