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I Played Brie Larson on Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road and It Was Chaos

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What’s it really like to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Brie Larson? Absolute, deliberate mayhem. I had accepted that Larson, a Nintendo ambassador and lifelong fan, would be hard to beat when I learned she was a formidable Mario Kart player who’d just played against college students that afternoon. They beat her, but still, she put in the practice time. And this wasn’t just a race; it was an interview, too. We would both have to multi-task.

When we connected on Zoom, I let her choose her favorite course. I decided it would just be our two avatars competing; me as Princess Peach on a motorcycle, her playing as her signature character, Luigi. No computers racing against us. No distractions.

“That’s fun. Sounds chaotic. I’m in,” Larson said.

Brie Larson’s Mii alongside mine when first selecting our race course in Mario Kart.

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I thought if Larson chose something like the Animal Crossing course, maybe I could win. Maybe I could pull it off! I played eight races against my boyfriend—a good Mario Kart player—for practice the night before and won them all. I consider myself to be a decent Mario Kart player. Not pro, but competitive enough.

Then Larson chose Rainbow Road. “We want a hard one,” she told me. “We just want chaos.” Initially, I thought, good thing I practiced that one. But it wasn’t the Mario Kart 8 version I played on. It was the SNES one.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch

Nintendo
amazon.com

$56.99

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has three versions of Rainbow Road: the Mario Kart 64 one, the SNES one, and a new one exclusive to Mario Kart 8. The SNES one has sharp, constant turns and no walls at all. Compare that to the Mario Kart 8 version, which has tricky turns but includes a few walls to break up the tension of the course. As my boyfriend texted me post-race, “The SNES courses were a nightmare lol.”

We started driving, I remembered I also had to try to ask questions, and then I hit the first turn. That’s when I knew: This was going to be the hardest round of Mario Kart I ever played.

“Oh my gosh. This course is brutal,” I told her.

“I know, but it’s beautiful,” Larson replied.

“Beautiful, but it’s brutal,” I stressed.

We kept driving, and I didn’t fall off, but only because I was carefully taking each turn at the cost of speed. You can’t have both unless you’re really, really good at dashing, a skill mechanic in the game that gives you a speed boost but can be tricky to execute correctly on back-to-back sharp turns. If you turn too much to the right or left, you’ll fall off.

Brie Larson playing Mario Kart on her Nintendo Switch

As we raced, I asked Larson about her kart versus bike preference. “I feel I just don’t trust myself with the bike,” she explained. “But I also haven’t played that much with it.”

I asked her what her first Mario Kart game was (it was Mario Kart 64) and why she liked Rainbow Road so much. “It’s really just the nostalgic factor for me,” she said. “I just remember from the very first Mario Kart, it seemed like insanity. It felt to me and my sister, ‘This is impossible. This is crazy.’ I think it became…I don’t know, lore, in my family: being on a track with no edges.”

Halfway through the race, I looked down at the screen’s mini map. Larson was slightly ahead of me. It wasn’t impossible to catch up, but I knew if she drove the course perfectly, I would have to use some mushrooms (which can be used as speed boosts)—and also avoid falling off the course while using them.

We were on our last lap. Larson was still ahead…and then she struggled with a turn. “It was almost really bad,” she said. Then she did fall off. “This is giving you a really good opportunity,” she encouraged me. “You should take it.”

I had a banana and a mushroom, and a sharp turn ahead that I knew I could easily fall from if I didn’t take it carefully.

“I’m trying,” I told her. “It’s just… I’m so afraid of falling off, too.”

“Oh yeah. It’s scary,” Larson commiserated.

Winning wasn’t impossible, though. It all depended on how long it took her to recover from her fall. I inched closer to the finish line and saw her, too—recovered and ahead of me. She crossed the line a few seconds ahead of me. And that was it.

“I was close, but you got it,” I said.

“Well, I lost every game earlier today, so it was good for my ego,” Larson replied.

I thanked her for giving me my own ego check. She laughed. “I chose a hard track,” she admitted. True.

