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“Saw these cute little Elmos posing for photos in Times Square. There was just an article in the New York Times about the history behind this! There was also a blue Elmo…? Does anyone know who he is? :)”

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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“Valentino ‘B-Formal’ Kiltie Patent Leather Oxford”

“My Monday morning dancing shoes. Dance, kiltie fringe!”

Fashion Week is just around the corner! As usual, we’ll be bringing all of the excitement—from runway shows to street style—straight to you. For all the latest, keep your eyes on The Thread and our Blogs + More hub. They’re your source for staying on top of all of our favorite moments in New York, London, Milan and Paris from September 4 – October 3.

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Street Style: Check out the most inspiring local and right-now style, captured by our global trend reporter Crystal Nicodemus—complete with Editor’s Picks, so you can shop the look right now.

Runway Shows: We’ll recap the best of the best that we’re seeing on the runway from the designers you love.

Trend Reports: Read runway trend reviews from our corporate HQ fashion office that’ll give you a look at what’s to come—and what’s happening now.

The Scene: Olivia Kim, our director of creative projects and mastermind behind our Pop-In Shops, will be sharing her “day in the life” perspective with a snapshot of shows, events, parties and everything else that’s fabulous while she’s on location.

Backstage Beauty: Our beauty team takes you behind the scenes to show you makeup looks from our favorite brands—with tips and tricks to recreate the trends for yourself.

Nordstrom Social: Stay connected in as many ways as you like! Our social team has you covered on Instagram, Twitter (including beauty trends), Vine, Pinterest and Tumblr.

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

A.L.C. ‘Jackson’ Waffle Knit Sweater

“I love pink! Great transition piece into fall!”

August 22, 2014

Listen Up! BANKS

The definition of chanteuse is a songstress—more specifically one who sings in a nightclub. It’s that extra distinction that conjures up dimly lit, smoky venues where a beautiful woman slinks onto a tiny stage and delivers a tour de force performance to a select few.

Jillian Banks—aka BANKS—is most definitely a chanteuse. Even though she’s performing for much larger audiences, like the ones at a little festival called Coachella or at a recent mini set on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” she brings that sultry, mysterious energy that undeniably earns her the label.

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In this edition of What’s Cooking, we’re helping you squeeze all you can out of the last bits of summer berry season with a sweet and lemony filling topped with ripe blackberries and raspberries—all sandwiched between an easy, buttery shortcake.

With another easy-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef Michael Northern and his small army of chefs and contributors, our blog editor Jeff Powell proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Summer Berry Shortcake with Lemon Curd and Blackberry Sauce recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Cape Disappointment

“The lighthouse here is the oldest lighthouse on the northwest coast. Cape Disappointment has also been known to be called Graveyards of the Pacific, there have been so many shipwrecks here because of the treacherous waters of the peninsula! I love the history and story behind this!”

Tunnel at Oneonta Falls

“Great hiking on the other side of this beautiful tunnel! I hiked to the top last weekend with my best friend Joey—the waterfalls up there are breathtaking. Triple Falls was one of our favorites.”

“#Tevas@TripleFalls”

The Thread spent a day out in the city with a handful of our friends from the t.b.d. Department’s buying team. We came with a camera, and they came with their favorite piece for fall and beyond—not to mention enough style to stop a train. Here’s how five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

Last (and anywhere but least) in our series, Jillian knocks put-together casual right out of the park. Her minimalist look has maximum appeal with an easy button-up, grand-slam accessories and neutral colors punctuated by a punchy plaid.

What I Do: I’m a national assistant buyer in t.b.d. for Collection. I love all the excitement that goes on behind the scenes when selecting the buy for future seasons. It is rewarding to see the product come to life on the floor and our website, but the cherry on top is when you see a customer wearing it.

Less is Luxe: August Hat Baseball Cap | Treasure&Bond Plaid Shirt | Treasure&Bond Legging Jean

My Style: I’d say it’s mostly laid-back and simple, but I love taking a risk and trying new trends as long as they feel relevant to my lifestyle. Regardless of what I’m wearing, I always remember confidence is key when it comes to style!

Loeffler Randall Clutch | Movado Watch | Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pumps

My Essential: There isn’t a single thing I don’t like about a button-up, and if it’s plaid, then it’s that much better! This piece can be styled in endless ways and look chic, edgy, cool and effortless all at the same time. If I’m not dressing it down with jeans and heels, I’ll dress it up by tucking the front into a leather mini and throwing on some booties.

Love this look? See more pieces and ways to wear them in our t.b.d. Top 5 List, and find loads more laid-back, versatile items in our Classic Cool Essentials Shop.

Jeff Powell

Photos: Mona Lee | Styling: Stacey Cunningham

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Topshop ‘Ryan’ Badge Detail Short Parka

“The patches are really cute! This is a great lightweight jacket for when it gets cold in the morning and at night!”

The Thread spent a day out in the city with a handful of our friends from the t.b.d. Department’s buying team. We came with a camera, and they came with their favorite piece for fall and beyond—not to mention enough style to stop a train. Here’s how five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

Madalyn proves that the perfect denim isn’t limited to a great pair of pants. Like your go-to blue jeans, a denim button-up plays well with anything. Seriously, we mean anything.

What I Do: I’m the Assistant Buy Planner for t.b.d premium denim. I love working in the buying office and being one of the first to see upcoming product and trends. A huge perk of my job is working alongside such stylish, fashionably dressed people; I’m inspired daily by the way my colleagues can pull an outfit together, and I love working in an office with the freedom to experiment with fashion.

Market Fresh: Treasure&Bond Denim Shirt | Ace Delivery Stripe Skirt | French Connection Tote

My Style: My personal style is always evolving; it’s eclectic and driven by the different styles that speak to me. I lean towards a mix of classic, casual, and a little quirky, which is reflective of my personality and lifestyle.

Treasure&Bond HenleyConverse Sneaker | Dogeared Pearl and Karma Necklaces

My Essential: I work in the denim buying office, so obviously I’m partial to anything denim! Just like a good pair of jeans, a denim shirt is also a versatile, wardrobe staple.

Love this look? See more ways to wear it in our t.b.d. Top 5 List, and find loads more laid-back, versatile items in our Classic Cool Essentials shop. Check back tomorrow for our final installment!

Jeff Powell

Photos: Mona Lee | Styling: Stacey Cunningham