My Go-To Hair Products

My Go-To Hair Products

Being a busy mom, spending lots and lots of time caring for and styling my hair isn’t really realistic, but that’s not to say that I don’t want my hair looking its best! Having healthy hair with a minimal routine is actually doable with just a few hair essentials. Today I wanted to share some of my tried and true hair products that are staples in my simple hair care routine!

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One :: A good sulfate free shampoo is a must, and this is my absolute favorite. It makes my hair so soft and also protects my color.

Two :: This conditioner is not only so incredibly moisturizing, but it also leaves my hair almost completely tangle free (which as my hair is very tangle prone this is super impressive).

Three :: I don’t curl my hair every day (avoiding using heat on my hair every day helps keep it healthy), but when I do want to style it this curling iron is great. It gives me such smooth curls that really last.

Four :: This is the holy grail of hair oils. I’ve tried several others and they all leave my hair feeling limp and greasy. This one leaves my hair soft and smooth without any greasy residue.

Five :: Every mom must have a good dry shampoo in her beauty arsenal. This one does a great job of freshening up second (or third) day hair.

Six :: This dries my hair super quickly, plus it also uses negative ions to prevent frizz and maintain shine.

Seven :: My hair tangles incredibly easy, and this brush is an absolute lifesaver for me. It easily and painlessly removes all tangles without damaging my hair.

Eight :: I don’t use hairspray regularly, but when I do this is my go to. It doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or sticky, and I love that its unscented.

Nine :: I’ve heard that you should always put a leave in conditioner in your hair to keep it as healthy as possible. What I love about this one is that it also includes a thermal protection as well to protect from heat when styling.

Ten :: This leaves my hair feeling so incredibly soft, smooth, and shiny without weighing it down.

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How I Lost 20 Pounds (And Kept It Off)

For the 5th and final week of my wellness series, I wanted to talk about something that is always a pretty hot topic at the start of any year; and that is weight loss. And today I’m going to share how I lost 20 lbs of baby weight I was struggling to lose for several years – that I finally lost last year (and have kept off!).

When I had my first son almost 9 years ago, I admit I was really concerned about how my body would change and if I would be able to lose the baby weight. To my surprise, the weight really just melted off. And then some! I ended up being about 5-10lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight simply by running and nursing. It really was so easy I expected it to be the same with my 2nd. However, after having my youngest, I struggled with getting rid of the last of the baby weight. I would fluctuate about 10-20lbs above my pre-baby weight. Blame it on being older perhaps, but for the first time in my life I really felt I didn’t have control over my weight and wasn’t exactly sure how to get back on track.

I did keto for a period of time. I was able to lose 10lbs, but then I plateaued. I found myself obsessing over macros & the number of carbs I was eating in a day…and yet the scale wasn’t budging. I finally got burned out & I ended up going off keto. I did keep most of the weight I had lost off until last winter. We had a pretty cold & yucky winter last year & I just was feeling a bit of seasonal affective disorder. As a result, I wasn’t running & definitely splurged on treats over the holidays. I ended up gaining almost 10lbs back, and was determined to finally take control of my weight & be down to my pre-pregnancy weight for summer.

When we were living in California, a friend of mine had been struggling with losing her baby weight & started the Dukan Diet. (The diet was really popular at the time because supposedly Kate Middleton had done it for her wedding). My friend’s results were jaw dropping. She lost SO much weight and looked like a completely different person. I remembered her success with the diet and bought the book and cookbook – and I started right before Easter last year.

Within 3 1/2 months of being on Dukan, not only did I reach my weight loss goal of 20 lbs, I actually exceeded it and ultimately dropped 25 lbs and am back to my pre-pregnancy weight. And not only have I lost the weight, I have kept it off even through the holidays and having periods where I’ve definitely indulged (I just make sure to get back on track! This diet has been amazing for me, and today I wanted to share this secret to my weight loss success.

What is the Dukan Diet?

