We do love it when friends come to town—what better excuse to trick-out the sales floor and invite more friends in? We welcomed a passionate crew of oversized knit lovers and tailored suit enthusiastists for designer Stella McCartney‘s visit to our downtown Seattle flagship earlier this month, and to entertain them all: some good old-fashioned Coney Island-style fun and games.

Nordstrom Hosts Stella McCartney in Seattle

Stella McCartney talks with fans and clients at our Downtown Seattle flagship

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To go with this exclusive event, we also offered four Nordstrom exclusive items from the London-born designer—a studded star tote, a pair of platform derby oxfords, a chic one-button jacket and a killer tee.

COME CHECK OUT THE PARTY

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A pretty plate of homemade cookies is just about the nicest gift one can give or receive during the holidays. But if you’re the type of giver that isn’t satisfied with just nice, you might want to skip the traditional frosted Christmas cookies this year and step it up with a batch of traditional European macarons. As colorful and lovely as your sprinkle-topped snowmen cutouts, these meringue confections aren’t as difficult as their preceding reputation.

How to Make Macarons

We met with expert macaron maker Megan Gordon, aka Lady Yum, for an encouraging tutorial on creating these comely cookies. Her guidance breaks the recipe down in simple steps that even novice bakers can accomplish.

How to Make Macarons

THESE COOKIES MAKE GOOD(IE) GIFTS: GET THE RECIPE

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Just in time for your Thanksgiving plans—whether they be getting together with family and friends or eating turkey in front of the TV—the geniuses at Tastemade have gifted us some yummy holiday dishes that you’ll want to keep in your recipe repertoire.

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffing Recipe from Tastemade

Whip up Megan Mitchell’s scrumptious side for your holiday meal this season—and hold on to the recipe for anytime fall is in the air. This hearty and flavorful autumn dish will have dinner guests coming back for scoops of seconds. Turns out nutty squash is the perfect complement to spicy sausage.

GET RECIPE FOR THE GOOD STUFF(ING)

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Just in time for your Thanksgiving plans—whether they be getting together with family and friends or eating turkey in front of the TV—the geniuses at Tastemade have gifted us some yummy holiday dishes that you’ll want to keep in your recipe repertoire.

Masala Roast Potatoes from Tastemade

We started with dessert first, so be sure to check out these delicious nibbles if you missed Amy Lee’s Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites. Now we’re on to the meat and potatoes portion of our holiday feast—or at least the potatoes part here.

Vijaya’s savory tubers add a spicy eastern flavor to your dinner. This easy-to-make side dish is a Thanksgiving staple with a twist that’s sure to please your dining companions.

GET THE RECIPE FOR ONE HOT POTATO

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We all know the holidays are a time for giving. But it’s pretty clear, from the countless commercials that start in October, this season is also about shopping and spending, sometimes a lot. Finding a personal and financial balance can be something of a struggle. Fortunately, this year, Treasure&Bond is making it a little easier to feel good about the gifts you give others–and yourself–with their latest giveback partnership.

Treasure & Bond

Photos by Manuela Insixiengmay

Continuing the brand’s tradition of philanthropy, this season the Americana clothier is donating 2.5% of net sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It’s nice to feel wholesome about the holidays–perhaps especially this year–and not only is Treasure&Bond’s impeccably crafted collection of casual clothes the perfect uniform for a household gathering of you and yours, but through January the label is also helping to foster bonds in communities. That’s pretty great.

Treasure & Bond Leather Jacket

Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, told us: “These partnerships are very important; they help build awareness for our work. When customers see a Nordstrom and Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership, they have confidence in it because they respect both institutions.”

SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER: READ MORE

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Olivia & Ryan | Real Weddings

An intimate, nautical-themed ceremony and reception in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, provided a romantic coastal setting for Olivia and Ryan’s southern celebration.

Olivia and Ryan | Real Weddings

The location:

We love the South! We visit South Carolina every year and decided this is where we wanted to tie the knot. We did not want the typical wedding. We wanted something totally unique. Having fewer than 50 guests gave us plenty of unique options!

Olivia and Ryan | Real Weddings

We were debating back and forth on whether we should have a beach wedding or a more inland wedding. Then we found the house and it took our breath away. It’s about a 5-minute drive from the beach and absolutely stunning. It is right on the inlet, so we had our own private dock. We had our own suite on the third floor, while the bridal party and our families had the first two floors—it was a blast being able to celebrate with everyone we love under the same roof for a few days. We had the ceremony in the front yard, overlooking the waterway, and the reception in the back, around the pool and in the first level of the house.

ANCHORS AWEIGH FOR THE BIG DAY: READ MORE

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This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, Bonum.

bonumoneLess a brand and more a workshop with a storefront, Bonum makes and remakes beautiful jeans every day, sometimes blending their own new denim with vintage denim in the same jean, with options for repairs and bespoke pieces if you visit the shop in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Product development manager Jun Kobayashi organizes all that making. He began his denim days with indigo dye experiments in college. Later he worked at the Kapital denim factory, cutting and sewing near Kojima Station in Okayama.

On Skype, he schooled us on the significance of Okayama in Japanese denim (it’s hype), the availability of vintage American bandanas in Japan (unavailable) and details about styles we’re carrying.

Thank you to Bonum store manager Terumasa Ikuta for translating during our chat.

SHOP: Bonum | Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded

CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q&A

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Velvet for Days–and Nights

A favorite formal fabric during the holiday season, velvet started showing up even earlier this year, namely in September. During Fashion Week Spring 2017, the cloth was a head-to-toe favorite among the world’s most stylish ladies, who wore it in a variety colors, during the day, through city streets. Fulfilling unlikely fashion icon George Costanza’s wish, it seems it is now societally acceptable–even embraced by the femmes du monde–to drape oneself in velvet. So what are you waiting for?

How to Wear Velvet for DayLiz Uy, Nausheen Shah, Joanna Hillman and Erika Boldrin at Fashion Week Spring 2017

Formality is another fashion rule that’s readily being broken, and wearing velvet further blurs the high/low divide by injecting luxury into the everyday. Eveningwear continues to influence daywear: we see furs, lace, embellishments, jewel tones and rich fabrics worn to the office or to the store with denim and tees.

Velvet Over-the-Knee boots

As always, street style during Fashion Week serves as a bellwether for the season’s trends. Some of our favorite velvet looks below show how the style stars are wearing the fabric–without it looking like drapery.

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Just in time for your Thanksgiving plans—whether they be getting together with family and friends or eating turkey in front of the TV—the geniuses at Tastemade have gifted us some yummy holiday dishes that you’ll want to keep in your recipe repertoire.

Amy Lee from Tastemade

First up is adorable Amy Lee’s vegan dessert. But wait, these little nuggets of deliciousness are just as tasty as any nonvegan variety. Plus, the cheesecakes are pretty easy to whip up for a seasonal party with friends or coworkers. And you don’t have to tell anyone that they’re a healthy, nondairy pumpkin treat if you don’t want to—they’ll never know.

SAY “CHEESECAKE”: GET THE RECIPE

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If you’re over evergreens, let us suggest something equally verdant but more unique for your holiday trimming: succulents. These days, the trendy water-plump plants can be found at most floral shops, however, their use in seasonal wreaths and arrangements is only just catching on–which means that yours could be the only door on the block to rock one!

Succulent WreathIn addition to being relatively low-maintenance and resilient, succulents are also easy to work with–good news for those of us who are all thumbs but not necessarily of the green kind. And since this is a living wreath, you can keep up this decoration year-round without shame.

Read on to follow our low-stress steps for fashioning a custom wreath.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A WREATH

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