It’s that time of year again when bloggers go into a frenzy over the #NSale. That’s the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for those who aren’t in the know. It’s a selection of new fall items available at a discount for a limited time. It’s also when a lot of bloggers lose their sh*t for discounted duds that hundreds of other women are purchasing. I know I’m grumpy about this, but there’s such limited creativity with the pieces that seem to be featured throughout the blogosphere. (Although, I’m really into this yellow coat and I’m almost out of my signature fragrance.) Last year, I purchased two items: this Kate Spade mini dress that I love and Smartwool no-show socks. I didn’t want to succumb to the siren song of the sale, but I couldn’t help it. If you happen to be in the same boat, here’s how I gained early access to the sale last year without having a brand credit card. (Since I used this trick before, my information was saved and I was able to add Anniversary Sale items to my cart today without a problem.) Let me know if you try it and if it works for you!
1.) Login to your Nordstrom account.
2.) Head to an item you’d like to purchase and click “Confirm Your Card & Add to Bag.”
3.) You will be prompted to enter the last four digits of your card number, your last name, and your billing ZIP code. Use the following information in these fields:
This should allow you to add the item to your bag and continue the check-out process with whatever method of payment you’d prefer. As with any shopping tip, I can’t promise this will work for everyone, but it’s worth a shot!
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With the onslaught of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts going up, I’m not going to add to the clutter with another roundup of “must-have” items. (Personally, I’m already tired of seeing the same 25 items gracing everyone’s wish lists.) However, I am going to share how you can shop the early-access sale without being a credit card or debit card holder with the brand.
After logging into your Nordstrom account, head to an item you’d like to purchase and click “Confirm Your Card & Add to Bag.” See below.
You will then be prompted to enter the last four digits of your card number, your last name, and your billing ZIP code. Use the following information in these fields:
This should allow you to add the item to your bag and continue the check-out process with whatever method of payment you’d prefer. While I can’t promise this will work for everyone, I was able to complete my transaction for this darling dress (it’s so “me,” isn’t it?) and some Smartwool loafer socks (exciting, I know).
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, or #NSale as you’ll see on social media for the next few weeks, is touted as the best sale event of the year. And, on its face, it is an enticing event with fall merchandise on sale before the season even begins. However, I don’t think the hype around the event is justified. I muddled through all 96 pages of the women’s sale and struggled to come up with a list of my favorites. Many items are inexpensive pieces from lower-end brands, others are just ugly (who is wearing this or, worse, this?), and some pieces are simply lackluster. I don’t know how many people are waking up today thrilled to discover a surprisingly high number of socks at discounted prices. I just don’t think the sale is as great as bloggers make it out to be.
Eventually I did find a few pieces I could get behind (listed above) and I’ve even added a couple to my wish list to revisit after the early access portion of the sale ends on July 22 and opens up to everyone. While there’s an option to sign up for a Nordstrom credit card or a debit card that pulls from your bank account, I’m not doing that. I’ll roll the dice and see if anything is available in a week. By then, I suspect some of the sale sparkle will have worn off anyway.
You can browse the sale merchandise here, and if — unlike me — you do spot something you can’t live without, snag it before the sale ends on Aug. 7.
I came across the Instagram and blog of Liz Clark this week. She’s a California native, surfer, and environmentalist who left a traditional lifestyle to live aboard her 40-foot sailboat and explore the sea. An adorable cat, who she named Amelia, joined the journey. There are so many swoon-worthy photos on her Insta (of both her adveture and her feline first mate) that you’ll want to leave your own 9-to-5 and buy a boat.
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is right around the corner! Sign up for Nordstrom’s free rewards program now through July 10 to receive a $10 coupon to use during the sale event. Whenever you shop with Nordstrom, you’ll earn one point for every dollar spent. You’ll receive a $20 certificate after accumulating 2,000 points (which seems like a lot, but it probably adds up). I’m bummed that I signed up for the program a couple of weeks ago! I would have loved extra cash to spend!
I made this Mexican corn dip earlier this week and it’s amazing! I added a teaspoon of cayenne to the recipe, but otherwise followed it as-is. Next time, I’m going to cut the butter in half. I don’t think it needed that much.
Cartier’s signature Love bracelet went from a status symbol in the ’70s to a must-have accessory for Millenials. Here’s why that may be. (Not to be terribly judgmental, but that seems ludicrous given its $4,500 entry-level price.)
One of my favorite shopping events has begun: the Lulu Frost online sample sale! I’ve got my eye on the Traveler earrings that I missed out on last year. I’m also loving this necklace for holiday parties (too early?) and these quirky earrings.
Amy Shumer and Anna Wintour swap careers in this Vogue video. (Anna kills it.)
EARLIER THIS WEEK
An update on the house hunt and my dining room decor board.
Coveted a collection of white and gold.
Chatted about girls in glasses.
Found myself tempted by pineapple candlestick holders, but settled on a white throw pillow instead.