To celebrate our newest store opening—September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

MIso Glazed Black Cod Recipe with Sake Marinade from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Buttery, flaky, silky black cod. In our recipe (as served seasonally at Bar Verde), this fish spends up to two days hanging out in a sweet flavor-layered marinade of miso, sake, mirin and sugar, which caramelizes under the broiler to create a beautiful mahogany-colored finish. To complete the dish, we nestle the filet atop easy, homemade shrimp dumplings, roasted shiitake mushrooms and poached vegetables—all swimming in a ladleful of umami-rich soy broth.

Like wild salmon, but milder and more delicate, black cod (aka sablefish) is high in omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil content, which makes it difficult to overcook. Adding to the virtues of this delicious, easy-to-work-with fish, almost all of the preparation for this recipe can be done up to 2 days in advance for a make-ahead meal that’s impressive enough for entertaining and easy enough for a special weeknight dinner. Salmon, Chilean sea bass and cobia can all be used instead of black cod, but it’s definitely worth seeking out—there’s really no substitute for its unique combination of texture and flavor.

MIso Glazed Black Cod Recipe with Sake Marinade from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

 

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It’s like our Creative Projects curator and director, Olivia Kimsaid in a recent
interview with the newly rebranded vogue.com:

SPACE is really meant to be a platform to introduce our customers to another aspect of what designer fashion could be, this advanced and emerging designer world.”

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A look from the SPACE edit of VETEMENTS for fall ’15

As part of that world, we’re building interviews and erecting behind-the-scenes stories with the talented fashion minds behind our exciting brands. Find out who we’re talking to now, and what they’ve got to say about the French word for “clothing,” the music of the fall collections, and grannies on Instagram.

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Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

British illustrator Frida Wannerberger.

This is Swedish-born British illustrator and graphic designer Frida Wannerberger, en rose. When she’s not drawing up deliciously quirky scenes of otherworldly people lounging about in Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, teaching or working on cool stuff for clients like Harper’s Bazaar and A Magazine Curated By, you can find her at her summer house in Sweden delving into stacks of literary masterpieces—a few of which she was kind enough to share with us for this chapter of our Summer Reading Lists.

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Amid the white walls and clean lines of his office, Ryan Willms, editor-in-chief of the design magazine Inventory, cuts an equally crisp silhouette. His hair hangs in a sharp fringe just below his angular chin. His nose truly is aquiline. His selection of a white shirt and black pants might be austere if he weren’t so relaxed.

To celebrate the opening of our Vancouver store on September 18, we’ve been exploring the city through the eyes of its fashionable residents. Get a glimpse of what British Columbia’s big city looks like to Willms in the interview below.

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Your job takes you all over the world. How does Vancouver stack up?

I always enjoy coming back to Vancouver. The air here is amazing. I try to appreciate these days. Being able to run the seawall or go to the mountains is certainly unique to the city. There are some interesting people and things happening in Vancouver, but you have to hunt them out on your own a little more than in bigger cities.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Casual, comfortable, inoffensive.

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Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot. Meet Lori Ramon, a banker-slash-singer and vintage-fashion lover with a stellar smile.

Lori took us on a tour of some beloved places in her Seattle neighborhood, Capitol Hill. Read on to get to know Lori, and see our stylist suggestions for some of our favorite dress silhouettes for fall.

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On her style: “Being a Jewish American Princess from Texas, I learned at an early age what it felt like to be an outsider. The fact that my mother was probably also one of the only brazen feminists in our suburban neighborhood probably added to that as well. I do think that my being so ‘different’ from everyone from the start definitely influenced my sense of self and fashion. I discovered that I enjoyed being somewhat unusual. It was freeing to be able to express myself without worrying so much about what others thought. I just try to remember the Golden Rule. Basically that’s all any of us need to do to live in a civilized society, right?

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Número tres stop during Spring 2016 Fashion Month is Milan, Italy’s fashion, commercial and economic hub. As with New York and London before, designer Caroline Issa—a street-style guru, too—has selected an outfit that revolves around a handbag chosen for the chic city. And this suede, drawstring borsa is molto bella. 

Loewe 'Flamenco Knot' Bag

                Loewe Flamenco Knot suede & calfskin leather bag

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Image by Ameris Photography

Niña Mendoza’s suit by Manuel Mendoza

We’ve been rocking with 100% Vancouver deejays lately, with our new store opening September 18 in that majestic Pacific Northwest metropolis.

One recent set by Vancouver’s Niña Mendoza gave us life (shout out DayShiftSEA, one mile from Nordstrom HQ in Seattle) and we highly recommend her funky, right-now-meets-1983 mix “Love For Free,” promoting her September 10 show with Dâm-Funk. It’s been sustaining us throughout the week.

Stream the mix below and download it here so you don’t kill your data while you’re in the gym. Hit READ MORE for the track list and Vancouver-focused Q&A.

And if you’re in Vancouver, catch Niña Mendoza Fridays starting in September at the Projection Room inside the Fox Cabaret.

Love For Free Mix • Niña Mendoza by Blueprintlive on Mixcloud

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Stylish nomads, take note: Nordstrom and Free People are hitting the SoCal coast to share the latest in boho clothes. For this classic Cali road trip—and traveling trunk show—we’ve chosen a truly memorable ride. Down the Pacific Coast Highway, a 1963 Airstream Bambi will cart a curated Free People collection that’s available in stores this fall.

Free People and Nordstrom Airstream Tour

Each of the four stops includes a display featuring Free People’s latest dresses, shoes and intimates. Guests can chat with stylists, create floral arrangements with complimentary blooms, and lounge in vintage peacock lawn chairs.

Free People Airstream Tour

Place an order right at the Airstream or hitch a ride to your local Nordstrom—wait, you’re already there! See the schedule below.

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Yep, it’s that time again. Over the next month, editors, buyers, models, and more will be disembarking planes and weaving their way through New York, LondonMilan and Paris as the next round of Fashion Weeks—the Spring 2016 editions—come to life. The key piece this September and October from city to city and coast to coast? The handbag. We had Caroline Issa select one for each city—and a look to go with it.

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Rebecca Minkoff hobo bag

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Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

There are photographers who document the world, and there are photographers who create worlds to document. New York-based lens pro Olivia Locher has a foot on both planets—and what a foot it is. (Her super charming DIY shoes caught our eye at the Jason Wu show at fall fashion week in New York.) At work for entities such as W magazine, she captures the drama and excitement of the backstage build-up at the shows, and while at work unraveling her own narratives and concepts, she stages series such as “I Fought the Law,” in which her subjects enact the fine art of breaking totally inane American rules from coast to coast. Exhibit A: “In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.” Huh? Yeah.

Here she is repping some Warby Parker sunnies, and here she is schooling us on texts of conceptual photography and ’70s ennui.

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