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What to Buy at the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Early Access is officially live! If you have a Nordstrom credit card, you can now shop the sale through July 19th. On July 20th, the sale opens to the public and runs through August 5th.

Click through our sliders in each category to see all of our picks. Remember to act fast if you see something you like. This is Nordstrom’s biggest and most popular sale, during which they mark down new fall merchandise before it goes on the racks at full price. Items will sell out before you realize! If any of our picks below sell out, be sure to bookmark them as certain items will restock.

Happy sale shopping!



Cool Casual Clothing

Try a blazer for casual. You can wear a sweater blazer with jeans and still feel comfy, or a velvet jacket for a dinner out! We also love the leather blazer as a jacket.

Treasure and Bond Leather Blazer $199 $132.90

7 for all Mankind Roxanne Shadow Stripe Ankle Jeans, $229 $152.90

Caslon Cotton Blend Boyfriend Blazer, $59 $39.90

Gibson Surplice Drape Front Blouse, $68 $45.90

Rebecca Minkoff The Force Is Female Tee, $58 $37.90

Madewell Cali Demi Boot Jeans, $128 $84.90

Helene Berman Notch Collar Tweed Jacket, $349 $232.90

J.Crew Heart Print Tee, $45 $29.90

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans, $68 $44.90

Halogen Belted Cashmere Kimono, $225 $149.90

Frame Le Slender Straight Leg Jeans, $260 $173.90

Halogen Hidden Button Blouse, $69 $45.90

Treasure and Bond Long Knit Blazer, $99 $65.90

Theory Stretch Velvet Power Jacket, $495 $329.90



Your New Favorite Workwear

This year, the sale has a lot of great pants and tops for work. The super chic Vince Camuto blouse is an inexpensive version of a blouse Lani got from Betsy Fisher last year. If you work in a conservative environment, look for Boss suits and separates.

Halogen Wrap Top, $119 $78.90

Halogen High Leg Crop Pants, $89 $58.90

Mural Houndstooth Boyfriend Blazer, $85 $55.90

NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers, $119 $78.90

Vince Camuto Pintuck Detail Top, $79 $52.90

Veronica Beard Steel Jacket with Removable Dickey, $795 $529.90

Cece Scallop Edge Top, $89 $58.90

Vince Camuto Smocked Neck Blouse, $89 $58.90

Halogen Sculpted Jacket, $149 $99

Vince Camuto Bow Sheath Dress, $148 $98.90

Lafayette  148 New York Sonya Zip Front Dress, $498 $328.90

Boss Jolia Patchwork Jacket, $595 $397.90

Boss Tulea Patchwork Bootcut Trousers, $255 $169.90



Bold Outerwear

Are lavender starred faux fur coats practical for real life? Absolutely not. Do I daydream over it anyway? Absolutely. I think realistically, the Badgley Mischka lavender coat would be a sensible but gorgeous purchase.

Avec Les Filles Faux Fur Swing Coat, $199 $132.90

Badgley Mischka Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Front Coat, $349 $229.90

Tahari Mel Faux Suede Trench Coat, $200 $129.90

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Double-Face Wool Moto Style Coat, $590 $389.90

Soia & Kyo Coatigan Long Sweater Coat, $345 $229.90

Lauren Ralph Lauren Faux Shearling Moto, $280 $186.90

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Two-Tone Fox Fur Walking Coat, $850 $568.90

Andrew Marc Tumbled Suede Trucker Jacket, $280 $186.90

Bernardo Clean Leather Jacket, $410 $269.90


Shoes for Fall

I’ve included two dozen shoes and I think everyone of them deserves a spot on our blog. As you can see, the big trends continued from last summer/fall: white shoes, slingbacks, v-neck vamps, and block heels. I love the putty-colored Franco Sarto booties as an approachable take on the white boot trend. I think I’ll be picking up the 1.State d’Orsay pump (when I can decide what color). The black and navy Hunter boots make the perfect rainy day chic outfit going into fall.

