You do your dance around the recycling bins—figuring out what counts as plastic, what is compostable and what is plain rubbish. You offset your carbon footprint by hoofing it to work. You purchase eco-friendly cleaning products and scour your cosmetics bottles so that they can be recycled. You are an eco-warrior. But sometimes the daily battle just doesn’t feel like enough.
A number of designers and companies go beyond the standards of environmental sustainability to find creative ways to make their products earth-friendly. Here are just a few Nordstrom brands preserving the planet with their innovative practices. We are proud to support their ingenious efforts to keep it clean.
Melissa Joy Manning jewelry
Not only does the artisan jeweler look to nature to inspire her earthy, handcrafted creations, but Manning’s California studio is Green Certified. Her methods, too, include using recycled silver and gold sourced with the highest environmental standards. The stones on her jewelry are often upcycled from antique charms or made from alternative composites like refined ore from Michigan auto plants or raspberry nickel from former U.S. zipper factories. All the diamonds in her collection are conflict-free. Other stones are sourced using environmentally and socially responsible practices as well.
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HEAR: Second Love by Emmy the Great
Pop singer and songwriter Emma Lee Moss’s third album covers difficult emotional terrain, but this soul-stirring singer seems to skate on it with her honeyed voice. Occasionally the atmospheric album becomes aloof, yet songs like “Algorithm” and “Hyperlink” reduce love’s struggles to orchestrated abstractions that an indie-inclined audience would recognize as brilliant modern day similes.
READ: An Unrestored Woman: And Other Stories by Shobha Rao
Stories exploring the 1947 schism of India and Pakistan could seem as daunting as that contentious border. In Shobha Rao’s hands, however, we are immersed in the sympathetic lives of citizens arbitrarily controlled by the geo-political divisions of territory. Love is aborted, children lost, families separated, individuals left to their alien resources in paired stories set both in the diaspora and the domestic.
SEE: City of Gold
The prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold is an admired and imitated connoisseur of urban eats. It’s not an exaggeration to attribute to him our national predilections for food trucks, obscure ethnic foods and adventurous eating. This documentary follows the insatiable scribe around LA, a city that warmly embraces him and his enthusiasm for its citizens and their culinary ambitions.
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Are you ready to take a lucky dog to a whole new #flex level? Consider gifting pet accessories by legendary outdoor brands Filson and Barbour.
The receiving dog will end up looking ready to open a coffee shop/work as a park ranger–or at least stunt on the other dogs at the park while wearing waxed cotton, quilted felt and durable leather.
Fun story about the dog models in this blog post: When we learned we would be carrying all this excellent dog gear, we called Seattle Humane and asked if they had any camera hams to help show it off. They brought five “highly adoptable” dogs to our Studio N for a photo shoot. Three were adopted on the spot by Nordstrom employees. This blogger rescued Luna, below.
The remaining two dogs found new, loving homes by the end of the week. Highly adoptable, indeed.
Shop: Filson jacket | Filson dog jacket
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There were ruffles on the runway. Culottes were in the streets. ’70s chic was everywhere. But one thing unequivocally concluded by this past Fashion Month: the hat is back for women this fall. There were toppers in London, Panamas in Paris and throngs of boaters, derbys and fedoras in New York.
Here are some of our favorite millinery moments from all the fashion cities, paired with the hats to recreate them. It’s a great way to top off your look this season—and next.
Street photos by Crystal Nicodemus
A broad wool hat provides exceptional coverage from the elements, be it rain or wind, during the fall. Wool is a strong fabric, able to resist water while maintaining its shape. This Brixton floppy wool hat has a slightly western aesthetic without going into cowboy territory, and its wide brim flatters the face by framing your features. We like it with sexy shoulders and minimal makeup.
This mademoiselle, spied on the London scene, pulled off perfectly matched accessories with a polished mien that helped her stand out from the other English roses. Berets always lend a jaunty air to an outfit, but can come off a bit costumey: The trick is in the styling (no scarf, no baguette, no cigarette). We love how this red version adds a pop of color to an autumn outfit. But there’s no need to match your accessories or outerwear to your hat; use it to accent your outfit in a shade that complements your coloring.
Try this Parkhurst beret in a water-repellent wool for a traditional style. If you feel like adding a textural element, don a knit, like this Free People chunky knit beret in ivory. We think they’re très chic and a super-practical way to protect your coiffure from whatever the weather.
DIY is in her DNA. “It’s how I was raised,” says Geri Hirsch, the face behind the blog Because I’m Addicted and co-founder of the how-to hub Leaf.tv. “We didn’t have a TV, so we did art projects and went outside and made things. My mom would buy me plain clothes, like just a white sweatshirt or some overalls, and I would paint them or alter them.” Seems she’s been painting and altering ever since.
In honor of the tactile nature of our new fall accessories, Geri created a collection of exclusive how-tos—and inspired us to do a few things ourselves, as well.
Read on for her ideal deserted island scenario, her secret superpower and insider details on her Internet-famous wedding to a man who knows espresso.
Congratulations on your wedding!
Which the whole internet knows about. That must be kind of weird.
Yeah, it’s pretty weird. I shared a lot about the wedding leading up to it and then did a whole diary of my wedding day on Snapchat, including me going down the aisle. It definitely sparked a lot of conversation around our wedding.
Was that fun or overwhelming?
No, I loved it! It was a way to connect with people about my most important life event in a way that I couldn’t without that platform. People just got me, in that moment, talking about how I felt, feeling the adrenaline. It was really cool to share it.
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The easiest way to play with your style when it’s a million degrees outside? Jewelry, obvs. We asked accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff to pick her favorite pieces of the moment, and give us the inside scoop on how she’d wear them right now.
Station Hand Chain
“This boho-inspired hand chain is lightweight and super wearable. I’ll style mine with a long, floor-skimming maxi.”
Double Chain Ring
“I love the bohemian feel of this chain ring. It’s the perfect statement piece that works both day and night.”
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Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Tony Awards
Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories Director Shannon Schafer shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
TREND #1: STATEMENT EARRINGS
“The statement earring was the jewelry of choice at the 2015 Tony Awards. Long silver drops–as seen here on Anna Chlumsky and Bella Hadid — were far and away the freshest take on the earring trend.”
SHOP: Silver Drop Earrings
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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.
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Krochet Kids is much more than adorable hats (although they certainly do have those). It’s an innovative, socially responsible nonprofit that operates on the simple principle that a handout only goes so far.
It starts by offering impoverished women in Uganda and Peru a steady job; for many, this represents the first time they can confidently feed and care for their families. While earning a fair wage for skillfully crafting Krochet Kids hats and apparel, the women also take classes and meet with mentors, building knowledge that helps them to save wisely, invest and even start their own businesses.
KK sums it up in one powerful word: Empowerment. Keep reading to learn more, including the success stories of five inspiring women and how you can personally thank the exact woman who made your item.
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We all know the moment after slipping on a great pair of sunnies and looking in the mirror—that feeling of being instantly more cool, fabulous and mysterious. Turns out, it’s not just in our heads; it’s a scientific fact. At least according to senior art and design lecturer, Vanessa Brown from Nottingham Trent University.
Brown gave the Science of Us a glimpse into the research for her upcoming book, Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses. The gist? 1. Sunglasses make your face appear symmetrical, which is synonymous with perceived beauty. 2. They hide your eyes—no peaking through the windows to your soul. 3. The glamour of Audrey Hepburn and edginess of James Dean. Enough said.
Excuse us, we’re off to get glamourous and symmetrical.