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In this edition of What’s Cooking, we’re helping you squeeze all you can out of the last bits of summer berry season with a sweet and lemony filling topped with ripe blackberries and raspberries—all sandwiched between an easy, buttery shortcake.

With another easy-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef Michael Northern and his small army of chefs and contributors, our blog editor Jeff Powell proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Summer Berry Shortcake with Lemon Curd and Blackberry Sauce recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Cape Disappointment

“The lighthouse here is the oldest lighthouse on the northwest coast. Cape Disappointment has also been known to be called Graveyards of the Pacific, there have been so many shipwrecks here because of the treacherous waters of the peninsula! I love the history and story behind this!”

Tunnel at Oneonta Falls

“Great hiking on the other side of this beautiful tunnel! I hiked to the top last weekend with my best friend Joey—the waterfalls up there are breathtaking. Triple Falls was one of our favorites.”

“#Tevas@TripleFalls”

The Thread spent a day out in the city with a handful of our friends from the t.b.d. Department’s buying team. We came with a camera, and they came with their favorite piece for fall and beyond—not to mention enough style to stop a train. Here’s how five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

Last (and anywhere but least) in our series, Jillian knocks put-together casual right out of the park. Her minimalist look has maximum appeal with an easy button-up, grand-slam accessories and neutral colors punctuated by a punchy plaid.

What I Do: I’m a national assistant buyer in t.b.d. for Collection. I love all the excitement that goes on behind the scenes when selecting the buy for future seasons. It is rewarding to see the product come to life on the floor and our website, but the cherry on top is when you see a customer wearing it.

Less is Luxe: August Hat Baseball Cap | Treasure&Bond Plaid Shirt | Treasure&Bond Legging Jean

My Style: I’d say it’s mostly laid-back and simple, but I love taking a risk and trying new trends as long as they feel relevant to my lifestyle. Regardless of what I’m wearing, I always remember confidence is key when it comes to style!

Loeffler Randall Clutch | Movado Watch | Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Pumps

My Essential: There isn’t a single thing I don’t like about a button-up, and if it’s plaid, then it’s that much better! This piece can be styled in endless ways and look chic, edgy, cool and effortless all at the same time. If I’m not dressing it down with jeans and heels, I’ll dress it up by tucking the front into a leather mini and throwing on some booties.

Love this look? See more pieces and ways to wear them in our t.b.d. Top 5 List, and find loads more laid-back, versatile items in our Classic Cool Essentials Shop.

Jeff Powell

Photos: Mona Lee | Styling: Stacey Cunningham

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Topshop ‘Ryan’ Badge Detail Short Parka

“The patches are really cute! This is a great lightweight jacket for when it gets cold in the morning and at night!”

The Thread spent a day out in the city with a handful of our friends from the t.b.d. Department’s buying team. We came with a camera, and they came with their favorite piece for fall and beyond—not to mention enough style to stop a train. Here’s how five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

Madalyn proves that the perfect denim isn’t limited to a great pair of pants. Like your go-to blue jeans, a denim button-up plays well with anything. Seriously, we mean anything.

What I Do: I’m the Assistant Buy Planner for t.b.d premium denim. I love working in the buying office and being one of the first to see upcoming product and trends. A huge perk of my job is working alongside such stylish, fashionably dressed people; I’m inspired daily by the way my colleagues can pull an outfit together, and I love working in an office with the freedom to experiment with fashion.

Market Fresh: Treasure&Bond Denim Shirt | Ace Delivery Stripe Skirt | French Connection Tote

My Style: My personal style is always evolving; it’s eclectic and driven by the different styles that speak to me. I lean towards a mix of classic, casual, and a little quirky, which is reflective of my personality and lifestyle.

Treasure&Bond HenleyConverse Sneaker | Dogeared Pearl and Karma Necklaces

My Essential: I work in the denim buying office, so obviously I’m partial to anything denim! Just like a good pair of jeans, a denim shirt is also a versatile, wardrobe staple.

Love this look? See more ways to wear it in our t.b.d. Top 5 List, and find loads more laid-back, versatile items in our Classic Cool Essentials shop. Check back tomorrow for our final installment!

Jeff Powell

Photos: Mona Lee | Styling: Stacey Cunningham

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¿Por Qué No?

