THE FRAGRANCE: Mareld by Bjork & Berries
Björk & Berries’ scent collection is inspired by Sweden’s changeable seasons and nature. Its latest launch is Mareld, which means ‘sea-fire’ in old Scandinavian. The fragrance carries summery notes of salted figs, bergamot and seaweed, and comes in a 50ml glass bottle with a signature red cap. Best of all, every Björk & Berries perfume is vegan and made in Sweden with organic fermented alcohol, made from vegetable food waste.
THE HOT PRODUCT: Frankie Shop Boxers
The boxer-style short has been one of this season’s most notable trends, so it’s no surprise to see the Frankie Shop have jumped on board by releasing its own selection. The brand’s design is characteristically oversized, androgynous, and available in a variety of colours like yellow, pink and cornflower blue, as modelled by Pernille Teisbaek. They’ve just launched on NET-A-PORTER, so snap them up for summer before they sell out.
THE COLLAB: Away That Day x Bettina Looney
If stylish new swimwear is on your summer shopping list, sustainable brand Away That Day’s collaboration with Bettina Looney might just fit the bill. Stylist Bettina’s love of the 80s is apparent throughout the collection – think high cut bottoms, acid brights and plunging necklines. Commenting on the partnership, Bettina said: “The collection has a bit of a Miami flare to it, as well as being inspired by what my mum wore in the 80s. My favourite piece has to be the two-piece bikini with the high waisted bottom – I’m obsessed with it!”. The collection drops on 14 July, so set your alarms.
THE BEAUTY EVENT: Chanel Factory 5
To celebrate Chanel N°5 and its 100-year anniversary, the French fashion brand has developed Chanel Factory 5, a series of 17 limited-edition products which all use N°5 as its sole ingredient. Of the collection – which is all designed with striking monochrome packaging – we love the look of the sparkling body wash, bath tablets and body oil.
THE SPORTSWEAR BRAND: Staud x New Balance
US fashion brand Staud has teamed up with New Balance for the third time on a limited edition sportwear collection, and it’s arguably the best yet. The collaboration combines Staud’s playful and bold design with New Balance’s technical kudos, resulting in a selection of vintage-inspired tennis dresses, leggings and trainers that tap into the fashion-meets-activewear aesthetic that’s sweeping Instagram. The collection is currently only available to buy from the US site, but we reckon it’s worth the shipping charges.
THE NOVEL: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino
Based on his award-winning film, Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited debut novel mixes whiskey, regrets, hilarity and infamy – and features an unforgettable cast of characters. Rick Dalton is a washed-up former actor drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Cliff Booth – Rick's stunt double – is the most infamous man on any movie set because he's the only one there who might have got away with murder. Sharon Tate left Texas to chase a movie-star dream and found it. And then there’s Charles Manson, the ex-con who’d trade his fame as leader of a cult to be a rock 'n' roll star.
THE RESTAURANT: Ave Mario
Following the huge success of Gloria and Circolo Populare, Big Mamma’s newest restaurant, Ave Mario, is set to launch this month. With 295 seats over two floors and two terraces, the ornate Covent Garden restaurant will provide a theatrical dining experience, where guests can tuck into silky carbonara ravioli filled with pecorino cream, egg yolk and crispy guanciale flakes and a 60cm-tall stracciatella ice-cream cake marbled with chocolate spread.
THE TRAVEL TREND: House of Hackney Castle Caravans
House of Hackney’s Hotel Trematonia has launched its collection of Castle Caravans, pitched within the grounds of the Castle of Trematon in Cornwall. Each of the three caravans has been given the full House of Hackney treatment via floor-to-ceiling colour, print and texture and is filled with bespoke mattresses, blankets by Johnstons of Elgin and tableware by Burleigh Pottery. Outside, you’ll find a set of deck chairs along with a table and fire pit, and 4X4s are on hand for all guests to explore the local area.
THE MASTERCLASS: Philippa Craddock Flowers
Renowned florist Philippa Craddock has a new series of floristry masterclasses in the pipeline. Whether you’re looking to take a DIY approach to a wedding or just want to learn a new skill, Philippa is one of the best in the business. Guests will learn how to create 12 beautiful and sustainable designs which will provide all the techniques needed to take floristry forward on your own: think how to choose the best seasonal blooms and foliage, how to care for and condition flowers, how to understand the importance of texture, depth, scale, shape and colour and where to buy the best flowers.
THE SPA: Aire Ancient Baths
Aire Ancient Baths is an atmospheric new spa that’s just opened in central London. In a candlelit historical building, guests are able to move through several baths at different temperatures for a really relaxing experience. Specialist treatments on offer include an Argan oil ritual for full body hydration, a wine-centred experience and a treatment that uses Himalayan salt as its key ingredient for exfoliation and hydration.