Last week when the Early Access Nordstrom Sale started, I almost lost my mind. I get wanting to save money, but I was kind of disgusted by the way people (aka bloggers) were handling it. It was… a lot. I was on Nantucket the day it started, so I barely looked at my Instagram during the day, only to upload to my own Story, and then at night, I’d “catch up” on everything I missed. I wanted to delete the app. NO ONE needs that many things.
I’d say that I am on the higher end of retail consumption because of the nature of blogging, but watching the sale took it to a new, and disturbing, level. I did a disclaimer maybe last year or the year before, I can’t remember, about the sale and didn’t this time around. A bunch of people DMed me thanking me for not posting about it on Instagram or my blog.
Here’s the thing, the sale CAN be a great time to stock up on certain items. But there’s a difference between saving money on an item you’d already buy and blowing money on an item you might not really even want to “save” money. (You’re not actually saving money in that case, you’re just spending less than full price.)
I also am so, so against retail credit cards. Unless you’re spending a ton of money at one specific store, it rarely makes sense. You’re better off getting a credit card from your bank that gives you cash back on everyday purchases that you make most frequently (like gas or groceries or dining out). I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and couldn’t recommend it enough as well as the Delta SkyMiles American Express. Credit cards can be confusing, but if you’re smart with them (i.e. use them thoughtfully and pay them on in full every month), you can end up “earning” money through them, whether it’s cash back or points to use for future travel. I know I could be more strategic with my credit card points, but figuring out the granular details isn’t worth my time right now. So, I use my different cards on what is going to get me the most points for whatever the purchase is and call it a day.
But I also didn’t want this post to make it seem like I hate Nordstrom. I love Nordstrom and find that they have a great shopping experience both in stores and online. When the Nordstrom opened up in Tampa, it was so fun and my mom, sister, and I would wander through each department all the time. This was well before online shopping so everything was done in stores! If I need something when I’m visiting my family, Nordstrom is usually my first stop. (Well, to be honest, even if I don’t need something, my sister or mom do and we end up there anyway.) I also, generally speaking, like the sale. As I said before, you can find things on sale that you would normally purchase at a discount and then it makes sense to stock up (if you’re in need, obviously).
I’ll do another post when it reopens for non-credit card holders on Friday. Don’t worry if things appear to be sold out, they hold back inventory during the pre-sale and then put it back online when it opens up to the public. But there are some things on there that would definitely be worth checking out like my favorite Patagonia Nano Puff, Asics running shoes, the best bra EVER, Hanky Panky undies, and some of my favorite Kiehl’s products.
I was thinking about how I mostly use Nordstrom, throughout the year, to stock up on specific items. I buy quite a few fashion items, but really get the same types of things over and over again.
Bras + Underwear // Nordstrom’s lingerie department is THE best. I know my favorite brands and sizes so I buy online, but if you need to get fitted for a bra, 100% recommend Nordstrom. I’ve never had a bad or awkward experience and I always walk away with a bra that fits perfectly. Once I discovered Natori bras, I have yet to buy another brand. Hanky Panky and Commando have been my go-to brands since high school.
Shoes // Next to the lingerie department, I definitely spend the most time trying on shoes. With free shipping + returns, I love buying two sizes of shoes to make sure I get the right fit. Some of my current favorite shoe purchases from Nordstrom: Hunter rain boots, Jack Rogers (I think my next Jacks purchase will be the bone color), Superga sneakers, and Soludos wedges.
Sunglasses // I didn’t realize that I had a sunglass obsession until I moved. I had sunglasses stashed everywhere, even though I typically wear the same frames over and over again. I need to come up with some kind of storage solution for them so I rotate through my collection more. Right now I wear the same pair out of convenience of it being what’s in my purse at the time. I’ve been wearing my Clubmasters the most lately (and the mirrored version!) followed by these, my classic Wayfarers, and these Kate Spade cat eyes!
Handbags // If you guys have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I don’t buy a lot of fancy designer handbags. I tend to get classic shapes that I can always wear. It’s great when a bag I bought ten years ago (like my Longchamp) is still a bag I reach for. Bags I have purchased that still remain in heavy rotation: My Longchamp, my Longchamp backpack, and this little Kate Spade bag. I also am always searching their collection of clutches for fancier occasions.
Beauty // Was it a high school dance if I didn’t go to Nordstrom’s makeup counters beforehand?! Nope! Between Sephora and Nordstrom, I pretty much can hit all of my beauty needs. I tend to buy beauty products from Nordstrom when I’m either in store (and get suckered into a new lipstick or something) or if I’m restocking something I buy all the time and placing an order anyway. I can’t tell you how many bottles of DryBar’s dry shampoo I’ve added to my cart before clicking “purchase” over the past year or so.
BRANDS I LIKE TO BUY:
– BP is Nordstrom’s junior line and I’d say that 90% of things don’t fit my style, but in the 10% there are some serious gems at great prices. This scalloped tote (under $50) is definitely one of my best Nordstrom purchases– so happy to see that it’s back in stock.
– Madewell + J. Crew are both now carried at Nordstrom. Even though I think most of the time you get better deals on J. Crew & Madewell’s website (everything is always on sale), it’s a great spot to look if something you want is sold out there. I have found some sold out items still available in all sizes at Nordstrom. The dress above is sold out at J. Crew but still available on Nordstrom’s website.