Friday, July 12, 2019

Top 10 Finds From The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Today is the day...The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins for Nordstrom credit card holders at 12:30PM Eastern!  I am sharing my top 10 finds from this year's sale including fit information and pricing.  I know that not all of you have a Nordstrom credit card, so I will do a new blog post the first day that the sale is available for everyone (July 19) and will share my favorites that are still available at that time.

Before we get started, a quick explanation of how the links to items work for bloggers.  In order for me (or any other blogger you follow) to get "credit" for you buying an item we suggest, you must purchase directly through one of our links.  If you click on a link in this blog post (or through the app or anywhere else), but then purchase through the Nordstrom app, or click a different link before checking out, the blogger will not get credit.  I only share this because some of you have asked how this whole process works for bloggers.  With that said, I would very much appreciate you purchasing directly through my links if you find something you like (and not purchasing through the Nordstrom app).  The very small commission I make from your purchases is what allows me to keep Smart Southern Style up and running and I so appreciate your support!

Now on to my top 10 initial finds for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Some of my "finds" are specific items and some are a more broad category with a few picks.  I am only including items that I have or would purchase as I do not want to overwhelm you with a million options in this post!  I will list each pick then share some photos underneath with links to purchase each item.  I included sizing information for any items that I have personally tried on. If there is no size information listed, that means I have not tried on that particular item.  I will update this post with additional sizing details as I try on more of these items.

1.  PLAID BLAZER:  I love this classic double breasted blazer. I will wear it paired with jeans for a more casual look and will also pair it with black pants for work.  

2.  CASUAL T-SHIRTS:  I found several cute casual t-shirts with different prints on them, and they are all affordable.  I have included my favorites below.  

3.  DENIM:  There are 2 specific brands that I purchased during this sale.  The first is Wit & Wisdom which is is one of my favorite brands of denim.  Wit & Wisdom jeans all have an elastic band inside the waist band, so they are comfortable and help keep everything in place!  They are affordable $44 - $51 during the sale.  I purchased a pair of dark blue Wit & Wisdom jeans pictured in this post, as well as some with a snakeskin print in the photo below.

The second brand of denim I love is Good American.  If you are curvy, these are by far the best fitting jeans I have found.  Often, jeans are too big in the waist if they fit me in the hips & bum, but that is not the case for these!  They are very flattering with the high waist and are my new favorite jeans.  Good American jeans are more expensive than other denim brands I wear at a little over $100 on sale, but I think they are worth it.

The jeans are linked in photos throughout this post.  I also included a pair of Kut From The Kloth denim below because they are also a great quality affordable option and I love the button fly.  My store did not have these so I ordered them online.

4.  COLOR BLOCK SWEATERS:  It is no secret that I love colorful style and found several sweaters to add to my collection.

5. LOUNGEWEAR:  This was one of my favorite parts of this year's sale!  There are some really comfy pieces that are marked down 35% - 40%.  I stocked up on some new PJs as well as a Barefoot Dreams cardigan.  (Cardigan is pictured with snakeskin print jeans above.  It costs more that my other cardigans, but is by far the softest piece of clothing I have every worn!)

6.  VERSATILE JEWELRY PIECES:  I always purchase an item or two by Kendra Scott at the sale, because it is the only time they are on sale.  I bought a delicate necklace this year that you can see in several of my photos.  Sharing a close up photo below as well as a few other jewelry pieces I really like.

7.  SNEAKERS:  I bought a similar pair of wedge sneakers in a taupe color last year and wore them a bunch.  This year, I opted for a black pair and they are so comfy!  The sale also has some great athletic shoes and I am sharing my favorites below.

8.  BOOTIES:  If you think you will need new booties this fall, now is a good time to stock up.  Hard to think about them when it is 90 degrees outside though!  I bought a new pair of tan booties that have a pointed toe.  I also hopped on the snakeskin trend and bought a pair of wedge snakeskin booties.  I think they are neutral enough to wear with most anything.

9.  ANIMAL PRINT EVERYTHING:  There are so many animal print pieces in this year's sale!  I shared the snakeskin jeans above, but here are a few items that I bought on line.

10.  BEAUTY STAPLES:  There are so many beauty items that are a part of this sale so it can be overwhelming to pick anything! I am sharing a few items that I personally have and love.

I know this is a lot of money for body lotion, but this bottle is huge and lasts for many months.  I use this lotion every fall and winter when my skin is dry.  

I wear this Tory Burch perfume every day. I love this set because it comes with a second smaller bottle that I use for traveling.  

I buy this set of 3 candles every year during the Anniversary Sale.  They all smell amazing!  I will separate the set and use the candles as gifts throughout the year.  

This is another item I buy every year at the sale.  I put these diffusers in my bathrooms last year when I purchased them at the Nordstrom Sale and there is still a little left in the bottles, so they will last an entire year!  These make your room smell so good!

Well, there are my top 10 finds from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I hope you found this blog post to be helpful if you decide to shop the sale.  I also wanted to share few reminders so you don't miss any of my updates over the next few weeks pertaining to the sale:
  1. Be sure you have subscribed to get all of my blog posts emailed to you. If you haven't already, click HERE to enter your email to get my blog posts sent directly in your inbox.  (Don't forget to verify your subscription!  You will get a verification email from "Feed Burner" and you will need to make sure you confirm your subscription.)  
  2. Follow me on Instagram!  I will be the most active on Instagram during the sale.  You can follow me by clicking HERE.  I will be doing a lot of try-on sessions with my favorite pieces so you can see them in detail and learn more about the fit of each item. 
  3. Follow me on Facebook! I will be posting on Facebook throughout the sale as well.  You can follow me by clicking HERE
  4. Follow me in the app HERE.  All of my outfits from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be posted in the app too.  
Thank you so much for reading Smart Southern Style!  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amazon Best Buys - July 2019

Hi everyone!  We are back from the most amazing family vacation in Grand Cayman and I'm feeling refreshed and ready for a busy week!  I will be posting a full travel guide from our Grand Cayman trip on the blog soon so stay tuned.  Today I am here to share some of my favorite recent Amazon picks with you all.  You all have really loved the previous Amazon posts I have done and asked for another one when I took a poll on my Instagram Stories recently.  You can check out some of my other Amazon blog posts HERE & HERE.  Today's post includes a mix of fashion, beauty and household items.  Also, be sure to read all the way to the end of the blog post for a chance to win a $600 Nordstrom Gift Card to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that starts soon!

First, we will start with some clothing items I purchased on Amazon lately that I really like, including several items I brought with me to Grand Cayman.

I have this shirt in a few colors in both the short and long sleeve versions.  You can't beat the price at around $20!  The shirt has some lace cut outs on either side, so I wear a cami under it.  It is slightly shorter in the front and longer in the back.  The top runs true to size & I am wearing size small which is my usual blouse size.

Love this soft cotton tank.  It has an oversized fit, so size down from your normal t-shirt size if you want a slimmer fit.   I bought my usual t-shirt size medium, but could have sized down to a small.  

Another soft comfy tee & it runs TTS.  I have a size medium which is what I usually purchase in t-shirts.   

Love the print on this dress!  It comes in this red print as well as a blue option.  It runs small & I suggest sizing up for the best fit.  It is a thin material, but I do not think it is see through.  

"Good Vibes" Tee - $16
I love this tank so much, I also bought it in the long sleeve version!  It is really soft, washes well and runs true to size.  

The quality of this swimsuit is superb!  It is flattering and has good support, even with just one shoulder strap.  Runs true to size and comes in a bunch of colors. 

Another Amazon swimsuit I love!  I bought this one last year and have worn it a bunch.  You can wear it with or without the shoulder straps, but I need the straps for more support.  Runs true to size.  

I think this kaftan is so chic!  You could easily go from the beach to dinner in this because it looks like a dress.  It is one size fits all and hits at my ankles (I am 5'5").

As you can see, I have a slight addiction to cute graphic tees!  Love the cuffed sleeves on this one.  Runs true to size.  

