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Blog-beloved label cooper & ella has only been around a few short years, but they’ve already got the cred of a much longer-lived brand—since the line’s launch in February 2013, it’s been called out everywhere from WWD to Teen Vogue and been spotted on celebrities like Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene. And it’s easy to see why.

Designer Kara Mendelsohn (the line is named after her two children) is obsessed with ensuring the functionality of her garments. Each piece is designed to be ultra-wearable for women on the go, meaning flattering fits, versatile prints, and hidden bands and closures so that you can wear a bra with every piece, even the ones with open backs.

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And that’s not all: In partnership with HOPE Foundation, cooper & ella’s Empower program promises to donate one hot nutritious meal to a child in need for every piece sold, and in this year alone, the brand is committed to donating a minimum of 100,000 meals to the HOPE Foundation School in Bangalore, India.

Mendlesohn chatted with us about the Empower program and what it means to her, as well as how giving back has influenced her approach to design. Keep reading for the full scoop.

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Fendi’s calling these “Bugs”–and while we’re honestly seeing birds, not bugs, either way they’re fly. They’re part of a larger Fendi collection of Monster handbags and Bug shoes. This particular sandal is the current favorite footwear of Jodi Taylor, Nordstrom Senior Stylist, who enthuses about it and gives styling tips, below. 

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Shop: Fendi Bugs shoes | Fendi Monsters bags | all Fendi

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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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A short list of the icons of fashion and style who’ve had a handbag named in their honor: Jane Birken, Brigitte Bardot, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Princess Di, Lana Del Rey and …

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…Specifically, this cute little Mad Men-goes-to-Miami two-piece number, which was the recipient of a not-insignificant amount of love this week from The College Prepster, who also dug up some amazing vintage Lilly ads to show how this particular look bridges the old and the (newest of the) new.

And that’s not the only look we’ve got that lands Lilly firmly in the now: think festival-ready rompers for women, throw-on-and-go maxi dresses, body-con styles and more.

Shop: Lilly Pulitzer for women

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Giving the perfect gift is right up there on the list of things that feel amazing, but it just got even better. Nordstrom is now donating 1% of Gift Card proceeds to our nonprofit partners. That means when you give, you give twice. You give powerfully.

We believe in connecting with and empowering the communities we are part of, so we’re thrilled to be supporting organizations that positively impact our cities. As part of our 2015 focus on youth and kids, your Gift Card contributions will help Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and other like-minded enterprises as they literally change the world.

For a closer look at how one Northwest-based charity transforms lives via a quintessential childhood experience, keep reading.

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By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagship where we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of her jewelry and ready-to-wear collections.

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Take a look at the jacquard skirt by Vika Gazinskaya pictured here on the right. It’s like the Magic Marker stylings of an extra-gifted doodler were lifted from a notepad, taken to France and woven into a fine silk blend. Wait—it’s not like that. It is that. And the doodler is the on-the-rise Russian designer herself. I talked to Gazinskaya via Skype about the wonderfully colorful handmade patterns in her new-at-Nordstrom collection and the history that informs the look.

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How to wear spring’s loveliest pastels? In the case of this asymmetrical crepe sheath dress by Narciso Rodriguez, the key is to first understand that it was inspired by water.

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Joan Smalls is gorgeous. Flawless skin, a killer smile and legs for days—all attributes befitting a supermodel who’s one of the highest paid and best known in the world. But there’s another, maybe not-as-obvious aspect that’s gotten her there: a lot of hard work.

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It’s that serious work ethic that has helped the native Puerto Rican become a success in her field, graduate magna cum laude with a degree in psychology (in only two years) and, most recently, successfully collaborate on a spring collection with True Religion Brand Jeans.

We caught up with the megamodel on the rooftop terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan, where fellow models including Lily Donaldson and Jacquelyn Jablonski, as well as famed photographer and True Religion collaborator Steven Klein, gathered to celebrate what is not just Smalls’s first foray into design, but the first collaboration for True Religion too.

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