Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

sharing a few sale finds…

Nordstrom anniversary sale  bags

I wanted to show you a few more things I picked up from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale is currently open to Nordstrom cardholders and will be open to everyone tomorrow.

The pants above are the Rag & Bone “Jennie” Slim Stretch Ankle Pants. I was really impressed with the fabric, which is substantial but not too heavy, and not shiny, even in direct sun. There’s a seam in the back, and a side zip. Not only are these comfortable, but the weight of the fabric really smoothes over bumps and bulges, creating a very sleek look. I’ve turned the hems under by about an inch, and will get these hemmed to this length. Slim black pants are one of my wardrobe foundations, and it’s nice to find a pair of this quality. Suggest ordering your regular size.

Nordstrom sale Brahmin

I’m absolutely delighted with this Alexis Bittar hinged bangle bracelet. I’ve worn it two days in a row, and have received lots of compliments. If black isn’t your thing, it’s also available in a pretty iridescent blue color. The bag is from Brahmin. I probably did not need another black bag, but when I saw this beauty in person, I could not walk away. Croc-embossed bags seem to be very on-trend for fall and Brahmin bags are quite reasonably priced, especially on sale. And black croc is a classic, regardless. This bag is surprisingly light, has interior pockets (and a light tan lining which makes it easy to locate contents) and is big enough for to use as a workday bag. I love the shape, reminiscent of a doctor’s bag. There’s also an adjustable shoulder strap that will allow the bag to be worn cross-body. According to my friends who own and love Brahmin bags, they hold up quite well over time.

point-toe loafers

The shoes are not from Nordstrom. These are Everlane “Modern” loafers, and I am SO impressed with these. They have the feel and look of a much more expensive shoe. I went up 1/2 size, but if your feet are narrow, try your usual size.

The shirt I’m wearing is silk and from last year from J.Crew. Similar style in yellow stripe here, on sale. Similar look from Chico’s here, also on sale. That necklace is several years old, can’t remember where it’s from. Here’s some thing similar from Tory Burch, on sale.

You can check out all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks at my SHOP page. I’ll share some reviews on a few more items from the sale tomorrow. Remember that if something you like is sold out in your size or your preferred color to keep checking back. Items are sometimes returned or become available again, and I’ve had good luck in past years by checking daily during the sale.


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  1. Adele M.
    July 16, 2015 / 4:21 am

    What great timing! I have a similar striped top, sleeveless, that I was planning to wear with slim crops from Chico’s, and I was worried it would look too “referee”…..but it looks fabulous on you!

  2. July 16, 2015 / 4:24 am

    I’m glad you posted the link to the sale! I’m heading to Nordie’s later to check out the long boulle cardigan. Didn’t see it at the pre-sale! Thx!

  3. lhart1612
    July 16, 2015 / 5:07 am

    Oh sigh … the Nordstrom website says the pants are currently unavailable.

  4. July 16, 2015 / 5:33 am

    Excellent purchases! I really like the shoes and want to go try a pair on…I just picked up an incredible Michael Kors trench at Nordstrom Rack…I cannot wait for the first cool breezes to blow this fall to wear it!

  5. Cher
    July 16, 2015 / 6:12 am

    You will love the Bramhin bag! It just gets better with wear and they are so well made with several inside pockets with zippers. Once you enter the world of Bramhin, you will find one exciting bag after another! and they are made in the USA!

  6. July 16, 2015 / 6:34 am

    Great shopping! The pants are sold out – and I can understand why, such great classics. xox

  7. sybes1
    July 16, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Fabulous finds! Alas I waited too long and the Rag and Bone pants are now unavailable. Couldn’t find them on other sites as well. Sad face. I chose the Michael Kors black watch as my winter accessory and the bordeaux colored cross body bag.

  8. happinessatmidlife
    July 16, 2015 / 7:28 am

    You picked up some good items from the sale. I am in love with those loafers. Is this the same company that’s know of making soft tees?


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

  9. Amy
    July 16, 2015 / 7:51 am

    I am a 41-year old who enjoys your blog because we have a similar sense of style (and love of France). This is a delicate question and I don’t expect a direct response, but I generally struggle with blogs to understand “affordability.” For example, if a blogger’s household income is $1m then it would make sense that they can purchase many expensive items. If it is $100k, it will look different. I’m sure your readers have a range of income as well and also a range of willingness to spend discretionary income on beauty and fashion. I purchased two items from the anniversary sale (one beauty and one clothing) and I had to seriously restrain from more. Any thoughts on this topic?