Larson may be competitive on Mario Kart, but she’s so nice to race, you can forgive her for choosing essentially the hardest course in the game.

brie larson's luigi and my peach at the start of what would've been our second race on mario kart 8's rainbow road

Brie Larson’s Luigi and my Peach at the start of what would’ve been our second race on Mario Kart 8’s Rainbow Road

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Our interview time was running short, so our second race on the Mario Kart 8 version of Rainbow Road had to be put on hold. Before I hung up, I asked Larson about her tips for new players. Here’s what she offered:

Well, obviously start at 50cc first. Start on the easiest versions possible. And it really just takes practice. And if you are playing against somebody who’s new to it, I would slow down on my drifting and allow them to have—not target them maybe as much with items. Be a little bit kinder, not so brutal to them, just to get them some time in the game. But a lot of my friends who’ve gotten into gaming recently through my obsession, they’ve just wanted solo time. They’re like, “I’m not ready to play with you. I’ll just play on my own. I want to put some hours in on my own before we play together.”

And how does Larson feel about Captain Marvel meeting Ms. Marvel in The Marvels, the upcoming sequel to Captain Marvel? “I’m super excited.” she said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Larson revealed the director of the film, Nia DaCosta, is a gamer like her. “That’s the first time I’ve worked with somebody who also games like I do,” Larson said. She added that she doesn’t usually play Nintendo Switch with her coworkers on set, but she will bring her system with her. “Usually it’s just a solo thing. When I’m at work, it’s not a social thing. It’s a way for me to stay focused and to stay present in the scene while I’m waiting for them to change the camera around or move lights around. I can stay focused, but I’m playing Mario Tennis [Aces].”

Larson also shared her hopes for tomorrow’s Nintendo E3 presentation, where the company will be announcing its upcoming projects. “I’m excited about the future of Zelda,” she said. “I feel there’s just been bits of information [about the Breath of the Wild sequel] and I want to know more about it. And yeah, I’m interested in some surprises. I feel it’s always been fun when new characters get their own spinoff solo series. I would be stoked for that.”

Our call ended with kind goodbyes, and I knew as I turned my off Nintendo Switch that even though I lost, I still accomplished something truly insane. The outcome doesn’t matter: You’ll never forget the race.

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Everything You Should Shop Ahead of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

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Nordstrom lovers rejoice because the 2021 Anniversary Sale is practically here. The annual sale from everyone’s favorite department store officially kicks off on July 28th and lasts until August 8th, but if you’re one of the lucky folks with a Nordstrom card sitting pretty in your wallet, you’ll be able to dive into the once-a-year sale earlier than the rest of us on July 12th. This year’s sale includes over 100 new brands like Nécessaire, BDG Urban Outfitters, Dyson, and favorites like Nike, UGG, Zella, Barefoot Dreams, and more. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.

To guide you through the depths of the Anniversary Sale section, I present to you 24 of the best fashion deals that Nordstrom teased early that you can add to your wish list. Feel free to bookmark this page as we’ll continually update this article with our favorite items as we get closer to the big day. Let the shopping commence!

1

Quay Australia x Lizzo Icy 58mm Gradient Square Sunglasses

QUAY AUSTRALIA
nordstrom.com

$55.00

$55.00 $35.90 (35% off)

Not to quote the queen Lizzo herself, but these sunglasses will have you looking good as hell. She also happens to be a Quay partner. 

2

Genuine Shearling Slipper

UGG
nordstrom.com

$100.00 $69.90 (30% off)

Few pairs of shoes are superior to Ugg’s cozy slippers. 

3

Everyday Poplin Shirt

Nordstrom
nordstrom.com

$69 $45.90 (35% off)

Buy these in bulk, because you can never have too many crisp white button-downs. 

4

Cassie Slide Sandal

CULT GAIA
nordstrom.com

$428.00 $299.90 (30% off)

Your favorite pair of strappy black sandals just got a futuristic upgrade. 

5

Marlow Leather Crossbody Bag

COACH
nordstrom.com

$195.00

$195 $99.90 (49% off)

There’s no better time than now to get half off Coach classics. 

6

Queen Crest Boyfriend Tee

DAYDREAMER
nordstrom.com

$69.00 $44.90 (35% off)

Cool enough to wear out and about, but comfy enough to lounge in all day long. It’s the ultimate staple. 

7

Set of 2 Polished & Pavé Hoop Earrings

BAUBLEBAR
nordstrom.com

$72.00 $48.90 (32% off)

There’s no such thing as owning too many pairs of hoop earrings, especially when they come with this much shine and sparkle. 

8

UltraBoost DNA Running Shoe

ADIDAS
nordstrom.com

$180.00 $119.90 (33% off)

The Meghan Markle-approved running shoe is the perfect blend of streetwear and athleisure. 

9

Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra

NATORI
nordstrom.com

$68.00 $44.90 (34% off)

With more than 3,000 glowing reviews, Natori’s Feathers Underwire Contour bra is a balance between sexy and comfortable. 

10

Sterling Silver Baguette Band

ARGENTO VIVO STERLING SILVER
nordstrom.com

$98.00 $59.90 (39% off)

Editor’s note: I own this ring from Argento Vivo, and after seeing this on-sale option, I might add one more to my collection so I can stack them together. 

11

Rochester Faux Leather Ruched Dress

BB DAKOTA BY STEVE MADDEN
nordstrom.com

$89.00 $54.90 (38% off)

It’s everything you love about a little black dress but in faux leather. Also, the drawstring ruching at the sides turns this from a mini dress to-knee-length ensemble in a snap.

12

Berlin Satin Midi Skirt

RAILS
nordstrom.com

$158.00 $99.90 (37% off)

Elevate your midi skirt game with this paisley option from Southern California brand Rails.

13

Satin Camp Button-Up Shirt

OPEN EDIT
nordstrom.com

$49.00 $29.90 (39% off)

A classic button-up you’ll find yourself turning to over and over again.  

14

51mm Square Sunglasses

RAY-BAN
nordstrom.com

$161.00 $99.90 (38% off)

The kind of shades you’ll wear years from now. 

15

Boss Split Hem Faux Suede Pants

GOOD AMERICAN
nordstrom.com

$185.00

$185.00 $119.90 (35% off)

The perfect day-to-night pant doesn’t exi—. 

16

Edbury Leather Shoulder Bag

ALLSAINTS
nordstrom.com

$329.00 $196.90 (40% off)

Geometric shaped handbags aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and this triangular style is too good to pass up. 

17

Retha Side Stripe Sweater

VERONICA BEARD
nordstrom.com

$395.00 $259.90 (34% off)

A mock-neck sweater with a bit of sporty feel thanks to its contrasting stripes on the sides. 

18

Bellissima Round Bracelet Watch

TISSOT
nordstrom.com

$475.00 $314.90 (34% off)

Looking to treat yourself? This water-resistant timepiece from the Swiss brand, Tissot, is a gorgeous place to start.  

19

Zebra Print Long Sleeve Midi Dress

TED BAKER LONDON
nordstrom.com

$175.00 $104.90 (40% off)

Wear this with sneakers now, and then switch it up with a boots and tights combo once it gets a little cooler. 

20

Hayle Platform Chelsea Boot

STEVE MADDEN
nordstrom.com

$119.95 $79.90 (33% off)

Remember how I said to pair that dress with a pair of boots? This style would look stellar styled with that midi. 

21

Le High Waist Flare Jeans

FRAME
nordstrom.com

$228.00

$228.00 $149.90 (34% off)

Celebrity-loved label FRAME is hardly ever on sale, making this ’70s inspired pair of jeans a must-have. 

22

CozyChic Ribbed Robe

BAREFOOT DREAMS
nordstrom.com

$118.00 $69.90 (41% off)

I present to you the comfiest robe ever that won’t shrink or pill (even after hours of binge-watching Netflix.) 

23

Alta Textured Chain Link Bracelet

MONICA VINADER
nordstrom.com

$135.00 $89.90 (33% off)

A chain bracelet so nice, you won’t even think about taking it off. 

24

Quilted Hooded Jacket

BLANKNYC
nordstrom.com

$128.00

$128.00 $69.90 (45% off)

A light enough jacket you can wear right now that can also easily be layered come fall. Talk about the best of both worlds. 

25

Emlen Chain Loafer

LOUISE ET CIE
nordstrom.com

$149.95 $89.90 (40% off)

The best kind of back-to-the-office piece. If light pink isn’t your style, this loafer also comes in black and white.  

26

Live In High Waist Pocket Bike Shorts

ZELLA
nordstrom.com

$49.00 $29.90 (39% off)

Biker shorts so comfy you’ll find yourself wearing them everywhere.

27

Double Breasted Faux Leather Trench Coat

AVEC LES FILLES
nordstrom.com

$199.00 $129.90 (35% off)

A faux leather trench coat never goes out of style. This design comes with a removable belt so that you can adjust the fit to your liking. 

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The 27 Best (and Sexiest) Underwear Styles For Every Occasion

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Every situation calls for a different pair of underwear. You’d never wear your workday thong on weekend errands, or your gym hipsters to the office. And while we honestly believe granny panties are sexy, that iconic scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary is all too relatable. But after a year stuck in the house dressing up in oversized sweaters and hoodies, it’s time to hit the refresh button on your top drawer. We’re sure some pairs have overstayed their welcome and you need to get rid of styles you haven’t reached for in years. From anti-VPL thongs to leakproof underthings that will save you the embarrassment, these are the absolute best underwear for every need.

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Best For Heavy Flow

French Cut

Thinx has every style of panty you can think of to match your flow—yes, that flow.

Best Breathable Underwear

Beyondsoft Panties

Fruit of the Loom
amazon.com

$19.96

Your golden treasure deserves to breathe outside of beauty sleep hours. Fruit of the Loom made it easy for you with these super soft panties that make you feel like you’ve gone incognito. 

Best for Lounging

Boyleg Brief

Boody
boodywear.com

$40.00

You’ll never want to take these briefs off—though you should—thanks to its comfortable, plush bamboo viscose fabric with the right amount of stretch you hug your body.

Best For Menopause

Leakproof High Rise

Live a worry- and leak-free life in your Knix panties. This version was designed specifically for those who don’t allow experiencing incontinence to slow them down.

Best Cheeky

Lace Back Cheeky

ThirdLove
thirdlove.com

$28.00

ThirdLove is known more for their great bras, but do not skip their underwear selection. Their top-rated cheeky fits like a dream.

Best Inclusive

Nude Floral Lace & Mesh Thong Dark Cocoa Curvy

Love, Vera
lovevera.com

$15.00

Lova, Vera understands that nude isn’t always one-color-fits-all. Best known for their inclusive range of lingerie and undergarments, Love, Vera has panties to match deep complexions who are often left out of the nude conversation.

Mesh Crotchless High Leg Bikini

Savage X offers just about every pair of underwear for every occasion but here’s one that does all the talking so you don’t have to.

Best for Deep Complexions

Plumetis High-Waist Brief

Nubian Skin
nubianskin.com

$37.50

As the name suggests, Nubian Skin caters to the deeper tones on the complexion spectrum by providing seamless underwear for those barely-there dress moments.

Best for the 70s Obsessed

Gathered Mini Briefs

& Other Stories
stories.com

$19.00

Little House on the Prairies—but make it undergarments.

4-pack Mesh Thong Briefs

H&M’s pack deals are is the best bang for your buck.

Everlane
everlane.com

$15.00

If you’re searching for a no-frills undergarment, look to Everlane. Their lightweight line has you (and your booty) covered. 

Best Seamless Underwear

Stretch Thong

Commando
net-a-porter.com

$22.00

This underwear is used by legit fashion stylists for photo shoots and red carpets, so you know it’s going to be good. It’s the next best thing to going Commando, hence the brand’s name. Seriously, you might have a midday anxiety attack, because these trick you into thinking you forgot to wear underwear to work. 

Best Organic Cotton

Organic Pima Cotton Bikini

Skin
journelle.com

$90.00

For the most breathable, sustainable option, always reach for 100% cotton, and no one does it better than Skin. Their super soft offerings feel barely there. 

Best Everyday Thong

Signature Lace Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky
nordstrom.com

$22.00

I know more than a few editors who refuse to wear anything other than Hanky Panky’s lace thong. It’s the ultimate go-to underwear that doesn’t ride up or cinch your waist. 

Best G-String

Naked String Thong

G-strings are known for being unbearable, but I love Kim Kardashian’s Skims thongs. They are the ultimate antidote to VPL. The straps stay put, and they don’t dig in to your waist. 

Best Mesh Thong

Soire Sheer G-String

Cosabella
cosabella.com

$19.50

This is your secret weapon: it’s sexy, comfortable and breathable enough to last all day—and night. 

Best Lightweight Bikini

Mesh Bikini

On Gossamer
nordstrom.com

$20.00

The mesh fabric is so breezy, you feel like you’re wearing nothing. 

Best Shaping Thong

Seamlessly Shaped Ultralight Thong

Yummie
shopbop.com

$20.00

If you want a shaper that still feels like actual underwear, try Yummie’s popular thongs. 

Best Shaping Underwear

High Power Shaper Underwear

Spanx
nordstrom.com

$38.00

Spanx’ ultra-high shaper is great for slinky cami dresses. 

Best Boxer Briefs for Women

Femme Boxer

Richer Poorer
richer-poorer.com

$26.00

For fuller coverage, opt for a boxer made for women. 

Best Boy Brief

Mesh Palm Lace Boybrief Underwear

I’ve been buying the Boybriefs from Aerie for over a decade, they’re that good. 

Best Budget French-Cut

Jockey Women’s Plus Size Elance Brief 3-Pack, White/White/White, 8 (2XL)

Jockey
amazon.com

Carrie Bradshaw would approve of these ugly-cute whitie tighties.  

Best French Cut

Whisper high cut brief

Only Hearts
onlyhearts.com

$37.00

When it comes to the thigh-high french cut, no one does it better than Only Hearts.

Best Retro Feel

Black Romance String Panty

Hello Beautiful
hello-beautiful-usa.com

$55.00

The French cut + rosette combo on this sweet pair reminds us of ’90s romance. 

Best Running Underwear

Cotton Purestretch Hipster

New Balance
newbalance.com

$19.99

With sweat-wicking power and the inability to bunch, these hipsters are ideal for marathoners.  

Best Workout Thong

Women’s UA Pure Stretch Thong Underwear 3-Pack

Under Armour
underarmour.com

$25.00

If you prefer to bench press in thongs, get these. 

Best Crotchless Panties

Goodnight Kiss Crotchless Boyshort

Oh Là Là Chéri
barenecessities.com

$12.00

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Everlane’s Summer Sale Includes the Best Minimalist Basics

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Everlane shoppers know a few truths to be certain. First, the brand’s minimalist basics serve luxury-level quality—and they have the product waiting lists to prove it. Second, those Everlane basics rarely go on sale.

But discount rules were made to be broken, even at this cult-favorite brand. Everlane is hosting a massive summer sale where every piece is fair game. The perfect cropped t-shirt? It’s in the mix. The oversized blazer? The wear-everywhere jeans? All present and awaiting your “add to cart.” If there’s a closet staple you’re ready to refresh, you’ll find it here.

To build your ultimate capsule wardrobe in minutes, shop our favorite picks from the Everlane sale lineup ahead. But remember, Everlane’s summer sale runs only as long as there’s inventory. Once those closet essentials are gone, they’re gone.

1

The Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress

Everlane

$98 $78

During peak summer, this casual slip dress is a standalone essential. Come fall, it’s a match made in layering heaven with a long sleeve bodysuit and boots.

2

The Washable Silk Wrap Top

Everlane

$110 $55

You’ll get weeks of work outfit mileage out of this washable silk blouse. Don’t forget the new bag to match.

3

The Cheeky Bootcut Jean

Everlane

$85 $34

If you want to understand the Everlane hype, head straight to the denim section. This bootcut pair has structure with a hint of stretch, and the wash won’t fade.

4

The Italian ReWool Overcoat

Everlane

$298 $119

You don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality with this wear-everywhere jacket. Everlane’s update to the classic wool coat includes a slightly oversized fit and recycled fabric. 

5

The Stretch Ponte Crop Pant

Everlane

$78 $39

Until the debate over leggings as pants comes to a definitive end, a ponte pant is comfortable middle ground. 

6

The Organic Cotton Cropped Tee

Everlane

$18 $15

The wardrobe limit on boxy cropped tees simply doesn’t exist.

7

The V-Neck One-Piece

Everlane

$65 $55

It’s not often that you find a bestselling basic swimsuit on sale.  

8

The Luxe Cotton Side-Slit Tee Dress

Everlane

$50 $35 

Between the ultra-soft cotton and the subtle slit, this Everlane staple is a step up from a typical t-shirt dress.

9

The Easy Blazer

Everlane

$128 $102

Two words guaranteed to solve an outfit rut? Oversized. Blazer.

10

The Italian Merino Rib Turtleneck

Everlane

$90 $36

All the comfort of a go-to wool turtleneck, minus the bulk of a heavy sweater.

11

The Curvy Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jean

Everlane

$68 $47

Tune out any talk of a skinny jean apocalypse. This curve-friendly denim, complete with a waist-gap reducing fit, will last in your wardrobe for years.

12

The Glove Boot ReKnit

Everlane

$115 $69

Footwear trends come and go, but an ankle boot is forever.

13

The Cashmere Crew

Everlane

$100 $70

Tie it over your shoulders, tuck it into a skirt, or incorporate it into your loungewear wardrobe. Whatever your cozy dressing preference, this butter soft cashmere can do it all. Oh, and it comes in 13 shades. 

14

The Denim Chore Jacket

Everlane

$88 $35 

This jacket will be your go-to outer layer by fall. Our favorite feature? Those roomy pockets.

15

The Square Toe Slingback

Everlane

$165 $82

Every capsule wardrobe needs a hero low heel. We’re partial to this modern slingback.

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