Monday, July 14, 2008

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Fashion and Beauty at its Best!

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Guess | Jessica Simpson | Coats | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing | Womens It's that time of the year again, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now only days away. But what exactly is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? It's when you can buy the best fashion brands of the latest and hottest styles of new Fall designer clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry as well as exclusive, limited-edition beauty products including cosmetics and makeup from Nordstrom before the season starts and at up to 40% off during the sale.

In this way, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is completely unique among department store sales in that as well as limited-edition items made just for the sale, all the merchandise on sale is the new season's merchandise and discounted before the season starts as opposed to being simply a clearance and end-of-season sale like Nordstrom's two half yearly (June and November) sales when the previous season's stock is unloaded. In this way, you can enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new Fall merchandise before the season actually starts. All merchandise left over after the sale is raised to regular retail prices.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one big, annual event that every fashionista waits for. It's a fashion shopping event that has become legendary among fashionistas nationwide and in fact, is held by many as being the hottest fashion event of the year. There are amazing designer fashion and beauty deals!

Designer Clothing at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hing Jacket | Matty M Top | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing At the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale you'll save BIG on new Fall fashions of irresistible designer clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry and outwear for the entire family!!!

On sale you'll find designer clothing from fashion labels including Juicy Couture, Tahari and Trina Turk, designer jeans from 7 For All Mankind, L.A.M.B., Hudson Jeans, JAG Jeans and Lucky Brand. And there's some really chic clothing like the colorful coats by Guess and Jessica Simpson as shown in the picture above, top right.

The cropped brown tweed jacket by Hinge (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN219308) is also chic. It's on sale at $78.90 or at $118 after the sale. The watercolor rose print top by Matty M (HN229381) on sale at $65.90 or $98 after the sale is also cute. This multi colored print top has braided trim and is made from fluid silk jersey. Both these items are Ambition | Double-breasted Tomato | Jacket | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Fashion | Clothing | Women'sshown in the picture at the above left.

Also worth look at are the Halogen Brown Lamb leather bomber jacket with polyester and polyurethane ribbed sweater-knit trim (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN224193) on sale at $159.90 or $248 after the sale, the Hot Kiss supple polyurethane bomber jacket in a Luggage color (HN227611) on sale at $44.90, after sale $68, and as shown here in the picture on the right, the Ambition Double-breasted Tomato color jacket (HN228621) on sale at $57.90 which jumps to $88 after the sale.

Designer Shoes at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Michael Kors | BCBGirls | Stuart Weitzman | Designer | Shoes | Nordstrom | Anniversary SaleAt this year's Anniversary Sale there lots of designer shoes and boots from brands including Cole Haan (love the 'Carma Air' open-toe Mary Jane slingback), Frye, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Max Studio, Michael Kors and Tory Burch, to name a few.

The designer shoes and boots by Stuart Weitzman are just super sophisticated and chic. I like the black leather boot with metal buckle and sweater back cuff (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Item Code HN222803). Made in Spain and on sale at $279.90 or $435 after the sale this high-heeled boot gives a super chic and sexy look. The Stuart Weitzman 'Ciento' lace-up oxford pump in moro (bronze) antique viper snake-print leather and with cut-out sides (HN222797) and the peep-toe pump in taupe multi (HN222801) but also available in black soft patent or fire quasar (HN222799) snake-print leather are also definite possibilities.

At an Anniversary sale price of $69.90 (after sale $109.95), I think the BCBGirls peep-toe slingback in cherrywood snake leather (HN228897) is great value and will also give a sophisticated and chic look. If you're on the market for a new pair of UGGs then the Anniversary sale has a few styles to choose from.

Designer Handbags at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

From talking to my Nordstrom SA I'm told that there are no high end designer handbags on sale but there is a good range of gorgeous mid-range designer handbags from labels including Botkier, Burberry, Chloe,

Michael Kors | LAMB | ABAS | Kate Spade | Kenneth Cole | Designer | Handbags | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale

Elliott Lucca (the 'Porta' pocket shopper in textured Black Ombre patent leather (HN232370) on sale at $259.90 or $398 after the sale is cute), Juicy Courture, Kenneth Cole (the 'Aim To Pleats' horizontal hobo in Rose suede (HN231229) at $179.90, after sale $278 shown in middle Tulah Ray | Split Satchel | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Designer | Handbagsright in picture above is gorgeous), Kooba, Marc Jacobs, Maxx New York, Michael Kors and Tulah Ray.

Talking about the designer handbags, I do like the Tulah Ray Split Zipper Satchel (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Designer Handbag Item HN236146) shown here on the right. It's on sale at $298.90 or available after the sale at $475. The handbag's center zip opens for extra space. It's a super chic handbag and the color, Berry is simply gorgeous.

Fashion and Designer Jewelry at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

From the fashion and designer jewelry line up I like the Bronze Cuff by Rebecca (#233047) on sale at $314.90 or $475 after the sale and the Alexis Bittar Square Lucite bangle bracelet (#195073) at $49.90 or $75 after the sale. Other Alexis Bittar pieces are also interesting possibilities like the Hand-sculpted, hand-painted Lucite hinged bangle in Black/Grey Zebra stripes (HN201594) at $37.90 or $58 after the sale.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Hot Beauty Buys!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn’t all about designer clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry though. Also on sale you'll find your favorite brands of cosmetics and makeup in the form of unique beauty exclusives and special gifts with purchase (GWP) that are only available at Nordstrom for a limited time.

