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nordstrom anniversary sale picks

nordstrom anniversary sale picks

In case you aren't aware, the Nordstrom anniversary sale starts this weekend. If you have a Nordstrom card, you can have access now. The cool thing about this sale is that instead of things going on sale when they've been in the store for a while and are out of season, things are on sale BEFORE the season starts and the items actually go UP in price after the sale. You know that I don't advocate going crazy just because things are on sale, but if you have some items you've had on your wish list, this is the time to get a good price on them. 

 

When you only have a few bottoms, they wear out quickly. I'm really in need of a pair of black skinny pants or jeans. I love Madewell jeans, but they really don't go on sale often at the Madewell store. Luckily, Nordstrom also carries a few Madewell items and I might snag these while they're on sale. $85, after sale $128. (Edited to add: I actually bought these AG black high-waisted jeans instead - sooo comfy!) 

Speaking of bottoms, Paige jeans are always a hit with my clients, they're super soft and stretchy and comfortable. This pair is almost half off during the sale - I can't even find them that cheap on eBay. 

I'm sick of carrying around heavy tote bags, so I've had my eye on a backpack for a while. This one's cute.

Bonus (not pictured): my favorite underwear, which I'll definitely be stocking up on. 

Remember: keep a running shopping list of needs so that you're not tempted by impulse buys!

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P.P.S. fern print pictured via etsy

exceptions to the rule

exceptions to the rule

In general, my philosophy is that if there is anything, any little thing, that bothers you about a garment, you shouldn't buy it. The reasoning is that those little things will never go away and will keep you from reaching for that item when you go to get dressed. Therefore, it ends up never being worn, and you'd have been better off not buying it in the first place. But...every once in a while, there's an exception to the rule. 

parker trey print blouse nordstrom

I would be my own worst client, because I'm super picky about what I like. I shop a lot and buy little. When I ordered this Parker blouse from Nordstrom, I was hoping it would meet all my criteria. It did...except. It didn't stay in place. The shirt slips back so that the low v-neck ends up at my adam's apple, and the hem shows my tummy. Not good. But I loved it! I love the print and the shape. I love that it can be layered for cooler weather, but is breezy for warm weather. I love that I can wear it with my favorite black pants for a dressier look or with boyfriend jeans for a casual look. I love that it's silk but not too delicate for wearing around a one-year-old.
I even asked for advice on Instagram

mindful closet saint louis personal stylist

I finally decided that my love for this top would override the rule. I'll always have to wear a camisole, and pin the blouse to the camisole so that it can't slip up. I can also use fashion tape for times when I don't want to wear a camisole. It's not the most elegant solution, but to me, it's worth it for a piece that I'll wear again and again.
What do you think? Should I have stuck to my guns?

P.S. These are my absolute favorite camisoles. They are silky, so nothing clings to them, long enough so they don't ride up, and affordable. Oh! And they have adjustable shoulder straps, which are the best!

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obsessed with: snakeskin

obsessed with: snakeskin

My obsession with snakeskin is not going away. I love how the pattern and texture can act as a neutral, but also add interest to an outfit. It will also never go out of style. Here are some of my current favorite iterations:  

Although snakeskin has traditionally been reserved for accessories, I love that it's showing up now as a pattern on clothing as well. 1) Chaus Snakeskin Print dress at Nordstrom, $129; 2) Joie Drew C Snakeskin Tank at Shopbop, $83; 3) Equipment Liam Silk Python Print Sleeve Blouse at Intermix, $198; 4) Trove Contrast Yoke Tank at Nordstrom, $35; 5) Rhyme Snakeskin Woven Tee at Piperlime, $59

 

I especially love the Rachel Roy shoes above, they might be added to the wishlist. What about you - do you love snakeskin too? 

on the middle way of shopping

Here's what my spare room (aka closet) has looked like for most of the month.

please excuse the crappy iphone photo!

please excuse the crappy iphone photo!

