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The life of The Gipsy Bag is one to be envied by all. The freedom to travel from purse to purse and from place to place.

Here at The Gipsy Bag’s blog, not only will you read about The Gipsy Bag’s life on the go, but there will also be travel tips and stories, info on fav products, updates on new patterns & colors soon to be released, and anything else we deem newsworthy!

And, if you don’t already have a Gipsy Bag, you better grab yourself one….Just imagine the stories it could tell!

Viva Las Vegas! Tapestry Bag living the life…

The Gipsy Bag and crew flew out to Vegas for a few days to have some serious fun. Where else can you stay in a fabulous hotel, hang out at some super cool pool clubs, shop at some of the best stores around, eat at some of the best restaurants in the country, and party at some of the coolest nightclubs in the World?

View from room facing Bellagio fountains

Terrace Studio Balcony

We decided to stay at the Cosmopolitan in the new City Center this time around. We usually stay at Encore, Wynn, Venetian or Palazzo, but wanted to try something different…The Cosmopolitan is probably now in our top 2 fav places to stay in Vegas. It’s between the Wynn and Cosmo….The Cosmopolitan is a smaller hotel compared to some of the other mega properties in Vegas, which we actually like. Some of the hotels are overwhelming because they are soooo large. Cosmo’s vibe is elegant contemporary…The rooms are awesome. We stayed in a King Terrace, which is basically a junior suite with a large balcony. Our room was in the West Tower with the Strip/Bellagio view. We highly

Bellagio View

View from room

recommend you request this tower and view. We were on the 58th floor and can tell you we have never had such an amazing view in Vegas. We overlooked the Bellagio water show, strip and could see out to the mountains. You almost didn’t want to leave the room because the view was so awesome. The rooms are very well decorated, have extremely comfy beds, 2 flat screen t.v.s with all the high tech features you could imagine, work station, living area, kitchenette with dishwasher/mini refrigerator, sink, microwave and lots of cabinet space. The kitchen was missing a coffee maker, plates and utensils.. We made sure to mention are frustration with this. They said they are working on getting the kitchens stocked they way they should be…. The bathrooms are very large with a japanese jacuzzi tub, oversized shower and dual sinks….

There were lots of restaurants to choose from, but many had some really funky menus, which weren’t that appealing to us. We did eat at the “secret” pizza parlor on the 3rd floor located between the sushi restaurant and tapas restaurant. They have delicious NY style think crust pizza, which you HAVE to try when you visit the Cosmo… We also ate at Holsteins burger and shake joint, which was good…The coffee shop on the 2nd floor was decent. It would be great if they had more food choices though.. They have alot of pastries, but could use some fresh fruit, oatmeal, bagels, etc..

There are 3 pools. Boulevard pool where lots of outdoor concerts are held. There’s also a gigantic jacuzzi and a game/tv area with a pool table and flat screens to watch sports. The Bamboo pool is next to fitness center and has a more laid back quiet vibe. Lastly, the Marquee Day Club, which is adults only and does cost to get into on the weekends. You will also need to pay for seating. It’s $50 per lounge chair and more expensive for daybeds and cabanas. The cabanas come w/ small infinity plunge pools.. The fee goes towards your beverage and food bill, so that’s cool. We recommend ordering either pitchers of Sangria or Mojitos. 

At night there is no reason to leave the Cosmopolitan. They have what some say is the number one club in the world right now (We’d beg to differ, but whatever). The Marquee Club is not your big massive super club, rather it’s a club filled with various intimate spaces. The club also extends outside to the pool area where they stream video on the big screen of the D.J. spinning inside…Pretty cool. They frequently have guest DJ’s like Tiesto, Armin Van Buren, Deadmau 5, etc. We went to the Marquee on a Monday night, which happens to be industry night. We have two words to explain the scene HELLA CRAZY! We aren’t about to give you the skinny here on the blog….We’re gonna let you go check it out for yourself!

The Gipsy Bag always likes to give props to some of it’s fav places, so we’re going to list some restaurants we think you should check out. Sushi Roku@Caesars Palace, STK@Cosmopolitan, Diego@MGM, Shibuya@MGM, Okada@Wynn, Alize@Palms, Capriotti’s@on Sahara Ave, Raising Cane’s Fried Chicken@locations all over, FireFly@off the strip by Hard Rock (hands down best Sangria EVER)…

