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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nordstrom Sale Season: Best of!

I can't be the only one that loses a bit of my will power/common sense when I see the word SALE! Everyone has been talking about the Nordstrom sale & I totally agree that there are some quality pieces included in the mark-downs, but I also want to point out some amazing pieces that you should put on your radar, because you shouldn't base what is in your closet just around what is on SALE. Whether you are looking for pieces for next season, or wanting replacements for well loved warm weather items, the 23 pieces below are either things that I personally own & LOVE, or items that are on my wish list. We are talking buy & love for many seasons & trends to come pieces - we are talking buy in multiples they are so good if you ask me!

First up, 12 well loved items that I myself own & highly recommend. I picked these pieces because I believe that they could fit many different personal styles, & in my experience, are well made/will last for years.


1. Suede Leather jacket. I purchased this suede leather jacket in the Spring & have shown it off on the blog paired with a dress here & jeans here. This jacket is at the top of my "must buy" list because it is not only so beautifully made, it is sturdy & feels expensive. I got mine in the "coffee bean" color + the size small fits perfectly! If the $188 price tag is too much, I would keep an eye on this super similar, but more affordable style for restocks.

2. Jack Rogers flipflops. I've already said it a million times, but this sandal in "Platinum" is seriously money for warm weather dressing (pun intended!). I got my latest pair of Jack Rogers sandals for our honeymoon in 2014 (outfit here) & they look just as pretty in an outfit from last month (full post here) - worth every penny if you ask me!

3. Ray Ban aviators. The green/gold color combo is so classic! I purchased these for myself for Christmas a few years ago (I'm spoiled & often pick out my own presents... sorry not sorry) & while I love my cheap, trendy sunglasses, my Ray Bans will forever & always remain favorites in my collection.

4. Clare V leopard clutch. Another piece that has a pricey price tag, but once I calculate the cost per wear on this piece it is certainly affordable. This is such a statement piece, but also goes with everything & I am always gravitating towards it, even over the many other eye catching clutches in my closet (I have a problem).

5. X-strap sandals. I had a $10 pair of similar sandals & after 2 Summer of super hard wear (so easy to slip on & GO!), the sole started to wear off, so I just picked up these and they are perfect (worn in an outfit post here). I love how streamlined the black color is, but the olive green suede might need to come home with me! At only $35 dollars a pair, heck I might just have to get the leopard pair too!!

6. Nars matte lipstick in "Heat Wave". Forever my favorite shade of warm weather red. One of the only lipsticks that I have completely used up & re-ordered within a 365 day period. The $28 price tag might feel like a LOT if you are used to buying drug store products (certainly did for me the first time), but the matte formula stays PUT & is worth it!

7. White lace dress. As other reviewers pointed out about this dress, it is tighter than it looks on the model, but the fabric feels high end, & overall I think it wears much better than the $33 price tag might suggest! I love this dress for date night (full outfit here - I'm wearing a Small), & think it will transition to next year too! Low price, fully stocked, MOVE QUICK!

8. Ruffle dress. I bought this dress to wear to Summer weddings & loved the color options + fun ruffles (full outfit post here). If you are between sizes, definitely size up as it runs slightly small, but if you are a size 0/2 & like either blush or navy, you are in luck because this bad boy is still in stock, but on sale for under $40, it won't last for long I imagine!

9. Bobbi Brown eyes & cheeks. Bobbi Brown's "teenage beauty" book was one of my earliest experiences with cosmetics, & this brand has been in heavy rotation in my makeup bag ever since! This palette has all the most flattering colors for eyes and cheeks, & during the sale is discounted from $365 down to $98. 

10. Madewell leather tote. This classic beauty is $60 off during the sale, & while I already have one (& use it for everything from trips to the grocery store to lugging papers to grade from school to home and back), at this price, I am thinking about Christmas presents for my female family members & friends too. I'm thinking you will be the hit of Christmas if you tuck this pretty thing under the tree :)

11. Steve Madden heels. I literally do not care how over worn these shoes are by bloggers. They are flattering, generally comfortable for what they are, & go with everything! I think $80 is a great price for these, & as clumsy as I am about walking around cracks in heels, these have held up great & I am going on 3 years with my last nude pair, + picked up a pair in black 2 years ago (they still look brand new!)

