Happy Friday: My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access Shopping List + Johannah Elle’s 1st Birthday!

woman with her kid

Happy Friday, friends!

Happy Friday: My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access Shopping List + Johannah Elle’s 1st Birthday!

General Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale arrives on 7/19 at 9:30 am PST) and I am excited for those of you who have been waiting for this leg of the sale to indulge in the myriad of deals this retail event has to offer!
To streamline this post, I am going to divide my suggestions into two categories: Style and Beauty and for reference, my initial guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which has a host of curated outfit images and categorizes my picks a touch differently) can be found HERE.
Also, today is my baby girl Johannah Elle’s first birthday and we are over the moon to celebrate with her this weekend…the end of this post commemorates her first incredible 12 months in our family!
Kindly scroll on for my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access Shopping List and a birthday wish to my daughter as well as the Bottom Line…
woman with her kid on stroller
One more trip to Nordstrom to pick up what we missed the first time around!
In search of the perfect outfit…I just may have found it.

// STYLE //

For this particular stage of my life, I consider this a near perfect casual outfit. Relaxed with enough fitted elements to appear polished, I mixed a men’s tee with a pair of luxe sandals for a lo-hi aesthetic that simply works.

Nordstrom Mens Shop 4-Pack Regular Fit Supima Cotton V-Neck White Tee from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access:

I have praised the versatility of these super soft 100% cotton mens tees (originally discovered in the top drawer of my husband’s dresser) and have since featured them countless times on Beauty Professor…they make a great travel companion when paired with leggings (this is my perpetual plane outfit), work well with shorts, look chic tucked into high waisted jeans and even can serve as an impromptu nightgown. The key for me is to buy them slightly oversized (I like size Large) as it gives me the most look options…the four pack, like the next three items in this list, is on sale right now…try them and you’ll see what I mean! 

Zella Divine High Waist Rib Bike Shorts:

I now am the proud owner of 3 pairs of these bike shorts in size XS.  They’re high waisted and breathable and have pockets on both sides…I wear them multiple times a week, especially now that the weather is so warm. 

Caslon Fluffy Cardigan in Smoke Green Smoke Green:

This cardigan is so stunning that it feels like a luxe coat and the color is absolute favorite. It runs big so I picked it in an XS and it still has a nonchalant, oversized feel.

Fendi FF Buckle Slides from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access:

This is the only piece in this lineup that is not for sale, these brilliant and timeless slides were my summer splurge and I am already getting a ridiculous amount of wear from them as they are sublimely neutral and absurdly comfortable. As aforementioned, these come at a crazy price point, but I am confident that they will be on heavy rotation in my wardrobe! 

woman sitting on a couch


woman smiling and sharing her Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
woman sharing her Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
I’ve used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner since the early days of Beauty Professor…still an exceptional choice (and currently a part of the sale). Also wearing the Charlotte Tilbury The Easy Smoky Eye Palette.
woman applying lipstick and sharing Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
Applying the Laura Mercier Effortless Lip Duo in Rose (detailed later on in this post).



woman wearing Fendi FF Buckle Slides
New in…the Fendi FF Buckle Slides
I wear a size 7 or 7 1/2 and order a 37.5…they fit perfectly.

 Other STYLE suggestions from the sale include:

Leith Ribbed Wrap Sweater Size M:

Classic and comfortable, this sweater is perfect for cool summer evenings and brisk fall days alike. I love the lush, creamy green tone and the the fact that the deep V isn’t too deep!

Mother The Hustler Two Step Fray High Waist Ankle Bootcut Thunderstruck Wash Size 26:

These jeans are brilliant…soft and stretchy yet structured enough to hold shape all day, the clever frayed crop is balanced by a wearable high waist that sucks everything in without feeling binding. In denim, I am generally between a 25 and 27 and a 26 in this particular pair was spot on.

Eileen Fisher Asha-Su Flats in Spice Size 7:

Flats are generally not my forte as I require a bit more support but these beauties have great cushioning and a diminutive heel that takes this style to the next level. I am also smitten by the warm spice hue!

Tom Ford Solange 61MM Sunglasses:

Oversized and round (yet surprisingly lightweight), these sunglasses can concealer a myriad of less-than-optimal nights of sleep, making them the quintessential mom accessory.

1.State Lace Trim Camisole in Warm Plum Size Medium:

This cami is double lined and not too low, making it a great layering piece for the work, plus, it’s in the prettiest shade of plum. 

Halogen Tie Waist Twill Pants in Rust Sequoia Size 6: 

These trousers will be on heavy repeat in my work wardrobe…the material is soft yet structured and hangs really well. I prefer a slightly oversized, men’s wear vibe so I sized up to a 6 and it’s a great fit. 

Eileen Fisher Asha-Su Flats in Spice Size 7:

They take on an entirely different energy with a more professional pant (vs. denim), no?

Vince Crewneck Tank Size Medium:

A chic shell with plenty of understated personality, this can be dressed up or down (as I’m doing here) with relative ease. 

Frame L High Straight Slit Hem Ankle Jeans in Caroline Wash Size 26

The high waist of these jeans is so flattering and the cropped ankle is slim, making it feel entirely different (perhaps, more polished) than the Mother denim discussed earlier in this post. I also love that this pair has no holes or fraying…very unusual in today’s denim market.

Madewell Gray Cardigan Size Small:

I have this particular cardigan in so many shades but not gray (until now). It’s oversized, pocketed and very soft, making it throw it on and go piece.

Born MEGGS Black Sock Bootie Size 7:

Oh my gracious…I am in LOVE with these booties. Because they’re Born, they are absurdly comfortable (wore them all day today–with cutoff shorts, no less–without incident) and the fabric sock hugs feet and ankles without feeling too tight or too warm. Plus, they’re under $100…run, don’t walk, to these. 

Socialite Green Leopard Tee Size L:

Just as good in green as in neutrals, this tee is novel take on a classic pattern. 

Frame L High Straight Slit Hem Ankle Jeans in Caroline Wash Size 26

You can get a better view of the waistband here…it hits right at my bellybutton without being binding.

Born MEGGS Black Sock Bootie Size 7:

Proving their worth with yet another outfit. 

Rag & Bone 61mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown/Pink:

This pair all at once feels edgy yet iconic; they are discussed in greater detail in the Accessories section of this post. 

Socialite Leopard Tee Size L:

This tee is brilliant…it’s under $15 during the sale and looks much more expensive, especially when purchased in a larger size. It’s leopard done 100% right. 

Topshop High Waist Split Hem Straight Leg Black Jeans Size 28: 

It can be a challenge to find Topshop jeans without holes…that being said, this particular pair is pristine with a flattering relaxed cut that makes the waist look its tiniest.

AGL Slingback Pump Caramel 37.5:

I invented in these shoes as they boast insanely soft leather in a streamlined cut with a reasonable heel. Oh, and the caramel nude tone is infinitely lovely…I will be wearing these to work and on weekends alike. 

Bernardo Packable Water Resistant Puffer Jacket in Dark Moss in Size M:

OK, let’s be honest…it takes a bit of mental aerobics to buy a very warm jacket in the dead of summer but I was taken by the beautiful green hue and gorgeous lines. One day, months from now when the temperatures drop, I will be glad I have this. 

Zella Live In High Was it 7/8 Leggings Extra Small:

I picked these up in a green pattern and solid back…Zella makes some of the best leggings on the market as they flatter the figure, hold their shape and survive excessive washing and drying. 

Leith Sleeveless Midi Sweater Dress in Tan Lion Dress Size L:

This tan dress was love at first sight; I envision it working for a host of occasions. I sized up (the medium fit perfectly) for a looser fit that will also allow me to belt it should I wish. 

ALO High Waist Airbrush Leggings in Black Gloss Size Small:

Looks like leather, feels like leggings, these high waisted wonders hold everything in while still allowing for flexibility and ease of movement. I can’t wait to pair them with a long sweater and some tennis shoes in the coming months!

Sweaty Betty Fishnet Mesh Crop Tank in Deep Lake M/L:

Not typically my normal workout go-to (I’m generally a big tee shirt kind of girl), this body conscious top pairs well with high waisted pants and the perforated material really breathes.

Travis Matthew Pique Performance Polo:

Two more for my husband’s vast collection…he’ll wear them like crazy.

Nordstrom Mens Lounge Shorts:

Everyday when my husband gets home from work, after greeting me and Joey, he immediately changes from his work clothes into something comfortable. Who can relate? I actually picked these lounging shorts up for him before the sale and he loves them…soft and relaxed yet structured enough to walk around in outside, they are the perfect option for unwinding and now they’re on sale!

Tommy John Cotton Shirts:

These tees are typically fairly expensive as they are high performance; they work well under work button downs and their markdown during the Anniversary Sale makes them an excellent investment for daily wear.

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote:

I am THRILLED that this tote is a part of the Anniversary Sale. I bought mine years ago and it’s still my most constant travel companion both domestically and internationally! It holds a ton without being heavy and the expandable option makes it that much more essential.

Burberry Check 57mm Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses:

I purchased these last year and still wear them regularly…they’re comfortable and stay put on the nose, even without nose pads (rare!).

Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Tote:

I carry a Le Pliage Cuir handbag and think this tote  in green would make an excellent addition to the family.

Lana Jewelry Square Nude & Petite Black Choker Necklace:

Nude and gilded tones make this a fabulous second skin layering piece.

Rebecca Minkoff Edie Leather Belt Bag:

I cannot think of a more sophisticate way to enter the world of belt bags (aka fanny packs). The chevon design on soft leather is so chic, no?

Missoni Zig Zag Fringe Cape:

I’ve always wanted a Missoni cape and this price cannot be beat..it’s a heritage piece to be lovingly treasured for years.

Cozychic Malibu Wrap:

I love wrapping up in a blanket on cool mornings…the only problem is that it’s difficult to keep the blanket on…this wrap solves all of those issues and, dare I say it, looks a lot more stylish, too.

Nordstrom Laura Croc Embossed Leather Tote:

In short, this timeless leather bag looks really expensive. Refreshingly, it’s not.

Nike French Terry Hooded Romper:

It was love at first sight with this darling hooded zip up onesie…it’s like a sweatshirt with legs and will be so cute when the temperatures drop (hence, purchasing it in size 18 months).

Nike Presto Extreme Sneaker:

These bright pink trainers will deliver some dazzle to any outfit (I ordered a baby size 5, designed for babies on the cusp of walking) and the cushiony design will be shock absorbing for her big steps.

Baby Bling Headband in Lilac:

I love the lightweight texture and colorful options of these headbands…now if only I can get Joey to leave it on her head ; )

Something Navy Ribbed Bodysuit:

I feel like this is bodysuit is fit for a baby Audrey Hepburn…that is all.

Little Giraffe Luxe Baby Blanket:

Super soft and opulent, this is the quintessential baby gift to be treasured. I’m thinking about stocking up!

Something Navy Animal Print Ruffle Dress:

Neutral tones for baby? Yes, please.


This is Joey’s exact stroller…it’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, fairly low profile (with good storage nonetheless) and travels like a dream. Highly recommended…wish I got mine on sale ; )

–Shop the Style–


hand holding the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
(Outer) Beauty begins with good skin.


After including the *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set as a recommendation in my last post, many of you reached out to ask me what makes this version of the Tri-Light different from the original device. In my experience, there are two chief differences:

(1) The *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set

It has five light options instead of the original’s three (briefly put, red to revive, blue for soothing and yellow to glow). The additional lights are classified as “power combinations” that blend the potency of two lights for even more results. The orange light pairs the powers of the red and yellow lights for maximum glow and revival and the purple light (so pretty, by the way) combines the red and blue lights for reviving/antiaging while soothing…think of it as a “reset” for the skin.

(2) The *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set

It is rechargeable (rather than battery powered like this original). The USB connector allows you to charge quickly and further necessitates this device’s place in your travel bag.
I have used the Tri-Light for almost two years and am extremely impressed with its efficacy; a 10-minute treatment delivers spa-quality results and I love that my skin continues to become firmer, brighter and more revitalized with consistent usage. During the Anniversary Sale, this newest version of the *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set is under $200 and purchasing it before the sale ends on 8/4 will save you $130…it’s a worthy (and prudent!) pursuit, indeed.
top view of the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
*Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set
five colors of the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
The *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set has five color options for targeted results.
the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
I keep my *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light at my bedside…it also travels effortlessly.
woman using the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
Using the *Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Set and wearing the Laura Mercier Effortless Lip Duo in Nude
makeup products from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
On my face in this post.

In this post, I am wearing:

makeup products swatch from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Access
Swatches of the products above in direct sunlight.
Laura Mercier lip heaven.

Liner and Lipstick

A closer look at the *Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner and Rouge Essentiel Lipstick can be seen in the images above and below. Both formulas are marked by strong color payoff, a hydrating feel and comfortable long wear…pair them together for your best lip yet!
swatches of the Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner  
Swatches of the *Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner 
swatch of the Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in A La Rose and Beige Intime
Swatches of the *Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in A La Rose and Beige Intime

Other BEAUTY suggestions include…

NufACE NuBODY Skin Toning Device Set (reviewed HERE):

This genius device smooths dimpling while adding firmness and tone to trouble areas–from thighs to stomach to arms–and is painlessly easy to use.

Tom Ford Eye and Mini Lip Set:

I have purchased the exclusive Anniversary Sale Tom Ford quad for the past few years and am never disappointed by the wearable tones. This year is no exception! The eyeshadow quad features a luminous cool pink, soft satin sand, extremely rich bronzy brown and a fresh silvered charcoal blue tone for an utterly sophisticated eye in seconds. The coffret also comes with two deluxe mini lipsticks in the baby pink Paper Doll and peachy nude Autoerotique; I love the light tones that both of these lip colors possess…their flattering versatility is undeniable!

Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Full Sized Lip Kit:

The Pillow Talk lip liner and lipstick are two of my favorite lip products of life; the neutral pinky beige hue (not too light, not too dark) looks good on absolutely everyone. When I saw that this set also includes a brand new Lip Lustre in Pillow Talk as well, I was thrilled. My friends…this gloss is worth it! The formula is intensely pigmented and plush, making lips look full and flushed while still maintaining a creamy neutrality. It’s simply divine!

Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smoky Eye Palette:

Streamlined yet potent, this palm-sized palette features six natural shades in matte and satin finishes that instantly dress the eye. the formula is buttery and blendable with magnificent color payoff…I am confident that I will be reaching for this constantly this summer and, due to its size, it’s a apropos travel companion as well.

YSL Pink Lip Trio:

My mom picked up this gorgeous pink lip menagerie when we shopped yesterday…there is an exclusive cotton candy pink shade that makes it so covetable.

Lancer Jumbo The Method Polish Exfoliator:

I have been a fan of this exfoliator for years and still use it in the shower daily. It makes skin glassy smooth without irritation…it’s a cult classic for a reason!

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Travel Trio:

A red, a rosy pink and a nude beige…what else does a girl need? This formula is super pigmented, hydrating and long lasting and the travel size will fit into the smallest of clutches!

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body XL Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow:

At the start of this post, I mentioned that I am wearing this formula on my limbs;  it makes arms and legs look their absolute best…truly, if I could bathe in it, I would. This XL bottle will will have to suffice.

Dior Addicted to Glow Light Glow Lip Set:

This is a fabulous gift for a girlfriend, a hostess for yourself…you simply cannot go wrong with Dior Lip Glow.

ghd Black Platinum+ 1-Inch Styler:

I have used my ghd 1-inch for 7 years and it still works as well as the day I first received it. Consider this a 10-year investment and you won’t be disappointed.

Laura Mercier Effortless Lip Duo:

I love the long lasting potency of this particular lip liner (they were reformulated earlier this year) and the lip color is creamy and ever so pretty. I was wearing Beige Intime again earlier this week! **Worn throughout this post

NARS Face Palette:

Bronze, blush and glow in a single palette…it’s a summer travel dream.

MAC Lip Haul Set:

Six lip products (3 lipsticks, 3 glosses) in neutral hues that warrant daily wear; this is an excellent deal!

Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light ++ Set:

Ever on my bedside, this light device is the best in terms of versatility, efficacy and ease of use. If you read BP, then you know how much I love it and the savings on it is compelling.  **Discussed at length above

Hourglass Eyes & Lips Duo:

I am a major fan of both this mascara (I’ve gone through 3 tubes since its launch last year) and this updated lip gloss formula so the pairing is deeply appealing. The gloss shade–Spark–is a peachy LE number so I may have to order this online before early access is over.

Simplehuman Round Sensor Mirror Pro:

I feel like this mirror belongs on a grown up’s vanity; sleek, aesthetically pleasing with marvelous magnification properties, I am ready to add this to my new house.

–Shop Beauty–


Happy Birthday Johannah Elle!
We cannot believe that Johannah Elle has been in our lives for a year already…where did 12 months go? When I re-read this post (the story of her arrival), I remember every single feeling as if it were yesterday!
This exceptionally happy baby has brought so much joy into our lives. From taking care of her and watching her grow in skills, personality and awareness of herself and the world to see her smile. From hearing her say “mama” and “dada.” We constantly marvel at the blessing that she is. We strive to be the best parents we can for her each and every day. She truly and unequivocally couldn’t be more loved.
I am grateful to be able to share our lives with baby Joey here on Beauty Professor and hope you enjoy watching her young life blossom as much as we do!
The day we brought Johannah Elle home.
What a difference a single year makes!
Reflecting on her first 12 months of life.
From our recent shoot with Kosas Cosmetics and Beauty Is Boring.
Last look…Johannah is wearing the Something Navy Ribbed Bodysuit
–Shop the Post–


Bottom Line:

I hope you found this shopping list for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (running 7/20-8/04) helpful as you strategize to maximize the value of your purchases…this sale, truly, is the where I get a significant part of my wardrobe each year!
What’s in your shopping cart this time around? Do tell.
I am off to spend the weekend celebrating Johannah Elle but can promise good content in the pipeline. A fresh video tutorial, a style post and a host of new product procurements…cannot wait to share!
xx and more soon,
–The Beauty Professor
**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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  • Lynn127 Reply

    Hi Rachel!! What a quick year. She is more beautiful with every passing month. Thank you for sharing her with us. Happy first Joey and many more . Xoxo

    July 22, 2019 at 12:35 am

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