Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks and What to Skip

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 - What to Get and What to SkipEvery year for the past 6 years or so, I’ve had a ritual of circling items I want to purchase in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale paper catalog. It’s usually mailed out mid-June to cardholders and fashion-forward men and women as well as bargain lovers know the catalog is a sign of what’s to come–Christmas in July. 

To say I love the anniversary sale is a bit of an understatement. There have been years where I’ve woken up at midnight just to be sure I got my hands on exactly what I wanted. There have been years where I’ve taken an early lunch break to head to the mall to peruse the early access zones in every department. There have been years I’ve stopped myself from buying any clothing for months in preparation of the sale. I practically factor it into my yearly budget. 

There’s a rush I get when I get my hands on something I really really want. And a rush I get when I get something that’s later sold out. Like my taste has been justified by demand or something. Okay now I sound like I need help, but I am being brutally honest with you. 

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Anniversary sale before. But maybe you don’t know much about it: It’s a sale that’s different from all other sales in that it’s fall and winter fashion that’s on sale. Not spring stuff or random fashion, but the clothes you’re going to need once the air gets brisk and chilly. Also, everything goes back to full price after the sale.

Well, not everything. You’re probably wondering why Nordstrom would host a sale like this. It’s because they will figure out which items they want to stock for fall and winter based on demand for the items you purchase now. Those Tory Burch boots you like so much that sold out in minutes? They’ll be back in the fall. The Nikes with the weird pattern that still has every size left in stock? They probably won’t be bringing those back. 

Smart move, Nordstrom. 

And it’s a smart move for people like us if we know how to shop the sale. 

First of all, you’re going to need a Nordstrom card. I’ve had mine for years. I actually have a Nordstrom Visa Signature, so I can use that everywhere and earn points which turn into Nordstrom Notes. 

Some things to know about the sale:

  • Early access starts on Thursday, July 13th and ends July 20th. Early means you can shop the best sale picks before everyone else. 
  • You must have a Nordstrom card to have early access. Online, you will have to confirm your card before you can even see the items. 
  • Everyone can shop the sale starting Friday July 21st

So there you have it. Once you see the catalog, it is pretty tough to resist adding stuff to your cart and purchasing (shipping is free, btw). 

Now, onto my favorite picks. I’m including items I have purchased and items that I haven’t. I’ll let you know which ones I have bought and which I haven’t. 

What to get:

Women's Trouve Wrap Blouse
Women’s Trouve Wrap Blouse

Women’s Trouve Wrap Blouse – $45.90. $69 after sale. (25% off)  This blouse has a really flattering silhouette and comes in a blush pink, navy, and pattern. I love love love the blush pink color. 

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Blouse
Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Blouse

Women’s Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Top – $58.90. $89 after sale (33% off).  I love the bell sleeve look, and it’s a trend that has been up and coming for a while now. Many style and fashion bloggers have wear bell sleeves in their style shoots. There’s no reason why you can’t turn up to work or a nice dinner in this bell sleeve top. The blue one is sitting in my closet right now :)

Women's Hinge Ruffle Blouse
Women’s Hinge Ruffle Blouse

Women’s Hinge Ruffle Blouse – $49.90. $79 after sale. (37% off).  I have to say, I’m a huge fan of this pattern and style, which is why I purchased this blouse. It’s simple and casual yet put together. It also comes in other colors like black if that’s more your thing. 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings


Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – $35.90. $54 after sale. (33% off) – Available in classic black or fall-inspired burgundy, Zella leggings are a staple at Nordstrom. Well-priced and good-quality, you’ll feel a lot less guilty about buying 3 pairs of Zella leggings for the price of one pair of Lululemon leggings. I personally have the burgundy pair. 
adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt
adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt
Women’s Adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt – $39.90. $55.00 after sale. (20% off) – Athleisure lives on with this comfortable but stylish heather grey crewneck sweatshirt. If you’re into brand names or maybe giving your weekend wardrobe a little change, you might be a big fan of this sweatshirt. Cozy, comfy, and goes with almost everything. I love being cozy, which is why I bought this sweatshirt! They’ll go great with the adidas leggings I purchased last year. 
La Mer Mini Miracle Set
La Mer Mini Miracle Set
Mini Miracles Set – La Mer – $85. $140 value. This is a great way to try out one of the most raved about and pricy skincare items out there. While it’s a mini set, it’s enough to see if you’re serious about splurging on a full size set.  This is definitely a wish list item for me. 


'Resolve Plus' Waterproof Jacket THE NORTH FACE
The North Face ‘Resolve Plus’ Waterproof Jacket

The North Face ‘Resolve Plus’ Waterproof Jacket – $69.90. $99 after sale. (30% off) – I am a huge fan of North Face jackets and they’re pretty much all I wear when the weather isn’t that great. What I love about this jacket is that the hood tucks away so it doesn’t have to be showing all the time. This is great if you have long hair and you don’t want to have the hood out all the time messing with your style. 

Benita Off the Shoulder Dress CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE
Cupcakes and Cashmere Benita Off the Shoulder Dress

Cupcakes and Cashmere Benita Off the Shoulder Dress – $79.90. $120 after sale. (33% off) – If you didn’t know, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere has a clothing line at Nordstrom. Known for her pretty LA fashion and lovely lifestyle posts, you can channel Emily’s style with this dress.  

Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse – $39.90. $59 after sale. (33% off) – Not everyone is a fan of ruffles and I totally get that. To each his own. What I like about this top is that the ruffles are done really well. They aren’t frumpy and they still have some structure. If you do like ruffles but still want to have a clean cut look, this blouse might need a new home in your wardrobe. It also comes in red and white. 

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans – 99.90. 189.90 after sale. (47% off) – This is probably one of the biggest steals of the sale. Designer jeans for almost half price. If you’re like me and aren’t totally ready to let go of skinny jeans, or maybe you like high waist skinny jeans, you might like this pair. 

Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress
Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress
Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress – 65.90. $99 after sale. (35% off) – I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s just something I love about this dress. Maybe it’s the colors…or the pattern…or the ruffle hem. Either way, it’s a very nice dress for fall and it looks like the kind of dress only Nordstrom is carrying at the moment. 

What to Skip:

Most of the home goodies – Yes, decorating your home is really fun and finding new items can be really amazing and small changes can make big differences and and and I can go on and on! The thing is, nothing really stands out as something you can only get at Nordstrom. That, in combination with the prices, leaves me personally wanting more out of the home sale. You’re absolutely welcome to take a peek though–I’ve left you the link. 
I think you’ll find home items you like better if you go to your local Nordstrom store. It’s easier to browse through the trinkets and notebooks they have in store than online because it can get tedious online. 
FOREO LUNA play Facial Cleansing Brush – There are great reviews on this cleaning brush and I have personally seen a lot of people rave about it online. But it’s only a $4 discount. If you want an upgraded version of this brush that’s actually on sale, you might want to take a look at this:
FOREO Luna Mini Cleansing Brush
FOREO Luna Mini Cleansing Brush
LUNA mini Compact Facial Cleansing Device – $66 on sale, $99 after sale. 

bkr Spiked Naked & Tutu 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle Duo – $50 – It’s a $75 dollar value, and I’ll give you that these bottles are cute. But you really don’t need to spend $50 on two glass water bottles that only hold 2 cups of water each, sorry. I personally have a bkr bottle and I think they’re really pretty, but it was part of a subscription box where I definitely did not spend remotely close to full price on the bottle. I think a better choice would be this one if you really want a fancy water bottle:

Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle S'WELL
S’well Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle
S’well Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle – $22.50. $35 after sale.  – The stainless steel will keep your drink cool, plus it’s a cute pattern. They also come in more sizes if you want a larger or smaller bottle. 
There’s so much more I could include, but it would take me forever to put the rest of my favorites on here. Go ahead and browse the catalog and see if you find items you like! 
Do we have any of the same favorites? What are some of the items you’re looking forward to buying at the sale? 
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Summer Beauty Essentials

summer beauty essentials

We have been having a summer weather/winter weather pattern in the Bay Area, which is a little unusual for late spring. It’s beautiful weather to enjoy, but it’s throwing my beauty routine off a little. Some days I need to use beauty products more suited to our rainy, wintry, windy days and others I need beauty products for bright, sunny, humid, and gently breezy days. I know this transition won’t last too long, as the unofficial first day of summer is in about two weeks (Hello, Memorial Day!), but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite summer beauty essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but my beauty routine changes quite a bit during this time of year as I tend to sweat a lot more and my oily skin tends to get well, err, more oily. I wanted to share few beauty products that are essential for summertime (regardless of your skin type, activity level, or anything like that). 

Harry's Razor

Harry’s – I recently tried out a shave set from Harry’s and found that I could shave my legs a LOT faster with a Harry’s razor than with other razors. These razors have a little more surface area and are angled in a way that makes shaving legs easier and faster.  I know what you’re thinking–Harry’s is a product for men…except, is there really a big difference between men’s and women’s razors other than the colors they come in and the price? Once you get their starter kit, their replacement blades are $2 or less, depending on how many you purchase at one time. I shave my legs A LOT in the summer, so having a razor that doesn’t irritate my skin + makes shaving feel like less of a chore is FABULOUS. 

You can try out the razors for yourself if you want–readers get a shave club free trial where the Truman razor and razor blade, travel sized foaming shave gel, and travel blade cover are FREE. You just have to cover the cost of shipping, which is $3. 

glossier invisible shield

Glossier Invisible Shield – Glossier products have a cult following with certain products selling out time and time again. After trying their Invisible Shield sunscreen, I can see why. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunscreen work better on my skin. You couldn’t tell I was wearing sunscreen, and it did NOT make my skin look greasy. My makeup sat just fine right on top of the sunscreen. I’ve always hated wearing sunscreen because it either irritates my sensitive skin or is too greasy, but with Invisible Shield, I can see myself wearing sunscreen daily. 

