Welcome to the dog days of summer. As temperatures and humidity levels rise, it’s easy to lose our cool—especially when we burn our tushes for the umpteenth time on a hot car seat or dribble cherry Popsicle on our white T-shirt. But, as the wise saying goes, you have to keep calm and Birchbox on. (Kidding—but that has a nice ring to it, yes?)
In the spirit of levity, this month’s theme is Lighten Up, which means plenty of warm-weather beauty samples and fun ideas for how to keep cool, calm, and collected. Personally, I’m embracing the heat with the help of a sundress-and-sandal uniform, daily ice cream cones, and a stack of beach reads—including this month’s Birchbox Book Club pick, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. If you haven’t read the comedian’s brilliant memoir yet, you’re missing out. Plus, we’ve got even more Mindy on tap: read our interview with her to find out how she really feels about eye cream, and stay tuned for a Twitter chat on August 22.
Another surefire way to stay happy and lighthearted this month? Cute puppies. Behold: Birchbox staffers and their OMG adorable pets. Awwww…