Find the right pattern for you with this week’s handy list of trends
BundleBerry by Amanda Holden set of three metal storage trunks, £108, QVC (0800 514131, qvcuk.com)
Amanda Holden’s third interiors collection with QVC features modern furniture and home accessories in bold prints and springtime shades of blue, pink and grey. These metal trunks are the perfect stylish storage solution.
FACE TO FACE
Makeup bag, £50, ALEXACHUNG (alexachung.com)
It feels like we’ve been waiting a lifetime for this, but model, writer and eternal style icon Alexa Chung finally launched her own fashion label in 2016, which combines “Parisian chic with a New York edge” plus a “very British sense of humour”. This makeup bag is one of the more affordable pieces from the collection, and features drawings by Alexa herself of Bloomsbury group members Virginia Woolf and E. A. Forester.
BundleBerry by Amanda Holden
ALEXACHUNG makeup bag
The Ziggy studded drawstring bag, £140, Aurora London (aurora-london.com)
After the quality and style of a designer handbag but without the price tag? Take a look at Aurora London, whose timeless, stylish designs are all under £150. They can even be monogrammed for a personal touch. This baby blue bucket bag will add an instant update to your spring wardrobe.
ban.do The Getaway travel pillow, £22, Amara (0800 587 7645, amara.com)
Travel in style with this luxurious neck pillow from Amara. It comes in a crushed velvet fabric with a tropical floral print and is fastened with a ribbon, with the phrase “wish you were here” decorating the side.
Ziggy studded drawstring bag
The Getaway travel pillow
GET THE HANG OF IT
Block Design coat rack, £38, Black by Design (01889 502716, black-by-design.co.uk)
Give visitors a warm welcome with this sunny yellow coat rack. Made from powder-coated steel, each cursive letter can be used to hook a coat, bag or scarf over, and it also comes in grey and white.
A LOTTA BOTTLE
Glass water bottles, £15.95 each, Bee Blissful (beeblissful.co.uk)
Kick the plastic water bottle habit for good with one of these colourful glass bottles. Founded by an ex-city trader who saw the damage that plastic was doing to the environment when he visited India and Indonesia, Bee Blissful bottles are made of durable strengthened glass with a removable silicone sleeve for grip and protection.
Block Design coat rack
Bee Blissful Glass water bottles
GO WITH THE GRAIN
Charlie Bigham’s World of Grains meals, £8.50 each, Waitrose and Tesco
Charlie Bigham’s creates posh ready meals that are quick, authentic and super tasty. Their latest range is packed full of healthy grains and is inspired by flavours from all around the world. Tuck in to recipes like Chicken Katsu Curry, Salmon Teriyaki and Roasted Aubergine & Halloumi.
SET IN STONE
Curio diamond pebble necklace, £120, Lola Rose (0207 372 0777, lolarose.co.uk)
This striking necklace features an organic shaped semi-precious green amazonite stone set with a little diamond in the centre, hanging on an 18ct gold vermeil chain.
Charlie Bigham’s World of Grains meals
Curio diamond pebble necklace
Dorset Cereals Spectacular Grains cereals, £3.49, Waitrose (0800 188 884, waitrose.com)
Add some variation to the breakfast table with Dorset Cereals’ new take on muesli. Toasted spelt and popped grains give these tasty blends of fruits and grains a crispy crunch, while exciting combinations of fruit add sweetness.
CAUSE A STIR
Poolside set of five cocktail stirrers, £15, John Lewis (08456 049 049, johnlewis.com)
They say it’s all in the details, so finish off your summer cocktails with a flourish using these intricate glass stirrers. Topped with shapes such as a flamingo, a flip-flop and a palm tree, they’ll also ensure your guests never forgot which drink is theirs.
Dorset Cereals Spectacular Grains cereals
Poolside set of five cocktail stirrers
Portable wood and gas stone oven, £499, Roccbox (01425 204999, roccbox.com)
With warm weather finally upon us, give the barbecue a break one week and try this alternative to al fresco eating instead. It comes with a gas burner for steady temperatures and reliable cooking, plus a wood burner for authentic, smoky flavours. It’s light enough to carry and incredibly easy to use too, heating up to 500°C in 15 minutes and cooking a pizza in just 90 seconds.
