To say it’s been a tough 18 months would be an understatement, but here’s one bright spot for you: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 is finally here. Besides Black Friday, the department store’s annual blowout is one of the biggest sales we look forward to every year, and we’re delighted to report that this year’s deals are as stellar as ever. While you can grab your favorite leggings and Meghan Markle–approved staples, the real treat-yourself moments are located in the beauty department.
From a mammoth-sized La Mer to the microcurrent device that everyone’s obsessed with (spoiler alert: It’s NuFace), the beauty section is jam-packed with truly luxe products at as close to affordable as they’ll ever get. In fact, there are so many exceptional deals here that trolling the sale page could practically be a full-time job. That’s where we come in.
We pulled together all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals on prestige products you won’t want to miss. Start checking out now, as the sale only runs until August 8—and products move fast. Scroll on for the best luxury scores, and don’t forget to check out some of our other favorite affordable Nordstrom beauty deals. This sale has really got it all.
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The floodgates to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 are officially open—and for all you online shopping enthusiasts, it’s truly next-level. So many fashion deals have already come and gone this summer—Memorial Day! Amazon Prime Day! July 4th!—it’s hard to keep track of everything we’ve added to (and forgotten in) our carts. But holding out for the best clothing sales makes a world of difference when you’re rethinking your entire post-pandemic aesthetic—and fortunately for us, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is brimming with cute dresses, tops, and sandals to fulfill your current dressing needs.
To help you budget for the sale finds actually worth your coin, we took a first pass of all the deals—which in true Nordstrom fashion ranges on everything from designer clothing to shoes, lingerie, and yes, even athleisure. (We love options.)
The big blowout wraps on August 8—and unlike most sales we shop on the reg, designer markdowns at Nordstrom tend to vanish while they’re in our carts. This means every waking minute/hour/day until then is precious. The clock’s already ticking, so scroll down for all of our favorite fashion picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021.
The Best Nordstrom Dresses Sales
Whether you’re on the hunt for a throw-on-and-go mini for the weekend, an effortless midi for the office, or an affordable bridesmaid dress for your best friend’s wedding, you’re guaranteed to find something in the mix—and at dangerously tempting price points, might we add. (Just saying, that $39 BP. dress is giving us major Hill House Home vibes.)
BP. Swiss-Dot Ruffle Cotton Sundress
Faithfull the Brand Floral Puff Sleeve Cotton Minidress
Vince Pima Cotton Sleeveless Dress
Treasure & Bond Sleeveless Knit Dress
Ba&sh Candice Wrap-Front Long-Sleeve Midi Dress
Never Fully Dressed Black Swallows Smocked Long Sleeve Midi Dress
The Best Nordstrom Designer Sales
We may be in the throes of summer heat, but it’s hard not to daydream about the prospects of cooler temps when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has so many good fall pieces worth investing in. Take your pick of everything from nautical knits and “grandpa” sweater vests to high-waist denim and buttery-soft leather jackets.
A lingerie refresh is always welcome—and with so many undeniably comfortable bras and thongs up for grabs for way less, it would be foolish not to spruce up some part of your top drawer. Not sure where to start? Try the Natori Feathers Bra. It has a major celeb following and consistently tops Nordstrom’s best-sellers list in the intimates department. Pajamas and layering tanks are also marked down, in case you’ve washed your go-tos threadbare.
Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra
True & Co. True Body V-neck Bralette
Hanky Panky Regular-Rise Lace Thong
Chantelle Lingerie Soft Stretch High-Waist Briefs
Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Short Pajamas
Commando Butter Camisole
The Best Nordstrom Shoe Sales
No surprise here, but Nordstrom has some pretty steep discounts going on over in the shoe section. Snap up a new pair of white sneakers or score a cute pair of platform sandals to wear the rest of the summer season.
P448 Thea Platform Sneaker
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Move Platform High-Top Sneakers
Schutz Byana Espadrille Platform Sandals
Tory Burch Carson Thong Welt Sandal
On Cloudflow Running Shoes
Asics Gel-Kayano 27 Running Shoes
The Best Nordstrom Athleisure & Basics Sales
We may not have the burning desire for matching workout and lounge sets that we did at the start of the pandemic, but they’re still wardrobe essentials for off-duty dressing—and there’s no need to buy these staples at full price if you don’t have to. Besides, we’ll always have ample space in our hearts (and drawers) for more leggings and sports bras.
