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Leah and Billy, the couple and creative duo behind Baleen jewelry, are conduits for well-made, understated objects. A standard of thoughtfulness in their cost-efficient designs renders them unique against most affordable jewelry. Splitting their time between Seattle and Maui, the pair’s sense of balance seems inherent and is conveyed in their minimalist approach.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Leah—and to see more photos from our visit to their Seattle home/studio, where each piece is assembled by hand.

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Our street-style photographer, Crystal Nicodemus, spotted so many amazing accessories in New York that we decided to do an entire Scene Snaps highlighting the best bags, jewelry, hats and more.

See all of Crystal’s Scene Snaps at New York Fashion Week, and stay tuned for her updates from London.

We love this behind-the-scenes look at how Anna Beck accessories are made; check out the intricate handiwork that goes into every single piece—no wonder they’re all so exquisite.

And if you’re in the mood for a mini-vacay to Bali (yes, please!), let Anna Beck’s designer and founder, Becky Hosmer, take you on a journey into her life and life’s work. Looks like Indonesian paradise to us!


Allow us to introduce you to one of our newest brands at Nordstrom: Pandora. We spent a (almost embarrassingly) long time browsing the hundreds of charms available, and still can’t decide on our favorites.

All you need is your base bracelet, and you can go to town picking the charms you love the most—from witty little animals and creatures to symbolic ornaments and accents—oh, the possibilities! It’s all the customizable fun of DIY: no toolkit or safety glasses required.

We ran across Alyson at her blog, Crushing on Clothes and loved seeing her mix of aquas and the casual styling of this Willow & Clay asymmetrical hem dress—perfect for a sunny stroll around the University of Washington campus here in Seattle.

She’s hitting all the right trends with her bright pops of color,  high/low hemline and a light-and-airy look for spring. So cute!

Shop similar styles:

High/Low Hemlines | Bright Jewelry | Pop of Color Handbags

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Willow & Clay Asymmetrical Hem Dress

Alexis Bittar Medium Tapered Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Jimmy Choo Riki Shopper

We’re so charmed by these ‘Rare Wonders’ talisman necklaces from Lagos.

In case you’re having trouble picking a favorite, Lagos’s handy quiz matches your personality traits to your perfect creature. Your blog editor’s result? The gecko: embodying creativity, intuition, fun and poise. Love! Who doesn’t want an inspiring reminder of how amazing they are to wear around their neck?

What’s your talisman?
Seahorse: Perception, originality, uniqueness and strength
Butterfly: Lightheartedness, grace, flirtatiousness and femininity
Gecko: Creativity, intuition, fun and poise
Turtle: Sensitivity, peace, friendship and kindness
Elephant: Power, strong will, honesty and trust

February 8, 2012

A Spring Tide of Sea Foam

Straight from the ’50s and pastel-obsessed ’60s, these pale, watery hues of the sea are on the rise.

So refreshing! After all the bright colors we’ve been talking about, these shades—from minty green to faded aqua—are feeling like a cool alternative to blazing color.

Try lighter or sheer fabrics in pale tones for breezy, flowing silhouettes, and more saturated tints with tailored pieces. Keep this color looking easy and extra-fresh by pairing with warm neutrals or a mid-tone blue.

Pictured:
Sanctuary ‘Leotie’ Crinkled Asymmetric Maxi Skirt
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Manicure Couture’ Duo
Sibilia Square Statement Necklace
Elizabeth and James ‘Adrienne’ Slub Knit Dress
Fossil ‘Sydney’ Colored Dial Bracelet Watch
Wit and Wisdom Color Denim Skinny Jeans (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Caslon V-Neck Textured Sweater
Botkier ‘Valentina’ Shoulder Bag

Jeff Powell

Inspired by and in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the John Hardy ‘Naga’ collection is now available at Nordstrom.

This distinctive collection showcases Hardy’s meticulously handcrafted detail with dragon heads or scales gracing each piece. Named after a legendary Balinese dragon that dwells in volcanoes and dives into the sea, the ‘Naga’ collection infuses the symbols of love, prosperity and luck of the dragon into a signature John Hardy look with ornate gold and silver craftsmanship.

Whatever your plans, our Editor’s Picks are sure to please you and your Valentine. Whether you’re more sugar or spice, these looks will make everything nice—the romance is up to you.

This flirty, color-blocked Jessica Simpson dress goes prim with a frilly pink clutch, all accessorized by a hint of dazzle. A sophisticated nude pump, not to mention that croc-embossing detail, keeps this look sophisticated while still satisfying your date’s sweet tooth.

Pictured (clockwise):
RED Valentino Leather Bow Clutch
Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Chiffon Dress
Alexis Bittar ‘Otto’ Encrusted Ring
Alexis Bittar Crystal & Lucite Drop Earrings
Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Peep Toe Pump
Alexis Bittar ‘Smoky Dust’ Small Hinged Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A neutral, sequined shift dress is the perfect palette for layering on your own personality. Try going on a gold rush to infuse the sequined sparkle with individuality—think unique accessories in similar tones and materials with just the right amount of edginess and texture. A black high-heeled sandal, street-wise enough to ground all that gold, pulls together a crush-worthy look that’s urban and sleek.

Pictured (clockwise):
Jewelry Fashions Statement Necklace
Alexia Admor Sequin Shift Dress
Jewelry Fashions Wide Cuff
B Brian Atwood ‘Clio’ Sandal
Rafe New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere
Daly Bird Diamond Cut Leather Earrings

Check out more pieces for a Valentine’s Day outfit, and shop our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Guide for something comfortable to slip into when Valentine’s Day turns to night.

Jeff Powell

Today we learned two things related to British TV. Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast of Downton Abbey for Season 3 (from the BBC News. So excited), and Ab Fab’s Pats and Eddie are back and teaming up with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar for his fall/winter 2012 campaign.

Known for showcasing questionable (okay, dreadful) fashion choices and raucous characters, 20-year-old Absolutely Fabulous is enjoying not only a comeback with its recent specials, but now also a campaign with the charming, talented and funny Alexis Bittar (read our interview with him). Perfectly in character, there’s at least nothing questionable about the absolutely fabulous accessories Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are sporting.

We can’t wait to see the full campaign and all the gorgeous new accessories to come! We hear Patsy saying, “It’s fabulous, darling.”

Jeff Powell