I have picked up or seen a few great summer purchases, that I thought I’d share:
1. ALDO | beach bag | £20 (was £40)
This bag will be perfect for our upcoming summer holiday, and being fabric, it won’t snag on anything (I fear that straw will). Plus, it’s cute.
2. MARKS & SPENCER | Exotic floral beach towels | £25
I cannot overstate how gorgeous these towels are. They are huge (100 x 180cm) and absorbent, so quite heavy, but (in the words of some housework guru. Kondo?) “they spark joy”. Which is how I decide whether to buy things or not. My young daughters use them for their swimming lessons (even though the towels are too big. They love them as they don’t get cold) and we will take them on holiday, too.
3. FRENCH CONNECTION | floral reef cut out swimsuit | £23 (was £46)
No bikinis for me anymore, but I don’t want something too serious or covered up. This, in medium, is my perfect swimsuit. It’s very flattering. More so than the ruched tummy control ones I tried at M&S.
I needed size M (I hate tight swimsuits), and all sizes are available here, but at full price. If you are near a store, you might find it, there (there were lots at Westfield, recently, for example). Here’s how it looks on a model:
4. ST TROPEZ | gradual tan in shower lotion | £9.67 (was £14).
I’m sure you’ve already seen this product. I really like it. Basically, you wash yourself, turn the water off, apply this fake tan, wait 3 minutes, then rinse it off. Frankly, I wait 5 minutes, during which time I do squats, stretching etc so I don’t get cold, then rinse off. I’m hardly mahogany for waiting the extra 2 minutes. I do, however, have a nice, subtle overall glow and my towels and sheets remain white. Also, I’m less “fake tan” smelling than when I use other products. Using it daily, you can build up to a darker colour, but I will use it only every few days as I am happy to be only lightly tanned looking, this summer.
5. SOLTAN | Dry touch SPF50 lotion (sand resistant, water resistant, non sticky) | 200ml|£5.50
I loathe the stickiness of sun screen, so bought and applied this today. I like it. It’s 2 for 8 from Boots at the moment:
6. & OTHER STORIES | Black gladiator sandals | £32 (was £65)
Eve’s beautiful dress has just gone in the sale, and so have these. They are a classic summer style, and the quality is terrific. At this, reduced, price, they are an excellent buy. Annoyingly, I have just bought (and worn) some black summer sandals, but I wish I had waited for these. I love the little “good luck” “horse shoe” gold heel detail. If delivery was free, I’d just order (size 39 in these – size down) them, anyway (I just did an order yesterday!):
Have a lovely day, and hope the heatwave isn’t bothering you.