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Mark Your Calendar1 of 21
By Paige Brettingen
The better part of summer may be behind us, but it ain't over yet. Get ready to go out strong with a world-famous film festival, a day devoted to mending past rifts and a series finale where chocolate and wine must be present. August … here we come.
H&M's Launch2 of 21
Need we say finally? H&M launches its e-commerce website this month and we bid adieu to the lines, crowded fitting rooms and cramped parking lots. Our hearts rejoice. Our budgets? Likely not as much.
UPDATE: The site launched on Aug. 1
Girlfriends' Day3 of 21
As if we needed an excuse to get together with our girlfriends today. (We'll take it, nevertheless.) Gather your best gal pals together to toast the ladies who make life better and so much more fun. If schedules don't align (as is the toughest challenge with girls' nights, we know), at least use today as your deadline for getting a future gathering on the calendar.
"The Bachelorette" Finale4 of 21
Will Desiree still give away the final rose even though Brooks—her top pick—admitted he didn't love her back? Here's hoping he'll have a change of heart and make a surprise return. Kick back (with the aforementioned chocolate and wine) and watch the drama unfold tonight at 8/7 CST on ABC.
"The Hypothetical Girl" Release5 of 21
Just in time for Book Lovers' Day on Aug. 9, this new collection of stories reveals how technology helps or hinders men and women in their quest for love. There's an actress and an Icelandic yak farmer who meet on a matchmaking site, a group of characters trying to find romance in chat rooms and more.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches6 of 21
First comes style, then comes beauty. Marc Jacobs releases 120 cosmetic products today with the launch of the Marc Jacobs Beauty brand. A few of the designer's "boy tested, girl approved" personal favorites? The Lip Lock moisture balm, Brow Tamer grooming gel and an anti-aging Remedy concealer pen.
National Garage Sale Day7 of 21
Whether you're in the market for some repurposed items or looking to sell a few, now is prime time to get cracking. To start you off, here are a few garage sale secrets for making your day a success.
"Breaking Bad" Final Episodes8 of 21
It's the start of the end for Brad, Jesse and Skyler as the final episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing. To commemorate the occasion, several cast and crewmembers even got tattoos of the show's logo—how very bad. Tune in at 9/8 CST on AMC to see the end of Walter White's epic tale. Side note: The show's creator, Vince Gilligan, admits he cried while writing the finale script.
Middle Child Day9 of 21
It may have been "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha" growing up, but to all of you Jan Bradys out there—today is all about you. (And don't let your older and younger siblings forget it.) Fun fact: Quite a few pop stars share your middle-child title, including Madonna, J.Lo and Britney Spears, which kind of explains the desire to be loud and vocal.
Left Hander's Day10 of 21
To the 10 percent of the human population who are lefties: We salute you for the inconveniences you often face (seriously, why can't the door handle be on the left side every once in awhile?). Yet, you can delight in knowing that research shows a higher percentage of left-handed people have IQs over 140 as compared to right-handed people. A few examples: Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.
Chinese Valentine's Day11 of 21
Traditionally known as "The Double Seventh Festival" (since it falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month), Chinese Valentine's Day is based on a tale of a weaver girl and a cowherd who got married without permission. Infuriated, the girl's mother (the Goddess of Heaven, no less), created a wide river in the sky—the Milky Way—to divide them. Today, modern-day couples exchange flowers over a symbolic river to affirm that nothing can keep them apart.
Washed Out Album Release12 of 21
Ernest Greene, better known as electronic musician Washed Out who wrote the intro for Portlandia, releases his newest album Paracosm. The album will highlight Greene's acoustic side as he trades the synthesizer for a guitar—a first for him, he says. Besides guitar, Greene incorporates more than 50 instruments, including a vibraphone and a mellotron (a '60s-era tape-relay keyboard).
Little League World Series13 of 21
What better way to improve international relations than with the help of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players? Cheer on 16 teams from around the world as they gather in Williamsport, Penn., and compete in the 67th Little League Baseball World Series over the next ten days.
"Austenland" Opens14 of 21
We love Jane Austen and we love Keri Russell, so this one's a no-brainer. The movie stars Russell as a single woman obsessed with all things Jane Austen—she had the first three chapters of Pride & Prejudice memorized by the time she was 13. When an opportunity arises to go to Austenland—where visitors participate as characters from Austen's books—she jumps at the chance, hoping to find her very own Mr. Darcy.
"Thérèse" Opens15 of 21
Based on Francois Mauriac's 1927 novel Thérèse Desqueyroux, Audrey Tautou stars as Thérèse—a French housewife who feels suffocated by her marriage. When her best friend (and husband's little sister) falls madly in love with a handsome Portuguese man, Thérèse begins to see what she's been missing.
Kiss and Make Up Day16 of 21
Let bygones be bygones and use today as an opportunity to shed a grudge or two. Though the origin of Kiss and Make Up Day isn't widely known, its purpose is a worthy one. And if you need any help letting go of lingering resentment before you take the forgive-and-forget plunge, click here.
U.S. Open17 of 21
See Wimbledon champ Andy Murray (and hopefully more stylish looks from his girlfriend) as he defends his U.S. Open title from last year. Besides Murray, other tennis stars making an appearance include Serena Williams (last year's U.S. Open champion for women's singles), her sister Venus, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, among others.
Burning Man Begins18 of 21
The famed music and art festival starts to spark in Nevada today, attracting an estimated 48,000 participants—a far cry from the 20 who attended the first Burning Man in San Francisco in 1986. The only requirement for attending? You have to participate—whether you create art, volunteer or organize a theme camp. We could explain what that is, but it's better to experience it for yourself (or so we've been told).
"The Affairs of Others" Release19 of 21
In this debut novel by form Playboy literary editor Amy Grace Loyd, a young woman named Celia struggles to move on from her husband's death five years ago. Celia is determined to live a life of solitude, even as the owner and resident of a small Brooklyn apartment building. But when her tenants' complicated lives (affairs, disappearances) push up against her own, Celia can't remain uninvolved.
Venice Film Festival20 of 21
The world's oldest film festival turns 70 today, kicking off the week with the film Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in outer space. Twenty other films will vie for the coveted Golden Lion, including Under the Skin featuring Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien and Child of God directed by James Franco.
College Football Kickoff21 of 21
What better way to start Labor Day weekend than by dusting off the ole alma mater jersey (or mascot costume of choice) and gathering for a tailgate? Take your pick from 17 games playing tonight as college football begins its 2013 season. Kick off begins at 6 p.m. EST.