Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Here!!!!

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Shop Until You Drop!  Buy Basics! 

It's Here! 

Happy Shopping

"With basics you will have endless options"

"Smile, be happy, think positive thoughts and do not let negative energy or negative words ever effect your life.  This is it! The stage is yours.  Give back, give happiness, exude a positive attitude, bring laughter and be self-confident!  

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

Nordstrom After Annniversary Sale - Still Hot Fall 2016

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I Looked Online!  I Saw In-Store!  I Bought!

Alicia Silverstone - Clueless (1995)

Nordstrom Anniversary Pre-Sale July 14th - July 21st  is in full swing and on Thursday the department store in Bellevue, Washington was an apparel jungle and #1 in sales after the first day across the country.   It was fantastic to examine the merchandise, feel the fabrics, try on pieces and enjoying the shopping frenzy.   By the way - online shopping is superb when choosing items that are known to the buyer.   However, this fashionista learned tips from sales staff and other fellow shoppers while forging through the designated tents.  In other words, do both - shop online and make a department store visit now with your Nordstrom card.   Do it! You will find selections that you didn't even think of that are perhaps better than online.  And, stock is selling out. 

Forever Chic Style - Hot, Hot, Hot

Black Beauty

I. Black Jeans Gorgeous:  Snap these babies up before sold out.  Black jeans are a definite staple combined with sweaters, blouses, jackets and can be dressed up or dressed down.  Soft material, comfortable and high waist for super fit.  Wear boots, booties or heels. The choice is endless with these black beauties. 

AG 'Farrah' High Rise Skinny

"Jeans and high heels" 


The Beautiful Bootie

II.  The All Weather Suede Italian Bootie: After checking out several pairs of booties with an eye on the Ivanka grey number, these two were shown to me by a thoughtful and knowledgeable sales person.  Of course, I purchased on the spot.  These numbers are selling out fast.  Online states to go up a half size.  The sales associate informed me that everyone was sticking with their own size or going down a half size.  The online site states to go down half size.  Not the case.  

Selling Out Fast.....

Aquatalia 'Farin' Weather Proof  Bootie

Aquatalia 'Taylor' Weatherproof  Bootie

Aquatalia 'Verona' Weatherproof Bootie

Ivanka Trump 'Lettie' Pointy Toe Bootie

"These boots are made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you


Lacy & Colorful Lingerie - Don't Miss Out

Hanky Panky

III.  The Perfect Fit:  Hanky Panky this year has gone wild with swirls of patterns and vividcolors.  Great price too! 

Hanky Panky Print Regular Rise Thong

"Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections" 


The Disappearing Bra! 

IV.  Purrrfect - Cat's Meow Bra:  Underneath a fitted sweater or any garment requires a bra that is comfortable and does not show lines.  The idea of this bra is to provide a a smooth as silk feel against the skin and also to appear seamless under apparel.  Natori fits the bill. 

Natori 'Pure Luxe' Underwire T-Shirt Bra (Black, Blue Spruce, Cafe, Merlot, & Toffee)

"The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames


Dainty and Elegant

V.  The Statement Layering Necklaces:  On a whim during the sale, I happened upon a new brand to me - Gorjana (husband and wife team out of California).  The necklaces are meant to be layered for a feminine and pretty look which is opposite of the chunky necklaces. 

Gorjana 'Thea' Adjustable Lariat Necklace: Gold, Silver & Rose Gold

Gorjana - 'Thea'  Collar Necklace

Gorjana - 'Thea' Wrap Stand Necklace

"Everyday is a fashion show and the world is a runway"  - Coco Chanel 


The Audrey Flat

VI.  Black Pointed Toe Flats:  Cole Haan has done it again with a classic flat that contains OS technology providing cushion and comfort.  The sleek design is everything a Audreyesq fashionista wants in a pointy-toe skimmer flat.

Cole Haan 'Dellora' Skimmer Flat

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a fabulous pair of shoes" - Hudson & Bleeker


Little Black Bag - LBB

Gigi Hadid - Rebecca Minkoff - Crossbody

VII.  The Crossbody:  Rebecca Minkoff's little black, whiskey or port saddle bag features equestrian-inspired curves with the finest materials of leather and suede.  This number is beyond sophistication for day and night. 

"Handbags are like can never have to many!" 


