Sugarplum First Picks | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Oh happy day!!! The wait is finally over…this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be LIVE today at 8:30am CST! Granted just a few can shop the Early Access Sale items today (Icon level cardholders), but we can all add to our Wish Lists!

True, it’s a little crazy to think about Fall clothes in the middle of a piping-hot Summer, but here’s the deal…this is not an end-of-season sale! It’s all the cute, NEW stuff coming out next season, but marked down for a short time! Once the Anniversary Sale is over, the prices will go back up (assuming they aren’t sold out).

I tend to look for closet staples and quality pieces that will be the foundation of my wardrobe for years to come. I had the chance to preview several of my top picks, so I’ve seen a lot of what’s available, and I’m here to tell you it’s good!

The NSale can be a little overwhelming (#understatment), so hopefully today’s post is useful in helping you navigate, and focus on the items that will bring the most value to your closet.

Sugarplum Shopping Tip: If you’re not an Icon member able to shop today, you can use today’s post as a lookbook to save your favorites for when your shopping day arrives! If my posts have been helpful and you’d like to ensure I receive credit, simply click HERE before checking out in the same browser window it opens. I appreciate y’all so much!

I polled you guys on Instagram to see what you’d be shopping most, and cozy loungewear was the overwhelming top response. Fortunately, my friends at Gibson not only delivered, but knocked it out of the park!! I’ve been a fan of their cozy fleece for years, and the new colors and patterns are perfection…starting with this oatmeal leopard!! So crazy cute and chic at the same time, and made of the softest fleece ever!

Even though it’s winter white, it’s not sheer at all…wear it as a set or separates. The top is darling with jeans, and even long enough for leggings. My favorite Ponte knit leggings are back this year, and I promise will not disappoint!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XXS top (size down) and XS joggers (TTS).

V-Neck Tunic |  Joggers

Mama Sugarplum wears the top with jeans all the time, and loves the set for lounging at home. Add a jean jacket and sneakers for around town, too.

Fit Tip: Mom is wearing XS top and bottoms

V-Neck Tunic | Joggers


Here’s how cute the tunic top is with jeans or leggings…plus a look at some of the new colors! I’ve paired it with my favorite leggings, made of the thickest Ponte knit for no see-thru and lots of support. They’re thick like a pant, and so cute with sneakers, flats or boots.

Mom paired it with her most-worn jean, a boyfriend fit with relaxed legs. She wears them cuffed and long.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XXS top and Mom an XS. I wear an XS-petite in the leggings for ankle length, and Mom a 2 in the jeans.

Me: V-Neck Tunic | Black Leggings | Slip-on Sneaks
Mama SP: V-Neck Tunic | Jeans | Leopard Flats


This new colorblock pullover is a made of the same yummy fleece, and so cute paired with the coordinating joggers…or on it’s own with jeans. It comes in a slew of color combos to match all the jogger options. The pink joggers are a touch sheer, so I’d keep them for home wear. The rest of the colors are opaque and great with sneakers for streetwear.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would prefer an XXS. Size down.

Diagonal Colorblock Pullover | Joggers

Fit Tip: Mom wearing an XS (size down)

Me: Diagonal Colorblock Pullover | Joggers
Mama SP: Diagonal Colorblock Pullover | Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers


Next up on the cozy tour…Barefoot Dreams! The original queen of cozy…no one makes a softer, more comfortable cardigan. The circle and long are my two favorite styles, and both are included in this year’s NSale! Wear them with jeans or pajamas, you’ll never want to take it off. They make incredible gifts, as well!

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing XS/Small cardigans and small tees

me: Cardigan | Scoopneck Tee | High Rise Ankle Jeans | Slide Flats
Mama SP: Cardigan | Scoopneck Tee | High Rise Ankle Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers


Here’s the longline cardigan from Barefoot Dreams…same incredible fabric (seriously, what is that magic mix!?), in a (slightly) thinner, longer style.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a XS cardigan and small tee

Long Cardigan | Striped Tee | Raw-Hem Skinny Jeans


Okay, let’s move on to sweaters and tops…still cozy, but cute for wearing out-and-about. Longer cardigans are my jam, and this open cardi is the best weight for fall and Texas winters! It’s stretchy and soft, in a great mid-weight…and comes in a ton of colors, and this fun stripe.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

left: Long Colorblock Cardigan | V-neck Tee | Jeans | Pointed Booties
right: Long Cardigan | Scoop TeeJeans | Slide Flats

