Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

THE VEGAS GUIDE: 'VEGAS YOU' IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPEDIA.CA

THE VEGAS GUIDE: 'VEGAS YOU' IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPEDIA.CA

I had the wonderful opportunity to partner once again with my friends at Expedia.ca, this time to discover my 'Vegas You' personality and travel to Sin City with the hubby. Designated as a "Shopaholic" personality, expedia.ca curated a selection of the best hotels to match my travelling profile; and we booked a room at Aria Resort & Casino – a stylish shopping hub with gorgeous designer boutiques at every turn.  

I have been to Vegas a couple of times but this was a totally different experience – while we spent time on the strip – taking in Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE show (#flawless) and dinner at Beauty & Essex (delicious); we also ventured into old Vegas a couple of times. First we hit up Carson Kitchen, a small restaurant off the beaten track but well worth the excursion. The food was incredible, the staff lovely and – our good luck – the bartender is one of the best in the city. We also spent some time at the Mob and Neon museums two completely different, yet equally interesting, historically significant stops. The Mob Museum is a tour through a former courthouse now designed to give visitors a look into the city's history of organized crime, which is unsurprisingly fascinating, given the multitude of films and books dedicated to this glimpse in time. It may be tempting to dismiss the Neon Museum as Insta fodder but that would be a shame. While it is a visual treat, there is more sustenance than that – as an enthusiastic tour guide tells the tale behind the significance of various signs. For example, Moulin Rouge was the first integrated event space, becoming a cultural hot spot when black performers and their contemporaries began to frequent – giving impromptu performances and luring in star gazers.

 A sign from moulin Rouge, Las Vegas' first integrated club.

A sign from moulin Rouge, Las Vegas' first integrated club.

We rented a sleek Mercedes Benz and hit the road to Red Rock Canyon where we went horseback riding at Cowboy Trail Rides, seemingly a world away from the 24-7 lights that define Vegas. Leading up to the trip, I kidded that this would be the polar opposite of the meditative time that we had in Nova Scotia but just a half hour away and it was clear that I was mistaken. In a 90-minute horseback ride through the canyon it was almost a moving meditation. 

After an easy flight and just a few days away – we felt as though we had been a world away. Thanks to Expedia.ca we booked our hotel, flight and excursions in advance, allowing us to maximize our vacation – and squeeze every drop of entertainment and utter relaxation out of our trip. Viva Las Vegas!

GOOD VIBES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH V8 +ENERGY

GOOD VIBES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH V8 +ENERGY

INDIGOKIDS HOLIDAY WISHLIST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGO

INDIGOKIDS HOLIDAY WISHLIST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGO