Life has plenty of variables. Wouldn’t it be radical if  the future was a knowable thing? Well hold on, because it just got a lot more knowable-able. We’re psyched to help you cue up and dial in your week via these new weekday/weekend horoscopes from Olivia Kim’s favorite astrologers, the AstroTwins.


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Video portrait by Elizabeth Rudge | makeup by Jenny Verador | hair by Eric Wennberg

Legendary drummer, bandleader and fiercely proud Bay Area native Sheila E. was the hardest of hardcore divas in the 1980s. It broke her down. Now she uses music to build people up.

Back when she ran with Prince and his crew, the timbale expert enforced 12-hour rehearsals for her band and gave commands, not suggestions. She had hits (“The Glamorous Life,” “A Love Bizarre”) and built a lasting work ethic into countless musicians, like Raphael Saadiq who joined her cohort when he was 14. She also became a cold, unfeeling person. She details the transformation in her book The Beat of My Own Drum.

Now that’s all behind her and she’s found the love of music again. You can hear it in her album Icon from 2014 and see it in her music-therapy foundation Elevate Hope. We caught up with her while she was coaching a bunch of young players in Seattle for More Music at the Moore Theatre, teaching them to find their own voices.

We did not talk to her about Prince. We did talk about her dad, Latin jazz heavyweight Pete Escovedo; her godfather, Tito Puente; Krush Groove, the classic hip-hop movie she co-starred in with Run-DMC; and the fact that it took her leaving her family cocoon of supportive musicians to learn about the sexist notion that women shouldn’t play the drums.

Shop: T by Alexander Wang jacket | rag & bone dress

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How does Pure Barre instructor and Zella PRO Missy DeWalt trick herself into fitting a little more ab work into her day? She makes TV commercials work for her. The average break lasts two minutes. In an hour-long show, that’s 12 full minutes you could be toning and strengthening that core. If there’s time to zone, there’s time to tone! Sorry. That was awful. But Missy’s tips are rock solid. Here are three exercises she personally mixes in while vegging out to her favorite shows.

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Forearm Plank: This is an awesome exercise, because it fires up the whole body and requires minimal space. When you do this, you need to focus on pulling your abs up and in–almost trying to take any arch out of your lower back. I like to tell people to imagine a cup of hot coffee on their back! Holding this position for 30 seconds is good. 90 seconds is better. It’s something you can build up to. You also need to make sure you keep your gaze in front of your fingers to keep your neck inline with your spine.

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HandmadeWithLoveInFrance_Still18-blogHandmade with Love in France: A love note to the artisans of the independent Parisian ateliers dedicated to haute couture. Photo: courtesy SIFF.

Each May, a host of directors, actors and film buffs from around the world descend upon Seattle, taking over the city’s theaters as part of SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival. For 25 days, more than 450 shorts, features and documentaries are shown from more than 80 countries, highlighting a multitude of genres from the best comedies to innovative art-house films.

The festival has featured new and established talent from around the world for more than 40 years, including three of our favorites from this year’s lineup: the tale of a Ugandan teen navigating the bike gangs and backstreets of bustling Kampala, an intimate portrait of the independent haute couture ateliers in Paris and their uncertain future, and a culinary road trip with the staff of one of the world’s most notable restaurants.

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Have you peeped the Herschel Supply Company Studio Collection? These matte black & white bags are fresh, functional and weirdly addictive to touch: they’re made from rubbery tarpaulin which is both soft and hardcore.

Shop: Herschel backpack | duffel | tote bag | pouch | travel kit | all Herschel

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At age 11, Carla Körbes saw Swan Lake and knew what she was born to do. Since 2006, the ballerina has been a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet; she’s retiring this June at age 33 to begin a new adventure. We met with Körbes most serendipitously as she was picking up her Jesús Peiró wedding gown from the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. The shimmering silk dress with an embellished waist was as elegant as the Brazilian dancer herself, who spoke with us about pursuing and achieving goals with a little help from her girlfriends. And a Pilates class here and there.

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes; image by Angela Sterling


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It’s wedding season! Decoding those invites and deciding on what wedding-guest dress to wear can be a confusing task at times, so we asked Nordstrom buyer Ashley Woodworth to help us out. She breaks it down in terms that are totally easy to understand, and we’ve provided a range of dress ideas to simplify your decision-making process and get you ready to raise a glass of bubbly and toast to a lifetime of love.

What-to-wear-to-a-summer-weddingNYDJ print dress | Manolo Blahnik pump | Hobo frame clutch

DESTINATION/BEACH WEDDING

This is an obvious but fun one to dress for!

Maxi Dresses: My first thought is a beautiful, flowy maxi, either printed or in a great solid pop color.

A Little Lace: Also pretty would be a crochet or cotton lace style (less serious than cocktail lace). I also love the idea of some of the new halter trapeze shapes we’re seeing, still dressy but short and easy for the beach—bonus that those styles look great with wedges or flat sandals in case you want to change shoes after you get off the beach.

Bold Prints: Depending on the location, you could also do a cool tribal-print shift, turquoise or stone jewelry and gladiator sandals. I’m thinking of Mexico here…

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Floral Laundry by Shelli Segal gown | Eliza J geometric-print maxi dress | Maggy London pleated a-line dress

SHOP: Wedding-Guest Dresses for the Beach

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The Amelia: Blackberry, Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain and Lemon Cocktail Recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

The Amelia cocktail served at our Nordstrom bars has a lot of great things going for it. It’s well balanced. It has handcrafted appeal and derives maximum flavor from just a small handful of ingredients. It’s also dangerously delicious and refined while being easy enough to prepare at home. This variation on the classic Aviation cocktail–said to be named after Amelia Earhart–is going to the top of my shortlist of adult beverages for entertaining (see our Smoke and Heat Cocktail recipe with Mezcal for another topping that list).

Ingredients: the Amelia: Blackberry, Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain and Lemon Cocktail Recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

In the Amelia, ripe, muddled blackberries lend a seductive color and texture, while St. Germain elderflower liqueur heightens the flavors of summer. Freshly squeezed lemon juice cuts through any overt sweetness with just the right amount of tang. Served up, I chose the vintage look of a coupe cocktail glass, but–as presented at our bars–a classic martini glass equally shows off the beauty of this beverage. Pro tip: as called for in the recipe, try to use superfine (caster) sugar for the glass-rim garnish. Unlike more coarse, granulated sugar, the finely processed crystals feel velvety and melt instantly on contact with your lips.

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One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

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