I know we make fun of the whole idea of Instagram influencers pretty often over here, but all that means is that you can trust us to know which ones are legit. And let me tell you, Charly Jordan (@charlyjordan) is super legit. The 21-year-old is already a model and photographer, and today (March 13th) she marks her entrance into the music industry with the release of her debut single, “Blackstrap Molasses” at a kick-off at Hakkasan in Las Vegas. Betches was lucky enough to get the single a few hours ahead of its official release and talk to Charly about entering the music industry, turning 21, and what is in store for her.
Charly wrote, produced, and sang on her debut single, “Blackstrap Molasses,” which has been described as “a blend of ZHU and Poppy sonically.” If you’re not a music geek, I would describe it as electric pop dance music, and the song you will be bothering the DJ to play at every house party and bar you go to.
Charly is understandably nervous to release her first track and a new part of herself to the world (I won’t even sing outside my shower, so I can relate), but she said it really helped her during the process to “have confidence” and be “in the studio with the people I feel comfortable with.”
“The process wasn’t easy, but worth it. It really is about flowing and having things come naturally and it took a while to find that,” said Charly. “I love so many genres of music, so honing in on one that I felt best carried my message was the real struggle.” But, once she found it, the process “has been so amazing.” The best part for her, according to Charly, was “getting in a studio and putting emotion and experiences into a universal language like music, that everyone can feel.”
It doesn’t hurt that Charly has always loved singing and that this is something she’s always wanted to do. “Music has always been something I wanted to pursue but didn’t have the confidence or the money, honestly,” she admitted. TBH I’m impressed with her because the list of things I don’t have the confidence or money to do is so long, but Charly told us she just kept “working my ass off” to get into a studio and teach herself how to produce music.
Charly hasn’t always been a musician, however. Growing up she was a competitive soccer player and running hurdles on the track team, and even won a triathlon and surfing competition. I’m sorry, but what can’t this girl do? “Being a competitive athlete taught me discipline, which prepped me for three years of freelance travel/lifestyle videography and photography,” says Charly.
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This is hands-down the most intense tool picture I’ve ever posted/will ever post. I promise there’s a story to it 😂 three years ago I came out to LA and met with every major agency, they all turned me down and told me I was too muscular. That I needed to lose 10 pounds of muscle. So I built this platform on my own, because I knew what they were saying was wrong. As women growing up especially in high school it becomes very apparent what men are attracted to. Even as we get older wearing skirts, dresses, make up, doing our hair… It all inconveniences being able to function, and move/work out. So many girls won’t even enjoy getting in the ocean or the pool in fear of their hair getting wet or their make up coming off. For me it’s been worth it to sacrifice looking a certain way, or compromising what other people think of me to keep my body healthy and enjoy my life. We see a lot of tiny waists, plastic surgery, done up women, and what we consider to be our best/ most attractive selves on Instagram. But I’d like to challenge everybody this year to post what’s impressive to them, not just what looks good. I’m proud of my years of athleticism and I’m not gonna let what I’m supposed to look like get in the way of what actually feels good. Being strong feels good, being able to defend myself feels good, (even though I’m super insecure about my chest and debate getting implants every day) having small tits feels good lol, being me feels good. It makes me so sad how insecure so many women are based off societies expectations of them. I just want you guys to love yourself, and I know it’s easier said than done. But let’s make 2020 a year of love. Self love, love towards everybody regardless of what they look like, and love towards this earth. Tryna get these ads done by the end of this month tho still lol… Top from @revolve 😂
Oh, BTW, did I mention that Charly is only 21, and she’s already lived a longer life than I ever will? “My 21st was unique for sure,” said Charly, but then adding “bittersweet,” because “I’ve had a lot of unique life experiences, so I don’t really feel 21.” However, that does not mean that Charly didn’t celebrate her birthday like a typical (famous) 21-year-old in Ibiza and Vegas. So, yes, maybe bittersweet, but celebrating 21 in Ibiza and Vegas seems pretty fun to me.
“Blackstrap Molasses” may be Charly’s first single, but she has plenty in store. “The dream collab for me would be Fisher, Habstrakt, or Kaskade!” she told us, and she plans to do a ton more in her career. “I hope my path is filled with many new adventures,” she remarked. “I’d love to dive deeper into music production, creative directing for brands (others and my own) and video concepts, as well as getting into acting at some point.”