“A restaurant in Portland with the most amazing vegan tamales and micheladas (a drink made with beer, lime juice, piquant seasonings and sometimes tomato juice). So refreshing!

Prasad

“Amazing vegan café inside a yoga studio. Food is SO good—the Mighty Bowl that I had was the MOST delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life. The basic bowl on their menu has a suggested price…it is really healthy, hearty food and if you only have one dollar, you can still buy it. I think that is so awesome!

“I also loved their banana sandwich with hemp seeds. Doesn’t it look so pretty?!”

Vogue, W—and now Elle? We’d like to congratulate our own Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and curator of our rotating, themed Pop-In Shops, with a metaphysical high-five for being featured in this month’s issue of Elle, on newsstands now.

In the two-page profile, Elle calls our colleague “the tattooed poster child for cool” and praises her point of view as “a woman in a position to change the way millions of Americans shop.” For her part, Olivia offers tips on office attire (such as mixing tulle skirts with menswear-inpired button-downs), shows off her shoe collection (which ranges from Prada and Miu Miu to Crocs, Docs and Jordans) and previews our next Pop-In@Nordstrom—a collection of sustainable and socially responsible pieces that launches in mid-September.

Read the full story at Elle.com, and pick up a hard copy for your coffee table (just look for K.Stew on the cover):

For more Olivia Kim, visit our current curated shop—Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—and get better acquainted here: Meet Olivia Kim.

—Justin Abbott
Photos of Olivia by Kyle Johnson, courtesy of Elle.

The Thread spent a day out in the city with a handful of our friends from the t.b.d. department’s buying team. We came with a camera, and they came with their favorite pieces for fall and beyond—not to mention enough style to stop a train. Here’s how five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

Danielle brings a little tomboy-meets-girl to a look that’s casual but full of style thanks to classic aviators and a pair of sneaks. To that, she adds a fab fringed bag and a utilitarian jacket with a subtle camo print.

What I Do: I’m an assistant buyer for t.b.d. casual. We have to plan what we are buying at least six months in advance, and it’s a really cool feeling to walk into one of our stores or browse our website and see how all of the pieces look with each other. I really love seeing how everything comes together, when, for the most part, we bought them all separately. My awesome team doesn’t hurt either!

Urban Casual: Treasure&Bond Surplus Jacket | Ace Delivery Plaid Henley | Treasure&Bond Jeans

My Style: It’s feminine but not girly. I love colors and patterns and wearing clothes in ways that people won’t always expect. I’m all about mixing feminine styles with something a bit more borrowed from the boys, for a cool and unexpected juxtaposition. I’m always willing to try something new!

Ray-Ban Aviator SunglassesBucket Bags | Dogeared Pendant NecklaceConverse Sneaker

My Essential: It never ceases to amaze me how many things my military jacket goes with; it is completely seasonless. I can find ways to wear it, whatever the weather. And I could find a million and one ways to incorporate the other pieces from my look into other outfits. Every woman needs a good pair of dark skinny jeans; I will wear these with everything from my Chucks to sleek black pumps to riding boots—and anything in between. Plaid is huge for fall, and I will definitely be wearing this one tied around my waist with a white tee for a pulled together yet relaxed and causal look.

Love this look? See more pieces and ways to wear it in our t.b.d. Top 5 List, and find loads more laid-back, versatile items in our Classic Cool Essentials shop. Check back tomorrow for another installment!

Jeff Powell

Photos: Mona Lee | Styling: Stacey Cunningham

Our creative director Strath Shepard took these snapshots with a Holga camera on set at the Salmagundi Art Club in Greenwich Village, NYC. Check out the full video and lookbook online now.

1Nadja Bender in Saint Laurent

2Angelo Pennetta shooting 16mm film

3Nadja in Lanvin

4Nadja in Junya Watanabe

5Stylists extraordinaire

6Legendary fashion journalist Lynn Yaeger, neighbor of the Salmagundi

7Nadja lounging in Valentino (those boots!)

8The shoot took place during a semi-heatwave, but this shot somehow makes us look forward to fall.

Get a jump on the season with our Fall 2014 Designer Collections lookbook here.

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rag & bone ‘Henderson’ Leather Wrapped Stainless Steel Hip Flask | rag & bone ‘Faribault’ Merino Wool Blanket

“Two ways to keep warm ;)”