In honor of our stars and stripes, Erin Wasson, who we had the pleasure of chatting with recently, gives us a taste of the American country in denim, camo, and cowboy boots. The all-American "Texas Story" — shot by David Mushegain in Elle Italia's August issue — features Erin as the big star of small-town America. Hard to resist the call to kick back in cutoffs, eclectic vintage, and layered knits. It's Summer USA, a reminder to celebrate the small things — think running errands in Native American-inspired ponchos and studded cowboy boots. Click through and pay homage to the American dreamer and the best of big, Texan-inspired style.
With Labor Day weekend around the corner, we thought it would be fun to pay a fashionable tribute to our favorite American models, veteran and newcomers. Posing in the veterans' corner are Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Angela Lindvall, and Bridget Hall. Then, the fresh American faces that grace today's spreads are Dree Hemingway, Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, and more. See them all and find out where in the US they were born!
Although Labor Day is an American holiday, I'm suggesting that you serve a classic British cocktail, Pimm's Cup, at your barbecue. Why? Because it's a refreshing and wonderful drink! It's fruity, gingery, and not too strong. This punch-like libation requires a special spirit, Pimm's No. 1, that's readily available at most liquor stores. The recipe serves four, but I would plan on doubling it. A Pimm's Cup is so delicious that you and your guests will be craving seconds. Look at a recipe after the break.
This weekend is the unofficial end of Summer and it's not a time to spend hours creating an elaborate dessert that will only be consumed by your friends in a matter of minutes. Instead, take some help from the store and put together an ice cream cake that looks like it took you all day, but was actually really easy to make. This recipe combines purchased marble pound cake with wafer cookies and vanilla and chocolate ice cream. There is a homemade component, a ganache, and keep in mind that as with all ice cream cakes, it needs a couple of hours to set.
Still, the prep and cook time is minimal and the resulting dessert is a show-stopper. Interested in learning how it's made? Read more.
I'm trying not to be sad, but with the arrival of Labor Day comes the inevitable end of Summer. To keep my spirits up, I'm crafting the ultimate Labor Day party menu. It's full of Summer's best ingredients. To start, I recommend a surf-inspired decadent and gooey seafood dip. For the main course, burgers, specifically double cheeseburgers seasoned with smoky cheddar, fruity chutney, and peppery arugula. On the side? Classic sour cream potato salad that's full of green onions and crisp bacon and a fun take on the regular caprese salad: roasted tomato and mozzarella "burgers." Doesn't this sound like an amazing meal?! Get the recipes after the break.