Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Men's Insider Guide

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Seattle gets crazy this time of the year. Which is why we've teamed up with Nordstrom to help you do it right. Here's the inside tip on Seattle's hottest holiday activities, paired up with the latest style picks from Nordstrom Men's Shop, so you can put together the perfect look for all your holiday plans.

Major Laser: Lazer Ball NYE At The Neptune

With headliners Fresh Espresso and Grynch, it's safe to say the evening's playlist will be blissfully Rihanna-free.

The way of the future: Lasers abound at this futuristic bash. Reference Dr. Evil at your own risk.

Nordstrom's Men's Shop makes it easy: Skip the space suit and channel a futuristic James Bond instead. The suit-like combo of a velvet blazer and classic black pants is totally 007, while superspy accessories from last Halloween make it future-festive. Get it here.

Dec 31 9p.1303 NW 45th St., University District (206-682-1414). From $18.50 here.

Nearby: The District Lounge; Earl's On The Ave; Big Time Brewery & Ale House



Float On: Holiday Parade Of Lights Cruises

Celebrate the season with a booze cruise and buffet as you enjoy a festive view of Seattle's nautical lights display.

Upgrade: We suggest requesting a window table upgrade to ensure you've got a great view.

Norstrom's Men's Shop makes it easy: The jeans-and-button-down thing is getting boring. Bring it up a notch by adding a bow tie and blazer. Get it here.

Thru Dec 23. Depart via Waterways HomePort or Kirkland Marina Park. From $52 here.




Santa Points: Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker


Treat your ladyfriend (or tiny dancer) to an evening at this classic holiday performace.

A wild rumpus: The uber creative and slightly trippy sets were designed by Maurice Sendak (the guy who wrote and illustrated Where the Wild Things Are).

Nordstrom's Men's Store makes it easy: Dress up for your classy night out with head-to-toe Etro. The slight sheen and subtle print on this paisely blazer elevates a comfortable pair of cords while a basic white shirt ties the look together. Get it here.

Dec 7-29. 301 Mercer St., Lower Queen Anne (206-441-2424). From $35 here

\Nearby: Neilsen's Pastries; Pagliacci Pizza Queen Anne; Dick's Drive-In



Holidate: Winterfest Ice Rink at Seattle Center

A nostalgic spin around the ice is the answer to that cheap creative date conundrum you've been puzzling over.

Cash only: Your credit card is about to get a break. Not only does the $7 admission cover skate rental, but this place only takes cash.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: Pair this not-your-Dad's-Christmas sweater from Nudie with a Pendleton plaid shirt and J Brand jeans to stay warm and toasty while you're on the ice. Get it here.
 
Through Jan 6. 305 Harrison St., Lower Queen Anne (206-684-7200). Nearby: Neilsen's Pastries; Pagliacci Pizza Queen Anne; Dick's Drive-In


Drive By: Olympic Manor Lights in Ballard
 
Drive (or walk) through Seattle's most festive neighborhood to see how neighbors have attempted to out-Griswald each other this year.
 
It's the rules: It's pretty much impossible to live here unless you're the kind of person whose garage houses Christmas decorations instead of cars most of the year. The decorations are written into the HOA rules.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: Keep it casual in easy layers from Ted Baker London an twill pants from Earnest Sewn. Get it here.

Through the season. Start your tour at Northwest 85th Street and 23rd Avenue Northwest, Ballard. Nearby: Sopranos Pizza and Pasta; Kasbah Authentic Moroccan; Viking Tavern

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