We’re well and truly into summer now. We’ve had the heatwave, the kids are about to finish school and everyone is just about to set off on their holidays. I’m jealous.
I haven’t got any plans to go away this year (sob) except a cheeky weekend in Kent visiting some friends. I’m hoping the weather holds out for us so I can get one day on the beach. Still, a break is a break and beggars cannot be choose. Whether you are going abroad or not, I’ve listed by top 5 essentials for summer.
I wouldn’t go anywhere without this – sudocreme. It’s the holy grail for sorting out all types of sunburn and it’s not summer for me if I don’t get burnt at least once. You think at nearly 25 with really pale skin I would have worked it out by now but, I haven’t.
When I inevitably do get burnt, I always whack this on overnight and it soothes the skin and reduces the redness. When I get up, I jump in the shower and wash it off. My skins super soft and back to a relatively normal colour. My friend told me this tip and it’s saved my life ever since. There’s too many times where I’ve had to cover my face in foundation and try to make the burn look like a blusher. I’ve only ever exceeded at this once which was on Monday so it is doable!
I’m not a girl who is massively into labels and designer brands, however, when I was about six or seven and my Dad got a pair of Raybans (which were beautiful) I knew I needed a pair in my life. I didn’t get my first pair until I was 21 and had worked 60 hour weeks at the pub continuously to pay for my holiday to Turkey. I had some spare cash and it was as if Rafiki from the Lion King appeared and said, ‘It is time’. Birmingham Airport’s duty free delivered and my goal was complete. I was an official Raybands owner.
Having a small face, I actually got a pair in the kids range as the adults make me look like a cool Deirdre Barlow and they fall off my face, a lot. They have been the best investment. I wear them all the time and I recommend anyone who drives to invest in a proper pair of sunglasses.
The one thing I really hate about the summer is that my hair cannot handle it. My hair is a mix between Mufasa’s from the Lion King mixed with Hermionie Grangers in the first 2 Harry Potter films and best of all, it hates summer. I’ve learnt not to take straighteners when I go abroad as there is no point. Seeing as I have to wash my hair everyday on holiday, it takes a good 2 hours to look decent and the moment I l step outside, I’m back being Hermfasa.
I’m trying to embrace it’s natural volume as best as I can and these products seem to be winning at the moment. R & B Hair Moisturiser by Lush is the best thing I have ever been introduced to. It smells gorgeous with an orange, avocado blend and it just seems to tame the beast. I use a small amount after I’ve towel-dried my hair and run it through the ends.
Mixed with R&B, I use the product everyone else is raving about – Moroccan Oil. It’s a little pricey at thirty quid but I generally buy a bottle every six months (if that). I know it’s so 2013 but it’s an every day staple, especially in warmer weather. Again, once I have towel dried my hair and after I apply R&B, I use about a 20p sized amount and run it through the ends of my hair. It takes away the frizziness of my hair and seems to calm it down.
It’s not summer unless you are sat in a beer garden with some of your closest friends. I’m a huge fan of pub culture and have had some of the best nights of my life in my local. I honestly don’t think you can beat it – a refreshing cider, fabulous dress, sunglasses and good company.
Since Rufus entered our lives, I like being that person who sits in the beer garden with their pooch. He seems to love it too as he gets to people watch and people fuss him every 5 minutes. It’s also a real nice way that Ginge and I can spend an afternoon together without having to rush back home to Rufus.
The maxi dress is always in and it completes summer. The best thing about maxi dresses is that you can wear them work, wear them for Friday night prosecco o’clock or an evening out. They are total wins and anyone can find one to suit them.
My favourite maxi dress of all time is my beautiful FatFace one from around 2 or 3 years ago. It’s totally gorgeous with blue and white stripes. One of the best things I love about them is the minimal effort involved with wearing them – your legs don’t have to be super smooth, you don’t your whole make up collection on your face and you just feel ace wearing them.
What are your top 5 summer essentials? Is there anything new I could try out this summer?