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First Look Favs + Dressing Room Diaries

July 8, 2019

I’m living on a prayer… and surviving on loads of caffeine! Through trips and travel and back again–just in time to cover everything for the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I’m back and ready to go, giving you the full play-by-play. The things you need, the things that I recommend passing on, and hot sellers to grab ASAP! I shopped until I literally dropped in my local store yesterday–going through each and every category, finding the must-have steals and deals, scoping out the absolute best of the best and I am rounding them all up here…

I’ve been up since my alarm went off at 3AM and I hope my early-bird status helps each and every one of you in some way! I want to reiterate how thankful I am for your support and love and shopping my links… it means the world to me and I hope this serves as a helpful resource for you in shopping this sale. So, without further adieu, let’s get down to business:

1 Gorjana Shimmer Coin Pendant Necklace [Sale $42, After $65] Delicate necklace style… my go-to neckwear as of late and this all new arrival with it’s coin pendant detail tops my list of favorites for the sale!!! Makes a great gift for those early shoppers looking for holiday finds and girlfriend gifting options! 

2 Anthropologie Capri Volcano Iridescent Jar Candle [Sale $22, After $35] My  favorite candle scent… EVER. I always have at least 2 in my stash ready to switch out once they burn down and they never disappoint! A great gift for anyone and a necessary to grab while it’s on major sale!!! 

3 Madewell Fleet Jacket [Sale $64, After $98] I so wanted this to be in my store to try-on in person, but no luck so I just ordered it online… priority shipping so it should be here ASAP. The Madewell items have already been a favorite for me this go-around so I’m crossing my fingers it’s a win as well. 

4 Adidas Swift Run Sneaker  [Sale $63, After $85] Sneakers… always a HUGE category during the anniversary sale and these puppies have been a favorite for everyone. Great neutral colorway, sleek silhouette, and a great everyday shoe for the gal-on-the-go. For sizing reference, I found them to run TTS. 

5 Quay Australia High Key Aviator Sunglasses [Sale $42, After $65] YES… you’re seeing this correctly, my favorite summer sunglasses are included in the sale! Available in both the gold colorway as well as the black, these are the essential mirrored sunglasses and the price can’t be beat!

6 Free People Softly Structured Tunic [Sale $98, After $148] Major sell out alert… I remember this tunic sweater sold out in record time in 2018 and I have a feeling we are going to have a repeat offender this go-around as well. So many fab fall colorways and it’s super soft and cozy all wrapped into one longer length sweater. Remember, FP runs generous and I wear an XS for reference! 

7 Chevron Two-Piece Luggage Set [Sale $199, After $299] I saw this steal of a deal online and for someone who travels as much as we have lately, I am always on the hunt for affordable, high quality, durable luggage. This hard frame set features a 19-inch and 28-inch and comes in two colors… one for you and one for your better half!

Vince Camuto Kimora Cutout Sandal [Sale $99, After $149] I grabbed these in the mushroom color and absolutely LOVE them… so good I might order the black, too. They run TTS and are super comfy! Love these with leggings, denim , dresses, rompers–basically anything and everything and the cut-out cuteness detail is right on trend for fall.

9 Halogen Lace Detail Blouse [Sale $49, After $79] Looking for fall feminine style?? This lace blouse is the epitome of chic womenswear and the under $50 pricetag makes it a win win for all… I love the ivory color palette, but you all black all the time friends will be thrilled to know it comes in black to pair with your favorite denim, ponte pants, faux leather skirt, etc. 

10 Spanx Faux Leather Leggings [Sale $64, After $98] Hands down, my #1 recommendation to purchase during the sale.  I have two pair and they are the bottom I wear the most during fall and winter months… they are absolutely worth the price and they NEVER go on sale so it’s your best bet to grab them ASAP! For sizing reference, I wear a size small in all the Spanx leggings. But seriously, DO NOT CHECKOUT WITHOUT BUYING THESE BEAUTIES. 😉

11 Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan [Sale $76, After $119] I’ve been putting off this purchase for years, and ALWAYS regret not buying one, so this year I treated myself to this pretty and said yes to the grey version of this cardigan… it is absolutely the softest sweater EVER and comes in a ton of hues, too.

