My past Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases + what I might buy this year

It’s that time of year again… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (NAS) is underway for cardholders only, and the sale opens to the public this Friday, July 19th. In my nearly six years of blogging, I haven’t written a post about the sale until now, and I didn’t even know the sale was a thing until I started following bloggers myself. I’m not a huge fan of reading what all the full-time bloggers are buying (and returning, let’s be honest) and hope that if you want to shop the sale that seeing what a “normal” person actually buys and wears/uses is helpful!

I went through all of my NAS purchases since I started buying during the sale five years ago, and I’m quite surprised at how many things I did buy during the sale and how many of those things I’m still wearing/using. So, that’s a good thing! Back in 2014, which was the first year I shopped the sale, I remember being so angry that the items I bought were on greater sale at the end of August and vowed to never shop the sale again. That obviously didn’t pan out. ;) I noticed that I was a little too shop-happy the past couple of years and plan to tone it down this year. There are some good deals to be had, but there are also some not-so-great deals, and lots of items will, as it turns out, be marked down even greater less than a month after the NAS ends.

Below, I listed every item I ordered and kept from the past NAS sales, fit information, and how well it’s working for me/if I still own the item. The items in each year are listed from what I deem my best to my worst purchase of that year’s sale (it’s all relative!). I also threw in the items I added to my wish list from this year’s sale at the end…but of course, we’ll see what’s left after early access ends!


2014 PURCHASES

Halogen Leather Crossbody Bag • This black crossbody bag has been a staple in my wardrobe since I bought it five years ago. According to Stylebook, I’ve worn it 190 times! It’s probably my single best sartorial NAS purchase in terms of cost per wear. There’s a flap pocket version by Nordstrom as well as another similar option by Treasure & Bond in this year’s sale.

Kate Spade ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace • Not surprisingly, I’ve worn this necklace 99 times since I got it, and it’s also one of my best NAS purchases. I love it! It’s simple and goes with everything. (I purchased it in gold.) Here’s this year’s version, which has a slightly different pendant.

Chelsea28 Cabled Crop Sweater • I impulse bought this because I loved the cable knit and cropped shape—perfect to wear with all my high-rise bottoms! It looks slightly more rough after wearing it for a few years, but it’s hard to tell in photos. I took size XS after trying both that and size small. I did have it listed for a while on Poshmark last year before pulling it off to wear with the skirt in the outfit above (I think it’s the only item I’ve pulled off of Poshmark to wear again). Here are the Chelsea28 sweaters included in this year’s sale, and here is the selection of cropped sweaters.


2015 PURCHASES

Zella ‘Live In’ High Waist Leggings • After reading the rave reviews, I purchased my first pair of Zella ‘Live in’ leggings in black. I purchased size XS, and they fit really well, albeit slightly long. I haven’t had any quality issues with mine. I hang them to dry except one time I accidentally dried them in the dryer, and luckily they don’t seem worse for wear. I wear these the most often when doing yoga, riding bikes, or at our community gym.

Zella ‘Live In’ Capris • I also purchased the shorter capri length black Zella leggings which hit just under my knees. I don’t wear these as much as the regular length leggings, but I like having the option for the warmer months. I wear these a lot bike riding! I took size XS in these, too. The Studio Crop Lite Leggings are similar to these, and there are ‘Live In’ High Waist Crop Leggings not included in the sale.

Leith Floppy Felt Hat • I purchased this hat in burgundy. It’s a favorite during the fall and winter, but the felt is looking a little well-loved now (pilling), mostly due to running the lint roller over it to remove cat hair. This Panama hat by Halogen is the most similar version this year.

Kendra Scott ‘Dani’ Stone Drop Earrings • I tried ordering the ‘Elle’ drop earrings the year prior, but my order was cancelled, so I was thrilled to see an even better version in the 2015 sale. I absolutely love to look at these earrings. The emerald/gold colorway I got is gorgeous! The problem is that I rarely wear them. I would have them listed on Poshmark by now if I could find the dang dust bag… Here is the selection of sale Kendra Scott earrings.

