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Macy’s Backstage: A Store Within a Store

Everyone knows the name Macy’s, the retail giant has been synonymous with the Thanksgiving Day Parade and shopping for more than a hundred and fifty years but have you heard of Macy’s Backstage?

No, I’m not talking about backstage at a Macy’s fashion show- I’m talking about their new discount store-within-a-store concept!

The store functions much like a TJ Maxx or Homegoods,  offering deal-oriented customers another way to shop at Macy’s by providing an exciting store-within-a-store shopping experience. Yes you read that correctly, Macy’s Backstage is located INSIDE Macy’s (specifically here in Las Vegas inside the Macy’s Home Store).

Not to be confused with Last Act (Macy’s clearance section) Macy’s Backstage is operated by its own specific buying team who scour the world to find the best products at the best prices. So in addition to Macy’s brands, there are apparel and accessory brands that are not currently carried at the full-line department store.

This structure allows Backstage to deliver a constantly changing assortment of on-trend merchandise at 20 to 80 percent off traditional department store prices with new deliveries daily!

With shoes and handbags being their biggest sellers Backstage stores carry everything from men’s and women’s apparel to cosmetics, gifts, home goods, bedding, active wear and jewelry, plus children’s apparel, shoes and toys..

..and even more great news!  You can use your Macy’s Credit Card to make purchases at Backstage locations, and Macy’s gift cards are also accepted and available for purchase at Macy’s Backstage locations!

My shopping bestie Tiffany (@Consciouslychicstyle) and I stopped into the Macy’s Backstage inside the Home Store here in Las Vegas to give you a sneak peek at some of the crazy good deals we spotted.

These deals were so good Tiffany and I shopped our hearts out.

The shoe selection is incredible! Everything you need for the season at a crazy good price.

This chic Friendsgiving book contains cocktail, food and appetizer recipes with gorgeous photos.  At only $4 it’s a great gift for your pals this season- would be really cute on place settings at a Friendsgiving table.

Everything you need to set the perfect Fall scene. Slay that Flatlay.

I bought this for my mom!  So cute and only $14.99

Animal prints and fall hues giving me life!

Yes to these fun booties!

..because it’s sweater season and this cute one is only $14.

..and Tiffany scored this fun little vest for $4!!!!!

Stop in and check out the deals for yourself at Macy’s Backstage located inside Macy’s Home Store at 4450 Spring Mountain Road. 

This post was created in partnership with Macy’s.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

New Dropit Service at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

One of my least favorite things about shopping is lugging all my purchases around- especially when I’m prepping for a shoot, have other plans that day or when it’s just plain hot outside!

Las Vegas North Premium Outlets has an AMAZING solution for those shopping woes, they just launched a brand new service called Dropit when you can have your purchases delivered right to your door!

It blends the benefits of online and in-store shopping with delivery and no bags to carry!

That’s right- you shop, then drop and they will deliver it to you! Whether you’re visiting just one store or many, they take the hassle out of shopping so your trip is easier, lighter and more

Yes Please!

Just Download the Dropit App and shop away.

There are two ways to DROPit.

  1. At a Participating Retailer- Look for the Dropit logo in participating retailer’s windows (or pick up at list at Guest services) and you can Drop the purchase you made right there in the store
  2. At Guest Services- you can Drop from any retailer at Guest Services.

Once you have made your purchase open the Dropit app and scan the QR Code to select your location- either in-store or at Guest Services.

Next the app will ask you to snap a pic of your receipts.  Use the + symbol to add multiple receipts.

Then Scan the barcode on the Dropit Bag (which will be provided by the Retailer or Guest Services).

and drop your purchases into the bag, seal it, leave it and continue about your day.

The package will be delivered to your door within the time frame you selected in the app!

So easy, convenient and it kind of feels like you received a present when it arrive lol.

Check the service out for yourself at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

Niche Children’s Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

I have been in children’s style mode for the past few month’s working on the most fun photoshoots in New York for a toy company.

Throughout this process I have discovered that finding a good variety of fun unique kids clothes at a decent price can be pretty challenging- everything at most mass retailers looks pretty much the same and if it is unique it can cost a pretty penny- so I wanted to share a few of my secrets for styling kids.

I enlisted the help of my intern, Wilhelmina age 2 1/2 (she’s actually my assistant Tiffany’s adorbs daughter), and we headed to our secret kids shopping spot The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to let you in on how we score the cutest kids clothes ever from some of our favorite niche children’s brands you may not know about and some tricks to style them.

Our first stop : Vineyard Vines.

This preppy Stamford, Connecticut based brand known for their smiling pink whale logo and apparel that’s equal parts polished and whimsical has become a household name but did you know they carry children’s clothing!

This is Willa’s top rated shop because just about everything has a fish “bish” on it- she also gives the store major kudos for providing a complementary coloring station where kids can unleash their creativity.

