Here’s our list of the best things to do, watch, read, and try in June. (It goes without saying that you should carve out some time to read the Birchbox Blog)
June 18 marks International Picnic Day (oh, it's a thing), while summer begins June 21. What better way to celebrate languid summer days than with an al fresco repast? Whip up Bon Appétit's deviled eggs with anchovy and The Silver Palate's can't-fail tarragon chicken salad, and upgrade your picnic hamper with shatterproof wine glasses.
You know their voices— and, in some cases, their hip gyrations. Now you'll know their names. A Sundance fan favorite, the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom takes a look at the unsung heroes of the music industry: backup singers. Also on the music front, we can't wait for Secret Disco Revolution, about the birth of disco in the '70s. Le freak, c'est chic. Photo: Tremolo Productions
Whether your dad is an iPhone-wielding techie or a backyard barbecue warrior, he deserves his own day and then some. On June 16, we know what we'll be gifting: the Birchbox Man Handsome and Hungry limited edition box, filled with everything from stylish shave cream to game-changing grilling tools.
In Italy, late spring heralds the most pristine, sublime dessert ever: tiny wild strawberries, called fragoline>, tossed with lemon and sugar. Add a scoop of vanilla gelato or fresh cream for extra indulgence. Recreate the dolce experience at home with now-in-season strawberries of any size, or blend into a refreshing granita.
Photo: Bon Appétit
The advent of summer always makes us antsy to get out of Dodge. We're getting inspired for our next adventure with the help of The Turk Who Loved Apples, by former New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist Matt Gross. Our favorite tip? Gross advocates throwing away the guidebooks and getting lost—in these hyperconnected times, an all-but-disappeared art worth revisiting. Photo: Da Capo Press
We don't need any help with wanderlust—the travel bug bites us every time we look at our Instagram feed. But trip planning is another matter. We love TripIt for its user-friendly interface and the way it keeps our myriad frequent flyer numbers organized. For packing, you can't beat the simplicity of Travel List.