Well. TODAY IS THE DAY! Hand me a paper bag, remind me to breathe, and fetch me a coffee. Never mind that I don’t drink coffee, MAMA NEEDS A COFFEE! It’s opening day FOR CARDHOLDERS for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! And lucky me, I’m a cardholder! #duh And lucky y’all, I shopped the sale yesterday (and was a MACHINE)…. so I already have pictures of some AMAZING items to share with all of you!
Today I’m going to be showing you MY VERY FAVORITE items so far! Make sure you are following me on facebook and instagram too because I will also be posting often there today and through the weekend. I’m hoping to have some outfits on instagram stories as well!
I’m ready, ladies. I got a good night’s sleep (just kidding, I slept like 1 1/2 hours), and I ate a hearty breakfast of egg whites and steel cut oats (just kidding, I had a glass of V8 and a handful of Cheez-Its). STILL. No worries. I. AM. READY. I do my best work under pressure.
Let’s talk strategy for a quick second before we get started. Because Nordstrom has FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS, I wouldn’t recommend browsing leisurely and waiting till the weekend to place your order. I promise you, certain items will be gone if you do that. I heard it time and time again last year. (Throughout the post, I will be highlighting the items I think are going to go especially quickly.)
If you have a handful of things you know you want, order those IMMEDIATELY. After you place that first order of YOUR ABSOLUTE MUST HAVES, go back and place another order if you’d like after you have more time to casually look around. You can place 25 different orders if you want to :), and unless you choose to expedite your order, all the shipping will be free, so it won’t cost you a thing. #thatswhatimtalkingabout
OKAY, LADIES. LET’S DO THIS.
Right off the bat…right out of the gate…we need to talk about the new HOODED BLARDIGAN.
IT IS SOFTER THAN SOFT…. IT HAS A HOOD….IT’S COZIER THAN COZY….AND IT HAS POCKETS.
YES. FREAKING. M’AM.
I’M IN LOVE. And you will be too.
Like do not pass go, do not collect $200, just buy it before your size and color of choice are gone. I present to you….the HOODED BLARDIGAN. Take as long as you need to ooh and ahh appropriately.
Size References: I’m wearing the x-small/small. The arms aren’t quite as tight as the original or the baby. And I’m telling you, IT’S GLORIOUS.
Wear it with denim jeans. Wear it with colored jeans. Wear it with leggings. Wear it over pajamas. HECK, wear it with nothing on underneath at all. Wear it out to the movies. Wear it to dinner. And wear it at home every dang day of your life. It will be the most worn item in your closet.
Listen, somebody commented on it when they saw me wearing it in the dressing room today. I told her to pet it….she did….and then she marched her happy little self over to lingerie and bought it immediately. #goodgirl
FYI: Everything I’m wearing in this picture is in the anniversary sale…and I actually purchased everything seen in this picture. All of the items are great basics that you are going to be seeing on me again and again in different outfits throughout the next several weeks (and all fall and winter long)!
Size References. Everything is true to size. X-Small/Small in the blardigan, a small in the tee, a 27 in the jeans, and a 6 1/2 in the booties. You save almost $40 by buying this during the sale!
Barefoot Dreams pieces are simply the most cozy items you will EVER put on your body. Click HERE to see all of the items included in the sale (original blardigans, baby blardigans, blankets, robes, etc…)
Order one of these blardigans for you. Order one for your mom. Order one for your sister. Order one for your mother-in-law. I’m telling you, it should be a BLARDIGAN Christmas this year (if it wasn’t already last year). Or…maybe it’s going to be a blardigan Christmas again. Also, if you know somebody that’s in the hospital or has a family member in the hospital and spends a lot of time there, it’s a perfect thing to give to somebody you love. It’s like giving them a big hug. I find myself giving it to others a lot in those situations where you want to feel helpful, but don’t always know what to do. I seriously feel like I’m giving the gift of comfort! And it’s PERFECT for new moms! Also, I have soooo many teachers tell me that they keep one on their chair at school because it’s the perfect thing to throw on in a cold classroom.
If you are new to the blog, the “blardigan” is part blanket and part cardigan. I named it 3 years ago. And it’s awesome.
blanket + cardigan = blardigan
AG jeans are my absolute favorite jeans and have been for about 3 years now. I rarely wear them anymore on the blog for two reasons: 1) my exact pair has been sold out for awhile now and 2) y’all prefer me to show jeans that aren’t so expensive. HOWEVER. I of course want to mention them at this reduced price.
My AG jeans hold their shape, I’m not tugging on them all day, they are super flattering, and they just look great. I know many of you are going to be excited that these don’t have holes in them, only a small amount of distressing on one of the pockets. The hem is a raw edge, but at 5’4″ they were a little long for me to wear with booties. I solved that problem by cuffing them up once, and I liked the look! If wearing flats, I could wear them without a cuff.
