There are some things in life we just need help navigating. For me, it’s the grocery store, or as I like to call it, the seventh circle of hell. Some people have a basic knowledge of food whereas I have absolutely none. I’d like to blame it on my failure to thrive in my middle-school home ec class but in all honesty I have never taken the time to educate myself. I’m working on it but I still require assistance. I ran into my friend Beth in the grocery store the other day. I lamented my disdain for having to figure out what to feed my family for dinner. She said she was making BLT sandwiches for dinner. I thought this was brilliant and probably something I could handle, 3 ingredients, plus bread, I got this! When our paths crossed again in the store I even asked her to double-check that I had everything I needed. She very politely asked if I wanted to use cabbage instead of lettuce in my sandwich. Seeing the glazed over look of confusion on my face she delicately  pointed out that I had grabbed a head of cabbage instead of lettuce. Whoops, my bad. She took me over to show me a proper head of lettuce. Thank goodness Beth is a nice person and didn’t flat-out ask me if I had been dropped on my head as a child. She also happens to have taught both of my kids in the 3rd grade, so I am sure she is now putting together all of the pieces of why my children had the same thing for lunch the entire year. I told you, I’m in dire need of help when it comes to food.

Sometimes my clients get embarrassed if they need clarification. The new clients feel awkward telling me that they need very specific instructions for accessorizing an outfit, while some of my longer term clients feel like they should have learned by now. Trust me, I get it!! First off I am never judgemental and secondly, I don’t know that cooking and I will ever be friends. If I won the lottery I would hire a full-time cook. I wouldn’t feel bad about not knowing how to prepare a meal, I would feel grateful I had someone to do it for me. I think in life we sometimes feel like we have to become jack of all trades and that’s just not fair. I have clients who have 5 children, clients who travel for work 3 weeks a month and I have clients who would rather do other things with their time than shop. I think the older we get the more it makes sense to outsource what we don’t like to do, what we don’t know how to do, or what we simply don’t have time to do.  Once we have completed rounding ourselves out through schooling I think it is fine to narrow down what we are good at and focus on creating our own course list of what we want to learn more about. So really, truly, I don’t expect any of my clients to have to learn everything about getting dressed. That’s what I am here for!

So without further adieu, I wanted to break down the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale into one simplified shopping list. As a bonus I decided to only include items priced at $100 or under. This sale is huge because instead of marking down summer items, they discount the brand new fall  arrivals. There are very few stores that offer this kind of opportunity. But when it is still 1,000 degrees outside it is hard to think what you will need in November. When it comes to great sales I believe in buying some discounted basics but also for updating with some current trends. All you have to do is click and shop, as easy as picking up the items for a recipe!

1. Little Black Jacket (L.B.J.)

An essential for work or roll up the sleeves and put over a tank with jeans.

One-Button Suit Jacket (Regular & Petite)

2. Perfect White Shirt

This tunic length can be tucked in or left out long.

'Perfect' Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic (Juniors)

3. A Statement Coat

Beautiful fall colors to wear anywhere.

Steve+Madden+Blanket+Wrap+Coat+available+at+#Nordstrom

4. Cashmere Sweater

The slouchy v neck style feels like a sweatshirt but goes with everything.

V-Neck Cashmere Tunic Sweater (Regular & Petite)

5. Oversize Wrap

Perfect for outdoor fall events. Can be dressed up with leggings and boots.

Plaid Blanket Poncho (Juniors) (Online Only)

6. Stylish Sneaker

When you need comfort throw these on with the cashmere tunic sweater and leggings.

'Internationalist' Sneaker (Women) (Regular Retail Price: $85.00)

7. Black Faux Leather Pant

Every age can wear these pants. Pair with a cashmere tunic sweater for extra coverage.

Faux Leather Skinny Pants (Online Only)

8. Floral jumpsuit

Wear now for late summer events and later with a crop jacket.

Floral High Neck Wide Leg Jumpsuit (Nordstrom Exclusive)

9. Suede Fringe Jacket

Wear with a simple white t-shirt and a skinny pant so you don’t od the boho look.

Fringe Faux Suede Jacket

10. Long sleeve multi-tasking dress.

This dress is a no brainer. It comes in black, navy or cobalt blue. It can take you from a wedding to a funeral (hopefully not in that order) . It has super flattering ruching around the sides and middle and oh yeah…sleeves!!

Side Ruched Jersey Body-Con Dress

All 10 items above are under $100! But make sure to act quickly, the sale is over July 31st. The items may still be there but their prices will go back up.

And just above budget…

Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite)

At $104.90 this dress didn’t make my above cut but it was way too cute to leave out!! I love the detail on the back at the waist. I also love that it is available in petite sizes as well. It’s made in a great stretch but substantial ponte knit and works well into fall with tights.

Eliza J Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom

Eliza J Grid Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom

Want even more suggestions? Check out my Pinterest Board titled Nordstrom. Not everything pinned is under $100 but there are some fabulous deals to be had.

*Insider Tip – Make It Personal

No shopping list is universal. If you want one tailored just for you and your budget let me know! I’m happy to prepare a Pinterest board or personalized just for you. You’ll never even have to leave the house and you can try everything on at home. We can chat by phone regarding your needs and I’ll send your list! Send me an email at suzannegaffney@msn.com or give me a call 610.517.2983 for details and pricing.

Thanks for reading!

Suzie