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Fall is here and winter is approaching quickly, so we must prepare to look our best! I’m a huge fan of the “pop of color” trendYou can take an outfit from zero to 100 by adding just TWO matching color accessories: a watch a pair of shoes. Here I started with a black-and-white graphic tee and black joggers, but the look was way too simple for my liking until I added lime-green pops of color.

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I put together sets for everyone to choose from to make your colors pop.

For the ladies, I selected these items:

Corals, lime greens and bright colors in general are a huge trend this fall, so don’t be afraid to add a little color. These accessories are designed for exercising, but they also go well with everyday looks.

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Nikes | Nixon Watch

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Nikes | G-shock Watch

Now for the gentlemen, I chose these items:

As everyone knows, Roshes are super comfortable, and pairing them with this futuristic blue watch can really take your look to the next level.

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Nike Roshes | 1:Face Watch

These Chucks are pretty loud, so I balanced them with a simple G-Shock watch, which keeps the outfit from feeling overdone.

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Chucks | G-Shock Watch

No matter how you choose to accessorize, remember that adding a little color is always a plus.

- James

October 11, 2014

OOTD: Shopping Downtown

Every now and then my mom and I will venture downtown for a much needed day of shopping, eating and mother-daughter bonding. This time I thought it would be cool to bring my nifty camera with me and take you guys along on our little adventure.

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Sweater | Hat | Necklace

A great day starts with a great outfit! I started by pairing a simple black sweater with this trendy plaid skirt. I then threw on a few gold accessories, my favorite grey wool hat and some totes adorable black booties for a comfy, yet chic, look.

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You can’t go wrong with a burger and some onion rings. Of course, this is a delicious twist on the classic American dish.

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All the boutiques were decked out in Halloween decorations, making me a little too excited for the upcoming holiday!

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And what’s more perfect than ending your day by indulging in a sweet treat? Always remember: A cookie a day keeps the sadness away -

Yours truly,
Caroline

October 10, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! It’s only the second week of October, but we’re already feeling full-on Halloweeny here at BP. HQ. Which is a happy coincidence, since the new video from SUBTRKT (and Ezra Koenig!) just so happens to suit the mood perfectly.

 


It’s that time of year again…homecoming! While everyone else is worried about dates, dinners and dresses, you will be stress free with my easy guide to accessorizing for homecoming.

Personally, I love a little black dress no matter the occasion. Plus, you can easily accessorize it.

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Hailey Logan Body-Con Dress

We can go in two different directions with this dress: have statement shoes or statement jewelry.

For statement shoes, I would choose these babies:

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Steve Madden Pumps

I would pair these abstract-patterned pumps with simple jewelry, like this matching necklace and stud earrings.

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Kate Spade Pendant | Kate Spade Stud Earrings

For statement jewelry, I would choose this absolutely fabulous statement necklace, along with a hint of color from these studded earrings.

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BP. Layered Necklace | Erickson Beamon Rocks Earrings

Since the jewelry is doing all the talking, pair these precious jewels with understated pumps.

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Chinese Laundry ‘Savvy’ Pump

Happy homecoming!

Mahal,
Bella

We just love a full skirt these days, and this taffeta midi is perfect for the changing seasons. It’s so girly and playful—this skirt is seriously a must-have for fall.

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taffeta midi skirt | $42

Why we love it:

The trendy length. The high-waisted style falls to right around your knees, that perfect midi length that’s so big this year. The length automatically gives you a more sophisticated look, but it’s versatile enough that you can pair it with both flats and heels.

The lustrous fabric. This shiny taffeta is amazing! It isn’t a typical fabric we find in our closets, which makes it that much more fun. Play around with mixing different textures together in your look — taffeta easily complements both your favorite knit tee and your dressier chiffon top. Top with a leather jacket and voila.

The girly look. There’s no doubt about the inherent girliness of this skirt. We love that style, and this skirt gives us the option of playing that up without being too overboard. Alternatively, this skirt also lends itself to a more casual look paired with flats or even sneakers.

