Settling In | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hi guys!  If you've been following along on Instagram or Facebook then you've seen my project #TITYNSettles where I've started going room by room organizing, designing, creating solutions, asking for help and decorating our new house.  The most common question friends have excitedly asked me since we moved in was, "Are you settled in?!"  And my answer was always a disappointing, "A little settled, slowly, I'm having trouble getting motivated." This was a head scratcher to me and it was bothering me so I knew setting up a project through Tell It To Your Neighbor would help me get motivated and give me a little accountability.

A year ago we were in the middle of building our house and I was cruising the Home Section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I was thinking, "Man, I wish I could know what I'm going to need for the house" because I was surprised to find towels, bedding, tabletop, etc.! But I quickly squashed that "fear of scarcity" that sales can often manipulate me into feeling and remembered I have next year and I don't actually "need" any of it!  Now it's a year later, I'm not feeling as frantic about it and I am taking advantage of the sale for the things this house "can use".

First up, this house can use a few updated photo frames.  All of my older picture frames are chunky wood frames and they're not looking right in the new space.  So I think these two frames from the sale are so light and pretty and look great here!  

Kate Spade gold frame with black mat, 4x6 photo because of the mat. Silver frame with white mat, 3.5x3.5 (actually closer to 3x3) and $20.90.

Next, look at these towels!  I feel like they were designed to look pretty with carrara marble! Our master bathroom can definitely use these!  Our old white towels from the wedding registry 15 years ago needed replacing about 8 years ago, but I never could decide to go white again or with a color until I saw these gray towels. The "grey vapor" is just enough color to hide dirt over time but still light enough to keep the space clean, light and simple.

These hydrocotton towels are so fluffy and soft! Check out all the great reviews of them, customers are happy.  And if you need a different color they come in 19 different colors, all on sale!

Hydrocotton Towel Collection in color Grey Vapor.

I bought this bath mat in the spring and now it's part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  I like it because it's very absorbent, great for stepping out of the shower.  I wouldn't recommend it for a high traffic area, it's ribbed design can catch dirt in a passageway but its great where I have it!

These towels are also a favorite of mine from the sale.  Their pattern reminds me of a cobblestone street.  They are also very similar to the fancy European Thistletex towels I always look forward to using at Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie in Round Top.

Luckily they are on sale because I'm using these in several other places.  I've only had time to photograph them in the powder bath, don't they look like they were made for this room! Bonus, I ran into a neighbor shopping at Nordstrom, she has these and said they've held up well and her kids have been using them!  They come in two colors, grey magnate and blue vintage. I was also surprised to find a rope loop on the bath towel for hanging on a hook, yes!

Lastly, I've been having trouble with the glass cabinets in our breakfast area.  I've been trying to fill them and make them look pretty without buying anything.  I also have a drawer full of floating recipe cards and a bunch of my Mom's recipe boxes from the 70s I'd like to get organized.  

Enter pretty Rifle Paper Co. tin recipe box, it's $21.90 with the sale and after the sale it will be $34.00.  It's not a need but I sure can use it!  It comes with cards and dividers inside.

That's all I had time to photograph and share before Early Access to the sale ends today! I'm still waiting on a few deliveries, too so good thing the Public Sale continues to August 6th.  Hopefully I'll have time to photo the successes but if not here's what I'm working on and things I found of value for the home in the sale:

Before you go, here's a quote I hung on my college apartment bedroom door when I was addicted to shopping for home goods, "Simply tell yourself that you can't afford anything new right now. Sure, deprivation is painful at first, but delayed gratification feels much better in the long run and gives you more control over your finances."


Back To School for Him | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

As you can see I didn't have to ask him twice to take pictures for my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post, he loved it!

The following "Back To School" outfit inspirations are courtesy of my 7 year old boy and his Dad.  I'm just the writer and photographer for this blog post!

There are several $13.90 super hero t-shirts in the sale but his favorite is Batman.  I don't know if Dad and Son meant to create this monochromatic look, but I like it!  The pants have an elastic waist and the shoes are good look'n!

Batman Tshirt, he's wearing a size M. Jogger Pants, he's wearing a size S.
Nike Shoes, he's wearing a 3.5.

This outfit is The Standard.  DRI-FIT t-shirt and DRI-FIT shorts, all day every day, lucky boy!  I like how Nike is changing up the shorts a little with a different hemline to keep him cool.

These shorts are more than meets the eye with different fabric in the hot areas, behind the knees and between the legs. Thank you Nike, keep him cool so he stays active! These shorts are $20.90 and after the sale they will go up to $32.00.

DRI-FIT T-Shirt, he's wearing a size S. DRI-FIT shorts, he's wearing an XS.
Nike Shoes, he's wearing size 3.5.

