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Summer beauty must-haves 2016 from Nordstrom.

What’s hot in beauty this summer? Our expert beauty stylists are giving us their favorite selects for skin care, makeup and fragrance so you can get a jump on bringing out the best you as the days start heating up.


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The Best Fragrances for Women and Men, Spring 2016 | Stylist Picks


Spring is here, which has us ready to update our closets and our fragrance wardrobe. We asked some of our expert Beauty Stylists to share what scents they’re excited to wear in the warmer days to come. Each recommends both their favorite classic scent and one that’s newly on the market. Finding a fragrance you love can be a challenge, so get our stylists’ best fragrance picks for women and men–there are 18 to love!  


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Stylist Picks Straight Out of Hong Kong

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring women’s brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Mini Cream to the U.S. for the first time.

Our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop is packed to the rafters with borrowed-from-the-boys varsity jackets, black-on-black biker vibes—and animated friends from another galaxy (yes, really!).

To help us weigh our options, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and all-around gem of a human being) to talk us through her favorites, after having surveyed every look up-close and personal on set. Keep reading to see her six favorite ensembles from I.T Hong Kong.

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Olivia’s Picks: Heartbreakers Club for Her

Our latest Pop-In @ Nordstrom—Heartbreakers Club—is a finely tuned collection of exclusive and limited-edition menswear. But that doesn’t mean it’s just for the boys.

Curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and housing everything from the leather jacket that Marlon Brando made famous to a streetwear collab from Drake, this Pop-In has something to inspire every woman’s inner tomboy. Keep reading for Olivia’s five favorite menswear picks—for ladies.

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Our Exclusive CFDA/Vogue Boutique Lookbook

Good news: You have a few weeks left to shop our exclusive CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund boutiques. The in-store pop-up shops, which will remain open through May 31, are located at six Nordstrom stores, in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York (find exact locations and more info here). You can also check the availability of items by contacting a Designer Specialist via Live Chat, or by calling 1.877.543.7463 (note the item codes under each photo below).

Inspired by the likes of awesome up-and-coming designers including Wes Gordon, Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman, Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. and more, we grabbed a few favorites off the racks at our flagship store and took to the streets of Seattle to photograph them. Enjoy the results below, along with commentary by Sahar Sokhandan from our designer collections buying office:

A.L.C. “The ultimate downtown look, pairing our favorite striped tee back to the perfect fit-and-flare skirt in bordeaux leather.”
[Top: 4138NV / Skirt: 3035LR / Shop more from A.L.C.]
[Intro image at top—Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-14 / Shop similar hats]

Wes Gordon. “Sexy without the fuss! A fabulous, updated, Nancy Reagan-esque red pantsuit.”
[Top: 6542CST / Pants: 6638CST]

Assembly New York. “It’s a 1970s revival in this light denim top with wide-leg pants.”
[Top: AZYW105 / Pants: AZYW120]

Giulietta. “Sophistication and ease in this coral wool-crepe dress.”
[Dress: GS13101]

Assembly New York. “The perfect mini long-sleeved dress that’s easy and comfortable, in denim backed with jersey and unfinished edges along the collar and cuffs.”
[Dress: AZYW108]

The Elder Statesman. “The ultimate West Coast girl, layered up in this ultra-luxe cashmere pullover and cashmere dress.”
[Sweater: DKS12CUSTO / Dress: KSDR12CUSTO]

Suno. “Striking, one-of-a-kind blue-and-red etched floral tracksuit.”
[Jacket: W3207 / Tunic: W1406 / Pants: W5396]

Illesteva Sunglasses & Jennifer Fisher Jewelry. “Ultra-cool with these graphic, patterned sunglasses from Illesteva paired back to Fisher’s stacked geometric rings and rivet bracelet.”
[Illesteva Sunglasses: L2-15B / Jennifer Fisher Ring Set: GEO / Jennifer Fisher Cuff: RIVET]


For blog coverage of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judging process and more, click here.
And for more exclusive fashion photography, visit us on Tumblr.


[Photography: Charlie Schuck. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Miranda Albright.]


Stylist Picks: 3 Spring & Summer Looks under $150

Kristi Berkland, one of our Personal Stylists at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, put together three looks for spring and summer for under $150. Check out her budget-friendly recommendations (modeled by her lovely volunteer, Whitney).

Bobeau Sleeveless High/Low BlousesVince Camuto Midi Tube Skirts

Work. Every wardrobe needs a black pencil skirt—the more fitted and forties-inspired, the better. This skirt will work all through summer and will pair with fall’s nipped-in blazers and sweaters. The top is another key story for spring with its graphic black and white pattern and easy, feminine fit.

Mural Utility Vest | Edyson ‘The Sloan’ Skinny Jeans

Weekend. Whitney is wearing one of my favorite spring trends: the sleeveless jacket. This one features another big spring story with its rose print and fun moto-zip details. I’ve paired it with an unexpected dotted skinny for a fun, casual look.

Astr Cutout Shoulder Dress | Collection B Crossbody Satchel | Isaac Mizrahi New York Perforated Belt

Event. Whitney is ready for a summer garden party wearing a vanilla dress and sherbert pastel accessories from Savvy. The pleats and sleeve cutouts make this cream dress perfect for any warm-weather event. I’ve chosen a perforated belt and lilac crossbody to complete the outfit. A pastel crossbody is a fun and practical addition for spring and summer!

HeroLove these outfits? Our Beauty Stylists put together looks to complement all three. Check them out on our Beauty 24/7 blog.

Get even more tips and personalized recommendations. Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.


Stylist Picks: Six Top Trends for Spring

Three of our personal stylists at the downtown Seattle store are teaming up to bring you six of their favorite trends for spring—including tips on how to wear them:

1. Color pops and neon accessories. Neons and bright colors on jewelry, shoes and handbags pack a big punch in small doses. Try pairing a neon clutch with a beige trench coat or a set of bright bracelets with a black-and-white striped shirt. (Pictured: Furla Transparent Rubber Satchel | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Puffy Bangle | kate spade Pump)

2. Caged sandals. Caged sandals make almost any outfit look current, confident and adventurous. This is definitely a type of shoe that gets noticed. (Pictured: Jimmy Choo Caged Sandal | Gucci ‘Ursula’ Sandal)

3. Clear, glossy lips. Clear lip gloss calls attention to your lips but still seems effortless and natural. Bonus: this goes with any look! (Pictured: Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss | Kate Somerville Lip Treatment + GlossM·A·C Clear Lipglass)

4. Camo. It really stands up to the test of time. It is tough and urban, yet casual. Try adding camo elements to more feminine apparel to celebrate the contrast. (Pictured: Free People Camo Blazer | Haute Hippie Camo Trousers)

5. Leather shorts. If you can pull off this look, why not? Leather shorts are a great reason to pull out those caged sandals, or you can wear them with a dressy T-shirt and several layered skinny necklaces. (Pictured: Milly Shorts | T by Alexander Wang Shorts | L’AGENCE Shorts)

6. Lace details. Lace is so feminine and delicate. To stop it from being overly sweet, pair it with a structured or tougher piece—like a lace top underneath a structured blazer, a lace skirt with a leather jacket, or lace where you’d least expect it, like on T-shirts or tennis shoes. (MINKPINK Tunic Shirt | Jessica Simpson Coin Purse | Tracey Reese Mixed Media Dress)

Meet our contributing downtown Seattle personal stylists:

Mikey Burton
I would describe my style as modern and on-trend, while keeping up with the latest in men’s fashion and up-and-coming brands. I am passionate about finding my customers key items to update and modernize their wardrobes. I enjoy putting together great, easy-to-wear looks. I like helping each customer bring out his or her individuality.


Paul Murphy
My style is best described as classic preppy with some modern edge. My approach to styling is very basic in concept: “dress for the occasion.” I customize my styling to each individual, making sure the fit is just right. Ultimately, I want my customers to feel good and leave with an amazing experience!



Brent Martin
I would describe my personal style as modern and tailored. I love helping the customer find his or her signature style. I also love helping find silhouettes that show off what is positively unique about a person while creating a comfortable and supportive experience in the fitting room. Once my clients have the proper basics in their wardrobes, we then get to have fun adding the right fashion pieces to the mix.

Jeff Powell


Our Stylists Share Their Spring’s Most-Wanted

We asked four of our Personal Stylists to talk about their favorite trends for spring and what it’s like to be a stylist. No surprise, these ladies know their stuff! If you’ve never booked a complimentary appointment with one of our stylists, read on and get inspired. We consider them to be your secret weapon to a wicked wardrobe.

