When I came back from London last week, the temperature in NYC had cooled off considerably. We’re still being treated to balmy afternoons, but the mornings are crisp and the days feel shorter.
Whether you’re looking forward to layering up and embracing the fall or not, make the most of your summer before it disappears! Here’s a list of 50 things to do before summer ends…
Buy a stack of old MAD magazines from a second-hand bookshop and read them on the grass, in the sun.
Take lots of photos of you and your friends enjoying the weather. Bonus points if you use an Instax or Polaroid camera!
Wear something totally inappropriate and go out dancing. Stay up ’til dawn.
Make at least one new friend.
Lie in bed in the morning, with the windows open and good music playing loudly.
Take an outdoor yoga class, and wriggle your toes in the grass.
Eat black cherries and spit the stones into a silver bowl.
Flirt with someone of the same sex.
Have a picnic in a tree!
Buy an inflatable paddling pool, lie in it and take self-portraits.
Take a dog for a walk (if you don’t have one, borrow someone else’s!).
Trust your intuition…
Climb on a jungle-gym, play on a swing, zip down a slide.
Explore a new area — even if it’s just another neighbourhood.
Kiss someone new!
Choose a project to start working on over winter…
Get a deluxe spa pedicure. Try not to wriggle too much when they scrub your tootsies!
Buy a hula-hoop and start learning tricks!
Throw a party in celebration of how goddamn fabulous you are.
Make a point of wearing all of your favourite summer dresses.
Go to the beach and build a sand-castle.
Stock up on jangly bracelets and unusual rings at a flea market.
Start writing a journal (or a Radical Self Love Bible).
Have a slumber party with a friend, giggle all night long, and go out for breakfast in the morning.
Go to a rooftop party, and put sparklers in your purse.
Learn a couple of sweet sentences in another language.
Take some risks, and make a couple of choices which make you nervous.
Go for a bike ride with your best friend.
Get a massage which makes you feel as if your body’s melting!
Rock a fabulous sun-hat while you still can.
Visit some of the weirdest tourist attractions in your own city.
Go bare-legged as often as possible!
Experiment with fake tan if you haven’t already.
Sneak into a swimming pool.
Do something that your parents or friends disapprove of…
Take the vacation days you have owing, and go and do something magnificent!
Sign up for an art class.
Spend some quality alone time in saucy underwear.
Carry a tiny water-gun in your purse…
Go skinny-dipping with your BFF.
Start to believe that you can truly have whatever you want!
Make a commitment to wearing heels at least one day a week.
Try every different bottled iced tea at your local shop.
Lie around in the grass with your sunglasses and a pair of headphones on. Bliss.
Buy flowers and arrange them yourself.
Keep a secret.
Swear off drama!
Send your friends notes telling them how much you love them.
Make a mixtape which commemorates your summer.