Nordstrom at The Grove Debuts SPACE, Featuring Over 30 Fashion, Accessory and Beauty Brands


Nordstrom continues to redefine the look and feel of a traditional department store by collaborating with cutting-edge and under-the-radar brands, bringing an even more dynamic and modern shopping experience to customers.

Launching today at The Grove, SPACE is a boutique for emerging and advanced designers, all curated by the department store’s Vice President of Special Projects, Olivia Kim.

A creative mastermind in the fashion/retail industry, Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy. Pops of color distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor (think pink mannequins, mixed materials and eclectic objets d’art). SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will also house art and décor from George J. Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Javier Mariscal and Ettore Sottsass.

“We want SPACE to serve as a platform to introduce our customers to the incredible brands that have been established for some time but can be found only in a few places in the world in boutique businesses,” says Kim, who selected over 30 brands from the fashion, accessory and fragrance categories to showcase.

“I’m so excited that we will be offering a handful of amazing brands that will be new to the L.A. market,” adds Kim, highlighting names such as Colovos, Koché, Paskal, and Sarah & Sebastian as a few of the labels heading our way.

With so much new and exciting product, Kim can’t pick just one piece she’s ready to start wearing for fall, but a few items definitely come to mind. “There is a leather wrap dress from Colovos that I’m dying for!” she says. “I also love Comme des Garçons, Ellery (which launches its denim collection this season) and Undercover. I can’t wait to see how our customers will mix these brands into their own style.”

SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will feature the following designers:




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How to Savor the Last Days of a Southern California Summer


SoCal weather may be temperate year-round, but there is still something particularly pleasant about the summer months. For starters, school’s out, the sun stays out longer and skin glows with a special sun-kissed radiance (no bronzer required).

So, in order to relish these last few days of coveted sunshine, we recommend spending them outdoors in some of the most idyllic locations in and around Los Angeles.

From a weekend jaunt by the ocean to an outdoor picnic under the stars, consider these spots for spending some quality time during this late-summer season.


Enjoy the pool, game room and various cultural events at the Annenberg Community Beach House along the beautiful coast of Santa Monica. There is no admission fee, but you should make a reservation ahead of time because seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. But, ask anyone who frequents the House and he or she will tell you that a short wait and a little advance planning are well worth it.

The pool is open only until the second week of September, so head there some time in the next couple of weeks to enjoy the very best of the L.A. lifestyle.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, 90402


Newly reopened after months of repair, L.A.’s famed Runyon Canyon is a regular spot for Hollywood’s hikers, yogis and celebrities.

Pack in a serious workout by climbing a steep, winding trail or bring the family (and fur babies) for a stroll up a more gradual, paved incline.

There are plenty of exercise options at Runyon Canyon for hikers of all levels and spectacular views of the entire city (and the Hollywood sign) that are second to none.

Runyon Canyon Park Entrance
2001 North Fuller Avenue
Los Angeles, 90046


Before the air turns cool, take the beautiful drive down to Laguna Beach for some real R&R. The Surf and Sand Resort is a great escape but still lies right in Los Angeles’ “backyard.” As a pristine beachfront property with a luxurious yet laid-back vibe, it’s a late-summer getaway that will allow everyone to recharge before heading into fall.

Surf and Sand Laguna Beach Luxury Resort
1555 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, 92651


Listen to jazz, dine and hang with friends and family under the setting sun over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These free jazz concerts attract families from the surrounding area, so it’s a great chance to mingle with new people, hear live music and bask in the glow of a late-summer sun.

This family-friendly event technically happens now through November, but realistically, once school and after-school activities kick into full gear, it will be harder to get the whole gang over there.

Admission to the jazz concert is free. Don’t forget to bring blankets and a delicious picnic to enjoy as the sun goes down.

5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90036

White-Hot Fashion to Rock Before (and After) Labor Day


Traditional sartorial rules state that it’s a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. Thankfully, fashion has evolved, and white is not only welcomed after Labor Day, it’s expected. After all, what would December be without a luxe winter-white après-ski look?

Indeed, white is a timeless alternative to black and denim, and has joined the two as a neutral mainstay in any well-edited wardrobe.

