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Dr. Raj Teaches Us About Our Skin’s Microbiome

Beauty Food & Drink Interviews Skin Care

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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How to Begin a Facial Roller Routine

Beauty Skin Care

They sound a bit like magic wands, and indeed the results can seem miraculous. Beauty rollers smooth skin, increase blood circulation and provide good vibes that are beyond skin deep. Facial massages have long been used to improve skin tone and reduce swelling, and rollers simply let you self-administer that healing touch.

Here’s everything you need to know about rolling out a routine that can be done daily or whenever you need to cast a restorative spell.

SEE THE ROUTINE

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As part of WE Schools program, students contribute to their community and a better world through service-learning.

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

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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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Photo courtesy of Bridgette Thornton.

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

Art Food & Drink Interviews Video

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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Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What on her jewelry collaboration with Lulu DK.

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

Interviews Style

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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Andrew & Keith | Real Weddings

Men’s Fashion Real Weddings Weddings

In a serene, Woodinville winery, Andrew and Keith tied the knot in a deeply personal ceremony, surrounded by their loved ones. 

Andrew, tell us about the location.

I had visited JM Cellars a couple times previously for wine tasting but upon visiting with co-workers about a year and a half from what would be our wedding day, I knew this place was the perfect wedding venue. It reminded me of where I grew up in Lake Tapps, WA. Right away my co-workers said, “You have to get married here!” and before I knew it they had found the events staff for me to talk to.

Keith and I visited together a couple weeks later and secured the location prior to even being formally engaged! The irony is that Keith doesn’t really care for wine, but we were both so taken with the space that he overlooked that small detail. A sense of calm came over us as we walked the grounds and tasting room. It made us feel like we were spending the afternoon at a best friend’s house having a glass of wine—which was the vibe we wanted for our wedding. We wanted our friends and family to just have a fun, relaxing evening, with plenty to see and do. 

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Karl Lagerfeld Launches a Limited-Edition Beauty Collection with ModelCo

Beauty Interviews Makeup

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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Kate Winslet for Longines

Luxury Watch Countdown: Exceptional Styles to Give or Get

Style

Time flies. Time reveals all things. There’s no time like the present—and there’s no present like a timepiece. If you’re looking for a gift that will stand the test of, well, yes, a luxury watch is the high noon of gifting. Sentimental and practical, watches rest intimately on the wearer’s wrist, subtly reminding her of the day’s hours and the bestower’s generosity.

For generations, companies have excelled at elegantly matching state-of-the-art mechanics and materials with aesthetics. Now, here’s what you should know when shopping for watches (no matter the recipient) as well as our favorite models this season—but their appeal is truly timeless.

OUR TICKING PICKS

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Floral Dresses

Style

Like zealous botanists in uncharted landscapes, we’re discovering an abundance of unique flora this season. And like anthomanics, we want them all. Flowers are blooming on the season’s best party dresses—it’s a trend as welcome as a surprise bouquet delivery. Petal prints set an enthusiastic and festive tone, no matter the setting or formality of the occasion. For a wedding, especially, there’s no better way to inject beautiful colors into your outfit.

We’ve picked our favorite flowery frocks. See the half-dozen styles, plus what to pair them with this summer on the nuptial circuit.

BRING YOUR OWN BOUQUET

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Amanda Chantal Bacon

Moon Juice’s (Yummy) Chocolate Spirit Shake Recipe

Beauty Food & Drink

In her morning routineMoon Juice founder and beauty alchemist Amanda Chantal Bacon revealed that in order to manage our weight and our mental and physical health, what we really need to focus on is reducing stress: “Exercise and diet actually inform what your hormone profile looks like, which then will design your body. So nourish yourself, get proper sleep and don’t stress your body by forcing it to work out five days a week.”

To show us how, Bacon concocted an indulgent smoothie aimed to satisfy our sweet tooth while nourishing our bodies with critical superfoods that regulate our stress and improve overall health. Oh, and this chocolate morning smoothie tastes absolutely incredible.

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