The Dukan diet was started by a French physician (Dr Dukan!) who wanted to come up with a plan to help his patients who were struggling to lose weight. This diet has four phases, with the first two being very strict. But once you obtain your goal weight (or “true weight”) you are able to slowly incorporate other foods back into your diet, and eventually go back to eating whatever you choose, but must follow a few simple rules for the rest of your life. This diet centers around lean protein and limits fats and carbohydrates. Because protein is so filling, you are able to consume small amounts of calories and feel incredibly full. (Although there is NO required calorie counting or limit to how much you can eat!) Protein is also harder to break down so your body burns more calories as well simply by digesting.

The length of time for each of the phases of the diet are individual to each person and how much they want to lose. You can go on their website and fill out a profile where they will tell you how long to do each phase for. They will also help you figure out what your “true weight” is – which I think is important so that you aren’t setting unrealistic and unhealthy weight loss goals for yourself.

Phase 1: Attack

This is the strictest, but also shortest phase of the diet. This can be anywhere from 1-7 days depending on how much weight you have to lose. I believe mine was originally recommended to be 3 days, but I actually ended up doing 5 simply because I wasn’t finding it to be too difficult. The attack phase is “pure protein” and you will eat nothing but lean protein from a list of approved foods during this time. However there is no restriction on how much you can eat. You are also required to eat oat bran daily for fiber and continue to do so through all stages of the diet.

Phase 2: Cruise

In this phase you can incorporate almost all vegetables back into your diet (with the exception of starchy, high carb things like corn, beans, potatoes, etc). However it is recommended for maximum weight loss to only eat vegetables every other day, or on a 5:2 plan (vegetables + protein 5 days a week, and 2 days of pure protein). This is entirely up to you to choose depending on what works for you and your weight loss goals. For the first few months I did 1:1 to really lose as much as possible. After the first few months I followed more of a 5:2 schedule. You are also allowed nonfat/low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, and cheeses.

Phase 3: Consolidation

In this phase you are getting your body acclimated to accepting your true weight and are focused on maintaining. The length of this phase should be 5 days for every pound lost. (For me this was 125 days – a little over 4 months). You are allowed protein and vegetables every day (except 1 day a week should be a designated pure protein day), as well as 1 serving of fruit, 2 pieces of bread, and 1 serving of full fat cheese a day. You are also allowed 1 carb meal a week (e.g. pasta, beans, potatoes) and 1 cheat meal a week for the first half of this phase, and you can increase to 2 carb meals and 2 cheat meals a week in the 2nd half.

Phase 4: Stabilization

Now that you have reset to your new true weight – you are allowed to eat as you like! But you must continue to have one pure protein meal a week, oat bran daily, and get 20 minutes of exercise a day. (Dr Dukan recommends that you take the stairs instead of the elevator). Now…that said…I personally don’t think one can truly just go back to eating whatever and expect to maintain their weight. I think you must continue to practice portion control/moderation, and still choose to continue to eat healthy most of the time focusing on lean protein, veggies, and fruits. I typically stick with primarily lean protein and veggie options during the week, and will have healthy carbs on days I’m doing longer runs. I allow myself whatever I want on weekends and special occasions (in moderation!).

My Keys To Success:

I think the key to my success with the diet comes down to a few things. One – I really like the foods and like eating this way, so it doesn’t feel difficult to me. Although this way of eating has been great for me, I don’t believe in “one size fits all.” I think it is so important to find a plan that you are willing to commit to that works for your lifestyle. There are so many diets out there, and it will be very hard to be successful if you don’t feel that a particular diet is a good fit for you. If you are liking the foods you are eating – it certainly makes it a whole lot easier to stick to the plan! Also, I am someone who can definitely get “hangry” and really dislike feeling hungry and deprived – and this diet is so incredibly filling.

Although not required, I did choose to count my calories and track my foods for the first 3-4 months of the diet, simply so I could get a better handle on portion sizes and what my calorie intake needed to be to lose and maintain. This also helped me continue to be successful as I phased out of each phase of the diet. I have read many times, that people who track their intake, are typically much more successful in losing weight. I very much believe this to be true, as it helped keep me on track and accountable when I had to write everything down. I used the My Fitness Pal app to track and I also use a food scale to measure portions.

