Items you actually NEED from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s that time of year again, the #nsale, or, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale … Blogger Christmas, if you will! You’ve probably seen bloggers trying on tons of fall and winter items, putting together bomb outfits, and stressing about getting the blog post(s) live before the cardholders can shop the sale tomorrow (July 12th).

The last couple of years I’ve blogged about the Nordy Sale and this year, I’m taking a different approach. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m on a super strict budget this year which is every bit annoying but, that’s adulting for you ;). I’d be a complete fraud if I said I was going to go ape shit crazy during the sale this year and my goal is to always remain transparent with you guys. With that being said, I decided to find just eight, yes you read that right, EIGHT items you need from this sale that you can walk out of Nordstrom with (or walk back to your bed if you’re shopping from home) and be totally, 100% happy.


 

Tory Burch Mini Everly Crossbody Bag; $165

This crossbody is cute, super versatile (aka I’ll dress it up and down) and doesn’t completely break the bank for a designer piece!

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Jumbo St. Tropez Tanning Mousse; $49

If you literally don’t buy a single thing from this sale, PLEASE, buy this. It is, in my opinion, the absolute BEST value. I’m a self-tanning, pale as f gal and this bronzing mousse is my bff. This size is typically not even sold in stores and if it were it would be like $88 … sooOooOoo … you need it.

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DryBar Get Brushin’ and Crushin’ Set; $165

You already know I’m all about DryBar and allllll the products that come along with DB. I haven’t tried this straightening brush yet but, if I wanted to, NOW would be the time. The straightening brush retails alone for $145 so this is really a no-brainer purchase if you’re in the market for some new goodies from DryBar.

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Steve Madden Rockstar Booties; $79.90

I bought these last year in snakeskin and I absolutely adore them! I’m so happy good old Steve released them in leopard print because, if you couldn’t tell, that’s my favorite neutral color … heeehee! They are a little pricey, I will admit that. However, they’re a good, quality bootie that will last you from fall into winter for years to come. They’re a great statement piece to add a little bit of somethin’ somethin’ to any outfit.

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Adidas Edge Lux 3; $63.90

I’m always on the lookout for running shoes on sale and these are such a cute staple item to grab! I’ve heard that the word on the street is these shoes feel like you’re walking on a cloud and, I don’t know about you, but that’s exactly what my feet deserve to feel.

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Zella Live-In Leggings; $38.90

I actually “live-in” these leggings most of the time. I work from home, don’t have friends, and despise wearing actual clothes … sound familiar? If only me from college could see me now wearing leggings all the time. HA, athleisure for life, am I right? I’m serious though when I say that these leggings are comparable to Lululemon leggings and a fraction of the price. While they’re not the cheapest thing you’ll come across, they ARE the best quality for the price. ***my subtle humor should be taken with a grain of salt, I do have friends and there’s nothing wrong with literally living in leggings, do ya thang girlfriend!***

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Madewell 10-inch High Rise Denim; $84.90

On the off chance that I DO have to wear jeans or put real clothes on, my go to bottom is ALWAYS a pair of Madewell Jeans. Why? Because they’re flattering, actually fit my body, and are comfortable! If you’ve been waiting to try a pair because of the price tag, now is the time to grab a pair and see what the magic is allllll about!

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BlankNYC Leopard Cozy Teddy Coat; $64.90

This is my slightly boujee, not really practical for everyday wear, but still love it pick! Everyone needs to have one of those, right? If you’ve never tried a jacket by BlankNYC, first off, you need to and second, this is the time to do it! I’m obsessed with the style of the coat (it’s called a trucker coat, so whatever that means!!!!) and I think it would be the cutest addition to a casual outfit to give it that extra bit the outfit is missing.

