A Fond Farewell

Hi friends!

Our lovely "From The Floor" experience is taking a hiatus. I think it's time we kick our knowledge into gearand start attacking those closets!  Spring is almost here, and now more than ever it's vital to know what's in those closets...Does it still fit? Can you still wear it? Should you still wear it? Is it no longer appropriate for public viewing?

Keep these thoughts in mind while revisiting. Alterations could be just the trick, but if you ask yourself: "Would I buy this now if I saw it in a store?" and the answer is no, then you need to introduce it to the donate pile. Someone else will love it, I'm sure. Don't be scared to donate...it's the green thing to do!

And so it goes. This fashionista is signing off. I have loved every single minute of writing to you and I hope some of it's been enlightening. Go out into the world looking fabulous, feeling fabulous and make me proud!

"Markdown and the City"

Hi friend!

Have you seen it yet? I'm happy to report that there was no standing in line necessary for the big first screening of "Sex and the City".  The theater had added a few extra shows and no one had to stand in the cold...bravo to the theater for that.  The fashion show of couture (both in the movie and in the theater) was breath-taking (in both satisfied ahhs and horrified gasps).  It seemed like New York had lost it's title as the fifth lady and the wardrobe closet had won it.  So. Much. Fashion.  Most of the time it was sheer styling brilliance...other times a little bit of a miss (what's with wearing pearls to bed?!?)  But I was constantly reminded of how fast this lovely industry turns around. In almost every scene, someone was wearing something that had been marked down for our latest designer sale: Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana. Not to mention the bags...it seriously looked like they'd hit the first day of pre-sale two weeks ago.  But, so much more importantly, I was reminded that it's not about singling out the pieces but layering them up to create your own personal, fabulous style. That's what Miss Carrie always did best, and this time was no different.  She always inspires creativity, passion and originality when it comes to the relationship between you and your personal style, and feeling really good about yourself when you're wearing fabulous fashion.  And THAT is what makes this industry worth it.

Carrie Me Away!

Hi friend!

I've never stood in line for hours waiting for a movie before. I didn't pop my tent in front of the theater playing Star Wars, freezing in the early morning hours in anticipation of light-sabers. Nor did I bring my beach chair and a book to the line for Indiana Jones and wait and wait and wait. I don't do that. At least I didn't do that. Tonight, I will be standing in line for hours waiting patiently for Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha and their costumes. I'm the dork that will be cheering and clapping at 12:01 am when the lights go down...and I couldn't be more excited to be so dorky. To be among the first to see the costumes alone will be worth the chill. The fashion is going to be insane...special couture pieces and looks (literally) right off the runways. I will have a full rundown for you tomorrow, but tonight I'm going to bust out a fabulous "Sex and the City" outfit and wait patiently. I don't know what it'll look like quite yet, but I know it will include my fuchsia patent leather Manolo slingbacks and this cocktail ring:

Rebecca Large Square Peridot Ring
Cocktail Ring

The Super Secret Sale

Hi friend!

We get to do this really cool thing in Designer when sale time rolls around. We get the lists of what will be going on sale about a week before the actual break-date of the sale, and then we get to call our fabulous customers and tell them the good news...otherwise known as pre-selling. We'll change the floor around so the pre-sale pieces are separated from the regular price and put up signs on those fixtures that say "Pre-Sale In Progress".  If you don't have anyone you work with in the Designer departments and just happen to wander in, you too get to reap the benefits of the wonderful world of pre-sale. One of the reasons we do this is to make sure our customers get to secure the best of the best before the sales break in the other stores. Sneaky? Never. Convenient and brilliant? Absolutely. Shoes, handbags and apparel all fall under this magical spell (though not always at the same time) so it's best to find a buddy in at least one of the departments in order to be in the know. We just happen to be in pre-sale mode right now in apparel and the break-date just happens to be tomorrow. But, don't worry if you miss this one...Designer Finale is right around the corner (July) and is otherwise known as The Motherload. Oh yes...The Motherload.      

Memorial Day blues

Now that everyone is back to work I can see who remembered to use sunscreen this weekend and who didn't by the pink, sunburned skin.  Did you know when you get a sunburn the top layer of your skin dies.  I know that sounds harsh but your skin is a living organ, in fact it is the largest organ we have and often neglected. It's crucial to protect your skin for the harmful rays of the sun to keep it looking beautiful and healthy. In fact, over 80% of our aging comes from the environment.  Which means, you can help prevent pre-mature aging like wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots just by using sunscreen.  It's even better if you incorporate a SPF (sun protection factor) into your daily routine but even more essential when your outside in the elements.  With summer right around the corner I wanted to send all of you the link to our sun shop.  It list all the things beauty to help you beat the heat.  Remember first step, sunscreen...from there it's great looking bronzers, self-tanners and shimmering makeup.  Love the skin your in and take good care of it!

