In keeping with this week’s summer theme, here is where I would like to be this weekend – on board a boat in the middle of the ocean – possibly the most gorgeous summer photo ever – by Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger.
I would, however, settle for…
Eating al fresco at Petersham Nurseries
Dappled shade, a menu made up of locally grown produce, delicious lemonade – Petersham Nurseries Cafe, tucked into a bend by the river in Richmond, is such a treat (it opens for lunch only Tuesday to Sunday). If the menu is a little out of your price range – or mentally marked ‘special occasions only’ – the delightful teahouse serves cake (the lemon poppyseed is my downfall), tea and coffee.
Swooning over the mini sundresses at Childsplay Clothing
Such a great website which has carefully curated designer children’s wear under one virtual roof. There is plenty to covet here, whatever the size of your child. And their sale is on right now (if only the Stella McCartney polka dot tulle skirt wasn’t sold out, it would be on my list NOW). I would love to see my little girl sporting this Oiliy Junior dress (reduced to £28.20). Heck, I’d wear it if it came in my size.
Wearing Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint with SPF 15
Liz Earle’s long-awaited make-up range is an out-and-out winner. And this is EXACTLY what you need. It has SPF 15, is laden with good-for-your-skin ingredients, and gives you that dewy complexion without looking like you have a face full of slap (one of my personal bugbears. I had a pre-wedding makeover once and my husband’s response was, “Why do you have orange talcum powder all over your face?”). And it’s £21, which puts it on the not-cheap-but-affordable level (this is your SKIN, people – you wear it every single day). All the beauty editors I know are fans – and that is good enough for me.
Lighting up my garden
Hurricane lanterns, fairylights strung through trees, candles (under close supervision, of course) – perfect for a summer night in the garden. Head to Ikea, Garden Trading or Cox & Cox. Mine is the classic London courtyard garden – and I rather fancy stringing lights across it.
Making my home smell like summer with Neom’s Enchantment candle
This is summer in a candle: bluebells, rose and something called guaiacwood (I don’t know what this is, precisely, but it combines with the florals to smell delicious). It’s all natural (no nasties), with 50 hours burn time (£42).
Images: Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger; GQ; via Pinterest