When I was on holiday in Cornwall back in May, I was not prepared for the nice weather at all. Queue a wardrobe rummage for shorts, t-shirts and light cotton clothing, I’ve finally got my summer wardrobe down. Here’s the catch though – I’m not a ‘sun’ person. Growing up, I resembled a lobster almost every summer and I’m the only member of my family who doesn’t develop a lovely golden tan either. Freckles? Yep. Sun burn? Oh yes. So this Welsh rose has to be really careful in the sun. Here’s my summer wishlist:
1. Christian Dior Sunglasses // 2. Fat Face Ultra Micro Ditsy Shirt // 3. Seasalt Skipper Hat // 4. Green People Sun Lotion // 5. Seasalt Handyband // 6. Seasalt San Sebastian Trousers // 7. Corfu Sandal
As I burn in what feels like seconds in the sun, I prefer to cover up in light cotton clothing as much as possible. If I didn’t and wore lots of shorts and vest tops, I’d have to slather on the sun screen all the time and quite frankly, I’m too lazy for that! So covering up is the way to go for me, which is why I’ve picked these long loose trousers and a cool cotton shirt. While on holiday, and walking Poppy in the most recent sunny weather, I’ve really wanted a hat to protect my head from the sun. Even though we’re skipping the lunch time dog walk, the sun is still mega strong when we do go out, so a hat is essential.
These sunglasses are lush (and extravagant!) I wear specs all the time so prescription sunglasses as vital for me. And I love the retro look of these ones. I think they match the hat really well! One thing I do need is one of the SeaSalt Handybands. They’re perfect for almost any weather we have here in the UK and they come in such a great variety of colours. The one thing I love about summer is the excuse to wear sandals. While these aren’t Birkenstocks, they are similar and more importantly for me, vegan! I live in this style shoe all summer as I really hate having hot feet. I walk Poppy in them, go to meetings in them, do everything in them. A great investment! When it comes to suncream, I’m not as strict as I should be, but because my face cream and makeup has sun protection in it, I don’t apply it unless I know I’m going to be outdoors for a period of time. (I realise I will regret this later in life!) but this sun cream by Green People is not only fair trade, but also Vegetarian Society approved so fits well with my cruelty free criteria.
How are you coping in this glorious summer weather we’re enjoying? Any sun protection top tips?
One of the presents I got for my birthday was a pair of pants, but not just any pants. It was a pair of pants by Who Made Your Pants.
These gorgeous pants are made in Southampton, UK, using fabric destined for the bin by the big companies. The pants I was given were made by Nisha and Zuhra and you can read all about them here. Not only are the pants incredibly well made, they’re comfy and help to support women working right here in the UK. Not bad eh? They might be a bit pricier than your discount high street retailer, but you know where they’ve come from, who’s made them and you’ve helped to employ someone in the UK and that’s priceless. Ethical, comfy, sexy and good for the UK. I know where I’ll be buying more of my pants from. How about you? Who made your pants?
I’d seen people talking about Seasalt on Twitter a few times before, but I’d never really paid it much attention. Then Sunday afternoon, my OH suggested I take a look at their site. I’ve been after a lightweight waterproof rain jacket, perfect for April showers, that won’t make me feel like boil in the bag rice. I had one that has since made its way to raincoat heaven, after years of valuable service. We walk Poppy whatever the weather, but having the right kit is essential if you don’t want to change your clothes twenty times a day. Being caught in a recent downpour while making my way to and from the hairdressers recently made me realise a new rain jacket that could cope with British weather is now essential. So I had a look at Seasalt and promptly fell in love.
I’ve spent quite a while looking for a coat but they’ve either been way over budget, horrible or exactly the same design as my OH’s coat. (We have a history of accidently buying similar clothes and looking like twins. It’s not a good look!) To be honest, I could’ve bought half a dozen coats from the Seasalt website, but decided to pop down to their nearest sale shop and see if I could get a bargain. Lo and behold, I could. They had the Four Cross Raincoat (above) in my size in the seconds section. It has a slight fault on the fabric but you wouldn’t notice it unless it was pointed out to you. And it meant that it was reduced to £85. Bargain! Well within my budget and with a some birthday money, I also scored a couple of pairs of trousers for the summer. Since Sunday afternoon, I have spent a slightly addictive amount of time on the Seasalt website, thinking ‘oh, that looks nice’ or ‘I really need that poncho’ and ‘That’s so me! Gotta have it’! It’s almost like someone has created a website of clothes just for me. And lots of the clothes are blue. My favourite colour and the colour that most of my clothes currently are! You can never have too many blue clothes. Fact.
Are you a Seasalt fan? What’s your favourite clothes of the moment?
I have been a fan of Cath Kidston for many, many years. So when they got in touch and asked if I’d like to attend a press day for the launch of their new prints for next year, there was only going to be one possible answer. A most definite yes. So I headed off to the Big Smoke & managed to find my way to the Rook & Raven gallery, where the day was being held. I had a good look round and took plenty of pictures. Take a look!
I was very excited to see what they would have to offer and I’m not disappointed. I like the new prints. I think they stay true to what people expect from Cath Kidston, but they’re different enough to keep us all interested, and boy am I interested! I’ll take one of everything please!
Not only were there lots of lovely things to see, they also provided refreshments! (Love free food!) I have the most delicious tasting soup ever – A butternut squash and sage soup. Perfect for warming up, as it was bloomin’ freezing in London! I also received a goody bag, which included these gorgeous socks from the Safari range, a handy travel cup, which I plan to use asap and a lovely tote bag, also from the Safari range.
What do you think of the new prints? Which one is your favourite? I can’t decide between Tea Time, Spots & Budgies!