Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks and What to Skip

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 - What to Get and What to SkipEvery year for the past 6 years or so, I’ve had a ritual of circling items I want to purchase in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale paper catalog. It’s usually mailed out mid-June to cardholders and fashion-forward men and women as well as bargain lovers know the catalog is a sign of what’s to come–Christmas in July. 

To say I love the anniversary sale is a bit of an understatement. There have been years where I’ve woken up at midnight just to be sure I got my hands on exactly what I wanted. There have been years where I’ve taken an early lunch break to head to the mall to peruse the early access zones in every department. There have been years I’ve stopped myself from buying any clothing for months in preparation of the sale. I practically factor it into my yearly budget. 

There’s a rush I get when I get my hands on something I really really want. And a rush I get when I get something that’s later sold out. Like my taste has been justified by demand or something. Okay now I sound like I need help, but I am being brutally honest with you. 

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Anniversary sale before. But maybe you don’t know much about it: It’s a sale that’s different from all other sales in that it’s fall and winter fashion that’s on sale. Not spring stuff or random fashion, but the clothes you’re going to need once the air gets brisk and chilly. Also, everything goes back to full price after the sale.

Well, not everything. You’re probably wondering why Nordstrom would host a sale like this. It’s because they will figure out which items they want to stock for fall and winter based on demand for the items you purchase now. Those Tory Burch boots you like so much that sold out in minutes? They’ll be back in the fall. The Nikes with the weird pattern that still has every size left in stock? They probably won’t be bringing those back. 

Smart move, Nordstrom. 

And it’s a smart move for people like us if we know how to shop the sale. 

First of all, you’re going to need a Nordstrom card. I’ve had mine for years. I actually have a Nordstrom Visa Signature, so I can use that everywhere and earn points which turn into Nordstrom Notes. 

Some things to know about the sale:

  • Early access starts on Thursday, July 13th and ends July 20th. Early means you can shop the best sale picks before everyone else. 
  • You must have a Nordstrom card to have early access. Online, you will have to confirm your card before you can even see the items. 
  • Everyone can shop the sale starting Friday July 21st

So there you have it. Once you see the catalog, it is pretty tough to resist adding stuff to your cart and purchasing (shipping is free, btw). 

Now, onto my favorite picks. I’m including items I have purchased and items that I haven’t. I’ll let you know which ones I have bought and which I haven’t. 

What to get:

Women's Trouve Wrap Blouse
Women’s Trouve Wrap Blouse

Women’s Trouve Wrap Blouse – $45.90. $69 after sale. (25% off)  This blouse has a really flattering silhouette and comes in a blush pink, navy, and pattern. I love love love the blush pink color. 

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Blouse
Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Blouse

Women’s Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Poplin Top – $58.90. $89 after sale (33% off).  I love the bell sleeve look, and it’s a trend that has been up and coming for a while now. Many style and fashion bloggers have wear bell sleeves in their style shoots. There’s no reason why you can’t turn up to work or a nice dinner in this bell sleeve top. The blue one is sitting in my closet right now :)

Women's Hinge Ruffle Blouse
Women’s Hinge Ruffle Blouse

Women’s Hinge Ruffle Blouse – $49.90. $79 after sale. (37% off).  I have to say, I’m a huge fan of this pattern and style, which is why I purchased this blouse. It’s simple and casual yet put together. It also comes in other colors like black if that’s more your thing. 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

 

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – $35.90. $54 after sale. (33% off) – Available in classic black or fall-inspired burgundy, Zella leggings are a staple at Nordstrom. Well-priced and good-quality, you’ll feel a lot less guilty about buying 3 pairs of Zella leggings for the price of one pair of Lululemon leggings. I personally have the burgundy pair. 
 
adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt
adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt
 
Women’s Adidas Originals Trefoil Crewneck Sweatshirt – $39.90. $55.00 after sale. (20% off) – Athleisure lives on with this comfortable but stylish heather grey crewneck sweatshirt. If you’re into brand names or maybe giving your weekend wardrobe a little change, you might be a big fan of this sweatshirt. Cozy, comfy, and goes with almost everything. I love being cozy, which is why I bought this sweatshirt! They’ll go great with the adidas leggings I purchased last year. 
 
