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Here's What I Bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

The Budget Babe shares what she bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access.
Today I wanted to share what I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access. Last year was my first time shopping the sale, and this year as a cardholder I was able to shop the pre-sale which started back on July 14. Tomorrow, Friday July 22nd, the sale opens up to everyone, so I wanted to share my two-cents before you shop if you haven't already! According to some sources on Instagram, many items may be restocked so check tonight around midnight. Because lots of things I wanted already sold out.

While I did visit the store near me on the day the sale opened, I didn't actually buy anything in person (try shopping with two little guys age 3 years and 8 months and you'll understand!), but that didn't stop me from ordering a ton of stuff online. Yes, free shipping and free returns make for the perfect mom-friendly shopping experience! I actually really enjoy using the Nordstrom app, too. It's almost too easy, as you'll see! Much of my shopping was fueled by some serious FOMO (that stands for" fear of missing out", for all you kids over 30). There's so much hype surrounding the #NSALE, especially in the blogosphere, that I simply could not, would not, be left out! Are there other great deals to be had elsewhere? Of course. Do you need to buy your fall wardrobe in July? Certainly not. But if you want to save on brand names, this is undeniably an amazingly fun event and the deals abound in every department, from clothing to beauty. So let's get this party started!

Tops: I went super basic and ordered some t-shirts that have oodles of 5-star ratings and are often seen on all the top fashion bloggers. If they work for them, they must work for me, right?!

Accessories: Nothing too crazy here, just a plaid square scarf (I have a ton of rectangular scarves and they're impossible to tie just right), some everyday stud earrings, a watch, and Sperry duck boots which should come in handy here in New England. After I placed my order I got an email the following day saying the bag I ordered is sold out. I called Customer Service and they told me they could reorder the bag for me but that it was on backorder until August. Fine, I said. Well today I got another email saying my order has been canceled yet again. I called, again, and this time they found the bag for me in stock at a store in New Jersey. I was instructed to call the store and order it but so far, no one is picking up in that department. So we shall see if I ever do end up getting this bag!

Jeans: I was practical and looked at the holes in my closet, scanned my Pinterest inspiration boards, and settled on a pair of white jeans, black jeans, olive jeans, and another pair of distressed blue jeans. After baby two, I can't wear many of my old pants, so I literally did not have any of these closet staples. I know I'll get a ton of wear out of all these styles. I just hope the white jeans fit as my size was sold out, so I went with one size down. Wishful thinking, perhaps?

So that's it! I'm sorry if this isn't awfully exciting. The one thing I did not buy but wanted were some ankle boots, but I wasn't loving the selection. I need a low almost flat heel that I can run around in all day. I also didn't love all the suede options because I'm afraid I'll wreck them, although I could just try using Scotchguard as some of you have recommended to me in the past.

What did you buy during the sale? Will you be shopping tomorrow? Do tell!

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks Under $100

Lush Deep-V Neck Tee in Gray and White, $15.90 (After sale: $24)
Madewell 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee in Optic White and Gentle Blush, $19.50

B.P. Plaid Square Scarf, $18.90 (After sale: $29)
Kate Spade 'Forever' Stud Earrings, $24.90 (After sale: $38)
Sole Society 'Thalia' Crossbody Bag, $32.90 (After sale: $49.95)
B.P. Round Faux Leather Strap Watch, $15.90 (After sale: $25)
Sperry 'Saltwater - Quilted' Duck Boot, $79.90 (After sale: $119.95)

Vigoss Distressed Skinny Jeans, $44.90 (After sale: $68)
BlankNYC 'Skinny Dipper' Distressed Skinny Jeans, $58.90 (After sale: $88)
Madewell Garment Dyed Skinny Jeans in 'Highland Green,' $84.90 (After sale: $128)
B.P. Destroyed Skinny Jeans, $40.90 (After sale: $62)

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Hi! Just thought you'd like to know that the Madewell v-neck tees are on sale for $13.50 on until the 25th.
#1 Kaye on 2016-07-21 10:13 (Reply)
Oh cool, thanks Kaye! (and shame on me for not price checking...the Madewell tees aren't even part of the Anniversary Sale! Oops.) But I am earning points, so there's that ;-)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2016-07-22 06:03 (Reply)
I was able to snag the bag and can't wait for it to come in! I had to exchange the white jeans for a smaller size because they really stretched out so I think you'll be fine :-)
#2 Maria on 2016-07-22 07:40 (Reply)
Glad you got the bag - I got it, too! Customer Service connected me with a store in New Jersey that still had the bag in stock so I was able to place a phone order. Everyone was so helpful, it was a good experience.

And I'm glad to hear this about the jeans, too, fingers crossed they fit!!
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2016-07-24 07:18 (Reply)
Great picks!!!!
#3 Jaymie Ashcraft (Homepage) on 2016-07-22 10:58 (Reply)
I got the Sperry duck boots for a friend, can't wait to hear what you think of them!
#4 Phoenix Ronan on 2016-07-22 12:39 (Reply)
Lucky friend! Part of me thinks I should have just paid a little more for the classic color combo (like black and brown) but these seemed fun yet practical. I'll post an update once my items arrive!
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2016-07-24 07:12 (Reply)
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