2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & How My Shopping Cart Looks Different This Year

Say hello to your no frills, zero bullshit, reasonably priced, and easy to wear smart guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Funny story, while visiting Alaska last week, I drove to Nordstrom, all the while thinking "Man, I could drive here in my sleep"– haha! Truth is I worked as a Stylist at Nordstrom all through high school and college, so I know the ins and outs of this sale like the back of my hand! Trust me, it's a good one, and this year the buyers knocked it out of the park with their selections!

In case you're new to the conversation, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is their biggest sale of the year, and the threat is real– prices go up August 6th! The best part? You get to shop all of next season's collections in advance & at a discount (typically 30-40% off). If you're a Nordstrom card holder, you get to shop even earlier during pre-sale days. This year the dates are as follows:

  • July 12 - 19 Cardmember Early Access

  • July 20 - Aug 5 Open to the Public.

*Pro-tip: if you're shopping early, schedule one of your triple points days ahead in order to maximize your reward ;)  

Perfectly timed for late-July, it's the best opportunity to stock up on all your fall and winter favorites. Think boots, cozy sweaters, jackets/coats, and denim. These are your investment pieces for the months ahead– shop everything you know you'll need later, NOW! 

Unlike years past, this time I've pulled a couple "just for fun" pieces, but everything is much more strategic based on life with baby. Don't judge me yet, it's not all pajamas (I think I only, selected one), but it's not all sequins and stilettos either. Think wrap sweaters (nursing mamas, you're welcome!), low-heel weatherproof boots (winter is coming), no high price point dresses you'll only wear once, and finally, no "Dry clean only" instructions.

That being said, (nursing bras/tanks aside) since becoming a mom and throughout my pregnancy, I only ever purchased two maternity pieces, everything else I either already owned or simply ordered a size (or two) up. Therefore, if you're not a new mom or even remotely interested in the thought of babies, this guide is still just as much for you as it is me.... I'd like to think my style choices haven't suffered too much in this journey :)

Finally, remember you can now shop online and pick-up in store! If you're anything like me, this added convenience is perhaps the best feature of Nordstrom's online shopping experience!

I'll continue to update this list as the sale continues & eventually provide some product review on style, materials, and fit, so keep an eye out in Stories or head to my SHOP tab! 







Jackets + Outerwear:


Handbags + Accessories:



Mom Life:


Tee (sold out) - similar | Shirt (tied at waist) | Jeans | Shoes | Bag | Necklace (old) - similar | Bracelet - similar | Aviators

The other day Nike came over to chat game day fashion. Being super competitive by nature, it's easy to be an enthusiastic Chicago sports fan.

On game day (if I'm able), I love being on the home turf cheering our teams on in the heat of it. However, a lot of the time it's just catching the game from a bar with some friends. I'm more than ok with this option too.

For game day attire I always recommend having fun with whatever you wear. I know it sounds cheesy, but I mean it. Game days are a great opportunity to show a lot of personality and attitude with your look, so embrace it! One of my favorite things about Chicago is stepping into the city on game day & seeing how everyone styles their team clothing or colors in their own unique way!

Personally, I'll usually keep it simple with a tee and jeans... and there's usually a baseball cap included since I own at least one for each Chicago team. When shopping team gear, I opt for the more vintage/distressed look. Not a big fan of logos that look to perfectly printed.

Here in Chicago, I've had a lot of luck shopping sports gear at Nordstrom, & don't be afraid to shop in the Men's department– they usually have the best selections!

For accessories, I'd opt for a cross body bag (function) & muted jewelry. The main concept for game day attire: keep it simple, functional, & festive! ;)


Neon Rose

Hello, indian summer! It's well into the 90s here in Chicago so a leather jacket makes total sense right? Right. Some of us, i.e. D, are just too excited for fall to wait for the temperature to drop in order to start wearing fall favorites. We're huge fans of transitioning summer pieces, like this neon striped tee, with heavier and darker fall pieces. D also traded her light wash distressed boyfriend jeans for this darker and more polished pair–our penchant for boyfriend jeans isn't going away just yet.


Jacket: Hinge, loving this one // Tee: J.Crew // Jeans: AG 'The Tomboy' // Shoes: J.Crew // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: bangles- similar here, wrap bracelet- Club Monaco //  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Cozy Neutrals

Yes, it's a rare occasion to spot D without her usual bright hues. But who can resist a cozy, wool, cable knit sweater? It reminded us of one our all time favorite movies The Holiday–as if it wasn't alluring enough on its own. While there's no denying we're more than a little excited for spring, we're firm believers in enjoying where you are in life during all seasons. So bundle up, get outside, and enjoy that crisp winter chill!

Sweater: Anthropologie (recent) | Pants: J. Brand | Hat: Genie via Anthropologie, on sale here!| Shirt: Nordstrom | Boots: Frye | Necklaces: Nadri- Arrow, Cross, | Earrings: J.Crew |