Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

It’s almost here folks! My favorite shopping event of the year — the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!

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This year things will be VERY different since we are still dealing with a pandemic. Here’s what you need to know:

July 24th – everyone will have access to preview the catalog online and save items to your wishlist

August 4th – Nordy Club Icon members can shop Early Access

August 7th – Nordy Club Ambassador members can shop Early Access

August 10th – Nordy Club Influencers can shop Early Access

August 13th – Nordy Club Insiders can shop Early Access

August 19th - The Public Sale opens and everyone can shop!

August 30th – The Sale ends!

The catalog is currently LIVE on the site here, and I don’t believe it includes everything in the sale. I’ve been shown a few things that are not in the current preview!

You’ll be able to shop the sale online and in store during regular business hours. Social distancing is in effect in many jurisdictions so I don’t know how the stores will plan to handle traffic. I would imagine that each store will have a plan to comply with local regulations around masking and capacity.

I’ve been shopping this sale for years and years now (I honestly can’t even remember how many, but its somewhere between 8-10!). Each year there’s always a HOT HOT HOT item and I have definitely found it for this year.

It’s been several years since Nordstrom has had a true designer bag in the sale — the last one I remember was Chloe, maybe 3-4 years ago. This year, we have a Saint Laurent! OMG!

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Saint Laurent Kate – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Each year hot items sell out virtually instantly and I’m sure this will be no exception. This purse is gorgeous and given that it’s been several years since a premier designer bag, I can guarantee Nordstrom will run out of stock right away.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to? Would you buy the Saint Laurent bag if you were able to grab one?

Happy Shopping!

Nordstrom Holiday Party!

The annual Nordstrom Holiday party time is nearly here! If you a Nordy Club Ambassador status or above, you should have received a party invite by mail or in your email! If you haven’t received an invite, please check your spam. Last year my invite was literally lost in the mail, and when I called my local store, they were able to verify that I was invited and were able to take down my RSVP information over the phone.

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I’ve had the good fortune of being invited myself, or being the +1 of an invited guest for several years now. It is always a great time because the store shuts down early (or opens early!) to the general public, and they open it to invited guests with drinks and light appetizers, live music for a festive atmosphere and of course, great shopping with 10 points per dollar spent!

I believe new for 2019, is a 10 point shopping day at selected stores, for all Nordy Club members on Saturday December 7th . This is because not every store holds a holiday party.

For more information about joining the Nordy Club, click here.

Hope you enjoy this year’s party! Happy Shopping!

Matching Family Outfits

One of my greatest joys in life is to put my kids in matching clothes. It doesn’t happen too often because they each have opinions about what they want to wear, but at Christmastime, they will humor me with wearing matching family outfits and pajamas!

With each passing year, I have noticed that retailers are embracing this trend and putting out lots of different options for configurations of families, budgets, as well as giving options of completely matching vs. coordinating outfits.

Here’s a few of my favorites!

Hanna Andersson

If you’re new to the Hanna Andersson brand, prepare for a bit of sticker shock. The clothes are not cheap, but they are built to LAST!!! We have Hanna clothes that have been passed down and still look great. Our PJs have been through the wash countless times and are still looking wonderful. They clearly are used, but they hold up much better than other brands. They also frequently have sales from 25-40% off. However, coupons do not stack.

My favorite pattern for Christmas is Hanna Andersson Dear Deer. So much so, that this year I decided to take the plunge and order matching PJs for my husband and I as well!

Hanna Andersson Family Matching Pajamas – Dear Deer

This line is great because it includes lots of options, from the classic Hanna long johns, to short johns (if you live in a warmer climate, or just prefer shorts!), flannel options, nightgowns, onesies and even something for your pet!

There’s lots of other print options available from Hanna including more feminine ones for Mommy/Daughter matching, character themed matching like Star Wars or Disney, or even just classic stripes!

Kohls – Cuddl Duds

Kohls has a huge selection this year of matching jammies. I really like this set from Cuddl Duds. I love the cute bear graphics and the classic red and black Buffalo plaid print. I love the little name tags like Mama/Papa Bear, Baby Bear and Little Bear.

Matching Family Pajamas from Kohls

Kohls also has some really cute matching Disney themed pajamas. I love, love, love these two sets where you can “dress up” as different characters from Toy Story and Frozen!

Toy Story Matching Family Pajamas

Frozen Matching Family Pajamas

Amazon – Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees has been really stepping it up with their pajama game this year. I remember searching a few years ago and there was hardly anything, but this year they have a few styles for sale on Amazon. I really like this fair isle print, and it reminds me a bit of the Hanna print. If you find the Hanna styles a little too spendy, these Burt’s Bees ones are much more moderately priced.

Burt’s Bees Organic Family Pajamas

 

Besides the ones featured, I know that Macy’s, Target and Walmart also all have family pajamas. One of the trickiest things is finding something for everyone in your family — from the littlest ones who might still be in onesies, to a parent/Grandparent who wants to also join in the fun!

Does your family have any favorites?

Stylish and Functional Diaper Bag Review – Kate Spade Stevie

As I mentioned in the Storksak Olivia review, I found that the bag was a little small so I couldn’t resist getting the Kate Spade Stevie (which I had seen another Mom carry at a playgroup) when a friend called me to tell me that it was on major sale at the Kate Spade Outlets.

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Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag ($298)

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag pictured in Stucco fabric, but no longer available. Available in Nylon Black or Striped.

I just started using the bag and here are my initial impressions.

What I Love

I love that it is wider than the Storksak Olivia!  I can actually put things in the pockets and there is still a roomy center area to put things like an extra outfit and toys.  The interior is a beige color which is nice because it isn’t a dark cavern of black fabric making it impossible to look for something.

I also love the print that I bought, which is the “Stucco” jacquard fabric.  The fabric feels luxurious and I think its a little more fashionable than the Storksak.  It definitely looks more like a purse than a diaper bag.  It really is a beautiful bag.

It also comes in lots of different prints and some are in a nylon fabric that is probably a little easier to clean.  The purse also came with a matching change pad which is a tad longer than the Storksak change pad.

What I Dislike

I don’t love that there are fewer pockets overall.  There are 2 gusseted pockets on one side of the bag, 1 elasticized pocket on the opposite side of the bag and 2 bottle pockets on either end.  There is also a zippered flat pocket.  There are also no pockets with closures on the exterior of the bag — the leather tie down doesn’t get very tight either, so I wouldn’t put anything that might fall out there.  It would really have been great if they put a zippered flat pocket on the back side of the bag for easy access to a cell phone.

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag - Interior

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag – Interior

The bag also doesn’t come with a shoulder strap.  Instead there are stroller straps.  However, you could easily buy a shoulder strap and hook it onto the stroller strap attachment.

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag - Buckle Close up

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag – Buckle Close up

The retail price is also a bit of a drawback.  At the regular price of $348-418 (depending on the print), the price point is quite high.  That being said, this bag can occasionally be found on sale anywhere between $200-300.  KateSpade.com occasionally has surprise or sample sales and they have included the Stevie in a variety of prints in the past.  Amazon has had the black nylon version of the bag on sale for around $260 for the past few months, or the striped version of the bag for $320 .

Overall

My needs have definitely changed since the newborn stage so we’ll see if I miss the extra pockets or not.  I really, really like the styling of the bag so I’m really happy to give it a try!

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