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Karlie Kloss at the University of South Carolina

Our spring Snapchat Shoe Challenge saw the University of South Carolina student body rally to win a party on campus with supermodel and NYU college student Karlie Kloss!

Nordstrom asked users to cast a social media ballot for Florida State University, UCLA, University of Arizona, University of Oregon or University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks rose to the challenge and, on April 12, University of South Carolina seniors were presented with a Nordstrom voucher worth $100 to help them get a well-shod leg up on their job hunt.

We took a minute to talk to the mega-model when she visited campus last week. As a working professional and NYU student, Kloss’s schedule is already pretty packed. But somehow she has still found time to help other young women find their calling with her free summer coding camps called Kode with Klossy.

Hear Karlie Kloss talk about her love of shoes, college life and her pet project. Plus, get her tips on mastering a killer runway walk.

WATCH OUR INTERVIEW WITH KARLIE KLOSS

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Ivy Park, Beyonce on basketball courtA pretty good wellness indicator might be to try to keep pace with the dance moves in a Beyoncé video. We suggest “7/11” or “Single Ladies,” but perhaps start with the choreography in “Flawless” or “Diva” sans stilettos. Watching the singer drop it in 6-inch heels, bounce back, then gyrate and seemingly strut up walls is to witness enviable human stamina and coordination in three minutes of combined viewing and listening pleasure.

No doubt Beyoncé is fit. And it isn’t just the version of fitness that’s measured in low body fat and how one (usually a feminine one) looks in a swimsuit. Beyoncé’s body is strong, capable, sexual, able to accomplish complicated rhythmic maneuvers at will. She is an Olympian on the concert stage—and the possessor of more leotards than the entire 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team.

And now you can strut a mile in her spandex. IVY PARK, a joint venture of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Topshop, will debut on April 14 at Nordstrom. With the tag line “Strong Beyond Measure,” IVY PARK attests to Beyoncé’s unique capability to make everything she touches culturally significant. Those three words are about empowerment, not about losing a dress size.

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The Weekend Guide: March 11-13

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HEAR: Second Love by Emmy the Great
Pop singer and songwriter Emma Lee Moss’s third album covers difficult emotional terrain, but this soul-stirring singer seems to skate on it with her honeyed voice. Occasionally the atmospheric album becomes aloof, yet songs like “Algorithm” and “Hyperlink” reduce love’s struggles to orchestrated abstractions that an indie-inclined audience would recognize as brilliant modern day similes.

READ: An Unrestored Woman: And Other Stories by Shobha Rao
Stories exploring the 1947 schism of India and Pakistan could seem as daunting as that contentious border. In Shobha Rao’s hands, however, we are immersed in the sympathetic lives of citizens arbitrarily controlled by the geo-political divisions of territory. Love is aborted, children lost, families separated, individuals left to their alien resources in paired stories set both in the diaspora and the domestic.

SEE: City of Gold
The prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold is an admired and imitated connoisseur of urban eats. It’s not an exaggeration to attribute to him our national predilections for food trucks, obscure ethnic foods and adventurous eating. This documentary follows the insatiable scribe around LA, a city that warmly embraces him and his enthusiasm for its citizens and their culinary ambitions.

BINGE ON A WEB SERIES AND WEARABLE SNACKS: READ MORE

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As the fashion features director at Refinery29, Connie Wang basically calls the shots. It’s her job to claim a collective dibs on the Next Big Brand or the Next Big Thing, delineate the correct way to rock a bomber and pull style out of a magician’s hat (or your end-of-the-trip roller bag).

If you want to know how she’s qualified to do such things, all you have to do is look at her. Or her Instagram feed. Some girls are just born to do fashion.

FullSizeRender-29Connie Wang at a Paris Fashion Week ACNE Studios visit, via Instagram

It’s cool that the Minnesota-born New Yorker is also nice, because niceness counts. So does portion control—but only sometimes. In the video here, Ms. Wang tells us about a time when portion control didn’t count, in the best possible way.

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Megan shares her and Brian’s destination wedding with an autumnal palette, stunning views and a beautiful Vera Wang wedding gown.

