Monthly Archives: July 2017


How to Make Apple Crisp in a Slow Cooker

Say hello to your new year-round, no-fuss dessert hack: apple crisp, made in a crock-pot or slow cooker. Yes, it can be done! I mean, really, is there anything a crock-pot can’t do? I’ve only recently come around to its wonders, but I’m must say, I’m impressed, and less stressed.

Dinner makes sense in a slow cooker. (Both this 3-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Thai Coconut Curry Chicken and Hearty Chicken Vegetable and Quinoa Soup have become slow cooker staples in our kitchen, since this mama got her proverbial slow cooker feet wet. By the way, this Instant Pot basically does it all – slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker – and you’ll love it.)

We’ve all heard so many of the easy slow cooker dinner recipes; but dessert? It totally works! And this one in particular – slow cooker apple crisp – it’s one of my favorite slow cooker discoveries to date. That’s a cooking (and baking) win.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now I know apple recipes are typically reserved for the fall – but truth is – we eat them year-round – and I also happen to be a dessert fiend; so in summer, when the temperatures just keep on rising, I’m always on the hunt for no-fuss sweets that don’t require a whole lot of legwork.

Making anything in a slow cooker is great (I mean, really really great!) because it’s kind of a dump-and-wait recipe. Seriously, you just throw all of your ingredients into the crock-pot, and a few hours later, you have a home-cooked meal, orrrr, in this case, a homemade, warm, gooey dessert … just begging to be topped with cold vanilla ice cream, I might add.

And, added bonus: a slow cooker won’t heat up your kitchen on hot summer days the way turning on your oven would.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now back to this dessert I keep raving about: this slow cooker apple crisp is cooked entirely in a crock-pot. Yep, it’s awesome. The oh so easy dessert is packed with juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly oat crisp topping.

While the apple crisp cooks low and slow in the slow cooker, the apples get soft and juicy, and they combine with the sugar and spices to create a perfect caramel-y sauce. The oatmeal topping crisps up, and has that crumbly, buttery texture you know and love. Slow cookers really are magic, aren’t they?

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

But I digress. Here’s how to make the most amazing, and simple, slow cooker apple crisp …

How to Make Homemade Apple Crisp in a Slow Cooker

This simple-as-could-be slow cooker apple crisp is packed with juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly oat crisp topping.

Top with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, because you know you wanna. 

Ingredients

For the apple filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional; I skipped it, mostly because I don't like my desserts too sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the oatmeal crisp topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 

Serve with vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate dessert! (optional)

Instructions

To make the apple filling:

  • Place sliced apples in the slow cooker. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir. (Be sure to use a non-metal spoon so as not to scratch your slow cooker bowl.) Allow the apple filling to sit while you put together the oatmeal crisp topping.

To make the oatmeal crisp topping:

  • Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Add in the butter, and using your fingertips, work the butter into the oat mixture until the mixture starts to clump together.Stir the apple mixture in your slow cooker once more and then spread the apples out into a somewhat even layer. Sprinkle the oatmeal crisp topping over the top.

To cook the apple crisp:

  • Replace the lid. Cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 3-3½ hours, until apples are soft. Turn off heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour before serving (keeping the lid on).

Serve in bowls with heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Hello, easy dessert!

Courses dessert

Recipe adapted via Kristine’s Kitchen

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc   Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Serve this up warm out of the slow cooker, or re-heat portions throughout the week, by microwaving a bowl at a time.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Apple crisp is a great dessert, but feel free to scoop up a bowl for breakfast. I won’t tell! It has fresh apples and oats, after all.

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This easy slow cooker apple crisp will quickly become a favorite in your house!

Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Foodie blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares how to make no-fuss slow cooker apple crisp, full of juicy apples, warm brown sugar, and a buttery crumbly topping. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you make your own apple crisp in a slow cooker, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your yummy no-fuss desserts!

You can find our favorite slow cooker here.

And tell me – how about you? Have you hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? What other slow cooker meals and desserts do you love? Send me your suggestions!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Little love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, a perfectly French marketplace, and super fudgy brownies. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy weekend! In case you haven’t seen it ALL over social media,the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially opens up to the public today. That means, it’s time to scoop up brand new fall goods on a major discount for a super limited time. (You can see all of my picks right here and be sure to let me know if you’re braving the crowds in stores. I’ll be there in spirit! Otherwise, it’s an online life for me.) We are busy, busy, getting ready for Scarlett’s big mermaid birthday party next week, so we’ll be shopping for party supplies, sand bags, balloons, and putting together DIY jellyfish all weekend long. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear joys of a lazy weekend, how to spend all day in bed without feeling like a total sloth.

Dear sweet treats, how adorable are these printable summer pie boxes?

Dear Fall stock-up, hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for all of the best deals! See all of my picks right here (including the things that will being flying like hotcakes!) and all of my home décor favorites.

Dear fitness truths24 thoughts everyone’s had while running.

Dear NYC bound, one of the prettiest bakeries in the city, Maman, has just rolled out a perfectly French marketplace.

Dear history of fashion, the most iconic wedding gowns of all-time.

Dear weekend baking, super fudgy double chocolate brownies.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc. (My nude slides are on sale for $59.90 and come in three colors: nude, silver, and black. Still debating grabbing the silver pair as well because I love them that much! So comfy.)

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Classic Graham Cracker Toffee Bark (a.k.a., Graham Cracker Crack)

If you haven’t ever tried graham cracker toffee bark, I’d like to formally introduce you to everyone’s favorite graham cracker “crack.” Often created using saltines, I’m from the school of thought that subbing out the saltine crackers for graham crackers makes the whole sweet treat over-the-top. The thicker, denser, graham crackers soak up all of that homemade toffee caramel goodness, and the melted chocolate crust is the perfect pairing. I can’t decide which variation I’m more obsessed with: topped with a hardened semi-sweet chocolate shell or milk chocolate shell. My hubby on the other hand, he’s ALL about that white chocolate.

You may remember earlier this year I shared a super sweet, pretty in pink marbled graham cracker toffee bark version of this dessert – that one was created using white chocolate and it is rich, but I wanted to go with the classic, especially because this classic graham cracker toffee bark (covered in sprinkles, of course), works so well for summer.

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I’m actually planning to make a big ol’ batch for Scarlett’s upcoming birthday party. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

So without further ado, the easy steps to make your own classic graham cracker toffee bark …

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Classic Graham Cracker Toffee Bark (a.k.a., Graham Cracker Crack)

Prep

Cook

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You'll fall instantly in love with this nostalgic sweet treat. The dense graham crackers soak up all of that homemade toffee caramel goodness, and the rich chocolate topping is just the icing on the snack!

Ingredients

  • about 10 full-size honey graham crackers, or enough to cover pan
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • sprinkles (or toffee bits) - optional 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with a non-stick silicone baking mat*, parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. (*The baking mat you see in the pictures is a Silpat, and it's my absolute favorite for baking.)
  2. Place graham crackers in pan in a single, flat layer so pan is completely covered with them. You will have to break some crackers to fill in the smaller spaces at the edges. It's ok if there are slight gaps; it doesn't have to be perfect. Set aside.
  3. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan with high sides, add the butter, brown sugar, salt, and heat over medium-high heat to melt. Stir constantly until butter has melted.
  4. After butter has melted, allow mixture to boil for about 4 1/2 to 5 minutes at a medium-fast boil (lots of bubbles). Stir constantly to prevent burning. As you approach the 4 minute mark, mixture should seem thickened with the consistency of medium-thick caramel sauce. Don't overcook.
  5. Evenly pour mixture over graham crackers.
  6. Bake for about 7 minutes, or until there's bubbling around the edges.
  7. While baking, melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, removing from microwave and stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  8. Remove pan from oven at the 7-minute mark. Pour melted chocolate evenly over the caramel-covered grahams. If needed, use a spatula to smooth it into an even, smooth layer of melted chocolate. Top with sprinkles or toffee bits.
  9. Allow to cool for about 3 to 4 hours, or until chocolate has set and dessert is sliceable. Cut into squares once chocolate has completely hardened. Note: you can refrigerate this to speed up the cooling/firming process, but it will create a bit of condensation on the chocolate. This is merely a cosmetic issue, but obviously, you can avoid this by just allowing it to dry completely on your countertop. Your toffee bark will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe adapted via Averie Cooks

Courses dessert

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

I mean, how good does that caramel-soaked graham cracker layer look? It’s buttery, dense, sweet, but not too sweet; perfection in my book.

Plus, sprinkles make everything better.

This classic graham cracker toffee bark, a.k.a., graham cracker crack, is a total crowd pleaser, and for good reason. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you find yourself baking up a batch of classic graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and desserts!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

15 Must-Have Home Décor Pieces (and They’re ALL On Sale)

Last year, in my quest to fill my cart with ALL of the booties on sale, I realized that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale also boasted an amazing selection of home décor pieces that were majorly discounted for a limited time. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really is one of the best times to scoop up some items for your home as well as your closet – especially with the change of seasons coming quicker than you know it. With a new little one on the way, I have both a nursery and toddler room to decorate, plus their bathroom to update. I have my eye on this crochet shower curtain and these Turkish towels for the girls’ bathroom, and I keep coming back to this amazing linen duvet cover for our own bedroom.

Psst … all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks are right here!

 
So without further ado, I’m sharing my 15 favorite picks from the home décor section at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

15 Must-Have Home Décor Pieces (and They're ALL On Sale). Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Delilah Woven Wall Hanging, on sale for $35.90 – This one keeps on selling out, but seems to be restocked throughout the sale. Keep your eyes peeled and snatch it up when it’s available again. You can’t beat that price for such a pretty wall hanging. (This woven wall hanging is equally adorable.)

Fancy Five-Piece Gallery Wall Art Print Set, on sale for $65.90 – Every year, a few of these print sets go on sale, and I always dream about snatching them up. They’re an instant gallery wall, and always work so well on a blank canvas. (I’m also loving this Framed Plus White Wall Art and this Midnight Cacti Framed Wall Art.)

Two-Tone Metallic Straw Basket, on sale for $24.90 – We have two of these baskets in our house and I use them for everything. I’ve never seen one of the extra pretty two-tone/metallic versions on sale this cheap.

diptyque Scented Candle Set, $55 (a $75 value) – Use these to store lipsticks and jewelry once the candle runs out. I also love these sets because they’re a great way to try out all of the amazing diptyque scents.

Bliss Plush Throw, on sale for $25.90 – I love this blanket so much, I’m thinking of buying it in a second color. (Already ordered in the “vanilla.”) It really is that buttery soft.

Barefoot Dreams Heathered Throw Blanket, on sale for $89 – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the only times of the year that the amazing Barefoot Dreams  blankets go on sale. We have three – one I use every night in our bedroom, one I use on our sofa, and one Scarlett has claimed as her own. They’re that good.

Sherpa Lines Wool Rug, on sale for as low as $125.90 – Large neutral rugs are hard to find on a budget. This one is unbelievably on-trend and made of 100% wool. If you’ve been searching for the right large rug, this is it!

Clean Bath Rug, on sale for $21.90 – SO cute.

Year Round Down Comforter – The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to buy a new duvet comforter, and these Nordstrom Home year round comforters are great quality and LAST.

Turkish Pestemal Towel, on sale for $21.90 (regularly $34) – These turkish towels make such a pretty statement hanging on a bathroom wall, but they’re also great to bring to a picnic, to the beach, or to wrap up in on a cool summer night.

Coppertone Table Lamp, on sale for $59.90 (regularly $90) – This is the kind of lamp that fits in to almost any room design. It’s sleek and modern and on major discount for a limited time.

You Are My Sunshine Wall Art, on sale for $46.90 – With a new baby on the way, and a toddler ready for her “big girl” room, I’ve got decorating on the brain. Wouldn’t this sweet sign make the perfect addition to a kids room or nursery? (It’s made of vintage metal and reclaimed wood.)

Zira Euro Sham, on sale for $29.90 – These fringed beauties would make such a fun addition to any bohemian bedding set.

Mixed Stripe Sequin Accent Pillow, on sale for $39.90 – I love the pattern, fringe, and sequins on this Moroccan-inspired throw pillow, and it easily works in every season.

Picnic Pouf – If you’ve been searching for a bit of extra seating for your living room, that doesn’t take up too much space, these striped poufs are perfection. They lighten up a space, add a fun seating option, and slide easily under a coffee or console table for maximum space-saving.

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How to Make Floral Ice Cubes

I am so excited about today’s post. What makes these beautiful DIY floral ice cubes so wonderful, is their simplicity. And the flowers. If it were up to me, I’d cover the world in flowers. (I mean, have you seen our parties?)

Focus, Lexi.

Today’s DIY; it’s all about flowers. Floral ice cubes. Specifically, the ridiculously simple steps on just how to make floral ice cubes, will have you wondering just why exactly you haven’t been making floral ice cubes for … well, every single party ever.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This simple party trick takes seconds to make, can be created ahead of time (for a fuss-free party touch), cool down your beverage or cocktail, and leave floating blooms in your drink when the ice cubes melt.

Talk about WOWing your guests.

Trust me, they will be impressed.

Sometimes it’s the thoughtful little touches that make all of the impact.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Most of the blooms I used are for decorative purposes only, but here’s a great list of edible flowers to use for your next batch of DIY floral ice cubes.

If you can’t get your hands on edible flowers in time, no worries: make floral ice cubes with any flowers you have on hand, fill a clear ice bucket with your pretty ice cubes, and use it to display and serve chilled bottles of champagne, prosecco, or rosé.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE DIY FLORAL ICE CUBES

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Small flowers
Bottled or Boiled Water
Small ice cube trays (or large ice cube trays)*

DIRECTIONS

  1. It’s best to use bottled water or water you’ve boiled in a kettle (allowing the water to cool completely before using.) You want your flowers to show through the ice, which means, you’ll want crystal clear water. Tap water will totally work here too, it just may be a bit cloudier than bottled or boiled water.
  2. Clip your small flowers off their stems, right at the base of the flower, and carefully run all of your flowers under cool water to wash them off. (Remember: these are going in your drinks!)
  3. I quickly realized that pouring the bottled or boiled and cooled water into the ice cube trays, and then placing the flowers into each square, worked best. The flowers will float, so you may want to use a toothpick to place them whichever way you want. The “bottom” of the ice cube tray, will most likely become the “top” of your finished ice cube, because it will have the smoothest surface, so you may want to use a toothpick or your fingers to gently turn the flower upside down in the water before you freeze your trays.
  4. Allow your ice cube tray(s) to set for a few hours, or at most, overnight, but be sure not to leave them frozen for too long, as the flowers will start to discolor. i.e., plan to make these either the night before a party, or just a few hours before the main event.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

*This brand of ice cube trays is my favorite because they make perfect ice cubes, that pop out effortlessly, every time.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Aren’t these floral ice cubes such a pretty addition to just about any drink or ice bucket? Party perfect.

How to make the prettiest simple DIY floral ice cubes using fresh flowers for your next party. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you make your own floral ice cubes, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi). I love to see your creations!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access! (Plus, Tricks for Scoring the Best Deals)

The 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access officially starts TODAY, July 13th, at 12am PST/3am EST. This is one of THE sales of the year, and easily a favorite of mine. It’s also the kind of sale where items sell out in MINUTES. (Thankfully, Nordstrom does try to re-stock throughout the sale, so you’ve got to be on the lookout for your favorites.) What makes this sale so special is that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is nothing but ALL NEW fall items that are marked down for a limited time. When the sale ends, the prices go back up to their original price. It’s a whole different kind of sale WIN knowing that all of the items you’re shopping are brand new, never been seen. Here’s what you need to know, plus tricks for scoring the best finds …

WHEN TO SHOP

If you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access starts on Thursday, July 13th. This means you must have a Nordstrom credit or debit card to access the sale online or preview it in stores. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public a week later on July 21st and runs through August 6th.

THE PERKS OF BEING A NORDSTROM CARDHOLDER (PSST … SIGNING UP IS EASY!)

Hubby and I are really careful about what credit cards we’re willing to have. We actually only have two credit cards and one debit card total, and a few years ago, we decided to enroll for two more debit cards: a Nordstrom Card (in preparation for a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale when I was on the hunt for a new coat) and a Target Red Card. We’ve loved having both cards. The Nordstrom Card perks are pretty awesome, I’ve always loved being a Nordstrom customer because they treat you SO well (amazing return policy, free tailoring, etc.), and the benefit of early access to their biggest sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is enough to make it totally worth it in my book.