12 Clare V Midi Snakeskin Crossbody Bag [Sale $199, After $299] Snakeskin =  the new neutral for fall 2019 and this crossbody style by the fab Clare V is on everyone’s list… my birthday is coming up after all and I am rap in love with the stripe camera strap in red and blue. Absolute perfection! 

13 JCrew Dover Blazer [Sale $130, After $199] I have this in navy and wear it year-round! It’s a medium-weight material, with interior lining, gold button detail and is classic workwear that you can style with a variety of ensembles for everyday and beyond. The colors this season are STELLAR and I’m eyeing that yellow. I tried it on in store yesterday, but I needed to size down to a 0 as it runs a bit generously. JCrew for the win yet again! 

14 Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket [Sale $118, After $180] I love it so much I used it last night already! i grabbed the traditional khaki/black colorway, but the grey/black is totally on point as well… so soft that I know I am going to have to keep this hidden so my little women don’t accidentally take it for themselves! Plan ahead and grab this for your parents’ Christmas gift and you’ll be the favorite for sure. 

15 Leith Ruched Wrap Bodycon Dress [Sale $38, After $59] Pretty in e s and oh so chic, I LOVE the silhouette of this dress. Under $40 and I have it in the tank style, so I know it’s going to be a winner for everyone–so many color options and a great style for year-round wear = winning!

16 T3 Cura Hair Dryer [Sale $155, After $235] and Singlepass Curling Iron [Sale $107, After $160] Two beauty buys that top my list each and every year during this sale, so I was pleased to see they were both back for this roundup. Yes, T3 makes the best of the best when it comes to hair tools in my mind and they rarely have any type of discount, so these two would be GREAT to gift yourself for better hair days ahead. If you can only choose one, get the Curling Iron because it holds curls unlike any other I’ve seen, they LAST and the extra long barrel is ideal for any hair length! 

17 We the Free by Free People High Rise Jeans [Sale $51, After $78] Another one I was hoping to score in person, but no go… they’ll have to get ordered online instead! The busted knee trend is one of my styles I keep going back for more and I’ve been super impressed with the Free People denim… I tried on a similar style in a 26 so I’ll be ordering these in the same size.

18 Zella Live-In High Waist Leggings [Sale $38, After $59] I’ve raved about the Zella workout leggings for years now and these don’t disappoint yet again… super suck you in power with a great thick material, and a staple for every wardrobe. They come in black, this fun green color for fall, and a black/grey ombre option as well.

19 Steve Madden Rockstar Bootie [Sale $86, After $129] Classically chic, but updated with rockstar studs and the best leopard pattern, these block-heel booties are a must in everyone’s shopping cart. They run TTS and come in other options [like snakeskin which is what I purchased in store!!]

20 BP Belted Waffle Jumpsuit [Sale $42, After $65] When you work from home, this is considered workwear appropriate and this is en route to my house ASAP! It looks absolutely adorable in the imagery and I you know I can’t say no to a jumpsuit… fingers crossed it’s perfect on and I’ll keep you posted once it arrives! 

Now let’s move on down to everyone’s favorite thing, AKA dressing room diaries! I spent my time this year focusing on this element of the sale based on your specific requests and decided to forego the professional pictures… I wanted to give you the goods as soon as I could so let’s knock this session out!

