What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Accessories and Beauty

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

Continuing with the Nordstrom Sale, today, I’m highlighting the top Accessories and Beauty picks. Today’s post isn’t too involved, just the best of the best. 

Their inventory in these categories is hit or miss. To keep things simple and to save you time, I’m only featuring items I either personally use, know you are looking for and are in line with our Well Dressed Life style guidance. 

And speaking of inventory, this sale does always sells out, but I don’t remember a sale where things were selling out this quickly. 

I am “influencer” level, which means I was able to shop yesterday, and a quarter of what was in my cart was sold out by the time I got around to ordering. Of course, this is the least of our worries these days, but it is annoying since they make such a big deal about the sale. 

I’m not telling you this to create some sense of urgency. Just if you’re wondering what is going on, you’re not wrong in thinking it’s odd. In years past, they did a much better job replenishing fast selling items at least through cardholder access.  

Anyway, back to business! As I publish this post, all of these items are currently in stock. I picked up a few for myself, as you’ll see below. 

Nordstrom Sale: Accessories and Beauty 

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

 

 

Accessories

 

 

 

 

Accessories

Tory Burch Crossbody, $150 – This chic Tory Crossbody is the only bag in the entire sale worth mentioning. I ordered it for myself, I think it’s gorgeous. 

Cubic Zirconia, $27 – Simple, everyday studs. 

Layered Chain Necklace, $59 – We talk a lot about long necklaces, this one, in silver or gold tone is perfect for over fall tops and sweaters.

Quay Australia Sunglasses, $36 – Oversized and glamorous sunnies for under $40, also in my cart 🙂 

Huggie Earrings, $23 – These are so pretty on, just a little sparkle but easy to wear all day long. Available in silver or gold tone.

Gold Hoops, $40 – Argento Vivo is a jewelry brand that offers modern yet classic styling at affordable prices. These hoops are gorgeous and a nice way to try the brand. 

Gorjana Collar Necklace, $42 – Perfect to layer or wear on its own, this Gorjana necklace as just the right amount of bling. 

Pearl Necklace, $40 – I also purchased this pretty pearl necklace, to sit under collared shirts or with a simple tee. 

 

Beauty

 

 

 

 

I use, love and personally recommend all of the products below. 

Beauty 

Personal Microderm, $133 – I featured this personal microderm tool just last month. You can read the full review here. I paid $200 for it on Amazon, so the savings is fantastic. 

T3 Curling Iron and T3 Hair Dryer, – These have been my go-tos for years. Using them together cuts my drying and styling time in half, and the heat from the iron really locks in the curls. To prevent damaging your hair, be sure to use a heat protecting product.  

Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner, $72 – An absolute splurge, but one I grab during every sale. 

Beauty Blender Set, $35  – These little guys make a huge difference in your make up application, and need to be replaced frequently. 

Bobbi Brown Lip Duo, $29 – I love a good lipstick and gloss combo and this color is the perfect pretty neutral for fall. 

Slip Pillowcase Set, $125 – I can’t sing the praises of these silk pillowcases enough. They stay cool at night, feel so indulgent, and have a ton of beauty benefits like reducing wrinkles and preventing hair breakage. I’m picking up a new set for myself because 2020 is the worst. 

What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Reader Favs, Jeans, Coats and Shoes

Be sure to check out all our Reader Favorites, plus the best jeans, coats and shoes in the sale.


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STILL The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Totes

The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Totes
The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Totes

Are you looking for a better way to corral all your things in your tote bag?

Look no further than this purse organizer, a middle of the night Amazon discovery I’ve been using for years

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “Do you switch out your bag with your outfit?”

And, “How do you keep the inside of your bag organized?”

It comes up quite a bit, especially last week when I asked what YOU would like to see on TWDL for August

So much so that I thought it was time to update this post!

The answer is, yes! I change my bag depending on what I am wearing and where I am going.

But takes two seconds because (1) I carry somewhat neutral bags, and (2) I have this simple purse organizer. 

The Secret to Keeping Your Tote Bag Organized

The Best Tote Bags for the Office

St. Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts, fully customizable, $180

This summer, the bag I carry the most is the St. Anne Tote tote from Barrington Gifts. This baby fits everything, as you’ll see below. It’s super lightweight and easy to keep clean. I absolutely love it. 

