What I Bought From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Nordstrom Sale is open to ambassadors as of 9:30am this morning and I wanted to share what I decided to buy from the sale and how I ended up shopping for everything with two clicks!!

I just wanted to start out by saying I bought a lot. More than I was expecting to or actually need BUT I promise I did it for a good reason. 1. I want to try these on IRL and see how they fit. Sometimes things SUCK in real life and others they're so much better than they appear online. So this is basically like a fitting room order since I can't go into the store.

And (more importantly) 2. I wanted to buy and test out these things so you don't have to. I know a lot of people are out of work or are looking to really cut back on spending so I wanted to try and find some versatile options for life now and later, try and find items that weren't crazy expensive and also find things that people aren't really talking about.

Most things should come in on Monday so I will share them with you here and on stories in a (always) unbiased review. If it sucks, you'll know. So hopefully by the time you're able to shop, you'll know exactly what you want and what you don't!

Speaking of shopping the sale, I thought it went live at 3am ET last night (which it usually does) but this year they didn't open access for this level until 9:30am ET -- which is good to know for anyone else still shopping -- so I ended up shopping early but not being able to check out.

So what I did was added everything I wanted to buy on a wishlist on the website and when 9:30 rolled around, I went to the list, clicked "select all", "add to bag" then checked out. It was that easy. Maybe I'm the last person to ever use this feature but it was REALLY helpful when checking out! And nothing sold out so that was good!

ANYWAY here's everything I bought. Wanted to call out a few things here and there but overall this is just to show you what's coming down the line!

What I Bought From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:


Best tops and jackets on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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1 // Barbour Pilton Quilted Jacket, 2 // Doncaster Quilted Jacket, 3 // Waxed Rain Jacket, 9 // Riselaw Rain Coat -- These were a BIG seller for me last year and I wanted to review these new styles and compare them to the Barbour jackets I have! Any time Barbour goes on sale, I'm your girl lol.

4 // Topshop Square Necked Bodysuit -- I've recently fallen in love with bodysuits and want to see how this compares to the Walmart and Free People one I have!

5 // Ralph Lauren Military Wool Coat, 10 // Kenneth Cole Notch Collar Sherling Coat -- The NSale is always a great time to find a new coat for fall and winter. The RL one was a little expensive but I own three RL coats that have lasted me years so I want to see if this will be worth it. And the shearling coat I'm excited but nervous for. Usually, these make me look HUGE.

6 // Halogen Houndstooth Knit Jacket -- I realllllyyyy like how this looks. I'm hoping it's as great in person. 

7 // Chelsea 28 Off the Shoulder Sweater, 8 // Leith Ribbed Off the Shoulder Sweater, 11 // Theory Short Sleeved Cashmere Sweater -- I also love stocking up on sweaters during the sale!! I don’t really need anymore but I loved the look of both the off the shoulder sweaters (I'll let you know which one is better) and of COURSE, I had to get the cashmere t-shirt. My favorite thing of the sale. 

12 // 1. State Lace Insert Camisole -- I have this tank version so I wanted to compare the new style for you guys!


Best Bottoms at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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1 // Whit and Wisdom Ab-Solution Distressed High Waist Ankle Jeans, 3 // AG Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans, 8 // Levi's 721™ High Waist Skinny Jeans -- Tried to really focus on testing out more affordable jeans for you guys from the sale! Somehow my favorite AG denim just *slipped* in there lol.

2 // Gibbson Jogger Pants, 6 // Alo Airlift High Waist Leggings, 7 // BP Fleece Shorts, 9 // BP Tie Die Joggers --
These are for the lazy days at home during the pandemic!! Hopefully great for fall and winter when you want to cozy up.

4 // BP Faux Leather Leggings, 5 // Nordstrom Faux Leather Leggings -- I have the Spanx and Commando versions of these leggings so I wanted to round them *all* up to do a review guide for you, letting you know which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. 


Best Accessories at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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1 // Sam Edelman Davis Knee High Boot -- I have a pair of Sam Edelman high boots that I LIVE IN in the fall and wanted to see if these are a better version of them since mine are over three years old!

2 // Brixton Straw Hat -- I have this hat in three colors and it is THE BEST HAT and super affordable so you know I snatched up this color right away. 

3 // Makeup Eraser Cloth Set -- I'm really intrigued by this honestly. I love my makeup eraser so I'm interested to see what this is all about lol.

4 // Hanky Panky Thong -- I've heard SO MANY good things about Hanky Panky but I've never tried them. I have all my underwear from Target (which are dupes for this brand) but they sadly don't make them like they used to! So I'm going to see what these are all about.

5 // Almond Shower Oil Duo Set, 9 // Drybar Dry Shampoo, 7 // Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist -- These are things I already own and LOVE but backups and extras. Can't say no to a good deal.

8 // Le Pliage Expandable Tote -- I want to throw this in a giveaay for you guys! I LIVED in my Le Pliage tote in college it just holds everything. Like a Mary Poppins bag!

10 // Zella Studio Lite Longline Bra, 11 // Zella Longline Bra -- I live in Zella sports bras so I'm excited to try these two out. Especially since I'm a BIG fan of shopping for longer bras to wear with high waisted leggings. 

13 // Tula Skin Care Set -- Ok guys.... if you get ONE thing from the sale, let it be this. This is *literally* a set of all my favorite things. I bought this for a giveaway to you guys but omg omg omg. YES

14 // Alexander McQueen Cat Eye Sunglasses -- I meannnnnnn why not? Right. This was my totally irrational purchase for no good reason.

And that's everything!! For fun, I'll be buying people some random stuff on their wishlist. To enter to win just:

Click HERE and shop from this list of items. Leave me a link for what you want below with either your email or IG handle (so I can contact you). I'll pick 10 random people to ship items to tomorrow!


  1. Thank you so much for acknowledging how different this year is from other years and that peoples shopping habits are different. I’m super excited to finally try the Theory Short Sleeve Cashmere sweater. I didn’t last year and I kind of regret it because it seems like such a versatile piece. What color do you suggest getting as a first piece?

  2. I am so excited to shop on Monday! Your pics look awesome! I have my eyes set on some Mother jeans, one of my favorite brands! I am also really excited to try this free people sweaterhttp://shop.nordstrom.com/s/5387047
    Love how honest you are with your picks! alyssayalvarez@gmail.com

  3. I've been trying to start getting "investment" pieces instead of buying the $10-20 things I have to replace every season, so I think this is the year I get a cashmere sweater! Loving the Halogen crew neck sweater in a pretty neutral or the short sleeve theory one you post about!! You definitely have my favorite round-up/approach to the sale of anyone I've seen so far. (And if you wanted to pick me for one of the 10, I think it would make my whole quarantine!! My insta is _amandapack)

  4. Love your picks. Excited to see your reviews and comparisons, especially for the booties!

    I haven't seen anyone else talk about these, but I really want these Nike sneakers! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/nike-internationalist-se-sneaker-women/5466021?

    My email is: olgasrecord@ gmail.com


  5. Love your picks! Can’t wait to see your reviews on the Barbour coats! Definitely looking at that wax coat but terrible at guessing my size haha hoping it’s as cute in person as it is online

  6. You are right...this year is so different. But I always appreciate your non-biased reviews so I can feel assured that if I am going to purchase something it will be well worth it. Looking forward to your post on Monday. The Theory t-shirt seems like a must have staple but so do the Naturalizer boots... hard choices to make.


    insta: charley_mcgill

  7. Love your picks! This post was so helpful. It can be so overwhelming to shop the sale so it's great to have some narrowed down picks. I can't wait to shop!

    I'm obsessed with these booties! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/steve-madden-kaylah-pointed-toe-bootie-women/5598739?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=bone%20croco

    insta: @erin1592

  8. Bought a waxed barbour last year after seeing your review and now I think I need a quilted one!



  9. Glad to see you are participating in this year's sale. These boots look awesome and stylish for wearing in the rain on cold days:

    My instagram handle is: busylizzibee

  10. Love your approach to the sale this year. I really appreciate you sharing things that *don’t* work as much as things that do! I have been contemplating a Longchamp for years and am finally ready to pull the plug. Love that the Le Pliage expands for travel!