Halogen Black Zip Flared Ponte Skirt • I used to wear fit-and-flare skirts all of the time, and this was a great staple to have in my closet. I wasn’t a huge fan of its length (being a touch too long), and it also didn’t have pockets, so I ended up selling it on Poshmark last year. The black mini skirts in this year’s sale are made of faux leather.


2016 PURCHASES

Trouvé V-Neck Mixed Media Tank • This tank was an impulse purchase, but it ended up being a good one. It’s a great basic with a twist, as it features a split back with a sheer panel. The first time I washed it, it shrunk, but the length suits me much better now. I took size XS, and its v-neck is the deepest I feel comfortable wearing (especially to work). Here are all the black tanks included in the sale.

Natori ‘Feathers’ Underwire Contour Bra • This bra came highly recommend, so I knew I should try it when it came up in the sale. I ordered it in black in a cup size up from my usual since it runs a little small. Since it has the lace detail, I love wearing it under my Trouvé tank! The lace on the cups does show through slightly under thin tops.

Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw • This blanket is now under the “Nordstrom At Home” brand. The reviews absolutely do not lie: this blanket is amazing! I purchased it in a bright sky blue for Korri (but really for me since I live with him now, ha!). I’ve washed this blanket multiple times and it still comes out so soft every time. (My cats love it too, as you can imagine.)

Halogen ‘Owen’ Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat • Another impulse purchase (that’s the thing about this sale…most purchases are impulse purchases, lol), and it was a less versatile option that some of my other impulse purchases. These shoes are definitely fun! It took a couple of wears until they were broken in, but now they’re pretty comfortable. I took my usual size 7, which fits well even with the pointy toe. The ties did crack near the end (where I tie them), but they’re still holding together. Here are the Halogen flats included this year, and here are all the pointy toe flats.

Phase 3 Whipstitch Wool Floppy Hat • I was drawn to the rust-colored hat and the fun leather whipstitch on the brim. It’s perfect for fall and winter! It’s also adjustable on the inside, which is not something I see often with these less expensive hats. The smaller size fit great on my head! Here are all the hats included this year.

Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Flannel Shirt in Barlow Plaid • I missed this shirt when it was offered by Madewell, so I was thrilled to see it in the sale! I love the black and green plaid. I bought my usual size XS, but after it shrunk in the wash, I sold my XS and bought a size small secondhand. I don’t wear this flannel shirt as much as my others because it’s on the thinner side. Here are all the Madewell button-up shirts included in this year’s sale.

Linum Home Textiles ‘Fun in the Sun’ Turkish Pestemal Towel • I didn’t read the dimensions very closely because I was expecting to receive a large lightweight blanket, but it really is a towel meant for one person. This exact towel appears to no longer be available at Nordstrom, but here are the towels that are available (none in the sale). I did find my exact towel at Amazon. I purchased the navy/white striped colorway in the NAS and the turquoise/white striped colorway from Amazon. It’s great to have for beach/pool/outside lounge days, and it washes well.


2017 PURCHASES

Marc Fisher LTD ‘Yommi’ Chelsea Bootie • I originally ordered a pair of Treasure & Bond patent black booties to compare to these (these were more expensive) and loved these boots so much more that I opted to hold onto them. I went up a half size to a 7.5, but I didn’t try my true size to compare. They are plenty roomy in the toe. Luckily, they don’t make my feet look huge, either. Love, love! These aren’t back this year, but here are the Marc Fisher boots included in the sale, and these waterproof boots by Blondo are very similar (the black is currently sold out but check back for returns).

BlankNYC ‘Life Changer’ Moto Jacket • I already had a leather jacket, but it was a little big so I wanted to give this one a try. I really liked the pebbled faux leather and gold hardware. I took size small after trying that and size XS. This jacket is no longer available but this one by BlankNYC is similar.

Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw • I bought another one of these blankets but in a lovely medium grey, which matches our decor better (can you blame me?). I’m tempted to add another to our collection this year…or maybe stock up and give them as gifts?

Natori ‘Feathers’ Underwire Contour Bra • I ordered a second bra in light beige in the same size as my black bra. These are excellent basic bras!

Zella ‘Impulse’ Sports Bra • I don’t have very many sports bras, so I figured it was a good idea to add another one to the collection. I purchased this bra in black, size XS to go with my leggings. It features a fun strappy back, and it’s unfortunately no longer available but here are the Zella sports bras included in the sale this year.

Two by Vince Camuto Waffle Stitch Vest • This was an impulse purchase…and not my best impulse purchase. I never really liked the idea of sleeveless sweaters, and it turns out that I don’t know how to wear them, haha. I’ve only worn this a couple of times and now it’s listed on Poshmark. I’m also not a huge fan of cowl neck sweaters (I can’t ever get them to lay right and I fuss with them nonstop). I ordered a size XS petite so it wasn’t super long on me. I don’t see any similar sleeveless sweaters in this year’s sale, but here are the cowl neck sweaters.


2018 PURCHASES

Le Specs ‘Air Heart’ 51mm Cat Eye Sunglasses • I saw these on another blogger I follow and fell in love! I’m a huge fan of oversized, subtle cat eye sunglasses, so I pounced on these. As you can probably tell by how much they appear in outfit posts, they’re one of my favorite pairs to wear right now. Le Specs isn’t in the sale this year, but here are all the cat eye sunglasses included.

Smartwool Hide & Seek 2-Pack No-Show Socks • These are my favorite no-show socks. They stay on the best of any no-show socks I’ve tried. I purchased them in all three available colorways last year (black, heather grey, and beige), and sadly these exact socks are not available in this year’s sale even though they are called the same name (sneaky). Here’s this year’s version, which do not have great reviews and don’t look like they’d stay in place as well. I found my exact socks at Amazon in black and beige (natural)—be careful, as some of the color options show the newer, not as good version. These Nike socks in the sale are very similar.

Madewell High Waist Skinny Jeans in Weathered OliveThis is a very similar style but in bright red, and here are all the Madewell jeans in the sale.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover • This is a blogger favorite, and I fell into the trap last year and ordered it. I ordered a size small because I never saw XS as an option (not sure if it was offered), so it’s huge! I love it, though. It’s so cozy for the winter. I do wish it wasn’t dry clean only. It doesn’t feel nearly as soft after being dry cleaned. :( My exact colorway isn’t available anymore but there are a few new options to choose from this year.

Zella ‘Live In’ High Waist Leggings • I love my black pair so much that I ordered a second pair in navy. I’m not sure that I’ve worn them yet… (Yikes!) But if I start working out again more regularly when it cools off (that’s the key, haha), these will be nice to have.


MY 2019 WISH LIST

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wish list — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

July Style Sudoku: Outfits 1–5

I’m nearly a week into my July style sudoku! The first few days always seem to go by so fast. As I did with my two previous style sudokus, I’m grouping the outfits into three posts starting with the first five outfits. Below, you’ll find all the details on what I wore on each day, the weather for that day, and my thoughts on each outfit and how well it worked for me.


OUTFIT 1 • Sunday, July 7th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 1 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Day one! I spent most of the day finalizing my style sudoku and doing other house things and didn’t leave the house until later. We headed over to my dad’s house for dinner and activities (dominos!) before swinging by the grocery store. Even though it was a warm day, we split our time between my parents’ backyard, which cools off quite a bit in the evening, and inside the air conditioning, so jeans were perfectly comfortable. I wanted to save my shorts outfits for future weekend days because those looked to be much hotter!