Size Reference: I’m wearing a 27, so they are true to size. They have the perfect amount of stretch in them, so they are comfy, but they don’t sag.
My favorite pair in the sale can be found HERE (seen below). If you buy them during the sale, you will be saving $75!
Now let’s talk about these Articles of Society Carly jeans. If you’ve been reading this blog for the last 6 months, you know I have 3 pairs of the Carly jeans (a denim pair with a frayed hem, a white pair, and a blush pair). They are LIKE BUTTAH. In fact, they are so soft, stretchy, and cozy that I’ve named them #pajamajeans. And I’m not being dramatic. THEY ARE THAT COMFY. I could literally sleep in them if I had to. AND Y’ALL!!!! The sale price is $38.90. #thatsjustcrazy
I somehow didn’t get any good shots of just the jeans, but you can click HERE for them, and you will be seeing them in lots of upcoming posts (because they came home with me).
Size Reference: I was wearing a 27, which is true to size for me. They will look good with booties, with tall booties, with sneakers, with converse, with flats, everything! And COME ON. Under $40.
I also love THESE from Articles of Society (seen in the picture below). Just as stretchy and comfy, but they have some distressing on them. I’ve cuffed them as well, but if you are a bit taller than 5’4″, you wouldn’t need a cuff.
If y’all followed along during the sale last year, you know the Leith cardigan (what I’m wearing below) sold out within the the first 48 hours…and it was never restocked. Sadly, for some reason I didn’t fall in love with this year’s version as much, but I knew y’all would still want to see it. It was a little bit longer and shaped a little bit differently. I also want you to pay attention to MY NEW FRYE BAG!!! Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T! I’ll talk more about it in a minute, but I wanted you to see it on! #splurge #worthit
And this tee? Well, it’s only $17. I KNOW.
SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!
Well, ladies. I’m sad to report that I don’t think the shoe selection is nearly as awesome as it was last year. HOWEVER, the shoes I did get, I really love….the selection was just much smaller. These are staples I’ll be wearing all year fall, winter, and spring! And the sale prices are just too good to pass up.
I don’t mean to panic you, but I’m betting that these first 2 pairs of shoes are going to sell out quickly (especially in the most popular sizes). They are the two shoes that are in most of my outfits today (and tomorrow), so you’ll be seeing a lot of them.
These Vince Camuto booties have a low profile heel, darling whipstitch detail, come in 3 colors, have sassy little cut-outs on the side, a zippered back, and a great perforated design. I like that they don’t come up high on the foot, because I find that to be flattering when some skin peeks out between your booties and your jeans. You can’t wear socks with them, so keep that in mind. They are true to size. I also liked THESE from TOMS for another low heeled bootie.
These higher heeled booties are also from Vince. I saw them across the room, and it was love at first sight. They are very flattering on, and I think the cut-outs around the heel are kinda sexy! The zippered back allows them to go on and off very easily, and they add a lot of sass to outfits. The stacked heel gives you height, but they are still comfortable! Plus, they really elongate your legs, which is always a good thing. Click HERE for these booties. True to size.
Need a new pair of sneakers? Check out these babies! True to size, very comfy, and just plain cool looking. I’ll be wearing them with athleisure wear of course, but I will also be wearing with jeans and casual tops.
If you are in the market for a new bag, you have a lot to choose from! I feel like they have a really great selection this year of all different shapes, colors, and sizes!
This Frye bag is STUNNING in person. The leather is gorgeously distressed, it’s a rich cognac color, and all of the details are just beautiful. The stitching, the shape, the handle, the cross body option….I love it all. And it’s the perfect size for me (big enough for all of my stuff, but not so big that it will collect junk).
This was the size of bag I was looking for last year, but they were all too small or too structured. The cross body strap is detachable, so if you prefer just over the shoulder, you can just take the strap off!
Click HERE for the bag. If you buy it now you will be saving $143! WHOAH! This is a bag I will be carrying for years to come.
This embellished tote is the one I’m wearing above in my hooded blardigan picture. It comes in several colors, it stands on it’s own (bags that slouch over when you set them down drive me crazy), and has a snap closure. It doesn’t have any interior pockets, but it does come with a zippered pouch. It’s big, but it’s not huge!
Click HERE for the tote. Buying it during the sale will save you $40, which makes the bag UNDER $80! This is one of the items that I think will go quickly.
I’m dressed head to toe in Annivesary Sale finds in these next several pictures.
