AquaKnox at Venetian in Las Vegas

AquaKnox locates in the hallway that connects Venetian hotel to Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas. I’ve walked by the restaurant many times, but never ate there. The design in front of the restaurant is very aquarium like decor, with blue water and bubbles. It’s easy to tell that’s a seafood restaurant, but it never appealed to me like the fine dining restaurant I would want to try. I finally went there last year. The experience was great!

For starter, I had fresh oysters. Needless to say, all the oysters I had in the great restaurants on the strip were always fresh and delicious. For main course, I had American Red Snapper and my friend had New Zealand John Dory. Both dishes were cooked just right; tender and not dry at all. The snapper was made with chive potato puree and wild mushroom with tomato vinaigrette. And the John Dory was made of lobster succotash, fava beans, and sweet corn with white truffle essence.  The sauce added flavor to the already delicious fish. Beside the great food they offer, their services was excellent. The server was personable and attentive. The manager even came over and chatted with us about their business.  Overall, I think AquaKnox is the best seafood restaurant I ever had on the strip!

New Zealand John Dory at AquaKnox, Venetian
New Zealand John Dory at AquaKnox, Venetian
AquaKnox at Venetian, Las Vegas
American Red Snapper from AquaKnox, Venetian

Top Ten Restaurants in Las Vegas

I’ve been going to Las Vegas with different groups of people, such as friends, family, and co-workers in the past years (why I like to go to Vegas). After trying so many restaurants on the strip, I came up with my top ten list of restaurants in Las Vegas. Depending on who I am going with, my top restaurant list might vary. Below is a list ideal for trips to Vegas with close girlfriends.

It is in no particular order. I will go into details in my future posts.

  1. AquaKnox at Venetian
  2. Allegro at Wynn
  3. Bouchon at Venetian
  4. Carnevino at Palazzo
  5. Le Cirque at Bellagio
  6. Picasso at Bellagio
  7. Sinatra at Encore
  8. SW Steakhouse at Wynn
  9. Twist at Mandarin Oriental
  10. Valentino at Venetian

Las Vegas has way more great restaurants than I could fit into my list. There are three more I would have considered to add to my top ten list, except that they were closed in the past few years, mainly for economic reasons. They are: Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter, David Burke, and Switch. I will explain why I like them later.

LasVegas Restaurant AquaKnox
American Red Snapper from AquaKnox at Venetian
LasVegas Restaurant Allegro at Wynn
Osso Buco D’agnello from Allegro at Wynn

YSL “Dare to Glow” Illuminator

I recently purchased a Yves Saint Laurent “Dare to Glow” Illuminator. It is a light gel highlighter with shimmering in a small tube. The shimmering is so subtle; it helps to enhance the face without adding too much shine. It is versatile; can be put on eye lids, blend on cheeks, or tab on lips as lip gloss. It is available in three colors: Tempting Gold, Fatal Red, and Naughty Pink. I like Fatal Red the best, because it has a hint of natural pink that blends into skin perfectly to create a natural effect-it’s like wearing makeup without feeling or looking like you have anything on your face! Buy Yves Saint Laurent “Dare to Glow” Illuminator from Nordstrom.com

Top Five Picks for Handbags

There are so many fabulous handbags available for this fall. I’ve narrowed them down to my top five picks. They are Emily Antique Rose Guccissima Leather shoulder bag from Gucci, Speedy Bandouliere 25 from Louis Vuitton, Rockstud New Tote from Valentino, 2Jours Calfskin Tote Bag from Fendi, and Floral Spazzolato Doctor’s Bag from Prada. See below for more details.

Emily Antique Rose Guccissima Leather Shoulder Bag-Gucci

It is a classic piece with Gucci’s iconic horsebit details. I love its rose color and the leather tassels. It will go well with classic black dresses for day and night.

Buy Gucci Emily Antique Rose Guccissima Leather Shoulder Bag from Gucci.com

Speedy Bandouliere 25 in Aurore-Louis Vuitton

Speedy bag is one of LV’s iconic designs, which has been reinvented all the time. This bag in aurore, Monogram Empreinte line, is perfect for fall.

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25

Rockstud New Tote in Prun-Valentino

I mentioned how I like the Rockstud Calf Hair New Tote in my earlier post. This bag also looks good in textured leather in prun. Both bags are classic and stylish, but one is more sophisticated and the other is more versatile.

Valentino Rockstud New Tote in Prun

2Jours Calfskin Tote Bag in Forest Green/Cape-Fendi

This is Fendi’s latest iconic bag, also available in black, honey, dark red/cherry, etc. The two green shades complement each other well; makes this already sophisticated bag stands out even more. This bag can be paired with a simple dress for a professional day look.

Fendi 2Jours Calfskin Tote Bag

Floral Spazzolato Doctor’s Bag-Prada

When the bag first came out, I thought it was a vintage bag with a girly and cheesy look. Now I learned to appreciate its beauty. The design is unique and playful. The flowers definitely stand out!

Prada Floral Spazzolate Doctors Bag

Accessories in Handbags

I am always amazed with how much stuff my friend carries in her handbag on daily basis. Besides her wallet, cell phone, card keys, and sunglasses case, she has a makeup bag full of stuff, such as floss, loose powder, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, and etc. I can’t believe how much extra weight these little things can add up. For her, this is part of her routine.

This might sound a bit mean but when I see a girl or woman with a bag that is filled with stuff, it reminds me of a mom with a diaper bag. Most nice designer bags aren’t intended to hold everything from groceries to a sleeping bag. So my point is, if you have a nice bag, please don’t become an old lady and fill your bag up with ten years worth of expired supplies.

