More Splurge vs. Save from Nordstrom


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As promised, I’m bringing you another Splurge vs. Save look from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Would you believe the price difference between these two options is almost $1,300?? And that’s while each item is on sale. The Splurge look is $1,858 during the Nordstrom Annivrsary Sale, but will jump to over $3,000 when regularly priced. The save version is $580 now (the jacket is $395) and the whole looks rises to $873 in a couple of weeks. So, whether you think it’s splurge-worthy or you’d rather pocket $1,300 going for the savings, you’ll look fantastic in a fluid, ruffle top over black skinny jeans and suede booties. This look transcends age barriers while looking chic with a bit of an edge, whichever price point you choose!


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If you’re looking for a few miscellaneous items to round out your closet, or you need a statement piece, I’ve culled a few pretty splurge vs. save options here as well. There were even two very pretty cold-shoulder LBDs I added as well. You know how I generally feel about the cold-shoulder trend (normally not a fan) but these lovely dresses made the cut. Ha Ha! I’m sure you’ll find something in here that speaks to you. If you do, hurry! Sizes are running out quickly. New items are added every day, so I’ll keep you informed with more looks coming soon.

Thanks for reading!

Splurge vs. Save at the Nordstrom Sale

Happy Monday friends! With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access in full swing for cardholders, there are still a lot of great buys to be gleaned. I thought it would be fun to put together some Splurge vs. Save collections featuring similar looks at both ends of the price point spectrum. If you’re like me, you feel a sense of victory when you find a low-priced alternative to a pricey item you’ve been eyeing. Today’s post gives me the opportunity to feel that sense of victory while sharing a couple of every day looks. Admittedly, not everyone would add floral booties to their “everyday” style, but you might consider them at the “Save” price point.

I hope you enjoy these looks, and maybe find a little something you’d love to wear.


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This look is classic – a moto jacket, jeans and booties – but I added a little twist with a dressier blouse. You could put this together for a lot of cash or a smaller amount, and look amazing either way.


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This look is still pretty basic – a pink tee, ripped jeans – but the booties add a touch of whimsy. Buy the Splurge version by Stuart Weisman on sale for $360, or pick up Steve Madden’s version for less than $90.  One might have to leave Nordstrom to do it, but I’m sure there’s a floral pair out there somewhere for less than $50.  It shows style can be had at any budget.

I’ve got a couple more Splurge/Save offereings for you later this week, and more of The Fierce 50 Revolution weekend featuring our brunch at French Kande. I hope you’ll be back to check it all out!

Nordstrom Sale Favorites




Well, I’ve captured several of my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It looks a lot like a not-so-little sister to the original sale catalog. Oops.

Stay tuned as I’ll be featuring some great Hi/Lo looks from the sale in the next couple of days.


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Happy Shopping!





The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – The Granddaddy of Them All

Can you believe it?  It’s already that time – the Nordstrom Anniveresary Sale!    I call it The Granddaddy of Them All because, well, it really is.  What makes this sale so special is the merchandise on sale.  These are not end-of-the-season extras, but pre-season previously unreleased items.  Fall merchandise we haven’t seen yet.  In fact, the catalog for The Sale has barely been released.

 

What does this all mean for you and me?  A chance to buy some of the best items of the season and really terrific prices.  Still waiting on the sidelnes for the over-the-knee boot trend?  You can pick up a beautiful pair in true suede for under $150!  Interested in some of falls biggest trends?  Brocade mules and velvet bags abound with prices to have you chomping at the bit.

 

I always find the Anniversary Sale is a great time to pick up make-up and beauty accessories.  MAC always has an offering available only during the sale, like their Look in a Bag sets.  And  it’s the perfect time to buy the jumbo size of my favorite body lotion, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps.

 

This is one of those sales where early access is key.  To shop the sale starting tomorrow, you’ll need that early access, which means you’ll need a Nordstrom card.  Not into credit?  No worries!  Nordstrom also offers a debit card which carries the same early-access benefits.  Whichever card you choose, your purchases will also earn points for which you earn Nordstrom Notes, certificates of $20 or more which can be redeemed on future purchases and access to other special events Nordstrom has throughout the year.

I’ll be up early in the morning picking out a few of my favorites from the group above.  How about you?

Orange













Ruffle Top • Chico’s  | Cargo Crops • Chico’s (on sale!) | Earrings • Chico’s | Bracelet c/o • Chico’s | Shoes • Similar here
here and here | Lipstick • LipSense in Apple cider

What do you think about this season’s favorite fashion statement?  I’m speaking of ruffles, and I’m seeing them on everything.  It seems the darling fabric for this look is the blue and white pinstripe, but I like something a bit different just to be, well, different.  This bright orange number from Chico’s answers the call.  It reminds me a bit of those peasant tops we wore in the 70s.  Remember those?  Although it wasn’t specifcally designed to be worn off the shoulder, I really like it that way.  It added a touch of elegance and somehow reduced the fullness of the top, which suits my shorter body better.  Orange is such a great summer color as well – a bit more sophisticated than its cousin yellow, but every bit as suited to the season.