My neighbors must think I really have a problem! It's my birthday month, so with the extra gift money that's going into my clothing budget, I wanted to add a few high quality pieces to my wardrobe. I wrote this post over at Fashion St. Louis about how buying quality is the best way to avoid impulse buys, and it certainly is. Making a decision about whether a $200 dress is worth it is way more anxiety provoking than whether the $20 dress is worth it. Like with any shopping, most of these pieces just weren't right, and most of it has gone back already. It can certainly be frustrating, because it takes patience to build a wardrobe full of "love" pieces and patience is not my strong suit. I think there's a middle way, with some high pressure decisions and some fun (cheaper) pieces thrown in to add a little variety.
 
 

One piece that I included in my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post and that I loved immediately was this Vince blouse. It's "me", it's simple but an interesting shape, it's black (yes, I'm fine with the fact that this is my staple), it's a beautiful silk, and it can be dressed up or down. For the ultimate high/low pairing, this $275 blouse (of course I didn't pay this much because of the sale) is paired with jeans that cost $3 from a thrift store and $20 wedges from Target. The bag is somewhere in the middle, from Urban Outfitters a few years ago. 

How do you guys mix high and low and balance high quality with fun, trendy pieces?

PS I'm going on vacation! I'll be enjoying the fresh mountain air in Boulder, Colorado for the next two weeks, so expect blog posts to slow down quite a bit. Keep in touch by liking the mindful closet facebook page and twitter feed! 

 

nordstrom anniversary sale

nordstrom anniversary sale

I know, I know, it's a million degrees outside and you can't possibly bear the thought of a sweater touching your skin. But believe it or not, it's time to think about fall if you want to catch any of the great deals at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. For the uninitiated, this is the only sale (at least, that I'm aware of) in which the clothes start out on sale and then go back to regular price. The sale starts on July 18, but if you have a Nordstrom card (I'm not necessarily proud of this), you can shop now.

Here are a few of my picks: 

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Waiting for fall isn't necessary for these tops - clockwise from top left: Trove Animal Print Blouse: $49.90 ($78 after sale); Caslon Slash Neck Tee: $19.90 ($34 after sale); Ten Sixty Sherman Flyaway High Low Tank: $21.90 ($34 after sale); and Vince Silk Sheer Silk Blouse $179.90 ($275 after sale).

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Leather details and oxblood are still going to be trends this fall, but this DVF dress is timeless - from left: Donna Morgan Faux Leather and Crepe dress: $104.90 ($158 after sale); Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne 2 Silk Wrap dress: $239.90 ($365 after sale); BB Dakota Simon Faux Leather Dress: $58.90 ($88 after sale).

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And here are a few that will have to wait a couple of months to move into the rotation, at least if you live here in St. Louis - clockwise from top left: Trina Turk Double Breasted Officer's Coat: $359.90 ($545 after sale); Autumn Cashmere Back Zip Sweater: $189 ($310 after sale); Ted Baker Wool Blend Peplum Coat: $279.90 ($420 after sale); and Chloe K Beaded Shoulder Sweatshirt: $27.90 ($42 after sale).

I've already made one purchase from the sale (any guesses which of the items above?) - will you make any?

 

PS Don't forget to like the mindful closet Facebook page for more sale info like this! 

 

style search: low wedge

As I mentioned earlier this week, I've had knee issues off and on for my entire adult life. I could tell you all the physical reasons why, but no one’s really that interested. Unfortunately for me, it makes my shoe choices difficult. I adore high heels, but they are hard to wear for very long, and completely flat shoes put strain on my shins. I know, very first world problems. I’ve been looking for a pair of shoes that I could wear to work, go with everything, are professional, cute, not too grandma, and ok for my knees.

This pair completely fit the bill. I. love. them. so. much.  Not only that, my husband said these reminded him of a pair of snakeskin pumps he bought me years ago (yes, he buys me accessories I love without guidance. Sorry, ladies, he's taken). Unfortunately, the toe opening feels like a razor on the top of my big toe. I tried and tried to justify them, but they’re going back. Sadface.

(PS I tweeted about this over the weekend, but am really disappointed that 6pm.com doesn't have free return shipping. It's going to cost me money just for trying these on. Really wish I had done my homework first, and probably won't be using 6pm again)

These are on their way to me as we speak, but not too psyched about the price...I've added sale alerts for them on every site I can.