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“I love it that we’re playing a street festival at 12 o’clock at night,” Spoon frontman Britt Daniel mused mid-set during last weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party.

His comment nicely summed up the appeal of in-city music events like the one in our hometown of Seattle: You get the diverse audio experience of other fests (with multiple stages hosting sounds ranging from rock to rap and R&B to electronica) without having to trek to the middle of the desert—and, with noise curfews on hiatus, epic encores (and after-parties at your favorite local haunts) are free to stretch into the wee hours.

The Thread was front row at CHBP all three days. Keep reading to see the street style we scoped out, plan your own next festival outfit and get an up-close glimpse of A$AP Rocky, Matt and Kim, Chromeo and many more.

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Our 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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CLARISONIC ‘The Oasis Collection – Mia 2′ Ibiza Sarong Sonic Skin Cleansing System

“These Clarisonic colors are sooo cute. I can’t decide which color to get—this one has all of them blended together, almost like a tie-dye! I LOVE tie-dye.”

Our Zella PRO expert instructors are ready to get you going with inspiration, info and tips on staying fit and healthy. One of our pros, Holly Worley, an instructor at Pure Barre in Colorado, shares three expert tips for getting the most out of your workoutespecially when all you want to do is throw in the towel. 

What if the next time your muscles were shaking you could keep going? What if the next time you set out to run five miles you ran six? What if you could push past the burn and leave discouragement in the dust?

I’ve got three ways to challenge yourself to make the mind–body connection for a better workout.

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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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UGG® Australia ‘Brett’ Water Resistant Suede Slipper

“These UGG slippers are perfect for fall in Seattle (brrr). I always wear slippers when I am getting ready in the morning, and these are like a little warm blankie on your feet!”

Last Thursday, more than 550 fashion lovers from all over the country converged in a cavernous cruise-ship terminal on the outskirts of Seattle to join us in celebrating our 28th annual Designer Preview.

Nordstrom friends like Vogue Market Editor Cynthia Smith, Seattle Art Museum president Jaennae’ Dinius, rising musician Hollis and our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim—among countless other notables—mingled during an evening complete with a cocktail reception, an incredible runway show and shopping fall ’14 collections. Read more to see some of our favorite highlights from this stylish soiree.

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Our 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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Fjällräven ‘Kånken’ Water Resistant Backpack

“Fjällräven is known for this–their Kånken backpack. It’s a super-old Swedish company, so kids back in the day would always carry these to school. Then they made a revival comeback a couple of years ago.”

Benjamin Booker is doing all right. The New Orleans-based musician hasn’t even dropped his first full-length record and he’s already garnered accolades from both the mainstream and indie music press, he’s performing at a bunch of festivals this summer, including the granddaddy of them all—Lollapalooza—AND he’s opening for Jack White on a handful of (mostly sold-out) U.S. dates in August.

Of course, once you take a listen, you get what all the fuss is about.

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Our 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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Ciaté ‘Sundae Best’ Paint Pot Trio in ‘Pepperminty, Cookies and Cream, and Cupcake Queen’

“I love the [ice cream cone] packaging on these little Ciaté polishes! The polishes themselves look good enough to eat!”

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a Seattle-based design partnership comprising Dylan Davis and Jean Lee. Refined yet playful, minimal yet imaginative, the duo’s functional art is invariably easy on the eyes. And—with four handcrafted glass/brass/wood/leather wind chimes designed exclusively for Pop-In @ Nordstrom Welcomes Poketo—it’s pleasing to the ears as well.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Jean—and to see more photos from our visit to Ladies & Gentlemen’s Seattle home/studio.

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Our 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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Eric Trine Octahedron Sculptures

“I’ve always really liked Eric’s stuff. When I found out that he was friends with Poketo, it was perfect—like we were brothers from another mother.”