How I Would Spend $500 During Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

Hey there, friends! Today is the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now live for all card holders! For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to share how I would spend $500 since we had a little chat the other day on stories about sticking to your budget for the sale! I’m not going to lie … it was hard to narrow my choices down and I think it’s just because I know there are so many great pieces this year but I narrow it down to the purchases that ‘wow’-ed me the most and I know I will wear a lot! What I love about these items, too, is that half of them are great to wear year round so you’ll really be getting a lot for your money!

Did you catch yesterday’s post? It has a large round-up of my top picks from the sale, all of which have a strong chance of either selling out today or at least selling out in popular sizes so be sure to peruse that post before checking out! As always, thank you for your support of my blog and business during this sale. I absolutely love covering it for you guys and making it easier for y’all to shop!

Okay, here we go!

SKIRT [wearing XXS petite; plus-size version HERE] • MOTO JACKET • similar LACE CAMI [plus-size version HERE] • BLACK BOOTIESSIMILAR BELT INCLUDED IN SALE [ACTUAL BELT]

Halogen Pleated Leopard Midi Skirt, $69.50

I wanted to pick a few items that would be appropriate for you gals who head to an office everyday! This pleated leopard print skirt is so perfect for work but I love that you could also wear it to special events, nights out with your significant other or girlfriends, and church! It’s also a piece you can wear all year round! See how I styled it for the Winter months in yesterday’s post!

BP. Lace Trim Satin Camisole, $25.90

This lace trim satin camisole is one of those wardrobe staples that you will wear all year round! Every gal should have nice camisoles in her closet. If I only had $500 to spend, I would definitely stock up on these if you don’t already have one or two. Size down in the one included in the sale!


Barefoot Dreams Cardigan, $79.90

This is my first ever Barefoot Dreams cardigan and … oh my gosh, I get why they are all the rage now! They are so incredibly soft. It was EASY to take off in this heat but I know once the cooler weather starts to roll in, I’ll essentially be living in it around the house and out and about! I already have a few neutral colored cardigans so I opted for this pretty green color [great for Fall!] but they also have it in black and silver. I also really like THIS STYLE that’s included in the sale in the BISUQE color.


Halogen High-Waist Ponte Legging, $31.90

Okay, I know SPANX leggings are all the rage … and they are really great, I’m not going to lie … but, if you’re on a budget and you have a few other things on your list, I’d say these Halogen ponte leggings are a great alternative. They are a thick, classic legging [not the athletic kind] that are going to last you a really long time. You really can’t beat the price! J.Crew usually carries these for around $60!

Vince Camuto Nestle Knee High Boots, $159.90 

If I only had $500 to spend, I would go with only one splurge item and it would have to be these Vince Camuto boots. They are so sleek. I absolutely love how comfortable they are and how good they look on. They aren’t stiff at all but the material is strong enough to stay up. I love that they maintain their structure. These may be one of my favorite items purchased during the sale and a must for the Fall and Winter season.

A lot of you voted in favor of liking below the knee boots better so, if that’s you, I’d say grab the Sam Edelman boots because they are a super comfortable style and I love the color they included in the sale.


Treasure & Bond Large Brim Hat, $38.90

Sadly, this hat is already sold out in this color but y’all .. you really can’t go wrong with any of the hats included in this years’ sale! I’d say get whichever one you can snag! You’ll wear the heck out of it!


J.Crew High-Rise Crop Work Pant, $52.90

Do y’all remember these pants from a few months ago? I wore them in pink HERE. I think these may be a little longer but they are the same material and style. I absolutely love them! They are my favorite work pant I’ve ever tried on. They’ve always been an item I’ve struggled to find a good fit in and these are a dream! Highly recommend for you gals who need some good workwear from the sale! I grabbed them for meetings with brands when my London journey is well underway! 🙂

Alright! That’s what I would buy … now, let’s see my check out price!

Check Out Price – $458.90

Whew! I made it, ha! That gives you a little room to buy two of the cami’s if your wardrobe was in need of two colors! I hope it was fun to see how I would spend $500 during Early Access!