The Vineyard Vines childrens collection is available in both boys and girls sizes 2T-16 and is as equally chic as the adult pieces.  Everything has a sophisticated Hampton’s-esc appeal.  Clean lines and searsucker fabrics with that “I’m off to get yachty” vibe.

I am especially fond of the extra thought the brand puts into details.  When styling kids the details are what matters, they are the things that make a piece “special”.  A cute ruffle on the sleeve instantly transform a sundress from everyday-blah to ooh-la-la and distinctive elements like boat necks and shawl collars set a piece apart from the crowd.

FYI- The Premium Outlets North hosts the only Vineyard Vines location in Las Vegas.

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

J Crew- Crew Cuts

J Crew, you know it, you love it but…have you checked out their kids collection, Crew Cuts?

Nestled in the back corner of the store it’s a kids fashion wonderland. With a range of sizes in boys and girls clothing from 2T-16 it’s easy to miss because the children’s pieces blend right into the quirky, fashion-forward yet preppy adult clothing.  I love a brand that doesn’t dumb down kids clothing- they keep it practical but cool and contemporary.

Willa’s favorite thing about Crew Cuts is the accessories.  From fun of-the-moment handbags to luxe necklaces, trendy belts and cool sunnies they have EVERYTHING you need to take that kids look to the next level.

Trending this season for kids (just like for adults) are shorter crops on jeans and trousers as well as lived-in rolled boyfriend type jeans.  My styling secret is to always pair fun whimsical socks with these types of looks, trust me it will get you compliments every-time and earn you professional level style points.

To be honest, many of my kids styling secrets are the same as my adult tips- adding a colorful belt to a plain dress can up it’s style factor by a gazillion and a quick 1/2 tuck on a tee delivers an instant cool vibe.  It’s about giving the look life and depth rather than just tossing some clothing on.

Also don’t get hung up on boys dept. vs girls dept.  I have found some great pieces for little gals in the boys dept. that totally “made” the look.

FYI- The Premium Outlets North hosts the only J Crew in Las Vegas.

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North


Known for their Father and Son matchy-matchy swim sets Vilebrequin (Pronounced VIL-bra-ken) offers some of the most summer-tastic kids pieces around.

The French swim brand was founded by Fred Prysquel in 1971 and quickly became known for their bright, patterned swimwear that drys quickly in the sun.

In 1995 they launched the Father and Son concept, expanding the range of swimwear and clothing from mens to boys starting at 6 months old. This father-son bond brought a new dimension to Vilebrequin as it took on family values. Much more than a passing fad, the enthusiasm for this range is high and has become a tradition for Vilebrequin clients globally.

Featuring both boys and girls sizes 6m-14y they boast not only Father/Son and Mother/Daughter matching swim sets they also provide collections for the whole family.

Made with the same quality fast dry fabrics as the adult line these pieces are made to last and will hold up through every beach trip, water park visit and pool party you throw at them.

Willa had her eye on a gorgeous parrot print t-shirt dress and turtle print ruffle bikini.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog you know I love to mix patterns and at Vilebrequin it’s so fun and easy!  Mix these wild patterns to your hearts content just make sure you use one color to anchor your mix and let that shade carry through the entire look.

Kids swimwear care tip- ALWAYS wash you swimwear inside out, in cold water with NO FABRIC softener and hang to dry.

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Willa quite literally shopped til she dropped.  She was fast asleep as we packed up our purchases and headed to the car.

If you are looking for some fun unique step-out-of-the-crowd kids clothing make sure to visit our favorite spots at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North! After this your little will look so good they’ll be begging YOU to take OOTD pics of THEM.

And, if you have any questions on styling kids send me a DM or leave a comment I would love to help!

Niche Children's Brands at Las Vegas Premium Outlet's North

Niche Children's Brands

Fall Trend Spotting with Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

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We all LOVE a good deal and some of us, including me, live for it!

I am a sucker for a designer outlet.

I remember the days when the only outlet shopping to be found was by driving a gazillion miles away, uphill both ways in the snow..LOL.   We would plan outlet shopping day-trips, but thankfully now you can find them located conveniently close to home.

Designer Outlets offer past season merchandise, re-issued popular styles from previous seasons using materials the designer already had and pieces that may have been labeled incorrectly or that arrived late to mainline stores and missed their retail window.  Many brands even make pieces exclusively for their outlet stores.

Hunting for a good bargain really get’s my juices flowing and I get some of my best deals at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North.

Nestled close to Downtown Las Vegas,  The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North with over 40 acres of shopping and designer brands like ETRO, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch, AllSaints, Marc Jacobs, John Varvatos and more including two brand new openings: Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli!

Last week I hit the shops at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to show you how easy it is to find this season’s current trends at a steal-of-a-deal outlet price.

