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Rusty Outdoor Woodburner – Square
Keep warm as the sun sets over the garden this summer with this shabby-chic Rusty Outdoor Woodburner from Cox & Cox. It adds the ultimate toasty touch to your outside hangout area – and is perfect for roasting marshmallows, keeping the temperature up on that bottle of red, and warming you through as the sun sinks down and the stars come out to play. £425.
Calling all bookworms! We don’t know about you, but our bookshelf is bursting with the goods after the lockdown period – and the only thing more enjoyable than getting stuck into a good book is sharing that book with your friends. Cue Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. The US star is the brains behind the account, sharing the details of some of her best-loved books with a woman at the centre of the story. A must-follow for those of you who, like us, like to unwind in a cosy corner with a page-turner.
Dreaming of >>
Big city life…
We’ve been looking back at big city life, when we lived like locals in the city that never sleeps. Bundle up this Big Apple guide for a bounty of holiday happenings in New York City. From Central Park strolls and Brooklyn flea markets, to Boathouse bites and swanky speakeasies, you’ll be blown away by what the big city has to offer, leaving you dreaming of future travel to the States…
Listening to >>
If there was ever a time we were all in need of a ‘HAPPY PLACE’ – it is now! Cue Fearne Cotton… This good-for-the-soul podcast removes us from the pressures of fast-paced life, talking things through the unlock that inner happiness. Fearne chats to some seriously inspiring individuals who have made a positive change – finding a way through and looking at life in a new light. Recent interviewees include Freya Ridings, Alicia Keys, Chris & Rosie Ramsey and the brilliant Daisy May Cooper.
Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads
Alan Bennett’s much-loved monologues, first broadcast on BBC One in 1988, are back – with star-studded performances from the likes of Jodie Comer, Maxine Peake, Martin Freeman, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sarah Lancashire. Scripted by Alan Bennett, the monologues focus on one single character and tell poignant but powerful messages that still ring true today. It’s as effortlessly compelling as it was in the 80s – and a must-watch this July.
The Switch, Beth O’Leary
This book will make you laugh, cry and forget about all that’s going on in the world as you delve into the very contrasting lives of Leena and her grandmother, Eileen. Looking for a change in lifestyle, the pair decide to swap places for eight weeks. Leena finds herself in a sleepy Yorkshire village and Eileen sets up home in a trendy Shoreditch flatshare. It’s safe to say, things get very interesting, very quickly. A feel-good story celebrating the unpredictability of life… you won’t be able to put this one down – and you can thank us later!
Perfect scent >>
NEOM All Day Calm Wellbeing Pod Collection
The key to wellbeing is finding your calm – and in a very uncertain world – we’ve all been seeking calm in so many ways. One way that sure does work for us, is the power of scent – and for that, we’ve got NEOM’s Wellbeing Pods to thank. This all-encompassing collection, comprising: Scent To Sleep Tranquility, Scent To De-Stress Real Luxury, Scent To Calm & Relax Complete Bliss and Sensuous Essential Oil Blends, is the perfect tool to help you drift away to a clear, calmer space. £150.
Kitchen kit >>
London Nootropics Starter Box
We’re not sure about you, but our kitchen, home office and working day doesn’t come to life until we’ve had our coffee fix. This summer, we’re loving this coffee blend start-up business and its the key to starting your day in the right way. The guys at London Nootropics are blurring the lines between feeling good and enjoying the good stuff. Their adaptogenic coffee blends come packed with natural adaptogens to help you get the most out of your day. The perfect fix to help you feel calm, stay focused and boost overall productivity. Winner! £15.
Pampering with >>
AVEDA Colour Conserve Shampoo
Give your locks the love it deserves this summer with AVEDA’s Colour Conserve Shampoo – ensuring you get longer-lasting colour, the natural way. Packed with punchy notes of lavender and ylang ylang, it leaves your hair feeling smooth and smelling fresh, with a subtle sweetness. The go-to product to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy after your first trip back to the hair salon. £20.50.
Living by >>
– “Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”