Showing posts with label Nordstrom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nordstrom. Show all posts

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Last Minute Valentine's Day Outfits

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No, it is NOT too late to snatch up the perfect outfit for Valentine's Day...or Galentine's Day for our singles out there (we got you!). After all, Valentine's Day lands on a Sunday so you have the Saturday deliveries to look forward to. You just cannot go wrong using Rent the Runway. And you just can't go wrong with this red, dainty lace dress that retails for $445 but rents for $75!! In case you're not sure how Rent the Runway works, you simply choose a dress in two sizes, select the date with which you want to borrow the dress, they ship it, you wear it for an extended period of time, then you return it. So convenient! We also love looks from our favorite department stores like this hot number from Nordstrom by Adrianna Papell. Now, you don't have to wear a dress either! This sexy romper from Nordstrom is enough to make your significant other's head spin. We also picked some beautiful, neutral heels above that look good on any skin tone. Whatever you wear, make sure that YOU feel pretty!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

After Christmas Sale You'd Love

Of course everything goes on sale AFTER the holiday season AFTER you've bought everyone their gifts, right?!  Well, lets just look on the bright side and at least everything is on sale! Sure enough there's Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas on the 26th and that's when the sale really starts.
If you didn't get what you really wanted this holiday season, check out these sites for amazing sales!

1. Nordstrom - their Half Yearly Sale- you can't beat it!
2. H&M - up to 70% sales right now!
3. Topshop - 50% sales!
4. Gap - 35% off your entire purchase using code GIFT4ME.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall & Winter 2015 Coat Must-Haves

Ok, so we have an active GroupMe going on right now with our friends debating on where to buy the best fall coat. For those of you in the colder cities, you know just how important having the right coat is. It's about keeping warm while looking uber stylish. At the top of our list are the famous Burberry trench coats (p.s. Did you see Olivia Pope last week looking amazing in her Burberry trench coat?! We died!). They're more on the pricey side but everyone we know that owns one says that they last forever and are the perfect fit. Banana Republic is another awesome store to snag some cute coats like this one here. Department stores like Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Sears usually having a plethora of high end and low end coats to choose from. Grane carries some really nice, affordable coats at Sears like this one. If you're looking to be more trendy than full-fledge warm, you cannot go wrong buying a coat from Betsey Johnson's line! Think pinks and faux furs and everything in between!

Do you have a coat that you absolutely love for fall & winter? Share with us the brand(s) you love in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Sorority Girl's Back-To-School Shopping List

For many of you, it's time for some back-to-school shopping. If you're anything like us, we enjoy having a starting point to reference what exactly to buy so that's why having a list is essential. Above, you will find a real life checklist that you can print out and take to the store. Online shopping is huge and super convenient so we have provided you clickable links of every day things we needed as sorority women below.

Here are some great products to help you in your back-to-school shopping! Many of them you can order and pay online but pick up in their store:

Cute notebooks (Lilly Pullitzer and Erin Condren are our faves!)
Tease comb
Cute and comfy bras
Scent plug ins for dorm
Picture frames
Mason jars (for pencils and pens)
Portable, plastic drawers for little accessories
Jewelry box
Shelving (wire shelving can create a lot of space in your dorm!)
Comforter (this shabby chic one is too cute!)
Pillows (add some accent decorative pillows too)
Window curtains
Cute pictures 
Custom apparel
Wall decals
Pens & pencils
Shower head caddy
Yoga mat
Cute undies (Hanky Panky's are the best!)
Every day essentials (i.e: toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, etc.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dorm Room Decor


Decorating your dorm room is probably the highlight of every college girl, sorority girl or not! If you're obsessive like we were, then you're probably not ashamed to admit that you probably started a Pinterest board of all of your must-have dorm room decor items. We are a sucker for Target because they have the absolute best, most trendy affordable room decor. How cute is this chevron rug they have available? It is the perfect focal point for your dorm room and you can contrast it with bold bright colored wall art like this fun yarn art from Nordstrom. Speaking of Nordstrom, they have an awesome home decor section! We have pulled some of our favorite home decor pieces for you to shop so find them above. Good luck!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Logo Lettering We Love

Who doesn't love statement pieces that tag our favorite phrases? We are loving all of the fun logo lettering phrases we have been seeing in fashion lately. Walking around campus or the gym, mall, and work is so much better making a statement through your apparel. We compiled some of our favorite statement logo lettering phrase pieces above that we think you would like too. Fin our favorites above! We are OBSESSED with this super cute 'ESCAPE' tote found at Urban Outfitters. It's the best little tote to travel with and obviously easy to spot a mile away.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Country Music Festival Outfits We Love

Whether its Country Thunder, Watershed, Stage Coach, or even CMA Music Festival, you name it, country music is in the summer air! It doesn’t matter if you live and breathe country or Luke Bryan’s “Sorority Girl” is the only song on your country playlist, we all have a little room for some country. Former TSS Intern, Audree is not the author of her own blog Simply Audree Kate and she is the expert when it comes to country music festival outfits. Therefore, we asked her to give us a breakdown on the perfect pieces to snag for your next concert. Check out her suggestions below!

