Summer essentials

Summer is in full swing with temperatures getting higher (a rarity in the UK), most of us go into panic mode and start buying a new summer wardrobe, BBQ’s and stocking up on all kinds of drinks. Even though most of us love soaking up the sun, we have to admit it takes us roughly 10 minutes before we start getting hot and bothered.

To help keep you cool in this heat, our team at Truly have put together a small guide.

SUMMER NIGHTS

Satin stitch bedding

Once the sun starts shining, it’s the perfect time to revamp your bedding and give your bedroom that fresh feel. To help you sleep comfortably during the night, we recommend using 100% cotton fabrics as it’s known for its airy feel and breathability, which is a huge bonus for those of us that overheat during the summer nights.

SLEEP NIGHT SPRAY

If you’re struggling to drift off, try spraying a mist of relaxing scents to your pillow before getting into bed. Infused with aromatherapy calming ingredients which will reduce that hot and bothered feeling whilst trying to fall asleep.

SUMMER STYLES

Figuring out what to wear in this heat can be a challenge, especially when it comes to office wear. However, we’ve got the perfect suggestions that are versatile enough to take you from work mode to garden party.

BEAT THE HEAT

Linen is known for it’s lightweight and airy feel making it perfect for the season. That’s why we’re loving our range of summer midi dresses that are cut to flatter, and nip you in the waist ( a godsend after all these BBQs).

SUMMERTIME SNACKS

It’s that time of the year where picnics are the favourite when it comes to meeting up with family and friends. What more could you ask for? Food, drinks, and great company. Plus, with the relaxed lockdown rules, it just got better. So, we thought we’d make it that little bit easier to organise, and provide a list of foods and picnic essentials that you may need.

An assortment of sandwiches and wraps

You might like to try…

MOZZARELLA AND SALAMI BAGUETTES

1 white or brown baguette

3 tbsp fresh green pesto

1 beef tomato

1 ball of mozzarella

2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves

A handful of basil leaves

6 slices salami

COCKTAILS/SOFT DRINKS

We’ve pulled together a complete guide to refreshing summer drinks that we love on a hot day.

VEGAN PASTA SALAD (serves 4)

225g cooked pasta

425g chickpeas drained and rinsed

150g broccoli florets, cooked

60g shredded carrot

75g red onion, sliced

A handful of fresh parsley

300g cherry tomatoes

FOR THE DRESSING:

60ml cup olive oil

60ml red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

ANTIPASTI BOARDS

The perfect weather to get the wooden boards out! This always goes down well as there’s something for everyone, and you can never have enough. Grab a selection of your favourite cured meats, cheeses, dips, and garnishes, arrange it onto your board and you’re done! Plus, it’s simple but it looks like a lot of time and effort has gone into it

THE BEST PICNIC SPOTS

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW

Take your pick from one of the beautiful spots on the grounds of London’s Kew Gardens. The perfect place to enjoy your food whilst surrounded by scenic views. There are limited-time slots, so make sure to get in there quick.

https://www.kew.org/

RICHMOND PARK, LONDON

The largest of the royal parks, you can always find a peaceful spot to lay out your picnic and enjoy the beautiful green space. Also home to 650 Deer, it’s the perfect place to take the family for a day out.

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

CRYSTAL PALACE PARK

A lovely location for a long walk, or day out with some friends on a hot day. You can also take the kids to visit the dinosaur sculptures that have been there since the park first opened, and sit by the lake for a picnic.

Wed love to see some of your picnic ideas. Feel free to send in any suggestions and pictures through to our social channels

@Truly_lifestyle