Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: What We Want to Buy

By now, you’ve probably been bombarded with blog posts about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 that officially kicked off yesterday with Early Access. We get it…we’re being bombarded too and it’s OVERWHELMING (& maybe even a bit annoying)! And while we don’t consider ourselves to be trendy fashionistas (at all), we do buy a few quality pieces during this awesome sale. So while we’re not going to inundate you with fashion posts over the next few weeks, we do want to check-in a few times to let you know what we want to buy, what we actually buy, and even some of the things we like (& don’t like) from a dressing room try-on.Our favorite items to buy from the Nordstrom anniversary sale 2018

We do love this sale because it’s a chance to stock up on quality pieces for the months ahead. Shoes, coats, bags, jeans…those are our favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018. Because we both try to keep our closets streamlined, we each took an hour or so and cleaned out our wardrobes prior to shopping this sale. This was a good chance to eliminate some clutter and take note of items that needed replacing. We highly recommend doing this before shopping!

Our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 WishlistsNordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

After checking out the sale online and then cross-referencing our “need for fall” lists, we each came up with our Anniversary wishlists! Of course, we won’t come close to buying all of this, but it was helpful to sift through the site and make a wishlist so we have a better gameplan while shopping. Here are some of the items that we saw online that may be coming home with us today…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 – Casey’s Picks

Casual Sneakers

I need a good casual sneaker to throw on and I’m in love with these (with nearly perfect reviews!). $90 to $67.90

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Cozy Twist Front Sweater

How comfy does this look?! I want to stock up on some fall tops and I’m liking this one… $49 to $31.90

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Expandable Crossbody Bag

I need a new crossbody bag and this one is a great price! And I think the burgundy color is perfect for fall. $149 to $98.90

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Wrap Coat

I finally donated my “dressy coat” last year (it had seen some wear and tear…) and I’m eyeing this one to replace it! This would class up any outfit and what a great deal for a long-term coat. $268 to $169.90

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Wedge Sneakers

I’ve been coveting these wedge sneakers for quite some time and I think it’s time I get them! I’m a big fan of wedges (so comfy!) and these ones would be perfect now that I’m a work from home gal. $119.95 to $79.90

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Button Front Top

I’m looking forward to trying this top on in-store today. I need some good fall basics and the price on this top is phenomenal! $38 to $24.90

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Madewell Skinny Jeans

Ever since I bought these button-front shorts, I’ve been obsessed with the look. I’m a big Madewell fan, so I can’t wait to try these bad boys on! $135 to $89.90

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Moto Jacket

I’m MOST EXCITED about this moto jacket. I can see myself throwing this over any outfit this fall to instantly look pulled together. Plus, under $75?! YES! $98 to $64.90  

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Gray Zella Joggers

When I’m home at night, I always change into comfortable pants. These are both stylish & cozy…the best of both worlds. $75 to $49.90

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Hanky Panky Thongs

Every year, I stock up on these undies because that’s pretty much all I wear. I prefer the regular rise and it’s great that they’re one size fits all. I’ll be opting for the 4 for $59 deal because that’s the lowest price I see all year long! $22 to $16.90, or 4 for $59

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Perforated Bootie

Booties are my fall go-to shoes and these would be a great addition to my wardrobe because they would go with any ensemble! $139.95 to $89.90

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Tie-Waist T-Shirt Dress

I love a good t-shirt dress and the tie-waist on this one is so fun! Would be awesome to throw on and pair with the adidas sneakers (above) for an easy weekend look. $49 to $31.90

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Dressy Leggings

Working girls…these pants are for you! These dressy leggings have amazing reviews and would look great paired with a blouse or button down. $49 to $29.90

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 – Bridget’s Picks

Slouchy Cardigan

I looooove this waffle stitch cardigan, mostly because it looks so cozy and would be such a versatile piece in my closet throughout both the fall and winter. $69 for $45.90

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NON-See-Through White T-shirt

I’ve heard amazing reviews about this non-see-through white tee so I added it to my wishlist. The perfect layering piece! $25 for $17

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Patagonia Pullover

I love everything I’ve ever bought from Patagonia so I’m excited to give this pullover a try! I feel like Patagonia NEVER goes on sale, so now is the time to splurge. $119 to $89  

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Wubby Fleece Pullover

I’ve been eyeing this piece since last winter and I’m excited to give this one a try now that it’s on sale!! It looks soooo soft and the color is perfect! $78 for $51.90

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Quality Bra

Last year was the first year I splurged on a “nice bra” and I wore the HECK out of it throughout the entire year. Def recommend this one (& how pretty is that lace?!). $68 to $44

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Clinique Skincare

I was surprised at how many people referenced Clinique as their go-to skincare products in my recent skincare survey. I think this may be the time to give it a try. $154 to $99

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Black Gym Shoes

I spotted lots of cute gym shoes in the sale so I’m hoping to score a pair. Casey always wears black gym shoes, which I love but have never tried, so I’m gravitating towards this pair. $110 to $82

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Ruffle Neck Sweater

Lovveeeee everything about this sweater. The color, the neckline, the sleeves! I think it would be perfect for work and weekend all fall/winter long. $79 for $49

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Floral Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit is a bit outside of my typical “comfort zone” but I’m eager to give it a try. I love the colors and cut and think it could work for a few functions I have on the calendar in the fall. $65 for $42

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Black Sunglasses

I have always loved Casey’s sunnies and now they’re on sale! Plus, I haven’t splurged on a “nice” pair of sunglasses in about 3 years. $160 to $106

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My Favorite Cardigan

Do you see a common theme in my wishlist?! Apparently I’m attracted to all things cozy and adding another color of my all-time favorite cardigan to my closet sounds perfect — especially because it rarely goes on sale! $98 for $64

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TOMS Booties

I have to see these in person to know for sure, but I added them to my list because TOMS are always my favorite.  Plus, I’m looking for a pair of go-to work shoes for the fall and these may be them! $118 to $78

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Trendy Sneakers

I like these sneakers because they’re trendy, but also look versatile. I definitely want to try them on and see if I can pull them off at work and on the weekend. (love the other colors too!) $89 to $59

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OTK Flat Boots

These are quite the splurge, but I’ve been on the lookout for a quality pair of OTK boots (that are flat) for a while. I can’t wait to try these on and see how they look. And they’re waterproof! $259 to $169

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Our Gameplan for the Sale

We’re actually out shopping TODAY in-store and together. We’re so excited for a fun day side-by-side navigating the chaos of the store. Should be interesting (& you better believe we’ll be pounding lots of coffee as we go!). We’re going to do our best to share our favorites on our Insta Stories, so be sure to check there today and this weekend to see us in action.

But here’s what else we have planned here on the blog to help navigate this crazy sale!

  • July 18th – We’ll share our try-on session here on the blog, so you can see what some of these pieces look like on real bodies!
  • July 20th – Sale opens to the public. No card needed to shop!
  • July 25th – Casey shares what she purchased from the sale.
  • August 2nd – Bridget shares what she purchased from the sale.
  • August 5th – Sale ends.
  • FYI: If you don’t want to wait to see us tackle these topics here on the blog, we’ll be sharing more live updates on instaStories before then. Follow us there and we’ll keep you posted!

Does that sound like a gameplan to you? Anything that you’re shopping for during this sale? Or have you already purchased anything that you love? We can’t wait to hear all about it. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.