Nordstrom is known for having great sales. There are two sales in particular that can send a city girl shopping in the burbs: The "Half-Yearly Sale" and the "Anniversary Sale." The Half-Yearly sale is clearance, usually towards the end of the season. The Anniversary sale is a pre-sale as the new collection hits the department store floor. This season, the Anniversary Sale opened to the public on Friday and the pre-season discount continues until August 4th.
Back-to-school items are especially attractive during this Nordstrom sale. For example, we wouldn't be caught dead wearing Uggs but they are a staple for school-age children. These studded Uggs are regularly $170 but are temporarily priced at $109 for the Anniversary Sale. Frye boots are equally as questionable but this moto-esque style for kids is $80 from $137. Check out this adorable child's Burberry River coat, which is normally $250 but is now discounted to $165 and this too-cool-for-school silver spiky backpack for $40 from $62.
We are a bit choosier when picking pre-season items for ourselves but we quickly snatched this Yigal Azrouel leather jacket. How can you resist when the price is $989 from almost $1600? This Helmut Lang leather jacket isn't bad either for $800 from $1325. A double knit cashmere cardigan/ jacket is quite intriguing for $500 from $845 as are these Chloe Paddington high boots for $700 from $195.
We can't say that the Anniversary Sale is a big opportunity to stock up on discount beauty supplies but it's really just a hard to resist. You likely don't need any of these items but a discount in a cosmetic department is hard to turn down. Who doesn't love a new lipstick or jar of cream?
We are always big fans of Deborah Lippmann polish and couldn't resist the exclusive polish trio for $29 (value $36) along with the brand's amazing nail polish remover package for $25 (value $38). Nordstrom is also promoting the famous Donna Karan deodorant in a trio package for $40 (value $66), a Fekkai shampoo and conditioner package for $78 ($117 value) and a La Mer set for $295 ($360 value).
The preseason discount runs for about two weeks and then prices are set at the full retail values. While shopping the discounts for fall we suggest also browsing the end of season sale where markdowns are about 60% off.