At age 11, Carla Körbes saw Swan Lake and knew what she was born to do. Since 2006, the ballerina has been a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet; she’s retiring this June at age 33 to begin a new adventure. We met with Körbes most serendipitously as she was picking up her Jesús Peiró wedding gown from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. The shimmering silk dress with an embellished waist was as elegant as the Brazilian dancer herself, who spoke with us about pursuing and achieving goals with a little help from her girlfriends. And a Pilates class here and there.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes; image by Angela Sterling
How you living? If the tail end of your week—or the tail end of your bod, or your metabolism, or your outlook in general—could use a boost, we’ve got just the thing: We’re 15 days into this whole 30 Days of Radical Power Moves thing, so let’s mark the mid-way point with some favorites.
Like this most radical radical act of kindness prompt: Stage a dance party in a grocery store aisle.
And this excellent power move from a Nike workout expert. Walk it out, girls.
Yeah, Girl. The Nike Women’s Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about beholding the ultimate awesomeness of the female species. In this series we’re talking to a posse of women who do their best every day to exude power—whether that means stealthily scoring a soccer goal, cracking some killer code, evoking new ideas in art or just being there for someone who really needs them. And maybe all of the above.
None other than W magazine called Los Angeles-based photographer Magdalena Wosinska’s first book an eyeful. And they didn’t just mean that the images were captivating. One of things that sets this Polish-born, motorcycle-riding babe apart is her ever-roaming life on the road, and the documents that come from it. But the other thing that makes Magda’s The Experience Vol. 1highly singular are her signature selfies, in which she is naked—usually just from the waist up, and typically from the back only. To focus too much on this particular brand of body-loving self-expression is to ignore the collaborations with brands like Madewell (as in above) and the dreamy ’70s-vibed photographs that evoke a sort of tough-as-nails bohemian ideal. But I mean, still, it’s refreshing and compelling to see a woman take her image into her own hands. Literally.
We can’t front: it is fun seeing what our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, wears to work. Her ideas, energy and outfits liven up the conference room every time. It’s also really fun seeing her in the glossy and digital pages of the fashion press, as with “Dressing 9 to 5—What the Most Stylish Women Wear to Work,” her most recent feature on Vogue.com. In brilliantly spotlighting Olivia as someone with solid talent in the workplace style department, and in teasing out the specific pieces that make her so on-point, Vogue does a bang-up job of informing that every-morning riddle. And who can’t use a little extra inspiration on the average Tuesday?
Keep reading for some excerpts from the feature and find out which one sweater type she simply can’t abide—and shop her favorites too!
Yeah, Girl. The Nike Women Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about beholding the ultimate awesomeness of the female species. In this series we’re talking to a posse of women who do their best every day to exude power—whether that means stealthily scoring a soccer goal, cracking some killer code, evoking new ideas in art or just being there for someone who really needs them. And maybe all of the above.
Why not just start with Olivia? Would it surprise you to know that our director of special projects steps out of platform oxfords and into trainers on the regular? When I chatted with her she was just home from a trip that included Milan and other European stops, and about to jump off to Asia. Our girl pretty much defines “on the go,” but regardless of her crazy schedule, she makes fun, fitness and friendship happen.
Music festival season is upon us and to stand out in the crowd of normies, we recommend hitting the Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom–it’s full of slightly bugged-out festi-gear curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.
But we’re also wondering: Who’s likely to look freshest on stage?
We’ve got seven ideas, including country star Nikki Lane at Stagecoach, April 24-26, in Indio, CA–where Nordstrom will be on the grounds, representing on our How We Roll tour.
Lane’s known to rock sheer, ruffly dresses and can stand on two bulls at the same dang time. Her 1970s cowgirl punk style gets a thumbs up over here.
Word to the wise: If you can wrangle an invitation to Shawn Serven’s Seattle apartment, do it. Especially if you’re a fan of exuberant pop culture, candy-colored craft supplies and postmodern fashion libraries. And especially if you’re into all of those things yielding spectacular DIY fashion projects.
The brand Pintrill, out of Brooklyn, NY, answers the question: What if you took the collectible world of pin culture, and speared it through your phone and into your text messages?
Jordan Roschwalb started Pintrill in April 2014 with his girlfriend Doni Gitlin and homie Andrew Yung. He talked to us on the phone about the communal power of pins and future possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary.
After speaking with him, we’re even more certain that these pins will get you noticed at a music festival or on the street. And maybe bartered with.
Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, which exist in select physical Nordstrom locations and, of course, online.
Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia below.
’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.
In the eight cities listed here as well as online, we’re blowing out the best exercise looks for men, women and girls as Zone Zella celebrates strength, wellness, courage, power and style throughout the month of January.
Also this month: free yoga inside our Zella offerings. Don’t miss the scoop on that at the end of this post. But first: as part of the Seattle kickoff to this month-long event, local Zella PRO and yoga teacher Vanessa Garibaldi gave us the inside track on her three favorite Zella pieces before chatting with us about her philosophy, and then leading a crew through a special TGIF set of moves.