Something Navy Leopard Cardigan [Sale $58, After $89/HIGH SELL OUT ALERT] wearing XS, hands down my favorite leopard cardigan from the sale… skip the BP version and grab this one instead bc it’s MUCH better quality

BP Lace Trim Satin Cami [Sale $25, After $39] so many colors and a yearly offender because it’s something you can dress up or down and wear year-round… wearing XS and they run TTS

Madewell 10-Inch High Rise Skinny Jeans w/Button Front [Sale $89, After $135] I am not doing a HUGE denim roundup this time because honestly, there is SO much greatness to choose from, but I went with this dark rinse pair for fall… one because I LOVE Madewell denim [runs large/wearing size 24 for reference] and two because I love the high rise inseam and the button front–they are the perfect length, to0

Marc Fisher Zuri Flat [Sale $99, After $149] I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect everyday loafer in white and these pretties fit the bill perfectly! They run TTS, have a slight croc design to them and they are the best shade of off-white/ivory as we inch toward fall, but still appropriate for year-round wear

Polka Dot Jumpsuit [Sale $45, After $69] A summer steal and something for you ladies looking for ensembles you can wear right now, this jumpsuit is adorable! Great silhouette, roomy and adjustable straps and perfect for girls night out or pair with a simple sandal and you’ve got a great everyday look

Vince Camuto Kimora Cutout Sandal [Sale $99, After $149] Same sandal I shared above in my top 20, though this time in black… they come in three color options and are ALL equally great!!! These will absolutely SELL OUT so grab them ASAP… the perfect cut-out sandal bootie and I bought a similar style last year and wore them everywhere

Chelsea28 Rib Neck Funnel Sweater [Sale $49, After $79] So good I just grabbed another in cream… it looks like the Free People Sweater Tunic, but a much better price in my mind! Super cozy, over-sized [wearing XS for reference] and I love the slouchy look of this chestnut variety–the perfect fall sweater and under $50–YIPPEE

Wit and Wisdom Absolution Skinny Jeans [Sale $44, After $68] If you’re looking for a great pair of everyday medium-rinse skinny jeans and don’t want to break the bank, these are a fantastic option at just $44… wearing the size 25, a great source of stretch and comfort and easy to roll up to show off your favorite fall footwear

1 State Kaleb Wedge Bootie [Sale $89, After $139] LOVE these wedge-style booties for fall… the zipper detail, comfort level and color options are great as well! Under $100 for a pair of essential booties  in multiple colors gets two thumbs up from me! 

Free People Citrine Tee [Sale $44, After $68] So nice I bought it twice in both black and off-white… the greatest FP henley style tee there ever was! They run TTS [wearing XS] and have the best silhouette for pairing with skinny jeans, leggings, basically everything in your closet 😉 Rarely go on sale as well so snag ASAP

Free People High Rise Busted Knee Jeans [Sale $52, After $78] Great busted knee option for skinny jeans… they do run small so size up as the legs don’t have a lot of wiggle room in them! Higher rise for us mamas who want a little more tummy control and a casual light wash everyone loves

Free People Citrine Tee [Sale $44, After $68] Same top as above and still seriously THAT good!!!

Madewell Black Denim 9-Inch High Rise Skinny Jeans w/Unfinished Hem [Sale $84, After $128] The only other pair of denim I took home with me is this INCREDIBLE pair of black skinny jeans–great high rise, lots of stretch that holds you in and I love the raw hem detail–size up in this pair as they ran a bit small [wearing size 26]

BB Dakota Wade Drape Front Faux Suede Jacket [Sale $64, After $98] in LOVE with this drape front jacket… a lighter weight option for cool days, the dark brown colorway is outstanding, ribbed sleeves that make it a little more fun and really well made for the price–wearing size XS and runs TTS

BP Lace Trim Satin Cami [Sale $25, After $39] same as above, this time in leopard…. wearing XS and a great layering piece for all that outerwear and sweater options you’re stocking up on during the sale


Topshop Double Breasted Plaid Blazer [Sale $69, After $110]  Stepping out of my comfort zone with this one and I kinda love it!!! This over-sized plaid blazer is definitely giving me the fall vibes and it’s perfect work AND weekend wear… wearing size 0/2 for reference, I like the boxy fit, button detail and the herringbone print –I saw a ton of blazer options and this one is a GREAT quality option for the price

Halogen Shawl Collar Blazer [Sale $98, After $149] I grabbed a tweed blazer in last year’s sale and it as one of my top-selling items so when I saw this in store, I knew I needed to try it on! Wearing XS Petite for reference, it totally reminds me of vintage chic Chanel yet for a fraction of the price… I absolutely love the navy, black and red colorway and the details make this under $100 obsession INCREDIBLE… pictures don’t do it justice!

