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April 12, 2014

Inside the BP. Prom Truck

Most high schools are heading into their fourth and final quarter of the year, which can only mean one sparkly, bejeweled, glamorous and awkward thing: prom. That’s right, mom-who-loves-to-scrapbook, your time to bombard your teen with photos has nearly arrived. I would say the best part about prom is choosing the look—specifically, the dress! Shopping for a prom dress is a pinnacle process in a high school girl’s life, and should therefore be as fun as possible.

This year BP. has done their best to turn prom dress shopping into the most adorable and fun activity around. If you haven’t heard, BP. has sent a “Prom Truck” from coast to coast, showing off the latest prom dresses and accessories. The “truck” is really a remodeled VW Van, furnished and painted pink and blue! Take a look:

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I mean, how amazing is that? The van made its final tour stop this past weekend in Seattle, and I was able to check out the secret world concealed within its retro doors.

 

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My friends and I looked through the dresses on display, all of which were beautiful, vibrant and unique. Our favorite was this detailed ball gown:

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The van also carried prom accessories, everything from rhinestone pumps to statement necklaces and clutches. I couldn’t believe how many charming secrets were concealed within the prom truck!

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I absolutely love that blue bow clutch.

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There was room for my friends and I to sit inside and admire the enchanting interior of the van. One Direction was playing through the speakers when this photo was taken, so it was truly a beautiful moment. If you had the chance to see the prom truck, #nordstrombp and #countdowntoprom on any photos you upload to Instagram!

Check out The Prom Shop to see all of BP.’s prom styles. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

In terms of shoes for formal occassions, I tend to go very simple, allowing my dress to take the spotlight. If you’re like me and love to rock fabulously patterned, brightly colored, or glitzy dresses to events such as prom, then these heels are for you!

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Topshop ‘Sunny’ Platform

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‘Cayna’ Suede Ankle Strap Pump

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Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ Pump

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Topshop ‘Giddy’ Pump

Besides the fact that all of these heels are both unique and wearable, they’re also under $100. So feel free to grab a pair without worrying about blowing your budget!

xoxo,
Clare

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As prom and other spring events swiftly approach, I felt the need to go in for a little makeup revamp to make sure my face is ready for all those flashing cameras. With the help of Sean Grant, a good friend and a beauty stylist for Nordstrom, we came up with a fun, fresh look. (Of course, we had to take a selfie!)

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We began our makeup journey by placing Trish McEvoy ‘Instant Eye Lift’ Concealer in the “triangles of light” and blending. This was definitely one of my favorite products that we used because it completely rid me of my dark under eye circles and brought a lightness to my face.

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 Then he applied NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street, a vibrant mint color, to my inner rims, and swept it out into a small wing.

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 I came in with some black eyeliner on, but Sean wanted something a little more intense, so he mixed a deep navy shadow with Trish McEvoy ‘Finish Line’ Waterproof Eye Color Seal to create a bold liner for my upper lash line.

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 Of course, we had to make sure the brows were looking extra fierce.

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On my cheeks, he used NARS ‘Matte Multiple’ Lip & Cheek Color in Anguilla with a wet blush brush to give a kind of watercolor effect. Then he followed with NARS Contour Blush to highlight and contour certain areas (see the face chart at the end of the post for placement).

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 One of my favorite tricks I learned was to place a little contour powder beneath the bottom lip and a dab of highlight powder at the bow of the lips to give the illusion of a fuller pout. To finish up the lip look, we layered Chanel #49 Lip DefinerChanel Rouge Allure #90 lipstick, and NARS Bimini Gloss.

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When we were finished with our session, Sean gave me this handy face chart and a list of all the products he used, so I could recreate the look when I got home.

