Hi everyone! Hoping you're all doing well. Did you grab anything fun from today's new Anthropologie reductions? I'm trying really hard to be good and not do it. I decided a while back that while I love the fit of the Tiny Windows dress, I just didn't love either color on me, so scratch that. The other thing I'm trying to resist (and may fail in doing so) is the Field Game Cardigan (I didn't call CS to check the stock of my local Anthros on that one...no, not me...).
What I did call CS for, however, is what I need some help with. I am (now, a little desperately) searching for the Flares and Fountains Fabric Letters in an E. CS had a couple stores listed as having several of these letters in stock, but when I called...no luck. We all know that Anthro's inventory can be woefully off sometimes, so I'm holding out hope that the power of the collective Anthro Blogosphere might be able to help me. I need these letters to spell Kate's name (I have the K, A, and T) on her birthday "dohl" (Korean celebration of a child's first birthday - more on that later) table that Kathryn is designing. If any of you are in store, would you mind terribly doing a quick scan of the sale section or asking a sales associate if they have the letter E in stock? If you do come across them, could you put them on hold under my name (Carol) and email me (see sidebar) to let me know? I'd be eternally grateful.
But to the main gist of this post! Yesterday, I got a chance to swing by and meet Kelly for a preview of the Anniversary Sale. We'll be doing some of our sales picks for the sale, and we're going to try to be organized about it...but there's so much stuff that it's hard. We both tend to go to the sale at least a couple times, just to have a chance to process, organize, and sort what it is we've seen, want and actually decide to buy. Just a note - some of these items are not yet available on Nordstrom's website, so I've linked to other stores' websites, but the prices are only at Nordy's. Also, the Anniversary Sale (AS) prices aren't in effect until July 16th.
This is a Betsy Johnson leather hobo, regularly priced at $298, AS priced at $198.90. It comes in this taupe (the bag is slightly darker in real life, as well as more gray, than in this photo) and a brick-red. I love the sweetness of the rosettes offset by the edgy studs. There's some fun hardware that attaches the leather handle straps (comfortable) to the body of the bag. Super cute! Also, the bag is light - not too heavy (there was this beautiful Badgley Mischka handbag that we all beelined for, until we realized that it was heavy enough to have a bowling ball in it...sheesh) and roomy to boot. I liked the way it rests under the arm - just for reference, my friend, who is modeling it in the photo above, is smaller than me - she's about 5' tall, and slimmer to boot, so petite women don't need to be worried about the size. I think it's a really doable, even practical size (especially if you have to lug around baby/kid stuff like I do). I really don't need another bag, but every time I look at this picture, I keep thinking, but maybe I do.... Wishlisted for consideration.
This necklace (I think the brand is Sequin, but I can't remember exactly - will confirm for you later) is regulary priced at $68 and AS priced at $44.90. This is something that's on my "definitely take home with me" list. It's actually one very long necklace, which I've looped, to create the two-layered look. The little bows and accent beads on this necklace are a pale pink, which are so sweet and actually more neutral than most people would think. However, if pink isn't your cup of tea, it comes in other colors as well, including a taupe and gray (I think). Loved this!
Here is the Effe, from Hobo International - a darling patent leather wallet (that could act as a clutch in a pinch) for which I've neglected to get the prices (Gah. Bad blogger, bad! I'll get them and update for you later tonight). It comes in several fall/winter colors (which I will also update later). Its interior (see photo below) has lots of card slots, slots to hold cash and receipts, a zippered change pocket, and visible ID slot. Also, the flap has a zippered compartment in it, in which you could stick your lip gloss, a couple keys, and the new iPhone or something equally slim and streamlined).
