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Happy Monday, everybody!
I hope you all enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend with your families. We certainly relaxed to the max over here. I’m talking lots of pool time, balanced out with lots of couch and late night movie time. I tell ya this, we have eaten more microwave popcorn during the last 4 months than we’ve eaten collectively over the last 4 years.
But enough about our late night popcorn eating.
Today’s post is SO GOOD.
I’m highlighting a pair of jeans that are flattering as all get out, a fresh white top, and a couple of really cute bags. And at the end of the post, I’m going to break down everything you need to know about the much anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
I’m in love with this outfit. I know it’s just a white top and jeans, but they are both fabulous.
Take a quick look, and tell me I don’t look taller and skinnier. #thatsright #youcant
I didn’t grow 2 inches or lose 5 pounds, but these jeans sure do make me look like I did!
They elongate my legs and give the appearance of like 2 extra inches in height. And they suck me in, while still allowing me to breathe. It’s a thing of wonder, y’all. But more on the jeans in a minute…
Let’s talk about this sweet little top!
I love a great white shirt, and there’s just something about this one that is fresh, but still classic.
It has all sorts of lovely details.
Pintuck pleats, lace insets, a tie neck, and gathered and ruffled sleeves all come together to make a DARLING blouse.
For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
Okay, the jeans.
Look how long my legs look!
At almost 5’4″, I wear a regular size 4 in these jeans. The petites are way too short on my frame, and I don’t think I’d recommend the petite sizing unless you are 5’2″ or shorter. I do have to wear them with wedges, but that just helps contribute to the long leg illusion. If between sizes, I would definitely suggest sizing down.
If you look at the picture below, this is exactly where I like the hem of my boot cut jeans to fall. I don’t want the jeans dragging the floor, but showing too much shoe will ruin the elongating effect that’s happening! And I’m telling you, you don’t want to mess with the magic of these jeans. They are called Itty Bitty Boot Cut Jeans because although they are a wider opening at the bottom than a straight leg jean, the boot cut is subtle (which I appreciate).
They have the perfect amount of stretch to them thanks to the Ab-Solution technology (that so many of us are obsessed with), but somehow manage to not stretch out and sag during the day. These jeans are designed to shape, mold, and hold…and they do just that!
Oh, and they are crazy comfy.
And you’ll feel great in them.
I. Love. These. Jeans.
And so will you.
If you’ve been a long time reader of STMT, you know I found my first pair of Itty Bitty Boot Cut jeans several years ago and named them a MUST HAVE. They were a dark wash, and I referred to them as gateway jeans, because I knew that once people tried them and fell in love with them that they would be life long fans of the entire brand. The same goes for these jeans as well!
The straw bag is too cute. I love the pop of pink it adds to the outfit, and who doesn’t love a tassel.
You can carry it by the handle…
Or you can wear it cross body.
The strap is adjustable, and I really like having the option.
I hope you love the look as much as I do!
For the second outfit, I just wanted to show you another way to style the jeans very simply.
These jeans look great with a basic tee.
This whisper cotton Madewell tee has been in my closet for years. It’s lightweight and so easy to just throw on and go. For size reference, I require a medium in these tees (and have them in countless colors).
The light wash makes these jeans perfect for Spring, Summer, and early Fall.
No matter your body type, I think it’s worth you giving these jeans a try. They seem to look incredible on everybody!
The striped cross body bag is adorable. It’s small, but big enough for my phone, some makeup essentials, and a card case with my license and credit cards. I’ve been reaching for it quite a bit and find it goes with lots of different outfits.
This outfit would be just as cute with my white Madewell tee too. And my olive tee. And my rust tee. Haha!
I hope I’ve convinced you to give these jeans a try! Because I’m telling you, they are MAGICAL.
NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE PREP
Okay, ladies! It’s now time to talk about the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Like pretty much everything in 2020, it’s going to look a bit different this year. But don’t worry, I’m still going to be covering it, and I’m still going to be sharing my FAVORITE FINDS with you!
In years past, I’ve truly functioned as a personal shopper for all of your Anniversary Sale needs. I’ve brought you lots of great items (see below for examples), and I’m going to do the same this year.
It’s COMING SOON (only a couple of weeks away now)!
Frequently Asked Questions follow…
WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?
Well, for starters, it’s the most highly anticipated event each year for STMT readers. We shop the sale HARD. Haha!
For the sale, Nordstrom introduces NEW Fall items across all categories (women, men, kids, home, shoes, bags, beauty), and everything hits the shelves ON SALE! We’re talking NEW FALL MERCHANDISE up to 40% OFF. It’s the perfect time to really stock up on great Fall basics. But in addition to the basics, I know that a lot of you like to take advantage of the prices to score more investment type pieces as well (like a designer bag, a leather jacket, or a really great pair of boots).
Shopping the sale together is SO MUCH FUN.
WHEN IS THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE?
As always, Nordstrom cardholders will get early access to the sale depending on their status. The higher your Nordy Club Status, the earlier you can start shopping. Level 4s (Icons) can start shopping on August 4th, Level 3s (Ambassadors) can start shopping August 7th, Level 2s (Influencers) can start shopping August 10, Level 1s (Insiders) can start shopping August 13th. EVERYONE can shop on August 19th, and then prices will go back up on August 31st.
Here’s a handy dandy little chart.
WHAT IF I’M NOT A CARDHOLDER?
If you’re not a cardholder, you will have to wait until August 19th to shop. Popular sizes and items will most likely be picked over, but it doesn’t mean you might not get lucky and still score a great deal or two. By that time, some returns will have already happened, so at that time I would just suggest checking back frequently for items that you might be able to grab after a return.
If you want to shop early, you can apply for a Nordstrom card HERE, and I believe that new sign-ups will receive a $40 Nordstrom Note.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
*Instead of sending out catalogs, everybody will get to preview the sale ONLINE starting July 24th (next week)! This will give you all the time in the world to browse the selection on your own, and you can even add items to your Wish List in preparation for when the sale opens.
*More than anything, I want you to know that as always, I’ll only show you things that I LOVE. I won’t show you everything just because. Nobody’s got time for that. I will do the heavy lifting with this sale….I will try on ALL THE THINGS….I’ll figure out what I do and don’t like….and then I’ll only bring you the things that I DO LOVE.
*It is my goal to make the Anniversary Sale (which can be totally overwhelming) more manageable to shop. And even more than that, I hope I can make it a ton of fun!
*Based upon information from different store managers, it seems that although there will be some inventory in stores this year, a bigger bulk of inventory will be found online.
*One last thing, if you want to make sure you don’t miss an alert, make sure you are following me on social media and signed up for my e-mails.
* Follow me on Instagram HERE.
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* Hop over HERE to follow me by e-mail. (It takes under 5 seconds to sign up, and you will get blog posts to your e-mail inbox!)
OKAY! That’s it ladies! Start carb loading now and GET READY TO HAVE SOME FUN!
A huge thank you to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post.