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A Fashion Review: New Clothing on My Body and How I Like Them (Or Not)

This fashion post will be a bit different than my usual ones. It’s more of an unboxing situation and full of show and tells and with the big debate as to whether I’ll keep the new pieces, or return. These are not curated outfits. Here’s how/why it went down: the big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started and while this post is absolutely not sponsored by them—nor is everything from there—it is basically the only sale I get super excited for because it’s NEW season pieces, not the dregs of prior months, at something like 40% off for a limited time (the sale ends August 4th but things sell out INSANELY FAST). But I’ve been up at the mountain house or super busy with projects and shoots so I was unable to go try things on myself (which I much prefer to do). I ordered a bunch online to pick up in store and sadly, a lot of the things I wanted weren’t available to get here in time to shoot this (which is why we put it in a roundup at the end), but I figured what did come, I’d try on for ya’ll.

Now, remember, if it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a NO because my closet is very small and I actually hate owning clothes that I don’t wear. So it can’t be just “cute.” It has to be either something I really need or something that is just rad.

Let’s begin.

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1. Solene Lace Trim Shirt | 2. Distressed Levi’s Shorts | 3. Nestel Knee High Boot

Well, it’s about time my inner Jessica Simpson circa 2002 appeared. This is one of those looks that Californians (or maybe Texans, too) wear to participate in “seasons.” It’s warm throughout the year but we want to enjoy winter clothes like the rest of you (thus the thigh-high boots) so obviously, we wear them with tiny shorts. Ideally, this would be with a dress, but I’m actually kinda into it, while knowing that there is something kinda cheesy about the whole look. I’ve had the shorts for a while, I just got the blouse (not from the sale) but we are here to talk about the boots.

I LOVE these, not shockingly because I love a nude shoe. Having thigh-high boots be in such a neutral is the perfect quiet statement that I like because it doesn’t attract too much attention and steal from the outfit, but it’s a clear style choice. They aren’t slouchy (which I have always found really unattractive) nor are they elastic. Plus, they are not a fortune. The site says to order a half size up, but I’m normally a 7 and they fit fine in my normal size.


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1. The Dre Ripped Jeans | 2. Rounded V-Neck Tee | 3. Kit Wool Blend Shirt Jacket | 4. Studded Bootie

Here we have new boyfriend jeans, a Pendleton wool coat (with a soft lining) and boots.

JEANS: These are a HELL YES. Not shocking they are Rag and Bone, a brand that makes strangely well-fitting jeans. They are slouchy, but still slimming and the cuff is perfect (and I don’t have a jean that has a cuff so OBVIOUSLY, I needed one).

SHIRT: YES. At $15, you can’t beat this T-shirt. I like a scoop and a V, and I like loose, but fitted in the pits so this checks off all my boxes. I wish it were slightly shorter but that’s because I have a short torso.

SHOES: YES. I was attracted to the boots because of their cute British Invasion appeal but questioned the studs. I still KINDA question the black studs, but you guys, these boots are SO LIGHT. It says on the tag “light,” so I don’t know if there is a heavy version of them, but I’m telling you right now they are so incredibly comfortable and easy to get on and off that despite the studs, they are a “Hell yes” from me. I just really wanted to wear them all weekend. Plus, they are a great height for the jeans and tuck in really nicely (and make your ankles look strangely small—if you are into that kind of thing).

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1. Wubby Fleece Pullover | 2. High Waisted Denim Shorts | 3. Cate Waterproof Lace-Up Boot

PULLOVER: HELL YES. It’s the softest, coziest ever. I have a zippy from the same brand so I’m still debating if I need two, but if you are in the market for a pullover, it is one that you will want to sleep in, trust me.

SHORTS: I’ve had these for a year or so, but yes I recommend them.

SHOES: YES. They are Sorrel so they are waterproof and while I don’t need them for LA, I definitely do for the mountain house (where it snows in the winter). I have hiking shoes but these are the perfect fall/winter shoes to go out to dinner in as they have a bit of a heel. Extremely comfortable and tight-fitting (in a good way).

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1. Square Neck Sweater | 2. Ribcage High Waist Straight Leg Jeans | 3. Dakota Clog in Cognac

SWEATER: YES. The sleeves are fun, have flattering proportions and I like a square neck.

JEANS: These are not a hell yes for me, but I think that they are awesome (and my team agreed). Here’s why: I have a short torso and ample love pillows, plus I’ve had two kids so high-waisted pants are harder for me. These are literally called “The Ribcage” so yeah, they are high. They are rad though and the fit is great. I wore a 27 and should have sized down (and maybe I would have liked them more as they might have been tighter and kept things in better. But ultimately, I know that I don’t ever opt for my high waisted pants currently in my closet, so I’m not going to hoard more of them despite these being affordable and two thumbs up.