No matter which season it is, a pair of cropped white jeans will always look fresh. Pair them with a denim shirt or white top, as well as brown leather gladiator sandals for these last weeks of hot summer weather. Then, transition them into fall by pairing with a black-and-white striped T-shirt, black ankle boots, and either a black leather moto jacket or a classic denim topper.

And those gauzy, peasant-style white tops that were a summer staple? They’re still perfectly suitable for fall when tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans and worn with some large gold hoop earrings from snapchat for pc

A transitional jacket, such as a beige trench coat or green military-inspired jacket, always pops against white and adds that necessary extra layer for when the weather finally starts to cool. Conversely, a sharply tailored white coat looks stunning against bold separates, including cropped black trousers and a brightly colored blouse.

Also, there’s no denying the enduring power of the white sneaker. Whether an Adidas Stan Smith or a canvas Superga, white sneakers have become a versatile staple for more than just the athleisure look. Wear them with long dresses, wide-leg culottes or leather shorts for a fresh, unexpected contrast between chic and casual.

So, spend Labor Day in breezy white pieces, while savoring the last long weekend of the season. Just be sure to get those whites dry cleaned because you’ll be needing them in the months ahead.

Win Tickets To A Private Screening Of Hands Of Stone!

hands-of-stone-posterWe’re giving five (5) lucky fans the chance to win two (2) tickets to a private screening of Hands of Stone on August 15, 2016. Enter to win by following @thegrovela on Twitter and tagging your name on our Twitter post.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins August 11, 2016 at 3pm and closes August 12, 2016 at 5pm. Five winners will be selected from eligible entries daily during the period of the contest. Winners will be notified via Twitter on August 12, 2016 at 6pm. Winner must be able to claim prize in person at The Grove (189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036) by August 14, 2016. If an entrant is found to be ineligible or cannot claim prize in person by set claim date and time, alternate winners may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Subject to change without notice.


Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay, Lesson 3


It’s always tempting to move kids into mini-me mode, especially while back-to-school wardrobe shopping. This fall, the runway-to-recess vibe is easier than ever as several of the biggest trends for fall easily can be duplicated in littler sizes.

But it’s not all fashion for fashion’s sake. These particular trends are also practical for the little ones.

Consider the following fall 2016 looks for creating stand-out style that’s appropriate for school while still letting your kid’s personality shine.


PufferCoatsTory Burch channeled a sporty, ’70s equestrian look throughout its fall collection, and this cool puffer coat in a vibrant shade of cobalt is a perfect example of how form and function can comingle effortlessly.

Try a bold-colored topper to throw over any outfit. The color helps a child stand out (especially on a crowded school yard), brings a cheery feel to his or her overall ensemble, and provides some much-needed warmth when the temperatures start to dip. Plus, the gorgeous cobalt blue is a timeless, gender-neutral option so siblings can share and pass it down.


ShinyAccentsPlaying up a sporty ’70s aesthetic, Lacoste incorporated plenty of dramatic materials into its fall collection, including chic and shiny ponchos, skirts and tops.

After all, what kid doesn’t love something a bit shiny? Whether it’s an embellished detail on a shirt or an entire jacket made from a slick material, replicate this statement-making style with something that helps your child shine even more than he or she already does.




FlowerPowerThe cool, quirky look of Gucci is bound to influence just about every fashion-filled closet this fall. With metallic, floral and fringy motifs, it’s anything goes in the best way possible.

The eclectic nature of Gucci at the moment naturally lends to the fun and funky way kids love to dress. Go with an exaggerated floral theme on a dress, sweatshirt or just about anything to show that even the most standard themes can feel exciting again.





On the hunt for catwalk-to-classroom looks? Swing by The Grove on Sunday, August 14 for the Fashion Mamas LA Kids Fashion Fair! Enjoy a stylish kids fashion show in The Park and shop back-to-school looks from Gap, Pottery Barn Kids, Splendid and more!

Plus, study our cheat sheet for all the back-to-school events, tenant offers and styling tips you need to ensure your child makes the fashion honor roll this school year.

Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay: School of Style, Lesson 2

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Considering that getting back into the rhythm of school after a long, carefree summer can be tough to say the least, the temptation to wear tried-and-true, comfy sweats, or pajama pants and a lived-in tee is understandable.

But that doesn’t mean it’s ideal.

