Dressing Room Diary: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + $500 Gift Card Giveaway

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Dressing Room Diary

OK, real talk. Are you sick of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? I know so many girls are… I know I’M sick of seeing it in my feed! Some of my fellow blogger babes have really taken things overboard this year lol. I love Anniversary but there’s no way I am shooting myself in a coat right now. The thing is, I think it’s a really great sale and the perfect time to stock up on your fall basics. What other store marks down merch when it hits the floor for the first time? I love seeing the trends we’re going to be wearing and loving next season. Now, I get it. It’s July. Here in Miami it is 100 degrees and the last thing I want to do is wear a leather jacket or an over the knee boot. But by the time we’re ready, it’s going to be too late and all the fall merch will be full price again. So, let’s bite the bullet and evaluate the best of what’s available, shall we?

To refresh your memory, early access has started for Nordstrom card holders. You can only shop the sale right now if you have a Nordstrom card. Want to shop the sale but don’t have a card? Never fear, the sale opens to the public on THURSDAY. So make your list now! Don’t worry about the things that are out of stock, Nordstrom will restock and refresh the assortment on the first day of public access.

You can always check out this post where I rounded up my favorite pieces available online. I did want to try on piece in-store… and since I’m in Miami, we don’t really get ALL the best pieces… it’s like an edit. So, I went through and picked out my favorite pieces available here in my area. We didn’t get some of the best pieces, sadly, so make sure you check out my comprehensive post from the first day of the sale.  You can also shop the tabs in my menu bar by category for my favorite pieces!

I popped by the store and picked out what I found to be the best pieces at my local store. I went for basics and everyday pieces that I know I’ll get a lot of use of. I decided to take some pics in the dressing room and share thoughts on fit and styling ideas! Hope you like this post! (Let me know if you’re into it, I can do them weekly!) Stay tuned to the end of the post where there is a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom giftcard! (So you can shop the sale!)

Tee / Jeans / Earrings / Ring / Phone case / Bag

Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee

Available in heather gray, black, and wine

On Sale: $15.90, After Sale: $24

Sizing: runs on the bigger size, but you want an oversized fit anyway. I am wearing a size small 

I really liked this tee. It was soft and had a flattering cut. I don’t typically love side slit things, because they tuck weird, but I didn’t run into that problem with this tee. Great basic, everyday piece.

Top/ Jeans

BP Plaid Cotton Blend Tunic

Available in 5 colors 

On Sale: $31.90, After Sale: $49

Sizing: runs on the bigger side, but you want an oversized fit anyway. I am wearing a size small 

I love this plaid button down! It has a really nice drape and is oversized while still having a flattering fit. They only had the black and white color at my store, but I really like the red cordovan or blue colors. This top would pair great with jeans, leather leggings, jean shorts… basically anything in your closet. This basic is a must.

Top / Jeans 

Lush Cold Shoulder Top

Available in white, black, blue, wine

On Sale: $29.90, After Sale: $45

Sizing: TTS, I am wearing a size medium

I didn’t feel this to be the most flattering top on me, but I did like it. It’s a good go-with-anything top. I like the cold shoulder and the fold over hem gave it a little something extra. Great top to pair with jeans or leather skinnies.

Top / Jeans 

Lush Ruffle Bell Sleeve Blouse

Available in black, blue, white/black polka dot, black floral 

On Sale: $31.90, After Sale: $49

Sizing: TTS, I am wearing a size medium

This is my favorite top from the sale. I initially liked it when I saw it online, but I LOVED it when I tried it on! The fit was super flattering and I just love the dot print. The ruffle bell sleeve gave me ALL the feels. This is such a cute work top! This lightweight top is just so pretty… I’d pair it with my favorite jeans or maybe leather shorts or a denim skirt. I also really liked all the other colors it comes in! DEFINITELY recommend this piece.

Tee / Jeans

BP Pocket Tee

Available in black, gray/white stripe, olive, red, white

On Sale: $18.90, After Sale: $29

Sizing: TTS, I am wearing a size small. Should probably have gone medium for a more oversized fit. 

If you’re looking for a basic, everyday long sleeve tee, this BP pocket tee is a good choice. I don’t think I’d pay $29 for it, because honestly, it’s just a long sleeve tee, nothing wild. If you really needed a long sleeve tee and wanted a good quality one, I’d recommend getting it during the sale at a discount, but I think your money is better spent elsewhere if you’re on a tight budget and only picking up a few things from the sale.

Tank / Jeans 

Lush Side Slit Tank

Available in black, gray, moonstruck (I have no idea, it’s like… a gray/oatmeal color. I think I’m wearing the moonstruck color)

On Sale: $18.90, After Sale: $29

Sizing: TTS, I am wearing a size medium. 

I really like the side slit on this tank. This flowy tank makes a great layering piece and would be really cute paired with jeans and leather leggings. It’s a great basic… I think I’d go for the black before this moonstruck color. Super soft, super comfortable.

Sweater / Jeans 

BP V-Neck Pullover

Available in black, gray, red, cream, teal

On Sale: $24.90, After Sale: $39

Sizing: runs large, I am wearing a size small, the medium has super long arms on me

I love this sweater. Super soft and cozy. I would totally go for the black, gray and cream colors for cozy everyday basics. It would pair well with jeans, denim cutoffs, skirts, shorts… everything. This is a great buy. Still lightweight, this sweater would make a great layering piece for the colder months.  I tried both the small and medium on and the small fit better. The arms on the medium were really long and bunchy on me.

Sweater / Jeans

BP Ruffle Cold Shoulder Pullover

Available in black, gray and pink

On Sale: $24.90, After Sale: $39

Sizing: runs small, I am wearing a large 

This sweater was tiny, I went for a large for a looser fit. Anything smaller seemed skin tight. I like the cold shoulder and the ruffle details! Such a cute and different piece for the fall, paired with a cute skirt or distressed denim. I tried on this lavender pink, but I think the gray is a cute option as well. (I feel the ruffle gets kind of lost on the black)

Sweater / Jeans

Topshop Bell Sleeve Lattice Back Sweater

Available in cream and mustard

On Sale: $42.90, After Sale: $65

Sizing: Runs small. Topshop is always tiny! I am wearing a US size 8 in the sweater

I don’t know why I’m so dumb and didn’t take a picture of the really cute lattice back! If you click on the link and check it on the Nordstrom website, you can see a shot of the back. I was apparently way more intrigued by the amazing bell sleeve. This cozy sweater will be perfect with jeans or some denim cutoffs. Pair it with your favorite skirt for a little bit of a vintage vibe. The mustard is a really pretty color but I tend to gravitate more towards the cream color.

Jacket / Top / Jeans 

BP Hooded Cotton Anorak

Available in olive and camo

On Sale: $45.90, After Sale: $69

Sizing: Runs big. Wearing a small. 

I’m a sucker for a utility jacket… definitely one of my go-to fall pieces. I think a good utility jacket is a fall wardrobe staple that EVERY girl needs. It’s the perfect lightweight third piece to bring your look together. Whether it’s a finishing touch to a white tee and jeans, or thrown on over leggings to make you look at least SLIGHTLY put together, I’m a major fan. I really liked this BP anorak and you can’t beat the price! $45.90?? Amazing. The quality is really good and I liked the slightly oversized fit. The color looks more brown online than it does in person. It’s definitely a true olive.

Jacket / Top / Jeans

Topshop Rosemary Leather Biker Jacket

Available in black

On Sale: $249, After Sale: $420

Sizing: Runs big. Wearing a size 4. 

If I had to choose one item to be my #1 fall wardrobe staple, I’d easily say a leather moto jacket. If you splurge on only one item a year, I’d say that a great quality leather jacket is a good investment. As this is Miami, there weren’t a ton of them in stock at my local store but I did spot this Topshop jacket straightaway. While trying it on, I did think it had a really nice fit and was a great deal. ($249 for a genuine leather jacket? A total steal.) On the other hand, I actually prefer some of the more affordable vegan leather options, like this BLANKNYC jacket for only $64.90. So is this jacket worth the splurge? Depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a real 100% leather jacket, then yes, it’s an AMAZING deal. If you’re fine with a high-quality vegan leather option (like I am) opt for one of the more affordable options.

Jacket / Top / Jeans

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket

Available in cognac, red, and gray

On Sale: $125, After Sale: $188

Sizing: TTS. Wearing a small. 

This jacket is EVERYTHING. The color is gorgeous, the quality is outstanding, and the fit is perfect. It just looks super luxe and is such a great piece. My local store only carried the cognac color, but the dark grey is a great shade as well. (Or the red leather if you’re feeling Emma Swan Once Upon a Time vibes haha!) Last year, BLANKNYC debuted a similar style that was all the rage all fall and winter long. Every blogger basically rocked the jacket, and for some reason, this year, they’re all saying “it’s back!” It’s not back. This style is slightly different than last year’s; mainly, it’s missing the belt. (Last year’s version is actually still available at full price here.) I’d sacrifice the belt to save $60, tbh.

Top Row: Cardigan / Top / Jeans  Bottom: Cardigan / Tee / Jeans

BP Light Weight Rib Stitch Cardigan

Available in burgundy, teal, cognac, black, and gray 

On Sale: $31.90, After Sale: $49

Sizing: TTS. Wearing a small. 

This lightweight cardigan is perfect for the Miami fall/winter season. I always carry a cardigan with me year round, because while it’s sweltering outside, it’s always freezing inside. I really like the black, gray and cognac colors… all super practical and a great price. Really high quality and I liked the rib knit.

STS Blue Ashley High Waist Ankle Skinny

Available in black

On Sale: $38.90, After Sale: $59

Sizing: Run big. I’m wearing a 28 and am like… not at my usual weight right now lol. 

These black ripped high waist skinnies are an amazing price and really great for fall. Super flattering fit and look cute with basically everything, as you can see by the fact that I wore them with half the tops I tried on. I really like the raw hem and the fact that they seemed to minimize my thighs. Definitely pick these up.

BP Ripped Crop Skinny Jeans

Available in blue

Sizing: Run TTS

OK, so these jeans have already sold out! Don’t fret, when Nordstrom opens the sale up for public access on Thursday, I’m sure they’ll restock the jeans, so keep an eye out. I love the distressing and the frayed hem! I wish they were shorter on me, since I’m 5’2 they weren’t as cropped as they should be. But I did have to try on a bigger size since I’m not really at my usual weight right now. I’d definitely recommend scooping these up. Since they’re sold out, the price isn’t listed anymore, but they WERE under $50! I’ll let you know when they come back.

Pink bag / Gray bag 

Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Love Bag / Rebecca Minkoff Velvet MAC Bag

I love Rebecca Minkoff bags, they’re my favorite. Anniversary is a great time to score a good deal on a fall RM. I spotted these velvet pretties and just had to snap a quick pic! The Love bag is a great dupe for the Chanel Boy bag and this velvet version is just so gorgeous for fall. The classic MAC style is also a great and surprisingly roomy bag. (I always use mine when we go to Disney World!)

I hope you enjoyed this trip into the dressing room with me! And since I’m so grateful for your love and support, there’s a giveaway! See below.


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