nordstrom anniversary sale reviews

I’m sure by now you’re all completely OVER the #NSale madness–I know I am. I haven’t mentioned the sale up until today, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on the few items that I bought in case anyone is interested in putting in a last minute order (the sale ends August 6th).

Vince Camuto Francia bootie (size 9M, granite peak)

Main Image - Vince Camuto Francia Bootie (Women)

When I spotted these booties in the sale, I was immediately intrigued. My legs are bit on the short and thick side, so I look for booties with a low front shaft or some sort of an inset to elongate the leg (Audrey has explained this concept much better than I can). This pair definitely satisfies that criterion. They’re a bit out of my price range, even on sale, but I loved the silhouette enough to order them. Initially, Nordstrom estimated that these wouldn’t be delivered until late September, but I ended up getting them just a few days after ordering.

A few notes:

-The color is a pretty dark gray. In these “stellar” iPhone photos, they look almost black. Not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just something to be aware of.

-The boots have a bit of a strange smell right out of the box. Maybe that’s normal with suede?

-The fit is true to size. I normally wear a 9 or occasionally a 9.5, and the 9 was just right in these.

Verdict: Return. As cute as these are, the color is unique enough that I think I would have some difficulty incorporating the boots into my outfits. The price is also a little more than I’m comfortable with given the uncertainty regarding their versatility. If they end up further discounted at some point, I might re-order them.

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 4, black)

Main Image - Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans (Regular & Petite) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Technically, I just bought a pair of black jeans in January, but those were intended as a “temporary fix” to last me until I gained back some of the weight I lost during breastfeeding. I’m now much closer to my pre-pregnancy weight, so once again, I’m in need of some black jeans. I had never tried this brand before, but they seemed to be getting good reviews.

A few notes:

-These seem to fit true to size. Some claim that they run big, but I typically wear a size 4 in pants, and that’s what I ordered in these.

-The pants have this on the label: “featuring slimming panels constructed to hold and mold and boost your assets.” I would agree that these jeans have a bit of a yoga pant feel in that they seem to “hold everything in place.”

-The length is perfect on me–I’m 5’6″, for reference.

Verdict: Keep. I really liked the fit on these. I’m hoping they’ll retain their color; I’ve found that all of the black jeans I’ve bought from Loft (my go-to store for pants/jeans) fade after just a few washes.

Caslon Knit Blazer (extra small, black)

Main Image - Caslon® Knit Blazer (Regular & Petite)

As I mentioned in my most recent wishlist post, I’m on the hunt for a lightweight black blazer since the weather rarely calls for wool around here. I liked the casual vibe of this particular blazer. I had to stalk it for a while to get my desired size/color, but it eventually popped back in stock a few days ago and arrived less than two days later!

A few notes:

-As you might expect for a relatively inexpensive, knit blazer, it is not lined.

-The reviews indicated that this blazer ran large, so I ordered a size down from my usual small. The fit seems just right.

-The fabric seems like it will attract dog hair, but that’s pretty normal for anything in my wardrobe!

Verdict: Keep. This is just what I was looking for, and I like it so much I might try to snag it in another color or two before the sale ends.

Two out of three isn’t bad! What did you buy (if anything) from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?


old navy review, volume 2

It’s been almost two years since my last “try-on” post, and I happened to have just bought a new full-length mirror for our bedroom…so how about another?

I’m not always a fan of Old Navy’s offerings, but this spring, they’ve had a few items worth trying. They recently had a 40% off promo for cardholders, so I ordered the items you see below.

trench coat in clay mate, $35 (size small)

I mentioned in my most recent shopping list post that I’m in search of a new trench coat. I spotted this one for such a steal, I had to try it. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly what I’m looking for–it’s not waterproof (just regular cotton), and the fit leaves something to be desired. Still, it’s a decent quality coat for the price. I also like the striped lining.

Verdict: return


relaxed peplum-hem top in black, $11 (size small)

I just completed another closet purge, and one of the items I banished was my black peplum top. It wasn’t a perfect fit when I bought it, and now that I’ve lost weight and stopped breastfeeding, it’s just all kinds of wonky. Plus, the heavy material limited its use. So now I have that hole in my closet. I like this one with lace trim (that you can’t see in these grainy iPhone photos), but the material is what ruined it for me. It’s pretty scratchy, and I know myself: if it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it.

Verdict: return
relaxed peplum-hem tee in white stripe, $12 (size small)

Honestly, the last thing I need is another striped tee, but this one is a little bit different, right? It’s pretty lightweight, so I can see myself wearing this well into spring, despite the long sleeves. This particular color/pattern is sold out online, but you might be able to snag one in stores (for just $7, no less!). My only concern is that the sleeves are a bit tight considering I usually end up rolling up my sleeves during the day. Whether I keep this depends on how the rest of my spending goes this month.

Verdict: maybe


crew-neck tee dress in red stripe, $11 (size small)

I added this to my order because my current red striped dress has shrunk a bit over the past few washes, making it a bit too short for work. I’d love to find a replacement…but sadly, I don’t think this is it. I had read the reviews indicating that this dress runs small, but I veer toward in extra-small in Old Navy’s sizing, so I thought a small would be safe. It fits, but it’s definitely more “body-con” than any of my other tee-shirt dresses. I also think the tall sizing might have been better to get a bit of added length. Finally, the color is not the true, cherry red I want–it leans toward orange-y red.

