Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Favorite Items Under $50 from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing, and we are still in the "early access" part of the sale.  That means that the sale is still only open for Nordstrom credit card holders, and it will open to the public on Friday, July 20th.

There are so many great items available as part of the NSALE and I wanted to share some of my favorite items that are priced under $50.  Some people have a preconceived idea that everything that Nordstrom sells is expensive, and that is definitely not the case, especially during this sale!   Many of the items I shared in my last post about 12 Must Haves from the sale are under $50, so be sure to read that post as well!


There are several cute graphic tees available in the sale, and they are all priced well under $50.  This Good Vibes tee was one of the first items I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It is only $21, super soft and I love all the fun colors.  It runs true to size.   You can wear this now and as it cools off with a cardigan or jacket.

Good Vibes tee ($21) - TTS

This Tres Chic tee by JCrew is great to wear now and when it gets cooler under a denim jacket.  This tee runs small so I recommend sizing up one size.

Tres Chic tee ($29) - size up


Now is a great time to stock up on PJs to wear both now and as it gets cooler. I absolutely LOVE Nordstrom's pajamas as they are soft and don't shrink!  There are options with both shorts and pants depending on what you are looking for.  I find these to run true to size for PJs.

Short Pajamas ($35) - TTS

Pant Pajamas ($42) - TTS

I also really love the Make & Model brand of lounge wear that Nordstrom sells.  Their pants are the softest pants I have ever worn!  I have a fit review of the top & pants I am sharing below on the "NSale" highlight on my Instagram.  I would recommend sizing up in both of these pieces.  

Striped tee ($15) - size up

Jogger pants ($29) - size up

I think this $39 knit blazer is a hidden gem in this sale!  It comes in a bunch of colors and is so versatile.  You can wear it over a graphic tee, skinny jeans and booties for a casual look.  You can also wear it with dress pants, a silk cami and heels for a day at the office.  The blazer runs true to size.   

Knit blazer ($39) - TTS


There are so many great basic tops that are part of the sale, and many of them are well under $50. If you are looking for a great basic tee, I found a short sleeve and long sleeve option each for under $20.   These tees both run true to size.  

Short sleeve tee ($17) - TTS 
I have this in white and it is NOT see through!  

Long sleeve tee ($18) - TTS

There are also some tops that are versatile enough to go with a lot but dressier than a basic tee.  This blouson sleeve top is SO soft!  It comes in lots of colors and could be worn with denim, pants or a skirt.  It runs true to size to slightly large, so you could size down if in between sizes, but I would generally recommend sticking with your regular size.  

Blouson sleeve top ($39) - TTS

I like to buy a new plaid shirt each year during the Anniversary Sale.  Nordstrom sells one by BP that can be worn so many ways.  You can wear it by itself untucked with leggings, or under a blazer or cardigan paired with jeans.  You can also layer it over a graphic tee for a fun casual look.  This top runs true to size.  

Plaid shirt ($31) - TTS

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my previous post on my 12 Must Haves from the sale, as there are many more items under $50 in that post.  If you buy anything from the sale featured on my blog, I would love to know!  Please comment on this post or send me an email to let me know.  Thanks for following along with Smart Southern Style!  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

12 Must Haves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's here!  It's here!  It's finally here! 

My favorite sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, begins today!  Today (July 12th) is the first day of Early Access for the sale.  That means that Nordstrom credit card holders can shop starting today.  If you do not have a Nordstrom Credit Card and want to apply for one, you can do so HERE.  And if not, no worries!  The sale opens to the public on Friday, July 20th.  So be sure to book mark my blog and check back then for my top picks.

I was able to shop the sale yesterday, and there are SO many great items to choose from!  These are all brand new items to the store and the prices will go back up to regular price when the sale is over on August 5th.  I will be bringing you a lot of detailed posts about the Anniversary Sale over the next few weeks, so be sure to subscribe to get my blog posts emailed directly to you.  If you haven't already done so, just enter your email address where it says "Subscribe" to the right of this post.

Today, I am sharing my 12 MUST HAVES from the sale, and will also note the ones that I predict will sell out.  For each of my "must haves", I will share my thoughts on the item, then a picture and sizing information.

Last year the Top Shop cardigans sold out fast, and I predict that they will this year as well.  I love the oversized fit of this CABLE KNIT CARDIGAN.  It comes in several colors and I love it so much that I bought it in both cream and rose!   This cardi runs big, so I would definitely size down.

2.  LEOPARD SHOES (Booties, Mules, Flats)
The leopard trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, friends!  I love leopard, as y'all know, as it is a fun way to spice up any outfit.  There are several leopard shoe options available at the sale.  I bought these LEOPARD BOOTIES by Cole Haan and know I will get so much wear out of them.  They are comfy and run true to size.

