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Champagne, Cranberry Salsa and Entertaining in an LBD | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases the looks in our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

Adelyn Rae strapless jumpsuit | Topshop velvet choker | similar style flat: KENDALL + KYLIE Sage ghillie flat

When October rolls around, the holiday party invitations start rolling in. So we turned to Sheena Kalso of The Invisible Hostess for pointers on surviving the busy entertaining season in style. Not only did she give us excellent advice—and a killer recipe for cranberry salsa—but she also showed us how to rock a little black dress (or jumper) with serious panache. As we goofed around while photographing her at the funky party venue WithinSodo, we learned that part of being a great hostess is knowing how to relax and be available. Sheena’s fun-loving temperament makes her a natural. Here’s what else she told us.

Tell us about your job and company, The Invisible Hostess.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

I started The Invisible Hostess in 2006 to help the average party hostess enjoy her event.  Shortly after launching, I was asked if I coordinated weddings. My excitement for domestic hospitality seamlessly translated to weddings. After 10 years, The Invisible Hostess has won a record amount of local planning awards in Seattle. I’m really proud to say we executed 250 events in 2015 with a staff of 50.

With the 10-year anniversary, I reflected on what made me get out of bed every morning and what kept me fulfilled—as one will with any milestone in one’s life. This year I decided to streamline operations by offering wedding coordination only and to focus on my next adventure, mentoring college grads as The Wedding Mentor.

REAL PARTY ADVICE AND MORE LBD LOOKS

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Designing Restaurants, Creating Atmosphere and Wide-Leg Jeans with Grace Lee | Professional Opinion

“Dress for the job you want,” they say. Instead, we’re dressing those who already have jobs we covet for our fashion series, Professional Opinion. And while we’re at it, we asked these talented women for some career and style advice. (We know how to show initiative!)

Part of the immense pleasure of going out to eat is enjoying a well-designed space. Not only do you not have to cook, but you also don’t have to clean or decorate. Somehow those added perks just seem to make the food taste better.

As a marketing and resource manager for one of the most prominent architecture, design and build agencies in Seattle, Grace Lee knows what goes into creating great atmosphere. At Mallet Incorporated, she is the one who selects the fabrics, wallpaper, paint and flooring that decorate some of the food-centric city’s best restaurants and bars.

Grace Lee of Mallet IncorporatedVince Camuto ruched-neck blouse | Halogen leather shift dress | Chelsea28 floral brocade pattern tights | Givenchy ‘Elegant Piper’ pointy-toe flat | Argento Vivo circle collar necklace | lower right image: Simone Rocha calf-hair satchel 

We spoke with this aesthetic savant about what she wears to work, her favorite restaurants (when it comes to design) and her career advice to anyone who wants to do something as cool and creative as she does.

Tell us about Mallet. What does the company do?

Mallet is an architecture, design and construction firm. We are split into two different companies–Mallet Architecture + Design and Mallet Inc. Our company designs and builds restaurants, hotels, offices and residences.

Grace Lee of Mallet IncorporatedWhat is your role at Mallet? What does a resource manager do?

I’m the marketing manager for both companies and the resource manager for Mallet Architecture + Design. As the resource manager, I source materials for the projects we’re working on–from lighting, flooring, furniture and textiles to wallpaper. The resource manager’s role is to find items needed for a project to present to the design team, so it’s important to stay on top of new trends or the resources to find cool items.

What are some of the interesting commercial and residential constructions you’ve worked on recently?

Recently we finished up a restaurant called the Butcher’s Table down in Westlake. What’s interesting about this project is that we worked on it from start to finish. We took an old building and added two floors (which is now Sugar Mountain headquarters) and then built a two-story restaurant below it. For the office build/remodel, we reused the old windows and wood that was demoed from the building and worked it into the design. I wouldn’t call this a residential project, but we took an old historic house in Ballard and turned it into an Italian restaurant called San Fermo.

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Her Secret Use for a Toothbrush, Signature Fragrance & Why She Showers with Turmeric: IRL Beauty with Aamito Lagum

Aamito Lagum Interview with Nordstrom.

We’re highlighting the women behind the faces in our fall beauty campaign, which is all about beauty in real life. This week: Aamito Lagum–who left her native Uganda almost two years ago to pursue her passions here in the U.S. She gets honest about her thoughts on what makes someone beautiful, her tricks for keeping her eyes on fleek and more.

GET REAL WITH AAMITO

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Dirty Martinis, Gold Mules and Better Living with Heather Christo | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer, makeup artist and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Blogger, chef and cookbook author, Heather Christo models for Nordstrom with family.

Meet Heather Christo, a classically trained French chef, erstwhile high-end caterer, two-time cookbook author, popular food blogger and enviably polished mother of two. When she and her children were diagnosed with a slew of collective food allergies, Heather (not without a heavy sigh) threw out the butter and eggs and set about using her professional experience to create new dishes that were safe for her family but just as delicious–if not more so–as the food they were accustomed to.

Along the way, she documented her experience on her blog and poured it all into her recently released one-of-a-kind book, Pure Delicious–full of helpful information and tasty recipes she developed that are free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut, peanut, shellfish and cane sugar. No small feat! Find out how she does it (she’s sharing recipes!), read about her style and see her modeling some of our favorite dresses while being an impeccable hostess in her beautiful home and garden.

Heather Christo models an Eliza J fit and flare dress for Nordstrom.On work and play: Well, I really have several jobs and divide my time between them.

