Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide + My Purchases in Action!

Above: Extra early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale = an extremely pictorial shopping guide.
This year, Nordstrom offered Tier 4 Rewards Members unprecedented early access (one day in advance of the current early access!) to the spectacular Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which enabled me to leisurely peruse the spectrum of offerings (Mikayla in the TBD Dept. at Nordstrom Cerritos is incredible!) and promptly photograph everything I took home.  My assistant Laura and I shot everything in my backyard in less than an hour (then, the sun went down); this rapid fire capture guarantees an authentic visual experience with each piece so you can ascertain color, fit and flow unmitigated by elaborate lighting and photo editing magic.  Towards the end of the post, I have also listed my recommendations in other major categories as I couldn’t fit everything into the fleeting moments of our late afternoon shoot!
To shop early access this minute, Nordstrom Rewards members (e.g., card holders) simply need to confirm their email and the last four digits of their card number…visit HERE to get started! 
Kindly scroll on for a pictoral shopping guide, additional recommendations and the Bottom Line…
eileen fisher knee length a line skirt
Above: This silk Joie tank and Eileen Fisher skirt make for a classic pairing, no?
(1) Joie Shara B Silk Print Top (worn in a size XS) and Eileen Fisher Knee Length A-Line Skirt (size XS)…together, this duo delivers a classic energy, reminiscent of films from the early 1960’s.  The tank top can be dressed up or down (as shown in #2) and I adore the fact that the skirt has pockets! Both will be unique pieces in my current wardrobe.
j brand love story jeans
Above: The Joie tank also takes a casual turn when matched with the delightfully flaired Love Story jeans.
(2) Joie Shara B Silk Print Top and J Brand Love Story Jeans (worn in size 24)…the silk tank becomes casual when left partially untucked in these darling flared jeans, which, I might add, have made quite a comeback this season.  This particular pair, which runs true to size, has just enough stretch to slim and shape while simultaneously feeling endlessly comfortable.

topshop milo split back tank
Above: The delicate pink split back tank is chic and playful. 
(3) Topshop Milo Split Back Tank (worn in a size 6) and  J Brand Love Story Jeans work together to craft a swingy vibe that is equal parts flirty and sophisticated.  I love that I can wear both pieces just as easily in the summer as I can in early fall.
laura mercier lip parfait amaretto swirl pink grapefruit
Above: The brand new Laura Mercier Lip Parfaits in Amaretto Swirl and Pink Grapefruit…nude pink and pinky coral boxes beautifully checked.
(4) I couldn’t help but be lured by the siren song of a fresh lip color release from Laura Mercier…the decadently creamy and pigmented Lip Parfait formula yields intense hydration and major coverage in a single swipe.  Needless to say, it was an easy decision to take home both the pinky nude Amaretto Swirl and the light coral Pink Grapefruit shade.  So very beautiful and apropos for the summer months!

leith crepe trapeze dress
Above: This swingy trapeze dress is a stunning shade of olive for easy neutral dressing.
(5) This olive green Leith Crepe Trapeze dress (worn in a size small) was a steal at $38…it is swingy and fresh while still being long enough to comfortably function.   I paired it with Donald Pliner booties (detailed below) but this could easily be taken up a notch with a pair of platforms or heels and a great coat…versatility at its best.

donald pliner dalis booties
Above: Donald Pliner Dalis booties are a marvelous blend of taupe, gray and black…chameleons, indeed.
(6) Donald Pliner Dalis booties…I am smitten with everything about these boots.  From the supple leather to the utilitarian color (is it gray? Taupe? Black? All three?), these embossed wonders (which are quite comfortable, I might add) have a side zipper for easy “put on and take off” and a glorious 2 1/2 inch heel for just the right amount of height.  These are my first pair of Donald Pliners…beyond excited.

hinge faux suede a line miniskirt
Above: Camouflage + miniskirt = unexpected style.
(7) Hinge Faux Suede A-Line Miniskirt, Honeydew Burnout French Terry Camouflage Sweatshirt and Donald Pliner Dalis booties…I am happy that all three of these pieces work well together but will probably be even more effective when combined with other wardobe staples.  I have a weak spot for camouflage so the sweatshirt was a must and the skirt has pockets and a super soft sueded finish, adding to its unique flair.  

free people stick detail plaid shirt
Above: These patched jeans have a relaxed fit that all but begs for a plaid companion.
(8) Treasure & Bond Boyfriend Jeans (worn in size 24) and Free People Stich Detail Plaid Shirt…this is one of my favorite types of “default” outfits.  The jeans are soft and well cut and this plaid shirt has gorgeously distinct detailing along the shoulders.  Both will get plenty of wear together and apart!

Above: This textured tunic is so unique…I am going to try wearing it with black skinny jeans next!
(9) Trouve Textured Knit Tunic and Treasure & Bond Boyfriend Jeans worn with Donald Pliner Dalis booties…the tunic possesses remarkable length and a streamlined vibe that is classic yet modern; it is also absolutely befitting for work. 

topshop splice dress
Above: This teal sheath has creative cutouts near the shoulder area for an unexpected pop of style.
(10) Topshop Shoulder Splice Ribbed Body Con Dress (worn in a size 6) and similar shoes by Vince  HERE…equally excellent for a business meeting or business dinner, this sheath is body conscious while still being endlessly tasteful.  The shoulder splice detail adds an intriguing element, making this dress undeniably unique in my wardrobe.

topshop long belted camel coat
Above: This camel coat is a steal at its pricepoint…I suspect it will sell out in a flash.
(11) Topshop Long Belted Coat…having had excellent experience with Topshop coats in the past, I have been waiting for the line to release a coat like this.  It is very reminiscent of the class Max Mara style and this fully-lined, well-executed version will be a staple for me, come the cooler months of autumn and winter.

Above: The flare pants have an approximately 35 inch inseam and a super soft texture.
(12) H.I.P Mixed Print Flare Leg Pants (worn in a size XS) and black tee with holes…the pieces in this casual lounging outfit were not an official part of the Anniversary Sale but the reasonable pricing made it well worth the splurge.  
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Men **Bought all three for my husband

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Bottom Line: I hope you found this pictorial shopping guide helpful and would love to know what caught YOUR eye and what YOU end up procuring from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  As aforementioned, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

xx and have a beautiful Thursday,

–The Beauty Professor
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  • wendy Reply

    hi rachel!! i went to "nordy's" this afternoon on my lunch break. for shoes, i always look for ones that are appropriate (but stylish) to work in with my very young students.i did not particularly care for uggs offerings this year. and, there was 1 pair of munro's that were ok. in makeup, i saw the travel palette from chanel. i think this would be great especially for a person who travels but was not "wowed" by it. upstairs is the clothing (remember, i live in a small city only 2 floors). everything i wanted was not "under the tents". i saw the most gorgeous turtleneck by donna karan for a whopping $895! i went straight for vince but, was really disappointed. i really felt there was alot more selection and lots of things that interested me last year. i saw nothing on sale from burberry clothing (is it ever on sale) and the most adorable marc jacob dress for $650. in fact, you need that dress! you'd look gorgeous in it! can you believe i left with nothing? i forgot to look at tory burch purses. but, are those on sale? i noticed a few nice things that i would have to order online. burberry beauty has a nice offering. and, tom ford has a fragrance set that looked nice. i think i'll wait for fall collections. i did see a few things at the MAC counter but, it's very overwhelming for me to look at their stuff. if you were with me and picked out the items, i probably would have left with quite a bit. have you tried their "patentpolish lip pencils"? not sure if that's the full correct name but, they looked really neat and, there was a display of blushes next to it that looked really nice.i know they weren't anniversary stuff but, i'll have to go back and look at them again. have you tried them? xo. wendy

    July 10, 2015 at 12:42 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Wendy,

      Loved reading about your detailed experience! Thanks for the rundown ; ) I have indeed tried the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencils…one of my favorits (that I picked up 2 springs ago) is called Patent Pink. Not sure if it is a part of this curent collection or not but it is well worth picking up…a beautifully pigmented cool violet pink.

      Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start, my friend!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    I love that teal dress!! xoxo, Jenn (Blondie, Esq.)

    July 10, 2015 at 3:08 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Jenn…it would look amazing on you!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm
  • Tequila Mockingbird Reply

    Your Donald Pilner booties look both classy and edgy at the same time… super difficult concept to pull off but they're clearly executed with ease!

    July 10, 2015 at 3:37 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      So appreciate the kind words, Tequila! You describe them well ; )

      XOXO and have a marvelous weekend,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 10, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    My love for Nordstrom knows no bounds! Thanks for sharing your selections. Those booties look so good with skirts and dresses. You pull them off well!
    I picked up Nike running shoes and lounge pants and Ugg sandals with a memory foam footbed <3. I also picked up some items that were not on sale but still fairly priced (Cole Haan boots and a kitty makeup bag).
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

    July 10, 2015 at 5:42 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I am with you, girl! So glad you liked the post and thanks for the supportive words.

      Sounds like you got some marvelous spoils from the sale…enjoy!

      XO and have a beautiful weekend,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    All of your choices are gorgeous — especially the coat! I really love the silk blouse & the A-line skirt, that's a very nice pairing. I'm going back & forth about the Chanel Travel Makeup Palette — what do you think?

    July 14, 2015 at 2:55 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind feedback!! Ahh…I must have missed this; I think it is beautiful and I love products that lend themselves to easier travel. I say, go for it!

      xx and let me know how you like it ; )

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm

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