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NSale: LIY Team Fashion Hits & Misses

July 14, 2021

By:

Erin Schrader

The most wonderful time of year is here if you’re a Nordy girl like we are, and that means, you guessed it, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! We did a quick little team getaway to our nearest Nordy’s to try on items on our wishlists in person! The goal of this is to help you see items IRL [or on real internet life] and give you our feedback before you checkout on your own wishlist! While we had big hopes and dreams, unfortunately many oof our wishlist items weren’t. in store, so we’ve placed an online order and will be updating this post continuously as items arrive! In the meantime, you can check out each of our widgets under our sections to see what’s still comin’! So without further ado, keep on scrollin’ to see what the LIY Team found and loved [or didn’t love at all] from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

PS Don’t forget to check out Erin’s HUGE Hits & Misses post [with even more items arriving daily!].

ANNIVERSARY SALE SHOPPING TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Anything that you love and want for yourself, add to your wish list and check out once the sale is live for your card level [reminder: it starts today [7/14] for Ambassador Nordstrom cardholders and Friday [7/16] for Influencer cardholders and will be open to everybody on July 28th! If it isn’t currently available in your size and color preference, things are always coming in and out of stock, so check back often!
  2. Remember that Nordstrom always offers free shipping and free returns! Because of this, I would recommend ordering two sizes on things you are unsure of, to make sure that you can get it at the sale price and return the one that doesn’t work!
  3. Some of the items I mention may currently be out of stock, but check back often for restocks! We’ll also be notifying you of restocks over on our Facebook page and #NSALE group [highly recommend joining the group for a ton of helpful info and nightly giveaways!] 
  4. Keep in mind that while the sale lasts until 8/9, things go quick so don’t be like N*Sync and have to say “bye, bye, bye” to everything before it’s gone – shop early!
  5. If there’s anything I didn’t cover and you still have questions, ask away below and I’ll answer right here so check back! For more Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts, click here!
  6. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE — to see even more #NSALE looks from the team, be sure to check out our lookbook and click on NSALE LOOKS for even more goodness!

Hannah’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Hannah’s Hits

HIT: Hannah’s Tote

Ted Baker Naahla Tote

Obsessed is an understatement about this bag!! WHOA is it big and roomy but such a great color and perfect for traveling/quick trips!! You won’t be sorry with this purchase!! 

HIT: Hannah’s Blazer

1.State Blazer [TTS, wearing in XS] // Similar Cami //  Jeans [Size down if in between] // Seamed Leggings [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] // Similar Pumps

If you’re looking to update your work wear, I would snag this blazer!! So comfortable, chic, a closet staple and can be worn to work or with denim for date night! The only downfall with this jacket is the buttoning, it’s an extra clasp instead of the buttons!

HIT: Hannah’s Sweater

ALLSAINTS Sweater [Size up if in between, wearing in XS but could have done S] // Jeans [Size down if in between] // Similar Pumps

I’ve had my eye on this sweater for years and finally snagged it!! Thankfully it exceeded my expectations and I’m ready for Fall [well almost read ;)]. I love that the snaps are working and can be adjusted to how you want to wear it — on both shoulders or off one!

HIT: Hannah’s Tank

Halogen Cut Out Mock Neck Tank [TTS, wearing in XS] // Jeans [Size down if in between] // Similar Pumps 

Whatever you do, buy this top!! You won’t be sorry!! I thought for sure it wasn’t going to work for me but it covers my regular bra, perfect for date night and even my husband approved 😉 

HIT: Hannah’s Leggings

Open Edit Seamed Side Zipper Leggings [Size down if in between] 

Helllllllo fun leggings!! I’ve had my eye on something similar to this for awhile and after trying the Good American Boss Pant in store [these were a miss] I had high hopes for this Open Edit version! While these are more of a legging, they fit really nice, smoothed out lumps/bumps and the zipper detail is so fun!! It’s a 31” inseam so I threw on a pair of pumps for my 5’2” frame!

HIT: Hannah’s Pullover

Treasure & Bond Funnel Neck Pullover [Size down one, wearing in XS] // Seamed Side Zipper Leggings [Size down if in between]  // Similar Pumps 

This sweater was a borderline miss, but after a quick tuck to give it shape and dressing it up a little, I was sold! It is a boxier fit so if you prefer something with more shape, I would pass on this one! 

HIT: Hannah’s Dress

Treasure & Bond Ribbed Cutout Midi Dress [TTS, wearing in XS] // Similar Pumps 

Oh man, I love this dress!! Despite my 5’2” frame it worked pretty well and I am in love with the back cut out detail! Such a statement maker in a subtle way, and you can never go wrong with a Little Black Dress!

HIT: Hannah’s Sweater

Vero Moda Sweater [Size up if in between, wearing in XS but could have done S] // Jeans [Size down if in between] // Similar Pumps 

If you’re on the petite side and looking for shorter length sweaters, I would snag this option!! WHOA is it soft, the perfect length for my 5’2” frame and I love the more sweetheart neckline!

HIT: Hannah’s Crossbody

ALLSaints Fetch Leather Crossbody

While this bag didn’t make its way home with me, it was the prettiest color, roomy enough for essentials and such a great bag for year round wear!

HIT: Hannah’s Alo Tank and Leggings

Alo Cover Tank [Size up if in between, wearing in S] / Alo High Waist Leggings [Size up if in between, wearing in S]

This was my first time trying the Alo brand, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality! I also love a good neutral set 🙂 

HIT: Hannah’s Moto Jacket

BlankNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket [TTS, wearing in XS] / Cami [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one] / Booties [TTS]

OH my do I love this jacket in this color!! Such a Fall and Winter staple in an unexpected color that is transitional and so pretty!