I’ve found cargo pants are a great casual option for summer.  They’re a nice alternative to shorts, and in this light stone color they go with just about every summer top.  This pair from Chico’s is very soft, with a relaxed, comfortable fit.  I’ve dressed them up a bit with the ruffled top, and I suppose they could be dressed up even more, as counterintuitive as that may seem.  Maybe I’ll give that a try just to see.  🙂  Whenever a piece in my closet can do double- (or triple-) duty , I find it even more appealing.  It’s also an opportunity to be a bit more creative.

I’ve been talking a lot about Chico’s lately.  They’ve been wonderful to our Fierce 50 Revolution and they have some truly beautiful pieces in store.  They are also having an excellent sale in stores and online, featuring discounts up to 70%!  The sale is definitely worth checking out!

Side note:  check out my Instagram feed for a remarkable face trio from Tula.  They’re on sale today on QVC for the amazing price of $52!  Thsi is a 24-hour sale so be sure to check it out before it’s over! You can use link http://qvc.co/TULA_aNti-AgiNg-KIT to see it.

I hope you have a fabulous Monday.  Thanks so much for reading!





Dressed Up Jeans and a Tee








Tee • Nordstrom | Cropped Jeans • Chico’s | Necklace • Chico’s | Bracelet • French Kande, c/o, similar here | Shoes • Similar here and here | Sunglasses • Old Navy

What can be more basic than jeans and a tee? True, I’ve given them a little twist with a cropped length jean and a slub-fabric tee, but the foundation is still there.  Then I made a fabulous little discovery for this basic look: add a long statement necklace and basic gets dressed up in an instant.  This particular necklace from Chico’s is on sale right now, as well as the cropped jeans, which makes the look even more appealing.

If you’re not a fan of platform wedges or crops, try the look with loafers or flat mules and jeans at ankle-length. I’ve added a few to the widget below to give you some ideas, including a light-weight denim ankle jean to see you through the hotter summer months.  I have enough jeans in longer lengths right now (did I really type that?) which is why I chose the crops.  They looked more like summer to me, and goodness knows it’s summer in Arizona!

I’m still basking in the glow of last weekend’s Fierce 50 Revolution meet up.  I featured a couple pictures of our beach photo shoot and the brunch at Chico’s in Santa Monica earlier this week.  Next week I’ll have more from the beach shoot (so much fun with those wonderful women), our Launch Party for Cat & Kaehler and their new LA Talk Radio show, and another brunch at the chic shop of French Kande.  We had such a fun weekend – I can’t wait for the next get together.

Meanwhile, join the Revolution on Facebook.  If you’re 50+, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and style for our demographic.  We would love to have you in the conversation!

Shopping with The Fierce 50 and Brunch at Chico’s





What could be better than shopping? How about shopping with good friends, sale prices and a Chico’s brunch to boot!  Thank you, Chico’s Santa Monica, for a wonderful time and the perfect cap to our weekend.


I had so much fun with these lovely ladies!  Karen of Wear with Passion, Nancy Duncan, 80s supermodel with new project almost ready to unveil, Catherine of CatherineGraceO and founder of The Fierce 50 Revolution, and Cindy of the great trio that is Fashion Trends and Friends. On Catherine: Poncho • Chico’s | Striped Top • Chico’s | Dot-Print Pants • Chico’s  | Shoes • Similar Miu Miu

Okay, it’s not all diet-worthy, but boy was it good!

Karen of Wear with Passion, Valerie of Maple Leopard and Val’s friend Jonie.  I really connected with these women.  They’re so much fun and so sincere and supportive.  They’re the epitome of The Fierce 50 Revolution and women supporting women.

On Karen: Jacket • Similar Express | Jeans • Chico’s | Shoes • Michael Kors also here


How cute are these cupcakes? Chico’s had them made just for us. If you’ve looked inside a Chico’s shopping bag, you’ll see the cupcakes are an homage to their leopard signature print which lines each bag. Shopping, friends, sale prices and leopard print – truly a fashion blogger’s paradise!

Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style and husband Rob share a sweet indulgence.  Jodie keeps us together and in touch with group emails and up-to-date information about The Revolution.  Rob was such a sweetie, stepping in to photograph me for Tuesday’s post since Andy couldn’t join me.  Thank you Rob, so very much!

On Jodie: Gingham Top • here and here | Jeans • Chico’s | Fun in the Sun Hat c/o • Chico’s

Michelle, on Instagram as @michellerodborough was my car buddy through the weekend.  Although every event was within 30 minutes of our home base, the fabulous Redondo Beach Hotel,  I was happy to have Michelle and her fun sense of humor keeping me company.  She is hilarious and so witty!  Check out her IG account, where she’s determined to wear and photograph every item in her closet.

