101 Books to Read This Summer Instead of 50 Shades of Grey. Perfect if you’re up for doing some fun reading before summer ends, or just want to add to your to-read list.
And speaking of ways to beat summer boredom, here are 15 offbeat holidays you can celebrate in August. “Lazy Day” is the all-time best idea for a holiday.
Pretty fantastic and epic post from FabSugar: The Jet-Setter’s Ultimate Guide to Traveling Anywhere in Style.
LifeHacker shows you how to overcome procrastination with “solar flaring” – really great tips.
Also from Lifehacker, When Ordering Iced Tea at Starbucks, Ask for “No Water” to Avoid a Diluted Flavor. I am so going to do this from now on! Who knew?
Would you use a Louis Vuitton waffle maker?
HBO’s “Boys” Trailer, a parody of “Girls.” Hahaha, pretty great.
Okay, this is perhaps even funnier (mean, yes, but just try not to laugh – it is impossible!!): Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, via Jimmy Kimmel.
11 Harry Potter Facts from Our Amazing Fact Generator, from Mental Floss. Number 2 is my favorite!
Glamour shares 6 Genius Brow Tips from a Celebrity Makeup Artist. I feel like trimming your brows is SO underrated; it takes two seconds and makes a gigantic difference.
Stripes + Sequins has a great finger knitted necklace DIY – did you ever finger knit as a kid? This takes us back!
We love this magnetic makeup board idea for dorm rooms – pretty genius.
Another great dorm room DIY project: this Twine-Ball Light Garland is such a cute alternative to your standard Xmas light string.
And while we’re on the subject of dorms, Bed Bath & Beyond has a great dorm room how-to section with tips on handling laundry, keeping your room clean, improving your bed, and much more.
What does your mani-pedi body language say about you? Businessweek breaks it down, infographic style. (I’m totally the excessive thanker…)
CF reader Sonia sent this in and it’s brilliant: F*** Yeah Movie Workouts is a Tumblr that posts workouts you can do while watching your favorite movies and TV shows. It’s kind of like TV/movie drinking games, but good for you! Love!
If you’re like us, you officially have Olympic fever. Celebrate with Lucky’s list of Olympic-Themed Stuff You’ll Actually Want to Buy. The best part is, many of these items can be worn again without screaming “Olympics!”
Speaking of the Olympics, if you missed the Opening Ceremonies, never fear: Styleite has a breakdown of every Olympic uniform from around the world!
Chictopia did a great feature on London street style to help get you in the spirit!
Also, Teen Vogue asked Olympians how they are preparing for the games, and has some great features on Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Kayla Harrison, and Marlen Esparza.
Hahaha, The Gloss shows you how to dress to impress swimmer Ryan Lochte.
More: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, from CollegeCandy.
Annnnnd one more: If Fashion Had an Olympics, These Would be the Games, from Fashionista.
Fashion addicts, listen up: The NY Times breaks down all the gossip surrounding the September issues of your favorite mags, with a list of which models will be doing which campaigns, and what you can look forward to this season.
The 40 Best Fashion Magazines to Follow on Pinterest, from Racked.
Also from Racked, Patricia Field finally shares where she got Carrie Bradshaw’s tutu… love that it only cost $5!
Want to try a bold red lip? The Beauty Department shows you how to find the best red shades for your skin tone.
And if you plan on making out while wearing said red lip, you need these tips to keep your lip color on all day.
Beautylish’s guide to underarm hair removal breaks down the pros and cons of each method.
What I Wore shows you how to make your own glitter sunglasses.
Wow! We’re pretty obsessed with Refinery 29’s scalloped eyeliner tutorial – so unique!
A New Take on the Smokey Eye, from HelloGiggles. This is so subtle but incredibly pretty.
Okay let me just start by saying we are NOT suggesting you do this with alcohol, especially if you are under 21. However, this genius way to hide things in a bookshelf is too funny – and ingenious – not to share.
4 Beauty Tricks You Need to Know, from Oh So Pretty. That last one about Vaseline is genius!
Wow! This DIY leather peplum belt, from LoveMeagan, incredibly easy to make for how fab it looks. We love how it completely transforms her dress!
Lauren Conrad shows you how to wear statement necklaces.
27 Pieces to Wear When It’s Ridiculously Hot Outside, from The Cut, and What to Wear in Scorching Hot Weather, from The Gloss, will help you get dressed in this ridiculous heat.
One of our favorite shows, Downton Abbey, is inspiring the fashion world. Very cool!
The Beauty Department shares a few ways that you can use an old toothbrush for some cool beauty tricks.