Weekend Steals & Deals | New Year Sales & Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Well, happy new year to you!  Did you get all crazy and ring in the new year with champagne and parties or did you end up with boxes of Italian takeout and pjs at home like us?!  Too bad my party dress didn’t make it out this time, but I’ll still cherish those sequined baby bump pics and the fun time I had with my Mom taking them.  Let’s just say blowing glitter and wearing a cheesy NYE hat when you’re 30 weeks pregnant makes for some hearty laughs.  And our son had fun with those props too! 
I’m loving hearing you all weigh in on the “Tips for Leaving Schlumpadinkaville” post.  I know we can relate to each other and one more thing I wanted to add in (especially since I know those challenging baby days are ahead for me) is to not be too hard on yourself.  If you have young kids pulling you in all directions, I’m sure it’s hard to just get a shower alone sometimes!  I remember going back to work and trying to get ready with a newborn to take to daycare (I was the drop off and pick up parent) and how I felt like I wasn’t doing a good job at all at juggling baby and career, let alone trying to get to the gym.  If that’s you or you’re struggling in other areas, be kind to yourself and do what you can with what you have.  For the rest of us that just need a friendly kick in the pants, I’m happy to oblige! 😉 
Now, let’s shop! We’re all stoked over here because we can officially say, “baby, it’s cold outside!” We’re finally pulling out the sweaters and boots and scarves and bundling up.  Perfect timing since Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale with up to 50% on women, men, and kids is in full effect until Sunday!  
I warn you this post is long- I just didn’t want to leave anything out! And I didn’t even really get to the sale handbagsjewelry, or watches

One of my favorite sweaters this season (I like it so much I bought this one and the gold “brown sienna”), is under $30 now.  I love the grey especially with white jeans.  

knee high boots | white jeans (my fave!) | sweater (40% off) | similar statement necklace here (50% off) & here 

This sweater with contrasting cuffs is also marked down and comes in several colors/patterns. The pink and grey was my next favorite.
I tried on this cardigan at Nordstrom, but left it behind.  It was super cozy and warm, but I can’t buy everything I like or I’d be in the poor house!  This one reminded me affectionately of a “grandpa sweater”. 
cozy cardigan $78, $46.80 Size ref: XS
And when faced with deciding between this black faux fur vest and the tan one, I choose the tan, tbut this black one was hard to leave behind.  Scoop it up now before it sells out! Size ref: 2
faux fur vest $125, $74.99 | striped top | Gorjana necklace and ring 

All of the sweaters below would happily join my wardrobe if I could buy them all. One of each, please!  And at under $50, they’re all great deals. The first one is another pattern in that contrast cuff I’m wearing in grey/yellow. 

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 

I haven’t featured pants lately, but I saw these cords and colored jeans and know they are a good alternative to regular jeans, especially in the winter.  They are all on sale and come in different colors and styles.  They go perfectly with sweaters or layered with collared shirts underneath (as pictured below).  Bonus is that they’re work appropriate if your office leans on the casual side.  
NYDJ stretch straight leg $110, $54.90 (regular & petite) size down on these, this brand run large – I’m 00P for size ref 
NYDJ slim straight leg jeans $130, $64.90 (regular & petite)
KUT from the Kloth stretch corduroy skinny pants $69.50, $45.90 (regular & petite)

If you didn’t get the boots you were eyeing for Christmas, these awesome pairs below could make up for it! 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 

Two more pair of booties I live in are also on sale:

Baila Ashton Wedge Ankle Bootie- awesome! & outfit ideas to go with them!
My Baila Ashton Wedge Ankle Bootie are $129, but a near lookalike are the Franco Sarto ‘Calissa’ Wedge bootie on sale 30% off – $89.90

bag (similar on sale) | top (unavailable) | similar maternity jeans | (non maternity) 40% off 

Fall fashion - great way to wear skirt with wedge booties & lots of other bootie outfits on her blog too
striped top | black opaque tights (50% off) | similar jean jacket (50% off) | similar necklace (50% off) 

And if I want to wear heels for a dressier look, this Jessica Simpson platform bootie is a good lookalike for my old pair. 

similar dress here & here (40% off) | black opaque tights  | quilted crossbody bag 
Tunic dress (Size Ref: XS) 45% off, under $30 | black opaque tights  | quilted crossbody bag 

similar MK bag & here & under $60 here
Many of you asked about the heels I wore with my Free People shirtdress, and at the time, I couldn’t find the exact pair, but I found them now in tan and black.  They are really comfy with that chunkier heel. 
MK suede platform pumps $149.95, $89.96 | shirtdress 50% off in grey

shirtdress $68, $39.90 (also in black) | similar faux fur vest | boots
This statement necklace (similar here, 50% off) came in my last Rocksbox set (get your 1st month free with code ‘HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO’) and I’m crazy about it.  If you aren’t familiar with Rocksbox, you signup for $19 a month and you fill out a style profile so they know what you like. They send you three pieces each month for you to borrow and wear until you return (they send a prepaid envelope), or you can buy the pieces at a discount.
It’s the perfect time to buy a winter coat and you don’t have to get a boring one with these stylish, options. 

Halogen down jacket $158, $99.90 (also in light grey)
Bernardo down jacket $180, $129.90
Steve Madden wrap coat $150, $99.90 (also in black or yellow)
I couldn’t leave you without some workout options for the new year, since I know so many of you want to make your health and fitness a priority.  Most of these pieces featured are by my tried and true brand Zella.  I can vouch for the comfort and quality and also the fit.  
My favorite ASICS sneakers and Zella socks are also on sale.  Isn’t it great to put on a fresh pair of running shoes to get you motivated to workout?  I am a ‘good workout clothes convert’ where years ago I would never spend money on them. I always bought cheap workout clothes that didn’t last, but once you wear good quality, you won’t go back to poor quality fabric and fit. 

weekend steals & deals 
*note: exclusions may apply to the sales 

ANN TAYLOR:  40% off winter styles & up to 70% of sale styles, use code SHOP40

BANANA REPULBIC extra 50% off sale, no code necessary

GAP:  up to 60% off 

GIGINY: 40% off past favorites + free personalization 
LOFT:  extra 60% off all sale styles 

NORDSTROM: half-yearly sale, up to 50% off 

OLD NAVY:  clearance event, up to 50% off jeans 

Have a great weekend!

keep in touch! 

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Meet Megan

Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Thank you for writing such an awesome blog! I love how complete these fashion posts are with graphics, real-life photos, and price/size info. I know you must put a lot of time into these (and all your posts). Keep up the good work and best wishes for a happy new year! xo

  2. I don't know who's cuter, you and your bump in the sparkle dress or James and his NYE props! Cutest fam!! Happy new year, friend!

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