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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Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

Trend I’m Loving: Hair Accessories

Pearl Hair Clips

One trend that has been huge this spring is hair accessories! I tend to get in a rut with my hair and style it the same way every day, but all of the cute on-trend accessories have really been encouraging me to branch out a bit and try out some new styles. All of these styles are so simple, yet just add a little something extra which is perfect for a busy mom on the go!

Scarf (Zara – similar)

Headband

Ribbon (J Crew, similar)

 

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My Favorite Products From The Ordinary

My Favorite Products From The Ordinary

I was introduced to and have been using a number of products from The Ordinary for a little over a year now. If you haven’t heard of The Ordinary, they are a Canadian skincare brand and they were founded on the idea of creating transparency in the beauty industry. When doing research to start the company, founder Brandon Truaxe came to realize that most skincare companies have a markup of around 95% as the active ingredients in products really only cost pennies to produce. That high markup comes from lots of filler products, luxury packaging, and marketing. The Ordinary sells very simple products that only contain the active ingredients that truly work – with no fancy fillers or frills. The products can feel a lot less luxurious than higher priced products (many are quite tacky or slightly awkward to apply), however the prices are too good to be true (as in most products are under $10) and the products are highly effective. Today I wanted to share my favorite products I use from the line!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 // Hyaluronic Acid normally occurs in our skin, but as we age the amount we naturally have decreases. Hyaluronic Acid acts as a magnet for moisture, retaining large amounts which helps keep the skin hydrated and contributing to a plumped appearance. Hyaluronic Acid is a must for anyone who is interested in their skin’s hydration & appearance, and you really can’t beat the price of this one. This is a must in my skin regimen and I use it as a first step every night in my skincare routine. I’ve heard it is a great dupe for the Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Acid.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% // Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3, and this product is great for clearing congestion, brightening skin tone, and I’ve even heard it does have some anti-aging properties. I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin with this in preventing breakouts & clearing blackheads and this is a product I can’t live without! I use this product at night prior to applying serums/moisturizers. It can pill a bit with application, but I’ve found it applies best by patting it on the skin rather than spreading it, and letting it sink in a bit before applying anything else. I’ve heard this is a good dupe for Paula’s Choice Niacinamide.

“Buffet” // This is a recent addition to my skincare regimen as I had heard so many great things (and I have a friend who swears it is her favorite product from the whole line). This product is a mix of peptides, probiotics, amino acids, and hyaluronic acids and is supposed to target general signs of aging. The product is supposed to help stimulate collagen production, as well as help relax muscle contractions (aka Botox in a bottle!), however there are some claims that peptides are not super effective. Yet I’m excited to give this one a try and see if I notice improvement in my skin after a few months of use! I have heard this may be a good dupe for Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil // I use this oil almost nightly, and this oil is great for targeting signs of aging, reducing irritation, and for hydrating. While is it is a lightweight oil, it can make your skin look a bit oily so I would recommend it for night only. I apply this just prior to applying moisturizer.

100% Plant Derived Squalane // Squalane is sometimes known as the “non-oil oil.” This is a great hydrator and it helps with the skin’s moisture barrier. And it is great for people with oily skin as it won’t cause breakouts. This product is really a gem, and I primarily use it during the day for a little extra hydration prior to applying my moisturizer. It wears well under makeup without making your face oily or greasy feeling. It’s an amazing dupe for the Peter Thomas Roth version.

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA // This is a new product to my line up and I purchased it in hopes of reducing a sun spot and a few freckles I have! This product is supposed to reduce the look of spots and hyperpigmentation, and even help with lightening acne scarring. I apply this every morning prior to applying a vitamin C serum. I haven’t been using this long enough to see if it is effective, but I am hoping I see some positive results after a few months of use! So far I’ve not experienced any negative effects after a few weeks of use.

Marula Oil // This oil is a great hydrator and helps brighten skin tone. This is a somewhat heavier oil, so I typically reserve this for post peel, or during the winter months when my skin is needing some extra moisture. This is a great dupe for Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil. I recently tried the Drunk Elephant version, and while it’s a nice product, I don’t see enough of a difference between the two to justify the significantly higher cost.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution // I absolutely love this exfoliating peel. It brightens, evens out my skin tone, clears congestion, and leaves skin incredibly soft. This is a bit messy to apply (I’ve heard it called the vampire peel!) as the product is a red, runny liquid that you spread on your face & leave on for up to ten minutes before rinsing. However the results are worth it! I’ve heard this is quite similar to Drunk Elephants T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial (which I have not tried), that also uses AHA/BHA. (**I just want to note – this is a very strong peel – so if you are a beginner with peels/acids I would highly recommend that you start with a gentler product than this one.**)

What I’m planning to try next:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG // This product is supposed to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles, so I’m curious about trying this one as a daytime under eye treatment.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA // I’ve heard this exfoliating treatment is a good dupe for Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, and I love a good exfoliator!

Glycolic Acid 7+ Toning Solution // I’m actually a big fan of Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Acid Toner, so I’m curious to try this one to compare!

