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In partnership with the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and as part of the Seattle Ambassador program, Nordstrom’s Elaine Raymond traveled to Bolivia last month to work with Etta Projects, one of the nonprofits supported by the foundation. Here, she shares her adventure.

As a marketing specialist at Nordstrom with a heart for world travel, I understand SIF’s motivation to raise awareness of the work being done to alleviate global poverty. And as a Seattleite, I was interested in an organization that gives people access to clean water. Here in the Northwest, we’re surrounded by it. The rain, the Sound, the lakes—but also with clean drinking water from every tap, faucet and hose. It’s easy to forget this isn’t the case everywhere in the world.

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Hiking through a village on Isla del Sol. The island is located on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Image courtesy Chris Megargee.

In addition to clean water initiatives, Etta Projects has sanitation improvement projects and a health promoters program. Simply put, the majority of their work involves getting safe living practicalities, health care and education to families. As often happens when you set out to help others, I ended up learning a lot about myself and the world in the process.

Here are the three things that resonated most.

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How does Pure Barre instructor and Zella PRO Missy DeWalt trick herself into fitting a little more ab work into her day? She makes TV commercials work for her. The average break lasts two minutes. In an hour-long show, that’s 12 full minutes you could be toning and strengthening that core. If there’s time to zone, there’s time to tone! Sorry. That was awful. But Missy’s tips are rock solid. Here are three exercises she personally mixes in while vegging out to her favorite shows.

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Forearm Plank: This is an awesome exercise, because it fires up the whole body and requires minimal space. When you do this, you need to focus on pulling your abs up and in–almost trying to take any arch out of your lower back. I like to tell people to imagine a cup of hot coffee on their back! Holding this position for 30 seconds is good. 90 seconds is better. It’s something you can build up to. You also need to make sure you keep your gaze in front of your fingers to keep your neck inline with your spine.

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Good things come in threes, like this trio of springtime style flicks. Save one for a rainy day or beat the early heat with a matinee.

Dior and I

Released Sunday, April 12, this documentary details the insane amount of work, tenacity and heart that went into the first Dior collection presented by the fashion house’s newly appointed creative director, Raf Simons. Using behind-the-scenes footage, director Frédéric Tcheng brings the house’s drama to life, yielding a must-see for aspiring designers and fans of the luxury line alike.

Bonus scene: Here’s what Jaime King, Britt Robertson, and Ashley Madekwe wore to the premiere at LACMA.

Iris

Excellently accessorized with her iconic, oversized, thick-rimmed round glasses, 93-year-old Iris Apfel is one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, and the kind of person that young fashionista women (and many men) aspire to be when they grow up. Her career spans massively influential decades of style and her fun-loving outlook on life is as refreshing as it is inspirational. This documentary from director Albert Maysles gives a glimpse into Apfel’s life, trailing her as she navigates her fast-paced and glamorous world, from party hopping and handling her career to settling into intimate moments at home with husband Carl Apfel. Set to release on April 29, Iris is a sweet and stylish portrait of a woman who never ceases to amaze.

Bonus scene: Iris Apfel on the Coveteur

Saint Laurent

Starring Gaspard Ulliel as a young Yves Saint Laurent, this stunning biopic set to drop in the U.S. on May 8 is a visual spectacle chronicling the life of this seminal French fashion favorite. Director Bertrand Bonello presents an ode to haute couture as told through the clothes showcased throughout the film, starting the story at the height of Saint Laurent’s influence and popularity, and jumping around through time to highlight essential epochs of the designer’s career. While the non-linear plot can be a bit rocky to follow at times, the cultural impact of the quintessential fashion house remains crystal clear.

Bonus scene: Gaspard Illiel looking dashing on the red carpet of Saint Laurent‘s 2014 New York Film Festival premiere.

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How to properly prepare for a weekend-long major music festival? A little yogic self-centering—in the company of some gorgeous models, of course.
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Last Friday morning at the Frederick Loewe Estate, Zella hosted a kick-off event with models Cait and Shannon Barker and some of the most popular fit-girl, it-girl bloggers. For your viewing pleasure: this feel-good party report with lots of inspirational images for festival style or your next warrior pose.
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In this series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

Shout out to Dej Loaf: there’s just something godly about rocking white.

We’re especially feeling that vis-à-vis these recent portraits of model Magor M’Bengue by Nordstrom Senior Photographer Barb Penoyar–portraiture being something she does in her free time, after she’s shot the looks that our in-house Studio N needs for the day. Her current theme is “In/On White.” Expect to see more of Barb’s portraits on this blog, all shot with 100% natural light.

“This ‘In/On White’ thing might evolve over time,” she says, “but for spring I’m inspired by white on white.”

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Fashion loves a good cause—and a good runway show! Industry insiders flocked to Art Beam in Chelsea on April 6 to put up some coins for a good cause: this year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares bash.

On behalf of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom’s EVP of Designer, Zachary Quinto hosted a raucous live auction and men’s fashion show following a cocktail reception/silent auction. The auctions featured some pretty hot ticket items, including invitations to Elton John’s Oscar viewing party and a Paris Fashion Week package that includes front row tickets Dries Van Noten and Lanvin’s shows.

The runway show sampled from thirteen of the best in the business: Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Raf, Baja East, Bobby Abley, Christopher Kane, Valentino, Loewe, Haider Ackermann, Ashish, Christopher Shannon, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy all lent menswear threads to the catwalk to help raise funds.

Who was there? Everyone was there—including Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Joseph Altuzarra, Carole Radziwill and Anna Wintour. Now in its twelfth year, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares team has raised over $5 million dollars for non-profits and charity organizations benefitting the LGBT community.

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The brand Pintrill, out of Brooklyn, NY, answers the question: What if you took the collectible world of pin culture, and speared it through your phone and into your text messages?

Jordan Roschwalb started Pintrill in April 2014 with his girlfriend Doni Gitlin and homie Andrew Yung. He talked to us on the phone about the communal power of pins and future possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary.

After speaking with him, we’re even more certain that these pins will get you noticed at a music festival or on the street. And maybe bartered with.

Shop: Pintrill | Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know and what they know. Especially when it comes to traveling and visiting new places, which is why we asked fashion photographer and Puerto Rico native Clarke Tolton about the islands on the occasion of our new store there. And it’s why we got Pedro García and Dale Dubovich to give us the scoop on their favorite ways to stroll in Spain. Likewise Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller, who told us where to eat, shop and gaze at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Image via LA Times feature on Olivia Kim’s Seattle

The LA Times is on the same insider-access wavelength; they just interviewed Nordstrom’s director of creative projects and Pop-In curator Olivia Kim about her latest shoppable microcosm, Magic Hour, and then they asked her to point to Seattle’s best tofu bowl and vintage finds. Which she was, of course, happy to do.

Pack your overnighter, friends. A weekend in Nordstrom’s hometown is practically planned and plotted via the newspaper’s “On the hunt for food, fashion and sights in Olivia Kim’s Seattle.”

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—Laura Cassidy

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It’s the first day of spring and only hours until the weekend starts–two pretty good reasons to get up and dance. Here’s another–Risky Business, Grease, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bring It On and scenes from 84 other movies with one thing in common: getting down.

Music: “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON

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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, which exist in select physical Nordstrom locations and, of course, online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia below.

Shop: Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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