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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beginner's Guide (2019 Edition)

The sale of the year is HERE! Well, at least one of the sales of the year is here. These next couple of weeks are actually busy ones with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Target Deal Days, and Amazon Prime Day all happening around the same time. I'm going to try to be on top of things and share all the picks I have.

For now though let's just focus on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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What's the big deal?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a way to shop brand new fall items at a discount! The sale functions in a totally non-traditional way - items debut at a sale price and then get marked up to full price when the sale is over! This means you get amazing deals on fall and winter items now and actually get to wear them this season too!

Here's how this whole thing works...



July 12 - 18 is the early access portion of the sale that is exclusively available to Nordstrom cardholders. Beginning July 19 the sale will be made public and shoppable through August 4!

Why should I shop now if I don't have access yet?

Even if you aren't a cardholder, you can still scope out sale items and save your faves to your wishlist in the totally FREE LIKEtoKNOW.it app (found here)! Then, on July 19, you'll be able to head to the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, shop the items you saved to your wishlist, and snag your fave pieces! I'm linking all my picks over on LIKEtoKNOW.it/annie_austen too so wishlist additions are even easier. Make sure you're following me in the app by searching "annie_austen" and then clicking "Follow"!

Where to start...

Right here, right now! I've broken down my picks into categories below so everything is super easy to shop. I also dedicated an entire page on my blog to my Nordstrom Sale picks - you can find it here

Everything I linked is under $100 and most of the items linked are under $50. I tried to focus on pieces that were classic enough to last more than one season BUT unique enough to be worth a bit of a splurge. And, yes, a splurge to me is anything in the $40 - $100 range... I know. I'm ridiculous.

Jackets/Coats


Tops/Sweaters


Dresses/Skirts


Shoes




I will mention one other thing - items in this sale really do have a tendency to sell out. The day the sale opens to the public try to be quick if there's something you really want. A lot of people over-purchase and return things later - take advantage of this! If something you love is sold out online check at your local Nordstrom store - someone might have returned an item you really wanted!

By the way, I try to keep my "Shop" section updated with the best sales and my favorite things across the web. Right now if you click on the "Shop" menu, there will be a drop down with a few selections including "Nordstrom Sale 2019", "Shop my Feed", "Current Faves", and "Sale". Keep an eye on this section for all the latest and greatest sales and the things I just am really digging. It's a fun place to explore!

Like I said, there are a million sales going on right now so stay tuned - I'm going to try to stay on top of things and share the best deals with you! Make sure you're following me on LIKEtoKNOW.it and Instagram as I'm pretty active both places. Oh, and let me know what you're looking for in those upcoming sales OR if there are any sales I'm missing. I can't wait to see what you find!

2019 Beauty Brands Liter Sale

The sale I look forward to every year is here - it's the Beauty Brands Liter Sale! As many of you know I'm a once-a-week hair washer which means a liter of shampoo and conditioner lasts me quite some time. I've managed to sync my shampoo and conditioner repurchasing needs with the sale (and am ridiculously proud of that fact). During the Beauty Brands Liter Sale you can save up to 72% on 200+ salon brand shampoos and conditioners - that sounds like my kind of discount!


Beauty Brands let me pick out a liter of shampoo and conditioner which was so generous - I went with the Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo and All Soft Conditioner. I don't color my hair and thought the gloss shampoo might add some more dimension to my locks! I do have relatively coarse hair and am really excited to try the All Soft Conditioner.


In addition to getting a liter of shampoo and conditioner, Redken and Beauty Brands also generously gifted me some other products as well - Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Oil-In-Serum, Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame Heat Protective Leave-In Cream, Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo & Conditioner (unavailable online right now but check in stores), Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray, Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray, Redken Triple Pure 32 Scent-Free Extreme High-Hold Hairspray (not yet available online but check in stores), Redken One United Multi-Benefit All-In-One Treatment, Wetbrush Pro Detangler Brush, Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Bounce, and two liter pumps for my shampoo and conditioner! You can shop all of the products that are available online through the affiliate links above or via the slideshow below!



I'll share more picks from the liter sale over on my LIKEtoKNOW.it page - make sure to check it out!

Chicwish Collab Pt. III

I have the best news ever - dress season is upon us! There's nothing I love more than warm weather and lovely, feminine skirts and dresses. Lucky for us, Chicwish has hundreds of styles available that absolutely nail that vibe!

