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I seriously need to up my sun hat game



Arket seersucker sun hat

Here in the UK we’re quite deluded about sun care. Being deprived of bright sun for nine months of the year, we go a bit mad in the other three. And thus convince ourselves that sun protection doesn’t matter as it’s never strong enough. Or something.

This year though I need to get out of that mindset. One way is to get acquainted with the better sun care creams. But equally important is to try to cover up a bit more, stay out of direct sun, wear good sunglasses and invest in some decent headgear. Top of my wish list is this Arket seersucker sun hat* (above) but there are plenty of other inexpensive but versatile hats around in cotton, straw, linen and raffia.

I rate these from Jigsaw*, & Other Stories* and H&M*. Plus, for a bit more money, these from Toast, Dries*, Loewe* and Burberry*. (more…)



Shiseido X Roxy suncare sets



Shiseido x Roxy Suncare Stick Bodycare Gift Set

Here’s a quick suncare heads-up. This Shiseido X Roxy SPF set* (above) has arrived at John Lewis and it’s a very good buy for topping up your SPF if you’re out and about.

The mini size (20ml) Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+ Very High Protection works under and over make-up and its clear formulation obviously means there’s no issue with blending it in. As well as protecting against UVA and UVB rays, it offers skin moisturising properties and is suitable for combination, dry, normal, oily and sensitive skins. Also included in the Roxy printed cotton pouch is a 30ml Shiseido After-sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion. This calms sun-exposed skin and adds a dewy après-sun finish. The set is £32 – buy it here*. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: the Net-a-Porter sale



Net-a-Porter sale

A quick heads-up to let you know that the Net-a-Porter sale* has kicked in. I’m the world’s most sensible sale shopper because I instinctively head for the classics and leave behind all the ‘it’ colours and hype stuff. That said, I won’t be buying any of the acres of sweats that are in the sale. That’s one lock-down trend I managed to swerve!

I can tell you that if you’re after Zoom-friendly but timeless neck wear*, structured ballet flats* or classic Joseph knits*, then you’re in the right place. Beauty-wise there are a few good deals, especially if you like Byredo*, Tom Ford*, Le Labo* and Chantecaille*. (more…)



Shop the post: Linen season is upon us



COS linen shirt

Linen season has arrived and I’m very pleased with my new COS linen-mix pleated trousers* (below). These are described as ‘light beige’ but they’re more of a cream, with a slightly slubby, ‘raw’ texture. I’ve always loved these kind of old school tailored linen trousers. Linen does crease but I think the creases are forgivable if the shape is tailored. These come in dark navy* as well, which I also added to my upgraded summer uniform. (more…)