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In case you have been avoiding the internet for the last week or so, let me share a newsflash with you: it’s time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! In my book, this is pretty much a national holiday, so how I’m just now getting around to sharing what I’m loving with you is beyond me. Basically I blame Artscape. Which…quick side note here… did any of you Baltimore area readers make it?! I love it, even more this year because it wasn’t 1000 degrees. Moving on…..

When shopping the Anniversary Sale, I try to focus on pieces that 1. are going to last through the coming months, if not longer 2. are quality with out breaking the bank. The major advantage to this sale is that because of the steep discount, some of those investment pieces are with in reach.  With that focus in mind, here are my top 5…

AG "The Stilt" Cigarette Legging Stretch Jeans


1. AG “The Stilt” Cigarette Jeans
Premium denim is somewhere I’m willing to spend real money, #NSale or not, but getting these for under $150 is a deal. They are a great everyday jean, that hits at the ankle, has a medium dark wash, and moderate pocket detail. They are also pretty classic, which is great because jeans like these (when taken care of) really do hold up well.

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2. Frye “Patty” Leather Riding Bootie
Booties have been around for a few seasons now and I love the versatility they offer. It’s not as much as a tall boot, you aren’t married to leggings, skinny pants or a skirt if you want to wear them, and they look cute with cuffed denim. I’ve seen everyone going crazy over these (which are equally amazing) but there is something about the Frye brand, and the way the leather wears and patinas that draws me to these. Well that, and I love the detail and the fact that the zipper is less obtrusive being on the inside of the ankle.

Sam Edleman Asymmetric zipped coat


3. Sam Edleman “Zoe” Asymmetric Zip Coat
A fall/winter wool coat is another great piece to grab during this amazing sale. I’ve been itching for a longer black wool coat for a few seasons now, and I love that this one is both classic ans modern. I also think it would be great layered with chunky turtleneck sweaters or scarves when it’s really cold out. (Ugh can we not think about that yet??)

Textured Jacquard High Rise Midi Skirt


4. ASTR Textured Jacquard High Rise MidiSkirt
The fact that ladylike, midi length, circle skirts are sticking around for fall makes me a very happy girl. Remember this post? Yeah. Possibly obsessed. This one is a perfect cream color to take you all the way through the winter. It would look amazing with brown, navy blue, your classic “fall colors” of mustard, emerald, eggplant, and pumpkin. And I’m thinking it would also be cute dressed up for a holiday party…if you want to think that far ahead. Also, for under $60? This is a great buy.

M.A.C. Brush Set


5. M.A.C Look in a Box Basic Brush Kit
It would be sinful to have a top 5 from the #NSale with out at least one beauty buy, and narrowing it down to one was a challenge. These are sitting in my cart because, well, they stand the test of time. I’ve been hearing “OMG now’s the time to buy M.A.C brushes” since I was in high school, and that might be the one piece of 16 year old girl logic that actually makes sense. I mean, $127 value for $50? And if you’ve used a good make up brush you know it really does make a difference.

OK, now it’s your turn. What’s in your cart for the sale to end all sales?