First of all, I don’t get any commission from this post. All the recommendations are the items I have personally bought and loved.
Nordstrom.com is where I shopped most last year with 12 orders placed.
There is no Nordstrom at where we live, but there was one at where we used to live. I went to the store a couple of times and was not too attached to it. I am not a department store person. The amount of selections and choices overwhelm me. I just want to get out when I see mountains of clothing. So I always preferred the smaller mall shops or boutique stores. After I realized the difference in cashbacks between shopping online and in store, I start to shop online for most of my clothing items. Living in a shopping desert also expedited the online shopping process.
I started to notice Nordstrom when several of my favorite fashion bloggers strongly recommended items from there. At the beginning, I was skeptical and thought they get paid to recommend those items. Then a few items really caught my attention, so I decided to pull the trigger. If the items turn out to be disastrous, I can just return them given Nordi’s free shipping and returns policy. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the items and kept everything in my first purchase from Nordstrom.com (Dated July 3, 2012). From then on, I am totally hooked and Nordstrom has become my go to place to shop for myself and for friends and family. Without keep rambling about my shopping experience, which could go on for ever, I want to recommend a few items that I have bought again and again, and will continue buying again and again.
1. Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Wrap (in a variety of colors).
The left is the old version and the right is the new version. Both of them are available on Nordstrom.com and the old version is on sale at 20% off. I bought both versions in the colors shown here. The left one was the Christmas gift to my brother’s fiancee and the right one is the Christmas gift for my best friend. Both gift receivers love the gift and started wearing them a lot (based on their social media pictures). They both told me the wrap is of great quality and can be worn in so many ways for various occasions. I would have totally bought one for myself if I am not waiting for a Hermes cashmere wrap. This would be my go to gift for my girlfriends.
2. Caslon long-sleeve tees
The left is: ‘Melody’ Fine Ribbed Cotton Tee
The right is: Long Sleeve Fine Ribbed Crewneck Tee
Both are good quality, available in a variety of classic colors and are 100% cotton. I bought both tees in the style and color shown above. I have been wearing them nonstop since I got them in November. They pretty much go with anything, like wraps, scarfs, jackets, vests, and coats. I prefer the left one slightly more than the right one because of the lower neckline. The lower neckline makes it more wearable as a top alone and highlights my neck bones better.
I machine wash and dry them. They hold up shape nicely and have not showed any pills yet. I will be restocking them for next winter during the semi-annual sales. However, I would not mind paying the full price ($25) if they are not included for semi-annual sales.
3. Lush maxi dresses
These maxi dresses are of great value (I define value as a good price-to-quality ratio). Full price is $50 and you can often get them on sale for around $30 or even lower. They come in solid colors and prints. I bought one in royal blue (a great color!) and one in floral print. I could not find mine online now, but they will likely be restocking them soon for summer shopping. Don’t drop them because of the “Juniors” description in the title. They are of good length (the hem touches and slightly covers my instep and I am about 5″6-5″7), very forgiving around the shoulders and waist area. They are also not very low cut in the front. They are very soft and comfortable. I worn them to a beach vacation. I even wore the blue one to work with a short-sleeved black shrug on top of it. Received many compliments.
I machine wash them, but hang them to dry. I accidentally machine dried the print one and it shrank quite a bit and the color faded. So, do not machine dry them. But they can be safely machine washed without losing the shape or color. My blue one is still in great shape and will likely last me through this year. I will be restocking them next year.
I love Nordstrom’s Free Shipping and Free Returns policy. I bought a jacket last September and was not sure about it. Then I forgot about it until it was like two months later. By that time, I cannot find the return labels anymore. I thought it is too late to return. Another month passed, when I was doing Christmas cleaning, I found the shipping labels and then I just sent it back with the labels. Within two weeks, I am credited with the full amount without a question asked. How can I not be hooked by this fantastic customer service!
What’s even better? As I show in this post, you can easily get more than 10% cashback if you stack cashback portals with gift cards bought by the Chase Ink Plus card. To be able to act on deals, I always have one $200 Nordi gift card in my purse.