This Month in Luxury Lifestyle

Fashion Friday: 5 Top Spring Looks

Fashion Friday: 5 Top Spring Looks

Oh, glorious springtime! The weather has shifted and the jackets are off, arms are bare, and the warm wind is blowing through our hair. Months ago the runways were filled with beautiful items that we only dreamed of wearing but today it is time to […]

Fashion Friday: Men’s Wear Exploring Versatility this S/S Season

Fashion Friday: Men’s Wear Exploring Versatility this S/S Season

Whether you are taking your fashion cues from Italy’s Pitti Uomo tradeshow, from friends, or even from billboards and bus ads around the city – what you do know is that no one look that dominates the season. Choices abound! We, humans, are curious creatures when […]

Fashion Friday: Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition Launches

Fashion Friday: Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition Launches

On March 2nd, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) launched one of the most exciting fashion events in Canadian history. The Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition follows a subtle campaign of exposure that culminated in Cardi B wearing multiple archive Mugler couture pieces at the 2019 Grammys. […]

The Red Carpet of the 2019 Academy Awards

The Red Carpet of the 2019 Academy Awards

As the lights faded in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, images of the dresses that graced the red carpet of the 2019 Academy Awards were beginning their digital journey around the world. Social media and the late-night news were abuzz with the beautifully […]

Top Timeless Dresses of the Oscars

Top Timeless Dresses of the Oscars

The Academy Awards have been showcasing not only theatrical talent but the dresses of the gorgeous women who wear them. Early award recipients like Audrey Hepburn, wore the ‘on trend’ designers of the time, like Givenchy, Dior, and Balmain. Today we are shining the spotlight on the most […]

Vancouver: A Sanctuary for Luxury Handbags Lovers

Vancouver: A Sanctuary for Luxury Handbags Lovers

Whether you are relaxing at your favourite lounge, lunching at the current hot-spot, or walking in Stanley Park, it is impossible to go anywhere in beautiful Vancouver and not covet thy neighbour’s handbag! Our city is awash in pricy eye-candy in all shapes and sizes. […]

The Weird and Wonderful Grammy’s

The Weird and Wonderful Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are music’s biggest night and always one of imagination and creativity. Presenters and winners alike have always used this night of music magic to ‘walk on the wild side’ and veer away from the ‘usual’ to the wonderfully outrageous. Let us tip our […]

New York Fashion Week F/W 2019: Day 1 – Colour

New York Fashion Week F/W 2019: Day 1 – Colour

The Fall/Winter 2019 edition of New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday and amidst a sea of black, there was an explosion of colour in textiles, ranging from luscious velvets to the roughness of acid-wash denim. As the collections unfold over the next week, take a look […]

Toronto Fashion Week 2019

Toronto Fashion Week 2019

Toronto Fashion Week begins Monday with the Fall/Winter 2019 collections from some of Canada’s best-known designers.  Now in its fourth season, TFW runs over three days bringing together east coast fashionista, designers, and retailers to experience the highly anticipated runways by the likes of Mikhael Kale, David Dixon, Narces, […]

Paris Haute Couture Week 2019: Divinity is in the Details

Paris Haute Couture Week 2019: Divinity is in the Details

It is that time of the year again, where fashion geeks get to dive headfirst into the ‘haute couture’ rabbit hole, and satisfy their thirst for the unapologetic beauty of couture. These runways are not for the timid. They are awash in art and wear-ability […]


The Venetian in Las Vegas

The Venetian in Las Vegas: Business and Pleasure

The Venetian in Las Vegas: Business and Pleasure

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Entrance to the private tower at The Venetian. Spectacular and impeccably maintained | Image by Helen Siwak

When Las Vegas beckons with her shiny lights, glittering trinkets, and golden palaces, it takes a woman of great strength to look the other way. But she is not me. I love Vegas with all its trappings. Knowing my business is taking me into the heart of this city creates excitement and butterflies every time.

