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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!

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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.”


Keeping Cozy: Best Buys For Soft Sweaters


It may not feel like Fall with 70 degree weather in San Francisco, but in other parts of the country it is definitely sweater weather. Just because it’s warm outside, doesn’t mean we aren’t already stocking our closets with cozy sweaters so that we are prepped when the chilly temps finally arrive.

Have you noticed that this year’s sweater don’t seem quite as soft as usual? We have… and we’ve made it our mission to ditch the itch and find the softest sweaters around. Read on for our top picks and what to look for when shopping.

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Fall’s Softest Sweaters

Budget Friendly Sweaters

Splurge Worthy Sweaters

The Canvas Sweater Shopping Guide

Check the Fabrication

To cut costs, we’ve noticed more than a few brands have been shuffling the fiber content of their sweaters. The Sweater Cardigan Kimberly bought last fall has been replaced with a lighter weight “all season” one. While this is true, the reality is its no longer 100% wool but a cheaper blend.

All manufacturers are legally required to list fiber content on clothing labels, along with wash and care instructions. For sweaters you often get what you pay for. Review the fiber percentages and they will often reflect the itch factor. Longer, stronger and more valuable fibers will be reflected in a price point so invest wisely.

ProTip: Everyone has their own degree of comfort, but watch wool (non merino), alpaca, and synthetics. These will also influence the breathability --aka the heat factor.

Keep Ahead of Pilling

Lately we’ve noticed that sweaters by one of our favorite brands Vince. have not been holding up. After one wear, even the 100% cashmere styles pill. The hard truth is that most sweaters will pill a bit after initial wear, but finer quality will hold up. Excessive pilling can be a quality issue resulting from a poor fiber or production.

To avoid pilling, hand wash or dry clean your sweaters to cut down on abrasion. Also invest in a good sweater-shaver, a tool that runs over the surface of the fabric and slices the pills off. Just be sure to avoid using it too often since it can compromise the integrity of the fabric.

Invest In Trends Wisely

While we love a good fashion statement and novel trick, we recommend buying wisely when investing in sweaters. This year many of the options are boxy with overwhelming bell or lantern sleeves. While some hit high on the cool factor, we recommend limiting the investment and going with a budget friendly version (Because, really how do you type on a keyboard with these styles?!) For cashmere sweaters, we recommend opting for a classic silhouette with a modern twist. This year the deep v and roll neck collar is popular and universal enough to last a few years.

ProTip: When purchasing cashmere sweaters, consider going up a size to accommodate for garment shrink when dry cleaning.

Posted on November 9, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Women.

Contemporary Muslim Fashion at the De Young


Earlier this week, team Canvas took a field trip to the De Young museum to see their Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit. We always love checking out their fashion-related exhibits and this may be one of our favorites yet.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibit to explore the complex and culturally diverse nature of modest Muslim dress codes worldwide. We thought the De Young curators did a stellar job of visually exploring how Muslim women of today have become arbiters of style not just within in their communities but around the world.

Below are some of the highlights and a few of our favorite pieces. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2019 and we highly recomend checking it out!

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A New Fashion Market

What stood out to us in the exhibit was how many of today’s iconic Western fashion houses were represented in the exhibit, including Yves Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta. It was interesting to see how their high-end designs that have been customized for Muslim women’s diverse modesty considerations. The retail segment of “modest” fashion has been the target of large fashion houses and a growing number of muslim designers who desire to express their own form of beauty and style. Many of the pieces on display were designer with a small appearance from Macys and Nike. While fashion doesn’t come cheap and it was hard not to notice the opulence and brands displayed boldly in many ensembles and blogger looks. We found the fashion pieces refreshingly juxtaposed next to documentary photos of everyday life for a muslim woman around the globe. Below are a few of our favorite designer pieces (including a colorful feather print dress from Mary Katrantzou who we blogged about as a designer to watch last year).

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Cultural Reflections of Faith

It was also interesting to see top Muslim style bloggers represented and their unique take on dressing modestly while still expressing their individual style. Color, texture, and print mixing where themes in many of the fashion shots. The strength and boldness of the ensembles was inspiring; however, the freshness of mixing tradition with pop culture influences was most exciting. Below are a few examples from Langston Hughes and Hoda Katebi as well as a flight jacket from design house Celine.

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Posted on October 26, 2018 and filed under Style Stories.