STEP UP YOUR BACKYARD BBQ

Memorial Day BBQ Ideas
One good thing about good friends is that they appreciate the little things. If you’re inviting your crew to a get-together at your place over Memorial Day weekend, they’ll be into it no matter how elaborate you get with the party prep, but go ahead and impress them anyway by doing something just for the occasion.

Once you’ve taken care of the party-hosting essentials (plenty of cups, clean bathroom, pet hair vacuumed up), add one or more of these easy touches to make it an extra-special day.

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Make it look good:
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Memorial Day BBQ Ideas

Go for light and fun.

Do a shopping search for “novelty string lights” and you’ll find string light designs with everything from pink flamingos to mini cocktail glasses and red plastic cups.

Get on your lawn.

If you’ve got the luxury of a grassy yard, put together a stack of bright blankets or beach towels and tell everyone to grab one and stretch out. Your guests get comfy and your yard gets more colorful.

Give ’em a favor. 

Roll up disposable silverware in folded bandanas instead of paper napkins. It’s a casual spin on the cloth napkin roll and a party favor they can take home and accessorize with all summer.

Put balloons to use.

Get a bag of balloons. Fill them with water and freeze. Use these instead of bagged ice to keep your drink bucket cold. And at the end of the night when they’re all thawed & everyone’s a few drinks looser, water balloon fight!

Mix a cocktail:
CITRUS SHANDY

Memorial Day BBQ IdeasPer drink:

  • 1 12 oz. bottle of beer – a seasonally appropriate wheat beer or summer ale works great.
  • 1 oz. fresh juice – squeeze half an orange, blood orange or lemon, or try a splash of pomegranate juice for a sweeter finish with less bite.
  • 1 oz. Aperol – an orange-y liqueur that’s also a digestif, so it’s perfect for post-meal drinking.
  • Combine ingredients in tall glass, add a citrus slice to the rim & serve.

Spice up your entree: ALL-PURPOSE RUB

Memorial Day BBQ Ideas

A light, flavorful coating for about 2 lbs. of beef, chicken, pork or seafood:

  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest
  •  2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopper
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Memorial Day BBQ Ideas

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a dish or shallow pan and place your protein in to coat it.

Sprinkle the rub over your oil-covered protein, lightly massage it in to make sure it sticks and throw it on the grill ’til done.

 

Question for the comments: What’s your favorite way to celebrate a long weekend?

 

 

Take Your Workout Gear to the Street

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You’re hitting the street in workout gear but you didn’t actually hit the gym?! Congrats, you’re in on one of the most widespread and worst kept secrets ever. There’s no shame in slipping on a pair of comfy, flattering compression leggings and calling a bodega run your cardio for the day. Just take some of the effort you’d put into your barre class and spend it on your street style. Here’s the boost you need to get started.

Take workout wear to street wear

Camouflage Military Parka, Express One Eleven Cami, EXP Core Compression Legging, Textured Cross Body Bag, Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses, Tassel Sandal

ACTIVELY CHIC

You can kick off a casual look with a big city vibe with leggings in basic black. A soft, drapey cami adds ease to the silhouette and a menswear-inspired piece like a military parka sharpens the edge. Monochrome accessories give it all a clean finish.

Take workout wear to street wear

Shrunken Denim Jacket, Mirrored Brow Bar Sunglasses, Similar graphic tank, EXP Core Compression Crop Legging, Lip Gloss, Metallic Coin Holder, Similar Backpack

READY TO PLAY

When you’re in the mood for something more colorful, put on a bright printed pair of compression leggings and go for a look that’s light and fun. A graphic tee that’s dripping with attitude is a perfect match, along with a heavy-fade jean jacket. Lace up some white tennies, swipe on some gloss, sling a backpack over your shoulder and you’re good for a brunch date or some music in the park – even a trip to the gym if you get a sudden burst of energy.

What’s your favorite activewear to not work out in? How do you keep your athleisure look from being fresh-from-the-gym sloppy? Spill it in the comments!

Men’s Edit: Style It Up To Wear It Out

 

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Men's street style

You’ve dressed for a lazy afternoon of couch time, but your friends have plans to get out for the day and they’re headed to your place to pick you up. It doesn’t take much to put together a street-ready look and still hold onto that lounge level of comfort. Here’s how.

 

Men's street style

Piped Jogger Pant, Caeden Headphones, Enter Fold Top Backpack, similar shirt, hat & sneakers

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Switching out your sweats for a pair of joggers is a smart start. From there, details like color blocking, contrasting piping and hits of slick fabric can give your whole look an edge. They also send the message that you put a little effort into your ensemble (so if you actually spent most of your energy just getting vertical, no one’s the wiser).

Men's street style

Express One Eleven Plush Jersey Hoodie, Baseball Tee, Maritime Supply Co. Bracelet, similar messenger bag,  joggers, sneakers & watch

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A rugged bracelet, an all-purpose messenger bag, classic shades and a clean, fresh pair of kicks – easy add-ons like these individualize your street style and give it some focus. But keep in mind that the trick to impressing with your casual look is to look like you didn’t try too hard. Enter the gray hoodie.

What tried-and-true fashion tricks have you come up with? Share in the comments.