July 14, 2014

Anniversary

It's that time of year again, to dust off (ha!) your Nordies card and save 33% on brand new Fall arrivals.  I've lovedlovedloved this time of year since I can remember. Last year I gave you a Nordstrom history lesson and talked about my experiences with this mammoth sale, both as an employee & a customer.
The insanity of the first day of the sale has diminished significantly thanks to the WWW. We now get to pre-shop and besides looking only at the catalog that came in the mail, see  almost everything that will be in the stores come. Nordstrom's pre-shop online & in stores is for card holders only. I have a Nordstrom debit card, which is genius. I get to earn rewards points and have access to events/pre-shop/etc, but no pesky APR or risk of debt. The charges come right out of my bank account so I can't go nuts (like I used to).
The 'early access' pre-shop is available online right now through July 17th. On the 18th, the doors to all Nordstrom stores open bright and early for the public to get their hands on all this goodness. Double points also happen now, so it's the time to shop!

Naturally I've curated an awesome list of great must-see items from all women's departments. I've skipped home, gifts, men & kids on this roundup, but there is a ton more in those departments!

Now... if you can't view these links on mobile, this post is worth saving and going back to once you're at your desktop and can check it out! I promise it will save you a bunch of time. 

I've only selected items that work on most all body types, that are practical, flattering,  will work for a couple years (i.e. not trendy), and all are (mostly) decent prices (sorry, though, you know I can't help myself...). 

In all honesty, while Nordstrom is by far my favorite store, I don't think Nordstrom is the place to buy trendy items. It's just not worth the investment generally to pay Nord prices for those things. Save those purchases for Asos, Old Navy, Goodnight Macaroon, Zara, and Nordstrom Rack. 
{ This is not a sponsored post, I just really love Nordstrom! It contains affiliate links...which means that I'll earn a small commission off any purchases you make from the #NSale picks! Which is ok, since I'm virtually your personal shopper...right?! }


Shop smart. But if you don't, Nordstrom is the best place to make a mistake because you can always, always, always return stuff. Anytime. Worn or new.

June 26, 2014

Sidekick

On a hunt. Again. This time for a chic cross body bag. Lately, I'm constantly on a swap between wallet and tote. There doesn't seem to be a need for a regular sized bag, although the "wallet" usually means wallet+keys+phone, so my hands are full, things get dropped (iPhone cracks...), I get irritated...so instead of keeping my lovely current wallet and finding a slim cross body I LOVE to go with it, I started researching completely new options.

Holy Cow. You can't imagine how [pleasantly] shocked I was to discover BEVEE. Luxe, amazing details, designer without paying for a label, AND they're local! Bummed to find out I missed their launch party invite while I was on bloggy hiatus but made up for it when  they met me for coffee to talk shop & show me their products!
I can't figure out what is more interesting about all of this...the designers, the story behind the products, or the name of the company. Bevee. Stemming from a French word formerly used to describe a group of female beauties, it also means flock of quail.

Bevee has two products, both luxury versions of a wallet on a chain. "Small bags for big bag lovers". Both hold everything you need and are crafted out of butter soft leathers. The 'Trifold' is the larger one (above), the 'Continental' is the zip around one. There are so many cool details of both, I don't know where to start. Maybe the snap off "essentials" billfold that you can pop off & stash in a clutch or when you're switching out handbags. Or the cool key fob that attaches to the back and tucks in a pocket. Or the fact both look as cool with the leather/chain strap as without. Or the colors...
The designers are as lovely as they are worldly. Both had been hugely successful in the fashion world before pairing up, and serendipitously attended the same grad school in Paris at different times. Both ended up in Seattle because of their husbands careers, and were lucky enough to find each other and share an entrepreneurial passion. DT Levy (on the left) is Israeli & previously ran a huge fashion company in Europe. Sasha Muir (on the right) hails from Britan and started and runs a little nail polish company you may have heard of...both are my type of women - cheerful, down to earth, moms to littles, & passionately driven to not only succeed, but in creating something women need that offers luxury and versatility at a reasonable price. LOVE! 
The Bevee bags are designed as classics, and hold everything you need and nothing you don't. I'm slightly obsessed with saving up for one now (more so after writing this piece!)
Maybe you can help me pick a color - chime in below!  
To get your Sidekick you can check out their site HERE! (packaging is amazingly beautiful and shipping is free).
They're also active with social media so check out FB, Twitter & IG too!

 

This is exactly the type of thing you pay a little more for. You're paying for quality, design details, hand craftsmanship  & the fact they're designed so purposefully in Seattle! 
You don't pay for a fancy designer logo or brand name (at least in this case).

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I also need to mention I'm helping host a CAbi multi-rep sample sale in Bellevue this weekend and you're all free to come shop. Bring your wallet, your friends, and wear cute panties for the communal dressing room.

$7-$80, everything 50%-90% off, all sizes, styles, our venue is on Lake Washington and it will be so.much.fun!

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