Fit Tip: Mom wear wearing a small

me: Long Colorblock Cardigan | V-neck Tee | Jeans | Pointed Booties
Mama SP: Long Cardigan | Scoop Tee | Jeans | Leopard Flats


This henley is an easy-wear…super soft and stretchy, with a waffle weave. Wear it with jeans or joggers, it’s cute and comfy in several colors.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

V-neck Thermal Henley | White Jeans | Slide Flats

Fit Tip: Mom wearing an XS

me: V-neck Thermal Henley | White Jeans | Slide Flats
Mama SP: V-neck Thermal Henley | Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers


This knit blazer is a favorite around here…you’ve seen me wear it for years! Nothing makes me feel more pulled together than slipping on this chic blazer. I wear it with jeans and a tank, or over a cami with trousers. It’s so flattering and versatile, and a steal at less than $50!! It’s made of a thick stretchy knit, with a cute notch collar and contrasting cuffs. I now have it in FOUR colors!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS-Petite for a shrunken fit

Knit Blazer | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Slides

Fit Tip: Mom prefers a slightly longer length, and wears a regular XS

me: Knit Blazer | Scoopneck Tee | Black Jeans | Slides
Mama SP: Knit Blazer | Scoopneck Tee | Jeans | Leopard Flats


Hello sass…how cute is this leopard sweater jacket? In the cutest bomber style, it pairs with everything from jeans to pencil skirts. Made of a thick sweater knit material, it’s soft with a brass zipper.

And clearly these slides are a favorite find, since I’ve worn them in almost every combo! Comfy and lightweight, they are the perfect transitional shoe in a great neutral.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS sweater and slides are TTS

Leopard Bomber Jacket | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Slides


It wouldn’t be fall without a Moto jacket…and this one is the right combo of edgy and feminine. Made of a soft faux suede, it’s fully lined with slim shoulders for a flattering fit with jeans or over dresses. It comes in several colors, including this neutral taupe.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Suede Moto Jacket | Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Slides


As for outerwear, I always grab a Patagonia or North Face while they’re on sale! (This jacket is at the top of my Wish List!) They literally last a lifetime, and the quality for outdoor is unparalleled. I’ve worn both these pieces for years, and can’t speak highly enough about them!

The puffer jacket is super warm, but without any bulk! It even packs in itself, making a perfect compact travel companion. The zip-up is my go-to jacket after workouts or with jeans, and is also really warm without bulk.

And don’t miss all the fantastic Zella pieces included in the Sale, too!

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing a small in each piece. I always size up one in Patagonia.

me: Patagonia Puffer Jacket | Leggings | Sneakers
Mama SP: Patagonia Zip-up | Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers

me: Patagonia Zip-up | Leggings |Sneakers
Mama SP: Patagonia Puffer Jacket | Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers



Now let’s move on to staples we rely on throughout the year…jeans, boots, undies, bras, basic tees, and beauty products. While there’s still quite a few pieces I need to review in person before determining new faves, I’m thrilled to find so many of my tried-and-true favorites on sale!

Starting with these dark wash jeans, in a comfortable high-rise and ankle length. They are soft and lightweight, with just enough stretch for a perfect fit, but keep their shape. This brand has been a go-to for me for several years, and these are a classic fit for flats, boots and slides.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 2.

Scoopneck Tee | Donna Ankle Skinny Jeans | Slides


These Wit & Wisdom are hands-down my favorite black jeans (Mama Sugarplum’s too!). They have the amazing built-in ‘Ab-Solution’ technology that smooths and tucks, and gives a comfortable fit with no digging. They’re the perfect amount of stretch, with a mid-rise.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2-petite for ankle length.

Scoopneck Tee | Jeans | Slides


If you prefer a wider leg, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more flattering jean than these bootcut! They have a magical way of adding inches to your legs! The mid-rise is comfy, with a dark wash and no distressing. I love them dressed up with heels and a blazer for a night out.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2-petite.

