Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks for the Everyday Minimalist

Sharing my thoughts on this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, plus the best beauty exclusives.

The last few years I’ve had mixed feelings about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. A sale is supposed to be exciting and save you money. I’ll be honest though – the last few years have been pretty stale.

Nordstrom changed their early access program among cardmembers, which means depending on your spend level determines how early you can shop as a cardholder. Early access begins July 6 for cardholders and Icon status. The sale is open to the public July 15th.

If you don’t currently have a Nordstrom credit card, you can visit this link to apply. I will say there are a lot of great perks to being a Nordy cardholder, early access to the sale being one of them. I also get good use out of the alterations credit, double point days and $10 bonus notes.

As an everyday minimalist, I’m aiming to buy fewer, better things. Things I will use season after season and making sure I wear and use everything I buy. You won’t see me post multiple shopping guides on the blog. Too overwhelming!

I will say there are definitely a few gems in this year’s sale. Brands like Madewell, Barefoot Dreams, Rebecca Minkoff, and Good American are long-time favorites included in this year’s sale. When it comes to beauty exclusives, I’m looking forward to Laura Mercier, NARS, L’Occitane, and Kopari. I will be shopping, pending everything is still available by the time I have access. My wish list this year is a mix of beauty, jewelry, and denim.

Below is a breakdown of cardmember early access and sale dates.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dates

If you’re like me and you want to shop the sale but grow tired of the endless consumerism that comes with it, here are a few tips:

  • Comb through the digital catalog and add the must-have pieces you want to your wish list.
  • When you shop the sale (whether you have early access or are waiting until it’s open to the public), checkout quickly. Try and avoid multiple orders unless you’re worried about an item selling out fast.
  • Once you’ve ordered everything you want, unsubscribe from the Nordstrom Sale marketing emails, mute any IG accounts covering it, avoid stepping in an Nordstrom at all costs.

If you’re in the market to shop this year’s sale, I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite items for the everyday minimalist:

Nordstrom Sale Picks for the Everyday Minimalist

Gold Hoops

I love the simplicity of these gold hoops and the price is reasonable. I’m a huge Missoma fan and was delighted to see this brand included in the sale.

Comfortable denim

One of my favorite things to purchase during the sale is new denim, particularly because I never like to spend money on full-price designer denim. Last year I purchased a pair of bootcut jeans from Wit & Wisdom and I love how comfortable they are. Great for casual work day attire!

Skincare favorites 

The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is one of my favorite luxury cleansers. I like the cucumber scent and how my skin always feels soft, nourished and clean after using. I usually stray from buying beauty products in bulk but this duo gives you full and travel-size options.

I’m also obsessed with this luxe almond shower oil from L’Occitane on sale for $52, which includes a refill ($80 value). My skin feels incredibly soft after using this and works great as a body wash or for a moisturizing bath soak.

I’m a huge fan of Kopari coconut deodorant and this two-piece exfoliating body scrub and body butter is my on wish list.

Minimalist makeup essentials

I love these pigmented creamy eye colors for one-and-done eyeshadow looks from Laura Mercier. Three full-size eyeshadow sticks would normally cost $96 but this beauty exclusive is only $58.

NARS blush in Orgasm is a cult favorite and a beauty exclusive in this year’s sale. Get a duo of your favorite peachy pink blush that has the most beautiful golden shimmer for $40 ($64 value).


Last year I wasn’t impressed with the handbag selection but this year’s selection is much more appealing and I had to narrow it down to two favorites. This neutral wallet on chain will work for daytime errands or evening outings. For affordable leather options, I’ll always recommend Madewell bags. This oversized shopper bag comes in a beautiful olive-green colorway, perfect for fall outfits!

Outerwear Favorites 

The NSale is the best time to stock up on classic outerwear pieces. This tie waist trench coat is water-repellent and ideal for rainy day weather.

You can shop these everyday minimalist sale picks below or you can check out everything that’s on sale here. This post contains affiliate links which means I make a small commission if you make a purchase. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you anything extra! Thank you for supporting my small business.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks