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In Honor of Pride, We Talk to 5 Former Grand Marshals

When it comes to feel-good parades, it’s hard to beat a present-day Pride procession. From Seattle to Sydney to Stockholm, they’re kaleidoscopic explosions of love, color, glitter and often expertly applied makeup. They’re everything joyful and communal. But they weren’t always lighthearted celebrations of sexual diversity—and as we honor June as LGBTQ Pride month, we feel it’s important to recognize the adversity as well as the positivity.

Beyond the rainbows, floats and festive costumes exists the continuing struggle for tolerance and equal rights for the LGBTQ community—one that has been hallmarked by many events throughout history, but most notably in the U.S. by the Stonewall riots of June 1969 in Greenwich Village in New York City. The riots, precipitated by police raids gone violently awry, were one of the first organized attempts to massively protest the oppression of LGBTQ people. The following year, major cities across the country—from New York to L.A.—commemorated Stonewall with political marches in June, and Pride month was essentially born. Over the decades, Pride marches have evolved into festive parades with floats and cheery regalia, especially in large, accepting cities, but it’s critical to remain mindful of the human-rights movement that has spurred these festivals.

This year we’re spotlighting five inspirational people who’ve served as grand marshals in past parades. As the leader of a parade, the role of grand marshal is as honorable as it sounds. In fact, it’s the highest honor the LGBTQ community can bestow upon an individual—and those chosen are often nominated for their exceptional achievements in the fight for human rights.

MEET THE GRAND MARSHALS

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Dr. Raj Teaches Us About Our Skin’s Microbiome

Despite regimented facials and thorough double cleanses, what happens in your gut will eventually show on your skin. “If the good and bad bacteria aren’t balanced in your gut and intestines, you can develop conditions like acne, redness, psoriasis, dry skin and eczema,” says Dr. Roshini Raj, the woman behind TULA Probiotic Skincare. The  gastroenterologist with glowing skin is a big believer in approaching beauty from the inside out. Her range of prebiotic- and probiotic-infused skin care is free of toxins and full of skin-loving superfoods, like blueberries, turmeric and vitamin C, which maintain a healthy skin microbiome and improve skin barrier function.

So what is a microbiome, exactly? To better understand the connection between the skin and the gut and how this can all result in a breakout, we called on Dr. Raj to help us understand what’s going on inside our bodies, and therefore, on our skin’s surface. And most urgently, how do we correct an imbalance? Her advice and her beauty breakdown, ahead.

THE DOCTOR IS IN

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Treasure & Bond + WE: A Giveback Program You Can Track

Built into the mission of the Treasure & Bond brand is the promise to donate 2.5% of net sales to charity, a promise that delivered a $1 million donation to YWCA (USA and Canada) in 2017 and has directed more than $2.4 million to charities since 2014. This year, Treasure & Bond is collaborating with WE Charity to support programs empowering young people. WE Charity is the donation arm of WE—a family of organizations making doing good doable—and is supported by ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences. Partnering with WE not only helps Treasure & Bond give back to programs working for a better future, but it gives customers unique insight into the charitable impact of their purchases through ME to WE’s Track Your Impact tool.

It’s a partnership to be proud of, for sure. For more info on this collaboration, we spoke with two women instrumental in bringing it all together: Nordstrom Product Group president Jennifer Jackson Brown and ME to WE CEO Roxanne Joyal. Here’s what they said.

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Paint + Petals: Artist Bridgette Thornton on Her Anthropologie Houseware Collab (and Picnic-Party Tips)

Just the mention of floral decor will often bring our dear grannies to mind—or at least their living rooms, trimmed with pansy wallpaper borders and rose-clad tea sets. But then someone young and modern freshens up our image of florals and our passion for pansies is rekindled. This is probably what the buyers at Anthropologie, the retail chain that forever encapsulates the cool, vintage edge of granny chic, thought of artist Bridgette Thornton when they spied her botanical prints on their sales floor.

How the prints got there is a long, wending tale, but the gist is a third-party art distributor picked up the 26-year-old artist’s work and arranged the sale of several of her illustrations in Anthro stores. Fortunately, the artwork piqued the artist collaboration team’s interest—and a capsule housewares collection was launched. It was everything Bridgette had worked toward since first visiting an Anthropologie store as a teenager. An avid believer in vision boards, she might even tell you she “manifested” the collection. And now that Nordstrom carries a curated assortment of Anthropologie Home, you can find and buy the whimsical, colorful pieces—from throw pillows and quilts to dishware and phone cases—on our site.

We recently caught up with the Bay Area native to discuss inspiration and career motivation. Oh, and picnic menus—seeing as the collection’s melamine dishes literally deliver summer parties on a platter. (Bridgette and her boyfriend even created a delightful dining-al-fresco video for our viewing pleasure!)

