Nordstrom Sale Rack

Act fast! Nordstrom has some killer deals right now.

Like this Rebecca Minkoff tasseled camera bag, which is now reduced from $245 to $147, a whopping 40% off.

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Another Rebecca Minkoff: this mini feed bag is also 40% off ($195 to $117). I love the red color and the gold hardware.

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My Friend/Work Partner P. was wearing a camel colored mini poncho earlier this week and it looked adorable when paired with a plain cream top, camel faux suede leggings and brown riding boots. You could get a similar effect with extending this infinity scarf over your shoulders. The best part is that this is only $12 right now.

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Wow! This is quite a find: a Clare V. tote on mega sale, from $495 to $297. I didn’t even know Nordstrom carried this cult brand.

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This MAC mini makeup brush set is only $32, reduced from $53. It’s from a “Nutcracker” collection left over from the holidays, but who cares? Mini brushes are perfect for travel. I would snap this up in a second if I didn’t already have a million (figurative estimate) similar ones at home.

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Here’s a cute Madewell cowl neck sweater with a drawstring at the waist, at 30% off ($118 to $80):

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This Alice + Olivia colorblock sweater is remarkably similar to one I received from Stitch Fix in November. It’s a staggering 60% off: $275 to $110, but it’s currently only available in medium.

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Here’s a classy Trina Turk camel peacoat with an interesting cut, reduced from $495 to $300. I love the leather details.

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It’s not quite End of Season for winter gear (and frankly, I’ve probably got at least 3 more months of snow ahead of me, sigh), so while good deals are starting to show up on winter coats, they’ll still get better. Because winter fashion is an extended event here, I have a lot of coats. I would consider adding this Trina Turk number to the collection if it was $150, but I’m still not ready to spend $300 for another coat I don’t really need.

Speaking of coats, Nordstrom also recently collaborated with J. Crew, and there are several J. Crew coats (including this Chateau parka that I blogged about earlier) on sale at Nordstrom. The caveat? You can still get better deals at J. Crew. The Chateau parka was originally $378 and is now $284 at Nordstrom, however, I was able to snag it at J. Crew for $179. 

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One last fun pick from the Nordstrom sale. This Junk Food sweatshirt perfectly captures my thoughts:

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Happy Weekend Shopping, Friends!

 

 

 

Fall Backpacks

It’s official: 90s style is back.

From platform boots and chunky loafers to velvet baby doll dresses, 90s-inspired looks took up a lot of real estate in Vogue’s massive September issue.

One trend that I decided to revive was the black leather backpack.

My college roommate S. chicly wore one like this in the mid-90s:

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Not her.

I decided to bite on this Rebecca Minkoff Julian bag after reading raves about it on Travel Fashion Girl and finding a good deal for it on Amazon:

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Via Rebecca Minkoff

(Check out this incredible post about how Alex, a.k.a. Travel Fashion Girl, traveled for a week with just this bag and another backpack).

The Julian can be buckled at the bottom or the top (left, right below). Top buckling provides an extra layer of security by covering the zipper access to the main compartment, which is an important feature for travel.

The main compartment opens widely and can accommodate a laptop:

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All of this fit comfortably (and I could have added a lot more):

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Another company I have been hearing a lot about lately is Bartaile. Their C12 bag converts into a tote, backpack or messenger bag.

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Via Bartaile. C12 in charcoal.

This bag feels very modern and chic to me. The black one is already on my (growing) Christmas list.

One more bag, and this one is the Smith Cobble Hill from State:

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Via State

The leather version retails for $235, but fabric styles will only set you back $110.

P.S. While I am digging the backpack trend, I am still holding off on these:

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Not there yet.