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April 5, 2014

OOTD: Spring Dresses

Every year around the first of April, the cherry trees in front of my house turn bright pink and make my entire house smell like cotton candy and flower fairies. They put me in the spring and summer mood, making me want to throw on a dress and frolic amongst the newly bloomed flowers.

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I recently got this amazing piece from Free People. You can wear it as a dress or as a top with jeans. For my spring OOTD, I paired it with a white sweater and white oxfords.

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Enjoy your sunny spring days!

Stay golden,
Lily

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April 4, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! They just announced the lineup for the legendary Glastonbury Music Festival (where Kate the Great first made knee-high Hunters cool), and it is IMPRESSIVE. It’s a solid mix of old and new, from almost every genre of music. Well played, Glastonbury.

To celebrate, here’s the latest from one of our favorites on the bill:

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


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As prom and other spring events swiftly approach, I felt the need to go in for a little makeup revamp to make sure my face is ready for all those flashing cameras. With the help of Sean Grant, a good friend and a beauty stylist for Nordstrom, we came up with a fun, fresh look. (Of course, we had to take a selfie!)

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We began our makeup journey by placing Trish McEvoy ‘Instant Eye Lift’ Concealer in the “triangles of light” and blending. This was definitely one of my favorite products that we used because it completely rid me of my dark under eye circles and brought a lightness to my face.

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 Then he applied NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street, a vibrant mint color, to my inner rims, and swept it out into a small wing.

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 I came in with some black eyeliner on, but Sean wanted something a little more intense, so he mixed a deep navy shadow with Trish McEvoy ‘Finish Line’ Waterproof Eye Color Seal to create a bold liner for my upper lash line.

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 Of course, we had to make sure the brows were looking extra fierce.

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On my cheeks, he used NARS ‘Matte Multiple’ Lip & Cheek Color in Anguilla with a wet blush brush to give a kind of watercolor effect. Then he followed with NARS Contour Blush to highlight and contour certain areas (see the face chart at the end of the post for placement).

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 One of my favorite tricks I learned was to place a little contour powder beneath the bottom lip and a dab of highlight powder at the bow of the lips to give the illusion of a fuller pout. To finish up the lip look, we layered Chanel #49 Lip DefinerChanel Rouge Allure #90 lipstick, and NARS Bimini Gloss.

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When we were finished with our session, Sean gave me this handy face chart and a list of all the products he used, so I could recreate the look when I got home.

Whether you’re headed to prom and need a few makeup tips or you’re just looking to freshen up your daily face routine, setting up an appointment with a beauty stylist is a fun, zero pressure way to experiment with a new look and try out some of Nordstrom’s best beauty products! A big thanks to Sean for helping me with this post. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

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The latest Nordstrom pop-in shop features Converse! Converse high-tops are my favorite shoes. Their classic American feel keeps me longing for baseball games and singing, “Thunder Road.” The new pop-in shop features new screen prints and styles. If you’re lucky enough to live near a Nordstrom store that has a pop-in shop, you can even customize your own pair of sneakers at an in-store event.

Here’s a look at two of my favorite pairs of Chucks from the shop:

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I love these floral high tops! They’re unique and, more importantly, purple, which is far underrepresented amongst shoe colors. They’d look fab with a skater dress or black jeans, perfect to wear to a concert on a spring day.

Pastel Chuck Taylors

These pastel Chuck Taylors are like, the ideal American shoe. They could be worn with a flannel and blue jeans everyday for the entirety of a cross-country road trip. They’d look good dusty or muddy or worn out—they’re your go-to sneaker for everyday activities.

Check out the World of Chuck Taylors pop-in shop now!

Stay golden,
Lily

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Ever since I started blogging I’ve acquired quite the collection of bloopers. Most of them are way too embarrassing to put on the blog, but I thought since it’s April Fool’s Day, what better way to make fun of myself than post a few of these gems. Enjoy. ;)

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Natural poses are the key to a successful photoshoot.

 

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It feels good to be a gangsta.

 

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Model. Blogger. Tai Chi Master.

 

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Born to mime.

 

As you can  see, I take my jobs as model and blogger very seriously. Tyra Banks repeatedly tells me that my smize is perfection, and that you, too, should try to emulate the faces and poses I made in these pictures.

Have a great April Fool’s Day, hooligans!

xoxo,
Clare

 

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 This spring, I’m lusting after caged sandals. I especially love them in a cognac or caramel tone. They’re the perfect mixture of boho, edgy and chic. They pair perfectly with tribal harem pants, a floral midi skirt or even a fabulously daring jumpsuit. I confess that I already bought the Dolce Vita ‘Shandy’ Sandals (#2 in the photo layout above), and I’m absolutely obsessed– I plan to wear them everyday that it isn’t pouring down rain.

XOXO,
Alyssa

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Introducing BP.’s new event: Saturday Socials! Every month, the BP. department is going to have an afternoon of activities, open to anyone who wants to join. This month, my store’s Saturday Social activity was making DIY headbands, crafting an accessory that’s necessary for spring outings.

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To make a free headband, you simply chose a style and fabric and got to work. Usually I’m at home by myself crafting intensely on a Saturday, so it was lovely to get out of the house and still put my creativity to work.

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My braided band turned out beautifully. It’s a perfect accent for a spring dress.

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Keep your eyes open for Saturday Socials at your store’s BP. department! And in case you haven’t recently DIY’d a colorful headband, check out some of the adorable headbands online.

Stay golden,
Lily

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Are you a high school fashionista who loves fashion and shopping at Nordstrom BP.? Check out the BP. Fashion Board, a one-of-a-kind group that meets once a month, every month, between August and May at your local BP. Nordstrom. Learn the ins and outs of the industry, work on fashion projects and events (like fashion shows!), and tell our buyers what items you most want to see in your BP. department.

Hurry, applications are due Monday, 3/31! Learn more about the board and get that application in.

March 28, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! One day it’s rainy, one day it’s sunny. One day we’re layered up for sleet and icy winds, and the next we’re digging in the back of the closet for those sandals we liked so much last summer. In short, it’s a typical Seattle spring. The only sure thing right now is the fact that we’re in love with Future Islands, and we can’t stop listening to their single (aptly titled), “Seasons.” We hope you like it, too!

P.S. BP. and Teen Vogue teamed up with Spotify to give you three great Spring Break playlists. Check ‘em out:
Spring Break Beach Fun Mix
Spring Break Loungin’ Around Mix
Spring Break Girl Power Mix