Weekend Open Thread

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Ladies, as I mentioned earlier, the Nordstrom sale is good. I did a fuller roundup for workwear earlier in the week, but I thought I’d mention some great weekend basics I just spied in the sale: tons of Splendid tops, 15-25% percent off. Not a huge sale, admittedly, but these shirts are some of my favorites for the weekend, and they’ve been on every “best of” list for the past thousand years — they’re soft, they wash well, and they last.  Pictured here: the deep V neck, the turtleneck (the thin jersey turtleneck is a growing trend — if you don’t have one I’d suggest picking one up!) and a simple white tee.  They’re $34 to $43, at Nordstrom.

Happy weekend! As you may know it’s Columbus Day weekend, which means a lot of sales — some noteworthy ones we’ve seen include:


Deal Alert: The Nordstrom Sale is Gooooooodd

nordstrom-saleI saw that this blue DvF dress was marked down a few days ago, and have meant to mention it on the blog — we all drooled over it when it was $398; it’s now $160 and has all sizes 0-14 left. But then I dug deeper — and there are a ton of great things in the sale section! I’ve rounded up some other favorites below, but some quick hits for you:

Kat’s Favorite Classiques Entier Sale Items

There are a ton of things in the sale from Classiques Entier — these are my favorites, all priced between $92 and $179.


black dress /gray suit pants (matching jacket) / plaid merino pullover / olive/black dress

Hugo Boss Picks in the Nordstrom Sale

There are tons of great Hugo Boss picks (some of these are down to Classiques prices, honestly! — these range in price from $77 to $375 for the suiting blazer) — some of my favorites include:

twist blouse / gray dress (matching jacket & pants) / blue dress (similar) / suit (in blue and gray!)


Nordstrom Sale Picks Under $50

There are a TON of affordable options — all of these items (below) are under $50 and have lots of sizes left (and readers LOVE that cardigan).

taupey blouse / red sweater / wrap blouse / tweed jacket

Ladies, have you gotten any crazy deals at Nordstrom lately? (I know one reader was just extolling the virtues of their return/price adjustment policy!) Anything you have your eye on, hoping it goes on sale? 

Labor Day Sales (The Early Roundup)

labor day sales 2016Happy Labor Day, guys! Any fun shopping plans for the weekend? (Have you been waiting to pull the trigger on any purchases because you’ve been waiting for any sales?) Labor day sales are already starting, so I thought I’d round up some major ones I’m seeing:

  • Nordstrom Summer Clearance – I mentioned this yesterday, but it’s official now: their summer clearance event started.  Pictured at top: love this suede jacket. Pictured below: For weekend wear — I’ve heard great things about these jeans and this t-shirt, and the tank and cold shoulder dress are really highly rated — and they’re all new to the markdown section.
  • 6pm – Labor Day Clearance Event, starting at 50% off MSRP.
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off all sale styles; ends Sunday night.
  • Anthropologie – Take an extra 40% off sale items (limited time, discount reflected at checkout!).
  • Brooks Brothers – Labor Day Clearance Event; up to 60% off spring & summer styles.
  • Club Monaco – Up to 60% off sale and clearance when you take an extra 40% off with code FAREWELLSUMMER.
  • Express – Labor Day sale, 40% off everything! (Ooh, including the reader favorites, the machine washable Editor and Columnist pants.)
  • J.Crew – Online only, take 30% off $200+ or 25% off 125+.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, plus extra 50% off clearance with code WOOHOO.
  • Last Call – Labor Day Sale, extra 30-75% off everything, including new fall & clearance.
  • Loft – Get an extra 50% off all sale styles, and for the rest of the site, buy one style, get the next 50% off.
  • Neiman Marcus – up to 65% off, plus extra savings on online clearance.
  • Reiss – Summer sale, up to 50% off reductions!
  • Talbots – 25% off fall merchandise, and major sales in the clearance section.
  • Zappos – Their usual huge selection has some hidden sales going on, including a big selection of Vince Camuto (clothes and shoes) and Pikolinos shoes marked down.
  • labor day sales for workwear

Pictured: jeans / tank / tee / dress

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends SUNDAY!

final 3 days of NAS saleDeal alert, ladies: it’s the final three days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — after Sunday, all of the new fall merchandise currently marked down will go back up to full price. There’s still a ton of good stuff left , but even now it’s flying off the shelves. (WAAAH to the leatherish jacket I added to my cart last night at like 1 AM and was sold out in my size by 10 AM this morning.) We’ve already rounded up workwear in the sale, NAS shoes, and last week we took a deep dive at the highest rated items for work and play since customer reviews weren’t available in the early days. I thought I’d take a quick swing through the sale today to see what else is sticking out to me now — I’m still seeing new things.  Note that all of these have a TON of sizes left, and that reader favorite brands for workwear like Boss, Classiques Entier, Theory and Halogen have lots of stuff left, including full suits.

