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First Look Nordstrom Sale Picks, Shopping Tips + What to Expect This Year!

First Look Nordstrom Sale Picks, Shopping Tips + What to Expect This Year!

Above: Three staples I obtained three years ago at the Nordstrom sale and still put on all the time: Leather jacket, Striped tee, and Rag & Bone uncooked hem skinny jeans! 

Have you heard, the Nordstrom Sale is nearly here? 😜(Duh.) 

It looks like the Anniversary sale gets greater and larger yearly–it’s sort of overwhelming, I know. For those who’re feeling that means, don’t fear–I’ve obtained a GREAT map of content material deliberate out to make purchasing the sale as stress-free (and FUN!) as attainable! 

The exciting information: To be trustworthy, I’m WAY more impressed with the gadgets this yr than I’ve been in years past. I feel they did a very good job of curating some great staples, and I feel you guys are going to be really happy with the selection.

Afterward in this publish, you’ll see I rounded up my prime 15 sale picks, together with a “store by category” section (based mostly completely on your feedback!)

First though, we’ll dive into some #realtalk concerning the sale, then some ideas for benefiting from it, and THEN we’ll get into my picks. 😉

Heads up: Make sure that to return back right here to this submit as quickly because the sale goes reside (12:30pm EST on Friday July 12th for cardholders, and Friday July 19th for non-cardholders!) and you’ll have the ability to click on by means of and store all of my picks! 

First, some real speak: 

The opposite day on Instagram, I shared extra about how the Nordstrom sale works behind the scenes, why it’s an enormous deal, why each blogger and their mother and hamster and canine appear to be talking about it–I received SO much good feedback, I figured I’d reiterate it right here should you missed it! 

WHAT is the large cope with the Nordstrom sale!? 

The rationale the Nordstrom sale is so great is as a result of it options ALL new, by no means before seen FALL Gadgets (not picked over summer time gadgets)–sure, it’s annoying that it’s in JULY and we now have to think about buying sweaters in 90 degrees–but with discounts this deep, it’s undoubtedly value planning forward for to grab some really nice fall/winter staples at a fraction of the worth. 

Why is every blogger on earth speaking about it? 

Offering value to readers: Consider it this manner… when a blogger’s readers are purchasing, they’re going to be in search of her for recommendations. I view it as my job to offer worth to you, that will help you navigate the sale in a approach that’s intentional and enjoyable–offering my expertise on what I feel is/isn’t value spending your money on.

Prime revenue alternative: Again, anytime a blogger’s readers are buying, that also means it’s prime income generating opportunity for her. Part of how bloggers earn money is by way of affiliate commission–which means, in case you click on via a hyperlink on someone’s  blog and make a purchase, they get a proportion of that complete sale. In Nordstrom’s case, it’s roughly about 10%, give or take on average, of that complete buy that someone makes. It doesn’t even need to be the precise merchandise linked to–just ANY buy at all, and we get a minimize of that. 

For me personally, relying on the month, affiliate fee might be 50% or more of my whole income for the month–so this revenue stream is actually necessary for my backside line. 

Additionally–Nordstrom is the very best converting retailer for pretty much each blogger across the board, because Nordstrom’s website is so consumer friendly and superb, they usually supply so many nice things for everyone, AND have incredible customer service, returns, and free delivery–it’s pretty much inconceivable to go to and not add something to your cart, proper? Thus–when your highest converting retailer has a sale–that’s gangbuster alternative for you! 

BOTH of those causes are equally necessary and this is the reason you see the Nordstrom sale coated SO closely. 

As crazy as it sounds, I truly make extra affiliate revenue in the course of the Nordstrom sale than I do on affiliate income for the in the ENTIRE month of December. (So think about what number of present guides/and so forth I do and the way many individuals are purchasing for presents in December–MORE individuals purchase in the course of the Nordstrom sale than buy in December. Insanity, proper?) 

