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I have been scouring the interwebs and stalking my favorite fashion bloggers to find more of the best deals in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It’s a tough job, friends.  I’ve already shared my must-have items that I buy every year and MY favorites just from browsing the sale, but these are the best finds from those more fashionable than I and some new great deals I stumbled across.

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  1. Whish Lavender Essentials Set just $24 + FREE shipping ($62 value) – Comes with a body wash, body butter and shave cream and would make an AMAZING gift.
  2. Whish Body Butter just $15 + FREE shipping ($76 value) – Made with organic ingredients, this would also make a great gift or just an indulgence for yourself.  Such an awesome brand!
  3. Smashbox ‘Photo Op’ Mega Palette just $69 + FREE shipping ($280 value) – Includes 8 shadow trios, 3 blushes and travel-size mascara.  This is a CRAZY good price for this brand!
  4. butter LONDON ‘Coveted Classics Patent Shine’ Set just $45 + FREE shipping ($72 value) – Six polishes at just $7.50 each.  This would be a great set to split up for gifts!
  5. MAC ‘Look In A Box Advanced’ Brush Kit just $52.50 + FREE shipping ($159 value) – Six brushes in a neoprene cosmetics bag.  This would be a great chance to jump into the fancy brush game without absolutely breaking the bank.

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My FAVE deal of the sale so far, this is over 80% off!  Comes with seven beautiful shadows in various shades that perfectly complement each other.  Both matte and shimmer finishes, you will be able to create SO many different combos.  This beats most prices on drugstore brands!

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My favorite sale of the year is here! This is your chance to get brands and items that never go on sale for significant discounts before the season starts! These are not last seasons styles! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access shopping for cardholders starts today, July 9th.  Many of the items on sale have limited quantities and sell out very quickly. Shop fast if you have items you can’t live without. As always, all online orders have free shipping and returns with no minimum.

If you are not a cardholder (debit or credit), you will still be able to see all the sale prices and add items to your wish list, but you will not be able to purchase until the sale goes live to the public on Friday July 18th.  If you don’t want to miss out on some of the best deals, you can apply for a Nordstrom card and find out instantly if you are approved.

On top of early access shopping, if you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you will get double points through the Nordstrom Rewards program!  Traditionally, you will receive 2 points per net dollar spent and with every 2,000 points, you will receive a $20 Nordstrom Note.  During the early access sale, you will receive 4 points per dollar spent!

But Nordstrom is EXPENSIVE!

Okay, I get it.  Nordstrom’s prices are higher than Old Navy or Target.  I understand.  But here’s the deal.  I eventually got tired of buying super cheap clothes that barely lasted a few months and if they did, they were misshapen and stretched out after a few washes or the color faded.  Generally, most everything Nordstrom sells is quality shizz that will stand the test of time.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with buying from Old Navy or Target.  They definitely have their time and place.  But coming from a self-proclaimed shopping hater, I’d much rather shop once for a few quality pieces that will last than 172 times per year because my clothes keep wearing out.  This sale is the best of both worlds: Great prices AND amazing quality.

Nordstrom also has THE MOST FANTASTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE ON THE PLANET.  They have free shipping and returns on all purchases, so you can try on in the comfort of your own home if you prefer or easily shop if you are not near a store.  They do price adjustments on items as long as the item is still in stock.  They will work with you on just about any return or exchange.  They have personal stylists and even in-store tailors if you need your clothes brought in or hemmed.  The manager at Target yelled at me when I tried to return a pair of shorts WITH THE TAG ON.  So sometimes I will pay a little more to 100% know my service will be impeccable.

My absolute favorite CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT items:

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I fell in love with this bra last year at the sale and so when it went on the sale again, I jumped with joy.  I wish I could have it in every color.  It’s perfect! Love everything Natori.  It (almost) literally comes in one million colors and one million sizes.

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These are the only underwear that I wear. This is the only time that they go on sale. It’s like wearing no underwear, they feel that good. And no panty lines! I buy four new pairs every year and throw out the holey ones. They are the best.  I’m not kidding, THE BEST.  You literally feel like you’re wearing nothing at all, which is genius because I despise underwear approximately 98% of the time.  Also available in Low Rise.

