My Favorite Purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Gibson Blouse, $45.90
Now that early access has ended and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public, I thought I’d share my favorite purchases. Ever since I got rid of half of my fall/winter wardrobe last year, I’ve been wanting to slowly build it back up with timeless pieces. What I love about all three of these items is how versatile they are. They’re great for work or play, so I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them. And I feel good about getting these high-quality brands on sale. What were your favorite purchases from the sale? What are hoping to buy during early access?

Calson Back Zip Pullover, $39.90

Calson High/Low Tunic, $29.90

A Summery Jumpsuit

Details: One Clothing Los Angeles Jumpsuit via Nordstrom (Similar jumpsuit) / Nines West Sandals

How cool is this flower print jumpsuit? It’s one of those statement pieces that makes me feel like a totally different person in a good way. It’s like an instant boost of confidence with its elongating features and bold print. My boyfriend bought it for my birthday this year, and I have to say he did a great job. I love the keyhole and bow in the front. Everything about it just works. And it’s the easiest outfit to put together. Just throw on some heels and subtle jewelry and the jumpsuit carries the look. What has been your go to look this summer?

Kale and Apple Salad for Lunch

Kale is one of those veggies you either love or hate. I’ve never had any issues with it, but I don’t really use it in a lot of my recipes. It wasn’t until I bought a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share from a local organic farm that I really started to embrace it.

To use the kale that comes in my share every week, I’ve been packing kale salads for lunch. This is a very simple recipe that’s easy enough to make after a long day at work and it’s healthy. It’s also the perfect fit for anyone who is still on the fence about kale as the tangy dijon dressing really takes away any of its bitterness. 

Here are the details. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! You can throw in any combination of fruit, nuts, and cheese. Use whatever you have on hand.

For the salad:

1 to 2 cups of kale
A handful of slivered almonds and dried cranberries
Half an apple chopped up
A sprinkling of goat cheese

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of smooth dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of honey
A pinch of salt and pepper

A Good Pair of Denim Shorts

Details: Similar Anthropologie Body Suit / J.Crew Denim Shorts and Scarf / Jack Rogers Sandals 

The last time I owned a pair of denim shorts was in high school. I still remember wearing them with my Tommy Hilfiger polo and matching Tommy Girl perfume probably on my way to go cosmic bowling. As an adult, I didn’t think they were very flattering until recently. Now I like the way they look with flowy, bohemian tops or a simple striped shirt. They go with anything. I bought this pair during the J.Crew memorial sale for 50% off, and I think they’re a great investment. The fit and wash are super flattering. My only regret is that I didn’t buy them in a bigger size. I think I would have liked a slightly more relaxed fit. I do like how they make my legs look longer, though!

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

I’ve made it a priority to make fresh meals almost every night for dinner. No packaged or frozen meals unless that’s all I have time for. With these sweltering 90-degree days we’ve had, it’s hard to want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I’ve been gravitating toward simple, no-oven-required recipes. This avocado grapefruit salad is perfect for hot summer days and it’s bursting with color and flavor. All you need are a few ripe avocados, grapefruit, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and kosher salt. I made this with fish tacos one night and it was bon appetit!

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

One of the biggest sales of the year is almost is here: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you’re not familiar, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Every year around this time, Nordstrom debuts its fall merchandise. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to mark it down, they launch it at sale prices. This includes designers like Tory Burch and Michael Kors, which rarely go on sale, and major brands like Nike and North Face. So if you’ve been eyeing those Tory Burch Reva Flats or a North Face Jacket, now is the time to pounce. You likely won’t find better prices all year. 
The sale opens to the public on July 20 and runs through August 5. You can get early access starting July 12 if you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card or Rewards Card. You certainly don’t need early access to shop the sale, but it does ensure you get access to it before the more popular items sell out. A Southern Drawl wrote a great blog post about all of the details if you’re still not convinced. 
The first time I shopped the sale, I felt very overwhelmed. Nordstrom has a huge selection to sort through, which can be especially stressful when you’re hunting for a great deal and hoping nothing you want sells out. Here are some tips for getting the most out of it. 
1. Follow the professionals. If you’re still not sure whether or not this sale is for you, I’d recommend checking out old posts from top bloggers who usually do a full rundown of their favorite picks year after year. Although the selection is different every year, this will give you an idea of the categories and brands that typically go on sale. These bloggers also put up a post very quickly after the early access starts to share their top picks, which is incredibly helpful. You could just use one of their lists to shop the sale. I’ve linked their past posts below.
I’d recommend following: 
2. Narrow it down. Whether it be by price point, category, or brand, find some way to narrow down your search. Nordstrom is well known for its top brands and designers, but I’ve come to love some of their lesser-known brands for their value and style. You’ll definitely find prices under $100 and even under $50 when you shop these brands, especially during this sale.
For cute tops and sweaters:
Lush (I especially love this roll-tab tunic)
For denim:
For jewelry:
For shoes:
For workout clothes:
3. Develop a wish/need list. Every year before the sale, I try to assess my closet to see what’s missing or needs replacing. My riding boots are looking a little worn, so I’ll be shopping for a new pair during this year’s sale. I’m eyeing these Sam Edelman Boots. This spring, I did a huge purge of fall and winter clothes, so I’ll also be looking at new sweaters and jeans. Ugg slippers have been on my wish list for a while and the Anniversary Sale catalog includes the cutest pair with a bow.
4. When in doubt, buy it.  This is one of Nordstrom’s biggest sales of the year and it’s becoming more and more popular, so sizes and colors sell out quickly. Since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, I would recommend buying more than you actually intend to keep. That way you can try things on before committing to them. I would also recommend buying in a few different sizes if you’re not sure of your size. I always buy shoes in 9 and 9.5 because my size varies based on the brand. 
That’s all I have for now. Please let me know how it’s going or if you have any questions. Happy shopping and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Fourth of July Flag Luminary

The American flag as home decor has always appealed to me. There’s something so traditional about the stripes and stars, yet timeless. The colors pair just as well with deep wood tones as they do with bright whites. And the Fourth of July holiday has always held a special place in my heart since I was a young girl walking to see the fireworks display with my family and staying up late to play with sparklers in the backyard. Although I’ve moved away from home, the rituals remain the same. To quickly add some festive flair to the apartment this year, I made these American Flag luminaries, which double nicely as flower vases.

 All you need are a few mason jars (old pasta jars work nicely too), those cheap little American flags that they sell at Michael’s for about a $1, and Modge Podge. First I separated the flags from their poles. Then I spread a little Modge Podge on a jar and pressed a flag firmly on that spot. Next I added a second layer of Modge Podge over the flag to help secure it. Then I let them dry. Finally, place a tea light in the jar or some pretty hydrangeas and you’re all set.

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