Happy Fourth of July! Still on the hunt for a last-minute piece to complete your patriotic look? We’ve got you covered. From red, white, and blue Sephora nail polishes to adorn your fingers and toes to a star spangled sweater from Gap to Rebecca Minkoff’s cheery side-satchel, you’ll be the belle of the barbeque in these USA-inspired fashion and beauty picks. Click to see them all.
Fourth of July weekend is the unofficial midway point of summer, so there’s no better time to try a new ice cream flavor. These homemade varieties—based in Ohio, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania—are the favorites of Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker and can be shipped to your doorstep, so no travel required! Serve these gourmet flavors for an ice cream sundae no child (or adult) will be able to resist. Click through the gallery to see them all.
Heading to a Fourth of July bash this week? No need to go empty-handed with these fun and festive foods and hostess gifts. From a pastry chef-caliber nine-layer rainbow cake to quick-and-easy watermelon stars, we’ve got a recipe for every party—or equally fun home accents (patriotic champagne, anyone?) to thank your host. Bonus: Should you be hosting a get-together and fall into the “ultimate procrastinator” category, we’ve got plenty of party-decor ideas, too. Click to get a dose of inspiration.
There’s nothing like fireworks and an outdoor get-together to celebrate the Fourth of July, but sometimes the same barbeque setup can feel been there, done that. That’s why we asked celebrity event planner Preston Bailey at an event for Escada‘s Especially Escada scent how to put a new spin on the standard offerings. His suggestion? Get inspired by the Jazz Age. “Those who want something elegant can play on the Great Gatsby theme with a gorgeous lawn party,” Bailey told InStyle.com. “Lace tablecloths, crystals, champagne, parasols, and white flowers would all go well.” We love this super-luxe idea, and we’re sure Jay Gatsby would approve as well. If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, Bailey suggests going with a country fair theme, but adding a gourmet twist. “Serve comfort foods such as truffled mac and cheese, or funnel cake with Nutella,” he said. “Set up booth and lawn games, and go ahead and rent the dunk tank!” Now where can we RSVP?
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Uncle Sam has a lot of celebrity fans! Jennifer Hudson (in Roberto Cavalli) celebrated the Fourth of July with an outdoor performance at the Boston Hatch Shell, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck brought their patriotically-outfitted daughter Seraphina to a bash in Los Angeles, and Katharine McPhee (in a jumpsuit by The Hellers and a Theonne blazer) performed the national anthem at Bryant Park in New York City. “It’s one of my favorite holidays,” McPhee told InStyle.com. “I’ve just always kind of been patriotic.” And she’s not the only one—see who else cheered the red, white, and blue in the gallery.
We all scream for ice cream on the Fourth of July! Give your go-to a break and try one of these under-the-radar ice cream brands, suggested by the celebrities who call them their favorites. Click through to see Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite ice cold treats, and find out where you can shop these ultimate summer desserts yourself.
Are you hitting the beach this Fourth of July? Take a cue from Cameron Diaz and slip into a teeny bikini. “I love surfing in Pualani Hawai’i bikinis,” Diaz told InStyle. “They’re tiny, so you get a really good tan, but they stay on.” As for footwear? “Always Havaianas. Preferably in white.” Pick up Pualani Hawai’i's $69 triangle top and $69 bikini bottom at pualanihawaii.com, and shop Diaz’s flip-flops for $18 at havaianas.com.
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Italian chef and Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis gave us five easy recipes from her cookbooks that are perfect for serving on a steamy summer day—like today, July Fourth! Delicious cold or room temperature, these are fuss-free sandwiches and salads that are sure to please a crowd. Click through to find the perfect one for your next summer affair.