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April 12, 2014

Inside the BP. Prom Truck

Most high schools are heading into their fourth and final quarter of the year, which can only mean one sparkly, bejeweled, glamorous and awkward thing: prom. That’s right, mom-who-loves-to-scrapbook, your time to bombard your teen with photos has nearly arrived. I would say the best part about prom is choosing the look—specifically, the dress! Shopping for a prom dress is a pinnacle process in a high school girl’s life, and should therefore be as fun as possible.

This year BP. has done their best to turn prom dress shopping into the most adorable and fun activity around. If you haven’t heard, BP. has sent a “Prom Truck” from coast to coast, showing off the latest prom dresses and accessories. The “truck” is really a remodeled VW Van, furnished and painted pink and blue! Take a look:

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I mean, how amazing is that? The van made its final tour stop this past weekend in Seattle, and I was able to check out the secret world concealed within its retro doors.

 

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My friends and I looked through the dresses on display, all of which were beautiful, vibrant and unique. Our favorite was this detailed ball gown:

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The van also carried prom accessories, everything from rhinestone pumps to statement necklaces and clutches. I couldn’t believe how many charming secrets were concealed within the prom truck!

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I absolutely love that blue bow clutch.

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There was room for my friends and I to sit inside and admire the enchanting interior of the van. One Direction was playing through the speakers when this photo was taken, so it was truly a beautiful moment. If you had the chance to see the prom truck, #nordstrombp and #countdowntoprom on any photos you upload to Instagram!

Check out The Prom Shop to see all of BP.’s prom styles. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

In terms of shoes for formal occassions, I tend to go very simple, allowing my dress to take the spotlight. If you’re like me and love to rock fabulously patterned, brightly colored, or glitzy dresses to events such as prom, then these heels are for you!

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Topshop ‘Sunny’ Platform

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‘Cayna’ Suede Ankle Strap Pump

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Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ Pump

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Topshop ‘Giddy’ Pump

Besides the fact that all of these heels are both unique and wearable, they’re also under $100. So feel free to grab a pair without worrying about blowing your budget!

xoxo,
Clare

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Recently, the funky fun jewelry brand, BaubleBar, was introduced to Nordstrom. BaubleBar was founded by two besties that wanted super trendy jewelry at guilt-free price points. Since then, the brand has become known for its “more is more” attitude. I’m personally a huge fan of bright statement jewelry, so I’m really excited to start shopping this brand.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collection:

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SHOP: Blue Pendant Necklace‘Peacock’ EarringsBracelets and CuffPink Pendant Necklace

XOXO,
Alyssa

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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 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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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

March 6, 2014

Spring Style Staples

 I’ve been waiting for spring basically all winter, and now it’s only 15 days away! I’m so excited to transition to light sweaters and bare legs, but until the sun starts shining a little brighter, here are a few of my spring 2014 style essentials:

 CROPS AND CUT-OFFS:

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SHOP: Look 1 | Look 2

FLOWER CHILD PRINT:

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SHOP: Look 1 | Look 2

FADED OVERALLS:

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SHOP: Look 1 | Look 2

Stay sunny, lovely and vibrant. (:

XOXO,
Alyssa

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March 4, 2014

OOTD: Back to Black

My outfits lately have been reflecting the weather here in Portland: dark and stormy. I think there’s something simple and beautiful about sporting an all black outfit. For this look, I added a small pop of color on my lips and changed up the textures with clear sunglasses.

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black skinny jeans | black graphic tee | black cardigan | black boots

xoxo,
Clare


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While my prom isn’t until June, it’s never too early to start looking for a dress (or a date). For those of you who are not willing to spend several hundred dollars on a prom dress (I don’t blame you), but still want to look trend forward, I put together a splurge or snag guide of a few of this season’s cutest styles. Check it out:

SHORT AND SWEET:

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SPLURGE: Sherri Hill Embellished Silk Fit & Flare Dress | SNAG: Trixxi Sequin & Tulle Dress

BLUSHING BEAUTY:

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SPLURGE: La Femme Beaded Chiffon Gown | SNAG: Hailey Logan Glitter Ballgown

FUTURISTIC GATSBY:

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SPLURGE: Aidan Mattox Embellished Sleeveless Dress | SNAG: Adrianna Papell Beaded Tank Dress

SERENE SEA MIST:

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SPLURGE: Xscape Beaded Halter Gown | SNAG: Way-In Beaded Strapless Gown

SEEING STARS:

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SPLURGE: Aidan Mattox Sequin Gown | SNAG: Dress the Population Sequin Body-Con Dress

SHEER AND SIMPLE:

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SPLURGE: Dress the Population Chiffon Dress | SNAG: Way-In Skater Dress

DRAMATIC SOPHISTICATION:

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SPLURGE: ML Monique Lhuillier Ballgown | SNAG: Adrianna Papell Ballgown

Whether your dress is $80 or $500, remember that prom isn’t just about wearing the dress, it’s about making memories in the dress. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

P.S. Find more amazing dresses in the Prom Shop!

 

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There is less than a month until spring break and I’ve already started putting together the outfits that I want to wear while roaming the beaches of California and soaking up the sun with my best friend. I’ve got piles of shorts, cute cropped tees, chic baseball caps, and beach totes, but one very important thing seems to be missing: sunglasses. I’ve seen so many different pairs of sunnies that would work perfectly with my spring break attire. Here are just a few!

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Heart Shaped Sunglasses

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‘Luv’ Sunglasses

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Fantas Eyes Round Sunglasses

 

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A.J. Morgan ‘Geo’ Sunglasses

xoxo,
Clare