Nordstrom Rack 75% Off Sale: Like a Treasure Hunt for Deals!

As all of you know, I love affordable shopping, and End-of-Summer sales are some of the best places to scoop up some great Fashion Finds on a budget.  Enter Nordstrom Rack, a retailer that offers discounted designer brands year-round, and whose Clear the Racks Sale is legendary when it comes to getting the most bang for your hard-earned buck.

The downtown Portland store is a well-appointed two-story affair, filled with handbags, belts, shoes, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, lingerie, clothing, and men’s and kids’ clothing and shoes, as well as housewares, makeup, and beauty products.

In the bag section I spotted bags from Michal Kors, The Sak, Juicy Couture, Trina Turk, and Betsey Johnson.  Check out the pebbling on this Badgley Mischka bag!  ($159.97, marked down from $398)

The shoe section is vast, with Designer (high-end) shoes separated for the regular-priced merchandise, and then mixed in on the clearance racks.  In the Designer section I saw Charles Jourdan, Via Spiga, Kate Spade, Ferragamo, DVF, and Stuart Weitzman – and most of the selection could be termed “work-appropriate” – i.e., perfect for the office.

Beautiful perforated Rag & Bone oxfords.  ($179.90, marked down from $395)

I caught my breath at the pretty details on these Coach wedge sandals.  $89.90, marked down from $150.

This is where huge deals are to be found: over on the clearance racks, where you can find shoes from Steve Madden, Nine West, Franco Sarto, and Frye, just to name a few.

Trying on an Elizabeth & James platform over-the-knee boot.  ($99, marked down from-gasp!-$495)  I’m really not sad at all; I was just having trouble seeing the viewfinder.;-)

These Badgley Mischka‘s felt as light as air.  Now I know why women put so much stock in high-priced sandals – these were truly comfy!

Super, super steals are to be found in the basket on the desk where you request the matching shoe.  Mostly larger sizes (like 9 & 10), but at 90% off there’s some amazing pieces tucked away there!
In the clothing section on the first floor there are some great pieces too, along with a large selection of outerwear and suiting, with Calvin Klein, Theory, Ella Moss, BCBG, and Vince.

A gorgeous stapled and pleated Huge BOSS dress.  Can you read the label?  $698 marked down to $189.97!

The contemporary area had tons of Paige Premium Denim, 7 for All Mankind, Free People, and True Religion.

But the place where I spent most of my time was at the Clearance Racks, where I found Tarte, Michael Kors, True Grit, and August Silk.

I dragged all this into the changing room.  They have a 15-garment limit, which really helps!!

It took awhile, but I finally settled on these pieces to take home with me.  I’m such a sucker for icy gray chiffon and wide-leg denim!!

I was given a gift card worth $100, and I managed to shop smart and stretch it to cover…

Brand-names!  Huge discounts!  And a full outfit to be had with just a little savvy shopping (though I probably wouldn’t wear it all together at once;-).  So how much did each piece cost me?

I went the tiniest bit over the $100 because I picked up the golden mustardy-colored tights at the last second.  (I’m feeling it as a trend for Fall!)

I got some pieces I’m really thrilled with – not necessarily because of the designer labels (though that is a perk) – it’s more the quality of each piece and the fact that, at its clearance price, it ends up being worth every penny.  (Likely close to its At Cost price; or how much the company had to outlay to manufacture the piece, meaning that I just purchased these items with minimal markup.  As a consumer on a budget that feels great!)

If you’d like to scoop up some bargains too, head over to a Rack near you (or check them out online), because these huge discounts will only last until September 5!

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FTC disclosure: I was provided a $100 gift card to Nordstrom Rack and allowed to use it towards any purchase from the store.  See more about my disclosure policy here.

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Cyber Monday Deals & Steals

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So is everyone gearing up for Cyber Monday?

I’ve never been one to head out on Black Friday, fighting the crowds (are there even crowds? someone will have to fill me in), to try and snap up the biggest and best deals of the year in person.

Nope, I always wait for the following Monday – since I do most of my shopping from the computer anyway.  And here are a couple that I’m probably going to hit up!

