Hats Off To The Nordstrom Sale – Even Though It Makes Us Crazy

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF in the BLANKBYC Faux Leather Snakeskin Moto Jacket, Brixton Hat and Jonie Jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

*you can put your hand down now


We’ve all received the same heartbreaking email:

Kathleen, an item from your order was canceled.
Sorry, your item is no longer available.

How about trying to navigate exactly what day you are allowed to shop the sale?

Do you have a Nordstrom card? Exactly how much do you have to spend on said Nordstrom card each year to shop the sale early??

Last year I was shopping the sale early with my mother (an icon level cardholder) at the Standford Shopping Center Nordstrom location and they let us shop in EVERY department but shoes. They let us try on ALL the shoes. Find the perfect pair and then the manager jumped on his high horse and told us that we could not purchase said shoes until the following day. My mother’s bedazzled card qualified for an early day of shopping…but he was NOT having it! No shoes for us!


But despite all the chaos that is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale it is (in my opinion) still the best sale of the year. It’s when I stock up on basic t-shirts and cardigans, my favorite Topshop and Good American jeans and the MOST COMFORTABLE blanket ever!

If you are still TEAM ANNIVERSARY SALE here are some of my top picks:

  • The Topshop Joni High Waist Jeans (featured in the first look of this post). Now I did not purchase these during the sale because I already owned them and loved them. When I saw them on the sale I could NOT have been more excited. At $39.90 not only are they a great price for jeans, but these are the kind of dark black stretchy jeans that can easily work as black pants for work. Runs small; order one size up. I’m wearing a size 30×30.
  • Tees! Give me all the basic white tees this time of the year and if you want to add a little flair to your tee snag the Something Navy Puff Sleeve Tee. I am wearing it in both of the looks in this post and have worn it (almost) every day since I snagged it. The sleeve detail takes this tee is anything but BASIC.
  • SPANX Faux Leather Leggings. $64.90 -> Just buy them, but if you need more info I did a full blog post on my love for these leggings and all things leopard on the sale here.
  • Beauty: the Oribe Gold Lust Set and the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Full-Size Lip Kit
  • Patagonia EVERYTHING. These classic San Francisco basics NEVER go on sale.
  • Have you worn Zella brand leggings? I just discovered this brand at the sale and I am in LOVE. Think of Lululemon quality and style at half the price.
  • I bought this candle because of its iridescent tie-dye vibes and now my entire house smells like an Anthropologie store.

Scroll down for two head-to-toe Nordstrom Anniversary Sale looks featuring the same sold-out hat.

More from the sale here + here.

KatWalkSF in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Brixton hat and Something Navy Something Navy Puff Sleeve Tee

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF in the BLANKBYC Faux Leather Snakeskin Moto Jacket, Brixton Hat and Jonie Jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

KatWalkSF in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Brixton hat and Something Navy top.

KatWalkSF in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Brixton hat and Something Navy Something Navy Puff Sleeve Tee

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF in the BLANKBYC Faux Leather Snakeskin Moto Jacket, Brixton Hat and Jonie Jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.


What I Wore:


Hat: Brixton, Joanna III Wool Felt Hat

Jacket: BLANKNYC, Faux Leather Snakeskin Moto Jacket

Top: Something Navy, Puff Sleeve Tee

Jeans: Topshop, Jonie

Shoes: Rothy’s, Petal Pink Solid

Anklets: Marrin Costello

Sunglasses: Something Navy, 58mm Round Aviator Sunglasses

KatWalkSF wearing a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale look featuring the Brixton Hat and plaid tote.
KatWalkSF wearing a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale look featuring the Brixton Hat and plaid tote.

KatWalkSF wearing a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale look featuring the Brixton Hat and plaid tote.

KatWalkSF wearing a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale look featuring the Brixton Hat and plaid tote.


What I Wore


Hat: Brixton, Joanna III Wool Felt Hat

Blazer: Halogen, Plaid Double-Breasted Blazer

Top: Something Navy, Puff Sleeve Tee

Jeans: Good American, Good Flare Ripped Jeans

Shoes: M. Gemi, The Zeppa

Bag: CLARE V, Simple Plaid Tote

Sunglasses: Something Navy, 58mm Round Aviator Sunglasses

Amazon Prime Day: What You Told Me To Buy

Yes, I am the last person in the world to sign up for Amazon Prime…so in true procrastinating millennial fashion I signed up for Amazon Prime on the first day of Amazon Prime Day! Now I’ve got it but I don’t know how to use it, so I took it to my Instagram stories for help!

