I decided to go ahead and share my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale virtually since the problem with my credit card still hasn’t resolved and who knows when I’ll be able to place an order! 😔 If you guys were able to already place an order or shop in store, please feel free to share personal reviews here ~ remember the sale is only available to cardholders right now until July 20th, and then goes public through August 5th! I usually have full reviews and outfits up by the end of the first week on the blog so that when the sale goes public I can tell you what is great, good, and not so good ~ so I’m only sharing what looks good for now. 😎 I have read reviews on some items in various places on other blogs, IG, FB, etc. so I’ll pass those along also!
The first set of items I thought I’d share are throwbacks! They are repeats from last year that I already own in my closet in new prints or colors! And they are still in my closet so they are good. 🙂
The best part of the NSale is finding brand new, never seen before, fall items that are great staple pieces that will carry you through winter. I have several sweaters and cardigans still in my closet that I wear every year, even in Florida winters, because they are so easy to layer! Here are my favorites.
So many affordable options! I’ve never tried these 2 brands, but they’ve gotten great reviews – I wanted to try either of the dark pair options, but the step hem are really cute also for everyday wear!
I literally want every single one of these booties – in whatever color! They each come in several options. However I talked myself out of ordering any of them this time – usually these will all still be available after the NSale and since I live in Florida I’m going to wait til our actual fall and see if these are on sale then. But if I was still in Indiana……. oh be still my heart!
These were all on my “to buy now” wish list! The Tory Burch flats were on my first order that was cancelled. The reviews are somewhat mixed though. I pretty much only wear either Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, or Steve Madden flats to work on long days (9+ hours). They are the only ones that hold up and I can stand comfortably in. The Tory Burch minnie flats (here) are 100% my favorite but rarely go on sale. I get them when I can find a deal because they feel like butter! However I usually always buy the NSale version also which is not AS comfortable, but comparable to the Steve Madden or Sam Edelmans. Reviews on this years version say they are more stiff than the Minnies, but soft enough to be comfortable. If they are still available I plan to order them when my card issue is resolved. I also love the Steve Madden mules below for casual days, and the Sam Edelman flats that come in a million colors! I want the pink ones. 🙂
And that’s a wrap! All of my favorites! There were of course other items that caught my eye, but not at the top of my list. The one thing that was lacking this year was bags and accessories. Usually I love a BP or Sole Society bag that would be at the top of my list, but they hardly offered any affordable options that caught my eye. I also usually pick up a Kendra Scott item or even Kate Spade earrings, but again nothing caught my eye. Just gimme allll the shoes haha!
Alright ya’ll. I just had to take a break the last week from the blog. I needed a little rejuvenation after taking care of sick pups (both are stable and snoozing next to me 🐶), working 50+ hours at the J-O-B and now I’m sitting here writing this post going on 48 minutes of hold time with Nordstrom customer care. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has become one of my favorite sales/events of the year. I love that they team up with different brands (like Nike and Tory Burch) to bring out early fall styles unique to those brands & Nordstrom at discounted prices, including their own stores brands (like BP and Caslon). I’ve heard of people having problems in years past with placing orders, and I have certainly had items cancelled from my order (but the order still was placed and shipped minus the sold out item), and however frustrating that might be things always went smoothly and I was aware of any issues and they were resolved quickly.
I woke up early Thursday morning on the first day of the private cardholder sale to start shopping before heading in to work, chose my favorite items, and got that spinning wheel of dread at checkout we sometimes see when it can’t quite place your order. It finally changed to “sorry your transaction can’t be completed at this time” or something similar, and I tried again… This time it just sort of timed out, but my Nordstrom Note (reward) also disappeared which worried me. I went to check my credit card and sure enough – a pending transaction was shown, but no order number. Soon thereafter Nordstrom posted a statement on their website apologizing for site and app glitches and promised they were working hard to restore this issue. It wasn’t resolved by the time I had to leave for work, so I waited til I got home at 10 pm to re-check my card. The transaction was still pending. Knowing I had to work 13 hours the next day (Friday), I decided to email them instead. Come Saturday morning (today), I still have a pending transaction, no e-mail response, and my items are all sold out.
As I was typing this blog post, the Nordstrom customer care rep was finally able to help me after contacting a financial team member. It was confirmed my order did not go through, but the transaction and my reward are hung up on my card and will not fall off for 3-5 business days (meaning for me… up til Wednesday). It just stinks. I know this is not a first world problem. They are just clothes and shoes – but for someone like myself who just loves style and shopping – it’s an enjoyable part of my year that was ruined – especially for my blog! The one positive I can say, is that Nordstrom does re-stock their website as returns come through – and I have a feeling there will be a lot more returns this year then normal. I scoured their Instagram and Facebook pages prior to calling because I knew the wait time was going to be long and was hoping to find someone with the same problem as me (mine was only at least one transaction…. other people have FIVE pending transactions!) – and although I didn’t see a resolution to my issue, I did see that numerous orders were “duplicated” for people and both orders shipped, meaning those people are likely to return the duplicated order. The bad part is I’ve also seen a lot of people post that their orders aren’t expected to ship until the end of the month, and by then the sale is almost over.
So after all that – I hope you all had a much better experience if you shopped the sale already! It’s open to the public with or without a Nordstrom Card on July 20th. There were so many items I fell in love with and I think I might try and get a post of “favorites” together for you that I was going to purchase – or still will – if available later next week ha! I just wish I had a true review to go along with them. Another thought I had was to put virtual outfits together. A lot of items are still available and restocked from vendors after the sale if they aren’t exclusive to Nordstrom (like Vince Camuto booties), they just aren’t obviously on sale at that point. The funny part of that story is I wasn’t even planning on purchasing fall items since I live in Florida – all of my purchases were for tees, sandals, flats, and jeans! Argh! Apparently I was meant to shop for all the fall goodies which I normally do – and the not wear them til November! 😆
I’ll keep you guys in the loop – if I can get an order placed in the next couple of days I’d rather do a real try on and review session, but if not I’ll do a review of favorites and put outfits together virtually – or maybe both! And I gotta say now…….. NEXT YEAR, this girl is driving 2 hours to her closest Nordstrom store and getting this sale on in real life ha!
Hi guys! I wanted to share a great sale happening right now at Nordstrom! I haven’t purchased many items from them recently just because they do tend to have a higher price point — however, when there is a sale — it’s a good one! They also offer free shipping & returns, and most items have petite sizing also!
These were the items I ordered below – will do a review once I decide what I’m keeping! Everything comes in multiple colors!
3 great pairs of shoes ~ I have the slides in the middle (in the blue color) and love them! I wish I needed the white woven mules, but already have the target mules which are a little less summery, but are close enough. 🙂
Below are some great clothing options on sale! I have the twist front teein 3 colors — including that mint green color! It was sold out last week, but back in most sizes! The jeansare my favorite designer brand and a great price. The peplum tee is sold out in a couple colors, but my coral color is still available – it does run large – I sized all the way down to an XSP.
Hi friends! Today I wanted to share with you some great ideas for Mother’s Day! Whether for your mom, yourself (just send your husband/boyfriend/best friend to my blog 😉), grandma, aunt, or simply someone special, Kate Spade is a great place to find thoughtful and timeless pieces that most everyone will love! The Kate Spade brand has been one of my favorites for many years. I’ve held on to several of their classic Cameron satchels, stud earrings, and bangle bracelets.
Below is the “Thompson Street Sam.” This bag goes way back to 1993 when Kate Spade was founded and created a bag that would go with everything from cocktails to work and into the weekend. For their 25th anniversary, the Sam was brought back in 4 beautiful colors included this fun pink color for spring and summer!
And for Mother’s Day, Kate Spade shared a promotion code for me to pass along – 20% off any item! Just use code MDAY18. You’re welcome! 💖 I picked out some of my favorite bags on Kate Spade’s website and shared below and well as all of my outfit details (those gingham pants! 😍 )
Happy Easter friends! I thought today would be a good day to kick off a new section of my blog I’ll call “deal of the day”. I constantly scour the sales online and thought it would be fun to show you items I’ve purchased before they hit the blog — always on sale of course! There are a lot of great Easter sales today, but one that caught my eye and made me hit the “purchase” button was at Macy’s! Right now you can use code “GREAT” and save 40% off 2 or more pairs of shoes! Also, they have a “lowest prices of the season” sale on numerous handbags. The 5 items below were on my wish list and today I picked up the white sandals for summer and pointy-toed flats for work – a great deal! I passed on the leopard flats and tote since I already have similar in my closet, but jumped on the clutch (also comes in black) – priced at more than 50% off! Such a fun find and love all the fun colors!
