12 Hours In Las Vegas: Neon Boneyard Museum & J.Lo Concert

Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-1I last visited Las Vegas two years ago to celebrate the start of my first American book tour. My heartmate and I headed to see Britney Spears live at Planet Hollywood and it was So when AXE invited me to head to a concert and style up my gig style for their Stage Pass series, I knew immediately where I would go and what I would see – Jennifer Lopez’s new Vegas residency! Click through after the jump to see how I kept cool despite cramming stacks of color hunting fun and a live gig into just 12 hours in Las Vegas!

Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-2With just one day and night in Sin City, I was keen to wear an outfit that I could easily transition from day to night. I opted for selvedge denim, grey suede chukkas, a light grey woolen cardigan and a classic chambray button down. A leather watch and belt with a brass bracelet rounded out the look for my color hunting and gig adventures.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-3Before heading to the gig I had to make a stop into Las Vegas’ Neon Boneyard Museum as it’s a total color lover’s dream. No, seriously, this place is off the scale cool.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-4Once inside the museum you are toured by an expert who shares fascinating anecdotes and tit-bits of Vegas history. They allow time for photos too, so I was madly snapping away at every opportunity. Color combinations, weathered textures and awesome typography: it’s all there for the taking, you guys!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-5Despite being freezing first thing in the morning in Vegas (thanks for that, desert locale!), by the time the sun had properly risen the temperature was just perfect: warm with a cool breeze. At times, in the direct sunlight, it was too hot for more than one layer. This is why I love wearing layered outfits; it’s so easy to transition as the weather changes throughout the day. Plus, wearing AXE’s new White Label Collection kept me feeling dry and confident for the whole trip.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-6Much like in home decor I can’t get enough of blue and grey in fashion, either. No surprise, then, that layered blues, light grey and tan is literally my go-to palette when it comes to styling an outfit. Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-7Color lovers listen up: the Neon Boneyard Museum is very close to the Arts District area in the downtown part of the city. It’s well worth checking out for colorful street art and cool independent stores.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-8The museum team did such a great job of displaying all the various signage; the layered colors left me feeling inspired to try out new palettes for designs once I arrived back home.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-9Remember when I said earlier how it got pretty hot by the time the sun was fully risen? Well, the blue sky you see above say’s it all – gorgeous! Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-10I loved this vignette of old neon because the dusty pink, soft mint, grass green and yellow complimented each other really well. My old office was decorated in this palette so it brought back fond memories.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-11Ha! Of course I had to snap the moment my outfit co-ordinated with the blue and yellow neon display. This had our tour group giggling as it didn’t take them long to realize just how much I loved color!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-12I love this picture, it’s one of my favorites!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-13This East Coast boy was taking a minute to enjoy the sunshine ahead of the gig!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-14A little whimsy often finds its way into my outfits. In this case, it was the subtle polka dot pattern in my grey socks.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-15Grey + blue is total #MakeYouSmileStyle!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-16Before I knew it, I was at Planet Hollywood seeing the opening night of Jennifer Lopez’s Vegas residency. The atmosphere was electric as fans from all over the world (and celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger and many more) gathered to celebrate J.Lo’s vast catalogue of hits. It was a high energy evening with loads of dancing, so I was pleased to delayer down to my chambray shirt.Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-17Isn’t it great how seeing an artist live for the first time makes you connect with their music that bit more? Since returning home I’ve not stopped listening to her back catalog of hits. Here’s J.Lo’s Las Vegas residency set list (on 01/20/16):
“If You Had My Love”
“Love Don’t Cost a Thing”
“A Lot of Livin’ to Do”
“Get Right”
“I’m Real (Murder Remix)”
“Feelin’ So Good”
“Jenny from the Block”
“I’m Into You”
“Booty” (contains excerpts from “Hotline Bling”)
“Feel the Light”
“I Hope You Dance”
“Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)”
“Very Special”
“All I Have”
“Hold It Don’t Drop It”
“Quien serΓ‘”
“Let’s Get Loud”
“Waiting for Tonight”
“Dance Again”
“On the Floor”
Thanks, AXE, for inspiring me to make new memories!Neon-Boneyard-Las-Vegas-Axe-18 // Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Axe; all views my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Bright.Bazaar going!


  • Reply Ben January 27, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Stylin’ post man!

  • Reply Marc H January 27, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Glad I came over to your blog from Insta it’s awesome. What camera do you shoot with?

  • Reply Suzie January 27, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Gaahhhhhh! So jealous you saw J.Lo!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jay January 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Killing it Will. How do you find these crazy colorful places all the time?! Keep it up.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2016 at 8:40 am

      @Jay – Everywhere I go I look for color allllll the time. I love it! Thanks for the kind words. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brad January 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Really superb composition. Do you travel with the same photographer or use local talent?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

      @Brad – Thank you so much! I really enjoy the photography side of the site and shoot almost all of my work myself using a tripod, remote clicker and my Canon 5D III.

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} January 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Such great photos Will! I have never had an interest in Vegas, but the Neon Boneyard Museum looks fantastic. I’ve been to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH before and absolutely loved it.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

      @Molly – Thank you! I had no idea about the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply gabriella January 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I love everything about this post. It sounds like a fabulous (albeit, quick) trip to Vegas! I’m actually headed there next year to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Now I just need to convince her that we must see J.Lo – what a dream!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 27, 2016 at 11:57 am

      @Gabriella – Thank you so much! I really hope you and your mom get to see J.Lo as she was incredible! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Josh | The Kentucky Gent January 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Listening to J. Lo as I read this post, scouts honors, so I’m only a tad jealous that you got to see her live. I’m sure that was a treat!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Reply Fiona Duke January 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    literally a whirlwind trip but sounds like a totally amazing one πŸ™‚
    the photos are awesome and even more inspiring when surrounded by very grey skies here at home in the UK

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      @Fiona – It sure was! Thanks for stopping by and glad you found it inspiring! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Charlie Albright January 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Ahhh your photos always fill my inbox will happiness. I love the colours in and of your photos. A-MAZING.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar January 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      @Charlie – That really made me smile, thank you! So pleased you enjoy them as much as I do taking them. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Matthew Pike January 31, 2016 at 7:21 am

    We’re going there this summer!

    Buckets & Spades

  • Reply Liam @ The Watch Blog February 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I went to Vegas a couple of years ago. You definitely wouldn’t have been able to wear a jumper, it hit 52c. 52!!!! That’s a heatwave for a desert. Luckily all the casinos have the best air con haha.

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