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In this image we see music/fashion boss Taylor Swift on a brief break from punching people in the face (have you seen “Bad Blood”?) to preview her Nordstrom exclusive sneaker for Keds at a private party in New York.

Nobody moved and nobody got hurt.

Seriously, though: Swift doesn’t really punch people. In fact she was gracious with her time at Canoe Studios in Chelsea and excited to meet her fans: a handful of BP. Fashion Board high schoolers, top Nordstrom customers and Refinery 29 contest winners.

Swift shot the breeze about this and that, talked about her pet seagull who lived in her swimming pool at her old Hyannis Port home–and enthused about her Keds. Especially the Nordstrom exclusive “Welcome to New York” sneaker, based on her song of the same name.

And speaking of the BP. Fashion Board: it’s worth investigating. If you know a teen girl or boy who wants to work in fashion they should sign upThey’ll learn about the industry, gain skills and maybe meet a pop icon.

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I love coffee, but I’d never tried cold-brew coffee before making this drink. So when our Restaurants Team sent this recipe, a small, dubious part of me thought, ‘Really? 12 hours to steep the grounds at room temperature? Couldn’t you just make hot coffee and chill it down? It can’t be that much better’. Well, I tried it at home, and it is. Now I’m a cold-brew believer–the smooth-tasting result is worth the hours-long wait.

Cold brew coffee drink recipe with oranges and agave from Nordstrom | Photo by Jeff Powell.

Unlike a more conventional hot brew, the cold-brew method yields a complex concentrate with much less acidity and bitterness. Augmented with the bright, citrusy orange–an unexpectedly great combination–and a hint of sweetness from the agave nectar, this drink is simple, surprisingly flavorful and refreshing. It makes for an unique addition to a summertime brunch or cold pick me up on a hot afternoon.

Our Ebars, where you can find our cold brew, use a 5-1/2-gallon commercial setup. Thankfully the same company makes a more friendly home-sized version–the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System. For optimal results, use freshly ground whole beans, like our Nordstrom House Blend Dark Roast Coffee Beans.

Cold brew coffee drink recipe with orages and agave from Nordstrom | Photo by Jeff Powell

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Photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf

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Headliner Kendrick Lamar basically body-slammed the Sasquatch Music Festival this past Memorial Day weekend, in the best possible way, rapping hard in eastern Washington’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge. He looked great in a Canadian tuxedo and rocked a crowd the size of a small city.

The setlist was hit after heavy hit from the Compton, CA, emcee extraordinaire. But we’re beefing over here because he didn’t perform “Complexion,” our favorite track off his 2015 opus To Pimp a Butterfly.

Read more about “Complexion,” which features the rapper Rapsody and pianist Robert Glasper, in our interview with Glasper.

See more images from Sasquatch below.

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The easy answer to summer’s impending question is not much at all, but it’s what you do with that little bit that sets the season’s best dressed apart from the rest.

This month’s Pop-In@Nordstrom is all about the deck—the tiled, floatie-strewn, beach-towel-covered poolside deck, that is.

In our dream world, the poolside is a place that mixes Old Hollywood regency with present-day realness and global style. At our poolside lounge, Marilyn Monroe and FKA twigs are BFFs. At the poolside, the sun is always shining, the watermelon is always freshly sliced and the DJ is just about to drop our favorite cut—which is a mash-up of vintage girl group doo-wop and Fresh Prince-era feel-good pop. And in this fantasy, everyone is rocking just the right look.

For the skinny on how to wear the best one-piece bathing suits, killer bikinis and more in 2015 poolside style, dive right in.

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This year’s Sasquatch festival at the Gorge in Eastern Washington was a four-day music marathon headlined by some of the biggest acts in the biz (can you say Kendrick Lamar?). The music was great—and so was the fashion. Read on for some of the looks that have us the most inspired.

Shaprece: Sheer Separates

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Sheers that leave little to the imagination have been all over the red carpets lately (think Beyoncé and Kim K. at the Met Gala) and the sex factor of Shaprece’s two-piece look is softened by its flattering, breezy fit. Fun fact: The outfit was handmade for Shaprece by Ashley Genevieve, who spent hours handling the finishing touches in a hot RV on the campgrounds the day before the show.

Shop: sheers | crop tops | maxi skirts

 

Shaprece’s Backup Dancers

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Though not technically part of our top five, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to give a special shoutout Shaprece’s bodysuit-tastic backup dancers. No commentary necessary! READ MORE >

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It’s spring 1979, and these faux-jogging ladies in our catalog are enjoying the plush caress of head-to-toe velour. They’re also wearing our former in-house activewear brand Norsport on their feet. Nordstrom + sport. See what we did there? We’re on board with the sneaker trend we’ve been seeing for a while now and would totally get into wearing a pair of these vintage kicks.

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And/or re-creating some key scenes from Xanadu in these sweet roller skates we found while doing a little Internet research on Norsport.

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–Jeff Powell

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We can’t get enough of Crystal Nicodemus’s eye, so we’re bringing her Fashion Week street style posts to the mix all year long. Get inspired by the industry’s best dressed, and then … make their look your own!

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Shop similar styles:
Blue Tunics | Red Clutches | White Maxi Skirts

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Eileen Fisher Tunic | kate spade Clutch | Michael Kors Maxi Skirt

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Although you wouldn’t figure him to be any older than, oh, say, your favorite older brother, Gilles Assor, U.S. head of the super-chic heritage footwear brand Robert Clergerie, has been around—in the best way. If you’re lucky enough to spend an afternoon hearing about his career in fashion, you’ll get an earful. From Galliano-era Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier’s JPG line (“before streetwear was streetwear”) to Paco Rabanne (“Balmain now is Paco Rabanne back then”) to the first time Birkenstocks were cool (and sanctioned by the Parisian boutique Colette), and from Barbara Bui to Margiela to Marc Jacobs in the era of baby discos at the Palais de Tokyo. Assor’s narrative résumé is just plain killer. If he weren’t so sweet and fun, he’d be pretty darn intimidating.

And as much as he knows about fashion (in case that isn’t clear yet, it’s A LOT), he’s also a pretty good resource for all things Chelsea. He’s lived in New York’s art gallery–studded neighborhood for four years, and the Robert Clergerie showroom, Assor’s “office,” has been in the Chelsea Arts Tower for two.

We were lucky enough to while away a few hours there with this fine Frenchman a few weeks ago. He snuck us up to the showroom’s rooftop event space, The Glasshouses, and pointed out the sites from on high: the seemingly singular one-story building where Donna Karan is said to be hosting her next runway show, the Frying Pan, the condos with drive-in, elevator-up garages (!).

“Realtors around here are now buying the sky,” he said in his spot-on, deadpan way. We left it at that—except for the following download on galleries, cocktails, coffee and, naturally, summer’s best shoes. (And some other stuff too.)

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Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if  the future was a knowable thing? Well hold on, because it just got a lot more knowable-able. We’re psyched to help you cue up and dial in your week via these new weekday/weekend horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.


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