My Fabletics membership is still going strong and so is my love for this company! I pretty much buy all of my workout gear exclusively through them except for summer running gear. Fabletics does release a handful of shorts throughout the year (like the ones below) and I’ll scoop them up for running, but otherwise will run in Nike or Old Navy running shorts (my favorites here and here). I’ve recently started to try and gear up for a dieting/fitness plan. I re-downloaded the MyFitnessPal app on my phone which really helps me put my diet in perspective. Since I’m a vegetarian and also a picky eater in general, dieting for me is tough. I mainly pick a calorie count per day (my current goal is 1,500) and try to eat as many whole foods as possible (more fruits and veggies, less out of a box). Aside from the Florida summer months (where you virtually sweat just sitting lol), I also try to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water; i.e 64 ounces/day for this girl.
Re-downloading the MyFitnessPal app was a little depressing.. and motivating also! I’ve gained 15 pounds (ugh) the last 5-6 years. I’m always in the best shape when I’m both running and lifting weights – it’s just what works for me – and since the last year of pharmacy school in 2014 I had to cut one out due to time restraints. Upon moving south, I quit running during the summer in Florida because of the heat and I get bored with weight lifting in the summer, so it’s been a never ending battle. And then winter months are hard with all the food and long work days – however, no excuses! I’ve decided to really try and push forward while the mornings are still cool down here and tackle running before it gets too hot (hoping my body will adjust to the hight dew points/humidity slowly) and enable me to keep going in the summer.
I’ve always been a huge fan of BeachBody programs (think P90x with Tony Horton and Insanity with Shaun T), and technically still a BeachBody coach even though I’m not active. This is where I really love Fabletics. They make a variety of leggings, capris, and cropped pants and I can lift weights in pretty much all of them! They make a “Powerlite” material which is perfect for summer months and really lightweight and moisture-wicking. I’m in my 4th week of P90x 3 (12 week program) and so far so good! Excited to now add running onto my morning workout routine 3-4 days per week.
The outfit below was my March Fabletics pick. The leggings, medium-support bra, tank top, and shoes are perfect for lifting! The shorts are great for running as they have a built in compression liner that helps reduce chafing. Fabletics makes a wide variety of high supports bras also which are more suitable if you are a C or D cup (for high intensity training or running). I require a support shoe for running and choose Brooks Adrenaline or Asics Kayano. It really pays to get your feet examined by a professional to prevent injury and make sure you are running in a shoe appropriate for your foot type.
As always, if you are interested in signing up for Fabletics, you can follow my personal link below – I’ll get a store credit and you’ll get 2 leggings for $24! You can cancel at anytime without any obligation. It costs $50/month and you can skip any month also and pay nothing. They have tons of outfits for $50 each month which include either a top and bottom, or bra and bottom – and specials/sales all the time also. You get points for purchases & leaving reviews — which add up to more free items! And if you’ve started your own personal fitness and weight loss journey – please share! Motivation and support is always key! 🙂
Today I wanted to talk a little about how I put outfits together, especially with new items I’ve just purchased. I use the same formula for most outfits and I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that work for me! First, let’s talk about Polyvore.
Have you ever used the Polyvore tool? It’s free to use and it’s how I create most of my outfits before I ever wear them! You can search for specific items (.e.g “Sole Society bag) and everything already listed on the Polyvore database will pop up. You can then limit your search by color and price. You can also do a general search of “blue bag” or “striped top” and will bring up every brand listed matching that phrase. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Polyvore also has a “clip” tool you can add to your web browser, so if you see an item listed on a website, but it’s not listed on Polyvore (say for example, a new floral blouse at LOFT), you can “clip” the product image from the website you are shopping and it will add to your polyvore page.
Below is a screen shot of the first page of my Polyvore account – you might recognize a ton of these items as I’ve featured almost all of them on the blog! It’s basically a peek into my personal closet. 🙂 And if I’m looking for a certain item of my own to add to an outfit I’m creating, I can also search my own “closet” on Polyvore with terms like “earrings” or “J.Crew” and it will bring up everything related to that search term.