First up an outlet boutique that is so new the paint isn’t even dry yet.  The Roberto Cavalli Boutique opened just days ago and is packed full of everything you would expect from Cavalli focusing on two of the season’s hottest trends: animal prints and wine hues.

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I have been talking about how hot animal prints are for Fall 2018 since July and if there is one sure-fire place to find THE BEST animal prints it’s Roberto Cavalli, I mean come on the guy is known as “The Leopard King”.

Seriously how AMAZING is this coat! YAAS!

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Rich shades of burgundy, bordeaux, garnet, ruby and tawny make up the warm wine spectrum.

What other shades could describe fall better than wine colors? Selected by Pantone (the color experts), Red Pear is the perfect embodiment of  fall days, and one of the top fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Next up another brand new boutique, Jimmy Choo. 

Known for their luxe take on footwear this is the FIRST Jimmy Choo outlet in market.  One of my favorite things about the shop is that it is set up just like a mainline store.  Artfully displayed products showcasing the collection in a boutique setting.  If it wasn’t for the crazy good prices you would never know you were in an outlet!

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Booties are a must for the season and I spied some GORGEOUS animal print, wine hued velvet, brocade and metallic ones!  I watched a guy almost faint when he asked the price of a bootie and they told him they were and additional 40% off the already AMAZING outlet price.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Sparkle and leather are also huge for Fall.

Stick to pointy toe silhouettes when shopping pumps.

Look for leather with interesting details like studs or metal grommets and think of “sparkle” shoes like jewelry for the feet!

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

One of my personal favorite brands Scotch & Soda is always a must-stop-by for me when shopping at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North.

Scotch & Soda are “discoverers and collectors, scouring the globe for that painting, poem, vintage piece, ruin, or artefact that sparks thier never-ending curiosity.
Treasures uncovered on worldly wanders are poured into collections and signature looks that clash eras, classics, places of inspiration, meshing unexpected fabrics and patterns.”

The perfect mix of curiosities for an Urban boho soul.  Carrying men’s, women’s, children’s and living collections they are one of my favorite’s when shopping for something unique.

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How gorgeous is this velvet trench?  I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I left the shop and think I need to go back and buy it.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

I keep telling you animal prints are hot and how crazy-good-wild is this leopard denim!

Ahh, the great Scotch & Soda hat debate of 2018 as seen on my Insta-stories.  You all voted and it was a pretty evenly split decision on which of these fedoras I should purchase.

In the end I went with the wine-hue because a. wine hues are kind of a big deal this season and b. the floppy brim suited me better than the structured one.

Last stop- Coach.

I know you are all familiar with Coach.  The brand is legendary for their guarantee on products but did you know that the Coach Company Store at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North also carries select pieces of Coach’s Ready to Wear?

This drool worthy jacket is from the limited edition”Space” Capsule Collection.

Customized jackets are EVERYTHING this season- pair that with a space, planet, NASA or solar system theme, enamel pins and you are blasting off!

Check out these boutiques and spot some trends for yourself at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North in Las Vegas.  Post your shopping pics on Instagram and don’t forget to tag me so I can see what you scored!

FENDI Runaway

FENDI Runaway Bag

An iconic handbag has the power to transform and elevate even the simplest of outfits.

It is that piece of your look that tells the world about your personal style and instantly lends a sense of power and status as soon as it’s draped over your arm. It’s a bag so incredible that it gets it’s own chair at dinner.

Each year one bag emerges from the sea of handbag choices to grab the title of the season’s “it” bag and for 2018 that bag is the FENDI Runaway bag.

I stopped into the FENDI boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars to get to know the Runaway bag a little more and share all it’s glorious details with you.

FENDI Runaway Bag

Shown for the first time on the FENDI Women’s A/W 2017-18 runway, the Runaway is a modern versatile bag with a sleek geometric design, clean structured shape, removable strap and a magnetic closure.

FENDI Runaway Bag

The look is straightforward and modern, made with a removable short leather strap for carrying by hand or at the crook of your arm. You can even purchases additional strap colors, lengths and designs to give the bag a variety of looks.

FENDI Runaway Bag

The geometric shape of the bag is complimented by the fun mix of gold and silver hardware (which makes it super versatile) featuring the FENDI “F”.

This bag is the ultimate chameleon adapting to suit every look which is what you want in a day bag,  it truly goes with EVERYTHING but what really defines the Runaway is its lightness.  Seriously, even when packed full of everything you need for the entire day the bag is incredibly light.  Thank you handbag gods!  No more heavy bags!

FENDI Runaway Bag

With its functionality, versatility and elegant and timeless allure, it’s no wonder that the Runaway is the ultimate “it” bag of 2018. Perfect for the modern, active woman in search of an easy-to-wear yet sophisticated bag to suit every occasion.

Visit the FENDI Boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to get a Runaway on your arm this season.

FENDI Runaway Bag

FENDI Runaway Bag