Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of today being Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share one of the most adorable videos from one of my favorite YouTubers, Arden. (This is her video from V-Day last year.)

What are some things that you love?

I hope you have a great day filled with love and happiness. Happy Valentine’s Day!



Happy GALentine’s Day!

What’s Galentine’s Day? Well, I’ll just let everyone’s favorite civil servant, Leslie Knope, explain:

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!”

Galentine’s Day is the day to celebrate the overwhelming love you feel for your gal pals. My friends and I celebrated Galentine’s early this year. We got dressed up and went out to brunch, bearing gifts and full hearts.


I wore my red skirtwhite top and red lipstick—and my pals all looked fab! We all brought little gifts for one another, and although they weren’t as thorough as Leslie’s, they were pretty great.


I got each of my ladiez a red or pink cactus, equipped with a plant-related pun and heart shaped note. These gifts were super easy and fun to make.


Nordstrom-bp-galentine-purse  Nordstrom-bp-galentine-style

Pink kate spade new york clutches, Snickers bars and charm necklaces were all in attendance. TSwift, Beyonce and other awesome independent and intelligent ladies were spiritually present, as well.


And of course, even though it was an afternoon to celebrate the ladies and the Galentine’s lurvee, Leo and Harry had to show up.

Leave the lads at home and focus on your lady loves this February 13th!

Stay Golden,

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is exactly two weeks away and I always like to plan ahead a little and buy my gifts early. I personally believe that Valentine’s Day should be a day to spoil your loved ones with sweets, gifts and fun times together. I created three separate gift guides for some of the most important people in our lives: best friend, mom and boyfriend.


I normally get each of my closest friends something small for Valentine’s Day. I think jewelry (like this bracelet) or a cute new makeup bag or quirky purse are just the right presents to give the bestie without breaking the bank.


These are all things I know my mom would love to receive on Valentine’s Day. She’s always wearing the Me to We bracelet that I gave her a few months ago (we have matching bracelets!) so I know she’d be thrilled to get a new one. My mom would also appreciate a new iPad case or adorable new crafting supplies such as this stamp and ink set.


I think boyfriends or significant others are the most difficult people to buy gifts for. Keeping it sweet and simple is the way to go, in my opinion. Cozy beanies are a foolproof gift, along with a new messenger bag in his favorite color. A special, more sentimental gift would be a camera like this neat one from the new Pop-In Shop. It’s the gift that keeps on giving because you can use it to capture all of your fun memories together!



Date-Night Outfit Inspiration

February, the month of going on [awkward] dates, is swiftly approaching. In my opinion, the most stressful part of Valentine’s Day isn’t so much finding the date as it is finding the perfect outfit to wear—a look that is feminine, but not too hoochie/sexy/etc (everyone should be fawning over your gorgeous face not gawking at your barely-there dress). To make the outfit selection process a little bit easier for you girls, I put together a couple of date-night looks. Whether you’re going out with your oh-so-cute beau or a group of your besties, these two looks will be sure to get compliments:



There’s something so adorable and whimsical about an A-line polka dot dress. The clutch, earrings and bangles add pops of color and shine to this otherwise monochromatic look. For the shoes, I decided to go with simple nude pumps to keep the look grounded.



 This second outfit is perfect if you’re headed somewhere nice, but don’t want to look too bare (after all, it’s still below 40 degrees in most places). A beaded top and bright pink clutch add a feminine touch to this tomboy-chic “suit” look.

What are you planning to wear on Valentine’s Day? Post a picture of your date night outfit on Instagram and include #NordstromBP, so I can check it out! You may also end up on an in-store video wall or somewhere else in the BP. universe. (:

Alyssa <3



Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (better try to find that boyfriend soon), I thought I would share this adorable room decor video with y’all. Bethany has the cutest ideas—I absolutely love the felt-covered block letters!

Happy decorating! <3


P.S. I have a major girl crush on Bethany Mota. (I have literally watched her YouTube channel for hours on end.)

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