On principle, I don’t carry department store (or retail store) credit cards. It’s probably a stupid principle, considering how much I may spend at certain retail outlets…and the fact that I agree, though it took me a few years to come around, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pretty much is the best sale of the year…
(The Nordstrom Card gets you early access to the sale. ‘Nough said. For those mere mortals that have to wait until the sale opens to the public, this post is for you!)
The Nordstrom sale has lots of goodies. Lots and lots and lots. And a lot of fashion and lifestyle bloggers have done wonderful wrap-ups of good buys. But a lot of these things are items that I’d wear for work, or out to a nice dinner in the city. So I’ve wrapped up some items here that are just perfect for travel and exploring. Because $300 heels don’t work on safari.
Just click above for any of the pieces–in order here:
The Bobeau Cardigan. Reasonably priced and exceptionally soft, this cardigan is warm and cozy. It’s perfect for plane rides but isn’t too nice that you are worried about snagging it, spilling on it, etc. It’s also a bit longer in the back for those of us who sometimes wear leggings/tights on flights (sheepishly raises hand). It washes like a charm.
Patagonia Re-Tool Pullover. I’ve shouted my love for Patagonia far and wide (see here and here). I swear by their gear and this pullover is one that 1) usually travels with me and 2) is worn most at home, on the couch. It’s the softest and warmest (though not windproof). I love it and of course would never own more than one 😉 If they are out of stock on Nordstrom, Patagonia also usually has past-season colors on sale.
Halogen No-Closure Blazer: This blazer is perfect for travel – it is hard to wrinkle and packs easily. With its no closure open front, it can be dressed up – or over a dress for a night out or with jeans and a white tee.
Gibson Fleece: There are a very wide variety of styles, but Gibson fleece ‘sweaters’ are the pretty much the best thing ever. They are so comfortable, put they pass for a sweater. Like a real sweater. I wear mine to work (I was accused by a coworker of having on something “I would wear on an airplane”). Yep, I wear it on airplanes all the time. I would probably sleep in it if it wasn’t so damn hot in Washington right now. I’ve linked one style, but there are others if the bell sleeves aren’t your thing.
Bauble Bar Earrings: I get really weary of taking expensive jewelry on trips usually – it just isn’t worth it if I’m going to be headed to the beach or out hiking. But sometimes it is nice to throw on something fun–Bauble Bar is perfect for those pieces. These earrings are great for dressing up for a nice dinner or a fun brunch. Lots of good Bauble Bar finds on the Nordstrom sale if these aren’t your thing.
Madewell Stripe Tote: This tote is the perfect size for carry on baggage! Why? Because it holds a whole lot of stuff, which is what a carry-on is for! Plus, it looks nice enough to carry to work, a conference, or just exploring a new European city. I haven’t purchased this yet but it is in my cart. I have a bag problem…