Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nordstrom News & Soon-to-be September Picks (FREE SHIPPING forever!)

So last week, Kathryn wrote a post that featured some great finds from Nordstrom's BP (juniors) department (which, btw, is one of my favorite places to find cute yet inexpensive necklaces and accessories). Well, today, Nordstrom announced that they're providing free standard shipping on pretty much all orders and returns - no matter how big or small. What does this mean? This means that even if you don't have a brick & mortar Nordy's in your neck of the woods, you can take advantage of the same high level of customer service and amazing open return policy that those of us who've lived within easy driving distance of a Nordstrom have done for years.

Pretty incredible when you think about it, huh?

For those of you who are used to getting free shipping as a benefit of being a Level 2 (or higher) member of the Fashion Rewards Program (Nordstrom cardholders), you get a new benefit, which allows you to get up to $15 of free standard or expedited shipping for in-store or online purchases. Just a note - if you decide to use this benefit, be sure to mark the expedited shipping option, as it will not default to that option automatically.

Sooooo...because I've got some Nordstrom Notes burning a hole in my pocket, and well, despite the fact that I've told myself repeatedly that I don't need any new clothes right now, I have a few items on my personal Nordstrom wishlist that I'm totally going to buy are under consideration for possible purchase with my discretionary funds for the month of September.

(Which is tomorrow, by the way. Gah! Too soon, too soon!)

Tory Burch Wide Leg Jeans:

Kelly (McPheters, my Nordstrom Personal Stylist) showed me these Tory Burch Wide Leg Jeans, and I love them! The pair I tried on in store (see photos below) were a size too big - I plan to order these in a size 26 - and they'll definitely need to be hemmed. While they're just called, "wide-leg jeans," they're really much more like denim trousers with their dark rinse and welt pockets on the front and back. The wide leg fell nicely from the hips, without making me feel...wide (I've had this problem with wide-leg denim before) and I really loved the little added detail of the gold Tory Burch logo-stamped button. Anyway, these will work beautifully as a replacement for my old pair of Gap wide-leg denim trousers from a few years back, that have seen better days, and will be suitable for work as well.

Hinge is a private-label brand for Nordstrom, and of the several company-owned brands, it definitely stands out as a favorite for me. I really enjoy its casual, contemporary feel and appreciate it's fairly reasonable price points (which become entirely reasonable, once on sale). This drapey little jacket caught my eye when I walked past it in the store, and I decided to give it a try. Here, I'm wearing an XS, and while it tends towards the voluminous (as dolman-sleeved tops do), I thought I could still make it work. It'd make a great alternate to cardigan sweaters, in my closet - I like it with denim, as pictured above, and it'd probably be super cute belted over skirts as well. Other Hinge items which I didn't have enough time to try on, but are definitely on my radar: Hinge Surplice Top (so pretty!),  the Hinge Tie-Front Tank (great layering piece, or as-is for warmer temps), and the Hinge Cowl-Neck Cape Tee (cute! want!).

Leith Pleated Washed Silk Blouse:

Can I have this blouse, please? I tried on this Leith blouse in the XS, and oh my goodness, I love everything about it. I love the demure Peter Pan collar. I love the pleats down the front that lend that slightly-precious collar some elegance. I love the substantial matte silk and the short exposed zipper in the back (see the product shot for back detail - on the ivory color, I think I remember the zipper being black) that gives the whole thing some edge. It has shoulder pads, which at first took me aback, but the longer I had the top on, the more "okay" they seemed, and well, if I decide I hate them, shoulder pads are super easy to remove - just a couple snips and out they'll come. I admit, this top costs way more than I'm usually comfortable paying for a blouse, but when it's love....

Those of you long-time followers of this blog may remember my favorite pair of LAMB Tippy flats, which I pretty much wore to death over the course of a year and a half. They were my "brown" shoe, and were so neutral, I pretty much wore them with everything, which means, sadly, that the sole is worn out and the toe and various other areas are also pretty badly scuffed. So, I'm looking for a new "brown" flat shoe to replace them, and have decided I might try a leopard print. But have you noticed? There are so many different leopard prints. Some are lighter, some are darker, some have spots that are set closely together, others are farther apart, some are calf hair, some are matte, some are patent, some are faded - how's a girl to choose?

