Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

Oh the beloved Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It’s a sale I look forward to every year. Why?  Because it allows you to pick up some really excellent quality clothing for the present, as well as for the season ahead at a deep discounted price! This year I promised myself I wouldn’t go too crazy and stick to a budget considering that we are currently in the whirlwind of a kitchen remodel.  So I stuck to finding a few basics that I could wear now, as well as incorporate into my fall/winter wardrobe.  I also chose items that are easy to mix and match with other items I already have so I can put together the most outfit options possible!

Links to each item will be at the bottom of this post if you’d like to snag these pieces for yourself!  Nordstrom Card holders get early access to this sale from July 13-20, and then on July 21st it will available to the public until August 6th!  So don’t miss out!

This top jumped out at me because one it’s grey (black, white, grey, and taupe are always my go to shades!) and it’s striped!  I’m obsessed with striped clothing, love me some stripes!  The fact that it’s long sleeved, but light weight  makes it so I’m able to wear it now on a cooler summer night, but then also wear it this fall/winter with some layering action.

I’m typically a tank top wearing gal, tee shirts not so much!  I really love the fit of this one below though, as well as the pocket detail.  As of lately I’ve really been attracted to this olive-y green color too….so you might see it coming into my wardrobe more often!  Both these tops are under $20 during this sale, woop!

These skinny jeans are so not my typical pick.  In fact they are the first light colored jeans I’ve bought in probably 10 years and the first pair of distressed jeans I’ve bought EVER!  Dark denim has been my got to for quite a while for its classy sleekness, but this pair won me over.  The feel and comfort blew me away and for under $50, they were a for sure winner.

Faux Leather Leggings!!! I actually saw a sales associate carrying these and asked her where to find them!  And lucky for me they were indeed part of the sale (YES!) They’re a fun edgy piece, they’re pants (which I desperately need for the upcoming cooler months, (dresses during the winter just won’t work like they did in Southern California!) and I’m sorry, but as soon as I put them on, I felt HOTT!!!

And last, but certainly not least, this leather jacket!  I’ve been on the hunt for a BLACK leather jacket for a while now because I feel like it’s a classic timeless piece that you can wear for a really long time, and being black it can almost go with any outfit.  This was the first item I found on my shopping day and I couldn’t be happier!  The fitted style and off center zipper are probably my most favorite details, with the partially zippered wrists and the fact that it’s $100 off during this sale as close runner ups!

 

Stripped Grey Long Sleeve Pocket Tee by BP here

Dark Olive Rounded V-neck Tee by Caslon here

Chelsea Ripped Skinny Jeans by Vigoss here

Faux Leather Leggings by SPANX here

Leather Jacket by Halogen here

Older items shown, but not featured at sale

Black wedges by Jeffery Campbell

Black heels by Calvin Klein

ELSA PERETTI® Open Heart Pendent Necklace by Tiffany & Co

Taupe tank top with zipper pocket TJ Maxx ($5!!!)

Camel Wedge Sandals – random brand from random boutique on Catalina Island LOL!

 

Cheers! (to an amazing sale!)

 

Traci

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DIY Boot Inserts

If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (NOW missyestochampagne) you know that my boyfriend and I recently bought a new home in Seattle!  We have an investment property as well, but this is our FIRST home in which we are actually living!  Soooooo, I really want to get deep into organization and do things around the house that I’ve always put off because “it’s a rental, we probably won’t be here long, just throw it in the closet.”  Just kidding I never just THREW something in the closet…..well maybe…HA!!!  Regardless, today I accomplished a mini project that I’ve seen  a million times on Pinterest, and fixed a a problem that seriously always drove me crazy.

BOOT INSERTS!  Or whatever they’re actually called.  Something that allows your boots to stand up straight instead of flopping over all sad and pathetic like.  Our bedroom closet is currently open (I disliked the previous doors, and since a closet organizer was already installed, I figured, why not just leave it open for a while?) so making my boots stand up made their section of the open closet a bit more aesthetically pleasing, and I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for things that are aesthetically pleasing!

  

So what is the secret behind these magical boot inserts?  Pool Noodles.  The little foam like “floaty” toys you use in the pool.  I personally picked mine up at the local dollar store, so not only is this DIY project easy, it’s inexpensive.  For $2 I was able to make 4 sets of inserts.  That’s 50 cents each people!  This is how I did it.

My pool noodles measured at 47 1/2 inches.  I made three cuts on each noodle just under the 12 inche mark.  I honestly just took a kitchen knife and cutting board and did this on my bedroom floor in front of my closet.

 

Once I was done cutting, I just slide one piece of noodle into each boot and the project was finished!  I know the photo above only shows three pairs of boots, but the project DOES make four pairs.  Below is a before & after shot of our closet. Not perfect, but this is real life and I’m  A-OK with that!  I think my boots and closet look much happier now!

 

This project is way too simple NOT to try, especially if you’re a boot lover!  I hope you give it a go!  Happy DIYing!

 

Cheers!

Traci

 

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