TODAY IS THE DAY! NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE EARLY ACCESS IS HERE!! CUE THE PARTY HORNS, PEOPLE!
Hand me a paper bag, remind me to breathe, and fetch me a coffee. It’s opening day FOR CARDHOLDERS for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! And lucky me, I’m a cardholder! #duh And lucky for y’all, I shopped the sale yesterday (and was a FREAKING MACHINE). So I already have pictures and fit tips for some AMAZING items to share with all of you today!
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’ll have some really great 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, and I don’t want you to miss out on some of the best items.
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.
NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE EARLY ACCESS FAVORITE FINDS
Right off the bat…right out of the gate…we need to talk about blaridgans.
They are SOFTER THAN SOFT and COZIER THAN COZY. And for those of you that are new around here, BLARDIGAN is a word that I made up, but I would like to think it’s part of many people’s everyday vernacular now. I mean, if you type “blardigan” in on the Nordstrom site, you are lead to a blardigan landing page for cyring out loud! So, what is a blardigan?
Blardigan- noun – An article of clothing that is a perfect marriage between a BLanket and a cARDIGAN.
YES. FREAKING. M’AM.
And I use the word as if it is actually is a word, and I hope you do too. I currently own 4 blardigans (1 is actually Carter’s – yes, my son has his own), and I’ve probably given over 20 as gifts. They are perfect gifts for graduation, new mommys, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and JUST BECAUSE gifts. I’ve also given countless to friends and family who are going through a hard time. I feel that giving a blardigan is like giving a hug. Right now is definitely the time to get blardigans as Christmas gifts for your loved ones as well. I’ve given them to my mom, mother in law, my sister, my sister in law, and a grandmother.
My name is Sheaffer, and I’M IN LOVE WITH BLARDIGANS. Some might say obsessed. Which I think is a fair assessment. You will be too. In fact, you can click HERE for all of the Barefoot Dreams items available in the sale (includes throws, a couple of pillows, and the socks for UNDER $10)!
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 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Blardigan selection.
Now wait…this is important… I don’t love the new blardigan. It’s a different material (really bulky and reallllllly hot) and not flattering. THANK HEAVENS two of the crowd favorites are in the sale.
The baby blardigan is the shorter of the two blardigans, it has a rounded hem, and it has pockets. I think it’s the easiest to wear out of the house because of it’s shape. I do wear it out of the house on occasion, but I wear it in the house ALL THE DANG TIME. The x-small/small is the size I prefer. This year I’m getting this color for myself. My other baby blardigan is two years old, and I’ve worn it just about every day for 2 years, so it’s time. I’m getting the light color so not every single piece of dog hair will show up on it. #puppymomproblems
You’ll learn more about the jeans and the sneaks later in the post. They are also FAVORITE FINDS!
Here are the other 3 colors you have to choose from.
I hear that a lot of ladies like the hooded blardigan the most. It’s the longest (totally long enough to be worn with leggings), it’s hem is straight across, it has a hood (duh), and it has pockets too. I wear this one around town too.
Sizing Tips: I’m wearing the x-small/small.
I love the stripe found on the one on the left.
MY FAVORITE SHOES FROM THE SALE
Whenever I shop the sale, I always head to the shoes first. WHY? Shoes sell out the quickest. I’m betting that these first 2 pairs of shoes are going to go fast (especially in the most popular sizes). They are the two shoes that are in most of my outfits today and will be throughout the remainder of the sale, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them.
I always get a pair of relatively flat ankle booties. I tried on several pairs today, but these were head and shoulders above the rest! They also come in black. They are VERY comfy and will be great for both Fall and Spring. I love this neutral color, the deep cut out (so flattering), and the dimension that the design gives.
I recommend sizing down a 1/2 size in these.
Click HERE for the flat ankle booties.
The color of these booties were what initially drew me to them (but they come in 2 other colors as well). Last year my heeled booties were taupe, and they were a bit dressier, so I was super pumped to find these. I love the height the heel gives, but they are comfy and super easy to walk in.
These were true to size for me.
Click HERE for the heeled booties.
Do you remember the camo wedge sneakers I got last year? Well those proved to me that I would wear the heck out of a wedge sneaker. I LOVE THESE NEUTRAL ONES. Comfy as all get out, and they will go with everything! Now, this picture makes them look a lot darker than they actually are. I got the “taupe” and they are just a really great neutral! I would say the color on the site is a true representation.
True to size for me.
Click HERE for the wedge sneakers.
Need a new pair of sneakers? Check out these babies! They are incredibly comfy and just plain cool looking. I’ll be wearing these around town with all sorts of different casual outfits. (See me sporting them later in the post with blardigan!)
True to size.
Click HERE for the sneakers. I got the neutral color, but I love the black as well.
MY FAVORITE JEANS FROM THE SALE
GIRLS. There is sooooooooooooooo much denim in the sale this year. I was completely overwhelmed by my choices. I tried on A LOT that I didn’t like, but a few rose to the top! I am really excited about my jean picks!
AG FRAYED HEM JEANS
I cannot believe that I didn’t get a close up shot of my favorite AGs from the sale, but they are the jeans that you’ll see below in the outfit with the pink Leith cardigan. I did have to size up to a 28 in these. Y’all know I love AGs, and although there are several in the sale this year, this pair was my favorite by far. You’ll be seeing them in lots of future outfits. AG has always been my GO TO for premium denim.
These were sent to me early by Kut From The Kloth, AND I LOVE THEM. They are stretchy and have a cute step hem (shorter in the front and longer in the back) that give them a modern feel. They are super comfy and flattering. True to size for me (I’m wearing a 4), but I would size down if between sizes.