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These things are amazing.  They are reversible so if you spill something on them, just flip them inside out.  The quality is fantastic and they hold their shape really, really well.  They are on the thicker side so they won’t wear out and they are warm.  They are crazy comfortable, well made and have the perfect fabric.  They are stretchy, but not thin.  They are flexible, but stay put.  Love, love, LOVE them. I wear them with boots under a sweater in the winter or to work out when it’s super cold.  Really versatile!  These come in approximately one million colors.  I have both the black and the navy because between the two, they go with EVERYTHING.

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Until I graduated to working out in shorts because my body gets to one bajillion degrees when I wear anything but a sports bra and spandex, these were the absolute only workout pants I would wear.  I own about 7 pairs, in several different colors.  These are the most amazing workout pants.  They are NOT see-through, but not so thick that you want to die from heat stroke.  They stay put so you’re not messing with them throughout your entire workout.  They are a great length.  And the price is UNBEATABLE.  This is the lowest they go all year unless we see some weird sort of freak clearance.  Buy five pairs and thank me later.

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This is the only face lotion I use and have been using it since high school.  It is the perfect blend for my face, super moisturizing but not at all greasy.  Fantastic value!  This set comes with a jumbo size bottle (6.7 oz) plus a travel size bottle (1.7 oz).  Also available in the Moisturizing Gel, which is a little better suited for oilier skin.

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Okay.  I need these in ALL THE COLORS.  To go with every single outfit obviously.  These are guaranteed to be gone by the public sale, they barely can sit in stock during regular non-sale season.  I want them all.

My favorite new items from the Anniversary Sale catalog:

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  1. TOMS Desert Wedge Bootie just $78.90 + FREE shipping ($118.95 after sale).  I have been wanting a pair of these for basically my whole life.  I’m not trendy so can’t pull off a whole lot of fancy, so these are the perfect balance.
  2. Kut from the Kloth ‘Diana’ Stretch Skinny Jeans just $59.90 + FREE shipping ($89.50 after sale).  These come in both regular and petite and are an AWESOME value.
  3. Lush ‘Perfect’ Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic just $27.90 + FREE shipping ($42 after sale).  Comes in five different colors and looks SO comfy.  Super easy to dress up or down.
  4. Steve Madden ‘Willits’ Quilted Moto Boot just $133.90 + FREE shipping ($199.95 after sale).  Available in both black or brown leather, this is the perfect boot to add to your wardrobe.  Everyone needs at least one pair of classic boots!

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My favorite sale of the year is almost here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts Friday July 18th and runs through August 2nd, 2015. The Anniversary Sale is pre-season items that aren’t being clearanced but are the fall/winter items available in summer at AMAZING prices. I buy almost all of my clothes and shoes in July at this sale.  On the date the sale starts, I will be sure to post some of my favorite deals.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

In the meantime, if you or a friend or family member happen to be a Nordstrom cardholder, you can shop early! Starting Thursday July 9th through the 16th, cardholders will have early access to the MOST AMAZING SALE ON THE PLANET.  Many of the items on sale have limited quantity and actually sell out before the sale even starts for the public. This is a great way to get hot deals if you have access already or are interested in opening a Nordstrom card.

It’s super easy to apply for a Nordstrom card and start reaping the benefits of being a cardholder!  The BEST  PART about Nordstrom is that they have a debit card available.  If you aren’t interested in opening a credit card, you can apply for a debit card that will be linked to your bank account.  Your purchases will be drawn directly from your account instead of being bought on credit AND you still get early access to all the great Anniversary Sale deals!

On top of early access shopping, if you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you will get double points through the Nordstrom Rewards program!  Traditionally, you will receive 2 points per net dollar spent and with every 2,000 points, you will receive a $20 Nordstrom Note.  During the early access sale, you will receive 4 points per dollar spent!

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Click here to see the full catalog.  Many items available aren’t shown so you have to browse the website or store to see all the hot deals. Just a reminder, you won’t be able to shop early unless you have a Nordstrom card.

Some of my favorite brands are included, like Frye boots, TOMS, Paige, Hudson and Rag & Bone denim, Rebecca Minkoff purses, Sam Edelman flats, Kate Spade, Trish McEvoy cosmetics, Clarisonic and SO much more.

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I am going to be buying a few basics that I round out my wardrobe with every year including Zella Live-In LeggingsNatori bras and Hanky Panky underwear.  All of these items never or rarely go on sale or clearance and are items I wear almost daily.  You literally can’t beat the prices!

Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and price adjust as long as the items are still available!

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Holiday Gift Guide with This Beautiful Frugal Life

I’ve been wanting to share a holiday gift guide or my favorite gift ideas or all the things I ever want all the time, but my poor brain has been lost on ALL THE TOY DEALS and the fact that the holidays are approaching at MACH speed.  I’ve been throwing my favorite things down on random pieces of paper when ever I think of them or taking notes on my phone (which I almost always accidentally delete), just so I can share them with you.  I always appreciate giving (and receiving) gifts that come with a personal recommendation or have been proven by every single person on the planet to be awesome.

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Pampered Chef Mini-Serving Spatula – Alright, I tend to love everything Pampered Chef.  Even the weird items that seem to only have one use but that use is brilliant, like the Can Strainer.  Can’t we just strain with the lid?  I NEED one.  But oh my word, this Mini-Serving Spatula is my absolute favorite utensil in the kitchen.  It’s perfect for flipping fried eggs, salmon and burgers in the skillet, squeaking out that pesky first bar or dessert from the pan.  I use it everyday and I need 12 more.

The Mini-Serving Spatula is just $6.50 and would make an amazing stocking stuffer!

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Zella Live-In Leggings – This is totally new to you I’m sure. I’ve never talked about Zellas.  Or my fantastical love.obsession.addiction to these pants.  They are warm and flattering and insanely comfortable.  And they are reversible.  REVERSIBLE pants. Brilliant.  Everyone should have a pair and everyone that does declares their undying love.  You can’t go wrong with a gift that everyone loves.  Let’s create a Zella army.

If you have a fitness-minded friend of family member, buy the Zella Live-In Capris.  I own 472 pairs and they are all I wear to the gym.

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JUNK Brand Headbands – My husband bought me one of these headbands for my birthday last year and it has been a workout staple ever since.  They are super stretchy and flexible, but stay put throughout every workout imaginable.  Bonus?  I wear them on the days I don’t wash my hair and it covers up a lot of nasty.  They come in tons of different colors, a few different styles and even offer an Ear Warmer style.  Perfect for outside workouts!  My absolute favorite style is the Flex Tie.  You should have one.  Or five.

 

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Pretty nail polish – I have an addiction to buying nail polish.  It generally ends up being varying shades of the same colors, sometimes with sparkles, but if I find any sort of deal that seems remotely good, I end up coming home with three bottles.  A fun nail polish matched with a cute scarf, a pair of earrings or a fun necklace makes a very easy gift that can easily be personalized for the person you are giving it to.  If you find a way to give blocks of time to actually paint your nails with the nail polish, bonus points.  LOVE these Essie polish colors.

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Smelly candles – Also known as “Things I Never Spend My Own Money On”.  I big puffy heart candles.  Love the ambiance they provide, how they can cover up any weird smells your children have left behind.  I have a hard time buying good quality candles when we need other important things like food and CrossFit gear.  It feels frivolous.  But receiving one for a gift?  It’s like a unicorn wrapped in a rainbow.  I’m pretty sure I enjoy them more when I didn’t have to spend any money on them.  Are there people out there who don’t like candles?  These are a sure fire hit.

These amazing 3-wick candles from Bath & Body Works come in some amazing scents and last FOREVER.  They are carrying super festive scents right now like Hot Buttered Rum and Twisted Peppermint.  Perfect hostess gift for a New Year’s party!

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Books! – I giant love reading, but have a hard time starting new books unless it falls in my lap.  I never make buying books or borrowing books or thinking about new books a priority, so I always go back to my tried and tested (and reread 172 times) books that are already on my shelf.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to books I want to read, but rarely go back and look.  A few girlfriends and I started a book club a few months ago, which has been amazing, but I read so fast I’m back to reading Harry Potter before I can blink.

I would LOVE to get books for Christmas.  Your favorites, my favorites.  Sneak a look at my Pinterest board and buy me books off my list.  Go to the library and pick me out books.  I don’t care. Just take the choice out of my hands.  I can’t be the only one.