It goes everywhere with me, from trips to Target, to afternoons working at the pool while my kids swim.

But because it’s open inside, it needs an organizer, or everything would be a mess. 

The BEST Purse Organizer for All of Your Bags

Organizer Insert: $22

Seriously, this organizer is a game changer. It’s one of the few things I can honestly say makes your life easier. At first, I was skeptical. I tend to buy things like this, and forget about them in a month. 

Now it’s been YEARS and I still use this every single day.

It fits perfectly inside any bag including the Street Level tote (I mention this specifically since so many of you have it), the LV Neverfull, or any other tote and gives you room to spare. 

As you can see, I lug around a lot, and all of my things have a place, making it easy to grab what I need quickly. 

When purchasing, be sure to check the measurements. I ordered the medium, but sizes tend to change, so measure your bag and see what will work best. 

I use it with all of my tote bags and my diaper bag.  Having everything neatly organized let’s me swap out bags without it feeling like a chore and gets me out of the house quickly. 

Now that we are headed into the fall and slowly returning to some kind of normal (maybe??), you may be in the market for a new handbag.

If what you are considering lacks organization, you need this purse organizer .

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5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

This summer is going to be different, depending on where you live in the US and around the globe. For me, after four extremely long months of some of the strictest stay at home orders, I’m grateful that my state is starting to reopen.

There is still not much to do.

But this experience has certainly made me appreciate the small luxuries we have more than ever before. The kids can play sports, the pool is open, and the weather has been so beautiful I’d want to eat outside regardless. 

Aside from a few drives to the beach, we’re staying close to home and supporting our local economy as much as possible.

Getting dressed also looks different. Many of us are going to be working from home for the rest of the year, so we likely don’t need a new pair of heels or dress shoes.

So for today’s roundup of must-have summer shoes, I focused on versatile pairs you can pick up and wear now to dress up small moments, and summers to come, when things get back to normal.

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer 2020

 

5 Must Have Shoes for Summer

I have all of these and can say with confidence that they have made getting dressed so easy. Think of this like a summer capsule collection. If you asked me what shoes you need so you can always put an outfit together, these would be it. 

Block Heel

Via Spiga Opal Leather Block Heel Sandal

Block Heel, $98.00

I paid full price for these, $275.00, a few summers ago. They are, by far, my most favorite pair of summer shoes. Right now they are on sale for under $100 at Nordstrom Rack. If you have the need and budget, scoop these up. Every time I slip into them, I’m so happy I have them. They are extremely comfortable and work with just about everything. The only thing I don’t wear them with is shorts, because I’m tall enough as it is. Other than that, they go with everything and if we’re traveling somewhere, they are the first shoe I pack. 

Available in limited sizes, in black, mink and tan. 

 

Flat Sandals

SAM EDELMAN Bay Cutout Slide SandalFlat Sandal, $100: 

A simple flat sandal is a great choice for everyday. They work with shorts, dresses, even summer jeans. Many of you already of this option by Sam Edelman, as they have been featured on the blog for the last few weeks. Sam Edelman just makes a solid, well priced, modern shoe. 

Available in almond, jute, black, white, and saddle. 

Strappy Sandal

Sam Edelman Women's Judy Strappy SandalsStrappy Sandal, $110

With so many breezy dresses trending, you need something equally lightweight to maintain balance. Look for a strappy sandal with a heel you can manage. These days, this 2.25″ heel (another Sam Edelman find) is about as high as I can handle. It’s slightly higher than a traditional kitten heel. Pair it with dresses or flowy pants for a dressed-up-but-still-casual look. 

“Better”Flip Flops

TKEES Lily metallic suede flip flops

“Better” Flip Flop, $55:

At my core I am a beach girl. I love the casualness and ease of every part of beach life. The truth is you can wear whatever kind of flip flop you want and it will make no difference. I do, however, love these TKEES. They are made of a gorgeous leather, with a rubber sole and are so comfortable. They feel like a grown up flops. You can certainly were these to the pool, but I save them for sun dresses and shorts while walking around our favorite beach town. 

Summer Sneakers

 

Superga 2750 COTU CLASSIC SNEAKERSummer Sneaker, $68

The fact that it is now acceptable to wear sneakers with anything is a win for all of us. But to pull it off remember you can’t just wear any sneaker. Keep your athletic sneakers for your work outs and go with a slim profile, crisp white option, like these by Superga. A favorite of classic style icon, Kate Middleton, they are affordable, well made, and comfortable. 


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My Top Picks from the Julie Vos Sample Sale

Julie Vos Necklaces

I discovered Julie Vos Jewelry towards the end of last year and immediately loved it. It’s everything I look for in a piece to recommend to our community. She makes high quality, timeless pieces with a twist.

Admittedly, I am a bit of a jewelry snob. My husband has worked for almost 20 years at Tiffany & Co, so I’ve not only learned so much about the industry but have been fortunate to receive incredible gifts over the years.

But this is the real world, and I don’t have a drawer full of jewels. Instead, it’s made me picky about where I spend. There is rarely a middle ground with me; I either want the real deal or a $20 necklace.

It’s been my experience that the quality in the mid-range price point is always disappointing. Often, a $200 necklace feels just like the $20 one. 

But over the last few years, I’ve discovered a handful of brands that offer more. I’m a huge fan of Kendra Scott. However, many of the designs are starting to look redundant. Gorjana is an affordable, perfect-for-work line of modern basics. And I often look to my former employer, QVC, for better quality staples at reasonable prices. 

Today, I’m adding Julie Vos into the mix and rounding up some pieces that are part of her sample sale. This an excellent opportunity to discover the brand at a slight discount. 

My Top Picks from the Julie Vos Sample Sale

 

 

Julie Vos Necklaces

All of her pieces are gold plated with varying carat levels. These are substantial, they aren’t too heavy, but they don’t feel flimsy either. As you navigate her site, be sure to look at the piece on the model to you can get a sense of their scale.

Earrings

Drop Earrings and Hoop Earrings from Julie Vos

Drop Earring, $95  |  Hoop, $55

These drop earrings are so fun for the summer!  They are 24k gold plate, with an oversized clear crystal at the bottom. They are marked down to under $100. 

If you are in the market for a good old fashioned hoop earring, these are fantastic. They have a pretty texture around the entire outside, also 24k gold plate and only $55. 

Other earrings I love not in the sample sale, these Soho X earrings for $68 that I featured yesterday, are perfect for everyday wear, and these Penelope studs are also only $68 (in the small size) and a stunning update on a traditional pearl stud. 

Bracelets

Chain link bracelet and hinged bangle bracelet from Julie Vos

Link Bracelet, $295  |  Hinge Bangle, $175

Her bracelets are more expensive, but pack a punch. This link bracelet might be the only bracelet you wear. It lays beautifully on the wrist, and is the epitome of everyday glamour. 

If you like a bangle, try this lux hinge option. You can wear it dressed up, but I would wear it every day with jeans and a tee. 

I just ordered this simple bangle with gemstone stations in CZ (not part of the sale) for only $75.

Necklaces 

two pendant necklaces and a delicate necklace from Julie VosPendant necklace, $195  |  Charm Necklace, $110  |  Delicate Necklace, $95 

Finally, you know I love necklaces. especially ones that create length. 

In the sample sale are some fantastic options, including this pendant necklace. It’s BIG necklace, with a 36 inch chain, so you can wear it long or double. 

Next is this charm necklace, which is my top pick. It’s not as oversized as the pendant necklace but still gives you some length and movement. It would look gorgeous with a swing dress, long tunic, or even a sweater in the colder months.

Finally, this delicate necklace is sweet and simple. You can wear it alone or layer with other pieces you already have. It fills in a v-neck wonderfully or would sit over a crew neck for just a hint of detail. 


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An Under $50 Bag for Work

Under $50 Bag For Work

Going to work this summer is going to look different for everyone. You might be slowly heading back to the office, staying home based or a combination of the two. I’m anxious to see how the landscape of office life evolves as states begin a return to normal operations.  (Tell me your plans in the comments below!)

Whatever your situation, you might need a bag to get you and your laptop to and from, and this one from Target is fantastic – and it’s only $45

An Under $50 Bag for Work from Target!

