Starbucks’ New Frozen Slushies Might Be Even Better Than a Frappuccino

06/14/2016 at 08:58 AM ET

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It seems like Starbucks has a better summer line-up than most music festivals with their newest guilty pleasures.

On Tuesday, the coffee chain announced the launch of their new granitas, an icy dessert drink that will be available at all locations from June 14th to the 26th.

The beverage comes in three flavors, including a bold Espresso, which offers a wake-you-up taste with a scoop of lightly sweetened finely-shaved ice, a splash of cream and a caramel drizzle. For a softer buzz, they’ve got the Teavana Youthberry White tea – a blend of white tea, tropical pineapple, acai, and hibiscus – and a Strawberry Lemon Limeade flavor.

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That’s not all on their special summer menu, though. Chocolate lovers will be pleased at the debut of the Chocolate Brownie Triflemade with double chocolate brownies and topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle. For the rest of you foodies, there’s the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle, made with vanilla bean scones layered with a strawberry drizzle and whipped cream. 

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Starbucks is also encouraging you to partake in regret-less double-dipping by letting you bring your morning receipt in after 3 p.m. for a $3 granita or trifle. Basically, the chain is supplying us with boundless brain freezes and sugar rushes.

It’s not like you weren’t going to be stopping back there anyways, right?

—Marquaysa Battle, @MarquaysaBattle

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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