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Styling Tips

I’ve been trying to be a little more daring with my style lately. Instead of just throwing on a comfy tee and jeans, I like to spice up a typical outfit with an interesting or even odd clothing piece. Recently, I picked up this athletic mesh top and decided to style an outfit around the sportswear trend.

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My tips for confidently wearing the sportswear trend:

  • • If you’re wearing a jersey-style mesh top (very on-trend!) make sure to wear a crop tank or even sports bra below it. What’s underneath is just as interesting as the mesh shirt itself.
  • • I love mixing textures with this trend. Jersey material, faux leather, and stretchier textiles are all great.
  • • Accessories can make or break the look. I’m absolutely in love with my faux leather baseball cap because it’s both stylish and functional.
  • • Buy “odd” pieces that might be a little bit outside your comfort zone and pair them with items you already own. I would also style this top with a plain black pair of high-rise jeans. You could also wear this sporty baseball cap with a sundress to add a bit of edge to your look.

How are you wearing the athletic trend? Post a picture on Instagram with #NordstromBP so I can see all of your lovely looks!

xoxo,
Clare

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Floral printed shorts seem to be a huge trend for spring and summer. I’ve noticed many different styles popping up in stores: structured floral shorts, silky shorts, and even washed-out floral denim shorts. I have a laidback pair of lace-trimmed black floral shorts and my best friend Bella has a pair of more structured tweed floral shorts. We both styled them in completely different ways!

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Pairing my breezy shorts with a cutout shoulder tee, I took a more sporty approach. I let the girliness of the shorts stand out by keeping the rest of my outfit neutral. These chunky sandals are my new go-to shoe if I ever want my legs to look miles long. Although breaking them in was a bit painful, they are the comfiest pair of sporty sandals that I’ve ever worn because of the platform.

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Bella, on the other hand, took a more girly and boho approach to contrast the leather detail on her shorts. This warrior rocked some fierce strappy stilettos as well as a crop tankmirrored sunnies, and long boho cardigan.

How will you wear floral shorts this spring and summer? Post a photo on Instagram with #NordstromBP and you might find yourself on the in-store video wall, in our feed or elsewhere in the BP. universe!

xoxo,
Clare

March 27, 2014

OOTD: Global Neutrals


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GET THE LOOK: Crochet Lace Top | Bandeau | Printed Shorts | Gladiators | Turquoise Necklace

This outfit is perfect for browsing thrift shops with your bestie or hanging out downtown with the beau. The mix of textures gives off a cool vibe without seeming like you’re trying too hard. A turquoise necklace adds a needed pop of color to this otherwise neutral ensemble. Of course, I can’t forget to mention that I’m in love with these gladiators—so far, they’re my favorite sandals of the season!

Post a picture of one of your fabulous spring break OOTDs on Instagram, and don’t forget to include #NordstromBP. Your picture could end up on one of our in-store video walls or somewhere else in the BP. Universe. ;)

XOXO,
Alyssa

There’s something about the Liars that just intrigues me. Maybe it’s their willingness to go wandering fearlessly into the woods at night despite their many encounters with murderous villains, maybe it’s their unfaltering ability to have near-death experiences at school dances, but it’s most likely their fashion sense. For those of you not familiar with ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” it follows four (very fashionable) friends determined to solve the mystery of their former pack leader’s disappearance. No matter if they’re hiding in a cabin closet or doing English homework (*cough* Aria *cough*), the Liars never fail to dress impeccably. I model many of my looks on the PLL characters, and thought I’d offer some tips inspired by the girls’ wardrobes.

Spencer Hastings is the character with my favorite style. Her preppy, vintage clothes always have a ’50s French feel about them.

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For a Spencer-inspired look, pair a plaid top with a short, full skirt. Add in a wool jacket, oxfords and a handbag big enough to fit a phone and a flashlight, and you’ll be looking like the overachiever herself!

 

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Hannah Marin, the Liars’ voice of reason, could go from class to a gallery opening without changing clothes. For a bold, Hannah-esque look, don’t be afraid to go fancy. Grab a short day-to-night dress, a statement necklace and earrings, a chic handbag and, of course, black pumps.

You can’t go wrong if you take your cues from the girls of PLL—except maybe stay away from lighthouses.

Stay golden,
Lily

 

 

I remember a few years ago when I bought my first Drew dress. It was white and fluttery and fit me perfectly and I wore it the whole summer long. You could imagine my joy when I was told the Drew chiffon dress would make a comeback this year! I am so drawn to this vibrant color. It’s bright, but it’s not so colorful that it’s unwearable.

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For school or a weekend shopping trip, I would wear this dress with an oversized warm sweater. The print on this floral cardigan is a perfect contrast to the solid colored dress. I wore my white Chucks, but decided to spice them up with my signature frilly socks. These gray ones with white lace are from Topshop and I bought them in three colors because I love them so much.

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For a date or girl’s night out, I paired this dress with a simple black cardigan and a faux-fur vest layered on top. Faux fur is surprisingly wearable, and I’m loving this taupe color for fall. I didn’t want to have too many colors in this look clashing with the dress, so I stuck with some black-heeled ankle boots and purse.

Everyone should go stock up on the Drew dresses. Get one in every color. :)

xoxo,
Clare

P.S. I’ve been learning how to use Photoshop in my Graphic Design class at school. I had a blast editing these pics that the lovely Bella Mercado took!

I’m super excited because the Drew Chiffon Tank Dress is back! Yayaya time for some Pointer Sisters! The dress was so popular that it is going to be sold as an Online Exclusive! What’s awesome about this dress is not only that it’s insanely comfortable, but it’s also really versatile. I played around with it, and came up with my five favorite ways to wear it:

 

1. Plain and Simple

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This dress is perfect just by itself. Wear it with some oxfords and a necklace and you’re good to go.

2. Layered

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Since it’s fall, it might be a little chilly to wear just a tank dress. But don’t fret! The dress looks great layered over a long-sleeved or quarter-length shirt. I just realized that this is a very Maria from Sound of Music look, which makes it better, because Maria is the coolest and I try to channel her daily anyways.

3. Flower Adorned

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Flower crowns are always an adorable addition to a look, but they work particularly well with this dress! It creates that fairy-princess type vibe, which I love.

4. Buttoned Up

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I love adding buttons to shirts and dresses- it makes them more personal! Adding buttons and a sheer long-sleeve makes this dress edgier. (Ok, so the Harry Styles pin isn’t necesserily “edgy” per say but you get the picture.

5. Backwards!

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When I first put the dress on, I accidentally put it on backwards—but it actually works! If you unbutton the back clasp, it becomes a little sailor dress with a low-cut back.

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I can’t wait to see how you guys wear this Lush dress. You can get it in four different colors starting November first. Have some fun with it.

Stay golden,
Lily

October 17, 2013

Sweater Weather



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So I lied, there are still a few more G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S days left in Oregon before the gloom of winter sets in. Leaves are falling, the sun is shining, and the brisk breeze is blowing: perfect sweather (sweater weather)!  I’ve been soaking up the last bit of sunshine in comfy separates—cardis, leggings, boots and scarves have been my go-tos!

Here are a couple of my favorite looks:

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Jacket | Jeans | Scarf | Boots

The military jacket has become a wardrobe staple, so if you don’t already have one, get one! This relaxed fit pairs really well with slouchy tees, distressed boots and cozy scarves. I’ve personally been in love with this faux-shearling scarf ever since I saw a BP. stylist werking it (to borrow the lovely Aya’s tag line).


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Sweater | Leggings | Scarf | Backpack

This outfit is perfect for a casual school day. The printed scarf and leather backpack add a touch of chic to balance out the simplicity of the sweater and leggings.

 

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Cardigan | Pants | Bag | Rain Boots

As much as I adore the animal print cardigan, the rain boots are definitely my favorite part of this look. Hunter took rubber boots from clunky to oh-so-stylish with this sleek riding boot silhouette.

A sweather OOTD will be coming soon! In the meantime, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and check out the Fall Lookbook for more cozy inspiration!

XOXO,
Alyssa

October 8, 2013

Layering 101: The Basics

Style guru Chriselle Lim and BP. blogger Lily make it seem totally effortless to layer, so I took inspiration from them to create my layering miniseries. In this post I’ll show you my favorite layering pieces and techniques, and in my next post I’ll show you one of my favorite layered outfits.

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Sometimes layering can be tricky, so if you’re unsure about layering clothing, start by layering your jewelry. I’ve been rocking this trend to school lately, and receive lots of compliments on my mix of necklaces. The trick to layering necklaces is to pick varying lengths so that one won’t cover up the other. I think the magic number is three, but if you want to add more necklaces, the more the merrier.

 

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This combo is perfect for the girls who are frequent football game attendees. Temperatures drop as the nights get longer, so it’s important to layer and stay warm (and cute!). Start by buttoning a plaid shirt over a loose tee, then add a military jacket with sweater sleeves to top off the look.

 

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This outfit is great for a night out or a dinner with your friends in the city. I’m obsessing over this lace shirt with long fringe. I think it would be perfect paired with these snakeskin leggings for a contrast in texture. A suede moto vest makes a stylish top layer, adding a little bit of warmth and polish to the outfit.

 

Still not sure you can rock a layered look? Let Chriselle show you how it’s done:

Hopefully this provided some layering inspiration! If you decide to become a mix master, make sure to post a picture on Instagram with #NordstromBP.

xoxo,
Clare

October 4, 2013

Portland vs. Portland

When it comes to fashion, I tend to get inspired by my surroundings. Where I live, who I see and what’s trending are some factors that go into deciding what clothes to buy and wear. As much as I am inspired by my city (Portland, Oregon), I also look to other areas for outfit ideas. Since I love East Coast style, especially New England preppy style, I challenged myself to think of two outfit ideas centered around Portland: Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine!

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In both looks I wore my favorite high waisted, dark wash jeans and a white top. For my Portland, Maine look, I stuck with a more classic pairing of a white button-down and the same jeans. When I think about Portland, Oregon style, I think of earthy colors, which is why I layered my green army jacket over my white tee.

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For my Maine look, I opted for a pair of classic black Sperry Top Siders. I’ve had these shoes for ages, but I think they look better when they’re more worn in. Black Troopa boots are wildly popular where I live. I have to admit, I love them just as much as everyone else. It’s pretty much always cold and raining here in Oregon, so I added my frilly socks for an extra layer of warmth.

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I felt like my Portland, Maine, inspired look needed a little something extra, so I added this classy red bag for a dash of color. The shape of this purse and the lock detail are timeless. Plus, this bag is the perfect size for your phone, wallet and keys. Another huge trend in Portland, Oregon, right now is tribal print. I love this tribal backpack for school, but it can be carried in replacement of a purse.

You don’t need to live in a certain place to be inspired by the clothes that are worn there. Just open your eyes to your surroundings and you can find plenty of inspiration in your own city.

Also, a huge thank you to Bella Mercado for snapping these shots!

xoxo,
Clare

September 23, 2013

Topshop Every Day Forever

Topshop is wonderful. Edgy, comfortable, always managing to make me feel like a cool British schoolgirl. I just got this versatile croptop and I thought I would try styling it with the other Topshop pieces I got, so that I could wear it every day forever.

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The crop is perfect underneath these overalls. (Overalls are generally my favorite look right now, easy to throw on for school or rafting the Mississippi.)

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Look 2
Tighter tops like this one pull together casual track pants for a more complete look. I call this “the Usain Bolt,” because I refuse to wear my track pants without gold shoes.

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Look 3
Wear it with a flannel, high-waisted jeans and high tops or…

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Look 4
Underneath a fuzzy sweater! It goes with everything.

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Thanks to Helen and Liz from Nordstrom for helping me find all these awesome Topshop clothes!

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Stay golden,
Lily