Hello sweet gals! Happy weekend! Time is flying over here as we prepare to move. Of course, time is probably flying everywhere. Hahaha! As we get older it does that, doesn’t it? But I did manage to snap some selfies yesterday of what I bought in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so I thought I’d share those with you today.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to non-cardholders today, so that’s EVERYONE. In review, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a pre-fall mega sale featuring new, never-before-seen styles for this fall and winter, plus so many fashion staples, such as Spanx shapewear, activewear, jewelry and lingerie. Plus, you’ll find great items for the home, men and children.
When you shop the sale, you’ll see the Anniversary Sale price and the regular price. This is the price the item will revert to once the sale is over on August 5, if it hasn’t sold out. Many of the items in the Anniversary Sale never or rarely go on sale any other time.
My Impressions of This Year’s Sale
I’m still not the most seasoned Nordstrom shopper out there, but with a year+ of style blogging under my belt, I definitely am more acquainted with the store, its brands and its prices than I was this time last year. Here are a few of my impressions of this year’s sale in bullet points:
- There seem to be fewer sell-outs this year, which is a good thing for those of you beginning to shop today.
- The “order online and pick-up at a store” feature didn’t work too great for me. First, a lot of items are not available for store pick-up. Second, some of the items I ordered within minutes of the online store going live took two days to be available to me for pick-up. And finally, several of my “pick up in store” purchases were cancelled, presumably because the store ran out of the item before getting around to fulfilling my order. I found that to be extremely frustrating.
- Nordstrom customer service continued to shine. Despite the fact that some of my orders were cancelled, I’m beyond impressed with Nordstrom’s customer service. I can give you example after example of how they went above and beyond, both online and in the store, to make shopping pleasant and profitable.
What you’ll find in the Sale
In this year’s sale, you’ll find:
- So many GREAT boots. I love, love, love the boot collection this year.
- Beautiful, chic dresses. While I didn’t really shop the dresses, I’m very impressed with the selection, especially for occasions such as fall weddings.
- Long cardigans. Yep, the trend in cardigans seems to be the long, straight silhouette. That makes me happy because this 5’8″ girl likes those. But if you’re petite, beware.
- Spanx. Need I say more. These are essentials!
- Deep, dark but beautiful colors.
- Animal prints and textures. There’s still lots and lots of leopard print, but it’s joined by a brood of snake print and crocodile, too.
What I Purchased in the Sale
I think the best way I can help you out as you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is simply to share with you what I purchased, what I’m returning and what I’m keeping. I’m also going to share fit tips, the all important fabric performance and some styling tips for the items I show you.
Remember, personally I approached the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as a great opportunity to purchase fall and winter wardrobe essentials that I need to make my wardrobe work for me. You might want to read this #NSale post from a couple of weeks ago to learn more about my approach.
So that this post doesn’t go on forevah and evah, I’m going to really stick to the information I’ve promised and nothing more. If you have questions about anything I show, however, please ask. I’ll diligently watch comments today so I can help you out.
The Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans by AG – I love these jeans. I’d never pay full price for them, but they were worth the splurge of the sale price to me. The denim is soft, giving and luxurious. I’ll be wearing these constantly this fall and winter. I especially like the raw edge and the slit at the ankles. Fit: Wearing 29, TTS. Keeping.
Harper Long Sleeve Top in leopard – This notched collar 100% polyester popover also comes in three other prints/colors. It runs true to size, but I opted for the medium instead of the small just so I could have a little more blousy fit. Fit: Wearing Medium, could have worn Small, TTS. Keeping.
Marc Fisher Zurri pointy toe loafer in ivory croc embossed leather – I was drawn to this off white loafer the minute I saw it. And I haven’t really liked the white loafer trend at all until I saw this one. Marc Fisher shoes fit me beautifully and are so very comfortable. Also comes in available in six other textures/colors. Fit: Wearing 9.5, TTS. Probably keeping.
Gorjana double bar pendant necklace – I’m sorry this pendant necklace is sold out, but there could be returns yet. I rarely see Gorjana jewelry on sale, so I originally bought one for me, my daughter and future daughter-in-law, but alas they cancelled two of my purchases. Perfect for layering and wearing with sweaters. Keeping or gifting.
