Today, London experienced the hottest day of the year so far… Temperatures soared, reaching a whopping 39 degrees Celsius in parts! Which, if you think about it, is long awaited (if you ask literally anyone in the UK).

All the rain that has fallen in recent weeks was a far cry from the previous year’s scorcher. But, luckily, Mother Nature’s making up for it now… That’s all that matters, right?

This post aims to help you conjure up some ideas for things to do in the sun, next time it puts its hat on and shows its face! ☀️

Barbie Queue

Standard. If you have a garden, invite your friends and gather your family for a great summer get-together. Oh, and I have a few playlist suggestions to get you in the mood.

Beach

Beach, each. Let’s go get away! 🎵

You’ll be surprised at how many beaches there are, not far away from London…

Margate

I’d describe Margate (in Essex) as the place where Hannah Montana would’ve been set if she was English and lived here. It’s just got that kind of vibe, in my opinion.

Bournemouth

My favourite. Sand and great views. It’s hard to believe you’re still in England…

No, this beach isn’t close to London, but it’s worth a 2-hour trip.

Brighton

A Rocky (Balboa) beach. Cockles in-between your toes, swag. It’s just one hour away by train.

Also, the pier is to live for, tho!

Southend

Sun, sea and sand (in Essex). What’s not to love?

Cornwall

Let’s venture even further out from London… Head down to the coast in Cornwall. It makes for a great staycation.

Did I mention that there are five beaches there to choose from?

Attend a Festival

I mean, Glastonbury’s just gone but there are a list of festivals that have yet to commence. Try to get last-minute tickets to one of those, and have a great time!

Attend an Event

If festivals aren’t your thing, the UK prides itself on being a diverse place that has something for everyone. Check out this list of things to do!

Staycation

Book a hotel in a part of the UK you’ve never been before.

Travel – but without the hassle of boarding flights.

I recommend Devon or Dorset.

Parks

Whether you’re into theme parks or nature parks, get yourself into a park.

Holland Park

AmsterDAMN! You don’t need to get a plane for this…

Primrose Hill

The view of London. My favourite. I love nothing more than going here on a Saturday morning.

Hampstead Heath

Perfection. You can even swim in these ponds.

Kew Gardens

Flowers to the left of me, trees to the right, here I am… Stuck in the middle of Kew! 🎵

The obvious choices would be Hyde, St James or Regent’s Park, right? Wrong.

Zoo

Need I say more? London Zoo. Animals. Giraffes. Thanks. Please. Sorry.

(Other zoos are available)

Safari

Longleat Safari Park has been voted the best Safari Park in the UK. Obviously, it’s no ‘Lion King’, or Kenya, but… Longleat. It’s worth the trek.

Top Tips: for surviving the summer:

1) Sunscreen – wear it. If you’re lazy, just spray it on. No excuses.

2) Stay hydrated – goes without saying, this one. Water in your system, swag. Bottled!

3) Antihistamines – take them to avoid the worsening of pollen allergies. FOMO sucks.

5) Be sun smart – don’t spend too much time in it. You could end up suffering from heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

6) Wear your sunglasses – protect your eyes from the UV rays when outdoors.

7) Stay in the shade – it’ll cool you and your pets down.

8) Buy a fan or air conditioner – y’all know I love a Dyson… Well, they don’t just stock hoovers! Cue: AC!

My house is the place to be, because: vacuumed floors and air-con. Cool!

Best part/s about the Dyson AC:

A) it doesn’t have a tube that you need to stick out of the window to drain the water out.

2) it doubles up as a heater, meaning it’s got you covered in the winter months too. #WINNING

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Heated rollers are a girl’s best friend, aren’t they?

After almost 28 years of living, I’ve begun getting bored of not doing anything with my hair. I’m still lazy, tho. So, I won’t get a straightener or curler out… Instead, I’ll Remington it.

They heat up in 20 mins, to an adjustable temperature.

How it works:

Wrap your hair around the rollers and then clip in place. Once they cool down, take them out and work your fingers through to smoothen and loosen the curls. Perfect.

My favourite part about using these heated rollers is that I literally don’t have to do anything apart from insert them into my hair. They do all the work for me!

Do I think you should give them a go? Yes.

Why?

Because they’re less damaging than a GHD. The temperature of these Remington heated rollers don’t go up as high as GHDs, but they still do the job.

There you have it, I will be rocking the Curly Sue look for the foreseeable.

modelco matte creme
Photo Credit: ModelCO

Well, well, well… If it isn’t the ace of diamonds of lip crèmes: MODELCo.

