7.29.2016

July Favorites + Looking Ahead



July. Boy what a month it was.

I wanted to do a shorter recap post this month, mainly because July wasn't that busy. There's lots to look forward to in August, so I'd rather focus on the "looking ahead" portion of this month's post. So to quickly recap July, I'm going to steal a portion of The Weekender and share the highlights and lowlights of the past month. I also mixed in a brand new outfit this time around. So hope y'all enjoy that as well!! Happy reading :)

Maxi Dress: via Le Tote | Block Heels: Michael Kors (old, similar) | Tote: Urban Expressions (c/o) | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Lips: Nars Golshan



July Highlights: July started out very busy with wrapping things up at work to prepare for the slow election season here in DC. The first few weeks I could barely keep my head on straight. That's the main reason I decided to slow things down on here, so I could focus on my day job and weekend activities. Throughout July I went to a few National's baseball games, celebrated several friend's birthdays, went to another Blogger Scene event with some of my best friends, and enjoyed the weekends by the pool. I didn't travel anywhere this past month, so it was really nice to spend the few weeks at home.

July Lowlights: there wasn't really a lowlight per say, but it was definitely a slower month activity wise. I was focusing on things offline, including a guy who I thought was genuine. But surprise surprise, he wasn't. I guess that was the icing to my cake of the past year, ha! BUT, with any negative I like to turn it into a positive. So I chose to take this time to focus on me, my blog and getting back into Church. Definitely not a lowlight!

Now, onto more important things... August!!



My favorite month of the year! Not just because work is slower. Not just because it's Restaurant Week. Not just because I have a lot of fun travel ahead. But because it's my BIRTH MONTH!!

If you know me, you know I love my birthday. And honestly, it's not for the reason you're thinking. Yes I love celebrating, going to dinner with friends and popping countless bottles of champs. I love my birthday for the sole fact that it's a re-do. A fresh new start if you will. A new year, new age and new me. And after this up and down year of 25, I've never needed a new year like I need 26.



So here's what I have to look forward to in August:

Personal

Like I mentioned above, August is going to be a special month. I'm saying sayonara to 25 and a big hello to 26! I've never been more excited and ready for a birthday. There will be lots of fun content coming up next month in conjunction with that. So far I have two dinners planned with all of my friends, but excited to just go with the flow this year. No big planning!

There will also be lots of travel coming up next month. Starting with my trip to Charleston next week, and then rounding out the month with a visit to Nashville, TN, my home state. I'll be heading down to visit my sorority little sister, my good friend's The Kennedy's, and my family. I'll get to see lots of family and friends in just a few days, and FINALLY visit the Draper James store. Cannot wait!

I'm also looking forward to DC's Restaurant Week, a few happy hours and other friend's birthdays, and a couple of blog events that are already on the calendar.



Blogging 

I think I've taken a nice little blogging break and slowdown, don't y'all?! It's time to get back into the swing of things and bring you a higher volume of posts, new content and more outfit inspo. I'm sure to find all the motivation to do that at this year's The Blog Societies Conference, which kicks off next week in Charleston. I'm really excited to head back for my second time, and to catch up with some of my blogger faves + meet some new faces. You can follow along on social media! I'll be sharing a little more info about my trip on here next week.

Next month there will be some birthday related content, new outfit posts + we'll be gearing up for football season.



Since next week kicks off a new month, my blog vacation mode will be over. It's time to bring y'all some new content!! I'll be sharing more details about my trip to Charleston + finally posting my Key West travel guide, as well as a fun collaboration with Minted! Here's a sneak peek. So stay tuned and have a great last weekend of July loves!!

7.26.2016

Tips for Attending Your First Blog Conference

I wanted to break away today from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts and the final Key West travel recap posts (yes, I promise there's a travel guide coming soon!), and share a brand new "learn" post. It has been a hot minute since I've shared a post like this, and with The Blog Societies Conference just a few days away, I thought what better of a time!

