Many of you know that I am a Nordstrom vet. For years, every July, I helped prepare for the biggest sale of the year…which you all know as the Anniversary Sale. It’s the one time of the year that full price items are marked down up to 40% off retail price in order for shoppers to get a head start on Fall wardrobing. If you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop NOW. If not, you can get a head start with a Nordstrom wishlist! Then, when the sale officially starts on July 22nd, you will be READY TO GO!

With so many great deals, the sale can be just a wee bit overwhelming. Never fear though, I am here to help you navigate the tents so that you can make the most of the sale. Also, here is a little insider Nordy tip: Many people order Anniversary items without trying on because they are afraid it will sell out. But alas, not everything is going to fit. So when they do return it, they return it quickly! Why?? Because they want to buy other Anniversary sale merch! So if you love something and your size is sold out, keep a careful eye on it with your online wishlist. Items can disappear and reappear within minutes! It is literally like playing the lottery. So buckle up for a wild ride!

First up…SHOES! This is a great opportunity to invest in fall shoe staples. If you are going to get anything at the sale this year, this is where I would start. Shoes do not go on sale as often as clothing does…so when they do you should take full advantage.

So what are the fall shoe trends? This year it is all about suede, the fancy fall sneaker, the over the knee boot, abundant booties (because they aren’t going anywhere) and the new unexpected trend of outdoor chic! I can already see myself in dark denim skinnies and those checkered Sorel wedge boots for a cool Fall day in KC or…our running errands in winter white and those taupe Puma sneakers with snakeskin trim…or even better…possibly out on the town in black skinnies and a black chunky sweater with the Vince Camuto cognac suede over the knee chunky heel boot! I am loving them all and I think you will too. Happy shoe hunting!