Nordstrom Sale: Basics, Basics, Basics

nordstrom anniversary sale, itsy bitsy indulgences

Ever since I was little, I’ve been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I’d head there with my mom and sister, we’d pick up a big ol’ Rice Krispy treat (Nordstrom has the biggest + best), and peruse the racks in search of back to school clothing. We’d pick up cute sweaters, jeans, shoes…. you name it, the sale had it. Yet, the only difference between now and then is that I can actually wear the items now…. when I was younger, those coveted clothing pieces went straight into my mom’s closet until the first day of school…. something to look forward to when summer ended.

Since I can wear my chosen items now, I decided to be a little strategic this year and search for some great basics. So, yesterday my mom, Harper, and I headed to the sale. We tried on some great items (and some not so great ones), bought a few items, and I saved a few items in my wish-list to think about for a few days.

There are so many amazing items, but I decided to highlight the basic, everyday pieces, that will get you from morning to night.


When I was looking online, I was shocked to find that my favorite side slit sweater tank that I wear all the time was restocked and on sale. It comes in black and a mauve color, and I snagged the black one as well. I love this blush color strappy tank (featured above) and plan on bringing it along this weekend to Palm Springs (also eyeing it in black). This white perforated pullover is a favorite for summer nights (I also own it in olive and featured it over on instagram a lot) as is this cold shoulder striped sweater (seriously über soft). This basic tank and tee (love charcoal + white) were items I picked up because I knew that I would wear them day in and day out… lounging or under jackets or even layered under this plaid button up (featured above). I own several of these basic tanks already and wore them all throughout my pregnancy (and still wear them now). A few items that I’m contemplating include this burnout tee, knit tank, + thermal henley.


So… my favorite leggings, that I wear all the time, were marked down significantly. They’re great for a workout, or paired with an oversized tank for running errands. I also own these stretchy jeans, which I bought last year when I was pregnant. They’re super forgiving and flattering. If you’re looking for a great pair of distressed black jeans, check these out…. and I love the raw hem on this distressed pair and this pair. While I don’t own this cargo pant, I have a pair similar and think they are a great alternative to regular jeans.


Layering Pieces:

I love a good utility jacket and I have my eye on this draped one and this more structured option. Another option I use for layering is the poncho… I have a black one and have worn it for the past two years. I invested initially and am so happy I did so. I’m thinking about this grey option, and this version comes in multiple colors. My suede jacket was, and remains, one of my favorite purchases ever and I think this moto version is absolutely gorgeous…. I’m trying to justify why I would need another one…. and, for an extra layer of cozy, check out this grey vest.


Given that I am half marathon training, I am considering snagging either this white pair of kicks or this mint color. I own this black pair of side slit booties in the leather version, and also love these black booties (a bit of a splurge, but think they are great for adding a little something extra to a basic outfit).



Hats are hands down one of my favorite ways to dress up a basic outfit. I own a few Rag & Bone hats, and this tan felt fedora is on sale…. super versatile and excellent quality. I wear my fringe backpack all the time, and it’s currently on sale in black and cognac (excellent quality, versatile, + roomy). Adding gold accessories is also one of my favorite ways to dress up an outfit, and I personally own this tassel necklace and gold cuff. I’m also eyeing this double buckle belt… perfect with a pair of jeans and a tee. Annnnnd, I also think undergarments are just as important as what is visible…. so my favorite pair of underwear (been wearing this brand for years) is currently on sale, as is my favorite sporty bralette (wore it during delivery) and lace bralette. I also purchased this little option in the light pink and black colors to wear under an oversized tee for a feminine touch.


Little Miss:

Of course I couldn’t leave her out of the whole experience, right? How cute is this grey and white stripe bow? This floral jumpsuit is perfect for the remainder of the summer, and I think these floral leggings, stripe leggings, and little peplum sweater are the cutest options for fall. Harper also has these little pants in pink… they were the best pants for her when she was a newborn.


  1. Emily says:

    Love this post! Do you have a post somewhere that rounds up all your must have pregnancy pieces? I think that would be super helpful!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      I don’t! Thank you for the suggestion though, I will try to work it in!

  2. Ha! I read this with a smile because my mom did the same thing with my school clothes (and I’m doing the same with my daughter’s!) Love all of your picks!

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Thanks Michelle! At least we can wear our purchases now, right?!