With incredibly stylish alternatives available at The Grove, those frumpy, oversized sweats have no place in a back-to-school routine. Whether testing out the athleisure look, getting playful with your denim or rocking a silk bomber jacket, there are myriad ways to ensure comfy still means chic.

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Truth be told, the pajama-set look is a major trend, so you can successfully wear sleepwear-inspired pieces and still stay at the head of the class, style wise.

Nothing is more comfortable or forgiving than an elastic tubemate waist. Pair these with a slightly cropped, boxy T-shirt, simple slides and a denim jacket for a casual, off-duty look.

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A sweet and simple dress is actually the easiest look to throw on each morning (even after a late-night study session). Just pair with some high-top sneakers and mirrored sunglasses, then dash to class.

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The bomber jacket is the smartest sartorial hack of the season because it adds instant cuteness to pretty much anything happening underneath.

TOPSHOP TOPMAN has a reversible version that is especially great because you get extra mileage out of just one piece. Pair it with cropped black jeans and a cool white T-shirt, and you’re sure to stand out as the style star on campus.

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Let a pair of embellished or embroidered jeans do all of the work for you. Each is like a jolt of instant style and can be worn with super simple pieces like a plain T-shirt or a half-tucked button-down.

Study our cheat sheet for all the back-to-school events, tenant offers and styling tips you need to make the fashion honor roll this school year. Click here.

Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay: Lesson 1


Going back to school means early mornings, carpool and, of course, homework. It also means shopping for functional accessories that allow kids to express their personalities and budding senses of style.

A backpack is perhaps the most important item for heading back to school. It’s clearly an essential, but it’s also an opportunity for students to let the world know a little bit about them, even from across the schoolyard.

Whether it’s for sports lovers, sci-fi fans or little style-setters, there’s a backpack for every student’s interests in Best digital piano, style and personality.








Despite everything we know about the sun’s harmful effects, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to soak up some rays once summer has set into full swing.

Though not as serious as sun damage, there’s also the annoyance of makeup melting with heat-induced sweat and mascara smudging once you plunge into the water. For that, having the right protection for both your face and hair is key, whether lying out, splashing in the ocean or just hanging outdoors. So, consider these celebrity hair stylist- and makeup artist-approved ways to beat the heat while still looking gorgeous.

By using the right products to protect your skin and hair, plus waterproof items that keep your makeup set all day, warm-weather beauty can be as easy as it is effective. Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty, who counts Rosario Dawson and Freida Pinto as clients, and hair stylist Derek Yuen, who styles the hair of Bryce Dallas Howard and Nicola Peltz, share the summer-beauty secrets they count on in order to keep their star clients looking and feeling great, no matter how hot it gets out there.


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Celebrity Hair Stylist

What are your biggest beauty rules when it comes to protecting hair from summer weather?

When it comes to summertime weather, the two concerns I have are the drying effects of the sun and color fading. Sun exposure can affect the protein structure of hair, which can deplete moisture and lead to a rougher cuticle, resulting in frizz. It also can fade color-treated hair and change the color all together with the salt or chlorine of a pool. To prep and protect, try to limit sun exposure by covering up with a hat or using hydrating hair products with UV protection.

What is your recommended type of sun protection?

Rene Furterer Solaire Protective Summer Fluid. It has UV filters to protect hair and scalp from sun damage, as well as a lightweight oil to hydrate while protecting. It can be misted over dry or damp hair before heading out into the sun.

What are the best treatments for hair that’s exposed to sun, salt water or chlorine?

For hair that has already been exposed to sun, salt water or chlorine, I like to do a two-step process. First, I like to use Kenra Clarifying Shampoo. It will help remove any salt, minerals or buildup in the hair, leaving the hair with a brighter luster. It is also safe to use on color-treated hair to remove chlorine. After clarifying, I always recommend Kérastase Masque UV Defense Active. It helps replenish moisture to the hair, strengthen the cuticles and protect with UV filters. Use two quarter-sized amounts on damp, towel-dried hair, from roots to ends. Then, comb through and wrap in a warm towel for 10 minutes and rinse out. Repeat this once or twice a week.

What are your recommended hair styles for hair that’s getting too oily or frizzy in summer heat and humidity?

