Hi dear gals! I’m so glad you’ve joined me here at Dressed for My Day for coffee. Let’s catch up a little!
Warning: This is kinda long. Oops!
It has been A WEEK! Of course, I’ve been cleaning out closets and drawers and cabinets in preparation for our big move to Cincinnati, Ohio, later this month. We’ve been getting the house ready to start showing it. Our realtor is very positive and hopeful, by the way. If you’d like, I could certainly use some prayers for the speedy sale of our home.
But in the midst of preparing for a move, I wanted to cover the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. No, I didn’t have to. But I truly enjoy this sale. So I wanted to.
As I drove to Phoenix yesterday (that’s where I am still this morning), I thought about why I like this sale so much. I remember as a teenager going shopping with my mom on Saturdays at least about once a month. Even if we didn’t buy much, we both just enjoyed browsing through the mall and having lunch out at a little soup and sandwich shop called Cashin’s.
Especially in August, I remember shopping for school clothes with mom. I’d prepare even then by perusing my Seventeen magazine for the latest colors and trends. In fact, a couple of years we went to a Seventeen magazine fashion show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta in early August. I can still remember the “winter white collection” they featured one of those years. It was full of yummy, warm white sweaters, leg warmers and jackets.
I think somehow even window shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale evokes the excitement and joy of those teen experiences for me. It brings back the anticipation I felt as I thumbed through and dog-eared my Seventeen magazine, the taste of the French onion soup and roast beef sandwiches I shared with my mom on school clothes shopping trips, the thrill of sitting in the Fox Theater with my friend Michelle and hundreds of other teenage girls and the fun of trying on chunky sweaters and leg warmers (!!!) in August.
So there ya have it. That’s why I hunkered down and worked so hard on my Shop My NSale Looks Inspirations post for yesterday and my Shop My NSale Favorite page. It honestly wasn’t because it’s just a part of the fashion blogger “play book.” And it wasn’t because I’m just trying to push an over-hyped sale on you. I just love anticipating fall by enjoying a pre-season look at the fashions. And I love my mama!
At any rate, I spent a restful evening in a very quiet hotel here in the Phoenix area and I feel so much more like myself today. I shopped the sale online yesterday and then shopped some in the Scottsdale Nordstrom in the afternoon through evening. It was exhausting but fun to navigate the sale in the store for the first time.
Today I’m going to do some fitting room sessions in other retailers so that I have more of a variety of posts for you this next week. And then I’m heading home to continue on with cleaning out and packing up and getting ready to move.
By the way a lot of the stress I’m experiencing these days isn’t just from all the physical work of moving and blogging about the Nordstrom sale. You may or may not identify with this, but when you’re married to a pastor and you’re called to a new church, there’s just a lot of emotions. As I’ve shared before, we absolutely love our church here in Arizona. So announcing our departure has been very hard. Very hard. At the same time we are anticipating plugging into our new church family in Ohio with great joy. So there’s this enormous push and pull of emotions. And at the same time we have people in both places whom we care about deeply. And they’re having lots of emotions, too! It’s just a lot.
Okay, enough rambling.
I do have one more thing I need to tell you. Several of you sweet readers have suggested that I take some time off or reduce the number of posts I put out each week until we’re through the move. Thank you for your sensitivity and assurance. Indeed, I probably will reduce the number of posts. I’m not going to set a new schedule or tell you a new number because who knows what my schedule or Internet availability will be. But yes, you can expect to see fewer posts occasionally for a while. Thanks so much for understanding.
You gals have a blessed and beautiful weekend!
Sales Worth Checking Out
ANN TAYLOR // 50% off tops, 40% off dresses, 40% off pants, 30% off accessories with code BEATTHEHEAT.
BANANA REPUBLIC // 40% off your purchase, no code needed.
BLOOMINGDALES // Take 25% off your purchase when you shop with your Bloomingdale’s credit card, or take 20% off no matter how you pay on items labeled LOYALLIST SAVINGS.
CHICO’S // Up to 70% off select styles.
GAP // Extra 20% off your purchase with code FORYOU.
J.CREW // 40% off your purchase with code FRIDAY.
J.CREW FACTORY // 60% off 3 or more sale styles, or 50% off one or two sale styles with code MORESALE.
J.JILL // 30% off your entire purchase with code SUNSTYLE. Cardholders get an extra 5% off every day.
MACY’S // Black Friday in July Sale! Take 25% off with code JULY.
MICHAEL KORS // Now get up to 70% off in their semi-annual sale.
OLD NAVY // 30% off your order of $75 or more, or 20% off any size order.
TALBOTS // Up to 60% off original prices in the Red Hanger Sale PLUS cardholders get an extra 5% off Red Hanger Sales and Steals & Deals when you use your card.
Blessed for My Day
Do you ever doubt God’s goodness? Intellectually, I don’t. I believe what God’s Word teaches me about the good character of our God. But emotionally, sometimes, I do. Sometimes I don’t feel like God is being good to me.
That’s when it’s important to intentionally meditate on God’s character. I love Psalm 145 for praising God and rehearsing His goodness. This Psalm reminds me that God holds close those who feel like they’re falling, provides all of our needs and even satisfies our desires, hears us and treats us kindly, among other things. When you begin to feel like God isn’t being good to you, I encourage you to read this powerful Psalm out loud.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made. ~ Psalm 145:8-9