Best Things in Life Are Free (or on SALE!)

It’s that time again. One of the best times of the year. Is it Christmas? Is it our birthday? Is it vacation week? NOPE! It’s the #NSALE! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

This is the annual sale when Nordstrom drops prices on new merchandise by as much as 40%! It’s the time to stock up and save big on items that are rarely discounted.  You’ve got to hurry, though!  Prices go up on August 7th!

It may sound crazy, but we strategize on how to navigate the sale. We have some useful tips and things to consider before you do your shopping:

~Inventory:  Go through your closet, kid(s) closets, spouse’s closet, etc., to figure out exactly what you NEED.  With sale prices, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment and overspend.  If there are items you know you want and/or need, now is the time to buy them.  Most of these items will not be discounted again – like, booties, designer jeans, handbags, etc.

~Back-To-School: Make a list of the big ticket necessities that you can get on sale; jackets, sneakers, boots, etc.

~Holiday:  Start your holiday shopping now! You can buy amazing gifts at a fraction of the price. Bonus: you don’t have to cram all your shopping & spending into November/December!  Make that list now, before you head to the store!

We’ve linked a few of our favorite pieces below:

Women- These are pieces that we will want for going into fall and because they are on such a deep sale, it makes the most sense to buy now.

  1. Free People Turtleneck
  2. Chelsea28 Velvet Jacket
  3. Hinge Button Front Dress
  4. Barefoot Dreams Circle Hem Cardigan
  5. Zella Outta Town Hoodie
  6. Carlson Tie Front Sweatshirt
  7. Bobeau Tie Front Plaid Shirt
  8. Zella Crop Capris
  9. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
  10. Wit and Wisdon Ab-solution Skinny Jean
  11. BlankNYC Cropped Girlfriend Jean
  1. Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot
  2. Vince Camuto Bootie
  3. Halogen Slide Loafer
  4. Nike sneaker
  5. Ugg Slip On Flat
  6. Ugg Slipper
  7. BP Bootie
  8. Converse Shoreline Chuck Taylor
  9. Toms Bootie
  10. Gentle Souls Zip-Up Sneaker


  1. Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
  2. Tommy Bahama Quarter Zip Pullover
  3. North Face Soft Shell Jacket
  4. Lacoste Polo
  5. Converse Jack Purcell Sneaker
  6. Herschel Weekend Duffel bag – Great gift for the man in your life! Can be used as a gym bag, weekender bag, work bag, etc.
  7. Cole Haan Dress Shoes – SUPER comfortable brand and definitely worth the extra money.  Because they are RARELY on sale, go for it!
  8. Happy Socks – Funky socks are on trend right now and it’s fun to have a pop of “happy” that not everyone can see!
  9. Vineyard Vines Polo
  10. Bonobos Plaid Shirt
  11. Martin Dingman Belt
  12. Cole Haan Leather Belt


We try to find necessary items that our kids need year after year– they grow SOOOO fast! When buying a higher quality item like a coat or boots, we will sometimes size up so that they can get a few years out of the piece. As a bonus, these pieces are “hand-me-downable”!

  1. The North Face Jacket
  2. Under Armour Hooded Sweatshirt
  3. Tucker and Tate Graphic Tee
  4. Tucker and Tate Tulle Skirt
  5. Tucker and Tate Boys Tee Shirt
  6. Jem Superman Tee Shirt
  7. Tucker and Tate Boys Jeans
  8. Tucker and Tate Moto Legging
  9. Tucker and Tate Mixed Media Denim Jacket
  10. Tucker and Tate Star Skirt
  11. Tea Collection Mixed Print Dress
  12. Tucker and Tate Shark PJ
  13. Tucker and Tate Hooded Unicorn PJ
  14. Tucker and Tate Fleece Robe 
  1. Puma Glitter Sneaker
  2. Asics Sneaker
  3. Nike Sneaker 
  4. Sam Edelman Pom Pom sneaker
  5. Tucker and Tate Bootie
  6. Mini Melissa Mary Jane Flat
  7. Toms Chukka Boot
  8. Bogs Boots
  9. Tucker and Tate Tassel Loafer
  10. Adidas Sneaker
  11. Sam Edelman Riding Boots

Home/Gifts – This is a great time to buy gifts and put them away until the holidays. We look for items that we know are deeply discounted probably won’t be again. Think of major brands like Ugg, Tumi, fragrances, cosmetics, etc.

  1. Kennebunk Home Blanket
  2. Nest Reed Diffusers
  3. Home State Coasters
  4. Voluspa Candle Trio
  5. Wooden Wall Mirror
  6. In This House Wall Art
  7. Kate Spade Insulated Tumbler
  8. Home State Glasses
  9. Planner
  10. Monogrammed Insulated Growler Cooler
  11. Nordstrom At Home Blanket
  1. Kendra Scott Necklace
  2. Kendra Scott Drop Earring
  3. Kendra Scott Bracelet
  4. Halogen Leather Cuff
  5. Tory Burch Wrap Watch
  6. lulu dk Love Letters Necklace
  7. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm
  8. Bobby Brown Hydration Set
  9. Madewell Trasport Tote
  10. Baublebar Drop Earrings
  11. Madewell scarf
  12. Vince Camuto Leather Cross Body Bag

We’d love to know your favorite picks! Comment and let us know what you had to have! 🙂

p.s.- To gain early access to the #NSALE, you have to be a Nordstrom credit card holder.   However, you can pay with any form of payment! You do NOT have to use the store card to pay for your purchases.


~Kristen & Johanna



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