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Easy. No question. Can they make these harder, please?

The brand new fringe-front boots from Hunter take the fever for vintage-riffing, decorative edging out in the elements where, we have to assume, they help make the most of stomping in puddles and powering through urban snow drifts. Pair them with a ’20s frock or a pair of skinnies—either way, you’re vibing with Atlantic City showbiz hopefuls and aristocratic ice queens, and showing the weather who’s boss.

Shop: Hunter boots

—Laura Cassidy

Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects—and this special Wellness Realness episode makes it all about looking good and feeling good, too.

Zella lightweight hooded anorak | Topshop bandeau jumpsuit | Zella running shoes

The question of balancing both life/work and life/workout is really a matter of form vs. function, and where modern-day gym gear is concerned, the answer is definitely not one or the other but both. Innovations in textile technology as well as street and runway sportif trends yield a wide open door for dressing one way, all day—give or take a jumpsuit here and a racer-back tank there. 

Here, we step into the Personal Styling dressing rooms at the Seattle flagship with a supremely flexible fitness guru to show you how she manages a 24/7 mix of Zella and ready-to-wear basics.

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’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.

The best thing to happen to your new year since New Year’s Eve is Zone Zella. In Seattle, Bellevue, Dallas, San Francisco Centre, Tysons Corner Center, Oakbrook, Garden State Plaza and King of Prussia, you’ll find a whole world-within-a-world: an ultra-vibrant universe aimed at getting you in exclusive Nordstrom gear that looks good and can help you look even better.

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.

 

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As shoe styles from the resort season move over to make room for new spring arrivals—like these from Prada, the Alexander McQueen double-strap, Vince’s entire new suite and these Loeffler Randall slides (insert hearts-for-eyes emoji)—we’re really feeling the whole genre-mashing sportif angle. You know: socks and sandals all day long, and sneakers accessorized with anklets and slouchy knee-highs.

It works well with our Wellness Realness focus too, so we decided to hit pause on cold-weather boots and take a spin through a selection of street style snaps from our girl Crystal Nicodemus to examine how fashion’s best and brightest rock the look.

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In certain parts of the world—let’s just say the internet partsspring has already sprung. Proof positive is this joyful little romp from our friends at Topshop. Enjoy!

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Our Women’s Buying Team on House of DVF and the winning design.

The Diane von Furstenberg reality show, House of DVFin which a hopeful group of young women vie to become the brand’s global ambassadorhas taken us up, down and sideways. From new friendships and sad goodbyes to surprise twists and a $1,o00 dress that went for a swim, one thing remains constant: the gracious spirit and wisdom of Furstenberg herself. It’s no wonder the prize position is such a coveted one.

Did you see us on last night’s episode? Part of our women’s buying team was on set representing Nordstrom and had the opportunity to provide feedback to the would-be ambassadors about their designs and fashion—not to mention help select a winning dress to be sold exclusively at Nordstrom, in stores and online beginning this March. What was it like, behind the scenes?

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December 5, 2014

NEW! Balenciaga Shoes

There’s something you need to know about Balenciaga shoes: they’re live on Nordstrom.com and in select stores as of … now.

 

There’s something else you should know: This is an exciting time for footwear within the already very exciting brand. For years, under Nicolas Ghesquière, shoes were outsourced to Pierre Hardy. Now that Alexander Wang is at the helm, everything from heels to boots to sneakers happens in-house. 

Here’s to Wang and company owning it, and, perhaps, you owning a pair or two, also.

 

 

SHOP: Balenciaga Shoes for Women | Balenciaga | Women’s Designer Shoes

—Laura Cassidy

December 3, 2014

NEW! Shoes of Prey

We understand, you like things a certain way. Shoes of Prey knows that too, which is why we’ve announced an exclusive partnership that puts their online bespoke shoe studio into six of our brick and mortars.

The innovative New World design/retail model allows you to design shoe creations online with your very own brand of unparalleled and fastidious care. There are, after all, over 70-trillion possible combinations (yeah, girl—trillion). Combine that unique aesthetic freedom with a few iPads and hands-on, in-store customer service (and multiply it by special accommodations for hard-to-fit feet and more) and what’s not to love?

If you’re in the greater Seattle area, make an appointment at our Bellevue Square location to play with digital colors, fabrics and silhouettes galore—complemented by a touch of on-demand human advice—and you’ll receive the fruits of your labor in the mail within four weeks! Not planning on carousing about the PNW anytime soon? No worries, we’ll be announcing five more store locations early next year.

At last, your dream shoes are but a few guided keystrokes away.

SHOP: Women’s Shoes

Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

rag & bone Cardigan | Topshop Sweater | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Jeans | Berry Jewel Necklace Infinity Scarf | Topshop Rhinestone Earrings | Christian Louboutin Heels (for this pair call 206.628.2111)

Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.

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October 29, 2014

Whoa. Topshop X Beyoncé

It’s sort of like your wildest dream has finally come true—just not the part where you get to sit around eating chicken fingers and pound cake while snapping selfies with Blue Ivy on your lap.

The rest of it is real, though. Very real. This time next year you’ll be hitting the streets (if not the gym) in Beyoncé-designed street and activewear from our friends at Topshop.

But hey, wait, don’t call it a collaboration. Bey is partnering with the iconic high-street retailer for the launch of a new line, Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. Read: this isn’t a one-off thing. Look forward to season upon season of crop tops, jogger pants and curve-hugging lines. The only downside is waiting for the fall 2015 drop of the first collection.

Guess we’ll have to bide our time by working out to our favorite B tunes—“Get Me Bodied” maybe?

 SHOP: Topshop
Image via Queen Bey’s Facebook page