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2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Recap

My Purchases:

I’ve compiled pictures below of some of the items I purchased from this year’s 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I decided that this year I would go for a lot of basics and items that I could get a lot of wear out of year long. Of course, I also purchased some things I just REALLY wanted (i.e. the Stuart Weitzman ‘Waverly’ Shimmer Sock Bootie), because, well…. I’m only human. I certainly didn’t NEED those, but c’mon, look how fantastic they are?!(Original price – $575; Anniversary price – $369.90). I’ve already received those, as well as the Leith ‘Finn’ Red Sock Booties, which also comes in black (Original price – $110; Anniversary price – $69.90). I’ve worn them both, and am very happy with both of those purchases – very comfortable, true to size, and oh so stylish! And I’ve gotten so many compliments on both pairs!
The J.Crew ‘Streets of NYC’ Tee was a must because I love NYC and this will look amazing alone with white jeans or a white blazer over it (Original price – $39.50; Anniversary price – $25.90).
I just received my Spanx Camo Leggings! They have a very cool sheen to them and I’ve always been a lover of Camo styles. I purchased the size Small according to the size chart and because I’ve never worn anything by Spanx. They pretty much fit just like your normal workout leggings and are very comfortable and stylish. I can wear them to workout, just lounge, or even possibly style them in a way that I can wear them out! (Original price – $110; Anniversary price – $72.90).
I just happened to stumble across the Calvin Klein Camo Underwear and Sports Bra Set, so I bought both pairs of underwear and the sports bra and I love them (Sports Bra original price – $28; Anniversary price – $17.90; Camo Underwear original price – $20; Anniversary price – $12.90)

This next picture below features my favorite camis ever! They are the Halogen Seamless Camisoles that come in many colors and are also reversible. I wear these camis pretty much every day underneath whatever I’m wearing, and they just make me feel a little more ‘sucked in’ and definitely more confident! Normally these are 2 for $49, but for the sale, they were 2 for $39! So I got my standard black and white (can’t ever have enough of those colors), and I also got the navy and light pink.
I did not end up purchasing the fabulous Stuart Weitzman ‘Lafayette’ Slouch Boot (comes in Mojave Suede below as well as Black Suede). They are fantastic and hopefully a lot of people did purchase them. I decided that since I already bought 3 pairs of shoes, I didn’t really NEED them. So, for once, I was being practical lol! (Original price – $775.00; Anniversary price – $489.90)

The Sam Edelman Black Stud Heel is fantastic! I received it a while ago and was worried that maybe I should have gotten the 8.5 instead of the 8. But I wore them for the first time the other day (at work for 9 hours on my feet, mind you), and I was I able to wear them comfortably that whole time! Very chic, comfortable, and 3″ heel, so not hard to walk in. It also comes in nude (wish I had gotten the nude now that I know how great they are!), and a cool print color. (Original price – $139.95; Anniversary price – 89.90).

The TopShop Duster was an impulse purchase at work. I saw a lot of my fellow friends and associates trying it on and buying it, so I of course, had to try it for myself. It looked a lot better on than I thought it would and it will look great over an all-black outfit to spice it up! (Original price – $110.00; Anniversary price – 69.90.)

I just received and tried on my 1.STATE ‘Sall’ Ankle Strap Open Toe Pump, and now I want the red pair too! They are pretty sexy shoes, and aside from needing a pedi, I thought they fit pretty well and were very comfortable. And the red pair isn’t a bright red, it’s a deep dark red color, which I like a lot better. Oh, decisions, decisions…..

This Vince Camuto Ruched Sleeve Stretch Blazer is fantastic! I was able to purchase this and so glad I did.. it’s so comfortable, can be dressed up or down, paired with a variety of tops, and fits so nicely (Original price – $129.00; Anniversary price – $85.90).
I also purchased the Halogen Basic Mock Neck Sleeveless Tops in red, ivory, and black. These are also great pieces and perfect for layering, and look great with the Vince Camuto Blazer! They are jersey material, light, fitted, and stretchy (Original price – $42.00; Anniversary price – $27.90). All items in the picture below are still available in select stores and online.

