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Scene Snaps: Coachella 2017

Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada once again braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the bedazzled crowds to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.

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Music Festival Hair and Makeup Looks: Governors Ball Edition

Music festival hair and makeup, Governors Ball 2016

One of our favorite things about makeup is its ability to empower both expression and experimentation. And one of the best places to see people expressing their personality and experimenting with their makeup is at a music festival. The looks out there run the gamut from wacky to out-and-out glam. You can get away with almost anything, and we love seeing it all.

Our super-shooter global street-style reporter, Kristin Yamada, just got back from the Governors Ball. Get inspired with some of our favorite beauty looks that she snapped at the festival this summer.


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Blogger Olivia Lopez on Festival Style

Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life in Hunter boots

L.A. blogger and lifestyle expert Olivia Lopez knows how to pack for any destination. Her blog, Lust for Life, is an enviable chronicle of her adventures in the world. Saturated photos of Lopez stylishly negotiating the streets of Miami during Art Basel, the cobbled roads in Portugal and the beaches of Costa Rica provide premium travel-style inspiration.

We caught up with Lopez after she returned from Coachella to ask her about festival dressing—she endorses the Hunter boot method of battling the terrain—and her native L.A.

Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life in Hunter boots


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Get the Look: Coachella Festival Style

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Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets on the festival scene. Here are her photos to inspire your own rockin’ look and some wardrobe pieces to achieve the ensemble.


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Coachella 2016 Scene Snaps

Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the body stickers to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.




KENDALL + KYLIE at Topshop: The Jenners Talk About Their New Collection

Keeping up with the Kardashians? Sure, why not. But it might be a bit more on point to say we’re keeping up with the Jenners—especially now that we can share this life-changing nugget: your favorite red-carpet and real-life sisters are now designers. Yep, Kendall and Kylie Jenner created their first ever ready-to-wear collection with their favorite U.K. brand; the brand-new, just-launched KENDALL + KYLIE at Topshop is now live on and in selected stores. (Worth noting: it’s only available at Nordstrom and Topshop.)

In true Jenner style, the girls didn’t just design the looks, they modeled them.

Image of Kendall and Kylie courtesy KENDALL + KYLIE at Topshop; all other images property of The Thread

We were on set on the Santa Monica beach at a super-modern home with a pool and immediate oceanfront access with Kendall, Kylie, Topshop and the rest of the crew, and between wardrobe changes and technical tweaks, we talked to the style icons about, well, style icons, inspiration and adding the word designer to their profiles.

Check out our interview and behind-the-scenes pics here.

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People Are Buzzing About: Lilly Pulitzer


…Specifically, this cute little Mad Men-goes-to-Miami two-piece number, which was the recipient of a not-insignificant amount of love this week from The College Prepster, who also dug up some amazing vintage Lilly ads to show how this particular look bridges the old and the (newest of the) new.

And that’s not the only look we’ve got that lands Lilly firmly in the now: think festival-ready rompers for women, throw-on-and-go maxi dresses, body-con styles and more.

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Yoga, Festival Style: Zella x Nordstrom in the Desert

How to properly prepare for a weekend-long major music festival? A little yogic self-centering—in the company of some gorgeous models, of course.

Last Friday morning at the Frederick Loewe Estate, Zella hosted a kick-off event with models Cait and Shannon Barker and some of the most popular fit-girl, it-girl bloggers. For your viewing pleasure: this feel-good party report with lots of inspirational images for festival style or your next warrior pose.
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Listen Up! 7 High-Potential High-Style Moments on the Music Festival Circuit


Music festival season is upon us and to stand out in the crowd of normies, we recommend hitting the Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom–it’s full of slightly bugged-out festi-gear curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.

But we’re also wondering: Who’s likely to look freshest on stage?

We’ve got seven ideas, including country star Nikki Lane at Stagecoach, April 24-26, in Indio, CA–where Nordstrom will be on the grounds, representing on our How We Roll tour.

Lane’s known to rock sheer, ruffly dresses and can stand on two bulls at the same dang time. Her 1970s cowgirl punk style gets a thumbs up over here.

Six more picks, in chronological order:

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Savvy Summer Mobile Tour: Lollapalooza 2013


Last weekend, we gassed up our can’t-miss-it vintage VW bus and tooled around the streets of Chi-town just in time for the massive music free-for-all that is Lollapalooza.

Our Savvy team shared the Lolla love with heart-shaped fans to cool concert-goers (thanks MINKPINK!), as well as wristbands good for 25% on Savvy merch in Nordstrom stores. We gorged on food that would have broken our calorie-counter  app—if we’d been using it—and grooved to everything from pillow-lipped chanteuse Lana Del Rey to L.A. folk-rocker Father John Misty (remember him from the Sub Pop Jubilee?) to Goth godfathers the Cure. There was also a parade of seriously cool street-style—check out our faves below.

Name: Sarena. From: Los Angeles. Occupation: Student. Most Excited to See: Alt-J.

We love, love, love Sarena’s look. Her cropped cami is perfect for beating the heat—as is her super-chic short hair—but she balances the belly-baring piece with a high-waisted midi skirt in a cool print. That chain necklace is a bold choice, too.

Name: Melissa. From: Asbury Park, NJ. Occupation: Retail Merchandiser. Most Excited to See: Brick + Mortar.

With her sun-shielding, wide-brimmed hat, vintage-looking shades and floral skirt, Melissa is totally rocking our Urban Nomad trend.

Names (l-r): Rachel & Gary. From: Chicago, IL. Occupation: Students. Most Excited to See: Lana Del Rey (Rachel), Vampire Weekend (Gary).

Prints are huge right now, but Rachel’s & Gary’s choices are next-level. We’re also way into how Rachel paired a baroque scarf-print shirtdress with pair of very well-loved 18-hole Doc Martens. Kudos to you, lady. Kudos to you.

Names (l-r): Margaret & Kat. From: Charlotte, NC. Occupation: High school history teacher (Margaret), graphic designer (Kat). Most Excited to See: Nine Inch Nails.

Sure, there’s a lot going on here, but part of what makes these two ladies look so awesome is that they don’t look like everybody else. They clearly have fun with their fashion, and we’re especially fond of anything having to do with cats. (This cat tee!)

Name: Madi. From: Evanston, IL. Occupation: Student. Most Excited to See: The Cure.

It makes sense that Madi was most excited to see the Cure, since she’s pulling off moody, modern-Goth style as well as Robert Smith. Her torn-up message tee—and studs and camo—toughen up the look. Why not D.I.Y. your own?

You guys, we had such a blast at Lollapalooza that we’re heading out again this weekend! Look for us (or rather, our bus) as we hit the streets of San Francisco for the Outside Lands Festival, August 9-11. And bring your Savvy style!

[Photos by Kent Worthington. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

–Jenny Yule