My favorite hairstyle right now is a simple rope braid. It’s easy to do. It gets hair up and out of the way and can even be twisted up into a chic bun to beat the heat. If hair is too oily, spray some Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, which contains zeolite, a microporous mineral that soaks up some of the oil. Or if hair is too frizzy, mist Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer to add moisture and take the frizz down a notch. Once hair is pulled into the rope braid/bun, don’t forget to use sunscreen on face, ears and all around the front and back hairline. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist is SPF 50 and will dry and stay matte.


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Celebrity Makeup Artist

What are your biggest beauty rules when it comes to protecting your skin from summer heat?

Sun care is essential—especially in California where we spend a lot of time outside. I always wear face sunscreen and make sure I pay attention to my chest, neck and hands, too.

What is your recommended type of sun protection?

I love La Prairie SPF 50 face moisturizer and Kate Sommerville Body Glow Sunscreen for body.

Should women switch their foundation to a different shade for summer?

I think going one-half to a full shade up for summer is good so there isn’t a stark difference between your face and body. If having two foundations is not your thing, you always can add a few drops of liquid bronzer to your current foundation to warm up the color a bit. Try Laguna Liquid Bronzer from NARS.

How do you advise keeping makeup waterproof?

I think a setting spray is helpful like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. Also, opting for waterproof versions of your favorite shades is always good, too. Makeup Forever, Smashbox and Dior all have waterproof products that will get you through a hot summer day.

How can people deal with makeup that drips off with sweat during the day?

Primer is a great place to start. It provides a barrier between your makeup and your skin so it lasts longer. I love and swear by Smashbox’s primer.

Chef Kyle Johnson Shares His Must-Have Ingredients for Summer Dishes


Alfresco dining isn’t complete without a gorgeous and refreshing summer salad, where bright notes such as citrus and berries mingle with earthy greens and creamy cheeses. To make the dish even more enjoyable, serve it in beautiful ceramic or wood bowls for friends and family, under the stars after the sun sets.

It’s an experience that’s really fitting for warm summer nights and a dish Southern California chefs look forward to creating each year.

To tap into the seasonal and local flavors of the season, we asked Chef Kyle Johnson of Bourbon Steak Los Angeles for the ingredients he’s most looking forward to cooking with this summer.

What’s your favorite summer salad?

I would definitely have to say grilled peaches with a fresh, local goat cheese, pistachios and honeycomb (which we get from Coachella Valley), tossed with spicy farmers market lettuces.

Which summertime ingredient should be in every chef’s refrigerator?

Brentwood corn is a summer must. We are doing polenta-stuffed agnolotti with fresh, sautéed Brentwood corn and summer black truffle-crusted bone marrow that we serve tableside.

Which in-season fruit is the most versatile in the kitchen?

Melons. The vast assortment of heirloom breeds floors me every year. I like chilled melon soup done with club soda and lemon lime. I like to call it “Sprite Melon Soup” and garnish it with a few heirloom tomatoes.

Not up for dining in? Head over to Bourbon Steak L.A. for its summer-perfect Lacinto Kale Waldorf salad with grapes, candied walnuts and riesling vinaigrette, paired with a glass of refreshing rosé.

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From swimsuits to sun protection, gearing up for a summer by the shore (or pool) has never looked so good.

We may be spoiled by the year-round, temperate Southern California climate, but that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to summer and the multitude of aquatic activities involved.

Whether it’s family days filled with beach volleyball and bodyboarding, or poolside barbecues and games, spending summer days and nights by the water really can’t be beat.

As the temps continue to go up, so does the need for sun protection. Consider sunscreen sticks in a sport-ready formula. They are easy to apply and won’t run into eyes, even if you start to sweat or go for a swim. For more stylish options, swimwear with built-in UPF helps guard delicate skin from harmful rays and alleviate some worries about playing outdoors all day.

Hats also help prevent sunburns in addition to a thick layer of sunscreen.  From the classic Panama to a fun and vibrant version festooned with pom-poms, a great summer hat is an accessory must-have.

And no trip to the ocean or pool is complete without the right food and games. Outdoor versions of tic-tac-toe and classic horseshoes will keep everyone entertained when not swimming, while a travel-sized, high-heat grill will cook up the perfect beachside burgers.

Being prepared with effective, water-ready essentials is key for any Southern Californian this summer. Whether you manage to get to the coast a couple times in the next few months or every weekend, having the right gear always makes the experience more enriching and, of course, stylish.

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