the 2021 #nsale… my dressing room diaries

The Nashville store… my Nordstrom hometown shop! Noel always takes the best care of me when I go in store and this sale was no different. He is my stylist I always shop with and he is a GEM. If you’re looking for someone to work with you and style you up with the best of the best, especially during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I cannot recommend him enough.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dressing Room Try-Ons

Now for the nitty gritty, everything I shopped, tried on, and brought home with me from my shopping trip on Monday… I was thrilled that so many of my favorites I shared HERE were actually available to purchase in store, so I didn’t have to wait on them to ship!

I surprised myself by grabbing more neutrals and basics than ever before and really edited my selections before heading to the register to checkout. I focused on graphic tees and comfy jackets, basic bottoms, shoes and of course beauty buys I love. So sit right down, grab a cup of something good and let’s do this:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom women's clothing hanging on clothing racks.

all the activewear

Hands down, my favorite category from this year’s Nordstrom Sale is the activewear… I think they totally got the memo about the items we are actually wearing each and everyday and the brands took note.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom ALO workout clothes.

From Alo to Free People Movement to Zella and Sweaty Betty, this year’s lineup was looking good all the way from sports bras to bottoms. Here are my dressing room favs:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Let's go Seamless Bike Shorts and Metti Crewneck Sweatshirt.
let’s go seamless bike shorts [just $29–XS/S… so good i bought three colors] | metti crewneck sweatshirt [wearing XS… love this fit]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom real sports bra and airlift leggings.
airlift leggings [great fit… wearing XS] | real sports bra [wearing XS, great bralette style]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom easy peavy long sleeve shirt and airlift leggings.
airlift legging [bought this colorway/wearing XS] | easy peazy long sleeve shirt [wearing XS/versatile for year round wear and so soft/just $37]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom power frame racerback bra and power pocket workout leggings.
power frame racerback bra | power pocket workout legging
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom let's go seamless bike shorts and Zella twist front tank.
let’s go seamless bike shorts | zella twist front tank [great fit/wearing XS/only $22]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom all soho pullover, airlift leggings, and p448 sneakers.
alo soho pullover [great tunic style top/wearing XS] | airlift legging | p448 sneaks [under $200/run TTS/love the platform support]

graphic tees please

One of the best surprises from this year’s sale has been ALL the graphic tees… let’s face it, we want to be cute + casual, but still speak our mind and nothings says that better than a tshirt that just gets better with time. Here are the must-shop styles I found in store [I purchased the top right and middle bottom options for reference and bought the XS in both]:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom sky tie dye t-shirt, queen crest tee, too late for love long sleeve tee, hysteria graphic tee, Rolling Stones graphic t-shirt, and acdc crop sweatshirt.
top row: sky tie dye tshirt | queen crest tee | too late for love long sleeve tee
bottom row: hysteria graphic tee | rolling stones graphic tshirt | acdc crop sweatshirt

doing the denim

I wasn’t on the hunt for loads of denim this year, mainly because I am pretty stocked in that area, but there was one pair I was hoping to find in my local store and thank goodness they were there… I’m also showing a few other options worth checking out in the categories below, but I would advise [per usual] to invest in your denim because they will last for years!


open up for some outerwear

I get it from my grandmother… my love of coats is fierce and I am always adding to my collection because I love to get snuggled up for fall + winter. This time around, I opted for more casual styles–the fuzzy fleece, the quilted jackets and then the cropped puffer = all great finds that are on trend and on sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Portland fleece jacket.
portland fleece jacket [AMAZING on, runs TTS/wearing XS/under $100
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom cropper puffer coat.
cropped puffer coat [think about it as the amzxon puffer, but shorter silhouette/great price/wearing XS/lots of warm layers]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom faux leather Moto jacket.
faux leather moto [great color for fall and only $54/wearing XS]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom quilted hooded jacket and Zella Live-in leggings.
quilted hooded jacket [a great early fall staple in a fun colorway/under $70/wearing XS] | zella live-in leggings [under $40, great support/wearing XS]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom dolman sleeve quilted jacket and Cassidy tee.
dolman sleeve quilted jacket [oversized and fluffy, early fall steal for $35, wearing XS] | cassidy tee [easy staple for under $25/wearing XS]

