Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ~ For Beginners!

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The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is truly a one of a kind sale. If you love fashion or Nordstrom, in general, buckle your seat belts. Because the next few weeks are going to go by fast and you’re going to want to be prepared for this once-a-year, spectacular SALE!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place, each year, in mid-July. What makes this sale unique and unlike any other “SALE” is one major (and I mean MAJOR) factor…

These are NEW styles and items, from dozens of designers, that are coming out in the Fall. So, most of the public won’t even have access to these new styles. And, for a limited time, you can snag your favorite NEW items, for an unbelievably gracious discount!

In this blog post, I’m going to give you the lay of the land and share how this works. How you can prepare. Along with my picks that I’d recommend for any fashionista, as well. 

All of Your Questions about the NAS

What is so great about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Great question! For starters, Nordstrom is one of the leading retailers for good reason. Free shipping. Free returns. Excellent customer service. Broad range of sizes, price points, styles. And, this particular sale is not your typical “clear the racks” kind of a sale. It’s actually the opposite. You’re getting all the hottest looks, as in Fall & Winter 2019, on sale, NOW. It’s kind of like a clearance sale in reverse.

Think cashmere items for the price of cotton.

Leather, for the price of denim.

Catch my drift? : )

When does it start? Depends. IF you are a Nordstrom card holder, you get early access. (July 12-July 18) If you are not a cardmember, you can apply now and start shopping before the best items sell out.

Should I get a Nordstrom Card? I would ONLY recommend getting a charge card, in general, to you if you have self-control and the ability to pay off the card balance in 30 days. (Before interest charges.) I got into the habit of doing this from an early age. So, for me, it made sense to get the Nordstrom Card. Not to mention, you do get many perks! (In other words, I make the card benefit me rather than benefit Nordstrom and paying interest!) As you build credit on the card, your “status” improves and you get can get access to the sale, even before a newer card holder. ALSO, you can acquire points and earn cash back. Visit this link for more information. Overall, it’s worth it if you have the meant to pay for what you buy within 30 days.

What if I’m not a cardmember and don’t choose to apply? No worries! You will get access to the sale on July 19th. It runs from July 19th-August 4th. After that, all items will be adjusted to their regular prices. 

How can I see what will be available? Here is the catalog that provides some of the best features. If you click on the items, before the sale date, it will say, “Sold Out”. That’s because they’re not available until July 19th. (Unless you are a cardmember. : ) 

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(From Last Year) I study this catalog, like a play book! It’s only the tip of the iceburg. But, it’s a great start to create your wishlist. (I’m already going over the catalog for this year and creating mine. Which I will be sharing shortly!)

How can I prepare for the sale? I think it’s a great idea to prepare before any sale, so that you don’t buy things you really don’t need. The first thing I’d suggest is to take inventory of your wardrobe, beauty products, kids’ closets, etc. This sale is mainly apparel (Don’t forget the kids and the men, too!), jewelry, shoes, and beauty products! Consider making a list of what needs to be replaced, and go from there. 

Also, look ahead at your calendar! Do you have any special events coming up in the fall or winter? Weddings. Vacations. etc. Upcoming Anniversary? Special Birthdays? And, don’t forget, Christmas & Hanukkah! Make a list of things you may want, now, before the prices go up.

Check in with your blogger friends! (Like, yours truly.) Seriously, though. Your Blogger and YouTuber influencers are getting the insider information and doing a lot of the leg work, for you! So, take advantage. Send them questions. Ask for their advice. That’s what we do!

Last, but not least, make a wish list. Prioritize the items you want, the most. Another piece of advice I can offer is to prioritize those higher quality fabrics and pieces because that’s where you’re really going to get the most bang for your buck. (Think Cashmere, Leather, Silk.) Also, prioritize shoes, handbags, outerwear, and fine jewelry over clothing, because these are the items you will use regularly! Not to mention, it’s easier to replicate those dresses and tops, with other brands, that may be less expensive. 

What’s on your Wish List, Rachel?? I thought you’d never ask. I typically go to the shoes, first. They’re more necessary than say, jewelry, and if I can get a great deal on the best quality brands, it’s a no brainer. Second, I’ll be looking for a new jacket or trench coat! And, yes, I’ll be looking for things for Scott and Chase, as well. (I did a blog post on my recommendations, from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, for Men, Kids, and the home, here!) 

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This was from my “Try-on” from last year’s Anniversary Sale. (And before my bedroom makeover! I know I need to do a blog post on the makeover!) Anyway, I wore that cashmere cardigan sweater a lot. Overall, it was one of my favorite purchases, and you better believe this one sold out soooo fast!

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks ~ 2018

So, here are the items I recommended, last year. I think it’s good to go back and reflect so you and I can see if I did ok, as far as recommendations. Stop back here, again, next week and this blog post will be UPDATED to all of my 2019 Picks!!