Here is a list of everything YOU said to buy (including some favorites that I already own).

Save Your Hair with OLAPLEX and the Joseph Cozza Salon

Olaplex everything!

These are my go-to hair products and I have NEVER seen them on sale let alone on sale for over 30% off and under $20

Amazon Prime Day travel steamer and t3 single pass curl

Travel Steamer + T3 SinglePass Curl 1.25 Inch Professional Curling Iron


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Leopard + Spanx Leggings

Fashion blogger Kat Ensign wears the Something Navy Leopard V-Neck Cardigan from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Sunglasses, Cardigan, Spanx Leggings + Sneakers

After shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale both in-store and online I found two major themes for the best products from the sale: leopard EVERYTHING + Spanx leggings.

Now we all know that trends come and go (and come and go), but there are some things that never go out of style and in this case it is leopard print. From cardigans to blankets the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale does not disappoint when it comes to this trend. When I got home from shopping the sale I have to say that more than 80% of my purchases are leopard print and I am not mad about it!

Spanx faux leather leggings are a staple in every lazy fashionista’s wardrobe. I wear mine easily 3-4 times per week and could not love them more. Perfect for everyday layering (or shamelessly wearing them solo), these lustrous faux-leather leggings are designed with a wide shaping waistband (hello FUPA control) and a second-skin silhouette. Do not sleep on these. Stock up ASAP! You will not regret it!


WAYF Lookbook: Where Are You From

KatWalkSF in the WAYF Chelsea Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress WAYF Lookbook

Sold at retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Shopbop, WAYF is the perfect addition to every fashion-savvy wardrobe. Designer and owner Meredith Fisher brings affordable luxury to the contemporary market with her label, WAYF (Where Are You From) and I am HERE for it. While I am partial to dresses from the WAYF collection, I am also a huge fan of her tops due to the details and approachable price point.

Just In

New pieces from WAYF



KatWalkSF in the WAYF essie tiered midi dress at the Virgin Hotel San Francisco.Essie tiered midi dress

KatWalkSF wearing the WAYF off the shoulder midi dress at the Vintners Inn

Off the Shoulder Midi Dress

Fashion blogger KatWalkSF in the WAYF Hatty Ruffle Wrap Mini Dress .

and then I found it for $34.65 here.

WAYF Ella Print Tank

Ella Print Tank – on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $29.97

WAYF Arista Dress

Arista Dress

KatWalkSF in the WAYF Chelsea Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress

Chelsea Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress – on sale for 69.30 here.

KatWalkSF in the park wearing the WAYF Hampshire Handkerchief Dress

Hampshire Handkerchief Dress – $72.45 at the Shopbop Sale!

WAYF Baldwin Lace Trim Slip Dress

Baldwin Lace Trim Slip Dress $41.25 at the Shopbop Sale!

October Top Sellers, WAYF, Gwyneth Velvet Wrap Midi Dress

Gwyneth Velvet Wrap Midi Dress – on sale at Nordstrom $59.90

WAYF Sara Maxi Wrap Dress Back

Sara Maxi Wrap Dress

Down to $51.80 here.

WAYF Bristol Dress

Bristol Ruflhem Midi Dress

San Francisco fashion blogger KatWalkSF wears the Odette Off the Shoulder Lace Dress from WAYF

Odette Off the Shoulder Lace Dress



June Top Sellers

KatWalkSF wearing the WAYF, Odette Off The Shoulder Lace Dress

1.WAYF, Odette Off The Shoulder Lace Dress

2. Mar y Sol, Fortaleza Bag

3. Abercrombie & Fitch,  High Rise Mid-Lenth Denim Shorts

4. Abercrombie & Fitch, Girlfriend Denim Jacket

5. Old Navy, High-Rise Secret-Slim Pockets Button-Fly Rockstar Raw-Edge Ankle Jeans for Women

6. Something Navy, Easy Knit Midi Dress

7. AFRM, Hazel Print Smocked Crepe Dress

8. ASOS EDITION, Bow Back Bandeau Maxi dress

9. ASOS EDITION, Drape Asymmetric Linen Midi Dress. Still in stock in burnt orange and olive green.

10. AGOLDE, Parker Short. Full blog post and review on these shorts here.