Have you tried The Ordinary?!

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Taking Care of Yourself During the Winter

Taking Care of Yourself During the Winter

Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Coat // Sunglasses

One thing I love about Idaho is experiencing the four seasons, including winter. I’m always so excited for the first snow and the start of ski season, and I do genuinely enjoy the cold…for a few months that is. It’s at about this time every year, where I really just start to feel “over” winter and am so ready for spring. We’ve had an onslaught of snow and colder than normal temperatures over the past week, which is starting to get to me a bit. Today I’m sharing some ways to help feel your best to help get through these (hopefully) last weeks of winter!

HYDRATE

I do find its harder to drink enough water when its cold outside, and I prefer hot drinks like coffee (which is super dehydrating). I love sparkling water which helps me increase the amount of water I drink, and an infuser to flavor water can also help encourage fluid intake.

MOISTURIZE

My skin really struggles in the winter, so I really try to take the time to give it a little extra TLC. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin by working as a magnet for moisture and helps your cells retain as much as possible. I apply hyaluronic acid nightly, along with a moisturizer, and often include an extra hydrating step like a sheet or sleep mask. And even though it is winter, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen! I also make sure to moisturize my whole body with a quality moisturizer, and for my feet an extra rich moisturizer. My hair also tends to get very dry, so I add moroccan argan oil daily, and use a deep conditioning treatment 1-2 times per week.

EXERCISE

I love running, but it’s very hard for me to continue to run regularly in the coldest part of winter. Of course warm clothes help, but sometimes I just find it too miserable to run. When I lose motivation to run due to the weather, I try to ski as often as I can and even just increase my walking as much as possible. An indoor fitness program can be a great option, or even just taking time for yoga or stretching.

EAT WELL

Rich, heavy comfort foods are really tempting during the winter, and it is super easy to pack on the pounds. Finding the balance of having warm foods that are still light and healthy (like broth based soups with vegetables), will help you feel your best! I also try to make kale smoothies several times a week. A vitamin D supplement is also very important during the winter!

TREAT YOURSELF

Treating myself some warm and cozy loungewear helps cheer me up a bit when I feel trapped indoors. My feet are constantly cold as well, so warm slippers and aloe infused socks are a nice treat.

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Water Bottle Infuser // Hyaluronic Cloud Cream // La Mer Moisturizer // Water Sleeping Mask // Kiehl’s Moisturizer // L’Occitane Foot Cream // Moroccanoil // Hair Mask // Running Jacket // Vitamin D Supplement // Sweatsuit Top and Bottoms

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January Buys

Today I just wanted to share a quick post of a few recent buys from the past few weeks that I’m loving! First up is this super cute Drunk Elephant set. We are headed on vacation & little sample sizes are perfect for travel and fun to try while on vacation! I’m really eager to try the D-Bronzi for a little vacation glow & the Marula Oil is supposed to be really great.Drunk Elephant Out of Office Set also here

I also grabbed my favorite brand of retinol. I’ve been using the .5% for years, so I just upped to the 1% and boy is it strong! I’m definitely peeling a bit, so I’m only going to use this every 3 days or so & work my way up.img_9778Skinmedica Retinol

This is my absolute favorite brow pencil! I go through one of these every few months.Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I love Hanky Panky underwear but hate the price. I recently discovered these & they are amazing dupes! And you can’t beat 2 pairs for $9.97! I highly recommend these!Felina Lace Thong

I snagged these AG Farrahs which are one of my fav style of jeans on sale! Just a nice medium wash and I love the raw hem. And I apologize for the wrinkles on this blouse – I literally just took it out of the package! This color is just so phenomenal & unique…I couldn’t resist and it was on sale!Jeans // Blouse

I absolutely adore the rib detailing on this sweater and it is so soft! And it’s on sale.Sweater

I actually got this several weeks back during J Crew’s big after Christmas clearance. I love a good fair isle sweater. It’s still available and on sale and comes in 3 color options.Sweater

Another pretty blouse in a unique color that was on sale! I love the ruffle details and I’ve been trying to add more gray/silver to my wardrobe.Blouse

Last up – these moto leggings! I’ve been eyeing these for years & when they went on sale a few weeks back I decided to snag them. They fit really amazing with a super high waist that just sucks everything in!Moto Leggings

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Last Minute Gifts under $100 (That will arrive in time for Christmas!)

Ok procrastinators…this one is for you (and me)! I have a few last minute gifts to grab myself, so here is a list of some luxe gifts that are under $100 and will arrive in time for Christmas.

GIFTS FOR HER

Fresh Lip Balm Set I absolutely love these lip balms. They are so moisturizing and add a lovely color to your lips!

La Mer Gift Set I am a La Mer devotee and use both of the products in this gift set daily.

Patagonia Better Sweater I love Patagonia not only because of the quality of their products, but also for their company ethics. This also comes in 8 color options, but I do think the green is so pretty and perfect for Christmas.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick This is a great deal for this gift set! I have a few of these lipsticks and they are amazing with vibrant and very long lasting color.

