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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: May 15, 2013

Nordstrom Rack opens tomorrow at Maine Crossing

Until very recently, I’d never heard of Nordstrom Rack. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s an off-price division of Nordstrom with a collection of clearance items from Nordstrom stores and specialty merchandise for the Rack with significant savings. I’m talking up to 70% off name brands.

This location is the 125th Nordstrom Rack to open in the country. Who knew there was so many?

I entered the store and made a beeline for the dresses. What a selection. Lush dresses (a Nordstrom Junior’s brand) were all under $25 and in tons of great colors and patterns for summer. I could have easily scooped up five and left without any guilt.

I was impressed with their selection of body care products. They carried brands like Bliss, Caudalie and Keratase at bargain prices with plenty in stock. They even had a full selection of Neutrogena products starting at $2.

major regret = not buying these pants

Of course the best selection, in my humble opinion, were the shoes for both men and women. Designer brands are pulled out in a special shoe section where I ogled suede sandals by DVF and some insane Roberto Cavalli stilettos. Alas, even at the discounted rates, it was more than I was willing to spend. But if you are a designer devotee, I can’t imagine finding a better place to score some great, on-trend bargains.

a wall of fedoras in the men’s section

AG Boyfriend Jeans for $80 (over 50% off)

And like any good launch opening, there were bartenders. Why haven’t stores realized this should be a shopping fixture yet?

The big grand opening is tomorrow with pre-opening festivities starting at 8 a.m. There will be music, breakfast treats and a chance to win one of 30 $100 gift cards. And trust me, $100 will get you a lot here. You can stay in the know and follow our local Nordstrom Rack on twitter for in-store promotions and events. Let me know if you get there this weekend and share what you think!


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