Stores are discounting spring and summer items that have been in stock for a while to help ring the register, but Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is on brand-new, just-arrived fall and winter merchandise at reduced prices through July 31. The merchandise will go up to the regular cost on Aug. 1, so if you have a long holiday or wish list now is the time to shop till you drop. There is something for everyone — shoes, boots, cosmetics, jewelry, outerwear, sportswear, handbags, activewear, men, women’s and online children’s furnishings.
My list includes the Laundry blouson wrap dress in a multi print by Shelli Segal ($159.90 on sale; regular price, $245). It is bright enough to wear in Southwest Florida, but has long sleeves to let you know the season has changed.
Something to wear right now are the Hunter wedge rubber boots ($98.90 on sale; regular price, $175) to help keep your feet dry during our rainy season.
The Michael Kors chronograph watch with a mother-of-pearl dial and Swarovski crystals in a gold tone ($149.90 on sale; regular price, $166.90) is gift that will be suitable to many on my holiday list.
I added the Tory Burch flannel- and leather-trimmed tote ($298.90 on sale; regular price, $450) to my wish list, and just for good measure I would really like the tall leather boots ($299.50 on sale; regular price, $495). The tote will hold everything I schlep around all day, and the boots will look as good with a dress or skirt as it does with skinny pants tucked inside.
The Vince Camuto python patterned bangle bracelet ($57.90 on sale; regular price, $88) will update outfits I already own.
The men’s Mephisto Edlef slip-on ($199.90 on sale; regular price, $295) are not only good-looking, but easy on your feet. These comfortable shoes will be the go-to pair whether the man in your life has to walk or stand around all day.
The Cole Haan Air Grant loafer ($89.90 on sale; regular price, $138) is also a comfortable men’s shoe and before long will feel as good as a pair of slippers.
Philosophy’s Pure Grace set comes with a foaming bath and shower cream, perfumed body lotion and perfumed body spritz ($70 on sale; regular price, $137). It’s a gift that will last through the season.
There are many other things that you may like that you just may have to get your own anniversary present.
Where to shop
Nordstrom, Waterside Shops, 5489 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 325-6100; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays
Ike likes it
Ike found something I absolutely love and haven’t been able to get in Florida.
The verdict: Sheila’s favorite snack since the beginning of time has been Drake’s Yankee Doodles — two devil’s food cupcakes with cream in the middle. Florida stores sell other Drake’s products but not Yankee Doodles, and to satisfy her sweet tooth we have them shipped from New York. Last Saturday morning I stumbled upon them at Walmart at 5420 Juliet Blvd., Naples. When I brought them home it almost surpassed the excitement of DJ’s 3K (Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit).
— Sheila Mesulam,