Vince Camuto Nestel Knee High Boot in tortilla suede – I’ve been wanting some knee high dress boots and these fit the bill. I have large calves and sometimes can’t even wear the “wide calf” boots. But these are just right. They also come in black suede and a snake print. Fit: Run small. Go up half a size. I’m wearing a 10 and they feel great. Probably keeping.
BP V-neck Tee in white – Great short sleeve layering tee. Fit: TTS, wearing a Small. Keeping.
Leith Longline Cardigan in green thyme heather – This is the first of several long cardigans I picked up. I think it’s slimming and elongating. Available in four other colors. Fit: Runs large, go with smaller size. I’m wearing a small easily. Lots of stretch. Keeping.
Laura croc embossed leather tote in brown mahogany – I need a new brown leather bag, so I decided to give this one a try. It is a nice quality bag. No complaints there. Just trying to decide if the color will work for me. Ballot’s still out.
Tory Burch Everly Riding Boot in perfect brown – I’m purposely using this sale as an opportunity to purchase a few investment pieces I can wear for years, so I ordered these Tory Burch boots. They did not disappoint. These classic riding boots fit amazingly well. Fit: I’m wearing a 9.5 Wide Calf, fit TTS. Ballot’s still out. I have a pair of Frye boots coming tomorrow, so I’ll choose between them.
Marc Fisher Dalar Bootie in cognac suede – These suede booties fit like a dream. I’m not wearing any sock with them, so I could probably only wear thin socks if I ever wore any. But they work great with these ankle fit jeans. They cognac color is a rich, golden brown. Fit: TTS, wearing a 9.5. Probably keeping.
Halogen open front pocket cardigan in red chili – This open front cardigan is fairly lightweight, but still feels like a cardigan. Just a touch of cashmere adds a luxurious softness. It’s available in several shades, but I love this red chili. It’s pretty much a true red. Fit: Maybe a bit large, but more TTS. I’m wearing a medium for more roominess in the sleeves. Keeping.
AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans – These jeans feel great and look really sharp in my estimation. But I have other boyfriend or girlfriend jeans that fit me better. So I really can’t justify paying the premium denim price for these. But hey, if that’s your bag, go for it because they are nice jeans. Fit: TTS, wearing 29. Returning.
Franco Sarto Sloan Bootie in Taupe suede – These suede boots are a little roomier than the Marc Fisher boots above, but they feel really nice on. Honestly, it’s hard to decide between these two pair. I love the pointy toe and the color. Also available in other shades and snake print. Fit: TTS, wearing 9.5. Probably returning.
Caslon plaid shirt in black pink dark shadow plaid – Honestly, I mainly picked up this shirt so I’d have something to show with the jeans and shoes I bought. Ha! But it is soft and easy to wear. It has a very relaxed fit, but does feature pintucks at the top of the sleeves, which is interesting. Available in several color combinations. Fit: TTS, wearing a Medium for arms. Probably Returning.
Felted Wool Fedora (sold out) – I learned from some vloggers I watch that these hats would go fast. I don’t know how fast they went, but they are sold out. But this felt Panama hat might be a nice option. I’m looking forward to scaling up my fall outfits with this hat. Keeping.
Halogen cashmere ruana in grey dark heather – I happened upon this cashmere ruana when I was shopping in the store in Scottsdale, Arizona, this past weekend, and I immediately fell in love. I think it’s a nice switch from the usual cardigan and I’ll be able to wear it the same way. It will especially fit my work from home job. Available in other colors, too. Fit: One size fits all. Probably keeping.
Halogen wool & cashmere long cardigan in black – This black wool and cashmere long cardigan was side by side with the above grey ruana, and I was drawn to it as well. This cardigan is soft and lush and nicely thick, but I don’t think it will make me hot. I love the slenderizing silhouette this extremely long cardigan creates. It’s also available in a rust, grey and heather tan, which I’ve ordered. I just can’t get enough of these luxurious cardigan. Fit: If between sizes, order down. Wearing a Small. Keeping & Ordered Another One.
