Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad Recipe with Honey-Dijon Dressing from Nordstrom Cafe. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Introducing your new favorite dinner salad (unless you’ve already tried our Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Salad at one of our Nordstrom Cafe locations). With layers of satisfying flavor, if a salad can be comfort food, this guy is it.

We toss together mixed baby greens with ripe tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, roasted corn, smoky bacon (!) and tender chicken cooked until its Parmesan breading is crisp and golden brown. Clinging to it all: a quick and delicious honey-dijon dressing that’s spiked with a bit of ginger and a handful of fresh cilantro. This is the kind of salad you’ll want to make again and again, because once you’ve tried a gratifying forkful, it’ll be hard to stop thinking about having another.

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Some people are just more pleasant to speak to, it’s true. After a recent conversation with the Paris-based fashion designer Jérôme Dreyfuss, several reasons for this were clear. For one, the thoughtfully cheerful Dreyfuss exhibits interest in a variety of topics. Secondly, his passion seems sincere. And he doesn’t take himself or fashion too seriously, which isn’t to say that he approaches his craft lightly.

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Known predominantly for his luxurious handbags that project personality, Dreyfuss has a reputation for being a bit of a rebel. He worked with John Galliano in the early part of his career and has since cut a streak across the industry both for his unique designs (his fall-winter collection includes bags made of deer and goatskin leather; some come with interior flashlights for finding your keys or phone at night) and his wildly artistic methods for presenting them.

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Read on for our chat, which covered architecture, Le Marais, what “cool” really is and why fashion snobbishness is out of style.

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His first step into fashion was at Polo Ralph Lauren; his second was with Oscar de la Renta—where he spent almost seven years working directly with the legendary founder as the brand’s global creative director. So to say Adam Lippes is primed to be an important name in American luxury ready-to-wear is a bit of an understatement.

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Adam Lippes with Lola. All images via Adam Lippes.

Says Vogue.com’s Nicole Phelps in her review of his fall 2016 collection, “He makes luxe clothes that feel of the moment without succumbing to fickle trends.”

But how does a guy like that—richly experienced, expertly angled at a bright future—spend his summer? That’s what we wanted to know.

SO WE ASKED HIM! CLICK IN TO READ OUR INTERVIEW

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Recently, we had the delightfully direct and vivacious Rose-Marie Swift at a beauty photo shoot working her magic. And when you have a world-class makeup artist on set, you don’t miss the opportunity to grab a few minutes to chat with her about anything and everything—from her unexpected beauty regimen to her secrets to beautiful, glowing skin. Plus, we couldn’t resist asking her about her innovative line, RMS Beauty—a new-to-us collection of all-natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics formulated to hydrate and illuminate, with health-driven skin care as its guiding principle. Read on to learn a thing or two about Rose-Marie’s down-to-earth and refreshing approach to beauty. Spoiler alert: less is more.

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GET TO KNOW ROSE-MARIE SWIFT

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In addition to hundreds of beauty exclusives, free samples and gifts with purchase, we’re offering a little something extra special at our store beauty counters each day during the Anniversary Sale. Check out our Glam-Out Days calendar and drop by for an extra dose of beauty, on us. Read on to see calendar highlights and editors’ picks for exclusive deals during the sale.

SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AT A STORE NEAR YOU

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Most working stiffs know a place to grab a drink after the day is through. In some offices, a post-work cocktail is almost mandatory, a way to let professional conversations seep into the early evening hours, to operate away from office politics, to form collegial bonds outside of email.

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Happy hour traditionally happens once the office closes, so around or after 5pm, in the time right before night officially settles in. In French, the designation cinq à sept (“five to seven”) applies. For Jane Siskin, the designer behind a line of clothing so named, it is the time when anything can happen.

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We spoke with Siskin about her romantic collection of modern clothes, and she shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Cinq à Sept’s pre-fall lookbook shoot at Raoul’s in New York. The historic French bistro was the perfect setting for these contemporary bohemian styles. In short, if your after-work round of drinks looked this amazing, kvetching about your job would quickly be replaced with cavorting with your colleagues.

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Over the last few years, Pedro Garcia creative heads Pedro García and Dale Dubovich have become our unofficial ambassadors to Spain. Always ready to list the hot spots and point us toward good beaches and great eats, they’re obviously passionate about their roots and eager to share.

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Of course, the real proof is in the shoes—and how those shoes are made. Pedro Garcia, the brand, takes a lot of pride in their made-in-Spain ethos—so much so that their seasonal magazine is called Made in Spain. The most recent edition took them to the industrial port of Bilbao to explore, discover and share the city and the fall collection.

We went one step further and traded a few emails with Pedro and Dale to get inside the inside scoop.

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Brandon Maxwell took the road less traveled to designer fame: He earned a degree in photography in 2008 then used it to assist stylist Deborah Afshani before moving on to work with the nearly incomparable fashion authorities Edward Enninful and Nicola Formichetti. Then he set up his own personal-styling practice, acquiring clients like—boom!—Lady Gaga.

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Looks from Brandon Maxwell’s spring-summer 2016 collection. All images courtesy Brandon Maxwell.

From there his transition from arbiter to designer was seemingly, well, seamless. Although we all know that anyone who appears to be an overnight success invariably has lots of stories about struggle, waiting games, and hard, hard work.

Suffice it to say that Brandon Maxwell is on the fast track, and we’re thrilled to count his among our designer collections. In an effort to get to know this hot young talent, we chatted via email about how his summer is going.

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Not that she needs any introduction, but the movie and TV star and newly-minted fashion designer Melissa McCarthy took time out of her crazy-busy schedule to stop by our flagship store in downtown Seattle last Friday, where she greeted customers and promoted her clothing collection, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

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Let’s be honest: mixed in with the thrill at the prospect of meeting a favorite celebrity IN PERSON is the tiniest fear that the actor you’ve loved and laughed-so-hard-you’ve-cried watching—whose movies you OWN (even though you can watch them on Netflix)—will be nothing like her accessible on-screen persona in real life. But Melissa McCarthy did not disappoint. She was absolutely lovely—warm, down-to-earth, genuinely gracious and engaging with every single person she met—and there were many!

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The blogger/designer is truly an invention of the digital age. Once a social media enthusiast has curated his or her accounts with the finesse of an artist, amassed an audience with the determination of a prom queen candidate courting votes and been photographed at enough events to establish fashion clout, the next step is to helm a collection. Blogging now segues nicely into designing since it establishes an aesthetically attuned audience.

In the case of Julie Sariñana of the blog Sincerely Jules, having 3.7 million Instagram followers helps. The style dynamo has built a small empire around her beautiful snapshots of adorable outfits and enviable trips. And her casually hip clothing line captures this easygoing but glamorous lifestyle.

Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules.

Sariñana shared images of how she styles her fashion line, named for her blog, which is new to Nordstrom this month. We spoke with the designing woman about managing her busy schedule and season-less dressing.

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