The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Our Top Picks for Men and Women


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has become a yearly countdown for shoppers and non-shoppers alike. It’s a great time to take advantage of substantial savings on fall fashions before the season begins. This year many of the hot pieces sold out during early access and I didn’t want to exclude anyone from the blog by posting before it went public.

I’ve already been busy sending specific links to clients (and some friends & family) as requested but the name of the game in this sale is investment. Similar to last year the best deals are on things you’ll use nearly everyday. Think about the basic items you know you’ll need to replace or add this season. Then consider tweaking those basics with a little trend here and there.

So, after likely too much research both online and in store, below are our top Canvas Picks for both men and women. Make sure you move quickly, sale prices end on August 4th!

Stay Stylish,


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Our Must Haves


1.Kenneth Cole New York Knit Sleeve Double Face Wool Blend Coat

Sale:$149.90 After Sale:$240.00

“A lightweight essential for San Francisco and Bay Area Fall. This contemporary style’s simple enough to pair with a work blouse or casual tee. The price is a steal to test a new style without the investment of a designer brand.”

2. COLE HAAN Palma Mule

Sale: $99.90 After Sale: $150.00

”Mules continue to dominate the shoe season this fall. These Cole Haan are surprisingly comfy and come in black and cognac brown. Step up your basics and pair these with distressed jeans now and a skirt later.”

3. Madewell Small Transport Leather Crossbody Tote, Asparagus green

Sale:$111.90 After Sale:$168.00

”A cute crossbody in a fresh new shade? Yes, please. This handy carryall mini holds all your necessities for a day on the run without weighing you down.”

4. AGL Pointy Toe Mule (Women), Grey Snake

Sale:$254.90 After Sale:$385.00

“Clean lines and a higher heel make these sleek mules a polished addition to your closet. While every foot is unique, AGL shoes are worth the investment for the comfort and quality.”

5. NATORI Feathers Underwire Contour Bra, Deep Navy

Sale: $44.90 After Sale: $68.00

”This style is a favorite among friends and clients alike. The plunging neckline makes this bra perfect for v-necks and blouses. Why not branch out from black and nude and add another neutral for the season?”

6. VINCE Cashmere Cardigan

Sale: $299.90 After Sale: $465.00

“This is the cardigan to live in this fall and winter. The longer length makes it perfect to use as a lightweight jacket for both pants and skirts.”


1.1901 Ripstop Shirt Jacket, Olive Grove

Sale: $82.90 After Sale: $125.00

“Shirt jackets have become a staple for San Francisco guys. Move over puffers, there’s a new layering piece in town. Wear this as a stand alone shirt or with a basic tee and jeans. For the more fashionable, add a plaid flannel for layering interest later.”

2. GREATS Royale Sneaker

Sale: $119.90 After Sale: $179.00

“A class revisited, this sneak brand is a newer addition to Nordstrom and worth checking out. If comfort is your thing (and why shouldn’t it be) these or Eccos could be a must for your fall wardrobe and beyond.”

3. PAIGE Transcend - Lennos Straight Leg Jeans

Sale: $132.90 After Sale: $199.00

“Most guys have (or should have) a great dark denim in their closet. This year denim has gotten more casual and lighter washes have flooded the market. Diversify your denim mix by adding a medium tone wash to soften your look and break up darker shades in your wardrobe.”

4. PAUL SMITH Stripe Socks

Sale: $19.90 After Sale: $30.00

“If you are looking to add a little personality and color to your wardrobe but don’t want to get too crazy, these socks are for you. Paul Smith has great striped options that are largely fool proof to mix and match with your existing wardrobe.”

5.Magnanni Carbon Leather Belt

Sale:$99.90 After Sale:$150.00

“Magnanni belts are among my favorites for clients. The quality and craftsmanship is worth the investment. If you take good care of this belt you should have it for years.”

6. SHINOLA The Canfield Leather Strap Watch, 43mm

Sale: $468.90 After Sale: $700.00

“This handsome watch is a great piece to invest in. Shinola has mastered clean and classic with just the right amount of cool factor. Even though you may have a smart watch, a classic timepiece continues to hold ground in the style game.”

Home and Beauty

  1. LE LABO Discovery Set

Price $85.00 (exclusive anniversary set)

“Summer is a great time to explore new scents especially if you plan to do any traveling. This kit includes four of their best sellers in easy travel sizes.”

2. MARIO BADESCU The Essentials Set

Price $23.00 ($33 Value)

“If you have been lathering on the sunscreen this summer your skin may need a little tlc. I personally picked up this product earlier in the spring when I was having a few breakouts. It may not zap your spots overnight but it’s a miracle in clearing them up (and bug bites) significantly faster. ”

3. KIEHL'S Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites Set

Price$62.00 ($88 Value)

“Taking care of your skin is the best beauty regime. This unisex set features Kiehl’s no fuss favorites to start or replenish your collection.”


Spring Style 2019: Top Trends and Picks for Your Wardrobe


Spring 2019 has been a long time coming to the Bay Area and with Easter falling later this year, store inventory has followed suit. Now that stores are fully stocked, what are we seeing?

While there may be large trends that fall across the fashion industry, trend can vary region by region and be influenced by local style makers and buyers.

Below is a quick recap of what I’ve seen in stores and a list of five key items you can pull to the front of your wardrobe or purchase this season to stay relevant.

Stay Stylish,


Spring Fashion Divided

Clients and friends have reached out asking what the big trends are this year. One of the unusual things I’ve noticed across brands in stores are very two distinct fashion stories. The good news is that you’ll likely find something you’ll like, the bad news is that cohesive dressing could be challenging. Hyper feminine, washed out pastels with bold contrasts dictate half this season’s fashion. Frosty Lilac, sea foam, and dusty butter yellow are lined up next to energetic shades like magenta (check out Theory and Zara). The alternative fashion choice is a combination of deep rich earth tones like rusty burgundy or eggplant often in 90’s modern and athletic silhouettes.

Hyper feminine, washed out pastels with bold contrasts dictate half this season’s fashion. The alternative fashion choice is a combination of 60-70 deep rich earth tones often in 90’s minimal and modern silhouettes.

Fresh Print Mixing

Florals are a traditional print during spring, but this year patchwork floral botanicals, polk dots and python are the prints of choice. Think romantic Victorian flower conservatory meets natural science museum. Silk and linen are popular fabrications but if you are looking for a easier fabric there are plenty of tencel/cotton/poly blends.

To help you make sense of if all, I put together two trend boards with key brands who have illustrated these trends and can be found either online or in store. Hopefully you will find them inspiring to freshen up your own look or repurpose your wardrobe. I know I’ve kept a few of my fall pieces, specifically, my burgundy leather jacket around for spring and mixed it with lighter shades to keep outfitting seasonal and fresh.

Spring 2019 Feminine

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Spring 2019 Minimal Modern

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Looking Back to Step Forward into a New Year


2018 was a big year for Canvas Styling! We experienced a lot professionally and personally that brought amazing growth and change.

Last Summer one of our co-founders, Megan, made the decision to leave Canvas, so as of the first of the year she will no longer be part of the business.

We are thankful for the past four years and all the support from friends, family, and our wonderful clients. I know I have learned a lot through the adventure and am looking forward to discovering where the business will grow in 2019.

There will likely be a few changes around our blog and newsletters to ensure that we continue to create value and have time to focus on client work. However, we will continue in our commitment to share what is inspiring us on and off the runway and hopefully spark a little more joy in your style.

Cheers to a Bright New Year!


Canvas Styling

Posted on January 4, 2019 and filed under Stylish Living.