A few that are on my list for 2015:

Some of my favorites if you are looking for a gift recommendation:

As I type this, you can save an additional 25% off the print book of your choice on Amazon with code BOOKDEAL25.  Start reading and gifting today!

What are your favorite gift ideas?  What is one of your absolute favorite items that you would recommend?  Share and tell us why you love them!

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Nordstrom is running a fantastic free gift promotion right now on Lancome products, with potential for some serious deals.  First: If you spend $42.50 or more on Lancome products, you will receive an 8-piece gift set FREE, valued at up to $130!  Second: If you spent $70, you will receive an additional bonus gift, bringing your total free items up to $199!

Head on over to the main Lancome page and add your desired products to your cart.  If you spend $42.50 or more, you must use a promo code to receive your free gift.  If you spend $70 or more, your additional bonus gift will be added automatically.

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Use promo code LIFT at checkout and your bonus gift will contain the following:

  • La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer (0.23 oz.)
  • Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (1.7 oz.)
  • Color Design Lipcolor in Fashion Icon (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush Subtil Powder Blush in Rose Fresque
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting & Firming Night Cream (0.5 oz.)
  • Crème Radiance Clarifying Cleanser (2 oz.)

 

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If you spend $70 or more, the following bonus gift will be added automatically:

  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action SPF 15 Cream (0.5 oz.)
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream (0.2 oz.)
  • Juicy Tubes Jelly Lip Gloss, color may vary

This is an absolutely fantastic deal if you are a Lancome fan or have been wanting to try some of their products.  Most of these higher-end brands don’t go on sale very often (if at all), so these bonus gifts are one of the few ways to get more bang for your buck.  I almost always find a product I love in the bonus bags when they come out!   Please remember that shipping is always FREE at Nordstrom.

As you know from previous posts, lots of deals are to be found at higher end stores.  Click here for a post with some tips I have on shopping at Nordstrom.

Make sure and check out the entire sale section at Nordstrom.  You can sort by department and price.  Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and  do price adjustments by chatting with a customer service rep online.

Let us know what great deals you find!

 

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Our favorite pants ever are on sale right now! The Zella Live-In Leggings are available in several colors and lengths starting at just $31.20 + FREE shipping & returns for these Triple Play Horizon Colorblock Capris. These don’t go on sale very often so grab these up before they run out of sizes.

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There are several sizes, styles and colors included in the sale, with prices ranging from $31 to $43, FREE shipping included.

We are out of control in love with our Zella Live-In Leggings. These things are amazing. The quality is fantastic and they hold their shape really, really well. They are on the thicker side so they won’t wear out and they are warm. They are crazy comfortable, well made and have the perfect fabric. They are stretchy, but not thin. They are flexible, but stay put. Love, love, LOVE them.

Some of the long pants are reversible so if you spill something on them, just flip them inside out. I wear them with boots under a sweater in the winter or to work out when it’s super cold. Really versatile!

Make sure and check out the entire sale section at Nordstrom. You can sort by department and price. Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and do price adjustments by chatting with a customer service rep online.

Click here for a post with some tips we have on shopping at Nordstrom.

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Layering for Spring TBFL

We’ve heard from lots of you that you are excited about updating your closet, but don’t know where to start. I spent some time creating you an outfit over at Nordstrom. I tried to pick something that would be cute enough to feel in style right now yet still classic enough for somebody not comfortable with flashy, super trendy styles.

For under $100, here is an entire outfit  with items that mix and match with tons of things in your closet, are reasonably priced and are classic enough to last you through different seasons and years without being out of style.  In my personal opinion, of course. I went with a layering look because spring is coming, right?

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As you know from previous posts, lots of deals are to be found at higher end stores.  Click here for a post with some tips I have on shopping at Nordstrom.

Make sure and check out the entire sale section at Nordstrom.  You can sort by department and price.  Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and  do price adjustments by chatting with a customer service rep online.

What is the one item in your closet you can’t live without?

