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France Luxe ‘Cube Bauble’ Ponytail Holder

“These are like the chic cube version of the Goody beaded bands I had when I was a kid!”

Julep, we accept your challenge! Today, our very own Olivia Kim marched through our corporate offices in a Cynthia Rowley wetsuit on her way to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge for Nordstrom. A curious crowd gathered to watch outside our flagship store as she raised a bucket of ice-cold water to call attention to—and raise money for—the ALS Association. She challenged our friends Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone and Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED Projects to do the same. It’s on!

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Find out more about the #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS, and visit ALSA.org.

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. We’re sharing how these five fashion-savvy ladies create unique, personalized looks by incorporating different wardrobe essentials that are modern, mixable and full of classic cool.

First up is Kristi, whose casual striped tee gets dressed up with a flowy skirt, strappy sandals and a denim jacket that’s perfect for layering. Here’s how Kristi adds Something Striped to her ladylike style.

What I Do: I’m a site merchandiser for t.b.d., which means I work with the buying team to execute the online strategy. I love t.b.d. and I love all things digital, so it’s pretty much a dream job—the perfect combination of my passions.

Feminine Print Mix: Ace Delivery Tee and Skirt | Treasure&Bond Jean Jacket | Rebecca Minkoff Tote | Manolo Blahnik Sandal

My Style: I try not to over-think my style! I wear what I love and what fits. I guess I would describe my style as chic, easy and always feminine. Always quality over quantity.

(Jewelry: Kristi’s own)
similar Nixon watch and Nadri bracelet | Phase 3 Floppy Hat | kate spade new york sunglasses

My Essential: I love adding unexpected prints or patterns to an outfit. I tried some print-mixing with this look… my striped T-shirt paired back to a fun skirt in a simple silhouette. This T-shirt would also be in my weekend bag, to go with skinny jeans and cute sneakers. For something like a girls’ night, I’d dress it up with bold red lips, a leather jacket and nude heels.

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

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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Bose® ‘QuietComfort® 15′ Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

“These are the ONLY headphones I use when I travel, and I am always on the go! They cancel out virtually everything, so I can zone out and listen to my favorite songs, book or movie from my iPad. #nodistractions”

heroOur Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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“These are vegan doughnuts from the ferry building in San Fran. Notice the Whiskey-Tangerine-Fig flavor?”

Congratulations to Sarah Jessica Parker! InStyle has nominated our Guest Editor and SJP Collection designer for Rookie of the Year in its second annual Social Media Awards.

The nominees, including other notables like January Jones and Lupita Nyong’o, are people who have only recently joined the social media scene but whose posts have definitely caught the eye of InStyle’s selection committee (a panel of fashion, PR and industry leaders). The winner will be determined via online voting—polls close on Friday, if you want to vote for your top pick.

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“These photos are of Deception Pass. One of my best friends came out from New York City last weekend and this place was a MUST-see. It is one of my favorite places in Washington State.”

“Burdwood Group Islands, British Columbia. Isn’t the green water incredible? It is super-cold, even though it looks tropical!”

“Cute crab!”

Olivia Kim—Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects, Pop-In Shop curator and resident Teva enthusiast—was recently featured in Women’s Wear Daily’s source for all things shoes: Footwear News. Keep reading to see the full article, in which Olivia discusses marine biology, art, astronomy books—and the secret to making those Tevas look chic.

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Erno Laszlo ‘Sea Mud’ Deep Cleansing Bar for Normal/Combination Skin

“This amazing sea mud cleansing bar was a classic nighttime ritual for Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo—and it is still around today! The recommended “splash” method of rinsing is my fave thing about it!”

A favorite of fashion and street-style photogs, Caroline Issa embodies modern style with just the right dose of fresh—only one of the reasons she’s become a style blog darling and industry notable.

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A few of our snaps of Issa over the last few seasons at Fashion Week.

Counting ourselves as among her biggest fans, we’re extra excited to announce that in February 2015, Issa is infusing her most-wanted style into an eponymous collection exclusive to Nordstrom. (♥!)

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Issa outside our downtown Seattle flagship; a handful of her inspiring looks.

A savvy creative consultant, fashion director (TANK Magazine) and overall incredibly talented human being, Issa is adding her fabulous touch to 25 ready-to-wear styles. In the works since early this year, Nordstrom Signature x Caroline Issa will launch with a current, chic and covetable mix of wardrobe must-haves, like easily transitioned day-to-night beauties, gorge foundation pieces and more.

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Caroline is designing each piece with an eye on versatility, wearability and luxe materials—all reflecting her vision of modern, easy closet essentials for any woman who doesn’t mind a little attention from the street-style paparazzi. It’s all about her philosophy of investing in beautiful clothes that will last—and that you’ll want to wear—for a lifetime.

We’re totally behind building a closet you know you’ll love every time you open its doors, and we’re 100% sure that Caroline’s collection is going to make that very, very easy.

Stay tuned for more about our partnership, surprise exclusives and for the much-anticipated debut of our newest collaboration.

Caroline Issa for Nordstrom

– Jeff Powell