What I Actually Bought From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Have you had enough of the #NSale yet?! Me either. I keep checking back regularly to see what has been restocked. Let me tell you, my persistence has paid off! I landed some really great items from the sale. I’m sharing exactly what I bought in today’s post.

BTW, I wanted to let you know that I earn a small commission from each sale that is generated through Simple & Inspired. I use affiliate links, so if you purchase something through those links, I can make some money!

I listed my favorite picks from the sale in this post, but what I thought was adorable and what I actually needed in my closet varied tremendously. I went a little shoe crazy this time around, but one can never have too many shoes!

 

Tory Burch Janey FlatsTory Burch Janey Pumps

My splurge item! I stalked these for days before they were restocked in my size and color. I’m so excited for these! I love the block heel, the height, everything!

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bp side slit tee

 

 

BP Slide Slit Tee

Can’t go wrong with a classic gray tee, especially when it’s under $20. This shirt comes in six other colors, too!

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Caslon Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee

 

 

Caslon Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee

You can never have too many stripes! This shirt comes in 11 colors and patterns! Stock up now, there’s plenty still available!

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BP Milo Loafer MuleBP Milo Loafer Mule

I’d been eyeing the bow mules for months, but these just seem a little more polished and professional. I’m so excited to wear these. How comfortable do they look?

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Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

When you’ve got thick legs like me, skimping on leggings just won’t do. I’ve heard amazing things about these leggings, and the fact that they are high waisted doesn’t hurt either. Grab these now! They are usually $55 and on sale for $35!

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leith easy circle cardigan

Leith Easy Circle Cardigan

Another item I stalked for days before I could get my hands on it! This cardigan is one of the most popular of the sale. If it’s not available in your color/size combo, keep checking back. It’s typically a $75 sweater, but it’s on sale for under $50!

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socialite ruffle sleeve tshirt

Socialite Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

Under $30 and great for transitioning into fall! Comes in five colors – and it has pockets!

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london fog Hooded Double Breasted Long Trench Coat

 

London Fog Hooded Double Breasted Long Trench Coat

Ok, so I didn’t actually buy this, but my mom got me this for Christmas!!! I’m in love! London Fog is such high quality, and this coat is currently $100 off!

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Madewell Ryder Cardigan

 

Madewell Ryder Cardigan

Last but not least, my mom got this cutie sweater for herself! She’s going to be so stylish!

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PS. My picks from the sale and my home picks from the sale.

 

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How to Survive the First 3 Months as a New Mom

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I have it rehearsed. When I’m asked about being a mom the answer out of my mouth is almost always, “I love it now. The first three months were brutal. I was just in survival mode.” Some people, like my mom for example, are just newborn people. They love the squishy babies that are so easy to hold and sleep in your arms. I, on the other hand, found the first three months to be exhausting. No doubt because being a new mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through – breastfeeding, food schedules, lack of sleep, lack of adult interaction.

Time has since left me wondering why I thought it was so hard. Finn is mobile now, and I mean really mobile. He wants up, then wants down, then wants to climb the stairs or shut the door in my face. He throws food off of his high chair and is starting to throw tantrums. Why oh why do I prefer this to those early days?

I think the most obvious conclusion is that in those first few months, everything was new. My life changed drastically the moment Finn came into this world. I was learning everything, and most of the time on very little sleep. Even after Finn started sleeping better, I was waking up to pump to ensure he had enough to eat the next day. Breastfeeding was another challenge in and of itself, which only added to the stress.

I’ve put together a list of tips that helped me get through the first couple of months with a newborn. I like to be honest about this type of stuff, because reading about how much women love every moment of being a mom is straight up bull shit.

Keep Perspective

Newborns give you really good days and really, really bad days. Try to keep it all in perspective. I remember feeling incredibly overwhelmed on a bad Finn day fairly early on. Suddenly, I looked at him and thought ‘I may be learning how to be a mom, but he is learning how to be a human’. He had it tougher, no doubt. Cry away little human.

Put Others to Work

Ask them to make you food. If your mother-in-law wants to vacuum, let her. Let your dishes pile up. Ask your husband to take a night feeding. Your body is going through a lot – let it heal!

I found that others wanted to help me and my little family in those first few months. I was reluctant, because I felt like I had to do it all. However, my body let me know that I was doing too much and told me I had to sit down and relax. It was hard for me to loosen the reigns, but once I did, life got easier. Let your family and friends help – and as a reward, let them snuggle the baby 🙂

Get Some “Me” Time

There will be an internal struggle each day between wanting to get sleep, wanting to get things done, and wanting to just chill and watch Netflix. Be sure to relax and give yourself some alone time. I remember getting my nails done with my mom a week after having Finn. David had the baby and that hour was pure bliss. Throughout the next few months I allowed myself to stay up way later than I should have because I simply needed some time alone. I wrote a lot, and caught up on some television shows. It was only a few hours at a time, but it was exactly what I needed.

