“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

For some, shopping big name brands like Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs can be a tad daunting. No matter how comfortable you are with the idea of an investment piece, an investment is still an investment. It implies a calculated risk.

But on the rare occasion when those brands and others have been marked down, well, it’s time to act quickly, strategically and stylishly. We asked some of our favorite Downtown Seattle sales pros to give us the strategies and words of wisdom they share with their customers and friends.

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Pride month at Nordstrom

Ever notice that people are super heart-happy these days? It’s almost too easy to furiously tap that little heart emoji on photo after photo as you scroll through your Instagram feed or casually send it through a text or comment. And when you see a streaming video of puppies napping? LOVE plus heart-eyes. Except that these digital displays of affection lose something along the way. We want to bring the analog version back in 2017, where an emoji transforms into emotion, a hug is real and when you laugh out loud, you do it with someone sitting across from you.

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Nordstrom is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to create the Love & Peace 2 You T-shirt to support friends and colleagues participating in Pride parades around the country (proceeds will be donated to the HRCF). And to kick off the celebrations, we wanted to get back to the basics and talk to some of our favorite people in fashion, beauty and entertainment on what love and peace mean to them.

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Two of our favorite words: Exclusive and Summer. And while technically speaking we can’t quite claim the latter just yet, today marks the kickoff of an only-available-here capsule collection from some of the most exciting emerging designers at SPACE.

A Marques’Almeida look from the exclusive SPACE capsule collection for summer

Aimed at outfitting your hot city nights as well as your getaway adventures, the collection features pieces made especially for us from Ashley Williams, Marques’Almeida, Simon Miller and more.

Inspired by their take on summertime fun, we chatted with some of our favorite SPACE designers about the season—past, present and future.

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We may be biased, but we want to live in the world of
goop-In@Nordstrom. Our latest Pop-In is a wonderland of modern wellness, and our in-store experiences make us want to break our lease and take up permanent residence. Credit 1stdibs, an online marketplace that curates beautiful pieces—think furniture, fashion, art and jewelry—from dealers around the world. We partnered with them to make our eight in-store shops sanctuaries unto themselves, each featuring a handpicked selection of furniture and furnishings sourced from local dealers, all for sale and all ideal backdrops for your selfie (we witnessed more than a few). Catch a glimpse below, see the full effect in selected stores and explore 1stdibs for even more.

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“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

Summer beauty must-haves 2017 from Nordstrom.

Being stranded on a deserted island sounds like a brutal mix of sun exposure and skin care minimalism. But it’s the kind of serious scenario you have to pose to really weed out the vanity-table fluff. What are the bare essentials to beautify and protect your precious face under a cloudless, UV-packed sky? Even if you’re just “stranded” at an outdoor café with a glass of rosé?

We asked four of our experts in the beauty field to share their absolute must-haves for gorgeous summer skin. From sunscreens to lip balms to bronzers and illuminators, here are the ones our Beauty Stylists swear are worth the hype.

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One shoe that truly goes with everything: the white designer sneaker. You cannot go wrong. Wear a pair to work, wear them casually or even on date night. It’s hard to think of another piece that’s so versatile. Let them get dirty if that’s your style. Or keep them spotless. Seriously: white designer sneakers are foolproof.

Just in time for your summer wardrobe update, check out these four options by Saint Laurent, Common Projects, Maison Margiela and adidas by Raf Simons.

SHOP: designer sneakers

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Truth: we’d wear jeans every day to everything if we could. But sometimes we want to wear denim a little differently. Beyond the skinny, the high waist and the destroyed, there’s a newer category we’re just calling fancy pants. With grommets, sequins, pearls and even denim-on-denim designs, embellished jeans are getting a cool-girl refresh—just in time to wear them (everywhere) this spring.

Here are a handful of ways to try out the trend.

similar star jeans from Stella McCartney | AGL penny slide loafer

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Rappers joining forces with fashion brands: a tale as old as time? Well, it’s definitely a going concern. The fusion between the two is in full effect at the moment.

Perhaps you’ve heard: A$AP Rocky’s new song “RAF” repeatedly references Raf Simons, the legendary Belgian designer. Simons is named in each verse by Rocky and his guest stars Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean. You can listen to the song on episode 006 of blonded RADIO, Ocean’s show on Apple Music / beats 1—or enjoy one of the YouTube rips available at the moment. Check out our adidas by Raf Simons collection below.

“Frank“Frank“Frank“Frank“Frank

SHOP: adidas by Raf Simons Bunny Slide | Ozweego Bunny | Stan Smith | Spirit Ankle Strap | Strapped Stan Smith | Spirit High Top

And since we’re on the topic of Frank Ocean …

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“You only need to visit my house and see the stuff I’ve brought back over the years to know I really love the diversity of Mexican design,” says Christian Louboutin. “I love the embroideries, the colors, the pagan motifs of wild animals …”

Christian Louboutin with Mexicaba artists. All images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Isn’t that what we all do when we travel: Go shopping? Something tells us the Paris-based designer is extra good at it, though. “The heritage is so rich—from the indigenous side to the arrival of the Spanish to the mélange when those come together,” he says of the magic he’s found in recent trips.

But while so many of us can relate to browsing and buying our way through vacation, Mr. Louboutin took it to a whole new level when he engaged Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, an organization that helps craftspeople in the Yucatán Peninsula and works to empower Mayan artists. Through them, Mr. Louboutin orchestrated a collaboration with needlework artists and weavers to create a super-exclusive, handmade tote—the Mexicaba—that benefits the artisans as well as the foundation.

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Reese Witherspoon has always struck us as the kind of woman who would give pretty solid advice. So when she tells us that one of the tote bags in her Draper James (new to Nordstrom!) summer collection has the question, “What Would Dolly Do?” on it, our impression of her feels accurate. After all, if our celebrity idol uses the choices of our country idol as her decision-making criteria, we’re in good company. And that’s another thing about Reese: with her cheerful confidence, well-earned success on and off the screen and group of good gal pals, she just seems like a pleasure to know.

Reese Witherspoon, Draper James

We became better acquainted with the actress and fashion entrepreneur during our conversation about Southern influences, her adorable Draper James collection and her admirable career goals. And it was a pleasure, indeed!

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