HIT: Hannah’s Ruched Sleeve Top

Free People Ruched Sleeve Top [TTS, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one] / Booties [TTS]

Basic with a twist! I love a good sleeve detail and this top will be a Fall staple!

HIT: Hannah’s Suede Jacket

Kut from the Kloth Faux Suede Draped Jacket [Size down one, wearing in XS] / Cami [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one]

Nordstrom outdid themselves on jackets this year and WHOA is this one super soft, drapes nicely and so easy to dress up or down!

HIT: Hannah’s Houndstooth Jacket

Kut from the Kloth Houndstooth Jacket [Size down one, wearing in XS] / Cami [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one]

This jacket makes a statement in such a subtle way and has allll the neutral colors mixed in, making it easy to wear with denim or black jeans!

HIT: Hannah’s Skinny Jeans

Kut from the Kloth High Waist Frayed Hem Skinny Jeans [Size down one, wearing in 0 Regular Length]

My favorite jeans from the sale!! The perfect grey wash, the hemline is a fun touch and I love a good high waist!

HIT: Hannah’s Sweater

Madewell Belmont Donegal Sweater [TTS, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one] 

I was a little apprehensive about this sweater but once I slipped it on I loved it! The neck isn’t too tight, the colors are so pretty and I love the subtle speckled detail!

HIT: Hannah’s Booties

Steve Madden Cedar Booties [TTS, shown in Grey Suede]

The bootie of the sale!! If you’re looking for a great pair of comfortable booties that go with everything, these are it!

HIT: Hannah’s North Face Jacket

The North Face Fleece Jacket [Size up one, wearing in XS but need Small] / Tank [Size up if in between, wearing in S] / High Waist Leggings [Size up if in between, wearing in S]

I love a good fleece jacket for Fall and Winter and ohhhh boy this one is insanely soft!! You may never want to take this off!

Hannah’s Misses

MISS: Hannah’s Ruched Sleeve Jacket

1.State Check Ruched Sleeve Jacket [TTS, wearing in XS] // Similar Cami // Seamed Leggings [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] // Similar Pumps

This jacket looked and felt so cheap, and for the price it was a huge miss!! I loved the concept but it felt incredibly thin and had little to no structure.

MISS: Hannah’s Faux Leather Moto Jacket

BlankNYC Two-Tone Faux Leather Moto Jacket [TTS, wearing in XS] // Sweater [Size up if in between, wearing in XS but could have done S] // Similar Jeans // Similar Pumps

I’m allll about the statement jackets and was so excited about this one, but once it arrived the color completely threw me off. I thought it was a black/brown color combo but the black is a more Tobacco color and I didn’t love it.

MISS: Hannah’s Graphic Tee

Daydreamer Kiss Graphic Tee [TTS, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one] / Booties [TTS] 

I was so excited about this tee and it just didn’t do anything for me… Between the boxy fit and price I felt like I could find something similar at a better price point.

MISS: Hannah’s Sweater

Free People Too Good Sweater [TTS, wearing in XS] / Jeans [Size down one] / Booties [TTS] 

Not every sweater is made for everyone [lol]… I don’t know what happened with this one but like Erin said “it looks like your head is just floating” hahahaha 

MISS: Hannah’s Pants

Good American Boss Pants [Size up one, wearing in S] / Moto Jacket [TTS, wearing in XS] / Cami [Size down if in between, wearing in XS]

While I REALLY wanted to love these pants [they were very flattering] I just didn’t love them for the price! I’m trying this more budget friendly pair and hoping they’re as good!

MISS: Hannah’s Boyfriend Jeans

Kut from the Kloth Catherine Boyfriend Jeans [Size down if in between]

I don’t feel like these fit like a Boyfriend Jean at all…. They were pretty tight in the thigh/leg area and just weren’t worth it.

MISS: Hannah’s Fleece Jacket

Madewell High Pile Fleece Jacket [TTS, wearing in S but need XS]

Several of the girls on the team liked this jacket but for me personally, I felt like an oversized teddy bear [haha]. It is incredibly soft, it just wasn’t for me!

MISS: Hannah’s Wedge Sneaker

Steve Madden Cornell Hidden Wedge Sneaker [TTS]

A swing and a miss…. I gave these fun wedge sneakers a try but WHOA were they tight around my ankle and nothing was working to alleviate that. These may be a better option if you’re looking for this style of shoe!

MISS: Hannah’s Sweatshirt

Sweaty Betty Essentials Sweatshirt [TTS, wearing in XS]

For the price, this wasn’t worth it…. I liked the oversized fit, however it wasn’t that soft and seemed a little pricey for a basic sweatshirt.

Other items Hannah is waiting to deliver:

Claire’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Claire’s Hits

HIT: Claire’s Drape Turtleneck

TREASURE & BOND Drape Turtleneck [Size down if in between, wearing Medium but could have done Small in Rust] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] //  Exact Mule  // Similar Mules

Loving this classic turtleneck sweater in the prettiest Rust color for fall! It’s super soft and the material feels like a thick, high-quality material. Size down if in between sizes! This is my normal size medium, but I’m hoping to exchange it for a size smaller. 

HIT: Claire’s Turtleneck Sweater

Treasure & Bond Turtleneck Sweater [Size down if in between, wearing Medium but could have done Small] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] //  Exact Mule  // Similar Mules

Okay friends, I wanted to put these two sweaters together so you can spot the differences [because it’s a little tricky to tell online]! The Drape Turtleneck has a chunkier collar and thick hem at the sleeve which I LOVE. This one has a much shorter and less full neckline, which is great for anyone who doesn’t like turktleneck styles or often feels “swallowed up”. It’s a pretty basic sweater, but I’m giving it a thumbs up! Again, size down if in between- this is my normal size medium, but I’m hoping to exchange it for a size smaller. 

