Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Access Starts Now!

Bows & Sequins Guide to Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | What to Buy: Moto Jacket, Suede Skirt, Floral Blouse, Lace Dress

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is HERE! Early Access starts today for Nordstrom card holders, but don’t freak out if you don’t have a Nordstrom card. The sale opens up to everyone next week! (And I’ll obviously remind you when it does. I’d recommend starting your wish list now so shopping is a breeze on the 21st!) I got to preview the sale items in-store at Michigan Avenue yesterday and my wish list is currently a mile long, maybe two miles. (Not counting the five shopping bags that came home with me… Oops!) So, so many good deals!

Real talk… Even before I started this blog (7 years ago!), I used to stay up at night until the sale launched online and comb through every. single. product. I couldn’t sleep until I went through it all… Such a weirdo! But not much has changed. (And I’ve been blogging about the sale for years… 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and now here we are! Wow, I feel old. Time flies.) I’ve essentially been up all night scouring the website for my favorite finds!

I’m sharing ALL of my favorite finds from the sale in this post, and I’ll be sharing photos from shopping and a list of everything I bought in a separate post later today!

Here are my favorite pieces from shopping in store… All of which are at least 33% off!

  1. This scalloped sweater is under $40 and comes in seven different colors!
  2. You can wear these rose gold earrings with absolutely everything.
  3. I gasped when I saw this tee, it’s so perfect. And only $25!
  4. These embroidered velvet booties are a must for fall.
  5. Also obsessed with this metallic pair!
  6. This bell-sleeved top was insanely comfy!
  7. Silk slip dresses are all the rage and this one was gorgeous in person.
  8. Can’t get enough of these jeans! They fit so well (TTS) and the hem is so unique.
  9. A suede mini skirt that’s perfect for going out!
  10. These grey skinny jeans also fit like a glove!
  11. This band jacket is pretty much perfect.
  12. A quilted Barbour jacket… Enough said!
  13. Had to come home with this plaid skirt.
  14. Sperry boots are a must for wet winters.
  15. These blush pink bedazzled loafers are so fun!

And here are a few more noteworthy picks from online that I missed in store! Again, all at least 33% off!

  1. If you’re new to La Mer, you have to scoop up this mini miracle set. But beware, it will get you hooked!
  2. I’ve been wanting to try these lip masks forever… This is my cute!
  3. Loving these polished color-blocked earrings! I should have browsed through jewelry a bit more in depth yesterday in store.
  4. I’ve also been lusting over this face oil so now is the perfect time to pick some up.
  5. This faux fur jacket is stunning, such a statement piece!
  6. Loving this bow-tied beauty and it’s under $50!
  7. I missed this ruffled dress in store, but I love how it’s so fun and flirty.
  8. A tortoise link necklace is a no-brainer! Great for gifting, too.
  9. So bummed I didn’t see this tweed skirt in store. Ordered it as soon as I saw it online!
  10. I would have for sure bought this jacket! Love how it’s a little bit sporty, a little bit edgy, and a little bit glam, too.
  11. This Kate Spade coat is too cute!
  12. Absolutely obsessed with this jumpsuit!
  13. This ballet-inspired dress is darling, too.
  14. I adore this blouse!
  15. Loving this silk wrap dress… Would look great layered with tights and a turtleneck, too.

Also, a shopping tip: If you don’t have a Nordstrom card and don’t want to have a card, I recommend starting a wish list! You can add everything you’ve got your eye on now to keep track of what sells out, etc. Then when the sale opens up to everyone on July 21st, you’ll be able to easily add everything to your cart and purchase quickly!


Here are my top 25 favorite items under $100!

Click through the arrows to shop my favorite finds under $50!

Let’s break it down by category…

Outerwear // If you live in a city with seasons, your outerwear game has to be pretty strong! I have a pretty big coat collection simply because I get tired of wearing the same ol’ thing day after day after day. A lot of the time, people don’t even see your outfit underneath… So you might as well make sure you’ve got some fab coats!

Top 5 Favorites:  one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

Beauty // Buying department store beauty products gets expensive so fast! I love how there are so many value sets during the Anniversary Sale.

Top 5 Favorites:  one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

Shoes // Whether you’re replacing your boots and booties from last year, grabbing a new pair of sneakers to wear right now, or investing in a new pair of work shoes, now is the time to do it! There are so many great shoes on sale this year.

Top 5 Favorites:  one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

Work Wear Wardrobe // Updating your work week wardrobe can be a drag, but get yourself a few fresh outfits that will help fight off the end-of-summer blues in a few months.

Top 5 Favorites:  one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

Accessories // I’ve always been an accessories girl. The first floor of Nordstrom is my happy place! If you need a new bag, sunglasses, or a new watch, now’s the time.

Top 5 Favorites:  one  |  two  |  three  |  four  |  five

Home & Decor // I’m loving how much Nordstrom’s home selection has evolved over the last year. In store, too! Here are five of my favorites…

Activewear // Sweating for the wedding, perhaps? If you’re in need of a little fire under your butt to get to the gym after indulging all summer, pick up some new gear to make working out a bit more enjoyable!

Happy Shopping! Let me know what you pick up or what you’re adding to your wish list for July 21st!

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  1. 7.13.17
    Sarah commented:

    I have been on a lot of blogs this morning and your post is by far the best! Thank you for organizing everything so well.

  2. 7.13.17
    Libby commented:

    Great finds! This post is super helpful and well organized. Want to buy a bunch of your picks!! Thank you.

  3. 7.13.17
    Patricia L. Taylor commented:

    I also have another email at pattylutaylor@gmail.comI‘, so eager to get started!

  4. 7.13.17
    Patricia L. Taylor commented:

    I also have another email at pattylutaylor@gmail.comI‘, so eager to get started!

  5. 7.13.17
    Patricia L. Taylor commented:

    get me to a place where I can continue to keep on shopping instead of just one place. thank you.

  6. 7.13.17
    Taylor commented:

    Love your organization on this post! I’m grateful that Nordstrom includes a lot of basics in their sale – was able to pick up new bras, underwear, etc and I loved the home sale, picked up a few (too many) candles for my new apartment!

    So dangerous that the sales last as long as it does.. may or may not have have a much too long wish list just sitting and waiting to be bought, whoops!


  7. 7.13.17
    Patricia L. Taylor commented:

    I also have a fairly new email
    I’m so eager to get started because I’m handicapped and Norddstrom’s is my only place I shop!!

  8. 7.13.17
    Caitlyn commented:

    Love, love, love! I didn’t even know that collagen lip masks were a thing. I cant wait to try them!

  9. 7.14.17
    Ellese commented:

    Loving your picks! The graphic Tees are super fun this year! I really love all the beauty products and shoes as well. Isn’t this the best sale ever! XO, Ellese