Charly is aware of the obstacles that stand in her way, however, especially being an Instagram and TikTok influencer. “I think being a female in the music industry is hard overall, but yes the disrespectful stigma that falls over models or influencers is only something people think before they meet us.” She believes that peoples’ ideas about who influencers are and what they do can create harmful stereotypes. “What I’ve done with social media and what many other girls, who I’m proud to call my friends, have done is more than just modeling. It’s a community of like-minded individuals.” This community, Charly notes, is “the only reason I am where I’m at right now,” because of “hard work, real connections, and being genuine.” She adds “I think that’s all you can really ask of someone no matter what field they choose to go into.” I can’t really argue with that!
After hearing her song and hearing what she has to say, I am so excited to see where Charly goes in her future! Give it a listen here:
Disney World is to children what Vegas is to adults, and no, that is not an understatement by any means. It is literally an adult f*cking playground where rules don’t exist and time is an abstract concept, especially when you can’t tell if it’s day or night from inside your hotel. Now usually, when you’re planning a trip, your hotel might not be your first priority because you figure you can pass out anywhere if you’re drunk, right? Well, you’re going to want to put some thought into where you stay in Vegas, because the hotels there are just made differently. They are destinations in and of themselves, and if you choose to, you could spend the entire weekend without stepping foot outside the property (which we wouldn’t judge you for).
The Cosmopolitan is no exception, and if you’re planning a group trip of any kind, you’re going to want to heavily consider staying here. Here are a few reasons why:
The suite options at The Cosmo are essentially created for large parties, especially the Wraparound Terrace Suite. The suite can also connect to the room next door, allowing your entire group to share accommodations without being squished. The Terrace Suite’s balcony doors open to a huge terrace that offers insane views of the Vegas skyline—the perfect place for all your Instagram photos-to-be.
Prices def vary by season and weekend, but chances are you’re only going to Vegas for 3-4 nights anyway and if you split that up by a few people, you’re likely spending $100 each night. If you’re really trying to ball out you can book the Bungalow, a three-level room (is this a room? a house?) with a private patio, outdoor kitchen and bar, rooftop plunge pool, and a prime view of Marquee Dayclub.
You could eat every meal, plus two snacks, at this hotel during your entire trip and not even get halfway through their options. There’s a dining option for every mood, hungover included (looking at you, The Henry and The Juice Standard). To kick off your weekend you need to make a reservation at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., a supper club where the entertainment is so authentically fun (and not cheesy), you’ll forget you’re even supposed to be eating dinner. If you’re celebrating a birthday or a bachelorette party, this is your spot, plus the drinks make for the most IG worthy cocktails. Other dinner spots we’d recommend are Beauty & Essex, Scarpetta, STK, Blue Ribbon, and Zuma.
Breakfast and lunch are usually more chill in Vegas, just grabbing food when you have a chance as you’re running from hotel room to pool party to bar. You also won’t have to deal with everyone’s dietary restrictions if you go to Block 16 Urban Food Hall, which has six different restaurants within the space including Hattie B’s Hot Chicken (the famous one from Nashville), Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, and Ghost Donkey. This is def the fanciest food court you’ve ever seen.
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When it comes to finding a hotel in Vegas, you’ll want to consider a few v important things: location, where to get the best bang for your buck, where to find the most ideal sleeping arrangements for as many people as possible, and where you can d̶r̶i̶n̶k̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶h̶o̶u̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶ create memories that will last a lifetime. You’re def going to want to stay at a hotel that has a day club, a night club, and a ton of restaurants and bars. This will just makes your life that much easier, and the chance of getting lost coming home at 5am that much smaller. Swipe through to see why @cosmopolitan_lv is one of our fav spots to stay at in Vegas & link in bio for our bach guide @betchesbrides
Clubs, restaurants, supper clubs, and bars—there are tons of places to grab a cocktail at The Cosmo. Honestly one of my fav pastimes at a hotel is going on a bar crawl without ever leaving the property. Your options here are plentiful but also offer variety. If you want a fancy yet interesting spin on a classic cocktail, hit up Vesper Bar (they also have a neon sign), for a tastebud-altering drink (and a bomb IG photo), go to The Chandelier bar, and if you want to slip away from the crowd, go to The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktail for prohibition-era speakeasy vibes. There are a few others dispersed throughout the hotel, but these are def our top favs.
Marquee Nightclub needs separate recognition because this super club is a monument in and of itself. This 60,000-square-foot club has three main rooms, the Main Room, the Library, and the Boom Box Room, and all make for an epic night out. There are always a ton of rotating DJs, plus it’s operated by the TAO Group so you know it’s legit.
Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam
I honestly don’t know what I was more impressed with: the size of Marquee or the size of the spa. The spa has 30 treatment rooms, two workout areas, a salon with hairstylists and women who have done Britney Spears’ makeup. Yes, seriously. It also offers one of the country’s few authentic Hammam experiences and you can even reserve the Sahra Spa Penthouse Suite, which is exactly what it sounds like—an insane private room for you and your friends to get a bunch of spa treatments.
There are not one, not two, but three different pools at The Cosmopolitan to choose from. If you, like most people who head to Vegas this time of year, are looking to party allll day, you’ll be spending your time at Marquee Dayclub. This place gets WILD and is the epitome of a Vegas pool party. Trust us, you need to spend an afternoon here. Check the events calendar before going so you can plan which day to go based on what DJ is performing. Each tower at the hotel also has a much more low-key but still impressive pool. You can see right down the strip from the Boulevard pool (the bigger and more lively of the two) and the Chelsea pool is more of a chill little oasis.
We all have that one friend who somehow knows how to gamble (like actually gamble, not just play the slots), so make them happy and take them to the 100,000-square-foot casino. If you want to tag along and try your luck, you can play one of their 1,300 slot machines or 120 individual gaming tables.
Treat yourself to a blowout from Drybar, a new bathing suit (because you didn’t pack 15 for a 3-day trip) from Molly Brown’s Swimwear, or a beyond-necessary IV from REVIV IV Wellness Spa all while never leaving your hotel (or taking off your pajamas, because yes we did that). And if you’re one of those people who work out on vacation (don’t understand you, never will), there are massive gyms in each hotel tower. This place is literally a mecca of everything entertainment and the reason why I’ve stayed here four out of the five times I’ve been to Vegas.
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It is my personal opinion that there are enough bars in Manhattan that no one should ever have wait in line to get in. The same can be said about bachelorette weekend destinations. There are more than enough fun cities in the world to take cute Instagrams in matching high-waisted bathing suits, but that doesn’t stop way too many of our fave brides-to-be from throwing their cowboy boots in a duffle and heading to Nashville for their bachelorette weekend. For those of you who would like to experience what being original feels like, but still want to have a truly fab weekend with your best friends, please, for f*ck’s sake, avoid the following cities and give the world some fresh inspiration!
Obv had to start with the most traveled-to destination. I don’t have the precise figures on how many groups of young women travel to Honky Tonk Town for their bachelorette party, but if my Instagram is an accurate indicator of the truth, then every basic bitch in America is booking her bachelorette trip to Nashville. Don’t get me wrong, Nashville is a seriously great city, and I was this close to spending four years there for college, but I chose a different yet similarly Southern school instead. Oops? Look, if you truly love this city and are dying to take your crew here, you do you, but you will have to accept that you will be sharing Broadway with about a million other bachelorette parties. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a few new friends? However, you’re more likely to be really annoyed that it won’t really feel like your weekend. Also, give the Nashvillians a f*cking break from your drunken bullsh*t! One of my best friends lives there and said that going out is simply not an option anymore because every restaurant and bar has been taken over by bridal parties dying to run into Tim McGraw. Just let Jesus take the wheel and go to a different city below the Mason-Dixon if you want a Southern experience. Atlanta is prettier, cooler, and has a whole lot more to do (and we will have a bachelorette guide on it v soon)!
2. Las Vegas
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Guys, stop going to Vegas. Just stop! You are better than the city in f*cking Nevada that’s still trying to make magic shows a thing. In my opinion, Las Vegas is like a really extravagant cage. Seriously, think about it! Your entire weekend takes place in your hotel during the day and on one street (the Strip) at night. If you venture like, one mile out of these confines, you’re in what looks like the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. People who love Vegas are f*cking extra, which I truly appreciate and respect, but you don’t need to waste your efforts on the place where Ross and Rachel got married. Look, I get it. You want Vegas because you want to wear makeup and heels at the pool without being #judged. You want to get a ton of money by having to do nothing more than deciding between red and black. You want to see if Magic Mike is a myth. We stan betches like you because you have no shame in your game! Vegas is not on your level, though. Instead, save your money and go to St. Tropez or Mexico City, two places that appreciate your level of extra.
Miami is like if Vegas was in Florida. Tbh, I love Miami, but not for a bachelorette party, because it’s where the rich kids in college went for spring break and then just went back for their bachelorette weekend, which is just tacky. Give yourself and your girls a place they can get excited about without having to worry about running into their grandparents on the beach. Yes, there’s always South Beach, but you will be one of many a bachelorette group taking group photos on the sand. You can do better, ladies. Again, Miami is so overdone because it’s a cool city, but there are so many other cool cities where you can do almost everything you’d do in Miami. For instance, ever been to St. Augustine? It’s gorgeous, full of charming bars, and obv has plenty of beaches so you can come home with a fresh af tan. What’s not to love?