    • une femme
      July 17, 2015 / 6:40 am

      Hi Amy, I do understand that “affordability” will be very different among different people. I try to show items within a range of prices, though below a certain threshold I think one is going to find shoddy quality and suspect labor/manufacturing conditions. I’m not a personal finance expert/blogger so can’t really offer budgeting advice, nor am I comfortable sharing personal financial information, but I will always advise quality over quantity when making wardrobe purchases, and staying out of debt. 🙂

      • July 17, 2015 / 8:36 am

        I continue to learn a lot from Susan’s blog even though I can’t afford much of what is shown. if you want to shop Nordstrom, you can put the items in your shopping cart and check back periodically to see if they have gone on sale. OR you can spend the time and search out some of the styles on the various used clothing sites. You can spend either time or money.

        One of my students–totally impoverished–sported a Givenchy Pandora bag. She told me that she had all her relatives chip in for her birthday/holiday/graduation presents! It took over a year fro the fund to reach the required level. That was what she wanted and she found a way to get it.

      • Amy
        July 17, 2015 / 3:26 pm

        Thanks for the response! I definitely did not expect disclosure of personal financial information. I realize that we each take what we can from the recommendations. And, I am now trying to buy fewer high quality items instead of cheap things that won’t last. I’ll continue to enjoy your blog!

  10. Leslie K
    July 16, 2015 / 8:04 am

    I’m crazy about the Everlane shoes. Do you find they soften and stretch with time? I ordered three different sizes and they were just too stiff and narrow for my feet. Still, I’m willing to give it another try….

  11. July 16, 2015 / 10:06 am

    I love this outfit. It’s refreshing to see a vertical stripe! Everything feels crisp and chic without being too restricted in look and comfort. A Nordstrom is opening in Vancouver in September and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s inside!

    • Jeanette
      July 16, 2015 / 10:29 am

      I’ve been in a swoon ever since I discovered Nordie’s is coming to Vancouver. I live on the Island & 3 friends & I are already making plans for day-trips over. We’ve taken to calling BC Ferries the “Nordie Cruise Line”. LOL!

  12. Christine G
    July 16, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I bought the Munro booties you featured, and got another crisp, white Foxcroft blouse. I have found these two brands to be great purchases; I still have Munro loafers from 8 years ago, and my Foxcroft shirts are indestructible. The Brahmin bag is way too rich for my budget; I’m a Kipling fan all the way. Apparently, indestructible is my “thing”. 🙂

  13. July 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I would love to hear your assessment of the Brahmin bag–esp as compared to some higher end bags you have tried. I have a fondness for the “old lady chic” (that is a positive in my view!) of some of their styles. Love the one you are modeling.

    PS Back from our travels. You are lucky that you missed some of the terrible heat!

    • une femme
      July 17, 2015 / 11:41 am

      frugal, thank you! You make a very good point in your other comment about time vs. money. I’m glad to hear we missed the heat, but it looks like next years trip may be late June to early July, so we may get a dose of it then.

      I’ve been using this Brahmin bag for a few days now and LOVE it!!! It’s quite functional, adds a textural element to my outfit, and is lighter than many of my higher end bags, though seems to be quite solidly made. I can see myself becoming a big fan of this brand!

  14. July 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Oh I like these loafers and need to check to see if we can buy Everlane in the UK – or get my brother in NYC on the case.

  15. Cher
    July 19, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Nordstroms’ usually have their Nordstrom’s Rack near the larger stores. The prices there are great and the selections are good, but, you have to be diligent with your shopping. I know the brands i like and only go to those sections as everything is organized by brand. makes it so easy!! Can also get great bargains on shoes and handbags!!
    Check it out Amy…..

  16. Beth
    July 21, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    I appreciate three of your posts about gray! In the 70s I had a couple of neat gray outfits, a pleated skirt, sweater, slacks, and jacket. Back then it came from Spiegel mail order catalog and was called weekender. I had forgotten about gray. It will be good for me year-round. I don’t have space for summer and winter clothes storage and will transition to gray as my color with pops of red and pink. I will miss white pants and basic black, errrr everywthing, but gray makes great sense. Thank you. About frugal…….I haven’t had “new” clothes since 1992, but have been very blessed to find some good consignment places and have found some great pieces even at Goodwill. I have had the same lbd, little black dress, for over 15 years, my only one, scoop neck, great texture, fairly long, easy to accessorize. I live on the road working with little money, little water, but great experiences. Thanks for your packing pictures and dress rehearsals.

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