READ + WATCH: PAINT, PETALS & PICNICS

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Interviews Style

Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What on Her Lulu DK Jewelry Collab

It’s a bit of an understatement to say #OOTD queen Danielle Bernstein wields influence across the blogosphere. Her Instagram feed boasts over 1.8 million followers, her fashion blog, WeWoreWhat, has added menswear and home decor to its all-that-is-stylish content arsenal, she’s launched a few of her own womenswear lines, and Forbes magazine named her a Top Influencer and a 30 Under 30 in Fashion and Art & Style for 2017.

So when someone with that much style clout takes on a capsule jewelry collection, you know it’s going to be worthwhile. The New York blogger recently joined forces with esteemed accessories designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski of Lulu DK to create an of-the-moment interpretation of high-end vintage baubles. The results are 14-karat gold-plated lockets, dainty chokers, blinged-out earring cuffs and other layer-friendly pieces ranging from $38 to $88—all available exclusively at Nordstrom for the next two weeks.

We recently interviewed Danielle to get a few details on the collab—and some foolproof jewelry styling tips.

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Beauty Interviews Makeup

Karl Lagerfeld Launches a Limited-Edition Beauty Collection with ModelCo

One of the most iconic names in fashion has left his signature sunglass-clad mark on cosmetics. Designer Karl Lagerfeld teamed up with Australian beauty brand ModelCo to create a makeup line that combines his unwavering artistic vision with their makeup expertise. The result is a luminous range of products for face, eyes and lips designed to light up your features—and in some cases, literally light up.

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Mother’s Day Gift Picks from the Founders of MOTHER

Mother knows best. It’s true. And if said savvy mom also has impeccable taste, she’ll want to peruse the musings of Katie Hintz-Zambrano and James Kicinski-McCoy, journalists, mamas and founders of MOTHER. Their digital digest shares maternal inspiration, news roundups, lifestyle tips and profiles in courage of mommies everywhere. What sets MOTHER apart from mommy blogs is its high-mindedness and sophistication. Sample topics include “Why Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Feminist Aren’t Mutually Exclusive” and “The Many Benefits of Roughhousing with Your Kids.” Sample shopping lists feature Stella McCartney shoes, beautiful and bougie baby clothes, hemp oil and oil paintings. “My background is in journalism and as soon as I had my son, Diego, in the spring of 2013, I could see a gaping hole in the market for a full-service parenting site with a stylish bent,” explains Hintz-Zambrano, who resides in San Francisco. “Something that treated women as multi-dimensional people beyond being mothers. I met James [who’s in Nashville] a few months later on a press trip and we decided to join forces.”

The result is a parenting destination that’s as layered as the ladies who run it. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked the multi-hyphenate hyphenates at MOTHER to share their celebration plans and gift ideas, because they definitely know best.

SEE THEIR MOTHERLODE

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When It Comes to Beauty, It’s Good to Be Too Faced

Every 7.4 seconds, someone somewhere is purchasing a tube of Better Than Sex mascara. Since it launched in 2013, it’s been a hero product for Too Faced, leading their range of unabashedly feminine and wildly popular liquid lipsticks, bronzers and adorable blushes. “The hardest, most scientifically impossible thing to create in the cosmetics world—and get right—is mascara,” confides Jerrod Blandino, Too Faced Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, to his captive YouTube audience. Difficult, yes, but as he has proven, not impossible.

Blandino researched the science of skin and hair care to determine which natural extracts (like nourishing Acacia Senegal) and highly effective peptides would lift, separate and curl the lashes in a way that no other mascara had. “I just wanted to create the most amazing mascara the world has ever known. It took years to get the formula and the brush right,” he says. The hourglass brush—inspired by the bust-waist-hip ratio of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe—was just one of many tested for the final product. “When I got the latest sample back from the lab, I had one of the women in the office try it on, and when I saw the results I screamed, ‘It’s better than sex!’”

The rest, as they say, is history.

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Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Morning Routine

Amanda Chantal Bacon’s purpose in life is to make things taste as delicious as possible. The classically trained chef turned cosmic wellness guru began her career creating decadent, pleasing things to feed others when she decided to pivot, slightly: “I combined this culinary education with another part of my life that was equally informative—this deep, holistic health,” Bacon says.

ELEVATE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS

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Putting the Everyday in Earth Day: Amour Vert’s Sustainable Everyday Basics

Often when we think of innovation in fashion, we think of cutting-edge designs, cool new pop-ups or unexpected collabs. But what about upending the conventional clothing supply chain? It’s rife with energy inefficiencies, pollution issues and even human rights concerns. It’s a serious drain on the environment—from thread production right down to garment manufacturing and distribution. As Earth Day approaches, now’s as good a time as any to discover creative clothing companies that are challenging the unsustainable status quo. Enter Amour Vert.

Amour Vert—French for “green love”—was founded by the wife-husband team of Linda Balti and Cristoph Frehsee, who met in 2007 at a defense industry conference in Abu Dhabi. Cristoph, who’d just sold his landmine-clearing company, convinced Linda, an engineer working on fighter-jet simulators, to take a leap of faith: quit her job in France and backpack around the world. “And at that time we were not engaged. We were just dating,” says Linda. “I was like, ‘That’s a bit crazy, but let’s do it.'”

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