Something For The Weekend: The Style Life List

This weekend could be VERY exciting

Whisper it but could football ACTUALLY be coming home? While we’re all waiting for Sunday to roll round, this week’s Style Life List should keep you busy with our favourite buys and things to do this weekend.

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Sandwiches Not Included

Call us clichéd but picnics always bring checks and gingham to mind – the trend for the perennial summer pattern is going nowhere. We love this monochrome wrap dress, £39.99 from M&Co – just add white trainers and sunshine. (mandco.com)

A Date With The Queen

Speaking of picnics, we can’t think of many posher places to nibble our sandwiches than Buckingham Palace. For the first time the Queen is opening her 39-acre gardens to the public and all are welcome.

Beautiful and bucolic, the gardens are quintessentially British. Laid out in the 1820s as part of George IV’s transformation of Buckingham House into Buckingham Palace, you can follow the fashion for naturalistic landscaping pioneered by Capability Brown.  

The 156-metre herbaceous border is packed full of colour. There’s also a wildflower meadow with 320 flowers, rose garden plus 1,000 trees. You really feel the sense of history seeing the plane trees that were planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as well as the hives of the Buckingham Palace bees and the 3.5-acre lake.

So pack your picnic baskets and Pringles and enjoy this piece of history.

The gardens are open from July 9 to September 19. Tickets are £16.50 for an adult. For more information visit the Royal Collection Trust rct.uk.

One cocktail sausage or two? Enjoy your picnic in the grounds of Buckingham Palace this summer

Tomorrow, Today

Social activism brand TOMORROW have teamed up with the renowned marine conservation organisation, Sea Shepherd called One Ocean. Launching today, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation and protecting marine wildlife. Working with six artists, the collaboration features designs printed onto sustainable products including organic cotton tees, hoodies and totes. We love this sunset design tee, £25, by Chicago-born Kelly Knaga (tomorrowcreates.com)

Stay Cool

To celebrate Samsung’s new customisable modular fridge freezers, British designer Charlie Casely-Hayford has created a limited-edition capsule collection that echo Samsung’s idea of customisation. The three-piece modular collection allows the wearer to customise each piece with reversible designs and detachable elements for a unique look. Our favourite? The single breasted Malika blazer that reverses from classic navy to a stylish muted lavender, £695.

You too can dress like your fridge thanks to Samsung and Charlie Casely-Hayford

Light It Up

We love the summer months for that indoor-outdoor lifestyle and now thanks to Matthew Williamson’s collaboration with Pooky lights, you can take it a step further with the Phileas rechargeable table lamp. In a stylish brass finish with a range of shades to choose from, the lamp will shine bright for up to ten hours. Currently on pre-order after the first batch sold out super speedily, get your orders in for the second drop. Prices start from £98

And so, to bed

Founded by British stylist Barbara McMillan, we love Honna London’s stylish cotton pyjamas. Made of 100% cotton, their shorts sets in particular are perfect for warm summer nights. Our pick of colours? This delicious sage green stripe, £110.

Feature image: TOMORROW creates

Other images: courtesy of brands; Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer: John Campbell

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