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November 29, 2013

Top 10 Black Friday Deals

The craziest shopping day of the year is finally here! Check out The Thread‘s top 10 Black Friday deals below, then shop the full array.
Raga Animal-Print SweaterVince Camuto Gold Cuff

Raga Animal Pattern Pullover | Vince Camuto Cutout Cuff


Our Anniversary Sale is officially in full swing. Now you can shop our newest collections, merchandise and exclusives before prices go up on August 5. Need somewhere to start? Our Anniversary Sale Trend Guide has all of our favorites to keep you looking style savvy. Get inspired with our Blog Editor’s Picks below.


Jeff Powell

The world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, The Wimbledon Championships, is underway. This year’s courts are keeping the strawberries-and-cream-eating spectators on the edge of their seats (seven-time champion Roger Federer just went out, and it’s only day 3!). We’re eager to see if Serena Williams makes it to the finals in one of the most surprise-filled tournaments in memory.

Less exhilarating to watch—the strictly enforced all-white dress code for players when sporty chic is such a winner this summer. The trend may be off-limits to players, but you can get in the game by mixing high-energy hues, tech fabrics and pieces from your gym bag in with the essentials you already wear. You won’t be able to compete on the courts at Wimbledon looking so fresh and fab, but your wardrobe will definitely reign victorious.

[Pictured: Zella Running Jacket | MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote | h.i.p Pleat Skirt]

[Pictured: BCBGeneration Faux Leather Cap | ASTR Sheer Tee | Leith Bralette]

[Pictured: Nike Wedge Sneaker | STS Cutoff Shorts | Make + Model Bralette | Rubbish Sleeveless Shirt]

Shop our Editor’s Picks to get your sporty chic game on:

Jeff Powell

Timeless black and white is looking anything but bland right now. Brazen prints are making all those bright colors we’ve seen for so many seasons look demure. Wear a graphic black-and-white print all on its own, or layer on a pop of color for a statement-making optical punch. Ready to get bold and beautiful? Here are a few Editor’s Picks to get you on your way.

Collective Concepts Stripe Skirt

kate spade new york ‘davis’ capri pants

Lela Rose Lace Sheath Dress | Marni Edition Knit Skirt | Tibi Colorblock Shift Dress
Tibi Silk Shift Dress | Kelly Wearstler Knit Pencil Skirt | Alice + Olivia Drape Front Cardigan

Jeff Powell

December 19, 2012

Travel Smart, Pack Fashionably

If you’re jetting out of town for the holidays, make a clean getaway with versatile looks that can be worn day or night. We’ve picked three dream vacations—pristine beach hideaway, relaxed resort and ski slope escape—and selected the essentials you need to have a painless packing experience—and let’s not forget a fabulous vacay!

Planning a resort trip that includes champagne room service, spa treatments and poolside cabanas? If the answer is yes, then this look is for you!

Tasha ‘Butterfly Madness’ Scarf | MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Hamilton’ Sandal | Trina Turk ‘Corbin’ Shorts
BCBGMAXAZRIA Print Sleeveless Sheath Dress
Sondra Roberts Resin Clutch | Cara Accessories Studded Bangles | Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle

Check out more of our winter vacation packing lists.

—Qianna Smith

December 19, 2012

New Year’s Eve To the Nines

If you’re anything like us, your New Year’s Eve plans consist of possibly a party, maybe a bar or potentially a night in with friends. In other words, it’s still up in the air, but that doesn’t mean the quest for the perfect, ready-for-anything outfit hasn’t begun.

Shop these looks: Left | Right

Shop these looks: Left | Right

Check out more of these looks with our sparkly guide to dressing up on the last night of the year, whether you’re hitting the club, going to a show or canoodling with your sweetheart.

And now for round 2 of “Please buy me this” from our intrepid blog team! The first group’s wish list ranged from a pair of manly boots to a mushroom-growing kit (yes, Nordstrom truly does sell it all). Today we’re steering toward the classics, like a chic red dress and a French cookbook, with a few curve balls along the way.

1. Filson Tote Bag  2. Kenzo Shirt  3. Nike Running Shoes  4. Anthony Bourdain Cookbook

1. Herve Leger Dress  2. Jimmy Choo Clutch  3. Giuseppe Zanotti Pumps  4. Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Eau de Parfum

1. Jonathan Adler Coasters  2. John Varvatos ‘Artisan’ Gift Set  3. Kiehl’s ‘Men’s Refueling Kit  4. Nordstrom Gift Card

1. Tadashi Shoji Dress  2. Kate Spade New York Necklace  3. Ms. & Mrs. Emergency Kit  4. Manolo Blahnik Pumps

It’s impossible to work for a major fashion retailer and not fall in love with a few things (okay, like a million things). Luckily, this is the perfect time of year to announce your ultimate wish list to the world. So in the spirit of giving and receiving (fingers tightly crossed on receiving), we asked each of our blog writers and team contributors to name the top four items they hope to find under the tree.