the tops + sweaters have it

Ok let me preface this by saying I wasn’t as impressed with the curated tops and sweaters from my initial perusing online, but I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into my store and found that SO many of the tops were WAY better in person. Some wins, some losses… I passed on some of those “staple” cardigans that most of us probably have in all the colors and opted to show new staples I think worthy of sharing instead… hope this helps!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Shaylee long cardigan, mother insider denim and Thea platforms.
shaylee long cardigan [way too long for me at 5’4″ sadly, but a great deal for under $50] | mother insider denim [the single pair of denim i bought + i am OBSESSED/run TTS/wearing size 25] | thea platforms
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Madewell bubble cardigan sweater.
madewell bobble cardigan sweater [love this style + multiple colors/wearing XS]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Free People Leo Henley tee.
free people leo henley tee [the basic i think you need in ALL colors/wearing XS/great tunic length to pair with leggings and only $45]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom rails hunter button up shirt.
rails hunter button up shirt [runs a bit small/wearing size XS/tons of great colors and quality is exceptional for the price]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom Madewell Belmont mock neck sweater.
madewell belmont mock neck sweater [super soft/wearing XXS]only $64]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom FP movement met ombre sweatshirt.
fp movement metti ombre sweatshirt [so comfy, love the detail/front pockets/wearing XS]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a Nordstrom tart jacquard spot sweater.
tari jacquard spot sweater [wearing XS/runs TTS/love this cropped sweater style for pairing with denim and only $38]

the best in beauty

Beauty continues to be one of the superior staples year after year during this sale… one to stock up on things YOU use on the daily [like my go-to primer, setting powder, hair tools and more] but also great ideas to go ahead and gift for some of your besties for Christmas! Our store had impressive stock in so many gift sets and items worth snagging:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Donna Karan cashmere mist deodorant trio.
donna karan cashmere mist deodorant trio [grab it fast friends… this will sell out]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Beauty Bio better skin by morning set.
beautybio glopro microneedling set [my fav at home skincare tool]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible oil set.
hairdresser’s invisible oil trio set [love the spray for thermal protection]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Olaplex hair Maintenance kit.
olaplex bond maintenance set [the cult fav worth the price]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Laura Mercier caviar stick trio.
laura mercier caviar eyestick set [always a go-to gift for me!]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom hourglass ambient essentials palette.
hourglass ambient essentials palette
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Veil Hourglass skincare.
hourglass mineral veil set [hands down THE best primer]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Laura Mercier translucent setting powder duo.
laura mercier translucent setting powder duo [this is what i use to set my makeup]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking holding a Nordstrom Charlotte's magic skin trio.
charlotte tilbury magic skin travel trio
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom T3 singleness curling iron, T3 Fit hair dryer, and T3 brush set.
the full t3micro collection [the straightener and curling iron i use!]

the shoe scene

Another area I was a little disappointed in was the shoe selection… womp womp. I feel like I can alwasy trust Nordstrom to have STELLAR shoes during the annual sale, but this year proved to be quality over quantity in terms of shoes. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised that the ones I initially eyed online were in store, so I could scoop them up and take them home with me and they were even better in person! And you already know the pink shoes were a MUST, duh 😉

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom Steve Madden pink Finn chain mules, P448 sneakers, and Steve Madden Cedar chain bootie.
the shoes i bought: pink finn chain mule | cedar chain bootie | thea platform sneaker
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom Hayle platform boot.
hayle platform boot [just $79 and great for the military trend]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom Steve Madden The Finn Chain Mule.
my predicted sellout: the finn chain mule [run TTS/5 colors/just $59]

all the accessories + home sweet home

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Natasha Stoneking wearing a pair of it's my way sunnies.
it’s my way sunnies [on sale for $35… so good i bought both colors]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom Apotheke gift set.
candle and diffuser set [on sale for $59… smells delish and love the metallic detail]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom sugarfina bubble bears, but first rose roses, and Pina colada bears.
sugarfina bento box [i had to bring something sweet home for the babies!]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom Barefoot dreams blankets.
barefoot dreams goodness [i don’t care what anyone says… i 1000% believe they are worth the price and this sale always has the best prices on pillows, throws, and now dog beds which i ordered for tucker]
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom atelier saucier marble cutting boards, marble coasters, and cheese knives sets.
my fav cheese board, coasters, knife set + more are back… incredible home deals found here!

So there you have it… you AMBASSADOR level friends shop today so I hope your wishlist is checked and you’re ready to make it happen! I did all my damage on Monday so unless I find something I absolutely +need+ I’m hoping my #nsale shopping is complete… if not, #sorrynotsorry.

As always, thanks for being here, shopping my links and letting me help you feel confident every single day when you walk out the door… OXOX!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by popular Nashville fashion blog, Hello Happiness: image of Nordstrom clothing hanging on clothing racks.

Which of these Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dressing room try-ons did you like the most? Let me know in a comment below!

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