Next Wednesday I'll be traveling down to Charleston for my second The Blog Societies Conference. You can checkout last year's recaps here and here**Note: the conference used to be called the Southern Blog Society Conference. Since last year, all of the regions have now combined to what is known as The Blog Societies. A society made up of bloggers from all across the country.



Last year's conference was my first blogging weekend and workshop I had ever attended. I had done a few blogging events that offered panelists here in DC, but this was my first weekend conference. Even though I was attending with several of my best friends, I still was nervous and had no idea what to expect. I had talked to a few girls who had attended the conference before, and they offered some wonderful advice and insight into how the weekend would go.

I am sure there are many of you who will be attending a blog conference soon for your first time. Whether that be something local, or you're traveling down for this year's Blog Societies Conference. So I wanted to put together a post with some helpful tips I learned both prior to the event + throughout the weekend. Hopefully these will help you enjoy and make the most of your experience.

But first, many of y'all have asked what the benefit is for attending a blog conference?

  • I feel that attending last year's conference was 100% worth it. I will say though, a conference or workshop is exactly what you make of it. If you're open to learning and meeting new people, you'll do just fine. I met a ton of new bloggers, who I now call my friends. While we may not see each other but a few times a year, we are always connecting on social media or via text. 
  • I also connected with a lot of wonderful brands last year, and ended up partnering with them long after the conference was over. Either through posts with fellow bloggers, sponsored content or product reviews. I still work with some of them a year later. 
  • By attending a conference or workshop, you're opening your brand and YOUR business to a whole new world of publicizing and networking. New brands to work with, new bloggers to bounce ideas off of, etc. 
  • When it comes to choosing a conference to attend though, I highly recommend reading blogger reviews. Some conferences offer more than others. And some are more beneficial than others. Do your research before purchasing that $300 conference ticket. 

With that being said, hopefully these tips will help you make the most of your conference or workshop. Both before and during the conference, as well as when you return home.


Before the conference 
  • Stock up on business cards // this is probably the most important prep you can do. There will be so many new bloggers, businesses and brands there for you to connect with. While yes, it can be easier to find other bloggers via social media and start following them that way, brands want something tangible to remember you by. On that note, if you have a media kit definitely bring it. In my experience, I don't think they're necessary. But it can't hurt to leave one with your business card as well. 
  • Prepare, but don't over prepare your outfits // one of the biggest things I stressed about prior to the conference was "what am I going to wear?!" I over prepared actually. I spent so much money on new clothes, new pieces, and items that I only wore to the conference. In the long run, it just wasn't very financially savvy. So this year, I set a budget and created three new outfits. I got all of the items for under $150, and I will be mixing some of these new pieces with things I already own. I also made sure to buy items that were versatile. Pieces I could still wear back here in DC.  
  • Prepare your affiliate links // if you work with ShopStyle or rewardStyle, go ahead and link your daily outfits into one folder. That way you can easily add shop links to your Instagram photos and aren't spending precious time scrolling through LIKEtoKNOW.it. 
  • Leave room for goodies // if you're traveling to a conference that lasts several days, make sure you bring an extra bag or carry-on. You will accumulate a lot of new goodies. Whether that be gifts from brands, or items you purchase while shopping. 
  • Purchase a portable charger // this by far has been the greatest tech purchase I've ever made. It holds four FULL chargers + has two phone USB jacks. So you can charge two phones at the same time. This charger is less than $30 and available on Amazon Prime! It's vital to staying connected and sharing your conference fun all day.
  • Bring comfortable shoes // nothing hurts worse than walking around the cobblestone streets of Charleston or pavement of a large city in heels. Be sure to slip a pair of flats in your purse. Trust me. 
  • Let your followers know what you're doing // be sure to explain to your followers and readers where you're going, and what you're doing. This is a vital time to cross promote your blog with your social media. Make sure everyone is following along on Snapchat (kroyster815), Instagram, Twitter, etc. You also want to make sure they aren't left in the dark. Nobody has time for an hour long snapchat story, yet has no idea where you're at or what you're doing. Engage and keep your followers in the loop.



During the conference
  • Get into town early, if you can // honestly, this was something we learned from last year. We felt so rushed getting into town the day of, grabbing our bags, checking into the hotel and rushing to change before the welcome party. So this year we're going a full day and a half early. We're going to tour around the city a bit, take our time to get settled in, and take all of our outfit photos prior to the conference beginning. That way we can already have most of our Instagrams ready for the rest of our trip. No more rushing to get a shot in between meetings or events. 
  • Go with an open mind, and ready to learn // while you may know in advance some of the topics being discussed, be open to hearing ideas and advice from all the speakers. While you may not necessarily need photography tips, you never know when you can learn something new.
  • Don't over schedule yourself // you're going to be meeting so many new people. So be sure to leave some holes in your schedule for last minute meal invites, happy hours or coffee breaks. This allows you the chance to make new friends and new connections. 
  • Be yourself // going back to "what to wear," just be yourself. You don't have to wear the shiniest outfit to the party, or spend thousands of dollars on the trendiest items. Honestly, I can't remember half of what I wore or what anyone else did. But I can definitely remember their personalities and the fun we had! So just relax, and be yourself. Everyone will love you!
  • Don't oversell yourself // when meeting a brand or fellow blogger, no one wants to hear your pageviews or how many brands you've worked with. Unless asked. Most of the time, brand reps and other bloggers just want to get to know you. Stick to lighthearted topics, and let them get to know you as a person. I guarantee that your bubbly personality will make a far better first impression vs. throwing countless facts at them. 



After the conference 
  • Send thank you notes and emails // I am very pro-handwritten thank you. Just like you'll be passing out your cards at the conference, so will brand reps. Most of which will have a mailing address. Take the time to purchase nice thank you notes, and send a handwritten one to each of the reps you talked with. Trust me. A handwritten note goes a long way to building a relationship with brands you hope to work with. 
  • Stay in touch // both with bloggers and brands. Send follow-up emails, collaboration pitches, and comment on bloggers/brands Instagram photos. I met so many new faces last year, and have grown close to many of them simply by staying in touch. 
  • Implement what you've learned // a conference will give you newfound motivation! Take the tips and tricks you learned, and figure out how to implement them. Use the advice that best falls in line with your brand, and run with it. Don't let all that you learned go to waste!

Most of all, if you listen to any piece of advice from any blogger who has attended a conference before, listen to this one....

Have fun!! Yes this weekend may be work for you if you're a full time blogger, but you also need to enjoy it! Don't stress or overwhelm yourself. Allow the time to enjoy being in the moment, making new friends and soak in all the advice you can to take back home with you. In the end, it's just a weekend and a few days. So make the most of it by being yourself and enjoying all that's going on! 

Can't wait to see many of you in Charleston in just a few days!! Let me know if you're going in the comments below. Xo

7.22.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Public Access



It's here y'all! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public! Anyone can shop the sale, whether you have a Nordstrom card or not. I've done a few posts so far for the early access folks, like this wish list roundup and this home decor post. Now that the sale is open to everyone, I wanted to update my picks and share some pieces that y'all should definitely look into adding to your closet for the fall. Just click on any of the pictures below to shop that item directly, or head on over to Nordstrom to shop for yourself! Sale ends August 7th, and items sell out fast. So don't delay on purchasing some of your must have pieces! Happy shopping :)

Oh, and some of y'all have asked what are the top items on my wish list:





7.20.2016

Nordstrom Sale Home Decor

Nordstrom Home



I'm sure by now many of you are over hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It has clogged up your feeds, overwhelmed your bank account and filled your closet with pieces you can't wear for several more months. Am I right? I'm in the same boat as y'all. Seriously counting down the days till I can wear my new Bordeaux lace up flats.

