One day each year, folks dress in their spring finery and head to the racetrack. Or, for about two minutes, some with otherwise no interest in equine affairs turn to their televisions. Mint juleps are poured. Bets are placed. Rapt eyes focus on Louisville, Kentucky, where, for over a century, 20 of the most beautiful and athletic horses in the world compete in the first race of what forms the Triple Crown.
“The Run for the Roses” or the Kentucky Derby is one of our enduring national pastimes. Although originally modeled after the English Epsom Derby, it has become distinctly American. Southern style, food and customs pervade the event and the many events surrounding the main one. But just as the race’s founders took liberties with the equestrian traditions of Europe, many households and barrooms throw alternative versions of the party on the lawn at Churchill Downs.
Since the sporting life is as good a reason as any to rally around delicious food and drink, we invited some of our favorite Nordstrom people over for a Kentucky Derby party. Our menu included snack variations on traditional Southern foods, some strong cocktails and plenty of horsing around in front of the camera in candy-colored clothes. Since the main event usually takes just minutes, there’s ample time to catch up with each other and enjoy a pleasant, lazy afternoon that can easily drift from a casual cocktail hour into a light dinner.
The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7. Undercard races begin at noon ET and the main event is at 4pm ET.
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8, but don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with unique gifts perfect for any mom out there. We’ve rounded up 12 ideas ready to provide all the pampering she deserves. What mom wouldn’t love the gift of an at-home spa day?
THOUGHTFUL GIFTS MOM WILL NEVER KNOW YOU GOT LAST-MINUTE
We’re so excited to be back as the official red carpet sponsor of the 70th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, when we’ll bring you real-time coverage of all the star-studded arrivals and exclusive candids from our red carpet photo booth. Nominations for this year’s awards were announced this morning (no surprise: Hamilton leads with 16 nods) with an A-list lineup including Michelle Williams, Jeff Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o, Steve Martin, Jessica Lange and more.
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Fun fact: Commes des Garçons and Drake share the graphic designer Filip Pagowski. The creator of the Japanese fashion brand’s iconic, anthropomorphic heart also worked on the visuals for Drake’s new album Views.
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Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer, makeup artist and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.
Go ahead and just try to keep up with Tiffany Lowry. As a freelance hair and makeup artist, Tiffany juggles running between beautifying clients at her chair in a downtown spa, dishing out her encyclopedic beauty knowledge on TV, traveling as the image director for a cable sports network and oh, you know, just working on the imminent launch of her very own app—plus being a mom. We have no idea how she managed to take a day away from it all to get gorgeous in some of our favorite summer day dresses, but we’re so glad she did. You couldn’t ask to hangout with a more energetic, enthusiastic and on-top-of-her-game human being—a woman with an irrepressible spirit who clearly loves what she does. Every single person in our crew that day came away with genius tips and beauty product recommendations; we can’t wait for that app!
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Like the most devoted groupie, Nordstrom has hit the road this festival season to see our favorite bands. But we don’t travel light. In tow is our mobile Pod, a roving relaxation chamber complete with recharging stations, beauty samples, comfy chairs and aura photographer Radiant Human.
Images by Jessa Carter
If you’re also festival bound, be sure to drop by to hang out amid our mirrored rooms, shop summer styles and get your photo taken. There will be good vibes and great energy.
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For its spring exhibition, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines handcrafted and mechanical manufacturing in fashion, with an exhibit gift shop curated by Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.
Wedding ensemble (back view), Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014–15 haute couture; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection, Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope.
Fashion and technology are historically interwoven: Textile manufacturing was the major catalyst of the Industrial Revolution, introducing the ready-to-wear economy. Early computers borrowed from the punch card technology of the jacquard loom for their processors. Now, computer-aided design is a requisite fashion course for would-be designers.
The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute presents an exploration of fashion manufacturing in Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (May 5-August 14). Haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs are on display in the more than 100 pieces in this exhibit.
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Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan
Co-founders of the luxury (and just downright dreamy) home and body fragrance brand Antica Farmacista, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan are moms, successful businesswomen and delightful human beings. They spent some time telling us all about their Mother’s Day traditions, the benefits of a good bottle of wine and what’s new that has them excited.
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Breanne shares her and Mike’s big day—an island wedding full of romantic elegance.
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Héctor Medina in VIVA, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Exploring the complicated codes of machismo and gay culture in a destitute but transitioning sector of Havana, VIVA is both a touching and harsh film. Jesus, a gay hairdresser, pursues his drag star dreams while hustling on the side. His father, Angel, returns from a stint in prison and forcefully sets himself up in Jesus’s home and life. As they struggle to reconcile, Mama, an aging queen, offers tough warmth and protection to both men.
German-American sculptor Eva Hesse died of a brain tumor at just 34. But her short life contained more hardship and success than most. Escaping the Holocaust, Hesse came to the U.S., where she studied at Yale. This documentary explores her artwork and journals to show an accomplished young artist celebrated by her Conceptual artist peers and committed to her craft as she confronted adversity and ultimately death.
READ: Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher
Appleseed, Massachusetts, is the town that metafiction built. When the economy begins to rot, due to a blight of bookworms that burrow into the residents’ very meaning, the young narrator finds his own life and that of those he loves upended. Boucher’s strange story is referentially so. Prepare to meet Reader and question the very act of literature as you consume this book.
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