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Official notice: Summer’s end is around the corner. Maybe you were too busy getting in and out of hammocks to notice. Maybe you spent way too much time trying to make sense of True Detective. Whatever the case, there’s no fighting it: The end (of summer) is near.

Thankfully, you've got one more shot at redemption--you know it as Labor Day Weekend. We’ve rounded up five easy suggestions on how to spend your holiday.

Ready, set, relax already.


THE PLAN: Day at the Beach

THE GOODS: Round Beach Blanket

What a trouper: You showed up at the crack of dawn just to reserve a prime spot in the sand. But your chintzy beach towels just aren’t going to cut it. Opt instead for one of these unique printed throws ($19), made of durable woven cotton and bursting with a pretty mandala print. Round is better, too: It lets your guests actually see each others’ lovely faces when picnicking.


THE PLAN: Weekend at the Lake

THE GOODS: Chandon Sparkling Wine

Sunsets over the water, gooey s?mores and an excuse to rock a ponytail for three days straight: We?re talking about the glorious lake house weekend, people. You snagged that coveted invite, so show your hosts your gratitude with something you can all enjoy. A sparkling beverage--like Chandon?s Summer Limited Edition ($24)--is plenty laid-back for this cabin scene but also feels special (hello, bubbles). Grab a cup and hit the dock: There?s an Adirondack chair with your name on it.


THE PLAN: Jet to the Caribbean

THE GOODS: Shimmering Body Oil

An extra vacation day = an extra day to indulge. Waste no time getting an Aruba-approved glow with a shimmering body oil. Before you get all haughty, the new crop of dry oils is nothing like the glittered vanilla lotions of 1997. The latest versions are sophisticated and subtle,imparting a soft glimmer without the chunky confetti. Try Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse OR ($39), guaranteed to add grease-free moisture and radiance. Slather it on top of your sunscreen (and onto your hair for extra shine).

The Taste Revelation

THE PLAN: Barbecue with the In-Laws

THE GOODS: Edible Flowers

We know you’re already the favorite daughter-in-law (your excellent gift-giving taste saw to that), so keep the good streak going by showing up with something delightfully unexpected. We’re talking edible flowers that are almost too pretty to eat (almost). Your in-laws can toss a few into salads, desserts or even ice cubes. We’ve got a few more suggestions here.


THE PLAN: Camping with the Fam

THE GOODS: Portable Shower Sheets

Headed into the woods this weekend? Whether you love the greatoutdoors or not so much, the sweat, dirt and campground bathroom situation aren?t really helping your carefree spirit. Toss a packet of YUNI instant shower sheets ($12) into your backpack. The wipe-it-all-away sheets work for hands and instantly refresh arms, legs and face (basically, whatever feels filthy).

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