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How does an aspiring fashion photographer who shoots Santa photos at Nordstrom to make ends meet transition to award-winning fine art photographer in just five years? For Santa Fe–based Zoe Marieh Urness, the journey has been a storied one. Since April of this year, Urness, who is Tlingit and Cherokee, has been traveling the western United States, shooting the ceremonies, dances and regalia of Native Americans for her ambitious photo series, Native Americans: Keeping the Traditions Alive. Using her art to help preserve the traditions of indigenous people, she produces photos that serve to connect the old ways to the modern-day realities of the Native world.

The importance of passing on tradition through storytelling, dance and song is deeply ingrained in Native American life, and Urness has managed to not only participate in this sacred heritage in a stylish and contemporary manner, but through her diligent documentation is sharing the ways of those whom she honors with a wider audience. Gaining traction largely through word of mouth, the series has grown organically and exponentially as one subject leads Urness to the next, and what began as a solitary endeavor has blossomed into a communal effort, unconstrained by tribe or borders.

We spoke with Urness about Keeping the Traditions Alive to get a deeper sense of the adventures she’s encountered, as well as how this endeavor has impacted her personally.

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November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom

The turkey’s chillin’, the boss is outta town, and here’s more good news: you can shop Black Friday deals online a day early, on Thursday, November 27. And TGIF: on Friday, November 28, nab an additional 20% off selected sale items when you shop in store.*

Black Friday Sale at Nordstrom.

Shop: Clothing | Shoes | Accessories
*Does not include price-matched items, items purchased online for in-store pickup or designer collections. See details.

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Nordstrom recipe for Peppercorn-Crusted Lamb Chops with a Sriracha and Fig Jam Sauce; photo by Jeff Powell.

In case you missed it over on our sister blog, The Thread, our restaurants team helped us out with a load of compliment-worthy recipes and ideas for a full-course holiday menu—from jalapeño-infused cocktails to peppercorn-crusted lamb chops with a Sriracha and fig jam sauce.

Oh, and a chocolate cheesecake that will forever change your dessert game.

See them all with printable PDFs in our What’s Cooking holiday series.

Nordstrom recipe for Smoke & Heat Mezcal party cocktails; photo by Jeff Powell.Nordstrom recipe for a composed Bistro Crab Salad Stack; photo by Jeff Powell.Nordstrom recipe for a Brussels sprouts gratin with Gruyere and prosciutto; photo by Jeff Powell.Nordstrom recipe for a Dark Chocolate Mint Cheesecake; photo by Jeff Powell.

November 25, 2014

Put a Hat on It: Part 2 of 2

Three more head pieces to warm your dome. (Wait, wait—need to go back to Part 1?)

Original Penguin ‘Albert’ Pompom Beanie

Similar Styles

Spyder Chunky Knit Hat | John Varvatos Star USA Beanie | Ted Baker London ‘Maxey’ Beanie

Shop: Beanies

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We like the holidays around here. We really, really like the holidays. So as we get this week started, visions of canned cranberries and not-quite-traditional sing-alongs are doing the Running Man in our heads. Seriously, it’s a little distracting. Here’s what we’re looking forward to dragging out of the hall closet this weekend and plugging into the DVD player and more …

Lauren Ireland, Print Editorial Director: Music: Nick Drake’s Time of No Reply is quiet and soft—a gentle snowfall in musical form. Pinetop Seven’s Rigging the Toplights is eerie, beautiful, atmospheric; it’s just right for a hushed, wintry walk. And this sounds strange, but Black Sabbath’s eponymous album perfectly captures the winter landscape. It’s a gorgeous (if dark) cold-weather album. Books: I reread Donna Tartt’s The Secret History every winter. Its austere, mysterious atmosphere always gets me in a snowy mood. The Once and Future King is a warm, festive, fire-lit modern re-telling of the Arthurian legend. Movies: Edward Scissorhands is a spooky, quirky, wintry romance. For anyone who has seen enough of Love Actually. Finally, Scrooged. It’s exactly right for a humbug like me.

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The crown jewels of our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop, GIFT & GO, are a series of five blacked-out Rolexes customized exclusively for us in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department.

Make no mistake: Each watch is literally the only one of its kind in the world. Through advanced technologies, our friends at London-based Bamford take brand-new luxury watches, custom-color each individual component, and reassemble the watch to its original premium-grade specifications.

Keep reading for a closer look at our custom Daytona, Milgauss, Explorer II and more—and to hear the backstory of the brand from founder George Bamford.

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November 20, 2014

Put a Hat on It: Part 1 of 2

You’re never fully dressed without a topper. Not this time of year at least. We pulled together some of our favorite hats in a variety of styles in an effort to help you protect your noggin from the winter chill. Be sure to check back tomorrow for even more cool headgear.

Brixton ‘Hooligan’ Driving Cap

Similar Styles

Wigens ‘Vilgot’ Driving Cap | John Varvatos Star USA Cap | Ted Baker London ‘Stirhat’ Driving Cap

SHOP: Driving Caps

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Plaid: it’s as old as the hills. But today’s best applications of ages-old tartan patterns take that traditional country club madras and your grandfather’s Sansabelts and throw a handful of future at them. Urban bravehearts hoping to steer clear of geezerville should aim for flat fronts and slim, even slightly cropped legs. And it goes without saying (but we will just in case): pair solid tops with checks, please.

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Paul Smith London ‘Kensington’BOSS HUGO BOSS ‘Sharp’ | Junya Watanabe ‘Patchwork’

SHOP: More Fall/Winter Trends | All Designer Pants

November 14, 2014

Your Friday Spirit Animal

Hey, wake up. The end of the week has arrived. Here’s what English-born pop artist David Hockney has to say about the weekend: “You must plan to be spontaneous.”

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SHOP: Cardigans

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring menswear brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

When our ace Pop-In Shop photo crew completed their already-ambitious shot list ahead of schedule, did they adjourn to the corner bar for self-congratulatory beers and back-pats? No. Did they snap a selfie and take a nap? No. Did they high-five in slow motion while a building exploded in the background? Probably.

But THEN, they grabbed their gear and headed outside to put in more work. Keep reading to see their full gallery of extra-credit images, shot atop undulating rooftops and on the wrong side of the tracks in SODO (that’s shorthand for ‘south of downtown’), Seattle—and don’t miss your chance to shop rare Hong Kong clothes at Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T, through this weekend only.

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