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They had me at red

Posted in sales, shopping on July 23, 2009 by poojaland

Come early July, I open my mailbox every day with bated breath, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog. Usually I do a couple-hundred-dollars worth of damage at the sale every year, and most of the time, I choose what I want to buy via the catalog — before I even step into the physical store. This year, the catalog touted its “affordable” items, but though I appreciate it when, say, a jacket is $150 off the original price, I don’t exactly consider it affordable if it’s still like $200!! Yeesh. Anyway, after going through the catalog, I was only intrigued by a few pairs of shoes and a pair of sunglasses. I finally made it into the store Tuesday night, a bit exhausted after a haircut that ended up taking nearly two hours due to some miscommunication between me and the stylist (in all honesty, she didn’t listen to my instructions, so her supervisor had to finish the cut up and ended up comping my cut after all the hassle). There was a bit of a wait to get help in the shoe section, but after 30 minutes I finally tried on a pair of tall black boots. They were the pull-on kind, but not elasticized. I’ve definitely built up my calf muscles a bit due to the increased amount of walking I’ve been doing the past year or so, but I’m obviously still a bit wimpy from the knees down — after putting on the boot, I could stick my arm down the back of the boot all the way to my heel!! Even the sales lady was a bit wowed. So…those were a no.

While I’d been waiting, I’d seen another salesperson put away these really cute, shiny dark-red wedges. I’d seen the brand, but hadn’t been able to find the shoes anywhere on the display things, so I described them to my saleslady, and she was able to find them in the back. They were even cuter up close, and bonus: they were on sale! They either weren’t in the catalog, or perhaps I just missed them (the shoes’ red color is one of my faves, so they could’ve been in the catalog but in a different color, in which case they wouldn’t have caught my eye easily). As a rule, I’m not a fan of wedge heels, but I have a couple pairs of jeans that require only about two-inch heels, so wedges look great with those (plus you can’t see the wedge unless I’m sitting down). I still need to go back to Nordy’s to look at the sunglasses, but I’m very happy with the shoes for now:

I’d also been eyeing some Ugg boots (no, not the outdated traditional Uggs that most people seem to have), but they’re suede, which I doubt would fare well in rainy Seattle. I’ll have to quiz a salesperson about those to find out for sure, but I’m a bit hesitant to jump on the Ugg wagon, so we’ll see.

Shoe shopping by flashlight

Posted in sales, shopping on July 22, 2008 by poojaland

I walked over to Northgate Mall Saturday afternoon with the intention of swinging through Nordstrom to pick up some shoes (part of the Anniversary Sale). Once I got inside the mall, though, I got sidetracked by the “70% OFF SALE!” sign outside Ann Taylor Loft. I ended up picking out a few items to try on. Went into a fitting room, took off my T-shirt, and then whoooosh! The lights went out! Some back-up lights popped on right away, but it was definitely dim. (Nobody screamed, for those who’re wondering. There were just a lot of “Whoa!”s and laughter.) I decided to go ahead and try on a couple of the tanks, and then wandered out. Turned out power had gone out across the whole mall, and stores were asking people to leave and pulling down their security fence things as customers exited.

I was of course bummed that I hadn’t gone directly to Nordstrom (the sale shoes tend to go quickly during the sale, and I have an average shoe size), but I decided to wander on by there just in case they weren’t kicking people out. Well, Nordstrom employees and customers sure are a hardy bunch! The lighting was even worse in the shoe area, but it was business as usual — though everyone was using either flashlights or cell phones for light. The store was unfortunately out of the color of shoe I wanted (burgandy), but had my second choice (black), so I tried those on, using the helpful employee’s flashlight to check myself out in the mirror. I ended up buying that pair; they had to ring me up using an old-school carbon-copy receipt thing. (Of course, I was still obsessing over those red shoes [the color is much better in person], so the next day I called the Alderwood store and had them try to order a pair from another store for me. Fingers crossed! They’re so classic and classy, I know I’ll get my money’s worth.)

As I left the mall around 2:30, I heard that power had also gone out at the Target/Best Buy complex across the street. The traffic light at the busy intersection of 5th and Northgate was also out, leading to lots of honking and bad driving (i.e., three drivers going one behind the other, rather than treating it as a four-way stop as you’re supposed to). I read later that some City Light workers had inadvertently caused the outage; not totally surprising with all the construction going on in the area. Apparently the power finally came back up around 5:30 p.m. By then, I’d long since left the mall and headed to the U District for some medicinal bubble tea ;o)