I have last years version of these LEOPARD MULES and love them!  They are so easy to slip on and add some fun to your outfit.  They run true to size.  

These LEOPARD FLATS are another good leopard shoe option.  I love the scalloped edges and the gold studs.  These run true to size.  

3.  Circle Cardigans (Leith & BP)
Every year, the LEITH CARDIGAN and BP CARDIGAN sell out and I think this year will be no different.   They are a great every day staple and both come in so many colors.  The Leith option is a little shorter and lighter weight than the BP option.  Both are affordable, as the Leith option costs $45 and the BP circle cardi is only $31!

Y'all, words cannot express how much I love these CAMO SNEAKERS. The metallic finish, the camo print, the leather much shoe goodness!  These are a little pricier than I usually spend on a casual sneaker, but I know I will get a lot of wear out of them.  And, they are $45 off during this sale, so if you love them, now is the time to buy them!  They run true to size and are so comfy.  They also come in a silver camo print that is cute as well.  I predict these will sell out fast as they are so unique.

5.  UNDER $50 DENIM 
With all the great affordable denim options at the sale, it was hard for me to narrow down my selections!   I love these WIT & WISDOM DARK WASH JEANS!  They are so flattering and have just the right amount of stretch.  I recommend sizing down one size.

I love this fun pair of PLAID JEANS BY WIT & WISDOM too!  They have the same great fit and a fun plaid print. They also have cute zippers at the waist.  I recommend sizing down in these.

I also like these DISTRESSED HIGH WAISTED JEANS.  They run true to size and have the perfect amount of distressing in my opinion!

There are a lot of cross body bags for sale and this style bag is great to wear multiple ways (across your body, over one shoulder, etc...)  THIS TORY BURCH BAG is more of an investment piece but is a classic bag that won't go out of style.  A similar version of this bag has been a part of the sale the past few years and always sells out.  If you don't want to spend as much on a cross body, I really love THIS ONE too that only costs $32!.

One trend  I've noticed this year is a great selection of pretty feminine tops.  This BLACK PEPLUM TOP came home with me and I am tempted to order it in white too.  This is great to wear now and in the fall under a jacket or cardigan. It runs true to size and has a very flattering fit.

I also love this BLACK & WHITE EMBROIDERED TOP.  It is light weight and perfect to wear now.  It runs large, so I recommend sizing down.  Cute with a black skirt or pants for the office, as well as denim.

This PINK & BLACK TOP is so pretty!  I love the ruffle sleeve detail.  It runs true to size, but is a bit short to leave untucked.  I recommend pairing it with high waisted jeans or a high waisted skirt.  

(TTS, but runs a bit short so best with high waisted jeans or skirt)

I also love this FREE PEOPLE TUNIC.  It has some lace detail that makes it see though in some parts, so you need to wear a cami under it. It runs a bit big, so I recommend sizing down.

This LIGHT WEIGHT TOP is perfect to wear by itself or under a cardigan. I chose the light blue color with white checks, and it also comes in several other colors.  This top is meant to be a bit roomy, and I went with my regular size.  

You can see in most of the photos in this post that I am wearing one of 2 delicate necklaces that I bought at the sale.  The first is this BLACK & GOLD NECKLACE by Kendra Scott.  The chains are adjustable so you can wear it many different lengths.  This is great gift idea to stock up on now while they are on sale, too!

I also bought this MEDALLION NECKLACE.  I love delicate necklaces like this to wear with almost anything.

So many great cozy pieces this year!  I predict that this CONVERTIBLE CARDIGAN will sell out.  You can see in the picture that you can wear it two ways - looped around your next for a draped look, or unsnapped as a long cardigan.  This cardi is super soft and runs true to size.

Another must have cozy piece is a BAREFOOT DREAMS CARDIGAN.  If you have never worn one of these, what are you waiting for?!?  They are a bit pricier than most cardigans I buy, but it is literally the softest and coziest article of clothing I own.

These WEDGE SNEAKERS will be my go-to shoes this fall.  They are a cross between a bootie and a sneaker and are so comfy!  This taupe color goes with everything too. I predict these will sell out, especially since they are priced under $60!

Whatever style you prefer, there is an over the knee boot or bootie option for you!  This is a tough category to narrow down, but here are my top picks.  For OVER THE KNEE BOOTS, I love these by Vince Camuto.  I have slightly wide calves, so some over the knee boots don't fit me right.  These fit over my calves and I think they will go with so much.  Even if you have smaller calves, I think these will fit well.

THESE OPEN TOED BOOTIES are a great year round shoe. They are comfortable and run true to size.  They are $50 off with the sale, so this is a great time to buy!  Some similar to these have sold out in previous sales and I predict these will sell out too!

THESE STACK HEEL BOOTIES are fun and unique! I love that they have a funkier look and this grey shade goes with so much.  They also come in blush which would be a great option too!

12.   $31 LUSH DRESS
Definitely predicting a sell out on THIS LITTLE DRESS!  This popular dress has been around in the short sleeve version for a while now and is always a top seller.  It now is available in this sleeveless version for only $31!  It is perfect to wear now with sandals and in the fall with boots and a jacket.  Definitely a must have in my opinion!  I opted for the pretty green color but it also comes in a fun striped option as well.  And did I mention that it has pockets?!?

Wow!  That was a lot of information.  Thanks for sticking with me and I hope this post is helpful in navigating this amazing sale.  If you do decide to shop the sale, I would so appreciate it if you would shop through the links on my blog.  I will make a very small commission on the items you purchase, but only if they are purchased directly through my links.  I only share this because the little bit of income I make from blogging is what allows me to keep running Smart Southern Style and bringing y'all news on all the best deals!  Thanks so much for reading along and happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What you need to know about the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Graphic tees I'm loving here, here & here

Y'all we are quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  If you aren't already familiar with this sale, I am going to share why I love it so much, why you shouldn't miss it, and helpful tips to shopping the sale.  I look so forward to this sale every year that I actually take a day off work to shop.  Not even kidding!  And...keep reading because I am sharing a super easy way to enter to win a $50 Nordstrom gift card to shop the sale!

First, I'll share why I love it so much and why you shouldn't miss it.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is unique because the items that are on sale are BRAND NEW and discounted only for a limited time.  After the sale is over, the items go back to regular price.  Also, the selection is amazing, particularly on line.  There is certainly a great selection in stores, but there is always a much larger selection on Nordstrom's website.  And as always with Nordstrom, shipping and returns are free so you can always send back anything that doesn't work.

Key dates and info:
  • July 11 - Sale items only available for Level 4 Nordstrom credit card holders.  That's me!  That means I will get to shop the sale even before Early Access!  I will be able to provide you with my top picks and fit reviews early so you will be ready to shop once the sale officially begins.  
  • July 12 - The "Early Access Sale" begins.  This is exclusively for Nordstrom credit card holders.  
  • If you don't already have a Nordstrom card, you can apply for one HERE. I'm not one to advocate having a bunch of credit cards, but this is one time that I think it is definitely worth it to have a retail store credit card.  
  • Many of the most popular items often sell out in the first few days of Early Access, which is why I encourage you to shop early with a Nordstrom card if possible.  
  • July 20 - The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (also called the NSALE) opens to the public.  Sometimes items that sold out during Early Access will be restocked on this day, but many items are not restocked.  
  • August 5 - Last day of the NSALE
You may be thinking...what's so different about this sale and what will I find there?  As I mentioned previously, this is all NEW merchandise to the store.   Many of the items (clothing, shoes, handbags) are for the fall season so you can get an early start on your fall shopping.  They also have new summer items to purchase that you can wear now.  There is always a great selection of workout gear that is released at the Anniversary Sale as well. Also, there are new home items and tons of beauty offers only available during the sale.  

To make the most of the sale, I recommend that you make a list of what you are really need before you start shopping.  It can be overwhelming looking through all the sale items if you don't know what you are looking for!  Also, sign up for the Nordstrom card if you don't already have one so you can shop early (starting July 12th)!  And if you aren't sure of sizing, order 2 sizes to make sure you get what you need as items tend to sell out fast. With Nordstrom's free shipping and return policy, you can always return what doesn't fit.  

I will provide regular updates throughout the sale, including my top picks, fit reviews and notifications of any restocks.  I will be posting on Instagram, Facebook and here on the blog.

A few tips so you don't miss any of my updates:
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Smart Southern Style can be your one stop shop for all things related to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  And I am going to help get one Smart Southern Style reader ready for the sale by giving away a $50 Nordstrom Gift Card!

It is super easy to enter my giveaway.  Here is what you need to do:
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  • Winner will be announced on my Instagram on Sunday, July 8, 2018.  
Thanks for taking the time to read this post!  If you have any questions about shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email..  Happy Shopping!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Summer Vacation Looks with the Charlotte Today Show

Hi everyone!  I had the pleasure of going on the Charlotte Today show last week to talk about summer fashion.  Charlotte Today is on every weekday here in Charlotte and they asked me to participate in a segment about affordable vacation looks.  I've really enjoyed being a contributor for the show a few times in the past (you can see my last segment in this blog post), so I was thrilled when I was invited back.

On the set of Charlotte Today
Pictured left to right:  Me, Kelly, Andrea, Rachel, Hollyanne

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment including two blogger babes here in Charlotte, Rachel Brown from Queen City Chic and Andrea Besson from Dre Dream.  I have linked their Instagrams so you can go check them out!   I partnered with a local boutique, Julie's Boutique, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of clothing that is perfect for your next vacation, and every item is affordable, which of course I love!

Pictured with Larry Sprinkle, Charlotte's best meteorologist!

First, I wanted to share some details about my outfit.  I just love this cold shoulder red dress with ruffle sleeves.  I think the high neckline is flattering and this dress is so versatile!  It is called the "Laura Cold Shoulder Dress" (named after yours truly!) and you can find it here.    I chose some turquoise earrings and bracelets for some more color and I finished off the look with some nude sandals that go with everything and are only $29!  You can find the exact sandals here.  Sizes are limited, so I linked a similar affordable pair here.  You could also opt for a more casual look by pairing this dress with some flat sandals.

In the courtyard outside the NBC36 studio

We featured several vacation looks in various styles and as you can see, bright colors and floral prints are very popular right now.  There is an over 20 year age difference between the youngest and oldest lady here, yet we all found something that fit our style at one store!  I firmly believe that you can find something just about anywhere that works with your body type and style.  

The exact clothes and accessories that the models are wearing can be found at Julie's Boutique in Charlotte, NC.  The items that are available on their website are linked below.  I have scoured the internet and found similar options for the rest of the items that are also linked.

Pictured from left to right:

Kelly - exact sandals \\ green & white dress options here & here \\ similar earrings
Andrea - exact nude sandals \\ similar nude sandals \\ navy jumpsuit options here & here \\ similar earrings
Laura - exact red dress \\ exact nude sandals \\ similar nude sandals \\ similar turquoise earrings 
Hollyanne - high low dress \\ similar sandals \\ similar earrings
Rachel - similar floral dress \\ similar sandals \\ similar earrings

You can view the TV segment by clicking on the video posted below.

I hope you found some fashion inspiration from your next summer vacation by watching the segment.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

4 For Fashion & Blue Hem

Hi everyone!  I am excited to be back with another 4 For Fashion post today.  If you missed my first post with these lovely ladies, you can read it here.  4 For Fashion is a group of 4 bloggers (including yours truly) who all believe that you can find something that fits your personal style just about anywhere.  Our ages range from 20s to 50s and our goal is to provide fashion inspiration to ladies of all ages.

Today we have teamed up with a premium denim boutique in Charlotte NC called Blue Hem.  Blue Hem has a great selection of denim for both men and women in all colors, fits and styles.  The four of us all went in to the store at a different time to select our jeans, and I love that we all selected such different styles that match our personal taste.

I selected a cropped pair of jeans by Joe's Jeans that are a lighter wash with distressing at the knees.  These jeans have just the right amount of stretch and are so comfortable.  I think that you can easily dress any pair of jeans up or down and I chose a dressier look to show here. I paired the jeans with a classic white top with some ruffle detailing.  I wanted to add some fun accents to the outfit, so I chose a tassel necklace and some leopard sandals to finish the look.  You could also wear these jeans with a t-shirt and sneakers for a more casual look.

This is Barbi Brooks with Southern Blonde Chic.  She chose a great basic jean by 3x1 with a wide cuff.  This dark wash goes with anything and these jeans fit Barbi so well.  I love the white blouse that she paired with the jeans and think the turquoise jewelry adds the perfect amount of color.

LauRen \\ All of the F-Words

This is LauRen Merola with All of the F-Words.  Super distressed jeans are so on trend right now, and I love the pair that she chose by Mcguire.  Because the jeans make a statement on their own, I think that LauRen's simple tee and jewelry are the perfect pieces to wear with this pair of denim.

Rachel \\ Queen City Chic

Last but not least, this is Rachel Brown with Queen City Chic.  Rachel opted for a pair of denim shorts by James Jeans and this pair is too cute.  So many denim shorts are super short and I love that these have a slightly longer inseam.  The high waist style looks great on Rachel and is very popular right now.

You can find all of the denim we are wearing at Blue Hem.  Blue Hem is located in the Southend area of Charlotte at 1750 Camden Road.  For those of you who are not local, you can shop online here.  You can find them on Facebook here, Instagram here and reach them by phone at (980) 228-1868.  If you stop by the store, be sure to tell them that the ladies of 4 For Fashion sent you!

Big thanks to Say Cheese CLT for the photos in this blog post.

Stay tuned for another edition of "4 For Fashion" coming soon.  If there is a particular style or shop you would like to see featured in this series, please comment below or send me an email.  Thank you so much for stopping Smart Southern Style.  I appreciate you all!


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