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In a couple of days, I’m heading to the East Coast for my brother’s wedding and a little sightseeing adventure in New York. As I was packing up for the trip, I thought of a few last-minute must-haves for the journey:

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BIG OL’ SUNNIES: Regardless of whether your final destination is a sunny one, it’s nice to have a pair of shades (preferably large ones) to hide your puffy, dry eyes when you get off the plane.

FRINGED CROP TOP: Whenever I go on a trip, I like to bring at least one new “wow” item, be it a great necklace or a fabulous pair of printed pants. This trip’s “wow” piece is this boho chic crop top (I promise to post a better picture soon, so you can see what it looks like on). It may seem a little wild, but that’s what I was going for! I figured I could either try to dress like I live on the East Coast and risk looking like a “Gossip Girl” wannabe OR stick to my West Coast roots (but add a little polish). I decided to go with the latter.

OLD-SCHOOL INSTANT CAMERA: This is the last-minute find I am most excited about. I’m headed to a place with a bunch of great photo ops, so I figured why not buy an old-fashioned instant-film camera? (I’ve been thinking about getting one since I was, like, seven years old.) Instant pics just have a nostalgic feel to them, and they’ll be the perfect addition to my picture wall in my dorm room. (Nordstrom sold out of the Fujifilm pictured here, but they’ve got a Polaroid that’s pretty sweet.)

THE ADORABLE CHOCOLATE BOX: This is something I just found in my room. A family friend had already reused it to wrap a beautiful vintage necklace (a graduation gift), so I decided to re-purpose it once again, and use it keep my new pictures safe during travel. Eventually, I’ll get a little tin for my photos, but this does the trick for now. :)

The next time I write to you, it will be from either an airport or the other side of the United States! Hehe, I’m very excited to share my travels with y’all.

XOXO,
Alyssa

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July 12, 2014

DIY: Embellished Sunnies


From Prada to Dolce & Gabbana to Roberto Cavalli, I have been seeing embellished sunglasses all over the runways. The great thing? Decorated sunglasses are SUPER easy to make yourself, and they’re trendy, adorable and make a bold statement. All you need is hot glue!

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To embellish a pair of sunglasses, you’ll need sunglasses (surprise!) and basically every other material is up to you. I suggest picking up some plastic flowers or letter beads, but you can go as sophisticated as you want.

 

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I chose to go in the more cutesy, less sophisticated direction, adding letters and ice cream beads to my sunnies. I suggest taping the embellishments on before gluing—that will help you avoid mistakes.

 

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How darling are these?! “Penny Lane” is not only one of the greatest songs, but also the name of my style icon from “Almost Famous.”

Embellished sunnies are a perfect accessory for the summe—they’re crazy darling and very on-trend. Enjoy an afternoon of DIY. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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July 11, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Today’s dance party video goes out to a special reader in Bellevue, WA, who asked us to take a break from bumpin’ house beats and do something a little different for a change.

So today you get to shake it to a ditty from one of our favorite garage rock bands! Not only are they from the Pacific Northwest, they’re playing the Capitol Hill Block Party and we love them.

Ladies and germs, we’re proud to bring you The Thermals:

July 11, 2014

Holograph Girl


In the words of the great Gwen Stefani, “I ain’t no hollaback girl.” I’m pretty sure she was just way ahead of the trends and really meant “I ain’t no holograph girl.” I’ve blogged about this before, and I’m blogging about it again: I love the holographic trend.* My best pal, Natalie, is a huge fan too. She offered to model her signature sunnies just for you, dear readers.

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This is my favorite picture that I think I’ve taken of these awesome sunnies. The reflection is just outta this world!

Take a peek at some of my favorite mirrored/holographic sunglasses. I can’t get enough:

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A.J. Morgan ‘Lunar’ [top left] | Le Specs ‘Rabbit Hole’ [top right] | Le Specs ‘Cheshire’ [bottom left] | Fantasize ‘FE NY’ [bottom right]

xoxo,
Clare

*I know these sunglasses are really just iridescent, but more than a few people call them holographic and that’s a lot more fun to say.

Whether I’m on the Oregon Coast, in Hawaii or somewhere in the Caribbean, I spend most of my summers at the beach. There’s just something about sand in my hair and salty air in my nose that makes me smile.

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As a beach lover, I usually keep a bag full of beach essentials at all times just in case I decide to go on a spontaneous trip to the coast (it also doubles as my pool and river floating survival kit). My friends are the kind of people that call five minutes beforehand with elaborate day trip plans, so I always have to be prepared. Here are a few of my favorite essentials you can find right here at Nordy’s (I’d probably bring some yummy snacks too):

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Towel | Sunglasses | Sunscreen | Flip-flops | Fedora | Backpack

Stay sunny!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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July 9, 2014

Milan Street Style

Ciao from Milano! Let me tell you something: Milan does not like to be outdone. The food, shopping, ancient castles, etc. are all perfect and magical. I truly did not expect the home of Italian fashion to perform as well as it has in my presence.

Since everyone here is impeccably well-dressed (hilariously well-dressed, even, as I walk down the street with my camera around my wrist and my face hidden in a map), I thought I would share some Milano street style, showcasing some fine fashion from Italian men and women. Enjoy!

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I love this guy’s outfit. It’s like he stepped out of “Almost Famous.” His embellished jacket, round sunglasses and pink shirt make him stand out even on the busiest city sidewalk.

 

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I met this woman while shopping downtown. If you couldn’t tell from her height and cheekbones, modeling is her actual profession. Her total black outfit is chic and intense and looks beautiful with her white-blonde hair.

 

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An already adorable khaki outfit made better by an Olympic-like head wreath?! Love love.

 

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This boy is not, in fact, a Nordstrom model. Nor an actor or professional smolder-er. He is just a very well-dressed and groomed Milanese boy, with the black skinnies, white V-Neck and general facial beauty to prove it. Thank goodness he spoke no English or I would have been much more embarrassing.

Hopefully you were inspired by these fab Italian looks! I’ll update you soon of any more Christiano Ronaldo-types I see over here. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

Y’all have seen me rock the Frida braids before on the blog, but a while back I learned how to do a crown braid and it’s my new favorite hairstyle. I love to wear my hair up in the summer, especially when the weather is extremely hot. But sometimes it can get a little boring to wear a ponytail everyday. Bella and I uploaded a crown braid tutorial on our YouTube channel to help you guys achieve this fun hairstyle.

Make sure to leave a comment if you try this hairstyle out. I’d love to see your pics on Instagram, but don’t forget to use #NordstromBP so I can find them.*

xoxo,
Clare

*Use the #NordstromBP tag and you could find yourself featured on our in-store video wall, in our feed or elsewhere in the BP. universe!

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I stumbled upon this watermelon-lime slushie recipe from Fifteen Spatulas and just had to share it. After all, watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit, and everyone loves a frozen drink on a hot summer day—especially when it’s this easy to make. Check it out:

If you’re looking to take your drink on the go, I think this Mason jar-inspired tumbler is absolutely adorable:

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What’s your favorite way to stay refreshed during those 90-degree days?

XOXO,
Alyssa

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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

Happy Friday! Happy 4th of July! There are few people more brashly, hugely, ridiculously American than HRH Kanye West, which made today’s dance party selection a total no-brainer. (We should all be so lucky as to spend a starry-eyed evening with a handsome American boy.)

We wish you the most dazzling fireworks, the most delicious pie and the most perfectly perfect of holidays. Please try not to burn anything down or blow anything up. Nothing important, anyway.