The Great Gatsby (2013)

If you are Nordstrom card holder - do not be late to the party!   Check out online and visit in-store.  Nordstrom Anniversary Pre-Sale continues through the 21st.   The public can shop July 22nd through August 7th.  The prices go up on August 8th.  

Happy Shopping! 

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

Nordstrom Pre-Sale Catalog Review - July 14 - 21, 2016

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Are you Ready? 

Let's Review the Catalog!

Early Access

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - 2016

  • Public: July 22nd with prices going up on August 8th. 

Many know that the annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one that cannot be missed.  The high-end designers have quality items on sale that are at bargain prices. Yes, it is overwhelming so be prepared with a detailed list of apparel needs before venturing into the store.   Perhaps check out Tips on Closet and Shopping prior to heading into the apparel jungle.  Lions, tigers and oh so much on sale! 

***Links in review! Card holders only can purchase! 

***Items will sell out fast! 

The Avid Shopper

Here are a list of items from surveying the Nordstrom Anniversary Catalog 2016 that are on my list. Nordstrom card holders can also order online starting July 14th or visit a store via an appointment with a sales associate. 

Forever Chic Style Raving Hot

Romance, Refined Wool Coat

Trina Turk - Officers Jacket - Coats

DVF Double-Breasted Coat & Mackage Wrap Coat - Coats and Encore

"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." - Coco Chanel


The Jacket & The Blouse

Veronica Beard - via C.

Not a fan of the jeans.   Do not invest in faded and ripped jeans if wanting to be a Forever Chic Style classics maven.  Instead chose skinny or straight leg dark denim that can be worn for years to come.  **Check in-store! Not online. 

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." - Edith Head


The Classic Sheath

Burgundy & Red are Hot for Fall 2016

Maggy London - Colorblock Scuba Sheath - Dresses & Encore

 And - Pumps

Gorgeous, Classic Pointed Toe Beauties in Cabernet  

Classic Pumps - Women Shoes
Love the Sam Edelman Tonia Pump - # 2 with a little bling!  The cabernet pumps and flats
are pretty too. 

"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." —Alexander Wang


The Bootie

Vince - Hallie Boot Limestone

Personally looking for a suede grey ankle boot. These are limestone but will search for grey and check out other colors. 

**Not online - check in-store. 

"Walk like you have three men walking behind you." —Oscar de la Renta


Everything Vince! 

Car Coat - Vince - Individualist

The Vince Wide-Leg Trousers are also spot on for fall. 

"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live." —Gianni Versace


More Sassy Sweaters

Leopard Anyone!

Joie - Berit Sweater - Individualist

Eileen Fisher - Long Cascading Jacket - Individualist, Petite Focus, Encore

Halogen - Ribbed Knit Cashmere

***Not Online - In-Store. Check out attached link for a different Halogen look! 

"Attitude is everything." —Diane von Furstenberg


Menswear for Ladies 

Loafers & Oxfords - Womens Shoes

Love #1 (Sarto by Franco Sarto) and possibly #4 (Louise Et Cie).  Choose a pointed toe versus round toe.  Will have to personally check out and get back to final decision. 

"Whoever said that money can't buy happiness, simply didn't know where to go shopping." —Bo Derek


The Classic Jean

Rag & Bone Skinny Jean

Skinny jeans with a mid to high waist remain center-stage this fall.   Of course, a straight leg is always classic and a must for a fashion doyenne's closet.  Wide legs and boyfriend jeans are also in fad but often do not flatter a fashionista. Stick to skinny or straight and always look for a dark wash for autumn and winter. 

"I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes. —Yves Saint Laurent


The Bra & Pajamas!
Stock Up

Look for Natori & PJ Salvage for Pajamas

 Natori bras and PJ Salvage pajamas are ideal for the fall and winter. 

"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends." —Kate Spade


Home Fragrances - Stock Up

Antica Farmacista! Lavendar is Always Sublime! 

"Fashions fade, style is eternal." —Yves Saint Laurent


My first assessment of the Nordstrom Anniversay 2016 sale via the catalog.   I hope this helps organize your thoughts based on your closet and wardrobe needs for fall 2016.  Stay tuned for another dissertation on the sale with live links!

Afterwards - Relax - Eat Cake!