4. New Orleans
Did we just write a Betches’ Bachelorette Guide to New Orleans? Yes. Is New Orleans overdone for bachelorette weekends? Yes! Look, the people wanted a NOLA guide, so we gave them a NOLA guide. See, we listen to you! However, as amazing as the Big Easy is, it’s time to go somewhere else. I just want to reiterate for the fourth time that all of these cities are great, but they’re almost so great that too many people are visiting them and making them sh*tty. For instance, apparently there was once a time when Rome was like a cute, charming quiet city in Italy that wasn’t dripping in tourists taking photos on iPads. Don’t let New Orleans become the next Rome, y’all. New Orleans is such a hot spot because of Bourbon Street and the Garden District (and, let’s be real, Cafe Du Monde), but think of all of the cities with amaze streets that you’d use for the same purposes as Bourbon Street. If all you want to do is bar hop on an aesthetically pleasing, historical street, go to M Street in Georgetown! It’s like the Northern New Orleans, but with preppier boys to flirt with and ruder bar tenders because Southern hospitality truly only exists in the South.
Remember when everyone on the f*cking planet realized Iceland exists, so at the exact same time, everyone booked a trip to Iceland? Charleston is the Iceland of the U.S. because it suffered the same influx of people, but in the form of bachelorette parties. I totally understand why: it’s like if Julia Engel was a city. Sadly, Charleston is too popular for its own good and we need to give it a rest so that it can become cool again. This tiny southern gem and its population of freelancers were not prepared for the swarm of matching T-shirts and people asking “Hi, sorry, excuse me? Can you take our pic 80 different ways?” Charleston is so f*cking charming it hurts, but for this very reason, it’s losing sight of who it is! There are other cities out there that have a pale pink house next to a mint green house with a palm tree in between! We just need to find them! Savannah is better in my opinion. You know why I think that? Because it’s the only city in the South that the Union’s army spared because it was too damn beautiful. You know what city got pummeled? Charleston!
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I really never anticipated that I would be thinking about the Jonas Brothers this much in 2019, but life is crazy sometimes. Obviously, everyone was losing their minds when they released their comeback single “Sucker,” but things aren’t slowing down. Just in the past 24 hours, they announced their first tour in nearly a decade, performed at the Billboard Music Awards, and had a wedding. That’s right, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner tied the knot last night in Las Vegas, after attending the BBMAs together. We’ve got the Game of Thrones predictions on lock this season, but this was one plot twist we definitely didn’t see coming.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have been together since late 2016, and they first announced their engagement in October of 2017. That’s a pretty long engagement, but we had no idea when the wedding was coming. This honestly makes sense, because Sophie Turner seems like one of the chillest people in Hollywood. She’s quickly become one of my favorite people, thanks to her DGAF attitude on social media, and this legendary chug seen around the world:
Sansa can hang. The details of Sophie and Joe’s low-key Vegas wedding are pretty amazing, especially considering this is less than six months after Joe’s brother Nick Jonas married Priyanka Chopra in one of the most extra weddings the world has ever seen. But to each their own, and Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner just wanted a Vegas wedding officiated by an Elvis impersonator. Works for me. There definitely wasn’t a People exclusive for this wedding, but luckily Instagram still gave us a closer look at this sacred occasion. Specifically, Diplo documented much of the evening on his IG Story, before he left for his DJ set at a club. Diplo, an ultimate icon.
Looks like Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are getting married!! pic.twitter.com/zSW17g5cHC
— Myeisha Essex (@MyeishaEssex) May 2, 2019
At the ceremony, country duo Dan + Shay performed an acoustic version of their song “Speechless,” because casual. I would’ve preferred an acoustic rendition of “Tequila,” but for some reason no one consulted me on the music choice. Rude. In the video, you can see Sophie and Joe exchange Ring Pops, and honestly this is the kind of beautiful wedding tradition I’m here for. Who needs diamonds when you can have delicious candy?
It’s unclear if Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner will have any kind of a bigger wedding celebration, but this intimate, random ceremony feels pretty appropriate for such a fun couple. At the very least, I hope they have time for a kickass honeymoon before Joe gets busy with tour rehearsals. Wherever they go, I just hope that Sophie doesn’t forget to post hilarious Instagram stories while they’re there. Her stories are basically the only thing getting me through at this point, so I need this. Sansa Stark might not be one of the G0T characters with big d*ck energy, but Sophie definitely does.
