Sangria with fruit With porch season in full swing, we like the idea of whipping up a pitcher of sangria to share with your girls or your bae. It’s a super-easy move that’ll make your friends feel like you’ve come up with something special just for them. This recipe is summertime perfection – light, not too sweet, a little fizzy and full of seasonal flavors. With frozen fruit, the mixture stays cool without you having to lean too heavily on drink-diluting ice, and the fruit will soak up the sangria as it thaws – so yummy.

INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle crisp white wine like pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc 1/2 cantaloupe, balled or chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 cup white or red seedless grapes 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 16 oz. ginger ale, chilled 1 lemon, thinly sliced

• Freeze the cantaloupe pieces and grapes until solid.

• Pour the wine into a large pitcher.

• Add frozen fruit and mint leaves.

• Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

• Remove from fridge, stir in ginger ale and top with lemon slices and a little ice.

• Serve it up with wine or rocks glasses.




Express PR Intern     Taking a summer position in our NYC design studio was a big move for Hali, the PR intern we found through our Teen Vogue Fashion U partnership. “I grew up in a town where my friends lived on farms and my high school had two hallways. Exploring the city is amazing and a little scary because it is so huge.”

Still, it hasn’t taken Hali long to get into her job, and to fit right in with all the fashion-savvy types in Manhattan. Along with her shop of style picks for a summer in NYC, she’s compiled a list of five must-haves for any girl getting ready to work an internship in a major city.

1. Personal Shade

“I always make sure to bring my own shade for the sunny days in New York. When I came here I noticed everyone sporting the cutest sunglasses, and I needed to get in on the action. I picked up an amazing pair of cateyes and I almost never want to take them off! I love this hat, too. It’s super unique and keeps me cool when I’m relaxing in the park on a lunch break or after work.”

2. Comfortable Shoes

“Between errands for the design studio and places to be after work, I do a lot of walking. I’ve been relying on flat sandals, red espadrille wedges and booties with sturdy stacked heels. Not only are they super stylish and fashion-forward, they are SO comfortable. They’re perfect for wearing to work or just running around town.”

3. Coffee

“Seriously, I’m addicted, and in NYC there’s literally a coffee shop on every corner. A simple black iced coffee keeps me going on my busiest days and leaves me feeling refreshed during a hot New York summer.”

4. Subway pass

“It’s refreshing to be able to go anywhere or do anything that I want, and it’s so great to have an easy, affordable way to get around. I catch up on my favorite social apps, Instagram and Snapchat, on my way into the studio.”

5. An Appetite

“One of the best parts of living in New York City is the food! I love the smell of hot dogs and street vendors, and Thai food recently became one of my favorite indulgences – especially anything with peanut sauce. Also, I’m obsessed with pizza, so I’m currently on a quest to find the best slice in the city.”

What’s the deal with your city? Show us the places you love to go and the things you can’t live without on Instagram with #ExpressLife.


Whether your July 4th involves fireworks in the park, parade watching in the city or a barbecue in the backyard, have a little patriotic fun with your hangout look. Here are a few of our favorite things for celebrating Independence Day in style.

1. The right spirit

It’s not out of line on the 4th to fall back on fashions that look like they were made from an American flag. But we’re into an approach to Americana that’s more easily wearable, like a flag-inspired graphic tee or a creative combination of everyday items in flag colors. Try a white cami under a red boyfriend shirt or a red sundress with white and blue accessories.

2. Denim skirt

With this one item you can check off a must-have for 2015 and the last color in a red-white-and-blue outfit. Pop it on with a tee or button-up for the 4th, then start thinking about all the ways you can wear it through fall.

3. Shoes that go "boom"

For a day of celebration, get bright and glitzy at your feet with shimmery T-straps, red espadrilles or blinged-out blue and white sandals.

4. Sunglasses

Planning to spend all day outdoors? It’s the perfect time to try out a fresh pair of classic aviators or treat your eyes to the big story in shades right now: round and oversized.

5 Sparklers

This is the one day of the year when it’s totally OK to take your sparkle love to a combustible level. Do it!