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Beach Bag Essentials under $100

You started summer with dreams of sun soaking, beach frolicking, and Mai Tai sipping by the shore, but as the season quickly slips by, you’ve yet to make it to the coast. Fret not— you still have time, and we’re here to help you figure out your wardrobe for that last-minute Gulf Shores getaway.

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Five Days, Five Dinners: July 28-August 1

Weeknight chaos can make putting a home-cooked meal on the table a daunting task. Don’t fret—our handy meal planner relies on a few key ingredients and gives new life to leftovers, so you can serve a delicious meal each night no matter what.

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Our Editors Summer Beauty Secrets Revealed

All women have a bit of love-hate relationship with summer. More love than hate, of course, but when it comes to hair and makeup we can all agree summer can be a real doozy. With the sticky humidity, random rainstorms, and sweltering heat, it’s hard to keep your face on and hair in check.

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These Six Characters Show Why Louisiana’s the Happiest State

Given its abundance of drive-through daiquiri shops, Louisiana’s dominance on this new list of the happiest cities in America isn’t surprising. Said list, which was released in a paper from professors at Harvard and the Vancouver School, found that the top five happiest cities were Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria–all of them in Louisiana.

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Three Things You’ll Be Drinking This Year

D.C. bar owner Derek Brown (Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Columbia Room, The Passenger, Southern Efficiency) and his team are on a mission to help you drink better. There exists no pretense or snobbery, just a drive to educate and a love for spirits and their cultural significance.

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Five Days, Five Dinners: July 21-25

Weeknight chaos can make putting a home-cooked meal on the table a daunting task. Don’t fret—our handy meal planner relies on a few key ingredients and gives new life to leftovers, so you can serve a delicious meal each night no matter what.

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DAILY SOUTH DEBATE: What Constitutes a Grilled Cheese?

The hallways of Southern Living have been buzzing with an argument between two of the most ardent grilled cheese supporters this side of the Mississippi River. Much as the debate rages, we’re far from a winner. So we’ve taken this battle to The Daily South.

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Buttermilk, Your Secret Beauty Weapon

It’s no secret that Southerners love buttermilk. At Southern Living, we swear by buttermilk for the sweetest of biscuits, pies, cakes, even ice cream. But these days we’re loving buttermilk for its less conventional use: as a beauty tool.

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5 Southern Style Bloggers to Follow Today

On Sunday we co-hosted the wrap party for the second annual Southern Blog Society Conference, put together by Jessica Camarata of My Style Vita and Cathy Anderson of Poor Little It Girl. Dozens of fashion and lifestyle bloggers joined at the W Buckhead to sip champagne and exchange trade secrets about the wild, and yes glam, world of fashion blogging.

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Author to Author: Lee Smith asks Beth Macy about Factory Man

If glowing reviews are any indication, Virginia author Beth Macy’s debut book Factory Man may be one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of the season. “This is Ms. Macy’s first book, but it’s in a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” wrote Janet Maslin in The New York Times.

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