Party punch idea: Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade from Nordstrom. A fresh, homemade lemonade from real lemons with hibiscus tea concentrate and club soda. Recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

Our recipe for freshly squeezed homemade lemonade—with the perfect tart-to-sweet balance—gets friendly with the concentrated flavors of tropical hibiscus for a refreshing summer party drink that effervesces with a top-off of club soda. (Though we won’t tell if you swap out the club soda for champagne, or tip in a bit of quality vodka to take this kid-friendly party punch into adults-only territory.)

Like with our recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade, this makes two gallons for a big crowd. You can halve the recipe for a smaller gathering, or, as I did, use up any extra to make a super-delicious granita in your freezer—a dessert perfectly suited for a warm summer night.

Dried loose-leaf hibiscus tea leaves.

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Turns out, the shades that we hide behind when running errands without makeup or avoiding paparazzi (real or imagined) are still effective for standing out in a crowd. Case in point: Coachella. In that sea of youthful seraphim taking fashion risks, there were any number of startling new frames.

Beyond the basic cat eye or aviator, designs are getting increasingly playful. Glitter, patterns, sweeping angles, tinted lenses—all appear on the new styles. These aren’t simply utilitarian sun shields but rather statement pieces worn front and center, on your face.

Here are some of our favorite new ones, as seen on Coachella festivalgoers.

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Kiernan Shipka

Festival images by Kristin Yamada

Actress Kiernan Shipka slid on a pair of these frames, with circular lenses enveloped in a wiry cat eye. The interlocking geometric shapes create a striking outline, yet it doesn’t threaten to overpower the face.

Shop our picks:

MARC JACOBS 56mm cat eye sunglasses | Fendi 53mm sunglasses

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Men’s Summer Styles 2016

What to wear this summer? Short answer: fresh prints, surf-shop tees and broken-in denim. Check out your new summer wardrobe in our video above. You’ll notice the looks come pretty fast. Key individual pieces are below.

CLICK HERE FOR MENSWEAR’S NEW SUMMER HITS

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Our Favorite Graphic Tees, Sundry Watercolor graphic tee

Some days you just want to slip on a tee and jeans—and that’s OK. There’s a reason it’s a classic combo.

To aid in your causal Friday or any day, here are some shirts that make easy dressing super stylish. These will be tops you’ll reach for again and again to solve your clothing conundrums.

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How to contour and highlight your face with makeup.

Contouring. It’s one of the things that seems to confuse people the most, based on what we always hear. For a beginner, it’s no wonder why, if you’ve seen those tutorials out there that have you start out with crazy colors all over your face and then blend-blend-blend until your arm falls off. Or other how-tos, which have you messing with powders that can be easy to overdo when you’re first trying it out. There’s an easier, better way.

Contouring is all about using light tricks to add definition to your facial structure right where you want it—and it’s also all about being subtle. Contouring with foundation is a genius technique that has been used by pros on photo shoots for years. Read on for our simple tips to get an understated and beautiful contoured look for day.

How to contour and highlight your face with makeup for dark skin tones.

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From outside our flagship store, in the South-facing picture window, a shimmery wall of gold-toned cutouts frame a new-season Louis Vuitton showpiece. Around the corner, CHANEL mannequins in airline chic (remember that show?) allow for just a peek through the glass to the handbags and accessories inside.

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Downtown Seattle Nordstrom 

Inside, near the Beauty department, a striking image of Swedish actress Alicia Vikander carting one of this season’s hot Louis Vuitton Twist bags reaches almost as high as the ceiling. And down the way, the shop of iconic Gucci handbags is as vivid and alluring as the brand’s super-popular campaign images. And then there’s the ascent up the escalators: upon one’s arrival on the second floor, a studio of CHANEL apparel calls to mind the legend of Coco’s Paris apartment, while cool-girl looks at the Saint Laurent hideout coax an approachable nightclub vibe.

In short, with the addition of nine brand-new shop-in-shop boutiques, the in-progress remodel at our downtown Seattle flagship has lately yielded a gorgeous and inspiring trip down a high-style European avenue. May we offer you a guided tour?

CLICK INTO OUR VIRTUAL TOUR AND EXPLORE OUR LOOK BOOK

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Since making this roasted-cauliflower recipe two weeks ago for The Thread, I’ve already made it again for a dinner party. This dish—served at our Bazille restaurants—elevates a humble brassica to a whole new level of delicious. The sherry-raisin butter is sweet and pleasantly sour with the addition of a mild but refined good, aged sherry—and would be equally delicious as a spread for crostini, or anywhere you’d want a flavorful compound butter. Parmesan cheese and herby breadcrumbs add a nuttiness and textural freshness that make this side dish even more inviting. And then there’s my favorite, the fried capers. While it may seem an unnecessary extra step, shallow frying half of the capers makes them tiny, crunchy salt bombs, which adds a quick-to-achieve pro finesse—especially nice if you’re entertaining.

Chopped cauliflower florets.

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Lots of fashion followers know St. John as an American classic. Worn by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail and Chrissy Teigen on the Met Gala’s red carpet, the collections are all about understated power suiting and powerfully beautiful knits.

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But fashion followers might not know about the brand’s hands-on fabrication in California, its Casablanca-inspired color palettes, or its fresh and youthful appeal.

Felicia Stapleton, however, is fully schooled. Our Seattle St. John specialist just returned from an intensive course in all things knit, crystal-studded and refined, and we got her entire download—as well as a few words straight from Orange County and the St. John headquarters.

FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ST. JOHN

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Cannes Beauty: Bella Hadid, Kirsten Dunst and Alessandra Ambrosio

There is no more glamorous an event than the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. The international awards show that celebrates global cinema attracts the world’s loveliest and most accomplished celebrities. So naturally Charlotte Tilbury’s team would be on hand to help a handful of models and starlets look camera ready.

Here are her tips for getting the looks seen on these famous faces.

HERE’S HOW TO RE-CREATE BELLA’S, KIRSTEN’S AND ALESSANDRA’S LOOKS

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Rails chambray shift dress

SHOP: Rails Anya check chambray shift dress

Cotton is definitely the fabric of our lives during the summer months. No other textile wears quite as well in the heat and comes in so many varieties. One of cotton’s most common fashion constructions is denim, a summer staple in the form of cutoffs and, in recent seasons, the form of anything. But the problem with denim is that it can really heat up.

Perhaps you’ve already met chambray, denim’s lightweight doppelgänger. Denim is rugged and heavy (usually) on account of its diagonal weave. Like most other cloths, chambray is plainly woven, or done in a crisscross method, making it airier. Both denim and chambray are made with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. Because of denim’s diagonal weave, it exposes two times the amount of colored yarn than chambray. This is why denim usually has a white backing—its weft is the unexposed white yarn. Chambray, because it is evenly woven, is a blend of the colored and white yarns—hence its lighter overall shade.

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