Good morning friends!  It’s finally here!  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is LIVE and ready to shop for all cardholders!  Thank you so much for stopping by and starting your shopping here. ♥ I hope my post is super helpful and informative for you! So, make sure you’ve stretched, had your caffeine, painted your nails Fall colors (is that just me?!), and are ready to get your shopping on!! I know I am!

If you’re not a cardholder and are feeling left out with all this #NSale talk, you can get the card here and receive a bonus $40 Nordstrom Note if you make a purchase the day you’re approved!

2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul early access

Madewell Pocket TeeAG Skinny Mini Jeans $225, $149 • Wedges

I spent the last two days at our local Nordstrom going through all.the.things so that I could bring you the best of the best, without wasting your time on things I didn’t think you’d love.  I’ll be honest, even for a long-time blogger, this sale is a beast!  I was overwhelmed with it all and how fast things were going at my store!  I noted *HIGH SELL OUT RISK* where I thought it was applicable so you could grab those things now before they sell out. 

To try to make it easier for you, today and tomorrow, I’ll share some of my early favorites with real try-on sessions from the Dressing Room with styling recommendations and fit tips! Let’s dive in to today’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale try on haul!

My Size Reference: I’m short (5’1) and petite, athletic build, weighing about 110 and wear a 34D bra.  I typically wear size 0p/25 jeans, XSP in tops and dresses.

And for your ‘foundation garments’ definitely stock up on these while they’re marked way down:

Comfiest Seamless Undies –  You’ll barely know they’re there and they stay in place all day

Prettiest T-Shirt Bra –  The lacey overlay is thin, so it won’t show through your t-shirts.  It comes in sizes 30A-34G and offers just the right amount of lift and support.  The bra runs small though, so you may want to size up.

Pretty Thongs –  For your sassy side, they come in a rainbow of 21 colors and are great even under tight workout pants or leggings because they don’t show a thing!



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul barefoot dreams cardigan

KUT from the Kloth Donna Jeans $89, $59• White Tank • Barefoot Dreams Cozy Cardigan $114, $75• Vince Camuto Kochelda Boot • Layered Lariat Necklace $48 $31

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* OK guys, I know y’all are excited about this one! The Barefoot Dreams cozy cardigan is back and it’s as good as you remember.  It’s one of the most popular things in the sale and for good reason –  comfy cozy goodness that you’ll never want to take off!  Better hide it though, because next thing you know your kids will be stealing it from you!  You can wear this comfortably lounging around all day, take it on the airplane with you or wear it out like a regular cardigan with jeans and boots. Lucky for us, it washes beautifully!  And for extra points, stock up for Christmas gifts.  I gave one to my mom and all the ladies in my family last year and everyone still raves about it!

CARDIGAN FIT:  I’m wearing XS/S and it fits true to size with some room for layering.

There’s also two NEW Barefoot Dreams cardigans added to the sale this year- the hooded cardigan and the fuzzy pocket cardigan.  

The Vince Camuto Kochelda Boots are beautifully designed with artful stitching down the side and a small cutout at the back of the knee for easy walking and sitting.  The cutout is slight though, so it won’t gape open.  The heel isn’t too high, but enough to give you some lift.


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul barefoot dreams cardigan


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul jeans

Articles of Society Sarah Ankle Jeans $64 $41 • Caslon Striped Tee $25 $17 • Steve Madden OTK Brinkley Boots $129, $86

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* These skinny jeans are a great value from the sale (only $41!), and are sure to sell out fast! They’re a mid rise with quite a bit of stretch and nice darker wash.  These were my friend Ali-Shaun’s favorite pair too!

JEANS FIT:  These are quite stretchy so I’d size down one.  I went from my normal 25 to 24 in them.

You can never have enough basic tees in your closet for wearing alone now or layering in the Fall and Winter.  This one is my go-to for quality and under $20. Bonus: there’s a pocket and it comes in multiple colors!


*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* One of my favorite boots from the entire sale are the sleek over-the-knee boots. They are slim and hug your leg without being constricting. The pointy toe elongates your leg, but the heel is on the shorter side and slightly chunky so you won’t feel inappropriate wearing them for all occasions.



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul flannel

Treasure & Bond Felt Panama Hat  $49 $31 • Plaid ButtonDown Top $49, $31

Don’t forget the hats when accessorizing for Fall!  Not only do they add a punch of pizazz to your outfit, they also disguise your Day 3 and Day 4 hair! I love the fabric and shape of this larger brim hat- and a good hat can be hard to find.  I can’t wait to get the tan one too!

