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What To Buy At the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

What To Buy At the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Houston Moms Blog

Hide your wallets and credit cards if you are on a spending freeze, for this post will make you want to BUY, BUY, BUY!  Your local Nordstrom fanatics are back for another year of Anniversary Sale picks. We’ve combed the site, read all of the blog posts, and even tried on and ordered {all in the name of research, of course} so we can bring you the best buys of the sale. So what is hot this year? Booties with a twist, skinny pants and leggings, graphic tees, drapey sweaters, shifts, and mock necks.

For any of you Anniversary Sale virgins, this is Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year where fall and winter items are heavily discounted. The great thing is that so much of the sale isn’t fall/winter specific and can be used immediately – hello jewelry, beauty, and home. It takes a little bit of pep talking to get excited about boots and sweaters during July in Houston, but you will be so happy you did in a few months when you are searching your closet after our first cold snap {you know, in the 60’s}!  This is also a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts since these prices can’t be beat on some of Nordstrom’s best brands!

And the BEST thing is that Nordstrom offers FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS on all orders so you can online shop worry-free. If it doesn’t work, just send it back – nothing lost! Things will sell-out, so if there is something you just “have to have,” grab it fast.  Prices will go back up on August 8.

Little tip :: if you see that something you want is sold out keep checking throughout the sale.  Popular items are often restocked and you can even get lucky if returns come in.  What To Buy At the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Houston Moms Blog

Hey Houston Moms! So last year I was all about comfort and a little glam as I was pregnant during the anniversary sale. I had no idea what size I would be wearing once baby #2 came along, so I focused on super cozy items I could wear during my maternity leave and jewelry items that made no difference what size I was – so if you are pregnant for this year’s sales. I highly recommend baby #2 as it served me well. This year my focus is to stock up on classic pieces :: back to basics! Things that I can mix and match and get a ton of wear out of.  And bonus if they can transition through several seasons! I really took inventory of my closet and tried to go for things I needed, rather than just things I liked. I’m set on jewelry, so although there are some amazing pieces this year, I did not let myself put any in my cart! You will see that most of my favorites are still comfy – oh, the life of a busy mom!

Chelsea’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

  1. Basic black legging  :: You can never have too many classic black leggings and this pair is simply chic.  Can be dressed up or down which is always a winner in my book.  Love a good multi-tasker!
  2. Comfy solid v-neck ::Drapey tee, yes please!  Perfect for layering.
  3. Black skinny jean  ::  I can get away wearing black jeans to my casual office so these are winners since I can wear them to work and on the weekend.  This brand is known for being super comfy yet flattering to all figures.
  4. Graphic tee :: This tee is so basic, but it’s just so me!  I love the saying and the font and will be great for layering.
  5. Mock neck tank :: This tank is so simple, but looks classic on.  I love that it’s a longer length.  And say it with me folks…will be great for LAYERING!  Runs TTS.
  6. Booties :: These booties are hot, hot, hot right now.  I was actually able to order them in store since the Galleria did not have my size in stock.  That evening I was notified that my order was cancelled since they sold out.  Boo!  However, I found these alternatives that also have such great details.  Perfect for the transition from hot to a little less hot come fall.
  7. Crossbody Bag  :: This is THE bag of this year’s sale.  Not sure if it will be restocked, but the gray sold out in the blink of an eye.  You can also checkout THIS bag or THIS bag – both look great in person and are steals!
  8. Workout Outfit {Crops, Top, Sweater} :: I used to be a Lululemon fanatic and while I still love the brand I’m a Zella convert!  The price tag is easier to swallow, especially during this sale, the sizes are more inclusive of us curvier gals and the prints and fit can’t be beat.  I find all sizes run TTS.
  9. Comfy Striped Tunic :: This is a hot shirt too so if you think you want it, buy it quickly.  It runs large so I recommend sizing down by one or two sizes.  It has a great long length that would work with leggings and is incredibly soft.
  10. On-The-Go Wallet  :: I realize that a wallet is not something one needs to buy every year, but I just so happen to need one and this zip-around wallet caught my eye.  I love the mahogany color.  Perfect for fall and the tassel is so cute!