HIT: Claire’s Waffle Knit Sweater

Waffle Knit Sweater [Size down if in between, wearing medium but could do a small] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] // Exact Mule // Similar Mules

Meet my favorite sweater of the sale [until others arrive, that is 😉 ]! I love the waffle knit and thick, heavy, material. If hot pink isn’t your jam, it’s also available in several other neutral colors. Size down if in between, wearing medium but hoping to exchange for a small!

HIT: Claire’s Tory Burch Bag

Tory Burch Crossbody Bag [Devon Sand]

I’m not afraid to admit this is my THIRD Tory crossbody. I look forward to purchasing this style in the sale each year and now own in black, camel, and Devon Sand. I truly use this bag [in one color or the other] every. Single. Day. They’ve held up great for 2-3 years now, have built-in slots for cards & cash, and fits all the necessities like a cell phone, keys, sunglasses, etc. 

HIT: Claire’s Waterproof Winter Boots

Waterproof Winter Boot [size up .5 if in between]

This pair of boots was slightly out of my style comfort zone, but I’m so glad I decided to try them! They’re waterproof and SO comfortable- like walking on clouds, folks. I think they’ll be great for running errands on cold fall/winter days this year. I would say to size up .5 if you’re in between. For reference I’m typically an 8.5-9 and the 8.5’s are a little snug with thick socks! 

HIT: Claire’s Bootie

 Leminda Bootie [size up .5 if in between]

Another pair of boots that were out of my comfort zone that I’m not regretting. White boots are all over the place this season and I’m here for it! I love that these have a shorter, comfortable heel and will be easy to clean with a magic eraser – unlike suede.

HIT: Claire’s Graphic Tee

Def Leppard Graphic Tee [TTS, wearing M] // Good American Denim [Runs snug, size up if in between] // Booties [Size up .5 if in between]

Graphic band tees are my jam [pun intended] right now and I loved the slightly oversized fit of this one! Pour some sugar on me, I can’t get enough! See all band tee options here! 

HIT: Claire’s Cardigan

Madewell Colorblock Cardi [Size down if in between, wearing Small] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] // Similar Cami // Booties [Size up .5 if in between]

I know there’s some controversy around this sweater this year, but hear me out. While it’s not necessarily “new” – I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 😉 Introducing the classic, super-soft, Madewell cardi you know and love in pretty neutral tones for fall! Always a N-Sale win in my book. 

HIT: Claire’s Sweater

Free People Too Good Sweater [TTS, wearing M] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] // Booties [Size up .5 if in between]

Loved this one a little more than I expected to! If you’re a fan of the bright colors this season, you’ll love the Vibrant Orange or Rose colors. It is slightly cropped, so beware of that- it worked well with high-waisted jeans for me! 

HIT: Claire’s Sweater

Madewell Stripe Pullover Sweater [TTS, wearing M] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] // Booties [Size up .5 if in between]

I love these chunky knit Madewell Stripe Pullover Sweaters. I’ve owned several over the years and they alway hold up well! The high-low split hem and blush stripes add the cutest detail! 

HIT: Claire’s Moto Jacket

Faux Suede Drape Moto Jacket [TTS, wearing M] // Good American Denim [TTS, wearing 6] // Similar Cami // Booties [Size up .5 if in between]

A classic LIY favorite: the Faux Suede Drape Moto Jacket! Perfect date nights or GNO. It’s super soft, flattering, and fits true to size! Available in several beautiful fall colors. Love!

Claire’s Misses

MISS: Claire’s Sweater

Free People Princess Sweater [Size down]

I laughed as soon as I put this on. It runs large and the V-neck is a liiiittttle too deep for my taste. If you decide to give it a try, size down one [if not two sizes]! This is my normal size medium for reference. 

Other items Claire is waiting to deliver:

Cassidy’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Cassidy’s Hits

HIT: Cassidy’s Sweater and Jeans

Free People Swim Too Deep Turtleneck Sweater // BlankNYC Baxter Super High Waist Ripped Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans

HIT: Cassidy’s Sandals

Eileen Fisher Keno Platform Sandal

HIT: Cassidy’s Flannel Shirt

BDG Oversized Flannel Shirt [size down one if in between or for a more fitted look]

My favorite flannel of the sale BY FAR! Soft, cozy, oversized and perfect for fall. I plan on buying it in every color. 

HIT: Cassidy’s Levi’s Jean

Levi’s Ribcage Ankle Straight Jean [true to size, wearing size 26]

I bought these same jeans in a different wash last year so I knew I would love these even more this year! I’m obsessed with the light wash and subtle distressing!

HIT: Cassidy’s Platform Bootie

Steve Madden Platform Bootie [true to size, wearing in size 8]

One of my favorite purchases! I can’t wait to rock this bootie allllll fall long! I am loving that you can just slip them on and off PLUS they are so comfortable–happy surprise!

HIT: Cassidy’s Quilted Jacket

BlankNYC Quilted Jacket  [size down if in between, wearing XS]

Quilted jackets have been allll the rage so I had to get my hands on one! It is slightly cropped and is a little more boxy but I am loving it! I noticed that green was such a popular color in the sale this year and this jacket was no exception. 

HIT: Cassidy’s North Face Jacket

The North Face Fleece Jacket [true to size wearing XS]

I saw this on the preview and knew it would be mine! I am loving that this jacket is warm but light enough to rock during the fall! Perfect for fall sports or outdoor events. This jacket will probably end up being a go to for me this upcoming season!

HIT: Cassidy’s Ray Bans

Ray Ban Square Sunnies

Okay, I’ll admit it…..I am a sunglass snob so there is no better time to buy them than the sale! The square shape is a little out of my comfort zone but I am here for it!