HAT FIT: When I first tried on this one, I was so disappointed because it was too big!  Then, I realized that the hat is adjustable! #genius There’s a string on the inside so you can customize it to fit one size fits all!

Come fall, we’ll all be wanting to throw on our lived in plaid button down tops.  They’re a workhorse in your closet because they can be worn alone (tucked, tied or untucked), with a vest, cardigan or jacket and work well with jeans, leggings, and skirts!  I like to get a few in different colors, but of course the black and white stood out to me.  It’s also super soft!

TOP FIT: Run on the small side, I’m wearing XS


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul leather jacket

Articles of Society Sarah Ankle Jeans $64 $41 • Caslon Striped Tee  $25 $17 • Steve Madden Brinkley Black Boots $130 $87 • Topshop Motot Jacket $88 $59

This Moto jacket is so chic! I instantly felt 10 times cooler when I put it on.  It’s got great details from the zipper on the sleeve to the quilting on the shoulder. It’s a crop length so it will make your legs look longer in jeans and skirts.  But, I love pairing a leather jacket over a feminine dress for an unexpected twist.

JACKET FIT: I sized up one so it wouldn’t be too constricting across the chest, wearing US 4


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale try on haul jeans

BLANKNYC The Great Jones Jeans $88 $58 • Caslon Thermal Henley $59 $39 • Vince Camuto Movinta Booties $149, $99

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* Of course I beeline for boots and booties every year.  This cone shaped bootie with a v-cut front made my list of “Must Haves.” That little V is magic for elongating your leg line and letting a little bit of ankle peek through.  They are flattering on everyone, but especially on us shorties.  I bought them in black and tan. They’re also quite comfortable and the cone heel is fashion forward.

BOOTS FIT: I sized up half because they run narrow.

2018 nordstrom anniversary sale suede booties try on haul

BLANKNYC makes a great quality jean and I’ve always been impressed with every pair I’ve owned.  This more relaxed pair is begging to be worn on lazy weekends.  The wash is a mellow blue and the hem has a raw edge.


The waffle knit henley is soft textured goodness and such a pretty pink!  It also comes in black and white.

TUNIC FIT: Runs big, I’m wearing XS, but would prefer XXS or XSP (which it also comes in, but didn’t have at my store)


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale sam edelman boots try on haul

AG Ripped Jeans Super Skinny Ankle $225 $149 • Madewell Tie Back Top $49 $32 • Sam Edelman Caprice Boots $224, $150 • Crochet Trim Scarf $55, $35

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* I was lucky to get these Sam Edelman Caprice knee high boots in my size before they sold out!  My store only had one size 6 in the store left! They’re perfect not only with jeans, but also leggings and dresses.  I love the light neutral color that will go with so many things in your closet.  The style is clean and unfussy, with a block heel that’s not too high and not too low.  The boot hits me right mid-knee and I’m 5’1.



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale leith cardigan try on haul

AG Ripped Jeans Super Skinny Ankle $225 $149 • White TankLeith Cardigan $69 $45 • Sam Edelman Caprice Boots $225 $150• Kendra Scott Necklace $90, $59

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* Cardigans are always on my list of must-have‘s for the Nordstrom sale, and this circle cardigan will easily layer over any outfit. I like the circle shape at the bottom because it doesn’t cut you off in a straight line visually.  They are calling it a “ribbed shawl cocoon sweater” and I have to say, it does have a cozy cocoon feel to it! I’m wearing it here with jeans and boots, but it looks great over dresses as well. It’s on the light weight side and has a thin ribbed texture to it.  It comes in 5 colors, and the pale pink and teal surf are fun for Summer too!
Isn’t that Kendra Scott pendant necklace pretty?! I dig the fringe on it, kind of gives it a boho vibe! Also comes in rose gold and silver.


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale hinge top try on haul

AG Ripped Jeans Super Skinny Ankle $225 $149 • Hinge Black Peplum Tank $69 $45

As far as tops go, you’ll see lots more of those in future posts, however this one had to be included here because it’s gorgeous and so flattering. The lace detail makes it extra special along with the flirty ruffled sleeves and peplum hem. It has the same special detail on the back along with buttons that are super cute.  Hinge is typically a pricier brand, so when you can snag a top for under $50, it’s a great deal!



