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Nothing screams “Christmas” like an ugly Christmas sweater and this year Nordstrom has ya’ covered. BP. is carrying a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater kit (it was this week’s shopping pick) packed with anything and everything you need to customize your very own sweater. It sounded almost too good too be true, so of course I had to check it out for myself!

What comes in the kit:

From glitter glue to mini jingle balls to adorable felt cut-outs, this kit comes with an abundance of supplies to help your inner craft diva shine and get creative.


I started by thinking of a theme for my sweater. The saying, “Where’s Da’ Miseltoe?” kept coming to mind (misspelling intended!), so I decided to cut the words out of some white felt (it comes in the kit), then designed my sweater around that. I then allowed it to dry for 24 hours once I was done decorating it.


Ugly Christmas sweaters can pretty much be styled any way and still look completely festive and fabulous! I styled mine with a black circle skirt, tights, and some black booties for a more dressy look—perfect for holiday parties.

A Santa hat and some mistletoe were the icing on the cake for this holly, jolly ensemble. I was picturing Chuck Bass under my misteltoe…what hunky celeb would you guys picture under yours? Haha. :)


If any of you guys happen to pick up this kit, post a picture on Insta and tag it #NordstromBP. I’d love to see how y’all decorate your sweaters. Happy holidays!

Yours truly,

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You guys, Christmas is right around the corner! Our decorations are up, carols are playing and holiday parties are starting. But what’s the holiday season without an ugly Christmas sweater? If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the standard monstrosities, we have just the thing for you:


ugly christmas sweater make-your-own sweater kit | $29

Why we love it:

It has everything. The kit includes white felt, reindeer, snowflakes, pom poms, red bows, googly eyes, ornaments, green glitter gel, jingle bells, pipe cleaners, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, sewing kit, glue, stencils — it’s like Christmas-craft heaven.

It’s a chance to use your creativity. We love the idea of sitting down and designing your own ugly sweater. Think about, you can’t go wrong! The uglier, the better.

It’s a fun activity to do with friends. Get a kit for everyone and then host an ugly-sweater-making party! Oh, what fun it is.


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Some of you might have seen the “Winter Essentials” tab or the “B.P. Basics & Essentials” tab while shopping on Those are two of my favorite sections on the site! That’s where I go to stock up on the wardrobe staples that I can’t live without. Here are my five favorites that can be worn with almost anything:

5. Shift Dress
I love the oversized shirt dress trend. But a shift dress gives the same boxy look but still adds shape to a girl’s figure.


4. Parka
The military trend has been around for a while, and I’m glad it shows no sign of leaving anytime soon.


3. Flowy Tank
Talk about essentials: This is a timeless piece and will never go out of style.


2. Boyfriend Jeans
It surprises me that the boyfriend jean trend has stuck around for so long! I am in no hurry for it to leave.


1. Simple heel
If I had to own one pair of shoes it would definitely be these. They are so comfortable and versatile.



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The weather is getting seriously cold out there! And when the temperature dips low, it’s time to cozy up inside with your softest clothes and blankets. But wait, a plush bathrobe? Even better!

hero animal print plush bathrobe | $42

Why we love it:

The supersoft feel. We aren’t messing around when we call it “plush.” This bathrobe is so soft you won’t ever want to take it off. Wear it in the mornings while you get ready for school, and slip back into when you get home!

The leopard spots. We love that these spots are pink and girly. They give the robe a playful look, but the lightness of the color keeps it from being overly dramatic.

The ears on top! Flip up the hood and you’ve got yourself a pair of feline ears. It builds upon the playfulness of the leopard spots, again without being over-the-top. We can’t get over the cuteness.


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December 5, 2014

Trend Spotting: Capes

I remember the days back in middle school when I’d watch “Gossip Girl” and admire how classy Blair Waldorf was. One year I bought a poncho because it reminded me of her. Little did I know that a cape was what she wore. Now they are back and all over the streets!

I have always wished I had a cape to wear to the Heathman for high tea. Now I can at least have the cape, even if I can’t make it to the Heathman.

Trina Turk Cape

Throw on a cape to add an instant lift to dressed-down staples like a denim skirt and winter tights.

Topshop Cape


Holiday, ohhh holiday…  I can’t seem to say the word, “holiday” without bursting into this song. Anyway, the Holiday Pop-In shop is here! Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects, has selected a unique variety of gifts for everyone on your list. Here are my top three picks:

1. Selfie on a Stick This takes selfies to a whole new level. Simply plug your phone/camera/tripod into this device, set the timer, and snap the greatest selfies ever.