HIT: Cassidy’s All Saints Slides

AllSaints Slides [size down in between wearing in size 7.5]

I have been eyeing these cuties for some time now! I have just been wanting an easy shoe to slip on especially with my athletic/athleisure outfits! I bought them in black so I wouldn’t have to clean them as often! 

HIT: Cassidy’s Sweater

Free People Tie Dye Sweater [true to size, wearing XS] // Free People Biker Shorts [true to size]

Loved this slouchy tie dye/ombre sweater! Best part? POCKETS. I paired it with the Free People biker shorts for the ultimate cozy/work from home look! 

HIT: Cassidy’s Tee

Billabong Graphic Tee [size down if in between, wearing XS]

I loved this simple graphic tee for a few reasons: a. It was slightly oversized and could be worn with leggings, b. The material feels great and c. You can dress it up or down! 

HIT: Cassidy’s Platform Sandal

Eileen Fisher Platform Sandals [size .5 up if in between]

I loved these sandals when they were in the sale last year but I didn’t get them…. This year I didn’t make the same mistake! I needed a new casual sandal and these were the perfect addition. Love the slight platform and the velcro closure!

HIT: Cassidy’s Mother Jeans

MOTHER High Waisted Crop Jeans [true to size/size down if in between, wearing in 26]

My biggest splurge by far…. But let me tell you, I am IN LOVE with these jeans. The inseam was perfect for me at 5’4! I love love love the hemline with a little fray and some length in the back! It is an adorable silhouette that is kind of like a kick flare crop! I will most definitely wear these all year long! My stylist did mention that these stretch out some so to order a size down if you truly are in between!  

HIT: Cassidy’s Nike Cropped Sweatshirt

Nike Cropped Sweatshirt / Zella Joggers [true to size, wearing XS] 

Athleisure at it’s finest! I paired these LIY favorite Zella joggers with a Nike cropped sweatshirt and BOOM instant comfort. So many of us purchased these joggers and I plan on living in them all year long! 

HIT: Cassidy’s Good American Jeans

Good American Skinny Crop [true to size, wearing 26]

Being 5’4, these jeans fit me perfectly even though they are technically a “cropped” style! They were super flattering and gave me great shape! They felt nice on as well! I feel like the darker wash is great for the fall season ahead!

Cassidy’s Misses

MISS: Cassidy’s Jacket

Avec Les Filles Patchwork Cotton Shirt Jacket

MISS: Cassidy’s Pants

Good American Split Hem Boss Pant [true to size, wearing XS/2]

These pants DID NOT work for my figure/frame/height! I had high hopes but these just didn’t work. I am 5’4 and I think they would work best for at least 5’5 and up! They were comfortable and felt like ponte leggings. 

MISS: Cassidy’s Spanx Joggers

Spanx Faux Leather Jogger [true to size, wearing XS/2]

These looked like they would be great but when I put them on, there was just too much material making it look almost plastic like! I liked the idea of them, just not how they looked on me!

MISS: Cassidy’s Button Up

BP. Button Up [size down if in between, wearing XS]

This top was just giving me too much balloon sleeve and felt like it was swallowing me up a bit. It has more of a shacket feel than a button up!

MISS: Cassidy’s Jumpsuit

Good American Denim Jumpsuit [wearing in size 1]

While this was a fun little number, the sizing was just off. I ended up sizing down because the pants were too loose but by doing so the top was just a little too tight. I am a pear body shape so I just don’t think it worked for me! It was super comfortable and lightweight though!

MISS: Cassidy’s Levis Sweater

Levi’s Cropped Sweater [size up if in between]

While I thought this sweater was adorable, it just wasn’t anything special for me! It was pretty cropped and would be best paired with high waisted bottoms. I just thought I wouldn’t get much wear out of it! That being said, I still think it’s so cozy and has that vintage vibe to it!

Other items Cassidy is waiting to deliver:

Lauren’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Lauren’s Hits

Lauren’s Water Repellent Coat

Via Spiga Water Repellent Coat with Quilted Hooded Liner [true to size, wearing medium]

Quilted hood and liner, waterproof exterior, tie waist, mid-thigh length? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. This jacket from the NSale is sooo good, on sale, and fully stocked right now!

Lauren’s Suede Booties

Jessica Simpson Aysira Bootie

Stop what you’re doing and add these booties to cart. I absolutely LOVED them as soon as I put them on. Black is pretty limited on sizing, but they also are available in brown, red, and snakeskin! The heel is higher but it doesn’t feel high at all, and is chunky enough that they’re easy to walk in! I have them folded down, but they can be scrunched like in the photo on the Nordstrom site!

HIT: Lauren’s Treasure and Bond Funnel Neck Sweater

Treasure & Bond Women’s Turtleneck Sweater // Similar Jeans // Nude Booties [size up .5]

You can’t go wrong with a classic turtleneck sweater come fall, and I love the brown color of this one! It’s a bit oversized, so it’s perfect for those days where you don’t want something tight!

HIT: Lauren’s Tunic Tee

Nordstrom V-Neck Dolman Sleeve Tunic [true to size, wearing medium] // Spanx Faux Leather Leggings [ size up one, wearing in large] // Black Booties [tts] // Nude Booties [size up .5] // Similar Sneakers [tts]

I am a suuuuckkkerrr for anything that can be worn with leggings, and this under $25 top is just that! Dress it up with booties and Spanx leggings, or dress it down with tennis shoes for running errands – the world is your oyster!

HIT: Lauren’s Moonlight PJ Short Set

Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas [true to size, wearing medium]

I’ve had the Moonlight Pajamas in the long sleeve and pants set for well over a year now and I couldn’t love it more [ I actually just ordered another pair today]. And I loved this leopard print in the shorts version, so thought it would be perfect for summertime! They’re crazy soft, and the button down top is great for new mamas!