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale jeans try on haul

Leopard Booties $149, $99 • Leopard Heels $159, $104 • Leopard Flats $139, $89

We’ll be seeing even more leopard for Fall this year.  I really had to think twice before narrowing down my leopard shoes selections because they are all so good. #neverenoughleopard but, #goodinsmalldosestoo
These pointy toe leopard booties are definitely on the adventurous side, so if you like to have fun with fashion, these should be on the top of your list. They look great with jeans, skirts and dresses, and even slacks with a conservative top for the office.  FIT: Runs small, size up.
The studded leopard calf hair heels (FIT: TTS) and leopard calf hair flats (FIT: TTS)are definitely fun for the Fall too.  I ended up opting for the flats because I know I’ll get so much use out of them and can wear them anywhere from running errands on the weekends to play dates to church and out to lunch.  If leopard isn’t your thing, they also come in classy black and bold pink.
2018 nordstrom anniversary sale sam edelman flats try on haul

nordstrom anniversary sale Leopard Heels


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale wrap top try on haul

Articles of Society Black Jeans $64 $41 • Topshop Kimono Wrap Top $60 $39 • Leopard Heels $159, $104

Every year I make sure to have a nice pair of black skinny jeans in my closet. They are an instant hit for date night, but also pair really well with all the neutrals in your closet, including brown and tan.  This pair is phenomenal and a great at a great price only $41!  They’re nice and stretchy, ultra comfortable and definitely slimming.


A top that will take you from work to weekend is this three-quarter sleeve wrap top. It comes in several colors and the side tie helps accentuate your waist.  It also feels amazing on, very silky on your skin.



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale plaid coat try on haul

Articles of Society Black Jeans $64 $41 • Topshop Red Wrap Top $60 $39 • Mural Jacket $128 $84 • Treasure and Bond Hat $49 $31

Lots of you will be smart to stock up on coats and jackets during the Sale, and this one definitely caught my eye.  It’s a smart style and the glen plaid is a classic.  I like the double breasted buttons and midi length.

JACKET FIT: TTS, XS, it’s a little big on me, I’d prefer XXS or XSP


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale skinny cargo pants try on haul

Caslon Utility Pants $79 $49 • Good Vibes Tee  $34 $21 • Lucky Brand Yabba Booties $129, $86 • Panecea Necklace $48 $31

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* I really dig these skinny cargo pants.  They’re super comfy and stretchy and fit perfectly everywhere with no gaping in the waist!  You can dress them up or down and I bet they’ll become one of your wardrobe staples.  At under $50, these will go fast too!

PANTS FIT: Runs big, I sized down one to 24 Petite.  I can wear them cuffed for a little ankle peeking out.

Good vibes only!  Here’s a tee you can wear right now with your jean shorts and sandals!  Then, wear it under a jacket or cardigan in the Fall.


This wedge bootie wasn’t my favorite in this light grey color, but it also comes in other colors that I liked better.  I liked the wedge style and slight v-cutout on the side.



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale military jacket try on haul

Rag & Bone High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans $250 $167 • Super Woman Tee $58 $37 • Caslon Military Jacket $79 $49 • Panacea Necklace $48 $31 • Vince Camuto Movinta Booties $150 $99

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* I have several military jackets in my closet, but not this one! 😉 It’s more of a button down shirt fit with a pleat in the back and relaxed fit.  It’s one of those pieces that’s versatile for throwing over a top when it’s chilly, but not downright cold.  It also comes in camo!



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale northface jacket try on haul

Caslon Utility Pants $79 $49 • BP Stripe Tee $17 $11 • Panecea Necklace $48 $31 • Black Adidas $90 $67 •  Hooded Jacket

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* I’m doing a little happy dance over this one!  I’ve been looking for a coat like this forever and finally found it.  It’s got high-tech PrimaLoft insulation that keeps you super warm, but won’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase.  I love the elastic binding at the cuffs that cinch with a cord to keep cold air out and the high stand collar and cozy hood protects your neck and head from the elements.

It comes in regular and petite.

JACKET FIT: TTS, the XS fit me really well, but I didn’t try on petite


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale zella leggings try on haul

Maroon Zella Leggings $52 $33 • Zella White Tank $39 $24 • Zella Sports Bra $49 $31• Black Adidas $90 $67

There’s tons of good athletic wear in the Sale, but I haven’t had a chance to really dig in and sort through it all yet, so that will be coming soon.  For now, I liked these Zella crop leggings.  The color is divine and really unexpected in a legging, perfect for Fall.


I liked the tank okay, but I prefer my tanks a little on the looser side usually.

TANK FIT: Runs a little big, I sized down to XXS

*HIGH SELL OUT RISK* Aren’t these Adidas sneakers so cool?!  I’ll wear these for workouts, but also just casually on the weekends, running errands or to the grocery store.  They are lightweight and cushiony with a wide toe box that feels great on a wider food.  They also come in a pretty, light neutral color.



