8 Summer Things To Soak Up

It’s no secret, the last week of summer gives us Graduation Goggles. What are Graduation Goggles, you ask? It’s that nostalgic, suddenly warm feeling you get when you’re forced to part with something or someone that you actually weren’t that crazy about in the first place. In this case, the last few weeks you may have found yourself thinking things like I can’t seem to remember what a bar or party NOT on a rooftop feels like or I seem to have replaced water with rosé this summer and am finally feeling the after-effects.

But now, the week before Labor Day is upon us, and suddenly all the summer clichés you thought you were sick of – grilling as often as you breathe, the word “share” being use as a real-estate descriptor instead of a verb, or people dressing like they’re going to Woodstock for any and every outdoor musical scenario – are things you miss and look back on while a Bruce Springsteen song like Glory Days runs on repeat in your head.

The solution? To soak up as many summer clichés this week as you can, because come next Tuesday white jeans are supposedly out, drinking before noon is not as publicly acceptable as it was two weeks ago, and Los Angeles natives can – yet again – one-up us New Yorkers about their weather. Here are ten things to soak up this week before fall officially starts…

1. Dress as if you’re going to Coachella like there’s no tomorrow… 

Let’s be real, sometimes you dress like this even for Sunday in Sheep Meadow. Wear as much tie die, flowers in your hair, henna tattoos, and paisley crop tops as you can, because come Tuesday they are no longer acceptable style choices.

2. Hashtag #SundayFunday this Sunday…

Because now that summer is over, the fact of the matter is Sunday is just Sunday.

3. Grill, rinse, repeat… 

This weekend is your last chance to grill. So grill everything in sight except your iPhone.

4. Eat brunch outside, simply because you. fricking. can.

We don’t remember what mimosas taste like indoors…do you?

5. Take in a movie guaranteed not to get Oscar-buzz…

Because soon when you go to a movie, there’s a chance it will have some sort of intellectual purpose again (no offense if you thought Fantastic Four did).

6. Drink on a rooftop. In fact, drink on multiple rooftops of various shapes and sizes…

Whether it’s a skyscraper, a West Village low-rise, or a roof in Brooklyn that’s not technically supposed to have people on it, it’s your last chance for drinks with a view.

7. Drink every glass of rosé like it’s your last…

Because the fact that there are actual shortages of rosé in the summer means the drink all but pumps through our veins, and we need to soak it up for one more week.

8. Look out the window with your colleagues and complain about what a nice day it is…

Because come cold weather, you’re just that asshole on a deadline looking out the window.

– Laura Kosann