And there's a big lineup of coveted, limited edition cosmetics and makeup but unfortunately only in very limited supply. However, this year, the event is bigger and better than ever with over 100 beauty brands participating including top names like Bare Escentials, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Laura Mercier, MAC and Philosophy, to name a few. You can pre-order Nordstrom's beauty exclusives which begin shipping on July 18 and pre-orders for these beauties are being accepted now both in-store and at!!

Bare Escentuals | In Fashion Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

There are lots of great exclusive beauty products available but I have my eye on a few select items. First the lavish Bare Escentuals® 'In Fashion' eight-Piece Set (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232696) offers $127 of value for just $75. The 'In Fashion' set contains all your essentials for the most exceptional evening on your agenda and the collection presents a sophisticated evening of the latest style! The set includes bareMinerals® Flawless Radiance All-Over Face Color (0.03 oz.), bareMinerals® Eye Color in Bahamas (0.02 oz.), bareMinerals® Liner Shadow in Caviar (0.01 oz.), bareMinerals® Blush in Escape (0.03 oz.), bareMinerals® 100% Natural Lipcolor in Bavarian Creme (0.13 oz.), Flawless Radiance Brush, and Double Ended Precision Eye Brush.

Dior | Gaucho Palette | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | BeautyMy next fancy is the Dior 'Gaucho' Palette (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232976) stocked with four ready-to-wear eyeshadows in tones of wine and roses, and two creamy lip colors in a super chic signature Dior metallic bronze case modeled after the signature Gaucho bag. This gorgeous palette is priced at $55 and you also receive a deluxe sample of 'Diorshow' Black Out Mascara with your Dior purchase. This item is only available online and restricted to one per customer, while supply lasts. The gift will be added automatically at checkout and can only be shipped to the same destination as your order.

I also love the Laura Mercier Twilight Colour Collection (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #232893) which offers $131 of value for just $55. This set includes a Mini Eye Mosaic, Double-Ended Smudge & Angled Eye Color Brush, mini Purple Sapphire Kohl Eye Pencil and full-size Black Mascara, Lip Glacé in Cinnamon and a French Vanilla Hand Creme. All items are conveniently packaged in a chic brown, faux patent leather makeup bag with contrast stitching.

Laura Mercier | Twilight Colour Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

Next I'm in love with the Juicy Couture 'Dresser' Set (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #233777) which offers $141 of value for just $98. This exclusive set includes an adorable keepsake vanity box containing Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.), travel-ready Body Sorbet (3.4 oz.), Frothy Shower Gel (3.4 oz.) and limited-edition lip gloss compact (0.08 oz.).

Juicy Couture | Dresser Set | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty

Finally, I'm also hot for the complete range in the MAC Colour Forms Anniversary collection including the Colour Forms Basic Brush set (red), Colour Forms MAC Limited Edition Colour Forms Collection | Nordstrom | Anniversary Sale | Makeup | Cosmetics | Beauty Advanced Brush set (purple and green) and the Beauty Powder, Powder Blush and lipstick, to name a few. If you ask me, the Cocoa Mauve Collection from Bobbi Brown (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #234274) for Fall's most-wanted shades for eyes, cheeks and lips in a sleek black nylon cosmetic case, the beautiful Lancôme palette and the 'Color Design' Beauty Icon Warm Eye & Cheek Palette (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Beauty Exclusive Item #230620) are also good value.

There are other products that I could easily add to my shopping bag like the Philosophy ‘purity made simple’ one step facial cleanser $42.50 ($64 value) and the icon Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 $56 ($80 value). Oh dear I'm greedy and just what it all!!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Starting Soon

This year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sale both in-store and online at 12:01am PST on Friday, July 18 and ends at 1:59pm PST on Sunday, August 3. However, many have already presaled (placed their orders) either online or at their Nordie store.

As you can expect the 150+ Nordstrom stores are crowded during the Anniversary Sale and the best merchandise goes fast. So make sure you leave extra time for shopping and don't forget it's first in best dressed! To avoid the crowds you can simply shop from home at! However, be prepared for slower response times on the Nordstrom site as there will also be a surge of online shoppers. Remember, pre-orders for Nordstrom's beauty exclusives are being accepted now!!

If you ask me the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of those don't miss sales. There's lots to shop and at prices that attract hordes of bargain-loving shoppers so you must not miss this great Nordstrom fashion event.

What I really like about Nordie is that as well as offering a big range of designer fashions and beauty products, this merchant stands behind everything that it sells and offers truly friendly and impeccable customer service. My returns have never been challenged.

So if you're a Nordie girl? Check out the online version of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog and get ready to bag something good!

PS. Nordstrom always has a great sunglasses selection on sale at the Anniversary Sale so I also suggest that you check out this year's Chloe, Dior, Fendi, Gucci and Oliver Peoples shades.


  1. Anonymous9:38 AM


    Now if only the cashmere socks would be on sale in July!

  2. Anonymous4:40 PM

    Starts Friday hey! While shopping early will ensure the best selection might wait til next week as the opening weekend is always hectic!!!

  3. Anonymous4:21 AM

    The fact that you can pre-order their Beauty Exclusives now means that you can virtually get all your Beauty shopping out of the way now and then concentrate on the clothes, shoes and handbags etc

  4. Anonymous4:22 AM

    To make room for all of the new Fall and Winter merchandise, before the sale starts Nordstrom moves current stock to Nordstrom Rack locations where the merchandise sells at huge markdowns. These Rack stores will be crowded as well as they provide a great opportunity to stock up on seasonal items and staples for next summer.

  5. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Nordstrom always have the best deals :D