Hi. My name is Karen and I'm a Nordstrom addict. I confess to getting the Nordstrom debit card simply for early access to the world's best sale. Early access is important for certain brands and items. Things do sell out before the sale is opened up to the public on July 17th. You get a full eight days of free reign before that. AND the added bonus of double points.
In my defense, the debit card is amazing - you don't have to open a credit card. The funds are pulled directly from your checking account (read: accountability). And you get all the same perks at the store as you would if you opened a credit line with them.
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is legitimately more exciting than Christmas. And here's why:
- I thrive off a good sale and value. I love getting a compliment on something I am wearing and being able to follow it with, "Thanks! It was only $25!" or "I snagged it for 40% off!"
- All of the selections are new merchandise (when does that happen?!), really cute and everything is at least 33% off.
- Stock up your cart, try everything on, then return whatever you don't want with free shipping and no consequences. (The only consequence is keeping everything you order and risking the sanctity of your marriage. Worth it.)
- They don't have a return policy. Ever. What the what? I love you, Nordy.
- It gets me excited for the upcoming fall season. (Caveat: summer has yet to arrive in Chicago, so this one burns a little this year.)
I always get a pair or two of boots that end up being my favorite for the season (these bad boys from last year that I literally wore every day). A lot of my favorite designers that I shouldn't indulge in are part of the sale. So when I can get Vince, Joie or Rag & Bone for over 30% off, I'm in. (I know I'll end up purchasing those brands at full-cost, so the price break is much needed.)
Usually I only focus on the higher-priced brands since the discount goes a longer way, but this year I found some inexpensive buys that are really cute too. Why not strike while the iron's hot?
My friend Lauren got me on Frame denim. The fit of the "Le Skinny de Jeanne" is amazing and they hold their shape while remaining comfortable. I'm loving the color of this pair. This vest is the cutest thing ever. I would have paid $100 for it (spoiler: it's only $45). I lived in oversized sweaters and these faux-leather leggings last fall/winter, and I plan on re-upping there again this year (another shout-out to Lo for the leggings rec). Leggings + oversized tops = more room for all of this. Vince is expensive, but since their sweaters are perfect, the cost-per-wear is defendable.
This Haute Hippie jacket just needs to happen. But if you're not all-in on the splurge, this option is super cute and just a teensy bit cheeper. I try to keep office-appropriate finds in the mix too, since it's a majority of our lives. This Vince shirt dress has zero competition in my mind. (Have you noticed my oxblood obsession has not subsided?) This Rebecca Taylor black dress looks like a two-piece (all the rage) and is also good for work.
Investing in good shoes is critical. Especially for something that will take a beating, like boots. I have found that if I invest in a good pair, it will last me way beyond one season. That said, if it's a trendier style, there is no harm in getting something on the cheap since you probably won't want to rock them next year anyway. (Ignore this advice while you contemplate these dreamboats.)
rag & bone booties are all they are cracked up to be. Just do it. And a good riding boot is essential. I got a similar Tory Burch pair to these a few years ago and they are still riding strong. (See what I did there?) And with Tory boots, when they're gone, they're gone. No repeats season after season.
This is a good time to buy that oversized watch you have been eyeing. (I had never heard of the brand Skagen before shopping this sale, but I'm pickin' up what they're puttin' down.) Or that hobo bag you have kept in your cart for months (file handbags under: another worthwhile place to invest). The color of this Rebecca Minkoff is insanity. It's a "must buy," yes?
I am soooo obsessed with NARS lip pencils, and this set includes my favorite two colors: Yu (wearing it here and here) and Luxembourg (wearing it here). And I'm excited to try out the limited edition "Provocative Red." You all know I love to rock a bold lip, but it's not for the faint of heart. If you want to play it safe but still up your game, try this neutral set.
I use sara happ's Lip Scrub + Lip Slip combo every. single. day. I am a lucky winner of dry, flaky lips, and having these two weapons in my arsenal has been a huge help. I use The Lip Scrub at the end of every shower, and I can't seem to find another lip balm that moisturizes like The Lip Slip. It also has a slight shimmer so, #winning. (I haven't tried the tinted gloss included in this set, but it looks like a harmless neutral.)
I wore this Chloé perfume on our wedding day, so it brings me back to the best day ever. (It smells fantastic and it went with my neutral palette. Bonus.) While I don't typically buy perfume sets, I like that this includes a rollerball for touchups during the day. Also to be noted: the perfume alone is $130. So the lotion and rollerball are free.
I'll update all of you on my relationship status once the packages have arrived to our condo. Until then, don't tell John about the post.
This post is not sponsored by Nordstrom. I wish it was. I wish I was their daughter. (No offense to my parents.)