For her first clothing venture, model, muse and international style icon Olivia Palermo partnered with the design team behind Nordstrom’s Chelsea28 label to create an exclusive capsule collection of chic, versatile pieces her 2.3 million Instagram followers (to name a few) will surely heart.

We sat with the globetrotting entrepreneur and sartorial It girl to talk about fashion, guilty pleasures, her obsession with belts and more.

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Behind the scenes at the Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 photo shoot in NYC

SEE WHAT OLIVIA PALERMO HAS TO SAY

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herbed-mushroom-risotto-recipe-with-easy-baked-salmon-and-beurre-blancHerbed mushroom risotto recipe with easy baked salmon and beurre blanc from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

You can do this! Perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, a date night, a special dinner for a special friend, or halved and made for a party of one, this dish is bound to impress. While there may be a good number of steps, the good news is you can make the majority of this recipe in advance. Ideal for perpetuating the illusion of kitchen wizardry when you throw everything together the day of in a matter of minutes.

Years ago, when I made risotto for the first time, I was so intimidated. I have no idea why. Just brace yourself with a little patience to do a lot of stirring, and there will be no reason to get all in a dither about rice. Risotto is a basic that’s going to become a quick-to-make staple with limitless options once you’ve made it and understand the simple steps. But in the interest of not being chained to the stove for 30 minutes while you’re trying to entertain, our recipe for make-ahead risotto by par cooking it is ideal.

In this version, as served at selected Nordstrom restaurants, our risotto gets a flavorful dose of fresh herbs. Surrounding it, a luscious, velvety Rosemary Beurre Blanc enhanced with roasted garlic (try our easiest roasted garlic recipe, which I make all the time and keep in the freezer). On top, an earthy mix of mushrooms roasted with fresh herbs sits askew underneath an easy baked Atlantic salmon fillet. To gild the lily, everything is crowned by a vibrant garnish of celery curls, chive batons and parsley.

Make-ahead par-cooked risotto recipe with baked salmon, buerre blanc and herbed mushrooms from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

OUR SIMPLE SECRET TO MAKE-AHEAD RISOTTO: GET OUR RECIPE

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The Weekend Guide: February 5-7

Nordstrom Lunar New Year

 

CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year
Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. We’ll be celebrating Saturday with a Chinese Lion Dance at our Downtown Seattle store beginning at 2pm PST. Other stores across the country will mark the occasion with events, red envelopes and surprises. You can also shop our Lunar New Year gifts online.

HEAR: Is the Is Are by DIIV
Although the band is its own hype machine for borough-residing hipster music (the lead singer draws exhausting comparisons between himself and Kurt Cobain), turns out Is the Is Are is a solid shoe-gazing collection of pleasurable listening. Leaning heavily on fuzzy guitars and muffled melodies, DIIV’s sophomore effort spins a cocoon of comforting sound.

READ: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Following the fictional opera singer Lilliet Berne through a historic romp of the Belle Époque, Chee’s epic novel constructs a dazzling portrait of the period’s fashions and players. Presented with a libretto mirroring her life’s story, Berne chases its provenance while encountering musical and historical enigmas all set to Chee’s evocative prose.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? OK, A MOVIE?

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Even if you know someone intimately, buying him or her a romantic gift can surface a host of anxieties. Will she read too much into it? Is he even going to get you something? What size is she? Does he have any idea what a pocket square is?

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It’s a miracle we all don’t just break up the second week in February.

Don’t fret, however. Our editors’ gift picks for him and her will steer you clear of any unconscious uncoupling.

BE MY VALENTINE’S GIFT: OUR PICKS

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Hear that? It’s the sound of a legion of editors and bloggers stuffing shoes into designer luggage and tucking eye cream into carry-on bags. That’s right: It’s time for New York Fashion Week again. The shows begin February 10; let’s prepare by way of review. (Of course, since spring collections are arriving every day now, you can also review and prepare by shopping!)

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Marc Jacobs photo: Jessa Carter for The Thread

HERE’S WHAT WE WERE ALL TALKING ABOUT LAST SEASON

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This post first appeared on our Men’s Shop blog.

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Image and animation by Elizabeth Rudge

To better consider Brooklyn Brew Shop’s beer making kit–which we love and will be demonstrating on this blog in the near future–we asked a professional brewer to give it a test drive.

Our friend Andy Arguelles at Two Beers Brewing Company, which is right down the street from our photo studio in Seattle, said he’d give it a whirl. After he played around with Brooklyn Brew Shop’s kit for a few days, we called him and asked what he thought.

Here’s Andy on the beer kit, his favorite parts of the brewing process and which beers to pair with meals you will almost certainly cook/eat this week.

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Shop: Brooklyn Brew Shop

HIT THIS LINK FOR THE BREW INTERVIEW

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It’s Carolyne’s birthday—she’s 30 this year, and doesn’t she make it look amazing? _11783708

Manolo Blahnik Carolyne

The Manolo Blahnik signature slingback in all its iterations—high to low heels, suede to patent leather finishes, neutral tones and knockout yellow—is named for the woman who came up with the original silhouette back in 1986.

WHO IS CAROLYNE ROEHM?

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Nordstrom Fashion Ambassadors in the store studying visual merchandising

What excites you most about fashion?

Maybe it’s the thrill of watching the collections roll out each spring and fall. Maybe it’s tracking the influence of trends. Perhaps it’s styling yourself and your friends with a mix of fancy pieces and thrift shop scores. Do you obsessively watch YouTube tutorials, write your own blog and/or voraciously consume issues of W, V, WWD (we could go on)?

If you’re a fashion addict and a high-school junior or senior interested in working in the fashion industry, Nordstrom has an opening for you.

The Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador program gets you involved in aspects of advertising, marketing, buying, merchandising, public relations, selling and visual display, giving you a dapper leg up as you think about career options. Because knowledge—and style—is power.

The 2017 application period is now open and will close April 4, 2016. Read on to hear what former ambassadors, now Nordstrom employees, have to say about their experiences!

READ ON: FORMER AMBASSADORS TELL ALL

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Some like to put the va-va-voom in Valentine’s Day dressing. Others skip the cleavage and cutouts to sit in their sweats on the sofa. Then there’s the practical middle ground: those neither so hopelessly or apathetically romantic. They want a dress that they’ll definitely wear again, regardless of if they ever see that date (or another) again.

For dresses that do triple duty (date night and girls’ night and work day), we’ve selected some sweet numbers that can be flirty, fun and get the job done. Whether you have plans on February 14 or not, you’ll find an occasion to wear these lovely looks.

Pick Up the Check

Eliza J cotton poplin dress

Yeah, this isn’t going to work out. Pay your own way and hit the road in this breezy checked poplin dress that will also work for brunch with friends when you can dish about the dud.

SHOP: Eliza J check cotton poplin shirtdress

DRESS TO IMPRESS (BUT MOSTLY YOURSELF): READ MORE

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For their spring ’16 runway show, rag & bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright had a clear vision of how their models should look: “Our girl is effortless in her style and inherently feminine, yet has an unapologetic confidence and toughness to her. The mood should convey easy luxe—a laid-back vibe that oozes cool-girl attitude.”

To complement the sexy, sporty collection, makeup artist Gucci Westman created pretty, sun-kissed, no-makeup faces with luminous skin, light dustings of bronzer, bold natural brows and coffee-colored eyeliner. “I wanted them to have a windswept-safari-desert-meets-Brooke-Shields-in-The-Blue-Lagoon look,” she said.

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READ MORE RAG & BONE STYLING TIPS

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