Friday, July 19, 2019

My Nordstrom Sale Purchases, Size Reviews, And Outfit Styling Ideas

It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open for everyone to shop today at 12:30 PM EST. I received what I ordered last Friday in the mail yesterday and am thrilled to share my honest reviews of the products with you. As I mentioned in this post, I use the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as a time to stock up on basic items that I’ll be able to wear all fall and winter long. Most of these things fit that bill, and I had the best time coming up with different ways to pair them to get the most bang for your buck. 

As a reminder, you can see all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale blog posts here in case you’re feeling overwhelmed while scrolling through the sale. Below you will find the pieces I purchased, what size and color I ordered, my take on the fit of the piece, and at least two ways to style each item. This post is broken up by tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories in case you already have an idea of what you’re considering spending your money on if you’re shopping the sale. For reference, I am 5’7” and usually wear a two or a four. In jeans, I tend to wear a 27. Hopefully, that helps as you’re making size decisions for yourself.


Size: Extra Small
Color: Heather Grey
Sale Price: $29.90 ($49.00 after sale)
Fit: Runs large, size down one size
Details: With a slightly put oversize fit and comfy cowl neck, this sweater is the perfect way to look put together while staying comfortable. I especially like the length of it since it can easily be paired with leggings (whether faux leather or athletic) while not exposing too much. It comes in a variety of colors but knowing myself I knew that grey would be a safe bet and receive plenty of wear.

Ways To Style:


Size: Small
Color: Ivory
Sale Price: $49.90 ($79.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: This has been one of my favorite sale pieces since I included it in the very first post I did about this year’s sale. I don’t love having things tight around/touch my neck (weird, I know) so a mock neck is a perfect solution. I live in white sweaters in the winter, and the curved hem on this one is especially flattering. It has cuffed sleeves, which is a cute touch and is one of the warmer sweaters I own! 

Ways To Style:



Size: Small
Color: Black
Sale Price: $25.90 ($39.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: I’m not one to own a ton of black so when I saw this sweater on sale I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised about how easy it was to pair with different pieces to create cute outfits, and due to its lightweight nature, this is especially great for anyone with a mild fall or winter since you can dress the part without overheating. 

Ways To Style:

Size: Small
Color: Tan Multi Tweed
Sale Price: $58.90
Fit: True to size
Details: There’s something about tweed that I am constantly drawn to. In my head, I tend to associate it with business clothes, and while this shirt would be perfect for a day in the office, the colors of it make it cute for other occasions as well. I believe it also comes in a jacket, but I knew I’d get more wear out of the top. It has a cute zipper detail in the back and is fully lined, which was a pleasant surprise. 

Ways To Style:

tweed top // jeans // nsale 2018 booties (similar in this year's sale)

tweed top // suede skirt // nsale 2018 madewell slides (similar in this year's sale)

tweed top // white skirt (not a sale find but similar here) //  nsale 2018 booties (similar in this year's sale)


Size: Small
Color: Black
Sale Price: $64.90 ($98.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: After hearing rave reviews the past few years about these leggings, I decided to give them a try finally. I am SO GLAD that I did since they may be my favorite buy of the sale. While I definitely feel edgy wearing them, I know they will give my jeans a nice break. When I pulled them out of the package, I thought there was going to be no way I’d get them on, but the material is stretchy while still retaining its full coverage. They are long enough to bunch a bit at the ankles and because they are Spanx, suck everything in nicely. I opted for these over the Commando ones since I like the Spanx waistband better, but if these are sold out in your size, the Commando ones have been receiving equally great reviews.

Ways To Style:

Size: 27
Color: Coffee Bean
Sale Price: $64.90 ($98.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: I’m not positive I’ll be keeping this skirt since it fits fine but wasn’t fully what I was expecting. I like the zipper detail but wish it were a little bit longer than it is (yes, I get that it is a mini skirt). I also find skirts like this a little challenging to wear since my hips are wider and my waist is smaller. It didn’t gape in the back but could have cinched a bit better. The color is really versatile, so if you’re on the hunt for a fun fall skirt then this would be a good option, but I’m still on the fence about it. 

Ways To Style: 
tweed top // suede skirt // nsale 2018 madewell slides (similar in this year's sale)

Size: 4
Color: Indigo
Sale Price: $51.90 ($78.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size, if not a little generous
Details: If you followed along with my coverage of the Nordstrom Sale last year, then you may remember my obsession with the jeans I found. They were under $30, and I ordered them in two different colors that I wore non-stop this past winter and fall. I was pretty bummed that the brand wasn’t included this year and gave this pair a try instead (I have one other pair coming in today, so I’ll have to do a comparison once I try them on). The wash of these is perfect, and I love that they are a true jean instead of being jegging-esque. Even with a real denim feel they are stretchy, soft, and comfortable, which could also be due to the elastic lining the waistband. 

tweed top // jeans // nsale 2018 booties (similar in this year's sale)

Size: 4
Color: Rust Sequoia
Sale Price: $65.90 ($99.00 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: There are no pictures of these for a reason. I wanted to love them but did not think they were flattering on at all. The orange color was really pretty, but as work pants go, I’ll keep searching. 


Size: 8.5M
Color: Spotty Haircalf
Sale Price: $54.90 ($88.00)
Fit: True to size
Details: I have a pair of Madewell bow slides that I purchased last fall and love, so it was no surprise that I found these to be equally as awesome. The scoop where the shoe hits your foot is really comfortable while the rounded/semi-pointed toe elongates the leg. The great thing about the pattern on these is that it makes them easy to wear with black or brown!

Size: 8.5M
Color: Leopard Haircalf
Sale Price: $69.90 ($109.95 after sale)
Fit: True to size, if not a little snug
Details: How fun are these? Definitely not a need by any means but they make me seem so much cooler than I am. The material they are made out of is stretchy, and the laces make them easily adjustable. I envision these making a statement with any outfit that needs a little something extra!

Size: 8.5M
Color: Cognac Suede
Sale Price: $69.90 ($109.95 after sale)
Fit: True to size
Details: I’ve loved the booties I’ve purchased during previous Nordstrom Sales, and these are no different. They are a bit taller than I would’ve expected, but the zipper on the back makes them easy to get in and out of. The slight point of the toe elongates the leg which is flattering, and I like that these come up above my ankle unlike some of the other booties I have. There are a few different colors online, and the price point is great given that I’m still wearing the BP booties I purchased a few years ago. 


Size: One Size
Color: Rose/White and White
Sale Price: $19.90
Details: Barefoot dream has the softest pieces ever. While I’d love to have one of their blankets or robes in the future, I got this set to break up and give as gifts. I can’t tell you how tempted I am to order another set to keep for myself! 

Size: One Size
Color: Platinum
Sale Price: $29.90 ($46.00 after sale)
Fit: I have nothing else that is 2 carats to compare these to, but I’ll go ahead and assume they are true to size ;)
Details: This is a bit of a random buy for me, but since for the wedding I’m in next weekend I’m supposed to wear pearl or diamond studs with the bridesmaid dress I thought it would be nice to have both options and decide the day of. I have a pair of small real diamond studs, and aside from being 24 and owning these, I don’t think there would be any other dead giveaways that these aren’t real when I compared the two. My earlobes are pretty small, so it may have made more sense for me to get a smaller size, but I’m keeping them to dress up various outfits! 

Size: One Size
Color: Tan Indochine Heather
Sale Price: $98.90 ($149.00 after sale)
Details: I am so glad that I finally pulled the trigger on this scarf! Camel doesn’t always look the best on me in the form of a sweater but having an accent like this scarf makes for the perfect way to incorporate it without washing me out. I do not doubt that I’ll be wearing this often and love the other colors it comes in too!