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Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Cardigan $134 $88.90

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I wear cardigans like crazy, in the winter. So, it makes sense to be on the lookout for great deals, in the cardigan department. Barefoot Dreams makes the softest cardigans. These come in a bunch of colors. I think I’m going for the color pictured, here. (Almond.) This is a great deal!

Natori Rose Dream Custom Coverage Underwire Bra $72 $47.90

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This bra!? Holy cow. It’s not only beautiful, but it feels like AIR! Trust me. I hate bras. I hate them with a passion! But, the Natori bra is an exception. They are seamless and super comfortable! The only problem is that they are on the expensive side. So, I’ll definitely be snagging one during the Anniversary Sale!! There are a few other versions made my Natori, but I like this style and I think it is a better markdown. Do yourself a favor, before you order this bra, stop in to a Nordstrom and get fitted. They do a great job! 

LEWIT Marta Slingback Pump $275 $164.90

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I am totally obsessed with these shoes! I love how they are a cross between a bootie look and your basic pumps. They are a great steal with a $100 savings! They come in black, bone, and a suede lilac color. I like the black and know I’d get the most wear out of them in this color. This is on my “wishlist”. : )

Tory Burch Marsden Pebbled Leather Tote $528 $352 

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I think this is the one bag that will kill it during the sale! It’s a Tory Burch. It’s Leather. Gorgeous. And, that’s a ridiculous savings! This will be on my wish list. 

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Kendra Scott Kirsten Drop Earrings $65-$42
I’ve been wearing Kendra Scott Jewelry for a while, now. Her pieces never disappoint. I love the timeless, look. And, I enjoy adding to my collection with a different stone, each time. These gorgeous and uniquely shaped drop earrings come in several colors. Some with gold, some with silver trim. This is also on my wishlist!

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MAC Nude Lip Trio $54.50 $36.50Not sure if I ever shared that I LOVE wearing nude lipstick in the fall. (In the summer, I love wearing a coral color.) The reason is because I prefer wearing bolder colors in the fall, and the nude lipstick just makes everything look balanced. MAC makes the BEST nude lipstick combo. And, this will be a great deal. 

Via Spiga Madilyn Pointy Toe Booty $275 $179.90

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These gorgeous kitten heel booties are made with Italian Leather. Now that everyone is wearing white, all year round, it’s a good time to invest in a nice pair of white boots. Last year I couldn’t find the right pair for the price. But, these are a great deal for Via Spiga! These will be on my wishlist. : )

Halogen Removable Bow Dress $109 $72.90

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I know I said that shoes, jewelry, and outerwear should take precedence. BUT, if I could only buy one piece of clothing from this sale, this would be it. I love this dress! Personally, I feel most comfortable in long sleeve, shorter length dresses. This is so pretty, and again, a great deal! Wishlist!

Halogen Blouson Sleeve Long Cashmere Cardigan $299 $199.90

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This is so beautiful! 100% cashmere. I love the billowed sleeves and the shawl collar. This is exactly what I mean by getting a good quality piece; something that you can get a lot of wear out of. Think layers! A piece like this can last forever. I think it’s worth the sale price, so this is something I’m most likely getting, as a gift, for someone special in mind. : )

ZELLA Gossip Ankle Zip Leggings $75 $49.90

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If you haven’t heard, ZELLA makes the best leggings. They are super flattering and they hold up great! I don’t know why there aren’t more leggings with the ankle zip (now, so much easier to get on and off) HELLO!!! These are way cool. And, way worth the sale price!! So. On. My. Wish. List.

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Vince Camuto Pevista Bootie $149.95 $99.90Another staple item, for the fall! A casual (yet versatile) bootie. Vince Camuto has a bunch of great new styles. I love these moto-inspired shoe boots, in this particular color (Foxy Suede). There are three colors to choose from. Definitely a great deal with the $50 discount. 

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Lagos Diamond and Caviar Oval Station Bracelet $2750 $1840

All right! A girl can wish, right? I had to include this gorgeous bracelet by my favorite designer. This particular design is similar to the original diamond and caviar bracelet. However, this one has a stunning oval cluster paved with .31ct diamonds. It will be priced for almost $1000 off, before the price goes up on August 6th. 

Steve Madden Brinkley OTK Boot ~ $129 $86

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These Steve Madden over-the-knee boots are just stunning, and totally on my wish list! And, even without the sale, they are priced great. They also come in black, but I think I’d go for the camel color because they won’t be as common. 


Well, there you have it. Please check back here, next week. I’ll be updating the links and adding all of the 2019 items. Until then, let me know what you have your eye on in the comment section, below. : )

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Be sure to tune into my Instagram, so you can watch my stories throughout the sale! I’ll be doing try-ons, style picks, and answering all of your questions!
Rachel Scheyer
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