The holidays are suddenly around the corner—and so is the winter weather that can be murder on sensitive skin and lips. M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt breaks down what he loves most about the brand’s new line of Mini Patent Lip Kits.


“The holidays are all about dressing up with little bursts of color, and your makeup shouldn’t be any different. The new M∙A∙C Cosmetics Irresistibly Charming Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits are the perfect gift for a friend (and yourself!) this season. What I love about these products are not only their handbag-friendly size and color choices, but also their hydrating qualities in the unforgiving winter chill that can leave lips looking dry. There’s a beautiful see-through quality about the lip kits that creates a perfect stain on the lips.

The Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits can be used to create so many different looks! If you want to rock a smoky eye and a softer mouth, try using M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Spice all over your lips with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved Up or Innocent in the center for an extra pop. Or, if you would like to go little more retro-chic, create a cat eye and a softer red lip using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Fearless with Crème Anglaise from the Irresistibly Charming Lip Gloss/Pink over it.

The Lip Kits also work well with many different skin tones. For deeper skin tones, I love a wash of gold shadow over the lids (try M∙A∙C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Amber Lights) and a deep, berry lip using M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Burgundy and Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana over it.

Adding to the versatility of the Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits, try a more natural, every day look by filling in your lips M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Whirl and using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Mojo-Maker (only available as part of the new lip kit) on top.

For a day when you’re feeling a little more girly and flirty, try using M∙A∙C Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Rosy Rim, topping it with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Pleasant—super cute!”

Follow Gregory on Twitter for of his favorite beauty picks and how-tos.


Dior and I movie stillSee: Dior and I 
Late last month, Raf Simons, the creative director and designer of the storied French couture house Dior, announced that he would be vacating his position following the Spring 2016 show in Paris. This documentary (new to Netflix on November 14) observes the designer in 2011, during his first season at the legendary label. Simons has since denounced the speed at which fashion flies. Dior and I takes viewers along at that captivating clip while Simons devises his beautiful designs.

Hear: Glamorous Damage by GUM
Tame Impala drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jay “Gumby” Watson released Glamorous Damage, the first album of his solo project GUM this week. Driving synth, falsetto vocals and laser effects support ambient songs (reminiscent, at times, of Air) that coexist in the future and groovy past of psych-pop rock.

Shop: NARS Fantascene holiday collection with photographer Steven Klein
A collaboration between the photogenic makeup line and the famous documenter of stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga rightly yielded a Pop palette that places wearers at centerstage this season.

Book cover of Hotels of North America by Rick MoodyRead: Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
The author’s latest novel (released on Tuesday) shows him to again have a finger on the pulse of American life and its deceptions, using the protagonist’s online hotel reviews as both a medium for storytelling and a critique of our everybody-is-a-critic culture.

Watch: W/ Bob & David
The ’90s sketch comedy veterans of Mr. Show, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development), return to the genre that launched their careers as dark, zany comic geniuses. Enjoy four episodes of their intellectual buddy humor all grown up on Netflix starting this Friday.

Shop: Nike Jordan Eclipse Holiday Sneaker
The street sneaker to end all street sneakers has arrived just in time to wear it to all the season’s parties. Riffing on the basketball style of the original Jordan, this sneak has a relaxed, almost moccasin, silhouette that makes it super casual but still snazzy.


Easy, creamy, classic clam chowder recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

There’s something about a creamy, comforting chowder that seems pretty magical, not to mention somehow difficult to make. But a warming bowl of our Classic Clam Chowder is actually quick and easy to pull together. This recipe–from our Family Table Cookbook and restaurants–is just the right thickness and isn’t stingy on the clams. A bit of dicing, sautéing and gentle simmering is all it takes to have this satisfying soup ready in about 45 minutes or less.

Easy, creamy, classic clam chowder recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.


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Michelle Smith at the Milly Spring 2016 runway show

Holiday parties are the perfect time to break out the glitter and girliness, and Michelle Smith, the founder of the fashion label Milly, is just the lady to show us how to do festive dressing.

Smith started Milly in 2000, after studying in Paris and working in New York’s Garment District. Her designs incorporate sophisticated lines and luxury fabrics but exhibit an easy American sportswear sensibility, accomplished through playful embellishments and fun interpretations of classic shapes.

And if you need evidence that the designer knows how to have a good time, you only have to check out her Instagram account, @millybymichelle.

Milly front row for Spring 2016 show: Malin Akerman, Samira Wiley, Solange Knowles

Malin Akerman, Samira Wiley and Solange Knowles at the Milly Spring 2016 show.

What advice do you have for holiday dressing?

Since your coat is the first thing everyone sees, I like to invest in a statement coat in a gorgeous look-at-me color or with some kind of special detail, whether it’s a fur or a sequin collar. It instantly completes every holiday party look, but it also elevates everything else you wear during the season—even jeans and a sweater on the weekend. This is always the first thing I buy every holiday season; it goes the distance.



What to pack for the holiday

Traveling for the holidays can cause even the most stalwart adventurer to lose her cool. There’s the weather to contend with. Gifts to wrap and pack, and then rewrap (if the TSA stops you, and they will). Uncomfortable conversations with family members that usually ensue after the eggnog or grog has been tucked into a few times. And the luggage: How does one pack for a trip where there are so many variables like climate and impromptu parties? How can you plan what to bring when your bags swell and then shrink from gift-giving and receiving?

We asked luggage guru Joan Robinson of Rick Steves’ Europe for some advice. Robinson teaches classes on the science (and the art) of packing. Here’s what she had to say.

Shop: Chiara Ferragni Flirting flatMARC BY MARC JACOBS Chalky Tartan wool scarf | Manolo Blahnik BB pointy toe pump |Flight 001 Spacepak compression packing set | Hayden-Harnett Voyager water-resistant nylon weekend bag | MARC BY MARC JACOBS pyramid & ball reversible double stud earrings | Melanie Auld ear crawlers | BaubleBar Florence drop earringsAlexis Bittar Lucite lever back drop earrings | Nordstrom solid cashmere beret



The Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony is a 350-page pastel-striped encyclopedia of retail, style and general amazingness chronicling the first 10 years of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s modern marvel. In a series we’re calling Taking a Page from OC, we’re sharing our favorite elements of the best stories found inside.


From Opening Ceremony, published by Rizzoli

Some might say you can’t improve on Keds or Pendleton—or The Muppets for Miss Piggy’s sake, but those people haven’t seen what Leon and Lim and team did with the brands. While part of OC’s genius has been introducing lesser-known brands and unknown artisans to the popular fashion lexicon, another aspect has been taking a proven formula and giving it a boost of colorful charm, unexpected dimension and a new way to relate to and experience an established icon.



“Yes, since I ‘shop’ for a living the assumption is that the perfect gift is always available and around me,” admits Sahar Sokhandan, Nordstrom’s buyer of designer fine apparel and evening collections.


Call it a job hazard for Sahar (above), but it’s a win for you; today we’re sharing her pro gift-giving insight as well as tips and trade secrets from fellow buyer Jennifer Sabenorio.



Caitlin Mociun is on the move. The Brooklyn-based jewelry designer spends an enviable amount of time traveling—up to 10 trips a year!


Jewelry designer Caitlin Mociun shares her underwater vacation photos with us

One of her most loved spots is the Cayman Islands, where she spends the day underwater, looking at magical creatures and vivid colors and getting inspired to craft delicate and edgy fine gemstone earrings and more. In this story in our SPACE pages, we talked to her about the treasures of travel and the Mociun capsule collection she created just for us. And today—right here—we’re following up with some specifics on her favorite Caribbean outpost and her favorite things to take along when she goes.



We partied last night. So forgive us our photosensitivity.

The Physics perform at Hotel Max for Nordstrom Night Out

To celebrate the launch of our new Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, records were spun, and mini hot dogs, sliders and ahi tacos were consumed. The third floor of our Seattle store became the happiest place in town, for hours on end, as shoppers explored the treasures contained within the vinyl-curtained Pop-In space created by the industrial designer Max Lamb.

Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony

In addition to kooky-cute clothing from Opening Ceremony’s 2016 resort collection, the new temporary store-within-a-store hosts jewelry by Venessa Arizaga, Master & Dynamic headphones, Alix bodysuits and Nicopanda terry jackets and pants. Your holiday shopping just met its match. Consider this gift-central for the next two months—that is, if you want to be an unparalleled elf.



Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe to make at home from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

At Nordstrom, we make Pumpkin Spice Lattes with real pumpkin purée, Nordstrom Debut Espresso Blend Coffee Beans, Torani Pumpkin Pie Flavored Sauce and (what I think is genius) Nordstrom Spiced Chai mix, which is available to buy at our Ebars. They’re delicious and perfectly fit the season. To enjoy them at their best, drop by one of our stores for a steaming cup—but anyone can recreate just about the same experience at home, even without a fancy espresso machine or milk steamer setup. Though, if you do have one of those, check out the video from ChefSteps on how to steam milk like a master barista below.

One 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée is enough to fill up to 10 large mugs. Make these wildly popular lattes for your next holiday party crowd–or a cozy evening in for two (or one!), and see my Editor’s Note for freezing the pumpkin spice mix to use anytime. And, if you just can’t get enough pumpkin spice in your life, grab a 30-ounce can and use the remaining half to create our recipe for Pumpkin Frangelico Cheesecake.