Situation: You’re stepping out and need to look great. Good is not good enough. But you don’t want to go full formal. You will ask yourself: How to dress up without wearing a suit?
SHOP: velvet blazers | graphic tees | skinny trousers | loafers
The big idea in this and the following looks is to mix suiting elements with stuff you’d wear normally. Make this casualized concept part of your personal style. Keep in mind dark colors can be a shortcut to elevated style, and be sure your jacket and shoes are always on point.
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Just in time for the alcoholidays, that time of year when you can’t go anywhere without someone handing you a drink, Tastemade host Claire Thomas shared this spirited gift idea. Homemade bitters, some yummy bourbon, citrus garnish and gorgeous barware add up to a stylish gift that won’t go unused.
Follow Claire’s simple steps in the video below to make your own gorgeous Old Fashioned kit.
GIVE GOOD CHEERS! HERE’S HOW
Just in time for your Secret Santa and Hanukkah gifting needs, Dzung Duong of Tastemade shows us how to make three homemade spa scrubs, perfect for the relaxation addicts on your list. These simple blends include nourishing, natural ingredients to rest and rejuvenate. Pick a mixture that suits your recipients, gather your ingredients and carve out just an hour, no more, to make and package these intoxicating scrubs.
To spread good cheer in scrub form, follow along with Dzung’s instructive video and recipes on her Honeysuckle channel.
GIVE GLOWING SKIN: HERE’S HOW
We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.
SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper
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Among the fantasy occupations that continue to enthrall us into adulthood, spies loom large. Maybe it’s the ability to go undetected that appeals to our desire to pass unnoticed through life’s messiness. Or the duplicity of the missions that reminds us of what we’re each hiding from the world. Or, as in the case of 007, it’s likely the enticement of a jet-setting lifestyle full of high-tech gadgetry and high-touch intelligence gathering.
Although our pop culture-absorbed imaginations have been thoroughly infiltrated by spies from novels, comic books and movies, perhaps nowhere does this fascination prevail more than in Great Britain. Some of the best story spies hail from England: James Bond, Harry Hart, George Smiley, and John Steed and Emma Peel of The Avengers.
With that national legacy in mind, and with the cinematic producing powers of Guy Ritchie—no stranger to the British spy genre—Ted Baker London created Mission Impeccable, a shoppable video that constructs a seedy underworld of sartorial espionage. Of the many villains and heroes who partake in this fashion film caper—Manny Quinn, Minnie Skirt, Penny Loafer and Dr. Essmaker, to name a few—TED is an enigmatic leader whose real life counterpart isn’t so far from the fiction.
Played in the film by Ted Baker London CEO and founder Ray Kelvin, this mastermind sets the action in motion when he deploys his agents on a mission to uncover who breached TED Quarters. Since we managed to discover his true identity, we took a minute to talk to Mr. Kelvin about the film and his favorite elements of spy style.
I SPY STYLE: READ MORE
To celebrate the opening of our new store at Toronto Eaton Centre, we’ve been talking to some of the city’s residents while photographing them on the streets—and sometimes rooftops—of their stunning metro.
First up is all-around lovely lady, model and blogger Shivani Persad. This woman proves that true beauty isn’t just skin deep. On her blog, LIVE SHIV NOW, Shivani discusses the nuances of the modeling industry, diversity issues in entertainment and fashion, her personal struggle with anxiety, her travel reflections and, of course, fashion. All of these dimensions also made her the perfect subject of our new 360º video. You can watch that below, see behind-the-scenes images from our shoot and read Shivani’s tips for dressing up and going out in Toronto.
TAKE A TOUR OF TORONTO: READ MORE
For lots of brands—particularly those in the emerging designer realm—the runway is no longer on the runway. More and more forward thinkers are walking away from the traditional conventions of Fashion Week and doing their own versions of theater, presentation, experience and the big reveal.
Scenes of Olivia Kim and the crew in Koché’s runway/alleyway during the fall shows in March.
Here’s an amazing example: when SPACE designer Christelle Kocher unveiled Koché’s current collection in Paris last March, she did so not in a staid, classroomlike setting but in a bustling, multilingual alleyway in the middle of the city.
The result felt something like the French version of a glamorous flash mob, with the pranksters dressed in patchwork velvet and bejeweled tomboy silhouettes. We’re lucky enough to have video footage of it—in anticipation of the next season of Paris Fashion Week. We’re sharing it here.
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“I have been mixing my own secret scent for years and have been fascinated by the idea that one’s perfume can attract others and also change the energy frequency of the people and environment around you.” —Charlotte Tilbury
It’s almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Charlotte Tilbury’s first-ever and first-of-its-kind perfume is premiering at Nordstrom on September 1. And who better to be the face of Scent of a Dream than Charlotte’s good friend Kate Moss. More on the fascinating approach Tilbury took in creating a fragrance she calls “the key to attraction” to come soon. In the meantime, get a behind-the-scenes look at the film featuring Kate Moss showcasing this intoxicating new scent.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KATE MOSS AND CHARLOTTE TILBURY
In addition to hundreds of beauty exclusives, free samples and gifts with purchase, we’re offering a little something extra special at our store beauty counters each day during our Anniversary Sale. Check out our Glam-Out Days calendar during the first week of the sale, and drop by for an extra dose of beauty, on us.
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Angelenos will want to make Nordstrom The Grove a waypoint this weekend. Beginning Saturday, a Tesla Motors gallery featuring the all-electric Model X—Tesla’s sport utility vehicle that performs like a sports car—will be located in the store’s men’s department. Customers are invited to stop by the small showroom to experience interior and trim choices in the Tesla Design Studio, and even go on test drives with Tesla employees.
Rendering by Tesla Motors
During Father’s Day weekend, demonstration drives will be happening throughout the day in 10 Model X’s. If Dad wants to go for a spin, don’t fear his whipping out a checkbook on the spot: purchases can’t be made at the gallery at this time—he’ll have to go online, which Tesla staff can facilitate, or head to a licensed Tesla store.
Our bet is that dads won’t be the only shoppers seduced by the Model X. Luxury interiors and high-tech design—including Falcon Wing doors and a panoramic windshield with solar tinting, which seamlessly blends frontal and overhead views—are just a few touches that make this vehicle peerless. Additionally, without gas, the Model X rockets from zero to 60 in a mere 3.2 seconds. A 90 kWh battery provides 257 miles of range on a single charge. It seats seven adults comfortably and has a 5,000-pound towing capacity, all while handling like a zippy two-seater.
Need we go on?
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