The Artist’s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron, £15.99, Express Bookshop (expressbookshop.co.uk)
Rediscover your long-lost creative side with this easy-to-follow activity book. It gives tips, tasks and check-ins over a twelve-week programme, designed to re-ignite the artist in you.
HAVING A BALL
Pompom garland, £18, Hurn & Hurn (01603 559250) https://www.hurnandhurn.com
This 7ft long string of rainbow coloured, fluffy pompoms makes an unusual decoration for weddings, parties or to simply jazz up your home. Hang up between walls, trees or furniture for a fun, festival vibe.
I’LL DRINK TO THAT
Forget about your typical sodas and fizzy drinks – kombucha is the coolest soft drink to enjoy this summer. It’s pretty good for you too, as it’s packed full of ‘good bacteria’ that develop naturally in the fermentation process.
These from Real Kombucha come in three flavours and are lightly sparkling, refreshing and tasty without being too overpowering.
You can also find them in some of the country’s top restaurants and hotels, including The Fat Duck and the Pig hotels.
ART OF GLASS
Melusina oval vase, £75, Bridgman (0208 003 7359, bridgman.co.uk)
Add a splash of colour to your home with this quirky glass vase, which is decorated with a splash of pinky-purple running through it.
Measuring 21cm wide and 25cm high, it’ll hold a big bunch of blooms to brighten up any room.
Evelyn silk eye mask, £55, Florence Welch x Liberty London (020 7734 1234, liberty.co.uk)
Liberty London has let iconic singer-songwriter Florence Welch raid their print archives, selecting some of her favourites to be used to create this limited-edition range of sleepwear.
This luxurious silk eye mask will be sure to give you sweet dreams.
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
Penley slider sandals, £34.95, Joules (joules.com)
FRESH AS A DAISY
Set of 12 paper plates, £6, Paperchase (0203 322 4788, paperchase.co.uk)
Lightweight, fun and great value, these paper plates are perfect for picnics, birthday parties or garden soirées.
Slip into summer with these funky sandals from Joules, which combine a practical, comfy style with a seasonal floral print.
BEST BAR NONE
Asháninka organic Peruvian chocolate bar, £4.95, Cool Earth (01326 567200, coolearth.org)
Snack sustainably the next time you get a sugar craving with this bar of chocolate from non-profit organisation Cool Earth, who work alongside rainforest communities to try to put a stop to deforestation.
It’s been produced by Asháninka villages in Peru’s Ene Valley, made from rare criollo beans from the area, meaning this sweet treat is organic, single origin and able to be traced directly back to its rainforest origins.
Frida Kahlo ceramic travel mug, £15, Tate Shop (0207 887 8888, shop.tate.org.uk)
It has been 50 years since her death, but the appeal of Frida Kahlo as an artist and a person remains strong – so much so that the V&A have just opened an exhibition of her life and belongings, the first time it has ever been exhibited outside Mexico.
Carry around an emblem of her distinctive style with this reusable coffee cup from the Tate gallery’s shop.
LET THEM EAT CAKE
Box of 12 Melove cakes, £25, Pierre Marcolini (eu.marcolini.com)
Never heard of a Melove cake? Neither had we until we tried these from Pierre Marcolini, and now we’re hooked. A bit like a posh tea cake, they’re made up of soft marshmallow on a crunchy biscuit base, topped with a thick layer of chocolate. The box of 12 contains three flavours – rose and passion fruit, caramel and dark chocolate – and they’re perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
TOP OF THE DROPS
Tommy Hilfiger earrings, £50, Hourtime (01428 664702, hourtime.co.uk)
Mix up metals with these simple, timeless drop earrings. They’ll go with any outfit, day or night.
SMOOTH AS SILK
Silk scarf, £38.50, Jessica Russell Flint (07748 920328, jessicarussellflint.co.uk)
Jessica Russell Flint is known for her intricate, colourful prints, turning them in to beautiful scarves, clothing and eye masks. This design is scattered with cacti, representing the letter ‘C’.
FISH OUT OF WATER
Rick Stein set of three tapas dishes, £43, QVC (0800 514131, qvcuk.com)
Serve up a tapas feast using these three dishes from Rick Stein’s range. Made from terracotta and fired with a rich blue colour in the inside, they’re ideal for serving olives, dips or other little snacks.
A NEW LEAF
Tooty Grapefruity loose-leaf tea, £15, T2 (t2tea.com)
Too hot for your usual brew? Try these fruity loose leaf blends, which are specially designed to be made into iced tea. This one is a mix of zesty grapefruit, hibiscus and rosemary.
Silk cushion, from about £114, Mariska Meijers (mariskameijers.com)
Liven up a plain coloured sofa or bed with this colourful, tropical print cushion from Amsterdam based lifestyle brand Mariska Meijers. Featuring a digital print by Mariska herself on a 100% silk digital print front, it’ll add a touch of luxury to any room.
PRETTY IN PINK
Callie blouse, £79, Ghost (ghost.co.uk)
Creators of the original 90s slip dress and a favourite brand of celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh, Anna Friel and Fearne Cotton, Ghost creates beautiful, feminine pieces in floaty, ethereal fabrics and prints. This semi-sheer blouse is covered in tiny stars – pair it with skinny jeans for a pretty, boho style.
PRESENT AND CORRECT
Letterbox-friendly birthday gift box, £30.45, Postboxed (postboxed.co.uk)
Want to send something unique to someone special? Check out Postboxed’s selections of treats than come neatly packaged and are able to fit through the letterbox.
There’s something for everyone – this one contains a bar of Coco Chocolatier chocolate, an Alphabet Bags canvas pouch, and old-fashioned ‘birthday girl’ badge and as a keepsake, a genuine freshwater pearl in a matchbox.
LIE AND DRY
Hamam towel, £19.95, Annabel James (0345 548 0210, annabeljames.co.uk)
Ideal for the beach, picnics in the park or your morning yoga session, this lightweight towel, typical of the style found in Turkish baths, is soft, quick drying and easy to carry.
A LOTTA BOTTLE
Miraval rosé magnum, £42, The Magnum Company (themagnumcompany.com)
Bring out a magnum at a dinner party and it will never fail to impress.
This pale-coloured rosé comes from the vineyard in Provence that belonged to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, situated 350 metres above sea level, and it’s 100 per cent organic. It’s fruity and floral, with a light acidity to it.
La Siesta double hammock, £140, Lagoon (0207 129 1309, vivalagoon.com)
A comfy hammock is the perfect place to while away hours in the garden this summer. This one, typical of the Brazilian style, is made from washable organic cotton, can be strung between trees or a stand and is big enough to fit two.
FLASH AND CARRY
Maddie tote bag, £45, Oliver Bonas (0208 974 0110, oliverbonas.com)
Perhaps it was Amal Clooney’s outfit at the Royal Wedding earlier this year, but everyone’s suddenly obsessed with the colour yellow. A bright, sunshine-coloured hue is actually easier to wear than you might think, but if you’re unsure, accessorise a simple outfit with this large textured bag instead.
RHS Tremont tall boots, £110, The Original Muck Boot Company (0800 587 0509, muckbootcompany.co.uk)
Hardwearing and comfy yet stylish, Muck Boots are perfect for outdoor life and will last a lifetime. They’re fairly slim fitting So won’t flap around your calves like some wellies do, and have a gel insert cushion on the sole and a mesh lining for extra comfort. This floral design is based on prints from the Royal Horticultural Society’s library.