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To commemorate the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, I asked our restaurants team to show me the way to a great mint julep recipe. They left me in the capable hands of Dan Yeisley, the manager at our newest bar, Habitant. Digging up recipes from way back in the 18th and 19th centuries, he resurrected an old twist for this classic cocktail: gin.

Not to upset the entire state of Tennessee and bourbon lovers everywhere, he explained that the earliest recipes on record call for any variety of liquors–most often Cognac, brandy, gin or whiskey. After seeing that one of them also called for peach-flavored liqueur, he knew he’d found a winning combo.

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe with Gin and Peach Liqueur from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Don Was is one of our heroes, a triple O.G. in the music biz who doesn’t believe his own hype and never stopped being a fan. He’s still blown away by all the new styles in the world, and despite making classics has steered admirably clear of the mindset that “it was all so much better when…”

Now president of Blue Note Recordsthe American jazz label with the musically revolutionary back catalog (think Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk) not to mention peerless and influential graphic design by Reid Miles, whose name is one of the freshest Google image searches you’ll ever do–Don Was is basically the keeper of the cool

A fan’s dream.

Keep reading to learn which Blue Note albums he considers unheralded classics and which basketball positions each Rolling Stones member would play. 

Check this audio clip about Blue Note in the big picture:

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If what goes around truly comes around, hold on to your seat; the next 30 days are gonna be one heck of a good ride.

The just-launched Pop-In is all about girl power and all the various ways that girls can be powerful. Now through May 24, Nike Women Pop-In@Nordstrom offers an armload of opportunities on the daily: you can win free kicks, you can shop for cool gear, you can be your physical best and you can make the world around you a more beautiful place.

And if you believe in karma, you know you might as well get started sooner rather than later …

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Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.

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Life’s a party for Seattle-based creative stylist and product developer Brandy Brown. As the founder of Marabou Design, she “crafts, designs and manufactures chic party decor and accessories for the modern family and their extraordinary friends.” And when the celebrations end? Brown pops on the best hat of all: that of mom to her seven-year-old daughter, Ava.

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Good things come in threes, like this trio of springtime style flicks. Save one for a rainy day or beat the early heat with a matinee.

Dior and I

Released Sunday, April 12, this documentary details the insane amount of work, tenacity and heart that went into the first Dior collection presented by the fashion house’s newly appointed creative director, Raf Simons. Using behind-the-scenes footage, director Frédéric Tcheng brings the house’s drama to life, yielding a must-see for aspiring designers and fans of the luxury line alike.

Bonus scene: Here’s what Jaime King, Britt Robertson, and Ashley Madekwe wore to the premiere at LACMA.

Iris

Excellently accessorized with her iconic, oversized, thick-rimmed round glasses, 93-year-old Iris Apfel is one of the most recognizable faces in fashion, and the kind of person that young fashionista women (and many men) aspire to be when they grow up. Her career spans massively influential decades of style and her fun-loving outlook on life is as refreshing as it is inspirational. This documentary from director Albert Maysles gives a glimpse into Apfel’s life, trailing her as she navigates her fast-paced and glamorous world, from party hopping and handling her career to settling into intimate moments at home with husband Carl Apfel. Set to release on April 29, Iris is a sweet and stylish portrait of a woman who never ceases to amaze.

Bonus scene: Iris Apfel on the Coveteur

Saint Laurent

Starring Gaspard Ulliel as a young Yves Saint Laurent, this stunning biopic set to drop in the U.S. on May 8 is a visual spectacle chronicling the life of this seminal French fashion favorite. Director Bertrand Bonello presents an ode to haute couture as told through the clothes showcased throughout the film, starting the story at the height of Saint Laurent’s influence and popularity, and jumping around through time to highlight essential epochs of the designer’s career. While the non-linear plot can be a bit rocky to follow at times, the cultural impact of the quintessential fashion house remains crystal clear.

Bonus scene: Gaspard Illiel looking dashing on the red carpet of Saint Laurent‘s 2014 New York Film Festival premiere.

Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.

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Ask Portland, OR-based Posy Quarterman what she does for a living and she’ll tell you, “I capture magic and preserve memories, and by that I mean I am a family photographer.” But when she’s not wrangling other people’s children—not to mention the adults—for Posy Quarterman Photography, she’s doing the very important job of raising Frances, her seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter. (“That half is very important!” she tells us.)

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Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if  the future was a knowable thing? Well hold on, because it just got a lot more knowable-able. We’re psyched to help you cue up and dial in your week via these new weekday/weekend horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.


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Behold the Loewe Puzzle: it can tuck, it can drape, it can fit around the curve of back like a luxe hiker’s pack. And more! It’s a five-in-one, and today’s visual guide unlocks the genius of designer Jonathan Anderson’s formal, functional It Bag.

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