Break Out of Your Routine

Each new day can blur together in those first few weeks home. Get out of the house, even if it’s just for a few hours. Go for a walk. Go shopping. Plan a trip!

Plan a trip?! Don’t call me crazy! There’s no better time! Baby will never sleep more than they do those first few weeks. Traveling may be a little more extensive, but Baby can fly for free and you don’t have to take any PTO since you’ll be on maternity leave!

Forget About the Baby Weight

One of the hardest things for me was the extra belly weight I was carrying around for months after giving birth. Everything I read said that with breastfeeding, the weight would melt off. That wasn’t the case for me. I had an extra 10-15 pounds on me most of last summer, and I had to buy a lot of new clothes once I went back to work since I was no longer my pre-baby weight nor in maternity clothes.

The Virginia heat made it more difficult for me since all I wanted to do was wear a bikini and sundresses. I had never felt more uncomfortable in my own body than I did those first few months postpartum.

Now that I’m a year out, my body has bounced back better than I could have ever imagined. I weigh less today than I did on our wedding day. If I had known this last summer, I wouldn’t have given the extra weight a care in the world. My advice to you? Relax! If you are breastfeeding, you need those extra calories to feed your baby. Your body just went through a huge traumatic experience, give it the time it needs to recover.

Snuggle!

What I would give for a little extra Finn snuggle right about now. He is such a busy boy, and even though he gives plenty of hugs, he will hardly sit in my lap for more than a few seconds. Take it in! Cherish it! Your baby will grow right before your eyes.

xoxo

PS. Here is Finn’s Birth Story and How I Coped With an Unexpected Pregnancy

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Floral Maxi Dress

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pink forever 21 maxi

dress – forever 21 (under $20) // hat – old (similar here and here) // shoes

 

Finn and I are heading back to Charlottesville today with my sister and niece in tow. David headed back last night because he had to work today… boo! We had the absolute best time in Pennsylvania this weekend and I’m looking forward to showing my sister around Cville. Plus, we are heading to Nordstrom on Friday to shop the Anniversary Sale in person, and I can’t wait to grab a few things. (ICYMI, here are my top picks and home decor picks).

The reason of the trip was my cousin’s wedding, which was absolutely stunning! They got married overlooking Liberty Mountain Resort, and the view was tough to beat. It’s always so fun to see family, drink too much wine, and dance the night away.

As a mom of a newly walking toddler, nothing really beats a maxi dress. When I started looking for the right outfit for the wedding, I knew I needed to grab something that would be appropriate for chasing a little man around. I found this maxi dress on Forever 21’s website on a whim. (I think the last time I bought something from them was in college!) But I couldn’t really beat the price and it is downright adorable!

I pulled out my floppy straw hat a few weeks back for a night at the winery, and I forgot why I ever put it away. It’s so adorable to pair with a casual maxi dress or to wear to the pool.

Hope your week is going well! It’s almost halfway over!

xoxo

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Home Picks

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one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven // twelve

 

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is sooo good this year. I spent some time looking through the home section, and it makes me so excited to decorate our house soon! The prices are unreal! These are my top 12 items, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Make sure to spend some time looking through this stuff – the sale opens to the public on Friday.

  1. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Throw – Barefoot Dreams is notorious for it’s soft products. This throw looks sooo cozy!
  2. Archipelago Fragrance Diffuser – I love a good diffuser, and you can’t really beat the price on this one.
  3. Kate Spade New York Polka Dot Insulated Tumbler – Such a great tumbler. If you don’t own a Kate Spade one yet, this is your chance. It’s only $12!
  4. Crystal Art Gallery Metallic Bar Cart – Pinterest called. They said you need this bar cart. It’s $75 off right now, too.
  5. American Atelier 2.5 Gallon Beverage Dispenser – What an awesome looking beverage dispenser. We got one for our wedding and use it every single day.
  6. American Atelier Stemless Wine Glass – So cute! I am a huge fan of stemless wine glasses. You can throw them in the dishwasher and not worry about breaking them.
  7. Monogram Slate Serving Board – I need this!
  8. Era Home ‘Gold Starburst’ Mirror – I love this mirror and it’s only $32!
  9. Jaipur Contemporary Vintage Rug – Vintage rugs are so gorgeous and this pattern really grabbed my eye.
  10. DKNY Clean Rug – I might have to get this for Finn’s bathroom.
  11. Levtex Two-Tone Metallic Straw Basket – You can never have too many straw baskets.
  12. Mina Victory Morocco Rug – This one’s sold out already, probably because it’s so cute. But there’s so many good rugs in this sale.

