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Since making this roasted-cauliflower recipe two weeks ago for The Thread, I’ve already made it again for a dinner party. This dish—served at our Bazille restaurants—elevates a humble brassica to a whole new level of delicious. The sherry-raisin butter is sweet and pleasantly sour with the addition of a mild but refined good, aged sherry—and would be equally delicious as a spread for crostini, or anywhere you’d want a flavorful compound butter. Parmesan cheese and herby breadcrumbs add a nuttiness and textural freshness that make this side dish even more inviting. And then there’s my favorite, the fried capers. While it may seem an unnecessary extra step, shallow frying half of the capers makes them tiny, crunchy salt bombs, which adds a quick-to-achieve pro finesse—especially nice if you’re entertaining.

Chopped cauliflower florets.

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Lots of fashion followers know St. John as an American classic. Worn by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail and Chrissy Teigen on the Met Gala’s red carpet, the collections are all about understated power suiting and powerfully beautiful knits.

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But fashion followers might not know about the brand’s hands-on fabrication in California, its Casablanca-inspired color palettes, or its fresh and youthful appeal.

Felicia Stapleton, however, is fully schooled. Our Seattle St. John specialist just returned from an intensive course in all things knit, crystal-studded and refined, and we got her entire download—as well as a few words straight from Orange County and the St. John headquarters.

FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ST. JOHN

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Cannes Beauty: Bella Hadid, Kirsten Dunst and Alessandra Ambrosio

There is no more glamorous an event than the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. The international awards show that celebrates global cinema attracts the world’s loveliest and most accomplished celebrities. So naturally Charlotte Tilbury’s team would be on hand to help a handful of models and starlets look camera ready.

Here are her tips for getting the looks seen on these famous faces.

HERE’S HOW TO RE-CREATE BELLA’S, KIRSTEN’S AND ALESSANDRA’S LOOKS

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Rails chambray shift dress

SHOP: Rails Anya check chambray shift dress

Cotton is definitely the fabric of our lives during the summer months. No other textile wears quite as well in the heat and comes in so many varieties. One of cotton’s most common fashion constructions is denim, a summer staple in the form of cutoffs and, in recent seasons, the form of anything. But the problem with denim is that it can really heat up.

Perhaps you’ve already met chambray, denim’s lightweight doppelgänger. Denim is rugged and heavy (usually) on account of its diagonal weave. Like most other cloths, chambray is plainly woven, or done in a crisscross method, making it airier. Both denim and chambray are made with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the weft. Because of denim’s diagonal weave, it exposes two times the amount of colored yarn than chambray. This is why denim usually has a white backing—its weft is the unexposed white yarn. Chambray, because it is evenly woven, is a blend of the colored and white yarns—hence its lighter overall shade.

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How to apply perfect mascara four ways.

Did you know that the way you hold your mascara wand when applying mascara can dramatically change the shape and size of your eyes? That tidbit from one of our favorite makeup mavens is one reason we always take note when Charlotte Tilbury has something to say. And that’s not all: She’s sharing her how-to tips and tricks for using mascara to create four different looks that open up, define, elongate and intensify your eyes.

For best results, Charlotte recommends her ultimate mascara duo to create the looks. For daytime, apply her bestselling Full Fat Lashes for everyday lash enhancement. A 5-in-1 mascara (curl, separation, volume, length and drama), it coats every lash and pushes them up and outward. Charlotte refers to it as “the push-up bra for your lashes!” For nighttime, dial it up by layering on Charlotte’s newest creation, Legendary Lashes. This mascara was born on the red carpet and inspired by legendary starlets and supermodels. It gives you an instant Hollywood false-lash effect for immediate glamour. With an elastic formula and multi-bristle flutter brush, it promises to deliver 13 times more volume after just three applications!

MASCARA FOUR WAYS: GET THE HOW-TO

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Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up to the office feeling like Superman. But what to wear when biking to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, and then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt—and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear. (See our first post here.)

