Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Picks

by Molly Swientoniewski


It's that time of year again– the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I know I may seem late to the game as a blogger, but keep in mind that the sale isn't even open to the public yet! You have to be a Nordstrom cardholder to have early access for this sale; however, I think it's important to note that you can use any form of payment, not strictly the Nordstrom card, during early access. As long as you are an approved cardholder, you are good to go to shop and checkout with any card you wish to use! If you are interested in applying for a card, click this link HERE to read about it and apply.

If you are not a cardholder and do not want to apply and open up a card (no worries, props to you for the self-control!!), then the sale opens up to everyone on July 20th. 

I know this sale is heavily advertised by bloggers, but this sale has nothing but incredible deals. After a few years of shopping this sale, I've had a lot of wins and a few losses (AKA returns). Obviously, the specific merchandise mix varies every year, but the categories and the overall merchandise in each are rather constant. There are some categories that I shop heavily while some I hardly look at. I don't want this favorites post to bombard you all with links upon links trying to lure someone in for a purchase. That's why I included strictly my favorites, items that I would buy (or have already bought!) that I hope you all would love too! 

With that being said, if there is a specific category that you want to shop and I did not include it in this post, please shoot me a message HERE and I can either give you some blind suggestions or suggest another blog source that has more detail on items in that category from the sale!   :) 

Remember, the items in the Anniversary Sale will return to their original prices on August 6th since these are current, Fall 2018 styles!

Without further adieu, I have put together my favorite deals below – just click on the item pictured and a new window will pop up with a direct link to shop!


If you are going to buy anything from this sale, I highly suggest looking at the shoe selection first! Like the rest of the items in this sale, these are new arrivals for the upcoming fall season at marked-down prices for a limited time. In my opinion, the saying "you get what you pay for" is absolutely true when it comes to shoes. They are items that justify investing a little bit more in! Think about it, shoes are exposed to many elements and their quality needs to uphold this significant amount of wear and tear. So why not invest in quality, on-trend styles that are also on sale??

I've included my favorite sneakers and booties below! I also noticed a high volume of leopard print throughout so I devoted an image to my favorites in what I like to call this "fun neutral" of a print (maybe because leopard has browns and blacks in it, but you'd be surprised with how much goes with leopard print)!  



I wanted to include a section in this post on the incredible deals on some classic Tory Burch pieces. It's quite uncommon to not only get these items on sale but also in the colors offered! 









For the grand finale, below displays what I purchased from this sale! I wanted to get some fall staples and items/styles that I have been eyeing for awhile now. I also bought a few things for my apartment that I've been needing to get but keep forgetting to do so, like this cutting board HERE!


#1 – BP Mock Neck Colorblock Sweater in Black/Tan (also available in Burgundy/Red)

I ordered a size up for the extra length! I also didn't want the neck to feel too tight (I'm picky about that!!)

#2 – SPANX Camo Faux Leather Leggings 

I ordered my regular size in these! They seem really tight when putting them on, but you want them to fit like a glove (and give you a flat tummy!)

#3 – Sole Society Fluri Faux Leather Backpack in Black (also available in Grey)

I ordered this on a whim thinking I would end up returning it. I've been wanting a cute leather backpack for awhile, and this one is perfect! It holds more than you think it would!

#4 – Marc Fisher LTD Miggi Bootie in Black Leather (leopard print version also available HERE)

I agree with the reviews saying to order a half size up; I usually do so anyway when buying pointy-toe shoes!

#5 – Marc Fisher LTD Yentia Chelsea Boot in Black Leather (similar version linked HERE)

I decided to get a half size up from my normal size, and I'm glad I did! My normal size would have fit, but I want to have room for thicker socks for when the weather gets chillier. The sale also offers a very similar style that I linked above. Along with the color options, the other style has a stitching design on the toe of the boot, giving it a more western vibe to them. While I do love the white pair, I'm so in love with the black leather pair I got, so much so I want to wear them right now! This Georgia summer heat might disagree with me, though!

#6 – Steve Madden Sultan Wedge Sneaker in Taupe Suede (also available in Black and Camo)

Steve Madden shoes always run a half size small for me, so I also got this pair of shoes in a half size up. I've been wanting a wedge sneaker for quite a long time, so I hope I'll be able to pull them off! These are a good price for a style that may be a little more on the trendier side. If I like how they look on me, I'm thinking of pairing these with leggings and an oversized sweater in the fall (always finding the opportunity to go "comfy chic!")

I wanted this post to show just a small portion of the wonderful deals that the Anniversary Sale has to offer! With an exception to the Tory Burch bag, I wanted to keep my picks under $200. While there are so many other items I would love to buy, this post-grad gal has to budget!!

Do not fret just yet if an item that you want is out of stock, I've already noticed plenty of items come back in stock as people do returns. Remember that only cardholders can shop early access, but the sale opens to all this Friday! If early access isn't enough incentive to open up a card, you do receive rewards points with purchases. One of the pairs of boots I got was essentially free since I had $120 in rewards – now that's some smart shopping!

I could not pick up everything at my nearby store locations, so I have a few things arriving in the mail this week. I'm thinking of doing a mini try-on session on my Instagram stories once everything arrives!

Happy Monday and happy shopping! xoxo