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In a bonus holiday edition of What’s Cooking, we’re offering a cheesy accompaniment to any entrée at your Christmas dinner (see it alongside our Prime Rib Roast). This side dish offers a refined, golden-crusted alternative to traditional mashed potatoes and is no more difficult to prepare.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, our blog editor Jeff Powell proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Gruyère and Custard Baked Potatoes recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell. READ MORE

To ease the pain of an overcrowded schedule, we created a handful of short videos with clever tips to help you get in the spirit and breeze through the social season—whether you’re planning a festive celebration, jetting off to the in-laws or looking for the perfect hostess gift.

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Just in time for Christmas dinner, we’re sharing our recipe for Prime Rib Roast with Garlic and Rosemary from the Nordstrom Entertaining at Home Cookbook. A culinary centerpiece worthy of any holiday table, this moist and flavorful roast comes together with ease—our blog editor Jeff Powell helps shows us how.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, we’re proving (with Jeff’s photographic evidence from his kitchen) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends. It’s What’s Cooking.

Prime Rib Roast with Garlic and Rosemary recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell. READ MORE

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The invites are stacking up, but what to wear to your holiday get-togethers? Whether it’s for your company Christmas party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with friends, here are six of our favorite little party dresses and trends that are fit for any fête.

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In this Thanksgiving edition of What’s Cooking, Nordstrom Blog Editor Jeff bakes a luscious pumpkin and Frangelico cheesecake with a hazelnut crust from the Nordstrom Friends and Family Cookbook. It’s a make-ahead dessert worthy of a place at any Thanksgiving table.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, Jeff proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Pumpkin Frangelico Cheesecake recipe for Thanksgiving Dessert from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell. READ MORE

If your taste in décor runs eclectic, these mix-and-match table toppers will give your holiday happening a festive, vintage flavor that doesn’t scream ‘Pilgrim.’

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Turkey delight: Equal parts ornamental and functional, this 11″ dinner plate mixes it up for dining or display. Seletti Hybrid Porcelain Dinner Plate

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heroWherever your 4th of July plans take you, let your style sparkle as much as the fireworks with some patriotic stars and stripes.

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Sarah, our Personal Stylist Manager at Nordstrom Waterside in Naples, FL shares her 10 essential trends and tips for your best holiday season shine.

 

 


1 – Novelty Suit Separates. Mix-and-match suit separates will take you through your holiday season seamlessly. Whether you choose a bold metallic like the Topshop blazer pictured, or a luxurious velvet, you can wear them with classic pumps to an evening event, or separate the pieces to dress up your favorite black pants or classic white blouse. (Pictured:Vince Camuto blazer | Topshop blazer)

2 – Bright Lip. The easiest way to elevate your look—and get noticed—is to slide on a saturated, bright lip. Choose a classic red, or sass it up with a berry or pink: you’ll shine either way. My favorite this season is NARS in ‘Heat Wave’; it stays on day to night, so you can go straight from the office to hosting a holiday gathering with no transition necessary. (Pictured: NARS lipstick)

 


3 – Smoking Slipper. Not just comfortable, the smoking slipper is a throwback style that will give you a finished look, whether with your favorite skinny jeans during the day or a flirty skirt at night. I love their playfulness with a pantsuit, and they can give your feet a rest from the party heels when you need it! (Pictured: Jimmy Choo Slipper | Miu Miu Moccasin | Prada Smoking Slipper)

4 – Peplums. This vintage flair gives a little extra feminine shape, adding curve to your figure while still being comfortable. Pair with your classic black pencil skirt for cocktail, then finish it with your novelty pants and smoking slippers for effortless hostess style. (Pictured: Vince Camuto TopYigal Azrouël Blouse)

 


5 – A Beautiful Clutch. Your day bag just won’t cut it for holiday parties, so embrace the vintage romance of the season and find your favorite embellished clutch to carry to all the get-togethers. Choose one that you can easily fit in your day bag for when you’re on the go. Bonus: you can pull this jewel out during the day to fancy up a casual dress. (Pictured: DVF Leather Clutch | DVF Minaudiere)

6 – Stiletto Pump. If you don’t already have a clean-lined, pointed-toe stiletto, this season is the perfect time to find yours. Always a classic, it’s an important basic when pairing different patterns, colors and textures. If you want a little shine, find one in patent or with a hint of metallic finish. The sky is the limit with this style, so go with the tallest heel height that you can handle. (Pictured: Ivanka Trump Pump | YSL Metal Heel Pump)

 


7 – Embellished Button-Down. If you’ve already invested in bold colors and patterns, try a simple white blouse in a feminine material, like silk: it makes a seamless transition to evening. Or you can go with a patterned blouse to create interest around more neutral pieces. Wear these tops buttoned up, and if you’re feeling daring, add a brooch or necklace for an opulent finish. (Pictured: Ted Baker London Top)

8 – Bold Jewelry. Fun, bold jewelry can fit easily into your lifestyle, whether it’s an oversized cuff or a strong necklace. Have fun with your pieces, and don’t be afraid to wear them anytime as a way to punch up your casual, everyday wardrobe. (Pictured: Cara Accessories Cuff)


9 – Hostess Gifts. Make the party rush easier by filling up a gift drawer ahead of time for all of your holiday soirees. Along with being the best dressed, you should never arrive empty-handed. Grab one of these fabulous goodies that any of your friends or family will love, and be on your way—no last-minute stop for flowers this year! (Pictured: Ben’s Garden Note Pads | kate spade paperweight)

10 – Cozy Sweater. Even when lounging at home after a big holiday meal, we still want you looking chic and finished, so the last piece on my list is a cozy cashmere sweater, perfect for winter nights with family and friends. I suggest something with a metallic finish so you can look complete with very little accessorizing. Style over one of your favorite dresses or with leggings and boots. And most importantly: Have fun! (Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Sweater)

What are you wearing this Independence Day? Don’t let the fireworks be the only thing that dazzles the crowds this year. We’re all for a little patriotic creativity, so here are 10 Editor’s Picks to add a few stars and stripes to your July 4th festivities.

Current/Elliott Print Tee

Jeffrey Campbell Boot

Current/Elliott Print Shorts

TOMS Painted Wedge

Nanette Lepore Dress

Dior Retro Sunglasses

Pretty Polly Tights

Grass Roots iPhone Case

O'Neill Patriot Cover-Up

Dallas-based designer Abi Ferrin’s design motto is “Fashion with freedom and purpose.” We’d say one scorching dress that can be worn five different ways is pretty full of freedom.

Perfect New Year’s party dress, anyone? Even better: Change up your accessories, and you’ve got a new dress to wear at four other parties—watch the video to see the designer show you how.

Also worth a watch: an interview with Abi, where she describes her obsession with fabric and her design philosophy. She also explains how her brand gives back to people in need. We love that (…and her ‘Nikki’ 5-Way Dress).

Images courtesy of Abi Ferrin