HIT: Lauren’s Mock Neck Pullover

Treasure & Bond Funnel Neck Pullover [true to size, wearing medium in Tan Dale] // Jeans [size down one] // Black Booties [true to size] // Nude Booties [size up .5]

This is the perfect top for those early fall days, where you want to wear all your fall sweaters but it’s still pretty warm. It’s nice and light weight, has a fun mock neck, and is perfect for a quick front tuck.

HIT: Lauren’s All Saints Bag

All Saints Kita Leather Shoulder Bag

I started out thinking I wanted the beige, then was convinced I should get black, then came home with the cherry oak [a red/brown]. This bag was my favorite in-store purchase from the NSale, and obsessed is an understatement! Which color would you choose? 

HIT: Lauren’s Free People Sweater and Kut From The Kloth Jeans

Sweater [size down one] // Jeans [size down one] // Booties [size up .5]

Consider this the sweater I’ll be wearing over and over [and over, and over] again this fall and winter! Oversized, slouchy, and perfect. I sized down one to a small! These jeans are also AMAZING. From the slightest distressing to the fun button details to the great stretchy fit, I’m absolutely loving these jeans!

HIT: Lauren’s Madewell Cardigan

Madewell Cardigan [size down, wearing in small] // Jeans [size down one] // Booties [size up .5]

The softest sweater, the perfect length, the greatest quality – done! [Size down one!] 

HIT: Lauren’s On Sneakers

On Sneakers [I size up .5]

On sneakers have been on my must-try list for awhile now, and let me say, after trying them out, yep, they’re a must! Lightweight, supportive, and cute – yes, yes, and yes! Next stop: hitting the gym! I sized up .5 [I typically do this in Nike’s as well] and they fit perfectly! 

HIT: Lauren’s North Face Sweatshirt

The North Face Sweatshirt [true to size, wearing medium] // Zella Joggers [true to size, wearing medium] // On Sneakers [I size up .5] 

Cute, warm, a good fit – that’s what I like in a sweatshirt, and this North Face version did just that! Also available in a pretty blue!

HIT: Lauren’s North Face Jacket

The North Face Jacket [true to size, wearing medium] // Zella Joggers [true to size, wearing medium] // On Sneakers [I size up .5]

I imagine this North Face jacket is just as excited to take long cool fall walks with me as I am with it 😉 Nice and lightweight while keeping you plenty warm! True to size, wearing in medium!

Lauren’s Misses

MISS: Lauren’s Via Spiga Herringbone Quilted Coat

Via Spiga Herringbone Quilted Coat [ true to size, wearing medium]

Nope, nope nope. A big pile of nope. I was SO excited to get this coat in [in large part because I thought it was going to be green like the pic on the Nordstrom site…??], but once I tried it on, it was the opposite of flattering and I knew it had to go back. Thankfully I found a different coat I love. Good try, herringbone coat!

MISS: Lauren’s Madewell Sweater

Madewell Pickford Pullover Sweater [true to size, wearing medium]  // 

I love Madewell, I didn’t love this sweater. Too boxy, showed my seamless bra through the material, hard pass. 

MISS: Lauren’s Steve Madden Sneakers

Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers [true to size] 

Last year I loved my Linea Paolo wedge sneakers. I had high hopes for these Steve Madden ones, but let’s just say, I’m sticking to the Linea Paolo for both comfort and cuteness. 

MISS: Lauren’s Nike Pullover

Nike Sportswear Quarter Zip Pullover  // Jeans [size down one] // Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers [true to size]  

Quarter zip sweatshirts can be so cute, but this one was a miss – no structure and wayyyy too big [my usual size medium shown here]. 

MISS: Lauren’s Quilted Jacket

Blank NYC Quilted Green Jacket  [true to size, wearing medium]

While I love a good quilted anything [seriously, jacket, bag, bedspread], this quilting just made me look larger. Not a very flattering jacket for me, but it looked cute on some of the other girls on the team!

MISS: Lauren’s Off Shoulder Top

Treasure and Bond Off Shoulder Thermal Knit Top 

This top is made of a SUPER thin material, and is nothing I’d be comfortable wearing out of the house [or okay, even in the house]. I don’t know what bra you could wear with this that wouldn’t show through!

MISS: Lauren’s Blondo Shaker Waterproof Winter Boot

Blondo Shaker Waterproof Winter Boot

Swinggggg and a miss for these snow boots aka moon boots. I had loved the look of the Sorel boots from last year that had similar vibe, but once I got these in my hands all I could do was picture myself on the moon and put them back in the box. Maybe they’ll look cuter on you than me!

Katy’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Katy’s Hits

HIT: Katy’s Sandals

Teri Sandal [size down .5] // Coat [size down one] // Jeans [true to size] // Sweater [size down one]

You won’t catch me in heels often, but I am loving these! They have a simple feel and don’t feel like they take over a look. They remind me of the Sam Edelman Yaro’s at a fraction of the price. WIN – WIN!

HIT: Katy’s Pencil Skirt

 1 State Skirt [size up one] // Tank [true to size] //  Booties [true to size]

I love that this skirt feels like a sweater and you can wear it to work or for a day out! It runs on the tight side, so I recommend sizing up one.

HIT: Katy’s Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress [true to size] // Booties [true to size]

I got excited about this sweater dress the moment I put it on! It’s a great material, flattering, and screams Fall!

HIT: Katy’s Moto Jacket

Jacket [true to size] // Bodysuit [size down if in between] // Jeans [true to size] //  Booties [true to size]

This jacket wasn’t originally on my wishlist, but once I slipped it on I knew I had to bring it home with me!

