Happy Friday, everyone! It’s going to be an absolute scorcher here in Madison, but I can’t bring myself to complain about the heat when we have such brutal winters! We don’t have a lot going on this weekend. If you saw my Instagram story last week, you may remember that I started painting the inside of our linen closet. I’d like to finish that up and put two more coats of paint on the office door and hang it up. (It’ll be the first room door we’ve had a year! We’ve been living with an “open concept” upstairs, with exception of the bathroom.) Other than that, there’s a neighborhood festival we’d like to go to and we have plans with friends on Sunday. Have a great weekend!
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It’s that time of year again when bloggers go into a frenzy over the #NSale. That’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for those who aren’t in the know. It’s a selection of new fall items available at a discount for a limited time. It’s also when a lot of bloggers lose their sh*t for discounted duds that hundreds of other women are purchasing. I know I’m grumpy about this, but there’s such limited creativity with the pieces that seem to be featured throughout the blogosphere. (Although, I’m really into this yellow coat and I’m almost out of my signature fragrance.) Last year, I purchased two items: this Kate Spade mini dress that I love and Smartwool no-show socks. I didn’t want to succumb to the siren song of the sale, but I couldn’t help it. If you happen to be in the same boat, here’s how I gained early access to the sale last year without having a brand credit card. (Since I used this trick before, my information was saved and I was able to add Anniversary Sale items to my cart today without a problem.) Let me know if you try it and if it works for you!
1.) Login to your Nordstrom account.
2.) Head to an item you’d like to purchase and click “Confirm Your Card & Add to Bag.”
3.) You will be prompted to enter the last four digits of your card number, your last name, and your billing ZIP code. Use the following information in these fields:
This should allow you to add the item to your bag and continue the check-out process with whatever method of payment you’d prefer. As with any shopping tip, I can’t promise this will work for everyone, but it’s worth a shot!
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We’ve all been there. Somewhere in the glossy pages of the latest fashion magazine or displayed delicately at a boutique, we spot it. It’s effortless. It’s chic. It’s the pièce de résistance your wardrobe has been missing all these years.
Then you look at the price tag and your dreams of purchasing that special piece are dashed. No matter how many days you bring lunch to work or brew coffee at home, you’ll never save up enough from a few weeks of penny pinching to make that of-the-moment item your own. Don’t be discouraged, though. A quality, thoughtful wardrobe is accessible on a budget with a strategic approach to wardrobe building. Below, you’ll discover the key places to splurge and where to save.
And if you’re strapped for cash, a good rule of thumb is to go with budget-friendly pieces in classic shapes and neutral colors. Those can usually pass for a more expensive alternative in a pinch.
WHEN TO SPLURGE
The lion’s share of your budget should go toward the pieces you wear most often. While “cost per wear” can come off as a fashion lover’s rationalization for spending money, there’s value in the practice. For example, an ultra-trendy romper purchased for $200 and worn twice comes out to a $100 cost per wear. That’s a huge chunk of your budget for an item that didn’t get much love. On the other hand, spending $200 on a handbag you reach for three times a week throughout the year only comes out to $1.28 per wear. That’s the better investment for your dollar.
You’ll also want to spend more on these often-worn items because they are more likely to withstand the stress of regular use. A higher price tag doesn’t always mean better quality, but it usually does. Be sure to read product reviews and scour blogs to find testimonials about an item or brand.
The right splurge for you is dependent on your lifestyle and sartorial preferences. If you live in a warm climate, then a heavy wool coat obviously isn’t for you. If you’re like me, then dresses are a staple in your collection and spending more on a single dress that fits like a glove is worth every cent. Use the guidelines below as inspiration for creating your own splurge list.
WHEN TO SAVE
The most stylish women know how to mix those high-end purchases with budget finds. Think of the “save” column as the icing on the cake. These are the updated, trendy items that might not capture your fancy for more than a season and that’s okay. However, this is precisely why only a small portion of your budget should be dedicated to these pieces. It goes back to that cost per wear. Spending $50 on a sundress you wear once a week for the summer will run you around $4 per wear June through August — much easier to stomach than a higher priced version.
I’d love to know what items you save and splurge on! Let me know in the comments!
You might also enjoy this post on how to find and identify your personal style.
Even though I recently placed an order for another summer dress (this one in yellow), I’ve been more and more interested in planning my fall wardrobe. That’s not to say I’m going to prematurely feature wool knits and heavy coats here (I hate when bloggers do that), but fall and winter clothes are on the pricier side so it makes sense to take stock of the seasonal selections that will get the most mileage. These kitten heel pumps are topping my list. I just love the bow detail on the back and they’re low enough for all-day wear, which makes them a nice ladylike alternative to my wear-with-everything black flats (a splurge, but the cost per wear is down to pennies). If you’re a size 10 or 11, you can get them here for $230. Otherwise, you’ll need to pony up another $40 to snag them here.