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We each have our own holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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Check out our video below, meant to inspire you to wrap with multiple papers. That’s right, multiple papers at the same dang time. And have you ever made a pinwheel? It’s fun and easy!

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We’re sure you’ve contemplated it before. Now we have evidence that your instincts were right: our street photographer Kristin Yamada captured a good number of stylish ladies the world over rocking frocks over jeans and trousers this fall. So we’re calling it a trend—just in time to sit down for a monstrous meal with the fam and engage in some roughhousing with the nieces and nephews.

Street Style: dresses over pants.

Photos by Kristin Yamada

Consider this post permission to just throw a dress over your jeans this holiday season. Well, maybe not “just.” There are a few guidelines we’d like to share first. Here are the primary ways in which the style-setters are pulling off this perfectly lovely and practical look.

YOU WEAR THE PANTS THIS HOLIDAY: READ MORE

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If you’re over evergreens, let us suggest something equally verdant but more unique for your holiday trimming: succulents. These days, the trendy water-plump plants can be found at most floral shops, however, their use in seasonal wreaths and arrangements is only just catching on–which means that yours could be the only door on the block to rock one!

Succulent WreathIn addition to being relatively low-maintenance and resilient, succulents are also easy to work with–good news for those of us who are all thumbs but not necessarily of the green kind. And since this is a living wreath, you can keep up this decoration year-round without shame.

Read on to follow our low-stress steps for fashioning a custom wreath.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A WREATH

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In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.

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The Neckerchief.

Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.

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We had our in-house aces at Studio N depict a few calculated style risks for the upcoming cold season, because sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

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Style risk: the farmer cuff

The farmer cuff (no actual farming required) is absolutely trending. Wear it with no socks or no-show socks, always. This roughly six-inch cuff turns your regular pants into a pair of cropped pants. It’s a lot more successful with vintage-feeling, wide-leg styles.

Alternatively with dark denim or chinos, avoid the farmer cuff and do a clean double roll. Same goes with cargos. Speaking of: there’s a passé but vocal perception about cargo pants being corny, a Disneyland dad thing. Ignore that. The cargo pant is a classic. A small double roll works well with a thin cargo. Since there’s so much going on leg-wise already (the cargo pocket), it’s about keeping it sleek.

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Pastel colors are enjoying a new prominence in men’s style, especially in the sector known as athleisure. Look around this season at dudes mixing athletic and casual clothes and you’ll notice an influx of colors like oatmeal, mauve, mint and rose.

As far as how to style pastel clothing? You can’t really screw it up. Pastel colors in general go well with each other. As long as you stay in the pastel family—or stay “tonal,” wearing various shades of the same color—you’ll be fine.

There are a few finer points to consider. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor explains those below.

graphic sweatshirt | ripped chino shorts | striped crew socks | Air Maxes

all Topman

—Andrew Matson

PLAY IN THE SHADES: HERE’S HOW

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Met Gala 2016 Makeu: Bella Hadid, Zoe Saldana and Poppy Delevigne looks by Charlotte Tilbury

While it helps to work with some of the loveliest faces in the land, Charlotte Tilbury and her team repeatedly find new ways to accentuate and complement celebrity glamour at every red-carpet event. Even if we’re not going to be wearing a gown anytime soon, we love learning how Team Tilbury accomplishes such stunning makeup.

Here are just three beauties from the Met Gala and how to achieve their glowing looks. Whether you’re in jeans or a gown, when you give face like that, who cares what you’re wearing?

GET THE GALA LOOKS: HERE’S HOW

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Here comes Charlotte Tilbury to the rescue! She’s created an understated, glowing look that highlights the natural beauty in every woman, and she’s sharing her expert secrets. To re-create this gorgeous and universally flattering look, here are her step-by-step instructions and products you’ll need—including her newest launch, the Instant Look in a Palette. Designed to take you from day to night, this gotta-have-it palette contains products you can dial back for the desk or amp up for dinner out.

GET CHARLOTTE TILBURY’S TUTORIAL FOR GLOWING, NATURAL MAKEUP

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Like the majority of the thinking and feeling populace, we were floored by Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade, a beautiful visual and aural exploration of sorrow and forgiveness in intimate relationships and in American racial history. Her interweaving of a maybe-fictional, maybe-real marital infidelity with the tragedies that African Americans, both past and present, have suffered in our nation was mostly poignant, often furious and ultimately redemptive. When Beyoncé told ELLE magazine earlier this month that she wanted to create music to make people heal, she was certainly referring to this.

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Throughout the changing emotional and artistic terrain on Lemonade, Beyoncé uses her fashion choices to signify complex situations and reactions. From the swinging of a baseball bat in a cheerful Roberto Cavalli dress in “Hold Up” to her defensive Hood by Air fur coat in “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” and from the taunting apathy of her twin hair braids and deuces up in “Sorry” to the romantic Victorian dresses by Givenchy, ruffled shirt by Rosie Assoulin and the “Formation” Gucci red dress, Beyoncé’s fashion choices were evocative, careful and extraordinary.

To maintain that residual feeling that great art leaves in its wake, that raw spirit of human resurrection and connection captured in Beyoncé’s verses and that solidarity of sisters united, we’ve rounded up a few pieces that remind us of Lemonade. Wear them to carry you through the week or to see the diva in concert. These are uniforms that slay, like Bey.

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Meet your new favorite thing in beauty: the Nordstrom-exclusive Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes Palette. With nine day-to-night eyeshadows and four pro brushes—all handpicked by Brown herself—this versatile compact is powered up to take you anywhere you want to go. To prove it, Bobbi Brown sent us three of her favorite ready-for-anything looks along with her steps to create each: classic, smoky and party eyes. Get her how-tos and pro tips after the jump.

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MASTER THREE LOOKS TO LOVE FROM BOBBI BROWN

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