Picnic basket, £89.95, Joules (joules.com)
This quaint picnic hamper contains everything you need to serve an outdoor feast – cutlery, four plates, plastic glasses and even salt and pepper shakers. Just bring a blanket and some snacks and you’re good to go.
Portable wood and gas stone oven
Joules picnic basket
IN THE PICTURE
National Gallery print cardigan, £55, White Stuff (0203 752 5360, whitestuff.com)
Look as pretty as a picture in this finely printed cardigan from White Stuff. It’s part of a limited-edition collaboration with The National Gallery and was inspired by Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield, with Cypresses and Long Grass With Butterflies paintings
A RUM DO
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum, £20, Asda and Sainsbury’s
Get a taste of Caribbean sprit with Bacardi’s new rum. Barrel-aged for a minimum of four years, it has hints of vanilla, oak, clove and honey. Enjoy with ginger beer or mix with coconut milk and pineapple into a creamy piña colada.
National Gallery print cardigan
Bacardi Añejo Cuatro rum
Bull’s-Eye Original BBQ sauce, £2.49, supermarkets nationwide
Spice up your grill with this authentic American barbecue sauce, now available in the UK. Rich, tangy and smoky, it’s the perfect accompaniment to burgers, ribs of chicken wings.
Minioti no-added-sugar Jersey ice cream tubs, £1.99 each, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com)
Enjoy a guilt-free treat this summer with Minioti’s no-added-sugar ice creams. Created by two mums who struggled to find a healthy dessert for their children, they’re made with calcium- and- protein-rich Jersey milk and are free from gluten, palm oil and preservatives. Pick from these three classic flavours: strawberry, vanilla and chocolate.
Bull’s-Eye Original BBQ sauce
Minioti no-added-sugar Jersey ice cream tubs
Where’s My Welly?: The World’s Greatest Music Festival Challenge by Matt Everitt and Jim Stoten, £9.99, Express Bookshop (expressbookshop.co.uk)
BBC 6 Music presenter Matt Everitt has released this humorous seek-and-find book, in which the reader must find the Hunter welly on each page, as it spans through some of the greatest festivals of all time. It’s also packed full of facts, from the legendary acts who performed to the guests that attending. It’s a must for festival fans.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Mexicana print swimsuit, £16, George at Asda (0800 952 0101, george.com)
Full of holiday essentials, George’s new Mexicana range is full of bright colours, boho embroidery and summery shapes. This strappy swimsuit is slinky yet practical enough to do lengths in.
Where’s My Welly?: The World’s Greatest Music Festival Challenge
Mexicana print swimsuit
Monsoon Fleur medium plate, £10, Denby (01773 740899, denbypottery.com)
Monsoon’s latest collection for Denby is, like all their previous ranges, inspired by a pattern from their fabric archives, and features a delicate floral design in bold blue and white with silver accents. It’s the perfect combination of contemporary and classic.
Pencil case, £22, National Theatre Bookshop (0207 452 3456, shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk)
Wannabe superheroes big and small will love this fun pencil case from The National Theatre’s shop. Made from leather, it’s slim enough to fit in your bag while holding all your stationery needs for the day.
Monsoon Fleur medium plate
National Theatre Bookshop pencil case
SHOW YOUR STRIPES
Rainbow Skies quick-drying towel, £18, Dock & Bay (dockandbay.com)
Compact, lightweight and totally Instagrammable, a Dock & Bay towel should be a beach essential this summer.
They’re made from a microfibre fabric that dries three times quicker than a regular towel and doesn’t allow sand to stick to it, and come in a selection of striped colourways.
Rainbow Skies quick-drying towel
Heels, £46, Wallis (0344 984 0266, wallis.co.uk)
Flirty yet elegant, these mid-height heels are perfect for weddings, races and garden parties this summer.
In one of this season’s hottest colours and with a delicate frill around the heel, they’ll add a feminine finish to a summer dress.