1. My blog, HeatherChristo.com, where I publish five days a week and do everything from the recipe development to the food styling–including photography, postproduction and writing.

2. My company, Heathermade, which is currently sold in select Costcos and hitting retail this fall. We make fresh, vegan baked goods that are certified gluten-, soy-, nut- and peanut-free.

3. My book. A year ago I would have been focused on editing it, but now I am focused on the promotion of it. So I’m doing press trips, book signings and (my favorite) public speaking about our family experience with the power of food as medicine.

And … Ha! I don’t think I am getting in nearly enough play time! But I try to enjoy any and all time that we get to spend as a family–even if it is just going on a walk on the weekend or all sitting down to dinner together. We also have great friends, and my husband and I love to go out for drinks or entertain at home.

SEE ALL THE LOOKS FROM OUR PHOTO SHOOT WITH HEATHER

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Shrimp and Crab Louis Salad Recipe | What’s Cooking

Classic Shrimp and Crab Louis Salad Recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

While which genius chef actually created the Crab Louis (aka Louie) Salad is debatable, it definitely originated on the West Coast, and it’s been a restaurant classic for over one hundred years now. We keep our version (served at Nordstrom Grill locations) pretty traditional with a generous amount of succulent crabmeat, tangy Louis Dressing and hard-boiled eggs—but throw in a helping of crispy fried shrimp, because, crispy fried shrimp. Top it all with height-of-their-season tomatoes and a flavor-brightening squeeze of lemon, and you have a perfect summer dinner in this seafood lover’s salad.

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Beauty Interviews Makeup

Saving Lions, Cause-metics and Skin Care Secrets with World Traveler Alex Chantecaille

Last year about this time, we chatted with Alex Chantecaille, vice president of sales and promotions for Chantecaille, about her company’s work to protect the wolves of Yellowstone National Park and her travels to Istanbul. It’s been another busy year for Alex.

We spent some time learning about Chantecaille’s newest endeavor to support conservation and hearing about her favorite places from her extensive, enviable travel calendar. Catch up with Alex, pick up a few new beauty secrets and learn more about the new Protect the Lions Collection, from which 5% of proceeds will be donated to Lion Guardians in Africa.

SEE OUR CHAT WITH ALEX CHANTECAILLE

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Beauty Pageants, Becoming Bianca Jagger and the American Dream: IRL with Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero interview with Nordstrom.

We’re highlighting the women behind the faces in our fall beauty campaign and trend event video; it’s beauty in real life. First up: Geena Rocero, who sat down with us to chat about growing up in the Philippines, her beauty secrets (including the best mud bath location) and how to turn an airplane into a spa.

SEE MORE WITH GEENA ROCERO

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Food & Drink

Nordstrom Bistro Chicken Club Sandwich Recipe with Roasted Garlic Aioli | What’s Cooking

Chicken and bacon Bistro Club Sandwich recipe from Nordstrom.

Looking for the next best sandwich recipe? The version served at our Nordstrom Bistro and Bazille restaurants is our take on a pretty classic club with perfectly roasted chicken, crisp bacon, umami-rich tomato. Then we up the gourmet factor with creamy avocado, tender-crisp haricot verts and (here’s the kicker) our secret sauce: Roasted Garlic Aioli. Secret’s out! Our Bistro Club is perfect for a picnic, or prep everything in advance for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

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Trying on Wedding Dresses with Bride-to-Be Hannah and Smart Advice from Our Suite Stylist

We had the extreme privilege of being flies on the wall at real-life, bride-to-be Hannah Schultz’s appointment at our Wedding Suite. Not every woman would let a crew of people (not to mention a camera!) into a private dressing area, but Hannah was as gracious as she was convivial. Though she’s a wedding planner herself and old hat at attending wedding dress appointments, we were still honored that she agreed to let us document and share her personal Wedding Suite experience.

Joined by her family, Hannah spent a few hours trying on a handful of beautiful wedding gowns—along with the help of wedding stylist Rachael Sanchez—in search of “the one” to wear to her fall 2017 wedding. Read on for more about Hannah, some sage stylist intel on gown shopping and lots of gorgeous dresses.

Vera Wang fawn wedding gown at Nordstrom.

SEE ALL THE LOOKS FROM OUR DAY WITH HANNAH

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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Ginger-Sesame Dressing | What’s Cooking

Nordstrom Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with Sesame-Ginger Dressing. Photo by Jeff Powell.

After being on the menu at our Marketplace Cafe and Cafe Nordstrom locations for years, this Chinese Chicken Salad has quite a following. Because it’s delicious. And, as we show in our Friends and Family Cookbook, it’s pretty easy to make at home too.

We toss together a fresh and tasty mix of julienned bell peppers, carrots, bok choy, oranges and chicken with our Ginger-Sesame Dressing. I was surprised by how flavor-packed that dressing is, considering the small number of ingredients and its easiness to throw together—it has just the right Asian-inspired balance of salty and sweet with a little heat from the dry mustard and ginger. To top it all, crispy fried wonton strips (don’t skip these!) followed by a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

I had plenty of ingredients left over after composing one of these salads to photograph, so I packed up all the components and took them to a party I had been invited to that night. I just layered the ingredients in a big bowl—which made for a beautiful presentation too—drizzling each layer with the dressing. Not surprisingly, it was very popular, and now I can send a link to this recipe to all the people who asked me for it afterward. Guaranteed you’ll be doing the same once you serve this light but satisfying salad; it’s a tried and tested winner.

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