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Seattle actress Mia Tesfay (you may have seen her in Awolnation’s Hollow Moon video) models the Veda ‘Jayne’ bordeaux jacket, a Nordstrom exclusive.

When no less than Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Elle are raving about a brand, the world takes notice. Such is the case with Veda, and notable fashion bloggers Aimee Song (Song of Style), Natalie Off Duty and Dylana Suarez are joining the party, having all been photographed in the Jayne jacket, a luscious suede variation on the moto trend.

As part of our Anniversary Sale, we’re offering this exciting exclusive: the much-coveted Veda ‘Jayne’ suede moto jacket in bordeaux, a perfect-for-fall hue that isn’t available anywhere else. The Thread spoke to Veda designer Lyndsey Butler about leather, design and this much desired moto. Read on for our Q&A.

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We asked a few of our beauty directors to handpick some of their favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives.

Loredana Grama – National Beauty and Fragrance Director
“This season is all about the perfect makeup palette. Palettes are a great option for the on-the-go woman who wants her entire look in one easy place.”

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M•A•C Look in a Box Face kit
“These palettes come in either a cool or warm shade option and include six eyeshadows, two blushes and two lipsticks each. Why not get both?”

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While the latest in our Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London video series is a behind-the-scenes look at the print and fabric design process from the storied Brit brand’s autumn 2012 collection, the industry insight is still totally relevant and the inside point of view on the process is, as we say around here, evergreen.

But let’s check out how they say it around there.

Go desk-side with a handful of Liberty designers at the in-house studio as they talk about historical context, original artwork, digital prints and art world references.

Shop: Pop-In at Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London

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Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Playfully refreshing, simple to put together and ideal for sharing with friends under the warm sun on a patio, this summer cocktail is like the adult version of a kiddie pool. A splash of simple syrup and lime brightens and brings together the herbaceous qualities of basil and the distinct taste of cucumbers. Dry gin lends its hints of botanicals, and a top-off with club soda livens this beverage with a touch of effervescence.

Dip into a few simple, summertime ingredients and create one of these ice-cold Basil Cucumber Coolers at home with this easy cocktail recipe from our Nordstrom bars.

Easy summer cocktail recipe with gin, cucumber, basil and lime from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Collections from top American and European designers are almost never shown together on one runway, but each summer Nordstrom pulls together amazing fall looks from Céline, Valentino, Lanvin and more for a best-of-the-best fashion show event known as Designer Preview. This year’s gorgeous parade is on July 23—on the epic Seattle waterfront—and as always, all proceeds benefit the Seattle Art Museum.

An image from Designer Preview 2014

Among those expected in the front row: One of our favorite collaborators, Caroline Issa, and two of the most girl crush-worthy editors from Refinery 29, Annie Georgia Greenberg and Paula Goldstein. Instagrammin’ style watchers will recognize Cara Van Brocklin from Cara Loren, Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific and Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook—all flying in for the big event.

You’re invited too, of course—tickets are available via SAMS, Seattle Art Museum’s supporter group. The only question left to settle, then, is what will we all wear?

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We asked Beth Kanfer, our Fashion Office shoes director, to handpick her favorite pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.

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Vince Adley sandal

“The deep burgundy color takes a minimal sandal and gives it serious ‘WOW’ factor. The heel height is perfect for work and will make you feel great at dinner or drinks!”

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Our 2015 Anniversary Sale doesn’t actually start until July 17 but Nordstrom Rewards members get early access (starting now!) to fall’s best deals, so we’re wasting exactly no time getting you our top picks.

When it comes to dresses, designer apparel buyer Sahar Sokhandan says it’s all about these two. “They’re great for the beach and summer travel; lightweight, easy to pack and a steal of a deal,” she says.

Roberto Cavalli kaleidoscope print jersey dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

 

Jean Paul Gaultier feather print ruched tulle tank dress (Nordstrom Exclusive)

 

Shop: Anniversary Sale Designer Collections

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In a contemplative mood this summer, we’ve been reaching for OK by the New York City band Eskimeaux, an album that makes us believe again in the power of turn-of-the-millennium indie rock. We listen while we read Rookie Magazine and The Le Sigh, and think maybe it’s not a dead genre. Maybe instead it’s a not-broken, doesn’t-need-fixing staple.

We met with bandleader and sometimes solo performer Gabby Smith in an undisclosed greenhouse to talk about the weird ambient music she used to make, her upcoming video session for NPR and the value of tenacity in one’s artistic process.

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We asked Shannon Schafer, our Fashion Office accessories director, to handpick her favorite fall trends and pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.

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Patricia Nash Fringe Bucket Bag

“The fringe and suede bucket bag is the most-wanted handbag silhouette for fall.”

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