Sadly, this means that all three of the Jonas Brothers are officially off the market, closing an important (imaginary) chapter of my life that started when I was in middle school. Kevin, Joe, Nick, I’ll always love you guys. Well, Kevin not so much, but it felt rude to leave him out. Now, if you want to bag a Jonas brother, your only hope is 18-year-old Frankie, also known as the Bonus Jonas. Ew. Congrats to Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, I feel like a proud parent.
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Just when you thought you might make it out of Aries without another massive scam blowing up, you thought wrong. A Britney Spears fan Instagram account and podcast called Britney’s Gram has exposed some very disturbing news about Britney’s conservatorship. Apparently, Britney has been forcibly held in a mental facility (!) since mid-January (!!) by her very own father (!!!).
As everyone knows, Britney has been held in conservatorship by her father Jamie Spears since her breakdown in 2008. I think we all remember it. Now, suddenly the #FreeBritney movement is going viral by a hot pink square on Instagram — the true mark of any modern day scam worth its 15 minutes. But behind the pink square is a story that, if true, is extremely disturbing and cruel. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!
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So here’s the tea. Fans have suspected that something shady was going on with Brit amidst a very sketchy cancellation of Domination, her just-announced Las Vegas residency, citing her father’s health issues as the cause. She claimed to be taking an indefinite work hiatus to focus on her father. Ok fine, plausible. But the sketchy part of that situation is that her creative team was literally promoting the residency up until minutes before she posted her official instagram cancellation.
The last time Britney was conclusively seen in public was at an In-and-Out drive thru (not a bad last place to be seen tbh) with her boyfriend on January 6th, a few days after the announcement. She was driving, which is relevant because it’s apparently a big no-no under her conservatorship. I mean everyone knows the best way to rehabilitate a child pop star is to impose the same rules that Saudi Arabia uses to control women. Not a good look for the responsible dad role, Jamie!!
Nothing seemed particularly amiss, aside from the aforementioned abrupt cancellation, until March 6th, when the second individual in control of her conservatorship, her lawyer Andrew Wallet abruptly resigned with the following statement. “Substantial detriment, irreparable harm and immediate danger will result to the conservative and her estate if the relief requested herein is not granted on an ex parte basis.” That’s lawyer for “some fucked up shit going down and Britney is in danger!” Wallet was being paid half a million dollars a year (no pun intended) as conservator, and there was no immediately clear reason why he would suddenly quit.
That’s until a few days later, the podcast Britney’s Gram uncovered legal motions filed by BRITNEY HERSELF from two days before her lawyer had resigned. It’s unclear what the contents of those motions were (God Karen you can’t just ask the motions what their contents are), but this is definitely weird since this was the first time in her entire 11 year conservatorship that Britney had ever filed any motion ever. The story started to gain traction on multiple outlets until the next day, when something that Britney stans would describe as “out of character” was posted on her Instagram. Fans in particular focused on the fact that she used 🙂 as an emoji instead of the typical way she usually posts emojis, which is a lot of actual emojis.
Then, as we all know, TMZ reported that Britney checked herself into a mental facility because she was “distraught over her dad’s illness.” It was never reported that she left after that, but two weeks later she was allegedly spotted at a salon, and we thought all could be right with the world (aside from like a million other problems happening everywhere all the time).
JK, it’s actually just getting even crazier. Two days ago, Britney’s Gram posted another podcast episode where they played an actual voicemail from a former paralegal at Andrew Wallet’s firm who did not give his name, but said that Britney has been held against her will in a mental facility since mid-January. He claimed that she had been in rehearsals for Domination when it came to her father’s attention that she was not taking her medication as prescribed. Jamie said she had to either take the medication, or Domination would be cancelled (because as her conservator, he has the power to control almost all aspects of her life, including this). She still refused to take the medication and he pulled the show, telling her to “blame it on illness.” It’s not true that she entered the facility a few weeks ago as was reported because she has been there since January, and there is no “end in sight for her stay at this mental facility. She did not want to go.”
The story is still developing, but if true, it seems like Jamie Spears may be in the middle of a really evil scheme, forcing his daughter to take medication and controlling her through threats to take things away from her (including custody of her children), and now literally holding her in a mental facility indefinitely. We’ll keep you updated but for now, share your thoughts in the comments. #FreeBritney.
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Planning sucks, and bachelorette parties are a ton of work. So we’re taking all the guesswork out of planning a bachelorette party by breaking down top bachelorette destinations. Our guides will tell you where to stay, eat, party, how to get around, and give you a sample itinerary that you can follow. You’re welcome.
