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Oh gee, is it the work week again? It's so darn sunny out, I almost forgot that it isn't a beach day! Marisa and I both escaped the city this weekend, her to an out-of-town bridal shower and me to my in-law's pool. I think it's going to take a little extra internet surfing to get us used to sitting in front of these computers. Here are a few links to get us all through 'til Friday!...

Speaking of pools...these paintings are so realistic, you almost feel like you're getting wet! Artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez confuses the issue by taking photographs of himself with his paintings (via Blend Images).

Summer's not over yet! Make the most of those late-August tomatoes with Food and Wine's list of 11 tomato salads to make right now.

Nothing like a little random act of kindness (by a 99-year-old no less!) to make you feel inspired.

Help save the Monarch butterflies by planting these "rest stop" plants!

NY Mag's restaurant preview gives me 36 reasons to look forward to Fall in NYC.

As if we weren't already feeling guilty about our guilty-pleasure TV's a little research that suggests how reality shows like Jersey Shore can impact our behavior.

My husband and I are checking out this band at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight!

The holiday weekend is upon us!...use Travel & Leisure's weekend getaway planner to pick an escape 2-, 4-, or 6- hours from your closest city.

Nope, nope, nope, I'm not ready for boot shopping yet. Leather espadrilles just might be the shoe I need to help me transition to a post-Labor Day wardrobe. And speaking of post-Labor Day...we don't really have to stop wearing white, do we? Because I'd really love to pair this lace dress with some pretty boots.

I think that Marisa and I have made our Beyoncé obsession clear by now, so this one doesn't need much explanation. Personally, I've already clicked this 2014 VMA link about 5 times. Check out that last vine of Blue Ivy doing "Flawless"...I want to eat those sassy little hands right up! Plus, Jay makes a pretty adorable proud papa.

As long as we're talking awards shows - here are a few things to watch for on the Emmy's tonight (on a Monday!).

And lastly, our favorite celebrity ice bucket challenges: