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It’s time for another edition of “House Call,” an ongoing series in which we peek inside the abode of a Nordstrom employee. This time we’re heading to Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood for a tour of the architecturally stunning home of Red Godfrey, our Fashion Office V.P.

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Lisa Kristin, a certified Aerobics and Fitness Association of America group fitness instructor, is a Zella PRO who’s committed to empowering her students, creating confidence and improving the lives of others with challenging workouts. The Pacific Northwest-based fitness guru shares how to rejuvenate the body for spring.

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February 26, 2014

Olivia Kim in Vogue Magazine

Rihanna may have snagged the cover—but we’re still tremendously proud to say that our own Olivia Kim is featured in the March issue of Vogue.

Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (a title which includes masterminding our monthly themed shops, Pop-In @ Nordstrom), Olivia spoke to Vogue about taking a leap of faith to move from New York to Seattle, and the proper way to push boundaries. Keep reading to see the full article from Vogue—and see what’s currently on her wish list here: Meet Olivia Kim.

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Tone It: Zella ‘Halo – Eclipse’ Jacket & Zella ‘Live In’ Leggings in Grey Slate

Bar Method instructor and dancer Lilani DeLateur is a Seattle-based Zella PRO who’s sharing her fitness expertise and passion for fashion with active women and the Zella community.

The turn of the year often means changing our lifestyles—eating healthier and jump-starting our fitness routines. Unfortunately, resolutions tend to fade as quickly as tan lines, especially when the alarm is ringing at 5:30am and it’s pitch dark and raining sideways and all you want to do is curl into a tighter ball and hit the snooze button seven times.

We must remind ourselves that the days are getting longer, swimsuit season is almost here—and maybe that half marathon you thought was a great idea is now only three weeks away. As tempting as it is, don’t succumb to the “dark side.” Try these easy tricks I have adopted to get me from November through March (sometimes April) and you’ll avoid having to make up later for slacking off.

1) “Winterize” your workout wardrobe. Whether you are running outdoors or staying indoors doing barre, you will most definitely want the proper attire to keep you dry and comfortable. Bonus points if you can do this fashionably. (Thank you, Zella!)

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The race to the podium is on! Embrace America’s winning spirit by donning red, white and blue gear from head to toe.

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We channeled Cupid and flew around the office asking some of our Nordstrom Headquarters coworkers about their favorite Valentine’s Day memories, gifts they love to give (and receive) and how they like to spend February 14. Read their stories and get inspired to create your own special day filled with love.

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To ease the pain of an overcrowded schedule, we created a handful of short videos with clever tips to help you get in the spirit and breeze through the social season—whether you’re planning a festive celebration, jetting off to the in-laws or looking for the perfect hostess gift.

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The invites are stacking up, but what to wear to your holiday get-togethers? Whether it’s for your company Christmas party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with friends, here are six of our favorite little party dresses and trends that are fit for any fête.

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November 27, 2013

I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”

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We took a peek inside the Redmond, WA, condo of our designer apparel buyer Sahar Sokhandan to kick off an ongoing series detailing her travel essentials for New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Born and raised in Norman, OK, and of Persian descent, Sahar moved to Seattle during high school and graduated pre-law from the University of Washington. After some soul-searching, she realized that she couldn’t picture herself as a lawyer, so she decided to merge her analytical side with her love for fashion by studying merchandising and marketing at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. That led to internships at Chanel, Christian Louboutin and Bergdorf Goodman, where she ended up spending five years as an assistant buyer. Sahar’s now back in Seattle, working as one of our designer apparel buyers—an action-packed role that sends her on regular trips to Europe and New York.

“My husband and I live in a condo on Lake Sammamish, just east of Seattle. We’re right on the water—it’s very calm and peaceful.”

“We love having our boat docked just outside our back door. The local crew team rows here in the morning. It’s fun to pour coffee, sit outside and watch them.”

“If I had a uniform, this would be it. A great pair of heels, slim jeans and an oversized, masculine-inspired shirt.”

“I always start my outfits with the shoes. I love statement colors and textures, whether it’s python, calf hair, studs or any hardware details.”

“These Alexander McQueen slingbacks are the oldest shoes I own. They’re from 2006, when McQueen was still alive. I’ve repaired them quite a few times because I love them so much.”

“This Chanel dress is amazing. It has the most beautiful, hand-shaped Lemarié feather peplum along the waist, making it truly couture.”

“I collect fashion books. All of these were either gifts to me or else I was a friend of the designer. The Lanvin, Ralph Rucci, Manolo Blahnik, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Narciso Rodriguez books are all signed.”

“I got this silver beaded skull at Z Gallerie, this quirky little store near us that sells modern art and furniture.”

“I always try to wear one big ring on my right hand. Many of these were gifts.”

“I collect Hermès collier de chien bracelets, which translates to ‘dog collar’ in French. They’re incredibly hard to find, so when I see one, I have to buy it.”

Dior is everything. These boots are just amazing. I love all the buckles and hardware. I’m drawn to anything that’s feminine but edgy.”

“I’ve had these Balenciaga shoes for a few years. They’re really rock ‘n’ roll and look great with something more feminine up top.”

“This is an amazing flocked velvet jacquard Gucci blazer. I love the structured shoulders and enameled buttons on the sleeves. It’s a longer jacket, hitting below my hips, which is hard to find.”

“I moved home to Seattle from New York two months before my husband and I got married. We did five years long-distance. Our wedding felt a little New York and a little Seattle: we got married on the water in Denny Blaine Park, and the reception was at Pravda Studios, a huge loft on Capitol Hill.”

“A good friend of mine got married in Anguilla with a black-tie dress code. I’d had this Michael Kors dress forever and was dying for the right occasion to wear it. That seemed like the perfect one.”

“I got this Bottega Veneta python clutch as a gift. I like that it’s navy instead of black—it adds a bit of depth to it.”

“This Lanvin tassel necklace is a great statement piece. I wear it with a blouse, but it would also be fun to turn it around and let it drape down an open-back dress.”

“This is totally a ‘me’ look—Alexander Wang’s ‘Rocco’ duffle bag with Lanvin pumps. My bags are all pretty neutral because I wear so many colorful shoes.”

- “Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum is my everyday fragrance.”
- “NARS eye shadow has really rich pigments. They’re great in quality but also affordable.”
- “I layer my mascaras because I’ve never found one that does everything. Diorshow thickens my lashes, and Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ lengthens and separates.”
- “I put NARS eye cream on first in the morning. It makes my under-eye concealer smoother and not so cakey.”
- “M·A·C highlighter helps to accentuate my brow bone.”
- “I use Chanel eye shadow as my liner when I’m doing a smoky eye.”
- “Dior lip gloss has this amazing pigment that pulls out the color of your own lip—it changes based on the person.”
- “I also like Dior lip maximizer—it actually plumps up your lips.”
- “I love this neutral Chanel lipstick. It has a sheen to it, so it feels like a lip gloss.”

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse inside Sahar’s home, take a look at what she’s packing for New York Fashion Week, which starts next Thursday.

—Mary O’Regan