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SUMMERTIME AND THE DRANKIN' IS EASY

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Pour up, drank. Head shot, drank. Though our ideal summer would involve soaking up the sun in Tahiti, drinking umbrella cocktails, and getting fanned by some really buff babe, the reality is that we’ll probably have to stick to our inflatable pools and DIY drinks. But hey, we’re not complaining—especially since we’re going to show you how to upgrade your hunch-punch-red-plastic-cup situation with these easy (and delicious) cocktails. A few sips of these babies and you’ll feel like a beach bum in no time. 

 

If you like your cocktails sweet & spicy, you’ll definitely want to try this Watermelon-Jalapeño Margarita—we know everyone has a “that one time I drank tequila” moment, but we swear it deserves a second chance.

WATERMELON-JALAPEÑO MARGARITA

3 ounces tequila

1 ounce lime juice

4 ounces watermelon juice

Fresh jalapeño slices

Salt for glasses, watermelon for garnish

1) Add tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, and a slice of fresh jalapeño to cocktail shaker. Muddle like a boss.

2) Add ice, and shake it like a polaroid picture (is there even another way?).

4) Pour into a salt-rimmed glass, and garnish with watermelon and more jalapeño slices.

1) Add sugar, peeled lime wedges, and mint into a glass. Muddle your heart out.

2) Add rum, mango juice, and ice. Shake (once again, like a polaroid picture).

3) Pour into glass, and top with club soda. We know one of you is going to have an exploding club soda situation, so please ladies, use wisely.

This Miami-inspired Mango Mojito is perfect for those days you’re craving a South Beach getaway, but you won’t actually have to deal with frizzy hair or the insanity that is Ocean Avenue.

Mango Mojito

3 ounces rum

1.5 ounces fresh mango juice

2 tsp sugar

1/2 lime

8 fresh mint leaves

¼ cup club soda

You guys. We’ve got to stop it with the sake bombs (ok, we’re not going to rule them out completely, but you get the picture). This awesome Cucumber, Ginger, and Sake Sangria is the ultimate sake drink, AND it has vegetables in it, so it’s just as healthy as eating a salad…..right?

Cucumber, Ginger, and Sake Sangria

-2-3 ounces sake

-1 ounces sparkling sake (or club soda)

-3 cucumber slices

-2 tsp sugar

-2 tsp finely chopped ginger

Lemon and cucumber slices for garnish


1) Add cucumber slices, sugar, and ginger into glass. Muddle while you browse our latest arrivals.

2) Add chilled sake and sparkling sake (or club soda, but let’s be real, the boozier the better).

3) Stir and serve with cucumber and lemon slices. Also, be prepared for your friends to find out how fancy you are.

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Move over Yeezus. From Cashville to ATL to the 305, the dirty South is full of some serious rap gods. You can dance to Southern hip-hop with your gals, turn it up in your ride, or, what the hell, even listen to it while you’re brushing your teeth, so feel free to rock some overalls and a crop top with this finger lickin’-good playlist. Now hurry up with my damn biscuits.

behind the scenes: designer michelle weinberg schools us on denim

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Wear them in or wear them out—either way, Nasty Gal Denim is all about giving you a lift. Our Senior Denim Designer and resident hair icon, Michelle Weinberg, designed our first ever Nasty Gal Denim collection with your ass(ets) in mind, “I hate jeggings,” she says. “I want comfortable jeans that conform to your body. I’m not playing around here.” We caught up with Michelle to talk cowboys, MILFs, and daisy-dusting bells.

Tell us about the jeans you’re wearing right now.

They’re skintight, vintage 501s and I’m not comfortable—definitely going to have redline imprints on my legs by the end of the day.

Let’s talk iconic denim. What’s your all-time favorite campaign?

Anything from the late ’80s to early ’90s by Versace—the one with Nadia Auermann and Claudia Schiffer is so good. Also, Wrangler and anything with cowboys and rough riders.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DENIM OBSESSION?

Original 1950s Big E jeans. So good.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DENIM OBSESSION?

Original 1950s Big E jeans. So good.

WHERE’D YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR NASTY GAL DENIM?

Vintage, vintage, vintage. All the jeans are vintage-inspired and fit like a dream. We’re making retro silhouettes accessible to every girl—she can have the look without any disappointment. There’s nothing worse than finding something amazing that doesn’t fit you because it’s vintage. 

TELL US WHY YOU PICKED THESE FITS AND WASHES.

We put so much time and effort into perfecting our fit, and the fact that it’s made in L.A. means we can really monitor it. Working hands-on with the pattern makers and sewers was key. Same with the washes—we’re working with local laundries, which gives us the opportunity to oversee everything and get exactly what we want.

For The Kink, we wanted a raw rinse, retro ’70s blue, and classic black. Those three washes are wardrobe staples, building blocks. For the MILF Jean, I wanted something that read truly vintage and looked like it was distressed and aged. For the Boyfriend Jean, I wanted it to look and feel like your boyfriend had been wearing them while he was riding motorcycles or working on his car. The Flip Skirt is just really easy—’70s-inspired and perfect for every day.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BELL.

People forget how flattering a bell is, because we get so locked into this skinny jean, cool girl thing. Bells are the best, but it’s almost impossible finding a vintage bell that fits. I wanted a high rise that wasn’t too stretchy. We need this bell that actually fits to remind girls there’s more than just one option. It’s not just the skinny or boyfriend. There’s another jean, and it’s super cool. Also, it cups perfectly around the ass, so that doesn’t hurt.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE KINKS? EX BOYFRIEND? MILF? WE’RE KIND OF FREAKING OUT. 

The Kinks are a staple. They’re the iconic wardrobe builders that you can put on with everything.

The MILF is straight and will fit everyone’s body differently—it looks good on everyone because the way we designed the rise. 

Most boyfriend jeans on the market aren’t updated to the point that they look good on a woman’s body or they’re too high rise or low rise and cut at weird angles. Also, it’s a boyfriend jean—give it a button fly. People think, “women don’t want to use a button fly” or “women don’t like it.” Please don’t tell me what women like or don’t like. It takes ten seconds to put on a button fly and it totally changes the fit.

WHAT’S UP WITH PUTTING JEANS IN THE FREEZER? IT’S KIND OF WEIRD.

I love denim, but I’m not putting mine in the freezer. That’s so gross. I don’t wash my jeans very often. Wear them a few times before you wash them so they can form to your body—that’s actually really important. Then wash them when they smell.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR NASTY GAL DENIM?

You’ll have to wait and see, but it’s really, really good.

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Conceptualized, wrote, and executed product descriptions for the Lena Dunham x Nasty Gal collaboration