Y’all. I’M STRAIGHT UP GIDDY.
Remind me to breathe and please fetch me a Dr. Pepper and a taco. It’s GO TIME.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Icon Access Begins
It’s opening day FOR ICONS for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! AND THERE ARE SOOOOOO MANY GREAT FINDS!
I spent pretty much all day on Sunday taking pictures and videos for y’all at home! I was lucky enough to have Wit and Wisdom and Gibson send me tons of great sale items a couple of weeks ago, so I used those to style a lot of outfits for this first post. I was also able to pull out some items that I already had that are in the sale this year, and I had so much fun using what I had to style some really great outfits!
I’m shopping the sale in person like a FREAKING MACHINE today, so I’ll definitely have more picks for you as the sale goes on. BUT TODAY IS A REALLY GREAT START! Here’s just a peek…
IMPORTANT: Even if you can’t shop until Friday (or even next week), today’s post will still be super helpful. It can serve as a lookbook of sorts, and you can start narrowing down what you want after seeing my favorites. You can always add the items to your Wish List!
STRATEGY: Because Nordstrom has FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS, I wouldn’t recommend browsing leisurely and waiting to place your order. I promise you, certain items will be gone if you do that. Place your first order of your absolute must haves, and then go back and place other orders after that if you’d like. Hopefully stock won’t be an issue for Icons, but it might be for Ambassadors and other levels. Fingers crossed stock will hold!
OKAY, LADIES. LET’S DO THIS.
I’m showing this top first, because I’m certain it’s going to be one of the first items to sell out. I mean, first of all, it’s STUPID COZY. It’s softer than soft, lightweight, and still warm (without being HOT). AND IT’S AN OATMEAL ANIMAL PRINT. It comes in several colors, and you might need a couple, but you definitely need this one. I’m wearing an x-small in it here, and there’s still plenty of room, so I would size down for sure. If you are familiar with other Gibson tops like this, the sizing is pretty typical. During the sale it’s just $33.90. And you will live in this top.
OH. AND GUESS WHAT. You can also get matching joggers (which I’m of course ordering).
The frayed hem crop jeans jeans are Wit and Wisdom and have a bit of distressing, a frayed hem, and a cropped length. The rise is a little higher than most of my jeans, but it’s not too high. And yes, they have the Ab-Solution technology! #pleaseandthankyou Oh, AND THEY ARE UNDER $50!!! For size reference, I’m wearing my regular 4s (and I’m almost 5’4″). I’m wearing regular sizing in all the jeans today, no petites.
As long as we’re talking cozy, let’s talk about this full jogger set. These joggers are super soft, made out of a cozy fleece, and you’re going to want to wear them 24/7. The top is made out of the same material for that matter. So yeah, once you put the set on, you’re not going to want to take any of it off. But that’s okay. I will support you in your quest for comfort.
The top is the same as the oatmeal animal print above. I’m wearing a small in this one, but I would prefer the x-small. I’m also wearing the regular smalls in the joggers; HOWEVER, they do have quite a bit of room. I actually prefer these joggers in a petite small on my frame. I have them pulled up a bit on my calves here to achieve the kind of cropped look.
You buy both of these pieces separately, and they each come in several color options! And as you’ll see in later posts, you can mix and match different tops as well. Click HERE to see some of their other super soft top choices (that match the joggers). Some are colorblock, some are twist front, and some are v-neck.
I can tell you I’m going to be living in this set.
You knew I wouldn’t wait long to talk about the itty bitty boot cut jeans in the sale.
I got my first pair (a super dark wash) like 5 years ago and named them a MUST HAVE way back then. Then I got a light wash and showed them to you just a couple of weeks ago (but the popular sizes sold out really fast).
WELL TODAY I’VE GOT THIS GREAT MEDIUM WASH! And the are UNDER $50. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
They are just as wonderful as the other boot cut jeans I’ve shown in the past. They lengthen your legs, they slim you out, they are incredibly comfortable, and they will make you look AND FEEL great. I’m wearing my regular 4s. I wear 3 inch block heels with them, and they are the perfect length on me. I wouldn’t recommend ordering the petites unless you are 5’2″ and under.
