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Lisa Kristin, a certified Aerobics and Fitness Association of America group fitness instructor, is a Zella PRO who’s committed to empowering her students, creating confidence and improving the lives of others with challenging workouts. The Pacific Northwest-based fitness guru shares how to rejuvenate the body for spring.

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February 26, 2014

Olivia Kim in Vogue Magazine

Rihanna may have snagged the cover—but we’re still tremendously proud to say that our own Olivia Kim is featured in the March issue of Vogue.

Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (a title which includes masterminding our monthly themed shops, Pop-In @ Nordstrom), Olivia spoke to Vogue about taking a leap of faith to move from New York to Seattle, and the proper way to push boundaries. Keep reading to see the full article from Vogue—and see what’s currently on her wish list here: Meet Olivia Kim.

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Empower. Inspire. Live the active life with a Zella PRO.

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Tone It: Zella ‘Halo – Eclipse’ Jacket & Zella ‘Live In’ Leggings in Grey Slate

Bar Method instructor and dancer Lilani DeLateur is a Seattle-based Zella PRO who’s sharing her fitness expertise and passion for fashion with active women and the Zella community.

The turn of the year often means changing our lifestyles—eating healthier and jump-starting our fitness routines. Unfortunately, resolutions tend to fade as quickly as tan lines, especially when the alarm is ringing at 5:30am and it’s pitch dark and raining sideways and all you want to do is curl into a tighter ball and hit the snooze button seven times.

We must remind ourselves that the days are getting longer, swimsuit season is almost here—and maybe that half marathon you thought was a great idea is now only three weeks away. As tempting as it is, don’t succumb to the “dark side.” Try these easy tricks I have adopted to get me from November through March (sometimes April) and you’ll avoid having to make up later for slacking off.

1) “Winterize” your workout wardrobe. Whether you are running outdoors or staying indoors doing barre, you will most definitely want the proper attire to keep you dry and comfortable. Bonus points if you can do this fashionably. (Thank you, Zella!)

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The race to the podium is on! Embrace America’s winning spirit by donning red, white and blue gear from head to toe.

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November 27, 2013

I’m Thankful for…

Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.

Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.

Lela Rose says:
I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”

This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.

Monique Lhuillier says:
I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”

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Go for an original Halloween look with the helping hand and artistry of a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist. Elaine Raymond, our Beauty Marketing Planner, took a trip to our Seattle flagship store and enlisted the assistance of Beauty Stylist Cory Treadwell, who created a spooky-chic look in a few easy steps.

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Inspiration: Katy Perry’s deer/alien look in the music video “E.T.”

Curious? See the whole transformation on our Beauty Blog with step-by-step how-to instructions.

Three members of our creative team had the good fortune to travel to Hong Kong recently, to experience the modern and contemporary work displayed at Art Basel—as well as all the architecture, cuisine, culture and style they could manage to absorb during five 16-hour days of intensive sightseeing. Last week, we offered a glimpse of their first day on Chinese soil; below are the Instagram’d highlights of the rest of their trip.

[Above: Art is everywhere in Hong Kong. This 54-story inflatable ducky made a big splash
in one of the city's harbors, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.]


L: A super-stylish coffee shop. | R: Simple, elegant artwork at Art Basel Hong Kong.


L: City steps near our team’s hotel. | R: HK school uniforms.


Intricate sculpture installations sat alongside paintings and line drawings at Art Basel.
(R: One of our HK correspondents, Gloria, poses next to a favorite piece.)


L: Hong Kong subway style. | R: A preferred method for drying clothes.


L: HK is one of the most vertical cities in the world—even when it comes to gardening. | R: Shopping is a language we all speak.


L: Caught in one of many downpours. | R: Another highlight from Art Basel HK.


L: Inspired footwear. | R: Our team took in student artwork as well—like this eye-catching light show.


L: Mesmerizing colors. | R: Work by Yayoi Kusama.


L: Dinner at Morihachi Yakiniku. | R: 118 floors up at Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC Tower.


L: Mong Kok at midnight—as bright as the middle of the day. | R: The installations at Art Basel weren’t just for looking at.


Two of our Hong Kong correspondents, Gloria and Peter, trying to stay dry.

 

Planning an inspiration trip of your own?
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A few key members of our creative team were in Hong Kong last week for Art Basel—soaking up culture, gathering inspiration, and snapping photos all the while. The pics here only represent the best of day 1, shot by graphic designer Gloria Chen (that’s her above, on the right). Keep checking back for more of our team’s Hong Kong Instagram journal as they share the sights.

 
ICC Tower, Hong Kong’s tallest building at 118 floors | “Peter’s hair, day 1.”


Artful store display | “Lan Kwai Fong, aka nightlife heaven.”


“Healthy yogurt.” | Coach store at night


Cute nail salon | “Note to the mailman.”


“Clean and simple.” | Eye-catching Jason Wu display


“Hong Kong subway system.” | “Pattern.”


“The Pedder Building—where art meets fashion.” | “Where is the hair?”


“Hong Kong street fashion with our host for the night.”
[Äsa Sandlund, one of our creative directors (L), with Julia Lau.]

Watch for more Hong Kong pics coming soon! 

Music festival season is about to be in full swing! If your tickets have been bought and you’re ready to jam, stay a beat ahead of the rest with our warm-weather concert essentials.

1. 1960s-esque Head Wrap: Channel your inner hippie with a boho-chic head wrap that will keep your tresses in place even when the tunes compel you to jump up and down.

Tasha ‘Studly’ Suede Head Wrap | Tasha ‘Desert Sands’ Head Wrap

2. Look Photo-Fab with a Stacked Wrist: From cool bands to eye-candy cuties, we’re sure you’ll have tons of things to snap on your next outdoor musical adventure. Make every snap a stylish one, by stacking your wrist with a few bracelets and bangles that will give your look its own unique twist.

Nadri ‘Anchor’ Symbol Station Bracelet | Cara Bow Detail Leather Bracelet in Cobalt/Gold | Cara Link Bracelet | Ariella Collection ‘Messages – Lucky’ Pavé Bangle

3. Shady Days: A dark pair of aviators is a must-have to complete any cool concert look.

Ray-Ban ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Polarized Sunglasses

4. Carry-All Bag: A music festival is the last place you want to set your bag down. Opt for a crossbody bag—they’re compact enough to not restrict your dance movements, yet they have enough space to keep all your valuables in one safe and convenient place (on you).

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini M.A.C.’ Shoulder Bag

5. Gladiator Glam: Comfort is key at a concert, and the gladiator sandal offers a sleek design and a relaxed fit to soothe your soles.

FitFlop ‘Arena’ Sandal

For more fab festival options, check out our Backstage Cool looks from Savvy Trends. And click below in case you need a reason to “Dance, Dance, Dance,” performed live by Lykke Li.

March 14, 2013

Stack This Way!

Stock up and stack up on the hottest bracelets, bangles and watches of the season. We’ve created a unique wristwear guide, featuring eight distinctive styles—from Earthy Urbanite to ’60s Streamlined—that will inspire you to create your own twist on your wrist.

Rock it out with Pretty in Punk styles.

Let your wrists be your canvas and stack up on artsy Part Deco pieces.

Be the queen of your jungle with City Safari wristwear.

If you’re the Americana Classic type of girl, we’ve got you covered with timeless styles.

Check out the entire wristwear stack-up style guide.