Must-Haves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I have been so excited to put together this post for you all. As you may know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started on July 14th for Nordstrom Card holders and opened to the public on July 22. Although I was stuck in my office I did manage to have a very expensive ‘lunch break’ that day. While I picked up a few things in store I wasn’t able to find everything I wanted in such a time crunch so I ordered several items online later that night. To say I was checking for my shipping confirmations and shipment tracking every hour is an understatement. I won’t lie, I am like that with all my online purchases. Just a really eager beaver over here!

Anyways, I’ve finally received all of my orders (yes, there were a few). Free shipping and free returns makes things SO easy.  While there’s so much I would have loved to keep I decided to be practical and think about whether I’d really get use out of each item and whether or not I already have something similar in my ever growing wardrobe.  I’ve decided to break down my purchases into two categories: wardrobe staples and on-trend items.  I definitely ordered a bit of both.  I can easily rationalize the staples because I will have them for years to come.  The trendy items may be less permanent so I made sure not to spend a majority of my budget on those.  I apologize for the poor photo quality, it has been in the 90’s here so I couldn’t bear the thought of taking photo’s outside.  The quickest way to give you all a quick snapshot of my purchases is the ever so classy mirror shots.  Ok, now let’s get down to business:


  1. Winter Coat

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First up is this wool blend coat that is on sale for $140.  This coat is definitely my favorite staple item because I know I will likely have this the longest.  I have wanted a neutral coat for some time yet haven’t found the perfect one (at the perfect price point) until now.  I didn’t buy any new winter coats last year (that I can recall, ha) so I was super excited to take advantage of this sweeeeeet deal.  I personally always think that camel and black make the most chic pairing so I can’t wait to wear this with some black skinny jeans.

2.  Leggings


If being comfortable is your jam (it’s definitely mine) then you need a good pair of leggings.  I bought these Zella leggings during last years sale and haven’t looked back.  They have a wide waist band which is one non-negotiables when it comes to leggings.  This pair is thick and perfect for fall/winter.  Luckily, mine are still in very good shape (yay for quality) so I didn’t buy a second pair because I’m super awesome and sticking to my budget (kinda) BUT I did buy some Zella leggings specifically for working out.  This cropped pair has some really cute sheer paneling in the back and since I know Zella is great quality I can count on having this pair for a few years.

3.  Cardigans


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All hail this ever so popular cardigan.  If you read lots of other fashion blogs or follow bloggers on Instagram then you may have seen this cardigan 539,859,321 times.  I ordered one to check out the quality because I hadn’t seen anyone comment on the softness and I am super picky about sweaters being itchy.  I was pleasantly surprised by how soft it is and the fit is perfect.  I love oversized cardigans so this one is for sure a keeper.  I’m kicking myself for not ordering the olive color before it sold out.  (Although most colors are sold out, I did see some being restocked in limited sizes throughout the day.  Yes, the refresh button is my bestie.)

This windowpane cardigan is a bit more expensive but the quality is excellent.  I love the windowpane print, it’s a nice change from all the stripes I have been wearing.  I am known to wear cardigans allllll the time at work, so I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of this one.

4.  Basic T-Shirt & OTK Boots

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A basic tee.  There’s not much to say about this being a staple.  I am always throwing on jeans and a tee on the weekends so when I saw that this top was on sale of under $16 I had to try it.  It is loose fitting and realllllly soft.

These OTK boots are the best fitting pair I have tried.  I am a bit nutty about tall boots that start to sag and scrunch up near the ankles.  This pair fits like a glove (or should I say sock?) but I did return them in exchange for the black pair which I am still waiting to arrive.  The color picture above is listed as ‘charcoal fabric’ but is more a charcoal with a BIG hint of brown.  I’m weird about hues that I can’t put a name to, it’s not gray and its not brown so it’s going back haha, I’m hoping my exchange for the black pair was granted before they sold out!  This is another item that may restock before the sale ends.

5.   Jeans

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I bought a few pairs of jeans during the sale but ended up only keeping these.  They were the best fit and also the right length.  It’s always a struggle finding jeans that don’t fit me like a pair of capri’s.  This pair was my runner up as they are super flattering and comfortable but the distressing on the knee hung a bit awkwardly in my opinion.  Of course, this is probably just me being cray and overly attentive to detail.



  1. Leather Leggings

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So faux leather leggings and the whole leather trend in general has been around for a few years but I just can’t see it sticking forever.  I will undoubtedly get plenty of wear out of these faux leather leggings this season and maybe even the next two years but I knew I didn’t want to spend over $100 on them.  This pair actually looks a lot more expensive because they are faintly textured.  There are quite a few leather leggings/pants included in the sale and I definitely recommend picking up a pair.  This pair has awesome reviews, as do these.  I also tried these on in store, they are great if you are looking for a pant instead of a legging.  They are a bit too low-rise for my liking hence me passing on them for this pair.

2.  Fun Workout Leggings


So I talked about Zella leggings up above.  These are the second pair of workout leggings that I purchased.  While I normally would not spend this much on leggings for the gym, I know they are great quality and the print is SO fun, I couldn’t pass them up!  These are also high waisted which I love for working out.

3.   High Neck Tank

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This gray tank is so simple yet so flattering.  I love the high neck and that I can wear this year round, I’ll definitely be layering it with a cardigan this Fall/Winter.


That’s a wrap!  If you have any questions about sizing and/or quality I’ll be glad to answer them, just leave a comment below.  I hope you are able to grab some great deals before they sell out!





  1. July 27, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    OMG You have the best round up I have seen!! Love all of these looks. Thanks for sharing.

  2. July 27, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    I love those leather leggings! Thinking that I need them for myself.

    Rachel | The Sass Room

  3. Heather Johnson
    July 28, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I love all of your purchases and you look fab in everything! Adore that oversized cardi… I should have bought one of those when I had the chance! Also loving the OTK boots and faux leather leggings! Great post/recap! So nice to see the “after” review in one place <3

  4. July 29, 2016 / 1:03 am

    You look so beautiful in every look babe! I bought the same cardigan as you! I need to get a winter coat! 🙂

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