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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. Missy DeWalt—a Pure Barre instructor in Orange County, California—gives us seven easy steps to living a healthier life that you can start right now.

Studies show that it can take anywhere from two weeks to a year for a new habit to become part of your automatic behavioral response. However long it takes to make changes to your lifestyle, one thing is certain: if you don’t start today, a year from now you’ll wish you had. Here are seven of my favorite simple steps that you can take toward a healthier and happier future. Start today and that lifestyle is even closer.

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Shoppers and style-watchers of a certain stripe—analytical, business-minded—count The Business of Fashion among their daily go-to’s. The site’s name says it all, and editor/founder Imran Amed delivers on the daily. Yesterday, BoF’s Kate Abnett interviewed our own Olivia Kim for the Careers/Role Call section of the online publication; may we recommend perusing the whole slew of mover-and-shaker Q & A’s?

And, for that matter, Olivia’s blog, and the Pop-In@Nordstrom shop, for which she has become so darn beloved.

 

Our complimentary bra fittings are usually shenanigans-free (and you leave knowing your perfect size), but The Ellen DeGeneres Show usually isn’t behind the scenes with hidden cameras setting booby traps. Kudos to our Fit Specialist Serena, who handled this situation with aplomb.

Through October 26, for every bra purchased online from participating brands, Nordstrom and that brand will donate $2 to the Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit supporting young women with breast cancer.

Circle up the bookworms; here’s this month’s trio of newly released and/or otherwise timely tomes.

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

The New York Times describes this brand-spanking-new release as “a kind of memoir disguised as an advice book, or a how-to book in the guise of a series of personal essays,” and while some might find it hard to stomach the aforementioned from a gal who has yet to hit her thirtieth birthday, well, maybe they of the raised eyebrows are the reason the word “learned” is in quotes on the cover. (Would the more accurate tagline “A young woman tells you what she’s learning” move as many units? Rhetorical.) Bottom line: we as a culture-watching unit seem rather unable to look away as Dunham bares all on her television show and then transforms herself into a sort of chic Everywoman for the red carpet, but all of that is largely due her wit and humor. Consider Girl the written equivalent of full frontal nudity.

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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton

Yes, this editorial dream team hits several key modern and classic intellectual reference points from the New York Times (Shapton was an art director) to McSweeney’s (Julavits is a co-editor of The Believer), but it’s that “& 639 others” that really makes this a power squad of voice and perspective. Just about every page in this hefty 528-page crowd-sourced, globally inclusive essay collection/voyeurism vehicle reads like the best dinner party conversation you’ve never had—unless of course you’ve already chatted with Kim GordonRivka Galchen, ex-pats, octogenarians, and digital natives about clothing swaps, corsets, self identity, and the sex lives of ducks.

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1000 Football Shirts by Bernard Lions

Look, as far as we’re concerned, you can’t take the sport trend too seriously. In prep of the next big game day (football, soccer, ping pong?), fire up the buffalo wing sauce, grab a key spot on the sectional, and then open up this bad boy and get the visual score on 100 years of vividly iconic team looks from 100 countries—all while wearing our aesthetically “athletic” Marc by Marc Jacobs Motocross Uprising Dress perhaps?

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Monday, Monday

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Four days until Friday, friends.
Here’s an Annie Leibovitz picture of the great thinker, author, and activist Susan Sontag—in a bear suit.

Can it really have been 30 years since Donna Karan launched the eponymous label that would go on to redefine urban luxury? As the famed fashion designer celebrates three successful decades, we’re more than a little in awe. She’s truly had quite the run.

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Two of Karan’s sharp, utili-chic looks for fall 2014.

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Model Pauline Hoarau in Haute Hippie, shot recently in Chelsea, NYC, by Angelo Pennetta

The photographs in our fall Labels We Love spotlight features the amazingly bold, graphic multimedia paintings of artist Holly Miller. Born in Buffalo, NY, and raised in Rome as the daughter of an American journalist, Miller now calls Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, home. We caught up with her in the studio as she prepared for a few forthcoming exhibitions of her work.

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We invited a handful of our favorite NYC Instagrammers to collaborate with us on our fall trend accessories and shoes campaign. They joined us at an Instameet-style shoot in the Big Apple because, party! We filled the studio with next season’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and hosiery, and let them do what they do best. It was a photo shoot match made in heaven, and we’re in love with the results. It’s a little bit of catalog and little bit of Instagram. We’re calling it Instalog! Here’s our partnership lineup:


Sara Zucker @SARAZUCKER | Laurel Pantin @LAPANTIN


Liz Eswein @NEWYORKCITY | Alice Gao @ALICE_GAO


Rachel & Nicole Effendy @RACHELETNICOLE | Madeline Poole @MPNAILS


Susan Joy @SUSANJOY | Anthony Danielle @TAKINYERPHOTO


Jessie Artigue @STYLEANDPEPPER | Hilary Rushford @HILARYRUSHFORD


Caroline Harper Knapp @HOUSEOFHARPER | Getting the shot behind the scenes.

Check out the fresh perspectives of our 11 featured Instagrammers in our fall handbags, jewelry, boots and hosiery shops.

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It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and, as with the other heritage months we’ve marked, we’re celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to tell us who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight just a few of the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.

“Gabo inspires me because he is one of history’s most celebrated Latino writers and won a Nobel Prize in Literature. Even though he wrote in Spanish, his work has been translated into dozens of languages.”

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Saturday night we partied at the Brooklyn Museum to help kick off its newest exhibition, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. From the mid-seventeenth century to the modern day, the exhibit features some of the most want-worthy shoes ever created—like Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos and Lady Gaga’s 8-inch platform booties.

Check out a few of our snaps from the launch party. Killer Heels will be on display Sep 10–Feb 15 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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