The Real Girl’s Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

If you’ve been literally anywhere on social media, then you already know it’s that time of year again.  The time when bloggers go on and on and ON about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  For the longest time, I didn’t get the hype.  “Who even cares?” I would say…  But then I got it.  This is the only time any retailer marks down brand new products up to 50% off.  When I say brand new, I mean items no one has ever even seen before.

Now, that’s cool.  Because, when do you ever see things debut ON SALE?  Never, would be the answer.  Once I realized that the hype was legit, I was all in.

Regardless if you love the sale or don’t get it at all, the tons and tons of bloggers everywhere telling you NEED this and that can get, well, annoying.  I don’t want to be that girl.  I’m only going to share the pieces that I actually love.  The ones I brought home with me, or want to.

I didn’t grow up with a ton of money.  I learned from an early age how to shop and find a great deal, so I love that this sale gives us real girls an opportunity to snag the newest styles for less.  So I want to show the best practical pieces that anyone can afford.

Yesterday I took a trip up to the Nordstrom in Cleveland to shop the sale early.  The store was like a ghost town and it was MARVELOUS.  It was as if I had the whole place to myself!  I got to see every department without having experiencing any Black Friday throw downs.  The sale this year is good, but you’ll see a lot of pieces from years prior…

Nordstrom Sale 2019 - What I Bought


look who’s back

Free People Flowy Back Top:  This year’s top is even cuter than year’s past.  You know I had to buy the updated version, because no one does a flowy top quite like Free People.  I picked up this top in Ivory in as XS.

BP. Tee:  Each year, BP. releases it’s $11 tee.  This year is no different, except it’s a V-neck- the past two years’ have been a raw edge scoop neck style.

BP. Long Sleeve Tee:  BP. also releases a long sleeve version for only $15.  The only difference this year is the soft v-neck vs. scoop neck style.

AG Jeans:  The only time I’ll splurge on AG denim for myself is during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I now have three pairs of these jeans, they’re THAT GOOD, y’all.  Even on sale, these are still a splurge.  However, I have been wearing my favorite pair for three years now.  And I’ve worn them to death.  Three years of heavy wear, now that’s great quality denim.

BP. Cardigan:  It wouldn’t be the NSALE without this staple.  It’s $31 and comes in 5 different colors.

Faux Leather Leggings:  Because it wouldn’t be Fall without them.

Tory Burch Bag:  Another item I’ll only buy during the NSALE.

Caslon Round Neck Tee:  A classic tee that comes in NINE different colors/prints.

What’s Back This Year

See what I mean?  A lot of repeat offenders.  But they’re all closet staples that you can wear again and again.  Many of which I still wear myself.

what I bought

Now on to the newbies.  Here’s what came home with me this sale…

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019

The Real Girl's Guide to the Nordstrom Sale 2019


what I bought Matt & Kenny

I picked up a few staple pieces for the family.  Tucker + Tate make the best baby jeggings ever.  They’re so soft and stretchy, they’re the perfect pant for a toddler on the go.

As for Matt, I wait till the NSALE to stock up on his bougie jeans.  My husband won’t wear jeans unless they fit the three S’s: Soft, Stretchy and Super comfortable.  The denim below are some of the only ones I’ve found that actually meet his approval.

The golf shorts I found this sale are, dare I say, even nicer than Matt’s beloved Lululemon shorts?

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What are you shopping for?  Is there anything you have your eye on?  Let me know in the comments!



  1. Kelsey Randalls
    July 12, 2019 / 8:49 AM

    I absolutely love it! I love your style! So classy but comfortable at the same time!

  2. Christiana
    July 12, 2019 / 9:05 AM

    Oooo love seeing all these ideas!! And thanks for including baby/husband finds too ahaha! Reminds me to check out the deals for my lil one 🙌🏼

    • July 12, 2019 / 9:17 PM

      Our car seat is from the sale and it’s amazing!

  3. Michelle
    July 12, 2019 / 9:26 AM

    I love seeing your outfits! I never dress up but i get so inspired by your wardrobe! Curiousity wants to know would you do a dress up video for Kenny girl? I know she’s a baby still and I’ve tried doing it with my two year old but i would love to know where you shop for her ?

    • July 12, 2019 / 9:21 PM

      I love that idea! I buy most of her clothes online- Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Amazon…

  4. Sara
    July 12, 2019 / 9:42 AM

    Thank you for keeping it paired down to what you really love! I appreciate those who aren’t just pushing merchandise for a profit. I know it is a delicate balance when your job is to sale things. Love that the items you suggest feel genuine to you. I can see you actually wearing and using the items you’ve shared. Thank you again for being a trustworthy source !

