Much More than a Sneaker Store…

Right outside The Linq Hotel – my accommodations for a recent wedding – is a great strand featuring shops and eateries – Sprinkles Cupcakes anyone?!?

It’s there that I ran into 12AM:Run or XIIAM.  The store is co-owned by Nas, creator of the cult classic Illmatic, hip hop icon, and lyricist extraordinaire.  So it makes perfect sense that the vibe in XIIAM would be amazing even at 11 o’clock a night.

Founded by Nas, this Vegas sneaker store is worth a visit, if only to absorb the vibe.

The store’s tagline is “Sneakers. Fashion. Lifestyle.” and indeed what a lifestyle.  

The staff was amazing – cool and accommodating without being overbearing.  The clothing and accessories were unique, well-priced and equally well-shown. #merchandisinggamestrong 

Great art adorns the store. I want this image of Karl Lagerfeld saying “I’ve always wanted to wear sweatpants” for my own house. Also check the layout of caps and the color coordination of tee shirts. #details matter

I picked up a couple of gifts for the holidays and have gone to their online store a couple of times since leaving the city as I’m lusting after one of their sweatshirts.

So if you’re caught in Vegas late night, stop by 12 AM:Run.  The only thing missing was the real Nas, but trust me his essence lingers.

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A Great Spot for Last Minute Gifts

Basin White in The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, Las Vegas, is a great place for pretty gifts.

I love taking trips and finding unique shops that allow me to bring home great gifts.  A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas for a wedding.  I was a +1 and didn’t know the bride or groom, but after meeting them and subsequently being invited to attend their nuptials, I thought – these two deserve a gift.


While exploring the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (I was there just a year ago and boy have they expanded in the best way) I came across Basin White (also known as Basin).  Basin White is basically a bath store (like Lush) and has a number of great products and equally impressive packaging.  

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I was able to pick up a few bath bombs for the – ahem wedding night – and also some very cute “bride and groom” soap.  They may never use it but at least it’s festive.

This bride and groom soap seemed perfect for a couple who was celebrating a destination wedding and small enough to pack in their bags without adding too much weight.

I also got to try my hand at video for the first time (my soror She’Don played the talent) as we watched a bath bomb dissolve and got to test out the products ourselves – which by the way are AMAZING!

So if you’re in Vegas – stop by Basin White.  

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