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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. Here Lisa Kristin—a group fitness instructor at the Seattle Gym—talks about cold-weather workouts.

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Fall leaves, crisp air, changing seasons. The darker mornings and evenings are here, but don’t let that stop your outdoor workouts. You can still enjoy biking, running and more, you just have to be prepared—and you have to be layered. Here’s our quick guide to getting comfortable, equipped and active.

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The gifting season is in full swing, and this month’s Book Club is all about fresh-off-the-press tomes that are well-suited to sartorially inclined bookworms.

Hair: Guido by Guido Palau, Andrew Bolton, Tim Blanks, David Sims

Dubbed the “world’s most in-demand hair stylist” by British Vogue, Guido Palau is an artist and hair is his medium. For his second book, Guido skirts the retrospective route in lieu of a fresh approach: his perspective of hair in the new millennium. Teaming up with long-time cohort and fashion photography luminary David Sims, Guido presents seventy unique looks created just for this compendium. As a pioneer of the unstructured shag popularized during the ’90s grunge era, Guido shows off how his influence has shaped the modern era of hair as well as how he is striving for a wild and radical future.

Miles of M·A·C by James Gager and Miles Aldridge

Makeup junkies rejoice! The kings of color released an anthology of over 200 photos, featuring 100 looks that exemplify M·A·C Cosmetics’ 30-year reign as the vanguard of high-concept, high-fashion beauty. Penned by James Gager, M·A·C’s senior vice president and group creative director, the book gets its name from photographer Miles Aldrige, whose LTR with M·A·C shaped the visionary aesthetic fans have come to expect from the brand.

Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha and Steven Sebring

A beautiful (and thick!) collection of black-and-white photos from “the Queen of Pose”, Coca Rocha, doing what she does best: masterfully contorting her body with elegance and grace. Shot in just three days with photographer Steven Sebring, this portfolio of body phraseology can be used as a handy reference for working photographers and models. Or to simply marvel at the beloved model’s uncanny ability to pull off a zillion different looks tout de suite.

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Nordstrom recipe for Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese; photo by Jeff Powell.

Have picky eaters at your table? Not to worry. The layers of salty, complex prosciutto and melted Gruyère in this gratin recipe are far too tempting for even the biggest Brussels sprout-ophobe. Plus, cream added to a super-reduced chicken stock creates an incredible sauce that coats the caramelized Brussels sprouts in yum. Since that Bistro Crab Salad first course was so light and refreshing, we’re okay with this gratin side dish falling on the more indulgent end of things.

Nordstrom recipe for Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Congratulations to our forever-fabulous guest editor Sarah Jessica Parker, winner of InStyle’s 2014 Social Media Rookie of the Year Award! Over the past 12 months, posts about her fly-off-the-shelves SJP Collection, charity events and generally dreamy life in NYC have earned her over 625,000 followers on Twitter and 531,000 on Instagram. #OMGSJP.

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Virtual acceptance speech: The ‘rookie’ graciously thanks her peeps.

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November 14, 2014

Listen Up! TV On The Radio

As mega fans of TV On The Radio (their debut album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, is one of those “desert island” picks), we were pretty psyched to see that next week marks the release of their newest record, Seeds, after a several-year hiatus.

And then our inner geek freaked when we saw who was in the Speed Racer–inspired video for “Happy Idiot”: Paul Reubens (yes, Pee-wee Herman) and Amy Pond from Doctor Who (who apparently does not ride around in the TARDIS all day and is, in fact, an actress named Karen Gillan).

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November 13, 2014

Considering: Flowers in Winter

Depending on what part of the planet you live on, you might be looking at those potted orchids in high-end grocery stores right now and thinking, “Those guys know how to live.” The very idea of a hothouse flower is ultra-alluring right about now.

How to replicate that warmth and exotic beauty in the pre-holiday doldrums? We think the Marni collections are a pretty darn good place to start.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni has been in a floral place of late; the house announced a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary by transforming a Milanese landmark into a flower market, and the dresses and separates currently on offer are a veritable garden of great style.

It got us wondering, actually, what her favorite stems and blossoms are. So we asked her.