    • July 13, 2019 / 12:31 PM

      Thanks, Sara! Such a nice compliment!!

  5. Sarah
    July 12, 2019 / 9:45 AM

    Thanks for always being so real and honest!!! I love this!!! Your picks are much more realistic for me than most of the other bloggers so thanks for that. I love your style and that you only showed us what you actually bought. Really appreciate your honesty if you didn’t like something.

    • July 13, 2019 / 12:32 PM

      Thank you! So happy you liked my picks! 🙂

  6. Debbie
    July 12, 2019 / 9:47 AM

    Hey Angela! Thank you so much for taking the time to do a blog post and stories on the Nsale. I trust you on you opinion of all things!!! Also thanks for being so real!!! I’m from Tipp City Ohio and love that your from ohio too! Hope you have a wonderful day😘

  7. Amy
    July 12, 2019 / 9:52 AM

    Love your picks! Thanks for being totally honest about what you like/don’t like and why! Makes deciding what I might get so much easier! Also love seeing the try-on on Instagram as well as the post here ❤️

  8. Molly
    July 12, 2019 / 10:23 AM

    Obsessed with the pink stitch jumper! I love your guides to the sales, so helpful and stops me searching through all the pages for closet staples, these picks are so versatile! Thanks Angela x

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:06 AM

      Thanks, Molly! I hope you found some awesome pieces that you love!

  9. Erin
    July 12, 2019 / 10:29 AM

    Love the Thread and Supply Pullover! Looks super soft and warm! It seems to me that each yr they have some new things but a lot of it looks very similar to past yrs. Maybe updated a little bit but overall the same. I follow few other bloggers on instagram and they discuss all the “IT Must Have” items that will sell out in the blink of an eye etc etc. Sure some of the items are nice but not necessarily stuff I would ever buy. I appreciate that you only discussed in your stories the items you actually bought and would wear. Instead of being this sales pitch woman trying to convince and sell us a bunch of stuff they may like but their followers may not afford or like for themselves. I can see you wearing the clothes you discussed. Instead of going crazy buying tons of items you would just end up returning or sit in closet never to be worn with tags on them.

    Anyways, I love the pullover most! The lilac purple sweater, but then looks pink your pic I love too! Must be the lighting that makes it look pink one moment and lilac the next. I would like to buy the BP Perry Booties if they are still in my size for public sale. If not it is ok, I will try Target or Francescas or someplace. I know they have similar styles to it for a fairly affordable price. I just wanted a slit cut pair of booties but picky on what looks like and then cost.

    Overall after all the long typing I enjoyed your stories and the blog post! I can’t wait to see what else you purchase! You always go into great details and stick to the point of what you love! Not what is going to be popular and sell out! Love your rawness and honesty! You don’t buy all this stuff you’d prob never wear just because it’s on sale and new. Sales and new never before seen items are nice, but if you never wear it or it isn’t your style and makes you happy wearing them, then what is the point in wasting hard earned money on it? I had that problem in past and have learned. Plus I think of Marie Kondo and just stick to things that spark joy for me. I think what you bought will spark joy for you and your family! Sorry for long comment but you wanted our feedback and here is mine! Love following you and love your realness!! 💕😊✌️

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:10 AM

      That pullover is AMAZING! Seriously. The sweater looks pink because of the terrible dressing room lighting + the filter I used on my photos. Sorry about that! I did buy one pair of BP booties myself, I forgot to share those!
      I’m definitely feeling more Marie Kondo this sale! Not only about what I purchased, but also how much I blogged the sale. It’s just so overhyped and over-covered by a million different bloggers, so I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t annoying my followers with it. 🙂

  10. Colleen Bucks
    July 12, 2019 / 11:19 AM

    I am in western Nebraska 3 hours from the nearest nordstrom is in Colorado. I love living vicariously through your shopping spree -thanks for sharing I will go look online !!

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:10 AM

      I hope you found some great pieces, Colleen!

  11. Shawntay Culotta
    July 12, 2019 / 12:50 PM

    You bring us the best Nordstrom content by keeping it real. Thanks Ang!