What did y’all end up snagging today? Be sure to head back here tomorrow for more Nordstrom Anniversary Sale content! I made three online orders yesterday. Would y’all want some insight into what I purchased? It’ll give you a little peak into next weeks’ try-on haul! Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway in yesterday’s post! Happy Shopping, lovelies!! xo.




  1. Eileen wrote:

    I LOVED this post! So creative and I think it was the perfect budget to get some amazing outfits! I jumped on a few!

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  2. Andrea Barajas wrote:

    I love how unique this post was! I plan on purchasing a few of the BP camis along with a cardigan and knowing these made it to your cart with only $500 to spend, these are def a priority now! I’m also very excited to snag a pair of the Halogen leggings. Chopping the price in half compared to SPANX leggings leaves room for an extra cami ?
    Thank you for sharing, Haley!!!

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  3. Kate wrote:

    I love the format of this post! It’s nice to see the price within the post rather than having to click over to Nordstrom.

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  4. Hope wrote:

    LOOOOOVE this post! Thank you so much for being transparent about budgeting and for not advocating people going into debt in the name of fashion. Such a huge help!

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  5. Katie wrote:

    Stocking up on sweaters is my go-to for this sale! BP has the best priced and decently made sweaters for someone on a budget. Zella leggings are my other go-to in this sale, the are the BEST leggings!

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  6. Courtney wrote:

    Yes! Love this post. Very helpful. Thank you!

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  7. Scarlett wrote:

    Yes share what your other orders are

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  8. Lauren wrote:

    Love this post and how you break everything down to help budget. Thank you!

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  9. Jacqueline Campbell wrote:

    Love this post!!

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  10. Elisha Snowden wrote:

    Thank you so much! All the work you have put in has been so helpful! I would definitely grab most of the same items for my fall/winter staples!

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  11. Kristin wrote:

    Wow….. I would never have imagined all of that for $500. It really hits home that you can have “alot” if you are smart about things. Thanks so much for doing this post. ?

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  12. Nicole Fitzpatrick wrote:

    I got the Leith long cardigan and wrap sweater, plus some other goodies 🙂

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  13. Kiwanda Hill wrote:

    Amazing, amazing, amazing! You kill it every year with the Nsale! Such good pieces…I got so excited when I knew it was time for you to post your blog and try on! Thank you so much for working so hard for us and being a great resource! This post is so so so good! Thank YOU!!

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  14. Candice wrote:

    Thanks for this post Haley! Everything looks so cute on you!

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  15. Carolyn H wrote:

    I was so excited for this post idea and it did not disappoint. What love to see more of these “challenges” anytime.

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  16. Ashley wrote:

    Such a great idea to do a post this way! I love getting ideas for how to incorporate items into my closet without just buying a completely new wardrobe every season, so this was super helpful!

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  17. Morgan b wrote:

    Def the Tory Burch bag!

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  18. Rach wrote:

    This sale seriously has so many amazing stuff!! I didn’t see that black bootie! Might need to get back to shopping haha!

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  19. Tori wrote:

    This post was amazing!!! Very insightful and helpful!!!

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  20. Jessica wrote:

    I’d honestly just really love to get the nuna car seat. It’ll last our little for a very long time and it’s one of the safest on the market. Just don’t have that kind of cash to invest in it at the moment. Thanks for all you do!

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  21. Diana Scislowicz wrote:

    I’m 57 years young. Your selections are a great fit for me. Purchased allot of them. Can’t to received and try all the clothing/booties on!! Thank you!

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  22. Lisa Kelley wrote:

    Thanks for posting all the fun goodies this year! I’m shopping for shoes!

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  23. Shy wrote:

    What a fantastic post! LOVE the budget capsule wardrobe idea. Maybe revisit this idea for other sales or other times of the year.

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  24. Elisha Snowden wrote:

    You did such a great job with this! I’m new to following fashion blogs and am loving your blog! Originally I thought I’d spend $500 on a few fall/winter staples, but I think I might have changed my mind. It might sound crazy but I’ve never been able to afford a designer handbag, and I’ve had my eye on that Tory Burch tote since the sale began. I’d probably spend $500 on that so I can have a great handbag that is timeless!

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