  11. The wishlist + add to cart combo is a game changer!! I'm so into this cozy cardigan for fall/winter vibes: https://www.nordstrom.com/s/madewell-kent-colorblock-cardigan-nordstrom-exclusive/5605084

    Thanks for another great round up!

    @nvangjensen on Insta :)

  12. You always have the best, most unique picks. I really want to try the Alo leggings because I normally stick with Zella leggings, but these look promising! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/alo-airlift-high-waist-leggings/4588807?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=midnight


  13. Can't wait to see your try-ons and reviews when you get everything in! I'm excited to add a new Barbour (in black!) to my collection https://www.nordstrom.com/s/barbour-pilton-quilted-jacket/5608799?origin=wishlist-personal. Thanks for the v comprehensive roundup!

    insta: itsalbright14

  14. Love your picks! I’m super excited for you to do a comparison with faux leather leggings.. I’ve been wanting a pair but don’t know which one to get! Also love your jacket choices!



  15. Love your content on the sale as always! My hairdryer burned up over 9 months ago and since then I've been using one that will not die that I've had since middle school. It has seen its better days(lol) Trying to decide between these two:
    1) https://www.nordstrom.com/s/bio-ionic-10x-pro-ultralight-speed-dryer/4302540?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FBeauty%20Exclusives%2FTools%20%26%20Devices&color=none
    2) https://www.nordstrom.com/s/t3-midnight-blue-cura-professional-digital-ionic-hair-dryer-235-value/5578459?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FBeauty%20Exclusives%2FTools%20%26%20Devices&color=none

    Hayden (@haydendkennedy or hndeason@gmail.com)

  16. I honestly just want a dependable cashmere sweater to brave the cold of the PNW. I love the rust color in this halogen one https://www.nordstrom.com/s/halogen-crewneck-cashmere-sweater/5539765?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=ivory%20cloud

    @tiffanycalv or Tiffany.calverley@gmail.com

  17. I'm excited for the try-on haul!
    Since I'm working form home, I'm looking for more comfy clothes like this cardigan: https://www.nordstrom.com/s/barefoot-dreams-cozychic-leopard-cardigan/5622254?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=cream%2F%20stone

    Christine (@ckennedy925)

  18. I have that Longchamp bag on my wishlist (in gunmetal) - https://www.nordstrom.com/s/longchamp-le-pliage-expandable-tote-nordstrom-exclusive/3503282?siteid=QFGLnEolOWg-fAqMQDCcQEQ7OFEZQiuKRw&utm_source=rakuten&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=QFGLnEolOWg&utm_content=1&utm_term=747642&utm_channel=low_nd_affiliates&sp_source=rakuten&sp_campaign=QFGLnEolOWg
    But excited to see the Houndstooth jacket when you receive it
    Raquel - RDevoulin [@] aol [dot] com

  19. In past years I remember girls posting 100 things and everything was amazing and must haves and you ordered the same things and said your honest opinion that the quality or fit wasn’t good on some of the items. Needless to say I don’t follow those girls anymore but trust your opinions 100%! I just bought prose with your code and can’t wait to see the results, even a fraction of your results I’ll be satisfied lol

    My wishlist is allllll the cozy things!


    Rebecca (dot) Dennee (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I love cashmere. Any cashmere sweaters would be great to transition into fall with. I love Theory so maybe I should try them out!
    Never have tried Barbour, the jacket is so cute!
    IG handle- alissajo33

    1. https://www.nordstrom.com/s/theory-tolleree-short-sleeve-cashmere-sweater/4939170?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=dark%20charcoal

  21. Looking forward to your reviews and love your recommendations! I have my eye on this Tory Burch crossbody https://www.nordstrom.com/s/tory-burch-carson-convertible-leather-crossbody-bag/5609951?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=black and those tie dye joggers https://www.nordstrom.com/s/bp-jogger-pants/5412728?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FSleep%2C%20Lounge%20%26%20Robes&color=black%20daisy%20tulip


  22. I always love seeing your picks Krista! I appreciate you weeding through everything and only picking the best items. I have always been obsessed with the Nike air max sneakers and love the black and white combo! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/nike-air-max-270-premium-sneaker-women/4700177?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=light%20cream%2F%20gold%2F%20terra%20blush