Whether you’re headed to prom and need a few makeup tips or you’re just looking to freshen up your daily face routine, setting up an appointment with a beauty stylist is a fun, zero pressure way to experiment with a new look and try out some of Nordstrom’s best beauty products! A big thanks to Sean for helping me with this post. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

Hi, BP. friends! It’s Kassi, the Nordstrom social media maven, here to tell you about our adventures on the road with the BP. prom truck. On Friday, the little pink VW bus braved the icy streets of downtown Chicago. We chatted with girls about prom on their way home from school, danced the night away with shoppers on Michigan Avenue and munched on my favorite local snack, Garrett’s popcorn.

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My favorite memories from the weekend are taking selfies in the van’s cute photo booth, dancing the night away to our prom playlist to keep warm and posting to Instagram using #NordstromBP to share the journey.

 

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I fell in love with the Hailey Logan Cutout Glitter Mesh Ballgown, which I texted to my sister. She’s currently shopping for her own senior prom. She’s been browsing for a dress on Pinterest and Wanelo.

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xo,
Kassi
#NordstromBP Social Media

P.S. Keep an eye out for the BP. Prom bus in New Jersey (3/7-9), Dallas (3/14-16), Denver (3/21-23), SoCal (3/28-30) and Washington (4/4-6). Let us know if you see the bus via #nordstrombp! Until then, check out the prom shop on Nordstrom.com or at your local Nordstrom store.

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For some of you lovely gals, prom may be just around the corner! My prom isn’t for a few more months, but I’ve already started gathering inspiration for my dress, hair, shoes and nails. Normally I cut images out of magazines and glue them on a huge sheet of paper so I can see all my potential prom looks at once. Today I thought I’d share a few nail designs I’ve been loving from Fashion Week. You can try them yourself or take the photos into your nail salon for the professionals to tackle. :)

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Whether you’re going for a boho look or an edgy look, there are nail designs out there for everyone!

xoxo,
Clare

 


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While my prom isn’t until June, it’s never too early to start looking for a dress (or a date). For those of you who are not willing to spend several hundred dollars on a prom dress (I don’t blame you), but still want to look trend forward, I put together a splurge or snag guide of a few of this season’s cutest styles. Check it out:

SHORT AND SWEET:

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SPLURGE: Sherri Hill Embellished Silk Fit & Flare Dress | SNAG: Trixxi Sequin & Tulle Dress

BLUSHING BEAUTY:

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SPLURGE: La Femme Beaded Chiffon Gown | SNAG: Hailey Logan Glitter Ballgown

FUTURISTIC GATSBY:

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SPLURGE: Aidan Mattox Embellished Sleeveless Dress | SNAG: Adrianna Papell Beaded Tank Dress

SERENE SEA MIST:

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SPLURGE: Xscape Beaded Halter Gown | SNAG: Way-In Beaded Strapless Gown

SEEING STARS:

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SPLURGE: Aidan Mattox Sequin Gown | SNAG: Dress the Population Sequin Body-Con Dress

SHEER AND SIMPLE:

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SPLURGE: Dress the Population Chiffon Dress | SNAG: Way-In Skater Dress

DRAMATIC SOPHISTICATION:

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SPLURGE: ML Monique Lhuillier Ballgown | SNAG: Adrianna Papell Ballgown

Whether your dress is $80 or $500, remember that prom isn’t just about wearing the dress, it’s about making memories in the dress. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

P.S. Find more amazing dresses in the Prom Shop!

 

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May 23, 2013

Project Prom

As prom season is wrapping up, a good alternative to stashing that worn-once dress in your closet is to donate it. There are donation sites all across the country that help girls who  can’t afford prom dresses to acquire slightly used dresses for discounted rates, or even for free.

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Project Prom is an organization that helps young girls set up donation sites in their communities. There are chapters all across America, serving thousands of girls. Many even receive donations of dresses, shoes and accessories from major stores. Often the chapters host fashion shows! I encourage you to look into donating your dress. I am sure you had a wonderful night in it—and another girl could, too. Everybody deserves to have a memorable prom. To donate your dress, find a local branch or even start your own!

