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A Ruffle & A Stripe

An All-American Classic Look for Summer
May 26, 2016

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You know those clothing pieces you see, and you just GOT to have them?! That’s this MDS Stripes tiered ruffle top for me. Of course, I’m always gushing about my true love with all things blue & white, so this should really come to you as no surprise. But when I spied this blue and white + ruffles + stripes top that makes me just want to shimmy shimmy shake all night long, I knew I had to have it, (don’t you just love when clothes aren’t so serious). 

After looking at his entire MDS Stripes sportswear collection, I think it’s safe to say that Mark D. Sikes brings a whole new meaning to our favorite “summer stripes.”  Classic and feminine, each piece instantly transports you to the breezy coast in its crisp, signature cotton. I first fell head over heels for this great All-American look thanks to this trunk show a few months back, and knew I had to get my hands on this great tiered ruffle top. It’s SO fun to wear (as you can quickly gather from the photos) and it is the ultimate flirty, yet timeless look that can easily be dressed up or down. 

I paired it with my go-to boyfriend jeans and new white Manolos (so worth the splurge, I’m telling you!), the top will be one of my favorites all summer long. Truly, MKR

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha 

AS PICTURED: TOP | JEANS | BAG (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | HEELS | SUNGLASSES

Homemade Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad & Skillet Baked Beans

Everyone's Favorite Sides for a Great BBQ
May 25, 2016

Homemade coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and skillet baked beans recipe for Memorial Day BBQ party Skillet baked beans and homemade coleslaw recipe

It isn’t a true barbecue without all of the traditional sides, everyone knows that.  And this year I kicked it up a notch with my take on homemade coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and last but not least, skillet baked beans. And you know the funny thing about all of these side salads (besides the beans of course)?  They all use the same main ingredients: Veganiese/mayo, mustard and sugar.  Easy breezy.

We kicked off our barbecue week on Monday with the best ever grilled veggie burgers and peppercorn crusted beef burgers (which are to-die-for, if I do say so myself…well okay, I’m taking the Mr.’s word for it on the beef burgers). And yesterday, we shared a few of our top must-haves for anyone hosting the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend.  But today may be my favorite of all simply because I could live off of sides alone, and a barbecue always has THE BEST sides. 

The thing about all of these side salads is it’s really all about how you like it, and you can adjust the recipes accordingly to make them creamier/spicier/soupier/etc. truly making each one your own. For example I like my coleslaw like KFC‘s…(#noshame) nice and dressing loaded and my potato salad more on the mustardy side. 

And lastly, the only side that doesn’t include copious amounts of mayo…my skillet baked beans.  They’re just as divine as they sound.  There’s something about the sweet BBQ flavor alongside the tangy side salads that’s just second to none.  This year, I chose the the cast-iron skillet over the Big Green Egg rather than the oven, and being a vegetarian, I actually smoked the bacon and put it on the side for guests to add if they prefer.  I also changed up my recipe a bit this year by adding green peppers and onions, which I hadn’t done before.  But after reading and taste testing a few different recipes, I decided it was a great addition to an already winning recipe. 

Stay tuned as we round out our barbecue week here on the blog, just in time for all of your Memorial Day party dreams!  Truly, MKR

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Our Top 10 Barbecue Party Essentials

Hosting This Memorial Day? Here's What You'll Need (Grill Not Included!)
May 24, 2016

Okay, you’re hosting a Memorial Day party and you’ve obviously got the grill.  But what else are you forgetting?!  I tapped MKR to help me pull together a list of all the barbecue party essentials you’ll need (because she’s hosted a few more than me!).  We quickly agreed that you’ll need a big cooler for all of the booze, plenty of festive accents and a few key tools that will make your life a whole lot easier come party time.  Naturally, Williams-Sonoma is on top of it with so many of our must-haves, like flexible wire skewers and an ice cream maker (we all scream for ice cream).  But did you think about the safe bug spray and the safe SPF

Click through the slideshow above to find our top 10 barbecue party essentials. Once you’ve made it through, I’d love to hear what you have planned for Memorial Day weekend! Cheers, Kat

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A Yeti To Keep the Beer Cold

A Yeti To Keep the Beer Cold

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper cooler big enough to store all of the booze is a must for any Memorial Day barbecue.

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Festive, Reusable Ice Cubes

Festive, Reusable Ice Cubes

Festive ice cube balls are a great way to keep drinks cool, without watering them down.

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Melamine Plates

Melamine Plates

Melamine plates are easy to transport, stack and clean up and won't run the risk of breaking. And it doesn't hurt that they come in vibrant colors and patterns!

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A Great Pitcher for Batch Cocktails

A Great Pitcher for Batch Cocktails

Keep the cocktails comin' with a great batch drink recipe, served in a fun, summertime drink pitcher.

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Safe Bug Spray & Citronella Candles

Safe Bug Spray & Citronella Candles

Maybe not as glamorous, but definitely a necessity. Keep guests comfortable and away from pesky mosquitoes with safe bug spray and citronella candles.



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Safe SPF

Safe SPF

Bare shoulders and smiling faces in the sun need protection during the barbecue! Offer your guests safe, organic sunscreen and remind everyone to reapply often. We love this sunscreen because it's organic AND comes as a spray, which is hard to find.

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Flexible Skewers

Flexible Skewers

Grill space is a hot commodity at a barbecue, and these flexible skewers are the perfect answer, allowing you to string kebabs around other food to maximize space.

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A Cast-Iron Oyster Skillet

A Cast-Iron Oyster Skillet

Some of our favorite bites at the party are barbecue oysters, and this cast-iron oyster skillet makes it easy to pop these guys on the grill.

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Grilled Corn Basket

Grilled Corn Basket

Grilled corn is a barbecue menu MUST, and a grilled corn basket is our favorite tool to use when preparing them, making flipping and maneuvering really easy.

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An Ice Cream Maker

An Ice Cream Maker

Indulge in everyone's favorite warm weather treat with homemade ice cream from your ice cream maker. So simple to use, simply find your favorite recipe and allow for time to freeze and churn before guests arrive.

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