A Bloggers Holiday at Nordstrom

We arrived as a group to the newly remodeled Nordstrom at Fashion Show Mall, we were quickly ushered back to the “Chandelier Room” beautifully decorated with long tables and gorgeous favors at each setting.

Mimosas of different flavors were waiting for us along with mini fried chicken and waffles, fruit bowls, quiche and a WALL OF DONUTS (insert heart eyes here).

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After we all settled in our seats, various heads of each department caught us all up on the new things Nordstrom and Fashion Show Mall have to offer this Holiday season!

Such as front row parking on Thursdays for locals on the 2nd floor of the parking garage, also if you do a little damage and feel like your arms are falling off, a customer service person will help you out to your car.  Dreamy.

Did you know Nordstrom has now introduced 28 NEW brands just in beauty alone?

Including concierge services like Lancôme custom foundation, and have brought back Anastasia Brow Services that will be booking appointments after Dec 1.

Space and K which if you are not familiar is the UK version of our Sephora

Sisley, a plant based line, with their ever popular Black Rose Dry Oil line.  New eye cream that includes a special roller that creates an instant eye lift.

Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics

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LaLabo Unisex cologne hand made in France, and can be personalized.

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Cle De Peau, famous for their concealer and luxurious skin care line.

Fresh, which is home remedy based with the best of spa and technology.

Nordstrom also wanted to make sure we knew that they offer gift boxes for EVERYTHING,  with their Try Before you Buy, you are entitled to samples before committing to full size product.  Also free lash application with purchase.  Wow.

They also broke up the gift giving into groups, for example….

For the Techspert in your life…lots of tech stocking stuffers like fitbits, etc.  Or something bigger like home entertainment.

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Fine Jewelry Lovers?  Meet Monica Vinader.  All stones are natural, set in sterling plated in 18k gold or rose gold also.  Each piece is different and individual.

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Happy Hour call to your friend?  Nordstrom has its own line of home goods that include beautiful copper Moscow mule mugs, or delicate champagne glasses.

Last but not least for the Comfort Seekers in your life, there is no shortage of blankets and eye masks.  Nest candles and Ultrasonic aroma diffusers.  Calgon take me away.

We then left our cozy little nook to take a guided tour of the newly remodeled store.  We stopped by the NEW café that now has a BAR!  We left with the most amazing gifting ideas and a swag bag I am still unboxing.  Make sure to put Nordstrom on the top of your go to shopping locations, you will not be disappointed!

May your Holiday Season be Happy and Bright!

 

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Crazy Good Gift Ideas from Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus at Fashion Mall had invited a select few to a beautifully set up room filled with natural light, full of interactive gift ideas!

One table was full of yummy snacks to try ranging from different flavored popcorns, cotton candies and chocolates…..simply scrumptious.

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Specialty drinks, crowned with specific cotton candies!  A coffee martini topped with donut cotton candy, a peach bellini adorned with birthday cake flavor and a classic bloody mary with it’s own BACON flavored cotton candy topper!

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And no kitchen would be complete without the Dolce & Gabbana Smeg appliances, with matching pasta!

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Then if you happened to leave enough room for brunch, there were beautiful offerings from the Neiman Marcus Café.

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Then I moved on to check out some more of the gift ideas!  Some of my favorite included:

Sugarfina Chocolate Cigars, Dylan Candy Bar Gingerbread House Kits, Herb & Lou’s Infused Ice Cubes for Crafted Cocktails.

Something for every man, woman, child and pet!

From fluffy fun pillows, cat shaped flask purses and GUMMY mixed tapes…..

To Karl the Snowman who went into a steamy pot of warm milk and turned into a delicious hot chocolate, or the Juicy Bamboo face clothes that you can decompose in your house plants or garden and it will give them a drink!  But I must not forget the Spectacles that link to your Snap Chat and can take video or pics with a click of a button on the rim.

All in all, I always enjoy myself at Neimans Las Vegas in Fashion Show Mall!

May your holiday season be warm and bright!  Happy Shopping!

