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For vinyl junkies, there is little finer than an afternoon spent flipping through the stacks at your favorite record store, searching for a mint-condition original pressing, snapping up a 180g reissue of a must-have disc or getting the vinyl version of a hot new release just for the cover art. In an age where we can stream music 24/7 from the cloud, record collectors seek out a more tangible experience.

Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19) furthers that experience by offering RSD-only releases, including the aforementioned reissues, titles never available on vinyl before, new material from current bands and extra-special treats like picture discs and colored vinyl.

We pored over the list of more than 400 U.S.-only releases and selected a few of the albums we’d love to get our hands on. (Full disclosure: not all the videos are from albums available on Record Store Day, but they’ll give you an idea of the band’s sound).

If you haven’t heard Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings yet, prepare to be awestruck. Their debut album, Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, is an infectious funk-soul record with a throwback sound that’s so authentic, you might think it’s from decades past. It’s also got a searing cover of a Janet Jackson song.

Way back in 1998, San Diegans Rob Crow and Zach Smith took a little break from their other bands to form Pinback. Then they dropped a beautifully simple, pensive debut album on a world of unsuspecting indie-rockers. And life was never the same.

There was a time in the ’90s when Oasis was the biggest band in THE WHOLE WORLD. In between bouts of tabloid-worthy sibling spats, the Brothers Gallagher and crew created some of the most memorable songs of the decade.

From around 2005 to 2011, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem pumped out the coolest, most New York-centric dance music around. Sadly, they called it quits in 2011, but—silver lining!—their nearly 4-hour farewell show at Madison Square Garden is now available in record form. Oh, and James is making his own coffee, too.

If Brian Eno has been a monk, this track from Alexander Tucker‘s eponymous debut album is what we imagine his chanting might have sounded like. That’s a compliment, by the way.

Achieving great style comes from knowing who you are and celebrating it! For the fourth installment of Sarah Jessica Parker’s guest editor series, the designer pays tribute to six women who represent SJP Collection street style. From Morocco to New York City to Los Angeles, watch the creative vision of Sarah Jessica and partner George Malkemus come to life in true fashionable form.

sarah-jessica-parker-guest-editor-nordstrom-blog-4th-article-sjp-collection-street-styleIt’s enormously flattering and very fulfilling for those of us who work on the SJP Collection to see the shoes out in the world, having adventures across the globe and doing what they’re supposed to do for women.

I love imagining all that grosgrain traveling around—crossing city streets, strolling through parks and universities, sitting in meetings, driving cars, dropping off kids and meeting friends for lunch. And now to see the shoes actually having these experiences is amazing.

The women who submitted their street-style photographs really have their own elegance. They’re all special and very individual. I especially love the different shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds. It makes a nice visual montage of beauty.


Our global trend reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, reports on her music festival adventures from sunny California.

UGG-Australia-Style-Haven-Indio-California-2014Hello from Indio! It’s been a wild week of musical mayhem and poolside parties down in the Coachella Valley. I’m totally exhausted and exhilarated all at once. My favorite event was definitely UGG® Australia’s Style Haven. This one-of-a-kind house party was the perfect mix of festival chic and laid-back fun. Between previewing the latest collection from UGG Australia, the putting green, the nail art station, the snow cone machine and the ping-pong table, there were a million things to do!

Jourdan-Dunn-attends-UGG-Australia-Style-Haven-2014‘Darling’ Suede Bootie


The tickets have been bought, and the fiercest festival fashions have been selected—but what about the accessories?

The Look: Parker ‘Hailo’ Crop Print Silk Shirt & ‘Dalton’ Print Silk Shorts

Neo-geo prints are on trend this concert season, and so is geometric jewelry.

Graphic Studies

Eddie Borgo Scaled Triangle Earrings | Eddie Borgo Hinged Plate Ring
Eddie Borgo Flat Triangle Pavé Collar Necklace
Eddie Borgo Pavé Bear Trap Bangles (Set of 3)

Pair your rhythmic prints with the bold pieces by Eddie Borgo, whose spring collection is a “study in the timelessness of geometry and form,” according to the New York-based designer. “My work has a lot to do with simple geometry—the idea of taking a decorated shape and stripping it down to its geometric foundation.”

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Spring has sprung! Embrace this fun and flirty time of year with a few of our editors’ picks.

Stacked Up: Givenchy Bib Necklace & Frontal Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusives)
Faux Pearl & Crystal Torsade Necklace


A hybrid of American socialite and self-made mogul, Nicole Richie has morphed into a fashion industry darling by staying true to one philosophy: play by your own rules. The daughter of music legend Lionel Richie, Nicole fuels her predisposed artistic nature through the creative direction of House of Harlow 1960 (HOH1960), a lifestyle brand named after her daughter.

When it comes to channeling inspiration for the collection that includes everything from jewelry to shoes to sunglasses, Nicole, who is the wife to Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden, affirms that “everything starts with music. I’m a huge fan of the music of  ’60s and the ’70s, so classic rock is something I listen to every day. My team and I work in a very creative space. We’ll listen to music and throw out design ideas.”


Kate Moss for Topshop is coming to Nordstrom April 30! To celebrate this collaboration, NOWNESS presents a series of videos featuring celebs and friends of Kate speaking about her collection and her unique personality. First up, BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw with personal anecdotes about their friendship—including how Kate saved him from what could have been a very unfortunate tattoo.

“Whether she’s hanging out with Donatella Versace or my dad…you get the same Kate Moss…Kate and Topshop aren’t intimidating, but they still manage to be high fashion.” —Nick Grimshaw

Find more information about the collection’s imminent launch in our Kate Moss for Topshop boutique and right here on The Thread. #TopshopxKateMoss

From Grumpy Cat to Yoda, we’ve got loads of cool Easter Basket gifts for the little ones in your life. Just one of our many favorites is the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine Book & Construction Set. Founded by a Stanford engineer, GoldieBlox is an award-winning toy brand—that took the internet by storm with its viral videos—and inspires ingenuity and innovative thinking in young girls. Not to mention its construction set is just totally fun to play with.

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You guys, festival season is HERE. Whether you’re planning on hitting up the Southern California desert, the bucolic Tennessee countryside, a major city like Chicago or New York or taking in crazy, awe-inspiring views in Eastern Washington, there’s TONS of music to check out and much fun to be had. But before you grab your sunscreen and sandals, check out this itty-bitty sampling of the bands we’d be super-stoked to see this summer.

It’s crazy to consider, but this song, off The Strokes’ debut album Is This It, is thirteen years old. What’s crazier is that it still holds up quite nicely. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from Slash and, more obviously, Bob Pollard and the rest of G.B.V.


Bring on the beauty! Dolce&Gabbana Makeup is now available at Nordstrom.

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