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There is a particular art that must be perfected for each and every vacation: the sightseeing OOTD. The outfit you wear on THE day, the day of picture-taking and miles of walking and general madness.

Today, my final day of my glorious time in London, was my sightseeing day and required a comfortable, cool, stylish outfit that would stay fabulous through future years of reflecting on my pictures.

Here are my tips for a perfect sightseeing OOTD:

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For my light, London-reflective OOTD, I wore my pastel Converse, gingham shorts and pink satin jacket (which is the perfect weight to keep me warm, but never too warm). My mom and I trekked all over the city to Parliament and the London Eye, through museums and along the Thames and I stayed comfy and stylish all day.

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It’s important to have a statement piece when sightseeing, something that shines through in your pictures. (Usually I don’t care about this sort of thing, but London is just so stylish that you have to step things up, you know?) My pink satin jacket looks wonderful in all of my panorama pictures from the London Eye. ;)

Oh, another tip: This is, like, the 28 millionth time I’ve worn my blue gingham shorts this trip. It’s important to re-wear clothes to save room for useless trinkets (royal wedding commemorative mugs, etc.) in your suitcase!

Happy sightseeing!

Stay golden,
Lily


One summer trend I have been seeing everywhere is mixing and wearing of florals! Flower-patterned shirts, skirts, accessories—flowers are everywhere and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s a chance to embrace your inner Alice-in-Wonderland or pay homage to the amazing ’90s daisies trend.

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The great thing about modern florals is that people are A-OK with mixing prints. For this outfit, I grabbed a white tank with large purple flowers to pair with loose, daisy-patterned shorts. It doesn’t matter which flowers you like, wear your lilacs and lilies on top of your roses.

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Leah’s understated black floral shirt looks awesome paired with simple white shorts. Add a pair of sandals and you’ll be a blossoming it-girl. (Get it?!)

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I grabbed this midi-ring when I was shopping with Clare and Alyssa. I love its delicate leaf pattern. Simple gold rings like these look fab with daisy chokers or rosette earrings.

Embrace this summer’s floral trend! You can try out dozens of types of petals. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

For those of you lovely gals that love the simplicity of wearing black on black during the fall and winter but don’t want to sweat to death wearing it in the summer, I have a solution for you. It’s all about fabric! Instead of sweltering in black sweaters and jeans, try pairing your favorite black tees with looser fitting shorts.

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These matte black sandals that I have are awesome for beating the heat, despite the fact that they’re black sandals. They’re open enough that your feet aren’t trapped inside roasting all day. Not to mention, these shoes have a mini jelly platform which makes them so comfortable to walk around the city in. I’m a fan of my new kicks!

Overall, I love how simple and stylish an entirely black ensemble can be. Black matches with everything, and I never really need to accessorize when wearing this color. In the summer, it’s all about simplifying your outfits and getting back to basics: comfortable and versatile clothing.

Photo by Bella Mercado.

xoxo,
Clare

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June 23, 2014

Bikini Mixer

I am beyond happy to see surf brands like RVCA, Rip Curl, and Volcom making an appearance in BP. swimwear. After all, swimsuits are what these brands do best! With oodles of fun prints, I couldn’t resist sharing a few ways I would mix up my bikini pieces.

I personally really struggle with finding a top that fits correctly and doesn’t leave me feeling vulnerable to sneaker waves (if you know what I mean), so when it comes to mixing and matching I like to find a couple of tops in solid colors—I like black and white because they’re extremely versatile—and then add a pop of fun with vibrant bottoms. Mixing your tops and bottoms is a great way to save a little cash, too, since you’re not buying both pieces with every swimwear purchase (which means money to spare for that cute pair of sunnies to complete your look)!

Here are a few of my favorite bikini bottom picks mixed with basic tops:
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Stay sunny!

XOXO,
Alyssa

 

Summer is practically here, and its arrival marks the return of sunnies, cute sandals and fun prints. I love this combination of stripes and polka dots—it’s nautical with a touch of whimsy. This outfit would be darling for a lunch date at a casual bistro or a day of window shopping with the girls.

herostriped tee | polka-dot shorts

 

IMG_8333eround sunnies | statement necklace

 

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Happy Summer! :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

June 3, 2014

Snapback Style

I’ve been having a major hat moment recently. You all know that I love my leather baseball cap and I’ve been known to rock a floppy hat now and then (speaking of floppy hats, you can find some great ones here), but I haven’t really ventured into the world of snapbacks. My best friend Bella is a pro at this trend, so I enlisted her and her friend Saadiq to show me the ropes of rocking a cool snapback.

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The perfect way to wear this style of hat is forward, especially if there is an interesting design on the front. Bella used her bright hat to add a pop of color to an otherwise minimal black-and-white outfit.

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Saadiq stepped in to help show Bella how it’s done, pairing his hat with a laidback outfit.

Hats with brims (like snapbacks and baseball caps) are perfect for summer because they’re stylish and functional. I’m definitely going to bring my favorite snapback to the beach to shield my eyes from the sun!

xoxo,
Clare

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This week we’re stoked to bring you interviews with five social media stars who just so happen to also be the stars of our BP. summer trend guide, the insta-cool life. We invited each one to nab her favorite BP. summer goodies, then style them with her own personal twist—with great results.

Today’s featured fave is Olivia Lopez, better known to her fans as @lustforlife (Instagram), globe-trotter, fashion plate and all-around girl crush. This L.A.-based fashion maven is one of the fashion world’s go-to girls when it comes to festival style, and she’s been featured in Teen Vogue, Vogue Japan, Vogue Spain, Nylon and about a zillion other cool magazines. We love her BP. Summer Essentials picks, mixing and matching unexpected styles that look effortlessly cool together.

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crochet-trim tee (now on sale!) | embroidered cut-offsstraw fedora

How would you describe your style?
Classic with an edge, and always subject to where I am in the world.

What’s your trick for taking great Instagram photos?
Lighting and location are key components of a compelling Instagram photo. Choose places that are unique. Whether it’s a landmark, architectural site or a building that is beautifully decayed, exploring a new city or even a route you don’t usually take in your own neighborhood is always a great way to inspire and stay inspired.

Where would you wear this outfit?
I would wear this outfit en route to the airport with an oversized anorak and carry-on suitcase on tow, or grabbing coffee at Alfred’s on Melrose Place at home in L.A.

What are your tips for styling this outfit?
Sometimes the most minimal outfits make the strongest impact, so I would accessorize with dainty necklaces and a pair of nude sandals.

Please share one surprising fact about yourself.
I can’t deny a good cheese plate.

Want to know more about Olivia? Check out her blog to see some seriously incredible travel and fashion photography—and wicked personal style.

That wraps up our profile series, friends. We hope you enjoyed meeting these five inspiring women. And if you’d like to show us how you style your favorite BP. Summer Essentials, just snap a pic and tag it #nordstrombp. You just might find yourself on our in-store video wall, featured on the blog or showcased elsewhere in the BP. universe!

This week we’re stoked to bring you interviews with five social media stars who just so happen to also be the stars of our BP. summer trend guide, the insta-cool life. We invited each one to nab her favorite BP. summer goodies, then style them with her own personal twist—with great results.

Today’s featured fave is Melissa Green, better known to her fans as @melissagreenmachine (Instagram), Oklahoman, professional photographer and total lovebug. If it’s true that the world loves a lover, then Melissa has nothing to fear, like, ever. Her wedding photos and romantic portraits are unashamedly sweet, and her blog is filled with the love stories of the people she photographs. True to form, her BP. Summer Essentials outfit has a feminine flair that is right in line with her pretty portrait aesthetic.

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How would you describe your style?
I love variety in all aspects of life, and that includes my day-to-day wear. I love to dress up with some heels and wear all black with some bright lipstick. (And sequins—oh, baby!) The next day I may grunge down a bit with a flannel tied around my waist and Converse or boots. Comfort is pretty important to me, but I just love trying new things, like making jeans dressy-casual or slouchy-cute with a sweater.

What’s your trick for taking great Instagram photos?
Instagram has honestly become kind of therapeutic for me. It’s a place I can be bold and different with my photos, and the community I have on IG is always so encouraging. Also, I LOVE shadows. You’ll find a lot of light vs. shadow pictures on my feed. I also love white simplicity, but again…variety is key. I travel a lot, and I love to document the vastness of creation, specifically oceans, as well as valleys in the middle of mountain ranges. Finding the right light is important, too.

