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Last Thursday, we launched French Fling: the first in a series of themed pop-in shops online and in selected stores.* And, as you might have guessed, our inaugural shop is basically one big lettre d’amour to France.

We’ve stocked the shelves with a hand-picked selection of French (or French-inspired) goods, including exclusive and limited-edition items like handmade friendship bracelets from Venessa Arizaga, the cutest Saint James tee in existence, everything you didn’t know you needed from Paris-based concept store Merci and much more.

To celebrate the launch, we hosted parties in each of the participating Nordstrom stores, including our Downtown Seattle flagship store, pictured here.

Guests strolled through the Rafael de Cárdenas-designed shop—inspired by an urban Parisian garden—while sipping Champagne (courtesy of Nicolas Feuillatte), nibbling on tasty pommes frites and browsing the utterly charming array of products nestled in the faux shrubbery.

Très chic!

Have you checked out Pop-In @Nordstrom?

Tag your posts with #nordstrompop to share your favorite French Fling pieces with us.

*Stores featuring Pop-In @Nordstrom: French Fling are San Francisco Centre, Santa Monica, Aventura, Ala Moana, Michigan Avenue, Garden State Plaza, Tysons Corner and Downtown Seattle. Connect with our Customer Service Specialists via live chat for additional store details.

—Jenny Yule

Welcome to the first installment of “House Call,” a new series in which we take a peek inside the home of a Nordstrom employee. Our inaugural post takes us to the downtown Seattle condo of Denise Junell, a designer handbags buyer. Denise has worked at Nordstrom for nine years, beginning with an internship on the Bellevue sales floor. Now she’s traveling to Europe six times a year on buying trips for Lanvin, Chloé, MARC JACOBS, Gucci* and Balenciaga*. Join us as we take a look at her extensive collection of designer shoes, handbags, clothing and more.

“When it comes to my personal style, I like powerful pieces,” Denise says. “I’m not so trend-driven; I just buy what speaks to me.” Here, she’s wearing a Rick Owens leather jacket and a vintage Chanel* necklace found at Renaissance boutique in Paris.

“Most of my outfits begin with the shoes. I have 55 pairs,” she says. “Right now, I’m really into color and texture. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to Fendi shoes.”

Her latest Fendi find is this pair of peep-toe booties, which she affectionately calls her “armadillos.”

“These YSL heels have a very ‘Tron’ vibe to me,” she says. “I wear them with a feminine skirt and blouse.”

If you’re wondering who’s in the background, that’s Goblin, Denise’s 5-year-old pug/chihuahua mix.

As a designer handbags buyer, Denise’s collection is unparalleled. We spotted styles by Lanvin (pink clutch above), Gucci* (black patent leather bag) and more.

“Many people invest in black for their first Chanel* bag,” she says, “but I think red or another pop of color is a great way for the bag to have a point of view.”

“This is my Oscar de la Renta watercolor dress, worn with pink Manolo Blahnik pumps and a vintage pearl collar inherited from my grandmother. I think it’s is a great way to wear a print to work.”

Next up is a butterfly cape dress by Alexander McQueen*, paired with Chanel* heels. “This dress is from the second-to-last collection that McQueen designed before he passed in 2010. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces.”

At left, Denise shows us a memento necklace from her first Chanel buying trip. (Note the carousel charm—the brand’s fall 2008 runway show featured models riding a giant fashion-themed carousel.) At right, she shows off a leather Balenciaga* dress: “It’s just a simple shift, but in the cobalt blue it really feels unique. And it’s fun to accessorize.”

Denise has a vast jewelry collection, stored in a tall chest of drawers. She inherited many pieces from family members and finds other accessories while traveling.

“I like the idea of a wearing a personalized element, like these Nadri initial earrings. It’s a great way to make it your own.” She’s also wearing a Tom Binns safety pin necklace and vintage Chanel jacket.

In keeping with the personalized theme, Denise has started wearing her old namesake necklace from 3rd grade again, paired with a Nadri arrow necklace.

“Even though it’s a small piece, these Chanel* earrings are one of my favorite things I own. They basically encapsulate my style in a piece of jewelry—rock-and-roll juxtaposed against a delicate, dainty drop of Chanel.”

When it comes to her makeup regimen, Denise is all about bright colors. “Eyebrows and lips are where it’s at for me. I love YSL lipstick because the pigments are really deep and saturated. Chanel has the best lip gloss and a great range of nail lacquers. I also like filling in my lips with a NARS lip pencil for a matte look.”

