Your schedule is already packed—you’re so popular. The invites keep coming. Another music festival just announced its lineup, which looks pretty great. Plus you have to make time for the beach, backyard barbecues and rooftop cocktails. This summer is going to be amazing, and exhausting.

Your Summer Soundtrack

To help psych you up for it and set the mood at your many events and outings, we’ve curated four playlists with Spotify. Turn them on while you get ready. Crank them up in the car on your way to meet friends. Play them while you celebrate in the sun. These are jams to keep your energy high all summer long.

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Shrimp and asparagus risotto recipe grilled with lemon from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

You don’t need to be a chef to make risotto. Seriously. Especially with this easy shrimp and asparagus version. The preparation isn’t the only thing that’s simple. Fresh shrimp and asparagus get dressed with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and are then grilled for a smoky flavor that still lets the essence of the briny shrimp and crisp-tender asparagus shine through. This creamy risotto also includes a good bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, which pairs beautifully with both stars of the dish. Add friends, a warm summer night and a glass of great wine, and you couldn’t ask for anything better.

In case you missed it, you can also make risotto in advance for less stressful entertaining. Just follow the method described in our Make-Ahead Risotto Recipe.

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

One of the most exciting fashion announcements in recent years was the news that Public School’s streetwise designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne would share the creative director role at DKNY following Donna Karan’s retirement. While amused surprise was the initial public reaction, the industry registered how well-suited Chow and Osborne were to steering DKNY. The two New Yorkers were already critical darlings—winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for their own label, Public School, where they mix streetwear with crisply tailored athletic gear. Even Public School’s palette corresponds with the power colors of DKNY. Anticipation for their spring 2016 debut collection at the helm of the established house quickly followed.

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of DKNY

Begun in 1989, DKNY is the faster, younger arm of Donna Karan Collection. It favors sportswear, workwear and separates that can be mixed and matched to create a full wardrobe. Its essence is modern—casual but professional. In the ’90s, DKNY dressed models of the moment like Shalom Harlow and Esther Cañadas in what the label referred to as “the official uniform of New York.” With the onset of the current ’90s nostalgia, Opening Ceremony released a capsule DKNY collection in 2013 with Cara Delevingne as its spokesmodel. Insiders knew that Chow and Osborne—with their own celebrity following and New York roots–were the duo to usher in a new heyday for the label.

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Lev-Glazman-co-founder-Fresh

As a cofounder of the cult favorite brand Fresh, Lev Glazman knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a beauty product extra special. He and his wife, Alina, became pioneers in the early ’90s when they opened an apothecary shop focused on creating products that highlight the power of natural ingredients and time-honored rituals—all with an artisanal spirit. Today, Fresh has a dedicated following with new devotees every day. With good reason. Lev took some time to tell us all about his favorite products right now, the power of high-quality roses and the beauty tips he gives out most, including to his own daughters.

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Traveling to the seashore is a time-honored summer tradition. Sadly, not all of us can budget for these seasonal excursions. But just because your wallet or schedule won’t permit a visit to Montauk, Outer Banks, Carmel or Cannes doesn’t mean you can’t dress for one.

Sea NY braided front slit denim skirt

Sea NY channels the sand and surf of the coast from their Canal Street location in New York. Friends and cofounders Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan create fascinating and carefully wrought clothes to kick back in–although many of these peasant blouses, shirtdresses and denim skirts would also breathe fresh life into your work wardrobe.

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Urban Decay lovers, Wonderland lovers and lovers of gorgeous eyeshadow shades: get excited! The much anticipated sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters May 27, but the Alice Through the Looking Glass limited-edition eyeshadow palette is available at Nordstrom now. From the collector’s-quality kaleidoscopic packaging to the crazy beautiful shadows, this palette is going to go as fast as its predecessor, when Urban Decay and Disney teamed up for their first Wonderland-themed palette.

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Now through May 22, Pop-In@Nordstrom is partnering with the much-loved skin care brand Aesop, celebrating the simple virtues of our daily routines. In this blog series, we explore five skin care rituals with Aesop’s own Dr. Kate Forbes, general manager of products and research & development.

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‘It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.’ Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. Geranium Leaf Body Scrub 120mL
  2. Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash 550mL
  3. Primrose Cleansing Masque 60mL
  4. Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum 60mL

Spring has sprung and here we are. Do you notice your skin feels different?

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Butter London polish at Nordstrom

Image courtesy of butter London

Nothing quite ties a spring-into-summer outfit together as a pretty pedicure to go with your sandals. When you’re polished up and stepping out in new shoes, you feel unstoppable—until you run into a street sign or a coworker because you were busy admiring your feet.

To inspire your shoe gazing, we’re featuring the season’s hottest sandal styles matched with equally exciting polish shades. But watch out: these combos are distracting.

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Online now: our Designer Evening Boutique, where the stuff of red-carpet dreams comes true. To mark the occasion, we spoke with three men whose names are synonymous with elegance, finery and special events.

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A look from Zac Posen’s current collection

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Best from-scratch lemon ricotta cookies recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

I love lemons. Seriously. I even wrote a poem about them in a college poetry writing class. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to share it here.) So, when I saw this Nordstrom Lemon Ricotta Cookies recipe in our Family Table Cookbook, I was into it. Real into it.  Then I read the recipe and saw it called for the zest of six lemons in the dough–plus more for sprinkling on top. All that bright lemon flavor packed into a cookie? I got excited. Then I made them, and now I’m hooked.

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Closer in texture and tenderness to a cake than a cookie, these moist and almost cheesecake-y lemon ricotta cookies are perfect little winners. The tablespoon of salt seemed like a lot, but it adds just a trace of savoriness (think salted caramel)—the perfect foil to all that citrusy sugariness. Bonus: our recipe requires portioning and freezing the dough, which will keep for weeks in the freezer and be ready whenever the mood for a ridiculously good, soft lemon cookie strikes.

Once you’re ready to bake, be careful not to leave the frozen dough out to thaw too long, as I did. The cookies ended up pooling together slightly, which looked a bit of a mess, though they were still delicious! I actually baked a second batch without waiting at all for them to defrost, and they turned out beautifully with a few additional minutes in the oven.

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