Ordered But Sold Out Before My Order Shipped:

Size: Small
Color: Pearl Ivory
Sale Price: $65.90 ($99.00 after sale)

Size: Small
Color: Ivory
Sale Price: $45.90 (469.00 after sale)

Size: Small
Color: Grey Marl
Sale Price: $44.90 ($68.00 after sale)

Size: Medium
Color: Beige/Oatmeal Medium Heather
Sale Price: $38.90 ($59.00 after sale)

Size: One Size
Color: Camel Combo
Sale Price: $38.90

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Prep In Your Step Nordstrom Sale 2018 Top Clicks & Buys

If you remember from this post, I love looking at the analytics of blog posts and products I’ve talked about on the blog. I’ve never been much of a numbers person (and am still bitter that my lowest grade in college was in finite math), but there’s something about seeing numbers to back something up that intrigues me. I’ve already mentioned that as a blogger, I make a very small commission off of the product purchased (paid from the retailer, never your pocket). I can go onto the site used and look at all of the details about products linked to see whether or not they interest y’ all. How cool is that!? 

Since the Nordstrom Sale opens to everyone tomorrow, I decided to take a look at what products y’ all were most likely to click on and purchase from last year’s sale. I was surprised that most of them were also the items that I ended up purchasing, great minds think alike. Better yet, a lot of the items are being offered again this year during the sale either identically as they were last year or a very similar version. Below you will find what Prep In Your Step readers and followers loved best.

I’m looking forward to sharing the items I purchased as well as a review of their fit and how I like them tomorrow and who knows, maybe y’ all will be just as likely to love those as me after seeing last year’s stats.

Remember, you can shop all of my 2019 Nordstrom Sale Posts here (find 2018 here) and to shop the pieces below click directly on the item to be taken to where they can be purchased! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Cutest Swimsuits For Summer

Is anyone else in disbelief that July is already halfway over? In some ways, I am so excited because I have two big trips planned for this second half of the summer, but I am also a little bummed that the time left is starting to dwindle. I nearly feel silly saying this since I have a job and no longer have a traditional summer, but there is something about June, July, and August that bring about a more carefree attitude and more socializing. Going into the summer my roommate and I both decided that even without days off all summer long we were going to have a summer attitude, and it may take some convincing, but I’m hoping I can convince her that we should have this mentality all year long. 

The heat isn’t going anywhere here in Alabama so there are still plenty of pool days to come and a last-minute lake trip with friends this weekend had me interested in looking at swimsuits while watching The Bachelorette on Monday. To my surprise, there were so many cute new pieces released since sharing my first round-up of swimsuits in this post in the Spring. Not that I need anymore, but I thought it could be fun to share the ones I found with y’all in case you’ve found yourself tired of the options you’ve been reaching for so far this summer. 

To shop the options, I’ve shared click directly on the image in the graphic below to be taken to where they can be purchased. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Step Into My Week 7.16

Happy Tuesday! I hope y’all didn’t mind the switch up yesterday with a post aside from Step Into My Week going live. Amazon Prime day is just too good not to share and is still going on. If you’re looking into purchasing any of my favorite items shared in yesterday’s post now is a great time to do so. 

I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but life has been busy. We’ve had a ton going on at work, I’ve been putting in lots of hours on the blog to make sure I get helpful sale (and regular) posts live for y’all, and I’ve been trying to take advantage of hanging out with friends and enjoying the summer weather all of which together make for a full agenda. On top of that, I head to Seattle next week for Sophia’s wedding and am trying to get ahead on a lot of fronts so that it’s mainly play, not work while I am there. I hope that y’all haven’t felt so on the go lately, but if you have then I know how you feel!

Monday I hit the ground running for my busiest week in a while starting my morning with comments, emails, and lots of copy. For Southern Lady, we were finishing up our October issue, so pieces were routing and a few things left to finalize. Around lunchtime, the wrapping paper we needed for a shoot later in the week (yep, Christmas in July is a very real thing) arrived, so I spent most of the afternoon wrapping presents for that shoot. Fortunately, I had a really good audiobook to listen to while I did that (see Listening below). Covered in glitter from the bows tied onto the presents, I left the office and headed to the Y for a workout. From there, I hurried home to shower while my friends showed up to watch the bachelorette. More exciting than the episode was the fact that Ellison (one of my best friends and previous roommate in Greenville) texted Sophia and I that she got engaged! Once the episode was over and friends left, I went to bed to prepare for what I knew was going to be an equally as busy Tuesday. 

I only had a couple of hours in the office on Tuesday, and all of that time was spent working on social media captions and scheduling. You don’t really realize how long that can take until you sit down to do a lot of it at once. Around 9:30 a stylist and I headed over to our location for the next two days to begin setting up for The Cottage Journal’s Christmas cover shoot. By the end of the day, we had set up and decorate a nine-foot tree and transformed the house into a Christmas miracle. That afternoon our team darted back to the office for a web meeting before heading out the door. I went straight home to change and get ready for dinner with a friend at Bottega Café that night. We ended up sitting outside, and I was especially glad the restaurant had set up fans since Alabama has been experiencing an intense heatwave. After dinner, we went to a cool speakeasy called the Marble Ring in Avondale. Once I got home, I quickly changed into pajamas and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Wednesday morning was similar to Tuesday morning with my time at my desk being spent really productively since it was limited. I had a Southern Lady team meeting at 10:00 and then headed back to the Christmas cover shoot once that was finished. We shot everything we needed and at the end of the day disassembled the tree, loaded up the cars, and unpacked everything at the office. Macy met me at my house to go for a walk that afternoon, and since I felt like I hadn’t taken time to take a breath so far during the week I skipped bible study and instead showered, made dinner, and worked on the Nordstrom sale posts y’all probably saw last week. Eventually, I read and turned off the lights to finally go to sleep. 

I felt like on Thursday I did not come up for air when it came to tackling my to-do list. I kicked off the day responding to comments and editing pulled photos and then moved straight into writing social media captions and scheduling posts. It was a binder day, and I ended up having to put all the binders in order before finalizing the resources for the issue. At lunch, I raced off to get the straps shortened of a bridesmaid dress and then it was back to work for a busy afternoon. I had to read through the binder, prepare comp copies for both titles, and mail out packages and giveaway products all before 5. After work, I went to the Y to get in a workout and sweat out some stress! I was shocked by how many people were at the gym on a Thursday since usually it’s a pretty slim crowd then. After the Y, I headed home to shower and make dinner before Nell came over to catch up and have me act as a pretend patient for one of her PA school assignments. She ended up staying over til a little after 9:00. The day caught up with me after that, so I closed my laptop and put my phone down to read before bed. 

If you read this post from Friday, then you already know that I nearly overslept. Y’all! I never do that. I think I must’ve forgotten to set the alarms on my phone when I went to bed and am so thankful for the text I received from a friend at 7:21 that had me jolting out of bed to be ready to leave my house by 7:35. Clearly, the week took a toll on my energy level. Fortunately, work doesn’t start till 8:00 on Fridays so I was still on time and laughed about it. I got through my to-do list for the most part with one small thing I needed to take home and finish up and left the office at noon and headed straight to Starbucks. For those of you who have been around for a while, you know Starbucks Friday is normally my morning tradition, but I held off this day to use it as my workspace for the afternoon to get two Nordstrom sale specific posts live. After that, it was back home to shower and tidy up my room (it always looks its worst on Friday afternoons) and relax before my evening plans. My roommate and I got ready and were picked up by some of our friends to head to another friend’s house before Art on the Rocks that night. We got to his house around 6:00 while the whole group trickled in before eventually leaving and heading to the event close to 8:00. I didn’t really know what to expect from the event since I had never been, but it turned out to be one of the most fun nights I’ve had in Birmingham in a while. There were performances, live music, and delicious drinks and food. We went with a big group which made it even more fun as we navigated our way around the art museum. I was shocked by just how many people were there too given that I hadn’t heard of the event until I bought my ticket. This is the 15th year that it is hosted in the summer and there is one more event this summer on August 9th if you’re in the Birmingham area and are looking for something fun to do! Once the event ended at 11:00, some of us went to the Redmont Hotel’s rooftop bar before eventually making our way home.


