Ever since I came back from that big glorious trip we took down to Florida and the Caribbean, it has been one frantic and hectic season for the city and for very good reasons. Despite what you would imagine Ottawa to be in the dead of winter, there are surprisingly a big number of exciting things happening in the capital. Chief amongst them is, of course, the hotly anticipated opening of the US retail giant NORDSTROM. Everywhere I go to these days, especially when it involves fashion and shopping, there is one question that I have been asked, consistently.
So, what/who are you going to wear to the (already and completely SOLD OUT) NORDSTROM Gala.
NORDSTROM AND OTTAWA AT HOME MAGAZINE WINTERLUDE FASHION SHOW
A question which, to be honest with you, sends me to a panicked dread that I have literally been thinking about this everyday. The pressure. Fortunately, we’ve had the privilege to attend the NORSTROM and Ottawa At Home Winterlude Fashion Show, a collaboration between the boutique retailer and the National Capital Commission to inject a lot of fashion into one of winter’s hottest events (see runway photos here by Ottawa’s MASHAELL PHOTOGRAPHY). Since the fashion presentation was all about spring fashion, there lots of floral and bright colour inspiration to choose from.
YOU’RE INVITED: PRE-OPENING BEAUTY BASH THAT’S FULL OF SWEET SURPRISES
Furthermore, our good fortune does not end there as we recently received a sweet surprise package in the mail from NORDSTROM Ottawa. A huge parcel of this year’s beauty must-haves for spring, the NORDSTROM Beauty Box is a quite a sight to behold. With premium brand names such as La Mer, La Prairie, Shiseido, Clarins, Anastasia (did you know that the NORDSTROM Rideau Centre location will have the famed Anastasia Beauty Brow Service?), Kate Somerville, Mereadesso, Guerlain, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Cliniquie, Deborah Lippman, Chantecaille, Amorepacific, Kocostar Nail Therapy (the list is quite a mouthful, yes?), Ottawa’s access to world-renowned beauty products has just expanded exponentially.
While we will be giving you a more in-depth review of these products in the next couple of weeks, there is one event that one must not miss. The NORDSTROM OTTAWA Beauty Bash is on and YOU’RE INVITED!
NORDSTROM BEAUTY BASH: COME CELEBRATE ALL THINGS BEAUTY
When: Friday, March 6th. 7:30 – 9:30 am
Where: NORDSTROM Rideau Centre, Level 2, NORDSTROM COURT
Why: Why not?
You are in for an absolute treat and trust us, you wouldn’t want to miss this! Starting at 7:30 am on Friday, March 6th, until the store’s official grand opening at 9:30 am, clients will have the opportunity to enjoy complimentary skincare consultations, demonstrations, make-up lessons, and will have the good fortune of meeting the beauty and fragrance experts from Chanel, Nars, Jo Malone, Creed, La Mer, Burberry Beauty and Chantecaille (both exclusive to NORDSTROM Ottawa) and many more.
As an added BONUS – the first 2000 customers to visit the NORDSTROM Beauty Bash will receive a commemorative tote! This is valid until supplies last so be sure to bring your girlfriend (and boyfriend!) or two and head over to the Rideau Centre bright and early. You will learn first hand what’s the hottest make-up and fragrance trends for spring and you may just walk out feeling beautiful and rejuvenated.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD-RENOWNED NORDSTROM BEAUTY DEPARTMENT
Fully equipped with 50 Beauty Advisors, the NORDSTROM Beauty Department will be one of the most visited sections of the new store. It will feature a pressure-free play bar, hot trends zone and will carry mini beauty must-haves, products that are smaller than retail size but bigger than sample sizes so you could actually try out the products substantially before fully committing to purchasing the full sizes. It`s luxury at its best as the Beauty Department will also have a trusted concierge who does not work on commission but will direct you to what will work best for you. As mentioned above, the list of top beauty brands that NORDSTROM Rideau Centre will carry is to die for and walking in into the Beauty Department will be tantamount to a beauty junkie`s Disneyland. No doubt about it.
NORDSTROM OTTAWA OPENS ON MARCH 6, 2015 AT THE RIDEAU CENTRE
So, will you mark you calendars as the date is quickly approaching? With just a few more sleeps, the NORDSTROM Gala is upon us and then finally, the Beauty Bash and voila, the Grand Opening of the NORDSTROM Ottawa.
Isn’t it the best time to be living in the capital right now?
See you on Friday, March 6th!