popinopeningceremonygiftguideLuckily for your recipients, you’ve decided to do some holiday shopping this year with Pop-In@Nordstrom–our experimental shop curated by Olivia Kim. Good idea! They’ll love our current collaboration with iconic NYC fashion brand Opening Ceremony.


The current shop just underwent a holiday refresh. Which means Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is still in full effect but now also includes: boards for hovering; avocados for skincaretribbles for ears. And so many other fun choices.

We know there is a tendency for holiday shopping to overwhelm. See through the Matrix and gain Neo-like clarity with our gift guide, represented by the hyperlinks below:

Stocking Stuffers
The Gadget Getter
The Young at Heart
The Home Chef

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony


The Weekend Guide: November 27-29

An ode to self-documentation, writer Rachel Syme cooly explores the art form of the smartphone generation with a historical lens on artists who dabbled in similar explorations of identity and personhood. She shows how selfies challenge traditional power figures. This seven part article goes way beyond Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s book, to peer into our cultural obsession with self-expression.


See: Iraqi Odyssey
Samir Jamal Aldin documents the diaspora of his own family, Iraqi emigrants living throughout Europe and North America. The film looks at the relative democratic conditions existing in Iraq prior to Saddam Hussein’s regime, and posits an alternate fate for the country and its citizens now scattered throughout the world.


Janis: Little Girl Blue
Narrated by Chan Marshall (Cat Power), director Amy Berg’s documentary about the life of Janis Joplin manages to exhibit the blues singer’s internal conflicts through concert and endearingly personal footage, as well as the testimony of those who knew her–or tried to.


Erykah Badu mixtapeHear: But You Caint Use My Phone by Erykah Badu The R&B songstress riffs on her 1997 song “Tyrone” and Drake’s hit “Hotline Bling” with this 11-track mixtape themed around the smartphone. (André 3000 and Drake guest appear.)


Recorded during the band’s 2014 show at the Japanese club Fever, this album features rollicking live performances of Deerhoof’s acclaimed record La Isla Bonita. Catch their surreal banter and avant-garde licks in your living room.


Make: Our Day-After-Tday Sandwich
Chef Jeff shows you how to construct the perfect sammie using yesterday’s delicious remnants and our cranberry chutney. Yum.


Skip the crowds and shop online. Enjoy an additional 25% off select sale items for men, women and children.


Chanel’s new oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, La Solution 10 de Chanel, has arrived at Nordstrom, and the reviews are rave. We spoke with Dr. Amy Wechsler, who collaborated with the iconic fashion house on their latest offering, about the product and why it’s so revolutionary for sensitive skin—and what we can do at home to make our own skin shine.

You are board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. How has that shaped your philosophy and practice?
A lot of patients come for help with their appearance and end up talking about life issues. Skin care can be so emotional. So much of how we think affects how we look, and vice versa. I’ve always believed in a very strong mind-body, and, more specifically, mind-skin connection. There are so many interconnections between the brain and the skin in terms of circulation, neurotransmitters and hormones. Anything that affects our mind, in either a positive or negative way, will definitely affect our skin.

You speak to what you call the mind-beauty connection both in your practice and in your book (of the same title). What are a few small things a woman can do with that mind-body connection to enhance her natural beauty?

Sleep! So many of us are burning the candle at both ends, and sleep deprivation has become the new normal. It causes stress, which can damage the skin and worsen skin conditions. While you sleep, your body repairs the damage of the day, and interrupting sleep by staying up too late or waking up in the middle of the night, slows down cell renewal. When your sleep is synchronized with your body’s natural rhythms, you’ll look better and feel younger.

There are lots of things other than sleep that are anti-stress and anti-inflammatory: exercise, sex, consuming anti-oxidants like red wine and dark chocolate. Seeing a friend face-to-face is anti-stress; getting out and looking at trees and nature for a few minutes a day breaks that stress cycle; deep breathing techniques. It’s different for everyone. For some people it’s yoga, for others it’s music, reading, travel, relationships, going out with your kids.

You’ve said before that it’s important to have an every-day skincare ritual. What, in general, do you recommend?

In the morning, use a gentle, mild cleanser. Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen, I recommend La Solution 10 de Chanel and Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50. These are great options for people with sensitive skin. Solution 10 is particularly great because you can also use it around the eyes.

In the evening, use an eye makeup remover and then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. I always use a really gentle, mild cleanser. A cleanser should remove the dirt of the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Your skin should never be squeaky clean. If it’s squeaky clean, then you’ve removed the good oils too, which isn’t healthy for skin. Follow with your moisturizer, I recommend moisturizing day and night.



Cranberry Chutney recipe from Nordstrom.

Try our recipe for Cranberry Chutney this season at your holiday table. Our take on this traditional side gets spiced up with ginger and a little cayenne pepper. Orange juice lends a citrus note and the tart cranberries get a slightly savory kick with sweet, caramelized onions. You can make and keep this chutney in the refrigerator for up to seven days, which means there’s no excuse to reach for a can of cranberry sauce.

This easy chutney is also perfect to slather on a turkey sandwich the day after a Thanksgiving feast. We’ll show you how we do it at Ruscello and our Marketplace Café.

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich from Nordstrom.



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

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