Facts first: our May Half Yearly Sale is in full effect now through June 5. The gist of the sale is that we’re cutting up to 40% off prices. This is a significant reduction.
One way to think about the Half Yearly Sale is by category. You have clothing, you have accessories and you have shoes. Dig around in each category and you will find much to love. A few recommendations:
Against all odds, this flawless Alpha Instrustries bomber you see above is on sale. The brand is hot (The Weeknd wears it constantly), authentic (contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense, no less) and classic. Yet, the jacket is on sale. If you are considering buying it, consider this as well: it goes with everything.
Celebrate the fact that your friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and outfit your bridesmaids in coordinating colors and styles that flatter their unique features, for maximum confidence on your big day. Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad teamed up with a handful of bloggers to showcase the perfect bridesmaid dresses for any woman.
Globetrotting street-style star and Nordstrom collaborator Olivia Palermo recently stepped out both in New York and on vacation in pieces from her Chelsea28 collection. Below we dissect her looks so that you can re-create them.
Lay out your beach blanket and celebrate the sun with Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil, our summer swim shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Pop-In de Soleil showcases swimwear and accessories from an international selection of brands for both women and men. Inside you’ll find exclusive, custom designs, richly detailed patterns and everything you’ll need to enjoy your place in the sun.
Our recipe for freshly squeezed homemade lemonade—with the perfect tart-to-sweet balance—gets friendly with the concentrated flavors of tropical hibiscus for a refreshing summer party drink that effervesces with a top-off of club soda. (Though we won’t tell if you swap out the club soda for champagne, or tip in a bit of quality vodka to take this kid-friendly party punch into adults-only territory.)
Like with our recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, this makes two gallons for a big crowd. You can halve the recipe for a smaller gathering, or, as I did, use up any extra to make a super-delicious granita in your freezer—a dessert perfectly suited for a warm summer night.
Turns out, the shades that we hide behind when running errands without makeup or avoiding paparazzi (real or imagined) are still effective for standing out in a crowd. Case in point: Coachella. In that sea of youthful seraphim taking fashion risks, there were any number of startling new frames.
Beyond the basic cat eye or aviator, designs are getting increasingly playful. Glitter, patterns, sweeping angles, tinted lenses—all appear on the new styles. These aren’t simply utilitarian sun shields but rather statement pieces worn front and center, on your face.
Here are some of our favorite new ones, as seen on Coachella festivalgoers.
Concentric Cat Eye
Festival images by Kristin Yamada
Actress Kiernan Shipka slid on a pair of these frames, with circular lenses enveloped in a wiry cat eye. The interlocking geometric shapes create a striking outline, yet it doesn’t threaten to overpower the face.
What to wear this summer? Short answer: fresh prints, surf-shop tees and broken-in denim. Check out your new summer wardrobe in our video above. You’ll notice the looks come pretty fast. Key individual pieces are below.
Contouring. It’s one of the things that seems to confuse people the most, based on what we always hear. For a beginner, it’s no wonder why, if you’ve seen those tutorials out there that have you start out with crazy colors all over your face and then blend-blend-blend until your arm falls off. Or other how-tos, which have you messing with powders that can be easy to overdo when you’re first trying it out. There’s an easier, better way.
Contouring is all about using light tricks to add definition to your facial structure right where you want it—and it’s also all about being subtle. Contouring with foundation is a genius technique that has been used by pros on photo shoots for years. Read on for our simple tips to get an understated and beautiful contoured look for day.
From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.
Downtown Seattle Nordstrom
Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANELapparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurenthideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.
In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?