1.State Half d’Orsay Pump, $89.95 $59.90

Louise Et Cie Jayant Pump, $119.95 $79.90

Vince Camuto Acasha Pump, $129.95 $84.90

Cole Haan Tali Modern Waterproof Bow Pump $170 $109.90

Donald Pliner Dante Bootie, $268 $169.90

Marc Fisher Hesla Pump, $169.95 $109.90

Marc Fisher Dacey Boot, $278.95 $179.90

Louise Et Cie Sonya Pointy Toe Bootie, $149.95 $99.90

Sarto by Franco Sarto Lowe Bootie, $178.95 $114.90

Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Shoe, $130 $86.90

AGL Block Heel Slingback Pump, $365 $239.90

Aquatalia Letizia Weatherproof Boot, $495 $329.90

Cole Haan Piper Loafer Mule, $140 $92.90

Hunter Original Short Rain Boot, $140 $89.90



Handbags for Work and Play

I’ve had my eye on the Rebecca Minkoff feed bag for years, but now I think I might love the satchel even more! I also think anyone looking for a perfect work tote should purchase the Kate Spade tote now.

Rebecca Minkoff Small Darren Leather Feed Bag, $245 $159.90

Treasure and Bond Mason Pebbled Leather Belt Bag, $79 $52.90

Rebecca Minkoff Medium Keith Suede & Leather Satchel, $295 $196.90

Kate Spade New York Oakwood Street Leather Tote, $298 $198.90

Treasure and Bone Remy Pebbled Leather Backpack, $199 $132.90

Bandolier Jane Leather Iphone Crossbody Case and Pouch, $166 $123.90

Tumi Voyager Halle Nylon Backpack, $295 $196.90




Hoop are back in style this year, but in a different way. Think ultra modern like our go-to Lana hoop, dainty with a slight spin like the Zoe Chicco emerald version, or an acetate version like the Gas Bijoux rainbow tortoise. Also, my favorite sunglasses are on sale! These cat-eye frames feel cool and trendy while still being very flattering on my face (unlike the little sunglass trend).

Gas Bijoux Rainbow Mix Open Hoop Earrings, $150 $99.90

Loren Hope Emma Pendant Necklace, $98 $64.90

Nadri Cypher U-Shape Earrings, $60 $39.90

Jenny Bird Uma Pendant Multistrand Necklace, $115 $76.90

Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Hoop Drop Earrings, $495 $330.90

Lana Jewelry Mini Flat Hooked On Hoop Earrings, $265 $175.90

Dean Davidson Bamboo Style Labradorite, $225 $149.90

Zoe Chicco Emerald Prong Hoop Earrings, $485 $320.90

Gas Bijoux Wave Drop Earrings, $153 $101.90

Zoe Chicco Moonstone and Diamond Stud Earrings, $540 $360.90

Sonix Kyoto 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses, $120 $79.90



The RLS Basics

We love when there is a sale on the undergarments we already recommend to friends and clients! If you’re over underwire in your bras, try the Wacoal bra for support without discomfort. And yes, we consider leather leggings a basic in every woman’s wardrobe.

Spanx Undie-tectable Lace Hipster Panties, $24 $15.90

Chantelle Intimates Soft Stretch High Waist Seamless Briefs, $18 $12.90

Spanx Faux Leather Moto Leggings, $110 $72.90

Wacoal How Perfect No-Wire Contour Bra, $60 $39.90

Spanx Luxe Leg Shaping Tights, $28 $17.90

Paul Smith Gizzy 3-Pack Assorted Multi-Stripe Crew Socks, $75 $49.90



Beauty Sets

I’m fully the type of person that will buy a beauty product simply because I love its packaging. That is why I’m obsessed with the millennial pink branding of  Herbivore Botanicals and Luxie brushes. At least I can also say that I love the actual products too!

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater + Gemstone Trio, $52 ($76 Value)

Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette, $75 ($153 Value)

Luxie Smokey Eye Brush Set, $30

Laura Mercier Illuminator Palette, $52 ($88 Value)

Diptyque Candle Set, $55 ($75 Value)

Mac Nordy Girl Matte Face and Eye Set, $44.50 ($202 Value)

Stila Good to Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $35 ($72 Value)

RMS Glowing Set, $86 ($136 Value)



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