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Seems we just can’t get enough of Dee Dee and the Dum Dum Girls these days. But with their slick, jet-black aesthetic evocative of a distinctive L.A. sound—rouge-lipped and sultry yet at once elusively introspective—who can blame us?

This time around, we partnered with Frye and Dee Dee to bring you a delectably unexpected collaboration. Dee Dee spent a day in our studio, reinventing what it means to be a Frye girl: still classic and built to last, but sharpened with an ultrafine moto edge.

The Thread sneaked behind the scenes to watch Dee Dee rock our world, a ton of rad boots and per usual, five essential questions.

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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, Sophia Sosa, an instructor at Pure Barre in California, shares her secrets for sticking with her workout routine while she’s traveling.

Whether it’s for business, pleasure or vacation, at some point in our life, we step out of our workout regime to travel away from home. It may be a quick weekend getaway or a week-long business conference or even an adventure halfway around the world for months at a time. No matter the trip, one thing is certain: our normal workout routine gets thrown out the window sometimes.

In preparation for a two-week long trip to beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina, I thought of ways to make my workouts quick, effective and fun so that I could enjoy the beauty of the city—as well as indulge a little in the delicious Argentine cuisine!

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Julep, we accept your challenge! Today, our very own Olivia Kim marched through our corporate offices in a Cynthia Rowley wetsuit on her way to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for Nordstrom. A curious crowd gathered to watch outside our flagship store as she raised a bucket of ice-cold water to call attention to—and raise money for—the ALS Association. She challenged our friends Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone and Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED Projects to do the same. It’s on!

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Find out more about the #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS, and visit ALSA.org.

What makes you feel free?

Photo by Vincent van de Wijngaard for 3.1 Phillip Lim

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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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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 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.

Emma Zaratian