Under $50 Bag For WorkBag, $45 

I’m always a proponent of investing in better pieces, especially something like a bag or shoe that you’ll carry or wear day in and day out. But after these last three months, I’m not excited to spend money on many things. 

This certainly doesn’t feel like the season to splurge on a handbag. 

So when I found this bag on a recent trip to Target (since it’s the only place I’m allowed to physically shop) I picked it up immediately. 

It’s available in gray (above) or black. The choice is yours depending on what you already have. I grabbed the gray. 

See the inside of the bag and read the 5 Star reviews here. 

Size-wise, this is a big bag. You can fit a laptop, full size wallet, sunglass case, a book – all comfortably inside. The cross body strap makes it easy to carry around, or you can hold it by the top handle. 

I plan to use it for the summer with my work and as an updated diaper bag.

When you are shopping for a handbag, regardless of price point, it’s important to buy one with clean lines and minimal hardware. Think of it like, the more “stuff” on a bag, the cheaper it will look. Avoid logos and labels that are part of the design as that pattern will fight with other patterns you might be wearing. 


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How to Create a Classic Jewelry Capsule

How to Create a Classic Jewelry Capsule

Let’s talk about how to create a classic jewelry capsule. I’m frequently asked about what exactly you should have on hand in order to easily layer accessories into your outfits. The key here is easy. It’s been my experience working with clients that if your pieces aren’t thoughtfully edited and organized, you probably won’t take the extra step to put them on. 

Because jewelry is personal and subjective, I’ve avoided a comprehensive guide up until now. But today, I thought I would share what I consider modern basics. 

Building a basics collection of jewelry is a lot like building out your actual wardrobe. It takes some strategy and thought. Depending on how much you want to spend or invest, it might take some time to pull it together. 

Once you have these pieces or a version of them on hand, you’ll have something to use every time you get dressed.

How to Create a Classic Jewelry Capsule

Before we dive in, a few notes:

First, I made sure almost all of these are also available in silver or silver-tone.

Second, remember everyone has different budgets and comfort levels with prices, especially when it comes to jewelry. I tried to balance quality with affordability with this line up. 

You can certainly shop this post, or use it as a checklist of sorts as you create your own capsule.

Finally, this is just a baseline. Once you have these pieces (or versions of them), layer in statement and novelty items, much like you would with your wardrobe.

Earrings

How to Create a Classic Jewelry CapsuleEarrings: Studs, $27  |  Pearls, $37  |  Hoops, $45

To start, you need a few earrings.

First, studs. Whether you have a pair of real diamonds or going with a CZ, a simple pair of studs will work with everything hanging in your closet. While I would love a pair of heirloom quality diamond earrings at some point, I’m sticking with these under $30 studs from QVC.

I discovered these over a decade ago when I was a buyer for QVC and had been wearing them ever since. They are realistic, sparkly, and comfortable to wear. What I like about them the most (aside from the price) is that they are sterling with a coating of platinum. For someone with sensitive ears (mine turn green if I wear anything other than at least silver), they are ideal.

Next, pearls. They may seem old fashioned, but I’ve been wearing them more and more. They elevate an inexpensive dress, and offer a lovely alternative to the diamond/cz stud. 

Prices are all over the place with these, you can go with an affordable simulated pair, like these for under $40 at Bloomingdales, or a several hundred with a traditional pair by Mikimoto

Finally, a hoop of some kind will provide some movement to an outfit. I LOVE these by Gorjana, in gold or silver. They are the perfect size for everyday use. If you’ve been following along for the last year, you know I’m a big fan of Gorjana for their quality and price.

Watch

How to Create a Classic Jewelry CapsuleWatch, $395

It’s nice to see traditional watches make a comeback amid Apple watches and Fitbits. Admittedly, I wear a Fitbit, and I HATE how it looks when I’m dressed.

You can spend a small fortune on a watch, and you may want to. But for today, I’m highlighting Deco Sport by Michele. They are reasonable (for a watch) and gorgeous.

You buy one face, and they can add additional straps so you can create several different looks.

