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Shopping for Mom (Or Yourself) at the Outlets at Orange

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If you're still stressing/procrastinating/blanking on what to get your mom for Mother's Day (THIS Sunday) or can't wait 'til Memorial Day for all the big sales, The Outlets at Orange is a great one-stop shop. We made the drive yesterday; here's the full report of what we saw and shopped.

Our trip started at Saks Off 5th, which just underwent a major renovation. The store's grand re-opening extravaganza kicks off tomorrow and comes complete with champagne all weekend long. We stopped by during the Off 5th soft opening and the store was almost unrecognizable: larger, cleaner and better organized. As you can see from our gallery, the designer area and shoe departments have been expanded. We spotted a ton of contemporary collections (DVF, Alice & Olivia, Vince, Alexander Wang, James Perse) at an additional 20% off. High-end designers (Chanel, Akris, Jason Wu, Lanvin, Donna Karan, Max Mara) are currently marked an additional 40% off.

To go with all the beautiful clothes, fine jewelry is additional 40% off and the shoes, now housed in a clean and spacious area, are also an additional 40% off. Right now, Off 5th has mostly contemporary designer shoes (Vince Camuto, Kors Michael Kors, Dolce Vita, Via Spiga) on hand but for the grand re-opening we're told by staff that they will have more high-end options from Gucci, Prada and the like.

Moving on, sunglasses and handbags—like a black leather Marc Jacobs top-handle bag priced at $379.99—are all marked at additional 30% off. If you are shopping for mom, there are Jonathan Adler ceramic vases, mugs and coasters for an additional 40% off, colorful scarves priced at $99.99 plus a whopping 60% off or, for the deep-pocketed among us, Pucci's colorful silk scarves for $179.99.

If you come up empty-handed after perusing Off 5th, stroll over to Neiman Marcus Last Call right next door. Through Tuesday, they're having a big sale on accessories, which are marked at additional 30% off. If you're shopping this weekend, you should know that they just received a fresh new shipment of designer shoes from the Neiman Marcus store. Roll call: Manolo Blahnik (who needs to go to the big sale in NY?), Tom Ford, Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy. We spotted Lanvin leather burgundy pumps for $445, Manolo pink suede kitten heels for $290, Manolo aqua shimmer criss-cross sandals for $389, Alexander Wang black leather sandals for $211, Stella McCartney two-tone strappy shoes for $353, Manolo bronze sandals with peacock feathers for $389, Tom Ford black suede and patent pumps for $337, Tom Ford pink tie sandals for $805 (orig. $1790), Charlotte Olympia piano pumps for $398 (orig. $885), Chanel sandals with a split wedge for $945 (orig. $2100) and Chloe brown leather boots for $357 (orig. $795). Whew.

On the contemporary side, there were Rag & Bone natural leather open toe wedges for $169, Elizabeth & James sandals for $168 and Loeffler & Randall copper metallic flat sandals for$165. Oh and by the way, ALL the shoes mentioned above were an additional 30% off the marked price!

Mega-bargain hunters will also find past-season shoes in clearance that are color-coded for additional discount of 30% to 65% off (not counting the aforementioned extra 30% off). We found Elizabeth & James, L.A.M.B. and Dolce Vita sandals all marked with 65% off stickers, plus 30% off.

Jewelry and handbags—by Juicy Couture, Nanette Lepore, Charles Jourdan, and more—were additional 30% off.

Lastly, and new to the Outlets at Orange, is Nordstrom Rack. We didn't find any special sales or markdowns here, but there was a pretty solid selection of clothes, such as T Alexander Wang (tops ran $39.97, skirts $69.97, pants $139.97); Michael Kors colorful dresses ($76.97); Cynthia Vincent dresses ($119.97), and Elizabeth & James (dresses $119.97, blouses $69.97).

Of course, we had to check out the shoe situation, where we found Tory Burch (espadrilles $99.90, leather sandals $199.90, jelly flats $79.97), Donald Pliner beaded driving shoes for $119.90 and DVF heels for $149.90. Other brands we spotted included Coach, Hunter, Cole Haan, Via Spiga, Vera Wang Lavender and Badgley Mischka, all priced from $99to $199.

If you've never even been to the Outlets at Orange, now would be a great time to visit and it's only about 30 miles from Los Angeles.—Ruthie Cwik
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