Nordstrom Dressing Room Diaries 2021

last sunday, my dil and i headed to Atlanta for a mini-girls getaway. let me tell you; we had fun with a capital F. sunday evening; one of my kiddos and his significant other joined us for cocktails at opens in a new windowLe Colonial. what a beautiful restaurant that took me right back to my Vietnam Days. it was part elegant, part exotic with seamless service and  top-notch food. i highly recommend going. monday morning, kelly and i packed our bags and made our way to Nordstrom and the famed Anniversary Sale. the two of us made this same trek two years ago and found this year’s in-store sale disappointing. the store selection was slim, and finding our sizes proved to be a challenge. but i’m happy to share Nordstrom Dressing Room Diaries 2021.

but guess what? we still managed to put a dent in our credit cards. kelly introduced me to a new candle brand called opens in a new windowBoy Smells. don’t you just love that name? it’s just as cute as opens in a new window Sweaty Betty. and i convinced her to snag a opens in a new windowNuFace Facial Toner. kelly thought i should totally splurge on a pair of opens in a new windowGucci sunglasses, especially since i’d saved my Nordy Notes to offset the price. don’t you just love shopping with gal pals? they always give the best advice! don’t forget to stop by kelly’s blog opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks. if you want delicious recipes, this site has it all.

Nordstrom Dressing Room Diaries 2021

the first outfit is a Frame opens in a new windowsatin blouse paired with Frame opens in a new windowle sylvie crop straight denim. during the Anniversary Sale, i like to shop for the luxury brands i love, like opens in a new windowFrame. i highly recommend their opens in a new window denim which feels like butter. kelly is wearing AG opens in a new windowex-boyfriend slim denim.

next, we’re both in dresses. i’m wearing the Frame opens in a new windowcrisscross ruched dress, and kelly is wearing a opens in a new window striped t-shirt dress with pockets!

Frame opens in a new windowle sylvie crop straight denim and L’Agence opens in a new windowbelt print blouse and opens in a new windowrib stripe cardigan.

Eileen Fisher opens in a new window funnel neck top and Rag and Bone opens in a new windowlow rise ankle denim.

love, love, love my new opens in a new windowsquare sunglasses!

what’s up with the dressing room mirror? hopefully, you can see the Eileen Fisher ensemble. opens in a new windowcrop wool lantern pants and opens in a new windowfunnel neck sweater. kelly is wearing a gorgeous Frame opens in a new windowsleeveless pleated top and Frame denim.

i was on the fence with these opens in a new windowcropped lantern pants, but our sales associate encouraged me to try them on for size. kelly loved them on me. should i keep them? they’re growing on me. this is a prime example of why you have to try new things and step out of your style box from time to time. it’s what keeps you and your wardrobe modern, fresh and relevant.

a moto jacket or faux moto jacket always makes my top ten list of must-have wardrobe staples. this opens in a new window leather biker jacket is from opens in a new windowAll Saints and fits like a glove. size up if you want to wear a sweater underneath. affordable options opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere.

how adorable is this opens in a new windowjewel-encrusted sweatshirt? the denim is Rag and Bone opens in a new windowlow-rise slim boyfriend jeans.

a opens in a new windowsleeveless pima cotton dress from Vince.

this opens in a new windownotch collar merino wool cardigan is a dream to wear. and i mean a dream. it’s from opens in a new windowVince, one of my favorite designers. i think i want to be buried in it.

a opens in a new windowfeminine and flirty top that won’t break the bank. i also liked this opens in a new window top which i will have to order online.

love this shade of green for fall; the opens in a new windowv-neck wool and cashmere sweater is from Vince, the denim from Frame.

look who else shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? it was lovely to meet tania from opens in a new window50 Is Not Old. she writes a opens in a new windowwonderful blog, so please stop by and say hello. tania was shopping with her sister, and the four of us had lunch together. what a treat! i can’t tell you how much kelly i enjoyed getting to know tania and lisa. these two ladies are treasures, that’s for certain. what fun to finally meet tania in person. we follow each other on social media and chat behind the scenes but live miles apart, so it’s truly a special treat to have our paths cross in person.

all right, gang, that’s a wrap of Nordstrom Dressing Room Diaries 2021. slim pickings, that’s for sure, and many items i wanted to order today are sold out. i will re-group and share a few new picks with you tomorrow. here are a few of my favorite beauty products on sale.

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  1. Joanie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    I love seeing what you tried on in the dressing room at Nordstrom! Thanks for sharing. I like the lantern pants and the gray Vince sweater jacket is luscious. Great post!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • it was slim pickings but we did our best! there’s so much more merchandise available online. now we’ll just have to see what’s still available to order. oh, Nordstrom. thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  2. Elizabeth Horsley wrote:

    Hi Beth: I was up at 530 this morning and got my order in. I got the last pair of wide calf, size 10 wide riding boots in a brown colour. I noticed there was only one pair left of the black (before 6AM!!) so I snagged them too! I also got a few other basics – some nice layering pieces, some olive jeans and couple blouses to try. Last year was my first Nordstrom sale and I had just lost 50lbs so I went a bit crazy….not quite as crazy this year!
    So lovely to see you and Tania met up! I follow you both….oh how I would love to have been at that lunch!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • good for you! i was up at 6 am and missed out on a dress and top that i hoped to snag. boo! but i’m so happy to hear you scored the riding boots you wanted!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  3. You asked us, otherwise wouldn’t say too much, but I do not care for the lantern or baggy pants. I am use to seeing you in tailored classic pieces and you always look so smashing. I think the lantern pants look sloppy and make a person look larger than they are. Just my opinion. Love, love, the sunglasses on you!
    Other nice pieces from Fame and Vince! Glad you had fun!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • i will point out that most women fear clothes that make them appear larger. i’m not one of them. once upon a time we were told we had to look slim at all costs. but if we hold onto that style rule tightly we’ll miss half the fashion fun. and, yes, i love tailored outfits but i also love boho chic, oversized dresses, and funky pants like these. it’s refreshing to step out of my style box now and again.

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
      • Sugar Lee wrote:

        Funny because I loved the lantern pants on you. The Pilates is paying off. It was quite apparent there is a slim body underneath. Hope you bought them.

        Posted 7.14.21 Reply
        • Melissa wrote:

          i liked the lantern pants too! i was surprised!

          Posted 7.14.21 Reply
          • right?! they’re surprisingly cute. and totally comfy. eileen fisher knows what’s up.

            Posted 7.14.21
  4. SimplyFy wrote:

    Thanks for the preview! LOVE Kelly’s haircut!!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • i agree. she looks fantastic in that haircut!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  5. I have to say for the first time I did not like any of them except the green fall color sweater.
    Thank you for sharing

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • well, that’s what dressing room diaries are all about. trying something new. sometimes you find something you love, sometimes not.

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  6. Anne Giroux wrote:

    Thank you for your frank appraisal of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale 2021. I am very in sync with your taste and style. I really feel you aim to curate with an editor’s eye. With all the marketing “noise” out there, you have a clear, strong point of view. That’s what I appreciate about your work.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • i so appreciate your thoughtful comment. thank you!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  7. Carroll wrote:

    Your hair looks very elegant with a little wave and off your face!! Kelly’s hair looks great, also.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • thank you! it’s a nice change of pace especially for summer. doesn’t kelly look great?!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  8. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Yes, yes, yes you should keep the lantern pants AND the top, too! You make both look good! Realize the look is not for everyone. I respect that. You and Kelly together in one post is wonderful! I too recommend her Djalali Cooks blog 🙂 Great post today. Thanks! ~

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • the pants are definitely growing on me. honestly, i passed them by until the sales associate encouraged me to try them. and i’m happy she did! always love to hear from you.

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  9. Lynn wrote:

    I like the lantern pants, also the wool cardigan coat and especially Tania’s blouse.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  10. Betty wrote:

    Beth you look fabulous in jeans! I love the casual looks you’ve modeled today. That jewel encrusted sweatshirt is calling me! And that green V-neck sweater!! And I’m so glad Kelly convinced you to get those fabulous sunglasses!! 🕶️💓

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • i loved that jewel-encrusted sweatshirt! it has fun written all over it. i hope you get it!
      and sooooo happy i decided to splurge on these sunglasses.

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  11. Patrice Demers wrote:

    Your Vietnam Days? Need to know more, with photos if possible!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • i lived in Vietnam for three years in the early 2000s

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
      • Christina wrote:

        Please write a post about that experience. And love the restaurant – I’ve been a couple of times when visiting San Francisco. In 2000, spent time in HCM and Hanoi area as my husband and I adopted two Vietnamese children (both 20 years old and in college now!) Thanks for a consistently thoughtful blog!