Micellar Water/Make-up Wipes – This stuff is a godsend in the summer. Not only is it a soothing way to remove makeup, but it doesn’t irritate the skin. I’ve had some issues in the past with using brands like Neutrogena and Garnier to remove my makeup, so I go for the simplest micellar water makeup removers and wipes. For micellar water, which is good for removing eye makeup when soaked in a cotton pad and applied to the eye (in my opinion), I love using Caudalie. For micellar wipes, I actually get them from Trader Joe’s, where they’re sold at a good price ($3.99 for 20 sheets). The fewer the chemicals, the better. 

Waterproof Mascara – Now, you may not be able to remove waterproof mascara too well with micellar water makeup removers, but for women who can’t seem to have their eye makeup stay on throughout the day, waterproof mascara is a must in the summer. My choices include Lancome Hypnose and Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof mascara. I love that they make your lashes look thick and long. With a good mascara like this, it’s easy to forgo traditional eye liner for a more simple, natural look. 

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit – When you’re having fun all summer long and something goes wrong–maybe your flip flip breaks–you can either let it ruin your day or you could be prepared with this Pinch Provisions Summer Kit. Deodorant, tampons, dry shampoo, blotting tissues, aloe…they really thought of it all! Grab one for yourself and leave it in your purse, your car, your gym bag, or in the office. 

Babyfoot – This stuff is nothing short of amazing for removing the dead skin from your feet. While it takes a couple of weeks to see the true effect of Babyfoot, I highly recommend it for those with dry feet where it seems impossible that lotion or oil can hydrate them. Four to five days after applying, dead, dry skin will peel off in chunks. You’ll be fascinated and intrigued and grossed out all at the same time. 

Foot Cream – Super important during sandal season! Nothing dries out your feet like wearing sandals and flip flops all the time. Having a good foot cream is important if you’re going to be showing off your feet. My favorite is L’Occitane Foot Cream.  It’s formula is a lot thinner than the hand cream, so it actually penetrates really dry skin. 

Boscia Oil Blotting Linens – Now, I use this stuff year-round because my face is an oil slick BUT you should always have these on hand. Even if you have dry skin, these blotting sheets can absorb sweat without really removing your makeup. Normal skin friends can use them when they’re sweaty, too. And oily skin friends…you probably double up on these, don’t you? I know I do. 

Those are my summer beauty essentials! What are yours? Share your favorites in the comments! 

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Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

It’s that time of year when we get together to celebrate our friends family tying the knot! Actually, to be honest, we are pretty well into wedding season. You might have already attended a spring wedding or two with a lineup of summer and early fall celebrations adorning your calendar.

Weddings are momentous occasions, and every couple has a special way of celebrating their day. Some want to keep their ceremony simple and intimate, while others prefer to have all the bells and whistles. Some choose traditional, religious ceremonies, while others would rather elope in Vegas. Every wedding is totally different.

As a guest, you know the couple whose wedding you are attending (err, most of the time), and you likely have an idea of how they envision their wedding.

But, it isn’t always crystal clear what they expect from their guests. Some invitations are descriptive. Others leave things up to interpretation.

When I’m a wedding guest, I like to have as much information as possible. From my experiences though, a lot of hosts aren’t great at telling their guests what to expect. I don’t know about you, but that gives me anxiety.  I’m the girl who has a bunch of questions to be answered and constantly needs them to be answered in case things change.

Kind of a struggle, and makes attending a wedding a little more stressful. 

While I can’t help reassure you about certain logistics the weddings you are attending, what I CAN help you with is making sure you look wedding appropriate and fashionable—no matter the type of wedding.

From subtle, flowy bohemian dresses to bright patterned frocks, here are some trendy wedding guest dresses that are my favorite! You’ll look effortlessly put together as a guest, and you definitely won’t upstage the bride. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are dresses ranging from $40-$300 that are wedding appropriate.

Dresses Under $100

Dresses Under $200

Dresses Under $300

If you’re in doubt about what to wear, you need to save this style guide by The Black Tux. They’re also a great place to rent a tuxedo that fits well and is fashion-forward. Wedding Guest Style Guide


If you’re not sure if a dress you love is appropriate for the occasion, here are some tips for tricky situations:

If you’re in doubt if your dress is too light or too close to white, don’t wear it. The last thing you want to do is show up in a dress that upstages the bride or is just too close to white. It’s safe to stay away, no matter how pretty the dress. 

If you wouldn’t want your mother to see you in that dress, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding.  Save the risqué dresses with cutouts and mesh for the club. Unless they’re done very tastefully, they don’t really belong at a wedding ceremony. 

What kind of dresses do you generally wear when you attend weddings? Do you have any tips you want to share with TSL readers? Let us all know in the comments!

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