Saturday morning, I woke up much earlier than I should have given my bedtime and couldn’t seem to fall back asleep. I laid in bed for a while, trying to until I eventually got up and made myself coffee and breakfast. Our group text from the night before was going off, and somehow it was decided that we would all do brunch together at 11:15 so I did some work until then. We ended up cooking quite the spread and hung out on a friend’s screen porch while it rained outside, which was so relaxing. I spent the middle part of the day trying to get some more work done but was only mediocrely successful. My friend Macy was house sitting nearby, and the home has its own gym so in an attempt to feel like we were somewhat productive we did a long workout there. After that, I tried to make up my mind of whether or not to go to another live music event and ultimately ended up not going opting to watch Grey’s Anatomy with a friend instead! I think I was even asleep by 11:00, which was nice. 


On Sunday, I got up and read in bed while eating my breakfast before getting ready for church and heading to Starbucks to do work there before the service at 11:00. I met my roommate at church, and then afterward, I ran to the grocery store to stock up for the week. I ate lunch while doing laundry and working on some blog work before heading back over to the house were Macy was house sitting to meal prep together (this is the recipe we made) and then workout again. By the time I finished there it was nearing 6:00 so I came home, talked to my parents, and put away the laundry before showering and doing the rest of my meal prepping for the week. Nell came over, and we caught up on our weekends while I was cooking and eating my dinner. Once I had cleaned up the kitchen, I dried my hair and got in bed to finish up the last few things I needed to do before reading and attempting to fall asleep. I don’t think I actually fell asleep until well after midnight which was frustrating, but I’m just going to use it as an excuse to go to bed earlier tonight! 


Reading: Dear Wife by Kimberly Bell
I just finished this book and holy cow it was so good! I find a lot of thrillers to be a bit predictable, and while there were some things I guessed the main plot twist shocked me. I almost want to go back and reread it now knowing what I know. This would be a good beach read but probably not one I’d want to listen to since it shifts perspectives in different chapters. 

Shopping: The Nordstrom Sale
If you are planning to shop the sale either with a card or when it opens to the public on Friday you can find all of the posts I’ve done so far about the sale here!

Listening To: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan
Y’all know how much I love the Libby app and how easy it makes listening to audiobooks. The only downside is that lately, I haven’t had a ton of time. I had started this book and am loving it, but sadly it got returned before I finished it. I am hoping it’ll be available again soon since I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next. I may have to pick it up from the library just to find out! 

Planning: AHEAD! 
I leave for Sophia’s wedding next week so between getting ahead at work, preparing to head to Seattle for that, and trying to make sure all my blog posts are ready to roll while I’m gone my to-do list and calendar are looking extra full. 

Wearing: Dresses
We had a heat advisory warning here in Birmingham all last week, and I took that as an excuse to wear the flowiest clothing items I own. As you may have noticed in the work outfits I showed above dresses were all I wore. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

My Amazon Prime Favorites For Prime Day

Like many people, I have fallen trap to loving the near-instant gratification that an Amazon order can provide! They just make it too easy to stock up on anything you may need plus all of the things that you didn’t realize you wanted until you started to scroll or search mindlessly. In college, I had a Prime student membership, which meant that I could easily order textbooks, coffee, or even a dress or shoes for a function and have it to me in two days. That’s setting the bar very high when it comes to the speed in which orders are delivered. 