Where would you wear this outfit?
This dress is great because you can easily dress it up or down. If dressing up for a wedding, as the photographer, I’d wear it with a blazer, and be able to blend in with the guests while capturing the great and beautiful moments of the day and still be comfortable. If it were for something more casual, like brunch with the girls or a picnic with my boyfriend, I would wear the dress with a cute necklace and some simple wedges.

What are your tips for styling this outfit?
Dressing it with accessories would be my aim. I’d wear the necklace in the photo and pair it with some awesome heels or classic and cute flats or sandals. Hair would be in an easy high bun or loose curls/waves.

Please share one surprising fact about yourself.
I lived in China for 6 months and grasped a whole new concept of what community, hospitality and life could be like in an entirely different culture than my own. They’re remarkably kind and welcoming and it was incredibly inspiring.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to meet our last (but not least!) insta-cool star @lustforlife, a.k.a. Olivia Lopez!

My graduation is only three weeks away! It seems like it is (1.) coming crazy fast, and (2.) couldn’t come sooner. High-school graduation is one of the biggest events of my and my friends’ short lives so far, and therefore must be commemorated with a  wonderful, magical outfit.

Semi-formal graduation dresses to be worn both under the gown at the ceremony and during the after-party festivities are the norm at my school. For graduation dresses, I recommend something short and loose. This way you can stay cool in the hot auditorium or gym, and can dance and sing comfortably while being whisked away to your nighttime festivities.

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My graduation dress is a sheer, black, beaded piece from Free People. At my school, we celebrate with a night of youthful activities after the graduation ceremony—an event that would be killer (in a bad way) in heels. This dress, and other loose ones like it, still look great with walking and dancing-friendly pair of shoes, like Converse or Doc Martens.

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This dress is formal enough to say, “I am a post-high school mature adult!” But it is definitely still playful. I love how simple and detailed it is at the same time. You also don’t need to dress pieces like this up. With more elaborate dresses, it’s fine to just leave the earrings and necklaces at home and throw on a simple bracelet.

Happy graduation to all of you BP. seniors!! Make sure to wear a dress that is as enchanting, lovely and mysterious as your future endeavors.

Stay golden,
Lily

Time for a little fashion advice! The following questions came from the Nordstrom customer call center, so I thought I’d step up to answer them and share my personal style tips with you.

Q: What should I wear to an interview?

A: I think your interview outfit fully depends on where you’re interviewing. If you’re interviewing for a retail job, I’d suggest wearing something that embodies the spirit of the company, but with some of your own personal style. When I had my interview to be on the BP. Fashion Board, I wore a dress that was from BP. but paired it with a cardigan I already owned and my signature jewelry.

Typically you want to keep your clothing a little bit more modest to seem professional. Try to dress a little more formally than usual, even if that means pairing a blazer or silky shirt with your everyday jeans.

Here’s an idea for a good interview outfit:

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simple tank dress | printed blazer | pointed toe flat

Q: I like to dress casually but I don’t want to look sloppy. Can you help?

A: Assuming that your daily uniform consists of jeans and a comfy sweater or tee, I have a few suggestions. First, try swapping your faded denim for a darker wash pair of jeans. Dark jeans or even black jeans give off a much classier vibe than  your typical denim (plus, darker pants are slimming). Another wardrobe staple is a white tee, but buying an updated version with an unconventional neckline or interesting fabric will add a lot more visual interest to your look than just a “sloppy” white tee. When shopping, look for on-trend or unique pieces in the same comfy material that you love: stretchy denim, soft cotton, cashmere knits. Get rid of any clothes in your closet that are ill-fitting, washed out/faded or generally beyond repair.

Here are some of my favorite casual-but-still-chic pieces:

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leather high tops | mock turtleneck black top | black jeans

Q: How do you wear a bralette?

A: I like the way a bralette looks with a muscle tee. That way, the pretty lace on the side of the bralette (or bandeau, whichever you prefer) shows because the arm holes of the muscle tee are so low. It can add just the right touch of girly to an edgy look. Bralettes are also great to wear underneath shirts or camis that are cut low in the front, so the lace or pattern of the bralette can peek through. If you’re extra daring, wear your bustier or bralette under overalls.

Some of my favorite bralettes include:

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mesh insert bralette | floral bralette | lace bralette

If you have any style questions, leave them in the comments! I may feature your question in a future fashion Q&A post.

xoxo,
Clare