We had a very loooong day yesterday at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. We started our drive to Seattle at 5:30 am thinking we'd arrive right around opening at 8am but we hit serious morning traffic heading into Seattle and we didn't actually get there until 9am. I immediately went hunting for the Barbour Jacket but they only had a size 10 left which was slimmer fitting than I would have liked (I posted that one on my Instagram page). I hung onto it while I browsed the store and by the time I went to make my purchase the size 12 had been restocked and I was able to get my size in it. I would have loved to have chosen between the black that I got and the pink that is online but the store sold out of the pink within the first hour before I got to see it. I think I would have still chosen the black but I really wanted to see what the pink looked like. Looking online now I see the pink and navy are gone and sizes are depleted in the black. I also tried on the Rag & Bone boots that I love but I decided to not get them and I'm still second guessing myself on that decision - I know I made the right call but I have some FOMO going on in my head. After checking out the top two items on my list we decided to take a break and leave the store for some coffee for a while. I find the Nordstrom Sale really exciting but I also find it overwhelming and really busy so it's good to really pace yourself and really consider your shopping decisions wisely. Its so easy to get swept up in the chaos and hype and buy everything that catches your interest in store but it's not necessary. You are better off to leave the store with purchases you are 100% sure about that fit a need in your closet, and leave that guilty feeling of overspending behind. I have to remind myself of this at the sale, and also at the Seawheeze expo. There where so many things at this sale that I loved, but if I'm honest, only a few items that actually fit a need in my closet.
After our coffee break we went for a walk downtown and down to the market and then came back to the Nordstrom to see what other little items I should get. There where so many beauty items I wanted but I ended up just getting the Paula's Choice duo. That is something that is hard to get in Canada with shipping, duties and exchange so because I know I already love that product I took advantage of the deal. I considered getting the beauty blender duo and I also really liked the eyeshadow in the Burberry kit. I would have considered the at home laser hair removal kit but the Pacific Place Nordstrom didn't have it in. That is something I definitely plan on investing in at some point in the future, so as requested by a reader, when I do get it I will definitely blog about my experience with it. I was also really sure I'd be getting the Diptqique candle set but when I saw it in person the candles where so tiny I just couldn't justify it. I'd rather get a full sized candle in one scent vs. a variety of tiny ones. I was so tempted by Hudson Jeans but I really don't need any new jeans at the moment so I left them behind. I was excited to see Rail flannel shirts since I've eyed them up before at the Vancouver Nordstrom and really liked them. The sale price was great! In the purse department I really liked the MZ. Wallace bag and I liked the Longchamp Le Pliage. I don't think I saw MZ Wallace at the sale last year.
After shopping the sale we decided to go to the University Village for lunch and we finally got to try the Dim Sum place called Din Tai Fung. I've heard tons and tons of good things about the place and every time we've gone to Seattle they've had huge lineups to get in. This time we where able to get in with just a 20 minute wait. It was so delicious! I highly recommend you try it if you get to Seattle and have a hankering for Dim Sum. It was also nice to be able to walk around the village for a while before heading home.
My Purchases are the top three items. Barbour Jacket, Hanky Panky Underwear and Paula's Choice. The items in the second gallery below (click the arrow to the right to see more) are all things I tried on and loved and would have purchased if I wasn't shopping with a budget. I'm still a bit sad that I left the Rag and Bone boots behind because they were just gorgeous on and the suede was really thick, but I couldn't justify getting a pricy shoe in such a similar style to ones I already have.
Did you guys go to the sale or shop it online? What did you get? What items did you love but leave behind?