Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Juicy Fruit

Forget stripes and polkadots, prints are getting fruity this summer with watermelons making an appearance on everything from phone cases to watches? We’ll take one of everything, please!

14032975_295935580782261_1304477323_nSuper Chill Cooler Bag, Ban.Do


Watermelon Phone Case for iPhone 6/6s

Fruity Sliders, topshop watermelon sandals

Watermelon Sliders, Topshop

nobodys child watermelon shorts and bralet

Watermelon Print High Waist Shorts and Bralet, Nobodys Child

Watermelon Salt & Pepper Shakers, ,mia fleur

Watermelon Salt & Pepper Shakers, Mia Fleu

Great British holiday: St.Ives

St ives

Nothing beats the Great British holiday. Ice cream, seagulls, arcades, fish and chips: they’re all part of the seaside experience, but if you’re looking for something special, St.Ives is your destination.

Located near Penzance and Land’s End in Cornwall, St.Ives is a quaint retreat that sits on the edge of the English south coast. As well as being the ideal surfers getaway with four different beaches, the cobbled, narrow streets and tiny tea rooms make it the perfect place for anyone to relax. The town is also home to some of the most incredible restaurants, traditional pasty shops and authentic cornish pubs. Oh, and did we mention that it also hosts some of the most inspirational art? Well, with that in mind, here are the best things to do in St.Ives this summer (even if it’s raining).

Kayak St Ives Beach

1. Porthmeor Beach

This gigantic stretch of sand and sea is renowned for surfing and bodyboarding – just make sure you stay between the correct flags. If you’re looking at learning to surf, St.Ives surf school runs every day throughout the summer. It’s the perfect beach to snooze with a book or pop up the net for beach volleyball. There’s even a small shop and the notorious Beach Café restaurant so you don’t have to go foraging far for food.


Porthminster beach St ives

2. Porthgwidden and Porthminster Beach

If Porthmeor gets too busy, Porthgwideen and Porthminster are a little quieter. Porthgwidden is a small cove located close to the centre of town and it’s the best place to relax and nip to the water for a paddle or swim. Porthminster is a larger beach and with its tiny swell it’s the perfect place to kayak, paddleboard and swim – there’s a hire shop for anyone interested in water sports. Of course, both beaches have small cafés and shops to keep topping up with beverages and the town is just around the corner.

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gallery

3. Art Galleries

St.Ives is an artist’s town and is home to the Tate Modern and Barbara Hepworth galleries. Exhibitions at the Tate Modern change regularly so it’s worth taking a look at what’s on and as it’s located opposite Porthmeor beach, it’s the best place to shelter from any rain as the glass windows allow for a perfect view of the sea. The Barbara Hepworth gallery is in the town and hosts Hepworth’s 20th Century sculptures, as well as her stunning garden.

St Ives

4. Hiking

For stunning scenery and beautiful views of the whole of the town take one of the idyllic trails around St.Ives that’ll lead you along the cliffs and to surrounding villages. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, they’re regular visitors to St.Ives beaches.

Rum and crab shack st ives

5. Restaurants
If you’re a fish lover you’ll be guaranteed some vibrant and fresh seafood that will have been caught the same day, but if not there are plenty of other delicious restaurants in the town that’ll stave off your hunger pangs.

A trip to St.Ives will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and inspired – not to mention salty-skinned with a belly full of goodness. While the town still offers the seaside necessities, there’s so much more to explore and if you think a grey British summertime might stop you from having fun, don’t worry; St.Ives gets its own weather.

Words by Laura Dunham

La Fiesta Mexicana

Now the weather is starting to warm up (even if it’s ever so slightly!) our minds are firmly fixed on how we can update our wardrobes to match. So imagine our luck when we came across these festival-worthy pieces from Lowie. Bringing together playful cacti prints, bright colour pops and fringing, Lowie’s SS16 Mexicana collection certainly aims to sizzle. The eye-catching Pom Pom headband is a fun, stand out piece, while the Yucatan Print Bermuda shorts is just the right length guaranteeing a comfy and stylish look. We can’t wait for summer!


Lowie Crochet_Neck_Sweatshirt

Lowie Blue_Cactus_Jumper

Lowie Mexican_Monochrome_Shell_Top

Lowie Yellow_Cardigan_-_Front

Liberty X Uniqlo

So Liberty have done it again. The quintessentially British brand has collaborated with UNIQLO to create a unique collection, featuring the iconic prints from their archives that we LOVE. Fusing together the signature Liberty print with UNIQLO’s clean and casual designs, they’re just perfect for spring. The collection is available online from 11pm, 17th March and  in store from 18th March. We’ll see you in the queue…

Liberty uniqlo print collection

Liberty uniqlo print collection

Liberty uniqlo print collection

Liberty uniqlo print collection

Cocktail Hour

Whilst summer has been a little fleeting of late, this weekend is set to be a scorcher. Now that the British Isles will be graced with blazing hot, sunburn-worthy sunshine, we should definitely make the most of the weather.