On Michelle: Lace Top • Chico’s | Lace Crops • Chico’s | Metallic Sneakers • Superga, similar here | Tassel Necklace • Chico’s


Barb of Southern Blonde Chic  with yours truly.  Barb is awesome!  She’s drop-dead gorgeous with a wicked combination of southern charm and sharp wit.  She’s definitely a fashion influencer – I’ve already ordered her fabulous deconstructed jeans!  And talk about hair and make-up goals!  Barbi, you’ve become my beauty muse.  Thanks for the inspiration!

On Barb: Flare-Sleeve Top • Chico’s | Destructed Girlfriend Jeans • Chico’s | also here | Shoes • Franco Sarto
On me: Top • Chico’s | Floral Print Crops • Chico’s | Necklace • Chico’s | Earrings • Chico’s | Shoes • VANELi

This weekend members of The Fierce 50 Revolution got together for fun event after fun event. Many of us had been online friends for months, if not years. This was our first opportunity to meet face-to-face and did we make the most of it! We wrapped up the weekend with a shopping brunch at Chico’s, Santa Monica. What a pretty and delicious spread they set out for us!

At the beginning of The Fierce 50 Movement, Chico’s sent these pretty powerbead bracelets to each member. This weekend, we also received their Just Beachy totes and adorable Fun in the Sun hats. My daughter hijacked mine for an upcoming trip to the Carribean. I hope she’s planning to give them back. 🙂 Thank you, Chico’s, for the wonderful gifts and a fantastic Sunday morning.

I’ve got more in store about this great weekend.  Stay tuned for upcoming posts.  If you’re interesteed in becoming a member of The Fierce 50 Revolution, check us out on Facebook and join the party.  This inclusive group of supportive women would love to welcome you!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Independence Day







Nothing like spending Independence Day with friends and family. I spent this weekend with several of my Fierce 50 sisters, including this special lady, Valerie Hansen of Maple Leopard. We hit it off immediately and had such a great time. Visit her fashion and travel blog Mapleleopard.com and follow her on Instagram @mapleleopard and on Facebook as Valerie Hansen.


Top • Dillard’s, similar here, here, here, here and here | Pants • Chico’s | Earrings • Chico’s | Hat • Chico’s | Lipstick • MAC Ruby Woo

Happy Birthday, America! Wearing a little red, white and blue to celebrate. If you live in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I hope your holiday is filled with fun, family and friends. I had an opportunity to escape the Arizona heat for a bit and enjoy some cool, coastal weather.  Such a nice reprieve from the weather and such a wonderful time celebrating midlife with my Fierce sisters.  I’m already looking forward to our next event!  I’ll be posting some of the shenanigans later this week.  A very special thank you to Rob Filogomo (@robgomoco ) for stepping in as photographer.  I had so much fun with you and Jody!

 





Summer Ready in Black Floral







Dress • Old Navy | Hat • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Old Navy | Bag • Nordstrom | Shoes • Rebecca Minkoff, also here, similar
here | Earrings • Similar here and here

Who says you can’t wear a sundress in your fifties?  Clearly not me!  I’ve found dresses, especially sundresses, are so much more comfortable on a hot summer’s day.  When it’s hot and/or humid, comfort really does rule the day.  True, I wouldn’t stand in the sun for very long while wearing black.  However, I fell in love with this pretty and dramatic black floral print and decided I didn’t care.  It’s not the usual backdrop for florals which adds to the appeal.

This little dress is currently on sale for $20 at Old Navy.  At that price you can pick it up in several cute summer prints.  We know summer heat and a lady’s propensity to “glow” (read “perspire”) throughout the season can really take a toll on clothing.  I would hate to ruin a really pricey item, and in the past I have.  With a dress at this price point, I’m more disappointed if I have to let it go because it’s pretty.  I’m not crushed because I spent a small fortune.  Frugality, thy name is Helen.  🙂

How are you dressing to beat the heat?

Funky Jeans







Top • Nordstrom | Jeans • Gap (on sale!) | Hat • Similar here, high end version here | Tennis Shoes • Converse | Chunky Heels, old • Similar here, here, here, here and here | Sunglasses • Old Navy

Don’t you just love the new jeans trends? After flares gave way to straight leg, then skinny and boyfriend cuts, it seems anything goes. I love the fun creativity happening now. Not every new silhouette is going to work with every body type, but there are plenty of options for everyone. I thought these cute crops from Gap were adorable, and I love the bleach treatment at the hemline. They felt fun and funky enough to style them with my classic Converse tennis shoes.

Since this jean style/Converse combination won’t flatter everyone, I wanted to show how well this cute will work with chunky heels.  Only the shoes were swapped out but I think the look is very different.  Heels, especially with a slight platform, will obviously give you more height but they will also elongate your leg.  If you’ve avoided wide crops because you’re concerned you’ll look wide and cropped, try them with a pair of platforms.  You don’t have to think Elton John and a sky-high shoe base.  A slight platform could change your opinion.  If any type of platform shoe is off-putting, how about a paid of espadrille wedges?

Have you tried any of the cute jeans styles this season?  Which is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!