JCrew Dover Blazer [Sale $130, After $199] I absolutely LOVE this blazer… I have it in navy and red from JCrew and it’s a fall staple for sure! This fun yellow color option is an updated take on a classic style–runs TTS, I would need a size 0 but they only had the size 2 in store

Halogen Cashemere Ruana [Sale $112, After $169] LOVE this short sleeve kimono-style sweater… bluxurious cashmere that doesn’t break the bank and the neutral oatmeal colorway is something you can literally pair with anything in your winter wardrobe! This comes in a ton of color options online as well

Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan [Sale $76, After $119] yes you need this and yes, you’re going to be mad at yourself when this sells out and you didn’t snag it on sale!!! Literally the softest sweater ever and I have a feeling it would make an INCREDIBLE gift to give your mama for Christmas too… seriously amazing, stellar quality and LOVE the circle cut-silhouette and light grey color

Vans Classic Slip On Sneaker [Sale $39, After $59] You know this gal LOVES a good sneaker option and these polka dot pretties are a great pricepoint with an updated design… they run TTS and offer a good amount of cushion/support as well 

Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket [Sale $118, After $180] and In the Wild Lumbar Pillow  [Sale $54, After $84] Home sweet home never looked so good when you’ve got the sought-after blanket AND the pillow for the win… like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know what took me so long to grab the Barefoot Dreams goodies, but I am officially addicted–the PERFECT gift option for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones over the holidays!

Caslon Cozy Print Sweatshirt [Sale $31, After $49] comfy and casual for everyday, this essential runs TTS, has a versatile fit and comes in a ton of prints [if I were you, I’d grab the camo bc it’s REALLY good and they were already sold out of my size in store]… wearing an XS and a great fall basic for $31

Good American Good Legs Grey Wash Skinny Jeans [Sale $XX, After $XX] 

Madewell Ryder Cardigan [Sale $64 After $98] I grabbed this sweater last year in a different color and wore it all winter… medium thickness, super plush + love the over-sized front pocket design–wearing an XS for reference so grab your true size

Madewell Classic Ex-Boyfriend Stripe Shirt [Sale $52, After $79] the versatile stripe button-up blouse for fall… love the simple stripe pattern, ability to tie it up or tuck it in, runs TTS and a lightweight woven blend material for year-round wear

Steve Madden Rockstar Bootie [Sale $86, After $129] Shown above in leopard, but this gal grabbed the snakeskin… literally in LOVE with these studded beauties–the perfect block heel, super comfy and YES YOU NEED THESE

Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan [Sale $76, After $119] Sharing it again in a different colorway because I’m hoping it’ll sink in that you need to buy it… the black wash is great for you neutral-loving ladies and I’m wearing an XS

BP VNeck Tee [Sale $11, After $15]  The simple v-neck tee everyone goes gaga for during the sale… they sell out each year and make a great basic tshirt that fits every budget! Run TTS and come in a TON of stripes and solid options

Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater [Sale $49, After $79] Oh you know I just had to find the perfect pink sweater and I threw it in my bag immediately! Love the color, love the fit [runs TTS, wearing XS] and the under $50 is GREAT–comes in multiple color options online and I’d highly recommend grabbing this one for fall my friends

Sam Edelman Faux Fur Leopard Coat [Sale $139, After $220] You guys went nuts when I showed this in my IG stories yesterday, and yes it’s even better in person with it’s fun boxy shape and the cutest leopard design EVER!

