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The Early Access portion of the Nordstrom Sale is nearing the end, which means there is still time to shop the sale before it’s fully opened to the public. Today I’m sharing the best of shoes from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, including shoes that are in stock and that I haven’t featured yet!
Last season the sale featured mules and fall sandals. This year it’s almost exclusively boots and booties, making it impossible to edit down my favorites. My pos today is compromised of shoes I haven’t shared yet, that are still in stock and are under $250! Sale season is the perfect time to stock up on all your fall shoe needs before everything goes up to full price in early August.
There are still so many great shoes and boots available from the sale, so hurry up and make your purchases before the sale fully opens to the public this weekend! Last week during the pre-sale portion, I purchased these boots in the red alligator version, as well as these booties that are absolutely stunning, and still available in other colors! I’ll be purchasing these suede boots in the blue grey color – I love the unique hue! One of my favorites are these snakeskin booties from Jessica Simpson – they are super chic and are under $100!
Stay informed on the Nordstrom Sale from Sportsanista by heading to my Nordstrom category page. There you will find my post on how to shop the sale and my overall sale favorites! Stay tuned for more posts regarding the sale and my favorites that are still in stock!
Happy Prime Day everyone!! It’s another day which means another sale! Amazon Prime Day 2019 came out of nowhere, similar to the Nordstrom sale, but I’m ready to share some of my favorite products and fashion items I love! There are so many good deals so I’ve narrowed the sale down to my favorites and the items worth buying today since they never go on sale! You can scroll down below to see my top picks and then my top picks in a few of my favorite categories! I also promote all my favorites from Amazon outside of Prime Day, you can shop all my favorites in my Amazon Shop here. On my Amazon Shop you will find things like Fashion Items under $50, Swimwear, Household Items and Beauty Finds!
You can also read all former Amazon posts published to Sportsanista HERE.
When it comes to my home, I’m very particular about the products I use and I’m very loyal to them….if they are to me! This rollerball Dyson was one of our wedding gifts and likely one of my favorites – she works like a charm every single time! It’s funny because I never really understood that Dyson craze until I actually owned one! This floor steamer has changed my life and I threw out my Swifter as a result. It’s on sale for $69 and comes with two cleaning pads that are machine washable. Your floor will never be cleaner! Also this handheld Dyson is super popular and has been on my list for some time – here is the less expensive version as well!
H O U S E H O L D I T E M S
I’m also super religious about the travel items I use – I’ve tried so many and have finally landed on a system and “team” of products that work for me! These packing cubes will save your life when packing and truly help you maximize your space! I love using these reusable plastic bags for snacks, toiletries and make-up! This neck pillow is EVERYTHING everyone says it is! I used it over the weekend and it kept my neck up the entire time!
T R A V E L I T E M S
I was hoping for more fashion items this season, but the ones that did make the cut are pretty good. For example, the INFAMOUS Amazon coat that sold out like crazy is on sale for 40% off!! I also love these linen pants and are great for summer and then end of summer with a sweater! Also, how GORG is this $19 date night dress! It’s such a stunner!!! I also own this clear bag and this bamboo bag – both bags are under $30 during the sale! They are such great summer bags and I’ve been wearing them season after season!
F A S H I O N
There are a few decent sales going on in the beauty department that are worth checking out! This Clarsonic – I use mine EVERY DAY and love the results I’ve seen! This hair crimper is one that I purchased today along with this hair dyer – I cut my hair shorter yesterday and was in the market for some new styling products! Everything from Honest is on sale! Also this Supergoop sunscreen – such a steal!!!
*LINKS ARE SHOPABLE TO ICON + AMBASSADOR LEVEL CARD HOLDERS. FOR ALL CARD HOLDERS, REFRESH THIS PAGE ON JULY 12 at 12:30PM EST FOR THE LIVE LINKS*2019 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE
The day has finally come!!! It’s the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access shopping day! The sale officially opens at 12:30 PM EST TOMORROW (JULY 12) and I am READY to go! I have all my favorite items bookmarked and ready to sail right in to my shopping cart. Today I am heading to Nordstrom to shop the sale early and try-on all the sale goodies for you all! Make sure to head to Instastories to follow along! This post outlines my FULL recap of the overall sale – the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the ONE sale that allows you to shop new pieces at 40%! For today, I’ve curated my favorite selects and divided them in to shopping sections. Yes, this is a lengthy post, but there are too many amazing pieces to over look! Happy shopping!
HOW TO SHOP THIS POST: All the images are in blocks below, you can shop all the items underneath each section.
It’s BEYOND difficult to organize your thoughts and understand what you truly need vs. what you want from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. First I recommend scanning your closet to determine gaps and opportunities to fill with new pieces. If you want to throw that strategy out the door, I’d recommend shopping all the pieces that will likely sell out first. They are great fall staples that typically don’t go on sale otherwise! Last year the first items to go were boots, sweaters, jeans, cardigans, etc – I’ve put together a short list of items that I think will be the first to go based on past sales.
Helloooo animal print! Nordstrom is bringing back this classic trend and I think it’s safe to say it’s here to stay! There are so many amazing pieces in the sale that are animal print themed, but I couldn’t include them all! The above is a curated selection of pieces that can easily be incorporate to you wardrobe or act as accent pieces to workwear or casual looks!
Outerwear is probably the top category that I will shop personally. To be able to score amazing new fall pieces on sale is an absolute win! This Blank NYC Denim moto jacket NEVER goes on sale and it’s been a recurring item in the sale for the past few years! If you are looking for an essential fall and winter coat, this Avec Les Filles long coat (shown in red above), is a great closet staple with a timeless silhouette.
Like outerwear, workwear is one of those areas that I can always justify purchasing – we always need workwear. This year, there’s a great selection of workwear pieces that, like some of the outerwear, has a classic feel and can spread across your wardrobe and seasons! I have been on the HUNT for a neutral suit – something I can wear in the summer and fall. This Something Navy blazer and wide leg pant suit is perfection! If you are looking for something more classic, this plaid suit and pant set is a great option and is under $200! Looking for a pop of color, try this marigold blazer!
One word to describe the shoe selection this year …….BOOOOOOOOOTS! So. Many. Boots. It’s almost too much and some that are so trendy that I really don’t see them as wearable shoes after this season. That being said, I did my best to put together a selection of under $200 shoes that have versatility across seasons, year after year. Underneath the shoe you will see, or might not, a color listing. I’ve listed out if the shoe comes in another color so you have an idea of the selection! Remember, the key is to stock up on the classics, not the pieces you are going to regret having bought by September!
Sweaters are one of those items that why fly off the shelf in the first week. I know it’s hard to even contemplate wearing sweaters or even fathom fall weather, but this is the perfect time of year to stock up on these new items while they are on sale! Trust me, your wallet will thank you in the fall! Most of the sweaters in the above are under $50 and all are under $100. Keep in mind that most of these sweaters also come in multiple colors!
Another big trend coming out of the sale are BOLD fall colors, prints and SO. MUCH. PLAID! For this section, as you can see there aren’t that many selects, I tried to provide you with a small mix of staple and on-trend pieces. This collarless tweed blazer, I tried on in store, gives me all the Chanel vibes, but on a beer budget! The quality is really great and can be styled for work or over a t-shirt with jeans! This black and white dress was a lot better on that I thought it would be – it’s really a beautiful dress! While this plaid raincoat may not always be practical, it’s a fun take on a functional trench with some personality!
It’s starting to feel like Christmas!!! Only a few more sleeps until Early Access for the Nordstrom sale is officially open! I’m sure you have seen so many videos over the weekend of people promoting their favorite items! If you aren’t aware, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the biggest fall preview sale – all their fall products at 40% off for 3 weeks! I can tell you that the overarching theme for fall is definitely animal print and plaid!! I think the Stylelogue was ahead of the curve with this one – did you check out yesterdays post? Today I’m going to share how you can shop the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and my strategy for how to attack the sale….because it can be overwhelming. So buckle up, because this next week is going to be a fun ride in to fall fashion and I can’t wait!
