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Fun mid-summer pick-me-ups

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Treats to renew your summer spirits!

Small pleasures like a bright new top or pampered nails can refresh your look and renew your fun... pick a mid-summer pick-me-up!

Treats to renew your summer spirits!

Every year we look forward to the warm summer months and the carefree days that seem endless, bright and breezy. By mid-summer, our leisure uniform of shorts and T-shirts starts feeling boring and the heat may get us down. Never fear! It's easy to spend a little to add a pick-me-up and get the fun back -- with fashion, beauty treatments, new makeup or just a few hours to unwind and daydream!

Brighten up

Add a touch of color to rev up your look and elevate your mood. A rosy pink or flattering turquoise make the simplest tank or cool cotton top lively paired with your khaki pants or shorts. Add a colorful canvas deck shoe or wedge to run around town in style, or just get one great pop of color with a belt or a functional and pretty tote bag that's big enough to carry everything from office essentials to baby gear.

Kiss up

How about splurging on a really pretty lipstick that moisturizes your lips while adding a slick of juicy just-for-summer color? Clinique has a wonderful lip balm stick that never needs sharpening and gives you the perfect pout for around $16. Be daring, and try a bolder lip color like a vibrant pink, rich coral or pretty and powerful poppy.

nail polishNail it

Pamper yourself with a professional pedicure for flawless feet peeking out of summer sandals and flip-flops. Your tootsies will thank you, and with care your pedi will look great for up to two weeks. Nails in fire-engine red, coral or a French manicure will be your only difficult decision. Be warned, though -- a professional pedicure is not only a great pick-me-up, it can be habit forming too!


Treat yourself to a makeup indulgence and feel prettier every day! It's uplifting knowing you look fresh and flawless even on a steamy summer day. Push outside of your comfort zone without overdoing it. Red lips may not be your summer look, but you'll get the same pizzazz by switching your brown or black mascara for navy blue! Substitute a lightweight tinted moisturizer with built-in sunscreen for your foundation. Give hair a beachy vibe with a spritz of finish spray that adds subtle fragrance and a touch of shimmer. Sweep on a light dusting of bronzer or an iridescent powder to play up your summer glow.

Chill out

Take just one day to rest and rejuvenate by swinging in a hammock or lounging on a chaise, armed with an iced beverage, an indulgent snack (chocolate, of course) and a frothy quick-read novel you chose just for fun. Having a day devoted to laziness is a rite of summer, so feel the sun and the breeze against your skin, contemplate the clouds and before you know it, you'll be energized for the second half of summer!

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