My Missed Out Items and Still Deciding Items:

These next 2 photos are items that I either missed out on (sold out), or haven’t decided on! I REALLY wanted the Chelsea28 Navy Corduroy Blazer (Original price – 99.00; Anniversary price – $65.90) and the Mural Drape Trench (Original price – $128; Anniversary price – $75.90). I missed out on those two items, as they both sold out quickly. And even though I am a Nordstrom Employee with a Nordstrom Credit Card (which you would think would get me first ‘dibs’), we are not allowed to purchase any Anniversary items until the sale opens to the public. So that is how I missed out on some of these fast-selling, popular items. I can’t complain though, because we do get a lot of other perks. The Mural Drape Jacket is back in stock though at its’ original price of $128!
The 1.STATE BOOTIES in all colors and styles are also on Anniversary, but I wasn’t CRAZY over any of them, so decided to pass on these. Plus, I think I’ve bought enough shoes to last me a while lol!

I love the 1901 Plaid Blazer and its a great price, but I may want to save for other items I want more in the future (Original price – $159.00; Anniversary price – $89.90). I’m also in love with the Ruby Red Theory Velvet Power Jacket, but my size is not available right now, and it still costs a lot, even at the Anniversary price, so I didn’t get that one, but I’m still going to my eye on it see if it goes on sale (Original price – $495.00; Anniversary price – 329.90). The Theory Off the Shoulder Blazer also looked very cool, but we didn’t have any in my store to try on, so I passed on that as well. But I did order both colors in the Spanx Pillow Cup Push Up Bras, and I love them! Read the reviews though and don’t size down on the band size or size up on the cup size. My normal size is a 32D, and they didn’t have a 30DD anyways, so I listened to all the reviewers and got my normal size and am very glad I did. Love these bras!

All in all, another great Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in the books! See you at next years’ 2019 Sale!
xoxo Style by J Rose 🌹


BLAZERS – Fall’s Most Versatile Item

Blazers and Jackets of all styles, colors, and fabrics are all the rage this season. I, for one, have loved blazers for a long time and have been slowly adding blazers in all different styles to my collection. They can completely change an outfit from ‘blah’ to ‘oh, wow!’. I wear blazers with dresses, skirts, jeans.. you name it! Blazers are even being paired with graphic tees and jeans to bring an outfit up a notch. I have put together some collections of all different styles of blazers that I personally like to give some ideas of what is out there. (Picture above is a new Blazer by Veronica Beard)
My first set of pictures are designer blazers – Jonathan Simkhai, Akris Punto, Smythe, Balmain, Saint Laurent, Theory, Emporio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, A.L.C., Alice & Olivia, Veronica Beard, Bailey 44, DVF, and Galvan. These blazers range in price from approximately $200 to over $3K. And while these can be quite pricey, a good quality blazer is an investment and can last a lifetime! I love Blazers so much, but for the Designer Blazers like these, I certainly can’t purchase all of the ones I want immediately. I have gotten a few over time, like the Mint Green/Blue Alice & Olivia Blazer and the black moire Smythe Blazer. I was able to purchase both on sale too. BUT… I am absolutely in love with the YSL Blazer in the dark teal velvet (2nd pic below), but that costs over $3K and I don’t think it’s going on sale any time soon. And in order to justify buying it, it would need to be at least 70% off lol!
These can all be found at Nordstrom, Saks, Forward, Revolve, and other designer sites and apps. A lot of them are also currently on sale as well!

These next set of blazers are also great blazers, but won’t break the bank. While I love all of the above designer blazers, it isn’t realistic (or wise), to spend thousands of dollars on these blazers, unless you are financially blessed to be able to do so.
These next photos are much more cost effective and equally as stylish. Designers include BCBGMAXAZRIA, Rachel Zoe, Tularosa, Norma Kamali, Current Elliot, Majorelle, LPA, House of Harlow, Michelle Mason, Norma Kamali, L’Acadamie, Halogen, Hinge, Mural, and Chelsea28. I personally own Blazers by Halogen, Mural, and Rachel Zoe, and I didn’t have to break the bank to buy them. Mind you, all of these things I say I’ve purchased have been over long periods of time, not overnight! You guys are probably thinking that I’m probably up to my ears in debt! Hey, but at least I look good – TOTALLY KIDDING! I promise I am not in debt lol!
Anyways, I purchased the simple and comfortable Mural Blazers in classic black and white for $74 each. I also just purchased the Rachel Zoe Blazers and Pants sets (shown on 1st page below) for ridiculously amazing sale prices. I love them and I didn’t have to pay a fortune on any of them. The Blazers were originally $395 and $495, and the pants were $295 and $395. I was able to get all 4 pieces for $600! That works out to about $150 each…. I’d say that was a pretty good deal. If you like Rachel Zoe, head over to her site to see her amazing prices right now. These all range from approximately $55 to about $495 and they are all great quality too! All of the styles below can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, Forward, Revolve, and other designer sites and apps. And ALWAYS CHECK SALES!

I hope you enjoyed my post about blazers. Please feel free to ask me any questions. I’d love to meet you and interact with you!
xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose 🌹


Modeled Styles Part 1

Since I do work at Nordstrom, I have access to a lot of beautiful clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. I often try on a lot of the clothes that I sell, as it helps me sell the items better because I can let clients know about fit, if an item runs big or small, etc. I also do a lot of research to see if certain dresses, for example, come in different colors that we maybe don’t have in the store, but can offer and order for clients. Here are just a few photos of dresses that I’ve tried on (and purchased some)!
Eliza J Cap Sleeve Shimmer Dress for $128. LOVE this dress! So unbelievably comfortable and it has a subtle shimmer to it as well. I have not purchased this one yet, but plan to, as it is so versatile. I can wear it to a cocktail attire event, put a blazer over it and wear to work, or pair with a leather jacket and boots for a night out on the town! This is a dress for all seasons and will never go out of style.

This dress is by one of my absolute favorite dress designers, Dress the Population. Price points for Dress the Population dresses range anywhere from $165 to over $300, which isn’t too bad considering the amazing details that go into these dresses. I first fell in love with Dress the Population dresses years ago because a lot of their dresses (and some pantsuits and rompers) are made of all sequins. If you get to know me, you will quickly learn I love anything that sparkles… the more sequins, the better! This particular one is fairly new at Nordstrom and available online. These dresses usually run a little small. I am usually a size 0-2, but am wearing the size small here.

Here are 2 more dresses by Dress the Population. Select Nordstrom’s carry both of these dresses, and they can also be ordered online. The one on the left is only $172 and comes in a variety of colors. The one on the right is $254. Both are absolutely stunning!

This picture below is also Dress the Population. See what I’m talking about with the sequins?! These sequins are reversible and turn from red to a midnight color depending on how you run your fingers across them! I ended up purchasing this adventurous lil number for no reason but because I loved it. I justified it at THE TIME by saying it was for a big upcoming birthday, which was like 9 months away when I purchased this. What I will say to justify a purchase! 🙀🤷‍♀️

Another one of my favorite designer’s is Ted Baker. This dress does not truly show off his eclectic and edgy style, but he makes a wide range of items, from colorful, eclectic dresses and purses to dresses like this, which looks like pure class with some added flare so you still know it’s Ted Baker! This is a gray, ‘power suit dress’ in my opinion and I felt like I should be in the boardroom telling people what to do and making big decisions… I felt like a serious Boss Babe lol! I tried on a size too large, which is why my right hand is behind me holding the dress tighter from the back to show how it should really fit. His dresses cost anywhere from $200 to over $600, but money well spent. I would pair this with some white or pink pumps to go with the accessories like the ones shown below. These accessories are more “Ted Baker” – really shows how great he is at design and playing with colors. Fashion is truly an art to me.

This gorgeous red gown by Lulus is STUNNING! I call it the ‘Pretty Woman’ dress for obvious reasons. I tried this one on for fun and I ended up purchasing it on the spot. It is only $94! I currently have absolutely no where to wear this gown, but for the price and the perfect fit, I couldn’t pass it up! And I’m sure something will come up where I need a dress like this, and I will already have it in my closet. I seriously felt like Julia Roberts in one of my all-time favorite movies, Pretty Woman!

We all need an LBD…or 5 of them! This classic beauty is by Helmut Lang and was available at Nordstrom and on sale for a dynamite price. It is made of an ultra-soft knit silk spandex material and was so comfortable! A dress like this can be accessorized like crazy and paired with a bold color pump and clutch! Love it!❤️

This last dress by Lulus came in last night as an online return. It was a size too big, but I tried it on anyways, and I felt like I could get married in this gown. Simple white with silver shimmer threads throughout, a plunging neckline, and beautiful long hem. If I was getting married, I would seriously consider this dress. AND, it was extremely comfortable too – BONUS! This could also be worn to a ‘white party’, which I’m seeing more and more women coming in looking for all white dresses for these parties.