That being stated–that is undoubtedly NOT a plug to ask you to buy using my links! DO NOT feel strain to ever use my hyperlinks! Figuring out that I helped you discover gadgets that you simply love or really helpful one thing that improved your life in some small approach is by far and away the most important win for me. That is why I rise up in the morning! ❤️Please shop nevertheless you desire to and know that there’s by no means any strain from me to make a purchase order by way of my private hyperlinks. I’m just sharing the behind the scenes of how EVERYTHING works in an effort to be super transparent and shed some mild on the whole #NSale phenomenon. 😂

Andddd I hope you loved this episode of *behind the scenes of blogging enterprise*

Essential dates + Ideas: 

Hello Kelly!! ❤️

Early Entry: Friday July 12th at 12:30pm EST: 

Come back right here as quickly as the sale is reside, as a result of all these links you see in this publish under will work and they’ll lead you to product pages the place you possibly can add them to cart.

The large question: Do you have to get a Nordstrom card? 

For the first week of the sale, solely Nordstrom cardholders are allowed to shop. I NEVER. EVER. EVER advocate opening a retail credit card–nevertheless, I do have a Nordstrom Retail card for this particular function. You can start buying immediately in case you’re accredited. More information on Nordstrom cards right here. 

My take: You absolutely do NOT *want* to open a Nordstrom card. That ought to not go on the record of issues it’s essential do in your adult life. 

BUT in case you plan to make use of the Nordstrom sale as a way to stock your fall wardrobe, and you’re financially responsible, sure, you might *need* to look into opening one. I don’t ever put something on this card aside from my early entry Nordstrom sale purchases (I exploit my common credit card the remainder of the yr), and I pay it off IMMEDIATELY, in full, after which I put it away and by no means take it out again until the sale the next yr. In the event you can’t pay something off in full don’t open a Nordstrom card–since you shouldn’t be spending money you don’t have anyway. (On the danger of TOTALLY sounding like my mom. #ThisIs31.) 

Another concept: Discover a good friend with a Nordstrom card and have her buy your stuff, and Venmo her. 😂

Public Entry: July 19th, the sale is out there for EVERYONE to shop! 

I will undoubtedly do one other huge roundup of my favorite gadgets which might be nonetheless in inventory on Public Entry day, so you don’t have to fret about getting your coronary heart set on something that’s out of inventory. 

A word about restocks: 

I’m going to be trustworthy with you–probs not. Which sucks. Prior to now, when something is gone, it’s gone. Restocks will happen here and there in small portions as returns come again in, but there are never large quantities of restocks. 

Yes, SOME of one of the best stuff does promote out during early access and having a card is the one means you’ll get entry to it. But on the flip aspect, a LOT of great stuff was still round for public entry. You are not lacking out in some horrible approach that may alter your life if you do not get a Nordstrom credit card. 

The right way to put together + shop intentionally: 

Go through your present fall/winter wardrobe and clear out something you didn’t wear final yr. Resell the gadgets which are like-new (nice for funding new purchases!), or donate them. Make an inventory of the holes in your wardrobe–take stock. It will keep away from you shopping for a 10th black turtleneck sweater you don’t need, and hold the staples it is advisable to spherical out your ideally suited wardrobe front and middle. 

Largest tip: Don’t wait to take a look at

Particularly at the start of early entry and the beginning of public access–stuff will promote out proper from beneath you. Don’t add one thing to your cart and then continue shopping for an hour. In the event you discover one thing it’s a must to have, GRAB IT because it’ll probably be gone shortly. When you’re really out for one of the best deals, it’s greatest to put a number of orders vs. wait hours or days curating one huge order. (Ugh this is nerve-racking, however it’s true.) 

What to expect from MY private Nordstrom Sale content material: 

Capsule Wardrobe Remix: Fall 2018 Staples | The Golden Girl Blog

Above: My Nordstrom Sale Capsule Wardrobe from last yr! 

I undoubtedly need to be SUPER intentional with HOW I am approaching the sale so A. You don’t feel pressured to purchase the whole lot in sight (the nervousness!) and B. I will help you curate fewer, higher wardrobe staples that may final you multiple seasons, and convey a ton of joy to your closet!

Here’s the plan for my content over the subsequent few weeks–I hope you’re as excited as I am! 

