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Our yearly Anniversary Sale is officially on! In case you haven’t heard about it: we like to do our annual sale a little differently. Every July, to celebrate another year of being able to serve our customers, we bring in the next season’s most covetable pieces and essentials—from Designer Collections to beauty products—and mark them down. Yes, that means new items on sale.

If it sounds a little backward, that’s because it kind of is. But hey, it’s a celebration! Join us both in store and online now, before prices go up on August 4. To give you a head start, here are some of our favorite trends, must-haves and essentials to watch out for while you’re getting your #NSale shop on.

Placed Lace: Dark neutrals and unexpected items show off their softer sides with lacy details and embellishments.

Boots & Booties: From Western-inspired to peep-toe, your new favorite pair is waiting to call your closet home.

Uptown Brown: Combine rich shades of brown to add depth to fall textures. Mix different tones—or pair one item with something black—for unexpected intrigue.

Cashmere: Embellished, striped or solid, a little something cashmere is always a sweet treat.

Handbags: Who was it who said, “A woman can never have too many handbags”? Oh. We just did.

Everything Leather: On skirts, tops, dresses, pants—no one can stop the leather trend. But when it makes everything look so fresh and edgy, why would you want to?

Intimates: Bras, panties and lingerie—don’t forget the everyday essentials.

Moto Rising: Elements from the rebel biker jacket get deconstructed and are showing up on anything and everything. We’re not complaining.

Stop whatever you’re doing and take a minute to study this picture. Imagine a gentle breeze and the sound of waves lapping at your feet. Breathe in the salty ocean air, and relax while watching a tropical sunset from underneath a palm tree.

You’re welcome.

With the opening of our first Canadian Nordstrom store just a couple of months away, we’re gearing up and getting excited about our new northern location by learning about Calgary and the things that makes it so cool—like The Calgary Stampede.

This annual, internationally known event is over 100 years old and features 10 days of happenings: from concerts and parades to chuckwagon racing (!) and one of the biggest rodeos in the world.

It’s also the perfect backdrop for some awesome pics from our seriously stylish Calgarian photographer friends, Ania and Tyler.

We adore Ania’s combo of a sheer blouse with denim cutoffs for a look that’s casual and sexy.

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Long, long before the phenomenon of fashion vlogging gobbled up our YouTube feeds, there was the fashion “cinemagazine,” that quirky little newsreel that preceded a feature film in theaters. Devoted to the leading fashion trends of the day, these vignettes mixed campy with quaint to break down high-society style for those without a Vogue subscription. Viewers, nestled in their seats to relish Breakfast at Tiffany’s, could brush up on their sartorial savvy with the latest intel on chaste sleepwear, novelty swim caps and all-year tweed.

Although any vintage fashion vid carries some degree of charm, we especially loved this particular footage showcasing a killer bounty of shipboard-chic ensembles. From metallic pointed-toe flats and baroque-print ankle pants to caped floral ball gowns and deep-cuffed capris (who knew you could stow your sunnies there?), it’s everything Holly Golightly would have packed for an ocean liner if she’d set sail for Brazil.

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Water + a swimsuit = our weekend plans. How about you?

Here in Seattle, it’s common knowledge that real summer weather doesn’t start until July 5. True to form, after an overcast and drizzly weekend, today has been beautiful and in the 80s in the Emerald City. Once the season has arrived, we take every advantage of our brief but beautiful summer weather, and one of our favorite things to do (even after a long day at the office) is pack up a picnic basket and head outdoors to soak up as much vitamin D as possible.

Planned or spontaneous, in the park or in the backyard, dining alfresco and lazing on a blanket couldn’t be a more perfect way to enjoy a brunch, lunch or dinner. Once you have your essential gear at the ready, all you need is to pack up and head outside. Make picnics an easy (and regular!) summertime activity, and find all you’ll need in our Outdoor Entertaining and Picnic Shop.

We all know the moment after slipping on a great pair of sunnies and looking in the mirror—that feeling of being instantly more cool, fabulous and mysterious. Turns out, it’s not just in our heads; it’s a scientific fact. At least according to senior art and design lecturer, Vanessa Brown from Nottingham Trent University.

Brown gave the Science of Us a glimpse into the research for her upcoming book, Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses. The gist? 1. Sunglasses make your face appear symmetrical, which is synonymous with perceived beauty. 2. They hide your eyes—no peaking through the windows to your soul. 3. The glamour of Audrey Hepburn and edginess of James Dean. Enough said.

Excuse us, we’re off to get glamourous and symmetrical.

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We adore this sunny watercolor that our friends over in the Lilly Pulitzer print studio sent us to celebrate the first day of summer (tomorrow!), which also happens to be National Wear Your Lilly Day. It may not be an officially sanctioned holiday, but what better excuse to pull your favorite Lilly Pulitzer out of the closet? Those tropical prints are perfect for summer! Join the celebration and show off your warm-weather style with a selfie, using #SummerInLilly on Instagram and Twitter.

Watercolor inspired by Lilly Pulitzer: Blouson Jumpsuit | Embellished Cotton Shift Dress

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For our latest Pop-In Shop, we gathered up a heap of travel adventure shots from our colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ—all taken in the great USA. Here are some of our favorites—see where we’ve been!

Now that you’re inspired, get ready to explore this summer. Let’s Go!

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.

“This makes me so happy every day. (Donovan, one of our digital designers, sent this to me, and I made it a bookmark on my bookmark bar.) TGIF!”