Ready for summer?

I admit, summer arrived with a bang this year.

From drizzle and grey skies one week, to mid-thirties the next – I was completely unprepared for the swift change in season, apparently bypassing spring completely and jumping straight into the heat of February.

Thankfully, we’ve had a few weeks of more normal weather to acclimatize  to the season and prepare accordingly. HomeChoice asked me to put together a few of my must-haves of the season – from style to home – so, I’m excited to share my finds with you.

Sandals (available in rose gold and black)// Handbag (available in black, coral and nude)

Starting with a few style essentials, these sandals caught my eye first – nude, with a hint of rose gold, they’re neutral enough to go with most outfits and a flattering style for even the shortest of legs (i.e mine). I also love that they have a strap and are more stable on your foot – we have a holiday in Zanzibar coming up early next year, and I’m thinking these will be perfect for beach or ocean walking, on and off boats – without the risk of a tide whipping them from my foot.

Next, was a blush, sling bag from Pierre Cardin, big enough to fit in the essentials – perfect for summer exploring. Bonus: you can also tuck in the strap and use it as an elegant clutch bag.

Grey quilt // Standing fan // Picnic basket

Moving indoors, I also chose a few of my favourite summer items for home – starting with a quilt. Now, a little background – we’re all about bed accessories and linen for comfort: we have a winter duvet, summer duvet, faux fur winter throw and an assortment of sheets, which we mix and match throughout the year depending on the weather. We now added a quilt to the mix too – for when it’s just too chilly to sleep under a sheet alone, but not cool enough for a light, summer duvet. And yes, considering we spend at least 9 hours in bed each night, I put a lot of thought into the comfort of our bed and bedroom.

We chose a neutral, pale grey to work with all our linen, no matter the time of year. Top tip: It’s also perfect for impromptu Sunday naps, as we discovered this weekend. In terms of summer comfort, a standing fan is also an essential for me – not only keeping you cool, but helping keep mosquitoes at bay.

Then, because summer is as much about getting out as getting in – here’s a gentle nudge to make sure you have the perfect picnic basket for al fresco dining and sunset concerts.

Thank you to HomeChoice for sponsoring this post.

Two summer wardrobe essentials
Ready for summer?