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NARS at Nordstrom; Father's Day Gifts

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Makeup by the Maestro: François Nars, the meticulously manscaped founder and creative director of NARS cosmetics is making an appearance at the Bellevue Square Nordstrom on Saturday, June 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in support of his newest book Makeup your Mind: Express Yourself, as well as his first book, X-Ray, first published in 1999. Customers who purchase a book, the special fall color palette he created for Nordstrom or a Kobuki brush set can meet the man himself and get his signature to prove it actually happened. Starting yesterday, Wednesday, June 13 and running through Saturday, the NARS National Artist team is hosting a make-up mega event to help you unleash the power of makeup for good, not evil. Call 425.455.5800 for an appointment.

Save The Date: The Bellevue Collection has announced the dates for their 2012 Fashion Week festivities. From September 26 to 30, downtown Bellevue will be all a-buzz with runways shows (from Nordstrom and Vogue, notably), beauty and trend events, parties and more.

Summer Sale: Gear up, grease your wheels and get ready for Totokaelo’s summer sale, for which women all over the world wait with bated breath two times a year. Discounts go live online at midnight Eastern this Friday, June 15 and believe me, fingers are poised over computer keyboards ready to snatch up Rick Owens, Jil Sander and Martin Margiela at 11:59 p.m. If you’re in Seattle, head to the brick and mortar store at 11 a.m. Saturday to touch, feel and try on in person. Typically discount start at 30 percent and increase as time goes on and stock dwindles.

A doozy of a Dad’s Day:

Here’s your resource for last-minute Father’s Day gifts that don’t suck.

For many men, shaving is a lost art. If your father falls into that stubbly category, head to Ward&Co in Rainier Square and pick up some fantastic high quality shaving tools for dudes from German company, Mühle (from $27), a jar of soothing Brooklyn-made Taun Facial Repair Formula ($79), or a vintage straight razor if he likes to rock it old school.

Is dad all about utility, form and function? Alchemy Goods’ water-resistant (and vegan) Franklin style ($35) wallet is durable enough to withstand whatever he can dish out. Enter coupon code “Dadsday12” for free shipping on orders over $25.

The Roosevelt Hotel is running a cool man-focused package through the end of the month. The “Father’s Day the City Package” includes a room, a $40 dining credit at Sullivan’s Steakhouse and $100 to spend at ROAD Apparel at City Centre, where he can stock up on comfy, casual and cool shirts, jeans, jackets and shoes. (From $239)

Asher Goods in Kirkland is having a super cool sale through July 4. Save 15 percent off all USA-made clothing and goods including J Brand, Stetson and Seattle’s own Filson (loving this leather leash for your main man’s best friend). If you can’t make it to the Eastside before Sunday, shop online and enter “AllAmericanSummer” at checkout for your discount.

If your dad is all swank and swagger, swing by Butch Blum and check out their summer sale, where fine threads from Giorgio Armani, John Varvatos and other stellar designers are discounted 30-40 percent.