Click HERE for the itty bitty boot cut jeans. These are my favorite wash they’ve ever offered. They are a really great year round color.
You got close up pics above, but here’s the entire outfit! The navy floral blouse isn’t part of the Anniversary Sale (which means anybody can buy it today), but it is on sale and super cute. I’m wearing a medium because I wanted it little blousy.
I. LOVE. THESE. JEANS.
This itty bitty boot cut style from this brand is what I named THE GATEWAY JEANS years ago. Once you try them , you will fall in love with the brand, and you will want to try other jeans from the brand. They are stretchy, comfy, flattering, and all around glorious. Most people become devoted to the brand, and some never wear another brand of denim ever again. SERIOUSLY. They really are that good.
HOW FLIPPING DARLING IS THIS BLAZER.
Here’s the first thing you need to know about it…drum roll please…it’s STRETCHY.
It’s a STRETCHY BLAZER. WHICH IS GENIUS.
It’s got a whole lot of stretch in it, but it’s like a totally legit blazer. And because it’s got so much give, you aren’t uncomfortable and you don’t feel restricted wearing it.
I’m wearing a medium here because I have boobs and my rib cage and shoulders are kind of broad too, but I think most of you will be good in your regular size. However, I’m actually going to order the medium petite for myself to see which fit I like better. I think I might like it a little more cropped. It comes in several other colors, and I think I’m going to grab the black too. My black blazer is reallllllllllly old from Banana Republic and definitely needs an update.
We’ll talk about the awesome darker wash ankle jeans more in the next two pictures.
In this next picture, I’m wearing the same dark wash ankle jeans as above (which we are about to talk about in detail).
I’m wearing them with one of my favorite sweaters, the cashmere sweater that I wore the heck out of last year. It was like my official sweater of 2019. I had it in both black and camel and wore them both CONSTANTLY. I highly recommend grabbing at least 1 at this price. I’m going to add the “pink compact” to my closet.
I would normally buy a medium in a sweater like this, but I followed the recommendation to size down and I’m glad I did. I despise clingy sweaters, and the small isn’t clingy, but it is fitted more than relaxed. I have so many relaxed sweaters in my closet, I’m glad to have some fitted options as well.
Okay! THE JEANS!
If you are looking for a classic pair of dark wash jeans with no distressing, LOOK NO FURTHER. I like distressing as much as the next gal, but I always need “clean” pairs in my closet as well. I love darker denim in Fall and Winter, and the dark wash makes them easy to dress up with heels if you’d like! For size reference, I’m wearing my regular 4s.
First off, these babies are $44.90. WHAT IN THE WORLD.
They are Wit and Wisdom, and they’ve got the Ab-Solution technology that we are all obsessed with. The power mesh panels slim and hold, they suck you in, but the jeans still manage to be super comfortable. Here’s the deal, I only wear jeans with stretch in them now. Life’s too short to wear non-stretchy jeans. Somebody needs to needlepoint that on a pillow.
I’m wearing them here with booties on the left and flats on the right so you can see that they work well with both. And they are skinny enough that they should also tuck nicely into tall boots too.
I’ve got 1 more pair of Wit and Wisdom jeans for you today. These grey jeans are awesome. They also have the Ab-Solution technology too. AS ALL JEANS SHOULD.
They fit like a glove and I love the color. I like that I’ll be able to throw them in the mix amidst all of the blue denim I’ve got. For size reference, I’m wearing my regular 4s.
This blouson sleeve wrap top is a great find too. In the coming days, you’ll also see it on me in the oatmeal color and the magenta. It’s the super soft fleecy fabric that we know and love, but it’s dressed up with the wrap front and the blouson sleeves! It’s cute with jeans, but it’s definitely nice enough to pair with a pencil skirt or work pants. I’m wearing a small here, and it’s a much more fitted look than the other Gibson v neck tunics I showed earlier in the post. It is tacked together at the chest, which I appreciate.