I don't mean to demean the sale. It's a great one. I love it. You love it. We all love it. But at this point it can become too much and overwhelming. New items added daily, and yet you're still shoving all your new goodies into the back of your closet. However, a lot of people forget about the items you can utilize now, like the home decor. Yes, the Nordstrom sale offers hundreds of home items as well! So I wanted to throw together a quick post featuring a few items on my home wish list. All of these pieces could work well in your own home, make for the perfect hostess or wedding gift, or can be customized as a unique engagement present.

I also want to point out the "goodnight kiss" canvas print. It's the same one I have above my bed in my apartment. I've had it for a few years and paid almost twice the current price for it. So this is a great deal. I love this canvas piece in the bedroom, or added to a large gallery wall. And if you're looking for a decently priced bar cart, this one is less than $200! I'm also obsessed with this piece of art for my apartment, and this set of glasses to add to my own bar cart.



7.18.2016

DC Restaurant Week

One of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up next month, and not just because it's my birthday! If you live in the DC area, you have the opportunity to dine at some of Washington's best restaurants for a fraction of the cost (in most cases). Restaurant Week is twice a year, August and January, and usually lasts seven days. The dates for the August Restaurant Week are August 15th - the 21st.



Since many of my readers live in the area, I thought it'd be nice to put together a quick roundup of some of my favorite places to dine in the District. I broke it down by places I've actually eaten at, as well as places I hope to try this August. But before I share my roundup, I want to first offer a few tips for dining during Restaurant Week:

  • Make reservations now. Don't wait till things get closer. You can easily book all reservations via Opentable. This way you get an email confirmation, and can easily cancel should something come up. 
    • Do note though that you cannot make more than one reservation per time slot, on the same day. 
  • Dine at places you normally couldn't afford, or usually save for special occasions. There are quite a few restaurants participating that I haven't tried before, simply because I cannot afford to pay $100 for a steak dinner. Well, now you can get that steak dinner for FAR LESS of a cost.
  • Tip your servers fairly. Yes you're saving a lot of money on the actual cost of your meal, but that doesn't mean the servers should feel the effect too. I was a server for four years, so I can attest to the fact that while food prices are cheaper, the service is the same! So I suggest tipping based on what the meal actually would have cost, or in the very least leaving 20%. 
  • Try places out of your comfort zone! While I probably wouldn't choose to spend money on Indian food, I may be more apt to try something out of my norm during restaurant week.
  • Restaurant Week makes going on a date easier!! The menu prices are set. So you don't have to feel guilty for ordering the steak or seafood dish. Everything is the same price!



Now, here are the places I have dined at during Restaurant Week, and my thoughts:

  • Ambar: great selection of food. Convenient for Hill staffers during recess. 
  • Agua 301: located in the Navy Yard. Generally not pricey, so I would save this for another week. Service has always been super slow every time I've dined here. But, they do have some of the best steak tacos! 
  • Belga Cafe: a delicious option for brunch!
  • District Chophouse: food was delicious, and location in Chinatown is very convenient. While I enjoyed the food, it wasn't anything that was truly special for the week.
  • Filomena: one of my favorite Italian restaurants in DC. They have an amazing deal for RW where you can snag full portion entrees. I have dined here several times, and have never left hungry. At certain times of day you can watch them make homemade pasta from the front window. 
  • Floriana: another one of my favorite Italian restaurants. In my opinion they have the best brussels sprouts in DC. Also, I believe Wednesdays are 1/2 price wine night, and they will honor that during restaurant week. So if you choose to dine here, try to go then.
  • Jaleo: they have multiple locations, so dining here is very convenient. It's small plates. If you go, I highly recommend the croquettes. 
  • Lincoln DC: this place gets my vote for best Southern fare. The restaurant is designed in honor of President Lincoln, and boasts a floor made entirely out of pennies. Very cool atmosphere and a delicious seasonal small plate menu. Note that large parties are very hard to accommodate here, so I recommend dining with a smaller group. Fewer people also means less sharing, ha!
  • Policy: most people know this U Street hotspot for it's nightlife scene. But, did you know they offer a delicious menu? It's one of my favorite places to eat, and they offer a great bang for your buck during RW. My favorite items are the hand cut fries and scallops (if they have them).
  • The Hamilton: by far one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The menu is massive, so it wont be hard to find at least one thing you like. Their drink specials are wonderful too. After dinner, you can head upstairs or downstairs for live music as well!
  • Zaytina: if you love fresh Mediterranean food, this is a must visit! Made famous by Jose Andres, Zaytina boasts a modern atmosphere offering Greek and Turkish cuisine. 



