Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UPDATE | Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale Recommendations and Wish List

The best Nordstrom sale of the year starts on July 9th, 2015 for those with early access. Eight days later, the sale opens up to the public on the 16th, closing on August 2nd. The prices go back up on August 3rd, 2015 so pinch those pennies and save up for some awesome deals! I already shopped some of the sales because there are so many other promotions going on at Nordstrom, so I took advantage of the opportunity to step up my wardrobe for my trip to Tokyo and the rest of the summer. First, I'll share what I ordered.

I needed something vibrant to spice up my fairly neutral wardrobe, so I scored this Haute Hippie silk blouse ($117.98) for 60% OFF! It looked very plain and too oversized on the hanger, even in size XS, but you have to put in on to see the Haute Hippie magic. It slims my figure and drapes so elegantly. The color is exquisite and flattering across all skin tones. This is probably my favorite clothing purchase this year, especially since it was a steal!

Next up is this NIC+ZOE moto jacket ($78.30) for 55% OFF. This fills a hole in my wardrobe that I have been trying to fill for years, and it is offered in a petite version so I ordered the small. Last season, Helmut Lang released a jacket similar to this but the XS sold out within a couple weeks. I had been debating if I wanted to pay full price for it, so it fate told me it was not meant to be. I love the look of the wide collar and zipper detailing, but I had this jacket shipped to me, so I am anxious to try it on and see if it's everything I have been waiting for!

Along with the white jacket, I ordered this Burberry Brit button down shirt for 30% off ($277.50). It wasn't a significant price cut, but I know this will become a staple in my wardrobe. I love the thin stripes and layered pleats, which lends it a casual tuxedo vibe and lengthens my petite frame. I always prioritize the fabric, so the 71% cotton, 16% linen, and 16% silk combination is the reason why I pulled the trigger! I find that cotton, linen, and silk mixes are good investments since the blend is lightweight but can be worn the whole year. Dress it up or down!


Nordstrom has added many more sale items since the preview, and the sale is now open to the public until August 2nd. Here are the best beauty and fashion exclusives that you won't want to miss!
How adorable yet practical is this Compact Styling Set from T3? I've already raved about the travel sized folding hairdryer, but this kit also includes a mini hair straightener -- a $229 value for a mere $150! It's perfect for bangs, curling ends, and styling short hair.
Chanel is offering a Travel Makeup Palette, packed full of their bestselling shades! This is a great introduction to Chanel makeup, and it is also ideal for the jet-setter who wants to pack lighter. These $95 multi-use palettes are normally only available at duty-free shopping inside airports, so stock up while you can! Hint: Christmas gifts.
NARS Lip Pencils are now cult favorites, and this nude variation "Ultimate NARS" Set is priced at a sweet $49! It's quite a deal, considering the retail value is $81 and the pale pink lavender shade is limited edition. I love how these pencils have a glossy finish, so they are lower maintenance and easy to swipe on the go.
Guerlain has released a Nordstrom-exclusive set of Meteorites pearls ($62), which I am sure will delight collectors! I love this youthful, colorful take on this classic product. I recommend using this variation as blush on fair skin and all-over brightening powder on tan to dark skin!
This Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Set ($85) is already in my basket, and I'm ready to check out before it sells out! I've reviewed the shampoo and conditioner before, and these lovely products make up my everyday use hair care. They're pricey but don't break the bank and truly nourish my hair! The shampoo and conditioner aren't always available through Nordstrom, so purchase extras!!
Last but not least for the beauty picks, SK-II is offering this Bestsellers Set ($205) as an introduction to my favorite skin care brand! You will receive incredible 5 products, a value of $287. The Facial Treatment Essence is SK-II's star product, and it gently exfoliates, hydrates, and rebalances your skin. You'll also get to try the Facial Treatment Mask, one of my must-haves, and maybe even give one to your sister or friend to try! This set also comes with one pack of the Signs Eye Mask, which is perfect for use in the mornings. Moisturize with the deluxe sample-sized Essential Power Cream, one of my anti-aging favorites!

Now for some more fashion and accessories. Let's start with Burberry's Merino Wool Check Scarf in black! You'll score $100 off for a sale price of $295.. what a deal! I have one in teal, and it's the perfect Fall season/layering scarf. I have one in my cart, so let's match!

I love a good dark wash, and Hudson still makes some of my favorite jeans. I am petite at just 5'0 but I can always rely on Hudson to fit my curves well. Check out this Elysian - Nico Super Skinny style, marked down to $129 from its original $198 price! It's also available in Tall for those with longer legs xo
Sunglasses are a summer style staple. These Jimmy Choo Ally/S 56mm have a slightly retro feel that still translates as classic. They're usually priced at $295, but get them now during the #NSale for $196. FYI: Jimmy Choos are made by the same Italian company, Safilo, that produces my favorite Dior and Celine sunglasses!!


Now for my top picks and recommendations from the Anniversary sale catalog! We will start with beauty, move on to shoes, accessories, and finish up with some more fashion. A lot of these are on my own wish list, so let's buckle down and start saving!

Jo Malone's Nectarine Blossom and Honey cologne was my first of many. These trios are the perfect introductory kit for those new to Jo Malone or those who already love Jo Malone but need travel-sized bottles. I've been purchasing these for years because they also make great gifts! 

Finally, a NARS blush palette that doesn't include Orgasm and Laguna! The palette's beautiful packaging and the travel-sized blush make this a must-have. Such a good value, too!

Most artisan brushes, like my favorites from Chikhodo and Wayne Goss, are quite an investment. MAC brushes are still popular, but their quality has tanked in the last two years. That is why I recommend trying Trish McEvoy makeup brushes! This 8-piece brush set is an incredible value, so try this if you've been looking for an affordable kit. I have owned several Trish brushes over the years, and my sister is a big fan, so we both vouch for their quality.

My sister no longer works for La Mer, but we both love the brand still! This 6-piece set is still expensive but it saves you a significant amount of money if you're interested in The Reparative Body Lotion (full-size, retail value of $185). 

Everyone knows how much I adore YSL! This cute little trio is essentially a taste of the best Glossy Stains — featuring the new pale pink plumping formula, the best-selling classic formula in a universally flattering peach, and the recently released Pop Water formula in another universally flattering bright pink. Plus the red makeup bag is too cute!

I've used Laura Mercier's Radiance primer since its release. It's one of the best universal primers ever made! I'm glad to see it included in a travel-sized trio along with my favorite products from her skin care lineup, the Face Polish! This scrub has a gentle yet invigorating formula with a subtle refreshing fragrance. Rounding out this set is the cult classic Tinted Moisturizer, perfect for lazy days all year long!

It has been a few years since I raved about Philosophy's Purity cleanser, but it's still one of the best affordable cleansers I have ever used. This deluxe sized combo is a deal too sweet to miss!

Most of you know of my love for Diptyque, but their candles are undoubtedly a luxury. If you're looking for something more affordable, try Voluspa! Their scents are inviting and subtle, so I'm never overwhelmed or disappointed.

Oh, Lancôme. I always support the classics! Their eye makeup remover, liquid liner, and mascaras reign supreme year after year. Although I have been loving Cle de Peau and em cosmetics mascara lately, Lancôme's are overall winners in terms of price and performance.

Now for the top shoe pick! I am obsessed with all things Vince, so this will be the first on my shoe wish list. I like that this shape is more sleek and classic than some of the other open-toed booties that Vince has released in the last year. This style can be dressed up or down is ideal for the fall (or fall/winter if you live in Southern California) season! 

I have a soft spot for fringe, even though I rarely (aka never) wear it. I adore this boho-chic bootie style, and if it fits well, this is an affordable boot that I would purchase for myself! The heel height, side zipper, color, and price make this an excellent addition to any wardrobe.

