Las Vegas. Sin City. The place that’s 117 degrees in the July. It’s a town that people seem to love or hate, but Lexi and I have never really had opinions on it, honestly, until recently.
We’d been once before for a short girls’ trip, and while we had fun, it wasn’t a long enough trip and we didn’t see enough to form a proper opinion. We’d been trying to plan a trip back, and when the opportunity arose, we pounced on it. Growing up in Dallas, Southwest Airlines has always been a brand (and company) we admire. I remember flying Southwest to Amarillo when we were little, greeting the pilots at the front of the cockpit and wearing the “pilot’s wings” pin with pride. Fast forward a few (FINE, 20) years and Southwest is still near and dear to my heart. So when they reached out to us with the opportunity to join them on a trip to Las Vegas, we were more than thrilled to make the trip (after double- and triple-checking someone wasn’t playing a cruel joke on us).
Even better? The point of the trip was to celebrate 10 years of the Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show, and we would be joining a surprise party plane, taking passengers from #lovetoLOVE (Love Field to the Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage). To prep for our Vegas vacay, we stopped by MiniLuxe at West Village for fresh manis and pedis (and a little champs). The ladies hooked us up with the perfect gel nails to last us the weekend getaway. We also picked up a light dinner from Brewed+Pressed, our neighborhood’s newest juice and coffee shop, in an effort to undo the past week’s pizza diet.
When it was time for the trip, we, along with a plane full of passengers, were greeted at the gate by Cirque performers, music and some of the happiest Southwest employees. Once we were on the plane, it was a nonstop party. Passengers were surprised with not only free drinks, but 10,000 Rapid Rewards points AND tickets to a Beatles LOVE show of their choice.
Southwest knows how to throw a party in the air, y’all.
We checked into the Mirage and were eager to celebrate 10 years of LOVE. Stars walked the red carpet, and when (surprise!) Paul McCartney, Ringo and Yoko showed up, fans who had been waiting all day burst into applause. It was amazing to see the pure joy the remaining band members brought the crowd – one woman had McCartney’s signature tattooed on her arm, and others had been lined up for 12 hours for the chance to catch a glimpse of the famed bandmates. The LOVE show was a phenomenal one – if you have been before, they re-did it, so I would highly recommend going again! It was essentially 90 minutes of sensory overload thanks to mesmerizing colors, acrobatics, dancing and, of course, incredible music. We laughed, we cried, we sang along and gave a standing ovation at the end.
Following the show (and a speech from Sir Paul and Ringo!), we migrated outside for a *VIP* party by the pool. They offered passed appetizers and a hummus bar (our new favorite thing) and specialty cocktails inspired by the timeless tunes of the Beatles. We chatted with our new-found friends and a few Cirque performers, and it was truly the perfect ending to an amazing day in Vegas.The rest of our weekend was spent exploring Sin City, enjoying the Mirage pool, and prematurely planning our next trip back.Thank you so much to Southwest, The Mirage and Cirque du Soleil for our travel accommodations. As always, all opinions are our own.