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Selecting Your Bridal Fragrance with Jo Malone London

Beauty Weddings

When asked for wedding day wisdom, brides always say, “The day will be over before you know it, try to enjoy it.” Even so, the day that you have spent months, even years, preparing for is guaranteed to go by in a blur of anticipation and celebration. Your photographer will capture moments and your guest book documents who showed up, but your wedding fragrance is all on you to orchestrate, and those olfactory memories will last a lifetime. The olfactory bulb, which processes smell, has direct connections to the areas of the brain that control our emotions and our memories. With just a whiff of a special scent, you travel through time and space to the very moment where that memory is anchored. Pretty powerful.

Ahead of my own wedding, I spoke with Céline Roux, head of fragrance development at Jo Malone London, about the sense of smell and how to scent a wedding.

FOR THE DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FOREVER

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Christian Siriano Wants to Dress All Beautiful People—and That Means Everyone

Interviews Style

Reality television stars don’t always remain in orbit. Few bachelorettes or survivors continue to dot our stellar system. Usually, they fade quickly after the finale, perhaps turning up for a post-show interview, their sparkle somewhat dimmed.

Not Christian Siriano′s. The onetime reality contestant’s star has burned more brightly, year after year, for over a decade, attracting superstars like Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna to him with the gravitational pull of his evening gowns. Siriano won Project Runway in 2008, the same year he debuted at New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the 2018 Academy Awards, Siriano dressed a record 17 women, celebrities as diverse as Amy Adams, Janelle Monáe, Whoopi Goldberg and Laurie Metcalf. “The Oscars was crazy,” Siriano says. “It was a very busy few weeks. But it was a great, great moment.”

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Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish attends the 72nd Tony Awards.

On the 2018 Tony Awards Red Carpet

Culture Film & Television Music

Streaming (and bingeing) may now be our preferred mode of entertainment consumption, but the continued allure and relevance of the theatre was undeniable during the 72nd Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Comedians, rockers, TV actors, a former member of Parliament and movie stars assumed roles this year in some of Broadway’s most celebrated productions.

Bruce Springsteen netted an award for his sold-out one-man show Springsteen on Broadway, a melding of his memoir and song oeuvre. Tina Fey’s screen-to-stage adaptation of Mean Girls received 12 nominations. The 82-year-old actress and erstwhile British MP Glenda Jackson grandly walked away with the night’s award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women)—this was her fifth Tony nomination and first winHer cast member, the formidable television and movie actress Laurie Metcalf, took the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Angels in America’s Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield won awards for Best Featured Actor and Best Leading Actor in a Play, respectively. And the cast of Spongebob Squarepants brought down the house with “I’m Not a Loser,” performed by actor Gavin Lee and written by the titans of American alt rock, They Might Be Giants.

SEE THE NIGHT’S LOOKS

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Beauty Packing List: Here’s What <em>Almost 30</em> Podcaster Krista Williams Is Taking on Tour post image

Beauty Packing List: Here’s What Almost 30 Podcaster Krista Williams Is Taking on Tour

Beauty Interviews Makeup Skin Care Travel

Wellness and lifestyle blogger/podcaster Krista Williams is ready to go on tour: “I’m all about growth, learning and transformation, so having the opportunity to be surrounded by new environments, people, places and things fills me up.” She and her Almost 30 podcast cohost, Lindsey Simcik, have packed their bags for a whirlwind trip across the country, where they will have a chance to meet their enthusiastic listeners and share insights on health, wellness, spirituality, relationships and careers.

It came as no surprise to us that Williams, our most trusted lifestyle guru, is also a masterful traveler. Her packing tips and pre-flight health rituals teach us that turbulent travel can be avoided with simple preparation. Ahead of her tour, we caught up with Williams to get the nitty-gritty on how she stays organized, calm and moisturized while jet-setting. As usual, she keeps it 100.

HERE’S WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR PACKING LIST

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Balenciaga Triple S sneaker

The Holy Grail of dad sneakers.

Asking for a Friend: How Do I Wear Dad Sneakers?

Men’s Fashion

The dad sneaker has been coming on for a minute now, even before A$AP Rocky championed the Balenciaga Triple S in GQ last fall. Some trace it to Ian Connor’s stubborn preference for Skechers, while others point out that adidas Originals x Raf Simons debuted the Ozweego way back in 2013. Regardless of the origin story, this clunky, chunky supershoe is here to stay for a while—maybe even muscling your sleek Common Projects kicks to the back of the closet (if only you could figure out how to style them).

So how do you wear dad sneakers without actually looking like your dad? Pair them with other dad-inspired pieces that have been tweaked for the 21st century. Think ’90s silhouettes, boxy and oversized, with exaggerated proportions that feel perfectly modern.

Here are three looks to get you started.

WALK THE WALK

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The Power of Dad’s Cologne: We Honor Father’s Day with Our Favorite Scent Memories

Men’s Grooming & Fragrance

Some of our most potent scent memories can be traced back to childhood events. Whether it’s Mom’s homemade cookies, fresh from the oven—the aroma of vanilla and chocolate still wending its way along the neurotransmitters in our brain—or the smell of a mowed lawn after a spring rainstorm, the fragrant recollection of wet cut grass lingering heavy in our nostrils even now. So when we think of Dad, it’s only natural that we instinctively recall his personal scent at the same time we remember curling into his lap to read a book or pressing into the crook of his neck for a much-needed hug. While not every dad wears cologne, it’s an easy marker to identify—and much easier to package and give to the man on Father’s Day than, say, the formative smells of a tobacco pipe or summer sweat.

Since Father’s Day is June 17, the Nordstrom Fashion Office is celebrating the men who helped raise us by sharing some of our favorite dad cologne memories. Ahead, a tabulation of olfactive flashbacks of our fathers and their fragrances.

 

TAKE A SNIFF DOWN MEMORY LANE

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African Botanics Saves Your Skin While Preserving Nature

Beauty Interviews Skin Care

Believed to be the cradle of humanity, South Africa has a wealth of biodiversity and a long history of using indigenous plants in traditional and modern medicines. For native South Africans Craig and Julia Noik, who now live in Los Angeles, their experience and time spent in the country’s rural lands led them to launch African Botanics, their effective, eco-friendly line of skin care that celebrates the couple’s love for their homeland.

“Growing up in South Africa taught us to respect nature and to understand how magnificent the natural world is,” says Julia, who spoke with us about the origins of the brand and how their business empowers people by investing in them and the lands they tend.

Craig and Julia Noik

All production of African Botanics products—their precious oils, creams and toners—takes place in Africa. “The benefit of keeping production in Africa is the contribution it makes to the local economic and social circumstances for everyone involved,” explains Julia. “Uplifting the continent and its people is our main goal as a brand. Using unique African ingredients supports nature conservation—and, after all, South Africa [in particular], its nature and its people are our ultimate inspiration.”

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Yael Aflalo Is Building an Eco-Friendly Fast Fashion Empire, and It Looks So Good

Interviews Style

In the early days of going green, sustainable fashion was anything but stylish. “One of my goals for creating the line was to change that stigma, that eco-friendly can’t possibly be cool,” says Yael Aflalo, CEO and cofounder of Reformation, the perennially on-trend label of vintage-inspired sundresses and baby tees. When the former model first set out to establish her green brand, she was encouraged to downplay her Earth-conscious initiatives for fear that “people would automatically roll their eyes.” Nevertheless, Aflalo persisted, creating her It label and proving that you can change the world without sacrificing your style.

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The Healing Power of Gemstones: Jewelry Designer Gorjana Reidel Leaves No Stone Unturned

Interviews Style

Plants heal. Waters heal. And if you haven’t heard, rocks heal. Especially tumbled gemstones and spiky crystals in pretty colors and Instagram-worthy formations.

Back in the day of pharaohs, it’s said that Egyptians would crane their heads into amethyst geodes to ward off headaches and evil spirits. Today, in a busy high-tech age dedicated to en-masse multitasking, we wear them for their earthy, natural beauty—and don’t mind if mystical healing properties work their wooey magic on the side. Baubles to boost our confidence? Yes, please. Earrings to attract a doting paramour? Needed them 10 Tinder dates ago. Bracelets to clear the negative clutter from our heads? We thought we were the only ones!

ROCK ON

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Get the HUM Glow with This One Vitamin and Some Yummy Recipes

Beauty Food & Drink Skin Care

Aging, stress, environmental pollutants and a poor diet all have negative impacts on the skin, causing it to lose moisture, luminosity and elasticity over time. A dire prognosis, since we can’t stop the clock. Luckily, the beauty experts at Hum Nutrition have a highly effective solution, proven to help you regain your glow from the inside-out, without messing with the laws of nature.

Glow Sweet Glow is a vegan gummy vitamin that helps the skin retain moisture thanks to low-molecular, easy-to-absorb hyaluronic acid. That, plus a combination of vitamins C and E, gives the skin a protective barrier. Best yet, the gummy tastes like an orange creamsicle.

We chatted with registered dietitian Sarah Greenfield about the radiant effects of hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E contained in Glow Sweet Glow, Hum’s newest daily vitamin for optimal skin health. As a bonus, Sarah shares her favorite delicious recipes for clear, hydrated skin.

GET GLOWING

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