I love the Lauren - an emobssed leather Hobo International wallet/clutch! It's regularly priced at $118, but it's AS priced at $78.90. This shape is a familiar one for Hobo Int'l wallets, and I can tell you straight off that this one almost surely will be able to hold your cell phone (my friend carries her blackberry in hers), a small key ring, and lipgloss. I have to admit, I love this wallet, and if it weren't for the fact that I'm a one-wallet-girl (I have a hard time changing out handbags, let alone wallets) I'd buy this in a heartbeat. The fact is, I have a really cute green Kate Spade wallet (also a Nordstrom purchase) which I love and which is holding up beautifully well into its second year of use, so I don't know that I can justify this purchase. However, if I needed a wallet, this would be it. It also comes in lots of pretty colors (see the bone-white color peeping out behind the orange one in the photo above).
Here is Ted Baker's Bobble Kisslock Large Patent Clutch, regularly priced at $110, AS priced at ??? (Sorry, forgot to note this one too. Will update tonight). This wallet/clutch is being released in several new fall/winter colors (see two photos down) and is a veritable Chic-but-Organized woman's dream! Look at the interior - tons of card slots, ID window, and all those big pockets. I'm pretty sure you could easily fit your checkbook into one of those slots if you so desired. While you definitely can't fit lipgloss, cell phone, or keys into this, it's got a crazy cute floral lining (I'm such a sucker for pretty linings inside wallets and bags) which you can see in the photo directly below. There's also a coin-purse version if you so the big wallet isn't your thing.
Ah, MJ...and I don't mean Michael. I mean Marc. Marc Jacobs, that is. What's an amazing Nordstrom sale, without a few designer goods? This gorgeous quilted satchel is the perfect mushroom gray color. It's got all the classic touches - quilted leather, chain handle, structured frame and lots of compartments on the inside. I love the large pleat on the front and really think this is the cutest rendition of MJ's quilted leather offerings to date. This bag is regularly priced at $1375, and is AS priced at $919. Just a note - it has a very wide base (I'd guess around 6 inches?) so it doesn't hang off the shoulder very gracefully - at least, not on smaller-framed me. However, it looked great, on the crook of my arm. ^_-
If larger handbags aren't your thing, and you're looking for a cute, small, and distinctive designer crossbody, than this little Marc Jacobs bag (it's very similar to "The Single" quilted crossbody - maybe even the updated Fall 2010 version?). It has a lot of features similar to it's larger cousin - quilted exterior, chain detail handle, helpful compartments on the inside, but it's much smaller and the price adjusts downward accordingly. This one is regularly priced at $695 and AS priced at $464.90 - too dear for my blood, but darling, no less.
Sigh...what is it about Chloe handbags that keep making me look at them, over and over again, as if they were something I could afford? It's silly, but when I'm in the store, sometimes I'll just go over to the Chloe handbag display, gaze fondly, and try one or two on, just to pretend. This year, Nordstrom is offering the Chloe Heloise Large Hobo bag in four colors - these three (the one to the right is actually a dark chocolatey brown, though it looks almost purple in this photo) and "Ash," which is a brownish-gray color, for lack of a better description. For you Chloe acolytes, you're probably already familiar with this bag. It's a good sized bag that's surprisingly light for its size - 15" tall, 14.5" wide, and 6" deep - perfect for hauling your laptop around, as well as some file folders, and snacks for your kids. Oh, and the diapers and wipes. And wallet, cell phone, and keys. And hand lotion and hairbrush and kitchen sink. Did I get it all?
Now this last little thing is not an Anniversary Sale item, but a dress I decided to try on while at the store. It caught my eye because ever since I put on the In a Twinkling dress and loved how it looked but hated how it felt against my skin, I've been keeping an eye out in hopes of finding an equivalently cute but much more comfortable dress. I think I found it! It's the Halogen Jacquard Dress (just went on sale today!) which I picked up in the eggert color (a creamy white). Just an FYI - if you decide to try this one out (and I highly recommend - so easily styled - you can literally wear any color cardigan with this, except maybe a very stark white, and any number of belts! Love!!!) it runs a little big. I usually wear a 2, but had to take a 0 in it. Photos of me in the size 2 are below and you can that see it's touch big on me (sorry about the ghastly lighting).
Anniversary Sale shoe picks coming soon!