Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tips for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + Exclusive Product Sneak Peeks

When I think about the second half of summer, I can’t do so without thinking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you read any blogs/follow bloggers on Instagram, it’s likely that you’re already beginning to hear the hype over this sale and with good reason. I know it seems ridiculous to consider which jeans you want to be wearing all fall and winter in the heat of the summer, but this is one of the only sales out there that allows you to shop pieces for the season ahead before you actually plan to start wearing the items. I do my best not to oversaturate my blog with sale posts throughout the year, but I will warn you that my excitement over how good this sale always is leads me to talk about it a bit more in blog posts while it’s happening. The photos I've included below show some of the pieces I've purchased during past sales and how I've styled them. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for exclusive product sneak peeks that I somehow uncovered during a late night browsing session. 
Why is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a big deal?
Unlike most sales, this sale allows you to shop brand new pieces for the upcoming season at a discounted price before you’d actually wear them. Nordstrom puts brand-name products that are new for fall and on trend on sale for you to shop, talk about nice! The savings for this sale are , and since Nordstrom offers a variety of price points, you can expect affordable and splurge-worthy sale finds! On top of all of that, Nordstrom is known to have amazing customer service, free shipping and returns, and perks for cardholders. It’s too easy not to love shopping this sale!

Why do bloggers talk so much about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? 
It is no secret to most of y’ all that a lot of bloggers have monetized their blogs and are able to make a commission from links used based on the sales. Talk about the best job ever! The posts you’ll be seeing from bloggers have had hours and hours poured into them from shopping the site to creating the image and the content surrounding it. It makes sense that money is being made since even though it is really fun work, it is still work nonetheless. I am included in that population of bloggers but want to make something really clear with y’ all. By sharing all of my picks from the sale with y’ all as well as my favorite items in different categories of the sale I am in no way trying to convince you that you need a new pair of riding boots or a coat (aka material things) to be happy. I think we all get that that is not my intention. I work really hard to make sure that I mix up my more materialistic/shopping style post with posts that provide you with advice in different situations to genuinely help you out. I wouldn’t be raving about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale if it wasn’t something that I actually shopped and looked forward to every year. For many bloggers that have chosen to do this as their living, the affiliate commission is one of the ways they support themselves. So, whether you choose to shop from my links (thanks if you do!) or theirs, you’re supporting them without having to put in any additional effort as you shop. 

similar Barbour waxed jacket (and here) // quilted Barbour
Read my post all about building your perfect Barbour here if you're considering purchasing a Barbour jacket while they are on sale.

When does the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale start?
Early Access for this year’s sale will begin on Friday, July 12th at 12:30 pm EST (so 9:30 am PST). Praise the lord for that given that in the past the sale has gone live in the middle of the night which would lead to me essentially pulling an all-nighter to shop the sale for myself and prepare posts for y’ all. You must be a Nordstrom Rewards cardholder to shop early access. If you don’t have a card yet then keep reading below for information on how to sign up. 

Public Access for the sale begins Friday, July 19th at 12:30 pm EST (so 9:30 am PST). Those of you shopping public access will still be able to see all of what will be on sale but won’t be able to make your purchases until that time. You will even have the option of adding items to your wish list which should make checking out on that day a breeze although you will run the risk of having items sell out before you’re able to purchase them. 

The sale will run until August 6th when all the items will go to their full price (at least until close to Black Friday).

similar sweater // my favorite jean find from the sale 

What is the best way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early?
To access Early Access of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you’ll need to sign up for a Nordstrom credit card. The sooner you do this, the better since as the sale approaches it may be trickier for you to be approved and get your card in time to shop. On top of getting to access the sale early, you’ll be able to earn money towards future purchases by using it on Nordstrom and its affiliates’ sites. You’ll get 3 points for every dollar spent to be applied toward gift cards, AND you can use your Double Points Day during the sale which will have you earning rewards quickly.

My Nordstrom card is the only store credit card I have since I shop there often and love the perks offered. As I’m sure you don’t need me telling you, spend within your means and pay off your balance asap. It can be tempting to want to stock up on so many of the great pieces offered during the sale, but it’s not worth it if you’re going to be accumulating credit card debt because of it! 

How can I make shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale easier? 
Since there are so many pages of sale items during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it can get overwhelming relatively quickly. Spend some time before the sale evaluating your fall wardrobe and thinking about where there might be holes or items you may need to replace. By going into the sale with a game plan, you’ll likely purchase fewer items you don’t need. On top of that, I’ll be sharing posts with you to help make your shopping experience easier, which leads me to my next point…

What can you expect on Prep In Your Step during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? 
I sat down over the weekend to plan out how I can best share Nordstrom sale content with you in a helpful way while still offering other blog posts as well. I plan to share posts that include my top picks from this year’s sale, what I purchase, the best items I’ve purchased in previous years that are available this year, a roundup of items from each category, outfits, a try on haul and more! I would love to know what you’re interested in seeing and shopping since that helps me to do a better job as a resource for you while shopping the sale!

similar leggings // similar pullover // the water bottle find of the sale 

What pieces can I expect to go on sale? 
If you haven’t taken a moment to look at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog, now is the time. This is a great way to see just how great the discounts are while gaining a teaser of what may be offered.  Pretty much all fall clothing pieces will be on sale alongside some great beauty sets, gifts, and more. I already have a couple of items in mind that family members have mentioned in passing that I am going to try to stock up on during the sale so that I can gift them during the holidays.

You can check out the posts I did last year covering the sale below to get a feel for all the things that will be going on sale that I gravitate toward and what type of content to expect this year! 
I hope you’ll plan to check back here and on my Instagram throughout the duration of the sale for inspiration when it comes to what you may want to buy Not to toot my own horn, but I am pretty darn good at shopping. Fortunately, that benefits all of us given that after extensive digging, I was able to discover a few of the products that will be included in the sale that were not featured in the catalog. Consider this your exclusive preview of the amazing deals offered on some of my favorite items that I saw. While I did link to each item directly in the image (meaning all you have to do is click on the item you’re interested in to be taken to where it can be purchased) these items will not be available to add to your cart until the sale begins. If there’s something you really want that I’ve shared then bookmark this page and head back when the sale begins! 

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