HIT: Katy’s Jeans

Blank NYC Jeans [size down one] // Tank [true to size] // Sneakers [size down .5]

If you’re looking to mix it up with a pair of cute, straight leg jeans these are a great pair! They say “cropped” but for 5’4” they hit at a normal length. They definitely run large, so size down!

HIT: Katy’s Graphic Tee

Graphic Tee [size down one] // Blank NYC Jeans [size down one]

Graphic tees are a fun way to elevate a casual look. I was drawn to this one because of the inspirational sayings! “Be Kind to Yourself” and “Buy Lots of Flowers” just to share a couple. It has an oversized look, so size down if you want a tighter fit.

HIT: Katy’s Sneakers

Sam Edelman Sneakers [size down .5]

I’m walking on sunshineeeee ☀️ How fun are these pastel yellow sneakers? Throw them on with jeans, a sundress or denim shorts!

HIT: Katy’s Bodysuit

Bodysuit [size down if in between] // Jeans [true to size] // Booties [true to size]

This bodysuit is a great, soft material, and super versatile color! I know I will get lots of wera out of it, however I will say I don’t know if it’s really worth it for the price point.

HIT: Katy’s Zella Jacket and Leggings

HIT: Zella Studio Lite Ribbed Detail Track Jacket [true to size] // Zella High Waist Studio Lite Pocket 7/8 Leggings [size down if in between] // Tank [true to size] // Joggers [true to size] // Tennis Shoes [true to size] 

This jacket is great for running errands, going for a jog, or just lounging! It has a great shape and structure to it and feels like a million bucks. I feel like it looks better zipped at least slightly due to the flare at the bottom.

HIT: Katy’s Steve Madden Booties

Hit: Steve Madden Cedar Booties [true to size, left grey suede // right taupe suede]

If you want a boot to wear with anything and everything these are your new best friend! Comfortable, versatile, and did I mention cutttteeeee?!

HIT: Katy’s Coat

Coat [size down one, wearing xs in photo but ordered xxs] // Dress [size up if in between] // Booties [true to size]

Fancy like Applebees on a Fridayyyy…anyone know that song? 🎵 🤣 For real, this coat makes me feel all spruced up but would also be so cute with jeans and a graphic tee. The dress underneath was a miss for me on it’s own, but I thought it was cute under the coat!

HIT: Katy’s Sweater

Sweater [size down one] // Spanx Faux Leggings [size up one, wearing small] // Booties [true to size]

I think this may have been my favorite outfit of the day…🤩 This sweater is very oversized so definitely size down but oh so cute and comfortable!

HIT: Katy’s Good American Jeans

Jeans [true to size, wearing 2] // Bodysuit [size up if in between] // Booties [true to size] // Hat

Good American jeans are on the more premium side, but they feel SO good on and you can tell they are great quality! I fell in love with these instantly!

HIT: Katy’s Nike Running Shoe

Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

These tennis shoes were another item I didn’t have on my wishlist but ended up bringing home with me! I love the pop of white and the fact that they are slip ons.

HIT: Zella Joggers

Joggers [true to size] // Sweatshirt [true to size] // Tennis Shoe [true to size]

Talk about soft joggers….you are going to never want to take these off! Also, This photo was taken before I knew the price of this sweatshirt….😂 She’s a cutie, but needless to say she did not come home with me.

Katy’s Misses

MISS: Katy’s Minidress

Halogen Plisse Long Sleeve Minidress Dress [size down one] // Booties [true to size]

I am disappointed because I love everything about this dress, except the fact that the V is superrrr low. If I wasn’t holding it up in this picture you would see basically my entire bra 😂 If you are up for it, you could add a button or stitch to fix this!

MISS: Katy’s Sleeveless Top

Top [True to size] // Jeans [true to size, wearing 2]  // Booties [true to size]

I liked the idea of this top, but just didn’t feel like the shape or fact that you could see my bra lines was very flattering!

MISS: Katy’s Sweaty Betty Tank

Tank Top [size down if in between] // Zella Joggers // Sneakers

This tank is really soft and I wanted it to work, but unfortunately the material was just too flowy and not flattering.

MISS: Katy’s Pants

Pants [size up if in between] // Graphic Tee [size up if in between]

I was really excited about these pants, but they just show every line and crevice….did not feel very confident in them!

Becca’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Becca’s Hits

HIT: Becca’s Sweater

Vero Moda Sweater  [Size Up if in Between, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth Raw Ankle Mom Jeans [Size Down, wearing in 0] // Shoes [TTS]

This sweater just might be my favorite purchase from the sale! It’s lightweight, unbelievably soft, and a night shorter length which is easy to wear tucked or untucked. It’s also more of a sweetheart neckline, which is fun!

HIT: Becca’s Cardigan

Treasure and Bond Button Front Cardigan [TTS, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth HIgh Waist Skinny Jeans [Size Down, wearing in 0] // Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker [TTS]

This is the button front cardigan of my dreams! Super soft, stretchy and easy to throw on at home or out and about!

HIT: Becca’s Ankle Mom Jeans

Kut from the Kloth Raw Ankle Mom Jeans [Size Down, wearing in 0] // Vero Moda Sweater  [Size Up if in Between, wearing in XS] // Shoes [TTS]

I am a big fan of Kut from the Kloth and these are no exception! They of course are comfortable with great stretch, but I also love the looser ankle and the matte black button fly. I would call these more of a cropped straight leg than a mom jean, but still, love!

HIT: Becca’s Raw Edge Tank

Halogen Raw Edge Tank [TTS, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth Raw Ankle Mom Jeans [Size Down, wearing in 0] // Shoes [TTS]

This is such a pretty tank! I love the fun pattern and the contrasting trim in a sheer black to give it just a little edge!