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Our Location & Theme: The Valley Club in Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on two golf courses at the base of the mountains, it’s one of our favorite places and was completely picturesque.

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As we had a fall wedding, our colors were navy and charcoal for attire, coral for flowers and napkins, and sage for invitations, programs and table numbers. I loved the long Jenny Yoo bridesmaid gowns and let each bridesmaid select whichever style she liked. The guys wore their own charcoal suits with Hugo Boss ties and whimsical Paul Smith socks, both in navy. It was nice to have a bright pop of color with the flowers and napkins.

SEE THE WHOLE STORY FROM MEGAN AND BRIAN’S WEDDING

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Sometimes you don’t have time for the gym. Sometimes you don’t even have a membership to a gym (or that resolution-driven trial already expired). Sometimes you don’t feel like going to that group class because, ugh, all the reasons. That’s where we step in with five barre-inspired workout moves you can do anywhere brought to you by Bar Method instructor and Zella Pro, Lilani Estacio.

With a degree in nutrition, a background in dance as a performer and as an instructor for almost six years, Lilani is a go-to guru when it comes to anything fitness. We asked her to show us five of her favorite barre-inspired moves you don’t actually need a barre for. Get your fit on whenever the mood strikes (or maybe more likely, when you’re just able to find a little time to spare). From a better booty to thigh-sculpting leg lifts—all in, it’s a 10-minute-or-less workout you can tackle wherever you can find a floor.

GET MOVING! WATCH LILANI IN ACTION AND GET HER PRO TIPS

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Downtown purveyors of cool rag & bone are all about you expressing who you are. Their fall collection is full of tough styles, soft textures and easy asides and, appropriately, their presentation mixed men’s with women’s and sent all of them out on the runway with their own individual vibe, courtesy of A-list makeup artist (and wife of co-founder David Neville) Gucci Westman and M·A·C Cosmetics. No glossy army of samesies here. Mica was Mica, Binx was Binx.

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The implication there is clear: you be you. Gucci’s going to tell you how.

WATCH OUR RAG & BONE RUNWAY MAKEUP VIDEO

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Monday’s coed rag & bone runway presentation was full of moto- and military-themed separates, seriously sharp denim and ’90s-feeling tracksuit mashups, all with an expert touch of tailoring that makes you certain you can take the brand’s effortlessly cool pieces just about anywhere you need to go.

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We were backstage as well as ringside for the must-attend show; our video captures the action with the Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker live performance to boot. The Thom Yorke/Atoms for Peace bandmates, along with longtime rag & bone musical director Kris Bones, composed a stirring, abstract all-percussion soundtrack that served to underscore the collection’s highly individual and fully energetic tone.

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To paraphrase Yoda: There is no try. Only do. Which we’re taking as inspiration right now as we make executive decisions and wrap our holiday shopping.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

Gift like a pro with these tips

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The Weekend Guide: December 4-6

A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix

Watch: A Very Murray Christmas
It may be plain weird or it may be a winter wonderland packed with our favorite celebrity oddballs—or delightfully both. We’re not quite sure what to expect from Netflix’s new musical comedy (available today) starring Bill Murray (a “secular saint,” according to The New York Times) and directed by indie auteur Sofia Coppola. Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and many others join in the fun.

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Spike Lee
‘s adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata has the title character encouraging all women to pledge abstinence until gang members in Chicago put down their guns. With acerbic humor cutting the severity of the real-life death count in the Windy City, Lee depicts our national crisis with sexual, historical and satirical layers, courting plenty of controversy and conflicting reviews.

Cook (or Just Admire): New York Times Hanukkah Recipes on Pinterest
Even if you’re not keeping kosher, these mouthwatering foods will have you whipping up some latkes, brisket and challah. Raspberry Rose Rugelach could easily dominate any cookie exchange you have on the calendar. And the Sweet and Sour Braised Brisket with Cranberries and Pomegranate deserves to be served at your next family function, no matter the occasion.

See the Year-in-Music and More: Read On

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