12. Lace bra. I always forget how expensive high quality bras can be until I look in my underwear drawer & realize that they all need to be replaced. Last year during the anniversary sale I found this style of bra, went in to have myself measured (Victoria Secret tells you lies... no way around it), & purchased 2. After a year of rotating them for daily wear + hand washing, they both look great, but I'm still thinking about ordering 2 more because this is the most comfortable + flattering underwire/full coverage bra that I have ever owned & it is currently $24 off during the sale + available in 8 colors.





Next, the 11 items topping my wish list. These are all either pieces that I am looking to purchase as replacements/duplicates for other much loved items, or fit with known "holes" in my closet that I have been looking to fill (I keep a list in my phone's notes so I don't get sidetracked)!



1. Long, open cardigan. This piece is part of the sale, under $50 & available in 7 colors. I have this same sweater from 2015 (full outfit here) & love it so much that I want to add another to my collection. What color would you pick!?

2. Panama hat. My J.Crew Panama hat is always in heavy rotation during the Summer (see the many examples that have made their way to the blog here), but I have been looking for one with a slightly wider brim, & in a natural color - this one looks to be a winner! Under $40, I'm sold!

3. Suede wedge sandals. Despite what you might have heard, Denver actually experiences mild weather well into the Fall & I'm dreaming about heading into September/October with these suede wedge beauties. It looks like the "tan/saddle" color will match my suede jacket perfectly (as mentioned above) & while they aren't on sale, the reviews sound awesome & I'm ready to check out!

4. Calf hair leopard sandals. Another piece that isn't on sale, but has stellar reviews & just look at them - they will go with everything! I have only ever owned UGG brand boots, but I'm willing to bet that these are as comfortable as they are stylish. Wear them now till it gets cold, and then bust them out on the first sunny day of 2018 - these are classic!

5. Camel coat. I purchased a camel coat from Chicwish in 2014 & was surprised by how much I loved it (full outfit post here - one of my all time faves!) Unfortunately, at the end of last winter (3 years of hard wear) it looked ready to put in the donation pile, & I have been on the hunt for a replacement since. This Lauren Ralph Lauren coat is on sale for $140 ($80 off the retail price) & I love the minimalistic/modern cut that Ralph Lauren is known for. Also available in black & gray... what color would you choose?

6. Ruffle Bell sleeve blouse. The ruffle & bell sleeve trends don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon, + I can imagine this top paired with a fabulous faux-fur vest for Fall, or with a fit and flare skirt come next Spring. The baby blue color is calling my name, but the other 4 colors are equally as gorgeous too! Under $32 during the sale, & currently well stocked!

7. Rebecca Minkoff Mini-crossbody. I purchased my first Rebecca Minkoff purse for my 26th birthday present to myself (full post here - look at that BABY with red hair, crazy how long ago that feels!). I still have, love & wear that bag, but it is starting to show its age & I have been looking for my next RM bag (love her, her brand, & her designs!). I adore the whip-stitched detail on the strap, the over-sized buckle detail, + fabulous tassels. Help me decide: sandstone or dusty blue? (my current one is gray and I need to replace it).

8. Black skinny jeans. I have several pairs of jeans/pants from DL1961 including their ultra flattering instasculpt designs. This wardrobe staple is on sale for $80 off, making them under $100! Needing some additional black skinny jean options? I'm also loving this pair from PAIGE, $60 off during the sale period.

9. Distressed skinny jeans. While uncertain about the "mullet" trend in jeans I purchased this distressed pair with the high/low hem detail & love them - like 3+ times per week LOVE - so if you are a size 30 you are in luck because it is the only size left & going for only $35! Everyone else, this pair of distressed skinny jeans are only $45, the perfect wash, & fully stocked in sizes 24 - 31.

10. Block heel sandals. Another replacement item. The chunky heel, perfect cognac color, and under $70 price tag make these a great buy!

11. Nars face palette. I have great confidence in Nars makeup products (see my love for their lipstick above) & this palette looks amazing! I have been running through my blush/highlighter/bronzer palette & need to purchase a new one before I get to a critical outage situation! I love that this one has 4 shades of blush + universally flattering bronze/highlighter options too. 




Phew, there is my 1,800+ word thesis about what you should be buying with your clothing budget this month! Don't let something convince you to buy it just because it is on SALE! Plan your purchases and make sure that your closet is filled with only items you LOVE! I always make myself imagine purchasing things at full price to make sure that I am making a meaningful purchase, not an impulse purchase prompted by our instincts to capitalize on SALES!

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