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2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

July 18, 2017

It’s that time of the year again–the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! What is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? During this sale, popular designer items are heavily discounted and prices go back up after the sale. Most of these items are new trends that will be extremely popular during the fall season, so it’s best to pick them up during the sale. It’s a great way to stock up on gifts for the holiday season as well. Early access started on July 13 for Nordstrom card holders, and it is open to the general public (non card holders) from July 21-August 6. I placed three orders on the first day of the sale and half of the items are already sold out now! There are plenty of other items left, so here is my 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks by category.

Beauty

Beauty is the category I get most excited about. What really stood out this year are the tools and devices. One of my favorite purchases from 2016 was the Simple Human Mirror. It is pricey, but I use it every single day and cannot imagine applying makeup without it anymore. The magnification and light help create flawless makeup looks. There are cheaper makeup mirrors out there (cheaper alternative), but I love that this is wireless and rechargeable, and it has a great design. Foreo and Clarisonic make great cleansing devices. You can stock up on brushes if you currently use Clarisonic. I love the Foreo Luna–and ALL Foreo devices are 33% off, including the Foreo Issa Toothbrush. A couple weeks ago, I purchased the PMD Microderm. I’ve only used it twice so I have not seen any results, but I have heard great things about it. I also purchased some more beauty blenders because the bundles are a much better deal and there is currently a gift with purchase offer of free blotterazzi sponge and liquid cleanser with a $35 purchase.

My top makeup/skincare pick is the NARS Palette. NARS formula is incredible and this palette includes blush, bronzer, and highlight. I also picked up the Jouer Liquid Lipstick Duo. I already have this in shade guava and I love this long lasting, transfer free formula. I have a huge nail polish collection at home already, but I have been looking for formulas and brands that are non-toxic. I picked up a set from butter LONDON because all of their nail polish are free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and zylene. I don’t have any need for new skincare right now, but I think these are great bundles or would make great gifts: Kieh’s Favorites Collection, Fresh LipsLa Mer Revitalizing Collecting, and Glamglow Set.

Shoes

I normally stock up on shoes during the sale, but this year I did not buy any. After moving to San Francisco, I purchased many flats and comfort shoes because I cannot think of when I’d ever want to walk in heels in hilly San Francisco and my work attire policy is so casual. There are a couple staple items I’d highly recommend from the sale though. The Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots are already sold out but the bootie is just as high quality and comfortable. It can be paired with jeans and dresses. I own several Tory Burch flats already. They are super comfortable and are appropriate for work/night out/casual day wear. The Tory Burch Adeline Boot is also on sale. I love the one in brown and these boots fit people with large calves. This is the lowest price these Tory Burch shoes will ever be, so the best time to purchase is during this sale. The Nike Free Focus Flyknit will quickly sell out soon. I have this in hot pink and love that it feels like I am just wearing socks.

Clothing

Every year, I pick up a pair of the Zella Leggings. These are high quality work out pants and I love the one in pink dusk. I was hoping to get the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan in Stone but that color in my size quickly sold out, so I ordered the BP Cardigan instead. This is long enough to wear over a dress. I am all about large sweaters, and love these sweaters from Free People and Topshop. I read amazing things about the Nordstrom Brand pajama so I ordered the set in blue spacedye.

Misc

Last year I was disappointed that all the cute scarves sold out quickly during the sale, so this year the Madewell Scarf was one the first items I added to my cart. I love how comfortable this is and it can be paired easily with many outfits. I ordered the Antica Farmacista Diffuser for my brother last year and loved it so much that I regretted not getting one for myself, so this was the second item I added! These diffusers last forever and the scent lingers throughout the whole house. I also ordered the Voluspa candle set–I like to put these in the bathroom. I stayed away from handbags, wallets, and jewelry this year, but I highly recommend any jewelry from Nadri. They have a lifetime warranty policy and I’ve had one of my earrings replaced twice now after the crystal fell off. I love the Crystal Bangle and Y Necklace.

Let me know if you plan to shop the sale this year and what you’re picking up!

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June 2017 Stitch Fix

June 16, 2017

june 2017 stitch fix

It has be over a year since I posted my last Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You pay a $20 styling fee, which is credited back if you keep at least one item. You pay only what you decide to keep. I took a long break from Stitch Fix because I was really disappointed by the items I received in my previous boxes. I felt the quality was extremely low for the price and that I would be able to find much better value at a Nordstrom Rack. I recently decided to give it another chance. Here is my June 2017 Stitch Fix and my decision on the items. My puppy decided to get in most of my shots–she is my shadow and never leaves my side!

