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Goods That Do Good: Creative Growth Art Center

“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.

“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”

One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).

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Paris Yearning: Milly Summer 2014

This season, Milly designer Michelle Smith offers a chic, slightly retro and very Parisian collection that evokes the essence of 1960s French New Wave cinema. Oui love.


Bistro Belle:  Milly Jersey Tee & Flare Skirt

Channeling the spirit of youthful laissez-faire, the French New Wave films were often shot with improvised equipment by the directors’ friends. Paying homage to their method, we gathered photos from our own friends who captured the dreamy allure of some of Paris’s most iconic sights and experiences—adding inspiration around some of our favorite Milly looks.

This season, Milly designer Michelle Smith offers a chic, slightly retro and very Parisian collection that evokes the essence of 1960’s French New Wave cinema. Oui love.


Zella PRO: Spring into Action with Lisa Kristin

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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Interviews POP-IN@Nordstrom

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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Zella PRO Talks Cold-Weather Motivation

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


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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Training Day: Winter Winning Styles


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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ALL POSTS Interviews

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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Chillingly Chic: Halloween Makeup Inspiration

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.


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.


Overseas Inspiration: The Best of Art Basel Hong Kong

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?


Greetings from Hong Kong

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!