First things first, get to know these key dates –
Icon + Ambassador Access | July 10 – 11
Early Access | July 12 – 18 (for cardmembers only)
Public Sale | July 19 – August 4
August 5 everything goes back to full price
If want to shop the sale Early Access, which I highly recommend, then I suggest you sign up for a Nordstrom card. The benefits are completely worth it, especially if you are someone who shops at Nordstrom regularly. There are two options – the retail card or the Visa card. I have the retail card and use it every time I shop at Nordstrom to gain “notes” which is essentially Nordstrom cash back! You can sign up for the card today (here), tomorrow or even on the 12th to gain access to the early portion of the sale. A LOT of the items will sell out in the first week, so if there is something you have been eying, then you should go for it!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT ON SPORTSANISTA
I’ll be posting fairly regularly on many of my channels, but Sportsanista.com will be the holy grail for content. Here is what you can expect from me during the sale! Keep in mind, I will always post to Instagram Stories and the LiketoKnow.It app in real time. I’ve also created a highlight on my Instagram for all things sale – you can view it here.
HOW TO SHOP THE 2019 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE
Over the course of the sale I will be putting together posts of my favorite items, plus more specialized posts with my favorite shoes, beauty products, denim, items under $100, etc. To get a sense, last year I put together a post of all my favorite items, top 10 beauty products to buy and my dressing room diaries! There are quite a few ways to shop the sale, I’ve outlined them all below! I recommend that you start with a game plan – the sale can be super overwhelming that you’ll just want everything without actually needing anything
SCAN THE CATALOG + YOUR CLOSET
Don’t forget that Nordstrom publishes a catalog to allow you to preview the trends and a large majority of the items that will be on sale! This allows you to get inspired and get a sense of what will be available! Start by combing through your closet to determine gaps in your wardrobe. Did you recently clean out your closet and get rid of “x”? Identify those gaps and then see if there is anything in the catalog that could fill that gap and become a staple in your closet. I know that I need some new high waisted denim, a good fall coat and blazer – based on that, I will be looking for items in those categories! View the catalog http://sportsanista.com/dating-with-prostate-cancer/.
THE BEST DAYS TO SHOP
I think it goes without saying that it’s best to shop the sale once the sale goes live. You can dating singer machines on July 12 starting at 12:30pm EST or in-store. If you have the ability to “take your lunch early” I highly recommend going to the store – get there when it opens and go with your plan of attack, find a sales associate to help pull stuff for you and get shopping! If you can’t break away from your desk (totally understand), then http://sportsanista.com/dating-sites-france/ at 12:30pm EST on July 12 to GET SHOPPING!
SHOP THE ITEMS THAT WILL SELL OUT FIRST
Last year the top selling items consisted of cardigans, day dresses, BOOTS, jeans and cozy t-shirts. The cozy casual pieces at Nordstrom are hard to resist and they are usually the first of the items to go. If you hesitate about anything, buy it because you have 30 days to return it! This way it’s in your possession and if you decide after a week you don’t want / need it, you can return it! Easy peasy! Boots are also the next biggest thing to go. Why? Because they are 40% off!!!! When do you ever get the opportunity to buy a new seasonal item at 40%. It’s very rare that any brand does that and anyone can also use a new pair of boots!
It’s so easy to get lost in the sale, believe me, I’m there. Going back to the conversation of finding the gaps in your closet and filling them, this is where that strategy comes in to play. Sure, a sale is always a good sale, but you don’t want to blow your money on t-shirts or basics that you can really get at any point. You want to go for the items that aren’t usually on sale, because thats the better deal! So the boots we talked about above, start there. Then make your way to workwear and outerwear….
Phew! Now that was a fun weekend! The novelty of the fourth of July is by far my favorite – it’s the American Summer holiday! The patriotism, the food, the fireworks! Counting down to next year! Now that we have wished America another glorious birthday, it’s time to get back to some regular programming and we are kick off the week with the NINETH edition of Stylelogue!! Can you believe it?! NINE! I know that each month I feed you the line, “this month’s edition is MY FAVORITE”, but truly, this one is my favorite and speaks my love language! On this months edition of Stylelogue we are chatting all things animal print and how you CAN wear animal print for your every day and to work!
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STYLELOGUE UN-CAGED ANIMAL PRINT
I think it will come as to no surprise to you that I’m quite the fan of all things animal print – especially after it’s comeback this past fall! Just recently I styled this leopard wrap dress from an Amazon try-on – it’s the perfect way to incorporate animal print to work! Back in 2018 I put together a post on all my favorite leopard pieces under $100 and including this off-the-shoulder dress from Target that was $29! Around the holidays I scored this gorgeous pleated midi dress from H&M that is still in my closet and will be for some time! A few weeks ago I shared how you can style animal print for summer with a smocked top and sandals! So, as you can see, my love runs deep
When we agreed on this trend, I was in and READY! This Faux Leather Jacket is 100% the hero piece of my look! Soon we will start to chat about transition fashion and this is one of those pieces you will want in your closet! The quality of the jacket is superb and is priced at $100! Style it with a Cami Slip Dress and Black Belt, like I did here, or over a t-shirt and jeans with a KILLER pump! Head to my instagram stories to see how else I styled this coat!
While I took a more monochromatic approach with my snakeskin, Cortney upped the ante and style this gorgeous zebra print satin skirt with her snakeskin booties! By the way, did we mention that zebra is the leopard? Cortney is ahead of the curve with her super effortlessly chic zebra look! Her snakeskin booties are another really great example of how you can incorporate animal print in to your every day by just accessorizing – not to mention they are super versatile! Visit The Grey Edit to see the rest of her post.
Elisa showed us that animal print doesn’t have to be traditional in any sense, especially in color! Her teal snakeskin dress is animal printing for the pros – this is for someone who says “animal print doesn’t wear me, I wear it!”. Her look exudes confidence and says “I’m going to kick some ass today.” Her fearless unconventional style continues to inspire! Head to E for Elisa to view the rest of her post.
Summer is that season where we let all our fashion inhibitions go and we let our hair down. Am I right? I’m generally quite adverse to prints and such, but for some reason during the summer months, I’m craving all sorts of prints and color! Maybe it’s a direct reflect of how I’m feeling being consistently surrounded by warmth and sunshine – who knows! And when we find ourselves around a national holiday, I UP the ante, because why not? It’s a holiday! With the fourth of July happening tomorrow (if you are still looking for outfit inspo I wrote a post), I was inspired to put together a post with some of my favorite summer floral dress, some of which are on sale!
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SUMMER FLORAL DRESS
Today’s summer floral dress just embodies everything I’m feeling this summer in a nutshell! This summer floral dress from J.Crew, thats currently on sale, is a great summer staple to add to your closet that you can easily transition to fall! Last month we went wine tasting in Woodenville, WA and I wore this dress for a slice of comfort and fashion! Styled under my FAVORITE Oversized Denim Jacket and with these adorable criss cross sandals, I was ready to go for a day worth of festivities! It’s such a simple summer uniform, but makes such a stylish statement!
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J.Crew is definitely a top brand for summer dress – their collections always consist of on-trend dresses that are always on sale! This dress is the same silhouette as the dress featured in this post, but in a gingham print! This pink ruffle front mini dress is also a favorite of mine. I styled the red floral print version last summer! I love the print of this yellow floral dress from Madewell – this would also style super well with a denim jacket! Looking for a date night floral dress? How about this off-the-shoulder dress from Topshop! Shop more of my favorites below:
Happy Monday!! I am so ready for the short week! Anyone else? In case you missed it, last week I shared some 4th of July outfit inspiration to kick-start you holiday break! Following a couple Amazon try-on’s, I was inspired to put together a try-on that was geared more towards women in the workplace – I was determined to find fashionable affordable pieces for my every day work! Today I’m sharing the details from last weeks Amazon workwear try on and breaking down every look for inspiration on your next business causal day!
MARIGOLD LACE DRESS
When I spotted this dress, my hear skipped a bit! The lace is such high quality and the price tag will make your bank account smile. This $49 dress, that comes in two other colors is and the perfect dress to style for work or even a wedding. In the first look, I styled the dress under a blazer and my favorite white pumps – this is a great way to style the dress for work, especially if you work in a more formal setting. The second look, without the blazer, is a great example of what the dress could look like for a wedding or a less formal day at work. Shop the looks below –
In searching for the perfect work dress, I stumbled upon this tulip hem beauty! I didn’t have super high expectations for the dress considering it’s white and under $50, but I was proven wrong. The quality of the dress is beyond it’s $40 price point by a long shot! The mock neck along with the piping down the front, give the dress this chic elegance perfect for work or a bridal event! It also comes in black!
I’m always good for one animal print item! I LOVE this leopard print wrap dress! The balance between the print and the length of the dress make it appropriate and tasteful enough for the work environment. The material is BEYOND soft making it super comfortable to sit in all day along! Take this leopard beauty from work to drinks too with adding a fun lip and a bright shoe!
Whilehttp://sportsanista.com/dating-sites-france/ isn’t something I would style for work, it’s still something that I want to share. This t-shirt dress is the perfect casual dress that you can quickly elevate with a simple knot and some accessory. It’s a great weekend / casual / travel dress! For this look I styled them with my go-to causal shoe – these $40 rubber Birkenstocks that are SOOOO comfy!
During the fall and winter, when I’m styling less dresses and skirts, I’m a big fan of the blouse / pant combo! If you don’t own a pair of paper bag pants, you need to. They are super flattering for all body types and the detailing acts as an accessory for your look! I styled these $30 paper bag pants with this gorgeous animal print blouse! This blouse has a removable tie which you can use as a hair accessory too!
It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the 4th of July!!! It feels like summer just started and here we are already at the middle of it! With the holiday just around the corner, today I’m sharing my 4th of July outfit inspiration packed with items from $20 – $100! There is nothing more fun than dressing up and being patriotic during this time of year so why not plan ahead this year and snag some goodies while they are still in stock! I mean, you’re going to a birthday party after all! Second to the your patriotic look come the fireworks and fare – who is ready for some corn on the cob and sparklers!!
This year for the 4th of the July we are headed to Whidbey Island to stay at the cutest resort on the water. We haven’t spent much time traveling around Seattle, so we wanted to do a bit of exploring this holiday break! More details on the resort to come soon, especially if you live in the area!
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4TH OF JULY OUTFIT INSPIRATION
I’ve rounded out some of my favorite 4th of July outfit inspiration for you based on how you will be spending your 4th of July! There are so many adorable ways you can dress up and style patriotic pieces for the holiday!
Headed to a full pool party this 4th of July with a firework show in the backyard? Can I come? Found some really cute pieces you can style for a pool party and beyond and it starts with this white bathing suit with the perfect red, white and blue belt! This $26 bathing suit from Amazon is your holy grail for the 4th of July! Wear it in the pool and throw on a these high waisted jean once you are dry to style it as the perfect bodysuit! This front tie romper from Loft is adorable and can double as a great cover-up if you are more of a bikini gal! If you want to be super extra, and patriotic, take this http://sportsanista.com/dating-with-prostate-cancer/ from Target to the party! It’s the perfect suit for the GRAM!
JUST WATCHING THE FIREWORKS
If you just have plans to watch some fireworks and need something to be cozy in and to keep the mosquitos away, I’ve found a few things under $50 that perfection! This ‘dating singer machines‘ and ‘http://sportsanista.com/dating-sites-france/‘ sweatshirt from Alice + Wonder will keep you nice in cozy at night during the fireworks and still patriotic! Wildfox always makes the cutest loungewear and this USA branded sweatshirt is great for the 4th! This graphic tee screams America! Last week I did a try-on session with some Amazon finds and this lace top was the anchor for my post! It’s under $25 and comes in four colors – it’s the perfect stunner for some fireworks that you can style with shorts or jeans!