        Posted 7.18.21 Reply
  12. Nancy wrote:

    Great Anniversary sale. It was interesting to see that I am not the only one having trouble with always finding my size in stock. Your sunglasses were the best find

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • thank goodness for accessories. one size fits all!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  13. Georgia Peach wrote:

    I’m so glad you gals had a good time ! I have two delightful d.i.l.’s
    Aren’t we blessed?
    Yep,that’s just dressing room drama,isn’t it? Hits & misses. More fun w/a pal.
    I know this is your Nordstrom post but, oh boy, is Talbots ever having a great sale ! FYI…if there’s a price reduction within 2 weeks of placing your order Talbots will give you a price adjustment. Just call them to request one.
    Have a blessed Wednesday!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • truly blessed to call kelly my daughter! love Talbots Red Hangar sale thanks for sharing.

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  14. Cathy wrote:

    You found some good items, I especially liked the jeans both of you tried on. I made a “wish list” on the first day we could preview the sale but many items are already sold out, just a day into the sale. This seems like mismanagement on Nordstrom’s part. They will disappoint their best customers if they don’t stock adequate quantities.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • that’s the challenging part of this sale – items sell out and sell out quickly. although we might just live to shop another day.
      good luck!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  15. Eve wrote:

    The sunglasses, the green vee neck sweater, the grey cardigan and Kelly’s stripped dress. I like the blue skirt she was wearing too. I have a pair of the lantern pants in sage and love them with my pink top. Nice post. Good to see Tania.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  16. Kathy wrote:

    I liked the grey cardigan sweater coat the best. Thought the rest of the items were meh. I have found this to be true for the last several years of the Nordy sale. Maybe the truth is that I have plenty of great items in my closet already. The sunglasses were the smart purchase.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  17. Lisa wrote:

    Keep the cropped lantern pants! They are super duper cool. They look great on you.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  18. Anon wrote:

    There is nothing there color-wise to pique my interest. Low-rise pants of any kind are not good for me, either. This gives me a sense of foreboding. I thought style would be more joyful and feminine as we move out of the pandemic. This is neither. Sad. 🙁

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • it shouldn’t. typically, fall and winter clothes are less colorful or feminine than summer. gotta look at the glass half full. at least i try to.

      Posted 7.15.21 Reply
  19. mary k hall wrote:

    Oh my! I was excited to see my two favorite bloggers together. You have both helped my style so much.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  20. Carol Michelsen wrote:

    Loved the sweater coat, green v-neck and embellished green/tan sweatshirt. All the rest, as another lady said, was meh. Kelly is so cute – why doesn’t she ever smile??

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  21. Melanie y wrote:

    What were your Vietnam days? I’m enjoying your site.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  22. Susan wrote:

    Looks like you had a good time! To respond to your question, I love Eileen Fisher lantern pants and own several pairs. In my opinion, the jersey lantern pants are more comfortable, less bulky and fall better than the wool versions. To be completely honest, the tunic version of the sweater you’re wearing with a scoop neck (currently in the NSale) is more flattering than the funnel
    neck you show. I don’t know what the EF current obsession with funnel neck tops is, but this style is friendly to very few women.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • thanks for sharing, susan! the pants are definitely comfy and add a bit of fun to my wardrobe.

      Posted 7.15.21 Reply
  23. It was so fun meeting you and Kelly. And, it is fun to see your picks from the “slim pickings” that we had to choose from. Those lantern pants did look great on you, that makes me wish that I had tried them on too. Hope to see you again soon!!!

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • just loved spending time with you and your sister. ’til next time!

      Posted 7.14.21 Reply
  24. Carol wrote:

    I shopped the sale at 2 Nordstroms in Dallas NorthPark Mall and Stonebriar. Disappointing is an understatement. Very slim choices at each regardless of price point. I bought nothing in the stores but managed to score a few Vince and Frame items online. Like others, I am taking that as a sign I already own plenty of lovely things.

    Since you asked, not a fan of the lantern pants.

    Posted 7.14.21 Reply
    • it’s about a 50/50 split on the pants. but i will mention they are quite comfortable. the stores were gypped as far
      as merchandise. but as we know online shopping is overtaking brick and mortars which is very sad to me. at least you
      found one or two things online. i’d say that was success!

      Posted 7.15.21 Reply
  25. Cathy Dickenson wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I enjoyed the fashion show!
    Yes, did like the lantern pants on you.
    They looked so comfortable too.

    Posted 7.15.21 Reply
    • i have to say the comfort level is the pants is amazing. thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 7.15.21 Reply
  26. Connie wrote:

    I thank you for sharing this post and all the cute clothes you tried on.
    You and Tania are my absolute favorite bloggers. I never miss reading both of your blogs daily.

    Posted 7.16.21 Reply
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