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What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Beauty, Bags and Accessories

Continuing with the Nordstrom Sale, I’m highlighting the top Beauty, Bags, and Accessory today.

Today’s post isn’t too involved, just the best of the best.

I sorted through the entire selection to highlight only the items I know you are looking for or already love.

This particular assortment offers some of the best savings in the sale, bags, however, are a disappointment.

Nordstrom Sale: Beauty, Bags and Accessories

Of all the years I’ve covered the Nordstrom sale, from when I took clients to now that I write about it, this is the worst selection of bags I’ve ever seen.

Not only is there nothing special, but the brands are boring.

Their Kate Spade options look like they picked it up at an outlet store, and they have an odd selection of Rebecca Minkoff, who has been doing the same tassel bag for age.

And Longchamp? 19-year-old me would be excited; too bad I’m 43.

There is, however, one bag worth mentioning, and that is the Coach Polished Pebble Leather Shoulder Bag. I bought the version of this they had last year, it sold out and it became my everyday bag last fall and winter. I plan on using it this year too.

It’s a specific bag for a specific need, but if it’s on your wish list, you’ll save a little over $100 during the sale.


Polished Pebble Leather Shoulder Bag



Sale: $268.99
After Sale: $395.00

QUAY Level Up 51mm Gradient Square Sunglasses

We’re seeing a decline in the popularity of over branded designer sunglasses. They tend to look ostentatious and fly in the face of the current “old money” or quiet luxury aesthetic.

Quay is one of our favorite affordable sunglasses brands that are still really chic and elegant.

I happily buy them at retail, but on sale, for $49, they are easy peasy.

This pair went right in my cart, I couldn’t pass up the gold-tone detail.


Level Up 51mm Gradient Square Sunglasses



Sale: $49.99
After Sale: $75.00


Lapis Ring

Recently, we’ve featured a few lapis jewelry pieces and sold them out.

So I thought this ring was worth mentioning.

It’s big and bold, and on sale for $22.

We’ll see more of this in the fall, these cocktail style rings with an organic element.

But don’t worry so much about the trends, if this speaks to you wear any time.


Lapis Ring



Sale: $22.99
After Sale: $35.00

3-Pack 22mm Apple Watch® Watchbands

This is my favorite assortment of Apple Watch Watchbands.

I’m always looking for bands that look elevated and it’s not the rubber bands we see everywhere.

So a pack with a mixed metal, a tortoise, and a simple black band is an absolute must-have.

On sale for $65. 


3-Pack 22mm Apple Watch® Watchbands

The Posh Tech


Sale: $64.99
After Sale: $100.00

Balloon Link Huggie Hoop Earrings

I REALLY like these earrings. They look different from anything I’ve seen in a while- and that’s a good thing.

I have yet to experience the Jenny Bird brand, but I ordered these to try them.

They are on sale for $80 and are only gold-plated, so keep that in mind. From a style perspective, they are worth it; they’ll look pretty with crew neck sweaters and collared shirts in the fall.


Balloon Link Huggie Hoop Earrings

Jenny Bird


Sale: $80.99
After Sale: $130.00

Perfect Leather Belt

The Perfect Leather Belt from Madewell is a long time Reader’s Favorite, so I was excited to see it on sale in “Sand” (below)and Mahogany.

The Sand option would be lovely with white or light-washed jeans and light tan shoes.

Just a simple way to add some visual interest to a separates focused outfit without adding an extra (hot) layer.

On sale for $32.


Perfect Leather Belt



Sale: $31.99
After Sale: $48.00

Hand Cream Duo Set 

There are a few affordable beauty sets I’m picking up for the holiday gifts.

At this point, we have dozens of teachers and coaches on our list, so I like having some of these in our gift closet.

I ordered several sets of the Necessaire Hand Cream Duo. You get two hand creams for $28 so I can break them apart, add a gift card to somewhere they’ll appreciate and wrap it in a little clear bag.


Hand Cream Duo Set



$40 Value, Priced at $28

The Rich Cream Duo 

Augustinus Bader skincare could use a write-up all its own. It’s crazy advanced skincare with patented formulations and raving customers worldwide.

You know when people say, if there were a real fountain of youth in a cream, everyone would buy it?

Well, this is as close to that as we’ve ever seen.

It’s just crazy expensive.

I bought one jar, used every drop and am considering ordering a second one. But I might wait until the fall when my skin gets dry. It’s just a lot of money and it’s not giving me a new face, you know?

Anyway, I’m just reporting the news. If you’re a skincare junkie and have thought of trying out the line, you’ll get some savings here.


The Rich Cream Duo



Valued at: $272.00
Sale Price: $205.00

Peony & Blush Suede Cologne Duo Set

Long-time readers know Jo Malone’s Peony & Blush Suede is my signature scent. I can’t describe the scent except it smells heavenly to me.

And I’ve heard over the years that I’ve made some of you fans too :).

This scent has been part of the sale for the last few years. I picked it up last summer and have about 1/4 of it left and I wear it every single day.

So I ordered it again to get some savings and have it on hand when I run out.


Peony & Blush Suede Cologne Duo Set

Jo Malone


Set Value: $235
Sale Price: $175

Trinity+ Smart Advanced Facial Toning Device System

Readers have asked to let them know when a NuFace set goes on sale, and it’s always part of the Nordstrom Event.

It’s wild to think how far at-home technology in the skincare space has come.

With regular use of the NuFace, you’ll see a lift and tightening in your skin, especially around your jaw and mouth.

It’s still a splurge but with savings.


Trinity+ Smart Advanced Facial Toning Device System



Set Value: 395
Sale Price: $265


What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Beauty, Bags and Accessories

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 14th of July 2023

I was also very disappointed in the bags this year. But I still found some lovely things, and I always LOVE when I pick things out on my own and then they show up in your recommended items - I bought that lapis ring on Wednesday and squealed when I saw it in today's roundup :) I'm out of town for the weekend and had to warn my husband about all the packages that will be arriving while I'm gone!


Saturday 15th of August 2020

I was fortunate enough to purchase the purse before they sold out this week, and yes, it is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for doing the leg work, Megan. Love reading your blogs and fashion recommendations, although it results in me spending money!! 😉


Thursday 13th of August 2020

Thanks for these ideas! Yeah, my sister-in-law works for Nordstrom in Ohio and said that they were not carrying the inventory levels that they normally would in the past due to Covid (lack of in-store shopping over several months). So that is why the items are selling out faster than during past annual sales.


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

I ordered the Tory Burch purse last year during the Nordstrom sale and love it! The color option this year is gorgeous!! Mine is all tan. The logo is not large at all. I find that since I am working from home this is the only purse I use. Very convenient to run errands to the store.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Love it! I can't wait to get mine :)

Deanna Debrecht

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

I've been eyeing that Tory Burch bag for days, putting it in my cart then taking it back out; just now took the plunge and ordered it! I love that it combines taupe and cognac with the black and white, but am not sure I like the logo...I'm generally a "no logos" woman :) Will be interesting to see if I like it in person...

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

I never like a big logo either, but then I buy all the Tory shoes and bags with them on it - I guess I make her the exception :)