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Hana Mae Lee Talks About Hilarious Horror, Her Recluse Ambitions and Rad Style

You definitely know her as Lilly from Pitch Perfect (1, 2 and now 3), but Hana Mae Lee is branching out into more (and more vocal) roles. The star on the rise with ingenue eyes brings her distinctly darling style to all her projects—three to come this year alone.

We caught up with Lee to talk about what she shops, her signature hair style and her favorite movie moments.

What do you love about Nordstrom’s “one-of-a-kind” Anniversary Sale? Why is it a great time to shop?

I love the variety. From Le Creuset to MM6 Maison Margiela, so your boyfriend cooks while you’re looking good! Everyone loves a sale, but a great sale is where it’s at. #Heard

What do you usually shop during the sale?

I splurge on diptyque Feu de Bois candles.

How would you describe your personal style?

Dark. Oversized. Rad.



Talking Books, Movies, and Art with SPACE Designer Sophie Buhai

Proof positive that you can invent yourself: SPACE designer Sophie Buhai. After she and her business partner concluded their New York-based clothing line Vena Cava, she moved back to her native West Coast and started anew, on her own—with jewelry.

Sophie Buhai at home in Los Angeles

With her experience creating complete ready-to-wear looks, it’s no surprise that her sculptural pieces are total outfit-makers. Smooth, minimal chokers and chunky rings add just the right powerful touch on jeans-and-tees days.

So who’s the woman behind the bangles? We offer this brief but friendly introduction.


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What to Wear to the Golden Globes (in Your Dreams or on Your Couch) and Who Would Give the Best Acceptance Speech

Awards season is upon us. Although we are huge movie buffs, we’re even bigger fans of designer evening gowns. As we wait to see what the stars will be wearing to the Golden Globes and Oscars, we’ve set about obsessing over the possibilities with the aid of two Nordstrom Designer Evening Collection buyers, Jennifer Walker and Sahar Sokhandan. They were happy to engage in a fun game of “what if” and “who should wear.”

Kendall Jenner in Elie Saab Spring 2016Kendall Jenner in Elie Saab for Spring 2016, image by InDigital. 

The Golden Globes (Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC) is up first. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s awards show usually serves to indicate who the real Oscar contenders are and also affords celebrities an opportunity to party hard in fancy duds. Here’s what the two buyers are hoping to see happen this year, sartorially speaking, for Amy Schumer, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and more.


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The Weekend Guide: December 18-20

Anna Faris is Unqualified, a new podcast by the actress

Listen: Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Billed as relationship advice from “unqualified Hollywood types,” Anna Faris’s podcast features her celebrity friends sharing their gratis knowledge and romantic counsel with callers. Hear Allison Janney, Rosie O’Donnell, Judah Friedlaner and more dish on NSFW topics with heartfelt humor.

Watch: F Is for Family
Netflix’s latest series is a very adult cartoon. F Is for Family looks at the lost hopes and dreams of ’70s dad Frank Murphy (created and voiced by comedian Bill Burr) in this gritty family sitcom. With period references to inflation, gender politics and pop culture, Frank and his kin trudge through an era of uncertainty with hilarity.

Read: The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley
The author of Thank You for Smoking, whom Tom Wolfe called “one of the funniest writers in the English language,” has a new novel set in a very vibrant 16th century. Buckley weaves a plot about religious forgeries to take readers on a romp through history and politics with an eye on the present.


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Sacha Jenkins on Freedom, Karls Not Named Lagerfeld and the History of Hip-Hop Style | Q&A


Fresh Dressed is the first-ever documentary about the history of hip-hop fashion, out now in theaters all over the U.S. We recommend you see it. You will be entertained and educated, and perhaps inspired to decorate your jacket.

Energy and insights in Fresh Dressed come from music and fashion leaders including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Dapper Dan, André Leon Talley, Riccardo Tisci and the duo of Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne from Public School.

But the overall product is excellent mostly because it was directed by Sacha Jenkins, a 20-years-deep veteran of journalism with Beat Down, ego trip and Mass Appeal magazines. Mainstream America remembers his The (White) Rapper Show on VH1Some Pratt Institute students call him their professor.

Now you will know him from his interview with the Nordstrom blogs.

Check our interview with Jenkins and the trailer for Fresh Dressed below. And if you’re already feeling TL;DR, check this audio clip from Jenkins about how hip-hop style relates to freedom:


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Kore Swim’s Best Summer Bets | Pop-In Goes Poolside

Jessica and Nicole Tracy, the sisters behind Kore Swim, can bring their notion of personal beauty and positive self image back to one simple phrase from a Jefferson Airplane song: “You’re only as pretty as you feel.” (The philosophy is right there on the So-Cal-based swimwear line’s About Us page.) And hey you know what? Same goes for a poolside summer:
You’re as fun as you can dream yourself to be, girl. So let’s do this.

The Tracy sisters before business plans and conference rooms were a thing

Jessica and Nicole gave us their download on summer’s best entertainment—and the poolside’s best looks.

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Seattle International Film Festival: 3 Filmmakers Not to Miss

HandmadeWithLoveInFrance_Still18-blogHandmade with Love in France: A love note to the artisans of the independent Parisian ateliers dedicated to haute couture. Photo: courtesy SIFF.

Each May, a host of directors, actors and film buffs from around the world descend upon Seattle, taking over the city’s theaters as part of SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival. For 25 days, more than 450 shorts, features and documentaries are shown from more than 80 countries, highlighting a multitude of genres from the best comedies to innovative art-house films.

The festival has featured new and established talent from around the world for more than 40 years, including three of our favorites from this year’s lineup: the tale of a Ugandan teen navigating the bike gangs and backstreets of bustling Kampala, an intimate portrait of the independent haute couture ateliers in Paris and their uncertain future, and a culinary road trip with the staff of one of the world’s most notable restaurants.

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February Book Club: Lonely Hearts Club Edition with Anjelica Huston, Lee Grant & Nora Ephron

Circle up the lovelorn bookworms; this month’s Book Club is all about what to read if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day. Not into reading this month either? Can’t say we approve, but our February selection lends itself particularly well to film, so be sure to check out our small-screen suggestions at the end of the post.

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Watch This: 10 Movies that Make You Want to Move

’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop, eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Just coming clean here: We’re not exactly ready to start working out yet, but we would like to think about working out while laying on the couch for just a little while longer. And ideally, the thinking we’d like to do on the topic of working out would really be creative thinking. Like, what can we do that counts as working out but isn’t exactly working out? Call it six degrees of separation from actual exercise, but right now, rollerskating sounds a lot better than running laps. Here are ten movies that might just put these sweats we’ve been wearing to actual use … someday.

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Watch This: 5 Ws with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style

If you’re looking for a feel-good winter flick with tons of style and an off-the-charts inspiration value, well, strap yourself into your sweats and get the leftovers platter ready, because you don’t need to look any further.

Advanced Style, the movie based on the fabulously mature women featured in the blog of the same name and the ultra-charming photographer dedicated to documenting them, is not just a 90-minute endorsement of color blocking, print-and-pattern mixing and wild accessorizing, it’s an affirmation of life itself.

And check this: we have your exclusive pre-feature cinematic appetizer right here.

Ari Seth Cohen, champion of ageless personal expression, appears here in the second installment of our 5 Ws series.

Image via Advanced Style