2018 nordstrom anniversary sale teddy pullover try on haul

AG Ripped Jeans Super Skinny Ankle $225 $149 • Caslon Stripe Tunic $49 $29 • Thread and Supply Fluffy Pullover $78 $51

You guys, this teddy bear fleece is beyond!  It literally feels like you gave yourself a fluffy teddy bear hug! The inside has a super soft t-shirt lining and it comes in three colors, including a blush pink!

FIT:  It runs big and Small is the smallest size, so unfortunately, it’s too big on me. 🙁


2018 nordstrom anniversary sale teddy bear jacket try on haul

AG Ripped Jeans Super Skinny Ankle $225 $149 • Thread and Supply Fluffy Jacket $78 51 • Sam Edelman Caprice Boots $224 $149 • Kendra Scott Necklace $90 $59

The teddy bear jacket is the same as the pullover, in a zip jacket form.  I’m so bummed they don’t comes in XS!!! If you aren’t so petite, you might love this!


I hope this first post gives you enough good info to start shopping wisely!  I’ll cover my beauty picks in a separate post, but two really good products I use and swear by are also *HIGH SELL OUT RISK* : 1) Miracle Lash Serum (this stuff really works!) & 2) Oribe Texturizing Spray & Dry Shampoo.

I send you off with lots of LOVE and good shopping VIBES!  Have fun and tag me on social media with #HWHNsale so we can all see what you scored!

I’ll have another new Dressing Room post for you tomorrow, along with Weekend Steals for everyone.

Throughout the sale, you can visit the HWH Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Page for updates, new posts, and restock alerts.

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. I’ve been waiting on those barefoot dreams cardigans since last year when missed out on them so I made sure to get some this time. Great job, Megan! Love all of your finds! You’re definitely my fave blogger and I shop your posts first!!!

  2. I could literally read these fashion posts ALL DAY LONG! I was disappointed when it was over. 🙁 can’t wait for your next fashion posts like this!! Woohoo! Also – I can’t wait for fall!!! Eeee!!!

    1. Kristin, that is the sweetest comment! My posts take me forever to write, so it means the world that you appreciate it! Thank you so much for letting me know!

  3. GRRRR! I am SO frustrated! I was approved for a Nordstrom visa card yesterday, but never received my card number. SO, I called customer service yesterday and they said that I should call back today and get the code to shop online since I won’t receive my card for several days. Well, I have been trying to get in contact with Nordstrom for over TWO HOURS now! I’ve tried calling their customer service line (they have an automated message saying they are having technical difficulties and to call back later). I’ve also tried calling their credit card customer service line, for which I’ve been on hold for the past 45 minutes. I’ve also tried utilizing the “chat” feature to chat online with customer service, and I’ve been sitting in some kind of queue for the past 45 minutes. Has anyone else had issues like this with Nordstrom? I am really frustrated, as the only reason I even got the credit card was to get early access to this sale.

    1. That is soooo frustrating Crissy! I just got word that they are on it and getting everything resolved asap. I use the ‘chat’ feature all the time very easily. I’m so sorry you’re having so much trouble. I’d ask for extra Triple Points to make up for it!

      1. Call this number.. you will get right in and they will give you a special code to get in until they figure things out. I a had a similar prob with my card. 877-283-4044 (card division).

  4. Great pics and some great finds! I find your style and fashion finds most relatable compared to the other blogger Nordstrom posts I visited today. Thanks for your work in putting this together for us gals!

  5. I’m in a similar situation to Crissy- have applied for a card three times and get told their system is down. I have faith it will come back, LOL. I’ve waited this long to pull the plug, it HAS to work, right? 🙂 Thank you SOOO much for these posts. I read your blog religiously, and find such inspiration !

  6. Just wanted to let you know that I think it’s SUPER helpful you put the price (and discount!) under each of the pictures! That way I don’t get my hopes up and then see an item I love has a HECK NO price tag!

  7. I found your post tremendously helpful! I too appreciated that you put the sale price under the item so I wasn’t disappointed after looking it up. I read your posts every day and enjoy them so much. Happy Shopping!

    1. Thank you so much for that Carol! It really means a lot that you appreciate my posts! I’ll keep bringing them throughout the sale and after!

  8. I have picked up a Barefoot Dreams cardigan in the past two sales & this year was no different! I usually buy the circle cardigans, but this year went for the hooded one so I can wear it as more of a robe/jacket situation!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  9. I finally received my Articles of Society jeans yesterday. They are so comfy but they make my rear look nonexistent! ?. Do you have any recommendations for other stretchy jeans? I don’t do ripped! I love all your posts but I’ve been spending way too much money at Nordstrom!!!!!

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