BP. Fashion Board

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Every year around the middle of July my heart gets happy and my wallet gets heavy in anticipation of THE BEST SALE EVER. Here are some of my top picks from the sale, just in time for you to snag them before prices go up.

1. Free People Stitch Detail Plaid Shirt
Plaid is a must-have every fall season! I love how Free People amped up this closet essential by adding some mineral wash distressing and cutout string detailing.

Stitch Detail Plaid Shirt (Nordstrom Exclusive)

2. Socialite Knit Tank Dress
T-shirt dresses have become HUGE this year, and I love the fun and flirty twist this floral one provides for fall. Plus, it’s a great piece when transitioning from the smoldering summer to the … well … still pretty hot other seasons that SoCal experiences!

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I think everyone can agree that in the midst of summer, we tend to spend more time outdoors. While I definitely enjoy typical outdoor summer activities like swimming and hiking, one of my favorite pastimes is spending time in the garden.

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Inspired by just that, today’s outfit is perfect for sipping tea in the garden or attending a daytime soiree. The boots add just a touch of edge.

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Get the look:

Everly dress | Franco Sarto leather booties | Melinda Maria pendant necklace

Happy summertime!

xo – Amber

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I have said in previous posts how Sundays are my makeup-free day and that I usually run all my errands for the week on that day. Here is this week’s errand outfit—it was only in the 70s so I went for ripped jeans by BLANKNYC with a simple jersey tank.

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When it came time to accessorize, I chose my go-tos for running errands: black Nike Roshes and my Harvard baseball hat. I have also been loving the backpack trend and it makes running around for errands so much easier than carrying a purse.

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Baseball hats | Ripped jeans | Nike sneakers

Mahal,
Bella

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OOTD: Plain James

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So the sun finally decided to make it’s way out today, and what better to do then take some pictures?

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*The Chukka boot I have on is available right now, on sale in Black get it here!

This is a very relaxed look that anyone can sport! I wore a teal button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to make the look more casual. I then paired it with a chocolate-colored pant and finished off the look with my favorite chukkas. I really liked the earth-tone feel of this look, and I love pairing colors that you might not normally match together.

SHOP THE LOOK:

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Shirt | Joggers | Chukkas

Enjoy your summer,
James

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Friday Dance Party


No matter what my mood is, this song always seems to enlighten it! I love the freedom and life empowerment the song represents, with the assistance of Nicki Minaj’s bars. Put this song on and enjoy your weekend!

WARNING: This song talks about drinking alcohol (which we don’t promote or recommend for anyone under 21 years of age), so if that’s something you object to then you should probably give yourself a break and not watch this video today.

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The last school days are upon us, and for many this means graduation!

Although I still have a year to go before I finish high school, I will be attending a few ceremonies now. Whether you’re actually graduating this year (@ seniors: congrats!!!) or are just attending a graduation, you’ll need something fun to wear.

Here’s a last-minute look that can work for both graduates and attendees:

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What’s so simple is that all you need is a fun dress and some sandals, wedges or heels. I kept it to the bare minimum when it came to accessories and let this printed dress take the spotlight.

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xo ॐ – Amber

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The May 1 deadline for the 2015 Nordstrom Scholarship is right around the corner. That means you have just a few more weeks to pull together your application for a $10,000 college scholarship! Making your application stand out from the crowd can be tough, so we decided to get some tips from the experts, previous Nordstrom Scholarship recipients Tiara Jones and Hannah Yoo.

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Nordstrom Scholarship Winners Hannah Yoo and Tiara Jones

What made you want to apply to the Nordstrom Scholarship?

Hannah: I learned about the scholarship on the Nordstrom website. I was so happy to see the video of all those deserving people being rewarded for their service and hard work both in and out of school. The Nordstrom scholarship seemed like a great opportunity, but being selected as one of the 80 recipients out of thousands of applicants made me believe my chances were microscopic. But, as quoted in one of my favorite movies, “A Cinderella Story”: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Why do you think your application stood out?

Tiara: I think my application stood out because of the details I was able to share about my involvement with community service organizations, the extracurricular activities I’ve participated in, and my academic achievements.