TODAY, BELOW! My Shoppable First Look Information: 

Trace: It’s THIS POST! (If I ever shut up and cease yapping, you possibly can get to the purchasing part! 🙄) I know you’ll be able to’t click on by means of and add anything to your cart YET–but come back here as soon because the sale goes stay at 12:30pm EST, because if you click by way of the hyperlinks then, it is possible for you to so as to add my picks to your cart! 

**I will probably be updating this publish with my personal purchases as properly once I place my first order! Make certain to revisit this publish once more and examine tales ceaselessly** 

What I’ll be specializing in most in the course of the sale: 

Based mostly in your feedback, you need to see basic, versatile staples, call-outs for gadgets beneath $100, pieces that may work in and out of the workplace, highlights of the perfect bras/underwear, pajamas, funding denim, and outerwear.

I also undoubtedly need to be as size-inclusive as potential, and will probably be looking out for my favourite plus measurement gadgets as well as petite gadgets! 

My focus is high quality over quantity, and I’d much quite concentrate on that includes a handful of staples I do know you’ll love vs making an attempt to cowl as many gadgets as potential. 

Attempt on tales and photographs: 

If I weren’t in California this week I might undoubtedly say to anticipate some try-ons on Friday morning, however truthfully, I don’t really know if I’m going to be able to make it to a Nordstrom in San Diego. 😬I’ll do my greatest–so maintain an eye fixed out right here and on stories, but I won’t have the ability to get to try-ons till next week! Either method, I will maintain a pulse on what’s and isn’t out of stock and attempt to submit a number of, well-curated try-ons for each early entry and public access of what I ordered and what I feel is most value your spend. 

One Item, Multiple Ways posts–NSale editions:

I received a lot good suggestions on my Nordstrom Sale Capsule Wardrobe publish I did final yr, so I need to build upon that and take that a couple steps additional! This yr, I plan to do a collection of posts (like I did for How one can type a bodysuit 4 ways or 11 accessible ways to wear leopard print or Learn how to fashion joggers six methods). They are going to be part IG story styling session, part weblog publish. (They’ll play off of one another!) In case you have any particular requests for this–I’d love to listen to them! 

This manner, you’ll have the ability to assess how versatile a selected merchandise actually is and get more put on out of it, and in addition–in the event you aren’t purchasing the sale and placing yourself on a shopping for freeze (GO GIRL!) you’ll be able to still get outfit inspiration and recent new ideas on tips on how to fashion comparable gadgets you could already have in your wardrobe! I would like this content to be for everybody, NOT simply those buying the sale! 

I can be doing these kinds of posts all all through the sale, not just early entry–so there will certainly be loads of gadgets to go round for everyone! 

Keep in mind, let’s not take this TOO significantly! 😜

Right here’s the thing guys–that is an AMAZING alternative to snag a couple of nice staples, however please do get too wrapped up in it. DO NOT buy one other black prime when you could have 5 because it’s a very good deal. You in all probability don’t *want* a classy ruffle gown even when it’s half off. And do. not. beneath any circumstances, choose shopping for clothes over issues like paying off your credit card, paying down scholar mortgage debt, or spending money on clothes as an alternative of journey. 

Personally, I get actually conflicted in durations of high quantity purchasing, because I by no means need to make you are feeling pressured to spend cash you shouldn’t, or that it is advisable to purchase new clothes to be trendy––and when you ever come away from this weblog feeling like that, I have wholeheartedly allow you to down. 

These are JUST garments. Okay? Can all of us keep in mind that? This is enjoyable–not strain! 

Instagram and Reality are usually not one in the same: 

I say this every year however I all the time need to reiterate–the rationale I can afford to purchase a bunch of garments is as a result of I earn money on them. This is my job. For me, reviewing garments=constructive ROI. My job is to evaluation garments for you and help make your life easier. If I didn’t do this for a dwelling, I definitely would not have the ability to afford dropping lots of of dollars on clothes throughout one sale. You don’t NEED to buy something from this sale, and for those who do buy something, shopping for only one or two gadgets is definitely the norm, even when it’s not what you see on Instagram. 

PLEASE keep in mind that, okay? 

With ALLLLLL that (are you continue to studying? 😂) being stated–let’s get into my preliminary sale picks! Here is what is catching my eye to date, organized by category that you simply’ve requested particularly. 