If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you know I’ve been a loyal fan of Wit and Wisdom for several years now and their Ab-solution technology. They have lots of jeans in the sale this year, but these dark wash ankle jeans are the favorite from their brand that I tried on today. I went with the 4P (I’m 5’4″) because I wanted them to be perfect for booties, and I like when a tiny bit of skin peeks out from in between the top of the boot and the bottom hem of your jeans. You’ll be seeing other Wit and Wisdom jeans highlighted throughout the sale from me, but these are my favorite for today.
These are ONLY $44.90!
MY FAVORITE JEWELRY FROM THE SALE
I can’t believe I didn’t get close up pictures of these items, but I only bought 3 pieces of jewelry yesterday!
THESE EARRINGS that you are going to see in a lot of my outfit pictures are FABULOUS. I won’t be surprised at all if these babies sell out today. They make quite a statement.
THIS SWEET LITTLE NECKLACE that is UNDER $35! I fell in love with the stars.
And THIS SET OF STACK RINGS that I think are so much fun!
OH WAIT! I forgot I also got THESE BLINGY BRACELETS. They had some like these in the sale last year, but they hurt when I put them on (even though I have small wrists). This year’s version doesn’t hurt! I got both the gold and the silver. Nadri actually has TONS OF GREAT STUFF in the sale! This wasn’t at my store, but I’m ordering this necklace this morning!
Kendra Scott does have some other great items in the sale and Gorjana does too…..but the above items definitely stood out to me. I’m sure I’ll pick up some other jewelry as the sale goes on, and I’ll highlight those pieces as I get them.
MY FAVORITE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE OUTFITS!!!
So now that I’ve highlighted my favorite shoes, jeans, and jewelry…I thought it would be fun to put entire outfits together with all of my favorites.
I loved the Leith cardigan 2 years ago, but I didn’t love it last year. Well… I LOVE IT AGAIN THIS YEAR! It’s such an incredible deal and is a perfect closet staple that will be a total work horse in my closet. And it’s ONLY $45.90!
SIZING TIPS: Size down for sure in the cardi, I’m wearing an XX small. I’m wearing a small in the tee, and it’s still quite loose. I sized up in the jeans to a 28 and the wedge sneakers were true to size for me.
And make sure you notice the necklace. So delicate! So pretty! So inexpensive!
And here are some of the other colors. 5 colors total!
Okay, girls. THIS JACKET IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE HOT TICKET ITEMS FOR SURE. I’m actually worried it might sell out TODAY. My pictures don’t do it justice, but I promise that people were oohing and aahing over this bad boy in person. YOU AREN’T GOING TO BELIEVE THE PRICE. IT’S $65.90. WHAT? I KNOW.
It has gold hardware, but it’s not too much and it doesn’t look cheap. And it has a hood. THIS JACKET IS AWESOME. And I seriously can’t get over the price. It looks MUCH more expensive than it is.
SIZING TIPS: I’m wearing a small in the jacket in the picture, but I’m ordering a medium. They were already out in mediums at my store, but I’m ordering it first thing this morning. I definitely needed the additional room, and I’m often a medium in jackets like this. I’m wearing a 4P in the jeans (I’m 5’4″ and wanted a little ankle to show) and the booties are true to size for me.
This is a great basic tee with a little something special going on with the sleeve. It also comes in a blush pink. This is a perfect WEAR IT NOW piece. It’s a nice thick material and will be great on it’s own as well as layered under jackets.
SIZING TIPS: I sized up to a medium in this tee for a little extra room in the chest.
I now you can’t really see the sweater in this picture, but trust me, it’s a good one! And it’s just $29.90! It’s reallllly soft, has a v neck, and it’s long enough to cover your bum. The scarf has such great colors, and I love the plaid. This picture also does a great job of highlighting the one pair of earrings I’ve purchased so far.
SIZING TIPS: I’m wearing a small in the sweater.
I will continue to show more head to toe outfits that I’ve styled throughout the sale, but that’s it for entire outfits for the day. But don’t go yet, I have some very important items to still talk about!
Next up, two VERY IMPORTANT items….
See, I told ya.
I first purchased this bra several years ago during the sale, and I hope to get a new one every year during the sale till the end of time! 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! Click HERE for the bra! True to size for me. Find all Natori bras in the sale HERE, including some that are better for smaller chested gals.
They also have some great pajamas too, I’ll be showing you this set tomorrow.
MORE OUTFITS TO COME + ATHLETIC WEAR ON SALE
Tomorrow’s post will have several more outfits, I just didn’t have time or space to get them all in today’s post! I’ll continue to post throughout the sale of course, but here are a couple of categories you might want to check out today:
I ADORE THESE HIGH WAISTED CROP LEGGINGS. They come up above my belly button, and they suck me in like crazy, while somehow still allowing me to breathe and be 100% comfortable. THEY ARE MAGIC. Once I tried the high waisted option, I have never purchased the regular rise again.
SIZING TIPS: I’m wearing a small in both the sweatshirt and the leggings. I normally size up in Zella tops, but I didn’t have to this time.
And I will definitely be picking up some Under Armour for the 9 year old Under Armour freak that lives with me and pretty much refuses to wear anything that doesn’t have an elastic waistband. #iunderstand
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
WIN A $250 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD!!
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!
I’ve done a couple of more SALE POSTS since this original post, and I want to make sure you see everything!
Click HERE for Part 2 where I highlight lots of tops, cardigans, and jackets!
Click HERE for 10 ANNIVERSARY SALE QUESTIONS, ANSWERED!
SHOP MORE OF MY SALE PICKS
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 for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…because shopping “together” with girlfriends is much more fun!!!! HAVE A GREAT TIME SHOPPING, LADIES!