These are the places I hope to try this August... I will say though, I was quite unhappy to see hardly any Navy Yard area restaurants on the list this year. Not sure why they aren't participating, as my neighborhood has some amazing places to eat! Nonetheless there are still plenty of places to try:

  • Capital Grille: a favorite among many politicians, I'm eager to try this place out on my birthday! Between now and September 4th they have a special running called generous pour. You can sample their featured wines, and then choose one to drink the rest of the night. They do honor this during Restaurant Week, so make your reservations now!
  • District Commons: I hear they have a very, very delicious menu. I don't know too much about their restaurant week deals, but I look forward to finding out their dinner menu options soon.
  • Epic Smokehouse: my one pick for outside of DC. Located in Arlington, the menu looks like it would be well worth the trip. The Southerner in me cannot wait to give their BBQ a try!
  • Fig and Olive: this is a chain restaurant, and I usually would say to avoid chains during this weeklong event. But it's a very expensive place to eat normally, so trying it out at a cheaper price would be great. The location, and decor of the place is open and airy. I have had brunch here before, and the atmosphere alone is worth the visit. 
  • Fiola: another restaurant that I normally wouldn't try because of price. But many have named it one of the best restaurants in DC, so I would love to give it a try at a lower cost. 
  • Rasika: I have never really tried authentic Indian food. But Rasika has been named one of the top restaurants in the country, so it's definitely worth a try. 

Have you dined at any of these places? Tell me, is there a place I should definitely try that you loved? Let me know in the comments below!


This post is in no way sponsored. I just love dining out in DC, trying new food and sharing my thoughts. All opinions are my own. 

7.15.2016

The Weekender, Vol. 3



Top: H&M (comes in 2 other colors) | White Denim: Old Navy | Wedges: Nordstrom | Clutch: GiGi NY (c/o) | Necklace: Julie Vos (c/o) | Bangle: Old, Ann Taylor

I fully intended to post this edition of The Weekender last Friday. But in light of everything that occurred throughout our country towards the end of last week, I decided to save this post for another time. I don't want to delve too much into my feelings on everything that happened, but just know that I'm very heartbroken about all the tragedies that occurred last week. My heart goes out to all the families!

**Update: I had scheduled this post prior to the unfortunate attacks in Nice, France. It's just so sad we keep ending our weeks with such terrible news. I'm keeping everyone in France in my thoughts and prayers!**

Now, onto a lighter note... let's get into this week's volume of The Weekender! Lots of awesome links + some photos from one of our nights out in Key West.







Highlight of the week: there were so many fun things this week. Tuesday I met the author of Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin. She held a book signing at one of DC's newest apartment communities, The Hepburn. She spoke for a few minutes, and then met with attendees to sign their copy of her newest book, First Comes Love. If you're a lover of her books, or just the movie Something Borrowed, you'll be happy to know they are definitely making Something Blue into a movie. Emily confirmed Tuesday that the script has been sent to Kate Hudson, EEKKK!!!

Lowlight of the week: it was a very, very busy week at work. Combined with lots of activities and after work festivities, I'm exhausted y'all. On the bright side, work will be slowing down for awhile and provide the opportunity to get caught up on my to do list.