Incorporating intermittent fasting has also helped me tremendously. I have always been someone who hates eating in the morning & after hearing for years that it’s bad for you…I’m feeling a little validation that intermittent fasting is now being seen as a good thing! I don’t believe in forcing yourself to eat just because it’s “meal time” and prefer to just eat when I’m hungry. Most days I don’t want to eat until anywhere between 11am and 1pm. I also typically quit eating by 7pm so I shoot for around 16 hours of fasting. On the rare occasion I’m hungry, I don’t force myself to stick to this schedule, but most days I find this really easy to do.

Remember stalls or even slight weight gain is normal. Through the first few months of the diet, I had periods where my weight loss would stop for a week or more, or even go up a few pounds! In the very beginning it is easy to want to weigh daily and obsess over the scale. I really pushed myself to not get frustrated when this would happen, and stopped weighing even weekly. I now only weigh every 2 -3 weeks or so – as this gives a more accurate picture of what is really going on, rather than day to day fluctuations.

I continued to exercise but cut back during the strictest part of the diet. I completely stopped doing longer 7+ mile runs once I started the diet, and just did slow leisurely 3-4 mile runs 3-4 days a week (in addition to biking with the kids and other light activities). I switched my focus more to eating healthier and not looking at exercise as a way to burn calories – but as a way to further my health and overall well being. 

What I found most challenging:

There were a few things I have found challenging about the diet in the early phases. The biggest was dealing with going out to eat. Most restaurants do not offer low carb and low fat options, so eating out can be hard to stick with the diet. Your best bet is a breakfast place with a veggie omelette – or somewhere that has a salad with fish or grilled chicken, and a light dressing on the side. In a pinch I requested lettuce wrapped burgers or sandwiches as well – and most places will accommodate you. And when you end up someplace that nothing seems diet friendly…just do the best you can and get the healthiest option possible. Even if it’s not an ideal Dukan meal – one meal isn’t going to derail your progress!

Another thing to note – this diet requires a lot of planning and cooking. I do think this diet would be a challenge for someone who doesn’t like to cook as most restaurant food just will not be Dukan friendly. I don’t like eating the same things over and over, so I do like to experiment with new recipes periodically to ensure I don’t get bored. I also like to make sure I have Dukan friendly snacks on hand for when I get hungry, so I don’t reach for junk when I’m starving and haven’t properly planned.

Here’s a few helpful tools that helped me get started with Dukan!

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If you would like more information, be sure to check out the Dukan website linked here.

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Cold Weather Running Gear

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Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to take your workouts indoors! I personally hate working out inside and prefer to be outside running. And even if it’s snowy and cold, as long as I’m dressed for the weather I find running outside in the winter to be pretty enjoyable! Today I wanted to share some of my cold weather gear favorites as well as some other highly reviewed items I’m eyeing.

Base Layer Shirt

This top from Lululemon is my favorite cold weather shirt. It is really warm and also moisture wicking. Here’s also a few others that look really good.

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Vest

For milder winter days (or spring/fall) I find a vest to be the perfect layering piece. I do get too hot quite easily, and a vest is much more breathable than an actual coat.

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Coat

Once the temps dip lower (especially on snowy and/or windy days) it’s time to break out a warm down coat. My favorite is the one I’m wearing above which is Lululemon’s Down For A Run Pullover. It is a few years old and is not currently available, but they do have a really similar coat.

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Leggings

On more mild winter days I can wear pretty much any leggings, but for the coldest days the key is to go for fleece lined leggings. The pair I’m wearing above is from Fabletics – they are really thick and fleece lined and are my favorite cold weather pair. Unfortunately these are several years old and I’ve not seen them come back into stock, but I just ordered this pair from Lululemon and I’m really excited to try them out!

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Gloves

Running with cold hands is no fun at all, so gloves are super important. I have and absolutely love this pair from Lululemon (also pictured and linked below) – they are tech gloves, but have a waterproof flap that turns them into mittens for extra warmth if you need it. They are on major sale too!

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Headband or Hat

My ears get terribly cold running in the winter, so covering them is a must. I have several fleece headbands that typically work just fine, but if temps get really low, then a beanie does a better job of keeping you warm and prevent you from losing too much body heat.

