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Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

Let’s say we gave you five minutes to make a list of pop music’s most fantastically styled artists, and then another five minutes to pair those artists in the most imaginative and/or improbable ways possible.

How long would it take you to get to David Bowie and Boy George?

If you’re in Chicago this fall or winter, the answer is probably “not long.” The city’s Museum of Contemporary Art is about a month into a three-and-a-half-month exhibit called David Bowie IsThe show stops here, there and everywhere as it winds along, bringing in all manner of rock bands and pop artists to take their spin on the Man Who Fell to Earth. As in: On November 7 none other than Boy George, the eternal Karma Chameleon, gets behind the decks and soundtracks a one-night transformation of museum to nightclub.

Nowhere near the Windy City? MCA’s Bowie Tumblr is a not-bad substitute.

Image of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover from 1973 via MCA Chicago
Boy George image by Indira Cesarine via MCA Chicago
See upcoming events at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue in Chicago; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages

October 29, 2014

Hump Day

It’s all downhill from here, friends—in a good way.

Just wondering: when did you last watch Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton starring Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and yeah, the director’s daughter Sofia? Her brief time on-screen as Lane’s little sister is a reminder that you just never know who’s going to go on to inspire Marc Jacobs, get their very own Louis Vuitton style, and craft epic, color-washed films about midwestern adolescents and lovelorn young adults who turn to karaoke in times of need.

We’ll show you our bookmarks if you show us yours. Tell us about your favorite blogs in the comments section. 

Would it be just too predictable for fashion and style bloggers to profess a love of salad? Maybe, but we didn’t (and won’t) say anything about Diet Coke. And here’s the thing: a stylish site about salads is wonderfully unpredictable, so we’re going for it.

Julia Sherman’s Salad for President is a celebration of all things leafy and green, overlaid with a sense of the good life—the well-dressed, artfully appointed, culturally aware, enigmatically connected life. Sherman catalogs her culturally relevant friends, their homes, and their seasonally driven, inventive recipes, from designer Anna Karlin with her moto-jacket and a side of zucchini and mint salad to blogger and zine-maker Sarah Keough, who never met a dish she couldn’t put an egg on.

The site is smartly linked, too, so you can, say, call up all the minty salads or all the egg-topped ones, while the interviews and images create a dinner-party-like environment even if it’s just you, your iPad and some kale chips.

Multimedia artist Aki Sasamoto photographed by Julia Sherman for Salad for President 

Frame Denim and Nordstrom joined up to make a big splash back in January, when leggy women everywhere scissored into the Pop-In for the Karlie Kloss-designed capsule collection as well as an expanded selection of Frame goods that included white denim overalls and rad shirts and jackets. Suffice it to say the whole denim-on-denim look went next-level.

The Los Angeles-based, Los Angeles-made line continues to chicly assert itself as a go-to for the kind of girl who fancies a pointy flat and a simple black t-shirt with her slim-fits. The kind of girl, that is, who fancies Hanneli Mustaparta as the ultimate style icon.

The model, blogger and street style frequent flier kicks off Frame’s #GIRLSINFRAME video campaign. To see the rest of the series—for barefoot dance party grooves, low-key/high-style outfit tips and general mood-boosting—plug in your earphones and …

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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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October 13, 2014

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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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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“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.

“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”

One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).

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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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