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Happy almost-weekend, Lulus loves! While this Friday afternoon is winding down, we’re busy making mental plans for how to fill our much-needed time-off hours (#productivity). Need some inspo for what to do this weekend? We’ve got ya covered with little ways to make the most of your me-time. TGIF, babe.

Host brunch to watch the World Cup Finals

Embrace the weird timing of the World Cup Finals (starting at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 15) and have some friends over for a fun-filled brunch to watch the game. Brew a pot of coffee, pour some OJ (Champagne optional), and set up an easy breakfast buffet with bagels and cream cheese, bacon, and fruit for a low-key meal. Or get totally into it and represent the competing countries with traditional breakfast foods from France and Croatia. Pick up some croissants and baguettes for team France and pair meats like prosciutto and salami with cheese and beer for a morning meal worthy of team Croatia (yes, we did have to Google traditional Croatian breakfast and yes, we want to try it). Sounds like breakfast #GOAAAAAAALS (sorry, we had to).

Clean your makeup brushes (and makeup bag)

Raise your hand if you’ve maybe–just maybe–gone a little bit too long between cleaning your makeup brushes. We’re not judging, we promise! While it’s recommended to clean your brushes at least once a week to prevent buildup and bacteria that can transfer to your face, we know sometimes it’s just easier to swipe on your highlight and go, without taking the time to suds up your brushes and sponges. This weekend we’re taking a few extra minutes after our makeup routine to clean our brushes and wipe down the inside of our makeup bag. You can use brush cleaner, gentle shampoo, or even olive oil and dish soap to get your brushes squeaky clean and ready for a flawless application come Monday morning, while a disinfecting wipe or soft cloth and natural cleaner can make your makeup bag feel so fresh and so clean.

Try a new drink

We can’t be the only ones guilty of sipping on the same flavor of sparkling water every afternoon or only ordering our go-to cocktail when we go out on the weekend. It’s comforting to know your tried-and-true faves are always there, but this weekend, we’re vowing to step ever-so-slightly out of our comfort zones to try something new (besides Croatian breakfast). Whether it’s simply choosing the key lime La Croix instead of the pamplemousse (baby steps, people) or going all out and mixing up a pitcher of a yummy cocktail or mocktail from our Happy Hour archives, trying something new is believed to have some major benefits for your happiness and wellbeing. Cocktails for your health? Yes, please.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us your plans in the comments below and share your weekend #ootd on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus.