Tag Archives: Nordstrom

How Do We Get These Walls

Black sleeveless blouse – Madewell / Back pants – Uniqlo / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Purse – Vince Camuto

My friend Sandeep just returned from an extravagant European vacation so after her and I caught up over a Thai dinner a couple of weeks ago, we decided to venture out over to the nearby Santana Row. I didn’t think that we were going to be able to find a nice backdrop for a photo, but this was a hidden gem. Doesn’t it look like we travel really really far away to some place amazing instead of an outdoor shopping mall?! I’m donning my usual uniform this summer – mostly all black and that wavy hair that I just can’t stop spending an extra 15-20 minutes on every morning.

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An Everlane Event

Tank top – Nordstrom / White skort – Aritzia / Grey cardigan – Zara / Black boots

Sometime last month, Alex, Kelly, and I stopped by an event at the Everlane offices to showcase some of upcoming season’s latest items. This was actually the first fashion event I’ve ever been to in San Francisco so it was pretty exciting, but also a little bit intimidating! It was kind of like all of the best dressed people in San Francisco were present at this event and we felt a little bit out of place. I like to think of Everlane as a sort of fashion start-up so it was still just interesting for me to be visiting another office in that space. We didn’t stick around for too long or mingle with very many people, but enjoyed the experience. After the event, we took advantage of the murals in The Mission and used them as our backdrops for our photographs before ducking into a wine bar for some late night sangria. Also, where I happen to be standing in this photo was completely unintentional! Only after did we realize that it looked like I was the one being “painted.”

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Proud Owner: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Saturdays are great days for shopping trips. When I was living in Seattle, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was a BIG deal and the only Nordstrom that you needed to shop at was obviously the Flagship. Since I’m not a Nordstrom credit card holder (really need to be!) I had to wait until their sale was open to the public. So to prepare, I marked this on my calendar and was out of bed by 9:30 AM this morning to get ready for the big event. I wasn’t alone. The parking lot was already packed by the time I got there at 11. Luckily, I came in with an agenda and knew what I already wanted, but not before I took a stroll to TopShop, TBD, and Savvy just to cover all my bases.

I was in desperate need of a new wallet (I was using a hand-me-down from my mother) and a new everyday black purse (my last one from Azalea broke!) so I was very happy today when I walked away with a perfectly sized Kate Spade wallet and a Vince Camuto purse. I almost bought the matching Kate Spade purse with the wallet, but then I thought, I don’t really want to double match. I was also worried that the Vince Camuto purse was too chunky, but  I really liked that it had one main zipped up compartment and two on the side that could button up in case I needed to store more things. Better to be safe than sorry!

Thanks Nordstrom for giving me more everyday essentials to add to my collection!

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The First Party

Black tank top – BP Nordstrom / Gold belt – Madewell / White lace skirt – Urban Outfitters / Wedges – DV by Dolce Vita

I’m responsible for throwing a bunch of get-togethers and parties for the company this summer and this was a shot from our very first one of the summer! We had to buy balloons that day so naturally I had to steal them away to use them as a prop. They were a little out of control and as you might expect with the wind and the shadows, slightly difficult to photograph with. This skirt is one of my favorite purchases from the summer season, but it can be tricky to style with though because there are never any belt holes so I just have to fake it!

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Fake Outdoors

Tank top – Topshop from Nordstrom / Flannel – Urban Outfitters / Black jeggings – Uniqlo / Birkenstocks

We actually took this picture about a week and a half ago and because I was so excited about my trip to Seattle. I wanted a photo that would represent my true Northwest style as much as I could and it’s kind of nice to be wearing the flannel and Birks because I don’t feel like this is a combo I wear a lot these days. I’m not entirely happy with this photo only because it’s blurry and that to me, is a little unacceptable, but on Instagram you can’t even tell the difference! This is the most outdoors we could get, but really, we’re right next to my building and outside of a Starbucks. Caught!

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Cupcakes and Cashmere Unveils Clothing Line

This morning, one of my favorite bloggers – Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere – revealed some very big news! She’s on the verge of launching her very first clothing line that will be sold at Nordstrom and ShopBop! I’ve been admiring Emily’s style for years and have been following her blog for longer than I’ve even had Yow Yow! Emily paved the way as one of the first notable bloggers and has made Cupcakes and Cashmere something more than just about fashion. In addition to featuring her style, she has discussed recipes, decor, career advice, and lifestyle tips. Some of the more important posts that I can still remember as being my favorites are the ones that have a huge impact on her life like getting married and starting a family with her husband. In the blogging world, Emily is kind of a role model for me so I’m very excited for this news and any news that is to come! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the pieces we can look forward to on July 6th for her Fall 2015 line.

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Criss-Cross

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White top – Topshop by Nordstrom / Red skirt – Urban Outfitters

I think one of my favorite parts about writing some of these posts is remembering when and where I got these pieces and how I was feeling when I bought them. This was the third photo I took for my “color” series before I gave up completely, but it’s a good last photo. I wore my hair up in a ponytail that day because I’d been increasingly getting more and more annoyed with my hair (one of the reasons why I’ve been waving it more.) Even though color blocking isn’t used as much anymore, I still kind of like doing it. I bought this skirt from Urban Outfitters once in the sale section (yes, that meant I had to basically be on my hands and knees scouring the goods) and snagged this for $10! My mom thinks it’s a little kiddish and that I should stop wearing it, but it has its uses sometimes. The top is one that I bought with my bff Ashley before we both moved from Seattle to California and had one of our last dates Nordstrom during the anniversary sale. We did the same thing this past summer too, I think. We both had tried on the top and though we were going to be living in different places so it didn’t matter if we both bought it, I secretly still wanted it all to myself. Sorry Ash!

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Wavy Hair is IN for the Summer

Black blouse – Madewell / Black pants – Aritzia / Black heels – Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

Every time, I wear this outfit, it always gets mistaken for a jumpsuit, but it’s actually just two pieces. What I love about this sleeveless blouse is that you can easily wear it to work and make it look professional enough for the day or dress it up for a night out which I have done plenty of times with a simple pair of jeans and heels. This blouse is made of silk and one of the very few pieces that I dry clean because I never want anything bad to happen to it. And these pants also get dry cleaned because I dished out a whole lot of money for the most quality pair that I could find at Aritzia. When I bought these pants, I was back and forth on ones that had buttons, that had a clip, or a zipper, but the best part about these is that it has none of those things and that you can just pull them on because they’re elastic! And these aren’t the first time you’ve seen these heels and they won’t be the last because I wear them with absolutely everything.

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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 21

I’m happy to finally announce that I made my first lipstick purchase. EVER. You’re all probably wondering why it took so long for me to finally take the plunge. The truth is, I tried lipstick when I was like six years old and absolutely hated it. I thought it made my lips feel like they weren’t mine anymore and it felt so foreign to me. What did that really mean for the rest of my journey in beauty? I stuck to lip gloss, lip balms, and my everyday use of vaseline. I’ve been feeling a little bit adventurous lately though and even though lipstick was something that I didn’t like back then, I feel like it’s in some way a sign of adulthood or even just womanhood. While following someone who does social media for NARS Cosmetics the other day, I saw a shade that I really liked. It had enough color in it to look like lipstick, but was natural enough to not make me feel overdone during a normal work day. I went to Nordstrom, tried it once, decided I was going to buy it and had it shipped to my office. Yes, I am that person who is totally convinced that I need to own the things I see on Instagram. It’s going to be a dangerous road for me.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara – $32

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Dem Pants

 

Black Sleeveless Blouse – Madewell / Pants – Urban Outfitters / Black Heels – Vince Camuto via Nordstrom

 

I used to feel a little bit nervous wearing these hot pink pants out, but happy to say nearly five years later, I’m wearing them with a lot more confidence! They’re also made of silk so that pretty much makes them the most comfortable pants ever. In so many ways, this outfit is kind of a throwback. For one. The pants. Secondly, I went through a phase in middle school where hot pink and black were my favorite colors and I only purchased items that were in these color families. I used to wear these pants maybe once a year, but I’ve busted them out more often lately and why not? I got these for $20 bucks on sale at Urban way back when!

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I Got Hops

Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – H&M / Scarf – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom

It turned out to be pretty gray today so we bundled up! This is actually kind of a drastic change from the all white outfit I wore just a couple of days ago when it was completely sunny. We decided to have a little bit more fun with this post though so Leah captured a photograph of me getting some air! Surprisingly, we only needed just 4 takes to get this! Having grown up in Seattle, I never really realized how much of a damper (pun intended) the weather can have on our overall health and wellbeing. Even though it rained just a little bit today, I found myself feeling more tired and at one point even a little sick. Turns out a few of my co-workers shared the same sentiments as well. Maybe it’s all in my head or maybe it’s just what the weather does to us all. Whatever the case, I’m really glad I got to feel like I was skipping ahead to fall today!

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Madewell Teams Up W/ Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter

When I think of Madwell, I am reminded of two things. They’re the sister store of J. Crew and they’re home to some of the most exquisite pieces of denim I’ve ever come across in my life. Full disclosure – I don’t actually own a pair of Madewell denim… yet, but I will someday! I’m saving up! I’ve tried on a couple of pairs in their stores a few times now and each time, I find that they fit like a glove and perfectly which is difficult for me as I’m 5’1 and very petite. Jeans aren’t something that come easy for me which is why I always lean towards dresses and skirts.

Earlier this week, the company announced a major collaboration! They’ll be joining forces with both Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter to sell their pieces with them similar to how there’s a Free People section within Nordstrom’s TBD. Starting February 24th, 70 of Madewell’s pieces can be found on Nordstrom.com with physical pieces being in 15 Nordstrom stores on March 6th. On February 25th, 50 Madwell items will be avaialble for purchase online at Net-A-Porter. I’m pretty excited about this news because sometimes when I want to go shopping at all, I’ll JUST go to a Nordstrom (because it’s like home) so now I don’t need to find myself walking through the mall to get to another Madwell.

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Hollis Wong-Wear x Nordstrom

A.L.C. lace crop top | ASTR textured skirt | SJP leather pumps | Shiraleah embellished wool clutch

Our favorite Seattle singer Hollis Wong-Wear was recently styled for a shoot with Nordstrom wearing some of the most amazing pieces. There was no way we couldn’t share this. These looks were shot for New Year’s Eve so we’re a little late to the game, but we don’t see any problem with wearing these outfits outside of the holiday either.

3.1 Phillip Lim tunic (see similar strong>Phillip Lim styles in embellished gold and peplum detail | Lafayette 148 New York skirt | Hunter high-heeled Chelsea boots | Topman knit hat

Helmut Lang knit tunic | Topshop crop top (worn under tunic) | Ella necklaces (available in downtown Seattle only; see similar statement necklace styles online  or visit the Nordstrom near you for in-store exclusives)

For the entire feature on Nordstrom’s blog, click here.

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How to Ring in 2015 Right

Yumi Kim Beaded Elsa Dress – $300

TBH, we could’ve started this post a lot sooner, but lately I’ve been less than a planner than I’ve ever been in my life. You would think that I would have already planned out what I was going to do for New Years Eve already because normally that would’ve been decided weeks ago, but in fact, it’s still up in the air. It’s actually between seeing a DJ set in SF by Mayer Hawthorne or … you know…going to Vegas. So there’s that. Whatever the case – wherever I end up – having an outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve is something that I don’t skimp on. It’s actually one of my favorite holidays to dress up for (even though I don’t care about New Year’s Eve) because it’s the one time where you can look very sparkly and girly and what girl doesn’t love doing that for a night? So sorry for the late notice on this. If you see something you like just bite the bullet and purchase immediately so that it makes it in time for your big event!

Warning: We’ve got feels for the little black dress ahead!

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When I’m At Nordstrom, I’m Home

You can take the girl out of Seattle, but you can’t take the Seattle out of the girl. How long have you all been waiting for me to finally say that? I may be living in a new city now, but there are a few things that I can’t quite shake – my Starbucks, my Seahawks, and my Nordstrom. I’m a loyal woman. I generally save Sunday’s for my comfort foods so when I eat out, I’ll go to my favorite Asian restaurants or anything with seafood (though it doesn’t really compare to Seattle, let’s be real.) Today, however, I ventured into a place that I only usually go to in Seattle – the Nordstrom cafe.

As a kid, if I were shopping with my mom, I would always beg her to take me to the Nordstrom cafe. I’d get my usual bowl of tomato soup or clam chowder and a cheese pizza from the kids menu. As I got older, I moved onto the Asian Chicken Salad or one of the pastas and the bistro club. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most things on the menu. Back in the day, Nordstrom only had one cafe, but now most stores have two restaurants within the retailer.

I know it sounds weird to have such an attachment to a retailer, but the company is doing everything right so at the end of the day how can you not?

  • It started when I was a toddler. Santa photos were never taken anywhere else except Nordstrom.
  • Meal times with my mother were always at the cafe
  • Every employee I’ve ever come across there has been outstanding. When I need something, I let someone know what I’m exactly looking for (either by brand or describing the style) and almost always, they never fail.
  • Convenience. Not able to find something in the store? Pay for it there and they’ll ship it to you or locate it at another store location.
  • 3 words. Nordstrom Wedding Suite.
  • They never not respond to my tweets to them and I love it!

Vince Camuto

Plus they helped me find this pair of Vince Camuto’s today!

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