Bath & Body

Athena Calderone, Eye Swoon, photo by Sarah Elliott

Recently, lifestyle designer and creator of the digital inspiration destination EyeSwoon Athena Calderone immersed herself in the two newest scents from Donna Karan: Liquid Cashmere Black and Liquid Cashmere White. Playing off the rich notes of the one and the airier aroma of the other, Calderone developed two distinct sensory experiences. We spoke with her about these two beautifully developed vignettes (An Indulgent Sensory Experience and the Purity of Scent Memory) and how she creates ritual in her stylized life.

We know you’re a visual person, which definitely comes across in the photos you share on EyeSwoon. Each tells a story all its own, and they’re always so gorgeous. How do you plan the photo shoots?

For shoots, I love creating mood boards to gather all of my inspirations. Nothing brings me more joy than creating beauty. Many of my decor ideas or recipes are simple ones that are executed in thoughtful ways.

Speaking of the perfect photos, you so strikingly evoked the feel and fragrance notes from the Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere White and Black eau de parfums visually. When you first smelled them, what were one or two favorite things about each?

Liquid Cashmere White immediately struck a sensory cord within me. I love the freshness of citrus notes—Italian bergamot and lemon. We really do all have such duality within us, and the contrast in each of the fragrances really does speak to me. Liquid Cashmere Black truly evokes that darker, more sensual side. From our personalities to the scent to the visual scape, I swooned exploring both the pure and indulgent part of who I am.



robloweprofileImage by David Raccuglia

Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.

But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).

Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.



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During her pregnancy, Nordstrom Beauty Buyer Tawni Hart tried some homemade organic balm, and it was so good, she jumped at the chance to bring the product to Nordstrom. She tells us her story behind discovering the Redefining Body Balm from Tata Harper Skincare.


Tata Harper at her organic farm in Vermont

“This body balm is so special to me—it was born from a homemade version I created to keep my skin looking its best through my three pregnancies. This version contains some of the world’s most advanced toning and fortifying ingredients, and it’s a miracle for keeping stretch marks at bay. I’m so excited to share it with Nordstrom!” —Tata Harper

I met Tata Harper when I was four months pregnant with twin girls. My best friend had used her products and swore by them. Tata, a mom of three, said to me, “You have to use my body balm. It’s all homemade and truly organic. I’ll send it to you; just use it daily on your stomach to help with stretch marks and to keep your skin soft.” I thought, With twins I’ll try anything!



We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Kate Fannin‘s job is a girly-girl’s dream. As our Beauty Trend Editor, Kate gets paid to play with new makeup, lotions and perfumes, and hit trend shows, line launches and celebrity appearances at stores across the country. Oh, and twice a year she flies to New York Fashion Week, where she hangs out backstage with famous friends like makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and nail guru Deborah Lippmann. But when Christmas rolls around, the down-to-earth Texan puts all her focus on gifts for her family, including 14 nieces and nephews and 3 tiny dogs.



Ever wonder what goes into designing a scent? Well, block out the next 15 minutes of your life and get ready to hear all about the genesis of La Nuit de Bohème directly from Anna Sui herself, who shared this great behind-the-scenes photo and gave us these notes on inspiration, muse selection, and how it all came together.

“I have to say that I really do enjoy the entire process of creating a fragrance,” the designer told us. “I am very much involved in every single step. Every time I see a new fragrance coming to life, I’m even more inspired.”


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Clean Up with CLARISONIC

Every year for our Anniversary Sale, CLARISONIC comes out with an exciting new pattern for its incredible skincare devices, which are exclusive to Nordstrom. This year, there are bright summery solids and pretty tropical patterns to give your skincare regimen a pop of colorful energy. We have a handful of different devices to choose from (including the coveted PLUS device), so you can pick one that’s right for your skin’s specific needs, and every set comes in a splashy travel bag to store your device and accessories.

CLARISONIC takes cleansing to the next level by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. It’s like a mini-massage for your face every morning. The devices remove six times more makeup than manual cleansing. This allows products to absorb better, meaning that your skin gets more from the skincare ingredients you already use. With consistent daily use, the CLARISONIC device will reduce dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes, and it will instantly leave skin feeling and looking smoother. Like a mini spa treatment, it’s the perfect way to give yourself a little daily indulgence.