~Brittany

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My school recently had its prom, but since I am only a sophomore, I typically wouldn’t have been allowed to go. However, I volunteered to be a helper, affectionately termed Sophomore Slave, at prom in order to take some pictures for this blog. As a Sophomore Slave, I had to wear a short, black dress and set up and clean up. While that might not sound like that much fun, the three other sophomores and I had a great time.

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The girl in the pink dress, Madison, was our prom chair, and she made her dress!

Our prom had a British Invasion theme: there were teapot center pieces, Union Jack name cards and even a tea bar. There was also a photo booth with tons of props, and cutouts of Prince William, Princess Kate and a royal guard with whom you could pose for pictures. (I spent a lot of time taking pictures there with my friends.)

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Even our chaperones took some pictures with the cutouts.

The best part of the night, though, was checking out what everyone was wearing. I noticed a couple of trends: Blue was the color of the night, and the girls definitely loved their sparkle.

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 Some lovely seniors pose for their picture.

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I love this picture of my field hockey team. We clean up well, if I do say so myself.

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Our two prom queens, Lanie and Imani, rocking their short dresses and tiaras.

There was a pretty even mix of short and long dresses, but I especially loved these two long ones:

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Juniors Eugénie, Charley, and Li looked absolutely gorgeous.

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Seniors Lizzie, Shae and Lanie show off the fun backs of their dresses.

Seeing all the amazing dresses, dancing with my friends and enjoying the fun atmosphere has me really excited for my own prom next year. (I’ve heard it might be Gatsby themed!)

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If you still need a dress for this year, be sure to check out The Prom Shop for everything from accessories to head-to-toe looks.

~Brittany

 

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I love heels. I love the way they look and the way they make me oh, so much taller. However, they are not the easiest contraptions to manuever a dance floor in. Since prom is all about having a good time and dancing with your friends, I encourage you to bring a pair of flats or, better yet, wear them all night.

Enter the party flat:

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These shoes are cute, often sparkly, and very practical.  Celebs have been wearing them to TV interviews, parties and even award shows. I think this is great because the last thing I want at my prom is to have to ice my feet afterwards. And don’t even get me started on blisters!

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Simple touches like studs, sequins, bows or metallic accents can make oxfords, smoking slippers and ballet flats prom material. Metallic menswear-inspired oxfords are especially popular right now.

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Metallic Oxfords (from the top):

  1. 1. Tildon ‘Astoria’ Oxford
  2. 2. Donald J Pliner ‘Denda’ Flat
  3. 3. Hinger ‘Fraser’ Oxford

Unique flats are sure to keep you styish and comfortable all night long. Just make sure that if you are wearing flat shoes to prom that your dress is hemmed accordingly. Cute flats are a yes, tripping over your dress…that’s a definite no.

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Vince Camuto ‘Tamma’ Flat            Jeffrey Campbell ‘In Love’ Flat        Topshop ‘Marci’ Flat

~Brittany

Sources:
Who What Wear
D Magazine
We Heart It
Crossroads Trading Co.

May 1, 2013

My Junior Prom

This past weekend, I attended my junior prom! Needless to say, it was an amazing night that I will never forget. My favorite part was getting to see everyone’s prom dresses, accessories, hair and shoes. My friends and I went stag; you don’t need a date in order to have fun!

I decided to shoot for a more classic look and chose a black chiffon gown with beaded shoulders. Then I felt that the dress needed a bit more sparkle, so I wore a beaded belt (it’s actually two necklaces fastened together!) around my waist. My favorite thing about my dress was the short slip with the long, sheer overlay.

Sticking with the classic vibe, I went with winged eyeliner, a red lip and an updo.

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My friend’s hair looks amazing, too, doesn’t it?

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Because I’m really short, I wanted to rock a pair of killer heels. I chose black patent T-strap platforms.

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I brought out the silver in my dress with an ombré glitter manicure and an antique silver beaded clutch.

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More pictures of me and my friends:

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Stay beautiful,
Samantha