Fashion’s Night Out

I went to the Fashion’s Night Out event and had a great time. Although the runway show was shorter than I expected, it was stunning. I like the ways they mix and match clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories from various lines. It helps to bring out the best of each piece. For examples, pairing a Diane von Furstenberg’s Kate studded leather jacket and dark color legging with Miu Miu’s eye-catching bootie shows off the unique materials on the shoes, and pairing a red fur coat with a graphic print dress and Christian Louboutin’s bright green animal print pump helps to balance the contrast of the mixed color.

Among all the fabulous items I saw during the fashion show, I have a few favorite picks: Miu Miu Glitter-Heel Lace-Up Bootie, Christian Louboutin Very Prive Python pump (Menthe Green), and Valentino Rockstud Calf Hair New Tote.

Miu Miu Glitter-Heel Lace-Up Bootie-The bootie stands out when paired with legging or skinny jeans. The navy suede front caught my attention and the glittered-fabric back makes me love it even more!

Buy Miu Miu Glitter-Heel Lace-Up Bootie

Christian Louboutin Very Prive Python pump (Menthe Green)-The dyed green iridescent python and coral peep-toe make it a great accessories to go with outfits in various hues.  Buy Christian Louboutin Very Prive Python Pump

Valentino Rockstud Calf Hair New Tote-The exotic leopard-print on this ladylike bag makes it one of the classic items on my want-to-get list. I also like its mini studded trim, which blends with the leopard-print nicely.

Buy Valentino Rock Stud CalfHair New Tote

Accessories for Animal Print Dress

Neiman Marcus will be hosting a Fashion’s Night Out event (the fashion’s biggest night of the year) tomorrow night. I missed it in the past years because I had to work late. But this year, I am planning on going. I am excited to see the trend presentations and get some beauty tips & tricks for fall.

For this event I am going to wear an animal print dress bought from BCBG for this summer. The dress is in light beige color with brown animal prints. To go with the dress, I am thinking about wearing my Stuart Weitzman “Daisy” pumps in red and “Cub” clutch from Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2011 runway collection. I am also debating if I should wear nude color pumps instead of the red pumps. I guess I will have to wait and see what I feel like tomorrow.

Stuart Weitzman “Daisy” pumps and LV “Cub” clutch

 

Cashmere Polka Dot Sweaters

I love to wear cashmere sweaters in fall and winter. The cashmere is so soft and keeps me warm in the cold weather. I also like clothes with polka dots. For this fall, J.Crew rolls out polka-dot sweaters in cashmere, which is a perfect combination for me. The sweater is available in five colors, see J.Crew cashmere polka-dot sweater for details. My favorites colors are dusk black and cabernet fuchsia.

Dusk black-wear with jeans or black slacks. I will pair it with Valentino’s Extreme Printed Patent Pumps. See my post-“Cap-Toe Pumps for Fall”.

J.Crew Collection cashmere polka-dot sweater-DuskBlack

Valentino's Extreme Printed Patent Pumps

Cabernet fuchsia-it’s a fun color combination for fall. Goes well with light color jeans or gray ankle pants.

J.Crew Collection cashmere polka-dot sweater-CabernetFushsia

Classiques Entier Molton Weave Ankle Pants

Wool Speedy “Kaki” (Khaki)-Continue

In my previous post I described the design and the materials of the “Wool Speedy Kaki”. Here is an additional thought.

The bag has a leather luggage tag attaches to a skinny belt that wraps around the top handle. And here is where I learned something new when the store manager showed me the “Wool Speedy Kaki” bag he reserved for me. The luggage tab and its skinny belt came in separately in one clear bag inside of the “Wool Speedy Kaki”. I watched him put the pieces together and learned the differences between the traditional versus Marc Jacobs’ way on how the luggage tag showcased on the bag. The traditional way is to hide the buckle of the belt inward (facing down); as a result, the luggage tab flaps up slightly. However, on Fall-Winter 2012-2013 collection fashion show, Marc Jacobs put the buckles on the show pieces outward (facing up), which keeps the luggage tab close to the body of the bag. After seeing the differences it makes on my “kaki” bag, I like Marc Jacobs’ way much better for two reasons: First, I like the luggage tab to be placed close to the body of the bag, and second, I like the buckle facing out with the luggage tab, which adds “flavor” to the accessory itself. As always, thanks to the manager of the store, I learned another new thing about the LV bags!

Buckle with the Luggage Tag

Wool Speedy “Kaki” (Khaki)

After I posted my last blog regarding the new Speedy bag (from Louis Vuitton’s Fall-Winter 2012-2013 collection) I purchased recently, some friends want to know more about it.

Well, the full name of this Speedy bag is “Wool Speedy Kaki”. (“Kaki” is in French, as “khaki” in English.) It’s the same size as the “Speedy 30”-one of the iconic LV handbags. However, unlike the traditional “Speedy” bags, the design and materials on the limited-edition “Wool Speedy Kaki” are very unique. It’s designed to be a structured bag and doesn’t slouch like tradition “Speedy” bags. The “Wool Speedy” is made of leather and felted wool embroidered with colorful sequins (whereas the traditional “Speedy” is made of leather and canvas). The top (include the handles) and the bottom of the bag are in brown leather, which keeps the bag in shape. On the bottom there are four round studs that support the bag and to protect the leather from rubbing against anything the bag is being put on. The felted wool is in light khaki color and embroidered with luminous sequins (all hand-sewed) in green and light green. The perceived sequin color varies depend on the light in the surrounding and the angle the bag is held. The color contrast between the wool and the sequins on this “kaki” bag really makes the monogram stands out, versus the “Wool Speedy” in other two colors (burgundy and mustard). See below for an example of the felted wool with the sequins on the bag.

Felted Wool Embroidered with Luminous Sequins

   

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