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Tiffany Talks Trends: Denim

Everywhere you have looked this spring, you see DENIM!  I’m not just talking jeans either.  Dresses, rompers, skirts, the list goes on and on.

Yves Saint-Laurent once stated that he wished he had invented blue jeans as jeans “are expressive and discreet, they have sex appeal and simplicity,-everything I could want for the clothes I design” (The Fashion Book, Levi Strauss Designer, 1998).

Levi Strauss, a door to door salesman who had immigrated to North America from Bavaria, lured to California by the Gold Rush to sell his fineries. The miners asked him for sturdy and durable work pants. With the help of a tailor, Strauss put together work pants that were most likely made out of the canvas he had brought with him to make tents. In the 1860s, he began to make pants made from heavyweight denim, and because the pants were dyed with indigo they were named “blue jeans”.

Did you know that the original design of Levi Strauss blue jeans, Design 501, was influenced by the style of the loose trousers worn by Genoese sailors?

Me neither.

To make Levi jeans more durable, copper rivets were added to reinforce.  This innovation helped to stop the weight of the gold nuggets from tearing the pockets.

I know what you are thinking, “where’s my gold nuggets?!”.

Soon thereafter the back pockets of the jeans were reinforced by adding that iconic stitching in the shape of a double arc design using that trademark orange thread.

Jeans had originally been designed as men’s work pants, but in the 1870s, Western women who worked along with men on ranches and farms began to wear men’s jeans.
In 1930, Vogue magazine ran an advertisement depicting two society women in tight fitting jeans, a look that they called “Western chic” (still happening).

By the mid-1930s, department stores were stocking Levis jeans and western boots in the women’s section. After World War II, jean manufacturers would offer a version for women, similar to those of men, but with a side opening instead of a fly-front opening. It was not until 1958 that adjustments were made in the design of women’s jeans to flatter the female shape.

WOW.

Denim Tips:

  1. Always mix dark and light washes…..no Canadian tuxedos.
  2. If this scares you, try black or grey jeans with a light blue wash jacket.
  3. It does pay to invest in nice denim.  Fast fashion just does not last, especially if there is spandex involved.  A few washes and they will be drooping.
  4. Wash your denim inside out to preserve the color.
  5. Hang to dry.
  6. Don’t be scurred!  Have fun!
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Bibliography 

History of Jeans

Spring 2018 What to Wear

Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show invited us for a sneak peak of this season’s MUST HAVES!  We were greeted by beautiful Green Butterfly Martinis from Neiman Marcus Cafe, that once we gave it a little swizzle tasted like a melted popsicle in the best possible way!

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Not to mention a magnificent spread of rainbow colored macaroons and lovely hors d’oeuvres!

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Then we were shown the eye candy for the season! Are you ready?  Here we gooooooo!

Bright eye catching colors such as punchy pinks and sunny yellows.

Statement sleeves, think puff, bell, tie and ruffles.

Floral, all the floral.  Floral ON floral.

Stripes, horizontal and vertical.  Color block too!

Sunny specs with rose colored lenses.

Pointed toe shoes.  Tapered and elegant.

Logo bags, let them make your fashion statement for you!

Rainbow Jewelry, dazzle them with your wildest rainbow and unicorn dreams!

Sparkle!  Glitter and glam here ladies.  Don’t be shy!  Shimmery lips and glitter coated lids!

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As a special treat, a Tom Ford makeup artist was there to share the hottest beauty trends for spring.  He showed us beautifully pigmented shades of eye shadows that are exclusive to Neiman Marcus.  Not to mention the most fun shades of mascara to give you that added pop.   He also shared with me the best trick of the trade I’ve ever heard thus far:  he recommended that you use the Purple mascara to make your eyes look more youthful, as newborns arrive earth side with a violet wash to their lids.

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HELLO!  Give me all the purple!  To top it all off, we were given some pretty fantastic gift bags inspired by this season’s rainbow bright theme inside!

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All in all, as far as I am concerned, spring has sprung.  Leave your inhibitions at the door and rock those colors with the confidence and moxy that they demand!  Enjoy!

 

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