Pixley Yuli Lace Cap Sleeve Blouse – $58

This is a cream blouse with lace. It pairs nicely with jeans or skirt. I like the lace and fit, but the material felt heavy for summer. I wish the lace and fabric were more delicate.
Decision: Return

41Hawthorn Sally Scallop Detail Skirt – $68

This is a beautiful skirt and I love the scallop bottom. The material is soft but wrinkles easily.  I work at a small startup where the dress code is super casual, and I would never wear this to a non-work place, so I decided to return this dress.
Decision: Return

Pixley Bogota Dress – $64

I was pleased to find this dress in the box. I love the color and the details in the front. I can wear cute summer sandals or booties with it. It also looks nice with a jacket on top when it gets chilly at night in San Francisco. This is a prefect dress for summer!
Decision: Keep

Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan – $54

This is a cute drape cardigan. The fit and fabric were great. However I have many cardigans in this color already.
Decision: Return

Bay to Baubles Mariah Stone Cuffs – $28

This is a 2-cuff set with light purple and light pink stones. I like wearing these together or separately. Since the colors are very light and neutral, it goes well with many outfits.
Decision: Keep

Pixley Yuli Lace Cap Sleeve Blouse

Pixley Bogota Dress

Bay to Baubles Mariah Stone Cuffs

Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan

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Spring Gala Dress

May 22, 2017

Ted Baker spring gala dressDress: Ted Baker (sold out, similar 1, 2) // Shoes: Sam Edelman  // Purse: Louis Vuitton // Earrings: Swarovski

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The weather in San Francisco was fantastic, so we spent a lot of time outside. Sorry I have not blogged in a while. All of my free time are now spent with our puppy! We go on long walks after work and weekends are mostly spent outside. I have not gotten dressed up in a while, so I was really excited to attend a gala with my husband last Friday. His company sponsored a table at the On Lok spring banquet. There was a live auction, live band, and great food. We had a lot of fun!

Even though it was a gala, I was told that most people will wear semi-formal. It was still a good excuse to go shopping and I fell in love with this fuchsia dress from Ted Baker. I love the fit and flare style and the color is perfect for Spring. The back clasp is a big crystal that looks similar to the Swarovski earrings I paired with it. I decided on nude pumps, Louis Vuitton clutch, and a natural makeup look to keep the focus on the dress.

ted baker spring gala dress

ted baker spring gala dress

ted baker spring gala dress

ted baker spring gala dressFoundation: MAC // Concealer: Make Up For Ever  // Blush: Tarte (Unstoppable) // Bronzer: Hourglass // Highlighter: MAC (Whisper of Gilt, limited edition) // Eyeshadow: Naked 2 // Mascara: Tarte // Lips: Glossier (cherry)

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Red Lace Dress

November 17, 2016

Bebe Lace Backless Flared DressDress: Bebe // Purse: Louis Vuitton // Shoes: Michael Antonio (sold out, similar)

We recently traveled to Fullerton California for a wedding and I wore this red lace dress. I love the open back and the tooling underneath the dress. The lace top is beautiful and romantic. The dress was perfect for the warm weather and outdoor venue. I wore wedges because the ceremony was on the grass and it was comfortable to wear all night. I don’t wear my LV Eva clutch often, but I love to wear it to weddings because it’s the perfect size and I can wear it cross-body style on the dance floor.

That wrapped up the last wedding of 2016! We were invited to many weddings this year and sadly because of my school schedule and our move to San Francisco we were unable to attend a couple. Congratulations to my good friends Renee and Tracy–you looked beautiful on your wedding days!

Bebe Lace Backless Flared Dress

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Le Tote Review

August 21, 2016

Le Tote TBAGS Printed Maxi DressDress: TBAGS (25% off) // Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Sunglasses: Versace 

Happy Sunday! It has been a few weeks since my last post! I have been busy searching for an apartment in San Francisco and buying new furniture. Everything is coming together nicely and I cannot wait for my husband to join me next month! Today is my last day of #funemployment because I start my new job tomorrow!

I had a chance to try Le Tote in July so I want to write about my experience. Le Tote is a clothing subscription service that costs $59 or $69 (maternity plan) per month. The difference between Le Tote and Stitch Fix is that you can select what goes into your box and you can request multiple boxes a month. When you first sign up, you can browse the selection and add items to your “closet.” Le Tote stylists will recommend 3 garments and 2 accessories per box, and will try to include at least one item from your closet. You can review the selection and swap out any items before they are shipped, so you have almost complete control of what will be sent to you. You can wear the items for as long as you want (you just keep paying the monthly subscription fee). There is a discount to purchase items you want to keep (normally 20% off retail), and the rest you can send back in a pre-labeled bag–no need to clean/wash the items! It sounds like a great service so I wanted to try it out. Here are the two totes I received:

Tote 1:
le tote review

My first tote arrived 1.5 weeks after I signed up. I liked the items I received, especially the TBAGS maxi dress. I wore all the items except for the French Connection Mesh Detail Tank. It looked like a night cami and not something I would feel comfortable wearing outside the home. I thought the clutch, bracelet and embroidered top were so-s0. You can see the retail price and discounted price above. After wearing these items once, I sent all of them back for a new tote.