Since graduating from college and grad school, I have outfitted a classroom in Amazon supplies, ordered furniture and décor for my house, and have discovered some of my very favorite items I own thanks to Amazon. Although I know this isn’t a Step Into My Week post (don’t worry, that’s ready to go live for y’all tomorrow!), I thought it would be fun to share what my favorite Amazon Prime buys have been in honor of Prime Day. 

For those of you who may be unaware, a yearly Prime membership gets you free two-day shipping and returns, access to tons of movies and shows, and more. For me, the shipping benefits are alone worth the membership price, but today is an especially tempting day to get on board with a Prime membership due to the deals that Amazon releases. If you’re unfamiliar with Prime Day, it’s taking place today and tomorrow, and various products on Amazon will be discounted throughout the day. Some of the biggest savings will be found on the lightening deal products in case you're looking to narrow your search further. You can see all of the different items included here, but below I’ve taken the time to share my favorites (although I can’t guarantee that they will all be on sale).

You can shop my picks by clicking on them in the graphics below to be taken to where the product can be purchased. I've also shared other top personal amazon buys, top teaching amazon buys, and top affordable workout wear buys in previous posts! 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks In Each Category

I hope that y'all aren't tired of the Nordstrom Sale just yet. I am sure you've seen several posts about it and will continue to as well. I am doing my best to make them as useful for you as possible in case you're planning to shop the sale. The sale opens to the public at 3 AM ET on Friday, and I am so excited for everyone to have access. With that in mind, I've gone through every single page of the sale to pick out my favorites in each category. It can be tricky to narrow that down, but I feel confident in my picks.

Don't forget that you can see all of my Nordstrom Sale posts under the label "Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019."

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday Shopping vol. 20

Happy Saturday! I’ll be honest that I missed sharing a roundup of the cutest things I’d found online last Saturday, but hopefully, that makes today’s post that much better. With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening now I’m sure you’re getting a very healthy dose of shopping style posts. While I prefer to mix up my content a bit more, I will say that this coming week will be chock full of my favorite finds from Nordstrom and Amazon (since prime day is Monday and Tuesday) for those of you in search of a deal. It’ll be back to normally mixed in shopping and lifestyle posts before long so if these aren’t your favorite, hang in there :)

To purchase any of the items featured click directly on the product you’re interested in to shop it.

Friday, July 12, 2019

What's In My NSale Cart

Did anyone else wake up this morning feeling a little like a kid on Christmas? If not, then maybe you don’t have a Nordstrom Card because knowing this was the first day I’d be able to shop the sale had me giddy. Even if you don’t have a card and are planning to wait and shop next Friday when the Anniversary Sale opens to the public you are still able to scroll through the pages upon pages of fall new arrivals to get a feel for what you may want to purchase. Speaking of purchases, my cart on Nordstrom’s site is overflowing and will need some combing through before I pull the trigger on checking out.

Before I share what’s currently in my cart, I want to remind you about how great Nordstrom’s customer service is. With free shipping and free returns, I tend to buy more than I normally would while knowing that I can return anything that doesn’t fit or isn’t my favorite. I will be sharing what I end up purchasing with y’all next week when it comes in so that I can speak to the sizing and quality of each item but for now, here’s a look at what’s in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale cart!

To purchase any of the items featured, click directly on the product you’re interested in to shop it. The sale officially opens to Cardholders at 12:30 EST today and purchases won’t be able to be completed until that time! If you’re not a Nordstrom Cardholder, you will not be able to check out until the sale opens to the public next Friday.

To shop any of the items shown click directly on the product in the image below to be taken to where it can be shopped.

Don’t forget that you can see all of my Nordstrom Sale posts under the label (in the sidebar) “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019.”

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Pieces Most Likely To Sell Out

Want to know a secret? I had every intention of waking up early this morning to finish this post but instead forgot to set my alarms and nearly overslept for work. I still got there with 5 minutes to spare but as you can imagine that didn’t leave much time for finalizing a blog post. Oops.

