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The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s 200 degrees outside, I’m 200 months pregnant and Nordstrom and Nordstrom-obsessed fashion bloggers have us all thinking about fall with the 2019 Anniversary Sale underway. #NSALE.

I fell victim to the hype this year and got the Nordstrom card for pre-access shopping. I used to have a Nordstrom debit card which I think has since been discontinued so it wasn’t a huge leap for me, but otherwise I’d never advise someone to take out a line of credit for access to a once per year sale.

Regardless though - I’ve done it and as I get more and more suggestions for fashion and style related content (who knew?!) I thought I would share with you all the items I’ve actually purchased from this year’s sale which is ongoing through early August.

As a reminder I am 200 months pregnant so real clothes are of little interest to me right now. However loungewear and perfume will forever be my jam, pregnant or not.

At the end of this post I’ll also add links to the items that caught my eye for workwear but did not make the cut for me personally just because sizing is going to be my nightmare this fall.

THINGS I PURCHASED FROM THE 2019 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

  1. Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas in Navy Peacoat. $35.90 for the set.

    I read that these jammies are super soft and breathable. So I’ve orders a pair for postpartum activities (nursing). I think the button front and soft fabric will be perfect.

  2. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deoderant Trio, $66.00 for the set of three.

    I understand that this is the MOST random item ever. Before I tried it I thought that this was some product that should be in Marshall’s clearance aisle and even then I’d never give it a second look. However, coming highly recommended by the website Things I Bought and Liked, I gave it a shot and now I am sold - its perfect for the summer swampiness of Austin and I like the consistency of a solid deodorant better than the lotion style formula of my previous Kiehl’s go-to. Now I’m afraid it will be discontinued at some point so I have no problem stocking up. FYI this $66 supply should last me 6 months.

  3. Rainbow Icon Sweater, $25.90

    We’re all unicorns and glitters and rainbows around here with a 4 year old girl in the house. Adding this to my cart made me feel less like a selfish jerk for stocking up for myself. I sized up to a 5 in hopes of getting two year’s wear out of it. I’m incredibly cheap when it comes to kids clothes.

  4. Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe, $111.98

    My biggest splurge of the sale, I thing post pregnancy motivation demands a new pair of athletic shoes. I have the ambition of getting back into shape after baby comes and having these waiting for me will be a great reminder.

  5. Le Labo Discovery Set, $85.00

    This isn’t really a bargain or a sale item, but these discovery sets just don’t usually stay in stock long which is why I think they are featured in the sale. I wanted to gift myself one for Christmas last year but couldn’t get my hands on it. So there you have it. I don’t have any Le Labo scents but the Santal candle is one of my go-to house warming gifts for friends and I love the Rose 31 shampoo and conditioner from the Fairmont hotels which I hoard like a crazy person whenever I stay there.

  6. BaubleBar Cintia Pave Heart Pendant Necklace, $37.90

    Having a young daughter has made me more whimsicial in my accessory choices at times, and this heart necklace fits into that category. She loves to help me pick out jewelry and I find myself gravitating towards inexpensive and fun items to keep her entertained. At a low price point, it can be fun for as long as it lasts without a major investment. I think the pave design keeps it a little classy. There are also matching earrings which I didn’t purchase but can be found here.

  7. Topshop Supersoft Sweatshirt and Knit Joggers, $25.90 each

    The alleged softness of this set sold me on the order, I’ll report back when they arrive but I’m pretty optimistic about a matching cozy set for fall. It won’t be nursing friendly but some things just have to be all about me and I plan on spending a lot of time snuggled up in these come cooler weather.

    THINGS I WOULD HAVE PURCHASED FROM THE SALE IF I WASN’T SO VERY PREGNANT

  1. Halogen Pleated Midi Skirt in Leopard, update SOLD OUT

    This skirt is a classic for your closet and could work for date night as well as in the office if paired with a jacket or appropriate back top and heels.

  2. Madewell 9-Inch Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans, $84.90

    You may be able to find these at a better price from Madewell directly sometime this fall, but I am a fan of Madewell’s high-rise denim and these are a little cool with the raw edge hem, but not over the top with a ripped knee. There’s also a nice version available in the sale from Rag and Bone but at a higher price point. I also like these Paige Jeans with a ripped knee.

  3. Zella Splits Ribbed Tank, $25.90

    I’ll never feel completely comfortable in the sports bra running look, but I love a great loose tank and I think this ribbed version would be an affordable option for layering your work out attire without feeling completely exposed in just a bra and shorts or tights.

  4. Treasure and Bond Leather Biker Jacket, update SOLD OUT

    A real leather biker or moto jacket staple has been on my wish list for awhile now. I’ve been hunting for one that doesn’t have too many zippers and doesn’t look too boxy. This was a strong contender but at the $200 price point even on sale I couldn’t bring myself to take a chance on the sizing quite yet. Looks like this one got away but I’ll be referencing this post later in case of restock.

  5. Avec Les Filles Leopard Mock Neck Dress, $84.90

    More leopard! This dress is a great price for something I imagined wearing constantly throughout fall. The short sleeves also make it work for Austin’s fall. It has a classic silhouette, seems comfortably cut and would adjust to size fluctuations experienced soon after baby arrives.

  6. Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket, $84.90

    My Levi’s classic jacket has been a key aspect of my wardrobe through summer and even through pregnancy. But I really liked the look of this oversized Madewell version. It feels a little more millennial than I would normally embrace but it would be a nice way to ease out of my fashion comfort zone with the oversized cut.

  7. Gibson Rebecca Ruffle Puff Sleeve Blouse, $43.90

    This ladylike blouse won me over with the timeless rope and chain pattern, paired with soft ruffles and a slight puff sleeve. “Slight” being key.

