Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Early Favorites & High Sell Out Risk

Good morning, good morning!  It’s a happy shopping day over here friends – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is live to shop online for Icon & Ambassador level cardholders!   And tomorrow, ALL Nordstrom cardholders can shop the sale starting at 11:30 a.m. CT!

Use today’s post as a Nordstrom Sale Cheat Sheet and bookmark this post to return to when the sale goes live for you!  The public sale starts Friday, July 19 and everyone can shop then!

Tomorrow, I’ll be GIVING AWAY a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card – so definitely come back, even if you’re not a cardholder, you’re eligible to win!

Remember, this beast of a sale – Nordstrom’s biggest of the year – is for all the new Fall arrivals including women’s fashion, men’s and kids, plus handbags/accessories, beauty, and home decor.  After the sale, everything goes up to full price.


I’ve heard from so many of you that only want to see my very favorite picks, so today, I’m narrowing down my early favorites from what I was able to see at my store the past two days.  I literally went through every.single.thing (was at the store for a total of 18 hours!) so that I could share what I think are the hottest items and those that will sell out the fastest.

This is a super picky post without tons of photos of everything – just the best of the best!  Surely there will be more to love when the sale opens online, but this will get you started.  I hope you appreciate the brevity.

Without further ado, let’s get shopping!

BAREFOOT DREAMS • Cozychic Ultra Lite Lounge Cardigan

Of course at the very top of everyone’s list every year is everything Barefoot Dreams!  It always sells out, so if you’ve got your eye on it, grab it now.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - White Top with Barefoot Dreams Cardigan and Jeans

Halogen V-Neck Tunic Tee XS • Cozychic Ultra Lite Lounge CardiganGorjana Shaye Necklace

I’m so crazy for this short sleeve style!  This is definitely my #1 pick of the sale this year. It’s perfect for our warm Houston weather even right now during the summer.  Come Fall, you can layer a thin, long sleeve tee underneath and that would be super cute!   I know I’ll get so much use out of it all year long and have it for years because they hold up so well!


Cozy Lite Long Cardigan & Cozy Cardigan

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Cozy Loungewear with Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

Me : Barefoot Dreams Cozy Lite Long Cardigan XS • Cozy Shorts XXS • BP Cozy Top XXS • UGG Scuffette Slippers

Ali-Shaun : Barefoot Dreams Cozy CardiganCozy Joggers M • BP Cozy Top M • UGG Scuffette Slippers

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! #talkingtoyouJames!
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 bonus points with your friends and family, give it as the best Christmas gift they’ll receive.

Cardigan Fit:  I’m wearing XS/S and it fits true to size with some room for layering.  Ali-Shaun is wearing M.


This was the blanket we all fought over until I finally bought another and then another.  It’s THAT good!  It comes in a beautiful array of soft solid colors, as well as camo and leopard print.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Barefoot Dreams Blankets

Many a cozy Saturday has been spent snuggled in these blankets at our house!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Barefoot Dreams Blankets


Are you here for the booties?!  I am!  It’s always so hard to narrow it down, but at least in my store, here are my faves and what I think will sell out the fastest.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fall Booties

1 • Blondo Nina Wedge Bootie – This is a great, all around Fall/Winter bootie with a great style (slightly narrow, rounded toe so your foot looks slimmer).  The heel is 2 1/2 inches, so not too tall for lots of walking. The stitching on the side is a great detail with a Western nod, but done in a modern way. Bonus: they’re waterproof!

Fits TTS

2 • Vince Camuto Nethera – For everyday, I need a lower heeled bootie, the Nethera is perfect.  Even though the heel is lower (2 1/4 inches), it’s angled so it doesn’t look too chunky.  The pointy toe elongates the look of your leg and they are easy on/off with a side zipper.

Fits TTS

3 • Caslon Allie Wedge Sneaker – You guys went crazy for the Caslon wedge sneaker last year (I actually preferred last year’s style better), but this one is still good!

Fits small, I sized up half

4 • Vince Camuto Kimora Peep Toe Bootie –  These are the peep toe booties I’m loving this year with a slighter higher heel and that cool, cutout design.

Fits large, I sized down half 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fall Booties

1 • UGG Scuffette Slippers – Always a fan favorite, these slippers are sure to keep your feet warm and toasty!

Fits TTS, comes in whole sizes only.  If you’re between sizes, it’s recommended to size down

2 • UGG Melrose Booties – A similar style to the super popular low UGG McKay bootie, this one is perfectly petite with genuine shearling and whipstitching.  I adore the style, but had trouble with the fit.

