15.2.16

L(O)V(E) | Las Vegas, Nevada

At last I get to do again what I love best: travel and blog! I am so excited to currently find myself in Las Vegas. It's the third time that I am visiting Sin City. It's so nice to be back, in the year of the Monkey.

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and I hope that all of you had a romantic day with your special someone. As previously mentioned on my Instagram account, I am single again and I got to spend V Day with the most important person in my life: myself! What happened? Well, I think that the start of 2016 has marked a turn for me and I reminded myself, yet again, that I need to take more responsibility for my life. For the past year and a half I had been in an on and off long-distance relationship and ultimately I came to the conclusion that I would rather be single again and concentrate on the things that are important to me and make me happy. So this is where I am now. 
I am staying at Aria Resort and Casino for two nights. With 4,004 rooms, it's the 11th largest hotel in the world. It's a five star hotel but I have to say that it doesn't fully meet my expectations because the attention to upkeep detail is lacking. Apart from that, the room is comfortable, very spacious and with modern amenities. I don't think that I would stay here again though. 
This is my room. I got to choose between a double queen or a king and I chose the former because supposedly it's larger. I picked the bed next to the window. 
I totally love the automatic curtains that open and close at the push of a button. 
I am currently sitting on that green chair writing this post. 
This is the view - not facing The Strip but nice enough.
The bathroom is minimalist and I like the shower room which includes a bath tub. 
I had been looking forward to the Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity show at The Colosseum for a couple of months. I have been listening to her ever since she released 'Emotions' in the 90s. I think that I even still have the CD single at home. There were a couple of touching moments during her show: she sang a virtual duet with a young Michael Jackson during I'll Be There. Her two children came on stage to wish her a happy Valentine's Day, which was very sweet. I thought that perhaps her new fiance would make an appearance as well but he didn't. There was however a young Las Vegas couple who came on and the guy proposed to his girlfriend in front of all of us. Luckily she said 'yes'! 
I should have maybe got first category tickets to have a better view. The show was really spectacular though, the stage kept transforming constantly and there were uncountable costume changes. The Voice delivered a superb performance and I can't wait to see what it will be like when I see her in Luxembourg next month. 
This is only the third leg of her residency. The next two legs will take place in June and August. 

Today is President's Day. I will probably stop by Fashion Show Mall and enjoy a quiet day. Will blog more in a couple of days. 

53 comments

  1. I'm sorry to hear about your breakup but it sounds like it's the right move for you and you're enjoying your me time. Vegas is always fun. I was actually married there and haven't been back since. It looks like it's really changed and modernized these days.

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  2. Las Vegas is such a wonderful destination and your pictures perfectly captured its glamour!
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  3. jessisratherstrange .2/15/2016 7:59 pm

    Wow looks amazing! Your photography is STUNNING! What do you use to take and edit your photos, words can't express how magical and gorgeous you make things look! x

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  4. Thank you Jess. I use Photoshop Lightroom to edit my photos.

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  5. Love what you wrote and I get u since Im in the same mood lol Btw, so thrilled for u, hope u are enjoying ur time at the best there but for what Im seeing, I do believe it is so. Your room is amazing! Have fun Anouk, we should plan a travel together!:P xo

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  6. Oh yes, would be nice to go to a place together!

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  7. So good to hear you're having a good time right now! I've never been to Las Vegas, it looks like buckets of fun though.

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  8. You are brave and made the right decision to look after yourself first. Las Vegas has changed so much since I was there a few years ago. I don't know these Hotels. They must be new. Your room looks spacious and clean. I bet the Mariah Carey concert was truly a memorable experience. I like her music too.

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  9. Good to hear that you are back on track Anouk :) I had a very very hard time dealing with a change in 'status' as well. Looking back now, I couldn't be happier and the decision made was more than right. Change isn't easy and I believe you are stronger than you think you are, therefore no worries girl!

    The hotel looks really good in the pictures! What's the reason you won't be heading back? :)

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  10. Wow that hotel looks absolutely beautiful! Great post!!

    Jac Fleurant

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  11. Oh that is a shame about the Aria. I heard such good things from people. It's funny looking at your room and seeing the similarities in mine at the Mandalay. Especially in the bathroom vanity hahaha. I didn't realise you were single again Anouk, but good for you for recognising that you need time to yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. Shame our paths didn't cross here. Would have been so much fun to have seen you here in Vegas!

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  12. Allie Mackin2/16/2016 4:09 am

    Oh Vegas that is a switch up, and WOW what an amazing looking place to stay, sign me up! I spent Valentine or Blogentines day with fellow bloggers and a weekend filed with FW events.

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  13. Glad to hear you're doing what you love (and that you love what you're doing)...yes? The room looks massive and I would so love curtains like that too

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  14. That hotel room is to die for! We're currently planning a trip to Las Vegas during the summer and I've never been so this post makes me super excited. Glad you are having fun!
    Sweet Horizon

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  15. that's awesome!!! i say yes to focusing on yourself first! :D

    as for Aria, I think the room is so spacious, i really like that! :) enjoy your time.

    Have a great week!

    Animated Confessions

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  16. I love Vegas.... haven't been in about 5 years though!! Your room at the Aria looks awesome and how cool you went to see Mariah!!


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  17. I've stayed here before and really enjoyed it although I prefer their sister hotel the Vdara, it's a lot quieter and easier to manage I guess so the attention to detail that you thought was lacking in the Aria may have been better in the Vdara.

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  18. I love Vegas! The last time I was there I stayed at Vdara. I really want to go back
    xo
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  19. Great photos!! Love the bathroom!! Amazing!!
    Love,
    Kisses and hugs from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  20. I love your spirit! I'm recently single too and though I felt weird by it on V day, I decided to spend the V day with my friends but I love what you did! Thank you for taking us through a magnificent tour of Las Vegas! Your pictures breathe life!