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"Style is what you say you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

Tips on Closet & Shopping

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Through the Looking Glass

Eva Longoria Closet

Summer sunshine, blue skies and lazy evenings are top of mind during the sun filled days of warmth and glorious beauty.  When getting ready for lemon drop and cocktail infused evening fun - check no more for the latest fashion piece conveniently stashed in a fashion maven's wardrobe.  It is fascinating to learn to mix and match pieces while selecting wardrobe favorites.   The stores are brimming with heaps of apparel at discount prices and yet when reviewing attire for each season it is often noted that the cheaper clothing purchased is rarely worn.  Let's review rules of shopping, the closet that will prepare the shopping list for the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beginning July 14th for the pre-sale cardholder shoppers and for the public on July 22nd ending on August 8th. 

Rules of  Engagement - Shopping

Set a Budget

I. Set a Budget:  Repeat - Set a Budget!  There is nothing more disheartening to spend hard earned cash on apparel when not needed.  Or worse of all - to receive a credit card with a bill that cannot be paid.  Decide on a firm number that is available for a splurge.  Stick to the budget and do not go over. Track the online and in-store receipts.   Paying the piper later is an ill way to run everyday finances.  And speaking from experience, the eyes get overwhelmed at the hues, shades, designs and before the clock rings midnight, new items suddenly appear in bags or on the doorstep.   The initial shopping high is fabulous but the day after is often one of remorse. I know - I have gotten in hot water with my eyes open and a credit card singing.  Thus, set a budget and play the game of saving for a pretty piece or only purchase within ones means. Boring yes but wise - and so very owlish and astute.  We can all try - right!

"A budget is telling your money where to go and not wondering where it went" - Dave Ramsey


The Dream Closet

Someone's Lux Closet!

Yes Or No - Do I or Don't I?

II.  Donate, Purge or Store:   It is essential to review apparel each season and decide what needs to be given away, donated or sold on a quarterly basis.   Must admit this is very hard because there is the thought in the back of the mind that the style or hue will come back.  However, when it does come back will you really wear the item again?   If you purchase classic attire this dilemma is rare since everything classic remains forefront and center each season.  Here are a few helpful tips:

Alice in Wonderland (2010) Looking Down the Rabbit Hole 

1.  Pilled or Discolored or No Longer Fit:  White tee's, shirts, shorts or jeans etc. that are worn out, discolored or pilled or no longer fit must be purged.  Yes, you may lose the weight but after a certain age this is a bit more challenging.  Best to let go of the size 2, size 4, 27 jean and embrace the new and more elegant curvaceous you! Send down the rabbit hole for someone else to enjoy.

2.   Discount Apparel Purchased on a Whim:  The never worn flouncy item or crazy colored top that has never been slipped on needs to be sent down the donation shoot.  How many times has a piece been purchased because it was 50% off and yet was never worn? Do you have stacks of shoes, shirts, tee shirts, jackets and suits all collecting dust bunnies?    Be ruthless and if not worn in a year - off with the apparel.  Think of Jerry Seinfeld's routine of how we bring home stuff only to have it move to the garage and then to the dump.  In our case, we accumulate too many clothing items, stuff the closet and then slowly purge everything that was wasteful.

3.   Keep/Yes Apparel:  Store quality sweaters, tee shirts, shorts etc., each season by properly cleaning and placing in storage either in dressers or appropriate containers with lavender or cedar chips.

4.  Purge/No Apparel:  Donate to women's shelters or sell.  There is always someone in need that will cherish the apparel even if you did or didn't.

5.  Think and Track:  Clearly understand what is in the wardrobe.  Either keep a spreadsheet, or photos or whatever it takes to know the contents of the closet.   The chance of buying the same or similar items will become slim.  Additionally, a fashion maven will be prepared for the next sale with knowledge of what is desired or needed.

6.  Be a Mademoiselle French Woman:  Only purchase quality apparel.  Seriously, everything else from shoes to dresses if not made well will be never worn or worn once maybe twice or will fall apart quickly. Cheaper apparel does not mean long lasting or great fitting.  French women buy several expensive core items and then accessorize with scarves, a few cheap trends, jewels, perfume and lips. That's it.  Keep it simple silly. 

Angelina Jolie

7. There are Exceptions - Know your lifestyle:   Be clear on what one needs to wear daily.  For some it is slacks, blouse and jacket and for others a tennis outfit and then jeans.  Additionally, there may be some apparel choices that are hard to abandon.   For instance, I love suits and have several or maybe more than several that are rarely worn together.   I am not ready to part with them and still wear the jackets now and then. Of course, I would never part with my black suits. The black suit is always a must for business or serious affairs.  They are crafted with exceptional fabrics and the quality is sublime. Thus, these beauties are remaining the closet.   Keep until sure that a piece will not be used. 