Also, heyo—more cute colors:

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For the long hours spent on the road, a good playlist is essential. Here are a few favorites from my latest road trip playlist (six hours of music seemed a bit much to list here). I picked these songs because they sound like the essence of fall:

Now that I’ve set the mood with music, let’s visit beautiful northern California. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, but sometimes the fast-paced urban hustle is way too hectic (especially if you’ve been driving for countless hours already).  So for a change, I avoided the busy city and instead relaxed in the lovely town of Sausalito. My family and I spent the day admiring the bay, wandering in and out of little boutiques and eating at the delicious market places.

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Here I got to enjoy some cool creations from the Bay Area’s huge art community, like stacks of enchanting illustration books. These Waterlife sketches were absolutely adorable.

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You can’t write a post about the Bay Area without including a Golden Gate Bridge photo:

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

Floral is such a fun and feminine print that adds a girly twist to any outfit, I can’t help but be a little (or a lot) obsessed with it. And with the changing of seasons I thought it might be beneficial to show you guys how I style some of my favorite floral pieces for the fall.

This blue floral romper is one of the newest additions to my wardrobe and I’m absolutely in love with it.

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Throwing on a knit cream cardi was a super easy way to make it a bit more appropriate for the chillier days.

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Now what girl doesn’t own a floral skirt? Pair it with a cute and cozy sweater for the Fall time and you’ve got the perfect look.

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Yours truly,
Caroline

October 7, 2014

Shopping with Bella

I am one of those girls who absolutely adores going shopping! But I have gotten busier as I have gotten older, so I shop in stores less and less and find myself shopping online instead. I just don’t have hours to spend at my local mall. But when I do have a chance to go shopping (like this weekend, for instance), one of my first stops is always Nordstrom, and the first stop in Nordstrom is the Topshop department.

I thought it might be fun and interesting to show you guys some of the things that struck my eye whilst shopping.

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As I was perusing the Topshop and Savvy departments, one of the girls offered to start a room for me.

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By the time I finally finished, my dressing room was covered from floor to ceiling in pieces I chose, along with pieces my sales friend thought would go well with them.

This outfit I imagine wearing with simple Steve Madden sandals for a Sunday brunch or high tea:

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Lace Top | Pleated Midi Skirt

I see myself wearing this to a holiday party with friends, paired with black ankle booties.

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Ribbed Crop Top | Beaded Skirt

I would wear these two outfits to school, or shopping and cruising around town on the weekend. I would wear riding boots with both looks.

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Mesh Top | Faux Leather Skirt

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Mesh Top | Houndstooth Skort

I would wear these two outfits on dinner dates or girls’ nights out. I would pair the maxi dress with chunky black heels and the shift dress with riding boots.

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 I hope I sparked some style inspiration. Let me know if you would be interested in more posts like this one.

Mahal,
Bella

 

October 6, 2014

Basic Tees: A Necessity

Whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer, basic T-shirts are always a must-have. Nothing is easier than slipping on a T-shirt and a pair of jeans for school, but we often find this look to be bland and boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Try these simple styling tips the next time you pull out your favorite soft tee.

1. For an easy daytime look, put on your favorite pair of jeans and a solid colored T-shirt. I chose a lighter wash my jeans to contrast with the black tee.

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Add a statement necklace or even a bold fur vest and, voilà, you’ve revamped a simple, everyday look. It’s fun to dress up your basic clothing pieces with fun and daring accessories.

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2. This next look can work for day and night, but definitely has a more elegant feel. Swap your favorite demin for your favorite maxi/midi skirt. Here I opted for a grey tee, leather jacket and studded flats.

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xo ॐ – Amber

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We have a thing for local musicians here at Nordstrom, often inviting local bands to help us launch a special event and pump up the crowd. Last spring, Susy Sun played at our Rebecca Minkoff Spring Launch and we fell in love. We recently caught up with Susy to talk about her musical career and her latest video, Grey Skies

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Q: In a nutshell, how do you describe your musical style?

