If you’re prone to jealousy regarding other people’s sweet gigs, you may want to skip our series on the best pools, in which Instagrammer Kate Brien from View from the Topp catalogs the best swimming holes this side of Old Hollywood. When this shoe-selfie pro puts her stamp on a pool, it’s not just because the water is warm and the towels are dry. These places are swanky, sweet and super stylish—making them the perfect spots for Brien’s Soludos, her footwear brand of choice for poolside reconnaissance. Keep reading to find out where this pool is and how to make yourself at home there, and check back all month long as we count them down.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

No stranger to The Thread, the affable potter, designer, author and founder of his eponymous enterprise Jonathan Adler shares his perspective on Pride and what he’s seen in the New York LGBTQ community after over 25 years living in the city.

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?

There is no normal day. I’ll go from making a mold on the wheel in the pottery studio to a meeting with our president about a new store opening to a brainstorm session with our marketing team to come up with subject lines for our emails. I’m lucky to work with such fun and talented people.

After work, I race home to have dinner, read, watch TV and beat my husband at Ping-Pong.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

I moved to New York in 1989 in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and Pride was an incredibly poignant and powerful moment. I moved here hoping to find creative fulfillment and amour and excitement, but it was all happening against the backdrop of AIDS. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. My favorite part of Pride weekend was the transcendental (even spiritual?) Dance on the Pier.

What does Pride Month mean to you?

Pride has become less mournful and more celebratory. The LGBTQ community has made huge legal leaps in the last couple of years, and Pride is an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come. And, I suppose, it’s an opportunity for moi to reflect on my own New York journey from 22-year-old to my current ancient self; I’m legally married to a brilliant man and I’ve been able to build a really creative career. I must remember to be less grumpy!

What are you doing this year to celebrate?

I love to go to the Pride parade, which is conveniently located a block from my apartment. I’ve been in New York for over 25 years so I’m a little jaded, but the madness of the parade is energizing. I love to see the carnival of young and old and gay and straight. Everyone should go to a New York Gay Pride parade at least once. It’s hilarious.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world?

Not to get all preachy, but as the LGBTQ community has made such incredible leaps in the U.S. and a lot of the Western world, things have actually gotten a lot worse for our brethren in many parts of the world. I would love to see a greater focus on helping our peeps in trouble.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Cristi Duncan splits her time in New York City modeling, working on photo sets, scoping out the city’s best music and perfecting her photography. Plus, documenting it all–and other things she’s into–under her alias toooth on Instagram.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I’ve worked within fashion and photography since I was in high school.

I started out modeling with the NY agencies. I began styling shoots and assisting photographers. From there, I worked as a photo editor and studio manager. I also worked for a fashion/design marketing and branding agency.

Besides photography, my favorite thing to do in New York is going to see live music, especially if it’s outdoors. There’s nothing better than good tunes in a park.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
I used to avoid Pride Month events at all costs, not because I didn’t want to go, but I really didn’t have a group of friends that I felt comfortable sharing that with when I first moved to NY. So my most memorable Pride Month was once I found a group of women who really inspired me to go out and celebrate with them, which was really an awesome experience for me.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
To me, Pride Month is all about acceptance and the freedom to love whomever. I’m fortunate to have a group of family and friends who accept me for who I am with open arms, but supporting the awareness that there are still a lot of people that need that is something I’ll always get behind.

What are you doing this year to celebrate?
I just found out that this year, for the first time in years, I will have a day off during Pride weekend. So I will definitely find some way to celebrate. I think I’ll go to the march on Saturday, and then the ideal would be a BBQ with my friends afterward.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

When you’re part of the world’s #1 international model-management firm, you’d better bring your A game. As a junior agent at IMG Models in NYC, Ethan Miller and his colleagues help represent some of Earth’s most-wanted models.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I book supermodels around the world and work for the coolest woman I know.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Walking down Broadway in Seattle, hand in hand with my first boyfriend, wearing Pride beads and feeling oh so confident.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
I think it’s a nice time to reflect on where the LGBTQ community has come and where we can go next.

What are you doing this year to celebrate?
Honestly, I celebrate every day. Each morning when I get to wake up next to my partner and kiss his cheek is a form of my daily celebration. In that moment, I am so overjoyed that I live in a time and place where I can do that so freely.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world?
I would like to see the conversation continue to expand, become more inclusive both in terms of the transgender community and in terms of race. Believe it or not, race in the LGBTQ community is still a conversation.

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Fresh Dressed is the first-ever documentary about the history of hip-hop fashion, out now in theaters all over the U.S. We recommend you see it. You will be entertained and educated, and perhaps inspired to decorate your jacket.

Energy and insights in Fresh Dressed come from music and fashion leaders including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Dapper Dan, André Leon Talley, Riccardo Tisci and the duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne from Public School.

But the overall product is excellent mostly because it was directed by Sacha Jenkins, a 20-years-deep veteran of journalism with Beat Down, ego trip and Mass Appeal magazines. Mainstream America remembers his The (White) Rapper Show on VH1Some Pratt Institute students call him their professor.

Now you will know him from his interview with the Nordstrom blogs.

Check our interview with Jenkins and the trailer for Fresh Dressed below. And if you’re already feeling TL;DR, check this audio clip from Jenkins about how hip-hop style relates to freedom:

 

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

L.A.-born and based, Courtney McCullough studied dance in London before moving back home to a successful modeling career. When she’s not posing in campaigns and ads for the likes of M•A•C,  W Magazine, BCBGeneration, New Balance and…the list goes on, she’s probably either working on film projects like Weekly Meeting for Well Dang! Productions or traveling the world with her camera in tow. This is a woman who takes carpe diem to the next level.

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What is your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Some years ago I was living in Israel, and I went to Tel Aviv Pride, which was such a festive environment. People in Tel Aviv are quite friendly and outgoing in general, but this was a whole other level of conviviality and solidarity, especially in a conservative region of the world.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
I think the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community in our country and in the media is a positive step forward. Knowing that younger people are seeing that it’s perfectly fine to be yourself and to know there are individuals with similar experiences on such a large scale is very uplifting and gives me hope.

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Laura Mercier–one of the biggest names in the beauty world–guides us on a trip to Paris, gives us a peek into her handbag and answers the one question she gets asked the most about makeup.

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What makes the perfect lipstick?
For me, it’s all about the formula. It must feel comfortable to the point where you forget that you are wearing lipstick, must wear all day and must not bleed. Choose a color that is in tune with your mood and personality, truly making it a signature accent to your look.

What three beauty products do you never leave home without?
Secret Camouflage, Primer Radiance and Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Love yourself before you can love anybody else.

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Fresh blueberry martini cocktail recipe with lavender syrup from Nordstrom Bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

What a perfect cocktail to celebrate the first official week of summer. Fresh blueberries get muddled to release their sweet juices–and a beautiful hue that helps color the cocktail–and lavender is simmered into a syrup that ends up slightly fragrant and contributes just the right touch of floral notes. I find lavender sometimes a bit overwhelming, but not here, when balanced by the refreshing tartness of lemon. Try this Blueberry and Lavender Martini in our Nordstrom bars, or read on to create this cocktail recipe for yourself and some very good friends this summer at home.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Nick Nelson knows style. And you might just know Nick Nelson, too. Or at least recognize his work as a stylist that shows up in magazines like ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, plus on a few celebs you might have heard of–aka Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o. Check out some stunning examples of Nick’s work in his fashion portfolio.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I style editorials for fashion magazines, celebrities, TV, advertisements, etc.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month? 
Grace Jones performing at a Pride event in New York.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
Celebrating the idea that as civil rights are extended and formal equality achieved, we can move past gay and straight to human.

What are you doing this year to celebrate? 
Hopefully leaving the city and enjoying some quiet time with my boyfriend.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world? 
Perhaps less of a party and more of an acknowledgement of the unsung heroes in the LGBTQ community.

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