Deven Hopp is the Beauty Director at Byrdie. A self-described skincare junkie, she’s always trying new masks, peels and moisturizers. She’s also developed a slight tendency for product hoarding, which is why she takes beauty spring-cleaning very seriously. See the foolproof process she swears by.
If you’re anything like us, spring-cleaning starts (and ends) with your beauty routine. Once a year, we take stock of everything in our medicine cabinets, on our vanities and in all the other places we store our favorite beauty products. (Are we the only ones with shoeboxes full of serums under our beds?) Your skin can change a lot from season to season, so it’s important to keep an eye on your skincare stash and make product substitutions as needed. Ready to get started? From expiration dates to exfoliation, we’re sharing the four essential tasks on our beauty spring-cleaning checklist.
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The idea behind Mizzen+Main is simple: provide great-looking dress and casualwear made from performance fabric. Cut for freedom of movement, it’s no wonder the American-made brand is popular with pro athletes.
Want proof? Check out reviews from football heroes J. J. Watt and Ryan Fitzpatrick, hard-serving tennis star John Isner and CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa.
Images via Mizzen+Main
J. J. Watt
“I’m still trying to figure out my personal style and that’s the fun of it. So if I put something on and I feel good, I like it. If I wanted to, I could play a basketball game [a favorite spare-time activity] in Mizzen+Main clothes—it would be easy to do. It kind of combines both of my worlds. I don’t really love the tight feeling of dressing up. Mizzen+Main doesn’t give me that feeling and that’s why I like it.”
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All month, the Nordstrom crew has been having collective flashbacks featuring carnation corsages and Bonne Bell lip gloss. Once the prom dresses arrive in store, we start swapping our adorably hilarious stories and photos—many too good to keep to ourselves.
Here are five of our favorites—including one that ends in a “happily ever after”—plus what the prom survivor would wear now.
Amy Morgan, Senior Copywriter
This was the first of what would become a series of lackluster proms from 1987 to ’89. For a couple of proms, I went with boys my friends weren’t allowed to date. We’d go in a group and just swap dates when we got to the dance. I was a prom beard!
My mom loved all the proms. She made every one of my dresses, like this beauty in emerald-green moiré taffeta. It cracks me up that the ruffle detail is in style again! (That is one way I know I’m super old.)
If I had it to do all over again now, I’d wear this gorgeous Burberry shirtdress with a tuxedo tie.
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Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.
Who: Lauren Adey
Title: Regional Marketing & PR Specialist, Nordstrom Canada
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Olivia Kim makes Seoul’s pop-culture-obsessed fashion scene sound dangerously exciting. Talking recently about trends and It items with a writer at Allure.com, she puts herself in the platform shoes of the city’s youth culture and imagines them going, “We’re going to embrace it. We’re going to love it. We’re going to kill it. And then we’re going to move on to the next thing.”
(Insert that wide-eyed, surprise-face emoji here.)
The imaginative style vibe of South Korea’s capital is totally trending right now, and in Allure‘s new must-read memo on the ten hottest brands, our New Jersey-raised, Korean-American creative projects VP dishes on the pop stars and designers who drive the obsession, trends and demand through the streets and then out into the world.
Allure.com’s Korean fashion news flash
It’s a cool read and a great way to get caught up with what might become the world’s next fashion city—Seoul Fashion Week anyone?—and it’s also the perfect primer for our brand new Pop-In@Nordstrom: KFASHION, which runs March 31 through May 7.
So, who are the designers behind these It items?
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As Nordstrom’s footwear design director, Kim House oversees the styles that brands like Halogen®, Caslon®, Treasure & Bond and BP. put forward for feet. In her off-time, Kim is a singer and bassist in the band Fotoform, which she describes cheekily as a “pointy shoegaze” outfit.
“Shoegaze came out of Britain in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Kim explains, when we meet up in the band’s practice space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. “Bands like Lush, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine were characterized by a wall of guitars, lots of effects, with ethereal vocals on top.” It’s Kim’s heavenly voice that floats like soft gauze on top of twin guitars, bass and drums. “‘Pointy shoegaze’ was a nod to some of the early ’80s dark stuff we were inspired by—and that time and that scene. People wore a lot of pointy shoes at that time.” But it’s also a nod to Kim’s day job, one that thankfully provides an outlet for her visual inspirations, like the Fotoform avant-garde photography movement, from which the band takes its name.
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Style is mostly about how you wear something, not what you wear. This spring, after examining our packed closets, we turned to Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe for tips on how to make the most of what we’ve got. Ruth gave us 10 ways to wear things we already own, incorporating small updates to look fresh this season. So here’s how we’ll be wearing everything—along with some street-style inspo and shopping links (in case you feel inclined to buy)!
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Images via @snkrdiva
Air Max Month is wrapping, but our permanent Nordstrom x Nike boutique is refreshed for spring and summer. For an excuse to chat about sneakers, we got in touch with friends and serious collectors Angela Shaw and Maria Elena Puschmann, who both loaned sneakers from their collections to our store displays for Air Max Month in Seattle and Chicago.
Here’s Puschmann—better known as @snkrdiva—talking about her collection and making Nike a permanent part of her life.
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Images by Andy Oceans
Air Max Month is wrapping, but our permanent Nordstrom x Nike boutique is refreshed for spring and summer. For an excuse to chat about sneakers, we got in touch with friends and serious collectors Maria Elena Puschmann and Angela Marie Shaw, who both loaned sneakers from their collections to our store displays for Air Max Month in Chicago and Seattle.
Here’s Shaw—better known as @ellaesco—talking about her collection, competitive mindset and making Nike a permanent part of her life.
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As a designer, Rebecca Minkoff is known for artfully mixing bohemian romance with downtown rock-and-roll. At her recent spring show at The Grove in Los Angeles, Minkoff’s perspective emanated in a profusion of gauzy blouses and watercolor-inspired botanical prints that breathed fresh life into studded black leather and safety-pin earrings.
The show gave the impression that women can combine whatever they like, mixing and matching as they choose. And just as women can determine their own personal style, they can also craft their own path in life.
In the hope of gleaning insight into the professional acumen and personal grit that have sewn together her trailblazing career, we spoke with Rebecca Minkoff about her role as a designer, a businesswoman and an entrepreneur.
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