Las Vegas is synonymous with bachelorette parties, so it only makes sense that this is our first of many bachelorette party guides. No one goes to Sin City to relax so this itinerary is for the girls who like to party all day and night only to
pass out go to sleep and do it all over again the next day. The Vegas strip offers four miles of nonstop partying options, which is probably why so many people flock to the city to pregame their nuptials. But in a city with so many options, how TF do you know what to do to maximize your time? No need to reach for your essential oils—we got you. Here is your official Betches Bachelorette Guide to Las Vegas.
Where To Stay: The Cosmopolitan
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When it comes to lodging in Vegas, you’ll want to consider a few factors: where to get the best bang for your buck, where to find the most ideal sleeping arrangements, and where you can
get f*cked up create memories that will last a lifetime. You’re definitely going to want to stay at a hotel that has both a day club and night club as well as one that has a ton of restaurant and bar options. This will just makes your life that much easier, and the chance of getting lost coming home at 5am that much smaller.
The Cosmopolitan is my go-to spot for staying in Vegas for a variety of reasons. The Cosmo is considered one of the smaller hotels, which is crazy to even fathom considering it has two towers of hotel rooms, a huge casino, over 25 food establishments, a spa, a night club, and a day club. But size does matter because the layouts of these hotels is extremely confusing and since you’ll only be there for a short time, you don’t want to waste time walking in circles when you have a pool party to get to. Plus you won’t have to deal with flocks of tourists that are spending the day aimlessly shopping while you’re just trying to find the nearest exit.
The suite options at The Cosmo are essentially created for large parties, specifically the Wraparound Terrace Suite. The suite can also connect to the room next door, allowing your entire group to share accommodations without being squished. The Terrace Suite’s balcony doors open to a huge terrace that offers insane views of the Vegas skyline—the perfect place for all your Instagram photos-to-be.
How To Get There
Unless you live in Los Angeles the thought of driving to Vegas will never cross your mind. But lucky for you there are a ton of direct fights from the east coast that will cost you around $500. $500?! Yup… we would say this is the average cost for what a bachelorette flight will cost someone, however there are a few ways to make paying for this less painful.
Download the Hopper app that lets you track flight prices for dates of your choosing. The app will send updates right to your phone when flight prices start to fluctuate and when the optimal time is to book is. The other way to soften the blow of this financial burden is to pay with credit card points. Literally put anything and everything on your credit card to get as many points as possible in anticipation of your trip. Most cards offer double points for travel and dining so get ready to justify those excessive Uber rides and weekday Seamless orders.
How To Get Around
We highly encourage you to take full advantage of the limos and party buses that wait outside the hotels at night and during the day. For roughly $10/person, you can get into the party vibe and IG story the experience and really rub it in the face’s of those who didn’t make the cut to join the trip.
We definitely do not suggest walking home unless the last stop of your night happens to be within your hotel. Uber is plentiful in Vegas and a majority of hotels have designated Uber/Lyft pick up areas, making it really easy to get from point A to point B. Even if it says its a 10 minute walk to your hotel, err on the side of caution and request a car. Plus, your feet are going to be on fire from wearing heels all night.
Where To Eat
If there’s anything more plentiful than nightclubs in this city, it’s got to be restaurants. Since people will be suffering at varying degrees of hungoverness, we suggest just finding someplace low-key in your hotel for breakfast, with the exception being the buffet at the Wynn. This $32 all-you-can eat option was voted best Vegas buffet, and with damn good reason. Soak up all the alcohol with more than 120 dishes and 15 live-action cooking stations.
Vegas is meant for group dinners, with endless options scattered throughout the strip. Since ordering à la carte can get pricey, we suggest setting up a prix-fix menu option in advance so your friends know upfront what they’re expected to pay. We suggest picking a restaurant within the hotel that you plan on going out at. For example, if you’re heading to Marquee, then opt for dinner at STK. Plus, these restaurants are well aware bachelorettes are in town and will offer customizable options like putting the bride’s name on the menu for no additional cost. Some of our fav nighttime spots include: Beauty & Essex, Sage, SUSHISAMBA, and Hakkasan Restaurant.
Where To Party
While there are tons of pool party options in Las Vegas, three remain at the top when compared to the rest: Marquee Day Club, Encore Beach Club, and Wet Republic. But which pool to go to on which day? DJs like The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, and Calvin Harris will be taking the stage, so make sure to check the events calendar on each club’s website a couple months before your trip and decide from there.
Promoters are prevalent in Vegas and are highly recommended since working with them will basically alleviate any financial burden of going out. (It’s how we make up for the pay gap, ladies.) Here’s how to find a promoter: literally go to the explore page of Instagram and type in “Vegas Promoter”. You will be greeted with 100+ options of people to choose from. Some are more legit than others, so sift through and find the one who’s working the parties you want to attend. Look at for people who have some semblance of a social life mixed into their promotional materials. From there start sliding into their DMs—we promise this isn’t weird.
Also, you’ll start to notice the second you post a picture on IG in Vegas, the promoters will come and find you. Seriously—they check geotags and find people they can work with to get into their partner venues. And don’t be too alarmed if they request pictures of the girls in your parties—that happens and is definitely off-putting, but it’s not like, a sign you should call the cops. If you’re not feeling that vibe, just find another promoter. TAKE ADVANTAGE!! Proof below:
The benefit of working with a day promoter in Vegas is that they also work night parties. The lines get crazy regardless if you bought a ticket for that night, so having someone who works with the venue is always helpful. Unlike in other cities, the venues in Vegas encourage the use of promoters because they help fill their clubs with girls. Once you meet up with your promoter in the lobby of the hotel, they will escort you to a designated table area with varying degrees of comped service. Yes, really. You’re welcome.
If you’re looking to entertain yourselves in ways that don’t involve getting completely obliterated,
congrats on being a better person than me Vegas offers a ton of nighttime live entertainment options. Rose Rabbit Lie and Spiegelworld are two interactive shows at The Cosmopolitan that mix fantasy and reality in a slightly more refined atmosphere. So if you aren’t into getting pushed around a club fighting to get a blurry picture of Calvin Harris, we suggest opting for a show. Plus some of our fave artists are known for their Vegas residencies like The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Gwen Stefani.
But if you’re still unsure of exactly what to do and when to do it, here is our Betches approved itinerary for your partying pleasure.
Thursday, Day 1:
Pro Tip: If you’re traveling from the east coast, take advantage of the time difference and aim to arrive as early as possible to allow for an entire day of debauchery
- Check into the hotel, unpack, and claim your bed
- Change as fast as humanly possible into your bathing suits, rip a few shots in the room, then hit a pool party stat (Marquee, Encore Beach Club, or Wet Republic depending on which DJ you like that’s playing that day)
- NAP!!!!!! Even if you “don’t nap”, lay your ass in bed and attempt to relax for AT LEAST an hour and a half. You’ll thank us later when your friends want to go out after dinner.
- Head to dinner at TAO in The Venetian Hotel
- Either get tickets to see a live show or hit up Hakkasan Nightclub for the Tiësto residency
Friday, Day 2:
Pro Tip: Slow and steady wins the race halfway through a Vegas bender. Listen to your body and don’t force yourself to do something you’re not feeling. After all, if you’re heading to Vegas any time soon, temperatures are well above 85 degrees, and dehydration will knock you out.
- Sleep in and grab breakfast casually somewhere in the hotel
- Lay out at the hotel’s chill pool (yes, there are raging pool parties and relaxing pools—take advantage and rest halfway through your trip)
- Get dressed up and head to dinner at Sushi Roku, a trendy sushi spot with awesome views of the Strip in Caesar’s Palace
- Check out Calvin Harris’ residency at Omnia Nightclub (also located in Caesar’s Palace)
Saturday, Day 3:
Pro Tip: Food is your friend; you’re likely hungover and are going to need sustenance to soak up that alcohol. Plus, you’re going to need to fill up before your last pool party and night out!
- Indulge in the famous breakfast buffet at The Wynn
- Pick a pool from Marquee, Encore Beach Club, or Wet Republic that you haven’t gone to yet
- TAKE A NAP!!!!!!
- Head to STK for your last dinner out
- End your epic weekend at XS Nightclub that has DJs like Steve Angello, Diplo, Alesso and Drake performing on a frequent basis
Sunday, Day 4:
- GET THE F*CK HOME WHERE YOU BELONG!!!
Yesterday TMZ broke the news that Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise alum Amanda Stanton was arrested in Vegas for domestic battery. Damn, that boob job really changed her. Let’s break down the story here.
Amanda was in Vegas for a bachelorette party (oh GOD, will I still have to go to things like this when I have two kids?!) and was partying at The Encore with friends and her new BF, Bobby Jacobs, because apparently this was a co-ed bachelorette party. Word of advice, if you saw them do it on Vanderpump Rules, RUN! I’d like to imagine this is what she was wearing during the incident.
Things started to get a little rowdy, and so security came to the room to quiet the party down. Apparently the guard was talking to Bobby, and Amanda got involved and shoved Bobby. So, even though Amanda is downplaying the incident (I’ll get to that in a second), the security guard thought the shove was serious enough to warrant a call to the cops, and Amanda was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery. Here’s her mugshot:
Finally, a photo that is truly #nofilter
TMZ also reports that Amanda and Bobby are still together and that they both think someone slipped something into her drink. Okay, sure. Maybe the bride? I heard they can be vengeful b*tches. But seriously though, let’s not blame the idiotic behavior of a 90-pound woman who probably had one too many vodka sodas on being drugged unless we have some proof, mmmkay? Also literally every girl that does anything stupid while blackout in Vegas blames it on being drugged. Are you all hanging out with Alan?
Amanda has responded to the arrest through none other than
the magazine of the stars, People.com. They report: Z-lister mouthpiece
“Amanda is embarrassed and ashamed this happened and sincerely apologizes to hotel security and the Las Vegas Police Department,” Stanton’s rep, Steve Honig, tells PEOPLE. “Amanda is a gentle, respectful person who has never gotten physical with anyone under any circumstance.”
You mean, except for this circumstance…? The statement continues:
“When hotel security asked her and Bobby to quiet down, she got a bit rambunctious. Amanda gave Bobby what she thought was a playful shove; hotel security did their job and reported the incident to the police, who in turn did their job.”
A playful shove?! Me thinks you are reaching, Amanda. Where are the producers now? Roll the tape!
I also think we should all take this as a very important lesson that drunken behavior that may be acceptable on Bachelor in Paradise is the same kind of behavior that will get you arrested in the real world, okay? Chris Harrison can’t help you fools now.
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A romantic vacation sounds fab right about now, but as good as shamelessly loud hotel sex and day drinking are, the price of it all may be worse than your college debt. But fear not, I’ve done the boring af research and found a bunch of vacation spots that won’t empty your bank account … but maybe your boyfriend’s. These are the best places to travel with your SO on a budget.
1. Dominican Republic
All-inclusive resorts are like a temporary visit to paradise. Free booze. Free food. What more can you ask for? With a $99 price tag, you cannot get much better than that. There’s a minimum stay of three nights, but if you’re schlepping all the way to the Dominican, are you really gonna stay less than that? Just remember that the sun is way hotter there, so be v careful with your sunscreen. The last thing you want to do is pull a Lila from The Heartbreak Kid and be too sunburned post-beach to have sex. What do you call a romantic vacation if you don’t have sex?
2. Myrtle Beach
When I think of romantic getaways with bae, I think about From Here to Eternity and I’m all in. I know, I know. Another beach vacation. But when I said nothing could be better than a budget-friendly vacation at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican, I lied. Starting at just $44 a night, you’ll stay in a room with a king bed and a gorgeous ocean view. Although this vacay is not all-inclusive, the price is so cheap it justifies itself. Book ASAP and you can be on the beach and making out in the sand before you know it.
Warning: you will get sand in your vagina and it will take ages to get it out. I swear, sand is the herpes of your vacation — once you touch it, it NEVER goes away.
3. Killington, VT
The sex is always best when you’re relaxed. Honestly, stress wreaks havoc on your relationship. Have you ever heard of a husband being murdered by his wife at a spa? Didn’t think so. Ergo (my college profs are defs so proud rn) there is nothing more romantic than a spa getaway with your SO. $229 per person per night may sound a little pricey, but hear me out. A three-night stay at this spa includes all amenities, aka meals, yoga and fitness classes, access to multiple different hikes (if you are an active betch), and a massage! This is a vacation Meredith Blake would definitely enjoy more than her “new family bonding” camping trip. They also have a promo going on for $50 off every couple’s vacay. If you and bae are the outdoorsy type, this getaway is definitely for you.
4. Sebago Cabins State Park, NY
I swear this cabin in the woods will defs be more romantic than the horror movie of the same name. But then again, Chris Hemsworth was in that movie… Regardless, your SO will have to do. Depending on how bougie you want to be, your vacation in the woods of Harriman State Park (just an hour and a half outside of the city) can cost as little as $266 for the entire week. A full week of
obnoxiously loud sex since no one is around to hear good ol’ fashion time with nature? Count me in.
5. Cruise To The Bahamas
The perfect opportunity for you and bae to recreate The Titanic, minus the whole drowning/freezing to death part. If you haven’t noticed already, Groupon is your friend for finding cheap vacations. For $199, you can go on a 2-night Bahamas cruise. Meals and booze included. Need I say more?
6. The Ultimate: Paris
Ending this list with a bang. What city is more romantic than Paris? For $599, you and bae can be in the City of Love for six days. All I have to say is “voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” But all I ask is that you do not decide to propose on the top of the Eiffel tower. Unless you want to be the most clichéd couple, or risk her saying no.
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