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

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1. GET MADE IN THE SHADE

1. GET MADE IN THE SHADE
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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.

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2. MAKE A SPLASH

2. MAKE A SPLASH
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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.

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3. BE SPORTY

3. BE SPORTY
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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.

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4. EAT A SWEET TREAT

4. EAT A SWEET TREAT
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What better way to stay refreshed at the beach than with a slice of juicy watermelon like real-life couple Lively and Badgley?

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5. HAVE A SUMMER FLING

5. HAVE A SUMMER FLING
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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.

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6. GET SOME PUPPY LOVE

TAYLOR MOMSEN
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'Little J' hasn't lost all her friends! Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) cuddles with a pair of precious puppies, the perfect de-stresser.

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7. ENJOY SUMMER READING

7. ENJOY SUMMER READING
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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.

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8. GO ON A ROMANTIC RIDE

8. GO ON A ROMANTIC RIDE
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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).

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9. ALWAYS BE PREPARED

LIFE'S A BEACH
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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.

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10. CAUSE A SCENE

10. CAUSE A SCENE
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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).

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