But first, let’s talk perfectly minimal swimwear. I’m undergoing a bit of a stripping it all back (not in the bare skin, splutter, splutter) moment right now. The most reductivist plain black bikinis and cossies feeling like the only thing to wear. But bright colours, patterns and complicated structures are generally out. I have evolved a smidgin (lucky Instagram find) with the gorgeous pick & mix Serein Studio styles. I mean, the kind of swimwear that looks like my favourite underwear in pared back but comfy design in just the coolest colours. Unfortunately, ordering this bikini (decently priced at £20 for the top, £18 for the bottoms) two days before our Maldives trip was not sufficient for it to arrive in time so now I’m just generally admiring it on my kitchen table in the hopes the chance to wear it will arise soon… Wild swimming options anyone? A trip to the ever-busy Hampstead ponds perhaps? Always brings back romantic June memories 😉 .
Just as seductive is the gorgeous new recipe book Nina Capri (her second) by London-based chef Antonina Parker. With more than 100 mouth-watering dishes from Italy’s Amalfi coast, this is just my kind of food; minestrones, tuna pasta and gnocchi. But there are also gluten-free options too, like a no rice ‘green risotto’. Of course the sweets are off the hook with a lemon ricotta cake and 200-year-old cheesecake that I will definitely be making next month for my birthday.
More on the food; I’ve been trying out Melbourne brand Loving Earth. All coconut nectar sweetened raw chocolate (so many varieties! The coconut ones are right up my street) and a gluten and grain free cereal made from buckwheat seeds. They talk about the seed being activated, so instead of being puffed or toasted like normal cereals they are soaked in filtered water to activate the enzymes which ultimately means you get better nutrition from them. Either way, I have to say the Buckinis (in my bowl is the Deluxe Clusters flavour) are delicious and have quickly replaced my regular bowl of Alpen.
Now, onto the kids stuff! The super cute bumble bee is actually a bird feeder from Love The Garden, which was such good timing as Gus had been asking about something to feed nuts and seeds to the birds. He really loved this, was able to unscrew the opening himself and fill it up (NB. Takes bigger feed like peanuts and sunflower hearts). A few different styles and only £7.99. Lovely little garden gift!
Now take a look at the kids blanket by Swedish brand Vild House of Little. I don’t think the pictures quite portray how soft and silky but with perfect weighty drop this double sided blanket is. Luxury basics for 0-2 years with an emphasis on sustainable practice, I couldn’t resist the little blanket for when Gus likes to curl up on the sofa and have a little nap. 20% of the retail prices goes to charity motherstomothers. Can’t get over the perfect little grey, black and pink bodysuits and am definitely going to be buying these for pals with new babes on the way.
Oh, and while I’m on the subject of charity projects, the limited edition Positivity Necklace (pretty thread and lemon quartz drop shape stone) from Wanderlustlife Jewellery is in aid of breast awareness charity CoppaFeel (£5 from each sale will go to them) who encourage women to get their breasts checked for any lumps. Excellent cause and perfect little necklace for layering with whatever you’re currently wearing. Available from 1st July, similar style in different stones here.
Last but by no means least, in fact, I’m so excited to share this is the new kids range Petit Pai with bodywash and bodycream from Pai – also check out the mini-set perfect for travel, I’ve taken these on my last two trips as I never like using hotel soap and shampoo on Gus. I cannot stress enough how soft and gentle these products are – really great for allergy-prone skin and conditions like psoriasis and eczema. I have sensitive skin which occasionally will randomly flare up at things and since using Pai I’ve just felt I’ve been putting the best possible products on it. Plus the face products – moisturiser, cleanser, exfoliator and rosehip oil have got my skin looking better than it has in ages! So love, love, love the kids range – developed by founder Sarah to help care for her own little boy’s skin (she herself suffered for years from urticaria, and part of finally conquering it, in addition to wellbeing and diet, was developing skincare products that soothed and didn’t exasperate). Such a big fan of this brand – as you can probably tell! – and look out for my factory visit pictures coming to the blog soon 🙂 .
Ps. Happy father’s day to all them menfolk in your life and meant to say the cool shades – the flat top is just the thing this summer – are by Italian brand Retrosuperfuture which you can find on Matches and this particular style here.
Sunglasses | Retrosuperfuture
Kids bodywash | Petit Pai
Kids shampoo | Petit Pai
Kids blanket | Vild House of Little
Necklace | Wanderlustlife (available July 1)
Bird feeder | Love The Garden
Raw chocolate | Loving Earth
Cereal | Loving Earth