The N Sale Lowdown

Today’s the big day! The day we’ve all been waiting for…..the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public! Woohoo! Now, you may be one of those people who has never heard of it or at the very least doesn’t get what the big deal is. Well, first off, bless your heart. And second, let me help a sister out.  For starters, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, or the “N Sale” as savvy shoppers refer to it, is an annual sale that begins in mid July but for the first week or so is only available to card holders.  If you are not interested in getting another credit` card, no sweat. They also have a debit card that allows you early access to the sale. But if neither is your thing and you have the patience and willpower to wait until the public sale, kudos to you, sister!  That just gives you all the more time to plan out what you need want from the sale so that your’e ready to roll when it goes live.

Which brings me to the point of this post. The sale is now open to the public and while some of the more popular items are already gone, there’s still lots left and things will also be going back in stock as people make their returns in the coming days.  The best part about this sale and what makes it so unique from others is that it features brand-new Fall clothing at deeply discounted prices that will go back up to regular retail price once the sale concludes.  In short, it’s a great chance to take inventory of your closet and fill in the gaps with some higher-end necessities as well as those trendy wish list items you may or may not have been lusting over.

So, in truth, this is only my third Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to partake in and I’m no pro. I don’t have a Nordstrom anywhere near me and this is my first year to be a cardholder and therefore able to shop with early access.  However, that has not stopped me from purchasing quite a few items that caught my eye over the last few days.  While only two items have actually arrived, I wanted to go ahead and share those items that I’ve ordered so you could consider them also.

Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee – $17.90

I’ve heard this runs big, so I ordered an XS. I love the fact that it’s between a v-neck and a scoop neck and the length looks perfect to me.  This is a great staple piece so I ordered it in both black and grey and am looking forward to layering it as the temps get cooler.

Halogen Knot Front Tee – $23.90

The rounded neckline and knot detail of this shirt gives off that put-together look without a whole lot of effort, which I’m all about. I liked the green and navy option, but figured I’d wear the navy and white a little more often. I’m short-waisted so I ordered a small petite in size.

stripe tee

Gibson Tie Front Cozy Fleece Pullover – $39.90

I am really excited about this top, as it gets great reviews, but I did read that the petite runs super small so I ordered both petite and regular smalls to see which worked better. I got it in grey, but it comes in several colors that would be great with jeans this Fall. Again, the tie detail makes it special but still effortlessly casual.

tie front top

Halogen Tie Hem Sweater – $49.90

Again with the ties, I know! I ordered the x-small in black but it does come in both regular and petite sizes and several other colors. I loved the “Burgundy Stem” color, but it was sold out before I ordered it but you can’t go wrong with black and the soft pink is to-die-for, if you are one of the few sizes it comes in still. I’ve read it’s itchy, but I’m going to try it on and judge for myself. I have a sensitive skin, so that would be a no-go for me, but we’ll see!

black tie sweater

B.P. Cold Shoulder Tunic Sweater – $35.90

So, B.P. is Nordy’s own brand, in case you aren’t familiar with it, and I love it for its affordability and selection.  This cold-shoulder sweater seems like a great date night option for the cooler months and while it comes in grey too, I ended up ordering it in the burgundy stem, size x-small. I read that it runs extra big, so make sure you size down.

burgundy cold shoulder

Free People Split Back Turtleneck – $44.90

I’m not sure I’m going to like this with the whole slit up the back and all, but I figured it’d be cute with a fitted shirt or cami underneath so I’m gonna give it a whirl. I ordered it in an x-small black (which looks like charcoal grey) but it does come in “red”, which looks more like a burnt orange to me. Again, it runs big so order down, but should still work well with leggings and jeans alike.

split turtleneck

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan – $76.90

Now, y’all know me well enough now to know that I don’t usually pay this much for a top….even a sweater. But, when it comes to things I love, I’m willing to splurge, and this is one of them. If you haven’t felt anything by Barefoot Dreams, you are seriously missing out. This, my friends, is the stuff dreams are made of. It is incredibly soft and can take you from your pajamas to a night out if you like….it’s that versatile.  I’ve bought the long cardigan version for family members before, but have never kept one for myself because they just overwhelm my small frame. That all changed with the CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan. From what I understand, this version is much shorter and more tailored fitting, but with all the same cozy comfort of the Barefoot Dreams brand. I can’t wait for it to come in! Eeek!

barefoot dreams cardigan

Halogen Soft Ruffle Jacket – $89.90

I’m super pumped about this jacket, as it’s very much my style. I love girly details like ruffles and peplums, but pair it with a tailored fitting and I’m yours! I can see myself throwing this on over a white button up and booties for work or over a basic tee and jeans with ballet flats. I read that it runs big, so I ordered an x-small and am hoping it looks as cute on me as it does on the model! Fingers crossed!


J. Crew Stretch Toothpick Jeans – $75.90

I’ve been needing a good basic pair of jeans with no distressing and I’m hoping these do the trick. I like the “medium miller wash” color and they get great reviews, so we’ll see.  I ordered my regular size 27 because they supposedly run TTS, but they also have a little stretch, which I love and need. I mean, cupcakes and all…..

toothpick jeans

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans – $44.90

So while I have lots of skinny jeans, I no longer own any bootcut jeans and word on the street is that they are coming back. If that’s the case, these would be a great transition piece because of their slight flare. I’ve always believed that bootcut jeans offer a more flattering look for everyone, but apparently no one asked me when selecting the skinny jean trend several years ago. Anywho, if you’re like me and sorta ready for something different, these are your jeans.  Plus, they feature Wit & Wisdom’s Ab-Solution technology, and you know how I feel about that! Yes, please!