For the Office

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The Highest Rated Items Still Left in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

highest rated items in the Nordstrom Anniversary SaleAs I may have mentioned a few times, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on, featuring tons of new fall merchandise temporarily marked down until prices go back up on August 8. I did my initial workwear review and rounded up my favorite shoes from the NAS when the sale first began a few weeks ago, but it’s been interesting to watch the progress of the sale — I’m always intrigued to see what becomes a best seller, what sells out, what gets rave reviews, and more.  Much has sold out — but there are still a TON of highly rated items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. So I thought I’d do a “highest rated edit” of the NAS — these are things that have tons of good reviews, almost entirely 4-5 stars, and almost everything here still has a ton of sizes left.  I’m picturing a lot of workwear and shoes, but I’m also rounding up the highest rated lingerie, lounge, and weekend pieces in the NAS.  Ladies, what have you bought and loved, whether to wear to work or for the weekend? Have you tried any of these highly rated NAS styles — and do you agree with the reviews? 

The Highest Rated NAS Work Clothes

You can check out my initial NAS workwear review here — many of the pieces are still left but have zero reviews (or single 5-star reviews, like this dress). I always feel there’s strength in numbers, so these are the highly rated styles with the most reviews:

highest rated tops for work in the NAS

Pictured tops above, L-R:

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shoes for Work

best shoes from nordstrom anniversary sale 2016It’s day two of the excellent Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I’ve rounded up 25 shoes to drool over, whether for work or beyond.  In keeping with the NAS spirit, these are all fall shoes that are temporarily discounted — prices will go back up in a few weeks when the sale ends. Right now the sale is only open to Nordstrom card holders; it’ll open to the general public in about a week.  Shoe shopping online can be a pain in general (I know I’m groaning every time I add three or four similar looking shoes to my shopping bag), but Nordstrom’s free shipping, free returns, and open ended return policy really helps soften the blow.

Ladies, which are your favorite shoes from the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

(Psst: you can check out all of our coverage of the NAS sale here, or you can click the link at the top of the page.)

Heels from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Almost all of the heels listed below come in a bunch of great colors — if anything came in more than 5 colors I noted it in the description. Also noted in the description: any extended sizes beyond 5-11, extra widths, and — while I’ve heard all of these brands mentioned as comfortable heels, I’ve also added “comfort” in the description for any brand or shoe that I think of as being a comfortable brand or have heard specifically comfortable things about that particular style.

First up: a ton of great heels, priced $69-$109:

comfortable heels from nordstrom anniversary sale

Pictured above: purple spike pump (6 colors, 4-13, M W) / patent block heel (4-13) / blue wedge / black Mary Jane block heels (4-12) / wedge (comfort)

The next batch ranges in price from $159-$254.

nordstrom anniversary sale shoes 2016

Pictured above: block heel (comfort) / pointy toe (comfort, N M) / colorblock pump / d’Orsay pump (comfort) / block heel with bow (5-13, comfort) / pointy block heel (4-12, N M, comfort)

Flats on Sale

There are a ton of great flats in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I’m particularly loving the spike flat ($69!) — in most colorways the heel is not a contrast heel, so the spikes are even more of a subtle detail. One of the trendier shapes I’m seeing and loving is the slipper/skimmer flat (#3 and #5 below) which looks surprisingly cute with dresses.  Old school penny loafers are also coming back in.

The flats below range from $56-$129:

nordstrom anniversary sale flats 2016

Pictured above: berry flat (5-12, comfort) / spike flat (7 colors, sizes 4-13) / perforated flat (4-12, 5 colors) / penny loafer (4-13, M W) / skimmer flat (comfort)


Nordstrom Booties in the NAS

Knee high boots are still being sold, but booties are taking over, and I think, have a much more modern look with everything from skinny jeans to skirts and dresses.  However — do note that booties are not appropriate at every office. Details like peep toes and buckles (particularly clanky ones) may raise eyebrows at work, as well as trends like wearing booties with skirts and the popular no-socks look.  Know your office! 

The pictured booties below range from $79-$259:

nordstrom anniversary sale booties

Pictured above: block heel bootie (4-12, MW, comfort) / stretch bootie / beige perforated bootie (5-13) / khaki bootie (4-11) / mesh peep toe

The next batch of booties range from $259-$349:

nordstrom anniversary sale booties 2016

Pictured above: leather bootie (comfort, waterproof) / block heel bootie (4-13, comfort) / gray suede bootie (5-12, comfort, waterproof) / the classic bootie! / purple boot (4-12, comfort)

Ladies, which shoes have you bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Are you looking to add some trendier pieces to your working wardrobe, or are you on the hunt for more classic styles?