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    Ah, road trips. Nothing says summer like picking a not-too-far-away spot, loading up a great playlist, and jumping in the car for a mini-escape. Maybe it's the rolled-down windows, maybe it's the pit stop Slurpees — but there's something so freeing about shirking your weekend responsibilities, and hitting the open road.

    And as devoted fans of the short trip, we've picked up more than a few travel tips over the years — we weren't just navigating — we were taking notes, too. From the perfect outfit for a long car ride, to essential entertainment you'll want on hand, we've got a road-tested guide to making your getaway in style. Click through to see what your D.C. editor never leaves home without. TBags-Tie-Waist-Dress_Shopbop_185

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    If your idea of an excellent holiday weekend comes served on the rocks, read on. We wanted some help creating yummy sips for our days off, so we enlisted the help of a master.

    Danny Shapiro, head bartender at Scofflaw, was recently voted best mixologist in the city, so naturally we wanted him to teach us, well, everything there is to know about cocktails. We settled on two punch recipes anyone can make, and, better still, they can be mixed up in large batches, so the hostess isn't chained to her kitchen counter all day. Shake up something new and boozy this 4th of July, and impress your friends at the same time. You don't have to tell them you heard it from us, but we'd totally appreciate the shout out. 01_2011-06-30-15.01.05

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    Chances are, you've got a pair (or five) of cut-off shorts that you turn to time and time again, whether you're embarking on a cross-borough bike trip, helping your friend rearrange her living room, hitting the shoreline for some rays, or just generally getting down, dirty, and disheveled.

    But, for a gallery opening? A first date (with someone who's over the age of 21)? You might not immediately turn to cut-offs, but you should. We've styled five innovative outfits that feature the jorts in all their frayed, faded glory, and make them seem like an irreverent, high-fashion addition to an outfit — not a shlubby afterthought. casualFriday

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    Opener_alphachloe We're on the verge of renouncing our jobs and committing full-time to becoming crazy cat ladies. So, it's without a moment's hesitation that we're endorsing one of the kitty-themed boards that are oh-so-prevalent all across Pinterest.

    One of our hands-down favorites is Tumblr blogger Alpha Lubicz's "Le Chat" board. It's purrrfection, if you ask us.

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    While most of the country will be celebrating the ol' red, white, and blue today by hitting up the nearest beach to catch some well-deserved rays, we're once again struck by how lucky we are to have so many stellar shores right in our own backyard.

    So, to salute those who make up our homegrown battalion of major beach babes, we've rounded up the best street sand-style snaps from El Porto to El Matador. Before you head out to the boardwalk today, take a gander at these 15 cool pics and get sartorially inspired by the casual-cool vibes. Then grab some SPF, and we'll see you in the surf!

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    Call us biased, but we can firmly say that we have the coolest crop of interns around. Not only do they bust their butts overtime to help bring you the best in S.F. style and culture — their closets continuously knock our socks off, too. Yes, these ladies are a total package and are definitely dressed for success. (Watch out world!)

    So, we thought it was about time to shine the spotlight on them and get the nitty-gritty on what it actually takes to be a Refinery29 S.F. intern. From our seasoned vets to the new kids on the block, they're giving you the scoop. Click through to read the gals' favorite on-the-job moments, best bits of advice, and more. Plus, we’ve thrown in their oh-so-sweet style snaps for good measure. Meet and greet 'em, right here.

    Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile refinery intern style

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    Aisle hopping through Publix not exactly the summer pastime you're looking for? Fair enough. Freshen up your routine by making a trip to your local farmers' market — which, if you live in MIA, are aplenty. As we all know, shopping without preservatives, plastic wrappers, and corporations is one of the things about Miami, and a farmers' market is your best bet for some green ingredients or homemade creams and candles.

    Curious to see what you can find? Just check out our roundup of Miami’s best outdoor markets, which are just teeming with tasty, locally produced goods to take (to your very close) home. lincolnroad

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    Yes, the awkward mid-week holiday makes it tough to travel, so if you’re planning a staycation for your day off, we’ve got the inside scoop on the area’s most popular pit stops for all your patriotic pyrotechnic needs. Nationwide data compiled from last year’s July Fourth Foursquare check-ins was put into top-ten list format and was, not surprisingly, studded with New York hot spots. So, aside from being social-media wizards, what do the lists reveal about the Fourth of July habits of New Yorkers? Read on.

    Riverside towns upstate were buzzing with check-ins about fireworks. Reachable by both train and car, Glens Falls and Hudson (both on the Hudson River) boasted booming displays on the water, as did the Finger Lakes region’s Auburn. They did it big last year and we're sure they'll do it bigger this year. Farther removed from the city’s bright lights, these small town summer destinations whip out the biggest and brightest sparklers for America’s birthday, making your long drive so worth the trip.