HIT: Becca’s Blazer

1.State Blazer [TTS, wearing in XS] // Halogen Raw Edge Tank [TTS, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth Raw Ankle Mom Jeans [Size Down, wearing in 0] // Shoes [TTS]

This is not your average black blazer! The faux double breasted feature means the fun look of the double breasted blazer with the ability to wear it open without all the extra fabric and a more tailored fit. It even has a hook closure to wear it in a more closed fashion. I also love the scrunchy sleeves which give it a fun vibe.

HIT: Becca’s Boots

Sam Edelman Lex Boot [TTS]

How fun are these contrasting sole combat boots? The green is such an unexpected, yet subtle boot color for fall, and I love the ribbed detail in the back!

HIT: Becca’s Sneakers

Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker [TTS]

These little leather sneakers are fun for fall! And I love the saw-tooth tread to give a simple sneaker just a little something extra!

HIT: Becca’s Skinny Jeans

Kut from the Kloth Donna Fab Ab [Size Down, wearing in 0, should have chosen a OP] // Turtleneck [similar] // Cardigan [TTS, wearing in XS] // Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker [TTS]

These jeans hug every curve just like you want your skinny jeans to do! This classic dark wash is a closet staple you will wear for years! Note: At 5’0” I definitely should have chosen petite sizing, so an exchange is in the works!

Becca’s Still Deciding Pieces

STILL DECIDING: Becca’s Shirt Jacket

Vero Moda Quilted Shirt Jacket [Size Down if in Between, wearing in XS]  // Kut from the Kloth Donna Fab Ab [Size Down, wearing in 0, should have chosen a OP] // Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker [TTS]

This quilted shacket is a more oversized fit than I am used to, but I think that’s kind of the point of the shacket right? I love the weight and the color, and it would be so easy to throw on for running errands and so on. But the jury is still out on whether or not I like it on me.

STILL DECIDING: Becca’s Long Coat

Plaid Longline Coat [Size down if in between, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth Donna Fab Ab [Size Down, wearing in 0, should have chosen a OP] // Sam Edelman Lex Boot [TTS]

Trying to decide if this coat is a fun way to bundle up this winter or if it’s just too big and too much like a robe!

STILL DECIDING: Becca’s Two Tone Jacket

Two Tone Faux Leather Jacket [TTS, wearing in XS] // Kut from the Kloth Donna Fab Ab [Size Down, wearing in 0, should have chosen a OP] // Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker [TTS]

This jacket is fun! I love the color blocking on the sleeve, collar and side panels, but I thought the sleeves were black when I ordered, but they are really more of a dark brown. Definitely fun colors for fall, but I am still deciding if it will match with as much in my closet with it being brown rather than black!

Other items Becca is waiting to deliver:

Steph’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds

Steph’s Hits

HIT: Steph’s Ankle Strap Pumps

CORSO COMO Derissa Ankle Strap Pump [TTS, Cabernet]

Introducing…. My NSale MVP – These ankle strap pumps! They went from the box to my feet for the entire office day, and came back out the following night for dinner and watching our girl Katy play Cha-Cha in a local production of Grease (including walking downtown to the venue). They’re so comfortable for all day wear (thank you 2.25 inch heel!) and the zipper in the back is probably the smoothest I’ve had on shoes making them very easy to get off and on. I’m very seriously considering buying them in another color because I know I will wear them so much. Note – I do find the color in person to be a much deeper red than shown in this pic (you can see a more true color in my outfits below).

HIT: Steph’s Boyfriend Jeans

KUT from the Kloth Distressed Boyfriend Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12P] / Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket [TTS, wearing in 12] / BP Sleepy Lounge Tee [Size down, wearing in M] / CORSO COMO Derissa Ankle Strap Pump [TTS, Cabernet] / Lace VNeck Top [Size up, wearing in L] / Kell Parker Mules [Size up .5, use code LIY15 for 15% off]

Much like my favorite shoes, these jeans went from the box to my body and continued with me for the rest of the day. They’re comfortable, soft and have cute details. Another win!

HIT: Steph’s Skinny Jeans

Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12] / CeCe Puff Sleeve Mixed Media Top [TTS, Wearing in L] / Jessica Simpson Poali Pointed Toe Pump [Size Up .5] / Kut from the Kloth Carina Houndstooth Check Drapey Jacket [TTS, wearing in L]

My favorite pair of treat yo’self denim is back in a different wash with distressed detail and I couldn’t be happier! Some of the girls on the team introduced me to Good American a few years ago and while I LOVE them, I only own one other pair because $200ish isn’t in my normal range of denim spending – but during the Sale they’re just over $100 and it was time for another pair to slip my legs into.

HIT: Steph’s Waterproof Wedge Boots

SOREL Joan of Artic III Lexie Waterproof Wedge Bootie [TTS, or size up .5 to give room for thick socks] / Gibson X Living in Yellow Mary Off the Shoulder Top [Size down if between, wearing in M] / Liverpool X Living in Yellow Steph Hi-Rise Ankle Skinny [Size down if between, wearing in 10P]

I didn’t even wait to put these on my feet before I threw away all the packaging, I knew they’d be a hit! I purchased a pair of Sorel Joan of Artic Wedge Booties four years ago and have worn them an embarrassing amount every Winter since. Here’s the kicker, I didn’t buy these to replace that pair, they’re still in great shape! I bought these because they’re my favorite boots for nearly every Fall outfit, and snowy Northern Indiana Winters due to their thick treads and high sides that give a little extra ankle support while being just adorable and going with so many things! This is definitely an item I would still recommend paying full price for – but why do that when you can get them $60 off?