Moonlit Night Cross Back Crochet Cami Dress

For Pt. III of my Chicwish collab series I'm bringing you the Moonlit Night Cross Back Crochet Cami Dress aka THE dress of summer. Like I said in my last post, this is a collab and I was sent these clothes for free in exchange for an honest review. If you do buy any of these pieces through the links in this post I do receive a small commission as well!

Beauty Brands Annual Hairspray Event!

An annual sale where you can save up to 70% off the best hairsprays and dry shampoo on the market? Uh yes. Count me in. The Beauty Brands $8.99 Annual Hairspray Sale is here right now and runs through June 2 (while supplies last)! With products available online and in-store, this once-a-year sale is one you absolutely do not want to miss!


I'm so excited to partner with Beauty Brands to bring you more information about some of the awesome products included in the sale! Read on for some of my favorite picks from the sale that Beauty Brands generously gifted to me. Just so you know this post does contain affiliate links which means if you decide to buy something I do receive a small commission - thanks in advance for all your support!

Chicwish Collab Pt. II

Brrrrrr - there's been some very brisk April weather lately! Unpredictable midwest springs is exactly why I haven't packed up my sweaters just yet. I was absolutely reaching for them when it was 40ish degrees yesterday morning!

Shop the cami here and the cardigan here.
I'm so excited to bring you my second Chicwish collab look - this lovely Knit Your Love Cardigan in Ivory and black Full Flower Crochet Cami Crop Top. Now, like I said in my last post, this is a collab and I was sent these clothes for free in exchange for an honest review. If you do buy any of these pieces through the links in this post I do receive a small commission as well! Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's talk clothes.

Chicwish Collab Pt. I

Looking for romantic clothing with feminine lines and affordable prices? There's only one stop you need to make - Chicwish. By curating vintage inspired and handmade pieces, Chicwish has something for everyone with an eye for fashion. I've heard a lot about Chicwish's massive online presence through social media but actually hadn't ever bought anything from them before! When Chicwish reached out and offered to send me a few of their pieces in exchange for my opinions I was so excited to partner up! This is one of a few posts I'll share about the clothing I received and I hope to share even more pieces from their collections in the future! Just FYI, if you purchase any of the items in this post via the links I've included I will receive a small commission. I do really appreciate the support!

When ordering online it's so hard to know what you're going to get but each piece very much exceeded my expectations. Each piece felt high quality - the knits were nice and thick, the lace was detailed and durable, and the tulle held it's shape and was super voluminous.

I cannot even explain how hard it was to figure out which items I wanted to try for this collaboration - they have so many gorgeous pieces to choose from! I'd had my eyes on this super cute and cozy cardigan for a few months. The heart pom pom detail is so cute, I love the big sleeves, and, as you all know, I'm a sucker for neutrals. This sweater has been a great way to transition my wardrobe from winter to spring - it's cozy enough for chilly mornings and looks fresh enough to layer with my favorite spring pieces! I went with a L/XL to keep it nice and oversized.

At Home Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth!

Happy 2019 lovelies! I'm so excited to start the new year with more confidence in my smile than ever thanks to Smile Brilliant! I'd always gotten lackluster results when using whitening products in the past so when Smile Brilliant reached out to me I was a little hesitant - I just didn't think that it would work as advertised. But, I'm so happy to share I was wrong! I've actually gotten the best whitening results from Smile Brilliant than any other product I've tried. Read on for my full review! You'll also find a discount code and giveaway link at the bottom of this post - make sure to check it out for 15% off your purchase and a chance for $149 in Smile Brilliant credit!


So let's be honest, one of the first things I pay attention to with any product is the price. If you've been following me very long at all this probably won't be much of a surprise! Now, my Smile Brilliant kit was sent to me for testing purposes and, with that, I didn't have to pay for the trays or any of the associated products. But based upon the super customized product I received, the detailed instructions and support provided, and the quick results I experienced I absolutely would recommend purchasing this product for anyone serious about whitening.  The custom trays plus whitening products whitening range from $139 for light stains and non-sensitive teeth to $189 for heavy stains and sensitive teeth with many options in between. Compared to the $500+ you might pay at the dentist's office I think this is an incredible deal! Oh, and after I go through all the whitening gel and desensitizing gel I have I do plan on purchasing more. Luckily Smile Brilliant has lots of options for repurchasing those supplies as well!