Travel

Tragically, you can’t always take your vacation when you need it most: when your SAD hits its max, when confronted by a cold front, after crushing a stressful work project. Schedules are like shackles.

But there are ways to recharge without taking off time. And sweating and stretching during a soothing yoga routine might be the best way to cheat the effect of a relaxing vacation.

Anna Douglas, Renew + Restore Yoga

Zella Devin crop tee | Recharge braletteCamila capris 

We spoke with Anna Douglas Levin, yoga instructor at Urban Yoga Spa and cofounder of Renew + Restore yoga and surf retreat, about what happens at her eco ashram in Baja Sur, Mexico.

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Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary, Colombia

Who: Lauren Adey

Title: Regional Marketing & PR Specialist, Nordstrom Canada

Where: Colombia

FROM THE BEACH TO THE HISTORIC STREETS: READ MORE

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Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

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Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

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Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary, Kenya

Who: Alison Burckhardt, Brand Manager, Nordstrom Product Group

Where:  Kenya

ON SAFARI AND IN SCHOOL IN KENYA: READ MORE

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We love collecting travel tips from our adventurous friends. Even if we’re not sure when we’ll get to use them, we squirrel them away in the hope that someday we, too, will get to visit these amazing locales.

Since Milan is next on the Fashion Week circuit, we asked our street-style photographer, Kristin Yamada, about her favorite places in the Italian fashion capital. After all, Kristin is basically Italian by choice.

Here’s what she told us not to miss when in Milano.

Bar Luce in Milan

Images by Kristin Yamada

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handbag-still1When packing for a trip, it’s important to consider the bags inside your bags. How many handbags? And which ones?

For her meetings-packed journeys to Fashion Week, our handbags buyer Jennifer Sabenorio brings a full Russian nesting doll situation: a satchel that can hold a clutch, and a tote that can hold everything. Plus something elegant for evening soirées. And maybe a bonus bag, to match her Gucci shoes.

Here she is talking about packing for what buyers call “going to market.”

SHOP: all handbags | Fendi satchel | Valentino shoulder bag

*Gucci handbags available in stores only; inquire at 1.888.282.6060

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Our own Laura Cassidy—who publishes here on The Thread and also over at SPACE—is a Fashion Week warrior. She goes twice yearly to New York and then European Fashion Weeks, hitting one city after another (after another), scoping styles and writing furiously.

We admire her poise and how she consistently dresses as well as she writes. We don’t know how she does it. So we asked!

The Thread: Do you plan your Fashion Week outfits? If so, how do you go about it?

Laura Cassidy: To a degree, yes. Certainly I think about the weather. My favorite way to wear a spring dress while it’s still winter: pull some pants on under it, and a sweater over the top of it. Easy. And I really feel like sneakers are the way to go for the February through March run of shows. The weather is just too terrible, and the pace is so crazy—and Nike’s fabrics and colors make it so easy to treat your trainers like oxfords or ankle boots. Sunglasses are key, too, for New York’s cold-sunshine winter and just in general for “disappearing.” These oversized Gentle Monsters are going to allow me to feel alone from time to time, and that’s just really necessary inside the crowds and chaos of the month.

I always bring a furry clutch, because … lap blanket. And I’m never fully dressed without a statement earring. Simone Rocha’s accessories have been so wonderfully timeless and magically toned lately.

SHOP: ACNE Studios sweater | ACNE Studios dress | ACNE Studios pants | Gucci beanie* | Shrimps bag | Nordstrom x Nike sneakers* | Simone Rocha earrings | Gentle Monster sunglasses | BABE bath salts* | Tumi carry-on

*available in stores only; inquire at 1.888.282.6060

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There’s nothing like an upcoming trip to help you edit your wardrobe–especially when the destination is Fashion Week. With that in mind, our friends are thinking carefully and packing right.

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Nordstrom Senior Producer Thig Gishuru is about to attend his first Fashion Weeks ever—check for his work on our Instagram channel and here on The Thread. He’s thinking about footwear. And the fact that he doesn’t speak French.

On his way out the door to New York (starts February 9) and Paris (starts February 28), here’s what he said about what he’s bringing.

The Thread: Where is your head at vis-à-vis packing for Fashion Week? What’s your thought process? 

Thig Gishuru: Packing for New York is always interesting because I’m usually out all day in different social situations. Especially on this trip, I might not get to change clothes in between things I’m doing. I’m packing for warmth, comfort and style—and hope the three blend together. For Paris, I’ve never been there before. In general I’m expecting cold, bright days and long nights.  

SHOP: Ray-Ban sunglasses | Public School pants* | OUR LEGACY jacket* (most of our current OUR LEGACY selection is available online)

*available in stores or by phone; inquire at 1 (888) 282-6060

WHAT ELSE THIG IS PACKING

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Recently, one of our assistant buyers—Natalia Valle, a self-proclaimed beauty junkie—took a trip to Australia. The flight to Sydney from Seattle is more than 18 hours long, which left her contemplating how best to use her air time. Luxuriating in skin care treatments seemed as good a way as any.

Bobbi Brown Extra eye repair cream

We asked Natalia to recommend some of her favorite products and tell us when and how to use them in flight to get that vacation glow before ever stepping off the plane. Here are her tips and picks for bringing beauty onboard.

YOUR TICKET TO A VACATION GLOW: HERE’S HOW

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Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

February Travel Diary

Who: Natalia Valle, assistant buyer, menswear

Where: Sydney and Cairns, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand

Why did you choose this destination?

I do one large international trip a year and I have a friend who is currently traveling the world. She happened to be in Australia for the holidays—which is their summertime. It felt like the ideal time to travel to one of the farthest places on earth and meet up with my good friend. Plus, summer in the middle of winter seemed pretty spectacular.

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