7.14.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Early Access



It's here!! Early Access for cardholders to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It's their biggest sale of the year, and one of the best sales of the year! You can snag NEW arrivals for the fall, all at a discount. I explained more about how to shop the sale, here, but wanted to throw together a quick roundup of a few items I have my eye on. Shop by clicking any of the photos below. You'll be automatically directed to that item to purchase. Easy enough, right?! Happy shopping loves!


7.12.2016

Sunset Key Cottages



One of my favorite activities during last month's trip to Key West was heading to the beach front of the Sunset Key Cottages. You've probably heard of Sunset Key? The small island is quite famous. Oprah has a house there, and the last portion of the movie Office Space was filmed on their beach.





Coverup: H&M | Swimsuit: Belk (in stores only) | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Beach Towel: Vera Bradley (℅) | Beach Bag: Vera Bradley (℅) | Personalized Hat: BlueSky and Sunshine (℅) 

Sunset Key is one of a few beach access locations in the Keys. If you didn't know, the majority of the Keys are made of rock. Any beach access that you come across, it's man made. I honestly didn't know this till a few weeks prior to our trip. So scouting out one of the man made beach spots was at the top of Jenn and I's to do list. We came across Sunset Key, and knew we had to pay this island a visit.

You hop on a small ferry at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina, and after a short boat ride you're on the island. You gain access to the Sunset Key Beach through The Westin concierge, and can pay for an all day beach pass which I believe is around $40 per person (does not include food, beverages or tip). I believe this may be free for The Westin Resort guests, but I recommend inquiring about that if you choose to book your stay with them. I could not find any info on the beach access cost for resort guests, however the ferry service is complimentary for guests who choose to go over to Sunset Key and visit the pool and restaurants.





We got to the beach pretty early and had first pick at a cabana and lounge chairs. We chose one toward the end of the beach access, away from the docking to the ferry. Less noise and children, ha. Jenn and I had the beach all to ourselves for about 30 minutes before a few other families and couples arrived. Honestly, the beach was empty most of the day.

Sunset Key provides a concierge who will wait on you hand and foot. Y'all... Jenn and I felt like royalty. Our concierge brought us towels, drinks and lunch... straight to our cabana. We never had to get up! We stayed at Sunset Key for most of the day, but the ferry comes every half hour. So you literally can leave whenever you need to, or stay as long as you like!





If you're heading to the Keys and want some time actually on the beach, head over to Sunset Key. While it can be a tad pricey for the ticket, food and beverages, it's well worth the experience for a day.







Thank you to Sunset Key and the Key West Tourism Authority for hosting Jenn and I. While our experience was complimentary, all photos and opinions are my own. I'd 100% pay the price to go back next time I'm in Key West!


Also, today is the LAST day to enter the $1225 giveaway for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Have you entered?! There's 101 ways to win, so be sure to enter via the widget below. Also, if you aren't sure what the sale actually is, here's a great post explaining how and when to shop the sale.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Gift Card Giveaway

7.07.2016

Top Spa at La Concha Hotel



























One of my favorite activities during my recent trip to Key West was popping over to the La Concha Hotel and Spa to checkout a few of their services. I already recapped our dinner and wine tasting at Wine-O last week, but I also wanted to share some photos and info about our morning at Top Spa.

I've been to a few spas during my lifetime, but mostly to get a facial or pedicure. That has been my extent of spa services, ha! I've been dying to try a massage. Yes, I've never had a professional one before. So when Top Spa invited us over for a morning of pampering, Jenn and I immediately said yes.