My prime 15 Nordstrom Sale gadgets to watch out for: 

Blondo Boots:  

The BEST fall/winter boots that exist–I have turned so lots of you onto Blondo boots and think about it considered one of my huge life accomplishments 😂BECAUSE THEY’RE THAT GREAT! They’re ALL 100% waterproof and salt-proof.

They’re lovely, versatile, snug, go together with every thing–critically, in case you buy one pair of footwear for fall, these must be them. They make lot’s of different types–so whether you’re on the lookout for boots or booties, I feel you’ll discover something there. 

My #1 decide this yr: The Blondo Noreen Waterproof Suede Knee-Excessive Boots! 🙌🏻

Cashmere wraps:  

I’m VERY happy with the choice of cashmere wraps/capes this yr and I feel they’re going to go very fast. I still have a cashmere wrap I acquired from the NSale two years in the past and it’s nonetheless certainly one of my favorites! These sometimes are a number of the first things to go. 

Leith wrap sweater: 

Love this staple sweater! An analogous Leith wrap sweater was my #1 prime promoting item in the course of the sale final yr, I feel as a result of, like me, you guys are all the time on the lookout for cute *warm* sweaters/tops you possibly can wear for date night time. That is this yr’s Leith sweater and truthfully I prefer it much more than final yr’s! 

Leather-based + Suede jackets: 

Additionally very impressed with the choice of leather-based/suede jackets this yr compared to years past. I feel like they have much more choices. I sometimes all the time snag a leather-based or suede jacket that I’m in love with through the Nordstrom sale and I nonetheless have them ALL. Those I own are by both BlankNYC and Halogen–each are great manufacturers I highly advocate. These are well-made staples that may final you a very long time and through many various seasons. 

Leggings: Ponte leggings + Zella Leggings


My second and third bestsellers in the course of the sale last yr–and for good cause–you’ll wear them INTO. THE. GROUND.

First up–the High waist Ponte Leggings–these are a more moderen iteration of those I own but they’re so implausible for work as a result of they are principally…stylish, thick, work applicable leggings. 

Second–Zella’s cult basic Stay In leggings–while I feel they’re inaccurately compared to Lululemon leggings (they aren’t something like Lululemon leggings) they are fantastic in several methods. They’re nice thick leggings that you simply’ll put on in and out of the health club–good for every little thing from lounging, to yoga, to HIIT workouts. They’re super cozy and flattering, and this can be a great time to snag them for a fraction of the worth. 

Wubby Fleece: 

WUUBBBYYYYYY FLEECE! HE IS BACKKKK!!! Keep in mind the devastation that was the day that each one the Wubby Fleece’s bought out final holiday and no one might get their palms on one? (When you’re new, I principally lived in my Wubby Fleece day-after-day from November by means of…Might? 😂) It’s probably the most fantastic, smooth, warm factor you’ll put in your body. Properly, this yr’s Wubby seems to be a bit totally different–more sheep-like with distinction piping–but I’m into it. You BET this is gunna be in my cart! 


I’m throughly impressed with Nordstrom’s number of blazers this yr–so many which you can put on in AND outdoors of the office. There are sweater blazers to structured blazers–undoubtedly one thing for everybody. They appear so cute thrown over a lace camisole for an evening out, too! Listed here are a couple of of my favorites. (Word, typically the incorrect colors present up in the widget, so when you like a method, click by way of they usually in all probability have more colours!) 


Not a HUGE choice of denim at first glance, however undoubtedly a number of stand-outs: 

Black Rag + Bone skinny jeans: I obtained my first pair of Rag + Bones from the sale a pair years again, and WOW you guys–they’re the actual deal. Value each penny. They’re probably the most snug skinny jeans I own and they’re so flattering. This pair is principally the black version! Basically, Rag + Bone jeans run giant, so go down a measurement! 

Levi’s Black Wedgie Icon jeans: You guys understand how much I am keen on my Levi’s Wedgie denims! I’ve been wanting a black pair of wedgies for a long time and I’m truly really shocked they’re part of the sale! I can be snapping these up STAT! 

Madewell high-rise button-fly denims: You guys RAVE about these jeans–I don’t personal a pair myself, however I really feel like I should pull the set off this time. 😂These are THE #1 most advisable reader jean for ANY body sort! (Read extra in my Real Ladies Accredited: Greatest Denims submit!) 

Paige “Leggy” High Waisted Indigo Skinnies: I’ve owned many an awesome pair of Paige jeans. They’re all the time top quality, flattering, and cozy! I also love this colour–a deep inky blue, in order that they transition rather well from day to nighttime! 

Leopard Slip Gown: 

The Leopard Slip Gown: This migghtttt be the one assertion piece I’m most excited about. OK I know it’s not precisely a “easy staple” but when I can get my arms on it to do a styling session before it sells out, I promise I’ll prove to you ways versatile it is. 😂I really like which you could fashion it right now with sandals, and afterward with ankle booties–slip clothes look so cute layered on longer sleeved items for fall and winter, and you understand how a lot I really like leopard!  When you’re on the lookout for an excellent reasonably priced, “enjoyable” buy to put on now and into fall, that is completely it! FYI BP often runs TTS for me, so I will order an XS in this gown. 

Lace Camisole: 

All the time, all the time, arms down, one in every of my most talked about wardrobe staples–the lace camisole. It has never met a season or an event it didn’t like. (Truthfully, in the event you challenged me to fashion one for something from church to a wedding, I feel I might do it.) I really like how this one is satin with lace trim and I especially love the polka dot sample. The color palette still makes it wearable with the whole lot nevertheless it adds a delicate pop of sample to make your outfit more fascinating! Only $25! FYI: BP runs TTS for me so I’ll order an XS on this. 

Madewell Transport Tote: 

One among my favourite tote luggage of all time–I own this in both black and brown. This can be a special version that has a cute suede stripe down the middle! (I haven’t seen this one earlier than! Perhaps it’s a brand new release just for the sale?!) Either method, when you’ve been in search of an awesome, top quality, all-purpose tote, I can’t advocate this one enough. 

Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas: 

I received fairly a couple of requests for pajamas, and if I might decide one pair, it might arms down be the Moonlight pajamas. They come in both shorties and lengthy pants/sleeves and they are the softest, cutest, most fantastic pajamas that may make you are feeling like a really put collectively adult. There’s nothing like pulling on these pajamas on after a pleasant scorching bathe, and crawling in mattress to learn a superb guide. ❤️(They might additionally make the perfect bridesmaid getting ready pajamas!) 

BP Waffle Knit Lounge Jumpsuit: 

OK I can’t converse to the match or quality of this as a result of I’ve NEVER seen BP make anything like this before, nevertheless it’s considered one of my favourite budget-friendly manufacturers, so I’m actually hoping it’s as superb as it seems–it’s a JUMPSUIT that’s product of tremendous tender waffle material–so it principally seems like pajamas however is chic so you’ll be able to put on it out of the house, to run errands, on the aircraft, and so on. This is getting added to my cart ASAP! I feel this can go VERY quick just because of the nature of it! 

Natori Bras: 

A whole lot of you guys stated you have been waiting for Natori bras (like their famed feathers bra!) to go on sale–right here they are! I’m truly ordering one myself to see what all the hype is about! They are one of the #1 ranked bras by YOU GUYS in my Real Ladies Accredited: Bras and Underwear publish! 

My T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer: 

I’m truly pretty bummed my curling iron isn’t on sale. 😂But my hair dryer is! I don’t use a hair dryer typically, however once I do, I’m so glad I’ve this one. It’s small, super light-weight, and I swear it dries my hair in half the time it takes a traditional dryer to, which minimizes injury general! Can’t say enough good things about it. 

Store more of my NSale picks by category: 

 Tops, Bottoms, Clothes: 


Footwear + Luggage: 

Coats + Jackets: 


Workwear staples: 


Plus measurement stand-outs:  

Most of the above manufacturers are available plus as nicely, however listed here are some tremendous cute stand-out’s that caught my eye as nicely: 

I’ve REALLY been killing it with the long-winded posts these days, yeah? 😂Once more, I hope you’re SUPER excited for the Nordstrom sale and even for those who aren’t planning to buy it–that you simply’re nonetheless excited for the content that’s about to return your means! 🙌🏻Love you guys! 

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