I have, I kid you not, been searching for "the perfect" leopard flat for over a year now. And I'll tell you this - I really like the color and spot-placement of the Ivanka Trump Pearlis Flat below. Also, her shoes have some nice padding which make them surprisingly comfortable for walking in. My hesitation? That bow. It's ugly. It's not cute. It's just stiff and awkward. It could be a deal breaker.

Ivanka Trump "Pearlis" Flat

The Ivanka Trump "Magnoli" Flat is a second option. Again, it's got the nice cushioned sole and on this one, the bow isn't ugly - it just is. But the print is lighter than I'd like, I think, and the spot-placement is less dense, which I'm not sure I like as much. This shoe, like the one before, is calf-hair, which is fine, but yeah...I'm not sure it's exactly what I'm looking for...

Ivanka Trump "Magnoli" Flat

Which leads me to my current third option, the Kate Spade "Jill" Calf Hair Flat. Like the Magnoli above, this particular leopard print is lighter in color, and it's a bit more stylized - almost camo-like, in some ways. I do, however, like how the lighter colors are grounded by the black trim, and I adore the little florette detail on the toe - it lends a playfulness to this shoe that are lacking somewhat in the other two shoes. This could be it, but having never seen it in person, or tried it on, I'm not sure how I'll feel about it, once it's on my foot.

Kate Spade "Jill" Calf Hair Flat

So there you have it - three things I know I want, and three things I'm not yet sure I want. What about you? Anything you might be pulling the trigger on, now that you know Nordstrom is offering free shipping and returns? And what about my leopard-print-flat-dilemma? (haha, because this is important people!) Which of the three shoes speaks to you? Have you seen the perfect leopard-print-flat somewhere that I might have missed? Let me know!

And as always, thanks for reading!


  1. I just discovered that first top this weekend too!  I investigated further online and now I'm fascinated with Hinge's infinity horse scarf      oopsie :)  

  2. Definitely the Kate Spade flats! They seem to make more of a statement without being obnoxious. And the detailing is a stand out among the crowd. Hope they feel as good as they look.

  3. The Kate Spade flats with the florette detail--LOVE! I'm also a fan of Dolman sleeves, especially with fitted bottoms. The Leith blouse overwhelms your tiny frame, but I adore the Peter Pan collar. I let a cardi with a sweet Peter Pan collar escape me back in the spring, and I haven't been able to find anything like it since.

  4. I think this is so awesome of Nordstrom. I have 3 or 4 things sitting in my cart and like you Carol thanks to this new permanent promotion I will be placing an order as soon as the calendar flips to September.

  5. Hi Carol!  I have another leopard print flat to show you.  We're seeing pointy toes for fall so we might end up stepping away from the rounded toe to get you a more contemporary look, especially if you're going with an animal print:)

  6. Mindofmr Blogspot ComAugust 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    i love the last shoe- the kate spade one- its super stylin, but different enough to stand out.

  7. Oh my goodness!  I totally know what you mean by all the different leopard prints!  Even the exact same shoe can look different.  The Sam Edelman Alvin flats from had a lighter background and felt smoother to the touch, while the ones from Zappos were a darker base and felt a bit rougher.  I also looked at the Steve Madden Madee ones (thumbs down)  and Jeffrey Campbell Menton flats (not too bad, but the leopard print was too sparse).  i thought about waiting for the J. Crew leopard flats, but in the end, I got the Sam Edelman Alvins from Zappos because they were so comfortable.  Of your choices, I prefer the Magnolis because the bow is more discreet.  Good luck with your search and let us know which you end up getting!   

  8. carol_prettythingsAugust 31, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Oh, I wish you hadn't shown me that scarf! Hahaha, it IS fascinating. Sigh...and the wishlist grows ever longer... ^_-

  9. carol_prettythingsAugust 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like the Fashion Valley store has it in stock in a size 0, so the next time I'm in the store, I'll give it try and report back.

  10. carol_prettythingsAugust 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Oh, you totally read my mind! Last night, I actually started browsing online for pointy-toed leopard options, hahaha. Yay! 

  11. carol_prettythingsAugust 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Don't you hate that, when things get away from you? There's nothing worse. Sigh. Okay, there probably are worse things, but suffice it to say, I feel your regret. I've been there, hahaha.

  12. Thanks Carol! That would be wonderful since Nordstrom is not in NYC. :)