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Monday, July 14, 2014

Manic Monday: Anniversary Sale Recap


Whew! It was a busy weekend, but driving 4 hours each way to shop the most anticipated sale of the year will do that to you! It's still early access time right now through Thursday, but for those of you getting your lists ready for the sale to go public on Friday, I thought it would be great to recap all the goodies I tried. After all - stock photos don't always portray the pieces accurately, amiright? This will be a pretty photo heavy post, so grab your coffee, and let's indulge.
Left: Pedro Garcia perforated bootie: $349.90/ $525 after sale 
Right: Joe's "Ali" Ankle Strap Pump: $96.90/ $144.95 after sale

First, these are the two things I had my Nordstrom SA order the first day of the sale. Since I wasn't able to make it up to Chicago until Saturday, I wanted to make sure I was able to get my hands on these two before they sold out in my size. It's been kind of my "thing" to  buy a new Pedro Garcia bootie every year (you can see my other two pairs from the last two years here and here.) I was able to try the Pedros on in black and they fit and felt great, The nude color will be a perfect rounding out of my little collection. The Joe's ankle strap is just as beautiful in person. I wasn't able to try them on in my size, so I'm very anxious to know if these will work out.

Sam Edelman "Palma" sandal: $99.90/ $159.95 after sale 

Guys. The Sam Edelman "Palma" is such a fantastic sandal. They feel great on - they are manageable to walk in, despite the heel height, and did I mention they feel great on? My toughest decision was which pair to buy. I had originally wanted them in the Putty color, but they were just extra striking in black. My entourage of 3 agreed with the black, which is funny because my IG followers favored the grey. So perhaps you should see this one in person before you make your color decision because the black really sold me when they were on my feet. But in all honesty, they're both fabulous. With my Joe's and Pedro's coming to me in grey and nude respectively, I figured it was ok to go with black in this shoe.

Top Left: Louise et Cie "Vernonia" bootie (Minx): $99.90/ $149.95 after sale
Top Right: Louise et Cie "Vernonia" bootie (Tiramisu): $99.90/ $149.95 after sale
Bottom Left: Ivanka Trump "Didia" cage bootie$99.90/ $149.95 after sale 
Bottom Right: Vince Camuto "Vala" bootie: $89.90/ $138.95 after sale

Not counting the two pairs that are on their way to me, I ended up walking away from the sale with only the one pair of new shoes. But I tried on these lovelies and thought I would let you know why I passed on them in case any of these are on your list. The Louise et Cie booties are really fun! I actually loved them in the animal print first, but they didn't have my size, so I tried them on in the cognac to see how they fit. Maybe these will work better for you gals with long and lean toes because they didn't work with my short stubbies. The peep toe is the smallest peep ever, so you could only see the very tip of my second toe - none of my other toes were visible, so they looked awkward on me. Sad. The Ivanka Trump booties hurt. Even though they're suede, the scallop edge scratched my ankles in a bad way, and the fit was a bit big also. My cousin picked out the Vince Camuto booties for me - I loved the feminine dip at the side. Unfortunately, this "dip" was not quite placed in the right spot, and it dug into the underside of my ankle ball.
Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo: $292.90/ $438 after sale 
Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs messenger bag: $232.90/ $348.95 after sale

Clearly, I'm a sucker for a good colorblock, but I need a large hobo and another cross body like I need a hole in my head. My SA walked around with the hobo while I finished my shopping (and I'm sure to taunt me), but in the end, I was strong and decided against it. The messenger bag was another pick of my cousin's - and this was even more tempting than the hobo, but again, I passed. I didn't leave this department empty handed though.


I've linked to the grey version of this Rebecca Minkoff bag (without studs) as a good alternative to my classic flap Chanel. The cognac color just grabbed me in person and well, the studs... you know I can't resist the studs.  I only have my large MK tote in cognac, so I was "needing" a smaller cognac bag, and this was great. It's awesome that it converts from the shoulder bag to more of a cross body.

Left: Zella colorblock capris: $33.90/ $52 after sale
Middle: Zella Triple-block leggings: $41.90/ $64 after sale
Right: Hanky Pank low rise thong$14.90 each (4 for $52)/ $23 each after sale 

I can't not stock up on workout stuff or undies during these sales. I love the Zella leggings - I have 3 pairs of the basic black that I couldn't live without, but to be honest, I love them so much, I don't normally work out in them. I figured I should actually get legit workout leggings. The mesh inserts on these two pairs are fun (and functional.) 

I'm not sure I've mentioned before but I can't wear anything but Hanky Panky undies. Maybe a bit TMI, but I love them because they're ridiculously comfortable, they serve the purpose of a thong in that they eliminate VPL, but the crotch still has substantial coverage, which aids in the comfort. I've replaced all my undies with Hanky Panky, and do so by stocking up during sales like these, or at places like Nordstrom Rack and Rue La La flash sales.