    Parks and beaches within the concrete jungle made the lists, too, so don’t worry if you’re car-less. Coney Island, Jones, and New Jersey’s Asbury Park beaches are all a mere train ride away and offer fireworks and special events (Coney Island hosts a hot-dog eating contest, duh!). The same goes for the city’s best parks – you know, Central, Prospect, McCarren, Fort Greene, and the Hudson River Park made Foursquare’s list of sprawling greens that are begging for a lazy picnic and lawn game or two.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without an all-American meal. Make Murray’s Bagels in Greenwich Village your go-to breakfast spot for some pre-beach, pre-sun fuel. For a quick, cheap dinner or post-firework meal, hit up Dinosaur BBQ along the Hudson, or Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and Shake Shack for some diet-breaking bites. Nathan’s Famous also made its way onto Foursquare’s list of top destinations, speckling the city and doling out a less-messy (but equally mouthwatering!) dinner option.

    Why bother making yourself crazy by scrambling for dinner reservations? Stick with what works: tried and true, classic New York eateries and sunny spots for a stress-free day before heading to the Hudson for a firework-filled evening courtesy of Macy's. What's not to love about that?

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    No, that buzz you're hearing isn't of the delightful variety, like the latest Ryan Gosling news or the happy feeling you get after a second margarita; it’s the unpleasant wing-beating of infamous summer pests, just itching to make you scratch (and much higher concentrations than normal, this year).

    As synonymous with summer as watermelons and cutoffs, insects are perhaps the most annoying part of the season (along with our sky-high AC bill). We hate that we need to trade in our favorite perfumes for bug sprays that leave us sticky, greasy, and smelling like a walking chemical spill. Sure, we want to repel the creepy crawlers, but we don't want to send our loved ones running in the process.

    On that front, the culprit is often DEET, the chemical ingredient found in most sprays. Though the EPA says it’s okay in small doses, the potentially harmful effects it may have on our nervous system are not on our summer-fun list. Lucky for us, a number of natural sprays and repellents boast organic, sustainable herbal ingredients that leave you smelling fabulously fragrant and also mosquito-free all summer long. Ahead, our favorite au naturel ways to keep those pesky bugs at bay. Now that's the kind of buzz we can get behind.

    Photo via NY Mag Jao Outscent

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    Cue the fanfare and light that flame! Opening Ceremony's pop-up shop opens this week. In honor of the London 2012 Olympics (countdown is 24 days!) and perhaps in celebration of the shop's new, permanent London store on King Street, the former ACNE space in Manhattan will host the latest collab with Adidas x Opening Ceremony and will feature a well-curated collection of vintage sportswear. While the soft opening officially went down on Monday, the space is still a work in progress, so expect tables of OC Olympic-themed trinkets and accessories galore very soon. For now, the smell of fresh paint will have you rifling through the vintage crop tops and Michael Jordan tanks alongside iconic OC bandana prints, florals, and sporty shapes. Ready, set, shop!

    Opening Ceremony Pop-Up Shop, 10 Greene Street (between Grand and Canal streets); 212-625-2828.

    Photographed by Janelle Flores

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    Margarita Map

    UPDATE: Just because you didn't make it out to the beach today doesn't mean that you can't celebrate our nation's birthday properly. Round up your friends and see how many of these spots you can hit. This story was originally published on May 4.

    Like any good drink, the margarita has a muddled history. Some say it was named after the daughter of a German ambassador in 1941. Others, like cocktail historian David Wondrich, contend that it was a happy accident; a Tijuana bartender was apparently making a brandy-based Daisy, but reached for the tequila instead. After all, the Spanish word for “daisy” is margarita.

    Whatever. We only care how they taste. And, with that in mind, we introduce the Refinery29 Margarita Map, your no-brainer guide to quickly finding awesome margs in the nearest ‘hood. On tap, we're serving up classic shaken drinks for the cocktail connoisseur and sweet neon slushies to satisfy your inner spring-breaker. We’ve even cheated a bit to include a few “not-strictly-margarita” margaritas for those of you who like a bit of adventure in your glass. Asking for an extra tequila shot, well, that's up to you.

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    Shaun here has found a method to keep the July heat at bay in an outfit where skin-baring is not on the menu. Instead, keeping things casual — and hopefully cool! — comes first with flip-up sunnies, followed by lightening up otherwise stiff-and-stuffy menswear separates. In the world of blazers, this one is leisurely, with thin lapels and lightweight fabric, and it's perfectly paired with chunky beads and a band tee. And much like blazers, oxfords can fall prey to the "too-formal" stamp of disapproval, but these have a great distressed, bi-color finish that make them much more easygoing than regular ol' Redwings. We call this a great look for a summer morning outside, especially on a so-hot holiday!

    Photographed by Luis Torres

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    This might be hard to believe, but we've actually found a jacket that has it all. This beautiful white jacket from Sass & Bide is the crème de la crème of summer cover-ups.

    Beautifully brocaded with a beaded collar and lapel, this lightweight cotton stunner will take any simple outfit to the next level. Think about what it might be like to go from the beach to a benefit without having to change out of your jeans and T-shirt or figure out what jewelry to wear. C'est magnifique!

    Sass & Bide The Results Are In Jacket, $650, available at Sass & Bide.

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    taeyang-croppedWinning caption:
    ‎‎‎"Taeyang's attempt to go incognito as he fits a strap-on was unsuccessful."
    —Scott James Roxas

    Runner-up:
    ‎ "For when skynet takes over NYFashionWeek"
    —Grace Lin

    See the rest of the entries here.