Fit was off for me.  My heel was slipping out of my normal size, but a size down was too small.  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on sizing for these. 

3 • Linea Paolo Winslet Wedge Bootie – If you love a wedge bootie, this one is super cute!

Fits TTS

4 • Caslon Evelyn Leopard Print Slide – These animal print slides are comfy and cute, perfect for being comfortable at work, on the weekend or running around with the kids.  I guarantee you’ll be seeing these everywhere soon!

Fits small, size up half

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fall Booties

Cole Haan Callista Sandal – Now I know why people rave about Cole Haan shoes!  They are so well made and ultra comfortable with a deeply padded footbed. Try them on and you’ll see what I mean.

I could tell as soon as I put these on that the quality was a cut above the rest of the boots.  The slingback style makes them great for wearing with shorts, skirts, dresses as well as jeans.  I liked the wooden block heel and tiny perforations on top- plus the way the slingback is cut with that sassy side “V”.

They are a slightly higher price point, but well worth it.

Fits small, I sized up half.

JEANS • Kut from the Kloth Donna

Hands down, the best budget jean in the sale this year is the Kut from the Kloth Donna.  They have a higher rise, gorgeous darker wash with slight distressing, and a raw edge hem.  I think they look way better on than they do on the website.  And they’re under $60! 

Jeans fit : TTS, I’m wearing 0P

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Plaid shirt with Kut from the Kloth Donna Jeans and booties

Kut from the Kloth Donna Ankle Skinny JeansPlaid Button Down XXSP • Blondo Nina Wedge Bootie

JEANS • AG Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans

Oh yes, honey, the popular AG Farrah jeans are included in the sale.  AG is my favorite designer denim and the pair I always feel most chic and confident in.  The Farrah is a comfortable high rise jean, the wash is just right with slight whiskering and a v-cut hem.  They hold their shape tremendously well so you’ll never have a sagging booty in these!

Jeans Fit : I sized down 1 and would need to get the length altered.  Your alterations can keep the v-cut hem (that’s a cute detail!) even when altering the length. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Polka dot shirt with AG Farrah Jeans a grey hat and booties

AG Farrah JeansGibson Pullover XSP • 1.State Kaleb Wedge BootieGrey Fedora

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Camo shirt with AG Farrah Jeans and grey sneakers

AG Farrah JeansCamo PulloverCaslon Allie Wedge Sneaker

CARDIGAN •  BP Longline Open Cardigan

This BP cardigan was such a hit that I bought it in 3 colors!  It’s a lightweight knit with pockets and a great, long length that looks slimming.

Cardigan Fit : TTS, I’m wearing XXS

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - BP lace Cami with Bp long line cardigan with jeans and wedges

AG Farrah JeansLace Trim Cami XS • Long CardiganCaslon Sandal

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - BP lace Cami with Bp long line cardigan with jeans and wedges

JACKET • Thread & Supply Quilted Jacket

Ali-Shaun and I both loved this quilted jacket.  It’s got a fluffy fleece lining inside and diamond quilting on the outside.  The length and the fit is great and we’re crazy for all the pockets! You can also machine wash it.  We’re wearing the pewter/greyish color, but it also comes in a gorgeous rose pink!

Jacket Fit : I’m wearing size XS and Ali-Shaun is wearing a M.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - BP lace Cami with Thread and Supply Sherpa Jackets with jeans and wedges

STS Blue Ellie Ripped JeansLace Trim Cami Thread & Supply Quilted JacketBlondo Nina Bootie

COAT • The North Face Parka

Dang this is a good coat.  It’s got all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from The North Face like high-tech PrimaLoft insulation to keep you super warm, but won’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase.  I love the elastic binding at the cuffs that keep cold air out and the cozy hood that protects your neck and head from the elements.  It’s also long enough to cover your rear so it’s not freezing either!