And let’s do another jogger set….BECAUSE IT’S 2020 PEOPLE.
So I’m wearing the same joggers as I was in the olive green set up top, but these are obviously grey. And instead of wearing the over sized v neck, I’m wearing the color block pullover. I’m wearing a small in this one, and I wouldn’t want it any smaller.
I think it’s a cool and modern take on a jogger set! I love this black/grey version, but there are 4 combos and I really like the blush/wine combo too.
TRIED AND TRUE ITEMS
NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE ITEMS THAT I’VE OWNED AND LOVED FOR AWHILE.
These items are all tried and true personal favorites of mine.
A couple of them are usually in the sale, but I’m always nervous for some reason that they will be left out, so I am always super excited to see when they bring them back!
THE BEST THROW EVER
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times….one of THE BEST VALUES OF THE ENTIRE SALE IS THIS THROW.
IT’S $25.90 y’all, it’s soft as all get out, it looks pretty (I love the fringe!), and it launders great. Buy SEVERAL for your own home (just to keep your family from fighting over it), and then buy them as gifts too. THIS BLANKET IS AMAZING.
Throw one over the back of your couch, throw one on the foot of your bed, and pile them up in a great basket. You’re going to want to have plenty on hand or your family will fight over them. I’m not even kidding.
Click HERE for the throw.
THE BABY BLARDIGAN
If you’re new here, a “blardigan” is part blanket and part cardigan. I named it a blardigan many moons ago, and the name stuck. Haha! And it’s a little piece of heaven on this here earth.
The baby blardigan is the shortest of all the blardigans, it has a rounded hem, and it has pockets. I wear it both in and out of the house and it seriously still brings a smile to my face each time I put it on even though I’ve been putting one on for like 7 years now. When I’m wearing it, I’m living my best life. The x-small/small is the size I prefer, but the next size up is just a more relaxed fit and has a bit of extra length (which others prefer). The arms are fitted, which is what allows it to be worn out of the house (and not just look like lounge wear), so consider sizing up if you prefer extra room in your arms.
This is the “He Pewter/Pearl”, but it comes in other colors that I will show later in the week. Click HERE for the baby blardigan.
MY GO TO BRAS AND UNDIES
I first purchased THIS BRA several years ago during the sale, and it’s become a tradition to get a new one every year. It’s expensive when not on sale ($72), but I have found that it’s SO WORTH the money. Grabbing it at the sale price at $47.90 is a no brainer. I named it a MUST HAVE several years ago, and I know so 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.
I discovered the THESE UNDIES 4 years ago during the sale, and now they have a cult following. (They are called “girl briefs”, but they are definitely for women.) They stay in place without digging into the skin, rolling down, etc. Plus, they are pretty with the lace detailing. And I’m telling you, you can barely even tell you have them on! I wear a small, so they are true to size for me. I initially bought 1 pair to try several years ago, and then I immediately hopped on and purchased 3 more. Since my initial purchase, I’ve probably purchased 20 additional pair. When I found myself sad when they were all in the laundry, I started grabbing several pair every time they were on sale. Life’s too short to wear undies that you don’t love. You can quote me on that. It seems that my life mantras are all about comfort.
I get sooooo many comments from readers that say that they stock up on these every single year as well!
OH! AND CHECK THIS OUT! The strapless bra that I’ve been raving about for 6 years now (and have turned so many of y’all onto) is NOW IN THE SALE! My friend Meagan finally bought one last year, and she kept texting me about it saying things like “My saggy boobies have been perfectly happy and supported since 7 a.m. They feel confident again!” And days later “I’ve decided I only want to wear the strapless bra. Always.” YEP, THAT’S RIGHT. So many of us wear this strapless EVEN WHEN WE DON’T HAVE TO WEAR A STRAPLESS. That’s pretty much unheard of, y’all! Sizing tips: Some buy their regular size, and some size up in the band or the cup.
Click HERE for this strapless. Even if you are large chested, you need to try this bra. And you see it also comes with detachable straps. You can wear them straight, you can criss cross them in the back, or you can of course take them off all together.