Outfit 1: American cowgirl outfit

Trade in your middle school jean skirt for a high-waisted acid-wash chambray skater skirt and pair it with a lace bustier or crop top. Accessorize with cute boots, a statement necklace, shades and headband.

Outfit 2: Rocker cowgirl outfit

Edgier modern outfits are a common theme in country music right now and are a great alternative for a casual look! Pair cut offs with a loose tank, cowboy hat, boots and chunky jewelry such as a cuff or a ring.

Outfit 3: Floral cowgirl outfit

My favorite country combination is a floral sundress, leather belt, and boots. Turquoise pairs nicely with every color so don’t be afraid to color block and mix prints!

For my hometown’s summer rodeo I made my outfit! I copied the skirt outline from one of my skirts, sewed the ends and added an elastic band and had a simple skater skirt in a few minutes. Next, I took 1 ½ yards or floral red fabric from a local fabric store and tied a giant bow as a bandeau on my chest. I tucked in the edges in the band and had a super cheap and cute bow bandeau!

Lace, floral and fringe are hot season trends and work perfectly for a country inspired outfit.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Surviving Summer Internships

Yay, you got an internship! Finding a summer internship is hard enough, but now, you have got to show up! Summer can offer a lot of distractions, one of which is escaping the J-O-B to catch the summer rays. But, don't lose your motivation during your internship. Here are some ways to help you survive your summer internship:

  • Make a summer playlist like the one we created here! Listen to it while your working to help pass the time. You know, whistle while you work.
  • Make a work "to-do" list. Staying on track keeps you more intentional at work.
  • Schedule fun lunch breaks with friends. Just because you're at work doesn't mean you can't escape for a bit. Choose a new lunch spot every time or a new co worker to sit with and get to know a little better.
  • Shop for awesome outfits and stunt at work. Going to work feeling like you look like a million bucks make a big difference! 
  • Schedule interviews and one-on-ones with Big WIGs in the office. A Big WIG is someone who has a very important role in the company or who is in a different position from you that you can stand to learn a thing or two from them. 
  • Most importantly, come with a positive attitude. When you have a positive, happy, and grateful mindset, work doesn't feel like work.
Good luck!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Lowdown On the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Please tell us you know about Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale going on right now?! We kind of live for this half yearly sale and are so pumped that it falls on a 3-day weekend. That means shop till we drop. Okay, so here are the deets on the sale going on from now until 5/31/15:

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Men, Women & Kids styles, while supplies last through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Handbags & Accessories): Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home: Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women's Active & Swim): Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie: Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie styles from Zella, Nike & more at 
Nordstrom, throughMay 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women's Shoes): New Markdowns on top Women's Shoe Brands: New Women's Shoes Markdowns from Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Ivanka Trump & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Kids' Shoes): New Markdowns on top Kids' Shoes Brands: New Kids' Shoes Markdowns from favorite brands like Crocs, MICHAEL Michael Kors & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Men's Shoes): New Markdowns on top Men's Shoe Brands: New Men's Shoes Markdowns from Cole Haan, Bruno Magli, Nike & more at Nordstrom, through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

So, uh, what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vigoss x InStyle Shopping Event

Our friends at InStyle Magazine have put us on a really fun shopping event going on this Thursday, April 16th for Vigoss and we want to extend the invite to you! From 4PM-7PM at Nordstrom Alderwood Mall enjoy light refreshments, awesome beats, and enter for your chance to win a pair of free jeans from Vigoss. Bonus: We will be there too! RSVP for the Vigoss x InStyle Event here: Spread the word and share this event with your sisters and friends!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Must-Have Sandals

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It's sandals' season...yay! As much as we have loved sporting knee-high boots and UGGS this winter season, the weather here on the West Coast is finally saying, "It's time to shop for some spring/summer gear!" Hey, we don't mind {thank you global warming}. Comfortable and cute are the looks we are going for when it comes to footwear and the above sandals are our favorites from Nordstrom's wide selection! The all lace up sandals are really trending for this spring/summer. Think swanky gladiator look when trying to pull these glam sandals off. We are really love the Michael Kors classy gold plated 'thong sandal'. It's just plain cute and classic (we would expect nothing less from Michael Kors!). Another sandal being sold at Nordies that we like is from the Vince collection called the 'Rita' Leather Ankle Strap Sandal. It's pretty versatile as you can dress it down by pairing it with a simple top and jeans during the day and then you can dress it up with a curvaceous dress paired with a simple clutch to match.