That’s all for this post. I still have a lot more to show, but I’ll spread it out and add more gradually.
xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose 🌹


Style Inspiration Part 1

I recently put together some designer outfits and wanted to share them with you!
First is a gorgeous white/cream blazer and pant set with simple, yet edgy gold and black accessories – Gucci gold block heels, Gucci black and gold belt, Dior black choker necklace, and a simple Alexander McQueen gold skull bracelet. The blazer and pant set by Jonathan Simkhai is pure perfection! It has some sheer pleated panels around the sleeves on the blazer and in the back of the blazer, as well as on the pant legs… Very unique!

This second piece, also centered around a red mini ‘blazer style’ dress by Jonathan Simkhai is such a work of art. It has a plunging neckline and the sleeves look as though they are ‘stapled’! I paired this with a simple black mule by Alexander Wang, and necklace, earrings, and bracelet all by Alexander McQueen.

This third creation is all about black and red! Bold, edgy, yet still classy. I absolutely love wearing black and red together! This black Alexander Wang sleeveless blazer dress pairs beautifully with true to style Alexander McQueen clutch and leather wrap bracelet, and my very own killer red heels by Balmain.

My next creation centers around a beautiful Alexander Wang hot pink mini dress with zipper details. I have paired it with an Alexander Wang black purse with a very complimentary silver chain drop shoulder, Black leather boots by Prada, Black Shimmer Blazer by Akris Punto (on sale now at Saks), and pewter jewelry by Alexander McQueen (at Saks and Nordstrom).
And finally, my last creation for the day! A gorgeous black Bardot dress (that I tried on at work!) with a nude mini skirt underlay, which is new at Nordstrom for only $129! I paired this with a pair of nude Sam Edelman pumps (I bought the black pair during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale), and they are finally on sale for real now at Nordstrom for $89! Get both pairs – they are fabulous and fit me extremely well. I can wear them for 9 hours on my feet with no problems. Also paired are 2 black Alexander McQueen bracelets with red details, a large red Valentino bag, Kendra Scott earrings, and a bold lip by MAC called ‘Noon Noir’ (which I have and it is a bold versatile color and only $18.50!). If you wanted to get away with a less expensive outfit, just take away the Valentino Bag and McQueen bracelets, and you’ve got a great style for less than $300! The last pic is the Bardot dress that I tried on myself yesterday after work. It really is stunning!

All of these items can be found at Nordstrom and/or at Saks.
Please check back often, as I’m always creating outfits with items I see at work and other designer sites.
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹


My Fashion Career Journey

First of all, we are ALL Fashion and Style Trend Setters, no matter how much or little you even care about fashion! We all set the trends in this Fashion World!

Working in the Fashion Industry is a tough business and it’s not for everyone. If you are a M – F, 9-5 type of worker, then the Fashion Industry probably isn’t for you. The hours are hard, my schedule is different all the time, which can make it hard to plan in advance, and because it is retail, I am working most holidays and away from family and friends a lot. But I have such a passion for fashion, specifically Designer Fashion, that I sacrificed a lot to get into this business initially. But I’m already starting to reap the benefits and believe the sky is the limit. My FASHION CAREER is just getting started!

I am currently working at one of the Nordstrom’s in the Denver Metro Area. I love the company and there are so many opportunities to move up within the company. I initially thought I wanted to get into management, and while I haven’t ruled that out, I am seeing that there could be other jobs that may fit my skills better. I have also dreamed of living in NYC…. and they are in the process of building the very first Nordstrom right in Manhattan! The Men’s Store has already opened, and the Women’s store is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019. I would love to make it there one day and that is definitely on my list of future career goals. And finally, I have just started this blog and am just getting the feel for it, so bare with me while I get it up and running smoothly. I plan to publish a lot of posts about Fashion, Style, Fashion Trends (obviously lol), as well as posts about real life, health, fitness, and the daily struggles we all go through. Follow me on my journey to achieve my goals in this crazy FASHION WORLD!

xoxo Jess from Styled by J Rose 🌹



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