Since the Anniversary Sale is starting soon, I’ve created a fun Nordstrom Anniversary Sale checklist to keep your shopping on track! Feel free to pin it in Pinterest by hovering over the image. What’s on your list? Anything you disagree with or would add to your list?
As I mentioned in the Storksak Olivia review, I found that the bag was a little small so I couldn’t resist getting the Kate Spade Stevie (which I had seen another Mom carry at a playgroup) when a friend called me to tell me that it was on major sale at the Kate Spade Outlets.
I just started using the bag and here are my initial impressions.
What I Love
I love that it is wider than the Storksak Olivia! I can actually put things in the pockets and there is still a roomy center area to put things like an extra outfit and toys. The interior is a beige color which is nice because it isn’t a dark cavern of black fabric making it impossible to look for something.
I also love the print that I bought, which is the “Stucco” jacquard fabric. The fabric feels luxurious and I think its a little more fashionable than the Storksak. It definitely looks more like a purse than a diaper bag. It really is a beautiful bag.
It also comes in lots of different prints and some are in a nylon fabric that is probably a little easier to clean. The purse also came with a matching change pad which is a tad longer than the Storksak change pad.
What I Dislike
I don’t love that there are fewer pockets overall. There are 2 gusseted pockets on one side of the bag, 1 elasticized pocket on the opposite side of the bag and 2 bottle pockets on either end. There is also a zippered flat pocket. There are also no pockets with closures on the exterior of the bag — the leather tie down doesn’t get very tight either, so I wouldn’t put anything that might fall out there. It would really have been great if they put a zippered flat pocket on the back side of the bag for easy access to a cell phone.
The bag also doesn’t come with a shoulder strap. Instead there are stroller straps. However, you could easily buy a shoulder strap and hook it onto the stroller strap attachment.
The retail price is also a bit of a drawback. At the regular price of $348-418 (depending on the print), the price point is quite high. That being said, this bag can occasionally be found on sale anywhere between $200-300. KateSpade.com occasionally has surprise or sample sales and they have included the Stevie in a variety of prints in the past. Amazon has had the black nylon version of the bag on sale for around $260 for the past few months, or the striped version of the bag for $320 .
My needs have definitely changed since the newborn stage so we’ll see if I miss the extra pockets or not. I really, really like the styling of the bag so I’m really happy to give it a try!
As you know, every year Nordstrom is only able to put a fraction of their Anniversary Sale items into their catalog. I have your exclusive first look at a ton of items that will be part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but were not featured in the catalog!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog for 2019 has arrived!
If you are anything like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the catalog drop every day since the beginning of June. Well, your wait is over and it is here!
There’s also a LOT of information that is new for 2019. I’ve shopped the Anniversary Sale for 10 years and some of this is very different from years past!
The catalog has launched and I have linked it here. In years past, I have received a paper catalog long before the online version gets posted. They have started launching the online one earlier and earlier now.
Early Access Time Change
Early Access Begins at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (9:30 AM Pacific Time) on Friday, July 12th! In past years, Early Access would begin at midnight Pacific time on the Friday that Early Access opened, so I would stay up late on Friday night and do my shopping before going to bed. Shoppers on the East Coast would set their alarms for 3 AM and wake up early to shop before going to work.
Nordstrom’s website has always had issues handling the traffic volume in the middle of the night. I’m not sure how they plan to accommodate shoppers who are all going to be awake!
Nordy Club Icon and Ambassadors Get to Preshop before Early Access
This year Nordy Club Icon and Ambassador levels will be able to preshop even BEFORE Early Access begins on Friday, July 12th.
U.S. Icon cardmembers: Pre-shop July 9-11 in store
U.S. Ambassador cardmembers: Pre-shop July 10 & 11 in-store
In addition, Nordstrom is testing additional benefits for New York City and Los Angeles Icon and Ambassador Nordy Club cardmembers. For New York City and Los Angeles customers only:
Icon cardmembers can pre-order online June 27-30 and pick up their items in-store beginning July 9
Ambassador cardmembers get the same perks a day later – pre-order online June 28-30 and pick up in-store beginning July 10
Happy Shopping! What are you most looking forward to this year?
After Nordstrom changed their rewards program to be the Nordy Club, one thing I noticed was there was no explicit mention of the Nordstrom Holiday Party as a benefit!
I was super bummed because I qualified for the old “Level 2” this year and was hoping to go, as it is a super fun night out with my girlfriends, plus you get 10 points per dollar spent on all purchases at the party! It’s a great time to finish buying holiday gifts.
I ended up calling my local store to ask about it, and sure enough my invitation literally got lost in the mail! They transferred me to the right customer service department and after verifying some details, they set me up with the details for the party.
My local store had 3 events this year: 2 evenings and 1 weekend morning. Unfortunately, I was busy for both evening dates, but I’m RSVPed for the Sunday morning event in a few days! I can’t wait!
If you didn’t receive your invitation this year and you are INFLUENCER status, it might be worthwhile to check with your local store to see if you are eligible to attend the party.