Many thanks to Denise for helping us kick off this feature!

*available in selected stores

-Mary O’Regan

No stranger to The Thread, the Chic Muse looked striking in textural layers, despite the extra-chilly temperatures at the Jardin des Tuileries today.

Denni has a downtown-cool aesthetic, and she really knows how to work accessories. Her bright Saint Laurent duffle and cherry lips add a pop of color to her look, and you can always count on Denni to rock a killer pair of heels. I don’t know how she does it!

xo, Crystal

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Platform Boots | Designer Handbag Trend: Warm Brights | The Red Lip

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Zigi Girl Boot | Saint Laurent Duffle | Yves Saint Laurent Lip Color

Lian has a sleek, updated Mod look going on. The windowpane print is a clear winner this week, and I love the retro, mock-neck fit of Lian’s top. Her sharp camel coat gives the look a little vintage flair, while her accessories keep things cutting edge. Her bright red lip is the perfect color complement to a modern, neutral palette.

xo, Crystal

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Savvy Trends Sweaters | Pointy-Toe Shoes | The Red Lip

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Topshop Mod SweaterAlexander Wang Ankle Boot | Yves Saint Laurent Lip Color

Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most iconic names in fashion, shook things up when it announced a name change was on the horizon. In this industry, you can’t just go around changing your name without a rock-solid collection to back up all the buzz. Thankfully, under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent Paris produced just that. Check out the debut Saint Laurent collection, now available at Nordstrom.

Saint Laurent Paris ready-to-wear apparel will be shipping to selected stores in mid-February. For assistance, contact a Designer Specialist via Live Chat or by calling 1-877-543-7463.

Clayton, a Personal Stylist at our Nordstrom San Francisco Centre store, shares snaps and his thoughts on this young sophisticate customer who caught his eye.

From the roof of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, city socialite Stephanie takes a moment to appreciate the sunset before heading to the San Francisco Opera House for a girls’ night out.

The rich brocade, the strong colors of black and gold, and the elegant silhouette are just a few reasons why I am in love with this Jason Wu dress. To make her outfit even more contemporary and city-chic, Stephanie traded in the traditional pump for a mid-calf platform YSL ‘Tribute’ boot. She completed the look with a pair of opera gloves. Did you know that it is said the opera glove first came into fashion in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, worn publicly by England’s Queen Elizabeth I herself?

A little old and a little new: Stephanie, my girl…you know exactly what to do!

Looking for advice on the perfect outfit for your own girls’ night out? Contact Clayton or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.

Guess what, you guys? Gabrielle made that amazing structural pencil skirt she’s wearing! Gabrielle is a young designer who came to the tents to network and get inspired for her own line, Etienne.

For fall, she says she can’t wait to wear oxblood tones and bold lips. Although she’s just starting out, maybe we’ll see her name on the FW roster soon!

xo, Crystal

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Dresses with Leather | Chain Collar Necklaces | The Perfect Red Lip

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Alice + Olivia Peplum Sheath Dress
John Hardy Chain Necklace
YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick

The lovely Jenna has a classic, vintage chic style that stands out in its simplicity. Sometimes, in a sea of neon and bling, understated chic stands out the most.

Jenna is a freelance writer, but was on assignment for Jezebel–one of my most-loved websites. Her favorite thing about Fashion Week? Reuniting with her friends from abroad and knowing that fall is just around the corner.

xo, Crystal

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Feminine Tops & Blouses | Oxfords for Women | Blue Nail Polish

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Halogen Stretch Cotton Shirt
Jeffrey Campbell Oxford
YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer

Lauren Rae Levy is a celebrity stylist (LRL Group), so she is always on the road. She cites the whole world as her inspiration and is heavily influenced by vintage styles.

What I love most about Lauren Rae–besides her having a million and one awesome stories–is how seamlessly she blends vintage with contemporary pieces. For fall, Lauren Rae says texture, tweed, and leather are where it’s at!

xo, Crystal

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Heeled, T-Strap Sandals | Sheer Tops | Vintage-Inspired Sunglasses

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Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Sandal
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In a sea of bloggers and fashion editors, it’s refreshing to meet a non-industry gal. Olivia loves style, but focuses her energy on interior design. She says she is inspired by the energy of Fashion Week and molds her style to her mood.

She clearly has an eye for proportion and pattern. Love, love, loving that pencil skirt!

xo, Crystal

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Black Pointy-Toe Pumps | Pencil Skirts | Men’s Striped Dress Shirts

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Yves Saint Laurent Pump
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