8. Organize Wardrobe:  Yes, organize the wardrobe so that everything is within eye sight.  Color coordinate jackets, skirts, jeans, tops etc.,  Keep shoes insight and neatly lined up for ease of use.   Visit a container store for ideas on organization.  The end result is a precise closet and a fast way to get beautifully dressed in only a few minutes.

"Some people dream of pools, with me it's closets" - Audrey Hepburn


Back to Classics Baby!

Audrey Hepburn

III. Style, Style & Forever Chic Style:  Style is based on ones own sense of self and creativity. It is a way of expressing oneself to the world and those that think it doesn't matter are sorely mistaken.  It is known fact that if a women dresses up for work (slacks, skirt, top, jacket, showered, hair done and minimal makeup)  they will be paid 20% more than other women.  Or if dressed up daily (pressed or laundered clean clothes with a little makeup and hair) whether playing sports, going shopping to a grocery store or just being out and about looking put together does bring certain advantages. Or maybe it is the self confidence which comes from taking care of ones appearance that makes the world a bit brighter.  It works - trust me! We live in a visual world and it is noted everyday in social media, film, art, books, magazines and in the nature around.  If you think that you can roll out of bed, not take a shower, appear disheveled, pull on ragged clothes and be respected during the day - you are indeed wrong.

And, remember those that truly turn heads, stop the presses in a positive way or just get noticed all have something in common - simplicity in fashion apparel combined with positive energy and a smile.   The apparel is worn and the person is seen first rather than the outfit. Think of a fine painting where the face and silhouette shine forth rather than the surrounding hues and or settings.   In my book - always purchase quality and lasting classics with a few cheaper trends mixed in.  And, smile!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - Wimbledon 2016

The Classic List - Spend Well My Friend

Turtleneck, black slack, penny loafers, pointed toe pumps, camel coat, white blouse , pencil skirts, little black dress, black skirt suit, black pant suit, white tee, blue denim jean, blue denim jacket, classic dress with color, black rain coat, well made sandals, one piece bathing suits, cashmere sweaters and cardigans, black sunglasses, boots, black handbag (no embellishments), appropriate sports attire, pearls, diamonds and red or pink lips.   

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." - Coco Chanel


Trend Lightly with Fashion Trends

Spend Less on Trendy Trendy

IV. The Trendy Yet Classic Lady:  Classics are essential but a few sassy trends are quite charming when entwined with a sleek ensemble.  The seasons change, colors change and we ultimately change.  Yes, snap up a yellow top, or a flame red blouse, chunky necklace etc., when the season screams for a delightful renewal.  It is fun to sport gladiator sandals, pastel pink floral capris, something with a fringe or anything that is being promoted as the "it" piece of the season.  Pick up one or two and entwine with classic specimens hanging in the closet.   Enjoy the creative moment and wear with confidence.   Remember to spend significantly less on trends except for shoes, boots and sandals. The feet must must always be adorned in comfort, fine leather and the best quality!  Better to wear one pair of expensive sandals all the time versus cheap sandals that inflict pain.  Just saying.

"Trendy is the  last stage before tacky" - Karl Lagerfeld 


The Shopping List

Audrey Hepburn

V. Last But Not Least - Be Prepared:  Peruse the wardrobe and decide what is required for the next season.  Since Fall and Winter are around the corner, now is the time to make a note on what is required to get through the wind, rain, sleet and snow.   Check out the Nordstrom catalog and make an appointment for the pre-sale.   Don't go crazy shopping and just pick out a few items.   I will review the upcoming sale shortly. 

There you have it.  A little insight into a Forever Chic Style closet and wardrobe.  We Forever Chic Style fashionistas need to aware of what we own, organize our belongings, know what we need and understand how to present ourselves everyday to the world.  It is our time to shine, to emote, to be liked, to inspire, to lead and to basically spread goodwill to all.  And, by starting with ourselves, by respecting ourselves and by dressing well we in turn can be vibrant lights that care, give back and make the world a better place.  Don't wait! Start today! A smile, a nod, a verbal hello and maybe a bit of lipstick with appropriate attire will make a world of difference in your day and others.  

Carpe Diem! 

Audrey Hepburn - Aged with Grace and Every Ending Smile

"Dressing well is a form of good manners" - Tom Ford

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick