We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

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One of the best pieces of gifting advice we’ve received is that if you’re unsure of what someone might like or want, give them something usable, edible, consumable, applicable. That way if they don’t really like it, well, it’s a finite resource. And if they do like it, they can replenish it later—and possibly even think of you. In a way, these exhaustible gifts are experiences. They are sensory but temporary. And beauty and self-care products make for particularly pampering and personal experiences.

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SHOP: Cinq à Sept embellished bomber 

This year Nordstrom is the happy host of the British beauty store SPACE.NK. Our shop-in-shops (located in Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, and Domain Northside in Austin, Texas, as well as online) feature a curated selection of the store’s emerging and cult-favorite beauty brands.

“Our expert buyers have scoured the globe looking for the best of the best in beauty and grooming,” says SPACE.NK managing director Noah Rosenblatt, “and we are excited to share these finds with Nordstrom shoppers.”

Almost any of their amazing products would be an original and thoughtful present for someone on your list. And, helpful elves that we are, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites with suggestions for who might most enjoy them.

GIVE A PRETTY PACKAGE: READ MORE

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By Rajni Jacques and Brittany Adams for Elle

Photographer: Andy Ryan; prop stylist: Vanessa Barrantes; hair and makeup: Jezz Hill

Fear not, procrastinators! If you haven’t begun holiday shopping yet, there’s still time to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. We enlisted our supercool Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim—and her adorable French bulldog, Spy–for a lesson in one-stop shopping. “Spy is my secret weapon,” says Kim. “He’s a distinguished older gentleman who knows what he’s looking for and goes straight for it!”

CLICK HERE FOR THE GIFT GUIDE

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Just in time for the alcoholidays, that time of year when you can’t go anywhere without someone handing you a drink, Tastemade host Claire Thomas shared this spirited gift idea. Homemade bitters, some yummy bourbon, citrus garnish and gorgeous barware add up to a stylish gift that won’t go unused. 

How to Make an Old Fashion Kit

Follow Claire’s simple steps in the video below to make your own gorgeous Old Fashioned kit. 

GIVE GOOD CHEERS! HERE’S HOW

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Just in time for your Secret Santa and Hanukkah gifting needs, Dzung Duong of Tastemade shows us how to make three homemade spa scrubs, perfect for the relaxation addicts on your list. These simple blends include nourishing, natural ingredients to rest and rejuvenate. Pick a mixture that suits your recipients, gather your ingredients and carve out just an hour, no more, to make and package these intoxicating scrubs.

Honeysuckle Spa How-ToTo spread good cheer in scrub form, follow along with Dzung’s instructive video and recipes on her Honeysuckle channel.

GIVE GLOWING SKIN: HERE’S HOW

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Holiday shopping: it might be the most wonderful difficult thing in the world. Equal parts super fun and pretty stressful, choosing just the right surprise for your favorite people on the planet can make you a little crazy if you let it—but that’s where we come in.

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Designer sales person Felicia Stapleton would love to give you one of these Dior scarves.

Our employees—inside the store and behind the scenes—sort of live for beautiful indulgences and stylish challenges. To inspire your gift giving, we took eight of our Seattle favorites into our designer collections and SPACE shop to show us what they’d love to give and get.

MEET OUR FRIENDS AND SHOP THEIR PICKS

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We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

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Montreal street style

Photos by Kristin Yamada.

Recently a lot of Americans have been looking north to Canada for a comparison. Especially this winter, it seems we might have a lot to learn from our Canadian neighbors–in terms of dressing for cold weather. Our street style photographer Kristin Yamada was just in Montreal, where she snapped the city’s residents bundled in unique coats, trendy wool accessories and cold-kicking boots.

Here are four outfits that you can cop when the temperature drops, with shoppable links to get the look.

HERE’S HOW TO LAYER UP À LA MODE MONTRÉAL

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Veilance production images courtesy of Arc’teryx

You probably have heard of Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor company whose technically advanced gear stands up to extreme conditions. But do you know about Arc’teryx Veilance?

Veilance is the luxury fashion wing of Arc’teryx, which blends outdoor technology and ergonomics into versatile clothes for the city-dwelling person. Everything is tied back to a stark and vaguely mysterious aesthetic. Basically what we have here is apparel equally suited for biking to work, conducting meetings and looking cool on the street.

To learn more about Veilance, we caught up with designer Lars McKinnon and Arc’teryx lifestyle design director Takanori Kasuga. Topics discussed: professional histories, the nature of Gore-Tex and the unrelenting design mission of Veilance.

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SHOP: Mionn IS jacket | Graph cardigan | Seque tote | all Arc’teryx Veilance

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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As most design enthusiasts will tell you, Scandinavians are known for a certain elegant restraint. What is it about life in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and other points North that inspires that wonderful less-is-more aesthetic? Oh, there are any number of theories, really, but the bottom line is that minimalism gets a lot of love these days and the lineage of designers that has come to include Oslo’s Mona Jensen are to thank for that.

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Mona Jensen in her Oslo home, photographed by Ole Martin Halvorsen

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Tom Wood accessories

Beginning with her simple but bold unisex signet rings, the founder and creative director of the SPACE jewelry line Tom Wood offers accessories for a beautifully low-key everyday style that could easily be called modern minimalism. It’s a look that Mona herself wears well, and in fact, lives and breathes—so we asked her to share some of her home and her life with us.

EXPLORE MONA’S LIFE, STYLE, AND HER HOME

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