What are some of your favorite sandals that are out right now? Share with us in the comments below!

Monday, February 9, 2015


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With it being the month of love it's only fitting that we have an obsession with lips, right? This month is the perfect time to pucker up, we mean STOCK UP on all things lips. Alice + Olivia have the trendiest lip-tastic sweater out called the Smiley Stace intarsia cotton-blend sweater.  Pair it with black jeans, oversized black sunglasses and cute ballet slippers and you will have the cutest ensemble as you go about your fabulous day. Don't let just your lips do all the talking! Grab the cutest lip-shaped phone case from Stella McCartney at Nordies (Nordstrom) to dress up your iPhone 5. Keep your accessories looking feminine and cute with fun lip-shaped charm keychains like the one from our all time favorite designer, Diane Von Furstenberg

Lips are bold and make a statement so don't be afraid to show them off in all ways possible!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Dresses Under $100 From Nordstrom

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Can you tell we have a thing for Nordstrom? While we were taking advantage of Nordstrom's awesome sale {which ends TODAY, 11-11-14!} we decided to do some shopping for Thanksgiving attire. It's all about the dresses that can hide the turkey size stomach you're going to have after you eat everything on the table on Thanksgiving! We want to sit fashionably at the table while we experience food coma {haha!}. Check out some of our favorite dresses from Nordstrom above. Keep in mind, online orders have free shipping and be sure to order ahead of time in case you need to make a return or exchange--Nordstrom is pretty generous about returns and exchanges!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Major Nordstrom Sale


As if Black Friday won't be enough this month, Nordstrom has a pretty awesome sale from now until November 11th that we will be taking advantage of. It's no surprise how much love we have for Nordstrom. Last year we had our one year anniversary party at TOPSHOP! Virtually every category of stuff is on sale including select women's clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Select items are up to 40% off right now too--mad steal! A bonus is that this sale is being offered BOTH online and in person! Double bonus: Free shipping online. We cannot wait to get our hands on some Sam Edelman boots. A new Rebecca Minkoff handbag wouldn't hurt either! Co Founder, Sakura, just moved so she will be checking out their bedding on sale--she's seeing some super cute stuff so far. We have included some of our favorite items from the sale above so feel free to shop our favorites.

Most importantly: Shop, shop, shop till you drop!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Must-Have Fall Boots

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Even though it's super hot in Arizona right now, it doesn't stop us from dusting off our favorite Fall boots we've tucked away in our closets. Lucky for Co-Founder, Karen, she's had the chance to rock her boots in Seattle, Washington (jealous).  In Arizona back when we were in college, you knew it was Fall when all the sorority girls on campus had on UGGS (in 90 degree weather of course...haha). If you want to jump on the boots train then check out our favorite pairs above. Every girl should have a classic black boot in their Fall wardrobe so that's why we love this 'Andora' Over-the-Knee Boot from Nordstrom. Brown boots are no different! There are so many shades to choose from with brown boots, but our favorite color is a more tannish tone like this 'Pondrosa' Suede Boot from Nordstrom. Pair your boots with stylish jeans or a cute dress with tights. However you choose to wear your boots, rock them with confidence!

Style tip: When you buy your boots, be sure to get socks that are easy to wear with boots. It will make a world of a difference down there!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Styled From Summer to Fall

With the fall season right around the corner, we're getting super excited for a few of our favorite things... leggings, chunky knit sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes.  But before we get ahead of ourselves, we're still enjoying the last few moments of summer!  That being said, now is a great time to start shopping for pieces that will carry you into fall.  Um, hello Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & end of season summer sales!  Here are a few key pieces that make an easy transition from now through October.

Jewel Tone Denim
We're loving these J. Brand jeans (on sale at Nordstrom until August 3rd!) in the pretty deep plum hue.  Wear them now with open toe shoes & your favorite tee or tank.  Wear them later with boots and a sweater or cardigan.  Deep colors are surprisingly versatile... try them out with floral print tops or chambray button downs too!

