Nordstrom anniversary sale

have you heard? the Nordstrom anniversary sale is going on!

in my opinion, this is a unique sale because you are buying items at a discount to wear for the upcoming season. with other sales, this is usually not the case. after this sale is over, everything goes back to regular price. and suddenly, you might regret not making that purchase while it was on sale! don't let it happen to you! Nordstrom is very strategic as it only grants early access to this sale to their cardholders--online and in-store. this is GENIUS. makes you wanna sign up for their credit card before all the goodies are gone! as the early access comes to an end, i have gathered my picks based on what is left from the sale. 

tips on shopping the sale:

  • if you are debating it, get it now while it is at a discount then decide later. my BFF always tells me "buy now, decide later." LOL. 
  • unsure of size while trying to buy online? buy both. then return the other. 
  • shop smart. don't buy it JUST BECAUSE IT IS ON SALE! 

who | Nordstrom
what | major discounts off fall items and always FREE shipping on!
when | 07/09/15 - 07/16/15 (early access for Nordstrom cardholders); 07/17/15 - 08/02/15 (for everyone else) or in store

my picks for the LADIES:


01 | Rebecca Minkoff chevron quilted love crossbody bag in port -- wow, this bag is gorgeous. it screams fall. (and my name...hmm.. somehow it is making it's way to my house... not sure how that happened... lol.) i love the fact that is very similar to a CHANEL boy bag--from the chevron leather to the gold chain. this is a must. also available in a clutch in this beautiful blush/latte color.
02 | Clarisonic Mia 2 cleansing system -- i've already raved enough about the Clarisonic in my review here. this is a great time to pick one up if i haven't already convinced you to! in addition, the pack of brush heads are also on sale here
03 | Steve Madden staarz ankle fringe sandal in taupe suede -- now this isn't normally my style, but it's good to branch out and try new things. i really like the taupe suede and the fringe.. oh, the fringe!
04 | Paige skyline skinny jeans -- mid-rise skinny jeans? yes please. 
05 | Zella live in-out of bounds leggings in black -- a spin on regular black workout tights with mesh cut-outs. too bad it is already sold out in my size! 
06 | Kendra Scott hazel stud earrings in gold & iridescent slate -- i am a total stud girl. studs over anything dangly any day. also love the rose gold & navy.
07 | Marc by Marc Jacobs take your marc hobo in bright tangelo -- this color is great to wear year around. it's similar to my Foley + Corinna that i get a ton of compliments on styled here.

my picks for the GUYS:

01 | Cole Haan cambridge wingtip dress shoes in british tan leather -- wingtips are a MUST for men. a well dressed man will always have a pair of wingtips. this color is excellent for formal and casual wear.
02 | Nike fly 2.0 dri fit knit training shorts -- Nike makes some nice dri fit material, these have pockets too!
03 | North Face apex bionic softshell jacket -- available in a variety of colors. also windproof and waterproof. i can see this as a good gift that will come in handy.
04 | Anthony Logistics face saver kit -- great brand of skincare for guys. not many guys take care of their skin and what better way to do so with a starter kit?!
05 | Skagen hald multifunction mesh strap watch in silver & grey (Nordstrom exclusive) -- wow. this watch. i love wearing men's watches. especially my dad's watches. this Skagen is beautiful, the neutral against silver and the blue dial is icing on cake. 
06 | Ted Baker London cotton pocket square in green -- we've talked about pocket squares and i am liking the subtle print on this one with the hint of green. i can see this going with many different colored suits. 

his & her gift guide part three


01 | Custom initial or monogram cufflinks -- cufflinks are a common gift for the holidays, but custom cufflinks take it to the next level. you can pick the metal, finish, font, placement, what you want it to say; initials, dates etc.. the choice is yours! be creative! you can find a ton of these on etsy has SOOO many unique gifts and what's great is that they are all handcrafted. i can get lost on etsy for hours... it's a black hole. but... back to the cufflinks, i did a lot of browsing before i settled on these, i like square cufflinks, the brushed finished, the soldered backs and ordered them off of Spiffing Jewelry's etsy shop. other men's accessories that can be customized from this shop include tie clips and collar stays. i can't wait for them to arrive, i know it will add smiles to faces as it is a one of a kind gift. 
02 | Junkers Bauhaus #6060-5 watch -- a leather strap watch is a great alternative (and less formal) to the normal chain watches that most guys wear. my friend has this watch and i like that is a unique brand that i have not heard of/seen before. Junkers is a "German-made aviation inspired timepiece." this model in particular features a 24-sub dial for military time. it is an automatic watch and also has a power reserve meter at the top. overall, i love the design and simplistic look of this watch. buy it on in the U.S.
03 | TRIWA walter lansen chrono watch -- another unique brand of men's watches from stockholm, sweden. (why do i feel like men have cooler watches?!) this is a beautiful watch, i love the gold subdials with the black/gray face. you also have the choice of a canvas or leather strap. 
04 | Coach madison stainless steel watch in silver -- for as long as i can remember, i have wanted a watch with blue dials/hands. think Cartier: the blue dials, the roman numerals... yes... (swoon!) but who's got money for that?! loving this one by Coach. also comes in gold and rose gold. but i'd go back to the basics with silver on this one. 
05 | Ted Baker multifunction croc-embossed leather strap watch in hamilton gold/white -- i didn't know Ted Baker made watches?! either way, job well done here with a white leather strap and gold face. includes two subdials: one for day and another 24-hr. 
06 | GiGi New York uber clutch in stone pebble grain -- every woman loves clutches. well, at least i do. this is a good sized clutch (13 1/4" W x 9 1/4" H), and you can get it personalized (guaranteed smiles!) by adding up to three initials. i've only seen these in the embossed python finish, but i am loving the stone pebble grain so much more. this clutch comes in a variety of colors (good luck picking one!), but stone is a great color that will go with all outfits. other items that you can personalize include: handbags, datebooks, and journals. go crazy!