La Mer Mini Miracle Set
La Mer Mini Miracle Set
 
Mini Miracles Set – La Mer – $85. $140 value. This is a great way to try out one of the most raved about and pricy skincare items out there. While it’s a mini set, it’s enough to see if you’re serious about splurging on a full size set.  This is definitely a wish list item for me. 
 

 

'Resolve Plus' Waterproof Jacket THE NORTH FACE
The North Face ‘Resolve Plus’ Waterproof Jacket

The North Face ‘Resolve Plus’ Waterproof Jacket – $69.90. $99 after sale. (30% off) – I am a huge fan of North Face jackets and they’re pretty much all I wear when the weather isn’t that great. What I love about this jacket is that the hood tucks away so it doesn’t have to be showing all the time. This is great if you have long hair and you don’t want to have the hood out all the time messing with your style. 

Benita Off the Shoulder Dress CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE
Cupcakes and Cashmere Benita Off the Shoulder Dress

Cupcakes and Cashmere Benita Off the Shoulder Dress – $79.90. $120 after sale. (33% off) – If you didn’t know, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere has a clothing line at Nordstrom. Known for her pretty LA fashion and lovely lifestyle posts, you can channel Emily’s style with this dress.  

Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

Pleione Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse – $39.90. $59 after sale. (33% off) – Not everyone is a fan of ruffles and I totally get that. To each his own. What I like about this top is that the ruffles are done really well. They aren’t frumpy and they still have some structure. If you do like ruffles but still want to have a clean cut look, this blouse might need a new home in your wardrobe. It also comes in red and white. 

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans – 99.90. 189.90 after sale. (47% off) – This is probably one of the biggest steals of the sale. Designer jeans for almost half price. If you’re like me and aren’t totally ready to let go of skinny jeans, or maybe you like high waist skinny jeans, you might like this pair. 

Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress
Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress
 
Halogen Button Back Ruffle Hem Dress – 65.90. $99 after sale. (35% off) – I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s just something I love about this dress. Maybe it’s the colors…or the pattern…or the ruffle hem. Either way, it’s a very nice dress for fall and it looks like the kind of dress only Nordstrom is carrying at the moment. 

What to Skip:

Most of the home goodies – Yes, decorating your home is really fun and finding new items can be really amazing and small changes can make big differences and and and I can go on and on! The thing is, nothing really stands out as something you can only get at Nordstrom. That, in combination with the prices, leaves me personally wanting more out of the home sale. You’re absolutely welcome to take a peek though–I’ve left you the link. 
 
I think you’ll find home items you like better if you go to your local Nordstrom store. It’s easier to browse through the trinkets and notebooks they have in store than online because it can get tedious online. 
 
FOREO LUNA play Facial Cleansing Brush – There are great reviews on this cleaning brush and I have personally seen a lot of people rave about it online. But it’s only a $4 discount. If you want an upgraded version of this brush that’s actually on sale, you might want to take a look at this:
 
FOREO Luna Mini Cleansing Brush
FOREO Luna Mini Cleansing Brush
LUNA mini Compact Facial Cleansing Device – $66 on sale, $99 after sale. 

bkr Spiked Naked & Tutu 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle Duo – $50 – It’s a $75 dollar value, and I’ll give you that these bottles are cute. But you really don’t need to spend $50 on two glass water bottles that only hold 2 cups of water each, sorry. I personally have a bkr bottle and I think they’re really pretty, but it was part of a subscription box where I definitely did not spend remotely close to full price on the bottle. I think a better choice would be this one if you really want a fancy water bottle:

Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle S'WELL
S’well Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle
 
S’well Palm Beach Stainless Steel Water Bottle – $22.50. $35 after sale.  – The stainless steel will keep your drink cool, plus it’s a cute pattern. They also come in more sizes if you want a larger or smaller bottle. 
 
