Summer days, where did you go? The weather has officially give in this week, with the soaring highs of the summer coming to a definitive, wet halt.
Don’t despair, though. We’ve got a few ideas to keep your chin up in these trying times, making it easier to forget about mourning the sun.
1. Find the Sunniest Shows Possible.
Ingrid Goes West and Wet Hot American Summer are some of our favourite summery shows on Netflix RN. LA vibes and sunshine are the agenda of the day for the former, and summer camp goofiness is the focus of the latter – either way, the summer vibes will be oozing from your screen, even if it’s pelting rain against your window.
2. Tick off Your Rainy Day Projects
Have you got a long list of neglected projects you forgot about while enjoying the great outdoors? Now’s the time to dive back in. We’ve got a bunch of crochet patterns to try out, and a bit of spring cleaning to take of! You’ll never be short of indoor activities – you’re limited only by your own lack of motivation! Get to them!
1. Hit up Heaton Park
Check out the oft-overlooked greenspace north of the city, complete with an animal farm, fairground and acres and acres of space.
2. Bring out the BBQ!
A tried and true British tradition; pull out the flaming hot BBQ to add to the heat (for some reason).
Jokes, we love a BBQ – don’t forget the bevvies and pimms!
1. You catch yourself looking fire in the mirror
The first hurdle on the way to T.O.C (total outfit confidence) is catching your reflection and the mirro and feeling it.
You know your wardrobe best, and your the first line of defence against outfit dissapointment. Trust your insticts, take the plunge and head out the door – on to the second test of your outfit for the day…
2. Street revellers are checking you out
Nothing screams ‘lit outfit’ more than people on the street staring at your sweet new threads.
Bonus points for randomers coming up to you and asking where you got your cute new dress – that’s when you know you’re on to a winner
We bloody love festivals. The excitement of a muddy, messy getaway is one of our favourite pastimes, with the transcendental beats and harmonious choruses of our favourite artists fuelling our boho fantasies.
But you are what you wear, and you’ve got to make sure you look and feel the part if you want the full festival experience! That’s why we’ve collated our favourite picks that’ll keep your vibes rolling all weekend long.
1. Take a dip in the pool
A good refreshing dip is always a life saver in 20+ weather!
2. Irritate the other half
Good side: Totally refreshing, bad side: you’ve probably got some grovelling to do!
Vintage fashion is riding high this summer, and there’s no better inspo than sitcom darling That 70s Show to inform your sartorial decisions.
Florals are the name of the game with jackie, as well as a little gold bling for that classy twist. Best for the petite woman, her cute dresses are perfect for little packages for maximum effect!
The subtle gender bends of donna are fab, with cords, denim and slogan tees being the name of the game!
The weather is temperamental to say the least in recent weeks. What’s a girl supposed to do to get some decent, consistent sunshine around here?
No matter; we’ve got just the medicine for the dreary gray British spring: in-your-face, sunshine inducing, lovely summery clothing. Check out some of our faves below, and hit up the New In category for even more sunshine loveliness.
Got a serious case of the recursive Monday blues? Fear not: the first Monday of May is your next incoming long weekend. We thought we’d get a headstart and bring you all the wonderful events coming to Manchester for bank holiday!
GRUB @ Mayfield Depot
Whimsically dressed and wonderfully tasty GRUB is back at the Mayfield Depot this bank holdiay, featuring food vendors The Gravy Train Poutine, Howlin Tacos, Parmstar, The Ottomen and Drizzle City Bakes.
All this tasty food would be nothing without a good beer to wash it down, so expect some of Manchester’s finest brewers demonstrating they’re craft prowess too!
Indie Market at Sadler’s Yard
Manchester’s new Sadler’s Yard, the public square in the heart of NOMA neighborhood, is gearing up for it’s second monthly market for the long weekend.
Expect independent stalls full off scrummy, pretty and cute goodies, from I Knead Bread’s wood-fired pizza to cards and creative gifts from SWALK.
Don’t forget Sadler’s mainstay bar Pilcrow Pub, who will be spinning decks and filling pints as usual to ease everyone into the evening!
Fab Cafe’s Star Wars Party
Fab Cafe is running they’re famous annual Star Wars party, complete, we’re sure, with appropriate themed music, cocktails and decorations.
Looking for that perfect bikini set? We’ve got you covered with our cute, killer collection of bitchin’ bikinis. With red sizzling stunners, skimpy, sexy staples, and pretty prints, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll find something you’ll love! Check out our collection here!
A patent filing has shown that Gwen Stefani is looking to break into the cosmetics industry with her own line.
While the No Doubt star is no stranger to makeup collabs – having worked with Urban Decay and NBI – this move marks her first solo attempt at breaking into the industry.
Filing trademarks for a plethora of beauty products, including eyeliner, nail polish and eyeshadow, the Hollaback Girl singer is looking to call her new business venture P8NT.
She’s not short on ambition, either: one part of the patent outlines protection for her right to open high street stores.
Whatever comes of her patents, we have NO DOUBT (subtle enough?) Gwen will smash whatever she takes on!