Summer time vibes

What’s hot this Summer season.

Summer table dressing….

Tis the season for eating al fresco, and we’re loving the concept of tablescapes – dressing your dining table (indoor or out) with a beautiful theme. Start by coordinating your table linen and placemats, add a few complementary candle holders and flower-filled vases and you’re on the way to creating a gorgeous dining experience. The experts at Dress For Dinner (pictured) have plenty of ideas and inspiration, and you can buy individual items or an entire tablescape collection in one package.

Doggie spa day….

Want to pamper your pooch with homemade spa treatments this Summer? Then look no further. This brilliant article from The Guardian has recipes for a soothing paw balm with beeswax and coconut oil, a massage oil with rosemary, ginger and chamomile, and a rice water leave-in conditioner that sounds good enough to use on human hair (though don’t quote us on that – we haven’t actually tried it!). They all include gorgeous, safe essential oils that have myriad healing and nurturing effects on dogs – as well as their human slaves.

Holiday reads….

We might all be staycationing this year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get the benefit of a change of scenery, a free rein on indulgent foods, and an opportunity to read more books. On our (slightly optimistic?) To Be Read pile for Summer 2021 we have: “wonderfully menacing” historical mysteryMrs England by Stacey Halls; Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie – billed as a must for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six (that’s us); and Lives Like Mine from debut author Eva Verde. Get more inspiration from Red magazine’s Sarra Manning here.

Foodie festivals....

We’re very excited to have discovered Foodies Festivals, the UK’s biggest celebration of food, drink and wellbeing. Featuring Michelin star chefs, Masterchefand Bake Offwinners, live music and family entertainment they are a brilliant day out. And a chance for some much-needed relaxation and fun! Watch the experts cook their signature dishes, take a masterclass in the Drinks Theatre or try and buy from street food stalls and artisan producers. Foodies Festivals take place throughout the summer at 10 different locations across the UK. Find out more here.

Dog agility....

We’ve been looking into dog agility courses for this Summer and discovering all the great benefits it offers. Apparently the nation’s dogs (and, ahem, humans) have been piling on the pounds over the last year – a result of all those lovely lockdown treats. While dog agility training is not recommended for overweight hounds – they need to be fit and healthy to begin with – it is certainly a brilliant form of exercise for us and them. We love this blog full of helpful tips on how to get started, or head to the Kennel Club website for details of competitive agility training.

This season's shades....

It seems to us that when it comes to sunglasses trends for this Summer, you can’t go wrong. This round-up by Net a Porter features favourites like the ‘Aviator’ (think Gigi Hadid, or Tom Cruise, depending on your age), the ‘Cat Eye’ (for Breakfast at Tiffany’s… or Starbucks), and the always-flattering ‘Oversized’. We’re also enjoying a renaissance for old school ‘1990s’ frames and the all-encompassing ‘Retro’. So basically, anything goes. Hurrah.