ESCAPE MONTHLY: JUNE 2014
Las Vegas. Bright lights. Noise. Gambling on slot machines. Liquor that flows freely. And that's just the Strip! I honestly don't know what else there is in Vegas proper, because like nearly all tourists the only parts of the city I've ever bothered to visit is the tourist mecca. At first glance, it doesn't seem like Escape Monthly went beyond the hotels and casinos, either:
Welcome to Vegas!
Bright lights, nail biting anticipation, luxury around every corner...You're in Vegas, baby!
Known for its insatiable extravagance and sensational allure, the city of Las Vegas is the perfect destination for those who aren't afraid to splurge and focus on that quality "me" time.
We've scoured the city (and the whole state of Nevada) to find gems that capture both the city's glitzy personality and the boutique luxury brands that thrive there. We hope you love what we've found!
When I first opened the box, I felt a flash of disappointment. It looked so...empty. But I should look at what the box contains before complaining, right?
MOON HANDBOOKS NEVADA TRAVEL GUIDE: I carried an old version of this book in my trunk when I lived in Utah. It must have been from the early 90s! I never did get around to taking a detour for a short Nevada road trip, but having the updated version of the book will be infinitely more useful, since a lot's changed in the past twenty years. $19.99.
TAHOE TOFFEE: It took me a moment to catch on that this piece of candy is shaped like Nevada. I really like toffee as an accent to ice cream and cafe, but I honestly can't remember the last time I straight up snacked on an enormous chunk of it. I might have to take a hammer to this and smash it into sprinkles. $5.00.
Jeans and I have been saying for months that Escape Monthly needs to start putting more touristy things into the boxes, and boy did Escape Monthly deliver with Las Vegas. The box is nothing but cheap trinkets and tchotckes!
VEGAS WINE STOPPER: I'm not a wine drinker, so I'm going to see if this interests my sister-in-law. Cute idea. Great addition. $5.39.
AUTHENTIC CLIPPED CASINO PLAYING CARDS: I received a deck of cards from the Mandalay Bay Casino. Supposedly, these were used in the casino. Cool. I used to say that one could never have too many decks of cards, and I still tend to agree with this sentiment, even though I'm drowning in decks funded through Kickstarter or received in other subscription boxes. $4.99.
LAS VEGAS SHOT GLASS: There were some cool shot glass designs in this box. I've seen a lot of sorta retro-1950s clip art ones floating around on other blogs. I've also seen some neat Vegas sky line shot glasses. Me? I got sparkly letters on a sky blue background. Not the design I would have chosen, but again, I love the idea. $2.95.
LAS VEGAS NAIL FILE: It's a nail file. What else can I say? $1.00.
3 GIRLS HOLISTIC CALMING MIST: This lavender and chamomile spray reminds me of the good ol' days at Bath & Body Works, when we used to sell similar spritzes to use on pillows and other linens to promote sleep. This smells like a spa and does make me feel a mite sleepzzzzzzzzzzzzz... $12.00.
IADORA CHARCOAL BODY SCRUB: If the spray is calming, than this charcoal scrub is detoxifying and deep-cleaning. Talk about opposites! Actually, this makes the pairing of the two products for the box a very smart choice - depending on your mood, this can help pep you up for a night out or help you recover afterwards. $15.00.
I wouldn't say this is Escape Monthly's best box, but it does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of Las Vegas.
Next month: India!
(Gosh, I hope next month the book isn't a "How to Live Abroad..." book. India is one place I never, ever want to live.)
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