Verdict: return

So this order turned out to be a bit of a bust, but at least it gave me something to blog about. What would you keep?

loft review

I feel like such a sucker. Last month, when I bought my red polka dot shirt and matching skirt, the sales lady convinced me to open up a Loft card. I mean, how could I say no to an extra 40% off? Well, fast forward a few weeks, and I’ve made several transactions due to flash sales, cardmember perks, and other irresistible marketing tactics. Well, Loft, your ruse to get me to buy more of your merchandise has been very successful.

All that being said, I’m not planning on keeping all of the items I’ve bought. Here’s a look at the goods.

quilted jacquard flare dress, $35

Tasteful Style1As you may recall from my last review post, I am on the hunt for a pink dress. I tried one from Target that was too form-fitting for my taste, so I thought a fit-and-flare style like this one would be more my style. They were sold out of my normal size, but some of the reviews indicated it ran big, so I ordered a size down (left), as well as my normal size in the petite version (right). The petite version gave me room in the torso, but the waistline was just a little higher than my natural waist. The length was about an inch or two shorter as well. The regular version fit me better in the shoulders and more nearly fit my waist. My only complaint is that the fabric is a little clingy, so it highlights my ribcage fat (trust me, it’s a thing). Nonetheless, it satisfies enough of my criteria that I’ll likely keep it.

Verdict: Keep

scallop jacquard riveria shorts in black, $20

black shortsThese shorts and the pair below were actually items I just added to my order to get free shipping. I absolutely love the scallop detail on these, and I think they fit pretty well. That being said, I already own a pair of black shorts, so I really can’t justify keeping these.

Verdict: Return

scallop chambray riviera shorts, $22

denim shortsIn all honesty, I had higher hopes for these shorts. I’m often between sizes in shorts and I ordered the smaller in these, since the reviewers indicated that they ran large. Even still, they were pretty roomy. I think the overall look was just a little…sloppy. Ironing them would probably help, but overall I didn’t think they were flattering. Perhaps they would be cute on someone tall and thin?

Verdict: Return

windowpane circle skirt, $18

circle skirtI’ve spotted this skirt on a few of my favorite bloggers, and I really fell in love with it over the past couple months. So when Loft had a 70% off flash sale, making it just $18, I had to order it! I had fully intended on keeping it until I looked at this picture–it makes me look a bit big through the middle here. Maybe a belt would help…

Verdict: Maybe

white modern skinny jeans, $35

white jeansMy current pair of white jeans (in Loft’s modern straight cut) doesn’t really fit me all that well right now. The waist is too big, and they’re a few inches too long, so as a result, I have to wear flowy shirts with them and cuff the hem. Not ideal. So I tried the modern skinny cut instead. This pair is definitely a better fit in the waist, but they’re still just a smidge too long (I rolled two tiny cuffs in these pictures). However, the quality is good, and they’re NOT see-through, which is a problem with a lot of other white pants/jeans I’ve tried in the past. I’m still debating whether they’re worth $35.

Verdict: Maybe

So what would you keep?

target review

I always like at least a few Target clothing items every season, but I’ve found their spring offerings this year particularly enticing. Accordingly, I’ve bought a few items–some in store (two tops), some online (two dresses). Read on to find out my thoughts on each…

women’s printed crepe shell in green/white (floral), $16

floral topI am on a major floral kick these days, which is kind of interesting considering I spent my teenage years loathing anything that even resembled a floral print. Anyway, I really liked the colors in this top, and I thought it was a bit more professional looking than my beloved floral tee. However, I think the colors are a bit too similar to the aforementioned tee. The fit isn’t all that flattering either.

Verdict: Return

women’s printed crepe shell in drizzle gray (polka dots), $16

polka dot topGray is fast becoming my new favorite neutral, particularly for springtime. It looks so lovely with pastels and saturated hues alike. So that was my incentive for buying this top…oh, and I also had a buy two, get $5 off coupon. This is the exact same top as above but in another print, so the fit is of the same mediocre quality. I also don’t like how it’s pretty see-through, meaning I would have to wear a layer underneath. I had envisioned wearing these tops throughout the summer, which is not a time when I want to be layering.

Verdict: Return

women’s ponte sheath dress in so pink, $28

pink dressI recently read a review of this dress on Heidi’s blog; she seemed to like her mint version a lot, so I thought it was worth trying. I absolutely love the color–a vibrant rosy pink. However, I did not love the fit. It was much more form fitting than I had anticipated; I would feel self-conscious wearing something like this. The overall fit was also just a bit off. I couldn’t get a picture, but the zipper kind of bumped along my spine awkwardly rather than laying flat. The fit in the shoulders was also only OK. I’m not sure sizing up would solve those problems, so I think I’ll just keep looking. I’m hoping I can get this one in my size during the next flash sale!

Verdict: Return

women’s floral crepe shift dress in ebony, $12

floral dressTo be honest, this dress was a last-minute add-on to qualify for a BOGO 50% off promotion. Again, I liked the floral print, but this time it’s unlike anything else I own. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this dress on. It’s very lightweight and comfortable, and the colors are quite vibrant in person. I also loved that it matched my pink heels perfectly 🙂 I don’t really need this dress, but it’s pretty cute for just $12! Depending on what else I end up buying this month, I may or may not decide to return this dress. It’s a good thing I have 90 days to decide!

Verdict: Maybe

Which items would you keep? Share your thoughts in the comments below!