Coat Fit : TTS, I’m wearing size XS.  Ali-Shaun is wearing size M

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Northface grey parka with leggings and nike tennis shoesThe North Face Hooded ParkaNike One Lux 7/8 Tights XS • Adidas SneakersNike Flyknit Sneaker

ATHLETIC WEAR • Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights

I literally thought I’d never get Ali-Shaun out of these tights!  She wanted to wear everything with them and I promise, if you ever run into her in Houston, there’s a 99.9% chance she will have them on! #ikid #kindof  

I get it though – they are the silkiest, most slimming and comfortable long leggings I’ve ever put on my body!  They are 7/8 length, but on these shorties, they fit to our ankles.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Adidas Workout Tank with Nike 7/8 cut Leggings with adidas tennis shoes and a hat

Adidas Logo Tank • Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights • Adidas Glitter Sneakers Nike “Just Do It” Hat

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Adidas Workout Tank with Nike 7/8 cut Leggings with adidas tennis shoes

Tights Fit : I’m Wearing size XS, Ali-Shaun is wearing size M. 

Tank Fit : I’m wearing size S (prefer XS) Ali-Shaun is wearing size M

Shoes Fit : Wearing size 6 (size down)


We were all in loungewear heaven with this pullover and shorts combo!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Nordstrom loungewear

BP Cozy Top XXS • Cozy Shorts XXS

After a looong couple days at Nordstrom, we were ALL deserving of some cozy loungewear!  This is the cozy of the coziest and such a great price! Size down in the tops and joggers.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Nordstrom loungewear

BP Cozy Top • BP Cheetah Sleep ShortsBP Cozy Shorts XXS • BP Cozy JoggersUGG Scuffette Slippers


These animal print clutches are major!  I couldn’t decide, so I bought both!  They are a great size, with inside pockets and a zip pocket, magnetic closure and gold crossbody chain strap. There’s also a nice little pocket on the back for things you need quickly!!

They measure 10” W x 5 1/4” H x 1/2” D.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Nordstrom snakeskin and leopard clutches

Snakeskin Clutch/CrossbodyLeopard Clutch/Crossbody

BAGS • Longchamp Expandable Tote

Ali-Shaun and the Nordstrom Associate we talked to both said this Longchamp Expandable Tote will definitely sell out quickly, so I wanted to show it to you in my first post.  Even though it looks all tiny and small here, it actually unfolds into two bigger tote sizes.

It’s really genius.  Ali-Shaun loves to travel with hers and swore by the quality and water resistant nylon with leather strap and handles.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Longchamp expandable totes

BAGS • Tory Burch Everly Leather Tote

If you love a good designer bag, the classic Tory Burch tote is included in the sale this year.  The Everly never goes out of style and is perfect for work to weekend, with three compartments large enough to fit a laptop inside.  I love that it has little gold feet too.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Tory Burch Bags and Purses

Tory Burch Everly Leather Tote


Finally, 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!

Okay friends!  Have an awesome shopping day!  See you tomorrow with the $500 Nordstrom Giveaway!

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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. Hi! Love all of your picks! Just a bonus note on the Longchamp bag – if any Longchamp bag gets damaged or just starts to look less than great b/c of wear and tear, you can bring it to Nordstrom and they will send it out for a refresh/repair for you for FREE! It makes it an even greater value!

    1. It was in our sale section and has a sale tag – however, online it’s only showing up as the sale price of $71 instead of listing the original price of $108! It’s some sort of glitch I guess!!

  2. Are the Kut from the Cloth jeans the same ones as the link shows? They look different on the link. Thanks!

  3. Love your posts but I cannot in good conscience buy anything Nike. Ugh. They have become to political for my heart.
    You are just a doll! So sweet. All the best to you.

  4. Can you confirm that we need to click from here, and ship for you to get the points? (and NOT to use the app on phone, right?)

    1. So sweet of you to consider that Pam. Yes, if you click on one of my links and complete your purchase, I’ll get a credit. The Nordstrom app on the phone cancels the credit. Thank you for even thinking of that!

  5. Thanks for being so thorough! I’m looking for jeans – either skinny or straight leg, and maybe some new knee high boots.

  6. Awesome job as usual Megan! Thank you so much for for all of your hard work! I love that you have Ali Shaun helping you- it gives me such a better perspective on how things might look/ fit me :). If it’s not too imposing, can you share ALi Shaun’s height and usual sizing? Social media can be deceiving and I’m not sure if I would be a M or L based on the photos. Thank you so much!

    1. She’s normally a Medium, and her frame is hourglass and petite. I need to ask her weight- it’s in the first style-a-friend we did, but I can’t recall. When I do her post on Friday, I’ll include all sizes she’s wearing.

  7. Hi! Are the solid colors of the barefoot dreams blanket the exact same as the leopard print ones? The “In the Wild” blanket seems to look thicker online but if they’re the same thickness I’d prefer the solid color! Thanks!

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