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November 7, 2014

Listen Up! Eugene McGuinness

Prince. Eric Clapton. Eddie Van Halen. Jimi Hendrix. Chuck Berry. Neil Young. Jimmy Page … are you sensing the theme here? They’re all consummate axe-men. Simply put, they shred. Want to know another thing that world-renowned guitarists are famous for? Guitar Face.

If you’re not sure what that is, Guitar Face is the act of contorting one’s visage into something that can resemble reverence, pain, ecstasy or the most extended I’m-going-to-sneeze-face ever and it usually happens right in the middle of a 15-minute solo with a lot of chord changes, tremolo wagging and copious pedal effects.

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Who’s your eyelash spirit animal?

Whether your wand goes for electric blue feathers, demure brown brushstrokes, blackest black long-distance runners or somewhere in between, you’re going to love this: On Saturday November 8, when you buy two mascaras, a third tube is yours free.

Unleash—or would that be unlash?—your inner batting beauty. Let’s do this!

SHOP: Mascara
Fine print: doesn’t apply to lash primers, serums, enhancers or mascara sets.

Look on the bright side: as temperatures drop, it’s time to get cozy in fabulous sweaters. Here are our favorite ways to update your cold-weather wardrobe options.

Graphic & Novelty styles give plain-Jane knits a shot of personality.

Prints and patterns—from classic to folky and floral. Yes, please.

With eyelash knits and shaggy textures, new fuzzy sweaters may be the comfiest of them all.

SHOP: Sweaters

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Well, we’d hate to say we told you so, but Paul Andrew has been a winner in our eyes since his feminine, edgy collection for Spring ’14 hit our floors. Color us just plain extra happy then, that the footwear genius was awarded the CFDA’s highest honor this week in New York. On the occasion of this Very Big Deal, we spoke to the designer himself as well as the in-house tastemaker who knows his work best. 

“As you can imagine, I’m on cloud nine right now,” Paul Andrew told us. “I’m so excited and so proud to receive this accolade. It is such an incredible honor and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. This is literally a dream come true. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program has put so many small designers on the map, it has not sunk in that I am now part of that class. To the shoe obsessives of the world, I say ‘stay tuned’! There is much more coming from Paul Andrew; I have ambitions to launch a men’s collection, e-commerce, and am looking to further elaborate on the core offering in my women’s collection, and while there is significant work to be done and much more focus and energy required I could not be more motivated.”

‘Aztec’ Fringe Suede Sandal

“Our attraction to Paul Andrew stems from his unique designs, which embody both a sexy refinement and focus on fit and comfort. He is genuinely engaged in making women look and feel good,” said John Langston from our designer shoe team. “We’re eager to see the momentum behind his creative direction, lending credibility to his new must-haves in seasons to come.”

SHOP: Paul Andrew

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring women’s brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Mini Cream to the U.S. for the first time.

Our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop is packed to the rafters with borrowed-from-the-boys varsity jackets, black-on-black biker vibes—and animated friends from another galaxy (yes, really!).

To help us weigh our options, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and all-around gem of a human being) to talk us through her favorites, after having surveyed every look up-close and personal on set. Keep reading to see her six favorite ensembles from I.T Hong Kong.

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A gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe—except when the shoe is actually a metaphor for desire. In that case, the gorgeous shoe is actually a story. Consider, then, the new Jimmy Choo collection, Vices, a short story collection that’s long on style. Each of the limited-edition shoes and handbags is based on a specific gem or jewel and a specific vice or vague wickedness—think greed, lust, envy. To find out more about this accessories-based riff on the classic juxtaposition of good and evil, we spoke to creative director Sandra Choi about her inspiration, concepts and design process.

 

THE THREAD: The subject of vices is a rich one; we all have plenty–those we share and admit to, and those we don’t. Did you find you were revealing part of yourself in this collection as you explored ideas of envy and need?
Choi: Yes and no, the inspiration for the Vices collection stemmed from my own personal fascination and obsessive enchantment with jewels and the unmitigated and irrational desire they have the power to evoke. For Vices, I explored themes of envy, seduction and irrepressible yearning for objects of beauty. Shoes and bags in diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, jet, black diamond and citrine crystal comprise the seven sins that seduce and beguile as part of the collection.

What is your first and most specific memory of being dazzled by jewels?
It was at the Gem Palace in Jaipur. It is a breathtaking Aladdin’s cave of precious stones that is such a surprising contrast from the environment outside, which is a dusty and bustling city in Northern India. Inside the Gem Palace you have a remarkable amount of freedom to play and connect with the precious stones of every variety.

What is your first and most specific memory of the transformative power of a really great pair of shoes?
For me it is childhood memories of Cinderella, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Betty Boop’s heels; they are forever ingrained in me.

Let’s talk about black diamonds. They’re a bit under the radar and rather underappreciated, so it’s cool that you included a style based on this, the strongest and scrappiest of all natural diamonds. Tell us about your design process for Piper, the black diamond-themed shoe. For instance, the heel is slightly lower than the other styles, and the detailing is especially dynamic. What did you hope to achieve with the look, and what specific elements did you include or leave out in order to make it happen?
I wanted a sultry yet seductively beautiful shoe. I based it on a tango-style shoe that ensured you glide when wearing it; it is a shoe that you can dance in all night.

SHOP: Jimmy Choo
Images and video courtesy Jimmy Choo

November 3, 2014

Gifted: Girl with a Pearl

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.


Sam Edelman Reversible Faux Pearl & Spike Stud Earrings

As Jackie O once said, “Pearls are always appropriate”. This hasn’t changed a bit since Mrs. Kennedy’s heyday as the epitome of style and grace in the 1960s. The crystalline balls of calcium carbonate are a time-honored classic, instantly infusing glamour into the simplest of ensembles.

But even the classics need a revamp now and then, and the pearls of 2014 have found a rock ’n’ roll rebirth with the addition of metallic spikes. The Sam Edelman studs shown above have a Swarovski-studded gold spike in lieu of a traditional back, bringing an edgy, reversible twist to an enduring standard. A balancing act of sass and class, these earrings may be small in size but they aren’t lacking in panache.

This on-trend accessory is our top choice for a multitasking November surprise.

SHOP ALL: Pearl Accessories

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.

Now that conversation—and some amazing cocktails—are flowing, you’re ready for the first course on our menu, and it’s definitely a looker. A bit of dicing is the hardest part of this wow-factor, towering salad. Fresh avocado, tomato, cucumber and mango all get pulled together with our seriously tasty Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (the same dressing used in the popular Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad at our Nordstrom Cafe). Tangy, refreshing and topped with crab, this salad sets a high bar for the next two courses to come.

Nordstrom recipe for the Bistro Crab Stack Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette; photo by Jeff Powell.
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October 31, 2014

Listen Up! Julee Cruise

If you’ve been keeping up on the last few weeks of Listen Up! it’s not hard to suss out the Halloween-y theme. And today is the big day! In anticipation, we’ve watched a ton of videos trying to find that perfect one that’s creepy without being completely terrifying (and not “Thriller“, even though we love the Michael Jackson zombie-pop opus as much as the next person). Guess what? It was not easy. So while the video for today’s pick, “Falling In Love”, leans a little towards romance rather than fear, all of its amorous scenes are culled from one of the freakiest (pre-American Horror Story) TV shows ever: Twin Peaks.

“Who Killed Laura Palmer?” was a question on the lips of plenty of people back in ’90 when the series—created by Mark Frost and the auteur-of-odd, David Lynch—first aired. The quirky creep-fest, set in a small Washington town, featured a cast of zany characters: some kind, some with murderous intent, but all intriguing. It’s a seriously revered cult classic and if you’ve never seen it, you might want to get on that—based on recent reports, Lynch and Co. are planning to revisit the town of Twin Peaks very soon.

The music from the series was equally eerie, much of it instrumental and scored by Lynch’s longtime collaborator, Angelo Badalamenti. But there were a few dreamy numbers performed by ethereal chanteuse Julee Cruise.

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Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

Let’s say we gave you five minutes to make a list of pop music’s most fantastically styled artists, and then another five minutes to pair those artists in the most imaginative and/or improbable ways possible.

How long would it take you to get to David Bowie and Boy George?

If you’re in Chicago this fall or winter, the answer is probably “not long.” The city’s Museum of Contemporary Art is about a month into a three-and-a-half-month exhibit called David Bowie IsThe show stops here, there and everywhere as it winds along, bringing in all manner of rock bands and pop artists to take their spin on the Man Who Fell to Earth. As in: On November 7 none other than Boy George, the eternal Karma Chameleon, gets behind the decks and soundtracks a one-night transformation of museum to nightclub.

Nowhere near the Windy City? MCA’s Bowie Tumblr is a not-bad substitute.

Image of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover from 1973 via MCA Chicago
Boy George image by Indira Cesarine via MCA Chicago

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