Next up is a dressier look but still very casual, maybe first day of school?  I like the t-shirt because... can you imagine looking out your airplane window to see astronauts floating above the clouds?! I think this imaginative boy loves that thought!  The pants are the same as the gray pants at the top of the post with an elastic waist, they come in several colors.

T-Shirt, he's wearing a size Small. Pants are big but he'll soon grow into this size S.
Nike Shoes, he's wearing a size 3.5.

He wouldn't stop dancing and moving in this outfit, so I'm guessing it feels really good to wear!  I finally had to say "show me triple threat" in order to get a photo! These pants are supposed to fit snug and boy do they look cute on him!

T-Shirt, he's wearing a size S. Dri-Fit Training Pants, he's wearing a size S.
Nike Shoes, he's wearing a size 3.5.

This is his "sweater" for the chilly classroom and cafeteria at school.  It's very light weight, just a hooded long sleeve T-shirt, so it should be very comfortable for layering and it won't take up much space in the backpack.

Dri-FIT Hooded T-Shirt, he's wearing a size S.

"Mommy, I'm going to do a stinky feet pose."  I didn't know what he was talking about but I sure was curious, "Go for it." Click, snapshot!

Astronaut T-shirt, he's wearing a size S, it's big on him now but 100% cotton will shrink in the wash. 
Dri-FIT shorts, he's wearing an XS.

That's it for the Boy's Section of the Nordstrom Sale (early access ends July 20th)! Did you see our Back to School inspiration for Her, in yesterday's post?  I hope it's helpful if you need it!  Coming soon is a post on how I've used the Home Section of the sale to help us settle in to our new house.


Back To School for Her | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I've been using the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for her "back to school" clothes since she started school! The sale is different from other sales because it's new styles on sale before the season starts. Smart. Early access started last week for card holders. And public access begins July 21st.  I usually do her picks and my picks in this blog post every year but this year it was a collaborative effort.  We are a team. :) I hope we can help with a little inspiration because the sale can be overwhelming!

First up is her "winter" coat.  We haven't had much of a winter the last couple years here in Houston so this year we're going light! I like this versatile jacket because the shape will hold, it's stiff and the cute metallic pink detail on the zipper is just for her. ;)

Long Hooded Jacket, I buy jackets big so they'll last a couple years, she's wearing a size M.

This is her favorite outfit of the bunch and I'm pretty sure she'll be wearing it on the first day of school.

I like the movement! The dress and shoes are from the sale but the jacket is ours.  However, the Nordstrom Sale has options, too!

Knit Dress, she's wearing a size M and the arm holes are a little long.  Ballet Flat, she's size 3.

I think this outfit might be my favorite, so relaxed and easy but so fun with the pink pom pom sneakers! And what a deal, this dress is at $21.90!

Shirt Dress, she had to size up because of the length but it still looks great at a size L.  Sneakers, she's wearing a size 3.

Do you see the pink star on these booties?! Lucky girl! And these leggings are so soft and stretchy. Lucky lucky girl!

The top can be worn with anything, mix and match is the main goal here!

Leggings and top, she sized up to a L. Booties, true to size, she's a 3.

Something tells me I should go back and take advantage of the sale for a little more of their athleasure for her. My friends with older girls say this is all they want to wear. She's very excited about the thumb holes!

Top and leggings, she's wearing size M.

"I'm just going to wear a cute top with jeans," said every girl ever, I'm sure she will, too, soon!  She tried on several jeans and most of them gaped at the waist in the back.  These gaped the least.

Jeans, she's wearing a size 10. Top, she's wearing a L.

Whoever designed these loafers, high five! Classic and fantastically fun! And surprisingly comfy!

Loafers, she's wearing a size 3.

Peace, love and inexpensive! This top is $13.90.

The envelope back of this shirt says to me, my girl is growing up!

Top, she's wearing a M. Leggings, size L. Booties, size 3.

She must've been inspired by her flowy outfit to use her fidget spinner as a prop. ;)

Top and skirt, she's wearing size M. Slip-on sneakers, size 3.

A cozy sweater for the drastically changing temperatures of her school, check! I wish they had this in my size!

Striped Cardigan, she's wearing a size M.

The shirt and dress here are a set, they are sewn together at the top of the strap! Throw on the dress and slip on the shoes, I bet she could be ready for school in 5.0 seconds, yes! And she talked me into these fun shoes, good thing they were $28.90.

Dress set, she's wearing size M. Slip-on sneakers, she's wearing a size 3.

At the top of this post, I said we were a team and as you can see, she was a trooper and helped me with ALL of these photos. Thank you, Sweetie Pie!

Next post is Back to School for Him with the Nordstrom Sale (early access ends July 20). I'll also be sharing my purchases from the sale's home section for my #TITYNSettlesIn project! Coming very soon!