Happy Friday friends! Here we are yet again another weekend! Hopefully you have something fun planned for the weekend!! With the LTK Day Sale just around the corner and you’re probably like, what in the heck is LTK Day? LikeToKnow.it is the service I use to share all my outfits and where you can shop them – it’s beyond easy to use and it all housed in an app. They are hosting a sale on their app only this Sunday with a handful of amazing brands. In order to shop the sale, you must have the LTK app. I know, you are probably thinking “another app?”, but once you see the brands joining the sale, you’ll want to participate! In today’s post I’m going to walk you through how to use the LTK app, shop through the app and how you can shop the LTK Day sale in Sunday!
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First, you can download the app through the app store by searching for “LiketoKnow.it”. From there you will need to download the app and create username and password. Once you have logged in to the app, you will be able to search for your favorite bloggers or you can search for items like you would through Google or Amazon (i.e Distressed Jeans, Straw Hat, etc). You can shop directly from the app – it’s shopping made easy!
If you are searching for a specific influencer, click on the “Influencer Search” tab in the search section. The images below show you how you can easily search and locate my LikeToKnow.it profile! You’ll see that I post unique content to this app separate from my other social apps.
There are so many things to be had right now and a sale only solidifies that those purchases are warranted! A few weeks ago I bought these rubber Birkenstock sandals – probably the best $39.99 I’ve ever spent! Last week during my try-on I shared my LOVE for these Abercrombie and Fitch high waisted jeans – the price point is too good! Something I will buying is this adorable leopard dress that Liz Adams from Hello Adams Family posted last week. It’s the perfect summer dress!
This gingham dress will be perfect for my trip to Cape Cod next month styled with a pair of espadrilles, like these from Sole Society (that will also be on sale)! I’ve had these espadrilles for two years and they keep bringing the style back each summer – they are super comfy and go with everything! I’ve had my eye on these espadrilles for some time – maybe i’ll make the plunge with the sale!
I’ll also be stocking up on these cami’s – they are a great date night item and style so well with jeans and heels! Anthropologie has so many new arrivals like this beautiful Grecian inspired maxi dress! I’m also crushing on this ADORABLE Gal Meets Glam maxi – the prints from her June collection make me want to pack my bags to Italy! AND definite purchase this Sunday will be these AMAZING Cinderella slippers from Urban Outfitters! They are currently on sale and will be marked down even more!
It’s no surprise that Amazon is slowly taking over the world and now they are taking over the fashion industry! Amazon Fashion has been the go-to for so many amazing finds under $50 from bags to household essentials you name it! I’m always loving all the fun and easy pieces I find on Amazon – it’s more situational fashion that won’t break the bank! Does that make sense? With summer in full swing, I was in need of some pieces that can wear during those hot summer days as well as take with my on vacation! Today I’m sharing my favorites from amazon fashion that are under $50 from bathing suits, every day dresses and stunning summer tops!
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Sometimes when I do an Amazon haul, some of the items don’t even make it out of the bag because I can tell that the quality is bag. BUT this particular haul was extra good to me – these are my favorite finds from Amazon Fashion for the summer! So many amazing goodies that I kept them all and for good reason! This $23 embroidered blouse, that comes in four other colors is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I had a hunch that it would come through and it did! The lace around the neckline is beautiful making it easy to dress up and down. In this picture I styled the top with my new favorite jeans from http://sportsanista.com/dating-sites-france/ (they are currently buy one, get one 50% off)!
Marigold has become the color of the season and I’m not mad at it! Marigold is such a mature yellow – it’s not overbearing and out there! How cute is this marigold Palm Leaf Printed dress? It’s the perfect vacation dress when paired with an adorable beach bag and straw hat! This $24 marigold set caught my eye as well – it’s an adorable beach set and love that the pieces can be worn together or separately!