Celebrity The 'Gossip Girl' Guide to Summer Find out the 10 ways to survive – and thrive! – in the hottest season like Blair, Serena, Nate, Chuck and Dan. By Aaron Parsley By People Staff Published on July 3, 2008 05:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 10 1. GET MADE IN THE SHADE Giovanni Rufino/THE CW Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) know how to enjoy a lazy summer day in the Hamptons: by putting their feet up and – what else? – gossiping over cool drinks. 02 of 10 2. MAKE A SPLASH Jackson Lee/Tom Meinelt/Splash News Online (2) Whether you're clad in a sleek sliver coverup like Serena or showing off your biceps in a tight white tank like Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), the beach is the new runway – so work it. 03 of 10 3. BE SPORTY GIOVANNI RUFINO/THE CW Croquet is a civilized sport – and one you can play while sipping a cocktail, which is no doubt what bad boy Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) likes to do. 04 of 10 4. EAT A SWEET TREAT Tom Meinelt-Jackson Lee/Splash News Online What better way to stay refreshed at the beach than with a slice of juicy watermelon like real-life couple Lively and Badgley? 05 of 10 5. HAVE A SUMMER FLING James Devaney/WireImage The summer heat has a way of creating summer romances. Looks like Blair's ex, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), is getting his motor running with a makeout session in a car with an unidentified female companion. 06 of 10 6. GET SOME PUPPY LOVE Lisa Mauceri/INF 'Little J' hasn't lost all her friends! Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) cuddles with a pair of precious puppies, the perfect de-stresser. 07 of 10 7. ENJOY SUMMER READING GIOVANNI RUFINO/THE CW There's no better time to indulge in some fun reads: Barbara Walters's tell-all book Audition: A Memoir is the perfect companion for the Upper East Siders, whose summer homes are tucked away beyond the reach of Gossip Girl's blog. 08 of 10 8. GO ON A ROMANTIC RIDE Eddie Mejia/Splash News Online Ah, the sights and sounds of summer. Prim and (sometimes) proper Blair takes in the scenery by going for a bike ride with new guy Marcus (Patrick Heusinger). 09 of 10 9. ALWAYS BE PREPARED Humberto Carreno/Startraks Chuck knows that a surefire way to attract beach beauties is to have the essentials of a picnic on the beach ready to go – just in case. 10 of 10 10. CAUSE A SCENE James Devaney/WireImage Bring out those cute dresses! Blair and Serena are the talk of the town in their fashionable frocks (Alice + Olivia for B and Vena Cava for S).