Where did the summer go? It seems only yesterday it was June 21 and we were welcoming the season with open arms and bikinis, and now it's the beginning of September and time to start thinking about pumpkin spice lattes, running races, and football.
Still, it's not officially over yet! Before September swings into full gear, squeeze in one (or more) of these summery activities.
1. Buy some fresh produce. You can still visit your local Farmers' market and pick up peaches, plums, watermelon, basil, or heirloom tomatoes. Try these 12 healthy and flavorful recipes to enjoy the best of the summer's harvest.
2. Sit outside and drink a beer. If you can find a rooftop to hang out on, all the better, but anywhere outdoors will do. Sip on one of these bikini-friendly beers or try these low-sugar cocktails, and don't forget to grab your camera or phone and snap a photo of the sunset for Instagram! If you have a pool (or know someone who does), invite friends over for a barbecue and serve up on of these low-cal grilling recipes.
3. Update your iPod. From Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" to Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" to "Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," this summer's been full of party rock anthems. Check out our top 10 picks for this past August, load up your iPod, and hit the pavement for a run before the next crop of dance hits pops up and takes over the airwaves.
4. Take your workout outdoors. Noticing a theme here? Before the sun goes down forever (well, what feels like forever!), why not run, hike, bike, or walk outside as much as you can? You'll probably be grinding in the gym all winter long, so use this opportunity to take an outdoor boot camp class, play a game of pick-up basketball, or take a stand-up paddleboard lesson. Check out these fun new outdoor workout ideas for more fitness inspiration.
5. Try one of these hot fashion trends. I love fall fashion as much as the next girl (I basically live in knee-high boots, oversized sweaters, and leggings from September to December), but I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the neon nails, lace dresses, mismatched bathing suits, or statement sunglasses just yet. Try one of these nail art looks from NYC-based manicurist Julie Kandalec or these simple yet stunning hairstyles (no blow-dryer required!) from NYC hairstylist Nicolas Eldin. Bonus: They'll keep your hair out of your face for those Indian summer days.