Happiest of Fridays, friends! I hope you had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast, because it’s about to get serious around here! Today marks opening day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (the last week has been just for cardholders). For the handful of men readers out there, this is basically the equivalent of the NBA and NFL Drafts…on Super Bowl Sunday. Get my drift? It’s BIG.
Per usual, the shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it’s expiration, and many of the items aren’t a good fit for me…but it’s real life, real girl, real clothes…and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model. And you’ll be thrilled to know Mama Sugarplum came, too! Let’s get after it, shall we?
Sidenote: Everything fits true-to-size unless I indicate otherwise. And fyi, I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’2″, with an hourglass figure. Her usual size is M/8.
Mama SP loved the deep blues and fringe-hem of this poncho, and even though it’s one-size, it didn’t overwhelm her petite frame. Can you tell she loved it?! It will be so cute with jeans and booties in the Fall, and even knee-high boots in the Winter. The tie is actually from her own blouse, though, the poncho is a drape-front.
I’m not much of a designer handbag girl (I like to switch them up too much to spend a lot on just one), but I was definitely swooning over this gorgeous cross body! The discount is huge, so if you’re an investment-bag person, this is a good one to consider. You may recognize my top from yesterday’s Date Night post.
I invested in a leather moto jacket during the sale last year, and couldn’t believe how many times it completed my outfit throughout the season. It adds interest to basic jeans and tees, and edginess to dressier outfits like skirts and dresses. I folded the neck a little wonky in this picture, but it actually looks really cute worn either open or zipped-up.
I’m always drawn to plaid in the cooler months, and I loved the soft flannel and dark green of this top. It’s cute with jeans, but would be darling with a black pencil skirt and pearls (similar to this outfit).
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but it felt a tad tight across my shoulders and armpits.
This cardigan with the layered ruffle trim is darling…and both mom and I loved it…our only issue was what to pair underneath. I think you’d want to keep it neutral to allow the ruffle to take centerstage…so probably an ivory shell is best. It’s easily dressed up or down.
I mentioned last week that shopping with mom forced me to look in sections of the store I don’t normally shop…which wasn’t necessarily a good thing since her budget is higher than mine!! I fell head-over-heels with this hoodie pullover, and even though the discount is big, it’s still a tad pricey for me. It’s certainly worth every penny though, and I loved the banded hem and pouch pocket.
And I sang the praises for these affordable over-the-knee boots last week…read that review here.
Fit Tip: Both of us sized up for these pics.
I wanted to love this silky-soft top, but the fabric was a little thin and the arms too tight. I think if sized up, it’d be perfect for leggings.
This easy-to-wear top comes in tons of colors and patterns, but I found it to run really big. My usual size is be perfect for leggings, and sized down in petites is great to wear with jeans or tucked in to skirts (see that look later in the post).
I can’t say enough good things about these leggings either…super thick, keeps everything tucked in, comfortable wide waistband, and not too long. In fact, I’ve never worn leggings with anything other than knee-boots, but I thought this little get-up with my favorite new peep-toe booties was too cute for words! Who agrees?
Mom tried this blouse on first, and liked it so much, she insisted I try it too. I loved the intricate neckline, and the banded waist kept it from being shapeless. It’s fun paired with jeans, but would be beautiful layered under a jacket or blazer.
This is one of my favorite brands for dresses (see one here)…they are so well-made and fit beautifully. This one is really soft, and skims the body subtly, so it’s work-appropriate, but still flattering.
Fit Tip: I size up to a 2 in this brand, and a 2P in the maxi dresses.
I picked up this dress in solid white last week, and loved it so much I had to go back for a stripe. The stripes are a ribbed material, so not as soft as the solids, but still really comfy. And hello, pockets and only $25!
Fit Tip: I can wear a small or xs, but order up if you like knee-length.
Moving on to active wear…there so many great Zella pieces (my favorite brand), it was hard to choose. I typically wear the cropped pants, but I definitely liked these longer ones for cold months…they are thicker, as well.
Fit Tip: I wear XS in Zella bottoms, and size up to a Small for tops and jackets for more room for movement.
The next batch of pics is from my first online order…many items weren’t available in my store, so I took advantage of free shipping to try out more stuff for you.
This is the same top as the red ‘tunic’ above…but this time, sized down in Petites. It’s a great flowy shape and material, and so cute with jeans or skirts. And speaking of jeans…I tried these last week too, but ordered them in Petite for a shorter length…and adore them! So soft and stretchy, and perfect length for booties!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XSP in the top and 26P in the jeans.
Obviously I can’t get enough of this top…here it is again paired with a great-fitting a-line skirt. The pleat detail creates a fun asymmetrical look that keeps it from being too basic.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XSP in the top, and regular 0 in the skirt. Obviously a petite skirt would be shorter, but I prefer knee-length for more versatility.
Now I just need the temperatures to drop about 50-degrees so I can wear more of this great stuff!! Believe it or not, I still have more things to show you….but that will have to wait until next week because if I say ‘darling,’ ‘comfy,’ or ‘perfect’ one more time, I might gouge my own eye out. So what are your favorites? What are you grabbing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today?!? Happy weekend, lovebugs!