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#NSale Picks

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It’s the best day of the year! If you are a Nordstrom Card Holder, today is early access for the #NSale. (Don’t worry, if you don’t have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the same sale next week!) Like a good fashion blogger, I’ve spent my fair share of time scouring the sale and putting together a list of the best deals and cutest items for your fall wardrobe!

If you want to know what I actually bought from the sale, check out my post here.


Tops and Sweaters

halogen tie hem sweater

 

 

Halogen Tie Hem Sweater

Maybe my favorite sweater from the #NSale! It comes in 4 colors including black, grey, pink & burgandy. Plus it’s under $50!

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Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Shirt

 

 

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Top

Comes in white, too!

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halogen long vest

 

Halogen Long Vest

Comes in four classic colors: black, grey, camel & navy.

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halogen mixed media swing top

 

 

Halogen Mixed Media Swing Top

The ruffle trend is making it’s way into fall!

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Madewell Ryder Cardigan

Madewell, under $65! This one’s gonna go fast. Comes in three colors – camel, navy & burgandy.

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madewell peplum shirt

 

 

Madewell Peplum Shirt

All the heart eye emojis.

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BP Cross Back Pullover

 

 

BP Cross Back Pullover

All the BP. stuff is sooo good at such good prices. Like this tee, this blouse, and this cold shoulder pullover.

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BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan

 

 

BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan

This was part of the sale last year and I snagged one in burgandy! In my opinion, there are better color options this year. It’s only $32, so maybe I’ll grab a few!

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Shoes

Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule

 

 

Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule

Totally not my regular style, but I’m drawn to these shoes for some reason!

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Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flat

 

 

Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flat

These cuties come in 10 different colors and patterns and are under $80!

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via spiga alana mary jane pump

 

Via Spiga Alana Mary Jane Pump

Such a classic shoe.

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Marc Fisher LTD Arrine Over the Knee Boot

 

 

 

Marc Fisher LTD Arrine Over the Knee Boot

OTK boots for under $150?! Yes, please. These come in two other colors as well.

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BP Tale Slide

 

 

BP Tale Slides

Under $50! I’m getting these for sure!

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BP Milo Loafer Mule

 

 

BP Milo Loafer Mule

The cousin of the bow mules, but on sale and a little more professional.

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Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie

 

 

Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie

Such a classic look. Comes in four colors.

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Lucky Brand Kaiya Pointy Toe Bootie

 

 

SARTO by Franco Sarto Paivley Bootie

I love the low heel on these. I have a similar pair, otherwise I’d scoop these up.

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Vince Camuto Francia Bootie

 

 

 

Vince Camuto Francia Bootie

Under $100!

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Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boot

 

 

 

Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boot

The tall version is also part of the sale!

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Sperry Saltwater Spray Wedge Waterproof Rain Boot

 

 

Sperry Saltwater Spray Wedge Waterproof Rain Boot

These are coming home to me. I’ve been looking for a good pair of rain/snow boots and I think these might be the ones. Plus you can’t really beat the price.

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adidas tubular viral 2 sneaker

 

 

 

adidas Tubular Viral 2 Sneaker

I can’t get over the color of these! They also come in white.

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Peached Twill Sneaker

 

 

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Peached Twill Sneaker

Such classics, but with the cinched heel, I think I may like them even better! Come in two other colors.

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Denim

AG Farrah High Waist Skinny Jeans

 

 

AG Farrah High Waist Skinny Jeans

I’ve yet to try AG jeans but everyone I’ve talked to swears by these babies. I love the burgandy color of these ones.

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Rag & Bone High Waist Skinny ankle jeans

 

 

rag & bone/JEAN High Waist Skinny Ankle Jeans

Can’t beat a good pair of dark skinny jeans.

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paige transcend - hoxton undone high waist skinny jeans

 

 

 

PAIGE Transcend – Hoxton Undone High Waist Skinny Jeans

 Love the ankle detail on these.

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 Workout

nike dry versa training crop top

 

 

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top

Under $50 and super cute.

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adidas originals linear leggings

 

 

adidas Originals Linear Leggings

Only $25! I’m getting these!

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nike pro indy cooling sports bra

 

 

Nike Pro Indy Cooling Sports Bra

Can’t go wrong with a good sports bra.

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zella live in hig waist leggings

 

 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

The most popular leggings in all the land. These will go fast, so scoop them up while you can. Originally over $50 and on sale for $35.

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Outerwear

treasure and bond hooded plaid cape

 

 

Treasure & Bond Hooded Plaid Cape

Looking like capes are back again this year. Love the pattern of this one. Makes me want fall right now.

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Halogen Soft Ruffle Jacket

 

 

 

Halogen Soft Ruffle Jacket

Halogen is pretty much killing it during this sale – this peplum tee, this ruffle blouse – plus this adorable jacket.

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top shop long coat

 

 

Topshop Long Coat

Another fall staple. Such a classic.

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PS. What I actually bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

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