Ok- the NSALE is over, but I was asked to share some back-to-school budget-friendly items that are similar to the n-sale.

Short answer: Nordstrom Rack!  I love Nordstrom Rack for a lot of reasons- great prices (sometimes ridiculously low prices on name brand items!), great brands, and often has very similar styles in items that are currently at Nordstrom. You can almost always find what you’re looking for at the Rack for a fraction of the cost of items at Nordy’s. That’s why I love shopping around here- in store and online around this time of year when the NSALE has finished up. A lot of items actually will slowly end up over to the rack that hadn’t sold out of during the Nsale! I saw that a few times happen with items I purchased during the sale last year! It usually starts to filter in mid-winter and into early spring from when I started noticing it!

So below are some hot ticket items that I think you’ll love and that your wallet will love, too!

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Faux Wrap Pullover – love this color, comes in a handful of others, too!

Side Button Turtleneck Sweater – this color is so good for fall and one of my favorite types of sweaters for fall is one with a cowl neck like this!

Striped Balloon Sleeve Pullover – These colors are so pretty for the fall, and this balloon sleeve sweater is perfectly cozy and structured-slouchy!

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Cozy Short Walker Cardigan – comes in a ton of colors, great price point, and love how soft this is!

Starry Night Pullover – I just love this star and lightning bolt trend happening with sweaters. This one is a fun pick up!

Open Cardigan With Pockets – I love this one and it is super similar to this BP. open front cardigan I have that sold out during the Nsale, but is back in stock now!!

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Ryder Cardigan – summer version of one of Madewell’s top selling cardigans! Under $40, normally these are nearly $100! If you need a light sweater for the office or in the classroom for all my teacher friends- this is it!

Madewell Woolblend Pullover – Love how easy this one is. Throw it on alone, with a blanket scarf, a fun pair of trousers with color or a pair of black or blue denim and you’re good to go!

Madewell Jean Jacket – I shared the oversized denim jacket I picked up from the Nsale this year, but if you’re looking for one a nice jean jacket that isn’t oversized, this is a great option, great quality, and at a very affordable price just under $60!

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Reversible Camo Utility Jacket – I wanted to share this reversible jacket, because it’s basically a 2-for-1 and it is at an amazing price point- just under $50! Camo is still very big for fall (I’m happy about it!) 🙂 so this is a really nice option that won’t break the bank!

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BP. Brice Notched Bootie – these have been included in the NSale two years now! Great classic bootie with a bit of a western flare and can’t beat $46!!

Vince Camuto Ankle Bootie – I love the details on these! So cute and similarly priced like VC booties are during the Nsale

Vince Camuto Western Bootie – I am loving the look of these! These were apart of the Nsale last year also!

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Marc Fisher Bootie – Under $70 for Marc Fisher booties, hard to beat! I love the perforation to these and that little detail at the tip of the toes… super cute! These will go with anything!

Original Hunter Boots! – the color is so versatile and will work both now in the fall and in the spring. If I didn’t get these in black, this would’ve been my next choice! $89!!!  normally $150!

Steve Madden Perforated Bootie – I have these and wear them CONSTANTLY in the fall! I have had them for a handful of years now. They are very breathable with the perforation to them, and go with anything! I wear them in the spring and summer too!

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Steve Madden Slip-on Mule – I have these in black and they are so versatile now and in the spring when it warms up! They come in a handful of other color options too!

Franko Sarto Notched Bootie – if you’re loving this animal print trend for fall, you’ll love these and love the price even more!

Steve Madden d’Orsay Flat – another perfect flat for fall, several neutral color options!

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Cloudfoam Pure Sneaker – great everyday sneaker! These are very similar to a pair that sold out this year during the Nsale!

Edge Lux Sneaker– another great sneaker that was apart of the Nsale this year in different color options- but I love these black ones!

Cloudfoam Pure Sneaker – same shoe as the first one just in another color option!

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Steve Madden Wedge Sneaker – these were included in last year’s Nsale and they are very similar to the pair that was included this year! They come in a super cute camo too that I think would be perfect for football games this fall.

Suede Slip-on Sneaker – a great neutral shoe option for now in the fall and again in the spring! These look so cute with jeans or even a denim skirt!

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Paisley 3/4 sleeve v-neck button dress – love this for a fall wedding, comes in a pretty floral print too! I also like that it has functioning buttons for nursing mamas!

3/4 Sleeve Knit Dress – loving this color for fall! A little more casual, but could still work for a fall wedding, and would look so cute paired with a jean jacket and wedge sandals for a easy transitional look from summer to fall!


Hoping these looks give you a little more affordable options for great brands as you look for a few back-to-school pieces! Happy Wednesday, friends!

with love,

from courtney

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