Nordstrom Sale Wish List

Every year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I get excited, then a little disappointed… But then excited again. As I’m scrolling through page by page creating my Nordstrom Sale Wish List, this is how it normally goes:

Ohhh it’s the NSALE! I’m going to stock up, for myself and my clients! I’ll get all of our fall shopping done in one fell swoop.

Then I look through the preview and it’s a little ho-hum. A whole lotta cake and not a lotta frosting.

And then I remind myself that, that is precisely what the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is about. It’s a time to stock up on basics – especially the items that need replacing year after year (like pj’s, jeans, tee’s, sweaters, outerwear, boots). With that reminder, I feel a little better and begin my browsing with a different attitude.

Questions to ask yourself when shopping the Anniversary Sale

White Blazers for the WIN

Do you know how some people are bag girls? And others shoe addicts? Well, I consider myself more of a jacket junkie. In other words, I love me a great jacket, or any topper actually. It’s the third piece that really finishes an outfit. And my white blazer is on heavy rotation right now. 

And this season, my most worn wardrobe addition is my white blazer. There’s something about it that makes even my oldest and most repeated outfits feel fresh and new. Therefore, it’s my newest wardrobe MVP.

Really, you can wear a white blazer the same way you’d wear a black blazer. But in the hot summer months, it feels more seasonally appropriate. And even in the spring and fall, a white blazer gives an extra dose of polish to an outfit.

A few things to look for in a white blazer…

Start at the bottom and build your outfit UP.

With the world opening up again (thank you Pfizer and Moderna), travel seems to be on many people’s minds. Travel and special occasions – but I’ll save party attire for another column – this one is all about travel shoe tips!

Some things have changed in the 18 months we’ve all been grounded. Getting back in the swing of travel, airline travel especially can be challenging. Even in pre-pandemic life, packing for a trip caused many people stress. And now, with being so out of practice, it’s even more so.

I help my clients pack for trips both big and small. Regardless of the final destination, a common theme (both pre and post-2020) has been the dire need for travel shoes. Another common theme is the desire NOT to overpack in the shoe department. Most people think they need waaaay more shoes than they do to go on a trip. Shoes take up A LOT of room in your suitcase (and your luggage weight restrictions). That space is precious – use it wisely!

In the past 16 years, my team and I have helped pack for NYC, Aspen, California, Arizona, Florida, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam, Israel, Japan, Iceland –  you name the destination, and we’ve probably assisted in packing for it.  And, it doesn’t matter what the weather is at the final destination, hot, cold, humid, or wet, all of these traveling gals have had the same conundrum, what shoes to pack and how many are really needed? So, I figured, hey, if this has been the common theme, then why not put it out there for you, too. 

Travel Shoe Tips from the Pros:

It’s Time for the June Hot List

If you’re a long-time reader, you know I sometimes think these Hot List, round-up posts feel like a cop-out. Even though you all seem to love them…But I also feel like that’s my negative talk, self-doubt rearing its ugly head. I know we all have self-doubt, and sometimes the mean voice is louder than others. I also know and but need to remind myself, that what we see of other people’s lives, especially when it comes to social media, is the very well-edited, highlight reel of their life. And so you know – that goes for mine as well.

So, let’s have at it -the top 5 things I’ve been loving this month.

Unrealistic Expectations  – the truth about off the rack clothes

Tailoring may not sound like the most exciting topic but it’s a chat we need to have. My inspiration for this blog often comes from conversations I have with my real-life styling clients. My “creative” process typically goes something like this…

On Monday, client A asks a question. It could be about a new style they’ve been seeing. Or an event or holiday on the horizon. Or even a fashion struggle they’ve been wrestling with. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, clients B and C will ask something similar. That’s when the bell in my head starts going ding, ding, ding. Ahem, listen up, lady – This topic is blog-worthy! I know if an issue comes up with multiple people in a few weeks, it’s one of those things that is actually on more people’s minds and therefore needs to be addressed.

This past week, the subject that kept coming up as a particular pain point was how frustrating and even tear-provoking it is to buy off-the-rack clothing as a woman. 

Although a very unrealistic expectation, many women have an expectation that mass-produced clothes should fit them perfectly when bought off the rack. And that if the clothes don’t work, straight away, there is, therefore, something wrong with them and their body.

This is SOOOO NOT True…