July 2015 archive

Leggings Review – Hue Leggings vs. Zella Live In Leggings

All 3 pairs of leggings are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which ends TOMORROW NIGHT!  Get your orders in now because prices go up Monday, August 3rd!

I am about 5 or 10 years behind the times but I have finally embraced wearing leggings and skinny jeans!  Haha!  :-)  I have always thought that they make me look shorter and squatter than when wearing bootcut or flared pants, but I have now changed my opinion.

I decided to check out 3 pairs of univerally praised leggings: the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband leggings, Hue Super Smooth Denim Leggings and the Zella Live In leggings.

I loved both the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband and the Zella Live In leggings.  Was not a fan of the Hue denim leggings.

Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings

The Hue Ultra Wide Waistband leggings were so comfy.  I tried on the XS and they were a little long for me (I’m 5’1) but the waistband and legs fit well (I typically wear 24 or 25 in jeans). I will need to get them hemmed since I don’t like the scrunched look at the bottom.  The leggings were a nice matte fabric and most importantly, not sheer!

The rise was mid-rise for me.  I measured them to be a 9″ rise in the center.

Zella Live In Leggings

I had tried the Zella Live In capri length a few years ago and I own several pairs for lounging around the house and working out.  I decided to get a pair of the full length for winter time.

These are also very matte and not sheer at all.  I tried on the XXS and the XS and I preferred the fit of the XS.  The XXS was just a little too snug and felt a little like compression socks!  Haha!  I measured the difference between the XXS and the XS while laying the 2 pairs flat, and in the legs, they are about 1 cm smaller throughout the leg.  The waist and length were exactly the same.

The Zella leggings are a lower rise than the Hue leggings.  I measured them to be a 7″ rise in the center. The fabric is slightly thicker weight than the Hue leggings.  Like the Hue leggings, these will need to be hemmed.

I think the Zella leggings could be worn outside of being active, but the inside seam is a little more of a prominent flat lock seam than the Hue leggings.

Hue Denim Leggings

I tried the Hue denim leggings on in the store.  These ran really small!  I tried an XS and couldn’t get them on my legs at all and sized up to S for a comfortable fit.  However, the main reason I didn’t like them was the fit was very saggy in the crotch area. I wonder if this is because I had to size up?  In any case, I wasn’t a big fan of the fit.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Official Public Sale Starts Tonight!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has already been going on for a week, for card holders, but tonight the sale opens up to the public.  So, why is this exciting?  Because this means that they typically restock everything that has sold out in the past week.  If you’ve been stalking certain sold out products like I have, be sure to try again TONIGHT when the sale official launches at midnight.  I’m also wondering if they will introduce any new items throughout the sale like they did for last year, to keep you coming back every day.

Early access launched at midnight without a hitch, so I’m optimistic that the launch tonight will be smooth as well.  Good luck and happy shopping!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #NSale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #NSale

Prime Day Fail

Wow, Amazon Prime Day was a total bust!  I didn’t see too many fabulous deals and of the deals I would have purchased, they were gone in 30 seconds!  I did manage to pick up the gift card deal but I haven’t seen the promotional code in my inbox yet, so fingers crossed that worked.  I also got (yet another) pair of Reef flip flops for $9. Love these sandals!  They are the only ones that don’t hurt my feet because the thong part is fabric rather than a thick plastic post.

Reef Sandy Flip Flop

Reef Sandy Flip Flop

 

How was Prime Day for you?  Did you find any good deals?

Amazon Prime Day is July 15th

Amazon is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary by having a special “Prime Day” special sale on July 15th. I have heard this sale hyped up and even seen ads on TV, but details are a little sparse.

I see a ton of Amazon Lightning deals that are exclusive to Prime members that look interesting, though I wish they had advertised the price as well.

I filtered the Lightning Deals on Toys and got about 100 items.  There are also a ton of baby items, including some Ju Ju Be Hello Kitty print items.  Depending on the discount, I might be convinced that I “need” one of those… :-)

Ju Ju Be Hello Kitty Fuel Cell

Ju Ju Be Hello Kitty Fuel Cell

2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks, Reviews and my Haul!

Early Access for the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary started, which means yours truly was up late shopping in the wee hours of this morning and out the door fairly early this morning.

I was a little disappointed with handbags this year. I didn’t see anything that I could really see myself using.  The only bag that I thought was cute was the Patricia Nash Bronte fringe bucket bag — except I really can’t stand how unorganized everything gets so I passed.

Patricia Nash - Bronte Fringe Bucket bag

Patricia Nash – Bronte Fringe Bucket bag

Some of the Michael Kors bags were cute, but I am not really in the market for any non-cross bags right now.

MICHAEL Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors

MZ Wallace

MZ Wallace

The Ted Baker shopper on the right was cute, but again — not really what I need right now.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade and Ted Baker

I was really excited to finally find a pair of boots! I’ve been looking since the Fall and I wasn’t able to find anything with a shaft height that looked good on my short legs.  I saw these Naturalizer Jennings boots in store and loved them.  The shoe tent was craaaaaazy crowded and we actually thought there was a line to get in!

Naturalizer Jennings Tall Boot

Naturalizer Jennings Tall Boot

Clothing was kind of a bust for me too.  I ordered a few more of the Halogen U-Neck t-shirts that I love.  I got some last year and they’ve held up well for me.  (I wash on delicate cycle and hang dry.)

I only found 1 sweater that I thought was cute, which was a super soft Bobeau open cardi.  I tried on this one and the super popular Barefoot Dreams cardi and the Bobeau one was better on my petite frame. BTW – the Bobeau comes in a few colors, but DO NOT order the “burgundy”. It is a really awful shade of orangey red.  The Barefoot Dreams cardigan sold out last year, so I would highly recommend ordering sooner rather than later if you’re interested in it!  The material is SUPER SOFT!  I just think it was a little too long for me. I wish I was taller!!!  My friend is a little taller than me and got it and it looks great on her!

In the lingerie/lounge wear tent I found some SUPER soft modal pajamas by PJ Salvage. I have seen this brand at Nordstrom before but I had never tried anything until today. I loved their silky soft material and I picked up this tank top and I’m seriously considering if I should order the pajama set as well.

PJ Salvage Pajamas - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

PJ Salvage Pajamas also available in Plus size

PJ Salvage Pajamas - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

PJ Salvage Pajamas – Super silky and soft and the colors were so vibrant!

 

Finally, I have to mention the amazingly soft throws I found in the home department. I honestly don’t know if I can pick a favorite!  I already own 2 from last year… so perhaps I should just complete the set and buy one of each? :-)

On the more luxe side, Giraffe at Home and Barefoot Dreams both make wonderfully soft throws, but they are slightly different.  Giraffe at Home is more of a faux fur and the Barefoot Dreams is more of a chenille.  Both are super duper soft!  I bought the Giraffe at Home one last year and everyone loves to cuddle up with it.

Both of those throws are rather pricey, but these two are much more wallet friendly and just as soft. The Kennebunk is a steal at $25.90!  The Nordstrom at Home throw is also super soft and very similar to the Giraffe At Home throw, and is priced at only $31.90.

Giraffe at Home Throw - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Giraffe at Home Throw

 

Barefoot Dreams cozy throw - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A stack of warm hugs aka the Barefoot Dreams cozy throw

 

Kennebunk Home plush throw - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A total steal of an item – Kennebunk Home plush throw

 

Nordstrom At Home Throw - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom At Home Throw – The green and grey were my favorite colors

What were your favorite items from the sale?

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