Since the sale opens to cardholders today (hang tight till next Friday when the sale is open for everyone if you don’t have a card), I thought it could be helpful to go ahead and share what items are worth grabbing relatively quickly since they are more likely to sell out. These are tried and true pieces that people come back to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to shop year after year and with good reason. Most of the items are versatile, and fortunately, Nordstrom does an excellent job of trying to re-stock these items throughout the sale. Maybe they’ve ordered plenty of inventory this year and keeping these items in stock won’t be a problem but these are my sell-out speculations!

To shop any of the items shown click directly on the product in the image below to be taken to where it can be bought. And stay tuned this afternoon for a second post since I’ll be sharing all the sale pieces I’ve filled my cart up with!

Don’t forget that you can see all of my Nordstrom Sale posts under the label (in the sidebar) “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nordstrom Sale Items I Own And Love

Remember last week when I shared an exclusive sneak peek of some of my favorite finds so far for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale happening this Friday? Well, as you prep your scrolling fingers and wallets I thought it might be helpful to share some items I own and adore that will be available during the sale. I will warn you that many of these items are a bit pricier; however, with them being on sale, there’s more incentive to scoop them up at a discount while you can. Take it from me that the cost per wear or use from these items I own are so low thanks to how frequently I reach for them. And better yet, many of these items are ones that I wear year after year thanks to the quality of them.

For me, the Nordstrom Sale is a time to stock up on classic pieces that fill any hole in my wardrobe and can be worn in several different ways. I don’t typically gravitate towards anything too trendy and instead, like to look at what pieces I’ll be able to get the most wear out of. I’ve shopped this sale since high school and over time have been able to build up quite the collection of items that tend to be re-released each year during the sale as crowd favorites. 

From beauty products to shoes and house wears, even though the colors may differ a bit and the styles may be slightly updated, the products generally remain similar. Below you’ll find tons of pieces either identical or very similar to pieces I own and love. If you’re on the fence about any of these items, I would say that going ahead and purchasing them now when they are on sale is going to be better than making it halfway through the season, regretting that you don’t have it, and then paying full price. While I could talk for paragraphs about each of these items individually, I’ve highlighted a few of the very best pieces below the image.

Take my word for it that the white sweater featured in the image above (that is also available in 3 other colors) will be an item that sells out. It’s at the top of my list of items to purchase since the mock-neck style is chic and also practical for an Alabama fall and winter. Sweaters are something I live in during those seasons so finding options that are in colors I gravitate toward, and styles that can be paired with leggings or jeans make them worth every penny of their full price even when I’ve purchased them on sale. I was so excited to see that the exact striped sweater I got last year was back this year too. The scooped hem and mismatched lines of the stripes make it especially flattering. 

While these could be classified as a “treat yourself” kind of item, I was so glad to get a set of these candles before they sold out last year. I had seen them in the sale during previous years but was never quite fast enough to get my hands on them. Whether you keep them for yourself or separate them (each one is individually packaged) for hostess or holiday gifts you really can’t go wrong scooping up a set!

Dark Denim (I especially love the brans 1822 and KUT from the Kloth)
If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of jeans, you will have countless options during this sale. I’ve found that while the designer brands are discounted well, many of my favorite pairs of jeans have been the ones I’ve purchased from the more affordable brands. I’m not sure I would have given them a try had it not been for the Anniversary Sale but am so glad that I did. I tend to stick to dark wash skinny denim but have seen some really cute flare hem options that I may have to order to try on!

Barbour Waxed & Quilted Jackets (also have and love the vest)
I’ve said this before, but one of the best gifts I ever received was my Barbour Jacket. I got it freshman year of college and have worn it nonstop in the fall and winter ever since. I need to get it re-waxed this summer to keep it protected, but everyone I know who is older and has one has mentioned just how durable these jackets are. While the one on the sale isn’t identical to the one I own, it looks super similar in its dark color and waxed exterior making it worth it if you were considering one since it is over $100 off. You can see the guide I created to Barbour Jackets here if you’re struggling to figure out what size you would want! When I was in London after sophomore year, I purchased a vest that zips into my jacket for added warmth, and it looks equally as cute styled on its own as it does under the jacket. I also have a quilted Barbour Jacket (in a lighter weight grey color) that is perfect in the spring time. While it didn’t seem like the sale had any lightweight, quilted Barbour Jackets, I did find this quilted Barbour that would be perfect for the fall and winter! 

Booties (Light Tan & Brown)
The shoes I’ve purchased during past Anniversary Sales have been some of my most worn items in the fall and winter. While I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of riding boots (fingers crossed there is a cute pair offered this year), I have a pair of light tan booties that I got two years ago that I have worn the steam out of and luckily they still have plenty of wear left in them. The darker brown pair I got during last year’s sale have also become a staple. 

I remember purchasing this set during one of my first Nordstrom Sale shopping experiences, and I haven’t strayed from it since. It lasts such a long time and is the perfect non-intimidating bronzer, blush, and highlighter trio that is easy to pack away when traveling. I’m not quite out of my current set but am considering grabbing a backup to have when I do run out. 

The style of this bag is a modern update on the Tory Burch crossbody bag I own and use all year long. When it comes to purses, my mindset is that having a few high-quality ones that you can wear no matter the season is better than having a bunch of trendy ones. For that reason, I think sticking with the brown or black option is a practical choice. 

I blame my dad for this since he is definitely a big fan of athletic shoes, but growing up we always had a pair of shoes we actually worked out in and tennis shoes that you could throw on with workout clothes but didn’t actually workout in. This may sound crazy, but it helped extend the life of our actual workout shoes and made it so that I could choose cute athletic shoes without having to think about whether or not they would actually be decent for exercising in. In my mind, it’s a win-win. While I can’t say that the Nsale will have the best of the best supportive tennis shoes, they have some cute and colorful options that would fit the bill for any athleisure style outfit you put together. 

Hunter Rain Boots (short & tall)
Hunter boots have been my rainy day staple since 7th grade when I first received a tall version of these boots. I have them in a deep purple color, and while I love that original pair eventually decided to get a short pair. Now I wear the short pair more frequently, but you really can’t go wrong with either option. I believe these are only offered in black during the sale, which would make them a perfectly practical rainy day buy!

Patagonia Jackets (Size Up!)
Last year one of my best purchases was my quilted Patagonia jacket. Although I haven’t seen it just yet in my browsing of this year’s sale, there are a number of awesome jackets from the brand offered. While it’s crazy to think about bundling up come winter during the heat of July you’ll be glad to have gotten it on sale before you actually need it! Patagonia does tend to run small so definitely size up. Personally, I’d order a large in their pullovers for an oversized fit (I’m usually a 2 or a 4 in clothing and am about 5’7”) and have a medium in the quilted front zip style. 

Over the Knee boots were something it took me a while to fully adapt to. For the longest time, I thought they were much too edgy for me and that I wouldn’t be able to pull them off. After seeing so many friends in theirs over previous years, I decided to give the pair I own a try during the sale two years ago. I was kind of picky when it came to what I wanted them to look like, and somehow, this pair completely fit the bill. With a flat bottom, tight but not too tight shaft, and waterproof coating I was sold and have worn them every winter since. Whenever I wear them, my friends always ask where they are from and for a while, Nordstrom didn’t carry them anymore. I’m hoping they bring back this exact pair but love the detailing and color options available in the pair featured. This would be a great item to ask for as a gift and save until the time comes since you likely won’t be wearing them any time soon. 

My Madewell Tote is one of my most used tote bags and is perfect for carting to work or packing up for a weekend trip. I love the newly updated style with a suede stripe in the middle, and although I am glad I have the cognac color think that the navy blue option is adorable as well. This would make a great tote bag for anyone in college or the working world since it’s durable and spacious! 

And remember, all my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts can be found here in case you missed something! 

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