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Casino floor | Image by Venetian Hotel

WHAT TO WEAR

In Vegas, no one notices if you wear three different looks in a day. This is a city that rolls the dice twenty-four hours a day. I love a packing challenge. Three days away means a single carry on and three main looks that can be coordinated into multiple looks. To take advantage of this shopping opportunity, I visited my top consignment boutique – Turnabout Luxury Resale – for inspiration. The South Granville location is my go-to for luxury designers pieces that have a ‘wow’ effect when worn.

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Look 1: Roberto Cavalli embellished Snake dress, Dolce & Gabbana silver python heels, two Alexander McQueen clutches – black and leopard | Look 2: Alexander McQueen cobalt blue fitted trench, Vic Matié rubber soled red heels | Look 3: Giambattista Valli cream peplum blazer, cobalt blue Alexander Wang zipper dress, Miu Miu black bejeweled heels | Images by Helen Siwak

Using my account credit, I was able to give myself an early holiday treat. Turnabout always has a great selection of the highest quality labels, that I shop, wear, and then return to Turnabout to consign. This circle of textile recycling is as close to shopping perfection as it gets for me. I love my labels but not enough to keep them! Buying and reselling with Turnabout keeps your wardrobe fresh and never boring.

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The Vic Matié heels were by far the most exciting item chosen for this trip. Easy to walk in, unique in shape and vibrant in colour. 
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The detailing around the neck of this Cavalli dress was incredible. The dress shape was fitted and simple in structure, keeping the focus on the embellishment.
This McQueen jacket could double as a trench dress if I was in a pinch. The fabric was medium weight and the belt had just the right placement to be comfortable when standing and sitting | Above images by Helen Siwak

SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

As the jewel in the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the Venetian is not only incredibly palatial but continues to win awards for its Green Initiatives such as a Sustainability Leader Award by the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. In November, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas partnered with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources‘ for Nevada Recycles Program. This statewide recycled art contest raised awareness with over 190 artists from eight countries participating and taking home prizes.

In our everyday lives, we are all so conscious of our environment, so when traveling it makes sense to carry those sensibilities with us. By staying at the Venetian, I supported their 100% use of LED technology, the investment in rooftop solar-thermal systems (which heats the pools, spa water, and part of the Palazzo tower), and the nano-water filtration system allows The Palazzo to stay off the water grid for all horticulture needs.

WINDOW SHOPPING

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Shopping Heaven | Images by Helen Siwak

In the Galleria, all the luxury brands were front and centre, with their top pieces beckoning. I do not know if the giant crystal skull at Philipp Plein was for sale but it sure was an attention getter!

The LOVE Sculpture by Laura Kimpton is a crowd pleaser with tourists queueing up to climb onto the letters for pictures.

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LOVE Sculpture by Laura Kimpton | Images by Venetian Hotel

THE JEWEL OF A HOTEL

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Bella Suite | Image by Venetian Hotel

The ‘Bella Suite’ was incredibly comfortable and too large to accurately reflect, so here is our room from the official website. Loved the separation between sleeping and working area, and the four televisions. There was even one above the bath, so I did not miss one episode of my favourite evening shows. (Yes, I am an unashamed television watcher!)

With more than a dozen highly-reviewed restaurants on site, including a Mott 32 opening later this month, lack of selection was never a problem. Plantbased eating was a breeze with numerous dishes to select from and customization was available upon request.

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The attention to detail in the restaurants was amazing. I was unable to get good images, out of respect of the privacy of diners, and in fact, they were so well-patronized, I am using images from the Venetian. 
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Canyon Ranch Spa | Image by Venetian Hotel

Canyon Ranch Spa is one of the world’s largest day spas. With almost too many choices – from more than 150 extraordinary services – the venue seems never-ending measuring a whopping 134,000-square-feet! This day spa has more than 90 treatment rooms, exclusive amenities, and a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating. I lost myself in the Aquavana suite of thermal environments with the scent-infused Herbal Laconium room almost impossible to leave.

The three days in Las Vegas flew by so quickly and after a two-hour flight back, EcoLuxLuv is back on the ground, making holiday party plans and hitting up multiple Turnabout locations, scouting for options for New Years Eve revelry!