Summer is just around the corner and I’ve finally booked my trip to Barcelona! I’m going at the beginning of June and I’ll be there for three days so I’m hoping that the weather is going to be good. If my trip to Spain last week was anything to go by (I burnt my scalp!) then I think we can expect scorching sunshine. Now I have this all booked, I’m getting myself all excited by planning what I’m going to buy to take with me. Of course, I don’t need to go and buy a whole new wardrobe but if you can’t treat yourself just before you go on holiday, then when can you?
The one thing that screams summer to me is swimwear; I already have one (yellow) bikini but I’ve been looking for another one and have found this floral (yellow) one from River Island which is gorgeous! I don’t know how much I will need a bikini as we’re planning on doing a lot of sight-seeing but it’s always good to pack one just in case.
I’ve also got my eye on some bardot and cold shoulder tops. This is not a style I would usually go for but I’ve seen them around a lot recently and I think it would be a good idea as they would keep my arms covered (I always seem to burn my arms even if I put factor 50 on!) but they wouldn’t be too heavy and I could stay cool.
The baseball cap is an essential now I’ve already burnt my head once this year. I do actually own this cap as it was a bargain £1.75 from New Look and I took it with me to Spain but as I was going on rollercoasters, I didn’t fancy losing it so left it in the hotel – big mistake.
A suitcase is an obvious summer essential, especially if you’re going abroad. I love the Cath Kidston ones as they’re so bright and colourful and they would be easy to spot on the baggage carousel. Unfortunately this one is a bit too expensive for me, so I’ll stick with my boring grey one for now.
You’ll probably already know how much I want a yellow raincoat as I posted about it last year; I bought the yellow faux leather jacket from Zara but a raincoat is much more practical for England’s unpredictable summers. I will eventually treat myself to this Joules one, I just need to get around to trying it on in the shop.
Other non-fashion related summer essentials include sun cream – this is so important, especially if you’re as pale as I am. I’ve had some awful sunburn over the years and I won’t take the risk now, I make sure I’m covered in at least a Factor 30. This is really important for children too, even if they’re just going to school/nursery, you’ll want to make sure they’re protected for when they go out on the playground. I find that the Boots Soltan range is great, it’s not too expensive and it really works.
When the weather’s nice, there’s nothing better than going on a family picnic. It’s a good idea to make sure you have a decent picnic blanket and a basket or cool bag and then all you need to do is stock up on your favourite finger foods. This is especially great for children as they love eating outside! Just make sure you have a good pushchair for the little ones to have a nap in when it all becomes too much; Obaby have a great range.
Finally, a summer playlist is definitely an essential, especially for when you’re spending the long evenings in the garden sipping on Pimms and cremating your food on the bbq. I’ve created my own summer playlist on Spotify which you can listen to below. I know my selection is probably not the most ‘summery’ but these are the songs that remind me of the summer and my music taste won’t be for everyone!