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And that’s a wrap! Eight items that you’ll be totally satisfied with. Sure, swap a few items out and replace them with you personal favorites. Maybe a v-neck tee from BP ($11.90) or maybe something else that fits with your style. Remember, while I’m trying to (and many other bloggers too) build a shopping list for you based off of my favorite items, always feel free to do your own thing and purchase the items YOU love.

xx, Kaitlyn

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

Hiiiiiiiii everyone! As you can tell, I’m EXCITED to bring my 2018 #nsale picks to you. This is honestly my favorite sale of the year, because so many of my favorite brands go on sale and I can scoop them up for that low-low. I don’t live super close to a Nordy so I had to shop the first day of the sale super early (4AM) online which was totally fine and completely worth it because a PJ party with my laptop is basically my favorite thing ever. However, I did shop in store for a few items that I wanted to try-on before buying. I won’t bombard you with too many of my picks and I tried to make sure everything I’m sharing with you is 100% affordable or an incredible deal. So, without further adieu, let’s jump on in!

Tops/Jackets:

1 – BB Dakota Faux Suede Drap Jacket $69

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I love finding jackets that are casual like this one, like a hybrid cardigan! BB Dakota is a great brand to invest in and it’s even better when it’s on sale.

2 – BP. Raw Edge V-Neck Tee $11

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Okay, hi! $11 for a tee? I’m sold. This tee comes in a variety of colors, many of which are still fully in stock! Grab some while you can. (I bought three!)

3 – BP. Twist Front Sweater $31

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I thought this was so cute with the twist front detail! What I really like is the fact that this can be worn casually or you could definitely dress this sweater up for a night out.

4 – Chelsea28 Lace Yoke Top $45

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When I saw this, I immediately thought of fall and how cute this would look layered under a cardigan with some dark (or black) denim. It comes in four colors and I wish one of those would have been black BUT that’s okay. This rust color sold me!

5 – Free People Found My Friend Sweater $51

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I love Free People but I love freep even more when I find it on sale. This cute sweater can be worn off one shoulder and comes in a variety of colors! So cute for fall.

6 – BP. Colorblock Sweater $31

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I really love neutral colors so I was drawn to this mock neck sweater! This isn’t something I would typically buy, but I think styled with some distressed black denim, it will be a cute piece to have for fall.

7 – BP. Lace Trim Camisole $22

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Super cute and super feminine! Great for layering but sadly almost sold out (hopefully they’ll restock!!)

8 – Woven Heart Chenille Sweater $36

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Well, clearly, I had fall on my mind when I shopped the sale yesterday morning because I am so excited to style this sweater all fall long!

 

Bottoms:

1 – Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans $89

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If you didn’t know, Madewell denim is my absolute favorite of all time. I currently don’t own any high waist jeans like this so I was super excited to score them for such a deal! (Madewell denim runs true to size)

2 – Zella Live-In Legging $35

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If there’s ONE thing you pick up from this sale, it needs to be these leggings. I legitimately live in these leggings 75% of the time. I compare them to Lululemon quality but at a much more reasonable price point.

3 – Leith Surplice Jumpsuit $52

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Jumpsuits have 100% been my go-to this spring/summer. Naturally, I’m obsessed with this one and I love the tasteful cut out in the front.

4 – Levi’s 501 Destroyed Boyfriend Jean $85

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I’ve been looking for a cute, destroyed pair of boyfriend jeans and these were the savior! They’re so cute and, in my opinion, destroyed perfectly. I can’t wait to style these with a tee and a pair of heels!

Shoes:

1 – Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot $99

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Hunters are my favorite for fall, winter, and spring (at least here in the midwest)! This is an amazing deal and a great time to snag a pair for yourself considering they’re usually $150 or more.

2 – Sam Edelman Caprice Boot $149

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I had been eyeing these boots for a while and truly couldn’t justify paying full price so when I saw that they were included in the sale, I was off the wall with excitement (it’s the little things in life, people!!) These boots come in three colors, I’m personally most excited for the black ones.

3 – Steve Madden Trace Studded Mule $50

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I’m pretty sure these were the first things in my cart yesterday morning, partially because I don’t own anything like them and because I envisioned so many of my favorite fall styles pairing so well with them.

4 – Adidas Flashback Sneaker $68

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You really can’t go wrong with a pair of classic sneakers! I’m always on the hunt for fairly priced athletic shoes and what I love about this pair is that they can be paired with a casual, athleisure outfit.

 

Accessories:

1 – Tory Burch Marsden Crossbody – $151

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This beauty comes in four colors and, at this price, you really can’t beat it! I’m a huge fan of crossbody bags and an even bigger fan of Tory Burch bags so when I can grab one for over 50% off, you better believe I jump on that opportunity.

2 – Kendra Scott Miku Drop Earring $39

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I had to pick these cuties up when I saw that they were on sale! They come in three metals; gold, silver, and rose gold.

3 – Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody $149

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I’m crying a little on the inside because I bought a crossbody super similar to this one last fall at a much higher price and I’m kicking myself for not waiting! This is a super cute bag to take you through the fall and into winter. Is anyone else happy leopard print is back?

4 – Brixton Baker Boy Cap $31

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Everyone is obsessed with this style of hat and I can see why! I scored one on sale so I’m going to see if I’m cool enough to pull off this style.

Beauty:

1 – drybar The Most Wonderful Waves Set $165

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You already know I love drybar (if you didn’t, now you do)! Any time I can grab something like this for a friend or as a gift, I try to. This is such an incredible deal because the curling wand alone is $165!

 

2 – St. Tropez Jumbo Self Tan Express Mousse $49

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Like being tan without the worry? Me too! St. Tropez is one of my favorite tanning lotion brands AND this self tan express mousse has been my go-to allllllll summer! You’re getting the JUMBO for the price of the regular size bottle.

3 – NARS Undressed Liquid Lip Set $49

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I’ve been really obsessed with NARS liquid lip lately and I’m so happy to see this set of four on sale for such a great price!

4 – Luxie Face Complexion Set $35

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These are some of my favorite makeup brushes ever! $35 for this set is an absolute steal.

 

Happy Shopping, friends! Leave a comment with your favorite items!

xx, Kaitlyn

 

Serving Looks: Valentine’s Day

Dinner, drinks, date night extravaganza! I don’t know about you, but those are three D’s I’m all about. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite looks for Valentine’s Day both casual and not for any Valentine’s Day Dat Night you might encounter.

(Side note: What are your plans? I still don’t have any and need to figure that ish out real quick!)


First Look: Edgy VDay Vibes

This first look, I am in love with and probably going to recreate in some way for Valentine’s Day depending on my tentative plans. I’m living for the black strapless jumpsuit paired with the moto jacket. I’m not a huge fan of red or pink and, to be honest, both colors are super unflattering on my skin tone. SOOOOO, I’ve incorporated a little pop of red with the pumps. Not to mention, the pumps are leopard print – need I say more?

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BlankNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket

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Adelyn Rae Strapless Jumpsuit

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Sam Edelman Haide Feather Pump

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Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Crossbody


 

Second Look: Girlie Girl Gang

This outfit is lace, grace, and va-va-voom in your face …. (this is why I don’t write poems and I’m rolling my eyes at myself right now)! ANYWAY, this stunning romper has been all over the internet the last year or so and I’m telling you, it’s here to stay. It makes perfect sense for a date night because it’s comfortable and moveable, yet the lace overlay adds a layer of elegance to the piece. Paired with some simple nude pumps (or if you’re blessed with the genes of height, flats), you have yourself an adorable Valentine’s Day Date outfit.

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Socialite Lace Overlay Romper

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Sam Edelman Ankle Strap Sandal

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Vince Camuto Leather & Suede Clutch 


Third Look: Confidently Casual

This look is for a fun-type of Valentine’s Day Date … think Dave & Busters. This is for the girl who is totally cool with being casual and rocking her look while completely annihilating her date in arcade games at D&B. To be honest, I love this outfit and the best thing about it is that it’s versatile and can be worn on more occasions than simply Valentine’s Day. Also, Madewell denim has become my absolutely favorite recently. Anyone else feel that way? (#MadewellEveryday)

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Free People Cuddle Up Pullover

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Madewell Skinny Jeans

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BP. Block Heel Bootie

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Gold Kendra Scott Sophee Drop Earrings


 

Which look is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

xx, Kaitlyn

Gift Guide #4: For Him

We allllllllll know guys wait until the last minute to let us know what they want for Christmas. So, no fear, I’ve linked some last minute items for your man, dad, brother, or grandpa that are sure to be a hit with any guy!