This jacket is special. From the buttons on the sleeves to the tiny pleated peplum hem, it’s so stylish. I sized up to a medium. (I often size up to mediums in jackets.) And here I am in the blush tee again. It’s such a pretty soft color. I’m wearing a small in the tee (which is true to size for me), and it’s a slouchy fit. I’m wearing a 27 in the jeans, which is true to size for me.
I wanted to highlight the above jeans with a close up. I’ve been all about AOS jeans lately, but Vigoss were the first brand I was loyal to! These are true to size, mid rise, have a good amount of stretch, and just feel good on. Click HERE.
Look at this cute little hooded sweatshirt (with ruffle back)! I have on grey here, but I actually ended up getting the blush. And boy oh boy is it soft on the inside. It has a darling little double ruffle in the back, and it totally elevates the sweatshirt. I’m wearing it here with my new shoreline converse (true to size for me) and love the casual vibe. THE CONVERSE ARE ONLY $35.90 right now!!!! I normally size down a 1/2 size in shoreline, but I didn’t in these. I think the popular sizes will go fast. The Madewell transport tote is another items that I expect to be gone very soon. Buying it now will save you $68!
The Pardon My French tee is another FAVORITE FIND (and an item I fear might fly off the shelves). It’s only $25.90 during the sale. I sized up to a large in this tee, so keep that in mind (I wanted it slouchy). The cinch waist cardigan is soft and has the great little ties on the inside that allow you to cinch it in if desired. I’m wearing a small in it.
I know you’ve seen some great jewelry on me today, but tomorrow I will highlight what I think are the jewelry MUST HAVES. This adjustable necklace is my favorite, but it isn’t in any of my pics (because I didn’t see it until I was on my way to pay). And this leather and brass bracelet is going to be such a nice accent to fall and winter outfits, but I’m afraid it’s going to be gone in the first couple of days. #sogetitwhilethegettinisgood All jewelry found HERE (LOTS of great stuff!).
The watch department is really good this year. Here’s just one of them I really liked. The face of the watch is much smaller than I’m used to, but I thought it was so dainty and pretty. Very Michele-esque. I liked the mixed metals, the bright white face, and the bling!
Next up, two VERY IMPORTANT items….
The famous NATORI BRA!
I got this exact bra several years ago during the sale, and I hope to get a new one every year during the sale! It’s expensive, but I have found out it’s SO WORTH the money. I named it a MUST HAVE a couple of years ago, and I know soooo many of you are believers now too! If you doubt me, just check out the online reviews! The cups are perfectly rounded, it has just the right amount of lining, and the material is oh so comfy. And look how pretty the straps are (the straps are a little different last year, but it’s the same bra)! Click HERE for the bra! True to size for me.
If your only purchases during the sale are the bra, the undies, and a blardigan….I would still feel like I did my job. And improved your quality of life. 😉
Tomorrow’s post will have several more outfits, I just didn’t have time or space to get them all in today’s post! You will get to see a pair of green skinny cargo pants, a pair of deep wine skinny jeans, some more cardigans, and some close ups of my favorite jewelry from the sale.
I’ll continue to post throughout the sale of course, but here are a couple of categories you might want to check out today:
And I will definitely be picking up some Under Armour the 8 year old Under Armour freak that lives with me and pretty much refuses to wear anything that doesn’t have an elastic waistband. 😉
GAME ON LADIES. Go forth and shop your faces off. AND EVERYBODY REPEAT AFTER ME: WE’RE NOT SPENDING MONEY, WE’RE SAVING MONEY. #thinkit #believeit
Also…..since shopping is more fun with friends, I have a fun idea to expand the party! It’s THE SCORE REPORT CONTEST! If you are on instagram, JUST SHOW ME WHAT YOU SCORED! Please post pics of you actually in the items (it can totally be just a selfie!), tag me @sheaffertoldmeto and then hashtag it #sheaffertoldmeto. All pictures will be entered into the contest, and some pictures will be highlighted on the blog! The winner will be randomly chosen by the Random Number Generator and will receive a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card!!!
This will give all of us a way to see TONS of different items highlighted on tons of different people and body types! I’m hoping it will be helpful and FUN!
Oh, wait! Just one more thing. You can also click HERE to get to the widget I’ve created of all of my Nordstrom Anniversary sale items that I’ve featured. It might not be live in the morning, but it will be by the afternoon. It’s just an easy way to see all of the items I’m highlighting in one place!
I hope the post was helpful and that you scored some amazing deals! Also, since this post was written in the wee morning hours, please forgive any mistakes there might be. After it goes live, I will be reading it again for edits, and I will be correcting things as I see them. If you refresh your post throughout the day, you will see the corrections!
Please leave comments saying what you got and what you are most excited about…because shopping “together” with girlfriends is more fun!!!!