SHOES: These are not on sale in any way, but they are my new favorite everyday shoes. Yes, they are from Rachel Comey. I really should just start working there…

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1. Fast Track Jacket | 2. 501 High Waist Ripped Cutoff Denim Shorts | 3. Soft 7 III Slip-On Sneaker

PULLOVER: YES. Everyone freaked out about it. It’s incredibly cute and flattering. I’ve never bought the brand Sweaty Betty before but will now. It’s definitely good for workouts but cute enough to wear anywhere. My only beef with it is that it doesn’t have a pocket for a phone. Most workout pants now have that, but still. Then PLOT TWIST, we found the pocket…in the middle of the back—YAY—but it’s slightly too small for the larger iPhones. WHY? Don’t brands test these things?!? You can shove it in there, but it’s VERY tight and hard to get in and out. But it’s still a hell yes, because the fit, color and style are so cute.

SHORTS: I really like Levi’s shorts apparently.

SHOES: YES. I needed new sneakers. I don’t really believe in laces and these are FAR more affordable than my Vince ones (which I love more but the sole is getting so dirty hiking around behind our house). These are my new “throw on and walk around” shoes that aren’t as precious to me and I can leave up here.

Now…onto the coats: 

I have no real idea why I ordered so many coats and such statement coats at best. I live in LA, although I need one for up here. Anyway, almost all of them are too big which is quite the bummer, but I can still weigh in on how I feel about them and whether I’m going to keep them (and by keep, I mean exchange for another size).

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Grid Plaid Pleat Back Wool Blend Coat: I like a tweed coat and I wear so much denim that I need coats that aren’t blue. This is too oversized for me (definitely size down). Half of my team gave it a thumbs up, the other down. It’s not a hell yes for me and it’s still $200 even on sale, so it’s a no, but the back is pretty cute.

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Single Breasted Wool Blend Coat: Apparently, I’m into this silhouette because I ordered the same coat in blue. We liked this WAY more but it’s still too oversized (I ordered a small) with the sleeves even being too long. Hey fashion designers, if you are going to do oversized (which I typically love), the armpits, arms and sleeves need to be slimming otherwise it just swallows you, drowns you out and is actually kinda uncomfortable to wear. They are out of XS now, otherwise, I might have tried it because the color is good, the buttons in the back are special and I like the single-breasted styled.

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Wool Top Coat with Faux Shearling Collar: It’s a joke around here how many plaid coats I have, but I don’t have any WINTER coats. I also really subscribe to the Levi’s brand and recently became “Mountain Emily” so when Levi’s came out with this, I wanted to give it a go. Ultimately it’s A. too big, and B. too loud. Had it been charcoal plaid or even a navy, I would have gone for it. I love the faux fur collar, but I felt silly wearing it.

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Notched Collar Faux Fur Coat: I’m trying my hand with the teddy bear look but same story: too big. But the real reason it’s a NO is that the inside is SO uncomfortable. You can feel every huge stitch so if you are into it visually, be prepared to wear a long sleeve shirt or layer with a sweater. Not sure why they would do that.

Now for the complete opposite:

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Faux Shearling Moto Jacket: This coat is the single most soft and comfortable thing that I’ve ever put on in my life. And yes, the fur is on the entirety of the inside. But I don’t love love love the color and fabric of the outside. And yet, I didn’t want to take it off or hand it back over to my assistant to return. So I’m still on the fence about this one. I know I would wear it a lot up here out of comfort and desire, but I don’t think it’s that cool. I suppose the solution is to keep shopping and try to find a version that is as comfortable, but one that I like a bit more stylistically. Regardless, this one is too big so I might try a size down (definitely size down) and see if I have the same reaction to it.

So there you go. A lot of YES when it comes to the shoes, and NO on coats with a huge yes on jeans and sweaters. Now, there were a lot of other things I wanted to try that couldn’t get here in time (and we wanted to post this before everything sells out) so instead, we rounded them up for you. Again, I haven’t tried these things on sadly, so I can’t vouch for any of it, but I like it VISUALLY and maybe you will, too.

Emily Henderson Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites Roundup 1

1. Little Runaway Blouse | 2. Sloan Bootie | 3. Stripe Detail Open Front Cotton & Wool Blend Cardigan | 4. Glacier Sunset Water Resistant Fleece Coat | 5. The Dre Ripped Slim Boyfriend Jeans | 6. Arletta Over the Knee Boot | 7. Ward Knit Slip-On Sneaker | 8. Stripe Cashmere Sweater | 9. Elyssa Bootie | 10. Topstitch Twill Miniskirt | 11. Nestel Knee High Boot | 12. Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater | 13. Noreen Waterproof Knee High Boot | 14. Geo Print Belted Shirtdress | 15. Melrose Genuine Shearling Bootie | 16. Scooped Neck Ribbed Tee | 17. Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe | 18. Straight Leg Cord Trousers | 19. Crest Vibe Platform Sneaker | 20. The Leverage Ankle Cargo Pants | 21. Uchee Knee High Boot

***photography by Veronica Crawford


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4 years ago

The last coat is a yes!!!!! It’s very trendy and the color will be amazing with your blonde hair, blue denim, in the fall, with all the leaves around you up in the mountain house. I can see it now, and I love it.