Bellatrix Print Faux wrap top: $39.90/ After sale: $60

I loved the print of this Bellatrix top so much, and I'm always such a fan of a wrap anything. Unfortunately, they didn't have my size, so I may just have to order it… still debating. In the meantime, I went ahead and picked it up in another color.

Bellatrix Print Faux wrap top (in gold/magenta/brown diamond): $39.90/ After sale: $60

We were thinking at first that the top in the second color was too fall - I immediately pictured it with olive skinnies and some wine colored boots. But I think it still has some great summer potential. It's very lightweight, and while I'm not usually a fan of the high-lo hem, I didn't mind it in this top, especially since I feel like I partial tuck my tops so much lately anyway.

JOA Floral Sequin skirt: $64.90/ After sale: $98

These pictures really do not do this JOA floral sequin skirt justice. This is one item that I actually loved on the hanger more so than I loved on the model. I saw someone walk out of the tent with this and I loved it instantly so had to try it for myself. The website describes this as a "body-con" skirt, and I'm not sure I would agree with that. Yes, it's cut like a pencil skirt, but to me, body-con pieces are crazy form fitting, and I didn't feel like this was at all. Plenty of room to move around it, and it's quite lightweight considering the sequins. This was an easy yes for me, and I promise it's better in real life than in these photos.

And that's it! After all was said and done, I didn't even spend $200 because of my Nordstrom notes I had accrued all year, which is awesome, because my new bag alone is $225 after the sale! We'll see what my grand total ends up being once the other two pairs of shoes show up, but I'd say it was a pretty successful shopping trip. I plan to wear at least one new piece for the remainder of the week in case you need further convincing or styling inspiration. Otherwise - let me know if you have any questions about anything I tried! Would love to hear what you've gotten also!


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58 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing all these awesome eye candy Carylee!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  2. So I skipped this sale because I didn't really need anything but I love all your picks. You're a savvy shopper.


    xo
    PinkSole

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    1. I def found more stuff in person than I did in the catalog! Good for you for staying strong! Haha

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  3. Ahhhh!!! So much goodness! And so much jealous!! LOL. I LOVE those Sam Edelman sandals in BOTH colors. I don't know if I could choose just one! I do not need any new shoes heels and yet...those are so tempting. Especially when you list the before/after sale price. I am also loving the Bellatrix wrap tops (and again...the sale price!!) and think I could easily work one into my summer wardrobe since I have virtually no short sleeve blouses. The detail on the skirt looks like it will be incredible in person. Can't wait to see your real life pics with that! Sorry, too hard to NOT write a paragraph today. :)
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

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    1. Aww, this is a relief. I was worried the post would be extra boring. But I'm glad it was still engaging!! And yes! The prices are amazing! And I was the same about the Bellatrix top- in need of short sleeve stuff. It will be great to layer also! Do it! :)

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  4. OMG all of those gorgeous shoes. I love them all. Those wrap-style blouses are gorgeous too.

    Thanks for hosting and for sharing these deals Carylee. =)

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    1. Our pleasure! Love sharing my shopping finds and inspiring you all to spend too so I'm not alone! :)

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  5. Thank you for posting this, Carylee! I don't have a Nordstrom card so I've been wondering how good the sale is. I guess I have to wait a few more days to check it out. Love those SE sandals on you. Might have to get me a pair =) Have a great Monday!

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    1. Yes, you really do need them. I almost want to go put them on as I type this! :)

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  6. Loved reading your sale recap! I love all of those heels, especially the animal print booties!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous? It was fun to re-live this for you guys! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. You found some great things! Can't wait to see you put it all in action on the blog. I just love that RM purse. I want one sooo badly!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. I was surprised how much I loved the RM bag in real life. The color was so saturated and beautiful!

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  8. Love that you drove a total of 8 hours to get to a Nordstrom! I would have done the same if I had to! Lucky for me, we have a Nordstrom about 15 minutes away. (very dangerous!) lol! I love your picks! I think they had a great selection of booties this year. I bought the Halogen Claudia zipper trim leather bootie and I adore them. They caught my eye right away from the catalog. I also picked up a pair of Steve Madden quilted slip ons and I have the Sam Edelman Pembrooke coming to me in the mail. I also did well in the clothing department. So many gorgeous coats and jackets this year! I'm also debating on ordering the Bebe mixed faux fur jacket! I absolutely love it but not sure if I'd get much use.. we shall see!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. Oooohhh!! Awesome finds! I can't wait to see how you style everything!
      And sadly, there are two Nordstroms I could have easily visited locally. I just made the drive because my SA relocated to Chicago and we couldn't bear to be apart on the biggest shopping day! That's probably way worse than driving bc there is no Nordstrom nearby!!! :)

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  9. oooh, I've been waiting to see what you were going to show us from the sale!! Ahhh...all those great shoe choices!! Excited to see what you keep and what you wear them!! Can I say that I adore the skirt...love a good floral skirt, and definately love the length of the one you got. Those tops are awesome too...that would be an item I wouldn't think to try on, but love it on you for sure!! Awesome stuff girl!!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed this! I was afraid it would be too long and drawn out. Hard to summarize 4-5 hours of shopping in one post!! And the tops- I fell in love with the print instantly! So much fun!

