Recent Purchases – Nordstrom

I cleaned out my purse last weekend and found $80 worth of Nordstrom Rewards. I felt this was a sign so I decided to check out Nordstrom's sale department. Here's what I I liked, and what I didn't like so much:

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As you can tell from this post, I liked this skirt.  It's a weird fabric – sort of cheapy spongy polyester knit, sort of ponte.  It's redeeming factor is that it is fully lined, which gives it a nice weight and keeps it from clinging too much.  Side hidden zipper, zipper pocket detail – these are FAUX pockets which was a bit of a disappointment. But the skirt comes in a variety of sizes and lengths (and other prints too, some which are on sale, some which are not) and I think can dress up or down with ease.  I like the python print – I think it will look fantastic with bright colors, yet also look classic with a crisp white shirt or black turtleneck sweater.

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If I were six feet tall, I might like this dress.  A size Large made me feel as though I was a child playing dress-up in my mother's closet.  The neckline went to the bottom of my ribs, the waistband was near my hipbones, and there was at least a foot of fabric pooling on the floor even though I was standing on my toes.  Yes, I am petite (5'3″), but I can usually carry off dresses like these with only a minor trimming of the hem.  I can't even tell you how the dress looks because my reflection made me look as though I wrapped myself up in a curtain.

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The green color is just as fantastic in person as it is on the website.   However the bag is just plain weird and cheap looking.  Shiny nylon with really fake looking leather trim.  The strap is very stiff and the buckle to adjust the strap doesn't seem to vibe with the style of the bag itself.  The gold details are REALLY shiny, very fake looking.  The logo for the bag is on the back, and it's a big green enamel heart with gold trim – totally not my style.  I wanted something bigger than my Hobo International “Libby” bag to have for concerts and events when I want my hands free, and a place for everything (camera, phone, lip gloss, ID, cash).  This is not the bag. 

Per this post, you can see I like this coat and have added it to my wardrobe.  It's a great classic trench, but with flattering details.  It comes in petite, it's not as shiny as one would think from the picture on the web, it's single breasted, it's not super long but long enough to be flattering with skirts.  There is a nice lining which will keep one warm on breezy fall days.  Water resistant.  The only thing I don't like are the weird little metal grommet detail on the pockets – I find them superfluous and they make the jacket look a bit more casual and cheap.  However for such an otherwise lovely jacket for less than $90, I can ignore the grommets!

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Just as cute in person as the picture on the web.  Unfortunately my foot is just too fat for them.  It's not just that my foot is wide, but it's too tall/full to fit into the shoe properly.  A shame, since it's an elegant silhouette – a trendy shoe style but in a cut that would make them wearable and stylish seasons after the heeled loafer has left the fashion magazines.  Don't let my fit issues sway you – I have unusually chubby feet and these shoes are only $64.90 – what a deal!

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The jury's still out on this one.  On one hand, it fits nicely in the shoulders and back; on the other hand the button is a bit too low for my petite frame.  It's a nice stretchy ponte fabric that could dress up with a pencil skirt or look cute with a tank and jeans.  However, the button is strange (military-inspired pewter) and I would have to replace it; also the lining on the rolled sleeves is sheer and you can see the red through it (the other colors wouldn't be as much of an issue).  It just feels cheap; I will need to try this with different things in my closet to see if it deserves a place in my collection.

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is in full effect – have you scored any great deals from it?

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5 Comments

  1. Jenny
    November 3, 2011 / 5:56 pm

    You inspired me to order the snake print skirt!  They only had a 10 in stock (I am always riding the line between 10/12), so I have my fingers crossed that it will work out…. we shall see ūüôā

  2. Sonia
    November 3, 2011 / 1:14 pm

    Regarding the previous suggestion of using a black Sharpie to color the grommet, be careful!  I used one once on the buttons of one of my outfits and it “bled” onto other clothing and my purse!  Plus, and I guess it’s a good thing, the dry cleaner’s always seem to make sure it disappeared as well!

  3. Sarah
    November 3, 2011 / 1:04 pm

    Mee Too (shouldn’t it be spelled that way?!) shoes seem like they have a juniors’ cut. As for your grommet problem – use a black sharpie to make them less noticeable. Love your blog!

  4. Tiffany
    November 2, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    I got two items I’ve been dreaming of forever: the Michael Kors Show Stopper Watch in tortoise and the Cole Haan Air Violet Lace-Up Boot. I also got the infamous Halogen pencil skirt in red. Yay!

  5. Ginger
    November 2, 2011 / 10:50 pm

    I’ve tried on a couple of Me Too shoes that looked like they’d be comfortable and easy to wear, and they just never fit right.  Sometimes they’re loose in the heel, or not right across the instep.

    I wish they’d get their act together.

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