After I was pondering if I should write about the Nordstrom Pre-Season sale, I remembered – I just had a birthday, and one of my gifts was a gift card to Nordstrom! So I can maybe indulge some pondering about what I should buy…
First off, I have to say that if I needed lingerie, I would hot-foot it to the Nordstrom site to see if they have my favorites on sale; their sale includes LOTS of lingerie.
Similarly, if I were interested in buying new bedding at this change of season, I’d also look at Nordstrom; it’s also a category in which there seem to be lots of markdowns.
But I need neither of those things – I’m not buying undergarments of any ilk until I’m quite through losing weight and getting more lean. And a dear neighbor just gave us a stack of bedding, so that’s not on the list either.
Winter coat? They have some beautiful ones in the sale, but I don’t need one.
I maybe could use new running shoes, but one does NOT buy running shoes through the mail, and there’s no way on planet Chicago that I’m going into the Nordstrom store during the sale. Insane crowds are NOT my idea of entertainment…
There are wonderful gifts with purchase available right now in cosmetics, but the only makeup I wear is lipstick, and I already own one! (If you have one, you always know what color to choose. As soon as you have more than one, you have confusion…)
So, when I think of translating a gift card into a gift, my first thought is jewelry. Even reasonably good semi-precious jewelry will last a very long time with care.
These caught my eye:
The 1st bracelet is appealing, but NOT a timeless style – those bracelets with lots of cord seem to have been very popular this last few years, and so I fear their time is almost over. The red earrings have a lot of potential – if they’re the right shade of red (i.e. not too “rusty”), they could be worn with a ton of my wardrobe. (and they also come in amethyst, white crystal, jade, and blue sodalite!) I like the gold studs, but they’re pretty tiny in “real life”… and the bracelet? I have a real concern about how well it will age…
The linen Eileen Fisher top has a lot of potential, but it’s quite a bit like other tops I already own – do I really need another one? The BP. top is really attractive, but it’s a Junior’s size and brand, so I’m not sure how the fit and quality will be. But the black Eileen Fisher dress??? I don’t need another black dress, but this one checks all of my boxes – relaxed, perfect with tights, packable, (its my goal to take ONLY dresses on a trip, sometime soon…) simple to wear with scarves or jewelry… hmmm….
The capris are tempting because I find that this style is comfortable for running, and modest enough for weight lifting. But I just bought a pair from another brand, and I don’t know that I need a lot of them. What I COULD certainly use is a tank or two for running – I get really hot, even indoors on a treadmill. I like the colors of the Hard Tail tank, but I really love the fit of the Asics – as well as the cool little cut out in the back that shows the running bra! But I wear a special running bra, so it might not be this cute on me…. so, we press on in our looking about!
I’m always drawn to ankle boots…. and these are lovely! But I still have my Munro boots from last year, which are still in perfect condition. (AND they’re on sale!).
Still, I might want to think about being practical with my gift card:
I have to believe that if I dump out my sock drawer and took stock of the situation, I would find that a handful of pairs of black socks might be in order…