1. Topman Bottle Opener Bracelet  2. Mushroom Growing Kit  3. Tom Ford ‘Tobacco Vanille’ Decanter
Alexander McQueen Scarf


1. Danner Boots  2. Billy Reid Henley  3. 1901 Knit Cotton Tie  4. Scott-Nichol Socks


1. Jonathan Adler Pitcher  2. Stila ‘ Stay All Day’ Liquid Eyeliner  3. Comme Des Garçons Pouch  4. Lanvin iPhone Case


1. Articles of Society Coated Jeans  2. Topshop Sweater  3. Dr. Martens Oxfords  4. Chanel Eyeshadow

The invitations are coming in—and you need to figure out what to wear. Alyson Hannigan, Nordstrom Personal Stylist at our Fashion Island store in Newport Beach, California, has handpicked some fab fête-ready pieces that can be worn in so many different ways. Embellished and versatile? Absolutely.

Holiday Hit List
1: Gilded dots lend opulent shine to this sleeveless Vince Camuto Metallic Dot Jacquard Blouse.
2: Add a decadent update to your ensemble with the Tasha ‘Pretty Pearls’ Collar.
3: Velvety suede and gleaming metallics make this Ivanka Trump ‘Brynn’ Pump a chic choice.
4: Get handy with the Sondra Roberts Sequin Pouch.
5: Milly ‘Naomi’ Pleated Skirt features a tweedy woven pattern with a pretty grosgrain waistline. Pair it with the Milly ‘Ivy’ Lace Blouse.

Still shopping for the holidays? Check out our gift guide just for her.

For the quintessential Tibi girl, shopping is more of an art form than a chore, which is why we tapped the brand’s founding designer, Amy Smilovic, to offer some insight on her best buys for the holidays.

“I love giving gifts that combine the recipient’s personality with mine. Each year I buy a stack of blank cards and sketch the people I’m gifting, with a holiday spin,” says Amy, who launched Tibi in 1997. “My mom has a collection from over the years; they’re great keepsakes.” ‘Tis the season for a DYI approach to gifting. Personal touches, like designing your own wrapping paper or creating a card, add an intimate feel to the goodies you present to your loved ones.

Be sure to look the part at all your gift-giving occasions by wearing relaxed fabrics that reveal a feminine cut—hallmarks of Amy’s evolving design aesthetic. “The Tibi girl is dressing up for holiday dinner parties, whether it be with friends, co-workers or family. The trick is staying statement chic without overdoing it,” adds Amy, whose fans include Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Hanneli Mustaparta. When it comes to looking festive, Amy advises to “Go for updated classics with a twist. Swap out your LBD for a look that incorporates luxe textures and fabrics—anything with brocade or beading. Avoid looking garish when wearing rich materials by choosing pieces in modern hues of dark navy and burgundy.”

L to R: Tibi Silk Shift Dress, a vivid hue will energize your festive outlook on life;  Tibi Intarsia Knit Sweater Dress, blocks of color and a geometric motif are sure to get you noticed; Tibi Coral Print Silk Dress, a pop of blue coral is fresh and fun

Holiday Shopping with Tibi’s Amy Smilovic

Be inspired to celebrate the cherished ones in your life. Here, Amy shares what’s on her holiday shopping list. Take note and be sure to check your own list twice so you find the perfect present this season.

Cute & Cozy: Little Me ‘Reindeer Print’ Footie (Infant)
Amy’s Holiday Hit List  – “For a friend with a newborn, this is perfect for a baby’s first Christmas.”

Stocking Stuffer: Beats by Dre, PowerBeats ‘Sports’ ControlTalk® Headphones
Amy’s Holiday Hit List  – “My kids introduced me to PowerBeats by Dr. Dre—the quality of sound is amazing, and the ear clip-on is great for working out. They’re a great gift for anyone in the family.”

Made for a Man: Ted Baker London ‘Pig Character’ Socks (Online Exclusive)
Amy’s Holiday Hit List  – “My husband has an obsession with printed socks. It’s a gift I give him every year—I absolutely love these pigs, stags and ducks.”

Festively Fab: Reed Krakoff Wool & Cashmere Coat (pictured center)
Amy’s Holiday Hit List - “Every girl loves a little cashmere. Reed Krakoff happens to be a favorite of mine, and burgundy is the go-to color of the season. I love the easy silhouette and color blocking.”

Home Away from Home: Jonathan Adler ‘Jet Set’ Porcelain Coasters & Cocktail Napkins
Amy’s Holiday Hit List  – “As a houseguest, I always bring my host a little gift. I love these Jonathan Adler cocktail napkins and coasters: good paired together, and something everyone can use.”

Makeup to Be Merry About: Bobbi Brown ‘Extreme Party’ Eye Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Amy’s Holiday Hit List – “Bobbi Brown masters our runway makeup every season—I’m a big fan of her products. This ‘Extreme Party’ palette is great for a shimmered and smoky holiday eye.”

Once you’ve picked out all your presents, turn on the holiday music and get wrapping. Some of Amy’s favorite joyful jams include “It’s Christmas Time” by Yo La Tengo and “White Christmas” by The Smiths.

Find something special for everyone on your list and check out our Holiday Gifts Guide.

Interview by Qianna Smith | Photo credit: Courtesy of Tibi