Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We hope that today is filled with fun, sun, good food and great times with your friends and family. Summer is officially here, y'all.

To make sure you get it started on the right foot - we're sharing all of the posts from our Summer Kickoff Series from last week. Check it out:

Shopping Guide: Summer Shorts - because those cutoff jorts you've been wearing are so 2014.
The Best Sunscreen for Your Face - fun in the sun calls for spf - try this great kiehl's pick on for size.
DIY "Chombré" Shirt - if you're looking for your new summer wardrobe staple, this is it. so easy and so fun, too!
Blackberry Smash - such a delicious recipe that just tastes like the beginning of summer.
Picnic All-Stars - 10 favorites handpicked by us at MOG. from wine caddies to croquet, you're sure to have all the things you need for the perfect picnic.
Martha's Blueberry Star Pie - a true classic. nothing quite gets you in the summer mood like a patriotic pie.

We hope you loved reading our Summer Kickoff Series as much as we loved sharing it with you. Be sure to check back for more themed-post weeks in the future! Now get out there and enjoy your day off.

#MOG Tries Martha's Blueberry Star Pie

Happy Sunday, all! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend, and are looking forward to all of your picnic faves tomorrow. In honor of Memorial Day - and wanting to do something patriotic - we tried our hand at Martha Stewart's Blueberry Pie. And, because that wasn't adorable enough, we decided to make the crust in a star pattern. Disclaimer: this was no small feat. (Of course it would be easier if you happen to have, say, a star shaped cookie cutter. We didnt.)

So, if you have the time today, boy oh boy is this worth it. Not to mention with its Instagram-worthy star status, you'll be the biggest hit at your picnic tomorrow! Insider tip - it's even better a-la-mode. We used McConnell's "Golden State Vanilla". Yum.

Ingredients
The Crust:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter - extra cold and cut into cubes
1/4-1/2 cup ice water

Blueberry Filling:
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions
Add your dry ingredients into a food processor, followed by butter cubes and pulse until the mixture looks like crumbs. Next, slowly pour the ice water and process until the dough just starts to stick together. Remove the dough and divide in half. Flatten the dough into rounded disk shapes, wrap them in plastic, and refrigerate for an hour.

Once chilled, remove one disk from the refrigerator, and place on a floured surface. Roll into a 12 inch circle, doing your best to maintain an even thickness throughout. Then transfer to a 9 inch pie pan and crimp along the edges. Cover it with plastic and refrigerate for another half hour.

Next, remove the remaining dough from the fridge and roll it out like before. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut about 20 stars. (Or, if you're insane like us, cut them all individually with a paring knife.) Place your finished stars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and pop back into the fridge.

Then, place the blueberries in a large bowl and in a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, corn starch, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add this mixture to the blueberries and toss with a rubber spatula. Pour the blueberry filling into your pie crust. Then, in a small bowl combine an egg yolk and a tablespoon of milk or cream. Remove your stars from the refrigerator and brush them with the egg wash, using any remaining to brush the rim of the crust. Sprinkle the stars with coarse sugar and place them on the pie in a circular pattern. Refrigerate one last time, for about half an hour or so.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When the pie is ready, place it on a parchment lined baking sheet (blueberry pies have a tendency to bubble over). Place the baking sheet on the lower rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for about 45 minutes. When done, the crust should be a golden and the juices should be bubbling. Remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack for several hours so the filling will set.

Like we said, time-consuming, but SO worth it. Let us know if you give this a try - we'd love to see the results! Be sure to use the hashtag #MOGBLOGBakes so we can check out your pictures! Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Picnic All-Stars

It's finally here - the long weekend! In honor of all of the maxing & relaxing you're going to do the next three days, we're gonna keep this post short n' sweet. Presenting: our all-star picks for the perfect memorial day picnic. 