Blondo Eliza Waterproof Bootie – I think this would be a good place to explain why I’m not showing you any black booties with all these black and grey cardigans. I ordered these Blondo Eliza waterproof booties with such high hopes. And they are beautiful boots. But they just didn’t fit my fit. I bought them true to size as recommended but they were extremely tight across the top of my foot, and that was without any socks on. Great boots, but I couldn’t wear them. Fit: TTS in length, but very narrow. Returned.
I’ve also ordered these 1.State Rosita booties in black suede, but they will arrive later today.
Halogen open front pocket cardigan in black – This black cardigan is the same as the red one above, so it’s a more casual cardigan than the wool & cashmere variety. I wouldn’t mind having it for a more casual option, but a girl’s gotta draw a line somewhere. Fit: TTS, I’m wearing a Small here, but would prefer a medium for comfort in the sleeves. Returning.
Dover Blazer in vivid sea – Blazers are definitely trending and there are many great options in the NSale. I picked up this beautiful blue one at the store in Scottsdale. It fits beautifully and is a bright and cheerful alternative to my black one. And it does come in black, navy and brilliant yellow. Still, I’m not sure I can justify keeping it. Fit: Runs large. Wearing a 6. Size down, maybe two sizes. Probably returning.
Zella Studio Lite High Waist Crop Leggings – Zella has a reputation for being extremely comfortable activewear, and these leggings are no exception. They fit snug, but comfortably. Fit: TTs, wearing a Medium. Ballot’s Still Out.
Zella Yogista Sheer Stripe Tank Top in green finch – I wanted to love this little running or exercise top, but it just doesn’t fit me the way it does the model. Argh. It feels big, but I’m not sure the small would be better. The fabric is great and the color is sweet. And it’s also available in a pale pink and blue. Fit: awkward??? Wearing a Medium. Returning.
Zella Go To Wrap Cardigan – We’re moving into a house which is just across a parking from a community fitness center we’ll be using. So I thought this Go To Wrap would be great to wear as I walk to the gym. It’s extremely soft with a nice drape and weight. Fit: a little large. Wearing a Medium, might could use a small??? Ballot’s Still Out.
Adidas Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe – I’m way over due buying new running shoes, so I was delight to buy these for the price. Fortunately, they fit me well, too. I’ll enjoy wearing these Adidas running shoes for my workouts. Fit: TTS. Wearing 9.5. Keeping.
Sam Edelman Leather Moto Jacket – From the outset, a genuine leather jacket was at the top of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wish list. To me, this is a sale where your money is best spent investing in quality wardrobe essentials that you rarely find on sale. So I had budgeted money for a leather jacket. But I ran into problems with the sleeves on most of them. It seems many leather jackets are made for women with stick arms. That’s not me! I tried on several at the store that didn’t work and I’ve already sent back the Treasure & Bond leather biker jacket. BUT this Sam Edelman Leather Moto Jacket works for me. My only concern is that the sleeves seem a little long, which is unusual for me. And, of course, it was a little more expensive than the others, too. Fit: TTS, wearing a Medium. But it seems just a teensy tad large. Ballot’s Still Out.
Well, that’s all I had to show you. I’ve already returned the checked doubled breasted blazer, which just didn’t fit me right in the shoulders and arms. I’ve been enjoying the Charlotte Tilbury the Pillow Talk lip kit. I did buy my girls Barefoot Dreams Cardigans for Christmas and I purchased this pretty bracelet to wear to my son’s wedding.
Obviously I’ve got some decisions to make. Just as I encourage you to set and stick to a budget, I’ve got to do that myself. But overall, I love my purchases. So I’ll have to make some hard cuts.
But if I keep to my principle of purchasing well crafted wardrobe essentials that I can enjoy for several seasons to come, I think my decisions may be easier to make.
Let me know if you have any questions. And don’t forget to check out my previous Nordstrom Sale blog posts if you are looking for more options. Here I shared how to Shop the Nordstrom Sale and Build a Wardrobe that Works for You. In this post I shared curated looks with many of my favorite finds in the sale. Finally, you can check in at my Shop My NSale Favorites Page for more categorized suggestions.
Here’s a shopping widget with all the items I’ve purchased. Some I’ve returned; others I’ve kept. But all of them were beautiful, well-crafted and fashionable.
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