This outfit is not particularly groundbreaking and is probably not one I would blog on its own, but it is something I would throw on on any given day. Can’t ever go wrong with a plain white tee and comfy boyfriend jeans.

Weather: High of 86°F (30°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana tee / exact style or similar by Target
Everlane jeans / similar by Old Navy
Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 2 • Monday, July 8th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 2 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

There was a surprise on my commute to work: rain! That was definitely not in the forecast. ;) Luckily it wasn’t a heavy rain, and it had passed my office by the time I got there, so I didn’t ruin my pretty new Everlane sandals.

Speaking of, I know everyone and their mom has these crossover sandals…and I didn’t want to want them, but I was super curious after reading the rave reviews. I’ll add another rave review: the leather upper is so supple, and I love wearing these sandals. Yes, the sole is flat and not supportive, and because of that I wouldn’t wear these to walk long distances, but they’re amazing for short stints. I had to order a half size up after the order of my true size was cancelled, but they actually fit pretty well! I wish the leather was slightly snugger over my feet, but otherwise they’re great. Love them. I want to wear them everyday!

This monochrome green outfit is one of my “craziest” outfits of the style sudoku. Both the tee and the pants are also Everlane, so the greens go together pretty well. The blazer adds some contrast, and I’m a fan of the overall color scheme. It’s summery without being obviously summery, if that makes sense.

Weather: High of 85°F (29°C), sprinkles in the morning

OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew Factory blazer / old; similar by J.Crew
Everlane tee / exact style or similar by Treasure & Bond (review here)
Everlane pants c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane sandals / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 3 • Tuesday, July 9th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 3 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

After work, I had plans to head to happy hour with my family so I picked an outfit that could easily go from desk to, well, happy hour! I think this is my favorite outfit of the sudoku so far. I love the floaty top tucked into the boyfriend jeans, and the sandals take this look from being casual to being just dressed up enough to be worn to a nice restaurant!

Weather: High of 88°F (31°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane jeans / similar by Old Navy
Earthies sandals c/o / old; similar (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 4 • Wednesday, July 10th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 4 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hot and dry is the name of the summer game here in Boise, ha. I decided this day would be a good day to pull out the cotton-linen skirt. I had three skirt outfit options to choose from and chose this one for the sandals and light cardigan. I didn’t really need the cardigan; our office A/C wasn’t running on overdrive for once, and I probably would have been fine without it. That said, I love feeling cozy and didn’t mind having it on inside. It definitely came off as soon as I stepped foot outside, though. Whew!

I stopped by my dad’s house later in the evening to hang out and bid farewell to my brother, who was preparing to leave for his third year of college. (Where does the time go?) The cardigan definitely came in handy for lounging around and snacking while they packed up the trailer.

Weather: High of 95°F (35°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

American Eagle cardigan / old; similar by Express
Grana tee / exact style or similar by Target
J.Crew Factory skirt / exact
Salt Water sandals / exact from Zappos
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 5 • Thursday, July 11th

July Style Sudoku: Outfit 5 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

To avoid wearing my skirt to work for a second day in a row, I went with another outfit with the airy blouse. I was inside all day but I definitely would have opted for a skirt or shorts if I was going to be outside for long since it was another hot day! When I picked this blouse and these pants as part of my collaboration with Everlane, I thought they would make the perfect outfit…and I still agree with that assessment. I love a good billowy blouse tucked into a high-rise. :)

Weather: High of 96°F (36°C), dry

OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane blouse c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Everlane pants c/o / exact (review here; last seen here)
Earth flats c/o / exact style (limited sizes) or similar by Frye (last seen here)
ABLE earrings / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Everlane reviews: Air ruched blouse, cotton twill shorts, straight leg crops

I’ve added some new spring/summer Everlane items to my wardrobe recently (including two items that were gifted to me—a dream come true!), so I figured it was time for some new reviews! This batch features an airy blouse, a pair of non-denim shorts, and work-appropriate pants. If you're new to Everlane and sign up for an account with my referral link, I'll earn a credit when you place your first purchase and be forever grateful for your support!

