Accessories

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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.

–Andrew Matson

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.
Brixton Buckley floppy wool hat

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.

A classic beret seen on the streets of London during Fashion Week.

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.

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Geri Hirsch, Because I'm Addicted

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!

Thank you!

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.

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Station Hand Chain

“This boho-inspired hand chain is lightweight and super wearable. I’ll style mine with a long, floor-skimming maxi.”

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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

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“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.”
— Shannon

SHOP: Silver Drop Earrings

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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

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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.

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Get stacking: Create a signature accessories statement with a plethora of bracelets and bangles to complement your personal style. With so many options, don’t be shy about piling all your faves on!

1. Nordstrom Rolling Bangle Bracelets
2. Seasonal Whispers Crystal & Metal Bangles (Set of 6)
3. Sequin ‘Deco’ Friendship Bracelets: Bow, Crystal Plate & Feather
4. Tasha Link Bracelet
5. Cara Accessories Leather Wrap Bracelet
6. Sequin Small Crystal Detail Hinged Bangle

Take a more-is-better approach to your wrist adornment.

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Jonathan Adler

“I believe that chic should be accessible, and the key to achieving accessibility is injecting your personality. My antidote to tired tastefulness is to lay the foundation of good decorating and then punctuate with a dash of levity. Just a dash!”

Last Friday, the charming and witty Jonathan Adler—home-décor and interior designer extraordinaire—stopped by our Seattle flagship store to meet his fans and introduce his two new books on achieving home décor with personality, Happy Chic Accessorizing and Happy Chic Colors.

We wanted to know more about his unique take on interior design and how to become a little more “Happy Chic” ourselves. Before meeting his many fans eagerly awaiting his appearance, Adler sat down with us to answer a few questions about his work and aesthetic.

What is “Happy Chic,” and can it transcend décor into a lifestyle, or way of dressing, etc.?
Absolutely. “Happy Chic” is about creating an environment that is unimpeachably chic and luxurious and gorgeous but has an element of levity. Its spirit can be translated in décor and in life. It’s basically just a reminder to be fab and be bold and be memorable in everything that you do.

Your Design Manifesto lists a number of your muses. What do they have in common that inspires you?
When I think about my muses, and I have many, sort of the holy trinity of muses for me is Bonnie Cashin, Alexander Girard and Bjørn Windblad—all of whom were designers who had really idiosyncratic spirits evident in all of their work. And they all made stuff that was of beautiful, impeccable quality and design. The thing they have in common is that their work expresses the joy of design.

And I’ve never said no to Ruben Toledo either. Love him. He’s a friend, and I’m a huge fan. He’s so brilliant.

Color and changing décor can be scary. What are two baby steps someone could take right now to incorporate a little “Happy Chic” into his or her home?

Baby steps for adding color are a throw pillow—because I think pillows are perfect punctuation—and a powder room. I think powder rooms are great, because they should be bold and a little surprising and a little trippy. So whether it be lacquering it red or doing a wild wallpaper, a powder room is a great place to start, and you won’t be able to stop. You’ll find that happy color and pattern has an infectious spirit.

It’s my belief that at the end of the day when you’re about to snuff it, you want to look back and remember the bright-orange breakfast nook rather than a beige-on-beige nothing.

What’s your favorite accessory in your home?
[Gasps.] My husband and my dog.

SHOP JONATHAN ADLER

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