Retail maven Heather Marianna dishes on her most memorable splurges and shopping tips.
You might know Heather Marianna from a 2012 appearance on Oxygen’s My Shopping Addiction; finding herself alone in a new city, Marianna developed an unchecked retail habit (even by Vegas standards), dropping roughly $30,000 a month at The Shops at Crystals. After a whirlwind year, she overhauled both her physical and mental health, donated a major chunk of her loot to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (save for the Tom Ford dresses and the Louis Vuitton pumps), and created an all-natural bath products line, Beauty Kitchen. Still, she’s more than happy to share her expert retail tips and tricks.
MOST UNFORGETTABLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE: “My first weekend here in Vegas, my friend from LA came to visit me, and we walked over to The Shops at Crystals. Between the two of us, we went to nearly every store. I’ll always remember that weekend because my favorite pair of sunglasses from Louis Vuitton—white aviators with python on the sides—came from that shopping trip.
ALL-TIME FAVORITE BUY: “My Tom Ford Poppy dress (and shoes to match). I love it; it’s very girly.”
MUST-STOP SHOPS: “I like to shop at Prada for flip-flops, Hermès and Chanel for purses, Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton for heels, and BCBG for accessories—believe it or not, I die over their giant necklaces.”
BEST-KEPT SECRET: “Tom Ford has a back room! Ask for Vinnie; he’s the best.”
PRO TIP: “Leave the credit card at home and just bring cash for what you want to spend. I definitely do that now, because I can get myself into major trouble.”