Alo Real Sports Bra
Alo Airlift High Waist 7/8 Leggings
Beyond Yoga Twinkle Slim Racerback Sports Bra
Girlfriend Collective Bike Unitard
Free People FP Movement Let’s Go Seamless Bike Shorts
Nike Sportswear Essential Bike Shorts
Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Pants
Adidas Fleece Joggers
Zella Live In High-Waist Leggings
Yes, Zella’s cult-favorite Live-In high-waist leggings come in sizes 1X to 3X, too.
During a time where workplace rules and boundaries are constantly shifting as many of us navigate new realities of remote work or lives as digital nomads, Simone and Naomi are also examples of how Black women are continuing to impact the way we all push back against toxic work environments and the systems that create them.
“I worked for a very big sports media company. As a Black woman in that company I was expected to be on all of the time. It’s almost as if I was placed in certain positions to compete with my coworkers,” says Krissy Brierre-Davis, a business operations consultant. “While my white counterpart was praised for the bare minimum, I worked 24/7 and never received acknowledgement for a job well done. I was burned out.” Ultimately, she decided to leave to save herself, her family and her sanity. “Unfortunately many don’t have the ability to do that, but I knew that if I didn’t I risked losing far more than I was willing to,” she says.
There is a growing movement for the radical prioritization of rest among Black women. Community healers like The Nap Ministry and Erika Totten remind us of the importance of rest. It’s not a trend, but a birthright—a revolutionary stance in itself. Armed with decades worth of experiences, resources, and tools that lead people to liberation, their work calls in the past, present, and the power of rest. “When you’re resting, it’s restoring your body so that you do have enough capacity to move on towards your vision,” says Totten via her #ToLiveUnchained Sessions on Facebook Live. Or as Tricia Hersey, affectionately known as The Nap Bishop of The Nap Ministry, puts it:“There is never enough rest and leisure for those with a legacy of enslavement. Claim it.”
There has been a growing awareness of the importance of talking about mental health in the sports community in recent years. But Biles’ powerful actions in Tokyo also shine a light on the importance of recognizing the mental health burdens Black women carry. In the Black community, anxiety and depression often go untreated. That means even while working, many of us are suffering in silence and you wouldn’t know it unless you asked—see Osaka’s confession of dealing with depression since 2018 as a prime example. “Taking one’s rest is so vital and revolutionary for Black women because every single day we wake up and proverbially build Rome, often without the proper tools needed or support necessary to solidify a foundation,” says Ru Johnson, cultural strategist at Roux Black. “That takes work. Emotional work, physical work, spiritual work. Black women are working. Every day. At every moment.”
Robertson, the business coach, was recently diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder—a condition that causes severe anxiety and depression every month. As an entrepreneur, a wife and a mom, she had to make the decision to cut back in her business so that she could prioritize herself. “I still would like to hear more people talk about how protecting your mental health isn’t a weakness. Just because you need a break or choose to remove yourself for the betterment of your mental health doesn’t mean that you’re lacking anything,” she says. “That should be something that is praised and not pitied.”
The current cultural conversation around Black and women rest is also revolutionary because it ties into an even bigger discussion around what we need in order to strengthen our communities. While Black women are resting and being examples of liberation by prioritizing their wellbeing, they’re also ensuring the betterment of our world. “What do we do to hold our women and girls up when the rest of the world won’t? How do we make it our responsibility to love and protect each other?” says Evans-Clark. “And not just those of us on Olympic stages, but Black women with and without jobs, the unhoused, Black queer women and femmes. We have some questions to answer within our own homes.”
Stepping away from the expectations of the world may be Biles’ most important legacy. She’s not letting anyone rule her. She is winning. And for the rest of us, Johnson leaves us with this question: “I’d like for folks to ask themselves, What can I do to make life easier for Black women who are carrying so much?”
Melissa Kimble is a Memphis based cultural writer and strategist, writing and building at the intersection of culture, community, and wellness.
To kick off the new year, This Is Us star Justin Hartley went Instagram-official with actor Sofia Pernas, clearly ready to leave his own relationship drama of 2020 behind him. And this new duo is just one of many who made things official in 2021.
Here are all the biggest new celebrity couples who got together in 2021.
In the wake of Simone Biles’s exit from some Olympic events, many stars and prominent figures have praised the gymnast for prioritizing her health—including former first lady Michelle Obama, who tweeted her praise for Biles and the USA gymnastics team.
“Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. @Simone_Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the the silver medal, Team @USA!” Michelle Obama tweeted on July 27, after the gymnast pulled out of the all-around final.
After Biles withdrew, her teammate and friend, Jordan Chiles, took her spot in the team competition, and together the women of Team USA brought home a silver; the Russian Olympic Committee scored gold. Biles’s teammate, Sunisa Lee, wrote on Instagram after the medal ceremony, “Olympic silver medalists. the fighting 4🤍beyond proud of this team. in my heart, we are winners. we fought til the end and didn’t give up. tonight may not have gone how we wanted it to but we stepped up to the plate and give it our all. best team i could’ve asked for.”
And Biles herself said about the silver medal win, “I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all.”
Biles wrote on Instagram a few days ago about Olympics pressure. “it wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” she said. “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually🤍 they mean the world to me!”
Lydia Jacoby just won an Olympic gold medal for swimming the 100-meter breaststroke, and she did so while rocking a pair of pink goggles with a special story behind them.
Jessica Hardy, a swimmer who medaled at the 2012 London Games, wrote on Twitter just before Jacoby’s meet on July 26, “Pink goggle watch! Help me cheer on Lydia Jacoby in tonight’s 100 breaststroke final 7:17PM PST. Met this girl hosting a clinic at her home pool in Alaska 5 years ago & she’s still racing in my goggles since. Go get em Lydia proud of you no matter what happens!”
Maybe it was Hardy’s well wishes, her lucky goggles, or the fact that Jacoby had the swim of a lifetime, but the Alaskan native took home the gold. She beat out her teammate, Lilly King, who won the same event during the 2016 Rio Games. (King took home a bronze medal this year.)
As Jacoby is just 17, this means she’s had those goggles since she was 12. So sweet!
On the podium, Jacoby represented not only the United States, but her state, Alaska; she’s the first Olympic swimmer ever from the state, which only has one 50-meter pool.
“A lot of big-name swimmers come from big, powerhouse clubs,” Jacoby told the Associated Press. “Me coming from a small club, in a state with such a small population, really shows everyone that you can do it no matter where you’re from.” Jacoby’s hometown of Seward has a population of just 2,733 people. An unlikely origin for a gold medal-winning swimmer, perhaps, but maybe Lydia Jacoby knew she was destined for the Games. Maybe that’s why she held onto those goggles. Or maybe she just knew they looked cute as heck. During her winning swim, she was sporting pink nails, too.
Of course, the iconic pair she wore that day isn’t available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but there is a pair that’s nearly identical. A version of her Looker jeans are discounted right now from $220 to $136.80. This pair doesn’t have a ripped knee and they’re cropped—but those are the only differences we can spot.
Mother The Looker Crop Skinny Jeans
Markle has other reasons to suggest that Mother jeans are a favorite in her closet: She’s sported the denim brand again since her first appearance, donning a pair during the 2018 Invictus Games. This time around she chose a slick pair of black skinnies, offset by a bright white blazer.
And yes, there’s a similar black style at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Usually it retails for $220, but during the retailer’s epic event, they’re marked down to $132. But now that the sale is open to everyone, there’s no doubt both of these pairs will sell out quick. So be sure add these to your cart, stat.
Mother The Looker High-Waist Skinny Jeans
Like Markle, you don’t have to limit yourself to one pair of royal-friendly jeans, so if you’ve ever wanted to do denim like a duchess, now’s your chance.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck: Two incredibly rich, hot, consenting adults, performing mild softcore porn for public consumption.
In case you are living under a rock(s that I’ve got): In 2002, when Lopez and Affleck were first dating, Lopez released a music video for “Jenny From the Block.” In one scene, the couple lies on the deck of a yacht and Affleck lowers his mouth to Lopez’s ass, gives it a tender kiss, rubs it, and then unties her bikini bottoms and flings them away. Good for him!
Last weekend, the on-again couple gave us the A-lister version of a revolutionary war reenactment. As regular people drank room temperature beer and cleaned our horrible little houses, Bennifer climbed aboard a yacht, took off most of their clothes, and silently recreated the “Jenny From the Block” ass caress.
They staged a scene for the paparazzi, based on a music video about being tailed by the paparazzi. They blurred the lines between life, art, and gossip. It’s like having sex in front of a mirror, but on the world stage. Bless them! This is exactly what they should be doing.
