Nordstrom Sale: Picks Under $100 and Some Thoughts

I have a feeling you already know this, but it is that time again for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Early Access started last week for Nordstrom cardholders, and opens up for everyone this Friday. I'm not a cardholder, so I have not shopped it yet myself. I’m sharing some of my picks today, that I think are both affordable and fit my style. But stay with me until the end, I also want to share some thoughts on what this sale has become for bloggers. I thought I would start with some of the items included that I already own. Although I coincidentally, did not buy in previous Nordstrom sales. I typically only do one post anyway, but this is the only post you will be seeing from me on this sale. I like to share the most of the sales I am shopping myself. I barely ever pay full price for anything I wear, but this isn’t a big sale for me. I have always loved shopping at Nordstrom, they are easily my favorite department store. Before I lived in Charlotte, I used to make a stop at the SouthPark store or the South Point store in Durham whenever I was in town. But I don’t think this is the best sale of the year. So shocking for a blogger to say, right?! I think the variety and number of items included included is fantastic, but you won’t see me Instagramming 10 shopping bags, or telling you these 20 or so items are incredible must haves. For the most part, I just don't think the markdowns are that great. I respect the hustle of those who do so much coverage, but it is just not worth it for me. Some of these ladies with large followings might make more commissionable sales during these few weeks than they will during the entire holiday season. Which is why all of your social media feeds have likely been inundated with all things Nordstrom Sale for the last week or so. This article was published during the sale last year that explains a little more on that. These ladies put in SO much work, and I’m sure most of you that read here follow many of them, so I will just leave the major coverage to them.

 Items I own

Patagonia fleece- I have an older version of this, but I have mine for about 7 years now. I wore it a lot during college and now wear it over workout clothes, I think it is definitely worth a splurge!

Wubby pullover- I actually found this for $20 at Marshall's last year around Christmas time. So you might be better off waiting until then if they get them again this year. Either way, it is incredibly soft and warm. I don't think its a very flattering fit, it is very boxy. But I love wearing it over workout clothes to walk in and out of studios during the coldest days of winter.

Hunter boots- I don't wear these nearly as often as I used to considering I can't wear them to work, but they were easily one of my most worn pair of shoes during college. If you have been reading this blog awhile, you have seen my hot pink pair many times! If you wear a women's size 5-6, try a kid's size 4 or 5 and save quite a bit of money (compared to the non-sale price). I personally wear a women's size 5.5 and have the kid's size 4, so I technically sized down to the 5 equivalent. I also think these are worth a splurge, mine have held up for 6 years!

Sperry boots- I had a similar pair of these years ago that were so helpful in the snow during college! Good traction on ice, and warm when worn with thick socks.

Madewell booties- I actually got last year's version of these marked way down in April, so I haven't actually worn them out yet. But they seem like really nice quality, and were available in a size 5.5! I think I will be living in them during the fall and winter.

Lancome eye set- Well I don't own the whole set, but the primer and Defincils mascara are a winning combo! I was sent them to test via an Influenster box a few months ago and have been wearing it everyday since. I can't really think of any other mascara that gives the length I get from this set!

Armani lipstick set- I was sent two of these lipsticks also from an Influenster box 2 years ago. I know you aren't supposed to keep lipstick for that long...but I still use them regularly. The colors are great (I have Front Row and a The Red, although mine looks much more of an orange-red) on my skin tone and they last forever!

Drybar hair product set- I only have the dry shampoo from this set, but it makes my hair SO soft! But I think the set is great value compared to what each product would cost separately.

My picks under $100

Stripe tee | Bow top | Wrap top | Red top | Floral top

Navy sleeveless | Red long sleeve | Lavender lace | Burgundy pleated

Pants and Skirts
Jeans | Midi skirt | Tweed skirt | Tie-wait pants | Suede skirt

Shoes and Accessories
Black sunglasses | Tortoise belt | Tortoise sunglasses | Black sneakers | Nude loafers | Black mule flats

Mesh top | Faux leather leggings | Jacket | Twisted top | Green leggings

Fleece vest | Leather jacket | Teddy coat | Plaid blazer

Statement necklace | Red earrings | Purple earrings | Green earrings | Gold pendant | White pendant

Just like in the last few years, I’ll probably get a few things from this sale that I think are truly worth it. If I was in the market for an investment piece like a nice bag, some boots, or a winter coat, this is a great time to go for it so you can save a little and have it for the entire upcoming season. However, I am not in the market for an investment purchase, because I already own entirely too much clothing, shoes, and accessories. I mentioned this last year in a post covering why I was posting more regular fitness content over more outfit posts. Which is another reason why I don’t cover so much of this sale. One of the big selling points of the sale is to be a big stock up for fall. I personally don’t really take any time to stock up for a season in advance, I just buy a few pieces here and there, and already have barely any room in my closet. Especially after the pieces I get sent from brands, which is not much at all compared to most bloggers. I’ve always wondered how some of the larger bloggers that are posting a new outfit every day keep up with just the number of items they must have. I only post a new look once (sometimes twice) a week to the blog, donate and sell after a closet clean out a few times a year, and still have so much stuff. Maybe I keep some pieces around for longer than most, I still have some shirts and sweaters I was wearing in high school because they’re classic styles and the quality has held up this long. Either way, I don’t have a need (or funds!) to buy 20+ pieces during this sale, so I won’t push them on you to buy that much either! Even during the sales that I do think are the best of the year that I cover more heavily, I’m only buying a few pieces at once. Sure, that can bring us to the point that fashion blogging as a whole can be looked at as very materialistic. I’ve even seen it deemed as “perpetuating gross consumerism”. But I have always loved the shop, and I like to share a reasonable approach with more affordable ways to keep refreshing your wardrobe! With all that being said, I hope you do find some great pieces if you are shopping the sale this year!