HIT: Steph’s Leggings

Zella Live In 7/8 High Waist Pocket Leggings [TTS, L]

These are a tried and true staple I restock on every year during the Sale. They’re comfortable to Live In, just like the name suggests! This is my first time trying out the 7/8 length, but I’m not sure why because I have a very short inseam and the others are too long. Here’s to making better choices!

HIT: Steph’s Cozy Shorts

Zella Peaceful Cozy Court Shorts [TTS, wearing in L] / BP Sleepy Lounge Tee [Size down, wearing in M]

I was looking for a pair of shorts to wear around the house or on casual outings and errands like to my kid’s soccer games, and I found them! The inside is cozy soft, but they don’t seem like they’ll be overly hot. Knowing Zella quality, for $25 this was an easy yes for me.

HIT: Steph’s Tweed Jacket

Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket [TTS, wearing in 12] / KUT from the Kloth Distressed Boyfriend Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12P] / BP Sleepy Lounge Tee [Size down, wearing in M] / CORSO COMO Derissa Ankle Strap Pump [TTS, Cabernet]

I’m on the fence with this blazer. UPDATE – MAMA SHE’S COMING HOME! I decided to keep this blazer and am so excited to wear it this Fall and Winter! Original Writeup: I really love the look and material! I get a little self conscious about the way blazers fit me in general due to my larger chest, but this is a good one out of those I’ve tried! Since I’m not sure how often I’d wear it due to my blazer complex, I’m waiting to see how I like the rest of my items once they arrive to decide if this one is a keeper. BUT – if you are someone who loves wearing blazers, this one is definitely worth a try!

HIT: Steph’s Tee

BP Katie Organic Cotton Lounge T-Shirt [Size down if between, wearing. in M in Grey Pearl] / Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12] / Zodiac Orion Sneaker [TTS, wearing in Dark Olive]

It’s really no surprise that this BP Katie Lounge Tee was a hit since I’ve been wearing the BP Sleepy Lounge Tee on repeat ever since Lauren introduced me to them this Spring. Loose fit (my favorite), soft and easy to throw on for layering to to wear alone. For less than $12, you can’t beat it!

HIT: Steph’s Chelsea Boots

Sorel Joan of Artic Waterproof Wedge Chelsea Boot [TTS, Omega Taupe]

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again- You cannot go wrong with Sorel! Deep treads, waterproof, comfortable. There’s nothing more I look for in a Fall/Winter/Spring boot! I love Chelsea boots because of how easy they are for me to slip on quickly in the morning to run the kids to school and am excited to have another pair of boots in the closet to reach for that I know will last a long time!

HIT: Steph’s High Tops

Zodiac Orion Sneaker [TTS, wearing in Dark Olive] / BP Katie Organic Cotton Lounge T-Shirt [Size down if between, wearing. in M in Grey Pearl] / Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12]

I have a real thing for sneakers here lately and these are no exception. They’re comfortable, they sip up for easily running out the door, and they’re a fun alternative to traditional sneaks. Color (dark olive) is true to the photo on the left!

Steph’s Misses

MISS: Steph’s Floral Dress

Julia Jordan Floral Scarf Print Ruffle Detail A-Line Dress [Size up if larger in chest, wearing in 12 and too small!] / Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps [TTS]

I really wanted to like this dress! I was surprised in myself for ordering it because I’m not typically a prints person, but I wanted to try something new. Surprisingly, I did like the print in person and I’m pretty bummed this, one won’t work out for me. I really like the way the cut of the dress looks too, but it just doesn’t work for my body.

MISS: Steph’s Puff Sleeve Top

CeCe Puff Sleeve Mixed Media Top [TTS, Wearing in L] / Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [Size up if between, Wearing in 12] / Jessica Simpson Poali Pointed Toe Pump [Size Up .5]

The sleeves of this top are so fun, and the color is gorgeous! I just don’t love tops that pull across my chest or touch my midsection so this one was a no for me. If you like fitted tops though, it could be a good one to check our for work, date night and girl’s night!

MISS: Steph’s Houndstooth Jacket

Kut from the Kloth Carina Houndstooth Check Drapey Jacket [TTS, wearing in L] / CeCe Puff Sleeve Mixed Media Top [TTS, Wearing in L] / Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [Size up if between, Wearing in 12] / Jessica Simpson Poali Pointed Toe Pump [Size Up .5]

Nothing wrong with this jacket, I just have some items that I love more so I’m returning this one. Gotta keep that closet in check!

MISS: Jessica Simpson Poali Pointed Toe Pump

Jessica Simpson Poali Pointed Toe Pump [Size up, but I’m not sure how much yet]

UPDATE: Unfortunately after ordering a larger size they’re still too small. I think if you have a narrow foot, these are a great pair, but if you have a wider foot like me, they’re a no go. Original Writeup: I LOVE THESE SHOES!!! The mixed media detail is adorable and adds such a sophisticated touch. The only reason I’m not singing their praises is because I am waiting on a larger size to arrive. Typically I float between sizes 7.5 and 8. I ordered a 7.5 originally and they were way too small. As soon as my size 8 arrives I’ll update the sizing information. Fingers crossed they work!

MISS: Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee

Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee [Size up for a looser fit, wearing in L in Navy Peacoat] / Good American Good Legs Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans [TTS, wearing in 12] / Sorel Joan of Artic Wedge Chelsea Boot [TTS, wearing in Omega Taupe]

A lot of people love this tee, but I just really don’t like my clothes fitted so it’s a no go for me. If you like a more fitted tee style, it may be worth a try for less than $13.

Other items Steph is waiting to deliver:

 

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I love this blog! So refreshing to see different body types in the same clothes – and also to see your misses. A lot of blogs only show what they like and this feels way more realistic. Super excited for the Nordstrom sale <3

  2. Vianca says:

    Where is Hannah’s green top from. The one where she’s showcasing the purse.

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