Madewell Ryder Stripe Cardigan [Sale $64, After $98] Absolutely LOVING this longer-length stripe cardigan! So soft just like the original Ryder I shared above, but the fun earthy-toned stripes make it a little more special… runs TTS and wearing XS for reference and I paired it with the $11 BP V-Neck Tee in White

Zella Karly Long Sleeve Tee [Sale $35, After $55]  The versatile long sleeve active tee at its best… wearing XS for reference, it’s a great layering essential for fall and working out but still versatile enough to sport around town!

Zella High Waist Ribbed Legging [Sale $38, After $59] LOVE the bold brick red color of these essential workout leggings… the 7/8 length is great for us petite frame gals!

Zella Studio Lite Crop Leggings [Sale $35, After $55] My favorite athletic crop legging by far… I ALWAYS stock up on these during the sale and the $35 pricetag is incredible–great thick material with full support and they come in a ton of colors, wearing XS for ref/run TTS

Zella Live-In Sports Bra [Sale $31, After $49] the BEST basic black sports bra… incredible full coverage support, back closure clasp cuth cut-out detail and my fav Zella bra option–wearing small for reference

Zella Yogista Striped Tank [Sale $29, After $45]  wearing a small for reference, this everyday workout tank was another must-have when I shopped in store yesterday… great basic in fun colors that I can wear now–these always hold up extremely well for activewear and the price is amazing!

Zella Live-In Jacket [Sale $58, After $89] What a WIN for this great zip-up active jacket… comes in green and classic black, with front pockets, great form-fitting design and a versatile material for year-round wear. Runs slightly small, so I sized up and am showing it in a size small

Something Navy Satin PJ Set [Sale $49, After $75]  Let’s put it this way… the size small was the last one available in my store, so to me, that means this set was made to come home with me and it did!!! Love the long sleeve top paired with the shorts and it’s super satin soft–another great gifting option for your fav gal or to gift yourself 😉 


Anthropologie home goodies included in the sale are so good this year… a few favorites include the Attingham Measuring Spoons, House of Mirrors Side Plate, Rosie Platter, and Sarah Cake Stand

Hello Lovely Cheese Board | Hedgehog Cheese Board

Quay Australia High Key Aviator Sunglasses [Sale $42, After $65] love them SOOOO much!!!

Quay It’s My Way Sunglasses [Sale $35, After $55] | Tory Burch Reva Square Sunnies [Sale $119, After $180] | Quay High Key Black [Sale $42, After $65]

Supergoop Invinsible Powder and Refill Set | Sale $39, After $70

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume Set [Sale $140, After $228]

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Eye Palette [Sale $55] great warm neutrals for everyday eyes…a few matte a few shimmer

Artis Black Brush Set [Sale $95, After $138] Rarely go on sale and hands down my favorite brushes… they are THAT good and worth the splurge for this set

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo | Sale $25, After $43] My brow duo in a set… I love the gel and pen duo

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Set [Sale $60, After $78] HIGH SELL OUT item… great light pink everyday lip trip including lipliner, lipstick and gloss!

PMD Facial Cleaning Brush in Blush [Sale $66, After $99] I’ve been wanting this battery-operated cleaning brush for awhile now and when I saw it on sale I knew it was coming home with me… so excited to get to using this ASAP

So there you have it friends… I know it was a whirlwind and it was extremely long-winded, but I thought including everything I found in store, my dressing room snapshots and top 20 favorites would be best in one giant post! I’ll be doing a full try-on session of everything I grabbed so far this tomorrow via IG stories so stay tuned to see that and then all my other roundups for men’s, kids, home, basics/layering essentials, denim, dresses and beauty will be published at 11:30AM CST just in time for regular cardholder access online.

P.S. be sure to head to my Instagram page for our GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY going on right now… we are gifting TWO of you $500 cards to shop the sale!!!

Rag + Bone Zoe Wool Fedora [Sale $166, After $250]


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