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Striped Floral Skirt

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Chichwish midi skirt c/o | H&M button down | Lauren Ralph Lauren bag c/o | Similar earrings | Similar heels | Prada sunglasses

I've been a fan of midi skirts since (I think) 2014, and summer of 2019 is no exception! I love the floral print over the seersucker-like stripes in this skirt from Chicwish! Being short, I feel like they give the illusion of having longer legs in photos. But I also think these skirts could make me look even shorter in person? Either way, I have fun wearing them, and that is all that matters to me! I think this skirt is such a statement on its own so I paired it with a white button down, a neutral bag, and neutral shoes. 

Also thank you to Dress Like Me for the sweetest feature, please go read it!!

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Weekend in Richmond and Charlottesville

I recently made a weekend trip to Virginia to explore both Richmond and Charlottesville with my blogging friend Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training! If you also follow Annaliese, you know that she lives in Charlottesville and loves to take a quick trip to Richmond. She was offered a night at one of their hotels for a blog post, and invited me to join her! She also hosted me in Charlottesville, so I was able to see a little bit of both cities in one trip. Although I have always lived a state away in North Carolina, I had not seen very much of Virginia before. I had a great time in both cities, and thought it would be fun to share a little bit of how I spent the trip.

We were hosted by The Graduate Hotel in downtown Richmond, located near the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. I loved their unique and fun decor that covers every detail within the hotel. We started off the weekend at their rooftop bar, The Byrdhouse with a drink and some bar bites.

We ventured out a few blocks to The Quirk Hotel, with a lobby that looked like it was made for Instagram. Pink couches, marble tables, gold accents, I wanted to take it all back to my apartment! They also had a great rooftop bar with more food options (including desserts!) and some fun cocktails.

After stopping for ice cream at Charm School Social Club, (which also had the cutest decor!) we made it back to The Graduate for an early night in. I think I also need these gingham chairs, right?

We got an early start to the morning by getting breakfast at The Fancy Biscuit a few miles from the hotel. It was decorated to look like a farmhouse, and had so many biscuit options on the menu. I enjoyed a country ham biscuit covered in Sriracha hollandaise sauce!

We went back to The Graduate to spend a little time in the rooftop pool before we checked out. Although I probably could have stayed there all day, we had beautiful weather!

After checking out of the hotel we headed to the Fan District for a little shopping. We found some upscale consignment, a few cute boutiques, and a great French restaurant, Can Can Brasserie for lunch. I had a truffle caesar salad, and wished I wasn't about to drive so I could have enjoyed some rosé with it!

Our last stop before heading to Charlottesville was Maymont Mansion. They have some beautiful gardens we were hoping to tour, but they were closed for a wedding. We did see the outside of the mansion, and the grounds were all still gorgeous!

After driving about an hour to Charlottesville and seeing a little bit of the area, we went to get a quick dinner on the University of Virginia campus. We had pizza at College Inn that I'm sure is packed during the school year, but was empty during the summer. I also got to see a little bit of the iconic parts of campus (or apparently "grounds" if you went to UVA?), and learned some of the traditions. We actually ended up going right back the next morning to another part of campus to attend church!

After church, Annaliese showed me Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. The area was so historic and beautiful. Not many of the businesses were open yet to walk into, but I did get one of the best cold brew coffees I've ever had from Mudhouse. Try the nitro!

Then we were off to our main activity for the day, Roseland Polo at King Family Vineyard! The Charlottesville area has about as many wineries as we have breweries in Charlotte. As a self-proclaimed rosé connoisseur, I wish Charlotte had some wineries like this one! I did a quick tasting of a few of their best selling wines and we headed outside to watch the polo match. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday!

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Gingham Dress and Flamingo Hat

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Land of the Pine hat | J. Crew Factory gingham dress | H&M wedges | Pink Reef earrings c/o | Similar bag | Similar sunglasses

Who's surprised I'm wearing gingham again? This dress is also available in blue and the light fabric does well in summer heat. You may have already seen on Instagram I wore this outfit to watch a polo match in Charlottesville, VA while visiting blogger friend Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training! TJ painted this flamingo hat to go with my dress and we just listed it to buy on Etsy.I had such a great time visiting both Charlottesville and Richmond and will have a travel recap post up soon!

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6 Outfit Ideas for the 4th

Happy almost 4th! I'm excited to be spending the long weekend with my family and while I'm packing some things up, thought it would be fun to look back on a few Patriotic-ish outfits for ideas. I say "ish" because I tend to style either blue and white with neutrals, or just red with neutrals. So I noted how I would round each outfit out to be a true "red, white, and blue" look!

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1. Printed dress
I actually wore this dress for the 4th last year with red lipstick and a red bag!

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2. Seersucker romper (similar)
I think red earrings would add a patriotic touch to a romper like this one.

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3. Jumpsuit
Add a blue bag and white sandals to any mostly red look!

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4. Striped dress
I would add red to this one just like the printed dress above, red lipstick and a bag!

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5. Gingham dress (similar)
I bought this dress for tailgates, but it's actually great for the warmest summer days. I would add a blue bag to make this one appropriate for the 4th!

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6. T-shirt dress (sleeveless version)
 The comfiest option, that I think would dress down with a red hat and white sneakers.

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