How I Put Outfits Together:
I shop 90% of the time online. If I shop in store, it’s impulse shopping and I usually purchase because I like an item on the rack, without any thought into whether I can style it in more than one way. I like to be able to style something (especially printed pieces) in at least 3 ways before I purchase an item. Items are sometimes very seasonal to me. Brands will come out with new color schemes for basically the same floral print or striped top, but somehow they make it seem fresh and new ~ in turn, my old items sit in the back of my closet and I eventually will sell on eBay. That’s why Polyvore is such a great tool. I can piece outfits together before I even receive the item if I order online and make sure I’ll get use out of it in my closet. It’s also a great way to realize what you might be missing as a “staple” piece in your closet. Since Polyvore stores all of your items in one spot, it’s so easy for me to bring up staple pieces I already have in my closet and see if they mix well with a trendy piece I’m getting ready to purchase.
I’ve been wanting to order the earrings shown in the outfit below for awhile, but was waiting on a promo to happen. I was finally able to order them last week when Baublebar offered a 25% off discount code, but had to make a choice on which color option. They come in 2 different multi-color options and also a couple of one-color options. I already own the solid version of these earrings from Target’s Sugarfix line, so I really wanted to purchase and style one of the multi-color options for this spring/summer. I thought about what I already own in my closet that would work with these earrings and it was a no-brainer for me to buy the “black” version (the other option is navy blue/turquoise) since I already owned this v-neck tank and also the gray bag ~ probably 2 items a lot of us already have a version of in our closet ~ or a white tee and pink or black bag ~ all would have the same ‘recipe!’
Since the earrings are the “statement” of the outfit, I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit somewhat quiet. I used Polyvore to match the black tank and gray bag to the earrings and paired with jeans and (simple) necklace I already own in my closet and pulled the bottom part of my outfit together with a pair of black booties. If I instead had purchased a statement necklace, I would have kept my earrings more “quiet” and went with a simple stud type. I usually only change my nail polish color once a week, but if I happen to be able to pick the color on a day I already know what I’m wearing, this is how I would pair the color ~ just another subtle match to the earrings. I’m sure we all have our own tips and tricks on what works for one person or another to get ready for the day ~ especially when you’re getting ready for work and you only have a few minutes to decide! This just happens to be my ‘go to recipe’… start with an accessory and go from there!
And I did all of that using the Polyvore website! They also have an app you can use, I just find it easier to use it on my computer. I usually do a screen shot of the outfit I’ve created and save it in a folder on my computer, however you can easily publish and save everything in your Polyvore account also.
>>However, are rules meant to be broken? Absolutely! I love color and prints and never want to feel “bored” with my outfit, which is why I usually always have some sort of loud colored piece on, and therefore have to create rules for myself otherwise I’d be wearing every color of the rainbow!
And that’s that! Not too much to it, just wanted to share! I hope this post was a little useful for anyone wondering how bloggers come up with outfits. I have no idea how other ladies do it, but Polyvore works the best for me! And saves me money also ~ set a number for yourself and before you ever buy a statement piece, make sure you can style it XX amount of ways (mine is 3!).
I just had to make a post specifically about these 3 cutey little bags today! Lately I haven’t purchased but maybe one or two new handbags. I picked up this bag from Target last month, but really my closet needed a shoe makeover and that’s where I’ve invested lately…. until now! I’ve really jumped on the ‘mini bag’ trend. I carry a tote for work, but medium sized bags just don’t really work for me any longer. Now that Apple Pay is a thing, I store most of my credit cards either on my phone or in a much smaller wallet than I used to have. I don’t carry much in my purse either — usually gum, keys, small wallet, hand sanitizer, and maybe some lip gloss. I have several old Kate Spade bags that are tried and true in my closet, so I save those for ‘movie dates’ when you know you need room for things like candy. 😉 So when I saw these bags released recently, I fell in love!
All 3 are from Sole Society, which is my favorite go-to store for bags. They are affordable (less than $50 each), vegan, and the perfect size! I’ve had these bags on my wish list for awhile and jumped the gun last week when Sole Society sent me a promo code in the mail. **A little secret:: If you add items to your ‘bag’ in checkout on their website, wait a few days and they will send you an e-mail to “change your mind” with a 15% off promo code! That’s exactly what I did! I also signed up for ShopRunner which allows for free 2 day shipping from a variety of stores. It was free for 30 days. I saw a handful of stores I shop at listed on their site, but not sure I’ll have much use for it (Amazon Prime is a different story!). Let me know if you guys use Shop Runner – would love to hear what your opinions are!
The other great thing about these little bags – they all come in a variety of colors – so if pastels aren’t your jam, a couple of them come in a cognac/brown color!