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Birchbox Short List

Forgive us for stating the obvious but: It’s Monday, and you’re not quite ready to start the work week. That’s why we’re bringing you the Birchbox Short List, a spirited guide to the best celeb gossip, videos, beauty news, and more. Think of it as your second cup of Joe—we promise we’ll leave you feeling ready to conquer the day (and week) ahead. Here, our picks for the week of July 7.

Watch Fireworks from the Sky

While we're guessing many of you had front row seats at your local fireworks display this weekend, we're guessing your view wasn't as good as the drone that a Florida man flew into the literal line of fire. While we've always been of the mindset that the beauty and mystique of these pyrotechnics can't be captured on film, this amazing video is the closet we've seen to experiencing the real thing.

Get Swept Up in The Leftovers

If you haven't started watching HBO's latest dramatic offering, nows the time to start. At only two episodes in, you still have time to catch up. The series is based on Tom Perrotta's book of the same name, wherein two percent of the world's population disappears in a mysterious incident. With Lost's Damon Lindelof as a co-creator, do we even need to say we're already hooked?

Brush Up on Your High School French

Sure, you could be playing Candy Crush. But why not try something more productive on your commute? We took a page from our video manager Lorelei and downloaded DuoLingo, a free language app featuring series of vocab and grammar challenges to boost your foreign language skills. With lessons in French, Spanish, German, Italian, and more, it's the perfect refresher for your international summer vacays. As the French might say, C'est parfait!

Save Your Pennies

We love this story of perseverance and triumph written by a regular gal who, with her partner, managed to scrimp and save enough dough necessary for a down payment on an apartment in NYC. What have YOU been saving for lately?

Say Goodbye to the Old Ball and Chain (AKA Your Purse)

Do you ever catch your shoulders slouching slightly more to one side when you walk? Before you freak out about scoliosis, consider lightening your load. A least that's what one writer did after getting fed up with being weighed down. Would you ever say no to carrying a bag?

Photo: Jos Stiglingh / YouTube

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