“Winter The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming.”
― George R.R. Martin,
Ok, George didn’t really say that, BUT, if he knew how chaotic the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can get, I bet he would have said it 🙂 Have no fear, babes! I’m breaking down my tips and tricks for successfully shopping the highly anticipated #NSALE
First off, what is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It’s the time of year where Nordstrom offers brand new Fall & Winter merchandise for huge discounts! No, this isn’t clearance items or old stuff that they needed to move off the floor, it’s brand new, no one has it yet items! It’s a great opportunity to snag your favorite Fall/Winter items on sale before they go back to their regular prices on August 6!
WHEN TO SHOP
Early access to this coveted event starts this THURSDAY, July 12! Want to get in on the early access? Yes, you do. You MUST be a Nordstrom credit or debit cardmember in order to access the sale early online and in stores. It’s super easy to apply! And for my first #NSALE tip, in the past, you just needed to be a cardmember in order to access the sale early, but you didn’t necessarily have to check out with the card! So, if you’re like me and you’re loyal to your one credit card of choice, you can access the sale by being a member and then check out with your normal everyday card. Winning! You can apply for the Nordstrom card in less than 5 minutes + you will receive a $40 bonus note when you make a purchase with your card in the same day you’re approved! Early access is from July 12-19 and then the public sale starts July 20 and goes through August 5. Trust me, you want to be in on that pre-sale!
WHAT TO SHOP FOR
This is honestly my favorite time to shop at Nordstrom because let’s be honest, their stuff and be pretty pricey! So when I can snag brand new, just arrived sweaters, shoes, denim, handbags and more on sale, I don’t miss it! If you want a sneak peek at what will be included in the #NSALE, you can check out their catalog here! I’ve been fortunate enough to get a peek at everything that will be included in this year’s sale and lemme tell ya, it will not disappoint! I usually go into the sale only looking for items in the categories I’ve mentioned above, so here are a few brands I’m most looking forward to when the sale starts:
Here in Houston, it only gets just cold enough for sweaters and light jackets, in my opinion. I haven’t taken out my winter coat since I moved away from Colorado, so I tend to focus on lighter pieces that I can wear without breaking a sweat! Some of my favorites that I know will be a hit during the sale are Thread and Supply, J. Crew, Leith, Caslon, Free People and Topshop.
One of my favorite items I got during the #NSALE last year was my insanely cute light pink Nikes! Y’all, I didn’t have early access last year and ended up having to check the site every single day up until the LAST day to get those babies in my size! Well worth the fight 🙂 But, I won’t be waiting til the last minute this time! I love grabbing a new pair of athletic shoes to get me in the mood to work out before all the holiday eating! Speaking of holidays, I usually have a few parties and gatherings to attend, so I also like to look for a great pair of riding boots, loafers, ankle boots and moto boots. Can you tell I’m a bit boot obsessed? My go-to brands include Sam Edelman, BP., Steve Madden, Sole Society, 1.State and Dolce Vita.
This might be my favorite category to shop during the #NSALE. I LOVE getting a new bag for the season. To be honest, I usually only buy 1 bag a year and try to snag a great designer brand during this sale. It’s also a great time to refresh your jewelry and beauty routines. I can usually find great handbag deals on Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Longchamp, and Sole Society. Some of my favorite accessory brands are Baublebar, Kendra Scott, J. Crew and Halogen. The #NSALE will have a Beauty Bash event going on as well beginning July 20 featuring a ton of amazing brands like Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Clinique and Laura Mercier!
Jeans are sometimes a challenge for me to shop for, says every woman ever! There are quite a few brands I have been wanting to try out that Nordstrom carries, so I am excited to grab a few during the sale. The brands I have my eyes on are Free People, Madewell, Kut From The Kloth and Blank NYC!
HOW TO SHOP WITH ME + $500 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY
These are just a few of the things I like to shop for during the #NSALE. Am I going to buy everything I mentioned above? Most definitely not, because I am your average middle class American with bills to pay 🙂 So I wanted to take a moment and say it is important to be financially responsible and not give in to things you aren’t comfortable with. All your girlfriends are shopping the sale, but you have a mortgage payment due, that’s LIFE and it is perfectly ok! A lot of the items I’ll be sharing with Y’all will be in the form of try-ons and story posts at the store, because while I can’t afford to buy it all, I still love sharing with y’all how it fits and looks on a real person to give you a better idea when you are thinking about making a purchase! Don’t fall into the trap of scrolling through Instagram an idolizing these women who look like their full-time job is just shopping! It’s just not realistic, and I’m big on staying transparent with you guys.
1. Follow me in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app where I will be posting all of my content first
2. Follow me on Instagram to see all of my try-on highlights in my stories
3. Check back here on the blog on Thursday, July 12 where I’ll be sharing my initial faves I’m scoping out online before I make my way to the Galleria Nordstrom store. I’ll also be including several round-up posts throughout the sale
After all this talk about the sale, I’m sure you are just as excited as I am! So to celebrate, I teamed up with a few other blogger babes to give one lucky reader a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Head on over to this Instagram post for all the rules on how to win!