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December 12, 2014

Listen Up! Katie Gately

It’s the time of year when one is aurally bombarded by holiday tunes—whether you’re in a doctor’s waiting room or shopping at the market. Don’t get us wrong, we love those seasonal songs, from the classic to the contemporary, but sometimes we want to switch them off and switch things up.

This week we stumbled across exactly what we were looking for: “Pivot” from L.A.-based artist Katie Gately. The three-minute “song” (it’s actually an excerpt from a longer piece available on a split with Gately and Tlaotlon) is a sonic marvel—it’s lush and beautiful, but with a sufficient amount of experimental quirk that it truly stands apart. And, weirdly, it doesn’t seem like it would be that out of place in a holiday mix.

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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Of Spanish and Iranian descent, raised in the Northwest and rerooted in Brooklyn, Carmen Daneshmandi has a perspective that constantly colors new ideas about emerging technology, modern mashups, ancient wisdom and deep, archival beauty. Take, for instance, the Philip Crangi studio visit she shot for our Men’s Shop Daily. Simply put, we love how this lady sees the world—and the world of giving.

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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Some people have insanely cool jobs, and we think our Global Trend Reporter, Crystal Nicodemus happens to be one of them. You probably know her best from our street style reports wherein she uses her keen eye at Fashion Week to snap the most inspiring looks, but did you know she actually does that all year long? This super-nice, super-talented Pacific Northwesterner travels to fashion capitals, music fests and random places the world over to stalk style locals and capture what’s trending globally with her trusty camera—and in the process, she gets style stalked herself. When not gallivanting abroad hard at work, Crystal is back at home in Portland spending time with her fiancé and hairless Sphinx, Wednesday—see more of Crystal’s world (mostly her grumpy cat) on Instagram.

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The holidays are about a lot more than wondering what’s in your stocking. This time of year is a much-needed annual reminder to slow down for a second and remember what’s really important. To reconnect with family, friends and loved ones. To count our blessings for what’s going well. And to make sure we’re doing what we can to help those in need.

FEED, a philanthropic brand that’s provided more than 85 million meals globally, can assist with that last part—while checking gifts for said loved ones off your list in the process.

Keep reading to see FEED’s holiday portrait series featuring longtime supporters like Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen and our own Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim, who came together to show how each FEED purchase can help fight world hunger.

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DIY paper garland for holiday decorating

Some of you eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that our November Holiday catalog featured papercraft and garlands running throughout as a unifying theme. Since it’s the perfect time for a little festive DIY-ing, we got back in touch with the master crafter we commissioned to create these garlands for our photoshoot: Laurie Cinotto.

Laurie’s work is featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and a ton of other publications and blogs, not to mention her very own book. She was kind enough to take some time out of her full-time crafting career and herding cats (really!) to give us a simple tutorial, with step-by-step images that are here to help anyone create some DIY décor. Read on for her easy guide.

DIY paper garland for holiday decorating

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Zeitgeist (noun; ˈtsīt-ˌgīst): the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place.

Could you sub in accessory for “general belief?” We think so. Could you then say that Meadowlark’s septum ring, from our Gift & Go Pop-in—and RiRi’s recent Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, and Edward Enninful W cover—is having a Zeitgeist moment? Um, yeah, we think so.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift & Go

December 9, 2014

Gifted Giver: Margie Plus

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Readers of luckymag.com need no introduction to the total babe pictured here: Blogger, writer and all-around cool girl Margie Ashcroft (you can call her Margie Plus) contributes smart style advice and more for women of all sizes—and not just for national publications and blogs, but also on her Instagram and Pinterest. You know what else is cool about our gal Margie? None other than Lena Dunham singled her out when she guest-edited UK’s Stylist magazine; the image above is from the pages that resulted. We’re psyched to have this bi-coastal fashion pro’s insight in our gift-giving mix.

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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone as well-informed and in-the-mix as Brooklyn-based Sight Unseen cofounder Monica Khemsurov on your list, there’s every chance you’re stuck in the middle of that whole “what to give someone who has everything” conundrum. On the other hand, if someone like her has you on theirs, you’re psyched. As we kick off this new series, consider her words true gifting wisdom; the editor, writer, curator and design-world insider knows what’s now.

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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 5, 2014

Listen Up! Ex Hex

TGIF. A popular sentiment 52 times a year, but some weeks you really, truly mean it. Those are the Fridays you want to dust off the workweek and just have FUN.

You’ll need a soundtrack for that. Might we suggest Ex Hex?

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