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‘Tis the season when we begin to spend multiple hours outside in the sun, sometimes forgetting to take care of our fragile human shells. You know, music festival season.

And not to be a huge bummer, but we should talk about sunstroke and sunburning.

These things happen. They are serious. And like dehydration, they are dangerously easy to allow. Please be careful out there, OK? Don’t wriggity wreck yourself.

Check yourself: Drink water. Wear sunscreen. And bring a hat.

If we may guide you, our whole collection of Brixton hats is worth your perusal. That’s the Sophia, above.

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For adventure-ready sunglasses, we’re loving the TOMS Traveler: clean design, bendable SOLAFLEX construction. Throw them in your bag and speed off into the horizon, no hard protective case necessary.

Plus, built into every purchase is the brand’s famous one-for-one philanthropy

Just like how buying a pair of TOMS shoes helps a person in need, TOMS ensures each pair of sunglasses sold results in sight-giving assistance to a different person who could use help paying for glasses or ocular medical attention.

We spoke to travel hounds and witnesses to TOMS’ good works John Whitledge, creative director and designer for TOMS eyewear, and Darin Dennee, TOMS eyewear director. They gave us insights (pun intended) into TOMS’ programs in Paraguay, which islands they’re surfing next and where to go when you’re in Shanghai.

And they confirmed the virtual unbreakability of these shades. 

Shop: TOMS sunglasses

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The brand Pintrill, out of Brooklyn, NY, answers the question: What if you took the collectible world of pin culture, and speared it through your phone and into your text messages?

Jordan Roschwalb started Pintrill in April 2014 with his girlfriend Doni Gitlin and homie Andrew Yung. He talked to us on the phone about the communal power of pins and future possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary.

After speaking with him, we’re even more certain that these pins will get you noticed at a music festival or on the street. And maybe bartered with.

Shop: Pintrill | Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, which exist in select physical Nordstrom locations and, of course, online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia below.

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You think you really know someone … and then … well, then you realize you don’t know them at all; you’ve simply admired them from afar. That’s what happens to us, anyway—until we get our one shot at gathering three actual knowable things about fashion’s favorite icons.

The Thread: Let’s go back in time. What was the feeling you had when you started the resort collection, and what story did you hope to pass on?
Christian Louboutin: I admire beauty, grace and fairytale love. The dream is a major factor in my language of design.

What are you waiting to read?
I love reading Haruki Murakami. I hope to read his latest on my next holiday.

What’s for dinner?
I adore Indian food. My favorite meal is chicken tandoori and I love cheese naan!

SHOP: Christian Louboutin

—Laura Cassidy

We’ll always say yes to a peek inside the handbags of inspiring women—and definitely yes to insider tips on the best little-known places to go in Paris. British-born, Paris-based Creative Director Clare Waight Keller gives us both, and tells us a little about the newest handbag designs in the Chloé resort collection.

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The holidays are about a lot more than wondering what’s in your stocking. This time of year is a much-needed annual reminder to slow down for a second and remember what’s really important. To reconnect with family, friends and loved ones. To count our blessings for what’s going well. And to make sure we’re doing what we can to help those in need.

FEED, a philanthropic brand that’s provided more than 85 million meals globally, can assist with that last part—while checking gifts for said loved ones off your list in the process.

Keep reading to see FEED’s holiday portrait series featuring longtime supporters like Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen and our own Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim, who came together to show how each FEED purchase can help fight world hunger.

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November 3, 2014

Gifted: Girl with a Pearl

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.


Sam Edelman Reversible Faux Pearl & Spike Stud Earrings

As Jackie O once said, “Pearls are always appropriate”. This hasn’t changed a bit since Mrs. Kennedy’s heyday as the epitome of style and grace in the 1960s. The crystalline balls of calcium carbonate are a time-honored classic, instantly infusing glamour into the simplest of ensembles.

But even the classics need a revamp now and then, and the pearls of 2014 have found a rock ’n’ roll rebirth with the addition of metallic spikes. The Sam Edelman studs shown above have a Swarovski-studded gold spike in lieu of a traditional back, bringing an edgy, reversible twist to an enduring standard. A balancing act of sass and class, these earrings may be small in size but they aren’t lacking in panache.

This on-trend accessory is our top choice for a multitasking November surprise.

SHOP ALL: Pearl Accessories

Whether it’s Lady Gaga or Iris Apfel, some of our favorite icons have rocked Alexis Bittar. Now, in a unique collaboration, the provocative designer is featuring a special selection of limited-edition editorial pieces from his collections over the years. From a crystal mask designed for Gaga to a Deco-inspired bib necklace, these creations represent Bittar’s unpredictable take on jewelry, and his unique fusion of art, fashion and downtown club kid sensibilities. The Thread chatted with Bittar about his influences, artistic references and covetable pieces.

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“These pieces are true editorial and way more influenced by the runway. They’re really art,” he explains.

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As part of our Olivia Kim-curated collection of goods that do good—Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—we’ve brought you stories about the inspiring artists of Creative Growth and the women who are empowered by Krochet Kids. Today, we have an exclusive interview with Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of socially conscious brand FEED.

A beacon in the fight against global hunger, FEED helps feed the world with every purchase of their colorful bracelets, utilitarian backpacks and new, crafted-in-Kenya leather handbags—to the tune of nearly 84 million meals provided globally so far.

Keep reading for a glimpse into Lauren’s world travels, her insights on how we can all help and information on the exact effect your FEED purchase will have.

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