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Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

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That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

TAKE A TOUR

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How Influencer Gala Gonzalez Is Spending Her Summer (with Foreign Travel, Fashion, Food and Flats)

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On Spanish style influencer Gala Gonzalez’s summer agenda: travel to 18 destinations, eat authentic Mexican food (in Mexico), lots of skin moisturizer, and French electro-pop. Throughout this, the Amlul blogger will be packing Gala sandals, designed by Pedro García. Her namesake shoes are just the latest in an ongoing collaboration between Gonzalez and fellow Spaniards Mila and Pedro García. “I have a deep personal relationship with them,” Gala says. “Also, I’m truly happy to spread a Spanish brand worldwide!” It’s an obvious fit for the fashionable brunette beauty who favors comfortable flats and fun times. “I feel very identified with their ‘think party, wear daily’ philosophy,” she says.

FIND OUT WHERE SHE’S GOING

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Vicarious Vacation: Our Print Director’s Trip to Iceland

Travel

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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Trish McEvoy’s 5 Steps to Total Skin Fitness

Beauty Skin Care

The daily skincare routine. When you’re rushing from here to there, juggling life’s demands and falling into bed exhausted at night, it’s easy to shrug it off as a theoretically smart but non-essential luxury. After all, you did remember to brush your teeth. But we’re here to caution you from cutting too many corners. Someone in the skincare industry once quipped that you might have a handbag for 10 years, but you’ll always have your face. While we love handbags to no end, it’s a wise adage that underscores the worth of any skincare investment you can afford. Minutes a day now can add years to your skin’s health down the road.

So what’s it take? To get a professional opinion on how to really nail your daily skincare routine, we consulted with one of the industry’s top makeup artists and skin gurus, Trish McEvoy. Not only is Trish the founder of her own beauty line, she and her dermatologist husband, Ronald Sherman, opened The Dr. Ronald Sherman/Trish McEvoy Skin Care Center in New York together in 1978—and have pioneered a vast amount of medi-spa cosmeceutical science since then.

Trish talks about skin care in terms of ‘fitness’. Skin fitness, like that workout routine you may or may not have time for, simply translates into an effective daily regimen. But instead of cardio and weights, it’s a synergistic five-step routine anyone at any age can adopt for healthier, more radiant skin. Ahead, Trish talks us through the five essential steps of daily skin care, plus answers a few lingering questions we had on the topic.

LEARN THE 5 DAILY STEPS

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Nordstrom Cheers on the Athletes of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Culture

We love fanfare. We excel at cheering. We’re pretty great rooting and hooting and doing the wave. And as Friends of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle this week, July 1–6, we’ll be doing all those things from the stands and the field.

Nordstrom is excited to join the 3,000 athletes competing in 14 team and individual events and their 50,000 fans this week at the Seattle Center and University of Washington. We’ll be there with the delegates from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., clapping in the stands, awarding medals, and assisting at the Young Athletes Festival and the bocce event.

JOIN THE FUN AND GAMES

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Milan & David | Real Weddings

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In a springtime ceremony Milan and David tied the knot, Texas style.

Milan, tell us about the location.

I knew I wanted to get married somewhere around my hometown of Dallas and David has always loved Fort Worth, so it was a perfect fit for us. We felt that Fort Worth truly encompassed the spirit of Texas, and we wanted all of our friends and family to be able to experience that.

Our Catholic faith was another thing we really connected on from the beginning. The moment we laid eyes on St. Patrick Cathedral downtown, we decided that this was the spot where we wanted to be married. Our reception was an even easier decision. Right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth is Reata restaurant. They offer delicious Southern cooking and they have this gorgeous two-level roof with a glass, domed dining room that is pure magic at night. We spent the evening dancing under the Texas stars with all of our closest family and friends.

CHEERS TO THEM: READ ON

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Welden: The Handcrafted Handbags That Won’t Cost You Multiple Paychecks

Style

In an age of mass automation, there’s still something about handworked artifacts that machine-made products will never attain. It’s the attention to detail, the human interaction that gives an extra tug to a loose piece of thread or discerns the grain of leather for an almost seamless cut. And while labels like “artisan” and “handcrafted” are touted often to sell products, the desire for individualized, one-of-a-kind pieces, thoughtfully created with tactile expertise, is not to be played down. Some might argue it is the thinking behind the process, rather than the final product, that is so valuable. And that level of human concentration often comes at a hefty price tag.

With Welden, a small, relatively new handbag company based in Connecticut, the human craftsmanship is as much the story as its signature hexagonal weave. Its bags are created using a time-honored technique originating from a family leather-goods factory now based in China, where the pieces are still made by skilled artisans and designers. Yet despite the complexity and hands-on involvement, Welden bags are offered at a surprisingly approachable price. The whole range is available between $250 and $595—nothing to scoff at, but certainly well below the norm for a luxury handbag.

The mastermind behind the brand is Sandy Friesen, who started out in the handbag industry two decades ago in New York. She met Gary and Cissy Chui, the owners of the leather factory, about 10 years ago and the three began cultivating a business partnership that would eventually culminate in Welden. In 2016, a year after Welden launched, fellow handbag-industry veteran Cori Adams met Sandy through her daughter’s ballet class and joined as VP of sales and marketing. Spanning an ocean and two continents, the foursome essentially runs every aspect of the brand, underscoring how nimble and lean an operation Welden is.

Having stumbled upon the company’s unusually patterned bags, we recently sought out Sandy and Cori to find out more about Welden, its origins and its accessible pricing. Ahead, our interview with the women behind the brand.

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5 Barre Workout Moves at Home (Slash Anywhere) with Fitness and Zella Pro Lilani Estacio | Watch This

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Sometimes you don’t have time for the gym. Sometimes you don’t even have a membership to a gym (or that resolution-driven trial already expired). Sometimes you don’t feel like going to that group class because, ugh, all the reasons. That’s where we step in with five barre-inspired workout moves you can do anywhere brought to you by Bar Method instructor and Zella Pro, Lilani Estacio.

With a degree in nutrition, a background in dance as a performer and as an instructor for almost six years, Lilani is a go-to guru when it comes to anything fitness. We asked her to show us five of her favorite barre-inspired moves you don’t actually need a barre for. Get your fit on whenever the mood strikes (or maybe more likely, when you’re just able to find a little time to spare). From a better booty to thigh-sculpting leg lifts—all in, it’s a 10-minute-or-less workout you can tackle wherever you can find a floor.

GET MOVING! AND GET HER PRO TIPS

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MAC Aaliyah Is Finally Here

Beauty Makeup

Releasing today, at the height of a ’90s comeback, MAC Cosmetics’ latest limited-edition collection has been years in the making. Thanks to the relentless petitioning of adoring fans, R&B icon Aaliyah is finally being honored with a 12-piece edit of lipsticks, eyeshadows and glosses inspired by her very own makeup bag. 

The collection is a perfect representation of the ’90s legend’s signature look (including THE satin nude lip from the video for the hit song “Try Again”) and also imagines how her approach to beauty may have evolved in 2018. The contemporary edit transcends time and trends to capture the hearts of Aaliyah fans old and new with her timeless, understated beauty. It is her enduring influence that makes Aaliyah a true icon.

To celebrate the launch, we’re breaking down two of our favorite Aaliyah looks with step-by-step tutorials to achieve her “tomboy ingenue” aesthetic. For best results, apply while jamming to this ’90s powerhouse.

GET THE LOOK

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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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