Amanda shares her and Sean’s classic Cleveland wedding, with pretty DIY touches and lots of dancing.

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Our location: The Tudor Arms Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. We chose this space for several reasons, but the main ones were the size (we had a large wedding) and how gorgeous the venue is. The ballroom, where we served dinner, is absolutely beautiful—you barely even need decorations! We had cocktails, dinner and dancing in three separate rooms, and everything flowed perfectly! The whole floor of the hotel was ours for the night, and we got so many compliments from people who thought it was unique and fun going from one room to the next throughout the evening—it kept things interesting!

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Amy Sall, editor of SUNU

Amy Sall, activist and founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, spends her busy days writing cultural essays, exploring women’s issues, and managing her worldly and stylish Instagram account. A first-generation American of Senegalese descent and a recent graduate of Columbia University’s graduate program in Human Rights Studies, she is positioned at the intersection of art, culture and politics to be a voice and a sophisticated eye on this era of globalization.

We spoke with Sall, one of the faces of our Anniversary Sale, about her daily routine (which is anything but), the music she listens to, what keeps her grounded—and her footwear.

WHAT AMY SALL IS SHOPPING: READ ON

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“I love attending a black-tie charity event,” says evening, bridesmaid and ready-to-wear designer Monique Lhuillier. “It’s so much better to gather a group of friends for a night out when you are all giving back to a great cause. Luckily between LA and NYC, there are always amazing events taking place.”

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From Monique Lhuillier’s summer collection, which is sold in-stores only; call 1.888.282.6060 for information

Lhuillier’s authority as a special occasions designer doesn’t just come from her success on the red carpets and in the grandest ballrooms; it comes because she lives and breathes it.

In light of (like, seriously…metallic pastel light) her ultra-lovely summer collection, we asked her to tell us what makes the best evenings especially magical.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER ON THE BEST EVENINGWEAR AND NIGHTS OUT

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Straberry Crostata Dessert Recipe with vanilla pastry cream and balsamic reduction from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Ripe, sweet strawberries; rich, luscious pastry cream; syrupy balsamic; and a scoop of vanilla-bean gelato, all atop a buttery, flaky crostata shell. You’re going to want to make this summery dessert next time you have people over: it’s a showstopper. Making homemade pastry cream and dough may sound like a challenge, but it’s actually pretty easy and requires only a few ingredients. Even better, you can whip up all the components of this extremely delicious dessert four days ahead of serving, and assemble it in just a couple minutes for your guests (just save macerating the strawberries for the last minute). Serve, sit back and enjoy how popular you have now become.

For a nice touch, warm up the crostata shells in a 350°F oven for a few minutes before serving. And a really good jam can stand in for the streak of raspberry sauce, if you don’t want to make it yourself. Just warm the jar in a microwave and add a few drops of water to loosen it to a spreadable consistency; passing it through a sieve to remove any seeds is also a good idea.

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Eradicating global poverty might seem unreachable—but Cotopaxi founder and CEO Davis Smith can scale mountains.

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“One of my earliest memories is from the Dominican Republic. My family moved there when I was four and I remember seeing children my age on the street who were completely naked. It was the first time I’d seen anything like that, and it just shocked me. I mean, I can’t even describe to you how I felt.” LET’S CLIMB

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To say that Israeli-born, New York-based designer Kobi Halperin was inspired by a recent trip to Beijing might be an understatement. Halperin admittedly obsesses over the details and admires traditional craftsmanship. His creations frequently showcase intricate laces, beading and needlework. So China’s millennia of silk, embroidery and tapestry manufacturing were obvious draws for the designer. More unexpected, perhaps, was the influence of the city’s ancient architecture on Halperin.

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For pre-fall, Halperin interpreted the faded glory of the Ming Dynasty’s Forbidden City in a rich but delicate collection of silk, floral embroidery and crochet work. Wood carvings on the palace’s many structures also informed the dimensional layering of botanic lace found on dresses and blouses. Luxurious fabrics are wrought in a strongly imperial palette featuring red, black and white, with several pieces in a muted champagne reminiscent of the natural wood beneath the vibrant paint on the city’s aging buildings. Each item of clothing features a skillful, eye-catching flourish or technique but remains classic enough to endure time and fashion.

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SHOP: Kobi Halperin Jade asymmetrical hem halter lace dress

We spoke with Halperin about the Imperial City, his favorite sights there and what he brought back with him, both materially and artistically—and he shared his stunning travel and pre-fall lookbook photos with us.

SEE HIS TRAVEL PHOTOS AND NEW DESIGNS: READ ON

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Let us catch you up on a handful of our favorite newest things in the world of beauty at Nordstrom. From Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips to luxury fragrance at Le Labo labs, here are six of the best new things out there right now.

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Images courtesy PAIGE

Launching in sync with our justifiably famous Anniversary Sale (early access ongoing now) is PAIGE jeans for men, the division of the California brand that, especially for men, targets the sweet spot between fashion and comfort.

We jumped on the phone with Paige Adams-Geller, the Paige behind PAIGE, to talk about her brand’s evolution over the years. She has a unique history with Nordstrom—and just a unique history, period, finishing high school at 16 in Alaska, jumping straight into the fast life of NYC modeling, singing in bands in bars. The conversation even got a little existential from a professional standpoint, touching on one difficulty about which we can all relate:

When you’re good at a lot of things, how do you narrow down your options and focus on a career path?

SHOP: PAIGE Jeans for men

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New York Street Style shot by Kristin Yamada

We detected several trends on the streets of New York this summer. For one, loafers are back in a big way, especially the backless variety. High-waisted jeans, crop pants and wide-leg trousers are trumping shorts or dresses on the city’s stylish ladies. And—perhaps it’s no surprise—a palette of black and navy looks cool, even when the temps rise.

Global style reporter Kristin Yamada snapped photos of four enviable outfits around NYC this season. We’ve dissected them and selected similar styles that you can shop now. Because imitation is not only the highest form of flattery, but also an art.

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Colored mascara: best new colors and how to wear from Nordstrom.

If you haven’t yet made the foray into colored mascara (or it’s been a while), there’s no better time than the present. After all, what is makeup if not a fun playground to experiment in? And this summer is the perfect time for an eyeful of personal expression.

There are a lot of colored mascaras out there, but one of our favorites is Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils. Available in eight different shades, this triple threat conditions for curve, coats well for intensity, and has a fixing film for lasting effectiveness.

Get inspired and embrace the freedom to express yourself with these nine looks, plus our tips for wearing colored mascara.

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