Scoopneck Tee | Bootcut Jeans | Pointed Boots


As for basic tees…Mom and I both stock up on this scoop neck pocket tee every year! At only $12, it’s a steal! The perfect amount of bra-friendly scoop, in a soft, washed cotton. The white isn’t sheer at all, and they hold up beautifully in the washer and dryer.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing a small

me: Scoopneck Tee | White Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers
Mama SP: Scoopneck Tee | Jeans | Slip-on Sneakers

Scoopneck Tee | Jeans


Let’s chat pj’s…Mama Sugarplum is beyond smitten with the Moonlight Pajamas, and grabs a new pair every year during the NSale. She’s already decided it’s pink stripes this year! They’re the softest jersey knit that’s cool to the touch…and comes in long-sleeve HERE, short-sleeve HERE and a shorts set HERE.

My pjs are equally soft, but a bit thinner and more lightweight.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS and mom a small.

me: Short Sleeve Striped Pajama Set
Mama SP: Longsleeve Button Down Pajama Set


As for my undergarment basics…all my faves are on sale!! I literally wear each of these daily, and couldn’t love them more! The undies are no-wedgie, and never show lines. I stock up on a new set every year.

Fit Tip: I wear an XS/S cardigan and small undies

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan | No-Wedgie Undies | Cozy Socks


I discovered these True & Co bras early quarantine, and never looked back! I still wear them daily, and never knew a bra could be this comfy! It’s seamless with adjustable and convertible straps, great coverage and support. It’s seamless and great for laying around the house, too.

It now comes in a pretty lacy racerback that’s perfect for all my tanks. The Natori bra has been my go-to for years, if you prefer an underwire.

True & Co. Convertible Bra | Natori Feathers Bra | True & Co. Racerback Bra


As for beauty and home finds, each of these is already in my cart! The throws are an incredible price right now, and make perfect gifts for just about anyone. The NeuLash is pricey, but this two-pack lasts me all year, and works so well.

Bliss Tassel Throws | NeuLash Eyelash Serum | Olaplex Hair System
Voluspa Candle Set | Kiehl’s Hand Cream | Supergoop Sunscreen

Okay, those are my top Nordstrom Early Access picks from what I’ve seen so far (I won’t recommend anything I haven’t seen in person yet!), but there is still so much goodness to come, like cashmere under $60 and cute striped sweaters. Up first on my radar is this hooded jacket and determining which is my favorite boot…I think it will be this one or this one.

If you like to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, go ahead and stock up on these amazing throws while they’re only $25!! Mom and I both have them all over the house, and they feel as luxurious after 50 washes as the day we got them.

If you’re looking for more of my top picks, find my NSale Essentials HERE, shoes HERE, women HERE and beauty HERE.

Mama Sugarplum and I will be back Friday (when the sale opens to Ambassadors) with an all-new Dressing Room Diaries from the store. Are you shopping today, Friday, or next week? What is at the top of your list? I’d love to hear what you’re finding and loving! Find the entire Nordstrom Anniversary Sale HERE!

And don’t forget you can utilize Nordstrom’s Wish List for saving favorites! Happy shopping, lovebugs!

Leave a Comment


  1. Lisa wrote:

    Great round up of goodies! I was hoping the Dyson hair dryer would be in this year’s sale but there are definitely some good beauty buys out there. Your shampoo gift set is on my wish list!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      usually the best time for the Dyson is Sephora’s sales! I was excited to see the Olaplex in there though!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
      • Lisa wrote:

        Ooohhhh … good to know. Thanks for the tip!

        Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  2. Jennifer S wrote:

    I love all your selections. I especially live when your mom shows us outfits too. I must ask about your Instastory – where did your mom get her mask? My daughter needs masks for school and likes the ones cut like the white one your mom was wearing. Already ordering the leopard one you are wearing for my other daughter. Love it!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
  3. Jeanne wrote:

    Holy. Cow. Your mom is beautiful! And you look just like her! I’m 55 and love how both of you light up the picture when you’re together! My mom & I are very close & my 2 daughters are so close to me also. And my son. 31 yrs old & talks to me like I’m his best friend. You’re both amazing women & I love getting fashion & beauty info from you! Your family’s day to day are just what feels good to read right now. So thanks, to both momma & Cassie!

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much, Jeanne!!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  4. Lyn wrote:

    The heck with the clothes – you ladies are glowing!!!!

    Posted 8.5.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      It’s so good to be together again!! We missed each other so much!

      Posted 8.5.20 Reply
  5. Victoria wrote:

    What a great picture of you and mama. She is just adorable and her skin looks beautiful! Glad you get to be together again. I love your picks. They often help me decide what I want to try.

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Victoria! I’m thrilled the posts are helpful…and it feels so great to see my mom again!

      Posted 8.6.20 Reply