Nordstrom Rack: Changing Room Check-In

I’m a Nordy girl……have been ever since I participated in my first Anniversary Sale three years ago. The free shipping, amazing sales, and awesome brands are hard to beat. But from what I heard, the only thing better than a Nordstrom was a Nordstrom Rack! So when one opened in my area a month or so ago, I decided I’d let the mayhem die down a bit and then try it for myself. It did not disappoint! It was like a TJ Maxx, but bigger, very organized, and filled with rack after rack of amazing clothes at Anniversary Sale prices! By the time I made it to the dressing room, I was loaded down with dozens of items and I hadn’t even laid eyes on shoes or accessories yet. So, here’s a breakdown of what I tried on…..first up: Tops! There were so many options and most under $40. From ruffles to cold shoulders to cardis, every Fall trend was fully represented and it was hard not to walk away with one of each!

Burgundy Waffle Knit Shirt – $29.97

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I’m wearing an XS in this, as it is pretty oversized as is, but if you want to wear with leggings too, consider your normal size (small for me)

 Kut from the Kloth Jeans – $39.97// Ruffle Sleeve Sweater – $19.97

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I’m wearing this sweater in the small (my normal size) and I think it’s a good fit! It’s a Merino wool-type material if that helps 😉 The jeans are from my favorite brand, Kut from the Kloth, and are that perfect ankle length with a great zippered detail at the pocket! I’m wearing a size 2, so size down (yay!). 

Ruffled Hem Blush Sweatshirt – $29.97

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Also wearing a size SMALL in this, but I do think I could have gone down a size. It says “sweatshirt”, but it’s really not! It’s more of a nice top to wear with jeans in my opinion!

 

Neither of the below sweatshirts are available online, but I still think they are worth showing because of how cute, comfy and affordable they are. I’m wearing a size small in both. For more details, click the image.  The black jeans in the pic on the right, on the other hand, are online and are a MUST!  I personally have been on the hunt for the perfect pair for quite some time and can’t believe I snagged some for under $40!  Articles of Society has always been a favorite jean of mine, thanks to the perfect stretch and fit. If you haven’t tried them for yourself, now’s your chance! I’m wearing a size 27, so I’d say they are TTS (true to size).

                                        Articles of Society Black Jeans – $36.97

Black Open Front Long Cardi – $26.97

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I sized down twice (XXS) and this long cardi is still on the big side, but that’s what makes it so cozy and so easy to throw on over pretty much anything! It is soft (not scratchy) and such a great price!!

I also tried on this precious “suede” dress from Max Studio, which was a steal at $54.97, but I think I would have felt more comfortable in the Small instead of the XS.  The bust was kind of tight and the bigger size wasn’t available. Unfortunately, it’s not available online either….

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I think my favorite snags were from the loungewear section. I was not familiar with PJ Salvage, but I can definitely add it to my list of favorite brands now!  These tops were under $20 but sadly only available in stores. As a side note, my husband was not amused by the one on the left 😦 No sense of humor, that one!

But this Honeydew Intimates Cardigan is online and is truly the stuff dreams are made of! This is a size Small and is perfection!  I know it’s loungewear, but I wouldn’t have a problem wearing it out and I dare someone to try and stop me!

Heather Grey Cozy Cardigan (also comes in ivory) – $39.97

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And I couldn’t leave without trying on some of my precious Zella activewear at a fraction of the cost, now could I? These leggings feel like a million bucks and hold everything in in the most flattering way.  I love the mesh panels on this black jacket, but couldn’t find it online, so I’m posting a similar option.  It too has that great structure, which means you can hit the gym and then run around town without skimping on style or sacrificing comfort.

Zella Jacket – $39.97 // Zella Crop Color-Block Leggings – $29.97

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Whew! That’s a wrap on my first adventure to the new Nordstrom Rack. I have already been back one other time on the hunt for a birthday gift for my sister, so I know it will be in my rotation going forward. If you don’t have a Nordstrom Rack near you, look online to see what you can find. They have the same great brands that Nordstrom does, but at discounted prices, making it a complete win in my book!

 

 

 

 

 

Packing for Seattle: A three day trip

A few weeks ago I tagged along on a business trip with my hubby to Seattle–somewhere neither of us had visited before. From all the movies I’d seen, I knew to prepare for rain and cool temps, but I had no idea where to start! I can pack for the beach with my eyes closed. A weekend at the lake? No biggie! But Seattle in the Fall? That was a challenge! After a lot of trial and error, I ended up with lots of layers, colors that would easily mix and match, and things that were comfortable, yet stylish–not an easy feat!

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I needed outfits that I could build on as the day got cooler, and shed pieces from as the temps warmed up. For our 3-day trip, I ended up with three pairs of jeans (dark, burgundy, and grey), a quilted vest, two scarves, a military jacket, a fisherman sweater, a lightweight cardi, several long sleeved tees, and shoes (rain booties, which I never even wore, black sneakers, dark slide-on sneakers, though I didn’t need both, and neutral booties). Here are some of the ways I ended up pairing the individual pieces:

Grey Jeans // Black Quilted Vest // Burgundy Tee // Black Sneaks

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Burgundy Jeans // Military Jacket // Slip-on Sneaks

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Fisherman Lace-Up Sweater // Grey Jeans // Taupe Booties

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Here’s an example of how I changed one outfit throughout the day to accommodate the cooler/warmer temps. I started with jeans, a long sleeve tee, and a lightweight cardi. This was totally fine for exploring the museums, but once I headed outside for the walking tour, I added a vest and scarf for extra warmth. The cardi easily tucked up under the hem of my vest and both the vest and scarf were easy to throw in my bag if I went inside or the weather warmed up again.

Lightweight cardi // Similar striped peplum // Black Vest // Burgundy Jeans // Similar Grey Scarf

Other key items I’d recommend include: a rain jacket (but since it only sprinkles, don’t bother with an umbrella), a crossbody purse, and sunglasses (it did actually get sunny once or twice during our stay!).

Not planning a trip to Seattle or Northern Cali any time soon? No worries! Most of these tips could be applied for any Fall trip you have planned. It’s always a challenge, in my opinion, to look stylish while still trying to be practical. Just because you are a tourist doesn’t mean you have to look like one, right?