There’s so much more I could include, but it would take me forever to put the rest of my favorites on here. Go ahead and browse the catalog and see if you find items you like! 
 
Do we have any of the same favorites? What are some of the items you’re looking forward to buying at the sale? 
 
-S
 
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How To Take Your Happy Hour To The Next Level

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Riondo Prosecco. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Upgrade Your Happy Hour Hey friend, how are you? How are you enjoying your summer? Are you spending time outside enjoying the sunshine and warm weather? Or maybe staying in and binging on Netflix? Both are good ways to spend your days, no judgement here. 

I’m on a mission this summer to go beyond doing the usual and take everything to the next level. More hanging out with friends, more vacations/trips, more adventures, more family time–basically more summer fun. Life is short, time passes quickly, and I want to enjoy my youth. 

Surprisingly, it’s not very hard to take your summer fun to the next level. I always thought I had to plan so far ahead to make sure all these tiny details are in order, but that actually isn’t the case. Small changes here and there make all the difference.  How to Upgrade Your Happy HourHow to Upgrade Your Happy Hour Instead of drinking my usual beer, wine, or cocktail this summer, I’ve been enjoying more sparkling wines like Prosecco. Not everyone knows what Prosecco is exactly, so let me explain real quick: Prosecco is a white sparkling wine from Italy. Like Champagne, the name Prosecco refers to a specific region and grape. Prosecco comes from glera grapes grown in the north-east Veneto region of Italy. Riondo Prosecco is meant to be enjoyed anytime and fruity, with a slight hint of sweetness, making it perfect to have with summer fruit. Unlike Champagne, which is generally reserved for special occasions and celebrations, Riondo Prosecco is meant to be enjoyed anytime and remember, I’m taking things to the next level.So I’ve been enjoying it at dinner, while watching TV, or during happy hours, and more.  How to Upgrade Your Happy Hour I’ve been trying out different brands of Prosecco this summer and I must say, I’m partial to Riondo Prosecco. Some Proseccos can be a little too strong for my taste, but Riondo is perfectly balanced. It’s one that I can see myself buying over and over again, especially since it’s well-priced. 

Riondo is also a great choice for backyard BBQs, patio get-togethers with friends, brunch, and more because of its versatility.

Though it is traditionally served on its own or in Bellinis,  Riondo Prosecco pairs very well with juices, garnishes, and other spirits. Check out some Riondo Prosecco Cocktails for some excellent inspiration! I’ve even done Prosecco floats and they’re delicious.  How to Upgrade Your Happy Hour My favorite way to drink Prosecco is outside in the afternoon for happy hour. Just popping a bottle isn’t enough though. There are so many ways to make your happy hour a little more festive and “up” the feel.  

Ways to upgrade your happy hour:

  • Switch it up from beer and wine and try something you never usually drink. 
  • Location location location. Enjoy your drink(s) on your patio, balcony, or in your backyard. If you don’t have access to a space like that, maybe head to a park with a beautiful view. 
  • Invite friends! Some people refuse to drink alone, while others prefer to have their drink of choice without the company of others. I personally think it’s nice to have friends around when indulging in libations. Have a catch-up session with a friend or spend some quality time with a special someone. 
  • If you have a few people joining you, come up with 2-3 drink recipes and leave out recipe cards for your happy hour guests to serve themselves, sort of like a no-host bar. 
  • Set out snacks. Summer fruit, cheese, and crackers are a great place to start. 
  • Add some decorations. A vase with fresh blooms or a relaxing candle will do the job, but you can always go above and beyond and add more!
  • Throw on a good Spotify playlist on a portable speaker. Maybe play something you don’t usually play? Try a playlist like this one.
  • Put your phone away for the moment and grab a book or magazine to read, or simply enjoy your surroundings if your happy hour is a little casual and it’s pretty much just you around!