I love this suit!  It has a flattering cut and I think the polkadots and ruffles are so fun.  I bought my regular swimsuit size which fits great, but if you have a long torso, I would recommend sizing up.  

I love these flip flops so much that I bought them in both hot pink and black.  Run true to size and are perfect to wear to the pool or beach.  

I wore this cover up on our trip as well, but forgot to snap a photo.  You could also wear this as a kimono layered over a tank with jeans or shorts. Love the bright colors and the tassels!  It is one size fits all and is definitely an oversized fit on me. 

Below are some household and beauty items I have purchased recently and really like.

Make-up Travel Kit - $20
This travel make up bag is so handy!  It has adjustable dividers so you can change the sizes of the compartments to make all of your make up fit.  There is also a section for your make up brushes.  This kit would be great for your travel toiletries too!  I used it on our vacation and it was so nice to have everything so easily accessible.

I used these on our vacation and am hooked!  I was shocked about how many clothes I could fit in one cube!  Come in a set of 3 cubes - small, medium and large.  

I had heard people rave about these sheets so I decided to try them out for myself.  I can't believe how soft they are and you can't beat the price.  They come in a bunch of colors and have over 56,000 5 star reviews on Amazon!  

If you end up purchasing any of the items featured in this post, I would love to know!  You can send me a message or email and let me know what you bought.  Be sure to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily fashion inspiration.  And check back here on Friday for a full recap of my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks.  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

We are quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, also called the NSale!  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 for shopping the sale.  I did a poll on my Instagram Stories recently and almost all of you said you plan to shop the sale at some point, so I want to be sure I am your one-stop resource for all things relate to the NSale.  Be sure you read until the end of this post because I am sharing how you can enter to win a $600 Nordstrom gift card to shop the sale!  Before I continue, I know that this sale is not for everyone, so I promise I will also be posting other (non-NSale related) content on my social channels during that time as well.

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.  The discounts are good too....generally the items are 35 - 40% off the regular retail price.  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 9-11 - Sale items only available for Icon & Ambassador 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 at 12:30PM Eastern.  This is exclusively for Nordstrom credit card holders.  
  • If you don't already have a Nordstrom card and want to shop the Early Access Sale, you can apply for one HERE. (I'm not one to advocate having a bunch of credit cards, and you can certainly wait until the 19th to shop with no card, but wanted to give you all the info!)
  • Many of the most popular items often sell out in the first few days of Early Access, so if you have a card and plan to shop early, I would recommend shopping the first day or two of the sale for the best selection.
  • July 19 - 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 4 - Last day of the NSALE
  • August 5 - All sale items go back to regular price
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!  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. I also suggest that you check out as soon as you get something in your cart you want to purchase.  I speak from experience because there have been times I put something in my cart and when I went back to purchase it later, it was already sold out.  With Nordstrom's free shipping and return policy, you can place more than one order if needed and can always return what doesn't fit.  

When I polled you all recently on Instagram, half of you said you would be shopping Early Access with a Nordstrom card and half of you said you would be shopping the public sale.  So, I will be sure to space out my sale content throughout that time as so not bombard you with a lot all at once!  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.  If you want to see some of my blog posts from last years NSale, you can find them HERE, HERE & HERE.

A few tips so you don't miss any of my updates:
  1. Be sure you have subscribed to get all of my blog posts emailed to you. If you haven't already, click HERE to enter your email to get my blog posts sent directly in your inbox.  (Don't forget to verify your subscription!  You will get a verification email from "Feed Burner" and you will need to make sure you confirm your subscription.)  My first blog post will go live as soon as the Early Access Sale begins, so you can get a first look at all my favorite items.  
  2. Follow me on Instagram!  I will be the most active on Instagram during the sale.  You can follow me by clicking HERE.  I will be doing a lot of try-on sessions with my favorite pieces so you can see them in detail and learn more about the fit of each item. 
  3. Follow me on Facebook! I will be posting on Facebook throughout the sale as well.  You can follow me by clicking HERE
Smart Southern Style can be your one stop shop for all things related to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  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!


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