Friday 5 – Places to (not really) be Basic in Las Vegas

My last Friday 5 was for downtown Palm Springs and it was so fun. Every place we went was perfect and we took a ton of photos, which was the point (you can catch up on that post here if you missed it!). I figured the next place I should do is Las Vegas because I was going to visit my little sister. I wanted to show 5 Places to be Basic in Las Vegas without doing Vegas. We picked our 5 places, picked out outfits, then planned our schedule. Let’s just say that this trip didn’t got quite as well as Palm Springs. This edition kind of turned into places to NOT GO to be basic in Las Vegas.

Before we started our adventure, we took a side adventure to the Seven Magic Mountains. Are you really on Instagram if you didn’t take a photo with this colorful art installment? We thought not. I was going to add this to the 5 but it won’t be around forever. Last I read it was supposed to end in May I think, but I just checked and the website says at a minimum it will be up through the end of 2018, so if you haven’t gone there is still time!

Anyways, back to today’s program, 5 Places to maybe be basic in Las Vegas, plus a bonus location:

1- The Downtown Container Park, in downtown Fremont, is exactly what it sounds like, a shopping area made out of containers! The place is bordered with freight containers that were made into little shops, boutiques, and food places. The middle had basically a park. It was so unique! Some containers were vertical with three levels of little shops, and some were laid horizontal for larger shops. We took a lap, got gelato, and took pictures obviously. It is a cool place to take photos because it’s not your typical shopping center, not to mention the giant praying mantis statue out front that apparently blows fire at night?! A bonus to this place is that it is walking distance to one, Fremont Street, but also to a few street murals, and an old bus with meerkats. Yes I know that sounds weird, see the photos below to understand. This place was a definite good place.

2- Corduroy, a bar on Fremont street looked so cool on Instagram! There were a bunch of people with pictures in this little room with vertical lights (see below), and that is mainly why we went. We walked in literally 5 minutes after it opened, slightly overdressed, and it was a complete sausage fest. The bar was full of dudes and as soon as we walked in they all just turned and looked at us. Have you seen the movie Eurotrip? If you have, remember the nude beach scene when it was all guys? That was the basic feel. We couldn’t just back up back out the door, we had to act like the confident women we are(n’t) and act like we had purpose, which we did, find the light room. We made a B line for the back to where no one was. On our walk back we looked down both sides for the light room and didn’t see it anywhere! We straight up investigated this place and nothing. Once we got to the very back it was like our sanctuary, an empty room, full of neon painted walls with a black light and early 2000’s tunes playing. We had dance party for two for a quick minute then again made an escape. There were a couple cute places for photos we saw on our walk back up, what we are assuming was a VIP lounge area so we quickly took a picture before someone told us to get out, but the lighting really sucked. We finally made a break for it and literally rushed back out the front door past all the dudes, never to look back. This place was a definite NO! And get this! Later we saw a photo on Instagram of a girl in the light room and her location said it was where we were?! Was it hiding? Who knows, not us because we were too embarrassed to ask.

3- Park on Fremont is probably one of the cutest little restaurants we have eaten at. We found this place by accident on our walk of failure back from Fremont Street (after Corduroy we walked through Fremont which really is not pretty or cool during the day with its fake Moana’s and Transformer street actors, so we got about half way and decided we were done and turned around). We passed the patio of Park and it was so cute we went inside, WHICH WAS ALSO CUTE! It was sort of garden tea party themed with a dark side of Alice in Wonderland. We decided to get a snack and got a little pail of THE BEST SWEET POTATO TOTS I’VE EVER HAD. Photos on the patio came out great, it also looks like a place that would be super cute at night, they have all of the twinkle lights. When we were finished eating we went to use the restroom (also cute) and peeked out the back door onto the back patio and OH MY GOODNESS we wished we would have eaten back there! So tea party-ish and SO MANY good photo opportunities. Even the bike at the front door was Instagram worthy. This place literally saved our day, the best accident ever. A good place, GO THERE.

4- Mermaids at the Silverton Casino… Mermaids are all the rage, we all know this. So when we read you can see a “real” mermaid at the aquarium at the Silverton Casino heck yes we jumped on that! It was also listed as one of the best free attractions in Vegas (according to what Tabitha researched). The Silverton is not on the strip which is a plus, but it was still a tad out of the way, but who cares?! We were going to see a mermaid! We get there and walk in and immediately see a big fish tank. We are looking around for a sign that says “aquarium” and don’t see one. Next to this tank was the Mermaid Lounge, we figured this must be the whole aquarium… It’s cool, we took a front seat in the mermaid lounge and waited for the mermaid to make an appearance. There were a ton of kids sitting at the base of the tank waiting. Same we thought, if we could we would be at the base of the tank too. Finally at the top of the tank, we saw a fin! She was coming! She was… she was… wearing goggles? And a full body suit? And didn’t even have long mermaid hair? What kind of mermaid attraction was this? We just looked at each other and laughed that we came all the way over here for this. This one got a NO!