Tote 2:
Le Tote Review

My second tote arrived a week after I sent back the first tote. As soon as the tracking code got scanned at the origin, a new tote was ready for me to review online. I loved that because it eliminated having to wait for the first tote to arrive at the Le Tote warehouse, which sped up the time I received Tote 2. I loved the Coin 1804 sweater–the material was extremely soft and the fit was flattering. I wanted to purchase the item and the discount was 20% off retail price, but I would rather purchase it brand new. I searched for it online but couldn’t find it anywhere except on the Le Tote website. I tried all the other items in my tote except for the La Fee Verte Cardigan. It looked great in the photo, but it was too long on me and it was also very heavy. I would highly recommend the French Connection Clutch–it goes with so many outfits and is very fashionable. I have a similar one from Rebecca Minkoff.

Overall Thoughts:

I enjoyed trying out Le Tote but decided to discontinue after one month. Even though the clothes are clean, I don’t like wearing clothes that have been worn by someone else. For the same reason,  a 10-30% is not enough for me to purchase previously worn clothing. If I love something, I would like the option to purchase it new. Le Tote is great for people who wants to try out different clothes/accessories, and you can receive 3 boxes a month if you send items back quickly. I loved that I didn’t have to clean the products before shipping them back. If you don’t mind purchasing previously worn clothing, the discount is nice. Le Tote is also great for people who prefer basic styles because I didn’t see anything that was trendy or in fashion. Most items can only be found on Le Tote’s website because they are past seasons’ clothing. Rent the Runway does something similar except their monthly fee is $139, but the selection is a lot larger and it carries designer clothing.

Let me know if Le Tote or Rent the Runway is something you would try! If you use my referral link you can get $25 off your first tote.

le tote review

MAX STUDIO Embroidered Keyhole Top

OCTAVIA & CO Color Block Clutch

REBECCA MINKOFF Pave Triangle Hinge Bracelet

TBAGS Printed Maxi Dress

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2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Picks

July 15, 2016

Early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale started yesterday! The early access runs from July 12-21, the public sale starts July 22, and prices go up August 8th. I love this sale because new fall merchandise temporary go on sale during the summer and the products featured are amazing! I had a chance to check out the sale yesterday and here are some of my favorite picks!

Shoes

I never lead with shoes, but I am most impressed by the shoes selection this year. The Tory Burch flats is a staple–super comfortable and perfect for work or a night out. The UGG high top sneaker reminds me of Converse and I just love this one in brown. The SARTO bootie is another alternative that is comfortable yet stylish. Lace-up is still very popular, and I love this one by Vince Camuto that would be perfect with cropped jeans or dress. The sale is the perfect time to purchase boots, which are usually pretty pricey! I love the over the knee boots by Halogen because the slit on the back and the elastic is great for someone like me who has big calves.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Beauty

I always look forward to seeing the beauty items. The skincare and makeup items are usually bundled at an amazing value so this is a great time to try something new or to stock up on favorites. Here are some of my picks:

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette // MAC Advanced Brush Kit // GLAMGLOW Set // Kiehl’s Skin Favorites // LUNA Mini / Beauty Blender Set // Eye Mask

nordstrom anniversary sale 2016Clothes

I love cute jackets and sweaters that I can layer over a shirt or dress, so that was my focus this year. I love this these leather jackets by Marc New York and Halogen. Even though it’s summer, winter will be here in no time (speaks like a true Midwesterner). The Mackage parka and Patagonia down jacket will keep you warm all winter! My summer picks are these: Leith dolman dress, Milly fit and flare, and Halogen lace skirt.

nordstrom anniversary sale 2016Handbags and Accessories

Last year I purchased a Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag and has gotten so much use out of it. I love the shape and functionality of bucket bags. This cherry colored bucket bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim is perfect all year long! The Kate Spade crossbody bag is perfect for casual, every day use such as running errands or shopping. I became a big fan of Kendra Scott jewelry this year, and I think the large cuff is so versatile. If you’re looking for something sparkly, the Monica Vinader bracelet and Nadri hoop earrings are great options.

nordstrom anniversary sale 2016Have you checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? I would love to hear what are on your wish list!