    Check out today's caption contest!

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    Update: This story was originally published on April 13, 2012, and Zoolander, well, that movie just never gets old. No matter how much the flick may make you laugh, outlandish fashion moments aren't always scripted. Here's proof.

    We all know that there's more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking (chocolate-covered pretzels, for one. Or warm clothes straight from the dryer...you get the point).

    But for some, the modus operandi is that fashion and beauty really are the end-all, be-all, which explains how some of the industry antics that follow happened IRL instead of in the next Zoolander film. Yes, that includes underground male model fights, 6-inch-tall bags made of diamonds, and the real-life version of Derelicte. Ahead, 10 fashion moments that'll have you thinking Mogatu is actually running the show. cha_fw10_003

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    Update: This story originally ran on May 25, 2012. We hope you're out enjoying a fun day in the sun this Independence Day. If you need a little outfit inspiration for your holiday, look no further!

    In Chicago, summer fun happens outdoors, period. With the exception of a rainy Saturday or two (you know they happen), we're constantly searching for a new al fresco spot where we can relax and enjoy the weather with our crew. Hot on our radar are the brand-new patios at Red Door in Bucktown, Brasserie by LM in the South Loop, and Scofflaw in Logan Square. All three spaces are untapped resources of cool—and we're not just talking about the ice-cold drinks.

    If you're unfamiliar with these just-opened venues, you might be puzzled as to what to wear. Please. You know we've completely got you on this one. We plotted three perfect weekend looks to keep you chill, in every sense of the word. Whether you're looking for a night of under-the-stars imbibing or an all-day hangfest, our patio finds will totally satisfy. Now, grab a friend and a margarita…or three.

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    Happy 4th of July! Hopefully all of you are enjoying a restful day in the sun, chowing down on some BBQ, and knocking back some icy brews. Or not. Because as anyone conscious of calories can tell you, sippin' on some suds is a quick way to load on the extra sugars and carbs.

    And yet, it's summer, and cracking open some IPAs, wheat brews, Pilsners, and ales is about as American as...well, today.

    Instead of fretting about waistlines or forcing yourself to abstain, we have another suggestion. After chatting with the doyenne of drafts, Erika Rietz, editor-in-chief of Draft Mag, we've culled the ultimate grown-up guide to low-cal beer. Not only is Erika super knowledgeable about all things brewed, but she totally gets our need to cut back without limiting the fun — or, more importantly, the taste experience that a finely crafted brew can bring with it. So, heed her advice, throw back a cold one, and camp out for those fireworks. Like we said, we've got you.

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    [UPDATE: This story was originally published on March 8.]

    Full disclosure: We remember Brad Goreski from way back when, before the TV tear sheds and red-carpet coups (we’re still reeling from Jessica Alba’s Golden Globes moment last year). We’ve all rejoiced in his sky-rocketing success story because, at the end of the day, it took oodles of elbow grease and killer wit to become Bravo’s It’s A Brad Brad World It Boy.

    But, after our revealing interview, we learned things about the 34-year-old Toronto native that made us adore him so much more. Yes, he talked a tad about his feud with Zoe (although he’d rather not), but with his memoir, Born To Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far hitting shelves today, he actually opened up about so many more important skeletons that were previously in his closet (did you know that being 10 years sober is his secret weapon, or that he used to rummage around in bins full of the Goodwill's toss-offs?).

    And don’t worry, we got into his literal closet, too, snagging shots of him donning looks loaded with spring tips and tricks that work for guys and girls from every walk of life. With a fresh gig as Kate Spade’s stylist and a slew of celebrities banging down his door, this may be the last time he comes up for air for a long while. So, take a good gander—and notes! 01-_MG_0092

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  • parismain Local Top Chef alum Emily Sprissler is setting up camp here with her British gastropub, Mayfair & Pine. Even if fish and chips doesn't strike your fancy, you won't be able to resist the Thanksgiving sandwich or the classic hot fudge sundae. (Best Bites Blog)

    We've got Britain on the brain, apparently: Phillips After 5 is hosting a little soirée featuring British beer, contemporary UK fashion, and plenty of Monty Python. (The Phillips Collection)

    Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, foosball — we're stoked for the opening of Barcade, the new H Street bar that specializes in classic video games, 80s music, and beer. (Urban Daddy)

    Get to All Saints ASAP for the major summer sale — but first, check out this blogger-curated shopping list. (MIMI+MEG)

    Didn't get away for the holiday? Take an instant vacation to Paris with this travel photo diary. (Loving.Living.Small)


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    Bored with summer dresses already? Us, too — but some days, it just feels too stifling to wear anything other than the lightest, breeziest wisp of a dress you can find. But there are other options. And luckily, we've got an arsenal of oh-so-clever styling tips to make wide-leg pants your new favorite wardrobe essential.

    It's true: The right pair of lightweight, flowy trousers can take you through the rest of the summer, and give your basic shift dresses a much-needed break. Don't believe us? We've got proof! Click through to see these must-try snaps and the styling tips you'll want to adopt, ASAP. As-a-Suit_Mango

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