For decades, we as a society have been obsessed with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Isn’t it nice to know that they’re just as obsessed with us? They’re playing directly to us. They need us, and they know it. Yes, they use yachts as props, whereas we own dozens of useless pieces of Tupperware. But we’re a part of the same ecosystem. JLo and Ben are back together. But the real love affair is between fame and fans.
It’s become increasingly clear that the Hollywood machine has malfunctioned. Again and again, beloved performers are coming forward and saying their fame has been tainted by abuse, discrimination, and inhuman pressure. The brave public statements by Britney Spears, Meghan Markle, and Demi Lovato, to name just a few, remind us that women and minorities aren’t safe, even when they meet society’s highest standards for excellence. If the wealthiest and most successful people are suffering, what does that mean for the rest of us?
It feels like a relief to see two celebrities so completely in control of their own narratives. With twenty years of fame under their belts, they demonstrate the ideal symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the public: They lie on piles of money and touch each others’ butts, and we watch. It’s like Old Hollywood, without the drugs and world wars.
Tired of maintaining highlights but looking for a way to spruce up your hair color this summer? Then consider “sunset brown,” a warm shade that’ll grow out softly and doesn’t take multiple treatments to achieve.
This auburn-ish tone is like brown sugar, but for hair: a happy medium between dark and light with just a hint of rosy glow. The key? Making things warmer, not brighter. As Rex Jimieson, colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, tells us, “Not everyone needs highlights or contrast. Go extra healthy with a warm brown demi-permanent.”
Jimieson says clients starting with darker hair should go up “about one-and-a-half levels to get that natural warm tone.” He explains that embracing the warmth is not only super pretty, but takes less upkeep than ashy shades in the summer sun.
That’s right: no bleaching, no intense layering—just an overall shade that will pick up the light and make you look amazing. Jimieson advises that if you like the color and want to keep it, you should “plan to touch up about every six weeks. But don’t fear: Your line of grow-out will be soft as we are talking demi-permanent color.”
If you’re already making an appointment at the salon, then jot down Jimieson’s recommendation for what to ask your colorist for: “A muted warm brown demi-permanent color, no more than one-and-a-half shades lighter than your real hair color. Often using a natural tone without any ash in it will reveal enough of your warm underlying pigment. So if the term warm scares you, start with just a reduction in the use of ash tone.” Could not be simpler.
The overall effect is lighter and less dramatic than a dark shade, like iced espresso hair—but so much easier to maintain than even a subtle blonde look, like coconut candy hair. No more mixing highlights and lowlights; this is one shade to rule them all. Sunset brown!
Olympic couples—a.k.a two Olympic athletes who are either dating, engaged, or married—have always been a thing, but at the Tokyo Games, their presence is sweeter than ever. That’s because for the first time, the Olympics isn’t allowing audiences to watch IRL. That means the athletes can’t have the in-person support of their family and friends, which is no-doubt tough. But Olympic couples at least have each other to make it through these few weeks. Who better to lean on than someone you’re dating who also knows exactly what you’re experiencing? Because they’re experiencing it too.
These 10 pairs, below, are the epitome of that. You know what they say: A couple who wins medals together, stays together.
The couple announced their engagement in October 2020.
Hunter Woodhall and Tara Davis (both track and field)
This is Davis’ first Olympic Games; Woodhall, meanwhile, earned both silver and bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympics.
Megan Jones and Celia Quansah (both women’s rugby, Great Britain)
“We never spoke out about [our relationship] initially, but when we did the response was incredible,” Quansah said to BBC in June. “Everyone was like this is amazing, you’re helping so many people by doing this. We didn’t even think about it before. If we can help one person feel like they can be themselves, it just makes you want to do it more.”
Sandi Morris (pole vaulting, USA) and Tyrone Smith (long-jumping, Bermuda)
These two married in 2019. Morris told CNN, “Our story is very embedded in the Olympics, and Rio is really where we got to know each other, spend time together, and I would go as far as to say we fell in love.”
Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud (both The Netherlands, men’s equestrian)
These two have been together for over 10 years. According to The Advocate, Minderhoud told Eurodressage.com in 2008, “Competitions are a way of life, and it is so much fun if you are with someone who precisely understands that and knows what you are doing, dedicating all your time to horses.”
Anissa Urtez (women’s softball, Mexico) and Amanda Chidester (women’s softball, USA)