For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition. 
If Brian Paquette, principal designer of Seattle-based Brian Paquette Interiors, could only handpick all of the elements of every room … well, on the entire planet … we’re pretty positive global productivity, happiness and general good vibes would skyrocket. The Newport, Rhode Island, native has a knack for layering steel with coal, surprise with serenity, and pop culture with classic ideas about what makes a room—and a home, and a workplace—a haven. Can’t fathom gutting the whole joint and starting from scratch right yet? Check out Paquette’s new textile and wallpaper line, and then check out his spot-on thoughts about cashmere, candlesticks and wrapping them all up in style.



Between Facebook, family and the office, odds are that right now you’ve got holiday-party invites coming at you from all angles. After all, ’tis the season for chitchat and cheese trays. But once you’ve squared away all your RSVPs and made any requisite travel plans, it’s a good time to consider what you’re bringing to the table—on all fronts. While your fetching self is unquestionably appreciated, a hostess gift is a gracious way to thank the party-thrower for a shindig well done.

Hostess Gifts Ideas

Of course, not every social gathering is equal. If you’re headed to the in-laws for an extended visit to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, a bottle of wine probably won’t do. For any situation that requires overnight accommodations, a personal touch conveys serious gratitude (and helps secure next year’s invite).

SPARQ custom whiskey rocksSend the right message to hospitable cocktail and coffee enthusiasts by presenting these little soapstone rocks upon your arrival. In hot or cold liquids, SPARQ’s personalized whiskey rocks never melt, so beverage flavors remain unscathed.

It’s likely someone scrubbed a tub or two to prep for your visit. Repay the deed in kind with indulgent goat milk bubble bath from Blithe and Bonny. Made in California, the heavenly scented sulfate-free suds come in citrus, lavender, eucalyptus or herb.

READ MORE: Keep on Giftin’


Lancome Le Teint Particulier

We like being the first to try new things. We’re what marketing folks call early adopters. That’s especially true when it comes to tech and cosmetics.

So we’ve found a winning mashup when it comes to makeup.

Nordstrom Del Amo Fashion Center and Nordstrom Downtown Seattle are the first two locations in the world to have Lancôme’s Le Teint Particulier technology. This revolutionary system begins with a facial scan that constructs your exact skin tone from a combination of more than 20,000 pigments. Once uploaded to a computer, your unique complexion ID is built—it’s like Mom always said, “You’re special.” Indeed, the match is uncanny.



Garance DoréHaving wowed the fashion world and won hundreds of thousands of fans with her fetching illustrations, innovative street-style snaps and charming writing, blog doyenne Garance Doré seemed to solidify the legitimacy of the entire medium with her acceptance of the 2012 CFDA Media Award—the first ever given to a blogger.

In addition to running her beloved site, Doré has pivoted her considerable creative might into tackling projects that run the gamut from YouTube maven to book author and—finally!—designer of a Nordstrom-exclusive capsule collection from Vince.

We chatted with her about the best way to style a turtleneck, the beauty of gender-neutral dressing and why grey skinny jeans bring out her Parisian side.

Your style embodies a perfectly combined sense of Parisian chic and New York cool. What item in your closet would you say most represents your French identity? Your New York identity?

My French identity to me are my grey skinny jeans. I don’t know why, but each time I wear them I feel very Parisian. My New York identity…is probably my giant winter parka, something I never needed anywhere else I’ve lived. It gets so cold here!

Garance Doré

How did your design collaboration with Vince come about?

I think fashion is really about the way we edit our wardrobe, so we thought it could be fun to show what would be my edit of the Vince “closet.”



When it comes to powerful brand statements and instantly recognizable looks, Missoni is on top of the game. Those iconic patterns, the bold colors, the knits—the family!

©Photo: Cinzia Camela.


Ottavio Missoni was born into it—in the town of Gallarate almost exactly 31 years ago (he just had a birthday on November 10). But of course, he earned those stripes and zigzags, too; at 23 he began an immersive journey into the world of textiles, knitting, fabrics and production, and from there: the whole world. Or, more specifically the United States. No one knows his family’s business in America better than he does. He understands what women from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. are looking for, and he knows what makes them feel their most beautiful—which is why we had him curate a special selection of silhouettes from the resort collection.

And while we had the chance, we got him to tell us a little more about his life and work.



You can’t make fashion’s favorite slit-up-to-there party frocks and not know how to party.


Images via the designer’s soiree-happy Instagram feed

Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello is known for dresses that love the female form—and for the top models and It girls who love to wear them. So it makes sense that the SPACE designer loves a good time—which is why we had him give us the party particulars in our latest SPACE story.

Like for instance, where does Karlie Kloss’s buddy go for breakfast the morning after a big bash? Los Angeles’s Sunset Tower.

Huevos Rancheros with a side of sweeping Cali vista, please.

Read: Anthony Vaccarello Knows How to Party

Shop: Anthony Vaccarello | holiday party looks at SPACE | all SPACE




Ingredients have been gathered, your feast is cooking—now it’s time to set the table. Keep things simple with a pared-down palette and a few pops of color for a festive, modern presentation.



Taking a Page from OC | Listen Up!

opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand. Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop.

miapolaroidOC cofounder Humberto Leon with M.I.A.

Maybe you first heard about Opening Ceremony while Googling Omarion’s varsity jacket in the music video for “Post To Be”?

Or maybe you know music has always been a vital entry point into the brand.

Here are some key OC/music connections from the Opening Ceremony book, with tracks from individual artists.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony

Dance party this way….


The Weekend Guide: November 20-22

BOOTS, from the Aquaria album

Listen: Aquaria by Boots
He produced an impressive amount of Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album. He collaborates with genre-pushing artists like Run the Jewels and FKA Twigs. Yet this is Jordy Asher‘s debut. Uneven as it is, Aquaria shows the breadth of his producing talents within the confines of driving electro-pop, occasionally even charting new yet vague musical waters.

The Miraculous by Anna von Hausswolff
Von Hausswolff’s bittersweet vocals over a 9,000-pipe organ may be the perfect melancholy music for winter. But this Swedish chanteuse is no canary: her voice cuts and wails as it sings lyrics derived from folk stories. Picture Neko Case set to Swedish death metal. Songs like “Evocation” at once render sacred and profane.

Watch: Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Netflix’s newest series (out November 20) features a traumatized former superhero struggling to pay her rent and bar tab. Long ago Marvel realized that every hero was also an antihero, and Jessica Jones (played brilliantly broken by Krysten Ritter) is a troubled antiheroine for a leather-clad, sardonic generation of malcontents just struggling to get by and live with themselves.

SHRIMPS Jerry mascot bag charm Shop: Shrimps online
We’ve already told you how warm and fuzzy Hannah Weiland’s faux-fur creations make us feel. Finally, you can shop several of her technicolor coats and accessories online! It’s like Scream Queens suddenly went from all prissy to punk.

Opening Ceremony caps
These embroidered hats are so cute that we want to embroider them on a cap. If you haven’t visited our Pop-In Shop lately, you may have missed these baseball caps embellished with poodles, drumsticks, aliens and other idiosyncratic ideograms. Your gift-giving hat trick is right here.

Read: What the Eye Hears by Brian Seibert
Tracing the history of tap from Irish cloggers and African slaves, Seibert shows how this dance defines American pop culture, covering Bojangles and Shirley Temple to the MacArthur Genius Michelle Dorrance, without leaving out its complicated, cloudy history.


While our model friends in Treasure&Bond were out on a morning forage photo shoot for part one of our Friendsgiving, our blog editor Jeff Powell was in the kitchen whipping up a Friendsgiving feast with seasonal ingredients and garnishes common enough you might find some right in your backyard.

Nordstrom Thanksgiving Recipes and plan-ahead tips.

After putting together a full three-course menu from dishes in our What’s Cooking series, he’s sharing our restaurant team’s recipes so you can cook your own lavish dinner. It’s a meal fit for any special occasion when you want to break bread and give thanks with whomever you call family. Bonus: we have his tips on how he prepped in advance so our entire dinner came together in only four hours on the day (and how he survived to tell the tale).

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