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/6002109/0~2377897~2377898~2379913~2379914~6002109

Sex and the City Influence

I know it's only Monday, but I can't wait until Friday. Not because it is the start to the weekend but because it is the night of the Sex and the City: The Movie premiere. Even if you weren't obsessed with the show, we should all look forward to the premiere because it will undoubtedly showcase designer after designer, give us head-to-toe looks and re-define sexy. From the show's start to its finish, we saw fashions evolve, designers come and go and I would have to say SATC helped many of us learn about the high fashion world. Not everyone is engulfed in the fashion industry and SATC was a place that introduced lasting names such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin to the rest of the world. Through the show, it was easy for many of us to see what looked great together and what did not and I couldn't empathize any more with Carrie's love affair with shoes. Amazingly enough it was never tiring to see her over-the-top obsession with shoes and she wasn't the only one.

From my time on the floor, it is undoubtedly clear the demand for designers shoes has risen. It is no longer a fantasy for many of you but has become a reality. For the greatest period of time, the designer customer fit a certain mold. She had the bling, the clothes, the bag, we can all envision a certain stereotype, but today, the designer world has grown to include a diverse palate for those who appreciate amazing designers and I love it. It is refreshing to see diversity on my floor and I would like to thank SATC for helping many of us get there.

And the winners are...

Tuesday May 21st was the 36th Annual Fifi Awards to recognize top creative achievements in the fragrance industry...a few of our Nordstrom favorite winners are...

Fragrance of the year: Nouveau Niche - fragrances sold in less than 250 specialty stores

Women's - Prada Infusion d'Iris

Prada 'Infusion D'Iris' Eau de Parfum Spray
Prada 'Infusion D'Iris' Eau de Parfum Spray

Fragrance of the year: Luxe - fragrance sold in more than 250 specialty stores

Women's - Daisy Marc Jacobs - also won for Women's Best Packaging

MARC JACOBS 'Daisy' Eau de Toilette Spray
MARC JACOBS 'Daisy' Eau de Toilette Spray

Fragrance of the year: Luxe - fragrance sold in more than 250 specialty stores

Men's - Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Dolce & Gabbana 'Light Blue Pour Homme' Eau de Toilette
Dolce & Gabbana 'Light Blue Pour Homme' Eau de Toilette

Best Packaging

Men's - Attitude By Giorgio

Armani 'Attitude' Eau de Toilette Spray
Armani 'Attitude' Eau de Toilette Spray

Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Vera Wang.  One of her latest scent is Vera Wang Bouquet.

Vera Wang 'Bouquet' Eau de Parfum
Vera Wang 'Bouquet' Eau de Parfum

Congratulations to all the Fifi winners.  For the rest of the results along with pictures of the red carpet arrivals, celebrities and all the fun go to www.fragrance.org

It's Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Separated, each word has its own meaning. Combined, L.A.M.B represent pop singer, Gwen Stefani's clothing and accessory line. I remember when Stefani entered the fashion world in 2003. It wasn’t a surprise that yet another singer was starting her own line, but for Stefani it was a natural transition. Recognized as a fashion trendsetter since her No Doubt days (with her infectious signature bouffant and bright red lipstick) Stefani always had it going on. Her alternative, chic style is seamlessly represented in her line and L.A.M.B. is everywhere.

Among the many spring shoes on my floor, there is one table that is noticeably filled with bright designs and funky styles. It is of course none other than Stefani's L.A.M.B. and everyone can't get enough. Inspired by Japanese culture, music and fashion, L.A.M.B. is well thought out, eccentrically sweet and comfortable (considering some of the very high heels).

Perfect for wide leg pants and a cute t-shirt, I especially love this wedged tennis shoe. Sure it's funky, but it is so J-pop I can't help but love it!

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Black and white is always in and it couldn't look better than this checkered woven, mirrored-silver heel.

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Stefani also continues to use Rastafarian influences such as Jamaica's colors, green, black and gold in many of her designs.

L.A.M.B. 'Darrel' Pump
L.A.M.B. 'Darrel' Pump

Fantastic with navy, denim or white, gray is still huge for spring and how can you not love the little bow?

L.A.M.B. 'Daran' Pump
L.A.M.B. 'Daran' Pump

If you can handle the height, this wooden strappy champagne platform is hot, hot, hot and the perfect color to go with anything in your spring and summer closet.

L.A.M.B. 'Dawn' Sandal
L.A.M.B. 'Dawn' Sandal

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