Selfie-on-a-stick-2 Selfie-on-a-stick
Selfie on a Stick ($20)


2. Dainty Tea Cup Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for anything to do with tea. And these dainty mugs are just too precious.

Seletti Porcelain Mug ($25)

The mini pedestal and pop-of-color handle makes this the perfect gift for your caffeine-addicted BFF or sister.



3. Headphone Charms AH! These charms are just too cute. This year, technology accessories are killing it.

Headphone Cord Charms ($5 each)

What’s fun about headphone charms is that you can match different ones together. These two are my faves:

Ninja-charm Sushi-charm

Check out more gifts at the Holiday Pop-In Shop. While you’re searching for the perfect gifts, take a break and play the adorable Olivia Kim Gift & Go game. It’s pretty darn cute.

xo ॐ – Amber

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner (next week!), and we love the idea of having a cute accessory for those sure-to-be-taken family photos. Sound appealing? Try out this super-cute fedora.



David & Young Felt Fedora | $28

Why we love it:

It’s cute, but not over-the-top. Adding this hat to an outfit can really bring it all together. It’s such a cute accessory, and it complements what you’re wearing without distracting too much attention. If you’re looking for that understated finishing touch for your look, this is it.

Wear it anywhere. This fedora is so versatile. Wear it out on a brisk and sunny fall day, on a grey and misty afternoon, to the mall, to school, or even to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. This little thing will go anywhere with you.

Of course, the many colors to choose from. This seems to be a theme: We love options! Check out the stylish selections below, pick your favorite, and get ready for compliments.


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Do you guys remember this festival-inspired post from Alyssa? We’ve loved these metallic tattoos ever since, and now here they are:


Flash-Tattoosmetallic temporary tattoos | $22

Why we love them:

The jewelry inspiration. Shiny embellishments are so trendy right now, and we love that these tattoos are shaped into cool bracelet and necklace shapes. Forgot your jewels at home? Don’t want to deal with pesky chains? These tattoos give you the look without any of the hassle.

They last for days! While, yes, these tattoos are temporary, they endure regular life and showering for  4-6 days. That means they’re perfect for weekend getaways, music festivals and extended vacations. (Dare we think about Spring Break this early?) Have fun!




It’s already November, which means the holidays are right around the corner. We’re sitting here looking at all the beautiful holiday-party dresses, being dazzled by the sparkling beads and metallic shimmer, and brainstorming ways to work those details into everyday life. It isn’t easy to pull off something so shiny for casual wear, but then we saw this skirt and we knew—this skirt is the answer.

heroembroidered tulle skater skirt | $58

Why we love this skirt:

The gorgeous embroidery. This skirt is stunning. Golden shimmer, lacy detailing, ornate pattern…it’s everything. It screams holiday-party glam, but not so much that you can’t wear it on a normal day. In fact, pair it with a cozy oversized sweater or graphic sweatshirt and roll on out the door.

The girly tulle. We love that this skirt is made from tulle. It’s lightweight so you get that flirty skater-skirt style, and it’s super playful and feminine. Paired with the embroidery, this skirt is a dream come true.

The elastic waistband. We know, we know — boring! But this stretchy waistband means it’s comfortable and it fits you perfectly. There’s nothing better.

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November 3, 2014

Introducing Sun & Shadow

As an avid lover of the boho chic style, I couldn’t be more excited about the new Sun & Shadow line coming to BP.! This brand is perfect for all you free-spirited girls looking for feminine and bohemian pieces.

Some of my favorite pieces from the Sun & Shadow line are the sweaters! Chunky and oversized knits with folky patterns and textures are endless. Some of these sweaters are statement pieces alone, but they’re also delightfully warm and cozy. Take a look at some of my favorite sweaters from Sun & Shadow.

Ombré, please! I love, love, love this white to black ombré sweater. If you’re quite short like me, wear this as a sweater dress. A delicate slip or shorts would suffice, too. Tall moccasins are the finishing touch in this boho look.

Ombré Pullover

This sweater has a relaxed, off-the-shoulder cowl neck and tiny, scallop-shaped cutouts. With mauve and white colors, this sweater is the most feminine of the three.


Stripe Lace Cowl-Neck Sweater


I think I’m in love. I would be lying if I said I didn’t love this fringey Aztec heaven of a sweater. Give this sweater the spotlight (that it truly deserves) by pairing it with a simple day dress, or jeans and a tee.


Aztec Fair Isle Cardigan

So get excited, the sweaters from Sun & Shadow are about to blow your hippie minds.



Photos taken by Eliza Richard.

xo ॐ – Amber