First off…I’m doing a little promotion of my own…

15% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop and ShopChicSteals…use code CYBER in your checkout at Etsy for Etsy purchases…and just email me at admin at carlyjcais dot com what you want to buy from ShopChicSteals and the PayPal invoice I send you will reflect the 15% discount.  (15% off promotion is valid until Tuesday, 11/30/2010 at 11:59 PM)  My Etsy shop is where I list my handmade accessories; ShopChicSteals is where I’ve listed items that are in my closet that I no longer wear, thrifted finds, or the creations of my DIY tutorials.  I have items from Banana Republic, DKNY, Anne Klein, Nine West, and Gap up for sale, as well as my DIY Party Skirt, DIY Fringed & Studded Bag, DIY Fur Cape, and DIY NecklushCheck it out here! is having 50% OFF the lowest posted price on all SALE shoes!  (and it’s already started!!!)  Enter code FP72HMPZF at checkout.  Jeffrey Campbell, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman, Industry, Finsk…??  I’m there!
At there’s a ton of what they’re calling “Blitzen Deals” happening hourly, but the one I’m most interested in is 10:01:00 AM-  12:00:00 PM  PST $5 Off ALL T-Shirts!  (And if you miss that on Monday, on Tuesday you can get 12% off ALL Products from 2:01:00 PM – 4:00:00 PM and 10:01 PM – midnight)  For all the promotions, just click this link and you can see the list of “Blitzen Deals” and their start time (in Pacific Standard Time).  I’ve added a Flash panel above with a couple of the products I’ve designed using Zazzle (which is a really fun interface for designing personalized products, BTW!). is having a Stock-Up Sale (with many 2-for and 3-for items), a Black Friday Sale (prices start at $3 – pictured above), and a Buy 1, Get 1 Sale.  And they’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders with code CYBERMONDAY10Check it out here!

NastyGal is having a tiered sale through Monday – buy $100 you get 10% off, a $100-$200 purchase gets you 15% off, and if you spend more than $200 you’ll score a 20% discount.  Plus all orders over $150 ship free! Sale is offering $25 off any $100 order – good through Tuesday!  Use code CYBER at checkout.  (and they sell alot more shoes than just the slipper things in the banner above…like Diesel, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Seychelles, Nina, and Two Lips. 20% Own Brands - Women's is offering 20% off ASOS Collections items – enter code ASOS20 at checkout – (and Free Shipping Worldwide for the Holidays!).  That watercolor dress below is calling my name! (and my wallet, since it will be $76 with the coupon code above…)

And finally, has 20% off + Free Shipping on orders over $65 going on as well (with code 20FREE)…AND if you order $100 of products you get a $10 gift code…$150 and you get a $20 gift code…$200 and a $40 gift code for your next order, usable only within 7 days. (Don’t forget to enter code GOCYBER to get this promo as well)  I love their selection of BB Dakota, 80%20 shoes, Cheap Monday, and Plastic Island.

Also, for you all DIY’ers and sewers out there… has some great deals going on…

As does M&J Trimming, who have 15% off their entire site happening for Monday only!  (No coupon code necessary)  They also have some fabulous new studded trims that I’m salivating over!!

Happy E-Shopping!


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HUGE Sale on Gilt Going on Right Now!

As you’re all probably aware, there is currently a gigantic sale going on at on a staggering number of women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoe brands, from high-end designer to mass market.  Even though the sale for clothing has already been going on since yesterday (I know, late to the game again:-(, there’s still a lot of pieces left, and many at fabulous prices. (Though some of the sizes and styles are limited…)

from top to bottom: ABS by Allen Schwartz, Bensoni, Charley 5.0, Cynthia Rowley, Daryl K, Design History, Diesel, Eryn Birnie, Free People, Geren Ford, James Perse, Lorick  

And that’s just A through L!

Currently the sale for Jewelry, Shoes, Handbags, Sunglasses, and Accessories JUST STARTED – so head on over there and check it out ASAP!

If you’re not a member, feel free to use my invite below and check it out!

Massive tutorial coming up shortly – thanks for being so patient:-)


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Shoshanna and Anlo Spring Sample Sale in NYC

If you happen to live in (or are close to) the NY area next week, I am so jealous!  Shoshanna and Anlo, two brands known for their feminine, breezy styling, are having a HUGE sample sale with up to 75% off their Spring collections, swimwear, and denim.

Prices for the sample sale are as follows:

Spring dresses (originally $350)….$150
Tops (orig. $250)….$100
Bikinis (orig. $165)….$65
Baby Girl Swim (orig. $75)….$35
Jeans (orig. $200)….$90

Wednesday June 16th
10 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday June 17th
10 AM – 5:30 PM

Shoshanna Showroom 231 West 39th Street Suite 422 
Cash and Credit Cards Accepted

Hope you guys are able to pick up something cute and fun for the coming warm weather!

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