Frye boots are some of the most time enduring styles on the market. Some might find the equestrian style too masculine, but the Melissa Tab is functional yet stylish. Most importantly, it is comfortable! I love the all-leather construction. This price is almost too good to be real, so make sure this is the first thing you place into your basket if you're looking for a flat knee-high boot!

This Sam Edelman flat seems to have taken a bit of inspiration from both Chloe and Chiara Ferragni. I think the scalloped topline and playful glitter make this pink pair a must-have for summer/fall! My best friend Tammy is very picky with flats because she is on her feet a lot, but she says Sam Edelman's are some of the best in the $100 category.

Nike has always been my preferred sneaker brand. I have worn hundreds of Nikes in my lifetime, and I continue to buy more because I think they're the best. These are the best looking pair of Air Max running shoes I have seen in years! I love the mint green and turquoise ombre effect.

I live in Southern California so I never understood the difference that the famed Hunter rain boots could make until I started traveling. I don't need them enough to invest in a pair just yet, but I know how popular they are so I thought those who live in damp climates would appreciate this head's up!

I plan on purchasing these for my grandmother! She loves how comfortable UGGs are, and these look easier for her to slip on because they look like knit socks. Most people have a love/hate relationship with UGGs, but ultimately, wear what you like. My grandmother is almost 79 and chooses comfort over all!

This is a little random and maybe TMI for some, but the Natori Feathers bra is what I consider the most universally flattering bra. My best friend Tammy introduced this, and I have since collected several of them. It is comfortable and comes in a variety of hard-to-find sizes. If you have struggled to find an everyday bra, definitely this out! 

I have been wearing gold necklaces a lot recently! I also tend to favor silver and gunmetal jewelry, but I think gold looks softer against my red hair. This Freida Rothman necklace mixes metals and adds a touch of bling to make this piece the perfect statement against all your shirts, blouses, and sweaters!

I normally do not support copies of haute couture, but a Chanel Boy handbag is very, very, very expensive. This Rebecca Minkoff version is made of real leather and a steal at $196.90. 

If you have a man in your life, whether it is your dad or your boyfriend, consider this Tumi backpack. I have developed an affinity for Tumi in the last couple months, so I now stand by their products. This simple and practical backpack will make a wonderful gift!

This IRO Jacket is the sale piece I'm most interested in, despite its synthetic blend. It is rather tricky to find a jacket with the perfect balance of structure and comfort, but I think this fits the bill. Keeping my fingers cross in hopes that it won't be too long on my 5'0 frame!

This coat is a bargain! I have a Helmut Lang jacket with leather sleeves, and I found it so useful in cold climates that I had to recommend this jacket. I love the envelope collar because it gives the coat more structure and drama. Effortless chic!

As I've mentioned before, I've had a long-lasting love affair with Vince. Some of my sweater coats have lasted me since my college years (nearly six years now). Although this coat is a wool and nylon blend, I adore the addition of the hood! It makes this perfect for traveling and rainy weather. 

I am addicted to cardigans. I love them boxy, flowing or long like this Halogen duster! It creates the illusion of a longer, slimmer frame and is available in a petite version! I'll definitely purchase a couple of these to wear with jeans and even shorts or over a bathing suit.

Nordstrom will be be adding more products online as well as in store once the sale starts, so I will update this post on the 8th and again on the 16th depending on stock. This sale's selection does lean heavily toward fall/winter wear, but this way you will be prepared AND stylish for the seasonal transition!
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  1. That Blame it on NARS and Laura Mercier set just stole my hearts! <3

  2. I love that you've said that you normally don't support copies of haute couture. For someone who's not invested in fashion enough to know haute couture, it's probably difficult to understand why that's an issue. I'm in a creative industry and I have to say that I really appreciate hearing your point of view on this. Profiting off of someone else's creative genius really is a crime in my book, but so many times it's not even within one's wildest dreams to buy straight from the source. Such a complex issue but I'm glad you addressed it and suggested an option that is understandable.

    Go Rae!


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