  8. Nalani Bootie in Nude, $64.90

    These are the ones that got away, I deliberated too long and they sold out in my size but I think these nude booties are very smart without being over the top. Wish I had nabbed them.


If you’re looking for good deals on a few things that I can vouch for because I own them, I recommend this hair dryer (I have the same one at home in white), I have a very similar Sole Society duffel bag to this style and love it for quick road trips, a black North Face vest is always a good idea and I ALWAYS get compliments on this perfume, my favorite from Hermes.

Finally, Diptyque candles make great house warming gifts, hostess gifts etc. and I love this set of travel minis that could be broken up for various occasions and to have a great last minute gift always on hand. I may end up ordering one before the sale is up.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Because every blog on the planet is required to have a gift guide at this time of year, AND I’m sitting on my parents’ couch watching football - I figure why not try my hand at it? Some of these items I own, some I’ve purchased for others. All geared towards our more professional purposes - none supported by ads or came with perks for me to make the recommendation. Enjoy.

For the business traveler:

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The Concourse Rolling Computer Bag from Mark & Graham. I own this bag, complete with my initials. I love it. It fits perfectly under the window or middle seat on Southwest flights and never does a trip go by where a complete stranger doesn’t ask where I bought it. Men and women have both asked. It’s a good find and I’m thinking through adding to my Concourse collection with the other carry-on pieces. I also have this iPad sleeve from the same company, which I also find quite handy.

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Also - if a loved one flies through major airports on a regular basis and doesn’t have CLEAR. I’d suggest a membership is in order. The gift of CLEAR will speed them through either pre-check or regular security lines - and admittedly make them lazier at getting to the airport on time. It’s worth every penny of the cost and I’ve even heard that many major airlines offer deals for membership to their loyalty program participants. It also makes a great gift to self. It seems unnecessary and frivolous - until you need it. Now I’d never go back.

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Other great travel items to consider: this Lug brand “nap sac” for long flights is a game changer, I’ve mentioned it before. ANY of these Sephora face masks would make a great stocking stuffer. I mostly love how they are packaged. You can squirt out just what you need and then use them over and over again. There are always a couple in my overnight bag because the only time I get to actually use face masks is when I’m alone in a hotel room for the night. Finally - if you work out when traveling this mini foam roller is a great option for staying flexible on the go. Let’s just say I’ve purchased more than one for my husband over the years.

Beauty:

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My feelings about fragrance are ever changing but I never leave home without one. Right now this DEBASER is all I want to smell like for the rest of my days. I bought it at a local shop in downtown Asheville a few weeks back and haven’t regretted it despite the admittedly steep price tag. They also sell a mini that could be perfect on the go. I love keeping a roller ball handy. I’ve also asked Santa for the Le Labo Discovery Set this year. Fingers crossed he makes it happen.

If you have a big person in your life to give a last minute gift to it’s always loved and easy to grab a gift card to Milk & Honey spa online. It’s a top notch place with locations in Austin and Houston - and soon to be in Ft. Worth. Also they do nails and sell products in the salon. So even a smaller gift card is classy and could go a long way if you’re not ready to pop on a 90 minute swedish massage for someone.

I’m also a firm believer in (if you’re able) to gift items your friends are unlikely to splurge on themselves. For me Aesop’s Resurrection Hand Balm fits this bill - plus it comes in 2 sizes. I have yet to meet a woman in her 30’s who hasn’t thought about buying it for herself.

For the True Texan:

A friend of ours, Jay B. Sauceda, is a pretty accomplished photographer and he’s just come out with a great book of aerial views of our great state called A Mile Above Texas. I’d recommend snagging a copy for any Texan on your personal or professional gift list and right now you can get a signed copy on his website for $40.

 
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Another great idea for family members that are really into the idea of you working in and around the Captiol - last year Governor Abbott sold Capitol Christmas ornaments that were signed in exchange for a $40 political contribution. I’m not sure if this will be done in 2019 but it made for a great gift. Even if unsigned Capitol Christmas Ornaments are always a good idea.

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And for the teeniest Texans, Biscuit in Houston makes the sweetest cactus-ridden jammies. Get yours here. I also love their Wimberly and Marfa stationery.

For the Entertainer:

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I’ve had a colleague gift me this Domaine Carneros sparkling rose duet each Christmas and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s so good and a welcome bottle to have around during the holiday season. Get your gift set here. It’s so good I eventually became a member of the winery myself.

For hostess gifts I’m pretty predictable usually bringing a bottle of wine, or this candle if it’s a big party and a VERY good friend. I also love the idea of gifting something like Reese Witherspoon or Chrissy Teigan’s new book. If you know they don’t have it it’s a fun way to encourage them to continue hosting. I’ve also been known to show up with $25 Central Market or Whole Foods gift cards in a Christmas card for my hosts and those also always seem appreciated.

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If you have more time on your hands and want to get very personal - consider personalized stationary from Dixie Designs. The designs are quite southern and unique you’re guaranteed to be one of a kind - I’ve gifted the fleur de lis notecards to a good friend from New Orleans and she loved them. I also have these company print my professional Christmas cards each year as well as my personal correspondence cards. So many great designs!

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Adelante's Game Day This Weekend!

One of my favorite days of the year (and the most harsh on my pocketbook) is Adelante Boutique's Game Day sale. This Saturday half of the store will be converted to basically every cute burnt orange top or dress you could ever want. 

I didn't go to UT but I like to fit in - so I always go big at this sale. As in, hide the bags in the trunk of the car big. There are so many cute pieces to choose from even if you're not a longhorn. Maybe I'll see you there!

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