Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Access Round-up

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is meant to be treated like a marathon, not a sprint. If you try to race through it like Black Friday, chances are you’ll end up tired, dehydrated, crampy, and cranky.


That said, I wanted to shared what I’ve bought so far as a means to help you focus in on the good stuff if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the literally thousands of items that are in this sale. I did my shopping in a couple rounds, online first, then in person with my mom in tow. I’ll definitely be able to comment much more on the stuff I saw in store, but I’ll try to be as comprehensive as I can.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Catalog Picks!

The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is like Christmas in July. Great deals on brand new merchandise for the upcoming fall season? No wonder it’s become one of the most epic sales around.

The catalog for this year’s sale is out, giving us a preview of a selection of products that will be part of the sale. I’ve gone through and pulled out some of my top picks to share with you and show you just why I’m so excited for this sale…which starts in less than a week for cardholders!

Clothes:

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Sometimes I feel like I could’ve lived in Victorian times because of how much I love a good puffed sleeve. I’m like Anne of Green Gables in that way.

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Clear the Rack: Nordstrom Rack Haul (VIDEO)

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned my love for Nordstrom Rack. Their Clear the Rack sale has gained nationwide notoriety for the amazing deals people have found there. Best of all, the sale happens quite often, about every 1-2 months!

This last CTR, I was so excited about some of these finds that I filmed an un(packing) video of my haul!

Although many of the items featured are long sold out, I linked to the ones still in stock below!

  1. Union Bay Ariana Printed Windbreaker
  2. BP. Double Stud Crossbody Bag (Sold out, but other colors on sale at Nordstrom here)
  3. Hello Kitty Printed Fleece Jumpsuit
  4. Soprano Printed Lace Vest
  5. ASTR Ruffle Wrap Dress
  6. Zella Fusion Capri
  7. Joe’s Jeans Markie Crop Jean
  8. Joe’s Jeans Release Hem Skinny Ankle Jean
  9. Steve Madden Maddison Open Toe Block Heel Bootie
  10. Chinese Laundry Biggest Lace-Up Bootie (Black, Cashew, and Whiskey)

 

 

ModCloth Stylish Surprise is On!

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Super cute bird shirt I got for Stylish Surprise last year!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that ModCloth’s Stylish Surprise sale has launched once again. This sale occurs 2-3 times every year as a way for ModCloth to clear some of their extra stock. It’s a great way to get their clothes at a deeply discounted price, but also lots of fun to open up a surprise.

For more info about Stylish Surprise, check out my blog post and unboxing video from last fall!

At time of writing, it looks like the shoes and housewares are already sold out, but there are still many sizes left in the dress and apparel categories, along with accessories.

Although I will not be participating this time (trust me–my closet is already packed to the brim), it is something that I recommend if you love ModCloth’s clothes and also love surprises.

I Gave Stitch Fix a Second Chance! (VIDEO + Try-On)

“I’ll try anything twice,” said a wise blogger I used to follow. As I try new products and services I try to have the mentality that first impressions aren’t everything. When an opportunity comes up to give something a second try that won’t greatly inconvenience me in some way, I have been known to throw my hands in the air and say “why the heck not?”

After leaving feedback on my last fix on StitchFix’s website, a customer representative reached out to me apologizing for the fix and offering to send another fix with the $20 styling fee waived.

“Why the heck not?”

Besides the feedback from last time I didn’t leave any additional information for my stylist Danielle as my needs and requests remained the same: clothes to wear in clinic and for performances.

The box she sent was greatly improved upon the first one. I made an unboxing and try-on video (unboxing starts at 1:41, try-on at 5:45), check it out below:

High-res pics of the clothes after the jump!

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I Tried Stitch Fix! (VIDEO Unboxing + Try-On)

I was first introduced to Stitch Fix a couple years ago by a friend who was a new mom at the time. She loved that it challenged her to try new things, renewed her wardrobe for her post-baby body, and spared her of attempting to go shopping with baby in tow. Since then a few other (non-mother) friends have tried it, all with mixed results.

In deciding whether I wanted to try it for myself, I spent the last couple years watching many, many unboxing videos on YouTube. I’ve probably heard every kind of positive and negative critiques out there at this point from both friends and strangers on the internet. After all that I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t try it unless I could do so for free.