Necklaces

How to Create a Classic Jewelry Capsule

Necklaces: Long Link Necklace, $28  |  Choker Necklace, $95

In my book, you only “need” two kinds of necklaces, a long and short one.

A long necklace helps elongate the line of your body. It works best with high necklines, like a turtle, boat, and crewnecks. It gives movement and interest to tunics or high neck halter dresses. They know no limit in terms of seasons or occasions.

These days, it’s not easy to find a universal one—something you can wear with everything. This was the most challenging item to source for this post.

Then I found this one from Banana Republic in silver and gold for under $30. Go, buy it and wear it all summer long. You’ll love it. 

Next you need a shorter necklace, to fill in open necklines (like under a collared shirt) or layer with other pieces. This Kendra Scott piece is called a “chocker” but it’s not like the ones we wore in the 90’s. It has an adjustable slider so you can make it sit where you like. 

It’s really beautiful, and feels special without being over the top. It’s available in gold, rose gold and silver tones. 

Bracelets

 

How to Create a Classic Jewelry CapsuleBracelets: Hinged Bangle, $45 |  Chain Cuff, $40 |  Pearl Cable Cuff, $129 

Of all the categories, bracelets are my jam. I layer them on almost every day.

Narrowing down to a list of “must-haves’ I’m going with a hinged bangle. This one is under $50 by Kate Spade. The design is inspired by the iconic Cartier love bracelet (on my dream wish list). You can wear it with everything all the time. Works great as an anchor to layer with other pieces.

Next up, a cuff. I just ordered this chain cuff for myself. It’s a timeless piece for under $40, and another perfect layer.

Finally, it’s perfectly acceptable and stylish to mix metals, but like everything we talk about, you have to do it with purpose for it to look chic.

By incorporating a two-tone cuff (this one has a subtle speck of gold with a pearl accent), you instantly create cohesion for the different toned metals.

For example, let’s say your wedding rings, and studs are set in platinum, but you prefer gold-tone for everything else. Add this cuff (or something similar), and you pull all of your stand-alone pieces together.

Storage

How to Create a Classic Jewelry CapsuleJewelry Box, $25 – $35 

Finally, keep your jewelry safe and organized is important. You need to see what you have in order to incorporate it into your daily outfits.  I purchased this stackable jewelry box system from The Container Store in January and absolutely love it. 

I keep my everyday pieces and rings in the top box, and more statement pieces in the middle. The bottom is a deeper box perfect for oversized cuffs or even sunglasses. 

Below is the combination I have at home: 

Top: (1) Stackers Classic Lidded Box White 

Middle: (2) Stackers Classic 25-Section Tray White

Bottom: (1) Stackers Classic Deep Open Tray White 


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The Best Beach Bag for Under $25

Oahu XL Mesh Beach Bag

With summer around the corner, many of us are optimistically planning some time in the sun. So today, I thought I would share one of my favorite finds – the beach bag to end all beach bags.

We are planning on a social-distancing-friendly trip to the beach once virtual learning wraps up, to give the kids and us a much-needed breather.

Because it’s going to take us 10 hours by car, I’ve been throwing myself into preparing for not only the week away but a long drive with cranky kids.

I plan on bringing only the essentials, but with a teenager, a ten-year-old, and a toddler, we don’t travel light.

As I started to pull out all of our summer gear, I realized my heavy boat and totes were going to take up too much room in the car. So I went off to find a solution and landed on this incredibly affordable option.

The Best Beach Bag for Under $25

Oahu XL Mesh Beach BagRead All of the 5 Star Reviews Here

At first, I was looking for something both stylish and practical – Instagram-worthy, if you will. Then I landed on this oversized, mesh bag with zipper compartments and outside pockets and was sold. 

There is a lot to love about this, and I will eventually update this post with a video of everything it holds, but for now, if you need a beach or pool bag, pick this up. 

First off, it’s huge. You can fit about eight large beach towels rolled up, and the outside pockets fit everything from flip-flops to magazines, to small beach toys.

There is an inside zip top pocket to keep your keys, phone and wallet dry and save. 

The bottom is waterproof so no worrying about your things getting damp. 

And the best – it folds up. So it doesn’t take up any room at all. 

I bought two, one for towels and essentials and one for all the baby beach toys. 

 


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