I’m a classically trained pianist and singer/songwriter. My voice has been described as “bell like.” It’s a sweet voice, mixed with lush music and poignant and emotional lyrics. The songs are heartfelt and uplifting. I write songs that are diary entries. I’ve always used my music as a form of meditation to cope with my own emotions. Currently, I’m recording a new album and adding some edge to my musical style. So, stay tuned. ;)

Q: What motivates you to create music?

It’s definitely an intrinsic motivation. I started singing before I could talk and eventually my parents took notice and gave me private piano lessons. The composing part came when I was around 13. I struggled my whole life with bullying and not fitting in. I always seemed to skirt on the outside of the “in crowd,” which was tough growing up. Music and writing at that point became my outlet for all of this inner angst that I was dealing with. No one sat me down and told me to start making music. It was something that my inner being willed me to do. It was just me.

Q: Take us through the song-writing process. Where do you start? Then what? How do you know when a song is complete?

Generally, I start my songs with one line and melody. You could say that it is generally the “hook” that randomly comes into my head via the universe. I always sit at the piano and write lyrics and music simultaneously. I believe that the music’s mood is directly related to the message that I am conveying in my songs. Generally, I like to get a song done in one sitting. However, given my Gemini disposition, I have a tendency to start things and never quite finish them. I have a million songs on my iPhone recorder that are sitting as ideas and have never turned into songs.  A song goes through many cycles. It is complete after I finish the piano/lyrics/melodies. However, when I bring it to my band or a producer, it takes on another life.  Sometimes, years later, I take an old song and rework it too. There is no finality with art. That’s exciting, isn’t it?

Q: Where do you turn when you feel creatively drained? Why there?

I think that I’m still trying to figure it out! I’ve realized that getting away helps. I grew up in a small town in eastern Washington. Though I love the city life, going out into the country always gives me a sense of peace.  The ocean is very inspiring for me, too. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in yourself—narcissism runs in our veins. But, the ocean is beautiful because it’s so vast and deep. It is bigger than us and has a power of its own. I like being constantly reminded that I’m not that important. The world doesn’t revolve around humans. We are merely a piece of something much grander. This feeling gives me peace, and also inspiration. I love that feeling.

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Q: Your latest video, “Grey Skies,” was shot in one day. Tell us about that experience! 

Our intent for the music video was that the journey would guide the filming and the video’s ultimate direction. First, we drove out to eastern Washington to shoot in the desert. When we got there, it was pouring rain. So we shot anyway. To us, this was part of the journey and represented the subject of life and death perfectly. It’s bumpy and it’s unclear. It’s scary sometimes, but in the end it’s beautiful. That desert rain was unpredictable, but so perfect. We also shot up in the mountains where I was surrounded by the forest and snow. In the beginning and end of the video you see me standing at the edge of a cliff throwing flowers from an urn. This signifies giving over to the grand scheme of things and accepting the unknown. In letting the wind guide your feet, you’ll never be afraid.

Q: You gave up “cubicle life” to follow your musical dream. How would you encourage our readers to pursue their own dreams?

For me, it took quitting my job with Microsoft to completely delve into becoming an artist. My whole life I felt that I had been making excuses as to why I couldn’t do music. If I hadn’t jumped off the cliff, music would have remained my hobby. It took a lot of hard work to get to this point. I had to conquer my personal demons to break through those barriers I had built around me. And, I’ll be honest, when I finally did commit my life to my art, it didn’t get any easier. Every day is a challenge. But, every day I am also one step closer to achieving my dreams and self actualizing. I’m investing in myself and I’m right where I need to be. That’s a great feeling.

Pursue your dreams. What do you have to lose? Be confident. Make friends who are doing things similar to you. Build a community. Support is the groundwork for success.

Q: Any other advice you would give to your younger self?

Don’t wait to pursue what you want to do. Stop thinking about it and just do it.  Also, be patient. The most important thing I’ve learned through pursuing my art is to be present. If you are constantly chasing something, how will you know when you get there? You won’t, because “there” does not exist. “There” is right now. “There” is the present.  If you can learn to be content in this moment, then you have succeeded.

If you live in the Seattle area, be sure to catch Susy Sun at The Crocodile as she opens for Carbon Leaf on Friday, October 10! Need a teaser? Watch Grey Skies now:

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