AND, if you are a Hanky Panky devotee, don’t you worry! My favorite regular rise thongs can be found HERE.
These Sorel booties were one of my Top 5 favorite purchases from all of 2019, and I was THRILLED when I saw they were in the sale this year. I styled them in several outfits above, but I knew they needed a big highlight.
These booties are fully waterproof, have an elastic insert on the inside and asymmetrical zip closure on the outside. They are easy to get off and on, and they have a removable padded insole. I love the wedge heel and the chunky textured sole. They give me some height, elongate my legs, and are still incredibly comfortable. True to size for me, but after reading reviews online, it seems like if you are between sizes that you should go up a 1/2 size.
In addition to the functionality, let’s talk about the fashion. Because they function great…BUT THEY LOOK GREAT TOO!
They somehow manage to be sporty, yet chic.
I ADORE THEM.
And OH MY WORD, I received literally hundreds of messages about these booties since I first introduced them at the very end of October last year. Everybody is so incredibly impressed with their comfort level and how they are so good at keeping our feet warm and dry.
Click HERE for the booties, they come in black and brown.
Here I am wearing them on my girl’s trip in Boston last year.
These leopard flats were on the READER FAVORITES list in 2019! They were also personal favorites for me, and I wore these babies from March to November. I was pumped to see them in the sale!
They are very comfy and true to size for me. Readers suggest if you have a wide foot to size up a 1/2. They also come in black leather, taupe, and snakeskin.
HIGH WAISTED LEGGINGS
I’m SOOOOO HAPPY they brought these leggings back this year.
I ADORE THESE HIGH WAISTED ANKLE 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 several years ago, I have never purchased the regular rise again.
If you prefer the longer length, click HERE to choose from full length, 7/8, plus size, and maternity.
Sizing tip: I’m wearing my regular size small. Click HERE for the leggings.
SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS
The SPANX faux leather leggings are in the sale again too! WooHoo!
I’m telling you, if you want to feel like a million bucks, treat yourself to these leggings.
They are great quality, they wash well, they don’t stretch out, and perhaps most importantly – you will feel amazing in them! I size up to a medium in these (I wear a small in all other leggings), and they fit perfectly. I’m guessing a small would work too, but I really like the comfort level of the mediums. They are a couple of inches too long on my 5’4″ frame, but I only wear them with tall boots, so that’s not a problem. And that’s great news for you tall girls that would like to wear them with heels!
They suck you in and totally slim you down, while still allowing you to breathe. It’s a thing of wonder.
Click HERE for the faux leather leggings.
OTHER GREAT SALE CATEGORIES
Click HERE for Patagonia for the whole family.
Click HERE for North Face for the whole family.
Click HERE for all Barefoot Dreams pieces in the sale.
And last but not least, BEAUTY IS GOOD AS ALWAYS! I’ll be talking more about it in Friday’s post, but I thought you might want to take a look around today!
AND MORE OUTFITS TO COME LATER THIS WEEK!
That’s it for today! I HOPE YOU LOVED TODAY’S POST AND FOUND IT SUPER HELPFUL. This sale is completely overwhelming, and it was definitely my goal to make it more manageable (and more fun!) for all of you to shop. I would love it if you would leave a comment telling me what your favorite items are and/or if there are certain things you would like to see me review that you didn’t see on today’s post! My store didn’t have a lot of the things I’d seen online and fallen in love with, so I will be placing an order today so I can get my hands on some things that had initially peeked my interest.
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 #sayit #believeit
Oh, wait! Just one more thing. I updated yesterday’s post late in the morning after my Nordstrom Looks page went live! I’m so excited about this technology that I now have access to! I’ve only created a handful of looks so far, but I will keep creating more. When you go to my page on Nordstrom, you will see all the looks I’ve put together. Click on the look you are interested in, and then you can click on all of the individual pieces to add them to your Wish List or straight to your cart (depending on what level you are)! Go check it out!
Okay, now go forth and shop your faces off.