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Socks

My feet typically stay pretty warm when running (even in the snow!), but if you struggle with cold toes you may want to consider wool running socks. Wool socks are key to keeping your feet warm (it’s all I wear when we go skiing!). A good pair of moisture wicking socks is also a good option.

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The trails near my house are kept pretty clear, but these cleats would really come in handy for icy areas. Also with daylight hours being shorter in the winter, a headlamp can come in handy for being able to squeeze in runs when it’s dark out. And even though it is cold, don’t forget sun protection!

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My New Favorite Hairstyle – Meghan Markle Inspired Messy Bun

My New Favorite Hairstyle – Meghan Markle Inspired Messy Bun

I am a creature of habit when it comes to my hair and tend to get stuck in a rut. I also don’t find most up-dos to be particularly flattering on me (I have a large forehead!) and severely pulled back styles do me no favors. However, with the heat wave we are currently having here in Boise I feel most comfortable with my hair up, but still want to wear it in a way that is flattering for me. I LOVE the messy bun/tendrils look that Meghan Markle frequently wears – it’s that perfect balance of chic, yet effortless. And the loose pieces combined with a bit of volume at the scalp keeps the style looking soft and flattering around the face. Best yet – it is so simple and literally takes minutes to do (and I am someone who is hopeless with creating up-dos)! Second day hair is best for creating this look as your hair will have a bit more texture and volume.

Robe // Earrings (similar) // Lipstick

Products

Hair

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Tutorial Video Here

I simply follow the tutorial video linked above, and just add extra bobby pins wherever I have flyaways or ends sticking out. The great thing about this style is that it isn’t meant to be “perfect” so just have fun pinning it how you like it!

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Summer Beauty Favorites

Summer Beauty Favorites

Pouch (Sephora, similar) // Supergoop setting mist // Coola Sunscreen // Sun Defense Chapstick // Lavanilla deodorant

With summer in full swing, I wanted to share a few of my favorite, must have beauty products! I am religious about sun protection, so I always keep a little pouch of a few necessities in my purse or beach bag so I can re-apply sun protection and freshen up a bit on these hot summer days. Although I keep my skin protected, between the heat and chlorine in swimming pools, my hair suffers quite a bit during the summer. To try to counteract this, I always make sure to use protection sprays and lots of conditioning treatments. Pureology Hydrate is my absolute favorite shampoo/conditioner combo – it is incredibly hydrating and the conditioner even tingles a bit on your scalp which I love.

Living Proof Leave in Conditioner // Ouai Leave in Conditioner // Orlando Pita Play Hair Protectant // Pureology Hydrate Shampoo // Pureology Hydrate Conditioner // Moroccanoil // Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask // Wet Brush

I’ve recently started using natural deodorants here and there, and I love the rose scent of this one. But for very hot days when I will be outside a long time, and for exercise – this clinical strength is the best I’ve used. Trader Joe’s has the most amazing sunscreen (consumer reports even gave it a perfect score) plus it is super affordable (I buy multiples whenever I go).

Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant // Jergens Natural Glow // Kiehl’s Creme de Corps // Trader Joe’s Sunscreen // Secret Clinical Strength

During the summer, I hate wearing heavy makeup, and tend to go either barefaced, or with this light BB Cream. I always apply a sunscreen of at least 50 SPF, and this one is my absolute favorite for layering under makeup. This mini Drunk Elephant kit has some products I absolutely love, especially the D-Bronzi to add a little glow on days I don’t wear makeup. A little spritz of rosewater facial spray with aloe is so refreshing after being out on a hot day.

Lancôme Bienfait Sunscreen // Drunk Elephant Out of Office // Mario Badescu Facial Spray // Bobbi Brown BB Cream // Supergoop Setting Mist // Nars Laguna Bronzer

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Today is the day!!! Early access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be opening at 12:30 ET today and there are some great things this year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from the sale in each category I’ll be shopping this year.

