One is always wiser in hindsight – one of those sayings that no one likes to hear, not only because of its smart-aleck feel, but also because it’s usually true.
It dawned on me that I packed way too much for my short trip to Las Vegas when I was checking in. As I was re-packing for my trip back to Berlin I realized how few of my eight (!) pairs of shoes I actually wore (mainly only flat sandals, sneakers and cowboy boots) and I couldn’t even have imagined that instead of daily, I didn’t even go to the pool once. Despite everything, it wasn’t just my boyfriend who kindly pointed it out to me again during the arduous leaving of the Las Vegas casino hotel. Even the “HEAVY” tag from the airline confirmed it in black and white: I took too much. So that this won’t be repeated and, above all, so that none of our fantastic hey woman! followers have to live through a similar experience, here is a short but succinct summary for successfully packing a casino suitcase.
One thing should be clear to every Vegas visitor beforehand: It’s not meditative here, there’s no organic supermarket or one of these healthy juice bars that you usually find on every corner in large American cities to be found. Rather, there are plenty ATMs, tipsy tweens in bikinis and XL menus pretty much everywhere your eye falls. It actually sounds like Oktoberfest but is much better. Having well-trained tunnel vision is definitely worth it. Likewise, a sophisticated daily program. I had both and luckily the complete Elvis discography in my ears.
Checking into a casino hotel is a prerequisite to really taking in everything that the desert city has to offer. It’s almost impossible to get something more cheesy than the Hangover hotel, Caesar’s Palace – for Ocean’s 11 fans I recommend the Bellagio. Needless to say that almost every corner of the Strip offers at least one film reference.
Highly recommended is the trip from Los Angeles, to comfortably get used to the time difference it’s best to come a few days early. The flight is actually faster than from Munich to Hamburg and the drive from the airport to the “city” takes less than 15 minutes. Therefore, it makes sense to take the trip with a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look. In my case this meant a Hawaii shirt, my splendid example is from Valentino, and jean shorts. Vintage Levis are proper style. With them my latest victory: velvet sneakers with thick soles from Saint Laurent and the American flag bag from Marc Jacobs. It also serves as a talisman for the roulette table which was like an aperitif before one of the many worth-seeing shows from Britney Spears (she’s in top form and can still do all of choreographies by heart) or one of the shows from the classic David Copperfield (very exciting, with multiple shows per day including cute aliens and enchanted VIP wristbands) in my Acne Studios velvet (the perfect material for extremely air conditioned air) mini dress and wonderful turquoise earrings from Valentino.
Breakfast turned out to be the biggest challenge, because mornings are when you want something to be at least halfway healthy. The vitamin-free calorie intake was, regardless, an experience, setting us on the hunt for an authentic diner. We found it in front of Boulder City, about 20 minutes away in the supposedly oldest existing casino: the Henderson River Mountain (a free wi-fi paradise). Perfectly paired with with silver dollar pancakes and omelettes are silver shorts from Isabel Marant and an oft-washed vintage T-shirt that I bought in Exile (on the slightly seedy but all the more exciting for it, Main Street – accompanied by the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street – somewhat remote from the Strip where the casino hotels are strung together). With it, suede cowboy boots from Miu Miu and of course 50s sunglasses from Gucci.
Another reason for a pre-visit to LA beforehand: the best sunscreen, or the best liquid, that the market has to offer at the moment is Lancer, from skin doctor-god Dr. Lancer. Unfortunately, his products can only be bought at a few places. Found, for example, at the Sephora branches in L.A. or a few outlets, like Neiman Marcus stores in America, Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Harrod’s in London. When worn over day cream, the sun screen protects the skin from wrinkles and especially ensures no blemishes, as often occurs with other sunscreens.
You’ll never go wrong with a maximum of two or three other essentials, like a cashmere sweater for the plane, leather sandals from Ancient Greek sandals and a leather jacket. You’ll be perfectly equipped for three days of playing in paradise of this fantastically surreal desert town.
Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!