With brighter days ahead, now is the time to prepare your skin to be luminous, using our top-rated masks.


Our most popular face masks.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: No time for a facial? Use this at mask at home to give your skin a boost of hydration that will leave you glowing.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: This whipped, buttery texture feels amazing to apply and gives the skin a healthy re-do as well as softening, firming and hydrating.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask: Gives skin an instantly noticeable plump, smooth finish. Your skin will appear more youthful and lustrous.

Discover all of our women’s face masks.



The start of the new year is a perfect time for turnover—we’re talking about the skin-cell kind, of course! Resolve to find your skin’s natural luminosity with products that give you a healthy glow, starting with the tools that make treatments even more effective to deliver clear, soft skin from your head to your heels. Your radiance begins now!



Change up your beauty routine with high-tech tools designed to invigorate and pamper your skin.


1. LANCER Microcurrent Power Boost Device (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A FIRST-OF-ITS KIND TOOL: Designed to optimize the skin’s electrical potential while gently massaging facial muscles and stimulating the deep layers of the skin, where collagen and new skin cells are produced.

How to Use: Glide over the contours of your face and neck. Each glide should be about 5 seconds long. Repeat 3 times in each area. For specific target areas, hold the device in a stationary position for 5 seconds. Treat the affected area for up to 10 minutes. Rinse after each use and dry with a cloth. Use daily or as needed.

2. me smooth Hair Removal Device

PRO RESULTS/AT-HOME CONVENIENCE: Me is the only at-home hair-removal device to use patented elos technology, which is clinically proven and FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for all skin types.

How to Use: To prepare the skin for a me treatment, first you need to remove the hair from the surface of your skin by shaving or waxing. This will ensure that the elos energy is focused on the hair follicles beneath the surface for optimal efficacy.

3. CLARISONIC ‘Opal’ Sonic Infusion System

THE 30-SECOND EYE LIFT: Opal helps infuse serum more effectively than manual application for younger-looking eyes. Just 30 seconds around each eye immediately firms, hydrates and refreshes skin.

How to Use: Following the rim of bone outlining the eye area, gently glide the applicator tip over the skin using small, overlapping circular motions. Do not use on the soft tissue under the eye or on the eyelids. The sonic infuser will automatically turn off after 30 seconds. Gently tap any remaining serum into the skin using your ring finger. Apply additional serum to the applicator tip and repeat on your other eye.

Discover the latest and greatest Tools & Devices.


Iconic fashion house Marni, recognized for its eclectic clashes of prints and textures, has created its first fragrance: Marni. With a logo that mirrors the label inside all Marni clothes, the fragrance’s unexpected combination of spices, raw woods and a hint of floral reflects the same quirky sophistication found in all Marni creations.


The Marni fragrance bottle evokes colors of the fashion collection, seen here in the Treescape Print Dress and Heeled Moccasin.

Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni (above center), her daughter Carolina (left) and Estée Lauder fragrance division head William Lauder (right) collaborated on the Marni design to reflect the brand’s identity. “We spent two years creating the scent, first trying out all the possible raw materials until we narrowed it down,” explains Carolina. “We wanted it to be unmistakably Marni, so we took a clean, simple shape for the bottle, then we added the polka dots–our signature.”

The fragrance starts off with an almost masculine air, with top notes of ginger, pink peppercorn, bergamot and black pepper, elements that evoke the look (above left) from Marni’s current collection.

The mid notes of cardamom, black rose and cinnamon bark are warm, rich and whimsical, like Marni’s Romina Quiros Bubble Gum Tote (above left).

The earthy base blends notes of patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver and incense, a woodsy mix similar to the Forest Print Radzimir Crop Pant from Marni’s fall ’13 collection.

The Marni woman is all about effortless cool and chic individual style; she’s sophisticated, low-maintenance and worldy. As Lauder fragrance spokeswoman Veronique Gabai-Pinksy says, “Wearing Marni is like wearing a piece of art.” Wearing the fragrance carries you away to the bel mondo of Marni.

Marni fragrance is also available in a Body Crème, Body Lotion and Shower Gel. Plus, check out our exclusive gift with purchase, a gorgeous cosmetics bag in Marni’s signature polka dot print—free with your $105 Marni fragrance purchase.

(Images courtesy of Marni Fragrance)

—Stefanie Frank