Summer holidays are on the horizon and we’re all in that last-leg mindset; getting our remaining hard work in before we can relax. This month’s wish list is inspired by welcoming the warm summer sun, tying up loose ends and getting holiday ready. I’ve rounded up my favourite bits and pieces from designers, creative stores and amazing indie brands, so kick back, browse and enjoy these lovely picks.
1. Everybody that knows me knows I love Rifle Paper Co‘s stunning stationery creations, from block-colour cards to gold-foiled, floral calendars. Now, the clever indie brand has taken their game a step further by way of new collaboration with Keds. Talk about fancy footwork. These new printed plimsolls come in three different limited edition styles featuring three different prints by Rifle. Perfect for traipsing around on holiday and looking like a million bucks.
2. You might have spotted my review of Glasshouse Salon in Hackney on the blog, but did you know this east London spot also has a great shop and journal? The shop stocks all manner of wonderful green beauty products including one of our favourite brands Clean Beauty Co. This facial elixir is a brilliant summer moisturiser; not too heavy, not too light and packed with cruelty-free omegas, essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, its rose and geranium scent will leave you smelling like a fancy flowerbed.
3. Lemonaid make jazzy natural drinks that refresh me on the reg and now, they’ve launched a delicious new flavour. Made with organic, fairtrade ingredients, Blood Orange Lemonaid is refreshing, tasty and super moreish. I first sampled Lemonaid’s lovely drinks at Vevolution, a series of events geared towards vegan activism and education run by some lovely friends of mine. Lemonaid is an inspiring company that uses only fresh, fruity ingredients with no additives and with its profits, supports educational, ecological and humanitarian projects around the world. Have a little look at some of the great work they do here.
4. I love discovering new makers, designers and indie businesses to big up and Keeler & Sidaway, a print and stationery brand based in the UK, is a new fave of mine. Launched by Joe Keeler, the online indie store specialises in bright Hockney-esque prints, patterned notebooks and bold typographic greetings cards. My pick from the shop is this block colour Mediterranean Sea and Pool Print, California dreaming epitomised.
5. I recently teamed up with the lovely Cox & Cox to share a few tips on how to style up a rented home and believe me when I say this independent home decor store is bursting with lovely bits that make beautifying your space that bit easier. With summer in full swing, I’ve been getting fed up about being stuck indoors working so have been giving much thought to bringing the outdoors in. Cue Cox & Cox and their clever range of faux potted plants, like this pretty agave. These babies look real enough but don’t need any looking after, so no need to worry when you do eventually leave your desk to jet off on holiday.
6. Now for something nifty that can be appreciated year round. This table created by British design brand ByALEX puts a unique spin on Scandi-inspired furniture. I keep mine in my living room beneath a stack of coffee table books and candles, but let’s face it, whether you park it in the hallway, the bedroom or your study, it makes a wonderful, minimalist addition to any space. Made from FSC Birch plywood harvested from Nordic forests, the distinctive graphic style was inspired by Alex’s love of typography. With lightweight legs that slot together in the shape of the letter A, this piece is a surprising household gem, designed in London, that’s built to last.
7. And now, a little something to stack on that beautiful table, or perhaps to take with you on the summer trips you have planned. This little number is a new design by Bookblock, stationery aficionados and experts on personalisation. The Weskin notebook is a lovely classic-style journal with lustrous gilt edging, a geometric-print lining and a tough water-resistant cloth cover. It comes in a range of colours so there’s something for everyone but honestly? Give me a grey iteration any day, I love a neutral shade to really make that jazzy gold edging pop. I’ll be taking mine off to Italy next month to record my adventures.
8. Finally, a little something that has me dreaming of mediterranean sunsets and desert skies. This Floribella vase by Oliver Bonas is crafted from glazed earthenware clay and handprinted to create that gorgeous ombré effect. Made in Portugal, its tall body and mini neck make it perfect for holding a few stems or sprays, but I like it as a beautiful bit of ceramic in its own right too.
Words: Emily Beeson | @boogiemargaret