Hannah: Throughout the entire application and interview process, I wanted to be genuine. I wanted to accurately paint the picture of who I am as a person by sharing details about the activities I loved to participate in, as well as being extremely truthful and honest in my personal statement, which described my lowest as well as the highest points in my life.

What was the most memorable part of the application process?

Hannah: The whole journey was unbelievable. The interview was fun—I was eager to answer questions and even made them laugh as I reenacted the celebratory dance I did when I got the finalist notification email. The interview was definitely the most memorable part because I loved that I got an opportunity to show them who I am.

What tips do you have for students who are planning to apply for the Nordstrom scholarship?

Tiara: My first piece of advice would be to apply early so that you have more time to work on your essays, which are important since they’re a reflection of who you are as a student. Have an updated resume close by as you’re working on the application so you can include information about all the things you’ve done in your school and community. Lastly, it’s important to believe in yourself—you can do it!

Hannah: Don’t make excuses. Just apply! Take a chance. You’ll never know how absolutely perfect something could turn out to be. In fact, applying for this scholarship (writing a personal statement, interviewing and asking for recommendations) helped me a lot with my college application process. Even though this may seem a little clichéd, it’s true: be genuine and authentic. Write about something that you are passionate about. Show who you are. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be in my shoes, writing for the Nordstrom BP. blog and giving advice to hopeful Nordstrom scholars.

Tell us about your plans for college!

Tiara: I love fashion and design. I’m planning to attend the University of Cincinnati to study Fashion Design and Makeup/Wig Design.

Hannah: I plan on majoring in business and perhaps getting a minor in social entrepreneurship. I’m interested in a lot of subjects and activities, such as mathematics, writing, fashion, and different cultures and perspectives. I would love to pursue social entrepreneurship. No matter which college I end up at, I know I’ll have a lot of fun seizing opportunities, meeting new people and learning so much.

Want $10,000 of your own for college? Applications are due May 1. Learn more and get started!

Win $10,000 for college

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Down on the West Coast

Sometimes it’s nice to change your scenery and escape from your day-to-day routine. To do just this (+ relax), my family and I took a li’l trip down to Newport Beach. We got extremely lucky: The temperature was a sunny 80 degrees. It was perfect ocean weather. We also got a chance to spend some time on Balboa Island and the gorgeous Crystal Cove Island. The whole weekend had happy, beachy vibes. :)

Scenes from the weekend include crystal-clear waters, fun on the ferris wheel and munching on balboa bars (ice cream covered in chocolate covered in sprinkles—so good).

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What I Wore:
I decided to keep things cool and casual with distressed denim, a relaxed green tank and a lightweight kimono. I added a bit of a boho feel to my look with this heavy silver belt. At first I was intimidated by the thought of styling such an intricate belt, but I found that pairing it with simple and loose pieces works pretty well.

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There was lots and lots of walking involved, so I played it safe with some New Balances.

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Because there’s already so much detail in the belt, I went real easy on jewelry.

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 The sunset was too gorgeous not to include. :)

 xo ॐ – Amber

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In this month’s BP. Fashion Board meeting, we learned how to merchandise the clothing line that we are designing. (Designing our own line is our year-long project!) We learned what merchandise tables are (they’re where you display your products), and we learned how to create aesthetically pleasing displays that follow a company-wide calendar of priorities/themes that we got from the Nordstrom head office.

To help us learn, we actually got to design some merchandising tables in our BP. department. My team was given the theme: Relaxed Casual, a.k.a., California Dreamin’. Our top priorities to support this theme were: items from the Sun & Shadow brand, knits, screen tees, and boyfriend and deconstructed denim. First we came up with two outfits that both featured destroyed denim, then we found accessories that went with both outfits.

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The coolest part is that our merch tables were on display at the Nordstrom in downtown Portland, so people got to shop our tables all weekend long.

Mahal,
Bella

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Sneak Peek into the Fashion Board

This year on the Nordstrom BP. Fashion Board we are designing our own clothing line. For our October challenge we created style boards, for our November challenge we sketched our designs. At our December meeting we presented our sketches, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of the great designs from my fellow Fashion Board members.

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Since it was the December meeting, people brought Christmas cookies and wore Christmas sweaters.

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Mahal,
Bella

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