We headed up to the top floor of the La Concha Hotel. We stepped off the elevators to an immediately calming environment. After checking in, we were then shown to our own private spa room for the entire morning. It was a corner room with the most gorgeous views. But it wasn't just a room. There was a living area, spa space, a massive bathroom with an ocean view shower, and a wrap around terrace with cabana. Umm, we were in heaven. Thankfully Jenn and I are best friends, so sharing a room wasn't too big of an issue. We enjoyed an hour long relaxation massage, followed by a fruit and cheese tray, then our pedicures. We also were never without a mimosa in hand. It was truly the most relaxing thing I think I've ever done. If you know me, you know it's hard for me to relax. So having a few hours away from my "work" world and stressing about this to-do list or that task, was purely refreshing. I will 100% pay Top Spa a visit again next time I'm in Key West. If you're looking for a relaxing few hours during your next Key West trip, I cannot recommend a morning at Top Spa enough!



Thank you to La Concha Hotel and Top Spa for hosting Jenn and I. While our services were complimentary, all photos and opinions are my own. 

7.06.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + $1225 Giveaway!!

Happy Wednesday y'all! I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend.

Now that the 4th is behind us, it's time to focus on... the fall! My favorite season will be here before we know it. I don't want to get too ahead of ourselves here, but it's never too early to start stocking up on fall essentials. When better to do that than the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?!



This sale is one of my favorites each year. Why? Because you're getting brand NEW items for the fall at a major discount. That's right. A sale on NEW merchandise.

So I wanted to put together a post for y'all, explaining how the sale works and how you can snag the best bargains. To make things even better, there's a HUGE giveaway for $1,225 at the bottom of this post. Think of all the amazing pieces you can get for that during this sale!!

For you newbies, "what is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?!"

  • This is Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year. Like I said above, the sale allows customers to shop brand new fall arrivals, at discounted prices, and before these items are made available to the public. Prices are as marked, so no code is needed. You'll be able to see both the discounted price + the regular price that the item will go back up to once the sale is over. 





"Now that you've got me hooked on "new" and "discounts," when is the sale?" Here are the dates you need to know... 

July 14th: Early access begins for Nordstrom cardholders 
July 21st: Last day for early access
July 22nd: Public access begins (non-cardholders)
August 7th: Final day for public access and sale ends




"So how does one gain early access?"

  • Early access is for Nordstrom credit and debit card holders. Level 4 credit card holders (i.e. the VIPs) get an introduction preview on July 13th (lucky ducks). 
  • You can signup for a Nordstrom credit or debit card here. 
  • Log into your account on July 14th and shop till you heart desires (or till your bank account is empty... whichever comes first, ha!).

"What if I don't want to apply for a new card?" 

  • I feel you. Not to fret. Public access begins a week later. While I highly recommend applying for a card, as some things tend to sell out pretty quick, there will definitely be plenty of items to shop during public access. 
  • Nordstrom also adds new items to the sale almost daily. So everyone will be able to shop in on the fun!
  • Head over to Nordstrom's site on July 22nd and again, shop till you drop!


"So I know when I'm going to shop, but how should I prepare for the sale? I don't want to miss a thing!"

  • Know your budget // nothing is worse than endlessly adding items to your cart, only to find several grand worth of items you have your heart set on owning. Determine a budget and remove items that aren't at the top of your list.
  • Know what you're looking for // I tend to shop around a lot of times and just buy what I see on the spot. You can't really do that during this sale. Items tend to disappear in a flash. Either the item itself, or your size. So it's best to have a general idea of what you're wanting to purchase and snag those items first.
  • Start at the top of your list, and work your way down // like I've said many times, items can sell out quickly. So start by purchasing your "must have pieces" first. You can always do multiple transactions.
  • Preview what will be on sale // checkout the women's catalog here and the men's here!

Now that you're prepared, let me help add some extra hundos to your wallet! Be sure to enter the $500 PayPal Giveaway below. Good luck!! (all images via Nordstrom website)

*Giveaway ends on July 13th and the winner will be announced on July 14th. Must be 16+ years old to enter. International entrants are welcome. Please keep in mind that you cannot complete more than 101 entries, and that we can tell if the same person uses multiple emails to enter. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED, so make sure you hit 'FOLLOW' or 'LIKE' to complete each entry. The more you enter, the better chance you have of winning. 


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Gift Card Giveaway