“My three favorite flowers are peonies for colour and perfume, hydrangea for form and colors—such as pink, green and fading blue—and then white and pink tulips,” she told us via email. (Which explains this excellent Marni tulip tunic.)

Our favorite flower, if you’re wondering, is the killer abstracted mokara on that tough-sporty biker jacket. Yes, please. Does it come in a bouquet?

 SHOP: Marni

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If you could ask Diane von Furstenberg any question, what would it be?

Wait, wait—don’t tell us. You may be able to ask her yourself, live and in person (and in—one hopes—a wrap dress).

On Friday, November 14 the TV show host and champion of the greater good reads from her new memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company at 5:30pm.

The Thread editor Laura Cassidy will interview DVF on stage at the bookstore, and then turn the floor over to your burning queries and fashion-royalty love. If you’re in the Seattle area, you’re sort of required to be there. If you’re not, check back here for our video. It’s bound to be good.

Diane von Furstenberg images from the pages of her Simon and Schuster release.
See upcoming events at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and Nordstrom Seattle; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages.
SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg

A new shoebox full of open-toed stiletto sandals, caged straps and goldtone hardware—our toolkit to glitz up the night.

Vince Camuto Black Leather Strappy Sandal. Heels for going out.

Vince Camuto ‘Reesae’ Leather Sandal

Call it fashion’s unofficial kick-off to the Holiday 2014 party season: Topshop and Topman celebrated the opening of their New York City flagship on Fifth Avenue with a heck of a bash inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. As exclusive Topshop partners, Nordstrom was only too happy to help our friends celebrate. Here’s our inside report on the very good time. 

Everybody Loves Sir Philip: Pictured here with Poppy Delevingne and Ciara on his arms, Sir Philip Green—Topshop’s parent-company owner—took a minute to give a shout-out to Pete Nordstrom and the rest of the company for a successful and stylish partnership during his welcome address.

Bey in the Place To Be: On the heels of the other big Topshop news—the announcement of the Topshop X Beyoncé-partnership, that is—Queen B dropped jaws as she quietly slipped into the party wearing this sparkly Topshop number.

Sister, Sisters: Among the celebs in attendance was this pair of chic sisters: Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Nicky and Paris Hilton.

Party People, All Night Long: Leave it to Cara Delevingne to get things started on the dance floor. Live jams from Jessie J (pictured), Nick Jonas and Lionel Richie (yes, the very; he and Sir Philip are buds) rocked the house—er, the train station.

Keep On Babin’ On: But of course the fashion was on point. From left to right: model, mom and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, British model Jourdan Dunn and New York City-based model and DJ Harley Viera-Newton exemplified the turned-out turnout.

Nordstrom & Co. On the Scene: Brandy Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom’s Topshop Director Deniz Anders, Sir Philip Green, our gal Olivia Kim, model Cara Delevingne and Nordstrom Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Tricia Smith

Images 1-5 from Topshop’s Facebook
SHOP: Topshop and Topman

“I love making women feel beautiful and empowered,” says Beauty Stylist Nadia Tyby at Nordstrom Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. “And everything about make-up is about a feeling.“ If, as the holiday season approaches, the feeling you’re going for is sparkly and bright, Tyby can help with that, too. The four-year Nordstrom beauty pro says she’s already got her favorite Adrianna Papell shimmering party dress primed for party duty, and she was more than happy  to turn us on to the three top tools in her glitter bag.

 

For the face: “I am obsessed with beautiful luminating skin. Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown is a perfect balance of shimmer and radiance leaving the skin looking healthy and youthful.”

For the eyes: “Adorn your eyes by pressing perfectly sparkly Mac Pressed Pigments onto the lids. Totally dresses up any outfit. Feeling a little sassy? Before applying your shadow, Spray Fix Plus on to your shadow brush and then pack that pigment on!”

For the lips:Dior Golden Shock – Addict is pretty amazing. It’s lightweight and plumping, creating fuller luscious lips that say ‘kiss me.’”

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick | MAC Pressed Pigments | Dior Golden Shock – Addict

SHOP: Sparkling Accents
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