This past week, my husband and I went to Las Vegas for a little vacation. Since we live in Southern California, it is easy for us to drive there and enjoy the beautiful desert landscape along the way. Part of the trip is being able to shop, after all, that is one of the features Vegas is known for. I had been saving a portion of my monthly budget for a while so I could have a little extra to have and I wanted to share my experiences with you.
Half way to LV, we like to stop in Barstow, CA to stretch our legs and look around the Tanger Outlet Center. My two favorite shops to look in have always been Banana Republic Factory and LOFT Outlet. It has been quite a while since I have been to these and found that since the discovery of my personal style, I was not as interested in what they had to offer. I also had created a wish list prior to leaving (which I have NEVER done before) that prevented me from straying off course. I tried on two tops at BR that I passed on and two skirts at LOFT.The skirt I decided to get at LOFT was something that was on my list: a slimmer cut chambray skirt. This one sports an elastic waistband and cute pockets. The points I enjoyed about this particular one was that it was a cross between a pencil and full skirt, the to-the-knee length, and soft texture. I plan on wearing this two ways so far…one with the poncho I got at Forever 21 and with a plaid button down (like this Ava & Viv one from Target).
The next shopping hot spot in Las Vegas itself was at The Fashion Show Mall. Anthropologie had moved to their location from The Forum Shops in Caesars Palace a year prior and this was my first time visiting it. My only purchase at Anthropologie ended up being this colorful midi skirt. The texture of it is similar to a fuzzy sweatshirt and has an asymmetrical hemline that you can’t see very well in the angle of my picture. The skirt was an item on my list as was the shearling vest, but I found it to be a tad too long for my preference, so I decided to pass on this one, even though it was gorgeous and beyond buttery soft.My next stop in the mall was Forever 21. The large, two floor shop had a plus size section in it I wanted to check out. The experience there was like night and day in comparison to the time I had shared with you in my Shop With Me video because the customer service there was atrocious. Being ignored and actively avoided by sales associates was a real bummer. The plus size section had to have been triple the size of the store I went to in California so I did try on a few items including this olive tank and patchwork faux leather skirt. I liked them both, but between the heat in the dressing room and the dejected attitude I was in due to the people, I passed on them.
I also stopped in Francesca’s and Charming Charlie and got a few more items on my wish list. Walking back to our hotel, we passed by this tranquil waterfall that I was ready to just listen to for hours. It was a peacefully moment amongst the constant chatter of vacationers and ringing of slot machines that soothed my soul.
Back in the hotel room I took a few pictures of the pieces I got at Francesca’s and CC since I totally forgot to do so in the stores.
A floppy felt hat in a light tan is exactly what I was looking for. It was even more fitting when my husband spotted it in Charming Charlie and told me it “looked like me”. The shorter shearling vest was found at Francesca’s and I love the waist detail on this one. It is so unbelievably soft. I plan on wearing this over long sleeve tops and dresses for both the fall and winter seasons. The other piece I got at Francesca’s was this gray cocoon cardigan with crochet details. This was the one item I got that was not on my list, but it was too adorable to pass up.
On the way back home we stopped in Barstow again where I browsed Old Navy. A dark denim jacket and long sleeve olive tee that I plan on wearing with the Anthro skirt were great finds. We did an extensive search for some brown suede over the knee boots with a wedge heel without any luck so when we got back home I scoured the Internet. I found the Tamara Wide Calf Boot by Comfortview at Jessica London that fit all of my criteria. I am still waiting for them to arrive and my hopes are high that they will work. I ordered them in wide width to fit in the calf. I plan on doing a full review on them when I receive them.
All in all, I am very happy with the purchases I made and I can’t wait to show you how I plan on style these pieces. I am sure you will be seeing them soon in posts this month.
We had a fabulous time on our vacation which included much more than the shopping I shared with you here. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful husband that I enjoy spending so much time with. He is truly my best friend.
Have you ever been shopping in Las Vegas? What places do you usually go to? Or if you have never been, do you have a mall/shop you have wanted to go to there?
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