THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE – Early Favorites & Pro Shopping Tips

Woo hoo, it’s like Superbowl Eve of shopping over here! Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow! I wanted to share some pro shopping tips and my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites from Early Access.

I don’t know how, but I was extra lucky to get a special sneak preview of all the Anniversary Sale items yesterday at Nordstrom!  I didn’t know what to expect, but I was happily surprised at what I found.  I think you will be too!  I’ll be heading back to Nordstrom this morning with our favorite girlfriend, Ali-Shaun, so we can share detailed fit and styling reviews for different shapes.  I know you guys appreciated seeing how the clothes fit her too!

I wish I could show you everything now, but pesky rules say I have to wait until tomorrow.  In the meantime, I’m sharing all the important details about the Sale, including my Pro Tips, after having shopped and blogged about this sale for the last several years.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites Pro Shopping Tips


nordstrom anniversary sale favorites


The unique thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it’s ALL of the brand NEW Fall merchandise that’s 40% off for a limited time.  It’s not the end of season things they are trying to unload at a discount; it’s new styles and trends that you’ll want to be wearing this year! After the sale, everything goes up to full price.


Here are the important dates, so mark your calendars!

Thursday, JULY 12 : Early Access Shopping Begins (cardholders only)

Thursday, JULY 19 : Last Day of Early Access

Friday, JULY 20 : Sale Opens to Everyone

Sunday, AUGUST 5 : Sale Ends


Pro Tip #1 :  Join me here tomorrow before shopping the sale.

I can help navigate you through all the overwhelming Fall goodness!  There are hundreds of items in categories like Sweaters, Tops, Jackets, Cardigans, Jeans, Pants, Skirts, Dresses, Activewear, Shoes, Lingerie, Beauty, Home, Mens, Kids, etc. It’s a lot!

My first Dressing Room post will share my initial favorites from the sale with fit and styling tips and will go live tomorrow at 4 a.m. CT.   You can subscribe to my blog here, so you get the email as soon as my post goes live!

Pro Tip #2 : Things sell out fast (not exaggerating), so don’t wait to purchase something.

You don’t want to be Sad Sally when those booties you were dying for sell out in your size.  No, no, no.  You want to be Happy Helen, rocking those booties you got for a steal at the Anniversary Sale!  If you’re undecided on size, I’d order two and return the one that doesn’t fit because returns are FREE.  Having said that, I will do my best to let you know if something fits true to size (“TTS”) or runs big/small, so you can figure out what size to get.

Pro Tip #3 :   Having a Nordstrom card is the “golden ticket” to shopping the Nordstrom sale during Early Access (tomorrow!)

A whole 8 days before the sale opens to everyone.  You can get the card here and receive a bonus $40 Nordstrom Note if you make a purchase the day you’re approved!

Pro Tip #4 : Shop online.

Trust me on this one!  The store is a madhouse during the sale, not to mention the parking!  I got trapped in our Galleria mall parking lot one year forever just trying to leave!  I swore never again!  However, if you have a tradition of shopping the store with your Mom/daughter/bestie and love that time together- then I’d definitely make an exception for that!  Just remember, you’ll have loads more options online than what is carried in most stores.

If you do shop online and want to support my blog, you can shop directly from the links in my blog post, Instagram or Facebook at no additional cost to you.  But, using an app will cancel out any credit I receive. Please know that I value our relationship and appreciate that you trust my honest styling reviews.  I’ve been blogging over 8 years and feel like y’all are my true girlfriends after all these years!  Some of you have been with me for so long that you remember when James was a baby, not just Jordan!

Before I get all sappy, I’ll just say thank you for reading and I’m always  happy to answer any questions you have.  I’m open to special requests to review something you’re curious about and will do live try-ons on Stories!  Just DM me or email me at: 

Pro Tip #5 :

If you have a Personal Triple Points Day, use it during the Sale for even more savings!

Pro Tip #6 : What to buy. 

I save up so that I can stock up on all kinds of goodies including boots/booties, jeans, sweaters, athletic wear, beauty items and new bras/undies. I can’t resist picking up a few new things for Jordan and don’t want my son and hubby to feel left out!  If you’re into designer digs like bags and jeans, you’ll be able to save big on those too.  My favorite AG jeans are in the sale, Barefoot Dreams cardigan, NeuLash, Tory Burch Boots, and more!


Now onto the good stuff! Unfortunately, I can’t show you the things I saw in store until tomorrow, but based on the catalog, there are some treasures to be had!  These links will say “sold out” today, but will work as soon as the sale starts!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 cardigans

Thread & Supply Fleece Jacket $88, $58 • Topshop Long Open Front Cardi $75, $49 • Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan $134, $88


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 booties

Caslon Braided Bootie $119, $79 • Vince Camuto Pevista Bootie $149, $99

Vince Camuto Reeista Bootie $149, $99 • Lucky Brand Yabby Wedge $129, $86

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 tall boots


 Sam Edelman Caprice Knee High Boot $224, $149 • Steve Madden Brinkley OTK Boot $129, $86


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 sneakers

Runner $100, $74 • ADIDAS Flashback Runner $90, $67  • ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 Runner $100, $74


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty Dharana Yoga Tee $75, $49 • Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Print Ankle Leggings $135, $89


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018.3

Leith Sleek Midi Dress $65, $42 • Halogen Ruffle Neck Sweater $79, $49 • Treasure & Bond Felt Panama Hat



Chevron Spinner Luggage Set $299, $223 ($408 value)

Prettiest T-Shirt Bra

Seamless Hipster Panty

Pretty Thongs

What are you most excited to shop for? 

See you back here bright and early tomorrow morning!   

P.S. You can find out more about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale here.

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  1. Is it worth applying for the Nordstrom CC in order to access the sale earlier than non-card holders?

  2. What does it mean that by using an app it cancels out credit you receive? I want to make sure you get credit for what I buy from your posts. I truly appreciate all the sizing feedback you give- it helps a lot and I want to make sure you get credit for it! Which apps should I not use?

    1. Hi Faith! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and wanting to support my blog. If you use the Nordstrom app, it cancels out any credit I would receive. If you shop directly from the links on my blog, I will receive a small commission on your purchase. I want my post to be super informative and helpful for you, but if it’s easier for you to use the app, by all means, go ahead bc I don’t want to inconvenience you. 😉

    1. Me too Kathy! I’m actually at the store right now and was here all day yesterday, can’t wait to share everything with you!

  3. Hi there! I was wondering if you know what time i can shop online…i don’t remember if it’s at midnight or a different times? I’m in the central time zone. Thanks so much in advance if you get a chance to answer this! I appreciate it!

  4. I think one of the reasons you are my favorite blogger is that you are upfront about commissions, etc.
    But I have many others reasons too! 🙂

    1. I agree — and I just made a purchase and made sure I went back to your page to hit a link before I checked out 🙂

  5. I appreciate all the try ons and comments you make about each item, and feel like I’m shopping with a friend (who’s the one doing all the work) while I browse from the comfort of my own home. Lol. Just wondering, as I find just browsing the Nordstrom website to be overwhelming because there are soooo many options, (which is why I love your posts, they narrow things down and we have very similar taste), how do you narrow things down when shopping on line? Do you already sort of know what you want? Or do you just browse the new items?

    1. That’s a great question! I spend a LOT of time on the website- always searching New items and checking in on my favorite brands AND always looking at what’s on sale. Thank you so much for the compliment- that’s how I hope you’d feel while on my blog! 😉

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