With a bank holiday on the horizon and the potential (or vain hope?) for more sun-drenched days ahead, here are some cocktail recipes which are full of summer flavours and ingredients. These quick and easy concoctions will upgrade even the most impromptu of garden parties, barbecues or picnics in the park.

Cucumber Gin Cocktail

The Summer Gimlet
This cocktail is a modern variation on the traditional gimlet, a mixture of equal parts lime juice and gin which is said to have been used by the Royal Navy as a way to combat scurvy. There is nothing medicinal about this reincarnation, which combines delicately fragrant elderflower with refreshing mint and cucumber. It looks oh so pretty in the glass and tastes of pure essence of summer. Though it packs a serious punch!

50 ml gin
25 ml St. Germain elderflower liqueur
15 ml lime juice
3 cucumber slices
Handful fresh mint

In a cocktail shaker, muddle two cucumber slices with the mint until nicely bruised. A pestle or small rolling pin does the job nicely. Add the gin, St Germain, lime juice and a handful of crushed ice. Shake well before pouring through a sieve into an awaiting martini glass. Garnish with the remaining slice of cucumber.

Extra Step: Infuse your gin with cucumber for a deeper flavour. Simply peel half a small cucumber (the skin can taste bitter), scoop out the seeds from the middle and cut into small cubes. Leave these to steep in 200ml of your preferred gin for as long as possible. Pre-chill the glasses for extra brownie points from cocktail connoisseurs.

pomegranate & prosecco cocktail

Pomegranate and Prosecco
Pomegranate is a delicious ingredient with a vibrant colour which looks great in cocktails. The following recipe couldn’t be simpler. Or tastier.

20 ml pomegranate juice
10 ml sugar syrup (you can buy this in most supermarkets or make your own by heating
equal parts sugar and water until fully dissolved)
125 ml Prosecco

Mix together pomegranate juice and sugar syrup in a champagne flute. Top up with ice-cold
Prosecco. Drink. Easy peasy!

Extra step: If you’re feeling fancy, first rub the rim of the glass with a wedge of lime and then dip incaster sugar.

Raspberry slushie
Boozy Raspberry and Orange Popsicle

The humble ice lolly is not simply a chunk of flavoured ice on a stick. It is that, but it also evokes childhood memories of endless summer days, paddling pools and bare feet on grass. In adulthood, arguably the best way to enjoy this nostalgic treat is to corrupt it with a little tequila.

Ingredients (makes four):
A popsicle mould
10 raspberries
30 ml water
50 ml cherry juice
20 ml tequila
20 ml Cointreau
10 ml sugar syrup
150 ml orange juice

Blend together the raspberries, water, cherry juice and tequila in a blender. Sieve into a jug (you should have around 120 ml liquid after this) and distribute evenly between four moulds. Next, mix the Cointreau, sugar syrup and orange juice in a jug and top up your moulds. Measure the alcohol carefully as too much will prevent your popsicles from freezing. Leave to freeze for at least two hours.

Extra step: If you’re a child of the nineties, you may be more interested in slushies than ice lollies. To make your own, simply pop your lolly into a martini glass, leave to melt ever so slightly and crush with a fork. A childhood favourite, reimagined.

Recipe and photography: Kate MacCarthy

Sweet Chilli Philli Bites

These bites are such a great alternative to crisps and dips. They’re really, really easy to make, taste amazing and get your tastebuds flowing for whatever is to come next – whether it be a barbecue or a simple salad!

Ingredients for Sweet Chilli Philli Bites

French baguette
Sweet chilli sauce

1. Slice the French baguette into thin rounds and pop under the grill and flip over after about 30 seconds
2. Once nicely golden allow them to cool.
3. Then top them with the Philadelphia – just a small coating.
4. Drizzle over the sweet chilli sauce.
5. Serve straight away or pop in the fridge until you need them!

Sweet Chilli Philli Bites

Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams 

Instagram Spotlight

We spend a lot of time scrolling through Instagram (we like to call it work!) and we figured it was about time we shared some of favourite ‘grammers with our readers. So prepare to hit that follow button…

Our first spotlight comes from photographer Zoe Power, from Beautiful Simplicity whose pastel seaside images have us all wishing we lived closer to the beach so we could snap those beach huts too!

Zoe Power Instagram Long