1. Upgrade your summer scent.
There’s nothing like a spray of holiday perfume to make you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere. Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc, Bobbi Brown’s Beach, Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess and Jo Loves’ Mango Thai Lime are all excellent picks.
2. Plan a day trip.
This looks like some far-flung magical place right? Wrong. That’s a picture of the Fairy Pools in Scotland, a mere train ride (and maybe a boat trip, but that’s neither here nor there) away from my English hometown. And I have no doubt there are some equally as stunning places near where you live – you just have to look.
A day trip to a local beach or lake or even a weekend stay will make you feel like you’ve had a holiday, without breaking the bank. If you’re based in the UK, check out this list for inspiration.
3. Make some ice lollies.
Sometimes all it takes is something simple. And what’s simpler than a delicious homemade ice lolly eaten outside in the sunshine? Follow this recipe for properly tasty holiday vibes.
4. Visit a rooftop bar.
Even better if you can find a rooftop garden that serves drinks. For a list of amazing rooftop bars in London go here.
5. Browse a little #TravelPorn.
6. Shop for some summer merch.
Maybe flights are a little out your price range, but there’s a ton of lovely little things out there that will put you in a holiday mood without breaking the bank. I love these cactus-shaped tea bags by Tea Heritage, £6.27, and this sparkly aloha water bottle by Sip So Sweet, £14.89.
7. Drink some rum (punch).
The Duppy Share, Wray & Nephew and Four Square are all great rums if you want a little taste of the Caribbean.
You can mix your rum with cola or sip it neat, but my favourite way to drink rum is in rum punch. The recipe is one of sour (lemon juice), two of sweet (sugar syrup), three of strong (RUM), four of weak (water). Mix those four ingredients to that ratio and you’ll have a banging rum punch.
8. Get your glow on.
Maybe you can’t go on holiday but you can ~look~ like you’ve been on one. Fake tan is the easiest way to fake a holiday glow, but for me nothing gives more of a holiday feeling than covering yourself in a scented shimmer spray – both Nuxe and Tom Ford do fantastic ones (I can’t afford to BUY Tom Ford but I douse myself with the stuff whenever I pass a Tom Ford counter and lemme tell you it is great).
9. Party at your local carnival.
Nothing embodies summer party spirit than a good ole fashioned carnival. If you’re lucky there’ll be one nearby you – Notting Hill Carnival is the closest to me.
10. Mix up a batch of Singapore Slings.
The ultimate summer gin cocktail (IMO). My favourite recipe is as follows:
50mls of Sipsmith Raffles 1915 gin (they made this specifically to use in Singapore Slings), 15mls of cherry brandy, 15mls Benedictine liqueur and 15mls freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed together and topped with soda. read more
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