Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jenny's Best of Vegas/Shopping Edition


From 2010 to 2014, I was lucky enough to live in fabulous Las Vegas. I seriously loved every minute of it -- especially the shopping!  While living in Vegas, my wardrobe stepped up SEVERAL notches, as well as my shoe, designer purse and accessory collections. Here's a list of my favorite places to shop in Vegas in no particular order. 

Note: Not all are located on the infamous Las Vegas Boulevard, but definitely worth the trip. :)  I calculated all travel times (by car) to the shopping areas from Caesars Palace, since it is centrally located on the Las Vegas strip. 

Las Vegas North Premium Outlets - It is seriously the best outlet shopping I've ever experienced!  It's a quick taxi ride from the strip -- but be sure to ask your driver to take the I-15 North (depending on time of day and traffic - I don't recommend it at rush hour) so he/she can exit at Charleston Blvd and drop you right off. It's located halfway between Downtown Vegas (Fremont Street) and the north end of the Las Vegas strip.  In the summer months it can be stifling hot, but at least there's misters along the paths around the shops to cool you off and an indoor food court to get a quick bite and hydrate to refuel for more shopping. Bonus alert!! --> My friend Sarah informed me of Godiva Rewards and I could not leave the outlets without stopping by. Every month you can stop by the Godiva outlet store and get a free piece of chocolate with your Godiva Rewards card -- how sweet is that?  No pun intended! :)
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets (North Central Expressway/Alta Drive)
15 minutes from Vegas strip


Fashion Show Mall -  This mall is by far the biggest in Vegas with multiple floors of stores!  It's conveniently located on the strip, but is definitely a hike if you're staying on the south end of the strip. It has high-end stores - Neiman Marcus/Nordstrom/Saks Fifth Avenue - and also the decently priced stores - Forever 21/Dillard's.  Another nifty attraction at this mall is the live runway shows put on by Fashion Show Mall retailers.  The catwalk is located between Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.  On select weekends, the catwalk rises up from the floor, so you don't even know it's there until it's time for a show. The main reason I went to Fashion Show Mall was to shop for ball gowns, rather than driving all over town to bridal shops.  I bought two out of three Air Force Ball gowns at the Fashion Show Mall.
Fashion Show Mall (S. Las Vegas Blvd/Spring Mountain Rd)
North end of Vegas Strip
5 minutes from Caesars Palace
2011 AF Ball Gown
Purchased at Fashion Show Mall
2013 AF Ball Gown
Purchased at Fashion Show Mall
Marshalls - I have loved Marshalls for YEARS and my love for it increased exponentially when I lived in Vegas! My favorite Marshalls store is located on the west side of Vegas across from Red Rock Casino.  Many of the shoes living in my walk-in closet are from that very store.  This particular location has loads of high-end, name brand shoes and purses, both of which are my downfalls, as well as the typical Marshalls merchandise. I loved this Marshall's because I didn't have to drive to the strip. After I moved out of Nevada,  Marshall's added a Vegas strip location at Showcase Mall (near the M&Ms store).  I have not been back to check it out, but I'm assuming it has great mechandise as well. :)
Marshalls -10950 W. Charleston Blvd
Across the street from Red Rock Casino
20 minutes from Vegas Strip

Tivoli Village - The main reason I went to Tivoli Village was to go to Charming Charlie.  Tivoli Village is located in Summerlin and about a 25 minute drive from the strip.  I was addicted to this store and loved how everything was organized by colors!  This helped tremendously when I was searching for a particular color costume jewelry piece, scarf or accessories. Truthfully, I didn't really shop at any of the other stores located in Tivoli Village, but enjoyed a couple of the restaurants. More of that in another blog post! 

Tivoli Village - 440 S. Rampart Blvd (Summerlin)
25 minutes from Vegas strip

Rampart Commons - Whenever I was in Summerlin, I'd almost always stopped by this shopping area located on the corner of South Rampart Blvd and West Charleston Blvd.  Rampart Commons has several stores that I loved to shop including Francesca's (my favorite), Gap, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor.  
Rampart Commons (Francesca's) - 1037 South Rampart Blvd (Summerlin)
25 minutes from Vegas strip
Town Square Las Vegas -  This charming outdoor mall is located on South Las Vegas Blvd, but I wouldn't recommend walking to it.  I preferred Town Square over the Fashion Show Mall.  The reason why I like this shopping area better was because I could park near the stores -- literally right outside some of their doors.  Since I was a Vegas local and had to drive to everything, this was a plus for me. The streets going through Town Square had limited parking right outside most of my favorite stores, so my trips could be quick and painless.  But most times, I just parked in the back of Town Square (near the movie theater) and just took a quick 5 minute walk to several of my favorite stores.  If I just wanted to go to H&M and Express, I parked directly next to H&M (in the back of Town Square). The main stores I shopped at Town Square were:  H&M, Francesca's, Victoria's Secret, Bebe & Express.
Town Square Las Vegas - 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S
10-15 minutes from Vegas Strip

I hope you enjoy your next trip to Sin City and maybe checkout some of my favorite places to shop.

While making this list, I wanted SO badly to dive into my favorite restaurants located in or around these shopping areas, but I'll save that for another blog post.  Stay tuned for Jenny's Best of Vegas/Great Eats Edition!

*The opinions in this blog are my own and I am not paid to endorse any of the above mentioned stores, malls or outlet malls.




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