Sweaters

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six  // Seven  // Eight // Nine // Ten

Jeans

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Dresses

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five

Shoes

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

Outerwear/Jackets

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven

Activewear

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Pajamas/Lingerie

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Beauty

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

Home

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One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Kids

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One // Two // Three // Four (I bought Ev this last year & it’s darling!) // Five // Six // Seven // Eight

I’m narrowing down my final selections and can’t wait to place my order! I’ll also be sharing some fit pics and reviews once everything arrives 🙂

Happy shopping!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale catalogue for 2019 has dropped and guys – it’s good! I’ve already got my eye on several must haves and today I wanted to share the pieces I’m already loving, my recommendations for the best buys from the sale, and shopping tips to help you make the most of the sale. (See the full catalogue here)

MY CATALOGUE PICKS

I’ve got my eye on this gorgeous sweater/tweed skirt combo! (Chelsea28 sweater $49.90 after sale $79 // Halogen pencil skirt $58.90 after sale $89)Love this plaid coat – which also has a removable faux fur collar! (Kenneth Cole New York coat $198.90 after sale $300)img_2373

This is a great time to grab Hunter boots! $99.90 after sale $150

Nordstrom signature sweaters are so good and I love the look of this mock neck one. (Nordstrom Signature pullover $185.90 after sale $279)

I’m loving the peek of this ribbed dress – perfect transition piece! (Topshop dress $35.90 after sale $55)img_2374This tweed blazer is perfection and looks so much more expensive than it is! (Halogen $98.90 after sale $149). I also have my eye on those plaid pumps! (Louise Et Cie Plaid pumps $79.90 after sale $119.95

BP cardigans are always a super popular sale item! This leopard print one is so on trend and I have a feeling it will go fast! (BP sweater $45.90 after sale $69) img_2375

Snakeskin is still trending strong for fall and these Vince mules are gorgeous ($214.90 after sale $325)

Really liking the look of this Vince sweater – I’m curious to see the other color options as well! ($215.90 after sale $325)img_2376

So many good denim options! AG Farrahs are my favorite fitting style of jean so I have my eye on these! I’ve also been loving the straight leg look these days, and I’m really liking the look of the AG Prime jeans as well! (AG jeans $149.90 after sale $225)

The teddy bear coat is baaaack! Love the chestnut color of this one (Kenneth Cole New York Coat $138.90 after sale $208)img_2377

I have a nearly identical pair of booties to these and they are workhorses in my fall wardrobe. Can’t believe what a great price these are! (BP bootie $69.90 after sale $109.95)img_2378This Diptyque Five-Candle set would make an amazing gift – you could even break them up to give as individual hostess or teacher gifts during the holidays! ($55 – $75 value). And I’m really excited about this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit! I bought one at the sale a few years ago which didn’t include the gloss…so I’m definitely snagging this one! ($60 – $78 value). I also love getting a little more bang for my buck and buying La Mer when it comes in a gift set like this ($90 – $116 value).img_2379-1I hadn’t initially considered taking a look at athleisure/workout wear during the sale, but this sneak peek is changing my mind! I have these Alo leggings and looove them! (Alo High Waist Leggings $75.90 after sale $114). I’m also really loving the athleisure sweater/sweatshirt options, particularly the Alo Pullover ($51.90 after sale $78), Sweaty Betty Crop Sweatshirt ($49.90 after sale $75), and the Zella Wrap ($45.90 after sale $69). I would love to grab a new pair of Nike Frees too! ($82.90 after sale $110).img_2380My beloved Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is back ($54 after sale $78), as well as my favorite pjs the Nordstrom Lingerie Pajamas ($35.90 after sale $55). The always popular Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (#6) is back too – this one will sell quickly so if you want it act fast! ($76.90 after sale $116). And the Natori Rose Dream Bra (#12) has caught my eye as well! ($47.90 after sale $72).img_2381For men, this classic Ferragamo reversible belt is a great buy and something that never goes on sale ($295.90 after sale $395) and this Tumi carry on is another great investment piece ($501.90 after sale $750).

Past Sale Best Buys

If you aren’t exactly sure what to buy at the sale, I wanted to share my favorite, no regrets purchases from past years sales. These are the categories I really focus on, to make sure I’m getting what I feel are the buys and value from the sale.