For sizing reference, I am typically a size XS/0 at J.Crew, Madewell, LOFT, Anthropologie, Gap, and Banana Republic. I wear a size 4-6 in H&M and its sister stores (depending on the item). For stores that use juniors sizing, such as Forever 21 and ModCloth, I am usually a size small. My Uniqlo size is either XS or small (again, depending on the item). Everlane includes garment measurements for each item, which I find incredibly helpful when it comes to determining the right size to buy. You can find all of my previous Everlane reviews at the end of the post. You can browse all of my clothing reviews here (mostly Everlane and Grana).

Everlane The Air Ruched Blouse in white multi stripe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Air Ruched Blouse c/o (white multi stripe, size 00)

Everlane reached out to me regarding a partnership last month, and I selected this blouse as part of that partnership. It was on my to-buy list anyway so I was excited to give it a try and thought it would be perfect in the warm weather. The fabric and the fit make it truly airy—the cotton is very lightweight (slightly sheer, as you can see in the photo above of it untucked) and the fit is quite oversized, even in a size down from my usual size. I originally tried it in size 0 but it just felt like too much fabric all around and the collar was almost falling off of my broad shoulders. The top is a little long for me to wear it untucked, but I love how it looks all bunched when tucked. One thing to note is that the wristbands are tight and restrict my arm movement slightly (only when I reach). The stripes are a blend of two greys, but they can sometimes appear blue in different light.

How I wore it: with a denim mini skirt

Everlane The Cotton Twill Short in bone — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Cotton Twill Short (bone, size 0)

I have a pair of white denim shorts that are a few years old, but they stretch out every time I wear them so I was on the hunt for a new pair. I ordered both this pair and another pair of the denim shorts to try (my other pair of denim shorts was reviewed here) and found these to be way more comfortable! (Plus, the pockets are not super noticeable through the fabric whereas they were with the denim shorts.) I took my usual size 0. I was surprised by how comfortable they are considering the high rise! I prefer these pockets to the pockets on the patch pocket shorts. If I were to be picky, I wish the inseam was maybe slightly longer because sometimes it feels like my butt is hanging out the bottom, lol. I do love how wide the leg opening is, though; I can sit in them without feeling like my legs are being cut off!

How I wore it: with a tonal summer sweater

Everlane The Straight Leg Crop in surplus — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Straight Leg Crop c/o (surplus, size 0 short)

I also selected these pants as part of my partnership with Everlane. (Don’t you think the blouse and pants would make an excellent outfit?) I chose these because I’m a huge fan of my wide leg crop pants (reviewed here) and these pants are the same style but with a straight leg. The surplus green color is one of my favorites right now; it’s a great neutral for any time of year. I took my usual size 0 even though lots of reviews suggested sizing down. I wouldn’t recommend it if you are prone to bloating like I am! I didn’t find them to loosen that much with wear; in fact, I think my wide leg crops are looser around the midsection. I have the “short” inseam, which I wasn’t expecting to look so short on me. My wide leg crops have the same inseam but look a little bit longer. The short inseam limits the versatility for the cooler months. I’m curious to see if the regular length would look right on me…

How I wore it: with navy stripes

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More Everlane reviews:

Cotton-linen crew, denim short, authentic stretch high-rise skinny jean button fly
Soft cotton square crew, cashmere rib round crew, wide leg crop pant
Authentic stretch denim vs. the original denim
Slim classic French terry crew, kick crop jeans, modern boyfriend jeans
Cashmere crew, waffle knit cashmere square crew, midrise skinny jeans (ankle)
Linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, cotton box-cut tee dress
Box-cut tee, cotton v-neck tee, silk pocket, crew sweatshirt
Seed stitch u-neck, cashmere cropped crew, cashmere crew, chunky knit cardigan