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SPIRIT OF SUMMER

Apparently summer in Sweden is traditionally celebrated with the arrival of Midsummer, people kicking back to enjoy the sun with long days lost in beautiful countryside followed by evenings with friends laughing and enjoying fresh meat on the BBQ. Well perhaps I’m secretly part Swede, because to me that sounds like summer perfection! Callum and I took on board this cool Scandi tradition this weekend by having a little Midsummer celebrations ourselves, helped along by Rekorderlig’s delicious new summer flavours


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dress: c/o Hollister, necklaces: c/o Swarovski


Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig recently launched their summer collection, and they sent over the four flavours for us to try - Strawberry-Lime, Mango-Raspberry, Passionfruit and Apple-Guava (my favourite!). Callum and I would have been happy just sampling these while lazing in the park – we’re big fans of cider, and the new flavours were so refreshing on this super hot day – but to really celebrate the Swedish summer spirit Rekorderlig also set me a challenge to come up with an outfit and summer essentials kit based on the colours of the new flavours: green, red and a dash of peach.

Let’s just say it’s lucky I battled this challenge before enjoying four bottles of cider, because it turns out these colours aren’t a combination I often wear! Red and green don’t instantly jump out as a particular trendy colour palette. But once I had this flirty Hollister dress in place – also number one of my summer essentials: a little floaty dress – the other things fell easily in place. I even found a bright red beach towel to go against all that green grass! It was meant to be. As for the rest of the kit, simplicity in summer is the most important thing to me when it comes to staying styling in the heat, so all you really need is a good dry shampoo, sun cream, nail polishes (my ones here are from Mavala), a tinted lip balm (my favourites are the Rimmel Colour Rush Balms) and then some Berocca to keep you perky! And of course a big bag to keep your essentials in, like my beautiful boho-style one from Fiorelli.

If you’d like to get in the summer mood with Rekorderlig too, head over to their Twitter and Instagram accounts and share your #SpiritofSummer essentials to win exclusive Rekorderlig goodies. Rekorderlig are also bringing the Scandi summer experience to the UK with four events running across Manchester, London, Glasgow and Bournemouth. I went to one last year and it was so much fun – lots of great Swedish food, drink and music, perfect for a cheeky day or evening out with friends. You can find more details on the events and book tickets here. 

Happy Midsummer everyone! We hope this post has got you well and truly in the summer mood :) x


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