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Colorful textures found in Las Vegas casinosClockwise from top left: Gallery in the Aria Hotel; Mastro’s Ocean Club in the Aria; Caesars Palace; Bellagio Hotel entrance; Bellagio Hotel; gallery in the Aria; Louis Vitton window in Caesars

This past weekend, Anthony and I took a quick trip to Las Vegas. I was dying to get away to a warmer place and Vegas seemed like the perfect escape. We did some casino hopping on Friday night and were mesmerized by the blinking lights and digital sounds coming from the slot machines. But, I have to say, after the initial excitement of being in a casino, they all started to look the same to me. The hotel lobbies, on the other hand, are what really shined for a lot of the hotels we visited. I absolutely loved the brilliant colors and textures inside the Bellagio, Caesars and Aria.

Colorful things in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Cosmopolitan was especially chic with floor to ceiling curtains of glass beads used to create sparkling walls for the bars and restaurants. There was also a bit of a retro vibe including this shop with dozens of old-fashioned sewing machines. And lots of girls in micro mini skirts.

Cher costumes on display at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

A collection of Cher’s costumes in the casino of Caesars Palace

Cher poster from Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Sonny and Cher tv shaped mugs at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Back in the early ’70s, I watched every episode of the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. I idolized Cher. So when I found out she was performing at Caesars Palace, I had to at least check out her venue. The costume collection was a treat to see. But what really made my jaw drop were these Sonny and Cher television mugs. They are so beyond kitsch I don’t even know what to say except whoever came up with the idea should win an award.

More to come.

Mary Maru