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Fashion and Lifestyle Blog by Kelssey Layton | Styled Blonde

2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: YOUR NEED TO KNOW INFO!


2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The time has come once again for my favorite sale of the year! It’s my fav for a few reasons but mostly because it’s unique in that all of the NEW stuff for Fall is on sale! It’s a great time to preview styles for the upcoming season! I hope this blog post serves as your guide to planning to shop the NSALE this year! I will cover all the need to know details below!




This is a tricky question. Short answer: it depends. ha! The whole premise of the sale is that it is a perk for Nordstrom Card holders. Therefore, it is Nordstrom cardholders that get to shop first. And beyond that it is broken down into categories based on how much you spent at Nordstrom in the past year. Icons shop beginning July 12th, Ambassador level shops July 14th and all other cardholders shop starting the 16th. The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale doesn’t open to the public until July 28th. That means cardholders get a BIG head start on shopping!

I COMPLETELY understand this is frustrating for many people who choose not to have a Nordstrom Credit Card. I’m not a big fan of credit cards and this is actually only 1 of 2 that I own. So I’m definitely not a proponent of opening a card just to shop the sale. But the sale was designed to be for cardholders so I’m trying to understand that perspective of why they choose to open it this way.




On the day you’re able to shop, you will have access beginning at midnight PST! Due to the fact that things do sell out quickly, it might be worth a midnight or early morning browse!



Last year instead of a catalog, Nordstrom opted to do a full sale preview in the week leading up the sale. They are continuing with this model [which I love!] this year. You can get a look at everything included in the sale HERE.



In case you’re new to shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale & don’t understand the hype… it’s so popular because it’s very different from other sales. This sale is when all of the best NEW styles for Fall are released. And they start out ON SALE! At the end of the Anniversary Sale, the items will go back up to their regular price. So basically it’s a great time to stock up on new things for the upcoming season at a discount!



I will be updating with blog posts throughout the sale. However!! It is best to follow me on Instagram: @kelsslayt because I will share more there! Expect Instagram posts with Fall outfit inspiration, how to wear the sale items NOW, collages, styled outfits & MORE. In addition, stay tuned to my Instastories! I will be doing frequent try-ons showing multiple ways to wear items, a close up look at the most popular finds, and most importantly!! I will be updating restock info ASAP! It’s no secret the popular things sell out quick. I’m talking within hours sometimes. So I will be glued to those items, looking for restocks and will share them to Instastories immediately!



If you’ve never shopped the sale in store, it is HECTIC. They have areas roped off that house the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items. Tons of people are there. & Most stores get very limited sizing and color selection. [Ex. a cardigan comes in 5 colors. Most stores may only get 2 0r 3 of the colors.] Add in all things Covid… & Online is definitely the place to be! OR! Even better… Nordstrom has the option for curbside pick up if you live near a store! So you can shop from the comfort of your home and select curbside/in-store pick up for ease & convenience.



This year there are hundreds of new brands with items included. The two I am most looking forward to are Dyson & Olaplex. I also always explore the home, mens and kids categories. Always a few good finds there! Other things I usually love to see included:

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Jeans

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Fall Hats

Fall Shoes from brands like Steve Madden, Marc Fisher, Sam Edelman & more

Tory Burch & Clare V bags

BlankNYC Moto Jackets

Barefoot Dreams blankets

Fall Cardigans



If you want to get an idea of what to expect for the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can see my big try-on session from last year here. Or browse through THESE posts to see everything I’ve shared covering this sale for the last EIGHT years!!

Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping, friends!! xo

3 Affordable Mens Outfits from Free Assembly at Walmart

Jake: $14 Striped Polo  |  $18 Shorts

Kelssey: Floral Dress




If you’ve been around long, y’all know my love for all things Walmart Fashion. BUT! The new Free Assembly line has taken it to another level of obsession! Walmart debuted the new brand last Fall. I found a ton of cute stuff for myself & shared many of those outfits in this post. I’ve continued to shop the line for myself but recently discovered how amazing the mens line is too! I shared a few early Spring outfits with Jake both HERE & HERE.

As we roll into a new season, it was time for Jake to get a little wardrobe refresh. Since I’m all about a good deal, the Free Assembly new arrivals were my first stop & they did NOT disappoint. Not only are the prices amazing but the quality, variety and colors are the best! Everything from high quality denim to elevated essential tees, you can’t go wrong with them. I hired 😉 Jake to join me for a few outfits pics to show off some of the new things I grabbed him for the season! You might have caught some outfits in a try-on session I shared last weekend [saved to my Instagram highlights!]. Jake is back again this week in my Stories sharing an up close look at these 3 outfits TODAY!

The Free Assembly mens line features great basics that can be mixed & matched into any guy’s closet. Jake likes the comfort + style while I love the prices! Some of our favorites are THESE shorts, THIS snap pullover & THIS button down. They all come in multiple colors/prints too! If your guy’s closet needs a little updating, Free Assembly is the place to start! The line prides themselves on sustainability at Walmart pricing. So here are 3 Free Assembly mens outfits I purchased for Jake!


3 Favorite Free Assembly Men’s Looks

Pullover  |  Drawstring Shorts  |  Shoes

I actually stole this pullover & wore it with lounge shorts recently 😉 ha! Super comfy & I LOVE this blue color!


Button Down Top  |  Khaki Shorts

If your guy needs some nicer clothes, this $20 button down + $20 shorts won’t disappoint! This also makes a great family photo outfit for guys!


$14 Striped Polo  |  $18 Shorts

Can you even believe those prices?! It looks good & Jake said it was very comfortable. Win, Win.


Jake: Button Down Top  |  Khaki Shorts

Kelssey: White Dress

I LOVE how this white dress pairs with the gingham/khaki combo!


Pullover  |  Drawstring Shorts  |  Shoes

Great outfit for vacation, travel, errands, weekends, etc!



2021 LTK Spring Sale Favorites

The 2021 LTK Spring Sale is here! This is a weekend sale event [April 9th-11th] featuring discounts at some of my favorite retailers EXCLUSIVE to the LTK app. But lucky you, I’m sharing all the sale details here too! Be sure to check out both my Instagram AND my LTK page throughout the weekend as I will be sharing tons of my favorites & the best deals there. I’ve got several try-on sessions featuring items from the LTK Spring Sale too! All of the outfits featured here can easily be shopped in the LTK app! [+ hint.. they’re ALL on SALE!]

My Instagram is HERE

My LTK page is HERE



8 Favorite LTK Spring Sale Retailers:

Abercrombie: 25% OFF with code LTKAF2021

BuddyLove: 25% OFF with code LTKLOVE

it Cosmetics: 35% OFF with code LIKEIT

Madewell: $25 OFF $125+ with code LTKDAY

Quay Sunglasses: 20% OFF with code LTKQUAY20

Tarte: 25% OFF with code TARTELTK25

The Styled Collection: 45% OFF with code LTK45

Victoria Emerson: BOGO FREE with code LTKBOGO