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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Top 10 Picks

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Budget Buys and Top Sellers!

Even though it was pushed back this year, I still can't believe the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is already here! Icon Early Access starts tomorrow, while Insider Early Access starts August 13—that's when I'll be shopping! I wanted to share my top picks today so those shopping can plan accordingly.

I know many of you have expressed that you are ready to treat yourself to a few key items, while others will be sitting this one out. I totally get it. I'm here to help make the process easier, and I'm grateful for those who shop using my links and help make running this blog possible.

If you're new to the sale, it's a time when Nordstrom introduces new fall merchandise at a big discount. Then, prices are bumped back up for the rest of the season. You must be a Nordstrom cardholder (debit or credit) to shop the sale August 13 before it opens up to the public on August 19. The sale ends August 30.

Popular items typically sell out on the first day. Since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, I recommend you grab what you want most, try it on, and then return it if it doesn't work out.

The most popular categories to shop are Cardigans, Shoes, Boots, Active Wear, Lounge Wear, Skinny Jeans, Camisoles and Leggings.

Today I'll start off with my top 10—the Nordstrom Sale items that I think out will be most popular and sell out the fastest. The sale is HUGE, so consider this a starting point!


1. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (Sale: $68 | After Sale: $116)
I've gifted these to friends and family in the past, and received nothing but compliments. This year I think I'll be treating myself to one of these beauties. They are like wearable blankets—but still super chic! I've stalked these on other sites throughout the year and you can't beat the Nordstrom Sale prices.

2. Feather Genuine Calf Hair Loafer (Sale: $39 | After Sale: $89) A comfy best-seller in the best leopard print! I'll share a look for less option soon. I predict these mules will sell quickly, too.

3. Feather Loafer in Snakeskin (Sale: $39 | After Sale: $71)

4. Gradina Block Heel Bootie (Sale: $99 | After Sale: $149)

5. CozyChic Leopard Cardigan (Sale: $79 | After Sale: $134) This comes in 3 amazing colors! I predict this will be one of the top sellers. Grab it for yourself or as a special gift. You can't lose with this beauty!

6. V-Neck Camisole (Sale: $24 | After Sale: $49) With eight colors to choose from, these are a great staple for any closet. Sure, leopard print is really popular with the #NSALE crowd but you do you! Personally I prefer this dot print.

7. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings (Sale: $38.90 | After Sale: $59.00)
I bought these during a previous Nordstrom sale and they definitely live up to the hype!

8. Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans (Sale: $44.80 | After Sale: $68) I purchased these during a past Nordy sale and they continue to be my most reached-for pair of jeans! They are the only jeans I've ever owned that stay up without a belt, thanks to a built in elastic waistband that's also supremely comfortable. An absolute steal under $50! Be sure to check out all the jeans in the sale by this brand. I'll be adding this pair with a little distressing to my cart.

9. Spanx Faux Leather Legging (Sale: $64.90 | After Sale: $98)

10. Cathi Pointed Toe Over the Knee Boot (Sale: $149 | After Sale: $238)

I hope you'll check back as I'll be providing more updates with the items that make it to my cart, plus more must-haves AND look-for-less options. The Nordstrom Anniversary is truly budget-inclusive with tons of markdowns on the designer brands you want (I'm looking at you, Patagonia) as well as affordable finds under $25, $30 and $50. Yup, they have it all. Enjoy the hunt & Happy shopping!

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