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I love summer. But by the time Labor Day comes, I’m ready to temporarily surrender all my seasonal delusions: that I can have a garden that looks like Martha Stewart’s in the middle of a drought, that I can rid our yard (and my life) of every weed, and that I could be a scratch golfer if I tried hard enough.

Like any good Midwesterner who despises cold weather, I try not to resist what’s coming. “Everything’s going to be okay,” I tell myself, listing all the things I love about what’s next: crackling fires, fall festivals, opera, symphony, sewing, and more time for reading.

For the next few days, I’m sharing ideas to help you welcome fall.

This old thing? A 1970s day dress, designed to look like a skirt and top.

Priority one: drag out all the summer things you haven’t worn yet and get busy wearing them. In a few weeks, you’ll feel silly in them no matter how warm it gets.

Yesterday, I wore this sporty 1970s dress, designed to look like a skirt and top. By next week, I know the fresh green palette on this vintage dress will look a little off-season. Carpe diem, ladies!

To prime your mind for fall, download Nocturne on the Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone album or buy it on Amazon. It conveys a longing for things that are coming to an end, things that will never be, or possibly a heartrending expression of “I-don’t-know-how-to-say-how-much-I-love-you.” Take your pick, but don’t miss it. It’s hauntingly beautiful and appropriate for saying goodbye to summer. Buy the whole album if you can afford it. It’s all just gorgeous.

And now for the winners of the late summer giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this one. Don’t forget the lipstick giveaway is still out there. Everyone who replies by Labor Day wins!

Handbag winner: Shari C.

Book: Debra T.

Dress: Margaret (Check out her blog, The Bite Size Baker)

Congratulations, ladies!

Life is short. Wear the good stuff.

P.S. to the winners!

Shari, I’ll be in touch to get your mailing address.

Debra, I believe a cup of tea is in order. I can bring the book, along with a few others you loaned me a lifetime ago. I hope there will be no overdue fines. May I buy you a cup of tea instead?

Margaret, please double check your measurements to make sure the dress is a probable fit or please assure me that you know someone who can wear it. I feel like these little gems are my foster children, you know! Jot me a line with your address!

crystal [at] dressedherdaysvintage.com