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End of Summer Joi

It’s time to eek out every blissful moment of this “happy” season before we go full-force into fall. To make sure you’re feeding your soul (while you’re feeding everyone else brats and burgers), let’s take a quick journey into emotional wellness; quick, restorative ideas that help keep life’s sun shining bright.

Your First Stop: The Garden

Not for yard work. It’s time to reap the benefits of all that tending and pruning with a late-summer garden party that capitalizes on the good fresh produce still brimming at your local farmer’s market. Serve colorful platters of heirloom tomatoes…sweet corn salad…fresh herbs…and pinked-up tropical cocktails infused with juicy citrus. A Trina Turk dress or pair of Lilly Pulitzer sandals doesn’t hurt, either.

Your Next Stop: A Bullet Journal

With September just around the corner, and back-to-school supplies flying off store shelves, it’s a good time to start thinking about getting organized for fall. One fun way: with bullet journaling…the viral trend of customizable list making, doodle drawing, and diary-writing in a good, old-fashioned notebook. Get started by taking a peek at Buzzfeed blogger, Rachel Wilkerson Miller’s brand-new book, Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together.


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Your Third Stop: The Salon

…to pick up bottles of Joico’s new Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo, Conditioner, Masque, and Veil. Four magical products that take your summer blonde and carry it forward with shine, health, and optimal hydration. (Fun fact: Dancing With The Stars judge, Julianne Hough, used Blonde Life to score big points for her dazzling wedding-day hair color.)

Your Fourth Stop: A Lemonade Stand

Not because you’re thirsty, but because we can’t think of anything more joi-ful than seeing the smile on a seven-year-old’s face when your car pulls up to their homespun mini mart. Though inflation may have upped young entrepreneurs’ prices to more than a quarter these days, loose change is still a small price to pay for the happiness of watching someone little make lemons into lemonade.

Your final destination: A hammock

A hat…a book…a blanket…and a hammock swaying in the breeze. It’s the picture-perfect way to catch those lingering balmy nights, and delivers the kind of meditative calm scientists claim “reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying.” Plus, some of the greatest ideas were born out of relaxation. (Did you know the monster Broadway hit Hamilton was conceived in a hammock in the Caribbean?) We say, hop in and start dreaming…