Thirsty Thursday: Blackberry Smash

Don't you just love Thursdays? We here at MOG do - because that means its time to get thirsty! This week, in honor of our Summer Kickoff, we're sharing a super-simple cocktail that is sure to be a hit at your MDW Festivities: The Blackberry Smash. Check it out below.

So simple. Just muddle a handfull of blackberries, a couple slices of lemon and some fresh mint. Add your bourbon and simple syrup, give it a good shake, and pour over ice. YUM.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try over the weekend - I know you won't be disappointed. PS, feel free to share with me your favorite summer cocktails in the comments below. I'd love to give them a try in the future. Almost Friday, y'all - Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here!

DIY "Chombré" Shirt

For today's edition of our Summer Kickoff series, I'm sharing a super easy - and fun - DIY you can do today with supplies you already have on hand. The ombré trend is here to stay for the summer, and I'm gonna show you achieve that oh-so-cool look at home.

To start, gather your materials - either an old chambray shirt that needs a little sprucing up, or you can thrift one - like my $15 JCrew shirt I found at Crossroads here in LA. Then, make sure you have a bucket, some gloves (to protect your skin) and some regular ol' bleach.

First decide where you want your bleach to cover, and then wet your shirt with plain water. Next, fill your bucket with 2 parts hot water and 1 part bleach, and then lower your shirt into the solution, up to where you planned to cover. After that, let it sit for about an hour in a well-ventilated place. 

When you come back, rinse the shirt in cool water, and then refill the bucket with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. (This helps the bleaching process to stop.) Allow that to sit for about 10 minutes, and then rinse again. After that, just throw the shirt in the laundry, and enjoy your new look!

This look is perfect for the summer because it's a great way to incorporate the denim on denim trend, without it feeling heavy. It makes a great poolside cover up, and is perfect to layer on over a tee or tank when the sun goes down. I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this. Let me know if you give it a try in the comments below - I'd love to see your handiwork in action! Check back tomorrow for a new video - featuring a Summer Cocktail Recipe you won't want to miss!

The Best Sunscreen for Your Face

Hey everyone! I hope your weeks are all off to a good start. Though doesn't it feel like it should be Thursday already? Isn't that always the case when you're counting down to a long weekend?? Only 3 days til Friday, y'all! 

For part 2 in our summer kickoff series, I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite facial sunscreen. Now, if you've been living under a rock, or didn't already know, you should be wearing spf every day. But with the holiday weekend coming up, you're sure to spend a lot of time in the sun - and for many of us, this will be the first real sun exposure we've had in months! (Not those of us in LA, mind you. But I didn't want to make you jealous.)

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Enter Kiehl's Superfluid Sunscreen. This little beauty packs an SPF of 50+ and feels silky smooth going onto your face. It's fast-absorbing, and doesn't leave that sticky, tacky feel that other sunscreens tend to do. I wear it daily, but put on a little more when I know I'm spending a day in the sun. Give it a try this weekend, and I know I'll make a believer out of you! 

As always, check back every day this week for some new and exciting ways to start your summer off right, and we'll see you tomorrow with the next installment in our Summer Kickoff Series

Shopping Guide: Summer Shorts

Happy Monday, everyone! This week, in honor of Memorial Day Weekend (and the beginning of the summer season) we will be sharing with you our Summer Kickoff Series. Everything is about to get summery up in here.

Starting with a shopping guide to get you into the season in style, I'm sharing with you the best new shorts to beat the heat. I have a personal vendetta against the tight knee-length cuffed denim shorts that everyone and their brother have been wearing the last few years, and I think it's time for a change. The new silhouette is cooler, easier, more relaxed - and frankly, a lot more comfortable in the heat, too. Check out my picks below.

 

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(Clockwise from top left) AcneTopman, Club Monaco, Topman, JCrew, Zara - be sure to click each name for a link to shop!

 

What do you think about these looks? Think you'll give any a try? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you do. It really is time to leave the tight jorts on the shelf at home and give yourself a little (ahem) breathing room.