We cannot end this blog without mentioning the absolute most entertaining show in Vegas right now. It’s called ABSINTHE. It’s named after the highly alcoholic spirit, which has been said to be dangerously addictive psychoactive drug! This show is absolutely CRAZY! It’s been referred to as Cirque Du Soleil meets the Rocky Horror Show. It’s held in an old 1800′s circus tent. The venue is small so you don’t have to worry about buying VIP Tickets. Just buy general admission tickets and you will be able to see everything right in front of your eyes…. We promise you will will love this show. But, be warned….. Lots of vulgar comedy, hot bodies (guys and girls), and amazing acrobatics…

So after 4 days in Vegas, we were ready to go home. Vegas is after all… A Love Hate relationship…

See you soon Vegas,

Tapestry Bag

Kenya Bag @ The Renaissance Club Sport, Aliso Viejo, CA

I thought I should probably give a shout out to this place since I frequent it…oh…about 5 days a week… The Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo, CA  is a hybrid hotel and fitness club combo. It’s a great place to be a member. The gym is impeccable, the classes and instructors are AWESOME, and the facilities are amazing. You can take a class, shoot some hoops or play racquetball, go hang out at the pool, and even have some cocktails to reward yourself for your hard work….On the weekends during the summer they have a DJ spinning tunes at the pool. They have a tent for bbq-ing and serving cocktails. There is also a cafe with a great menu of smoothies and protein drinks. The outdoor dining/lounge is a great place to relax with friends. On Friday nights they have a really fun reggae band…The club is great for families, singles, etc. If you live in the area, you should def check this place out.

Maybe I’ll see you there….XO, The Kenya Bag

Vienna Bag hangs out @ The Lab in Costa Mesa

It was a perfect Southern California day when I headed to The Lab in Costa Mesa to hang out w/ the girls. We met at “Habana” for brunch. This is one cool spot. The indoor/outdoor space is done in this old world rustic decor that is very hip. The patio is very large and decorated with lots of plants, flowers, vine, etc. Our meal was awesome, but better yet was the Sangria Blanca. Not to sweet. Just right. They dice up green apples for garnish, which adds some pizzaz to the drink… Make sure to order a pitcher, or two, or three. LOL. After hanging out for almost 2 hrs at Habana, we decided to walk around the shops at both The Lab and The Camp… Never a dull moment looking at the unique clothing, jewelry, art that fills these artisan shops. No outdoor live bands playing today, which was a little disappointing, but it could have been due to the 4th of July holiday…The only thing we purchased were some fireworks at the little stand next to The Lab. Not bad considering it’s quite rare to ever leave without buying at least one article of clothing or jewelry. There is always next time though!

Peace,

The Vienna Bag

 

The Vintage California Bag heads to Barcelona, Spain

Well, I’ve been filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies for our trip to Barcelona, Spain. Last time I looked around I had the following items stuffed into me…Antibacterial hand wash, MAC lipstick and lipgloss, Clinique eyeliner, Chanel foundation and powder, bobby pins, ipod, cell phone, passport, business cards, Orbit cinnamint gum (I love the smell of this stuff!), feminine products, Tylenol, other random medications (I think I saw some Xanax… Kym, my owner, always take this when she travels on a plane), nail polish, Gas-x (gotta have this. you know how awful airplane food is.

Yuck), Beano (to try and avoid having to take Gas-X, US currency and Euros, credit cards…Well, I think there is more, but aren’t you getting bored reading all this?

We fly out of LAX through Paris (love the Charles de Gaulle airport by the way.Probably my absolute favorite) to Barcelona. The flight is the usual boring uneventful experience. The plane is crowded, which certainly shows people are still spending money to travel.

We arrive at our hotel, which is the amazing Hotel Arts. It’s a Ritz Carlton property. I can’tbegin to explain how awesome this place is..It’s a modern high end hotel located right on the Mediterranean Sea. Our room has the most gorgeous view of the ocean from high in the sky…The spa is 5 star. The food to die for. The location could’t be better. You walk right out of the hotel onto the main paths along the ocean. There are restaurants, clubs, people riding bikes, jogging, boating, etc.

The trip consisted of LOTS of partying at the CLUBS!! This place is crazy!..I haven’t been anywhere, yet, that can match the nightlife in Barcelona.

We would get to the first club around 12midnight and leave around 7am…We danced, had drinks, met new people all night long… The great thing about Barcelona is that even the Tapas Bars are open throughout the night. The city really comes to life after dark.

When we would finally wake up around 12noon. We would eat a nice healthy salad or tapas and head to the gym. After everyone was feeling up to speed again, it was off to see the sights. Barcelona iscity mixed with old world architecture and new modern architecture..It’s cool to see how the two blend together so easily. A fun place to check out is Las Ramblas, a well known boulevard in Barcelona,filled with cafes, markets, shops, museums, and very interesting human art statues and street performers.

Happy Travels,

The Vintage Cali Bag