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Photos by Matthew Sumi

  • Bring a backpack with a clean, button-up shirt inside. Whatever you go through on your bike ride—you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
  • Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair that look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
  • Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
  • Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers. You can also bring a pair of non-bike-friendly shoes in your backpack.
  • Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!

Saturdays NYC jacket | Acne jeans | Filson rucksack | Nike hoodie | Polo Ralph Lauren sneakers | Common Projects derby shoes | Comme des Garçons cardigan | Billy Reid shirt | Alexander Olch tie

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Bag charm at Fashion Week

Strapped to the side of some of Fashion Week’s most fashionable ladies were assorted oddball accessories. Although their luxe handbags needed no frippery, many chose to outfit them with a little bauble. After all, these are women who don’t miss an opportunity to dress up. And these trinkets aren’t without their charms.

Bag charms have become a popular statement for the fashion set. Spotted on models like Lara Stone and Kendall Jenner, these playful accessories for accessories let wearers add some personality to their purses.

Bag charm at Fashion Week

Many of these bag charms take the shape of furry characters. Fendi has a Pompom Karl, a miniature Karl Lagerfeld doll ensconced in a fluffy tuft. British designer Sophie Hulme‘s quirky bag charms have become collectibles among those into the trend. You’ll find furry, feathered, tasseled and jeweled characters among her menagerie of creations. Burberry has a high-style teddy bear charm. Many designers, like Rebecca Minkoff and Stella McCartney, make tiny versions of their own handbags into charms, as though your purse seems naked without its own purse.

SEE MORE AND SHOP OUR BAG CHARM SLIDESHOW

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Charlotte Tilbury makeup artist signature looks.

When your client list reads like a who’s who of the top celebrities and models on earth, you know you’re probably doing a thing or two right. Earlier this month, Charlotte Tilbury, one of the most famous makeup artists out there (go ahead and google it!), came to visit our headquarters and Seattle flagship store. On a whirlwind trip, Tilbury managed to fit in private luncheons with customers, a meet and greet with local influencers and editors and a final in-store appearance, which packed our first floor with scads of fans waiting for her to descend the escalator followed by 10 models, each sporting one of Tilbury’s signature looks. Oh, and she even popped in at our Beauty Stylist call center to pick up the phone and answer a few live questions from customers.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup artist appearance at Nordstrom.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup artist appearance at Nordstrom.

One of the highlights of this gregarious British makeup guru’s visit was witnessing her master classes, where she and her most trusted artists demonstrated makeup looks as she offered tips, tricks and shared a serious wealth of knowledge about her products. Charlotte fell in love with makeup (namely mascara) at a young age and eventually began developing collections for some top brands. As a freelance artist, her talents soon became sought after by, well, pretty much everyone. Now, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Tilbury half-jokingly says, “I’ve pretty much done everyone’s makeup but the queen of England.”

CHECK OUT THE REST OF CHARLOTTE’S VISIT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER WORLD

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It’s travel season, fellas, and luggage should be on your mind. From our deep selection of bags, we recommend getting to know the duffel—an all-purpose genre you probably thought you knew.

The duffel can surprise. For instance, were you aware the duffel bag was named after its birthplace, the city of Duffel, in Belgium? Which you may pronounce doo-fell depending on where in the world you’re from?

Hex sneaker duffel | all men’s luggage

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Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life in Hunter boots

L.A. blogger and lifestyle expert Olivia Lopez knows how to pack for any destination. Her blog, Lust for Life, is an enviable chronicle of her adventures in the world. Saturated photos of Lopez stylishly negotiating the streets of Miami during Art Basel, the cobbled roads in Portugal and the beaches of Costa Rica provide premium travel-style inspiration.

We caught up with Lopez after she returned from Coachella to ask her about festival dressing—she endorses the Hunter boot method of battling the terrain—and her native L.A.

Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life in Hunter boots

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