4 years ago

You didn’t review the Kit Pendleton coat! Online it looks very mossy in color but on you in the photo like a prettier jade. What is it in person?!

4 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

yes I want a review on that one too!!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Same. Is it a hell yes? Is it true to size?

4 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Me, too! I love it, and love it on Emily!

4 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Yes! Do tell us more.

Susie Q.
4 years ago

For as expensive as those wool plaid coats probably are, they don’t look it. The fabric looks thin and wrinkly. You’re right–there’ll be much better coats to choose from (when it’s actually cold?).
On the other hand, the green coat is beautiful.
I liked the brown boots more than the black boots–those short brown boots are so cute. I liked the tall nude boots as well.

4 years ago

Are the boyfriend jeans AG or rag & bone? You called them AG in the write up but linked rag & bone. Just love they way they look on you and would love to make sure I order the correct pair!! Thanks!!

4 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

You are right! they are rag and bone, which is even less surprising because i love their jeans so much. the dr. dre jeans (original) are my favorites and these are their new style. So expensive, but honestly I reach for them every single morning – especially on the days where I want some, ahem, forgiveness (aka they are slimming and comfortable regardless of how many burritos you’ve had that morning).

4 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Thank you!!! I just purchased using your link. I can’t wait to try these out, especially on those days when I need a little extra room (basically every day but maybe 2 days per month!) Love your blog and following you on Instagram, keep up the amazing work!!

4 years ago

I use a Mr. Clean white sponge on my Vince sneaker soles. Cleans them right up!

4 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Oh good to know! I tried washing with dish soap which worked but brian found disgusting in our kitchen sink (he’s not wrong). will do 🙂

4 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Yes, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is exactly that! It’s fast and easy. Nothing else worked on my sneakers (or the soap scum build up in the bathroom).

Cf Betcher
4 years ago

What about the Pendleton coat?

4 years ago
Reply to  Cf Betcher

I was wondering that too! I love how it looks, can’t wait to hear what Emily thinks

4 years ago
Reply to  Cf Betcher

That was my favorite, but she didn’t review it. I’m curious what she thought.

Amy K S
4 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

Same, that green coat was so cute!

Mariya Zafirova
4 years ago

Those denim shorts are super cute!

Mariya |

4 years ago

Cue the music from “Pretty Woman” … my first thought on seeing you in tiny shorts and thigh high boots. This was a fun read. You’re not a fashion blogger, just a woman who needs to look stylish,yet be able to move a lot during working hours and keep up two very active kids the rest of the time.
I’m waiting for my stuff to arrive from the sale also. So far I’ve gotten my new jammies (hit! wore them last night) and bought in store a twist front sweater and a barefoot cardigan. I think I’ll keep the twist front but am on the fence about the loungy style on the long cardigan. Coming in the mail; a faux suede leopard print trench. I did find it in stores to try on after I ordered online and it looks good. But do I really need it in my life? And is it water resistant? It would have to be (or at least sprayable) for Seattle.
I have a medium size closet so everything in it has to earn it’s hanger or out it goes…

4 years ago

Be prepared for the pullover to last one season. It gets really matted down and is very difficult to wash and look the same. I bought it last year and at the price point not sure if it’s worth one season wear. :/

Lynn W
4 years ago

Love everything in looks 2 and 3!!! Soft 7III slip on sneaker, I love and will buy for me too ?
The Faux fur and the Shearling Moto Jackets are awesome ?. Definitely keepers!

This is always an amazing sale and a great way to get into Fall-ish looks! I say that as I’m living in a blast furnace oven in AZ ? 108 today!!

4 years ago

I love all of these looks on you as you aren’t dressed like a toddler (no offense!). Maybe the red sweater and jeans are not the most flattering… But those boots! Gorgeous on you!

4 years ago

So what happen to the moss colored coat? Did you not give it a review? Even if it was not a hell yes I was hoping for a review:)

Tina Schrader
4 years ago

Love all these looks — especially the plaid coat w/shearling collar that you didn’t! Haha. The red top and jeans and those clogs/mules! So great. I like that you do these posts. Straight-up fashion blogs have their place and are certainly popular, but I find most of them to be painfully dull — not to mention repetitive of others. I like it when people weave fashion and beauty into blogs about their lives that they’re out there living. Like you!

4 years ago

Woot! Woot!
Fashion posts with Emily are my fav or it

4 years ago

The pullovers look yucky after about two washes. I would pass or buy a fast fashion version if you feel the need.

4 years ago

I have the solution for your shearling moto jacket conundrum…but your wallet won’t like it. I bought the black two years ago and I’ve been wrapped in the softest, coziest, most badass shearling cloud all fall/winter ever since.

4 years ago

I loved the green coat but I really did not like the ripped shorts. Too torn.

4 years ago

First the swimsuits and now this. Yes, Emily is cute – but I log on for a DESIGN site, not a fashion survey.