BEAUTY BONUS :: There are SO many great beauty picks and special packages available, but if I could only get just one {reality – I can’t afford any of them after my list above}, I would totally grab the Sigma “Power Pair” Brush Cleaner Set! It comes with one of their amazing brushes, and I just think this mat is such a good idea and would encourage me to clean my brushes more often!

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Y’all. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is quite literally Christmas in July for me every year. Fo real. Sure, I buy things from there all year long, but it’s the one time that I truly let myself go a little bit {okay, a lot a bit} crazy and really stock up on some amazing deals. I remind my husband constantly just how much money I am saving us. Grin. {And typically by the end of it, he’s caught up in the cray and grabs a few things as well.} Anyway, the sale opened up to cardholders last Thursday, and I prepped like a madwoman :: highlighting my faves in the catalog and sitting with a glass of vino in hand with multiple blogs’ top picks pulled up on my browser. So suffice it to say, I’ve done the research, and now I’m passing on my must-haves to you! In my opinion, this sale is really the time to stock up on basics that you know you’ll wear all fall/winter long. I tend to stay away from super trendy items and splurge instead on designer staples that I know I wouldn’t want to pay full price for come September. Last year I was able to grab some fantastic boots, a classic purse, and comfort pieces like the blardigan {think blanket that is crazy cozy but you can actually wear as a cardigan} — so this year, I was more on the lookout for designer denim, workout pieces {since I live in those 5 out of 7 days of the week}, and beauty products. SCORE! I’m in love with the jeans I found, and Zella pulled through with all things exercise-related. Now, as a disclaimer, I didn’t purchase everything below but wanted to give y’all an idea of the variance of super cute things available. Psssttt, if you are in the market for boots or booties, Nordy’s KILLED it this year with the shoe selections. And word for the wise, if you see a shoe that you can’t live without, you better snatch it up quick because they are flying off the shelves. Ready? Set? Happy Shopping!

Meagan’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

  1. Ankle Jean :: These jeans will look amazing with everything from slouchy tees to long tunics and booties.
  2. Shift Dress  :: I love a dress that can be worn now, but then transformed into the perfect fall outfit with leggings and boots.  I’ve already worn this dress out and received so many compliments!
  3. Workout Short :: These shorts are everything.  So comfortable and functional.
  4. Sparkly Stud :: Grab these studs which are a smaller version of the popular studs last year that quickly sold out.  These make AMAZING gifts for anyone since one size fits all!
  5. Peep Toe Bootie :: One of the most popular items during this sale is a peep toe bootie.  There are a few different versions to pick from, but I really love these.  I bet they will sell out soon!
  6. Crossbody Bag  :: Just like their boots, this Frye bag is amazing quality and beautiful.
  7. Utility Vest :: This vest is just perfection and I love the tapered waist and longer length!  It’s going to go fast for sure.
  8. Plaid Scarf :: A plaid scarf just screams cozy, fall and pumpkin spice lattes! 
  9. Cozy Vest :: I know this North Face vest will become my new mom uniform when the temps start to drop!  I love to stock up on my North Face faves during the Anniversary Sale.
  10. Denim leggings :: Ya’ll.  These leggings are the best and have been recommended and worn by Chelsea and I in black and gray for years, but this year there is a new denim version!  I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

BEAUTY BONUS ::  Like Chelsea mentioned, there are so many great beauty exclusives that you don’t want to miss, but of course, we can’t have it all. I picked up this Bobbie Brown Sultry Eye Set this year because it comes with so much and can give you many different looks for both day and night. Win, win. It’s a great brand and a great bang for my buck with all that it includes, plus – it’s the perfect size to throw in my crossbody when I’m on the go!

Happy Sale Shopping!  What made it into your cart?

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