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Key Pieces to Shop for during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 15, 2016

Key Items to Buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Top Picks It’s that time of year again!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner, and if you are a Nordstrom Credit or Debit Card holder, then you can shop the sale right NOW through August 7th!

If you are serious about getting the best deals, and saving some serious cash, the key is to be sure to buy the hot items before they sell out!  Having a Nordstrom card will help ensure this since you can shop the sale now!  That is 8 days before those without a card!

I have a Nordstrom Debit card which I love because it comes right out of my checking account, and there is no need to remember to make payments.  You also get some killer rewards when you use it, like money to spend at Nordstrom, free alterations, and early access to shop the big Anniversary sale!

Here are the Sale Dates you’l’l want to know:
Early Access for Nordstrom Card Holders: July 14 – 21
Public Sale: July 22 – August 7

There are certain items that I am willing to spend a little more money on, and during this sale, you can get some amazing deals on items that hardly go on sale, if ever!  Certain items you want to go for quality, items like shoes, designer denim, handbags, beauty products, items that you love and use day in and day out and you wouldn’t want to skimp on.   The Anniversary Sale is where you can get those name brand high quality items at the best prices!  And, another amazing thing is that Nordstrom always has free shipping and free returns, cardholder or not!  I know I hate paying shipping, so that is a big deal for me!

Here are a few of my must buy pieces to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that will save you a ton of money! (Click on item to shop! This post contains affiliate links.)

  1. Athletic Shoes: Nikes and other brands of athletic shoes rarely go on sale, so this it the time to snag yourself a pair.  The Nikes always sell out fast during the sale!
  2. Beauty Products: I’m obsessed with Donna Karan’s Cashmere Deodorant!  They hardly ever go on sale, so now is the time to stock up on that, and other favorite beauty products!
  3. Natori Bras: These are my absolute favorite bras that I wear every day!  During the sale they are a great price, and usually never go on sale.  If you haven’t been into Nordstrom to get fitted, I highly recommend it! Life changing!
  4. Athletic Gear: Much like the shoes, athletic gear hardly goes on sale, and during the sale, several Zella leggings are marked down, some starting at less than $25!
  5. Designer Denim:  Designer Denim is totally worth it in my book.  They last forever, and the fit is hard to beat, and the quality is un-matched.  While it is worth it, they can come at a hefty price.  But, during the sale you can get designer denim for a great price!  I am obsessed with the AG Farrah Skinny Jeans, and I have been on the search for them in black!  During the sale they are $124.90, which is an amazing deal for these jeans!  They are my absolute favorite denim!
  6. MAC Makeup Brushes are always on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and they are well worth it!  I’ve had mine for several years, and I love them!
  7. Designer Bags: During the sale you can get some great deals on designer bags that you’ve had your eye on.  They also rarely go on sale, and they are worth the investment.  Real leather is always such better quality and longer lasting!
  8. Men’s Dress Shoes:  I always get a pair of ECCO’s for my husband during the Anniversary sale.  He spends a lot of time in dress clothes, and he swears by ECCO shoes.  They last long, and are such high quality.  Plus, during the sale, you can get them for almost half off!

I looked over the entire sale, and here are a few of my other favorite items from the Anniversary Sale! (click to shop!)

Active Wear


Women’s Clothing

Bags & Beauty

Happy Shopping Friends!

What are you favorite items to get at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth, Maine Lighthouse // Family Travel

June 15, 2016

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Maine Portland Head Light Lighthouse

I am so excited to share some photos from our Family Vacation to Maine.  We couldn’t visit the Portland area without heading out to explore some of the famous Maine Lighthouses. The historic Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth was first on our list.  The Portland Head Light sits along the shores of Fort Williams Park, and captures the perfect the quintessential coastal scene of Maine.  I didn’t realize, but it I have learned that it was commissioned by George Washington himself in 1791.  Pretty cool!

Family Travel Portland Maine

Ezra, Norah, and Thomas had a really great time exploring the rocks by the shores, searching for little critters, and asking all sorts of questions about the lighthouse.