    Love,

    Nilu Yuleena Thapa

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  21. Don't worry, you'll find a better one. I think that you are enjoying yourself now more than ever., so all good. Sorry to hear that the hotel didn't meet your expectations, but the view is amazing. Glad to hear you had a great time on Mariah Carey's show :)

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  22. What a luxurious looking hotel room and that view is amazing! Mariah Carey has an unique voice, your very lucky that you participated to her show!

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  23. The Mariah Carey show must have been amazing! I've never been to Vegas but I'd certainly like to and to fit in a trip to the Grand Canyon

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  24. Rasa Virviciute2/16/2016 12:12 pm

    Wow this place looks incredible! xo

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  25. Sounds like you had a great time in Vegas! Mariah really does have a voice like no other, it must have been even more amazing to hear it live :)

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  26. this looks like an amazing trip!

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  27. Beautiful pictures! I love California altough I am not the biggest fan of LV. I hope you will have a beuatiful adventure! Dafe traveks.

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  28. I have yet to visit the west coast! Not sure if I want to ever visit LV, but the main reason I would probably go there would be to watch Celine Dion in concert (when she returns on stage). That said, hotels can be sometimes deceiving despite the good ratings. I hope that you will nonetheless have a fabulous time :) And being single again is not that bad - like you said, it's a good time to focus on you and find yourself. xo

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  29. Wow the hotel looks amazing!

    Have a fabulous Tuesday Doll! Kisses,

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  30. Jane Fitfabfun2/16/2016 7:47 pm

    Such an amazing place to stay! Enjoy Vegas!!
    xo, Jane
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  31. great photos! I was in vegas a week ago!
    that's kinda sucks that the hotel upkeep isn't that great! still, it looks like you stayed in a lovely room
    xx
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  32. Gorgeous photos! I love Vegas, and Aria is definitely one of our favorite places to stay in the city! Hope you are having a wonderful trip!

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  33. Beautiful photos! Your suite looks fab x

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  34. Hurrah for you Anouk! Here's to you this year! I've never traveled alone before and I admire you so much for it! Can't wait to meet you on Friday!

    be the plebeian

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  35. Ileana Druetta2/17/2016 6:22 am

    So gorgeous!!! It makes me wanna go there :)

    xoxo

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  36. It was amazing, as I can see! Wonderful photos! And incredible monkey on the 1st photo! ♡

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  37. Edita Lozovska2/17/2016 2:44 pm

    Awesome photos - plus you look stunning in your snapchats!
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  38. So nice that you are in Las Vegas, great hotel (although you said you wouldn't stay there anymore) and so sweet to see Mariah Carey, her two children and then a guy proposing! You are so right, and there's a saying from a place I went once: better single and happy, than with someone and unhappy (just for the sake of being in a relationship). It sounds simple, but it is really true!
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  39. Would love to visit that city one day!

    x Sandra

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  40. Beautiful pictures dear..loving every bit of that luxury of the place..I love Vegas and its in my bucket list to visit next year..thanks for sharing such a beautiful stay review dear..:)

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  41. Tash Collier2/17/2016 5:15 pm

    Beautiful photos!

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  42. Amazing! It is a dream to visit LV!
    Dora www.bangsbang.com

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  43. Siffat Haider2/17/2016 5:59 pm

    I've always wanted to go to Vegas - not because of the parties or gambling, but because of the food and luxurious hotels! It seems like you had a wonderful time!
    xo
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  44. Well it sounds like you're doing the right thing and focussing on you, which is truly important. Long-distance relationships are tough, I've done it twice in the past. Gorgeous photos. Enjoy your travels.
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  45. Woooow!!!!!!!

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  46. Ahh I just came back from Vegas yesterday! I was honestly just thinking about how the Mariah concert would be seeing her poster on one of the buildings and you got to go! It's always good to focus on ourselves sometimes and glad to hear that your taking a good turn of events. Look forward to more posts from you!

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  47. I think when it comes to love, it will happen when the time is right. And until then it's good to live and explore, as long as you feel happy and content (and I feel like you do). And what a great show to see and remember! x

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  48. Ech waert am Summer fier d'éischt do sin, sin schon gespaant!!! :)
    Genau di richteg Wierder och, wisou zu zwee onglecklech wann et leng am glecklechen geet :)

    x Claude

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  49. Your pictures all came out so lovely, we would love to visit sometime in the future, it's obvious you had an amazing time!

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  50. Entweder et waert dir gefaalen oder net. D'Meenunge vun de Leit gin oft auserneen. Ech fannen et di coolste Plaatz a Kalifornien a sin emmer nees gaeren do!

    Jo, ech fannen och dat een aus de richtege Grenn an enger Beziehung soll sin an net nemmen fir sech der Gesellschaft unzepassen oder sech selwer eppes beweisen ze wellen :)

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  51. Seems like it was a great trip!! Sorry to hear about your break up. Hope you are doing well. Long distance relationships are hard.
    That's a lot of rooms at Aria..I like the bathtub!

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  52. These photos are extraordinary! - I am falling in love with Las Vegas from afar and I cannot wait to go there! Looks so beautiful and I can imagine it being a really fun place to be! This hotel room is perfect as well! I hope you're having an amazing trip! xx

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

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  53. martynaaleksandra2/28/2016 8:35 pm

    Been away for a bit so now I'm catching up with your posts! :) Good to read that you had a great time in the States! The pictures are amazing as always and oh wow! The views! I will love it there when I finally visit the USA at some point :) Enjoy Mariah's gig in Lux! Greetings x

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