My Shopping Guide for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019…8 Key Outfits and Recommendations in Every Category

Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations
Finding savings is an effortless endeavor during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived, offering significant discounts on brand new fall merchandise you’ll want to wear all year. As an Icon cardholder, I had the opportunity to shop the sale on 7/9 and, after capturing everything in action, am excited to share my discoveries with you.
Some Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates to remember include:
To help you navigate this major shopping event, I have earnestly curated my picks into 8 key outfits and also included suggestions in baby, menswear, accessories and, of course, beauty! 
Kindly scroll on for images and details for my recommendations in every major category as well as the Bottom Line…
Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations
Outfit #1Minimalist Look, Maximum Utility 
Outfit #1: Minimalist Look, Maximum Utility 
  • 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. 
Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations

Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations
Wearing the Tom Ford and Paper Doll lipstick
Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations

Beauty basics in this post.
By the way, in terms of beauty basics, I am wearing the following products in this post:
Outfit #2Office Ready with a Twist
Outfit #2: Office Ready with a Twist

A closeup of the endlessly comfortable and intriguing Eileen Fisher Asha-Su Flats in Spice
Outfit #3: On Heavy Rotation All Year 
Outfit #3: On Heavy Rotation All Year 
  • 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 26The 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. 

A closeup of the brilliant Born MEGGS Black Sock Bootie
Outfit #4:  A Walk on the Wild Side
Outfit #4:  A Walk on the Wild Side

A closeup of the Rag & Bone 61mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown/Pink
Outfit #5: A Neutral Devotion 
Outfit #5: A Neutral Devotion 
  • 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. 
  • Wearing Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Full Size Lip Kit: Pillow Talk x 3 formulas = lip bliss. We already know that the lip liner and lipstick are resplendent but the gloss, my friends, is equally sublime. 

A closeup of the demure AGL Slingback Pumps in Caramel
Applying my beloved Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Lipstick 

Outfit #6Mix, Match and Warm Up and Relax
Outfit #6: Mix, Match and Warm Up and Relax

If you get too warm, the coat has interior straps that allow you to wear it as a backpack of sorts…this is a beyond wise invention. 
Outfit #7Valley of the Dolls 2019 Edition
Outfit #7: Valley of the Dolls 2019 Edition

The Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smoky Eye Palette in action. 
Outfit #8Work Out, Chill Out
Outfit #8: Work Out, Chill Out
A perfect pairing: ALO High Waist Airbrush Leggings in Black Gloss and  Sweaty Betty Fishnet Mesh Crop Tank in Deep Lake
Applying the new Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Gloss…you need this, you guys!  

// BABY // Johannah’s birthday is in a week (how is this possible?) so I chose a few pieces that she could wear straight into the cooler months
  • 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. 
I also recommend:
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Menswear via Travis Matthew.
// MENS // Multiple times a year, I pick up Travis Matthew golf shirts for my husband who wears them as much in the office as he does on the links. He attests that they are the best in terms of comfort and wear. Consequently, I recommend:
  • 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. 
Accessories from L-R: Rag & Bone 61mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown/Pink and  Tom Ford Solange 61mm Sunglasses
// ACCESSORIES // You may be thinking…”you bought TWO pairs of sunglasses?” My answer is yes…one oversized and square and one is oversized and round. Both are timeless rather than trendy and are absolutely worth pursuing. 
  • Tom Ford Solange 61mm Sunglasses: I haven’t purchased a pair of Tom Ford sunnies in years  and am glad to revisit the brand in an oversized profile. I chose the brown and rose gold version and am thrilled with how fresh and flattering they look on the face. They are luxuriously sturdy yet not too heavy…so good. 
  • Rag & Bone 61mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown/Pink: These sunglasses are one of my favorite discoveries of the sale! The tender gold tones (not too warm or bright) work so well on this square take on aviators; these glasses are face framing without overwhelming one’s features and the sleek leather case (an important part of the sunglasses equation in my opinion!) that they come in is ever so alluring. 
I also suggest:
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nordstrom anniversary sale beauty recommendations
My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty picks. 
// BEAUTY // If I can drench myself in neutrals, I will…these picks reflect this mindset.
  • 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. 
nordstrom anniversary sale Tom Ford eye quad swatches
The Tom Ford Eye and Mini Lip Set
nordstrom anniversary sale Tom Ford eye quad swatches
Swatches of the Tom Ford Eye and Mini Lip Set in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip kit Nordstrom anniversary sale swatches
Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Full Sized Lip Kit
Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip kit Nordstrom anniversary sale swatches
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Full Sized Lip Kit in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip kit Nordstrom anniversary sale swatches
Get the Charlotte Tilbury The Pillow Talk Full Sized Lip Kit for the l
Charlotte Tilbury easy smoky eye palette swatches
The Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smoky Eye Palette
Charlotte Tilbury easy smoky eye palette swatches
Swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smoky Eye Palette in direct sunlight. 
Charlotte Tilbury easy smoky eye palette swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Easy Smoky Eye Palette
Charlotte Tilbury easy smoky eye palette swatches
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. 
  • 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! 
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
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Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019 recommendations
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I truly hope you found this pictorial list of recommendations for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale helpful in focusing your shopping pursuits and would love to know what caught your eye and is destined for your online shopping bag…do tell!
As a reminder, Early Access for Nordstrom Cardmembers runs from July 12th-18th and I suggest early and often for best style and size selections. 
Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a preliminary home tour and a host of new product procurements…can’t 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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Comments (3)

  • Catherine Reply

    Fabulous picks, Rach! x

    July 12, 2019 at 9:13 pm
  • Cracovianka14 Reply

    Exceptional picks.

    July 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Thank you for the great review of the Born booties–I rushed to buy a pair at Nordstrom's and can't wait to get them in the mail! I enjoy all of your posts, actually–your writing is so lively and descriptive, it makes me want to have all the products you review.

    July 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm

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