1800 tickets were available, at $100 each, and it sold out. All the proceeds were split among three local charities: Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Cheekwood and the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Let me say that again, all the proceeds. Nordstrom underwrote the event, so the opening gala raised $180,000 for local charities – at a three hour party. And, what a party it was.
Our photographer for the evening was the lovely Bridgett Ezzard who I’ve worked with before and loved loved loved spending time with again.
A quick note: Loving Nordstrom does not mean we don’t shop at our favorite local boutiques. Nordstrom ups the game, to be sure, but Nashville’s individual boutiques are amazing and we love them. So, people, spread the love!
Before the photo montage begins, let me say this: Nashville has the most beautiful Nordstrom I have ever seen, and I’ve visited quite a few. The employees could not have been nicer and the event was a huge success. I saw so many shopping bags leaving the store. Men and women alike were all gushing. I can’t wait to get my girls in for the smaller sized TOMS.
Jake Owen was incredible. I developed a little crush. I was a fan before but I’m downloading tunes today, as he’s just so impressive.
The food, oh my. The food was great and catered by Nashville’s own Kristen Winston. I also can’t wait to dine at SIXTH & PINE (the “hip diner” concept restaurant inside Nordstrom). And, unbelievably, I did a shot of whiskey. I mean, you know the party’s great if you decide to do a shot of whiskey, your first since college, right?
The biggest question of all was “What are you wearing?” I went with my black wrap DVF dress that my friend Kristen gave me two years ago. Yes, we all need a friend like that, but we all need a dress like this DVF one as well: perfect whenever you really don’t know what to wear. But, with 1800 people there, everything was on display: cocktail, black-tie, skinny jeans, too short mini’s and hot pink go-go boots. I think the award for best dressed actually belongs to man I met in the pink tweed jacket. You win!
Okay, I’ll tell you more with the following pictures, but the store officially opens Friday at 10 AM. But, you can go at 8 AM for the Beauty Event and snag some gifts and an early peek. At 9:59:40 the countdown begins with all the Nordstrom employees counting down from 20 seconds to official opening. Elizabeth and I wish we could be there, but we have a 10 AM meeting in Franklin! DANG IT!
The food, as I said, was really a hit:
The shoes. Oh, the shoes. The shoe sales people needed today off as I’m sure they were still selling into the wee hours of the night!
As noted pretty much everywhere, hats and fascinators are very much on trend, thanks to Princess Kate.
Alright, a few more shots of the crowd and then some more merchandise!
Okay, we’ll go back to more crowd shots a little later. I know you all want to see more STUFF!
Alrighty, back to people watching:
For more pictures, see Bridgett’s Ezzard’s blog (our fab photographer for the night) at: http://bridgettezzard.blogspot.com/
What more can I say? Nordstrom needs to throw this party every year. Um, John, Ashley, Lori… please?