Native Union Charger Set

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Earlier this year, I was introduced to Native Union through my boyfriend after he forgot to pack our chargers as we were leaving our hotel room in Vegas (charger packing and tech things are his job — he took full responsibility!). Anyway, he immediately turned around to purchased these amazing chargers from Native Union and we’ve been hooked ever since! The best part is that Native Union sells a plethora of cables in all lengths and sizes!

MVMT Watches

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I absolutely love MVMT watches! They were founded on the ideals that style shouldn’t break the bank and that luxury can be affordable. These watches are some of the best quality for the money that I’ve ever seen. With so many styles, these are definitely going to be a hit with any guy on your list!

Jack Black Gift Set

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Jack Black has become one of the most requested items from the guys in my life! The gift sets are great for stocking stuffers or an all-in-one gift at an affordable price point.

Happy Socks

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Happy Socks are probably the funkiest, yet coolest dress sock on the market right now and, I mean, who doesn’t love getting fun socks these days?

Patagonia Quarter Zip

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Patagonias are not only practical, but on trend. If your guy isn’t into prints and designs, these quarter zips are the perfect alternative!

Chukka Boot

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Chukka boots have been a necessity with the guys I know. They’re stylist, go with so many outfits, and can be dressed up or dressed down. What more could you honestly want as a guy than a shoe that makes getting ready more effortless than it already is.

Sephora Cologne Sampler

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Possibly the best gift for picky guys on your list! With this gift set, they’re able to redeem a voucher for a cologne of their choice.

Slippers

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Men don’t always like to admit it but they love slippers just as much as women do. These Ugg slip on slippers are some of the comfiest you can buy and will make your man feel like he’s walking on a cloud!

Google Home or Google Wi-Fi

Google Home is a super convenient device to have in your home because you can do just about anything with a google home system. From playing a Spotify playlist to getting the answer to a perplexing question — google home has your man covered. Google Wi-Fi is an incredibly easy device to set up and syncs with an app to make managing it super simple.


Many of these items can be purchased on Amazon Prime, too! I hope this gift guide helps you navigate the tricky world of shopping for men.

Happy Holidays from me to you!

xx, Kaitlyn

Gift Guide #2: For Her

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Okay, now ladies!! (yeah!)

Who got my reference? Travis Porter, anyone?

Girlfriends, gal pals, moms, grammies, aunts, sisters, sorority secret santa gifts, your boss — there are probably a ton of leading ladies in your life that are on your holiday shopping list this year and buying for them can often be difficult. Some have all that they need, some claim they don’t want anything (my grammy), and others have champagne taste while you’re stuck on a Miller Lite budget. Whatever the case may be, these gifts are sure to please all the girls in your life!

One of the best things about the holiday season is that soooooo many companies like Tarte, Glam Glow, L’Occitane, etc… come out with gift bundles of their best products or products launched specifically for the holidays. These gift sets are always on my Christmas list because the value is often too good to pass up.

Tarte Pout Pleasures Lip Set

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Glam Glow Let it Glow! Gift Set

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Peter Thomas Roth Ready, Set, Drench Gift Set

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L’Occitane Holiday Hand Cream Trio

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Sephora Favorites Travel Perfume Sampler Set

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I’m from Michigan, so, naturally, I enjoy being as cozy as humanly possible during the winter from my head to my feet. Here are a few of my favorite cozy essentials that I know will make any gal smile from ear to ear.

Ugg socks or slippers

Patagonia Re-Tool Pullover

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Love Your Melon Beanie

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Blanket Scarf

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Comfy Robe

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Home goods are practical presents all year long and I know I’m always on the look out for decor that will match the theme of my home.

Tic Tac Toe Set

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Bath and Body Works 3-wick Candles

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Pineapple Tumbler

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The holidays are a great time to receive jewelry that you wouldn’t normally purchase yourself. The best thing about buying jewelry for someone as a gift is that you get to combined their personal style with what you believe would look best. Sometimes that can be a little risky if the person you’re shopping for has specific taste but overall, it’s truly meaningful and after all, it’s the thought that counts.

Dogeared Necklace

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Initial Necklace

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Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings

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Coordinates Collection

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What are some items on your wish list this year?

 

xx, Kaitlyn

 

Nordy Under Forty

Nordstrom Early Access

I know, I know. You’ve seen this sale taking over Instagram and circling the internet, but, with good reason! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to stock up on the latest pieces for fall at discounted prices. If you’re a Nordstrom card holder you’re able to shop the sale before it opens up to the public on July 21st which is great because so many items on your wish list will completely sell out!

Okay, let’s get into the title of the blog post, “Nordy Under Forty”, what in the world does that mean? Well, I wanted to share with you my favorite, “need to have” pieces from this sale all under $40! Is it just me or does every company have incredible sales this time of year? I know my wallet is feeling the burn from it and yours probably is too.

First, we’ll start with a few basics. Basics are staple pieces that have to be in everyone’s closet because of the versatility each piece offers. Here are a few of the basics I snagged:

BP Pocket Tee 1890 vs 29

BP. Pocket Tee $18.90 VS $29.00 after the sale

Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee 1590 vs 24

Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee $15.90 VS $24.00 after the sale

 

Madewell Modern Linen Tee 3890 vs 5950

Madewell Modern Linen Tee $38.90 VS $59.50 after the sale (Madewell tees are the absolute best!)

 

Lush Side Slit Tank 1890 vs 29

Lush Side Slit Tank $18.90 VS $29.90 after the sale

 

Socialite Cozy Thermal Top 2490 vs 38

Socialite Cozy Thermal Top $24.90 VS $38.00 after the sale (skeptical at first but this is literally the softest top I own)

 

Next, I’m bringing you what I like to call the “I didn’t try too hard but still look put together” tops. These type of tops are my go-to when it comes to a lunch date, a casual meeting, or even to wear to work on some occasions.

Calson Stripe Bell Sleeve Tee 2590 vs 39

Caslon Stripe Bell Sleeve Top $25.90 VS $39.00 after the sale (white and black stripes + a bell sleeve = automatic favorite)

 

Lush Cold Shoulder Top 2990 vs 45

Lush Cold Shoulder Top $29.90 VS $45.00 after the sale

 

BP Lightweight Rib Cardigan 3190 vs 49

BP. Lightweight Rib Cardigan $31.90 VS $49.00 after the sale

 

Leith Bell Sleve Sweater 3890 vs 59

Leith Bell Sleeve Sweater $38.90 VS $59.00 after the sale

 

Gibson Tie Front Cozy Pullover 3990 vs 59

Gibson Tie Front Sweater $39.90 VS $59.00 after the sale (love the tie front detail!)

Okay, I can’t let this post go live without including some of the best deals in the athletic wear category too! I’m all about buying workout clothing at a discount but still having the option to wear name brands and look cute while I’m at the gym or in the spin class sweating it out – who’s with me?! These are my top picks for workout wear during the anniversary sale:

Nike Breathe Training Tank 3390 vs 45

Nike Breathe Training Tank $33.90 VS $45.00 after the sale (love this tank for spin class!)

Zella Constellation Kinetic Legging 3890 vs 59

Zella Constellation Cropped Legging $38.90 VS $59.00 after the sale

Nike Sportswear Essentials Tank 2690 vs 35

Nike Sportswear Tank $26.90 VS $35.00 after the sale

 

Last but not least, I have to throw in these jeans. They’re not under $40 but that’s why I saved them for last. I absolutely love AG denim and these jeans are priced at such a huge discount it’s totally worth the splurge. These are the hands down the most flattering pair of denim I own. I typically don’t like to spend crazy (in my mind) amounts of money on jeans but these are totally worth it! I know you’ll love them just as much as I do.

AG The Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jean 14990 vs 225

AG Raw Hem Legging Jean $149.90 VS $225.00 after the sale

There you have it, my list of top picks under $40 from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Items are selling out quickly so my advice is to buy now or forever wish you had. What’s on your list of “must haves” from the sale? 

xx, Kaitlyn