You do your dance around the recycling bins—figuring out what counts as plastic, what is compostable and what is plain rubbish. You offset your carbon footprint by hoofing it to work. You purchase eco-friendly cleaning products and scour your cosmetics bottles so that they can be recycled. You are an eco-warrior. But sometimes the daily battle just doesn’t feel like enough.
A number of designers and companies go beyond the standards of environmental sustainability to find creative ways to make their products earth-friendly. Here are just a few Nordstrom brands preserving the planet with their innovative practices. We are proud to support their ingenious efforts to keep it clean.
Not only does the artisan jeweler look to nature to inspire her earthy, handcrafted creations, but Manning’s California studio is Green Certified. Her methods, too, include using recycled silver and gold sourced with the highest environmental standards. The stones on her jewelry are often upcycled from antique charms or made from alternative composites like refined ore from Michigan auto plants or raspberry nickel from former U.S. zipper factories. All the diamonds in her collection are conflict-free. Other stones are sourced using environmentally and socially responsible practices as well.
HEAR:Adore Life by Savages If you want to stride fearlessly into 2016, pump Savages’ second album through your earbuds—a swagger will ensue. Singer Jehnny Beth is a fierce dervish spinning viscerally inquisitive lyrics. The band is known for their charging live performances, and Adore Life buoys on emphatic basslines and driven guitars building to an obviously overwhelming intimacy.
READ: The Man Without a Shadowby Joyce Carol Oates Based on the true story of a man unable to form short-term memories, this book probes our constructs of identity and love. Using her insightful and evocative style, a trademark of more than 50 books and novels, Oates has constructed a tale of amnesia that reminds us of what makes us human.
WATCH: Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend The comedienne’s well-earned HBO special promises her most raw and vulnerable performance. (“I decided to just go for it even though I’m going to be single forever.”) Cummings returns to her comedy club roots with a routine about dating—for which she claims to have studied Tinder laboriously—birth control and her diagnosis as a love addict. Whoa.
Each year there are two things that help ensure our New Year’s Eve is a success: the perfect bottle of Champagne to pop at midnight and a pretty pair of earrings to make our party outfit shine.
For the first we spoke with Bryan Maletis, the owner of Fat Cork, a Champagne club, and an expert importer. He recommended these six special bottles for the big night. We then paired each delicious description with our favorite festive earrings that hit similar notes. Enjoy them separately or match them up for an extra-special entrée to 2016. Alexandre Lenique Cuvée Excellence Brut
“Young Alexandre is a perfectionist in the vineyard and in his cellar. His Champagnes are very fresh and clean, perfect for an apéritif and great for long-term aging. The aromas are delicate, citrusy and floral. The taste is light on the palate but still complex. This is what I will be drinking on New Year’s Eve,” says Maletis.
“A beautiful salmon color that is perfect for holiday meals and entertaining. It goes with a very diverse range of foods and is great by itself, too. It’s mostly Chardonnay with a little bit of Pinot Noir added for color and texture; this will make both Champagne aficionados and novices swoon.”
Pair it with the versatile and rosy Monica Vinader Riva diamond hoop drop earrings. This pretty pair can be worn at both casual and formal occasions. Like the bottle of rosé, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself reaching for them again and again.
Listen: Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Billed as relationship advice from “unqualified Hollywood types,” Anna Faris’s podcast features her celebrity friends sharing their gratis knowledge and romantic counsel with callers. Hear Allison Janney, Rosie O’Donnell, Judah Friedlaner and more dish on NSFW topics with heartfelt humor.
Watch: F Is for Family
Netflix’s latest series is a very adult cartoon. F Is for Family looks at the lost hopes and dreams of ’70s dad Frank Murphy (created and voiced by comedian Bill Burr) in this gritty family sitcom. With period references to inflation, gender politics and pop culture, Frank and his kin trudge through an era of uncertainty with hilarity.
Read: The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley
The author of Thank You for Smoking, whom Tom Wolfe called “one of the funniest writers in the English language,” has a new novel set in a very vibrant 16th century. Buckley weaves a plot about religious forgeries to take readers on a romp through history and politics with an eye on the present.
The easiest way to play with your style when it’s a million degrees outside? Jewelry, obvs. We asked accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff to pick her favorite pieces of the moment, and give us the inside scoop on how she’d wear them right now.
Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Tony Awards
Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories Director Shannon Schafer shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
TREND #1: STATEMENT EARRINGS
“The statement earring was the jewelry of choice at the 2015 Tony Awards. Long silver drops–as seen here on Anna Chlumsky and Bella Hadid — were far and away the freshest take on the earring trend.” — Shannon
By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagshipwhere we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of herjewelry and ready-to-wear collections.
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.
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!