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  10. Oh, now I feel like dropping all my plans for today and going to Nordstrom! Great picks!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. That would be a great way to make your Monday less Manic for sure! :)

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  11. OK that sale looks amazing and you have convinced me that I need booties - so cute! Plus, that sequin skirt is amazing - love it!

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    1. Yes, it's hard not to get wrapped up in booties with this sale because they are everywhere!
      I really do love the skirt a lot - I'm glad you like it!

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  12. Love your haul!! Especially those Sam Edelman booties!! Gorgeous sale finds! The skirt is tdf!! Looks fantastic on you! I am not a card holder, so will wait for July 17th :). Thanks for the link up Carylee.. :)
    xx

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    1. I hope you find some good stuff! Def the skirt and booties are my favorite! And the bag! And well, it's so hard - they're all beautiful!

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  13. Great finds! I am drooling over the lace up heels!
    xo, Lee

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  14. Great sale picks! I might have to get those Sam Edelman booties. They are amazing!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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    1. I hope you do! You won't regret it!

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  15. Love those Sam Edelman heels! I had a good time with this sale. I ordered this amazing Mackage jacket and I can't wait to wear it this summer. :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge1.wordpress.com

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to see you style it!!!

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  16. Nice finds,especially those shoes. LOVE!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thanks, Whitney! They're amazing!

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  17. What amazing finds!! Aren't sales the best?! All those shoes are to die for!!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, sales make me so very happy! Glad you were able to indulge with me!

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  18. I love Joe's ankle strap heels! And those Sam Edelman sandals look great on you. I wasn't that impressed with the selections this year but looking at your picks, I think I may have to take another look! ~Cynthia

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    1. Yes, I felt the catalog was a bit anticlimactic. Def lots more finds in person!

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  19. Love the Sam Edelman lace ups! Those are must haves!

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  20. Great picks! The Vernonia booties are awesome. :-)

    Mo

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    1. Yes! I'm so bummed my toes are too stubby for them! Although if they ever dropped low enough in sale, I think I could look past that minor flaw… :)

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  21. All beautiful gorgeous picks! I prefer the grey Palma pair over the black but if you said there's a nude and grey coming, then it does make sense to get the black. Enjoy all your new babies!

    - Karen

    Join my eShakti $50 Gift Card Giveaway at MrsLookingGood.com

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    1. It was such a hard decision! That's not to say that if I ever saw the grey on crazy sale, I would NOT get them...

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  22. I love your pics, specially the Rebecca M bag, I love that color.

    Natalia

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    1. It is so stunning in person! Can't wait to wear it!!

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  23. LOVED going on this virtual shopping trip with you :-) When I saw the bag you purchased - I was SO happy - because a mini affair is next on my Minkoff wishlist - and I can't wait to see how you style yours. I adore quilted bags (I have a beige Chanel quilted WOC and a black Marc Jacobs Single) so I'd love add one more to my collection...maybe in a navy or a grey!

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    1. I'll need to stalk your blog and take a close look at this collection of yours! You will love the mini affair! It's darling! And sounds like it will be a great edition to your closet!

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  24. Thanks for sharing this...I love some of the shoes, a girl can never have enough shoes...right? :))
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  25. So many great things!! You walked away with great stuff! I ordered Tory Burch boots, but thats it so far! I am still debating some things; like workout clothes and jewelry!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to see your boots! There was definitely an amazing boot selection this year! Makes me excited for fall!!

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  26. I forgot about THE sale!! I really like the stripy sandals and the shirts...I will def have to go this wknd :)

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    1. Yes check it out and please report back on your findings!! :)

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  27. I love those faux wrap tops. Great finds!!

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    1. Yeah, I decided to order the second color! Oops!

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  28. Carylee, you did some damage during this sale! I was good - I only bought a pair of sneakers for the gym! Also, I do favor the Palma sandals in grey!

    Cheresa
    www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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    1. Good for you! I didn't think I would end up with much, but I'm very pleased with my purchases!

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  29. What a fabulous spree! Good buys. Thanks so much for hosting.

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