While I certainly don’t consider myself to be the ultimate shopping guru, being from Seattle, I have long been aware of one the best kept secrets for fashion-lovers out there: Nordstrom Rack. It’s always been my source for the ultimate designer scores. But now the secret is out – the Rack {as us native Seattlites call it} is heading across the country opening new stores and celebrating with a very fun campaign “Confessions of a Shopping Genius” and they’ve partnered with bloggers to help spread the word. Truthfully, I was a little reluctant to give up one of my favorite hidden gems for great deals, but I realized I had to share the love. I know you can relate to that “Yess!!!” feeling when you score those heels or that bag you’ve been stalking.

To kick off their #ShopGenius campaign, the Rack brought a great group of bloggers from around the country to San Francisco. We celebrated the opening of our beautiful new Rack in Union Square {have you gone yet, SF readers?? It’s huge! Deals for days}. I loved getting to meet other fabulous bloggers {like this one, this onethis one and this one} whose style I’ve long admired. We closed the experience by getting to enjoy a private shopping event at the Rack where I made my latest score: my new favorite pair of jeans by Haute Hippie! I’d been considering the bleached denim trend and I’m quite happy I took the plunge.


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get your shop on: amour vert jacket   //  amour vert blouse  //  maxstudio heels similar here & here // Baggu bucket bag similar// Margaret Elizabeth cuff // Marisa Haskell necklace //  Haute Hippie jeans scored at Nordstrom Rack 

This week I’ve partnered with the Rack to host a killer GIVEAWAY, tailor-made for a shopping genius such as yourself! We put together FIVE prize packs filled with all kinds of goodies; each bag will contain a mix of things ranging from sweet Bliss bath products to Stila Cosmetics, a Coach fragrance, a Kate Spade wallet and a cool summer infinity scarf. All told, these puppies are worth $170! It’s a sweet little package if I do say so myself.


But this giveaway does require you to get a little creative! To enter you need to share your own “Confession of a Shopping Genius.” Mine, as you may have caught in the pic above is: “I feel sexier in jeans than I ever do in a dress.” And it’s true. Something about wearing pants always makes me feel way more self-assured.

What about you? What’s your deep dark fashion secret? You’re going to want to come up with your best confession because not only am I picking my five favorites to get these prize packages, but the confession may also be featured on Nordstrom Rack’s Instagram account. Bonus! With all that pressure, here are a few sample #ShopGenius Confessions to get your creativity flowing:

> There’s no such thing as being “too graphic”
> I have the mouth of a sailor and the shoes to match
> Quiet is boring. I prefer to make as statement

And here is the nitty-gritty on how to enter to WIN:

1. Follow @nordstromrack & @Apartment_34 on Instagram
2. Comment on my Instagram of my #ShopGenius find and share your own confession. Be sure to tag @NordstromRack. You can see my pic here
3. Don’t forget to include #shopgenius with your shopping confession

I will choose my five favorite confessions to win. So make ’em good. I can’t wait to read ’em. And GOOD LUCK!


Photos by amour vert

*This giveaway will be open for entry from Saturday April 19 until Wednesday, April 23 11:59 PM, PST. Open to U.S. residents only. Chances of winning dependent upon total number of entrants. Winner will be notified via email & announced at the bottom of this post after April 23. Total prize package value $170. This post is in partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open!

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  1. Love the belt selection at my nordstom rack… plus they always have NJ on sale prices. .. makes my jean collection happy. ..

  2. A bold brow and a nice leather handbag are the building blocks of my everyday attire!

    (entered on insta! 🙂 )

  3. Posted this on Insta this AM~

    #ShopGenius confession @nordstromrack nothing makes me happier then a new pair of brightly colored workout shoes! <3 All my workout clothes have a coordinating shoe and I love to dress up in espadrilles this time of year but its usually with some Nike pants bc I'm a personal trainer @apartment_34

    I could go on and on about #ShopGenius confessions! I thought I had to take a pic for some reason to enter but glad I didn't lol. Love your Haute Hippie denim! I just picked up some bleached capris last weekend too~ once the rain dies down here in WA I will be busting them out 🙂 Thanks for the FAB giveaway!