Kiffa, Roosevelt Field, New York

“My style inspiration comes from many places: museums, vintage magazines and a few favorite celebrities, of course.”

Kiffa is an intuitive stylist who revels in the unexpected. She especially loves when a customer comes back into the store and tells her how much they love what she picked out. “It makes me feel like I’m changing their lives!” One thing is for sure: change your accessories and change your mood.

Kiffa’s favorite way to play up an outfit with Accessories.

  1. Chic
  2. Femme
  3. Preppy
  4. Eclectic

Melissa, Horton Plaza, San Diego

“I have to really understand not just what’s happening in fashion, but how it relates to my customers and their lives, and how they want to present themselves to the world.”

Melissa’s styling philosophy: “The better you know someone, the easier it is to get it right.” For her, it goes beyond just creating new looks, but creating relationships, as well. Of course, she also loves working with all of the beautiful clothes.

Melissa’s list of key spring trends.

  1. Soft tailored suit
  2. The skater skirt
  3. Gilet jacket
  4. Fit-and-flare dress
  5. Black lace
  6. Mirrored floral prints
  7. Anything white
  8. Summer leather

Nicole, Scottsdale Fashion Square

“It has to be you. It has to feel good.”

“Making magic happen!” That’s what Nicole says is the best thing about her job. As a Nordstrom Personal Stylist, she also loves that she can shop the whole store, letting her creativity run free to create exciting and unexpected combinations for her customers. Speaking of unexpected, take the pictured lace dress, for example. “Why not think of the dress differently—layered over or under for a new look every day.”

Nicole’s recommendations for most versatile pieces.

  1. Lace dress
  2. Black and white prints
  3. Cropped pants
  4. Collared shirt
  5. Pencil skirt
  6. Print jacket

Deanna, The Grove, Los Angeles

“I love, love, love fashion…but it’s important to feel comfortable about what you’re wearing.”

The most gratifying moment for many stylists is when they get a customer to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. This is especially true for shoes, which can really be a style game changer. A customer will say, ‘I would never have picked this out for myself,’ yet they leave the store happy, looking and feeling great.”

Deanna’s spring picks for shoes:

  1. Easy slip-ons
  2. Sporty shoes & soles
  3. Jellies
  4. New craft details
  5. Studs
  6. White accents
  7. Block heels
  8. Pointy-toes

Looking for even more handy tips or personalized recommendations? Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.

Jeff Powell


Stylist Picks: New Year Resolution Essentials

Jen, one of our Personal Stylists at Nordstrom Fashion Place near Salt Lake City, shares her activewear picks for making sure sticking to those New Year resolutions is easy—or at least more stylish!

New beginnings are equally scary and exciting; the thrill of motivation and resolve can be mixed with the fear of disappointment and abandon. But I challenge you to ignore that fear and push yourself toward a healthier and happier you. And to do it in style, naturally.

This year, I’m challenging myself to drink more water, develop better sleeping habits and exercise more efficiently. Here are my favorite pieces that give me ample fuel to push through the crowded gym.

Pictured: Jacket | Tank | Knee Shorts | Shoes

Outfit 1: When I run in the winter, I stick with a knee-length legging, and the vents at the side on this one are a sporty take on a classic. This Under Armour tank is one of my favorites because it doesn’t ride up the side while I run, it doesn’t cling in the wrong places, and it has sufficient length–not too long and not too short.

Underneath the tank I’m wearing a Nike sports bra that never fails when I need support for a quick sprint. The twill Zella jacket is so chic for a workout piece, and it helps me beat the cold in the rush from my car to the gym.

Running shoe needs are unique to each runner; I always choose Brooks for my running shoe. This one is a neutral, but sometimes I switch to a shoe with motion control if my bad knees need a little extra support.

Pictured: Tank | Leggings

Outfit 2: As a former ballerina, Pilates is my favorite form of exercise, and I can’t wait to go to my studio in this outfit from Beyond Yoga. This tank has a built-in shelf bra that gives me all the support I need, and these ankle-length leggings feel like a pajama pant. These two items are my must-haves!

Pictured: Sweatshirt | Pants | Boots

Outfit 3: It’s been years since I formerly trained in ballet, and I want that ballet body back, so I have resolved to take advantage of adult ballet classes at Ballet West once a week. While my attire will be a leotard and tights, I need to keep warm and comfortable on my way in and out of the theater, and these pieces are perfect in form and function.

The neck on my Nike sweatshirt is unique and cozy, and the Zella capris provide the ideal warm-up gear that I can peel off after a few exercises at the ballet barre. Finally, nothing feels better or more luxuriant for my sore feet than slipping into my UGG boots. That they keep me warm is simply a bonus.

Pictured: Headbands | Tote | Earphones

And we can’t forget accessories that will make for the most enjoyable and hassle-free experience. During a workout, nothing irritates me more than having to brush back flyaway hairs that escape my ponytail. The Zella headband is the fashionable alternative that ensures my hair is never given a second thought while I’m hard at work.

I’ll often go directly to the gym from work, and a tote that can fit all of my gear is essential, like the one above from Zella. This one even has different compartments and pockets that keep me organized.

Music is the one thing that keeps me running a little longer or lifting a little more. Sometimes you just need Freddy Mercury belting in your ears in order to hit that last mile with gusto, and there’s no better way to hear him than with Beats by Dre headphones: the ultimate music experience to propel, pace and push your body.

Looking for even more advice on your best bets for activewear? Contact Jen or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.

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Styled By Mary Catherine Muir

Ever wonder who creates some of the fashion-forward looks you see on Get to know Mary Catherine Muir, Senior Stylist and the brains behind all the beauty. The Thread caught up with Mary Catherine in between her hectic shoot and travel schedule to get the lowdown on all things fashion.

THE THREAD: What’s your fashion process as you get dressed for the day?
MARY CATHERINE MUIR: I try not to think about how I put together my garments and accessories in the morning. If I do, I’ll end up in some sort of stylized costume—that happens more often than not. I usually walk through the apartment and choose one item to play with. For some strange reason everything else just piles on top of that one item like a magnet—jewelry, scarves, hats etc. Next, I’ll look in a mirror and remove one item—believe it or not! The only time I put thought into what I’m wearing is if I’m heading out to an event or shopping for food/wine. I love grocery store fashion drama!

Who’s your fashion/style icon?
MARY CATHERINE: Wow! This is a difficult one because it changes daily. Today it is the Mulleavy sisters from Rodarte. They think through absolutely every detail of the garment and shoe design, music, makeup, and hair for their presentations. Their attention to detail is vital and admirable. I prefer unique and dramatic personalities for inspiration.

What inspires you?
MARY CATHERINE: I’m inspired by so many things and people, such as designer Vivienne Westwood, visionary filmmaker Agnès Varda, photographer Miroslav Tichy, absurdist Daniil Kharms, safety pins, white paper, old paintbrushes, mold, gently browned meringue peaks, architecture (especially buildings that look like abstract cologne bottles), the smell of old books and language. What isn’t inspiring?!

 Any future trend advice you would like to share?
MARY CATHERINE: Watch, learn and create something that makes you happy and inspired. What is currently happening across borders and traveling can help create the trend of the moment. Take that suggestive imagery and own it with the way you put together colors in your wardrobe, the way you might layer your clothing, maybe leaving wrinkles in a garment. You create the trend.

Did you always dream about being a stylist when you were growing up?
MARY CATHERINE: My poor parents! I wanted to be a fashion designer and was constantly rearranging and/or cutting my mother’s drapes to make into “hosiery” and bikinis and dresses. At the tiny age of 3 I had absolutely no concept of construction and proper coverage of body parts. At age 5 and on it was de rigueur for me to wear my clothing backwards, upside down and bury things to decompose them. Styling was something that wasn’t a practice back then. Few people knew what it was—when I finally figured it out, I learned everything the hard way. So many stories with that one! I was very lucky to work with some incredibly patient photographers, models, and art directors.

If you weren’t a senior stylist what would you be doing instead?
MARY CATHERINE: If I weren’t a senior stylist, I would be a puppet maker. I’ve always been interested in movement, animation of non-traditional materials. I might also try designing and sewing unique accessories. Maybe I can do this on weekends!

Style According to Mary Catherine: The 10 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Wardrobe
1. Denim
2. Black dress
3. Brightly colored shoe
4. Beautiful underpinning that fits perfectly
5. A hat with personality
6. An easygoing handbag for daytime
7. A minaudière or clutch for evening
8. Gloves in dark brown: they work well for day or night, and with any other color
9. Waterproof boots
10. A scarf with a heritage feeling

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Interview by Tamala Ayres | Photos from Instagram