  12. Jwasica
    July 12, 2019 / 1:42 PM

    Absolutely LOVE the gray fuzzy half zip! I might have to go find that 😍

  13. Jessica
    July 12, 2019 / 1:43 PM

    Absolutely LOVE the fuzzy gray half zip! I might have to go find that 😍

  14. Risa
    July 12, 2019 / 3:41 PM

    Thanks for your honesty and sharing your ‘why’ for what you did and didn’t like. Love your finds! Tucker + Tate is awesome for Violet too… the little jeggings for Kenny 😍

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:11 AM

      I LOVE Tucker + Tate! I wish they made clothes in mom sizes, lol!

  15. Laurie
    July 12, 2019 / 4:12 PM

    You are always honest and up front. You feel more like a friend than a blogger because you dont push items just because the company sells them. I can believe you when you say something.

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:11 AM

      Thank, Laurie! Makes me so happy to hear that!

  16. Lisa
    July 12, 2019 / 4:42 PM

    Love that you do this! You’ve got an easy going, relaxed style that is super similar to mine. You’re doing all the work for me! lol Appreciate you and all you’re hard work. Have a great night!

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:12 AM

      Thanks, Lisa! I’m so happy you liked the post! I’ll do your work for you, just keep on coming back for inspiration, lol! 🙂

  17. Amy Zimmerle
    July 12, 2019 / 4:57 PM

    I absolutely love how honest and real you are! I knew you were like that all along in your Hello Bump and Hello Baby podcast, so I know I can always trust you and the content you share is always raw and real! I just want say thanks a million for that girl!
    Keep up the great work! Proud of you!

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:12 AM

      Thank you, Amy! Such a sweet compliment!!!

  18. Karly
    July 12, 2019 / 4:59 PM

    I love it!! Ash always you do a fabulous job with explaining and sharing everything:)

  19. Emma
    July 12, 2019 / 5:02 PM

    I don’t have nordstrom in my country but your making me WISH i had one. still LOVE this post. Your style is amazing

  20. Kelsie
    July 12, 2019 / 5:08 PM

    I love your picks but especially that grey, fuzzy sweater ♥️ I also liked that you kept it to what you really wanted to buy or you actually bought. I never really looked at Nordstrom until I started following you. Thank you for all the ideas 😊 love your style

  21. Amanda
    July 12, 2019 / 5:50 PM

    Oh my goodness that Wubby Fleece pullover looks amazing!! I am excited to see what you found in the shoe department. I am personally on the lookout for some cute sandals for work. Thanks for all your hard work! I loved the try-on on Instagram!

  22. Rachel
    July 12, 2019 / 6:52 PM

    So many great items! I love that my style is pretty similar to yours & I bought soo many of these with my early access! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Lori
    July 12, 2019 / 6:55 PM

    Always enjoy your post about the nsale and everything else. I shopped mostly for beauty items and Zella leggings. It was my first time trying Zella and they were comfortable. Didn’t get to check out sweaters yet. I don’t need to many since I live in Florida, but maybe 2 I’ll get mostly for vacation. Thanks for not saying obsessed 😜too many bloggers using that word and I end up skipping through.

  24. Mary
    July 12, 2019 / 7:22 PM

    I loved the shirts. I am always nervous trying to shop because being plus size it gets to be interesting I am excited seeing some of those longer sleeves shirts are in my size. Must have! Also the 1st fuzzy jacket looked so comfy must get. Can’t wait to shop❤

    Thank you for you post

  25. Connie Hajek
    July 12, 2019 / 10:00 PM

    I LOVE the tan cardigan super cute!
    I love the purple sweater but it looks like it would be super itchy! Idk?!

  26. July 13, 2019 / 12:37 AM

    Hi I love your stylist it is very chic and look gorgeous on you and your baby’s is so cute and beautiful just like you and I love shopping for shoes and make me happy 😃 your question are amazing 😉

  27. Alyssa
    July 13, 2019 / 4:18 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I never knew that Nordstrom had a sale like this. Can’t wait to get some of the tips you mentioned!

  28. Caroline Smith
    July 13, 2019 / 7:18 AM

    These look like such good buys! You always find the cutest stuff! I appreciate your honesty!

  29. Brittany Blackburn
    July 13, 2019 / 11:57 AM

    Thank you for explaining this sale, Angela! I loved your Instagram stories yesterday! My favorite is the light pink sweater!

  30. Amanda B
    July 13, 2019 / 3:36 PM

    Love the finds! Hoping to pick some up, especially that grey pull over sweater!!

  31. Mallary
    July 14, 2019 / 6:51 AM

    I love how real and honest you are about everything on all of social media! You have amazing style,you keep things real and are gorgeous inside and out! You are my favorite blogger! ❤️

    • July 26, 2019 / 11:14 AM

      Thanks, Mallary! Your compliments bless me!

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