Tell me if I’m wrong, but the only thing better than a beach picnic in the middle of summer is one at the end of summer. Think about it: all the vacationing bodies are back to school and work, so there is no shortage of prime spots by the water where you can spread out, you can sit in the sun without perspiring profusely, but it’s still warm enough that a dip in the water feels like relief, and we’ll take any excuse to rock a cute cover up. It’s quite possible though, that you’re not a pro at putting together a beachfront picnic, and let’s be honest, less than .01 percent of us are. Good thing then that we were able to find someone who actually knows how to do it right. [tiImage img-pos="1" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] Shanan Campanaro is the founder and creative visionary behind the boho-chic home goods brand Eskayel—and when we say “boho-chic”, we actually mean boho-CHIC. Her ethereal, kaleidoscopic patterns took the design industry by storm when she first launched her company a few years ago. Since then, there have been many copy cats who try to emulate her style, but believe us when we say that she is OG. [tiImage img-pos="2" image_style="684xflex" align="left"] When this super cool chick is not holed up in her Brooklyn studio coming out with new products and patterns, she spends a good amount of time entertaining and has perfected the art of throwing a party on the beach, or anywhere for that matter, and she makes sure to consider every aspect from the seating, to music, bust most importantly, the food. "When thinking up a food menu, consider having a nice selection of snacks and starters," she says. "A nice cheese and meat plate (with lots of dips, crackers, olives nuts and fruits and veggies) is always a great idea to ensure that none of your guests get too hungry. Then, lighter dishes like salads or pasta salad are enough." And whatever you do, don't over think the decor. "Its nice to have some flowers and herbs on hand to scatter around and make things look decorated but still effortless." VIDEO: Check Out Mindy Kaling's Gorgeous Backyard Makeover Keep on reading for her checklist of tips and essentials for throwing the perfect picnic on the beach, and use these last warm weekends wisely.
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Get your grills ready, because Labor Day weekend is coming up fast. The unofficial last weekend of summer is known for being one of the final chances to barbecue outdoors before the weather cools down, so we're looking forward to having a bonafide feast. But barbecues are typically very meat-centric events, with hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and grilled fish as some of the main players. If you're a vegetarian or just trying to cut back on your meat intake, you may feel like there's nothing for you to eat, but we've got you covered this Labor Day. Read below for 6 veggie-friendly recipes that can be cooked up right on the grill. RELATED: Grill Out This Labor Day With These Store-Bought BBQ Sauces
With summer's end right around the corner, the days of outdoor grilling and dining al fresco are soon to be over. Labor Day weekend is usually the last hoorah of the season and the official kickoff to fall, so with that coming up, it may be your last chance to fire up the barbecue before the weather cools off. With that being said, we did some research into the best BBQ sauces out there. You're sure to wow your party guests with any of the below delicious marinades. Read on to see our finger-lickin' picks. VIDEO: Deep South Barbecue Ribs
If you live in the general vicinity of North Carolina, chances are you've crossed paths with Laura Vinroot Poole. The owner of Capitol and Poole Shop, two local boutiques that boast designers including Dries Van Noten, Gucci, and Rosie Assoulin, and daughter of former mayor Richard Vinroot, Poole is basically the Reese Witherspoon of the Tar Heel State—and she's got the Rolodex to prove it. At her outdoor dinner parties (most recently during Beach Week, a five-day-long event of parking lot parties, designer panels, trunk shows, and food), Poole has hosted the likes of Candice Bergen, Tavi Gevinson, and Busy Philipps over steaming plates of southern-style fare. Here, Poole shares five tips for hosting a dinner party to remember.
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Who doesn't love a good tiki bar? Typically outfitted in kitschy decor (think: colorful string lighting, palm-print accents, and umbrellas in your drinks), these spots are always a good time. Any bar that can transport us to a tropical oasis is at the top of our list. So, while the weather is still nice, we did some research into the best tiki locales you can find outside of actual paradise. VIDEO: 3 Refreshing Tiki Drinks The list we came up with ranges from funky dive bars to upscale rooftop vibes, so there is something for everyone. Read below for our picks across the country. Tropical-print shirts encouraged. RELATED: 10 Tropical Fashion Pieces for Major Vacay Vibes
You might think summer is all about that #RoséAllDay—but it doesn't have to be. Red wine lovers, no need to worry. Despite the sweltering heat, you can still enjoy your favorite colored vino and Geoffrey Zakarian, Iron Chef champion and Michelin-starred restaurateur, agrees. We asked the chef and partner of Georgie at Montage Beverly Hills to share his go-to red wines during the summer season. So grab a bottle and be ready for anything from a backyard bbq (they'll make excellent hostess gifts), or an air conditioned night in. VIDEO: How to Pick The Right Rosé Scroll down to check out Zakarian's inexpensive picks.
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Mindy Kaling might be a born and bred East Coaster, but she sure has taken to the easy, breezy L.A. way of life pretty quickly. The newly expectingMindy Project star, who splits her time between L.A. and N.Y.C., has been spending the summer at her sprawling villa in the City of Angels, and recently, she decided that her backyard needed a shot of signature SoCal chic. “In my New York home I have more of a cleaner aesthetic, like cream as the base of all the rooms with some pops of color,” says Kaling. “But my L.A. home is just full of color and is really gilded, inside and out.” Bearing that in mind, the actress turned to interior designer Katie Ridder and One Kings Lane to help bring her bold backyard vision to life. “I really admired Katie’s Instagram, and I fell in love with the way she uses colors, textures, prints, and patterns,” she says. "I felt like it had to be her." RELATED: Tour Mindy Kaling's NYC Apartment For Kaling, the trickiest part was settling on a layout that would complement her yard. “I have really strong opinions about color and patterns, but I don’t really know how to organize things in a space,” she says. Now, with Ridder’s help, she has areas for both lounging (on couches or poolside) and dining al fresco, perfect for a summer full of entertaining. "I wanted a house with a lot of outdoor space so I could invite my writing staff over to barbecue and hang out,” she adds. "I have a giant dining table too, so I can have Nancy Meyers-style dinner parties out here... or that’s my fantasy anyway!” Keep scrolling to see Kaling’s brand new backyard and head over to One Kings Lane to pick up some of her cool furnishings for your next backyard bash.
Nothing makes or breaks a party faster than bad music (or no music). And if you're like us, you typically count on putting your iPhone in a cup to provide ample sound for most of your get-togethers. The one time that especially doesn't work is summer, when people are splashing around in the pool, talking loudly, and not quite as contained. And instead of taking the high risk of bringing your precious indoor speaker outside where they can (and will) get wet, it may be time to invest in some quality outdoor speakers. We've let you in on some of our favorites before but we've scoured the web for some of the best looking and sounding speakers around that won't get ruined if your guests get rowdy. Check them out! RELATED: InStyle’s Best of Tech Awards Salute 2017’s Most Stylish Gadgets