I've been going back and forth about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, mainly due to all the chaos surrounding it. But after talking it over with Nate, I realized that I shouldn't be so sheepish about sharing my picks. Would I shop the sale if I wasn't blogging about it? Yes I would. So while I think the sale has oversaturated everyone's social media feeds, and it always feels ridiculous to shop for Fall in the dead heat of Summer... I hope my commentary is helpful to those of you who are interested! If not, come back later this week for a non #nsale post :)

I've been shopping the anniversary since college, and I've learned that you MUST go in with a budget and strategy, otherwise you'll feel overwhelmed. Last year, I was in the market for a nice jacket and that's exactly what I got. This year, I needed to replenish some dark denim. I made a list of items I wanted to try on, and I carried the list with me as I looked around each department. I also asked for assistance in finding certain things - I highly suggest tracking down one associate to help you on your quest. You can even book an appointment with a stylist, which makes the experience so much easier.

Also, focus on staples that you can wear again and again. For example, it's tempting to buy into all the trendy little blouses but how often will you wear them? Things like denim, jackets, cardigans, athleisure, heck even underwear, are your best bet. Leave the trends to other stores.

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution jeans sale $44.90, after sale $68
They didn't have these in petite so I took an 8 regular and the fit is incredible (true to size). These jeans are so soft and they have a large black stretchy band hidden inside the waist that sucks you in. They are universally flattering, as I saw several of the Nordstrom associates wearing them as well and they looked great on everyone! As much as I love a little distressing, you can't go wrong with a pair of classic dark wash skinny jeans. Trust me!

I normally don't go crazy over the beauty items included in the anniversary sale, but because I've been wanting to try Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, I gave this little set a go. The rosy hues and famous pillow talk lip liner have me so excited to wear them in my next outfit photos. 

Madewell Crossbody Bag sale $109, after sale $168
I had to order this because my store didn't have any in stock. The size, the color, and the fact that it has a zip closure to ensure all my things are secured inside make it an instant classic.

My Recommendations: A lot of things are already either sold out or have limited sizing, but call your store periodically for any re-stocks. I'm sure there will be plenty of returns so keep an eye out.

1. BlankNYC Suede Moto Jacket: I saw this in person and the color is more olive than it brown. It also comes in a gorgeous burgundy! I bought mine last year and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made for my wardrobe.

2. Olivia Moon Knit Blazer: I have an Olivia Moon black knit blazer from years ago, and it's still a great staple.

3. Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan: Gibson makes the softest cardigans (I have two of them) so I didn't pick this up but if you haven't tried the brand before, this looks like the perfect introduction.

4. Caslon Thermal Henley: I love the casual look of a thermal, and this color is so pretty.

Have you shopped the sale yet, or are you skipping it?


  1. You know, even though the sale is a bit over-pushed on Insta, I really love posts like this on blogs! I like seeing what people chose and why because there really are some great items in the sale and it's nice to see how others narrow it down when they're on a real person budget! I love that Madewell crossbody and think it will go with everything! Amazing deal on those jeans, too!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  2. Love your approach to the sale, it is a lot like mine. These are things I would have purchased whether I blog or not.


  3. Tbh Noelle I skipped last everyone’s Nsale but read yours because I love your blog and trust your posts :)

    I only buy 1-2 things usually. One of them is always Natori plunge bra if they happen to have my size (which is 32H yikes...most of the time they don’t even have it). The other one is usually a pair of shoes for Sofia. This year will be the same lol.

  4. I haven’t shopped the sale because I’m not that good at planning ahead! I think I have the basics for what I need for any season anyways - which is good. The bag you ordered is so cute!


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