So, if you read my blog, you’ll know I’ve been looking for a dupe of Kylie Jenner’s Dirty Peach.

This. Is. It.

I am so in love with this shade, and formula. It actually makes me look sun-kissed, suiting my skin tone perfectly!

Sometimes a peachy nude lipstick is all you need to bring an outfit together. Whether you’re flaunting a colourful, on-trend patterned dress, or you’re embracing a bold and bright eyeshadow, a pinky-nude lipstick is exactly what you need to compliment your look (we all know too much colour is a no-go!).

It’s afull coverage, long-lasting and highly-pigmentedlippy that glides on effortlessly to give your pout a rich, matte coverage.

The Matte Lip Crème boasts a creamy formula that dries instantly for a smooth finish. It’s got a great colour payoff too!

What did I think of it overall?

Amazing. I typically find that matte liquid lipsticks dry out my lips, this one does not.

It’s so creamy, dries instantly & smoothly, and the colour is beautifully high in pigment!

It’s just everything you’d look for in a lipstick. Oh, it lasts a long time too!

Buy it, now.

This weekend, I found some photos of sleepovers I was part of/hosted growing up… It got me thinking, “why do those memories stop?” Surely, as adults, we need those girly nights in more than we did when we were pubescent teenagers?

The purpose of this post is to encourage you (ladies) and you girlfriends to get together for a night, recreating the magic. I’ll be sharing my ideas of a great sleepover perfect for those post-teenage years.

Masks

I love nothing more than applying a mask and settling down to watch something on the sofa with a mocktail in hand. This is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Although I prefer to buy mine, you can try making your own with your girlfriends and applying them on each other. It’ll feel so good!

To be honest, this is something we did on sleepovers in our teen years, well – I did anyway.

Makeovers

Here’s another thing I used to do at sleepovers growing up, but believe should be continued into adulthood.

Ask your girlfriends to bring their makeup/hair kits along and then try out each others’ products on one another, trying out different looks.

Cocktail Making

This is definitely something you shouldn’t have done as a teen (unless you were 16 or over).

This is fun, you can create cocktails based on your favourite colours, flavours etc.

Movies

A girly night in is never complete without a boxset/movie binge.

Have Everyone Wear a Oneise

If it isn’t my favourite attire, ever. Onesies. I live in jumpsuits most days, and those are the outdoors’ answer to a onesie.

Your sleepover can even be themed, for instance – spirit animals. This’ll mean everyone will come dressed in an animal onesie that represents their spirit. Mine would obviously be a sloth.

Play Board Games / Mad-Libs

This is the perfect excuse for me to get Jenga out, to whoop everybody’s asses. Other board games available. If Mad-Libs is your thing, there’s an app available.

Piñata

Prepare a piñata with some goodies in and get together to smash it up.

Music

Bring the party inside to your house, with an intimate selection of your favourite tracks growing up.

Can’t beat a Slumber Party playlist, so give one a listen, or – better still – make your own! You and your girls can create a playlist on Spotify to play on the night.

Get those hairbrushes at the ready, because there’s going to be treated to some serious vo-cals! 🎶

Build a Fort

My favourite one of all! Bring together your entire collection of pillows (I sleep with four), blankets and duvets and get building, laughing and enjoying. The snugger, the better.

Yes, a lot of these were things we used to do as teenagers, but it’s important t not lose the memories and the zest for life.

playlists

Yes, Summer is all about festivals and parties, but they are all about the playlists!

Whether you’re by the pool, or in a park, here are some Summer playlists to get you in the mood.

Oh, and before we start- happy belated Summer Solstice!

Spotify’s Summer Playlist 2019

This is packed with all of the hottest tracks of 2019 and the summer so far. It’s sure to turn any Summer party into a crowd pleaser, if your attendees are mainstream music listeners.

Summer Throwbacks

Here’s one for me. All the best Summer tracks, thrown back like a boomerang. I absolutely love the nostalgic vibes of this playlist.

Summer BBQ

This playlist is my favourite of the three. It includes some of my favourite tracks, basically – I will invite myself to any event that plays this.

What’s the best playlist that can be listened to in Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter, needing to be celebrated all year round?

I don’t think it’s on Spotify yet but… Here.

Motown is unarguably the best genre of music, ever.

To conclude, no ‘Summer Playlists’ post would be complete without…

What’s my go-to Summer anthem that’s my all-time favourite?

This and/or this. Can’t choose, sorry.