Is there anything special you would like to add to the list? I would love to know what you would do to upgrade your happy hour and take it to the next level. 

-S

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Life Lately — June 18, 2017

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 Hey friends, 

It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve put something up for you guys. Things have been pretty nuts (lots of highs and lots of lows) for me these days and as much as I wanted to write for you guys (truly, I did), I was just never able to find the time and/or energy to put something up for you all. I’m hoping to be putting up a few more awesome posts for you all soon and that this post gives me the start I need to get back on track. 

I want to share some of the positive and fun things that have been happening lately! Also, who else is excited for summer? 

A beach trip to Santa Cruz, CA. How many of you have been to or at least heard of Santa Cruz?I actually lived in Santa Cruz for a while, so it holds a special place in my heart. This small coastal town has a big reputation for some of the most hippie folks in America. There are definitely some moments you have to stop and people watch, but this place has so much to offer for a weekend away whether you’re going as a couple, with a group of friends, or with your family. The thing is, finding the great food, great views, and the fun activities to do can be a little tricky. After spending part of Memorial Day weekend in Santa Cruz, I decided I’m planning another “Not-as-touristy” guide for you all to Santa Cruz so you can really make the most of your time there. 

Hanacure. Who else has been seeing Hanacure masks pop up on their newsfeeds? After seeing the ads and seeing the testimonials, I decided to order the masks and give them a shot. I love face masks, as my skin tends to be irritated quite often so they give me a sense of relief. Hanacure is on another level. After one use, I started to see a difference in my skin after a few days. Dark spots were going away and my cheeks were looking less red. I’ve only used the mask twice so far but I’ve already ordered another set so that I can be consistent with the masks and see results. Since this mask is so popular, they let people pre-order the masks. Right now, you can pre-order for early August delivery. They’re definitely pricy, but if you’re looking to treat your skin to something special, it just might be worth the cost. 

A quick trip to Seattle. I made a quick three day trip to Seattle just last weekend to celebrate my brother’s graduation. The day before his ceremony, wow did we eat a LOT. And walk, a LOT. And drink, a LOT. We indulged in fresh oysters, $5 small lattes, cider flights with some interesting and obscure ingredients, flavorful bowls of ramen, and very delicious and nominally priced sushi (I’m talking $2 rolls). All this in a span of 6 hours. And we may or may not have continued this trend for the rest of my visit. I was bloated for days! But I was blissfully enjoying everything I was eating. Seattle really has a lot to offer. Again, you just have to know where to look :)

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. It might seem kind of random that I’m talking about these earphones here, but holy crap they’re probably one of the best purchases I have made in a long long time. These noise cancelling headphones do a great job of blocking out irritating noises like traffic, coworkers’ music, and more. I think I took the best nap of my life when wearing these headphones. The music is very balanced and if you’re a fan of audiobooks but find you get distracted by other sounds while listening, you will not regret purchasing these headphones. 

Sweat. I’ve been a fan of Kayla Itsines since the beginning of the year when I first started her BBG program. I then took a break from it to do barre classes, and then I lost all consistency once I went on vacation and life got nuts. It was difficult to schedule time to workout. My motivation did start to come back once I downloaded the Sweat app. I’m pretty impressed by how motivational it is and I like how it tracks all my workouts, provides a meal plan, and gives me options to do other workout plans. If you’re looking for a workout plan with proven results, I highly recommend downloading her app AND also following her on Instagram. She constantly posts transformations, showing women that they too, can do it. 

Wonder Woman. Dude, you just gotta watch it. In theaters. Where was this movie when I was a kid? 

Instagram. I’m getting close to hitting 1000 followers on Instagram! I smell a contest or a giveaway coming soon! 

That’s all I’ve got for now! Any of you have fun plans for the summer? 

-S