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Holiday Gift Guide with This Beautiful Frugal Life

Nordstrom sent me an email a few weeks ago about creating my perfect gift guide for the holidays.  Instead of sharing what I like to give for gifts, which is approximately 793 different things on any given day or whatever strikes my fancy or the cutest thing on the shelf that day, I thought I would share some of my favorite things that might strike your gift fancy.  I always appreciate giving (and receiving) gifts that come with a personal recommendation or have been proven by every single person on the planet to be awesome.

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Zella Live-In Leggings – This is totally new to you I’m sure. I’ve never talked about Zellas.  Or my fantastical love.obsession.addiction to these pants.  They are warm and flattering and insanely comfortable.  And they are reversible.  REVERSIBLE pants. Brilliant.  Everyone should have a pair and everyone that does declares their undying love.  You can’t go wrong with a gift that everyone loves.  Let’s create a Zella army.

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Look, look!  There they are.

If you have a fitness-minded friend of family member, buy the Zella Live-In Capris.  I own 472 pairs and they are all I wear to the gym.

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Bobeau Asymmetrical Fleece Wrap CardiganI know.  I’ve also mentioned this once or twice.  Everyone needs one. Or twelve.  It comes in 20 different colors and is crazy soft and crazy warm.  It’s cute with jeans or leggings, over a dress or skirt.  It goes with EVERYTHING and would be the perfect gift.  It fits everyone and is cute on everyone and makes even the least fashionable (read: me) look like they know what they’re doing.

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JUNK Brand Headbands – My husband bought me one of these headbands for my birthday last year and it has been a workout staple ever since.  They are super stretchy and flexible, but stay put throughout every workout imaginable.  Bonus?  I wear them on the days I don’t wash my hair and it covers up a lot of nasty.  They come in tons of different colors, a few different styles and even offer an Ear Warmer style.  Perfect for outside workouts!

 

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Pretty nail polish – I have an addiction to buying nail polish.  It generally ends up being varying shades of the same colors, sometimes with sparkles, but if I find any sort of deal that seems remotely good, I end up coming home with three bottles.  A fun nail polish matched with a cute scarf, a pair of earrings or a fun necklace makes a very easy gift that can easily be personalized for the person you are giving it to.  If you find a way to give blocks of time to actually paint your nails with the nail polish, bonus points.  LOVE these Essie polish colors.

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Smelly candles – Also known as “Things I Never Spend My Own Money On”.  I big puffy heart candles.  Love the ambiance they provide, how they can cover up any weird smells your children have left behind.  I have a hard time buying good quality candles when we need other important things like food and CrossFit gear.  It feels frivolous.  But receiving one for a gift?  It’s like a unicorn wrapped in a rainbow.  I’m pretty sure I enjoy them more when I didn’t have to spend any money on them.  Are there people out there who don’t like candles?  These are a sure fire hit.

These amazing 3-wick candles from Bath & Body Works come in some amazing scents and last FOREVER.  They are carrying super festive scents right now like Champagne Toast and Peach Bellini.  Perfect hostess gift for a New Year’s party!

What are your favorite gift ideas?  What is one of your absolute favorite items that you would recommend?  Share and tell us why you love them!

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Clarisonic

Just in case you haven’t heard me rave about how much I love the Clarisonic Mia I use every day, or about how I got three one year for Christmas because I begged for it for so long, then I’ll take the time to tell you about it now! Nordstrom currently has an exclusive deal where you can get the Clarisonic Mia with a bunch of extras for $149 (value $199) + FREE shipping.

The Clarisonic is by far my #1 skincare product! I feel like I get a facial everyday using this. I’ve been using it for a couple years now and have noticed a huge improvement in the condition of my skin.  I’ve even had people tell me how great my skin (which has always been prone to breakouts) looks.

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Right now you can also get a really great 17-piece Free Beauty Gift from Nordstrom if you spend $125.  The Clarisonic items would qualify for this. And if you spend an additional $25, you get a bonus gift which has some amazing Trish McEvoy items in it.

Make sure and check out the sale section at Nordstrom.  You can sort by department and price.  Just a reminder that they always have free shipping, free returns and price adjust as long as the items are still available!  As you know from previous posts, lots of deals are to be found at higher end stores.  Click here for a post with some tips I have for shopping at Nordstrom.

Happy shopping for you or somebody else!

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