Short Floral Dress
A floral print mini dress in fall-friendly colors (this one also from Nordstrom is perfect, and 50% off) can shift from season to season.  Wear it now with flat sandals, add a denim vest if you want to mix it up.  Wear it come September with ankle booties, tights, and your favorite leather bomber jacket!

Striped Maxi Dress
Stripes are one of our favorite prints... they're in style year-round!  We like to give stripes a nautical feel in the summer months, and an edgier feel come cooler months.  This Vince maxi dress (on sale for 60% off) is a summer staple.  Once fall approaches, maxi dresses can still make a statement!  Think in layers, and your maxi dress transforms into a fabulous long skirt.  Add a long sleeve shirt (sweatshirt or sweater) on top of the dress.  An off shoulder shirt would be especially cute over the Vince dress, revealing the striped straps beneath!  Or, add a button down shirt (worn loose or tied at the waist-- in plaid if you feel daring).  Pair it with booties and a felt hat for an added touch!

Felt Floppy Hat
Speaking of felt hats, a floppy felt hat is a great accessory in both summer & in fall.  We love a simple felt hat (like this one by David & Young) to compliment any outfit.  Wear it now with flowy bohemian tops, and wear it later with just about anything!

Plaid Shirt
Tartan plaids are back for fall, in a big way.  Think classic & sophisticated when styling this year's plaid trend, instead of punk rock.  We love this slightly sheer chiffon plaid blouse from Forever 21.  Pair it with denim shorts or tucked in to a skater skirt for now, and wear it with jeans come fall.  You can even dress it up to turn it into business attire!

What are some of your favorite pieces to wear from summer to fall?  Share with us below!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chic For Cheap: Fashion On A Budget

Shopping for quality pieces doesn't mean you need to break the bank.  Often times, it's all about knowing where to look-- and what little details to look for-- that make all the difference.  We're all for finding fabulous pieces at a great price!  Just because something was cheap, doesn't mean you look cheap.  Below, we've compiled our favorite tips for fashion on a budget!

Tip #1: No Labels.
You don't need designer items to look cool.  If something is trendy, buy it for cheap (it's not worth the investment, trust us).  If you're a label lover, save your splurge for something timeless that you will use for years to come.  There are plenty of stylish finds at a great price, and there's no need to overspend on a single item.

When shopping in budget-friendly stores, go with the "no label" rule of thumb.  Look for items without visible branding or labels on the outside.  Same goes for jeans... the less labels on pockets or by the belt loops, the better.  There are plenty of inexpensive jeans out there with no labels on them, that look a whole lot like their designer counterparts.  When it comes to a tee or tank, you can never go wrong with plain & simple.

A Big Don't: knockoff handbags.  Instead of faux, look for a beautiful no-name bag within your budget.  Go for real leather, clean lines, and you guessed it... as little branding on it as possible.  For vegan leather, it should look & feel like the real deal.  Nothing beats quality, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a quality knockoff.  A pretty mystery brand piece is much more stylish, and you'll have people asking "where did you get that?!"  You're creating your own trend!  We love the envelope clutch pictured above.

A Big Do: faux diamond stud earrings.  Go for a sparkly & modestly-sized pair; it's hard for the untrained eye to tell the difference.

Tip #2: The Details.
Ever notice a striped tee, and the stripes don't match up at the seam on the side?  It's those little details that make something either look "cheap" or luxurious.  Not all budget finds pay attention to these details, while many higher-end items do.

If you're buying something with a pattern on it, make sure that everything is in check.  Stripes & plaids should match up at the seams.  Floral patterns shouldn't have big gaps in the pattern in obvious areas (i.e. stomach or chest).  Also with floral patterns, make sure that the flowers are placed in flattering areas.  For example, two big flowers placed symmetrically on either side of your chest looks like, well... awkward!

The solution to this?  Look at what you're buying.  Inspect the side seams, notice the patterns.  Let's say you found a cute striped shirt, and you know that you want a size medium.  Look through all of the mediums on the clothing rack, and find one that looks like it's made the best!  We find many great patterned items at fast-fashion stores like Forever 21... and all it takes is a little careful inspection.

Speaking of seams, make sure they lay flat.  Seams and hemlines should not be bumpy, uneven, or poorly stitched.  Fabrics should feel substantial; not easily torn or snagged.  If the fabric looks like it will 'ball up' in the wash, chances are you're right.  Clothing should have longevity, and not be disposable.

Helpful hint: patterned items are best to be bought in person, and not online, so you can check for these details.

