Vacation

Kim Chin's trip to Iceland Travel

Vicarious Vacation: Our Print Director’s Trip to Iceland

Try as you might, sometimes you can’t get away. Whether it’s because your PTO bank is low or your bank account is, a holiday isn’t always on the horizon. When beset by a deficit of vacation days, it’s fun to live vicariously through your well-traveled pals.

This week we’ve been poring over the stunning pics of Nordstrom’s print design director, Kim Chin, who just returned from Iceland. We can practically feel the chill coming from her cool shots of this Nordic land famed for its hospitality, its geologic landscape and for giving the world Bjork (takk!). Find out where to dine, stay and swim, plus what to pack.

SEE HER PICS AND TIPS

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Jet Set Go: 5 Luxury Eco Resorts and What to Wear There

Getting back to nature can be gritty, if that’s your thing. Or, as these carefully considered eco resorts show, it can be pure, pampered bliss. Within their gorgeous and distinct settings (such as the rocky Newfoundland coast, the mountains of Montana, the Utah desert) these destinations offer unparalleled luxury, catering to their guests while caring for Mother Nature.

Here are five top eco destinations, plus the perfect packing lists.

GET READY TO GO ECO

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Jet Set Go: What to Wear and Do in Isla Holbox and Marrakesh

If you’re going to get away, go far. We surveyed some of the most well-traveled people we know to find out which destinations left the biggest impressions. Two places kept coming up: Isla Holbox and Marrakesh. These sandy locales are indeed unlike anywhere else, and offer unexpected pleasures and time-tested leisure.

Here are our travel pros’ tips for what to do and what to pack. All that’s left for you to do is book your flight.

SEE AND SHOP OUR PICKS

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Here’s What Christian Louboutin Does In Mexico

“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.

SEE MORE OF THE MEXICABA AND ITS ARTISTS

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You’ve Got a Friend at Renew + Restore Yoga Retreat in Baja Sur

Tragically, you can’t always take your vacation when you need it most: when your SAD hits its max, when confronted by a cold front, after crushing a stressful work project. Schedules are like shackles.

But there are ways to recharge without taking off time. And sweating and stretching during a soothing yoga routine might be the best way to cheat the effect of a relaxing vacation.

Anna Douglas, Renew + Restore Yoga

Zella Devin crop tee | Recharge braletteCamila capris 

We spoke with Anna Douglas Levin, yoga instructor at Urban Yoga Spa and cofounder of Renew + Restore yoga and surf retreat, about what happens at her eco ashram in Baja Sur, Mexico.

STRIKE THIS POSE: READ THE STORY

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Meeting Pablo Escobar’s Brother and Sleeping in Hammocks in Colombia | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary, Colombia

Who: Lauren Adey

Title: Regional Marketing & PR Specialist, Nordstrom Canada

Where: Colombia

FROM THE BEACH TO THE HISTORIC STREETS: READ MORE

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Figue Sandals: Footwear for the Bohemian Set

Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

Stephanie von Watzdorf

Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

FOLLOW IN HER (SANDALED) FOOTSTEPS: READ MORE

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How to Turn an Airplane into a Spa

Recently, one of our assistant buyers—Natalia Valle, a self-proclaimed beauty junkie—took a trip to Australia. The flight to Sydney from Seattle is more than 18 hours long, which left her contemplating how best to use her air time. Luxuriating in skin care treatments seemed as good a way as any.

Bobbi Brown Extra eye repair cream

We asked Natalia to recommend some of her favorite products and tell us when and how to use them in flight to get that vacation glow before ever stepping off the plane. Here are her tips and picks for bringing beauty onboard.

YOUR TICKET TO A VACATION GLOW: HERE’S HOW

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Smelling Plumeria and Eating Black Rice Pudding in Bali | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary Bali

Who: Lynn Frauenholz, senior web designer

Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Why did you choose this destination?

Bali seemed to have the right amount of tropical paradise, interesting culture and relaxed vibe we were looking for after getting married. There are a lot of Australian expats there, so the yoga community is huge and along with that there’s some really great organic food. Neither of us are really big beach people so we stuck to the interior of the island, but I hear there’s good surfing if that’s a selling point for someone.

MORE MONKEYING AROUND IN BALI: READ MORE

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Wooden Boats, Books and G&Ts at a Scottish Hamlet in Upstate New York | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary, Lake George

GLOBETROTTER: Amy Belledin, Multi-Channel Creative Director

WHY THERE? Glenburnie has been my family’s getaway for nearly 80 summers. It’s a small hamlet off Blairs Bay on Lake George in upstate New York. Originally it began as a community for fine upstanding Scottish families (read: blue bloods from New Jersey) and featured a classic lakeside hotel and club right by the water. The club is long since gone, but a handful of the original houses are still standing.

FOR THE LAKE LIFE, READ MORE

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