5- Flamingos at the Flamingo! We love pink and we love flamingos, so off to the Flamingo Hotel and Casino we went! This one is on the strip obviously, but it was the middle of the day, we thought it would be alright. We didn’t really know where to park and passed our first option that was by the Flamingo. It was cool we said we would turn at the next public parking. When we FINALLY found it and parked, we looked on maps for how long it would take to walk to where we were going, umm we were 1.1 miles away! Oops… So we walked, and just because it was the middle of the day did not mean the strip would be any less crowded. We walked like two girls on a mission and made it to the Flamingo! Through the casino we went to wear the real flamingos were and found them… In one tiny section, but hey, still got a photo of a real flamingo. We’d say this place was a good one, some of you may not agree but it was cute.

Bonus- Shakes at Cafe Hollywood in Planet Hollywood. This stop required an outfit change which we did in the restroom at the Flamingo. Again we mapped it and Planet Hollywood was about 0.4 miles away so again we took off. I was so pumped and ready for this shake because they looked SO GOOD on Instagram. Tabitha was being navigator and according to maps, took us through the doors right to the left of the PH entrance, into the mall area. WE CIRCLED THE ENTIRE THING AND DIDN’T FIND A MILKSHAKE. Finally when we got to the end of the shopping at the casino entrance we asked someone. They said go into the casino and it was on the right, like right there. We found it! It wasn’t crowded at all so we got seated right away. We told the waiter we just wanted milkshakes and couldn’t find the fun ones on the menu. He advised they weren’t on there and gave us the rundown. I don’t even remember the flavors they offered because I was deafened when he said they were $17! FOR A MILKSHAKE?! We went with one regular strawberry milkshake that was $7 (still expensive but better). We always say do it for the gram but we draw the line at a $17 milkshake. Our single strawberry milkshake came out quickly and I can’t event describe my feelings of hysteria when I saw it. Just reference the photo below, IT WAS SO SMALL. Like it looked so tiny in the waiter’s hand. I could barely respond when he asked if we needed anything else because I was about to explode into tears of laughter. Tab and I silently looked at each other in utter amazement and then broke out into the loudest muffled laughs ever. You know when you laugh so hard and you try to talk it kind of sounds like you’re literally sobbing? That was the two of us with our tiny $7 milkshake. Once we contained ourselves and took pitiful pictures, we drank it quickly (as in drank at a regular pace and it was gone quickly because it was so small) and got the hell out of there. The restaurant was next to the exit doors and as soon as we walked out WE SAW THE MALL DOORS WE HAD ENTERED THROUGH IN THE FIRST PLACE. 20 more feet and we would have saved ourselves from the entire scenic route through the mall. Again, we looked at each other and about died from laughter. Then we took off on our now 1.5 mile commute back to the car. What would you do for a photo with flamingos and a tiny AF milkshake? We walked a total of 3 miles for them. Sometimes #doitforthegram bites you in the butt, but you got to try! As you can probably get, this was a definite no.

Since this trip Tabitha has discovered some new Instagram worthy places so we will be planning a redo, and I am pretty excited for them. Until then take our advice (or don’t) and don’t hit the no spots. Look for the next Friday 5 post next month and happy Friday!

Friday 5 – Places to be Basic in Downtown Palm Springs

Taking photos in cute places is just what we do. Do you ever go to a hip and trendy place and NOT think to take a picture? Of course not. It is part of our society today. Capture the moment and post it on Instagram so all of your followers can see how cool you are. Apparently now that means you are “basic”. It is funny to think how the word basic has more of a negative connotation now than a positive, or that it can mean anything other than what it actually means. But you know what? If I am being honest, I like being basic. I like taking pictures where ever I go. I like going to places JUST to take pictures, and who cares?! Want to know who cares? ME! I know, I’m a walking hypocrite. I have been working on it though. When you just suck it up and have your friend take the “basic” photo of you like you don’t care what other people think because you are a confident woman, you realize everyone else around you is trying to be just that and is waiting for the right moment to not feel lame enough to take their photo in that exact same spot. Start giving others around you the confidence to just take the picture already! 

Well now that we have that out of the way, I want to embrace being basic. My girlfriends and I started using the term “elevated basic”, which is what is used to describe the new line coming out exclusively at Nordstrom from style icon/blogger powerhouse Something Navy by Arielle Charnas. So I am starting something new. I want to start going places and finding five spots to be basic and take good photos in, sort of a Basic Girls Guide. So I grabbed my babes and we headed to downtown Palm Springs, my obvious new favorite place. Even though I have been downtown plenty of times, each time I find new spots to go. There is just so much down there it is hard to choose! We narrowed it down though. This is the.B.Law’s first Friday 5: places to be basic in downtown Palm Springs:

 1- Farm, the cutest restaurant I have ever been to this far in my life. It is tucked away so you could pass right by and not even notice it. Before one of my girlfriends suggested it, I had walked by it numerous times. During the week and Sunday it is only open 9am-2pm, Friday 9am-2pm and 6-9:30pm, and Saturday 8am-2pm and 6-9:30pm, so you have to plan, you can’t just show up whenever you want. Side note: they only take reservations for dinner. When we were shown to our table I was in awe. Majority of the restaurant is a patio, but not just a plain patio, oh no. They have trees, vine covered trellises, and umbrellas. The tables are set with mismatched colored and shaped glasses, the napkins are different prints, all sorts of shaped and sized bottles as vases with simple flowers, even the bathroom was cute! I was in love. It was like we had just left the downtown strip and got to sit and relax in a secret place. The ambiance was very laid back, it was quite and cool in the shade. Through all of this Instagram heaven haze don’t forget there is food here too! My girlfriends and I have been to Farm twice now and got the same appetizer both times that we spied on our neighbor’s table the moment we first sat down. Baked brie with brown sugar and hazelnuts, toast points, fig jam, and apples, need I say more? I wish I could eat that every day for forever. Farm is definitely the place for good food and good photos. Add it to your list. (Farm – 6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 

 2- Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is connected to the ever so popular hotel Arrive. I found this place on Instagram and decided I wanted to go there just for a picture with their neon sign, “#Palm Springs is Better”. It turns out the rest of the shop is cute too and they have really good ice cream, which is good news considering it is an ice cream shop… The three of us ended up getting the same, LAVENDER ICE CREAM! It tasted amazing! I was kind of expecting it to taste like a lavender latte, you know, kind of perfume-y, but it didn’t. It was sweet and creamy and the prettiest color. I love that the shop doubles as a little gift shop with super cute and trendy things, like flamingo pool floats and tumblers. (Ice Cream & Shop(pe) – 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr Ste A, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 3- Ernest Coffee, because you can’t start Sunday (or any day) without a cup of coffee. To be honest I wanted to go to this specific coffee shop just for their book wall. I love book stores so of course I want a photo in front of what looks like a million vintage books. Getting a coffee and getting properly posed on the booth side is a must. Ernest doesn’t just have a cool booth with a book wall though, they also have a super cute patio with palm leaf print cushions! I’m just saying, if we are talking Instagram opportunities, then get yourself a mimosa because yes they serve those too, head to the patio and sit candidly on the palm print soaking up the glory of a Palm Springs morning. Darn I wish I would have thought of that one while I was there! (Ernest Coffee – 1101 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

 4- The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, a cacti haven! I am sure you have seen this on Instagram already, but we went to the botanical garden basically for the cactarium. Along the path to the cacterium enclosure is pretty cool too though. They have cacti and succulents from all over (with some good photo ops obviously), and at the end was the cactarium in its own sort of greenhouse with rare cacti. Let me tell you, I want a greenhouse just to have the perfect lighting inside. Don’t worry, we actually looked at the cacti too. (Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium – 1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264)

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 5- The Palm Springs Art Museum, to look at art and stuff. We had been wanting to go here for a long time and the weekend we went happened to be the start of the Andy Warhol exhibit so that was really exciting. His art is so fun and colorful, and I feel like it just really fits today’s scene and Palm Springs especially. Regardless of the exhibit, doesn’t taking a photo at an art museum just feel so New York? (Palm Springs Art Museum – 300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262)

I cannot sum up downtown Palm Springs in just five spots. I could probably do four or five of these posts because there are seriously so many places down there, I already have two more for the next time. If you have any Palm Springs suggestions, please let me know! I am always up for a new place. Stay tuned for the next Friday 5!