Tip #3: Where To Go.
Fear no store.  You can shop in any-- and we mean any-- store, and usually find something great.  You just need to know where to look, and how to stay true to your personal style.  That cheesy-feeling accessory store in the mall for example; it just might have a fabulous piece of costume jewelry!

We love everything from the sale rack at department stores, to haunts like T.J. Maxx and Marshall's.  Places like Forever 21 can't be beat for trendy items on the cheap.  There are also several stores that offer great coupons, such as Kohl's and Express.  Keep an eye out for pieces you need, and steer clear of anything that doesn't feel like "you".  Just because it's a good price, doesn't mean you need it.

A Big Don't: don't buy something just because it's on sale.  Buy something because you love it.  Even if it's on sale, you love it, but it doesn't fit... don't buy it.  You won't wear it, and you won't feel your best in it if you do.  You may find a name-brand pair of heels for 50% off.  But, they hurt and pinch your toes.  You'll feel (and look) much better by wearing those trusty ankle booties that you already have in your closet instead.

A Big Do: wait for the sale.  Drooling over a full-priced item?  Find out when it's going on sale, and check back later.

Tip #4: Make It Yours.
Often times it's not just about the pieces we buy; it's how we style them once we're wearing them that makes the difference.  Take a blouse from "cute" to "amazing" by adding some layered necklaces & tucking it in to great-fitting jeans.  Find little touches of your personal style to add into your outfits.

Go with your style.  Are you more into a preppy, J. Crew look?  Take that same blouse & jeans-- add a colorful statement necklace, a vintage baseball cap, chic leather flats, and a monogrammed tote bag.  Keep your personal style in mind when on the hunt at budget friendly shops.  No matter the price of an item, you'll always look like a million bucks when you make it your own!

Another style tip that will always make you feel fabulous: confidence.  And by the way, it's free!  So go forth-- rock that t-shirt and jeans with your head held high and a smile on your face.  Dress for yourself, your lifestyle, and what you feel best in!

Where are your favorite places to shop for budget friendly fashion?  Share with us below!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Nordstrom Topshop In-Store Party

Can you believe it?!  It's already been almost ONE YEAR since the launch of TSS.  The past year has flown by, and we knew that we had to do something fabulous to celebrate.  We teamed up with TOPSHOPxNordstrom at Chandler Fashion Center (near Phoenix, Arizona) for a shopping event & anniversary celebration!

We shopped, we styled, we took pictures, we sipped on lemonade.  It was truly a very special day for us, as we mixed and mingled with our readers.  Oh and did we mention, the clothing from TOPSHOP is adorable!!  We were loving the rompers, statement pieces, and the touch of British style that TOPSHOP incorporates into their pieces.  We're thrilled that Nordstrom has a TOPSHOP department, so we can get our shopping fix!  You can shop online and at select Nordstrom locations for TOPSHOP gear.

Thank you to everyone who came to the event, and of course to our readers for a fantastic first year.  What does the new year have in store??  Well, you'll have to stay tuned to see! 

A very special Thank You to Nordstrom, TOPSHOP, and Abbey Kleinsmith 
for putting the party together!

Friday, December 27, 2013

TOPSHOPxNordstrom: Time to PARTY!

That's right, it's party time!  We can't wait to meet all of you tomorrow at Chandler Fashion Center Nordstrom, in the TOPSHOP department.  It's going to be a great time... lots shopping, fashion, and fun!  Plus, we are so excited to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of TSS with all of our readers!
  • Music, refreshments, and shopping!
  • Come meet & greet the Co-Founders of The Sorority Secrets
  • Check out the winter TOPSHOP collection (and see our favorite items!)
  • Receive a TOPSHOP swag bag with every $100 TOPSHOP purchase
We're so excited to see you all tomorrow.  We will be there from 1pm-5pm... time to get your shop on!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

TOPSHOPxNordstrom... it's almost party time!

Have you heard?  The ladies of The Sorority Secrets are hosting a party this Saturday at Chandler Fashion Center Nordstrom, in the TOPSHOP department!  Not only is it going to be a fabulous shopping event (we can't wait to show you our favorite styles from the winter TOPSHOP collection) but we're also celebrating our One Year Anniversary!
  • Come meet & chat with the Co-Founders of The Sorority Secrets!
  • Receive a TOPSHOP swag bag with every $100 TOPSHOP purchase
  • Enjoy music, refreshments, and shopping!
We hope to see all of you on Saturday, December 28th from 1pm-5pm at Nordstrom Chandler! 
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