I finally relented this month when my bank offered a promotion to waive the styling fee.

The Deets:

Stitch Fix is a styling service in the form of a subscription box. Frequency of subscriptions ranges from every 2 weeks to every 3 months. You can also request a box at any point in time.

After filling out a style profile asking about your likes, dislikes, needs, and price points, you are matched up with a stylist that picks out 5 items for your box. After your box arrives, you have 3 days to try everything on and send anything back that you don’t like in a prepaid shipping envelope. You pay a $20 styling fee upfront which is applied toward purchase of the items. If you purchase all 5 items, you get a 25% discount off the total.

Your box of items comes with a personal note from your stylist and style cards with ideas of how to wear the items.

        

I got around to filming an unboxing and try-on video that I am every excited to show you guys! (Unboxing starts at 2:47, try-on starts at 9:20)

(High-res photos of the items after the jump)

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DEAL ALERT: Girlfriend Collective Leggings (Video + Try-on!)

UPDATE: Girlfriend Collective has officially ended their giveaway campaign as of 2/4/17. However, they will be launching their full line in the next few months, so stay tuned for more awesome and ethical athletic wear!!!

Free things are the heart language of any student. So when I saw this Facebook ad for free leggings, I was naturally curious.

Girlfriend Collective is a Seattle-based company started by couple Ellie and Quang Ding, who collectively have experience in both fashion design and fashion business. Mr. and Mrs. Dinh set out to create eco-friendly and ethically-made activewear that would be comparable in quality to high-end athletic brands without the high price tag. To kickstart the brand, they are offering a promotion for their first product, a pair of full-length black leggings.

Among their claims include:

  • The fabric used in these leggings is made from recycled water bottles. Along with being environmentally friendly, this method gives the fabric a smooth feel and makes it hardier against shearing and piling.
  • The leggings are manufactured in Hanoi, Vietnam, in a factory that pays fair wages.
  • The cut has been meticulously designed to flatter many body types
  • Rather than spend tons of money on marketing and advertising, they have instead elected to give away the leggings for free, hoping to gain customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advertising in doing so.

But, as most people knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So what’s the catch?

For this promotion, the leggings are being shipped directly from the Hanoi factory. In exchange for the leggings, the company asks that you pay the shipping fee to wherever you are. In the US, this ends up being around $20. They also ask that you help spread the word: tell your friends and family, post on social media, write blogs (ok so that part wasn’t specifically mentioned, but here I am doing my duty anyway :D)

Due to the understandably high demand for anything free, there is a wait to receive these, averaging about a couple months. By the time I received mine in the mail I’d almost forgotten about them.

I filmed a short first impressions video to show it all off (skip to 3:08 for the try-on portion):

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Unboxing: Shore Projects Watch Box Set (VIDEO)

Hey everyone! With school in full swing I haven’t had very much time to post, but I am definitely going to try to post at least once a month because, there’s just too many awesome things to talk about!

Today I wanted to share with you a new brand I just discovered through Nordstrom. This watch set was on sale during the Anniversary Sale this summer, but went on even more discount after the summer.

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ModCloth Stylish Surprise Unboxing and Try-On!

For more info about Stylish Surprise, check out this post!

Let’s celebrate getting to the end of the week by doing one of my favorite activities: trying on new clothes!

The items: (I wasn’t able to find the stylish surprise items on Modcloth’s website, but here’s at least the non-surprise items)

  1. Chef Executive Officer Top
  2. Pointelle the Way Cardigan in Ash

I think I had a pretty successful haul this time around, but what do you guys think?

ModCloth Stylish Surprise!

Just a quick post this morning to inform everyone of Modcloth’s Stylish Surprise sale! A few times a year, Modcloth will offer several categories of surprise items at a greatly discounted price. All you do is choose the category and size!

Dresses go for $20, Apparel (can be coats, tops, or bottoms) go to $15, and shoes go for $10. There was also a home/apartment category that I missed out on (it was sold out within minutes of the sale launch!). Sometimes, there is also an accessory category, although I didn’t see that this time. Be aware that all sales are final. If something doesn’t work out for you, you may consider selling it to other users or giving it to a friend!

This time around I ordered two apparel items and one pair of shoes. When the shipment comes, I’ll do an unboxing to show you what I got!