Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks – The Long List

Unless you’ve been living under a social media rock, you already know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (#Nsale) is finally here. And while on one hand I was sick of hearing about it before it even opened today for Nordstrom cardholders, it actually is a good time to stock up on wardrobe staples that you won’t typically find on sale – that’s what I use it for.

If you’re not a cardholder, head back to this post on July 20th when it opens to everyone. Regardless of when you shop, if you see something you like in your size, grab it – it’s likely it will sell out. But it’s also worth noting that because of Nordstrom’s free shipping/free returns policy, it’s worth checking back if something you really want isn’t available in your size. You’ll see items being sold out and restocked daily until it ends on August 5.

I broke out my favorite items into categories below to make for easy shopping – just click on the small images or links throughout the post (note: these are affiliate links, which means for every item purchased, I earn a small commission). And if there’s something in particular you’re on the hunt for, leave a comment and I’ll help you track it down! This post ended up waaaay longer than expected, so stay tuned for a post for home picks and other finds on Facebook, Twitter & Insta!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds #Nsale

CLOTHING

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: If there’s one thing you buy in this sale, these should be it. I’ve been wearing this pair for years and have pretty much convinced everyone I know to get a pair too. Last year I also added the moto version to the mix and love them with sneakers and slides.

Athletic & Leisure: Stock up on your favorite Zella leggings but also don’t forget to check out sale items from some of my other favorite brands, such as Alo and Beyond Yoga. It can be hard to find simple, high-quality athleisure clothes like these black high-waist leggings that I know I’ll wear a ton.

Jeans: If you’re on the hunt for a good pair of jeans and have the patience to go through the buy, try on and return process, I suggest you grab several pairs and do an at-home try-on. There are lots of options to choose from! My picks include any Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution jeans (they have stretch in the waist!) or these white distressed jeans that I have in the regular version from a few years back and love.

Bras: Ok, not the most glamorous thing, but if I need a new bra of any kind – sports, underwire, bralette – this is usually when I grab them. A couple years ago I ditched all of my push-up bras in favor of this brand and haven’t turned back. This light sports bra comes in camo and black – might have to grab one of these! And this one from Sweaty Betty has great reviews – a few colors are in the sale.

Cozy Cardigans, Sweatshirts & Sweaters: Grab ‘em all for fall. I got this one last year and wore it a ton (see here!) – it’s back in new colors and will definitely sell out fast (got it in a medium so it paired perfectly with my faux leather leggings). I also love this twist-front sweater that comes in a fun coral and off-white. You’ll also want to grab any Barefoot Dreams cardigans you can get your hands on while they’re in stock – they are the coziest and sell out quick! Lastly, this pullover is also so soft and was super popular last year.

Sleep & Lounge: My top sleepwear pick is definitely this shirt/shorts set (also long-sleeved/pants version here) – it’s been compared to more expensive version, yet is better quality than the Target version I recently found. These joggers would also get a lot of use and this floral shorts and sweatshirt set are cute – the sweatshirt could also be worn with jeans!

OUTERWEAR

There are SO many good coats and jackets in this sale this year… I had to hold back because I really don’t need anything. But there are very similar versions to items I have and love, so here are some of my favorite picks – and way more in the widget below:

Suede & Leather Jackets: … and a few really good faux options! First, love this year’s Blank NYC suede jacket, which is on sale in 2 neutral fall colors. And at a lower price point, you can grab a faux suede jacket that’s more flowy with a draped front – I have this in another color that I got in the fall and love it because it’s comfortable and lightweight. One new trend that I love is a leather jacket with a removable hood – makes it so you can dress it up or down. Blank NYC is also my fave brand for faux leather jackets, so this one would probably be my pick for under $65 (several colors available), but you can also go with this real leather option that’s on sale for $100 off! Same goes for this one without the hood from the same brand. This flowy faux leather jacket looks super soft and has a similar cut as the suede version I mentioned earlier.

Blazers & Midi Coats: I’m obsessed with knit blazers in particular and there are several affordable, cute options here, here & here. This one is also technically knit but is a bit longer and has a more traditional style to it. For a more traditional option, I love this one, which comes in both black and pink. For longer coats, go for this classic J.Crew find (love the yellow, but there are other colors!) or this one by Leith.

Other: This Patagonia puff jacket will go fast! And I love a good utility jacket in either green or camo (faves here, here & here). And my go-to waxed jacket is almost $150 off – this brand has a great raincoat as well. Last but not least, the zip-up version of the cozy pullover mentioned above will be something you want to live in all fall and winter.

SHOES

Casual Sneaks: If you work in a casual office like me, it’s great that there are so many nice looking sneakers out there that are appropriate for lots of occasions. I love these wedge sneakers (several neutral colors available!), these gold slip-ons, and I’m a sucker for any rose gold options.

Booties: This is a great time to grab a new pair of either black or cognac booties that you’ll wear with everything when fall hits. I even found myself wearing booties through winter last year, favoring them over tall boots. This brand is always a go-to for comfortable, everyday shoes and these low booties look perfect. I love these waterproof booties – they have a 2 1/2 inch chunky heel and come in lots of neutral colors. And these boots remind me a lot of the Sorel wedges I had my eye on last year.

Other: I’m not a heels gal, but I did spot these block-heel mules that I love that could be worn with a dress or jeans. There are also a few cute pairs of neutral espadrilles, including a slide version with tassels. I’m also a big fan of leopard as a neutral, especially when it comes to shoes, so these slides would be a nice wardrobe staple.

BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Gold Earrings: Maybe this is just because I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair of gold hoop earrings, but one of my favorite things in this category was the gold earring selection in the sale. These look like a high-quality, yet not-too-pricey option to try out. And gorjana is a go-to for more dainty options like these thin double hoop gold earrings (which also come in silver and rose gold).

Everyday Bags: I don’t love a ton of bag options in the sale, but there are a few gems… like this Madewell bag that I have in cognac and use all the time (shown here – the version in the sale has perforated holes for extra detailing). And there’s even an expandable Longchamp bag – those are tough to find on sale! This crossbody bag is also one I could see myself using quite a bit, especially in the nude color.

Luggage: I travel pretty frequently and somehow just tried out hard shell suitcases – I’m sold! There’s a great set and also individual suitcase options on sale in a variety of colors, such as rose pink and classic black.

BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Sunscreens: I’m all about quality sunscreens made with good ingredients and both of my favorites, Coola and Supergoop!, both have value sets offered in the sale. Supergoop!’s setting mist is also supposed to be a great product.

Skincare Sets: A few of my favorites include value sets with the most popular products from great brands including options from TULA, Tata Harper and SK-II. Also this isn’t a set, but this jumbo-sized Elemis face wash is another popular find. I also can’t forget the fact that there are a couple different face mask sets, such as this one from Patchology, a brand I’ve been meaning to try out.

StriVectin Neck Cream: I’ve been wanting to try this out all year and didn’t even think of the potential that it would be included in the sale, so today is my lucky day! It has great reviews and I think the neck and chest areas are so important to take care of as I get older.

Makeup Eraser: I recently discovered these makeup eraser cloths and am obsessed. All you need is water to remove even waterproof mascara. Normally 2 of these would cost you $40, but this 2-pack is only $25!

Makeup Sets: There are lots of makeup sets to choose from, but my favorite has to be the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics set. It has the perfect sized smaller version of the Naked2 eye shadow palette, along with their popular setting spray and eye primer.

Silk Pillowcases: Slip recently sent me their silk pillowcases to try out and they are the best! They’re supposed to be way better on your skin than your everyday sheets. I highly recommend grabbing a set!

Lash Serum: While I’m obsessed with my Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, before I used that, I would get a 2-pack of this lash serum every year in the Nsale. It definitely works and this is a great value at nearly $100 off the cost of 2 tubes. (Note: I’m a R+F consultant so feel free to email me at katy @ dailykaty.com to learn more about Lash Boost though!).

Self Tanner: I haven’t tried this one out for myself yet, but have heard that this St. Tropez self tanner is one of the best ones out there. This jumbo size is a great deal!

Candles: I always stock up on candle gift sets during this sale, both for myself and to give individually as gifts throughout the year. There are lots of Voluspa sets available in both regular and small sizes, along with an exclusive diptyque 5-pack that you can only get during this sale.

July 4th Outfit Ideas

Over the past few years, I’ve come to love July 4th. It’s the perfect time to take a few days off and go sit by a beach, especially since so many people take time off around then so work can be quieter than usual. I admittedly have a hard time completely disconnecting when things are busy – my to do list just seems to pile up so high that I can’t wrap things up before I’m out (working on that!).

We are lucky that my in-laws have friends with a beautiful Cape house that they invite friends to stay in over the 4th, so that’s what we’ve done the past two years. But this year, we’re taking our time off out in California, first visiting friends in San Diego and then taking a short train ride up to LA for a big family wedding. We’re sad to leave the pup because we know he would love a vacation like this, but he will be on his own staycation here in the city.

Anyway, there are so many fun, affordable July 4th outfit ideas out there – and there’s still time to grab them for Wednesday and beyond! Many stores will let you order online and pick up in-store now if that makes things easier… and you can still take advantage of online sales that way. Shop below via the links – and then find wayyyy more options by scrolling down to the widget. Best part: almost everything is on sale!

July 4th Outfit Ideas

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Camo Hat / Tassel Earrings / Striped Shirt

Flag Hoodie / Flag Shorts / Sunglasses

Headband / Bathing Suit / Sweatshirt (Men’s – size down!)

 

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Nordstrom Sale Accessories

Ok peeps, it’s almost time to kick off the long weekend finally, but I wanted to pop on here quickly to share some of my picks from the latest Nordstrom sale. These are all 40% off and great picks for summer and beyond, so grab them while they last! Oh and everything here is under $100… most even under $50 or $25!

The gray bag below is one that I’ve had for years – it also comes in black and is affordable when it’s full-price, so even better now. The blush clutch is perfect for wedding season, along with all of the fun earrings (the gold tassels are smaller than the blue ones – click through the links for more colors). The black carry-on suitcase is under $100 – good travel staple. And of course, sales like these are the perfect time to buy things like sunglasses. I also love a fun phone case with the change of seasons and I’ve been looking for a small wallet with a zipper to travel with instead of my giant wallet.

That’s all for today! Hope everyone is signing offline and hitting the road to hang with friends and family while the good weather lasts!

Nordstrom Sale Accessories

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Blush Clutch / Suitcase / Gold Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Gray Bag (also in black!) / Pink Earrings / Rainbow Tassel Earrings

Love NecklaceSunglasses / Blue Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Phone Case / Small Wallet (also in black & light blue)

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Straw Bags for Spring, Summer & Vacations

When I first started seeing the popular Clare V crossbody straw bag popping up everywhere, I was dying to get it, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $175+ on one. And as it turns out, it was good that I held back on that purchase because soon after tons of straw bags – both less expensive versions of the round bags and lots of other styles with fun colors, pom poms and details like lobsters. Even better… there are so many under $100 and even $50!

I’m getting ready for a few summer weddings and trips and can’t wait to put my favorite straw bags to use. Shop lots of options using the links and widget below!

Straw Bags for Vacations, Spring & Summer

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Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Seriously, why do I have to live so far away from Hawaii?! This post is long, long overdue. As in, my husband and I finally made our first trip to Hawaii in late 2015 and then had to go back in 2017… and here I am, finally sharing the remainder of my travel guides with two trips’ worth of suggestions. I have two full travel guides for Maui coming soon – one for Wailea (but start with this post!) and another for Kapalua. And if you’re planning a multi-island trip and heading to Kauai, be sure to check out my travel guides for Princeville (north side) and Poipu (south side). My Princeville guide is actually my most popular blog post ever, just saying!

Anywayyyy… On our first trip to Maui, we stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani, which is now one of my all-time favorite hotels, located while visiting Wailea. Given the experience we had, it comes as no surprise that this year, U.S. News Travel the resort received awards for Best Maui Hotels and Best Hawai’i Hotel. This resort was one of the main reasons we came back to Wailea. A few years ago the resort went through a $70 million renovation and let me tell you, it’s pretty incredible. One of my favorite things about it is that the entire property is made up of suites and villas, so you literally can’t go wrong with any room. Read on for lots more about our experience at the Fairmont!

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Hawaii

What to Do

One of the things I love most about Hawaii is that it’s a tropical paradise while also offering lots to do to stay active. My husband isn’t one to spend a week sitting still on the beach {though I definitely could & he is getting better at it!}, so we like to have activities while we’re on vacation. And it’s always nice to do a few things that qualify as a workout to avoid getting completely off track. Plus when you’re in a place like Hawaii, anything outdoors is enjoyable!

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Sale Finds of the Week

I’ve been a little radio silent over here on the blog the past couple of weeks, and that’s because I was out in Colorado visiting friends and celebrating my brother’s college graduation, which made for a great long weekend. But I’m back and today I’m sharing some of my favorite sale finds from my favorite stores and brands. Keeping this one short and sweet today – go ahead and shop the post using the links and widget below. Everything is at least 40% off! 

Sale Finds of the Week - 40% Off Nordstrom, Free People & More

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Floral Maxi Dress (other colors, too!) / Blue Earrings

Pink EarringsOff-Shoulder Top (also in light blue)

Gingham Yellow Dress / Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

Affordable One-Piece Swim Picks

I’m pretty new to the one-piece swimwear trend… last year was the first time I fully embraced it. I’m heading to Croatia and Cali this spring and have been on the hunt for a few more. But because I live in New England, my attitude about swimwear has always been to avoid spending too much $ on them. They only get so much use around here, so in my opinion, it’s not worth it unless I find one that has the most incredible fit, great quality and a timeless style.

This year, I noticed that lots of stores like Target and Aerie have been offering free shipping/free returns on swimwear, so I went ahead and took advantage of that by ordering a wholeeee bunch of one-piece options to try on. I was expecting to wind up with maybe 2 to keep, but now I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! Below are some of my favorites and more details on each, including other colors they come in and how they fit. Shop these affordable one-piece swim picks via the links!*

Affordable One-Piece Swimwear - Target Swim

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Green Palm PrintI love this print – it’s exactly what I had in mind when I started my one-piece hunt. This one also comes in under $30, so it’s a steal. It has a low scoop back with fun detailing – and while I do love this, I’ve found that this style isn’t the best option for my body type. Because this is from the Xhilaration line, I recommend sizing up (I got a medium but probably could have used a large).

Black/White Striped with LaceI was skeptical about the fit of this one but went ahead and ordered after seeing lots of positive reviews… one person said they even went back for the black version with white lace. It reminds me of THIS more expensive version that I had my eye on last year, and I like that it has a tie in the back that allows you to adjust the tightness at your waist. There’s a very similar style from the Sea Angel line that comes in black and navy and you can also grab it in maternity sizing in both solids and prints here, here & here.

Pink Floral/TropicalThis is probably my favorite out of the bunch when it comes to the print – and I also like the Tori Praver line because I know they’re high quality for the price. If you’re looking at someone wearing this one from the back, it looks like they’re wearing a two-piece bikini. The medium fit well, but I ultimately decided not to keep this one in favor of others, mainly because I didn’t think the low back was super flattering on me. It also comes in this fun floral print and this bright tropical print.

BOTTOM:

Scalloped Black Floral: This option from the Vanilla Beach line is a pretty simple, low-back one-piece – but it has fun scalloped details that make it super flattering. If you’re looking for a solid color, it also comes in black, and here is another floral print option. I like that it has adjustable straps and the cut is a bit cheeky. Also got a medium in this one.

Green Floral/Birds of ParadiseAnother Tori Praver one-piece, this is in the running for my favorite this season. It can be worn/tied in two different ways and has a slight cutout on the sides. The bottom of it is cheeky, but also comes up the perfect amount so that you feel nice and sucked in in the right places. The medium was right for me on this one as well.

Gingham & Black: This is such a classic cut and I love that it has gingham on top (also available in stripes, solid black and a blue tropical/floral print). I had a similar style suit from J.Crew last year with the same ruching on the bottom half and knew this one would be good for my body type. Medium was good on this one – note that this one is less cheeky than some of the others but I still like it! If you’re looking for a gingham suit but this one isn’t for you, try this one, which also fit really well.

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Bathroom Makeover with Target Opalhouse

While it certainly doesn’t feel like it, spring is finally here and I’m feeling the urge to make updates around the house. As you may have seen in another recent post, one of the things that sparked me taking action was the launch of the Target Opalhouse collection (more on that here, including all of my picks for every part of your home).

First up: the bathroom I call “mine,” which is technically connected to our spare bedroom, but my husband and I each took one since we have 2 full bathrooms. When we moved, we literally took everything from our 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment and plopped it into the guest room. Now it’s 8 years later and while we did get new bedding for the spare bed a couple of years ago, the bathroom has remained untouched.

Bathroom Makeover with Target Opalhouse

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Shower Curtain / Bath Mat (another option here)

Tissue Holder / Soap Dish / Toothbrush Holder

Soap/Lotion Dispenser / Waste Basket (similar)

Towels (other here & solid colors here)

Gold Frame (similar) / Watercolor Print (similar)

 

I had no idea how much of a difference something as simple as a shower curtain could make. Our old one was brown – I think I was trying to decorate in as gender-neutral of a way as possible! – and it made the bathroom seem so dark when you were actually taking a shower. I always thought it was because the bathroom didn’t have any windows/relatively crappy lighting, but now that I have a light shower curtain, that problem is gone! I also love this one – but ultimately decided to go with more of a blue/green vibe.

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Beach Vacation Outfits

OK peeps… who is so sick of winter that you’re ready just to skip ahead to summer?! I sure am – but here in New England, summer isn’t quite in sight because it doesn’t even feel like spring (it snowed today, ugh). But to hold myself over, I’ve been deep in vacation planning. We’re heading to Colorado in May for my brother’s graduation, Croatia for a family vacation in June and then San Diego/LA to visit friends and go to a family wedding in July. Lots to look forward to!

And with that, I’m on the hunt for the perfect vacation/summer staples without spending too much cash money. I just ordered a bunch of bathing suits to try on from Target & Aerie and waiting for some good sales to shop so I can grab things like these shortalls that I’ve had my eye on. In the meantime, I took a look back beach vacation outfits I do have via pics from 2017 trips to Portugal and Hawaii – I still love all of these outfits and most of the items are still available (or very similar versions). Shop them all via the links below!

Show Me Your Mumu Dress

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Dress (also herehere in blue, similar here)

Sandals (also similar here)

White Lace Romper

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White Romper (also similar here & here)

Sunglasses / Bag (larger version here)

 

Gingham Off Shoulder Tank

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Similar Gingham Tank (also here)

Sandals / Similar Bag & Hat

 

Pineapple Tank

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Pineapple Tank (also here, similar here for $17!)

Sunglasses / Similar Shorts

 

Show Me Your Mumu Crop Tank

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Top in similar prints here & here

Similar shorts here & hereSunglasses

Best Podcasts – Vol. 1

My husband is going to laugh at me when he sees this post, but that’s OK. I’ve been walking around listening to podcasts to and from work, while I do laundry, get my nails done, you get the point… all the while acting like podcasts are a new thing. News flash: they’re not. But I’m just now getting into them and I’m slightly obsessed. Who knew there were so many good ones out there on literally any topic you type in the search field?! And with my less-than-15-minute commute, it’s hard to get into a book or mag, so I love that I can listen to podcasts door-to-door.

So here goes the start of a new blog series… with my favorite podcasts and episodes. I’d love to get recommendations from all of you in the comments so I can continue trying new ones out!

Best Podcasts - Vol. 1

NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz – Stitch Fix: Katrina Lake (April 2, 2018):

I love this podcast so you can’t really go wrong with any episode – scroll back to old episodes and you’ll find stories about how brands like Kate Spade, Patagonia, Framebridge and even Instagram came to be the successful brands they are today. This is a great, more recent episode about how Katrina Lake came up with the idea for Stitch Fix, her online personal shopping service that uses technology to curate boxes of clothing just for you based on your preferences. As someone who has tried – and enjoyed – this service before, this was particularly interesting and inspiring. The company went from Katrina testing out the idea with 20 friends and acquaintances to where it is today with over two million customers and a billion dollars of annual revenue.

Skimm’d from the Couch – Sara Blakely: Founder and CEO of Spanx – Episode 008:

This is another girl boss success story, this time with another company I personally love, Spanx. I practically live in the brand’s faux leather leggings – you’ll find four different colors/styles on constant rotation in my closet. In the podcast, she tells the brand’s story, talking about what made them so unique in the marketplace: the fact that all of their products are essentially inventions, not just a new version of something that already exists. I loved this quote from Sara: “Sell the problem you’re solving, not the product.” She also encourages women starting businesses to think about what they got out of each failure, because there’s always something.

Bachelor Party by The RingerReflecting on ‘Laguna Beach’ and ‘The Hills’ With Creator Adam DiVello Plus His New Show ‘Music City’ (Ep. 13)

If you watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette, this podcast is a must while it’s airing – host Juliet Litman recaps each episode and has lots of guests from Bachelor Nation chatting about it with her. But I’ve quickly discovered that I also love her off-season podcasts… this one bringing me back to high school and college with Adam DiVello, creator of “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” which resulted in my Lauren Conrad obsession. I’ve been meaning to watch his new show, “Music City,” and going back in time with him in this podcast made me want to check it out even more – especially because it’s based in Nashville. What I found cool was that he mentioned that “Laguna Beach” was really a reality version of “The OC” – and “Music City” has a similar approach where the idea for the show came from doing a reality version of “Nashville,” which I also love.

Young Adulting by Grace Atwood & Becca Freeman – Ep 3: Advice/ Passions, Promotions + More

I’ve been a longtime follower of Grace’s – her blog, TheStripe.com, is one of the few that I read a few times a week. She’s so real, I love her style and we love the same kinds of books. After she got me hooked on the YA series “The Thousandth Floor” (more to come on that in my next book review!), I was excited to hear she was launching a podcast where she’d be talking about “bad books and good advice” with her former Baublebar coworker and friend, Becca Freeman. Admittedly, I listened to episode 1 and 3 – I want to read the books before listening to the book episodes! Episode 3 gives some good advice about turning hobbies into careers, including the benefits and drawbacks. Read more about this episode in Grace’s latest blog post.