Voluspa Candle Gift Set These candles are amazing! You could even break this up into 4 small hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.

Sam Edelman Loafers These Gucci looking loafers look so much more expensive than they are. They come in 9 color options.

Ugg Slippers You can never go wrong with cozy slippers

Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes I received these as a birthday gift from a friend this year and they are fabulous!

LED Makeup Mirror The rose gold is so pretty and the lighting is adjustable to be perfect for everyone.

Cashmere Turtleneck I bought the black one and was blown away by the quality for the price. It’s under $50 and comes in 10 colors, and I will definitely be snagging a few more colors myself. (I sized up one size for a more relaxed fit.)

Mesh Leggings I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this brand. These look like expensive Lululemon leggings, and from what I hear the quality is on par with the more expensive brand. Might have to gift these to myself!

GIFTS FOR HIM

Slide Sandals These are a great price and look a lot more expensive than they are. I think I’m going to snag these for my hubby.

North Face Gloves Cozy and touch screen friendly

Zella Training Pants Pants he can lounge in or work out in

Jack Black Bath & Body Set Comes with a carrying bag to take along to the gym or when traveling

Micro Bluetooth Speaker  Portable and durable speaker

Watch Perfect rugged watch for the outdoorsy guy

Cashmere Sweater Classic v-neck sweater and comes in 13 color options

Carhartt Beanie My husband loves these beanies and probably has at least 10 of them. But my kids insisted on ordering him another one as their gift to him this year.

Hermes Deodorant My hubs loves Hermes grooming products and it looks fancy sitting on the bathroom counter. Yes it’s a super expensive deodorant, but it’s a fun bit of luxury for a price that won’t completely break the bank.

Fitness Tracker Perfect for the fitness minded guy, and it’s completely waterproof so he can wear it all day.

Happy shopping!

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Current Workout Routine

Current Workout Routine

Vest & Crops: Lululemon, Shoes: Brooks

It seems like it’s been forever since I blogged! Life has been so crazy lately with kids activities, birthdays, work, and I’ve started training for another half marathon. I thought today I would share a bit about my current fitness routine and what I do to prepare for a half marathon.

A quick bit about how I started running half marathons – I’ve been active my whole life and played multiple sports growing up. After graduating high school I continued to run & occasionally lift light weights throughout college to stay in shape, however I never ran further than 3-4 miles and thought a half marathon was absolutely crazy. After having my oldest child and transitioning into being a stay at home mom, I realized I needed some kind of hobby and a fellow mom friend told me how she had started running half marathons after the birth of her child. I decided to give it a shot and started training, and after my first race I became absolutely hooked! For a number of years I consistently ran 3-4 half marathons a year. However, after the birth of my second son, I found it became harder to find the time to get longer runs in with juggling the schedules of 2 kids and have fallen away from races the past few years. But as the weather this winter has been incredible, I’ve been feeling really motivated to be outside as much as possible and have ramped up my mileage. Ev is at an age where he’s loving playing games on the iPad, so I bring him along in the jogging stroller and he’s perfectly content having snacks & playing games! I’ve also been doing BBG (Bikini Body Guide) for about a year and a half, although I admit I have not been consistent. (If you aren’t familiar it is a HIIT workout by trainer Kayla Itsines and it is all over social media!) One of my new years resolutions is to be consistent this year and continue to do it, even if I can only squeeze it in 2 times a week. I do feel it really does help my endurance and strength for running, and helps me exercise muscles that don’t normally get much with running!

The half marathon I’m running is on March 10th, and I’ve been increasing my mileage for the past 3-4 weeks now. Because I have been consistently running prior to starting training for the half, it is really just a matter of increasing my mileage. If you are new to running there are a lot of great guides online for preparing for a half and slowly increasing your mileage, as it will take longer than 2 months to prepare if you aren’t currently running at least 15-20 miles a week. (I really like the Jeff Galloway program for beginners!) I admit I am not a fan of sprint work and I know a lot of runners incorporate a day of sprint work to help improve their time, but I hate it so much that I don’t force myself to do it as I really just enjoy running the long distance rather than worrying about my time! I typically shoot for around a 1:50 run time, but I’m happy to be under 2 hours! Here’s what my typical week is looking like:

Sunday: Run 5-7 miles

Monday: Run 6-8 miles

Tuesday: BBG

Wednesday: Run 6-8 miles

Thursday: BBG

Friday: Run 9-10 miles

Saturday: BBG (or another activity like skiing)

I do plan to continue to increase my mileage a bit over the next few weeks and also get in at least one 11-12 mile run prior to the race!

IMG_5097Top & Bottoms: New Balance for J Crew (on major sale and a perfect BBG outfit!)

This week my schedule was a little weird, so I’m swapping my workout days around a bit, and am actually headed out for my long Friday run today even though it’s Thursday. It’s going to be 65 degrees today, so it’s a perfect day to be outside for a long run! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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