    Instagram: @daniellee_laura

  23. I love this list, the supergoop is amazing!!! I have my eye on this tory burch crossbody: https://www.nordstrom.com/s/tory-burch-carson-convertible-leather-crossbody-bag/5609951?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=moose , and the sam edelman boots you mentioned - https://www.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-davis-knee-high-boot-women/5589700?siteid=QFGLnEolOWg-WprlqBzUvpXollluA13U3A&utm_source=rakuten&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=QFGLnEolOWg&utm_content=1&utm_term=747642&utm_channel=low_nd_affiliates&sp_source=rakuten&sp_campaign=QFGLnEolOWg

    Rachel. My email is rcphil@bu.edu

  24. I am pregnant and I really want this nightgown for now as I grow and for nursing later! Thank you as always for the great round up and for the generous giveaway! <3 My IG is @stephodowd


  25. Hey Krista! Thanks for your round up, I check it every year! My beloved Ray-Bans broke earlier this year and I need to replace them but have been cheating out due to Covid. This would probably be my top pick from the sale. And my IG handle is @laurparlow!


  26. LOVE your picks, especially the houndstooth jacket! My pinterest board has been filled with classic looks lately, so my favorite item has got to be the classic black blazer. I'm loving the small details like the striped lining inside the sleeves!


    email is michele28ice@gmail.com

  27. Loved seeing all your picks and reading your post this year! Looking forward to your reviews as they are always so helpful! My top pick from the sale is one of the Barefoot Dreams sweaters!
    This is such a kind gesture to be surprising and delighting readers with something from their list!
    My Instagram handle is @grace__hubbard (2 _ in the @) or my email is gmhub12@gmail.com

  28. The giveaway is such a fun and generous idea! I'm in search of the perfect leather leggings, and the Commando ones seem promising: https://www.nordstrom.com/s/commando-faux-leather-ankle-leggings/5265042?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=black
    I would also happily take whatever pair of the leather leggings is your personal favorite, if you prefer one of the other brands.

    Also, if you're a Theory fan - they are doing an awesome sale right now on their own website. When I looked the cashmere tee was mostly sold out but it was ~$75 if your size is available and there are some great deals across categories.

    Email is morganpotts [at] msn dot com

  29. I love your picks! Thanks for taking the time to share your style! I have definitely grown to love anything tweed because of you and definitely want to pick up this jacket:


    You’re amazing for doing this giveaway. Can’t wait to see your try on haul!

    Email: bjibrandt@gmail.com

  30. I really wore out my slippers earlier this year at home and expecting to do the same as the temps get cooler! These Ugg ones look sooo cozy! So generous of you to do this giveaway.


    Email: Alison.ray36@gmail.com

  31. You are so kind! The Nordstrom Moonlight Dream Dolman Nightshirt and L'Occitane Almond Shower Duo Set are on my list! Instagram: @rchapwoman

  32. Can't wait to see the try ons! But who doesn't love a good excuse to shop a little...all in the name of research right?!

    I've been eyeing the spanx faux leather leggings for awhile now, might finally be time to grab them! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/spanx-faux-leather-leggings/3828364?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=very%20black

    Instagram: chelzzzz9

  33. Hi Krista,

    I'm excited to see your try on! I think it's great that you're approaching this sale with a focus on comparing similar items and looking for affordable options in addition to some of the pricier items, it's super helpful for the average shopper when you do stuff like this! I've thought about picking one of the barefoot dreams circle cardigans up in the past couple anniversary sales but never did because it didn't really seem worth the price for something that I'd probably just wear around the house, but this is definitely the year that it makes sense to upgrade my loungewear. I know that these tend to go fast so I'd love if you could snag one for me before I have access. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!
    email: zmaltzer@aol.com

  34. I love the Ugg Karoline Fleece Robe, it looks so comfortable! https://www.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-karoline-fleece-robe/4427627?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAnniversary%20Sale%2FWomen&color=seal%20heather


  35. Do you think they are going to restock? I got to shop last Friday and still so much was sold out already.


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