bootcut jeans

Articles of Society Skinny Sarah Jean – $41.90

These “red eye” (aka burgundy) jeans got great reviews and are an unbeatable price.  The stretch makes them run large, so order one size down for best fit. They feature a raw hem, which is very en vogue right now, and the color is perfect for the Fall season.

burgundy jeans

Caslon Slim Utility Pants – $49.90

News Flash! Olive green is a neutral. I know! I didn’t know it either, but trust me, it is!  It looks great with animal print, stripes, and other patterns, but it also great with solids like blush, grey, navy, black, or white.  I have a few olive green tops from the last two years, which are on heavy rotation, but I’m finally trying them on my bottom half. Want to try them with me? These run TTS, so I ordered my regular size 27.

olive green pants

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – $35.90

Zella, which is the athleisure house brand for Nordstrom, is a personal favorite and while not nearly as expensive as it’s counterpart, Lululemon, it’s still not cheap. So when it goes on sale, I always take advantage.  I literally live in these “Live In Leggings” and the high-waist version is both comfy and flattering.  I have them in several colors, but when I saw them in “burgundy stem”, I knew it would be a great way to try out the new color trend. The best thing about these leggings is that since they are a true matte with no shine, they look as great with boots or booties and tunics as they do with sneakers and workout tops.  So if you’re thinking about testing the waters on this whole burgundy thing, these would be a great place to start!


B.P. Kolo Flared Heel Studded Bootie – $79.90

The trends seem to be going towards a more neutral shoe and this grey suede bootie is a perfect example. The block heel will give you that added comfort and support and the domed stud details will keep you looking hip like you don’t need it ;).

stud bootie

Bar Pendant Necklace – $8.98

I used to have one of these and wore it on the regular, but the last 12,000 times I’ve gone to reach for it, I haven’t been able to find it. So when I saw it on sale for under $9, I figured I’d be pretty crazy not to snatch it up. I like its simplicity and ended up buying one in both gold and silver since I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  This is a great treat for yourself but also a wonderful gift idea for a friend or even a teacher so take advantage of this sale price and stock up!

bar necklace

So, there you have it! That’s everything I ordered during early access of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I won’t keep it all and I did order multiple sizes in several things, but someone seriously needs to keep the hubs away from the house during UPS delivery hours for the next two weeks. If I had to sum up the Fall trends based on what I bought and saw available, I’d say burgundy and grey are the go-to colors and clean lines with small details are still very much on-trend.  I hope I’ve given you some options for where to start today and that things don’t sell out before you’ve had a chance to place your order. But if they do, just remember that things are constantly coming back into stock so check back and check back often!  Happy shopping, y’all!


















Factory fix

I’m visiting my parents on the coast (of Mississippi) this week while the kiddos go to a sea camp and learn how to be “Coast rats”.  With no cleaning, cooking, or dog-walking to do for the first time in…..FOREVER!! I figured I’d take advantage of the extra time to myself and hit the outlet malls.  As always, my first stop was the J. Crew Factory to get my fix.  Y’all. I don’t think I’ve ever walked into one of these and walked out empty-handed. It’s just that good.  And right now, they are offering an additional 50% off of all clearance items with code SUPERCLEAR, making them ridiculously great deals. Here’s my roundup of my faves:

Blue check skirt // Blue tank // Yellow Necklace // Gold Slides


First up is this bright blue buffalo check sidewalk skirt with a gathered waist for only $22.49. It’s a linen-cotton material and oh-so-comfy and lightweight, making it a truly perfect option for an outdoor event like a company picnic, wedding shower, bridal lunch, etc. I’m wearing a size 0 because it ran sorta big, so definitely size up for a better fit. The top runs TTS and is a super-soft garment dyed tank that could just as easily be paired with jean shorts. At $9.99, I’d grab one in a couple of colors if I were you! I couldn’t find the exact necklace online, so I linked one in the same yellow color but in a different style. The gold Boardwalk slides aren’t on clearance, but at $29.50, they’re still a great deal in my opinion and will quickly become your go-to sandals.

Clearly I can’t get enough of this blue and yellow combo because oops! I did it again with this blue linen embroidered dress and yellow necklace.  This could work as a coverup or a dress, and the fit and length are perfect for either! The clearance price for the dress is $29.99 and it runs TTS.

Blue linen floral dress // Yellow necklace // Gold slides


This sunny-colored fringe tank has been on my wish list for a while thanks to its thick straps that conceal bra straps and fun fringe details.  It’s under $20 right now and I’m wearing a small, so I’d say it runs TTS.  It also comes in several other colors, but I love how the yellow looks with these madras shorts that are now only $14.99. They are the 5″ length, which seems to be the most popular, and a super-soft pre-washed cotton material that will have you grabbing for them over and over again.

Yellow fringe tank // Madras shorts // Gold slides


I’m also crushing on this little white embroidered dress (which comes in navy too)  and think it would be perfect for date night, lunch with a friend, or even as a coverup. I’m all about multi-functional clothing and this one certainly is! The material is thick enough not to show anything underneath and the length is perfect at right above the knee. It’s currently on sale for $44.99 and I’m wearing a small.

White embroidered dress // Yellow necklace // Gold slides


I’m not sure whether this is a coverup or a dress or to be left to one’s imagination, but I absolutely loved the fit and versatility of it.  The orange (Cerise) color was so fun, but it also came in white, and since it’s fully lined, it’s a great option too! I dressed it up with this navy chain link necklace and the same gold slides for a look that could take you from the pool to a restaurant and everywhere in between! At only $14.99, this is a must-buy in my book!

Orange gauze dress // Navy link necklace // Gold Slides


So now that I’ve gotten my J. Crew Factory fix, it’s your turn! Don’t miss out on their great clearance items that are 50% off right now, but going fast!