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A blogger is a blogger is a blogger, right? Well, no. Not when the blogger is 4th and Bleeker’s Alexandra Spencer. We chatted with the model, stylist, artist, photographer and yes, blogger, during our recent Stuart Weitzman campaign shoot and got a window into her gorgeous world of creative cross-pollination. But it wasn’t all business. We talked boots, sandals, inspiration and outfits too.

The Thread: Tell us about 4th and Bleeker.
Alexandra Spencer: It’s where I share all of the different projects that I work on. It’s a place for all of my collaborations in whatever form they’ve come—whether it’s photography or modeling or art direction or styling or painting, it’s a home for all of that.

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Everyone knows Times Square for being very bright and very loud—a tourist attraction on par with Las Vegas in terms of the sheer wattage being gobbled up. But did you know that every day, just before 12am, it’s also an open-air art exhibit?

Since 2012, the Times Square Advertising Coalition has partnered with Times Square Arts on Midnight Moment: the “largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.”

Sounds pretty cool, right? And starting December 1, the featured experience is a collaboration between the ridiculously beautiful Antony and the Johnsons and multimedia artist Charles Atlas, called “You Are My Sister (TURNING)”.

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Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

rag & bone Cardigan | Topshop Sweater | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Jeans | Berry Jewel Necklace Infinity Scarf | Topshop Rhinestone Earrings | Christian Louboutin Heels (for this pair call 206.628.2111)

Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.

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November 28, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday, Pigalle

Hear that? It’s the sound of stylists, editors and fashion-obsessed citizens all over the planet making a wish and blowing out the candles.

Fall marks a decade of the Pigalle pump and while you might say the shoe is designer Christian Louboutin‘s golden child—born in the autumn of 2004, named for his favorite Parisian neighborhood—it’s been raised by those who love and adore it. So shouldn’t we all celebrate?

Shop: Christian Louboutin Shoes | Christian Louboutin Handbags | Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

 

In this new series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

How does an aspiring fashion photographer who shoots Santa photos at Nordstrom transition to award-winning fine art photographer in just five years? For Santa Fe–based Zoe Marieh Urness, the journey has been a storied one. Since April of this year, Urness, who is Tlingit and Cherokee, has been traveling the western United States, shooting the ceremonies, dances and regalia of Native Americans for her ambitious photo series, Native Americans: Keeping the Traditions Alive. Using her art to help preserve the traditions of indigenous people, she produces photos that serve to connect the old ways to the modern-day realities of the Native world.

The importance of passing on tradition through storytelling, dance and song is deeply ingrained in Native American life, and Urness has managed to not only participate in this sacred heritage in a stylish and contemporary manner, but through her diligent documentation is sharing the ways of those whom she honors with a wider audience. Gaining traction largely through word of mouth, the series has grown organically and exponentially as one subject leads Urness to the next, and what began as a solitary endeavor has blossomed into a communal effort, unconstrained by tribe or borders.

We spoke with Urness about Keeping the Traditions Alive to get a deeper sense of the adventures she’s encountered, as well as how this endeavor has impacted her personally.

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November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom

The turkey’s chillin’, the boss is outta town, and here’s more good news: you can shop Black Friday deals online a day early—on Thursday, November 27. And TGIF: on Friday, November 28, nab an additional 20% off selected sale items when you shop in store.*

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom.

Shop: Clothing | Shoes | Handbags & Accessories 
*Does not include price-matched items, items purchased online for in-store pickup or designer collections. See details.

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Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Nordstrom recipe for triple chocolate cheesecake with Maker's dark chocolate and mint; photo by Jeff Powell.

After cocktails, a salad, side dish and entrée…finally, dessert! And it’s more than worthy of capping off the impressive dinner menu. After making this rich and fudgy cheesecake at home to photograph, I brought it into the office to share with my cohorts in digital creative. I’ll let just a few of their unsolicited email responses speak for themselves.

“it’s SO GOOD!” -Tina R., Senior Designer

“Wow. Superb. Truly delicious. And I’m not even a cheesecake guy!” -Andy C., Creative Director

“Best. Cheesecake. Ever!  Wow!!” Corinna H., Web Designer

“Oh wow, that is so delicious!!” -Jamie K., Copy Manager

“And it was DELICIOUS!’ -Amy B., Creative Director

“!!!!!!!!!!” -Justin A., Senior Editor

Nordstrom recipe for triple chocolate cheesecake with Maker's dark chocolate and mint; photo by Jeff Powell.

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What is it like growing up in the fashion industry? Ask Nicky Hilton. A lifetime of Fashion Week front rows, strutting the catwalk and red carpets and eventually designing her own collections made Hilton a connoisseur of clothing. Having never employed a stylist, Hilton climbed her way up the best-dressed lists all on her own, trusting her own sartorial moxie to get her there. Now Hilton passes her secrets along in the form of a new book called 365 Style, which details her special formula for developing a signature style.

Hilton visited our Bellevue Square store on November 14 to give fans the inside scoop on her new book and answer a few of our burning questions. Here she gives us a crash course in personal style, including her five must-have items of the moment.

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We like the holidays around here. We really, really like the holidays. So as we get this week started, visions of canned cranberries and not-quite-traditional sing-alongs are doing the Running Man in our heads. Seriously, it’s a little distracting. Here’s what we’re looking forward to dragging out of the hall closet this weekend, plugging into the DVD player and more …

Lauren Ireland, Print Editorial Director: Music: Nick Drake’s Time of No Reply is quiet and soft—a gentle snowfall in musical form. Pinetop Seven’s Rigging the Toplights is eerie, beautiful, atmospheric; it’s just right for a hushed, wintry walk. And this sounds strange, but Black Sabbath’s eponymous album perfectly captures the winter landscape. It’s a gorgeous (if dark) cold-weather album. Books: I reread Donna Tartt’s The Secret History every winter. Its austere, mysterious atmosphere always gets me in a snowy mood. The Once and Future King is a warm, festive, fire-lit modern re-telling of the Arthurian legend. Movies: Edward Scissorhands is a spooky, quirky, wintry romance. For anyone who has seen enough of Love Actually. Finally, Scrooged. It’s exactly right for a humbug like me.

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Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Nordstrom recipe for easy Peppercorn-Crusted Lamb Chops with Sriracha & Fig Jam; photo by Jeff Powell.

The beauty of this recipe is in its serious simplicity. From start to finish, you’ll be done in well under an hour—with minimal effort—and have two gorgeous racks of lamb to show for it. To complement the lamb chops, an unexpected combo of Sriracha and fig jam create a one-step sauce that’s a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot easy. Plated up and accompanied by those Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts, these peppercorn rib chops make for a main course that will leave you with a table full of happy guests and compliments to the chef.

Nordstrom recipe for easy Peppercorn-Crusted Lamb Chops with Sriracha & Fig Jam; photo by Jeff Powell.

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