Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale 2016: Workwear & Beyond

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The below content is about the 2016 Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.

Oooh: the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale has started and it’s good.  Below are some of my favorites for work — what deals have you found? (I haven’t even gotten to bags and shoes yet!)

Bargains at the #NSale (Under $75)

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Suits on Sale

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Cashmere on Sale at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

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Amazing Deals on Workwear Basics from Designers (All Under $350)

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Tales from the Wallet: Leave Room in Your Budget to Take Advantage of Sale Prices

leave room in your budget for salesI just saw a great study on this, so I thought we’d discuss — do you leave room in your budget to take advantage of sale prices?  Do you do it in a disciplined way (“I have $300 to spend for fun purchases, no more!”) or is it just part of your budgetary cushion? Which sales do you splurge on? 

This seems like a great follow up on our recent post about how to make a budget: Of course it’s great to be aggressive with your savings, student loan payments, and investments — but be wary of trying to live on too tight of a budget if you don’t have to. Probably the biggest long-lasting effect the recession had on my money habits is that I leave enough room in my budget for unexpected sales on household items. When I’m in the grocery store or the pharmacy, I look for items with good sale prices and then purchase them even if we don’t need the item immediately (provided we have the storage space). The headline of the HuffPo article I saw about a relevant study says it all: “Poor People Have To Spend More On Toilet Paper Than The Rich: Study.” The study found that low-income households don’t have the cash to buy in bulk, so they end up paying higher per-item prices; the article also mentions that poorer people often end up paying more for “discount” toilet paper than richer people do on “premium” toilet paper. (A lot of readers agreed with me when we talked about everyday splurges: sale prices or no, life is too short for cheap toilet paper!)

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Brea Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Cynthia Steffe Brea DressHmmn: both Zappos and Bloomingdale’s have this Cynthia Steffe dress on nearly identical sales today (was $255, marked to $179.99 at Zappos today and $178.50 at Bloomingdale’s). Zappos has sizes 0 and 2, Bloomie’s has sizes 8 and 10 left. I like the structural details on this dress — the darts, the seams, the defined waist. I particularly like the way the back and the sides are dress (at least on top) are black — I think the effect would be very slimming. Nice. Cynthia Steffe Brea Dress

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Coffee Break – Pro Lesson Palette

Hat tip to Fashion Prospectress for this one: Sephora is having their 20% off Friends & Family sale (go here for your code; deal ends 11/2) and there are a ton of great basics, as well as gift sets (perfect for the holidays!). I like this kit that takes you through two looks: a natural eye and a smokey eye. This one is for brown eyes, but they also have them for blue and green eyes. The kit is $28 at Sephora. SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Lesson Palette: Brown Eyes ($65 Value) Pro Lesson Palette: Brown Eyes


Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Dress Fer

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Dress FerMango has lots (and lots) of great sales going on right now, including a number of dresses marked to around $50. For the office, I like this striped shift dress, with an asymmetrical neckline. Love that the black belt looks great with the navy stripes. Was $109.90, now marked to $53.99 (the sale is so good that only lucky sizes are left: this one is only size S, alas). Dress Fer

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Coffee Break – Eloise Satchel

Botkier - Eloise Satchel (Green) - Bags and LuggageZappos has a number of Botkier bags on sale today, and I love this dark green satchel. In addition to having super soft leathers and beautiful colors, I like Botkier bags for the intelligent pockets — and this Eloise stachel is no exception. Was $545, currently marked 20% off to $436. Botkier – Eloise Satchel (Green) – Bags and Luggage


P.S. Note that Shopbop has the same bag in black for 30% off, down to $381.

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