The famed Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happens every Summer. It officially kicks off on July 19th, so midnight, Thursday night. However, they also offer early access (one week early) to Nordstrom Card holders. That’s how they got me years ago… The sale is a good one if you’re already a Nordstrom shopper, or looking for some new Fall pieces for your wardrobe. BUT, if you’re looking for a killer sale to end all sales, deals that you would find at a Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Nordstrom Rack, you won’t find that here. These prices will go up as soon as the sale is over and many are very low but they aren’t those unicorn clearance priced items that you find when you’re on the hunt.

If you are looking to purchase designer items, this is a good sale for you. Or, like I said, if you’re looking for some staple Fall pieces, fresh on the scene, this is a good sale for you. I like to shop for items that can be mixed with my existing wardrobe, so blazers, solid shirts, cardigans, and of course shoes. It’s never NOT a good time to buy more shoes.

Below are my picks from this year’s sale, separated by category. Here’s the kicker, everything I picked is UNDER $150. If you see something you like, you can click the heart to favorite it and you will receive an alert if the price drops during the Anniversary Sale, or even at a later time. I placed my first order at noon on the first day of early access and about a third of my choices were sold out by the time I finished entering my cc info. They often restock items, but not always. I made sure that all my picks below are available as of now (Saturday, July 13th). But who knows for how long… My suggestion to you is, if you see something you love, just get the credit card, make the early purchase, pay it off and close it. Unless of course, you’re a Nordstrom regular, in which case, this is a great card because you earn one point per dollar you spend in stores and online at Nordstrom, NordstromRack and HauteLook. For every 2,000 points, you’ll receive a $20 Nordstrom Note that you can spend online or in stores. It doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, it adds up quickly.

Last note… my picks are extremely tailored to my specific style (of course, that makes sense). If you follow my blog because you like to pull inspiration from my style and want to see more of something, comment below. I skipped the designer bags, all athletic wear, and more, but I would be happy to pick from those as well. Happy Shopping!

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It’s no surprise that the fashion of the ’90s is back.  That being said, I do not take that 100% literal.  This windowpane plaid suit, when buttoned up could be very reminiscent of Cher Horowitz’s iconic yellow suit from the movie, Clueless.  Yes, I did skip the thigh high stockings and mini backpack purse.  Sorry, Cher.

I purchased this set (sold separately) during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, hoping for it to be a great go-to outfit this Fall.  For work, I will probably pair it with pointy toe pumps, but these strappy lavender heels were perfect for bottomless mimosas at The Oyster Bar at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca.

September in New York, in my opinion, is the perfect weather scenario.  This year, however was unusually hot.  Not only that, but it drizzled rain the entire weekend.  Hence the location of this shoot – the lobby of the The James Hotel.  Our original plan was to shoot it on the cobblestone streets of Chelsea, near the flower markets, but the weather would not cooperate.  If ya gotta relocate a shoot to indoors, finding a stellar hotel in NYC is cake.

Skirt suits are being seen far outside the boardroom this season.  Coco Chanel made skirt suits a status symbol in the 1950s, following which time they were synonymous with business.  In the ’80s women attending high brow meetings with corporations were often seen in designer skirt suits, in the ’90s they became shorter, louder in color and were suddenly trendy with teens.  Now, they can go from the board room to the street.

Aimee Song pairs skirt suits with Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers.  Don’t even get me started on this sneaker trend.  I saw Louis and Balenciaga sneakers everywhere during fashion week, and I just don’t get it.  Sometimes I gotta stand my ground and say “WTF?!”.  The point is, skirt suits are still a power symbol, but times are a changing and so are the office dress codes.  Yes, industry has a lot to do with it, but suits are worn less and less M-F and popping up more and more on the runways.  Is this a sign that avant garde designs are becoming fewer, and more attention is being paid to tailoring and technique?  Only time will tell.

 

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