The park has the most stunning ocean views, and walking, and hiking trails, a museum, and other historic structures.  It’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon as a family, pack a picnic, and explore!  We stopped off at a cute restaurant to grab some food on our way there called Terra Cotta Pasta Co.  It turned out to be amazing!  They sold all sorts of homemade ready made fresh pastas (that we bought to bring home to cook later!), pizzas, and sandwiches.  And, of course, I couldn’t pass up a Lobster Roll in Maine.  Their Lobster Roll was amazing!  And, so were their giant Peanut Butter cup cookies.. I mean, to die for!

Maine Lobster Roll from Terra Cotta Pasta Co. PortlandFamous Maine Lighthouse Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Children's Vacation Wear Winter Water Factory Babiators

Travel Wardrobe Cape Elizabeth Maine

Outfit Details: (this post contains affiliate links)
Me:  H&M Denim Dress (similar) | Lightweight Sweater | Baggalini Crossbody Bag | Yosi Samra SandalsCampbelle Two Tone Sandals
Kids: Winter Water Factory Organic Cotton Shirts and Romper | Salt Water Sandals | Converse Chuck Taylors | Puma Sneakers | Babiator Kids Sunglasses

Comfortable Sandals By Yosi Samra

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Coastal Family Vacation

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight Cape Elizabeth MaineIf you ever find yourself in Maine, I would highly recommend visiting the Portland Head Light.  Some of the most stunning views, and perfectly New England coastlines!

Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth Maine
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME
(207) 799-2661

Looking at these pictures makes me so happy!  I can remember the views, the smells, how happy I was to be exploring with my little family.  I know I say it all the time, but these precious family moments of exploring new places together.  It really doesn’t get better than that!  I literally live for it!  There’s nothing better than creating these lasting memories together!
I always say, you’ll never regret the trips you have taken!  At the end of the day, the sacrifice of traveling with young kids, the time, the money, it is all worth it for those precious memories that will last a lifetime!

Check out more of our Family Travel adventures here.


Easter Dresses for Little Girls

March 1, 2016

Easter Dresses for Little Girls

21 Easter Dresses for Little Girls //

Can you believe that Easter is less than a month away?!  I wanted to be sure to help you out in case you are looking for some cute Easter dresses for little girls, toddlers, and babies or infants.  I have browsed the internet for hours and hours to bring you the cutest finds out there this year, including some of the most amazing companies owned by local creative,  talented hardworking mothers!

One of my favorite parts about Easter is picking out a special Easter dress for my little Norah, and dressing her up for church on Easter Sunday.  I love to see all the little girls in their Easter Dresses!  I tend to favor florals for Easter, but I also love a touch of solid and stripes!

Here’s a round-up of my most favorite Spring dresses I found while searching all of my favorite stores!

Happy (Easter) Shopping!  (this post contains affiliate links)

1. Tea Collection Wrap Dress | 2.  Alice & Ames Polka Dot Ballet Dress |  3. Genuine by Oshkosh Dress (Target) |  4. H&M Gingham Shirt Dress | 5. Wren and James Willow Pinafore | 6.  Genuine Kids Jacquard Weave Dress (Target)  |  7.  Genuine Striped Tweed Dress (Target)  |  8. Hum Stitchery Elsa Vee Dress in Yellow Flower  |   9. Crewcuts Sateen Ruby Striped Dress  |  10.  Olive Juice Polly Tennis Dress   |  11. Dream Catcher Baby Pink with Gold Bow Dress  |  12.  Next Multi Floral Printed Shift Dress  |  13. Gap Floral Dress  | 14.  Alice & Ames Ballet Dress in Lilac  |  15. Shop Arc Camp Dress |  16. Crewcuts Liberty Tresco Floral Dress |  17.  Cherokee Striped Lawn Dress  18. Next Print Dress |  19.  Carter’s Floral Poplin Dress  |  20.  Hum Stitchery Elsa Vee Dress |  21.  Mini Boden Pretty Smocked Dress

Be sure to check out more Easter posts from Armelle Blog here.