Kids outerwear Last year I got each of my kids North Face coats and let me tell you – that was probably my best purchase from the sale last year. My kids wore the heck out of their coats all winter and the anniversary sale price for brands like North Face and Patagonia can’t be beat! I also grabbed Evan a super cute Patagonia fuzzy jacket last year – and kids outerwear is definitely one of the first categories I will be browsing again this year. While most of the kids clothing doesn’t have a high sell out risk and you can wait until later in the sale to buy kids clothing, outerwear is the exception and the good pieces won’t last long!

Sweaters and outerwear I have a major sweater addiction but I feel like you can never have too many! I purchased several great sweaters at the sale last year, and already have my eye on a few this year. One splurge I like to make almost every year at the sale is a luxe, cashmere sweater. There are also always so many great outerwear options, from trendy to classic investment pieces.

Designer jeans Nordstrom always has several great designer jeans options in the sale, and this year is no exception!

Shoes This is a great time to grab classic fall staple shoes like boots/booties, menswear inspired loafers, or Hunter boots. Nordstrom also always has some really fun trendy options as well (like those gorgeous Vince mules!).

Beauty A few of my favorite beauty brands like La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury will included in the sale again this year! Kiehls Creme de Corps jumbo body lotion is a great buy and one bottle lasts me all year! These are all products I buy anyway, so I love getting them on sale.

Pajamas/Lingerie Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas are my absolute favorite pajamas, and I will definitely be grabbing a pair in the sale again this year. Also keep an eye out for Barefoot Dreams robes which are amazing (they aren’t always included but hopefully will be this year)! I pretty much only buy bras during this sale as well and my favorite Calvin Klein bra is typically included.

Gifts This is a great time to start thinking ahead to Christmas and/or just grabbing gifts to have for birthdays/weddings/showers, etc. A friend gifted me these Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes from the sale last year for my birthday and it was the BEST gift! I have also gifted the Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket after grabbing it in the sale, and it is a no-fail gift anyone would love.

Sale Shopping Tips

First of all, if you are new to the sale you may be wondering – why is this sale so great?! What makes this sale unique is that unlike most sales where a store discounts end of season merchandise to make room for new inventory – this sale is 40% off new season items! That’s right – you can shop early for all of your fall and winter essentials at end of season prices!

If you aren’t already a Nordstrom cardholder, it’s definitely worth getting the card so you can get early access on July 12th. You can apply for a card here and Nordstrom is also offering a $60 note to apply towards your Nordstrom purchases for signing up! It’s a pretty great deal!

If you don’t want to get a card, you can still sign up for the Nordstrom Reward Program! It’s completely free and you will earn a $20 note for every 2,000 points accrued.

Shop early! Last year on the first day of early access I was slowly adding things to my online cart thinking I would take a day or two to decide what I wanted. To my surprise, by the end of the first day half of my cart was sold out and I was hugely disappointed! And when I did finally check out, I ended up getting an email notification later that some of my ordered items had sold out and couldn’t be fulfilled. While I’m certainly hoping Nordstrom does a little better job with accurate inventory and avoiding this frustration for their customers this year, I’m not chancing it and will be grabbing my must-haves immediately this year!

Check back regularly. While I missed out on several things the first day, I kept checking back and fortunately pretty much everything I wanted came back into stock before the sale was over. While last year Nordstrom didn’t make full restocks of many very popular items, people make tons of returns, so stock is continually fluctuating. That said – if there is something you REALLY must have, don’t chance it and wait. Nordstrom always offers free returns should you change your mind. And if you are planning on shopping in store, you can buy online and pick up at your local store to ensure you don’t miss it!

Use your triple points day on your first day shopping the sale. What I like to do is grab all of my must have items and items that I know have a high sell out risk on the first day of the sale and also make that my Personal Triple Points Day at checkout. You earn a $20 note for every $334 spent, which means you can go back later during the sale to grab other items that have a lower sell out risk at an even deeper discount with accrued notes!

Key Dates for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

  • July 9 – 11: Icon status early shopping in-stores
  • July 11th: Pre-sale for Icon and Ambassador status starts online and in-stores
  • July 12th (12:30pm EST): Early access begins for all Nordstrom card holders
  • July 18th: Last day of early access
  • July 19th: Public access begins
  • August 4th: Sale ends

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