OBSESSED with the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. shares tricks for scoring the best deals. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Shearling Collar Coat, $279.90 ($425 after sale) // T3 Hair Dryer, $134 ($200 regularly) // Tie Sleeve Top, $49.90 ($79 after sale) // Diamond MICHELE Watch, $929.90 ($1,395 after sale) // Double Zip Bootie, $105.90 ($159.95 after sale) – Love these!

Hunter Short Rain Boot, $119.90 ($185 after sale) – also in tall // Step Hem Ankle Jeans, $59.90 ($89.50 after sale) // Sunglasses, $79.90 ($120 after sale) // Lace Camisole, $22.90 ($35 after sale) // Belted Leather Moto Jacket, $469.90 ($705 after sale) – And I love this more affordable suede option!

Stretch Leather Biker Pants, $649.90 ($999 after sale) // Ex-Boyfriend Jeans, $149.90 ($225 after sale) // Yves Saint Laurent Set, $74 ($106 regularly)

Adidas Leggings, $25.90 ($35 after sale) // Pearl Mule, $59.90 ($89.95 after sale); also crushing on the Velvet Mule, also, $59.90 ($89.95 after sale) // Studded Sandal, $99 ($149.95 after sale) // Stretch Bootie, $79.90 ($119.95 after sale) // SPANX Hipster Panties, $15.90 ($24 after sale) – The Higher Power Shaper Panties are also on sale! // Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt, $45.90 ($69 after sale)

MAC Red Lip Kit, $36.50 (regularly $55.50) – The MAC Prep + Prime alone makes this SO worth it. // Earrings, $51.90 ($78 after sale) // Kite Chain Bracelet, $165.90 ($250 after the sale) // diptyque candle set, $55 (regularly $75) // Perforated Sneaker, $66.90 ($99.95 after sale) – Also comes in Silver. // Faux Fur Anorak, $109.90 ($168 after sale)

Bralette, $25.90 ($39 after sale) // Vince Camuto Over the Knee Boot, $159.90 ($239.95 after sale) // Mixed Media Sweatshirt, $45.90 ($69 after sale) // Open Knee Leggings, $42.90 ($65 after sale) – Zella makes THE beMixed Media Sweatshirst leggings, and the Live-In High Waist Leggings (have and love these!), All In Ankle Leggings, and Keep it Cool Crop Leggings are also on sale.

UGG Boot, $119.90 ($179.95 after sale) // Block Heel Sandal Bootie, $99.90 ($149.95 after sale) // Madewell Stripe Leather Tote, $129.90 ($198 after sale) – Love the updated design. // Natori Feathers Bra, $44.90 ($68 after sale) – One of my absolute favorite bras! // Nike Sneaker, $70.90 ($95 after sale) // Converse, $35.90 ($54.95 after sale)

*** I also have my eye on the Long Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan, $199.90 ($299 after sale), Rebecca Minkoff Leather Hobo Bag, $216.90 ($250 after sale) – this bag will last and last, this button-front swingy dress under $60, this black sheer bell sleeve smock dress for $35.90 (!!!), and this adorable Striped Dress, $65.90 ($99 after sale). I’m stocking up on my favorite seamless bra in every color because it’s just $11.90 during the sale! These Stuart Weitzman Elevated Over the Knee Boots, $499 ($799 after sale) are basically a total dream, the Steve Madden Thigh High Over the Knee boots are equally gorgeous and just $86.90, and if you’re on the market for riding boots, these Tory Burch boots are perfection. Tory Burch sandals and Tory Burch Ballet flats are also on sale! And I think this Barefoot Dreams Cozy Cardigan, $75.90 ($114 after sale) would be perfect for the hospital stay when we have baby girl number two!

 

WHAT TO BUY

I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to shop the brand new season, on-trend items. The best thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and probably why it is SO popular, is that the products sold are all new arrivals for fall. We’re talking new clothes for women, men, kids, and baby, shoes, bags, homeware, and all new collections, that have never been seen or released until now! I take advantage of the sale every year, and I’ve bought some of my favorite pieces through the sale. (Coats, boots, and bags are always my picks, but more on that below.)

