The Dog Days of Summer

I remember reading Tuck Everlasting in fifth grade, and wondering about the dog days.  As a girl with a fish for a pet, I couldn’t imagine anything better than dog days, because who wouldn’t want to play with their very own puppy for days on end? Anyway, the quote goes like this:

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” – Natalie Babbitt

The dog days make me quite sad.  We wait for summer through the coldest, darkest days of the year, only for it to fly by, never lasting as long as we think it will.  And when we finally begin another summer, we’re a year older, and it isn’t the same.  But I’m determined to make the most of my last few weeks of summer.  I’ll be spending it on the Cape with my family and friends, and running around late at night, enjoying being young with my girlfriends.  Here are some of my late-summer favorites right now:

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Underwater shots, courtesy of my LifeProof iPhone case
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Early morning solitude on West Dennis Beach… The Cape is just gorgeous

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  1. Nothing rhymes with safari, but this ASOS dress is just adorable
  2. My new favorite beach tangles-fighting duo: Bumble and Bumble Surf foam wash and creme rinse
  3. Not to hate on Seche Vita topcoat, but you’ve been replaced by this dude.
  4. The print on this dress by Sugarhill Boutique is just adorable
  5. I got a sample of ExfoliKate in my latest Sephora shipment, and it totally lived up to the hype.  Fresh scent, great exfoliation, and smooth skin afterwards.
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