For years, my mom, sister, and I, start by browsing the catalog (you can check this year’s catalog out here), and we really try to narrow down what we really need aaaand want for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

So let’s break it down …

  1. Coats and Leather Jackets. Over the years, I think I’ve bought two coats that I have worn endlessly from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Jackets are the perfect thing to get during the sale, because all of the styles are brand new – a.k.a., perfect for the upcoming cold seasons – and coat and leather jacket options include best-selling brands like Vince, MackageTreasure & Bond, Alice + OliviaBurberry, etc. that don’t normally go on sale … like, ever.
  2. Boots. Without fail, I always buy at least one pair of boots during the sale. This year the sale includes styles from Rag & BoneStuart Weitzman, Steve MaddenSam Edelman, Dolce VitaUGGSperryHunter, Rebecca Minkoff, and Vince Camuto (so many good styles from VC this year!) I always try to choose pairs that have a classic, streamlined look; i.e., a pair I can wear for years to come. Winter boots and cold-weather boots are also a great thing to snag at the sale, because they rarely go on sale and you’ll definitely need a pair once the snow starts falling.
  3. Handbags. This is the time to get your new fall/winter designer bag. Some of my favorite handbag brands on sale: Rebecca MinkoffMadewellkate spade new york, Frye, and Rebecca Minkoff.
  4. Sneakers + Activewear. I want ALL of the Nike styles this year. There are also some great options from Adidas. Plus so many cute leggings (buy anything Zella that goes on sale … the best, I tell you), sweatshirts and tanks.
  5. Sweaters. Oh, how I love a good sweater. Cashmere, wool, and luxe sweaters and cardigans … that’s the way to go during the sale. Keep an eye out for great finds from Eileen FisherTheoryFree PeopleVince, and Halogen.
  6. Designer denim. I’ve bought some of my most-worn pairs of jeans at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in years past. Brands like AGCurrent/ElliottFRAME and Rag & Bone are included. Prices will be up to 40% off so the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is definitely the best time to stock up on denim for fall.
  7. Accessories. Without fail, I always find myself getting a new bra or pair of sunglasses. There are amazing deals this year on things like watches (MICHELE), wallets, and jewelry. The sales on designer sunglasses during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are HUGE, and I’ve always loved Nordstrom’s selection of intimates, so the fact that my favorites (like Wacoal, Free People, Natori, Hanky Panky, SPANX, and Calvin Klein) are on sale, well, that’s just a win.
  8. Beauty. This year, there are some crazy good brand new beauty items on sale, like diptyque candles, Bobbi Brown palettes, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Duos, a T3 dryer, and MAC lip kits. (I have my eye on the Yves Saint Laurent Nude Lip Set.) Buy the fall season’s hottest scents and colors on sale; you’ll be thanking yourself later.
  9. Mens, Kids, and Home. The men’s shoes are insanely good this year – hubby actually has a pair of the Cole Haan Derby shoes in our cart as I write this. I love getting Scarlett a new coat and/or winter boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, these toddler and kids pompom sneakers, starting at $29, are darling, and you know I’ll be stocking up for the new baby girl too! Last year, I was blown away by what the home section of the sale had to offer: the coziest Barefoot Dreams blankets (we have one in every room of our house), the cutest decor, and an awesome selection of bedding and pillows. I’ll be doing separate roundups and mentions of my favorite products. So stay tuned here on the blog and on instagram (plus lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along!

GO IN WITH A GAME PLAN

Think about what you need and want. Plan with the upcoming colder weather in mind. Remember that Nordstrom does try to restock some items, but many of the best and most popular deals will sell out FAST. Nordstrom has an amazing return policy, with free shipping and returns, so don’t be shy about ordering something, trying it out, and returning it if it’s not a perfect fit.

Check back here and on the Glitter, Inc. instagramfacebook, and twitter often for the best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ll keep on sharing updates on my favorite finds, things I think will sell out fast, and the very best deals. For instance, today, Thursday, I did a HUGE shoe visit/try-on on my Insta Stories. Check it out! 💗

 

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Lexi